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->''"History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes."''
-->-- '''[[Creator/MarkTwain Samuel Clemens]]'''

Yes, we know that LamarckWasRight... but this is getting silly.

You see, not only has our hero discovered his SecretLegacy and realized that, due to his SuperpowerfulGenetics, he has inherited all of Mom and Dad's abilities (including the ones [[LamarckWasRight courtesy of]] [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower Charles Atlas]])... he's found out that he's destined/doomed to live out a replay of their lives.

This trope takes "following in your parent's footsteps" to [[UpToEleven a whole new level]]. The character hasn't just inherited their parents' character traits and superpowers -- they've inherited their entire life story.

They will meet the same people their parents met, or, if this isn't possible, they will have an equivalent. If Mandy's best friend when she was a child was Polly the SoapBoxSadie, her daughter Mindy will befriend Paula the SoapBoxSadie on her first day of school. Sometimes it's just a coincidence, where the child seems to gravitate towards the [[BirdsOfAFeather same type of people]] as their mom and dad were drawn to, but often the new associate will have some direct tie to the parent's past (e.g. is the daughter of someone that knew the character's mom).

Often, certain key events will [[BecauseDestinySaysSo happen]] ''[[BecauseDestinySaysSo exactly]]'' [[BecauseDestinySaysSo as they did in the past.]] TurnOutLikeHisFather is most likely to fail when crossed with this trope. In [[NarrativeDevices many plotlines]], however, the outcome will change at the last moment since the hero(ine) has heard the story from their parents and has had the time to work out what went wrong and [[ScrewDestiny worked up the guts to change it.]] For example, if the hero's dad fell out with his best friend because neither would apologize to the other, the hero will figure out that saying sorry is the best way to keep his own friendship going.

To a certain point, this trope can be a JustifiedTrope. If the parents send the kid to the same school as they themselves went to, then it's not such a stretch to believe that the son or daughter will encounter the same people. If the parents kept in touch with their old friends, it's not unlikely that the child will befriend the children of those friends. However, if the parents moved to a different country, assumed [[SecretIdentity secret identities]] and [[MysteriousPast tried to forget the past]], only to have Junior come home from his first day of school announcing that his dad's [[TheLancer right hand man]] is his English teacher... that's [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality a bit more of a stretch]].

{{Mentors}} who become parental figures will also tend to pass on their life story, although karma rather than genetics will be held responsible for the resulting ''deja vu''.

LoveInterests and [[LoveTropes relationships]] tend to get copied whole cloth as well, whether it's the descendants of two StarCrossedLovers or the child of the OfficialCouple from a LoveDodecahedron finding out they have their parent's stable's children gunning for them with Cupid's arrows.

And heaven help you if your parents/mentors made a mess of their lives, because guess what? Yup, that FatalFlaw was hereditary too. Better get to work figuring out just ''how'' they screwed things up, because if you don't, chances are the same tragedy's going to happen again. And it'll be ''your'' fault this time around, in which case you'll have no choice but to pass the entire scenario on to ''your'' son or daughter and hope that they can SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong -- a sort of generational GroundhogDayLoop.

See also InTheBlood, SecretLegacy, SuperpowerfulGenetics, LegacyCharacter. Often this leads to ParentalHypocrisy. OpposedMentors will have opposed students who will become mentors themselves etc.

Very often, the [[IdenticalGrandson exact same actors]] will be used to portray the ancestors. The more distant they are, the more likely this is.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/PetShopOfHorrors'', Count D's dad is portrayed throughout the series as a nasty piece of work, a ManipulativeBastard supreme. It's surprising then, when a short story reveals that D's dad was much like his son when he was younger, to the point he even had a "Leon" of his own in the form of Vesca Howell -- a loud mouthed and brash best friend who he was exceedingly fond of [[spoiler: but whom he ultimately abandoned, just as D abandoned Leon at the end of ''Petshop'']]. The elder D's later "madness", [[spoiler: and the fact that he and Howell were eventually responsible for each other's deaths]], doesn't bode well for his son, especially given the "Count D" family's odd connection to karma.
* The final twist of ''Akisora'': [[spoiler: Their parents were incestuous as well]].
* As much as Tomoya Okazaki of ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' hates his father for neglecting him to dull the pain of his mother's death, [[spoiler: he has become exactly the same to his own little girl Ushio to forget that her birth killed Nagisa. Thankfully, both cases get better. [[TearJerker And worse.]] [[RetCon And better, again]]]].
* ''Manga/InitialD'': In the Third Stage movie, Takumi races the son of his father's former rival. [[spoiler:And wins, just like his dad did.]]
* One of the themes of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is the recurrence of certain characters, traits, and patterns across the generations.
** Team 7's relations and characteristics are a dead ringer for those of the Legendary Sannin. This was one of the reason many fans were able to pick up on a LukeIAmYourFather revelation long before it was revealed in canon.
** As a matter of fact, the relationship between Naruto and his friend/rival Sasuke works as this across multiple generations, dating all the way back to the very ''invention of ninjutsu''.
** There's now an explanation for the phenomenon. It turns out that even after the sons of the Sage of the Six paths died, their chakra kept reincarnating into their descendants again and again for generations to continue their feud. And before Naruto/Sasuke, the previous vessels were Hashirama/Madara.
** There's also Team Minato in regards to Team 7, with Minato/Kakashi as the mentor, Obito/Naruto as the brash, hot-headed one with a one-sided crush on TheChick, Rin/Sakura as TheMedic with a crush on the genius [[TheLancer Lancer]], and finally young Kakashi/Sasuke who are TheStoic. Though this particular generation is inverted in that that it was [[FallenHero Obito]] [[InTheBlood who ended up being the bad guy]] and Kakashi being the hero.
*** To further deepen the parallels between Team Minato and Team 7, [[spoiler:Kakashi ended up becoming Hokage, just like his sensei did. Though it's also inverted in regards to their respective teams, as Naruto, Obito's counterpart, is the one who became Hokage -- then again, it was ''also'' Obito's dream, at least until he became evil. Then Obito became good again, and knowing that he could no longer achieve that dream after all the damage he had done, passed it on to his best friend Kakashi to fulfill]].
** Team Ame might count too. Yahiko/Naruto as the brash, hot-headed one and underdog, Konan/Sakura as the "smart" one of the three, Nagato/Sasuke as the Genius and most talented of the three. There's also hints of a LoveTriangle going on but was resolved peacefully.
** Part of the drama/storyline is that Generation Xerox is present, but also a curse of types. Sasuke is the biggest example/offender that he seems like silly putty. Is he going to be a copy of Kakashi, Orochimaru, Itachi, Obito, or Madara?
** While Naruto inherited one of his father's signature techniques, it's really his mother whom he takes after the most: HotBlooded, addicted to ramen, similar {{Verbal Tic}}s (his "dattebayo" vs. her "dattebane"), [[SealedEvilInACan Jinchuuriki for the nine-tailed fox]], etc..
*** [[spoiler:In the epilogue, his own ''son'' is shown to take after him, both in appearance and personality. Boruto is every bit the prankster his father and his sensei, Konohamaru, were as kids. He even has a similar VerbalTic ("dattebasa"). The difference is that Boruto is shown to ''hate'' the Hokage, as the position means his father can't spend more time with him. Meanwhile, his sister Himawari is shown to take after their mother, Hinata, though both children inherited their father's facial markings.]]
*** [[spoiler: Boruto's similarity to Naruto is played with in ''Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie''. Their differences in personality help drive much of the plot. For example, Naruto earned his current place through hard-work, training and determination; Boruto, born a prodigy and connected to very powerful clans, is more than willing to take shortcuts or straight-up cheat his way to victory. Even the animation plays with this a bit: despite his great likeness to Naruto, there's a certain softness to his facial features that make him similar to Hinata when the two are compared]]. LikeFatherLikeSon mixed with ItRunsInTheFamily, since in his own youth, Naruto bore a [[StrongFamilyResemblance strong resemblance]] to his father but had his mother's face. At least until it was reversed in ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', where the 19-year-old Naruto resembled his mother more than his father.
** Relatedly, it is eventually hinted that Naruto is very much like Kurama was when he was young. Who is Kurama? [[spoiler:The nine-tailed fox, of course.]]
** [[BrilliantButLazy Nara men]] [[OppositesAttract have a thing for]] [[{{Tsundere}} Troublesome Women]]. [[spoiler:Shikamaru, just like his father, did marry a ''very'' troublesome woman (Temari).]]
** The Ino-Shika-Cho formation and its relationship with the Sarutobi clan goes back ''16 generations''. [[spoiler:In the epilogue, their children are shaping up to follow.]]
** [[spoiler:Hinata, like her father Hiashi, was ready to die to protect something -- in this case, Naruto. However, at the last second, Neji [[TakingTheBullet takes the bullet]] for her, just like how his father Hizashi, Hiashi's twin brother, did before him. Also, just like his father, Neji didn't do it out of duty, but out of love for Hinata and Naruto, who are a part of his closest friends and family.]]
** When first shown as resurrected zombies under Orochimaru's control due to Edo Tensei, the First and Second Hokages had muted, very stoic personalities, to the point that the only difference between the brothers was their radically different appearances. [[spoiler:When they're revived again by a more complete version of the jutsu, [[TheStoic Tobirama]] is about the same overall, but Harashima is far more jovial and energetic, resembling his distant blood relative Naruto and heightening the Xerox effect due to his own relationship with friend-turned-rival Madara Uchiha.]]
** This is later revealed to be an important plot point for the Uchiha clan, as their [[spoiler:Curse of Hatred]] (beginning with the clan's [[DrivenByEnvy forefather]]) is connected to [[spoiler:their [[SuperpowerfulGenetics Kekkei Genkai]], the [[MagicalEye Sharingan]]. The Uchiha clan is capable of great devotion, love, and friendship, but the moment they lose a loved one (whether it be death or a perceived betrayal), [[LoveMakesYouEvil they tend to go]] [[LoveMakesYouCrazy off the deep end]], [[ThePowerOfHate their newfound despair and hatred creating the Sharingan]]. [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity The more powerful the Sharingan becomes, the deeper they fall into madness]]]]. The few Uchiha who have been able to transcend this and adopt Konoha's Will of Fire philosophy all come across as similar in personality, such as [[spoiler:Itachi, his best friend Shisui, and Shisui's father Kagami (a subordinate of the Second Hokage). And also Obito, who seems to have overcome his Curse of Hatred and returned his belief in the Will of Fire.]].
** While Naruto took after his mother more than his father, especially in personality (as stated above), [[spoiler:he got his future wife Hinata to fall in love with him the same way Kushina fell in love with Minato: RescueRomance. Despite the ShipTease with Sakura and Kushina saying he should [[LikeParentLikeSpouse marry a girl like her]]--which, [[WordOfGod as Kishimoto has repeatedly stated in several post-series interviews]], were [[RedHerring deliberate misleads]] to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]]--Hinata matches ''Minato'' in personality, both being nice, quiet ninjas who have loved their boisterous counterpart since childhood. Given that all of the {{Official Couple}}s in the Narutoverse, including Kushina and Minato, embody OppositesAttract, [[FridgeBrilliance this actually explains why Naruto and Hinata work as a couple]].]]
* ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'': TheHero and title character Recca finds out he is exactly like his birth father, Oka when they finally meet. And coincidentally, he is exactly like his adopted father as well!
* One episode of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' features a duel between Yugi and a girl named Rebecca, who accuses Yugi's grandfather of stealing his Blue-Eyes White Dragon card from her grandfather. The duel ends up mirroring exactly a duel between the two grandfathers held in a caved-in archaeological site, with the last bit of water on the line. [[spoiler:Both Yugi and his grandfather ended up surrendering their duels even though they would have won with their last card draw.]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Subverted: The exploits of Luffy are implied to very closely mirror those of Gold Roger, the previous Pirate King; he also meets quite a few people who personally knew the guy (either that, or the successor of said person), and his actions are consistently described by these people as being exactly what Roger would do. However, it's pretty clear right from the start that Roger isn't Luffy's father, and it's outright confirmed later on. But the ''real'' kicker came in fairly recently: [[spoiler: Roger actually did have a son: ''Ace'', Luffy's older [[BloodBrothers "brother,"]] who absolutely ''despises'' the guy and wants nothing to do with him. And is now dead. Also subverted in that, according to Whitebeard (who was Roger's rival), Ace wasn't much like his father in terms of personality]].
** Luffy is looking to be this way with Shanks, sharing the ObfuscatingStupidity and later in a bar scene with Bellamy, he refuses to fight until his friends are harmed much like his idol.
** In another chapter, it is revealed a young Gold Roger looked ''exactly'' like Luffy, right down to the trademark hat. [[spoiler: Which was passed down from Roger to Shanks to Luffy.]]
** Roger and Rayleigh's first meeting (particularly in the anime) has parallels to Luffy and Zoro's first meeting. Roger wanted Rayleigh to join him with Rayleigh refusing. And the boat they started with was a small one.
** Franky and Iceburg's adoptive father built the Oro Jackson, the ship that Gold Roger used to conquer the Grand Line. [[spoiler: After Going Merry's death, Franky and Iceburg would be the ones to build the Thousand Sunny for the Straw Hats.]]
** Robin is an archaeologist like her mother, can read Poneglyphs like her mother, and even ''looks'' just like her mother, safe for the hair, which is ''black''.
** Most of the Straw Hats can easily be compared to one or more of an older generation, either ability-wise or personality-wise. Some to relatives and mentors, others are completely by chance:
*** Luffy to Roger (his journey and goals), Shanks (his outlook and beliefs), Garp (his personality) and Dragon (his charisma and willpower).
*** Zoro to Mihawk and Rayleigh - they are all devil fruit-less swordsmen, Zoro shares Mihawk's attitude towards weak opponents, and Rayleig's relationship with Roger mirrors Zoro's with Luffy.
*** Usopp to Yasopp - he looks identical to his father with exception of his nose and hair, Yasopp haven't been given enough screen time to say anything for personality. Yasopp has the same role in Shank's crew as Usopp has in Luffy's.
*** Sanji to Zeff - his mentor, also a master chef who dreamed of All Blue and fought by kicking.
*** Chopper to Hiluluk - his "father," a doctor with faith in miracles, who wanted to cure all diseases.
*** Robin to her mother, Oliva, as stated above.
*** Franky's relationship to Luffy can be compared to his mentor Tom's relationship to Roger. Lines can also be drawn to the set of Vegapunk and Kuma - Vegapunk is a genius inventor of whom Franky [[spoiler:adopted the designs of during the timeskip,]] and Kuma is a cyborg built by Vegapunk - much like Franky is a cyborg built by himself.
** [[spoiler: The Toy Soldier/Kyros and his daughter Rebecca]] are both gladiators with exceptional skill but are widely hated by the audience, though in both cases, said audience eventually got over their hatred of them and came to like them. On the same topic, [[spoiler:Rebecca also threw her status as princess away to live with Kyros, just like her mother Scarlett before her. This was even lampshaded by King Riku, Rebecca's grandfather]].
** Luffy's relationship with Smoker is a near carbon copy of Roger's relationship with, ironically, [[spoiler:Garp, Luffy's grandfather]]. By the time Roger died, he and his marine nemesis were FireForgedFriends (even if said nemesis would never admit it), and Roger trusted him as much as he did his own crew. [[spoiler:So much so that Roger entrusted Garp with the life of his unborn child, Ace]]. Luffy's relationship with Smoker is very much the same, having been forced into several EnemyMine situations over the course of the series. By the end of the latest one, their interactions border on that between {{friend|lyEnemy}}s (even if Smoker will be back to chasing Luffy around by the next time they meet).
* The final episode of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', the second season of ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'', ends with a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue in which [[spoiler:all twelve of the heroes from the past two seasons bring their children to the Digital World for a get-together. Not only do many of the kids look somewhat like their parents, but ALL their partner Digimon are lower-level forms of their parents' own partner Digimon]]. This scene is [[FanonDiscontinuity not popular with the fans]], though that's mainly for [[ShipToShipCombat shipping-related]] [[OfficialCouple reasons.]]
* Rapidly subverted in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', which has the earnest, 10-year-old genius mage Negi following in the footsteps of his hugely-famous DisappearedDad, the "Thousand Master" Nagi... Only later Nagi is shown to be a laidback magic school dropout who, although quite powerful, had to read spells off of a card and resorted to cheap tricks whenever possible (like, say, [[MundaneSolution luring a certain vampire into a covered hole in the ground]]). In power and personality, they're completely different, and Negi increases the divide even further by choosing [[spoiler:the powers of darkness]].
** That all said ''many'' comparisons can be made between generations, and grow with each revelation: Negi=Nagi, Kotarou=Jack Rakan, Setsuna=Eishun, and of course Ala Alba=Ala Rubra. For that matter Albrieo Imma is rather mischievous and the team healer, like Konoka. And with the Nagi calling the Zect his "master" recalls Eva.
*** In Chapter 258 Rakan's flashback confirms above, and also shows that there is a sticking resemblance between the relationship that Negi's parents had and the one he shares with his partner, Asuna. Of course, this is only in reference to their relationships, as the personalities of the parties involved are sometimes totally opposite.
*** Also it seems that for all their differences Negi and Nagi have the same goals and priorities (namely saving Asuna and world while they are at it) the difference being their approach to this (Nagi "beat the guys who threaten them" vs Negi's "eliminate villains ''reason'' for threatening them")
*** To further hammer the point in, the ships used by Ala Alba and Ala Rubra look remarkably similar (similar enough to ''possibly be the same ship'', even). Compare [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v32/c286/6.html this shot of the Great Paru-sama]] to [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v30/c268/3.html the two shots of Ala Rubra's "old ship"]] [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v30/c268/4.html towards the bottom of these two pages]]. The only difference is the Ala Alba logo on the Great Paru-sama.
* Possible application in ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle''. Due to time travel and reincarnation, [[spoiler: The Syaoran and Sakura that we start the manga with]] turn out to be the ''parents'' of one of the people they are [[CloningBlues cloned from]] and virtually identical to. Whether the clones are imitating their originals, or the younger male is imitating his father (who just happens to also be his clone) is a matter best left to ''[[MindScrew illegal substances]]''. Or at least [[INeedAFreakingDrink alcohol]].
* ''Anime/CodeGeass''. An Emperor and his partner, to whom he is ''very'' close, form a ''[[GambitRoulette very]]'' [[GambitRoulette elaborate plan]] to unite the world for its own good [[WellIntentionedExtremist by any means necessary]], so [[LoveMakesYouEvil those they love will be happy]]. Now, thinking carefully, are we talking about [[spoiler: Emperor Charles di Brittannia and Marianne "The Flash" Lamperouge]], or [[spoiler: Lelouch vi Britannia/Lamperouge and Suzaku "Knight of Zero" Kururugi]]?
** Then [[spoiler: Rolo]] is a Xerox of [[spoiler: V.V.]] Think of it: [[spoiler: they're the younger brother to the Emperor/Emperor candidate (even if just adopted, in Rolo's case), are obsessively attached to said brother, and ultimately murder someone whom said Emperor deeply cared for due to utter jealousy (Marianne in V.V.'s case, Shirley in Rolo's.) Pretty much the biggest difference is that Charles kills V.V upon finding out, while Lelouch doesn't kill Rolo to further his plans -- which leads to Rolo pulling a HeroicSacrifice for him]].
** ''Geass'' contains another, more layered example: Lelouch tells Suzaku that despite the difference in their social status, they can still be friends, citing the example of the first Britannian Emperor and the original Knight of One, who were also lifelong friends (as detailed in the history lessons [[AllThereInTheManual in the DVD inserts]]). This is also true of Emperor Charles and ''his'' Knight of One, Bismarck Waldstein [[spoiler:and again when Lelouch usurps the throne and Suzaku, having patched up their differences, serves as his Knight of Zero]].
** Also, a very subtle version but... a young revolutionary eventually talks his reluctant best friend to join the cause against Britannia, dies fighting the Empire, and said best friend finds himself inheriting his position and becoming the protector of the dead friend's younger sister. Are we talking about [[spoiler: Naoto Kouzuki, Kaname Ohgi and Kallen Kouzuki -- or Lelouch, Suzaku, and Nunally]]?
* A flat chested sorceress from Zephilia meets a mercenary swordsman and they fall in love while fighting to make a buck. Lina Inverse and Gourry Gabriev from ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}'', or Lina's parents?
* A rough-looking JerkWithAHeartOfGold from the north punches his way through adversity, [[NoSenseOfDirection gets lost easily]] and is very HotBlooded. [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Sanosuke Sagara, or his father Kamishimoemon]]?
** Also Kenshin's son, Kenji. Takes after his father in both appearance and the whole WalkingTheEarth and swordsmanship thing. And the cute-looking girlfriend with long black hair.
* A HotScientist gets involved with one of her bosses, [[LoveMartyr is used and manipulated by her lover]], [[HeroicBSOD breaks down horribly]] when she realizes what has been truly going on, sees a very young girl as her rival [[spoiler: and kills her, sorta]], and ultimately meets her doom in quite the fucked up way. Dr. Ritsuko Akagi of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', or her mother Naoko? Note that said boss happens to be '''the same for both'''.
** It is indicated that some of the problems between [[WellDoneSonGuy Shinji and his father]] are a result of the fact that both of them are very socially awkward. Furthermore, they share a depression induced by not being accepted by their peers, which is especially present when seeing the flashbacks of Gendo. Indeed, it has led some fans to speculate that if Shinji actually grew up, he could have ended up like Gendo.
** [[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion The new film series]] more deeply explores the theme of "children walking in parents' footsteps", with both Shinji/Gendo and [[spoiler: Rei/Yui]].
* The ''Franchise/{{Lupin III}}'' SpinOff ''Lupin Kozou'' is about Lupin's son, another thief with a [[MasterOfDisguise penchant for disguises]] and a weakness for cute girls. His main accomplice is Marilyn Aiki, who like Fujiko Mine, is a beautiful and mysterious girl who is both tougher than she looks and has a [[DamselInDistress frequent kidnapping target]]. The major difference is that Lupin, Jr. and Marilyn are both much younger than their respective counterparts.
* ''Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is a subversion. While nearly every member of the Joestar family is HotBlooded and wins their fights more through cunning than brute force, the similarities end there, and the series opts for {{Contrasting Sequel Main Character}}s instead. ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Stardust Crusaders]]'' also has Avdol and his father [[spoiler:(who also averts it by actually being Avdol himself in disguise)]].
* A few years after ''Manga/SailorMoon'' finished up, Creator/NaokoTakeuchi released ''Parallel Sailor Moon'', a one-shot AlternateUniverse sequel starring Kousagi Tsukino, Usagi's daughter. Not only did Kousagi [[LegacyCharacter carry on her mother's legacy as the new Sailor Moon]], but it then turned out that ''all'' the Inner Senshi had given birth to daughters who ended up inheriting their mantles. [[UncannyFamilyResemblance The girls all strongly resembled their mothers as well]]. Though as a bit of a twist, [[spoiler: the other girls don't actually like Kousagi, which is a far cry from Usagi's close friendships with the original Inner Senshi]].
* Seiichirou Kitano from ''Manga/AngelDensetsu'' not only is as scary as his father. He gets in the same exact problems at school because of that, and knows his girlfriend only when she understands he's an AllLovingHero. Exactly the same as his father's. The only, marginal, difference between the two is that Seiichirou trades in being TheJuggernaut (on top of being a LightningBruiser) for a metric ton of SelectiveObliviousness.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'': Our main character is an over-powered MagicalGirlWarrior despite being an elementary schoolgirl who started off as a secondary character in a different series. Her first magic teacher is Yuuno, [[ThoseTwoGuys she has a pair of ordinary friends of contrasting personalities]], and looming over the horizon is a brooding, mysterious DarkMagicalGirl rival who [[IHaveTheHighGround enjoys balancing on high places]], [[WhatBeautifulEyes has beautiful eyes]], and is every bit her equal. Now, is this Nanoha Takamachi in the [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha first season]] or Vivio Takamachi in ''[[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid ViVid]]''? Of course, unlike her Nanoha-mama, Vivio has the advantage of the old cast looking after her, [[spoiler:so while DarkMagicalGirl Fate remained at large for the entire first season, DarkMagicalGirl Einhart got [[DefeatMeansFriendship befriended]] almost immediately at the start of ''[=ViVid=]'' when her attempt at TheWorfEffect on [[HollywoodCyborg Nove]] backfired on her]].
** The two friends of the latter aren't neither ordinary nor are they [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Two Girls]], they are main characters and {{Magical Girl}}s instead.
*** In ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaINNOCENT'', Nanoha's two friends are main characters and {{Magical Girl}}s, too.
** In Chapter 6, [[spoiler:Vivio spars with Einhart and loses easily, disappointing her, as she thinks Vivio cannot possibly be the Sankt Kaiser. Vivio proposes a rematch in a week and hope to get strong enough to satisfy her. Since Vivio heard about Nanoha fighting Fate in ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' Sound Stage 02, it seems she's inherited Nanoha's ideas about making friends]].
** Vivio vs Miura is the ''[=ViVid=]'' version of Nanoha vs [[spoiler:Vita]] or Fate vs [[spoiler:Signum]] (who are two of Miura's instructors). What does that mean? [[spoiler:Vivio loses. In a ''tournament''.]]
* Taken to extremes by ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' where Tsuna, the tenth boss of the Vongola Mafia Family, looks almost identical to the ''first'' boss, despite the fact that ''ten generations'' separate the two (and the fact that none of the other bosses look very much like him, despite it supposedly being a direct line). On top of that, every member of Tsuna's inner circle is said to bear a strong resemblance to a member of the First Vongola's circle, despite the fact that none of them are blood related.
** Not only do they each resemble their first-generation counterpart physically, they also use the same weapons, have the same general personalities, and in some cases even seem to have the same life stories. All of which seems to have happened ''completely by coincidence''.
** Actually, Tsuna's the only boss of the Vongola to be directly related to the first boss -- the rest are direct descendants of the ''second'' boss, who was the first's cousin.
** However, during the [[spoiler:Future]] arc, [[spoiler:Yuni specifically mentions that this is a special trait of the Vongola Family, and in a recent chapter it is at least heavily suggested (if not outright stated) by Daemon Spade that the tenth generation Vongola are in fact reincarnations of the first generation]].
*** But [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} that just raises further questions]] since [[spoiler: at least one member of the first generation is still alive]]. Although, there may be a bit of a [[Manga/InuYasha Kagome-Kikyo thing]] going on.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Ichigo Kurosaki and Uryuu Ishida's [[VitriolicBestBuds cordially vitriolic]] interactions are almost carbon copies of the interactions between their fathers, Isshin Kurosaki and Ryuuken Ishida. Same Shinigami vs. Quincy rivalry, same gut instinct vs. analysis divergence, same trickster mentor relationship with Urahara. Isshin and Ichigo even share their ultimate sword technique, Final Getsuga Tensho and Uryuu's post time-skip bow now looks very similar to Ryuuken's small bow. [[spoiler:In the epilogue, Ichigo and Uryuu have even followed their fathers into the medical profession. Ten years after Yhwach is killed, Ichigo is in charge of the Kurosaki Clinic and Uryuu has become a doctor at his father's hospital.]]
* ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' is particularly blatant with [[IdenticalGrandson Son Goku]] [[DeadGuyJunior Jr.]] (and later Vegeta Jr.) in the TV special and the DistantFinale of the final episode.
** As well in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' with Bardock, Goku and Goten before he cut his hair.
** ''Dragon Ball Minus'', a prequel manga, introduces Gine, an ActualPacifist from whom Goku and his progeny ultimately inherited their gentle natures. Goku's brother Raditz takes more after her in looks than Bardock and her great-granddaughter Pan also looks remarkably like her.
** [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] with Gohan, who seems to start off as something of daddy's boy, even surpassing Goku in potential, but whose gentle, pacifistic nature ultimately drives him to abandon his father's fighting legacy and making him more of an xerox of his grandmother who also chose to abandon fighting because of her gentle nature.
* In ''Manga/PrincessKnight'' sequel "Twin Knight", her son Daisy is kidnapped, and Sapphire has to dress his twin sister Violetta like a boy and present her as "prince Daisy" every two days. Crossdressed like her mom before, Violetta will also have a long wandering far from her kingdom, before find her brother and become a girl again.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Edward Elric looks almost exactly the same as the younger version of his father, Von Hohenheim, as show in the flashbacks. Later, [[spoiler:Ed and Winry's [[BabiesEverAfter children]] both bear a resemblance to them, especially in the ''Brotherhood'' anime where [[http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2010/186/5/a/A_Happy_Ending____by_swiftblade_tenshou.png the son's hair has Ed's shade of blond while the daughter has Winry's]]]].
** [[spoiler:Edward]]'s son has the same style as him as a toddler and looks like a miniature version of him.
** In the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime version]] is even more obvious where in an {{O|riginalVideoAnimation}}VA ''everyone'' is shown to have a relative that looks exactly like them 100 years later. Ed's great-grandchildren look like him, Alphonse, and... Winry. [[spoiler:Whether this means either brother married Winry's Earth alter or whether Winry made it past the Gate is unexplained.]]
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' gets hit with this quite badly in the official sequel novel ''Frozen Teardrop'', with most of the original cast members having a younger counterpart who looks and acts just like they did in the original anime; this includes Duo Maxwell II (Duo's son), Kathy Po (Sally's daughter), Trowa Phobos (Trowa Barton's protégé), Katerina Winner (Quatre's younger sister), and possibly Zechs Merquise II, whose relation to Milliardo Peacecraft remains unknown and who has yet to do anything other than show up at the latter's funeral. Zechs and Noin's children Milou and Naina also apply, though they're GenderFlipped versions (Naina looks like a female Zechs while Milou looks like a male Noin).
** It goes backwards in time as well: later chapters show the history of the real Heero Yuy, including his LoveTriangle with sisters Katrina and Sabrina Peacecraft. They, of course, look exactly like Heero Yuy and Relena Peacecraft, the show's protagonists (in the case of the Heero it's even worse because, as with Trowa, the two are not related in any form or fashion).
* Part of why Asagi Ayase and her mother don't get along in ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}'' is because they're almost exactly alike. When Asagi's father points this out, ''both'' turn and shout "How rude!" at the same time.
* In ''Manga/WildRock'', Yuni and Selim, from FeudingFamilies, fall in love but go their [[StarCrossedLovers separate ways]]. When their sons meet they too fall in love as well, and unite the two clans.
* Reina of ''Manga/QueensBlade'' with her mother Maria Vance, all the more so because Reina took up her mother's armor.
* ''Manga/ArakawaUnderTheBridge'' inverts the situation: when Ric's dad shows up on the bridge, his trousers are stolen. To avoid owing Nino a debt, he refuses her help -- abandoning his trousers and getting taken away by a police officer for indecency. ForWantOfANail (Nino retrieving the trousers), this is exactly what happened to Ric in the first chapter.
* ''Manga/HanasakuIroha'' shows that Ohana's mother Satsuki was a lot like her daughter when she was younger (complete with the same voice actress). The situations were reversed (other work vs the inn), but played out exactly the same.
* In ''Anime/MaiOtome'', both Arika and her mother [[spoiler:Lena Sayers]] have a blonde friend who is [[SchoolgirlLesbians apparently a lesbian]] and [[spoiler:turns out to be secretly working against them; Erstin for Schwarz, Elliot for a Five Columns conspiracy to kill Sifr (although she decides to oppose the Columns and rescue Sifr with Lena)]]. Arika and Nina's personalities are similar to [[spoiler:Lena]] and Sifr's, although [[spoiler:the roles are reversed; Arika's mother Lena is like a somewhat more relaxed but still consistently serious Nina, and Nina's mother Sifr is like Arika]].
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' gave us the worthwhile [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJWQybYBE80 Parallel Works 8]] which covers at least seven years of time. It shows a boy finding a Gurren AfterTheEnd, creating and leading LaResistance, then rebuilding a civilization capable of challenging the Anti-Spirals. [[spoiler: The stories diverge when Simon is reminded he has someone worth fighting for.]]
* In ''Manga/WolfGuyWolfenCrest'', [[spoiler: the protagonist Akira Inugami falls in love with his teacher Akiko Aoshika.]] The same thing happened around 20 years before: [[spoiler: when Inugami's dad Tetsuya was teaching at Stanford, he and his student Lois (who was a werewolf woman) fell in love and got married.]]
* ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'': The main character Jeremy looks EXACTLY like his DeceasedParentsAreTheBest father. And they share the same name. And it is creepily hinted at in just a couple of panels that Jeremy's mother Sandra asked him to call her by her first name when he was a child to replace her husband. It doesn't help that she then appears to kiss him on the lips.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'': In ''Capu2'', Kurumu and Mizore's rivalry over Tsukune echoes that of their mothers' over a male student during their time at the academy. Neither won and the guy (who is Saizou's dad) turns out as a {{Gonk}} over the years; nowadays, they seem to view Kurumu and Mizore's status in Tsukune's UnwantedHarem as a means to renew their old feud and see who's daughter wins Tsukune's heart. Of course, Kurumu and Mizore are a lot less openly hostile towards one another than their mothers were.
** In the manga, San, Ginei and Haiji have a very similar relationship like the Three Dark Lords. [[spoiler:San and Akasha are both TheSmurfettePrinciple, Akasha is the strongest of them and the leader, San is the strongest in Yokai Gakuen's history and she led Ginei and Haiji's paths in their school life as their senpai. Ginei and Toho Fuhai are both {{Chivalrous Pervert}}s and they have a VitriolicBestBuds relationship with Haiji and Mikogami, respectively, and they are more {{Bishonen}} than the latter. Haiji and Mikogami are both more of muscles. Ginei and Haiji admire San, and it's revealed that both Toho Fuhai and Mikogami have flirted with Akasha. Also, all of them are high-class yokais.]]
* In ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret''
** The hero Kuromine Asahi being the SecretKeeper to Shiragami Youko about her being a vampire. He ends up being a good friends of hers. Youko notes that her father, a vampire, had his secret discovered by a girl in his school and she kept the secret too. The girl would go on to be Youko's mother. Their relationship mirrors Touko and Genjirou's (Youko's parents) a great deal, sometimes to the point of ContrivedCoincidence.
*** Later on in the story, Youko actually reveals that she's been [[InvokedTrope invoking]] this on purpose, going to the same school where her parents met and doing the same things that lead to their falling in love because she grew up listening to her mother's stories and wanted to have the same experience. However, her father Genjirou has been warning Asahi against letting this happen, [[VaguenessIsComing vaguely implying]] that if they follow his and Touko's story too closely it'll only hurt both of them.
*** In terms of non-relationship connections, during their senior year Asahi and Youko both decide that they want to become teachers and help out young people with secrets; at the end of the chapter we learn that Genjirou had the same wish, but was unable to carry it out because he had to leave school during his senior year.
** Later they meet the angel girl Shirogane Karen, who is the best friend of Youko's parents, just like the alien Aizawa Nagisa. Karen and Genjirou even found out each other's secrets in exactly the same way Youko and Nagisa did. However, unlike Nagisa who is struggling between her feeling for Asahi and her friendship with Youko, Karen was a complete ShipperOnDeck for Touko and Genjirou.
** Akane was the homeroom teacher of Youko's parents. In the current day, Asahi and Youko's homeroom teacher is Akari, [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Akane's]] great-great-granddaughter, while Akane herself is now the principal of the school.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': A boy is born under unusual/supernatural circumstances to a gruff, unloving mercenary father and an ill-fated yet loving mother. The child wants the approval of their father-figure, but the father only has resentment for the son, seeing their "cursed" existence as the cause/reminder for their lover's unfortunate fate; at some point, this resentment turns into an attempt on the son's life, but fails. This describes the origin story of main protagonist Guts and later, his cursed, unnamed son.
* In the ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' SpinOffspring anime ''Anime/SaintSeiyaOmega'', one of the original protagonists, Dragon Shiryu, finally settled down with his childhood sweetheart Shunrei, and the two had a son together. Not only does said son inherit his father's Dragon Cloth, he also has both of his parents' calm and polite personality, fights several battles that are nigh-identical to the ones his father faced, although with different outcomes (such as him not having to blind himself in order to defeat the Perseus Saint), and even has a PowerTattoo just like his father's. The kid also happens to look a lot like his mom.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Grace, formerly a professional Rhyhorn Racer, ''tries'' to enforce this with her daughter Serena, intending her to become a Rhyhorn Racer as well. Serena has no intention of letting it happen though, and finds her own path as a Pokémon Performer instead. When she sees Serena's determination, Grace decides to let her follow her dream.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Criminal}}'' is all over this trope. Particularly in the case of Tracy Lawless, who like his father Teeg, [[spoiler: is a war veteran who robbed the wrong person and ended up in service to Sebastian Hyde]].
* Both played straight and subverted for all it's worth in ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}''.
* ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'s'' John Constantine's 19th century ancestor, Lady Johanna Constantine, is a suave, dashing sorceress with a tendency to doom her loved ones to horrible fates. The immortal [[ComicBook/TheSandman Hob Gadling]] also met an Elizabethan warlock called Jack Constantine, who came to a nasty end in a graveyard.
* In ''Comicbook/SpiderGirl'', and [[ComicBook/MarvelComics2 related series like A-Next]], most of the characters are awfully similar to their parents, mentors, or inspirations. The next generation of superheroes has [[DistaffCounterpart different demographics]], however, as a disproportionate number of daughters fill their fathers' shoes, with there being some [[AffirmativeActionLegacy more racial diversity as well]]. In their favour, they often have different personalities and motives, just similar career and fashion choices.
** Spider-Man --> Spider-Girl; Spider-Woman --> Spider-Man; Captain America --> American Dream; Ant-Man --> Stinger; Black Cat --> [[spoiler:Scarlet Spider]]; [[spoiler:Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, Ghost Rider, and Ben Reilly]] --> Darkdevil; ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} --> Blue Streak; Comicbook/TheFalcon --> Ladyhawk; Juggernaut --> J2; Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} and ComicBook/{{Elektra}} --> Wild Thing; etc, etc.
* An early ''Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'' story had Supergirl join a Legion who said they were the children of the Legion Superboy joined. This was never referenced again, and Superboy and Supergirl were members of the same Legion from then on. L.E.G.I.O.N. sometimes plays with this, with ''ancestors'' of the LOSH characters having similar stories.
* The basic theme of Creator/PeterDavid's ''[[ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} The Atlantis Chronicles]]''; Aquaman and Ocean Master are just the latest generation of feuding royal brothers, dating back to the founding of Atlantis.
* During the 50's and 60's, DC Comics experimented with the Franchise/{{Superman}} of the 30th Century (which blatantly contradicted the ''Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' continuity) and the Franchise/{{Batman}} of the Future (which starred Dick Grayson and Bruce Wayne, Jr. as Batman and Robin). Both features were unpopular and are widely considered lame because they were such thorough examples that they lack individuality.
** ''Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman'' had Dick Grayson as Batman and Bruce's son as Robin, with FlashForward stories revealing that Damian Wayne will eventually be Batman himself. It seems to have gone down a bit better this time.
* The ComicBook/XMen are experiencing a bit of this with some of their newest team members.
** ComicBook/EmmaFrost has the Stepford Cuckoos, a group of quintuplets (later brought down to triplets) with powers similar to her. Turns out that they're genetically her daughters as well.
** Likewise, one could argue that Prodigy is the current-gen counterpart of Synch from ''Comicbook/GenerationX''.
** Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} is trying his best to make sure that Comicbook/{{X 23}} doesn't fall into this. It's [[Comicbook/XForce not really working]].
* In Wolverine's own history this is the case. In the ''Origin'' miniseries that detailed Logan's formative years, writer Paul Jenkins intentionally invoked characters from Logan's future.
** Rose, the Irish redhead who Logan develops a crush on, is blatantly supposed to be this to Jean Grey, and is even the catalyst for Logan liking Jean.
** Smitty, the guy in charge of a camp the two stay at, is a tough-but-fair no-nonsense leader who ''actually'' ends up with Rose, and while Logan doesn't like the guy, he respects him. Logan's relationship with Smitty mirrors his later relationship with Cyclops.
** And finally, Dog Logan, Logan's half-brother, is someone who nurses a deep, irrational grudge against Wolverine for an ungodly amount of time, and seeks him out for revenge and is larger than him, just like Sabretooth. This one was so spot-on that many readers thought Dog was supposed to ''be'' Sabretooth!
* In ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen Century: 1910'', Macheath from ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera'' is the descendent of Macheath from ''Theatre/TheBeggarsOpera''. Since ''The Threepenny Opera'' was essentially a {{Remake}} of ''The Beggar's Opera'', the two Macheaths presumably had nearly identical lives.
* Kent V. Nelson, great-nephew of Kent Nelson, the original Comicbook/DoctorFate, also became Comicbook/DoctorFate. And he also has a sort-of-relationship with a woman called Inza, which isn't exactly a common name.
* Played with in ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers''. Stature plays it straight (size-changing powers, daughter of Comicbook/AntMan); Speed plays it pretty much straight (speed powers, nephew of Comicbook/{{Quicksilver}}); Hawkeye and Vision avert it (Hawkeye uses equipment from the original Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}}, Comicbook/{{Mockingbird}}, and Swordsman, but has no relation to any of them; Vision is the operating system of [[Comicbook/TheVision the original]] in a new body, making them separate entities); Iron Lad, Hulkling, and Wiccan subvert it (Iron Lad is a young Kang with no connection to Comicbook/IronMan, Hulkling is the half-Skrull son of [[Comicbook/CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel]] with no connection to [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk the Hulk]], and Wiccan - who patterns himself after [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor]] - is the son of Comicbook/ScarletWitch); and Patriot is just all over the place (he's the grandson of ''a'' Captain America, but not ''the'' Comicbook/CaptainAmerica, he gets his powers from a mutant drug instead of his heritage, and his costume is based on Comicbook/{{Bucky|Barnes}} anyway). Furthermore, nobody except Stature had met the people they're following in the footsteps of before they became superheroes.
** A possible future shows Hulkling [[LegacyCharacter becoming the new Captain Marvel]]. Patriot and Speed also take on their predecessors' identities, Stature takes the identity of [[ComicBook/MarvelComics2 Stinger]], and Wiccan ... is apparently the new Sorcerer Supreme, with a costume modeled after Comicbook/DoctorStrange. There's also a new character named Samantha, who has taken over the identity of Comicbook/TheFalcon, and a young boy named Steve, who has become the new Bucky.
*** The new recruits from the Comicbook/MarvelNOW relaunch also avert this. Miss America is not connected to Captain America or Patriot in any meaningful way (or for that matter, Madeline Joyce, the original Miss America), and fills their role in a purely thematic manner (she even has completely different abilities). Marvel Boy has nothing in common with Captain Marvel or Comicbook/MsMarvel outside of a shared Kree heritage, and like Miss America, has completely different abilities from his adult counterparts. Then Prodigy bucks the entire trend by being the first Young Avenger to not have any adult analogue, with the closest thing maybe being Wolverine, since they're both mutants. And Loki, while arguably a Thor analogue, is well...''[[TheTrickster Loki]]''.
* Hulkling's older half-brother Genis-Vell also took after dear old dad. Not only did he inherit [[Comicbook/CaptainMarVell Mar-Vell]]'s costume and Nega-Bands, but also his "Cosmic Awareness" and connection to [[KidSidekick Rick Jones]]. And like his father, he ended up dying a rather tragic death.
* In ''[[ComicBook/JonahHex All-Star Western]]'', the [[ClassyCatBurglar Lord of Thievery]] in 19th century Gotham's [[ReligionOfEvil Church of Crime]] is the cat-loving [[ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} Lorna Kyle]].
** Dr Terrance Thirteen, Franchise/TheDCU's most famous FlatEarthAtheist, is introduced to Comicbook/{{New 52}} continuity as an 1880s skeptic and debunker in an ''All-Star Western'' backup strip. The more familiar PresentDay version subsequently appears in ''ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger'' as his descendant.
* In Creator/PaulCornell's ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd Megazine'' strip "Deathwatch" one of the members of Psi-Judge Dee's Elizabethan Judge squad is Celibacy Steel, ancestress of Judge Treasure Steel from Dave Stone's ''Armitage'' and Judge Becky Steel from ''Pan-African Judges''
* There's one ''Pilote'' one-shot in which Goscinny and Uderzo's AuthorAvatar characters visit the UndefeatableLittleVillage from ''Comicbook/{{Asterix}}'' in the present day and meet the distant descendent of Obelix, who retains Obelix's basic appearance, his personality - even his very 50BC-specific fondness for menhirs and wild boar - and [[LamarckWasRight his artificially-acquired]] SuperStrength. He shows the authors his family tree, which is full of similar identical descendants who were all great warriors in different eras of French history, including a knight who fought the English at the Battle of Hastings, a Crusader, a privateer, a Napoleonic ship captain, and so on. Several of the bits of history about these descendants include cameos from the descendants of the pirate characters who routinely appear.
** Asterix and Obelix also both look a lot like their fathers.
* Captain Haddock in "Tintin" looks very much like his 17th century ancestor, Francois de Hadoque. Their personalities are much alike too, both of them being hot-blooded alcoholic seafarers.
* Comicbook/{{Viz}} features Biffa Bacon, who is a bully, but who himself is bullied by his parents constantly, and occasionally his uncle too. The character was based on a father joining in a fight their son was having with someone (it was never clear whether what this person had done to make the person fighting them, or if it was a random assault).
* Ulysses Klaw and his father, Fritz Klaue. Both men are obsessed with vibranium, both tried (unsuccessfully) to overthrow Wakanda, and both lost a hand only to have it replaced with a high-tech prosthesis.
* Baron Heinrich Zemo and his son, Baron Helmut Zemo, right down to their faces being disfigured at the hands of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica. The major difference was that Heinrich was a Nazi, while Helmut eventually renounced his father's racist ideology and became a villainous WellIntentionedExtremist.
** The ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]] / ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' shows that Helmut shares his more self-destructive tendencies (namely his massive ego and complete inability to deal with anything less than unanimous praise) with Harbin Zemo, the original Baron Zemo from 1480. Harbin's tale is used as a [[BookEnds Book End]] to parallel Helmut's own fall from grace.
* Used (and to an extent {{invoked|Trope}}) in Creator/GeoffJohns's ''Comicbook/{{Superboy}}'' run, when Conner was living in Smallville with the Kents in a deliberate attempt to duplicate Clark's childhood. Since he befriended a TeenGenius-slash-MadScientist In Training and met a girl with the initials LL who kept trying to learn his secret identity, he was pretty successful. (Both of these have twists - Simon Valentine never actually turned evil that we saw, and Lori ''did'' discover Conner's secret ... oh, and she's Luthor's niece.)
* A very simple example in the Franchise/{{Green Lantern}}s and [[Franchise/TheFlash Flashes]] of the DC Universe, who are always friends. Alan Scott and Jay Garrick from the Golden Age, Hal Jordan and Barry Allen of the Silver Age, and Kyle Rayner and Wally West from the modern age.
** In ''Comicbook/TheMultiversity'', there's an alternate universe where that Earth's Green Lantern and Flash analogues are lovers.
** This also extends to the ComicBook/{{Green Arrow}}s and Green Lanterns, with Oliver Queen regularly teaming up with Hal, and his successor Connor Hawke doing the same with Kyle Rayner.
* The pre-Crisis and post-Crisis ComicBook/BlackCanary are mother and daughter. They're both named "Dinah", both wear more-or-less the same superhero costume, both use the same superhero alias, and both have black hair naturally. The main difference is the modern Canary has her Canary Cry powers while her mom was a BadassNormal.
* Gus [=McGogan=] in ''ComicBook/AmericanVampire'' mirrors his father Cash in the most tragic way: [[spoiler:Both were orphaned at early age, both were unwanted children until someone nice enough adopted them]]. Gus is also a vampire, just like his adoptive grandfather and [[DeadGuyJunior namesake]], though the difference is that Gus the elder was a Gaelic vampire, while the younger is an American Vampire.
* Dejah Thoris and her mother Heru in ''ComicBook/WarlordOfMars''. They are [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Red Martian princesses]] with a [[DamselInDistress knack for getting in distress]] and both of them fell in love with Earthmen. Their semblance to each other is so great that Heru's old flame mistook her daughter for her.

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* Especially common in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' and ''Literature/HarryPotter'' (Marauders or next generation) FanFic. Even before the ''Deathly Hallows'' epilogue.
** It's not just those two series, it's ''everywhere''. Most "Next Gen" fic will feature kids who are either 1.) Exact carbon copies of their parents or 2.) [[AllGenesAreCodominant Have a blend of traits]] that the writer thought were the [[MarySue coolest aspects of said parents]]. This applies to personality, fighting styles, what the kids want to be when they grow up, etc.... Occasionally the kids will have certain aspects of their grandparents if they showed up in the series and they were likable enough. When you get right down to it, many of these "original characters" are the same damn people and the only difference will depend on what the writer's favorite name is.
*** And while we're on the subject, this leaches into the shipping as well. For example, if the writer is a Harry/Draco fan, this will come across/feature in an Al/Scorpius fic. Same goes for Rose/Scorpius = Hermione/Draco, among others.
** Hell, the Sailor Moon fanseries "Sailor Moon Z(odiac)" does this with by giving almost every named character a Silver Millenium counterpart, up to and including (Insert Name Here)'s family status and relationships!
* Ninety-nine percent of "Offspring Fic" use this, no matter ''what'' the fandom. Magical-girls will grow up ad produce magical-girls of their own, [[Manga/OnePiece the children of pirates and swordsmen will go off and form their own crews all made up of the children of the previous crew]]...There is a ''VisualNovel/{{Higurashi|WhenTheyCry}}'' fic with the offspring of all the canon characters, and there was a massive GroundHogDayLoop going on, with the offspring going insane in the exact order of their parents!
* Shiratamama's [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/post?tags=shiratamama+if_they_mated series]] of ''Manga/KOn'' fancomics about the daughters of Mio and Ritsu.
* In the fanfiction by Creator/CoriFalls, it's revealed that Jessie's parents met under similar circumstances to her and James, and had similar adventures together. They even met Ash's dad, who has almost the exact same name as Ash himself (and Ash later goes on to act like him as an adult). In fact, the implications are that the Generation Xerox affects not only Jessie's and James's immediate families but every single one of their family members from before or after them.
* In Fanfic/WhiteRain, Sakura uses something similar to Kakashi's bell test on her own genin team... with her own twist.
** An even more critical part of the plot is [[spoiler: Uchiha Itachi's two children. The older son (also named Itachi) takes more after Sasuke - but the younger daughter (Rina) is the one who takes after her father.]]
* In ''Fanfic/MirrorsImage'' Twilight and her mother [[spoiler:Chrysallis]] have pretty similar backstories: Both were students of Celestia, both had used the Element of Magic, and both were [[spoiler:SwitchedAtBirth]].
* ''Fanfic/TheElementsOfHarmonyAndTheSaviorOfWorlds'': Megan is stunned at the similarities between the Applejack and Spike she knew and the present ones. And then we find out that AJ is in fact descended from the original Applejack and Spike is [[spoiler: G1 Spike's (now King Spykoran) grandson]].
* ''FanFic/{{Hivefled}}''; averted. Being compared to his ancestor is now Gamzee's BerserkButton, [[RapeAsDrama with good reason]].
* In ''FanFic/EpicUnicornHistoryTheBeardsOfHarmony'', our six [[BadassBeard bearded]] heroes seem and act suspiciously like our six young heroines from the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic show]]. They are also destined to become friends and save the newly founded Equestria from a threat in the Everfree Forest.
* The sheer VOLUME of WesternAnimation/TeenTitans fancharacters that are simply palette-swaped expies of their parents, typically the creators' preferred ship, could fill a couple of dimensions in the multiverse alone. [[http://glee-chan.deviantart.com/art/Robin-s-Daughters-424025409 Of course, some people have some fun with the idea]]...
* ''FanFic/ShadowOfTheDragon'': n chapter 13, it's established that Sakura, Tomoyo, Rika, Naoko, and Chiharu's mothers are similar to their daughters, albeit with slight differences:
** Tomoyo is a LipstickLesbian and [[AllLoveIsUnrequited in]] [[KissingCousins love]] with Sakura, echoing the relationship between their mothers Sonomi and Nadeshiko.
** Nadeshiko was in a TeacherStudentRomance, whereas Rika is in one with Mr. Terada.
** Yuuka, Rika's mother, had a "foreign boyfriend" (Rika's father Jyou is [[ButNotTooForeign Japanese-American]]); Sakura is in a relationship with Syaoran, a Chinese boy.
** Chiharu's mother, Yukiko, had a tendency to [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale strangle]] her then-boyfriend just as Chiharu does to Takashi, though in that case, it's for getting lost in sports stories rather than telling lies.
* In ''FanFic/TheBridge'', Princess Cadance closely resembles an alicorn version of her ancestor, the late Princess Amore, with some slight color tweaks. It's so great that King Sombra briefly mistakes Cadance for Amore when she's wearing her predecessor's armor. [[spoiler: The appearance similarity is justified as its heavily implied that Cadance is actually Amore's time-displaced daughter.]]
* The ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' FanFic ''FanFic/VigilanteTendency'' has Sawada Tsunayoshi (accidentally) start a vigilante group, just like his anscestor Sawada Ieyasu, aka Giotto, Vongola Primo. Once the Vongola enter the scene, rumors start up about how Tsuna might actually be Primo's ''clone''.
* ''[[Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird]]'' features a non-genetic variant, as there is no blood relationship whatsoever between any of the characters involved. But in 9:30 Dragon, a human noblewoman and an elven rogue worked together {{like brother and sister}} to [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins defeat the Blight]]; now, eleven years later, a human noblewoman and an elven rogue work together {{like brother and sister}} to [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition defeat the Elder One]].
* In the ''[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/149385/cmc-the-next-generation CMC: The Next Generation]]'', a SpinOff of the ''FanFic/BrideOfDiscord'' "verse", we have Rainbow Dash's daughter Prism, who can be best described as a cross between Applebloom and Scootaloo, who on advice from [[HonoraryUncle Aunt Scootaloo]], forms the titular new generation of the CMC with her friends.

* In ''Film/StarTrek'', we learn that Captain Kirk had a father who looked almost exactly like him, and was even Captain of the USS ''Kelvin'' ([[DeathByOriginStory though only for 12 minutes)]].
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Captain Kirk in ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' when he meets the helmsman of the newly-commissioned ''Enterprise''-B: Ensign Demora Sulu, daughter of Kirk's former helmsman, Captain Hikaru Sulu.
--> '''Kirk:''' It wouldn't be the ''Enterprise'' without a Sulu at the helm.
** It gets even better when, according to supplementary information, Demora Sulu becomes a captain, just like her father. And for bonus points, her ''Enterprise'' is a variant of the ''Excelsior'', which her father commands.
* The ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' trilogy
** George [=McFly=] in the [[Film/BackToTheFuture first film]] is bullied by Biff Tannen; his grandson Marty [=McFly=], Jr is goaded into crime by Griff Tannen. Both characters' escape from their respective tormentor was catalyzed by Marty [=McFly=], Sr, who is himself (initially) goaded into crime by Douglas Needles (not a Tannen, but he fills the same JerkJock''/''CorruptCorporateExecutive role as Biff).
** Marty Sr is reluctant to send his demo tape to a record producer because he "couldn't handle that kind of rejection". George (in the original history) won't send his manuscript to a publisher for the same reason.
** Great grandfather Seamus [=McFly=] in ''[[Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII Part III]]'', who was one of the many people harassed by Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen in 1885, echoing Biff's line with:
---> '''Mad Dog: '''[=McFly=], I thought I done told you never to come in here
** On a sillier note, as provided by this trope image, Tannen family have tendencies to get crashed into pile of manure. Even the [[http://backtothefuture.wikia.com/wiki/Manure Wiki]] has the page for it.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Young Skywalker is whisked away from his home on Tatooine by a Jedi Master. He then saves the day by flying a starfighter into battle and improbably blowing up the enemy space station, befriending R2-D2 in the process. He then receives training in the Force against Yoda's protests, leading him to overconfidently attack Palpatine's [[TheDragon Dragon]], losing an appendage for his troubles. Now, are we talking about Luke or Anakin?
** The Skywalker twins are an interesting study. While in looks and career choice, they resemble the same sex parent, in personality, Leia is much more like Anakin and Luke like Padme. Indeed, Luke and Padme have almost identical lines at times (usually about Anakin/Vader).
*** Leia's very similar to her mother in lots of other ways, being a PoliticallyActivePrincess, RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething, BrainyBrunette ActionGirl. Luke also seems to have gained some traits from her, most noticeably nearly-ironclad morality, an amazing amount of compassion, and a seemingly endless capacity to forgive.
** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', it turns out that [[spoiler: the villainous Kylo Ren is actually Ben, Anakin's grandson. Like Anakin, he was seduced by the Dark Side of the Force and slaughtered his fellow Jedi, and wears a black outfit complete with a mask. This is actually intentional, as Ben consciously models himself after Darth Vader, whom he idolizes to a truly unhealthy degree]].
** Many jokes have been made about how whiny and angsty the Skywalker men are (especially in comparison to the Skywalker women), although Luke arguably grows out of it. This trait is even observable in [[spoiler:Kylo Ren]].
** Arguably taken a step further in [[Franchise/StarWarsLegends the old Expanded Universe]], in which Luke decides there's no such thing as a 'light side' and 'dark side', only the Force, henceforth using the force entirely as he sees fit. Later, after a certain incident, he comes to the rapid conclusion that he's made a terrible mistake, and cuts himself of from the unsavory elements of the Force. In some ways, reflecting how Anakin came to embrace the Dark Side, only to repent and slay the Emperor. Anakin's grandson follows [[strike:almost]] exactly the same path as Vader, all the while ironically looking back at history so he did not make the same mistakes, [[BrokenAesop which he did]]. The conclusion was arguably inverted as he ended up not repenting before his death.
*** It depends on what you qualify as "repenting". Moments before [[spoiler:his sister Jaina]] kills him, he seems to realize that he was as much of an idiot as his grandfather was. Unfortunately, he only realizes this [[spoiler:at about the same time he's stabbed through the chest, because he had left himself open while sending a psychic message to his former lover that their daughter's life was in danger]].
*** In the ''Literature/YoungJediKnights'' series, Jaina is described as looking a lot like Leia, but her personality more resembles Han. Leia, meanwhile, shares her mother's affection for interesting hair arrangements.
** Luke Skywalker's eventual wife Mara Jade was once one of his greatest enemies (she once served as Emperor Palpatine's Hand) until they fell in love and got married. In ''Literature/FateOfTheJedi'', Luke's son Ben Skywalker fights Sith Lady Vestara Khai several times and then a mutual attraction begins. Luke lampshades the parallel.
* ''Theatre/MammaMia'' has a mild version: Sophie's relationship with her best friends Ali and Lisa is identical to that of her mother Donna and ''her'' best friends Tanya and Rosie - both groups have their own friendship chants and the similarity is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in a later scene when both groups unwittingly have a near identical conversation.
* ''Film/TheDuchess'' seems to be a determined attempt to present the life of Georgina, Duchess of Devonshire, as a foreshadowing of her collateral descendant Diana, Princess of Wales.
* In ''Film/{{Tremors}} 4: The Legend Begins'', Burt's 19th century ancestor encounters the Graboids.
* Surprisingly this is inverted in ''Film/BigBully'' where the main character returns to work at his old high school with his SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp. Both of them now have sons the same age but the victim's son is a violent and mean child and picks on the bully kid who is a nice and kind boy. The main character is actually seen bonding with his former tormentor's son over their shared experience with bullies.
** ''Big Bully'' is pretty much a deconstruction of the "schoolyard bully" stereotype. In keeping with this, the inversion continues with the kids [[spoiler: realizing the benefit in one another's company and becoming friends.]] When the dads realize this at the end of the film, [[spoiler: they decide to put their own past behind them and follow their kids' example.]]
* In Korean film ''The Classic'', the parallels between the daughter and her mother (whose story is told in flashbacks) are very similar. Both of them meet a boy and when it began to rain, the two couples happen to run under the same tree for shelter. And both couples meet hardships in the form of a LoveTriangle and an annoying friend who interferes with their relationships. In the end, [[spoiler: the mother wasn't able to get together with the boy and married someone else. Said boy also married someone else. But for the daughter, her crush returned her feelings and they then found out that the boy was the son of her mother's old crush]].
* The eventual fates of [[AlphaBitch Hatsumomo]] and [[CoolBigSis Mameha]] of ''Literature/MemoirsOfAGeisha'' were similar to their apprentices, Pumpkin and Sayuri. Pumpkin became bitter and hateful like Hatsumomo, degrading herself, holding a grudge against Sayuri for ruining her future. Sayuri on the other hand became like Mameha, successful and was able to survive the worst of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and still maintain the gracefulness that they once had when they were prosperous.
* ''Film/AfterEarth'': After [[spoiler:the death of his Ranger sister]], Kitai wants to become a Ranger (and possibly a Ghost too) so that his father has someone to be proud of.
* In the Bollywood ''{{Film/Krrish}}'' movies (well the second and third ones), Hrithik Roshan plays both the titular character and his dad, Dr. Rohit Mehra.
* [[Franchise/IndianaJones Henry Jones and his son, Indiana]]. At first, the two seem night and day: Indy is a [[WhipItGood whip-cracking]] [[TwoFistedTales Nazi-punching]] AdventurerArchaeologist, while Henry is a dottering old professor. But while Indy has modeled [[IconicOutfit his look]] and [[GraveRobbing his attitude]] on a badass tomb robber who bested him as a youth ([[WorthyOpponent and actually showed him some respect for it]]), he's got far more in common with his father. They're both archaeology professors, they're obsessed with antiquities, they're ladies' men, they both wear a NiceHat (Indy's iconic fedora and Henry's bucket hat) and carry a surprisingly useful tool (Indy's whip and Henry's umbrella), and they're both pretty useful in a crisis. Aside from the choice of hat, Indy's teaching outfit -- tweed and a bow tie -- is identical to his father's outfit. The main difference between them is that unlike his son, Henry doesn't have a costumed secret identity and doesn't seek out dangerous adventures or occult villains.
* Happens over no less than four generations in Sacha Guitry's ''Remontons les Champs-Elysées'' with the professor's paternal forebears, all played by Guitry himself. His great-grandfather, King Louis XV, met the love of his life at 54, had a son by her and died ten years later; so did his grandfather and his father. As noted by the professor, who is entering his sixty-fourth year and has been married to the love of his life for ten years, "while it is quite nice to know that I will live sixty-four years, it is quite annoying to know that I won't go any further".
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Katniss looks like Mr. Everdeen, has inherited his hunting abilities and talent for singing and, like him, will [[spoiler:marry someone from the town]]. Prim looks like Mrs. Everdeen and has inherited her passion for healing. Also, Mrs. Everdeen was close friends with Katniss' friend, Madge's mother, as a teenager and the father of Katniss' love interest Peeta had a crush on Mrs. Everdeen.
* The titular Dr. Victor Frankenstein of ''Film/FrankensteinsArmy'' is the grandson of [[Literature/{{Frankenstein}} the famous one from Switzerland]], although he already *knows* how to [[CreatingLife create life]] from reading his Grandpa's books, and instead of making one grumpy ArtificialZombie, makes a horde of nightmarish [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot undead cyborg]] {{Super Soldier}}s to get revenge on the Nazis for sending him to a concentration camp.

* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', this cuts both ways. Harry's father and his cohorts from their days at Hogwarts, the Marauders, map well onto Harry and ''his'' friends -- and he meets every single one of them before the end of the third book. And [[spoiler: the "first day at Hogwarts" at the end of ''Deathly Hallows'' is a dead ringer for Harry's own "first day" way back in ''Philosopher's Stone''. This is emphasised when Harry's daughter Lily whines that she wants to go to Hogwarts ''now'' to her mother, Ginny, said the same thing six books earlier]].
** This is also subverted to an extent with Harry's father -- Harry unthinkingly assumes that their characters were xeroxed until Harry's father James turns out to have been a pampered little idiot in his teenage years, properly maturing only in the last year or two of school. It's implied that Harry's unhappy upbringing has made him a better person in some respects. Dumbledore also comments to Snape he finds Harry's personality much like his mother's, rather than his father's.
*** Harry is constantly described as looking exactly like his father, except that he has his mother's green eyes.
*** Also, both Harry and James end up with a red-haired wife, making both couples very alike in looks.
*** Though this is subverted with Harry ending up with Ginny (who is a pureblood) rather than Hermione (who is a muggle born) as Lily was muggle born.
*** Also the situation of an orphaned godson is repeated. The books start out with Harry, an orphan, living with his relatives. He grows very close to his godfather, Sirius. The books end with Teddy Lupin, an orphan, living with his relatives. Jo tells us he becomes very close to his godfather, Harry.
* A non heroic example is present in Creator/GabrielGarciaMarquez's novel ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude''. The names and the personality traits associated with those names emerges in each generation of the Buendí­a family, leading to a cycle of repeating mishaps and tragedies which only ends [[spoiler:with the death of the last member of the family and the destruction of the town the family founded]].
** The exception being the twins Aureliano Segundo and José Arcadio Segundo. The former is sociable, jolly and likes to party, which are traits associated with the José Arcadios; the latter is reserved and gloomy, and has military interests, like the previous Aurelianos.
*** It's implied that this is because the twins swapped names so often that eventually they lost track of their own identities - it's quite possible that Aureliano Segundo ''was'' José Arcadio Segundo and vice-versa.
* It is rather subtle but the similarities between the younger generation of (especially, but definitely not just them) Stark children in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' and the previous generation has been pointed out.
** This also happens to Ned in regards to older members of his family. His father Lord Rickard was unjustly executed by the [[TheCaligula evil King "Mad" Aerys II]] and his oldest son was also killed horrifically. [[spoiler:Near the end of the first book Ned is executed by the evil King Joffrey and later his oldest son is killed in a horrific manner.]]
** Arya is noted to be GenerationXerox for her Aunt Lyanna in both appearance and personality, as a similarly wild, tomboyish RebelliousPrincess with an interest in riding and fencing over ladylike arts, and [[{{ChronicHeroSyndrome}} concern for the smallfolk.]] Ned even admits he's worried about the similarities.
--> Ned: "Lyanna would have carried a sword if my lord father had allowed it. You remind me of her sometimes, you even look her. Beautiful, willful...and dead before her time."
** Examined by the various members of the Lannister family. Jaime and Cersei both believe themselves to be just like their father. Both claims are refuted by other members of the family. Cersei is considered to be too [[WildCard mercurial]] in comparsion to the [[TheStoic rock-solid]] Tywin by both her brothers. Tywin's sister Genna dismisses Jaime's claim, as [[TheUnfavourite Tyrion]] is most like Tywin, while noting he ''does'' have similarities to most of his uncles.
** The noble houses in ASOIAF in general work like this, both in appearance (Martin's genetics is... peculiar) and in behaviour (nobles are encouraged to imitate their more famous ancestors). One character (Joffrey Baratheon) was even correctly outed as not a real Baratheon by numerous characters, by virtue of him neither looking the part nor acting like a proper Baratheon acts. By contrast, Robert's bastard children all act in a stubborn manner and have the Baratheon colouring.
** Robert's brother Stannis has similar qualities to his great-great-grandfather King Maekar I. They were both stern and unforgiving younger sons who are great military men but feel unappreciated, unexpectedly inherit the Iron Throne and both kill a better-liked brother of theirs.
** Robert's [[HeroicBastard bastard son]] Gendry manages to demonstrate the traits of his father and uncles Renly and Stannis, despite not even knowing he's a Baratheon. He's inherited Robert's strength, heroism and fondness for a war hammer, Renly's compassion, tolerance and care for the vulnerable, and is very similar in personality to the serious, honourable, introverted and reserved Stannis. He even ends up best friends with Arya Stark -- the daughter of ''Robert's'' best friend Ned -- and is hinted to be developing feelings for her, who (as noted above) is similarly GenerationXerox of Lyanna Stark, the woman Robert spent his life in love with.
* ''Every'' generation of the Ohmsford family in Creator/TerryBrooks ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' series includes one member who [[JumpedAtTheCall Jumps At The Call]] of the druid Allanon (or his successors). This family member stands a good chance of being friends with the impulsive Prince of Leah, and will almost certainly encounter the King of the Silver River and be accompanied by a group of Men, Dwarves and Elves (probably including Elven royalty) against the BigBad. They may also have a more sensible sibling who accompanies them to stop them getting into trouble, encounter a LoveableRogue named Creel, and befriend a Moor Cat. Although there's usually an element or two from this list missing in each generation.
* In Creator/NealStephenson's novel ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}'' and its multipart {{Prequel}}, ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle'':
** The characters of Lawrence Waterhouse and his ancestor Daniel are both descended from nonconformist preachers (Lawrence's grandfather, Bunyan, and Daniel's father, Drake). Despite an unconventional childhood, they attend a prestigious university (Princeton/Cambridge) where they form a strong but uneasy friendship with an obsessive, gay ubergenius (Alan Turing[=/=]UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton). They subsequently come onto the radar of the mysterious immortal Enoch Root, and become involved in a complex secret war involving hidden gold and cryptography, with the assistance of Sergeant Bob Shaftoe (of the US Marines/the King's Own Black Torrent Guards), while also becoming involved with the political machinations of the Comstock family (Earl Comstock, first head of the NSA/Roger Comstock, Marquis of Ravenscar) and working on early computers (''[[ClockPunk very]]'' early in Daniel's case). Oh, and amongst the genuine historic figures Waterhouse meets is the famous military leader, Churchill (UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill[=/=]John Churchill, Duke of Marlbrough).
** Laurence's grandson, Randy, in ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}''[='s=] 1990s sections, also fits the pattern to some extent; he's a computer geek, he becomes involved in Root's conspiracy, works with Bobby Shaftoe's son (and has a relationship with his granddaughter), and deals with the political machinations of Earl Comstock's descendant. Admittedly, he starts out with an interest in his grandfather's work, but that doesn't explain all of it, and certainly not why his capitalist venture partner just happens to be descended from a member of the original Bob Shaftoe's brother's pirate crew (as, incidentally, is Goto Dengo, one of a handful of characters to appear in the 1940s and 1990s sequences of ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}''. He's a Japanese soldier who converts to Christianity; his ancestor was one of the "[[UsefulNotes/JapaneseChristian Kirishitan]]" Jesuits persecuted by Toyotomi Hideyoshi).
* The writing of Creator/DavidEddings, especially the ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Belgariad/Malloreon]]'' series and ''[[Literature/TheElenium The Elenium/Tamuli]]'' series, in which characters specifically point out the similarity of events. This repetition is put down to Destiny by DirtyOldMan / ByronicHero Belgarath and CreepyChild / OracularUrchin / PhysicalGod Aphrael, respectively. At the end of both series, however, it is claimed that this cycle of Destined Events has been broken, making the future unpredictable.
* Played with several times in Creator/TamoraPierce's Literature/TortallUniverse:
** Aly of the ''[[Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness Trickster]]'' books is completely different from Alanna--she's flippant and unambitious at the start of the book, with no interest in being a knight. However, she does take after her dad George the spymaster. Her twin brother Alan ''is'' a knight-in-training, and her other brother Thom follows after his namesake in studying magic.
** The ''Literature/ProvostsDog'' books {{invert|edTrope}} this completely. TheHero, Beka Cooper, is George Cooper's great-something grandmother... a legendary ''police officer''. Also in her books is Lord Lionel of Trebond, a sexist who thinks that women are weak and delicate and who is far too cowardly to stand up to the BigBad of the book.
* In ''Literature/WutheringHeights'', Heathcliff and Isabella's son Linton Heathcliff has the worst traits of both of his parents, being a nasty, cowardly snob. On the positive side, Hareton Earnshaw and Catherine Linton have a lot in common with young Heathcliff and young Catherine Earnshaw (in fact, Heathcliff deliberately keeps Hareton uneducated to mold him into a new version of himself), but turn out to be better than the older generation.
* There is something like this is seen in ''Literature/VanityFair'' -- Amelia, who is something of a WideEyedIdealist ProperLady has a son George who she terribly spoils, leading him on a path to become like his father (also named George), who was a snobbish JerkJock wannabe aristocrat. However, whereas DoggedNiceGuy Dobbin wasn't successful in reforming the earlier George, he is able to mould the younger George, [[spoiler: his step-son]], into a better person. The other [[VillainProtagonist "heroine"]], [[TheVamp Becky Sharpe]], has a FreudianExcuse for some of her behavior. She neglects her son Rawdon, who is named after his father who was better than most of his family who were a long line of [[AristocratsAreEvil evil aristocrats]]. While less of a character than young George, the younger Rawdon also seems to grow up to be a better person than his parents- he gives his mother a settlement [[CallingTheOldManOut not to come near him ever again]] which contrasts with how his grandfather, [[DastardlyWhiplash Sir Pitt Crawley]] tried to cheat his children out of inheritance owed to them.
* Happened in ''Literature/WelkinWeasels'' -- even their names are very similar: the descendants of Mawk and Scirf are named Maudlin and Scruff, respectively.
* In Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, the Ashkevrons are shown to be very much like this generation after generation. Queen Selenay jokes, not inaccurately, that members of the family who don't inherit the usual resemblance generally find excuses to run off to the capital city.
* The ''[[Literature/SweetValleyHigh Sweet Valley Saga]]'' books rely on the idea that the present inhabitants of Sweet Valley largely are Xeroxed from the ancestors who are the subjects of the books. Patmans and Fowlers are of course in some way derived from nobility, for example.
** To give one of the more egregious examples: the main characters of the books are identical twin girls with an older brother. Of the past five generations of their mother's family, three have consisted of identical twin girls with an older brother.
* The whole plot of Creator/MadeleineLEngle's ''Literature/ASwiftlyTiltingPlanet'' is Charles Wallace traveling through history tracing the interactions of three people [[{{Reincarnation}} reborn again and again]] doomed to repeat the same actions as their ancestors.
* In Literature/{{Discworld}} novels, "Old Stoneface" Vimes is the Knight Commander of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, and is well known for his belief that ''nobody'' is above the law, to the extent that he famously arrested the ruler of the city. While this obviously refers to Sam, during the time period of the novels, it's also a description of Suffer-Not-Injustice, some 300 years earlier. (The difference: Suffer-Not-Injustice executed the king; Lord Vetinari was let off on a technicality, and it all turned out to be part of his {{Plan}}).
* A bizarre variant, in which there's no blood relationship, is the "Jack and Susan" mysteries by Michael [=McDowell=]. Whether it's 1913, 1933, or 1953 (and [=McDowell=] originally intended to write stories for the "_3" year of ''each'' decade), Jack Beaumont and Susan Bright are always 27 years old, meeting and falling in love for the first time. No explanation is ever even attempted -- this is just the way it happens.
* In ''Literature/{{Kunoichi}}'', this is implied to have occurred with Michiru Fujimori and her daughter Anna, both skilled [[InformedAbility computer scientists]]. Right down to the [[spoiler: SplitPersonality]].
* ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'' has a variation on this in that most of the people that the gods posses tend to live variations of the tales of the gods e.g. Julius Kane (possessed by Osiris) is kidnapped by Set while his children Carter and Sadie Kane are forced to escape (Horas and Isis respectively). Justified with that the gods don't have imagination and can only repeat stories humans can change these however.
* In Creator/RobertRankin's fifth ''Brentford Trilogy'' novel, ''The Brentford Chainstore Massacre'', we're told that Omalley's ancestor was sent to Brentford by the Pope to kill Pooley's ancestor, and that Pooleys and Omalleys have been killing each other over the Brentford Scrolls ever since. However, the current Pooley and Omalley are best friends.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', Katniss looks like her father, Mr. Everdeen, has inherited his hunting abilities, singing voice and, like him, [[spoiler: will marry someone from the town]]. Her sister, Prim, looks like Mrs. Everdeen and has inherited her passion for healing. Also Mrs. Everdeen was close friends with Katniss' friend, Madge's mother, as a teenager and the father of Katniss' love interest Peeta had a crush on Mrs. Everdeen.
* Chris and Cathy in ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic'' not only look eerily like their parents, they end up basically the same way, BrotherSisterIncest and all.
* In Creator/SarahAddisonAllen's ''Literature/TheGirlWhoChasedTheMoon'', after Dulcie and Logan's history in the BackStory, Logan's brother fears it will happen again with his son Win and Dulcie's daughter Emily.
* An unusual RealPersonFic example in the ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'' short story "Doctor Who and the Adaptation of Death" by Graeme Burk. Set in TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture Hollywood, the big movie stars the screenwriter viewpoint character mentions are all the kids or grandkids of present day stars, either real (Kal-El Cage) or imagined (Jude Law III). Also, Creator/JKRowling has a descendent called P. Q. Rowling who wrote ''Literature/HarryPotter and the Half Moon Dentist''.
* As [[AllThereInTheManual revealed]] in the ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' spin-offs ''The Island of Sodor'' and ''Sodor: Reading Between the Lines'', there have been three Fat Controllers: Sir Topham Hatt, his son Sir Charles Topham Hatt and ''his'' son Sir Stephen Topham Hatt. Within the books, the Fat Controllers appear identical.
* In SA Swann's Literature/{{Apotheosis}} series, Salmagundi practices a peculiar form of ancestor worship, which expects everyone to download 5-12 of their ancestors into themselves. Since each of those ancestral minds is usually a melding of the half-dozen or more minds that ''they'' had downloaded, each of which is a blending of minds etc. This leads to people who are remarkably alike in personality, since everyone is a distillation of their ancestors, and a lot of people have overlapping sets of ancestors.
* ''Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt'' does this in her debut novel ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}'', where the female protagonist Beatrice seems to have inherited both her appearance and her personality from her paternal grandmother. Her cousins have some of this too. Edvard has inherited his abusive side from his father, Sofia is beautiful but weak like her mother.
** Not to mention that Beatrice must have inherited her intelligence from her father, who was a professor at Uppsala University.
* Implied in the third book in ''Literature/TheBeyonders:'' [[spoiler: Darien the Seer's message to Jason implies that he will some day have a daughter who will also go on a journey across Lyrian like he did, and, in the process, end up having to explore Darien's lair just like Jason did]].
* In ''Literature/EmilyTheStrangeTheLostDays'', Emily/Earwig discovers she very closely resembles [[spoiler: her Great Aunt Emma.]]
* ''{{Literature/Holes}}'' largely hinges on a {{downplayed|Trope}} version of this: Elya Yelnats accidentally broke a promise to a one-legged Gypsy named Madame Zeroni, resulting in a curse on all his descendants. The protagonist, his great-great-grandson Stanley, winds up breaking the curse entirely by accident, when he happens to [[spoiler:befriend Madame Zeroni's descendant and help him in all the ways that Elya forgot to help her]].
* In the ''Literature/JackRyan'' series, Jack Ryan Jr. eventually joins the CIA like his father, while Sally goes to medical school like her mother (the same one, to top it off).
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', characters tend to be the subject of a prophecy or take on a role like leader if it happened to their mentor or parents. For instance, the last few [=ThunderClan=] leaders have been a series of mentors and their apprentices: Sunstar mentored Bluestar who mentored Firestar who mentored Bramblestar. Hawkfrost tried to take over the Clans like his father Tigerstar and there was a prophecy about the final confrontation that stopped each one. Being the subject of a prophecy and saving the Clans in some way also seems to run in Firestar's bloodline.

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* In ''Series/AuctionKings'', Bob runs an auction house. Paul runs an auction house. Elijah is considering joining the auction world as well.
* Although the various generations of the ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' family are accompanied by [[BumblingSidekick Baldrick]] and an UpperClassTwit, it's not until ''Blackadder Goes Forth'' that we get a real sense of history repeating, with more recurring characters from previous series than before, including one-off characters who take their own plotlines from the earlier series with them (Bob\Kate the SweetPollyOliver, for instance, or Nurse Mary, who's a WWI version of Amy Hardwood from ''Third''). The fact the basic set-up is similar to ''Blackadder II'' (Edmund, Balders and the twit are all based in location 1. Blackadder is frequently summoned to location 2 where an [[NotSoDifferent obsequious hanger-on with equal status]] tries to get him in trouble [[SitcomArchNemesis (Lord Melchett in series II, Kevin Darling in series IV)]] with a [[AxCrazy psychotic loon]] who has power of life and death over everyone involved ([[PsychopathicManChild Queenie]] in series II, [[TheNeidermeyer General Melchett]] in series IV) is just the icing on the cake.
** And they both have [[TheAce Lord Flashheart]] swoop in, [[SpotlightStealingSquad steal the show with his]] LargeHam, and steal away Bob.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The Stark children have many similarities with their parents:
*** Like his father, Robb is a skilled tactician and compassionate leader (both in war and peace) with a sense of duty and honor who rebels against a king in the name of family -- fittingly, as he is the heir of Winterfell. Richard Madden even mentions this in Robb's featurette. Though there is one crucial difference that separates them, as pointed out by Catelyn herself: Ned entered into a political marriage during the course of Robert's Rebellion, and honored that vow, refusing to MarryForLove even if there might have been another woman in his life (and allegedly the existence of Jon Snow would imply that there was).
*** Jon resembles his father Ned the most out of the Stark children and is a solemn, honorable (and known for this honor), and levelheaded leader and skilled swordsman like Ned, with Ned's sense of duty, compassion and love for family, who carries out executions himself. All of this makes it even more ironic [[spoiler:because Ned is not his biological father, but his uncle.]]
*** Sansa is a beautiful ProperLady like her mother Catelyn -- a few characters remark that she looks very much like Catelyn did when she was young. Littlefinger even says she's ''more'' beautiful than her mother was at that age. Appropriately enough, she gradually starts exhibiting more and more of Catelyn's character traits as she gets older, save for acquiring a cold pragmatism her mother lacked which Sansa likely acquired from her time around court, particularly around Littlefinger. So, in a way, she became the child Littlefinger never got to have with Cat. This is even more striking in Season 6 as she has now taken over the role of TheConsigliere to her brother Jon, like Catelyn used to do with her husband Ned and son Robb -- Sansa and Jon's father and brother respectively. In regards to her father, despite her earlier infatuation for Joffrey, she has her father's idealism, patience, self-control, compassion and love for her family and home, Winterfell.
*** Arya has her father's grim determination, fierce sense of justice and love and empathy for the smallfolk.
*** Like his father, Bran is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure with overriding concern for his subjects (literally begging for Ser Rodrik's life) with NervesOfSteel who befriends the children of Howland Reed, Ned's best friend, and considering his resemblance to Kid!Ned in the flashbacks, probably the child who most closely resembles him physically.
*** Rickon has his father's compassion and love for family.
** Ned comments that Arya takes after Lyanna (Ned's sister) in both appearance and personality. The flashbacks of a young Lyanna show her as a spirited tomboy wearing boy's clothing, befriending small folk and literally riding circles around her brothers -- this all supports Ned's comments about Arya.
* In the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' universe Dr. Soong was an eccentric scientist, whose work on creating artificial humanoids made him distrusted. One of his more powerful creations turned out to be a conscienceless monster who had to be stopped by the crew of the ''Enterprise''. Another, however, was a good person who aided the ''Enterprise'' crew in this. Arik (and Malik and Udar) from ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' or Noonien (and Lore and Data) from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''?
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
** They might have got better ([[MindScrew kind of]]) but in "Mystery Spot", Dean died and Sam became a ruthless hunter, bent on revenge against Dean's killer. Their mother died (she didn't get better) and their father became a ruthless hunter, bent on revenge against ''her'' killer. And yes, it's as [[{{Hoyay}} slashy]] as it sounds.
** Sam is John 2.0 Period. (He did a less extreme version of this back in season one after Azazel killed his fiancee, but between having Dean to help him through it and it already being his father's quest, it just wasn't as all-consuming. John appears to have been orphaned even before he married.)
*** It explains why they didn't get on most of the time, they were just too damn similar.
*** Sammy's IJustWantToBeNormal also goes back to his mom. The demon deals thing is just a family tradition at this point. They even spread it to the adopted members, and back to people who died before they were born.
** Season five also plays a weird version of it with generation one being God and two of his archangels, and the Xerox being the original Winchester triad. Dean being the 'good son' Michael the soldier, and Sam being [[TheDevil Lucifer]], the rebellious one. Gabriel makes this explicit. While at the same time, Castiel's quest for an unanswering God is clearly meant to parallel the original series premise of 'two brothers on a road trip, looking for their father and killing evil things,' with a smidgen more subtlety.
*** In all cases God is, if not evil, definitely a dick. This is a show that prefers lateral relationships in all cases to vertical ones. Equality fuck yeah.
** In season seven, after [[spoiler: Castiel]] dies, Dean mourns the same way his father mourned his mother: by burying himself in work, drowning himself in alcohol, and becoming obsessed with taking revenge on those he holds responsible for his loss. [[spoiler: And Castiel's death echoes Mary's: both made an impulsive deal with a powerful demon in order to protect the man they loved the most (although Cas had [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans other reasons, too]]), and both paid the price for it.]]
* A recurring theme in ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' is that the current generation of SAMCRO is following in the footsteps of the previous generation. Especially Jax, who is repeating the mistakes that both Clay and JT made. In the series finale [[spoiler:Jax kills himself in the same way his father did, [[DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou and sends his sons as far away as possible]] [[EvilParentsWantGoodKids to make sure they don't grow up like he did]].]]
* On ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'', Jimmy Darmody and his mother Gillian both have their StartOfDarkness [[spoiler: as a result of sexual abuse]].
* In ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', the three main siblings, Justin, Alex and Max, have personalities similar to those of their father and his brother and sister -- Jerry, Megan and Kelbo -- with Alex pretty much being the same as her aunt, an antisocial DeadpanSnarker, Max being TheDitz just like Kelbo and Justin, the mature and the oldest one, just like his father, Jerry. Not to mention the conflict between Jerry and Megan, which resembles a lot the [[SiblingRivalry antagonism]] Justin and Alex have most of the time. To cap it all off, Justin won the Wizard competition, but gave up his powers, just like Jerry, though both the reason he did it and the sibling he gave his powers to are different.
* Played with in Season 7's first episode of ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' -- Dawn's arc is paralleled with her older sister Buffy's arc in Season 1. Dawn is joined by two outcast classmates -- a mousy shy girl and a loudmouthed guy, paralleling Buffy becoming friends with Willow and Xander -- and fights monsters on their first day at the newly rebuilt Sunnydale High. Dawn's new friends are subsequently forgotten. She talks to mousy shy girl on the phone in "Conversations With Dead People," but other than that, Dawn's aforementioned friends are never mentioned again.
* Pretty much the whole concept of the new series of ''Series/{{Minder}}''. Archie Daley, the nephew of Arthur Daley? Who picked up a taxi driver as an assistant? Okay.
* In the ''Series/RobinHood'' episode "Bad Blood" {{Flashback}}s reveal that [[spoiler: the enmity between the Gisbournes and the Locksleys started due to a love triangle between Guy and Robin's fathers, which ended with the woman involved being killed by one of them (Malcom of Locksley, and unlike Guy's murder of Marian, it was an accident). Ghislane of Gisbourne also shows flashes of her daughter's political ambition, and gets shouted down by a sexist community leader in a similar manner to the arrival of Isabella's husband]].
* In the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' episode "Relic", Clark sees flashes of his father's brief time in Smallville as a young man. Jor-El, Clark's dad, falls in love with Lana Lang's great aunt, Jonathan Kent's father is seen as a noble farmer who helps Jor-El, and the bad guy is a Luthor, Lex's grandfather. [[spoiler: And a corrupt Sheriff. The first Sheriff in Smallville is also found out to be corrupt.]]
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'':
** Lorelai and Rory. It's mentioned several times in the series how alike their personalities are. Rory's first boyfriend reminds Lorelai of Rory's father, for example.
** But also subverted in that the focus of Lorelai's life ([[CloudCuckoolander to the extent]] [[GenkiGirl she has focus]]) is to keep Rory from making the same mistakes she did.
*** This is being replayed with Lauren Graham's ''Series/{{Parenthood}}'' character Sarah and ''her'' daughter Amber.
** Also, Luke and his nephew Jess. They are both [[OnlySaneMan snarky, cynical,]] and totally in love with their respective Gilmore girl. Luke eventually hooking up with Lorelai and Jess with Rory only makes the whole parallel funnier.
* In ''Series/PressGang'', it is revealed in a flashback that Spike's mom and Spike's dad were carbon copies of Spike and Lynda when in High School.
* MTV's ''Series/TheState'' was a sketch comedy that featured a character named "Doug" who was a whiney emo teen who believed no one understood him, his parents least of all. Turns out his father was just the same, only where Doug's CatchPhrase was "I'm outta here!" his father's was "I'm splittin'!" One sketch had Doug in an ImagineSpot where he was now an adult with a kid just like him.
* Taken to a ridiculous point in Polish sitcom/soap opera hybrid ''39 i pół'' (translation: 39 and half). The story's protagonist, Darek, got his girlfriend pregnant, married her, dumped her for another, realized his mistake and tried to come back to her. It took him 19 years. His son did all of those things in ''2 months''.
* It's implied in the last episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' that Chris and Wyatt are going to follow in the footsteps of their parents and aunts.
* Played with in the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode ''Crystal Skull''; turns out both Daniel ''and'' his uncle are right about their pet archaeological notions that were laughed at and dismissed by everyone else in the business, including each other.
* The entire point of the miniseries ''Series/{{Taken}}''.
* The premise of ''Series/WillAndGrace'' was that years before the show's premiere episode, Will and Grace had met in college and dated until Will came out of the closet, and then had stayed close friends. In the series finale, the pair end up growing apart -- until years later, when their kids meet in college and date (although their kids then go on to get married).
* In an episode of ''Series/ParkerLewisCantLose'', Parker's father gets back together with his high school buddies at a reunion and they all behave in the same manner as Parker's crew.
* The Scottish sitcom ''City Lights'' was about a Glaswegian bank-teller called Willie Melvin, whose attempts to publish his autobiographical novel ''My Childhood Up A Close'' were forever being derailed by his dodgy best friend, Chancer. In one episode he researches his family tree, and discovers the medieval Lord William Melvin, who was killed by Chancer the Bruce just after completing ''My Childhood Up A Castle''.
* In ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'', Skull's son Spike is ''exactly'' like his father. Spike even laughs like his father.
* A variation involving a future generation; in the ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' ClipShow episode "The Xena Scrolls", AdventurerArchaeologist Janice Covington (played by Renee [=O'Connor=]) and linguistics expert Melinda Pappas (Creator/LucyLawless) learn that they are descendants of Gabrielle and Xena respectively, and end up kicking Ares' butt all over again (complete with a possible descendant of Joxer).
* An in-universe example in a ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode, where Garak asks Bashir what he thought of a Cardassian best-selling novel. Bashir claims it was too repetitive, showing the same thing happening to seven generations of Cardassians. Garak simply replies that "repetitive epic is the most elegant form of Cardassian literature."
* As much as neither of them will admit it, Shawn and Henry from ''Series/{{Psych}}''. At least Lassiter seems to think so.
-->'''Lassiter''': Working with [Henry] is exactly like working with Shawn.
* In ''Series/ChinesePaladin'', Ling'er, like her mother, [[spoiler: is destined to die after saving the world, leaving behind a daughter to continue the cycle]].
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Harm's dad just so happened to look in his prime exactly like his son latter does in his prime (save for the moustache).
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has Henry and Mary Margaret aka Snow White. Both had Regina as a mother figure. Both knowingly [[spoiler: ate (the same) poisoned apple created by Regina]] to save someone they love (Charming and Emma, respectively). Both of them [[spoiler: received True Love's Kiss from those specific loved ones to awake from their sleeping curses]]. Like grandmother, like grandson. In Season 2, this is sometimes PlayedForLaughs when Henry demonstrates traits of his biological parents.
-->'''Emma''': [after Henry has ditched his father] He's YOUR son!
-->'''[[spoiler:Neal]]''': [after Henry demonstrates a signal Emma taught him] Oh hell no, I taught her that!
* In the ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode "The One Where Nana Dies Twice", Monica and Ross's mother reflects on how critical Nana was of everything she did, unaware that this is exactly how she treats Monica. Also, a photo at the end reveals that when Nana was in her twenties she looked exactly like Monica, and hung out with her friends at a coffee house.
* In ''Series/PrincessReturningPearl'', Zi Wei and her mother Yu He are played by the same actress. This is a common trope in Chinese series in general.
* In the ''Series/AgentCarter'' episode "A Sin to Err", the search for the Black Widow requires Carter and Jarvis to dig into Howard Stark's personal life, which he has been conducting much the same way his son will 60 years later in ''Film/IronMan1''.
* In the ''Series/FullHouse'' continuation ''Series/FullerHouse'' this is the case. D.J., Stephanie, and Kimmy being promoted into the Danny, Jesse, and Joey roles respectively. The first ones each being the responsible straight-laced single-parent, the second as the cool musically-inclined uncle/aunt who moves in, and the third as the wacky best friend who lives with them. When it comes to the kids Jackson, Max, and Tommy take up the positions D.J., Stephanie, and Michelle held in the original series as D.J.'s kids. The eldest and middle children similarly having a tenuous relationship with each other, including also like their predecessors having to share a room, and the third at least starting out the series as a baby who is played by a pair of twins.

* Music/TheOffspring's "Way Down the Line" is entirely about this trope.
-->There is a chain that's never broken
-->You know the story it's sad but true
-->An angry man gets drunk and beats his kids
-->The same old way his drunken father did
-->What comes around, well it goes around...
* Music/HarryChapin's song "Cat's in the Cradle":
-->And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me
-->He'd grown up just like me
-->My boy was just like me
* The ''Music/TheyMightBeGiants'' song "I Palindrome I" is about a guy waiting for his mother to die so he can inherit her fortune; the last verse of the song implies his own kids end up giving him the same treatment.
-->Someday Mother will die and I'll get the money\\
Mom leans down and says "My sentiments exactly"\\
See the spring of the grandfather clock unwinding\\
See the hands of my offspring making windmills
* Level 42's "Running in the Family" is all about kids making the same mistakes and getting into the same trouble as their dad, despite his best efforts.
-->We ran / Though we knew it couldn't last
-->Running from the past / From things that we were born to be
-->Looking back it's so bizarre
-->It runs in the family
-->All the things we are
-->On the back seat of the car
-->With Joseph and Emily
-->We only see so far
-->and we all have our daddy's eyes
* Music/DreamTheater's song "Someone Like Him" plays around with this. It's part of a bigger, 24-minute long song (yes, really!) about being trapped in patterns, and Someone Like Him discusses a character who's trying very hard to beat this trope and carve a different niche to his father's cushy lifestyle. He changes his mind.
--> As far as I could tell there's nothing more I need
--> But still I ask myself could this be everything?
--> And all I swore that I would never be was now...
--> So suddenly
--> The only thing
--> I wanted to become
--> To become someone like him
* Implied in "In The Ghetto" by Music/ElvisPresley from his album ''Music/FromElvisInMemphis'': The song is about a baby being born in the Chicago ghetto, then growing up in poverty and turning to crime to survive, before breaking away, and dying, as another baby is born, implying that if we ignore the issue of poverty, he will suffer the same fate of the young man who just died.
* "It Runs In The Family" by Music/AmandaPalmer is a song about how your genetics can shape your life.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/BarryWindham to his father, even forming a "New Blackjacks" {{tag team}} modeled after his dad's team.
* Yinling's daughter in Wrestling/FightingOperaHustle, [[PunnyName Newling]]. [[ActingForTwo She even looked just like her mother]].
* This trope is exhaustively covered in the WrestlingFamily article.

* Subverted in the ''Stanley Baxter's Playhouse'' episode "The King's Kilt", when Miss [=MacEvoy=], descendent of the kindly landlady from Walter Scott's ''The Chronicles of Canongate'', turns out to be a nasty, bad-tempered woman, who is insanely suspicious of the guests at her B&B. However, it's {{double subver|sion}}ted when it's revealed the original Janet [=MacEvoy=] was just as bad, but was blackmailing Sir Walter into his portrayal.

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* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh''
** Daigusto Synchro Monsters is similar to that of Dragunity Knights in terms of appearance, consisting of rider and its mounts (Winged Beast and Dragons for "Dragunity" and Psychic and Winged Beasts for "Gusto", respectively). "Daigusto Sphreez" is the only exception, since she does not have a mount. This is probably referencing to the partnership between "Mist Valley" and "Dragunity" in the past. According to the Duel Terminal story, Gusto tribe are the Mist Valley tribe's descendants who inhabited the region after Trishula's rampage. This relationship is later adopted by Lavals in the form of Lavalval Dragun.
** Pirika appears to be related to "Reeze, Whirlwind of Gusto", based on her hair color. She's also have odd-numbered Level among the non-Synchro Psychic-type Gusto monsters (being Level 3), while Reeze is Level 5.
** The Gishki are the descendants of a defecting faction within the Ice Barrier clan. They also use rituals like the Ice Barrier, but for wicked purposes.

* Prior Walter, the protagonist of ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'' has an extensive family history; the Walters go back for centuries, and Prior is an old family name. Not too long after discovering he is suffering from AIDS, Prior is visited by the ghosts of two of his ancestors, both of whom were also named Prior, and both of whom also suffered from fatal diseases and (as is implied might happen to Prior) died alone.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'', due to the bleeding effect.
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx''
** An interesting example happens in ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'', where [[spoiler: the lead character turns out to be the descendant of the character from the first game, kind of, and he/she faces some similar obstacles and decisions as JC Denton did the first time around]].
** Also done in the prequel, ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', where [[spoiler: Adam Jensen is heavily implied to be the ancestor of JC and Paul (and Alex, by extension). And of course Adam's no stranger to fighting worldwide conspiracies, either.]]
* Subverted, deconstructed and generally hashed into pieces by ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty''. The new player character seems to experience a sequence of events extremely similar to ones experienced by the previous player character in the previous game, with note-for-note character analogues and extremely similar level design. The character noticed this, too, and began to get pretty existentialist about it, wondering if he was somehow insane and imagining the whole thing. It turned out it was all [[GambitRoulette deliberately orchestrated]] to have precisely that effect on him. The game was a satire of reiterated sequels, hence the dark use of this trope.
** An agent, codenamed Snake goes on a solo mission to rescue somebody. There he finds out plans to build a nuclear-armed tank. Eventually, he discovers that his mentor is part of the plot, and after a battle, kills the mentor in combat. Now, are we talking about Big Boss or Solid Snake (or even Raiden)?
*** [[spoiler:Made obvious by the end of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' when both are standing next to each other.]]
*** [[spoiler:Of course the point of 4 was that Snake isn't exactly like Big Boss after all. At the end he's the only one to be able to live his own life. Big Boss even acknowledges this saying "If you were in my place back then, perhaps you wouldn't have made the same mistakes I dd..."]]
** He was a child soldier in a 3rd world country, he was taken under the wing of a skilled soldier who wears a eyepatch, and later on his body was destroyed which led to him becoming a cyborg [[spoiler:Now am I talking about Frank Jaeger aka Gray Fox or Jack more commonly known as Raiden?]]
** One is a person who is surrounded by and exemplifies the savage joy of battle. One is a person who is surrounded by and exemplifies loss and regret. They're life partners and end up giving the world a prodigious child [[spoiler: who saves humanity]]. Now is this referring to the Boss and the Sorrow (and [[spoiler: Ocelot]]) or Snake and Otacon (and Sunny)?
** Of course the most important fact in the entire timeline of the game. [[WhereItAllBegan It all began when]][[spoiler: Naked Snake/Big Boss (was forced into) killed The Boss]]. [[BookEnds The conflicts finally ended]] when [[spoiler:Solid/Old Snake (who is literally a [[CloningBlues a copy of Big Boss]]) killed (his FOXDIE did anyway) The Boss' son [[BigBad Ocelot]]]].
** Hal "Otacon" Emmerich was a peace-loving scientist who became a loyal companion of Snake, similar to how his own father was a loyal follower of Big Boss during the time of Videogame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker. [[spoiler:As of ''Videogame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' the similarities end there.]]
* The Belmont family from ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''. For hundreds of years, each generation's males (and many of the females) had to fight Dracula (or ''his'' offspring) at least once. This is due to some vague "curse" in the family (which also carried over to other family lines). The Sorrow games go even further. The six main protagonists are Soma ([[spoiler:the reincarnation of Dracula]]), [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend his "friend" Mina]], vampire hunter Julius Belmont, witch Yoko Belnades, Genya Arikado ([[spoiler:aka Alucard]]), and Hammer (who was originally going to be playable in [[NonStandardGameOver Julius Mode]] in ''Dawn of Sorrow'', and fanon suggests would have played like Grant [=DaNasty=]). Everyone is essentially a counterpart to someone from the story behind ''Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse'', except that Mina (the Lisa counterpart) isn't dead.
* Played rather more literally with Cloud and Zack in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. [[spoiler:after Zack's death, Cloud has a HeroicBSOD and reconstructs his own personality based on the memories of his dead friend, turning himself into Zack's {{Expy}}.]] However, there are other, more random, events that just so happen to play out the same way in both of their stories - especially those relating to Aerith, like falling down from a great height and landing on her flowerbed in a church.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', [[spoiler: Laguna Loire]] had a long-time crush on Julia Heartilly. When the two got to know each other more, Julia fell for him. However, he is given a mission and never returned leaving Julia waiting to meet him again. When Julia became an IdolSinger, she married General Caraway and had a daughter named Rinoa. [[spoiler:Laguna]] on the other hand was injured and nursed back to health in [[spoiler:Winhill Village]]. He fell in-love with the woman who took care of him and they had a child named Squall. Seventeen years later, Squall and Rinoa meet and as the story progresses, they fell for each other.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', Tidus travels with Yuna and several guardians including Auron on a pilgrimage to defeat Sin. Tidus, having come from an alternate world, hopes to find a way home as well. Ten years before, Tidus' father Jecht traveled with Yuna's father Braska and a younger Auron on a pilgrimage to defeat Sin, Jecht hoping to find a way home along the way. Turns out this is on purpose--Jecht [[spoiler:as Sin]] arranged for Tidus to be called to Spira with Auron helping, and Auron later made sure Tidus stuck around with Yuna. Furthermore, Auron is attempting to subvert this trope because he's seen first-hand that the traditional way of fighting Sin that Braska opted for solves absolutely nothing, and thus he influences Tidus and Yuna to realize that and try to find another way.
* Played with in ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles''. Everyone thinks Welkin is following in his war-hero father's footsteps, while what he really wants is to become a teacher.
* ''Franchise/HarvestMoon'':
** In ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonDS'' (or ''[[DistaffCounterpart Cute]]''), all the characters are descendants of the characters from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife'' and ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonFriendsOfMineralTown''. They look the same (and most of them even have the same names, but only in the English version... although their original names were just small variations upon the ancestors' name, such as Sepiria [AWL!Celia] -> Serena [DS!Celia]), except for a few minor details in some of the characters (like eye color), act the same and fall in love with the same people. They wear similar wedding clothing to their (great-?) grandparents. For example, Celia. [[http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a59/Puku6/Harvest%20Moon/1WeddingSerenaSm.png DS]] and [[http://i433.photobucket.com/albums/qq56/shilahalo/thCelia31.jpg AWL]].
** ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonTreeOfTranquility'' takes this to an absurd point. If you start a NewGamePlus you get to play as your son, or daughter, who looks [[IdenticalGrandson exactly]] like you, or your opposite gender counterpart. Also, the villagers ''revert back to their original statuses''.
** All the bachelorettes from ''VideoGame/{{Harvest Moon 64}}'' bare some level of similarities to their grandmothers, the ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonSNES'' bachelorettes. Maria (renamed "Mary" in future games) is the TokenReligiousTeammate like Maria, Popuri is the bubbly pink haired florist like Nina, Karen is a bartender with emotional baggage like Eve, and Elli is sweet and looks near identical to her grandmother Ellen.
* The Yakras in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''. The original posed as the chancellor of Guardia to get closer to the Queen so that he could kill her and sever the royal bloodline (which includes [[spoiler:Marle, a.k.a. the present-day Princess Nadia]]). All of his descendants followed a similar pattern, but you only get to kick the butts of Yakra I (600 A.D.) and Yakra XIII (1000 A.D., much later in the game).
** Marle herself is the spitting image of Queen Leene, to the point that Yakra I (600 A.D.), his army of monsters, and the entire staff and residence of Guardia Castle mistook her for Leene, allowing what would have happened to Leene to happen to Marle instead. In the ImagineSpot where Lucca explains why [[spoiler: Marle seems to have disappeared into the ether]], the entire Guardia line seems more or less identical.
** Ozzie (600 A.D.), part of Magus' QuirkyMinibossSquad, also has an identical (but {{Palette Swap}}ped) descendant in 1000 A.D.
* Sort of used in ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'', where Geo and all of his friends directly parallel Lan and company from ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork''. In fact, Echo Ridge looks almost exactly like AC/DC. Though in this case there's no biological connection, but it's still one hell of a coincidence that many of the same events played out between two very similar groups of people two hundred years apart.
** Specifically, it's Lan and Geo, Bud and Dex, Sonia and Mayl, Luna and Yai, and Zack and Eugene. Though it should be noted that the boys have far more in common with their counterparts than the girls do.
*** Although there are points where characters mix, such as Sonia being Geo's main backup, while Zack never gets a chance to help. But there are still parallels even then, as characteristics are still taken from the ordinal just being given to other characters, with Harpnote replacing Protoman as the reliable fighter aside from Mega Man.
* In the ''VideoGame/WorldOfMana'' games, the Vandole family suffers from this. It's vaguely established that the original Vandole was a young adventurer who stumbled upon and absorbed the power of the Mana Tree, which [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity drove him insane]] and altered his body composition so that he was no longer quite human. His descendants (or at least the notable ones) are all addicted to Mana and eventually fall prey to their bloodline's need to seek it, which leads them to duplicate their infamous ancestor's empire and/or gambit for the Mana Tree. At this point they all usually choose to go by their surname or [[FantasticRacism start being referred to as it by those opposing them]]. Every one of them also seems to have bright red hair and very dark green eyes, and they may or may not be the reincarnations of the original.
** This is a large part of the YouCantFightFate theme in ''VideoGame/SwordOfMana'', where many of the heroes have similar roles to the Gemma Knights, and Vandole's only living descendant [[spoiler:''literally'' gets [[HijackedByGanon possessed by his ancestor]] (or something) and tries to carry out the same kind of plan Vandole did]].
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' fell into this trope hard and subverted it at the same time. Of the first three known characters, two are virtually identical to previous protagonists. The third protagonist, a green haired girl, drove the fandom insane from trying to figure out who she is.
** She turned out to be the violet-eyed Wind Adept daughter of the original violet-eyed Wind Adept. Gasp, shock. At least she differs by having a series of healing spells and a more volatile personality.
** And then along came our fourth party member who, aside from being a boy whose utility spell is Douse instead of Frost, is a ''perfect clone'' of the first-gen Water Adept (a point hammered home by his older sister, who differs from Mia only in [[{{Tsundere}} attitude]] and [[GirlishPigtails hairstyle]]).
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' does this as well, to the point of being lampshaded by the opening cutscene of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''.
** And taken to ridiculous extents in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks''. As if an army of [[TheHero Links]] and [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Zeldas]] wasn't already enough.
*** Technically though, we only know certain Zeldas are related; few if any of the Links are explicitly related by blood, and generally they just seem to be random coincidences contrived by fate. However, as revealed in VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword [[spoiler: the truth is that each Link and Zelda are a reincarnation of the Link and Zelda in Skyward Sword in which Zelda is the Goddess Hylia in human form and Link is her childhood friend and chosen champion]].
** And it ''ain't'' just Link and Zelda. Many Zeldas were raised by an Impa. There's also more than one Anju who needs you to get her chickens back, ''and'' more than one Guru-Guru playing the Song of Storms in a windmill. (Interestingly, in both cases, you get the characters unnamed in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', named [[AndYouWereThere but with different roles]] in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', then they return in other games with their OOT roles but their MM names.) There are also a lot of identical mailmen - even the ''bird guy'' who's a mailman looks less like the other Rito and more like the usual mailman with wings and a funky 'do. That's just a taste; a full list would be endless. And then there are the slight name changes, like Marin and Tarin becoming Malon and Talon but essentially being the same. Other partial examples like the four carpenters (look alike, names change ''completely'') exist.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'' is this trope personified. You've got the Link and Zelda as {{Legacy Character}}s. You've got the same world map as in A Link to the Past. The same music (for the most part). The same items (for the most part) used. Link ends up helped by the IdenticalGrandson of Sahasrahla. He explores Lorule, a location similar the Dark World complete with most dungeons having the same names and themes, fights bosses which are the Lorulean counterparts of the ones fought in the Dark World (like Arrghus, Stalblind and Grinexx), goes up against a villain with a similar plan to Agahnim and a design suspiciously like Ghirahim, Chancellor Cole and Ganondorf... Everything that occurs is basically a repeat of the Link to the Past storyline.
*** Justified, however, in the case of Tingle. [[VideoGame/FreshlyPickedTinglesRosyRupeeland His game]] reveals that, rather than a lineage as one might think, Tingle is actually a curse placed on anyone foolish enough to make a deal with Uncle Rupee.
* The ''VideoGame/BubbleBobble'' series always features a green bubble dragon and a blue bubble dragon, regardless of setting.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', [[spoiler:Thane attempts to avert this in his personal mission, where he stops his son from carrying out an assassination and follow in his footsteps. It ends with father and son forced to confront each other after years of estrangement]].
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'':
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Genealogy of the Holy War]]'' manages to distill this into a single game. All of the characters in the second half are the children of the characters in the first half, and the female characters all have the same classes as their mothers (well, most of them, anyway--gender inheritance is reversed for Brigid's children and there were extenuating circumstances for Altenna [[spoiler:kidnapped at a young age, brought up in a foreign land]] and Nanna [[spoiler:her mother's class was "Princess", and, well, she kind of abdicated that when she joined Sigurd's army]]); likewise, Aless and Seliph, whose fathers are ''not'' up for interpretation, share a class with said fathers. (You can pair up the other members of your army such that the male children--and Brigid's daughter, Patty--have the same classes as their fathers, [[CrackPairing though you may get some slightly odd results.]]) Furthermore, it is quite possible by exploiting bugs to pair up [[BrotherSisterIncest Seliph and Julia]], mirroring the romance between Sigurd and Diadora, and the fifth game ''strongly'' hints that Leaf and Nanna is more or less canon. As mentioned before, Nanna does not share a class with her own mother; she ''does'' have the same class as ''Leif'''s mother, so this would qualify as mirroring the relationship between Leif's parents. ([[spoiler: Actually, the same thing sort of applies the other way around, as Leif's class is Prince, which plays out only slightly different than Lachesis's Princess class in that Leif cannot use staves before promoting.]])
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe The Binding Blade]]'' and its prequel ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]]'' have this, albeit mixed with {{Distaff Counterpart}}s. Many characters who appeared in ''Binding Blade'' had parents who served in ''Blazing Sword''. And sure enough...they look almost ''exactly'' like that one parent. The other parent is left rather open. For example, Roy looks ''exactly like'' Eliwood. His mother can be either Lyndis, Ninian [[spoiler: the half-dragon girl]] or Fiora. None of which are shown or even ''mentioned'' in ''Binding Blade'', as they were specially created for ''Blazing Sword''. Hector meanwhile has a daughter named Lilina who is pretty much a DistaffCounterpart of him (He's a fighter, she's a mage) and likewise, ''her'' mother is not shown or named. It can be either Lyndis (once more), Florina, or Farina (It is also important to note that Florina, Fiora, and Farina are the Pegasus Sisters in ''Blazing Sword''). Lugh and Ray are likewise basically Nino if she was genderswapped (Their fathers are either the Assassin Jaffar or the Mage Erk). Sue is also a DistaffCounterpart to Rath, and looks ''exactly'' like him if he were a girl; her mother is also not mentioned, but it's possible it was actually [[spoiler:Lyndis]] due to one of her endings.
*** Meanwhile, several characters who have children in ''The Binding Blade'' do mention their parents. Fir the Myrmidon is a Generation Xerox of LadyOfWar Karla - and the resemblance between her and her uncle Karel (appears in both ''Binding Blade'' and ''Blazing Sword'') are also obvious. But who's Fir's father? Well it's actually BoisterousBruiser Bartre - who actually ''can join alongside her'' and is in both ''Binding Blade and Blazing Sword''(Amusingly, if he's defeated in ''Blazing Sword'', Barte actually says "Uh oh, I'll be back when I heal this wound!"). Canas in ''Blazing Sword'' also has a son named Hugh in ''Binding Blade'', but he was mentioned as already being born in the former (Canas's mother Niime also joins in ''Binding Blade'').
*** Hugh is actually a massive subversion. Canas is softspoken, a bit of a CloudCuckoolander and uses [[DarkIsNotEvil Dark Magic.]] ([[InsistentTerminology But don't call it Dark, please]]). Hugh is OnlyInItForTheMoney, can be pretty harsh, and uses Anima Magic instead. ([[spoiler: He inherited the magic talents of Canas's wife aka Hugh's ''mother'', strongly hinted in ''Blazing Sword'' to be the sister of Nino's murdered biological mom and a member of a powerful mage clan.)]] Pretty much their only real similarity is their hair color (Though Niime says that Canas might have been a scondrel when he was younger. Who knows).
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' brings back children and the pairing system a la ''Genealogy'', albeit this time the kids are [[KidFromTheFuture from a horrible future where the world is on the brink of collapse]]. All of the children are tied to their mothers, save for [[spoiler:Lucina]] (tied to [[TheHero Chrom]], the main Lord of the game) and a female Morgan (tied to your PlayerCharacter if he's male; a female Avatar brings a male Morgan instead), and all of them are similar to their parents in some fashion, either in personality[[note]]Nah, while mature most of the time, can be extremely immature like her childish mother Nowi, Cynthia is as clumsy as her mother Sumia and Kjelle is as much of a BloodKnight as her mother Sully[[/note]] or in character class, albeit not to the same degree as ''Genealogy.'' The child who is most like his mother is [[TeenGenius Laurent]], the son of the mage [[TheStoic Miriel]]; both of them are mages, dress in the same black garb (his hat, he mentions, was actually Miriel's), speak with the same overly-complicated lexicon, and are highly intelligent; however, it's subverted to a degree - Laurent is nowhere ''near'' as stoic as his mother (whereas she is to an almost stupefying degree), and he prefers to pursue studies and experiment to serve others or find a practical need for them, whereas Miriel does most of her studies purely ForScience. All children also inherit their father's hair color (or mother's, in the case of female Morgan).
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' also brings the pairing/children system, with the kids [[spoiler: being raised away from their parents in {{Pocket Dimension}}s and [[YearInsideHourOutside aging up faster than they normally would]].]] These children are tied to the ''fathers'' this time, save for Shigure (tied to [[LadyOfWar Azura]]) and a male Kana (tied to a Female Avatar, with a Male one bringing a Female Kana instead), and generally inherit the mother's hair color (or father's, for Female Kana). The ones who resemble their parents the most are: the aforementioned Shigure (both he and Azura have light blue hair, are excellent singers, and are [[SilkHidingSteel gentle yet very mentally strong]]), Benny's son Ignatius (both are {{Gentle Giant}}s and {{Socially Awkward Hero}}es with [[AmbiguouslyBrown tanned skins]] and starting in the Knight class), Xander's son Siegbert (tall mounted knights with honorable and kind natures), Odin's daughter Ophelia ([[MrFanservice very]] [[MissFanservice hot]] {{black mage}}s with [[LargeHam loud presences]] [[spoiler: and the [[BirthmarkOfDestiny Mark of Naga]] in their arms]]) and Laslow's daughter Soleil (cheerful mercenaries who [[HandsomeLech hit on girls]])
* Played straight in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'', with Prince Harry's son Kendrick being the same selfish brat his father once was. He even does the same prank Harry first did to the Hero when he was a kid, this time [[spoiler: to the Hero's children.]] Not to mention Kendrick shares the same sprite with the young Harry.
** In another example, [[spoiler: after the Hero's mother Queen Mada was captured by the Evil Order of Zugzwang, King Pankraz leaves his kingdom to go on a journey along with his son and Sancho in order to her, after she had given birth to their son the Hero. Later, the Hero pursues the same quest while searching for his wife who was ''also'' captured by the Order of Zugzwang, right after giving birth to their son and daughter]].
* Episode 302 of ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' stars Sameth and Maximus, the titular duo's great-grandfathers. They look and behave exactly like our heroes, only Sameth has a mustache and Maximus wears clothes.
** Except for one thing: [[spoiler:both Sameth and Maximus are killed at the end of their adventure, while only Max is killed at the end of the game (although, Sam is killed in an AlternateUniverse, which could make this trope work fully)]].
* The family of Fungalmancer Glop in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' takes this trope to the most absurd extreme imaginable. Every generation of the Glop family line is ''identical'' to the one before, having the same name, same appearance, same occupation, and ''exact same response when attacked''. Taking out the latest Fungalmancer Glop is a daily quest, and the trope is taken [[UpToEleven so far beyond eleven]] that you'd think you were killing the same stone trogg every day.
** Certain Horde leaders tend to fall victim to this as well. You have Grom Hellscream from ''VideoGame/WarcraftII : Beyond the Dark Portal'', a generally bloodthirsty and hotheaded orc to begin with, dooming his people to slavery via the demon blood because he wanted its power, and eventually had to be taken down by a combined Alliance/Horde force in ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII : Reign Of Chaos''. Fast forward to the ''World of Warcraft'', specifically the ''Burning Crusade'' expansion, where we meet his son Garrosh, who is fairly youthful but otherwise not particularly aggressive Orc. However, after being told of his father's legacy, begins to take on many of his less-desirable traits, culminating in dooming his people to slavery via the Sha because he wanted its power, and eventually had to be taken down by a combined Alliance/Horde force in ''Mists of Pandaria''.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' reveals itself to be this in the opening cut scene. Playing the game through shows that the kids are apparently more competent.
* ''VideoGame/InfinityBlade'' has this as a major element of the plot. In the prologue, a warrior ends up being killed by the [[BigBad God King]], with the game then showing his son vowing to avenge his father and fighting his way to the God King. Unfortunately, due to inadequate equipment and level-grinding, the warrior ends up getting killed. Years later, ''his'' son (who somehow has the same level and equipment of his father when he died) vows to avenge him and fights his way up the tower. Rinse and repeat.
** [[spoiler:But this is actually subverted because the first novel tie-in and the second game reveals the "son" is the same person as the "father". Whenever the main character dies, he is resurrected years later and has his memories rewritten to believe he is avenging his father's death.]] Not only that, [[spoiler:the novel also reveals the warrior in the prologue is the main character's ''son'' who chose to join the God King and gained immortality]].
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' does this with Dante performing similar actions to his father, Sparda, which in chronological order seems to be showing that Dante surpasses his father over time:
** ''[=DMC3=]'': Sparda sealed Temen-ni-gru, Dante fights demons there but the tower's fate is never gone into.
** ''[=DMC1=]'': Sparda defeated Mundus as does Dante.
** ''[=DMC4=]'': Sparda sealed the Hell Gates, Dante destroys them.
** ''[=DMC2=]'': Sparda defeated Argosax, Dante kills him.
** There's also the fact that Dante wields his father's main sword in ''[=DMC1=]'' and one he inherited from him in all the other games. He also uses the one his brother inherited in ''[=DMC4=]''.
** And Nero with his father Vergil as both use Yamato and Summoned Swords and come into conflict with Dante (and beat him the first time).
* A comment made by Palmer in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Pokemon Platinum]]'' implies this. He says him and the protagonist's father were childhood friends who got their first Pokemon similarly to you and your rival.
* ''VideoGame/RomancingSaGa2'' is this trope UpToEleven. The game runs on generations system, but except for Leon, Victor, Gellard, and the Final Emperor/Empress, there will always be the same lines of characters available to provide you quests and similar recruitable characters with PaletteSwap to fill your class rosters no matter how many hundred years have passed.
* ''VideoGame/{{Hearthstone}}'' has Cairne Bloodhoof, who, when killed, is replaced with his son Baine. This trope applies in that the two of them are statistically identical.
* ''VideoGame/LufiaAndTheFortressOfDoom'' and its sequel ''VideoGame/LufiaTheLegendReturns'', feature the same premise, a ReincarnationRomance and heroes gathering journey to slay four {{Big Bad}}s with a magic sword wieldable only by the descendant of the legendary hero Maxim.
* In ''VideoGame/AlienIsolation'', a grown-up Amanda Ripley goes in search of [[Film/{{Alien}} her lost mother Ellen]], and through the game ends up going through a number of the same situations her mother did way back in the original 1979 movie.

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* Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} example: ''"Let us tell a story of a certain man. The tale of a man who, [[WideEyedIdealist more than anyone else, believed in his ideals,]] [[FatalFlaw and by them]] [[DespairEventHorizon was driven into despair.]]"'' [[spoiler:[[LightNovel/FateZero Kiritsugu?]] [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Or his foster son Archer, aka Shirou?]]]]
* Used and {{invoked|Trope}} in ''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}'':
** [[spoiler:Tanaka Youbisei''aki''kana is specially raised by her mother Youbisei''haru''kana to be her perfect copy, including making her believe that [[DisappearedDad her father has mysteriously disappeared]]. (You'aki doesn't really have a father, as she is You'haru's clone)]]
** [[spoiler:In wider sense of "generation", people in 2034's accident are brought together to resemble 2017's party: Tsugumi comes to [=LeMU=] again, Sora stays the same, You'aki is You'haru's clone, Kaburaki [[DeadPersonImpersonation takes Takeshi's appearance and behaviour]], and Hokuto loses his memory like Kaburaki did.]]
** [[spoiler:In an unfortunate example, Hokuto and Sara end up sharing the same fate as their mother, Tsugumi, being captured by Leiblich and experimented on for a good portion of their lives due to their Cure/Sapiens-Cure status.]]
* Despite not being related by blood, in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials and Tribulations'' case 4, when a young Edgeworth appears in a flashback, he looks disturbingly similar to his mentor, Manfred Von Karma, even copying a few of his trademark gestures (like the [[GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger finger wave]]).
** Franziska, Manfred's daughter by blood, takes this to greater levels. Not only does she dress in a similar style, when she gets annoyed she folds her arms and bunches her fingers in her sleeve ''exactly'' like her father does in his frustrated animation. In the final case of ''Justice for All'', she even [[spoiler:gets shot in the shoulder like her father, although one presumes she didn't carry the bullet around for fifteen years.]]

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** Although Yang looks a lot like her father Taiyang, her personality is more similar to that of her mother Raven: Both are strength obsessed fighters with fierce tempers, a great amount of determination, a very hands off approach to helping people, more concerned with their own wants and desires than doing hood (at least, at first for Yang) and generally try to solve their problems by punching them. The only difference between the two is that Yang is by far more positive than her mother (her fierce temper does help with dealing with her friends, she knows how to hold herself back somewhat, she will step in to help those she cares about, she shows more selfless triats as the series goes on and is learning to work ''around'' her problems, all unlike Raven.)
** Ruby looks ''exactly'' like her mother Summer with the only real difference between them is the color of their capes. Personality wise, it's subtle but she takes a lot after her father Taiyang: Both prefer dealing with situations through brutal honesty (Ruby with her talk with Jaune in Volume 1 and Taiyang's talks to Yang in Volume 4), both avoid situations out of their comfort zone (the final seconds of the forest scene and the scene with Yang in the kitchen are shot for shot the same with Ruby and Taiyang), both have lost much of their friends and family and both are kind hearted people who try the best to make most of their situations (Ruby with the events of the series surrounding her and Taiyang with the loss of his family and friends).

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* ''Webcomic/BetterDays'' actually has a chapter called "[[http://www.jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/chapter-21-fath/ Father's Footsteps]]." Which reveals that the stories told to Fisk of his father's life were a lie. Instead of the honorable war hero he had believed his father to be, Jim was actually a hitman working for a secret underground operation who fought terrorists on a "more direct front" to defend the U.S., using Vietnam as his cover. One of the characters who explain this met Fisk in his adolescence earlier in the comic and was Jim's friend. Aside from one question accompanied by a frown, Fisk doesn't seem at all angered, dismayed, or even shocked by this ground breaking discovery. He of course hastily agrees to begin training for this new venture even though Beth was expecting him to come live with her and lead a more domestic life once his army contract expired.
* Surma sends her daughter Antimony to the same school as she herself attended -- ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. It seems as if Annie's parents were the only members of that generation who moved away from the court, since Annie runs into most of her parents' social circle (who are now teachers), befriending the daughter (Kat) of Surma's friends. She also meets another acquaintance of Surma's -- Reynardine. Instead of walking up to her and saying "Hello, I knew your mum," however, Reynardine comes crashing through Annie's ceiling -- and she's the only student in the ''entire dorm'' to see him.
** Given her SecretLegacy, it also appears that Annie is destined to acquire Surma's role in the Court, as well as her powers.
*** One flashback has shown that Surma, who looks ''exactly'' like an older Annie, appeared to have had an almost identical relationship to Kat's mother as Annie has to Kat.
*** As it turns out, in Antimony's case at least there's a ''very'' good reason for this.
* In Webcomic/GirlGenius, GenerationXerox is happening on two different levels one with the previous generation and two hundred years ago.
** All three have a LoveTriangle.
*** A GuileHero Noble falls in Love with a Heterodyne Girl who also has a relationship with a Spark associated with flying machines. Is this Andronicus /Euphrosynia / Ogglespoon or Tarvek/Agatha/Gil. (Though [[spoiler: to date the only place that "Ogglespoon" has been mentioned is in an opera whose relationship to actual history is very much open to question, and may even have been revived as explicit anti-Wulfenbach propaganda]].)
*** A beautiful female spark has two suitors. One is morally ambiguous and quite willing to KicktheDog, the other is a more outwardly heroic man who loses it when it's believed that she is dead. Lucrezia/Klaus/Bill or Agatha/Tarvek/Gil?
* Riff of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' seems to be following in his father's footsteps of reckless science, exploration and demonism. This is impressive because they last saw each other when he was in kindergarten. Meanwhile he's dating a woman as controlling and evil as his mother (slightly less cruel, but more interested in exterminating humanity).
** Not anymore. [[spoiler:Oasis killed her.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', this trope is built into Alternian society itself. Although thanks to BizarreAlienReproduction trolls don't have parents in any conventional sense, they have "[[http://mspaintadventures.wikia.com/wiki/Ancestors ancestors]]" - trolls from the past with the same blood colour and symbol. Young trolls are then encouraged to seek out information about their ancestors and follow in their footsteps; even if they don't, their personalities and roles in society wind up being eerily similar.
** A bizarre semi-example shows up in Act 6 with [[spoiler: the Scratched universe. In this universe, the pre-Scratch ectobiological parents/guardians are now the players, and vice versa. The result is something like this trope. This appears to actually be a standard feature of Sburb]].
** Dad Egbert is romantically interested in Mom Lalonde while John has shiptease with Roxy Lalonde [[spoiler: the postscratch version of her.]]
** The alternate versions of the ancestors introduced in Act 6 tend to be similar to their counterparts among the playable trolls... mainly because Andrew Hussie based most of them off fan stereotypes unless he had a better idea for what they should be like, so Cronus {{flanderiz|ation}}es Eridan's pathetic and sleazy traits, Meulin is Nepeta turned UpToEleven, Mituna is basically Sollux with literal brain damage, and Horuss has Equius's sweat, super-strength and creepy horse fetish and not many other traits. Others are more like {{Foil}}s; both Karkat and Kankri like the sound of their own voices but Karkat is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who rants and Kankri is a HolierThanThou {{Hypocrite}} who sermonises incessantly and will not shut up.
* ''Webcomic/KarinDou4koma'': The Heavenly trio are looking for successors and find a trio of friends of exactly the right types and even similar backgrounds: Shigure --> Ran (former vengeful ghosts), Rindou --> Tamaryu (blue dragons), and Sachi --> Shizuki (miko foxes).
%% * In ''Webcomic/{{Precocious}}'' Autumn is fighting a losing battle not to become one.
* The entire premise of ''Webcomic/{{Sire}}''. The whole cast are Generation Xeroxes of classic literature characters, more or less. Whether or not they learn the "morales" of their sires and dams decides whether they [[EarnYourHappyEnding get a "happy ending"]] or suffer major DeathByIrony.
* In ''TheOrderOfTheStick'', Elan's entire family is susceptible to this. Elan, Nale, and their father Tarquin are drawn ''exactly the same'', with the only differences between them, besides clothing, being Tarquin's gray hair and Nale's [[BeardOfEvil goatee]]. Furthermore, Elan and Tarquin both share their [[GenreSavvy genre savvyness]] and love of drama, and Nale and his and Elan's mother (Tarquin's first wife) share a love of needlessly complex plans; however, each twin gets their outlook on life from the opposite parent (Elan and Elan's mother are Good, while Tarquin and Nale are Evil). [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0723.html Lampshaded by V]].
--> '''V:''' Heredity is a cruel mistress.
** Subverted by Haley and her father, Ian Starshine. After the death of Haley's mother, Ian ingrained in her mind that family were the only people who could be trusted, and anyone else was out to get her - effectively making her a copy of him. While this is seemingly sound advice for a family of thieves, it leads to massive trust issues down the road for Haley. When she eventually [[CallingTheOldManOut calls him out on it]], he thinks that Elan has somehow brainwashed her and even refuses her rescue attempt, believing it to be a trap by Tarquin (somewhat justified, considering that Elan's father, Tarquin, is the ShadowDictator of the Empire of Blood and has been for a long while).
** Also subverted with Roy and Eugene Greenhilt. Despite Eugene's wishes (who wanted to Roy to be a Wizard like him), Roy grew up to be a Fighter like his grandfather. As it turns out, Eugene wanted him to be a Wizard because of his unresolved Blood Oath with Xykon, and he believed a Wizard to be better equipped to take on a Epic-level Sorcerer Lich than a Fighter (even after Roy defeats Xykon for the first time). This leads to a lot of unresolved conflict between them, and most of the beginning of ''Don't Split the Party'' is Roy and Eugene snarking at each other [[spoiler:in the Celestial Realm]], because, as Eugene (rightly) points out, being a Wizard would have [[spoiler:prevented Roy's death]] and maybe even turned the tide of the battle in the Order and Azure City's favor.

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%%* There was an arc based on the children of the characters in Roleplay/WeAreOurAvatars.

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* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''
** A subversion of the "replay with last minute change" occurs when Helga is a finalist in the same spelling bee as her sister before her and gets the same last word, "qualm". Like her sister Olga, Helga ''does'' know how to spell the word... but deliberately misspells it, in order to defy her father and step out of Olga's shadow.
** In another episode Grandpa tells Arnold about his childhood and the girl that bullied him. Although it skips a generation, we learn that Pookie picked on Phil the same way Helga picks on Arnold.
** Arnold and Gerald get in a fight. Phil and his best friend had a similar argument in their youth.
** And then there was the episode where it was revealed that every man from his grandpa's line dies at midnight of his 81st birthday. Arnold's grandfather thought that he was going to die but then he realised that he did a miscalculation and he has 10 more years to live.
** Grandpa's father seemed very similar to him in personality as did his grandfather. In one flashback we see that Phil even had a similar relationship with his grandfather that Phil currently has with Arnold.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''
** In one episode, Tommy's great-aunt Miriam visits; at the end of the episode, we find out that, as a child, she had the same relationship with Grandpa that Angelica has with Tommy, and even mentions "those two kids from down the street, Bill and Jill". It's even lampshaded when she says that Angelica is just like her.
** The episode "Sour Pickles" reveals that Stu Pickles acted and sounded like his son Tommy when he was his age, making it a three-generation Xerox. Strangely, Drew Pickles acted more like Chuckie Finster as a toddler, despite not being related (and Chuckie's father Chas essentially being an older version of Chuckie already).
** Another episode reveals that Charlotte Pickles acted like her daughter Angelica when she was her age.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'': Optimus and his crew crash-land in the distant past on Earth, and must fend off attacks from Megatron and his band of miscreants while defending the planet and attempting to return to Cybertron. Now, are we talking about [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Prime]] or [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Primal]]? To further draw parallels, Cheetor takes up [[KidAppealCharacter Bumblebee]]'s mantle, and Terrorsaur makes a good [[TheStarscream Starscream]] {{Expy}}.
* In TheWestern, IdenticalGrandson episode of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', Valmont's ancestor is trying to release Shendu, and ends up being defeated by Jackie's ancestor.
** Lampshaded when Jade ''insists'' that one character was her counterpart, and a sudden dust cloud hides the character's replacement by Old West!Jade.
** Young Jackie was sent to San Francisco from Hong Kong to be with his uncle, just like Jade was sent to be with Jackie.
* {{Downplayed|Trope}} on ''{{WesternAnimation/Daria}}''--Daria looks and acts remarkably similar to her aunt, Amy, while one could argue there's at least some personality resemblance between Quinn and their other aunt, Rita. Their mother Helen and Rita can't be in the same room for more than a few minutes without fighting, and though Amy keeps distant from the rest of the family, it turns out she becomes just as petty when added to the mix; all this makes Quinn begins to worry that she and Daria will never grow out of their own [[TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry issues]] and hate each other forever.
* Subverted quite a bit in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. As the DistantFinale shows Terry [[spoiler:was a TykeBomb that was designed to follow the path to becoming Batman almost exactly]], but despite this he ends up being somewhat different. For instance Terry is ''not'' [[ThouShaltNotKill afraid to kill his enemies]] if he has to, and as he demonstrated to [[spoiler:the Joker himself]], he's not afraid of fighting dirty or turning someone's mind games around on them. By the time of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' Bruce is just a reclusive old man, and Waller tells Terry that he doesn't have to [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies be a loner to be Batman]], and he's still seeing his high school girlfriend [[spoiler:and was last seen planning to propose to her]].
** The tie-in comic revealed that the Wayne Powers enforcer who killed Warren [=McGinnis=] was Jake Chill, great-nephew of Joe.
* In the WhatIf FlashForward episode "[[WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}} Ken 10]]", Ben's [[IdenticalGrandson nearly-identical son Ken]] (he has darker skin, like his mother, and slightly darker brown hair, but is otherwise a Ben clone) is given an Omnitrix by his father on his tenth birthday because he got his when he was ten. It also has the same limitations as his original (time limit, limited number of aliens), and then Ken goes on to meet Devlin, the [[SuperpowerfulGenetics transforming, superpowered son]] of Ben's formal rival Kevin (ThemeNaming, anyone? Oh yes). Ken also offers Devlin the opportunity to join the Tennyson family, the same offer Ben made Kevin as a child. However, Devlin actually accepts the offer, unlike his father.
** Ken must have inherited his mother's brains, though, as he actually thinks to [[spoiler: use Grey Matter to hack the Omnitrix's master control]], something neither Ben, Gwen or Max ever considered.
* ''Famous 5: On The Case'', the Creator/{{Disney}} cartoon based loosely on [[Creator/EnidBlyton The Famous Five]], plays this straight with the children of the original Five. Both boys have sons, both girls have daughters. Julian and his son Max are both action leaders, Dick and Dylan are both [[TheSmartGuy smart guys]], George and Jo are tomboys, Allie and Anne are girly girls. And, well, Timmy Jr is still a dog, but that one's justified. George herself becomes a {{Gender Flip}}ped version of her father Quentin, as the eccentric scientist whose discoveries sometimes lead to the Five's cases.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'':
** One episode features the team that came before Sam, Alex and Clover: Pam, Alice and Crimson.
** A better example come from the girls' mothers Carmen, Gabriella, and Stella, who look like older versions of the girls. They even become WOOHP agents.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' shows her 19th century ancestor as an adventurous reporter in the vein of Tintin, Ron's ancestor as her partner, and the ancestors of Shego and Drakken as her archenemies. (Of course that turns out to be AllJustADream... OrWasItADream) Naturally, Ron spends half the episode {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing the trope. Word of God says the Generation Xerox characters were real.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "West In Pieces," the 19th century ancestor of Professor Utonium creates his own version of the Powerpuff Girls using steampunk technology.
* ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' had Alexis Luthor, a [[RichBitch spoiled rich kid]] who befriended Superman before going off to become a villain. Not surprisingly, she's revealed to be a distant descendant of ComicBook/LexLuthor.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', the Ashleys are this to their mothers. They even have a CatchPhrase: "Ludicrous!" instead of "Scandalous!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Timmy's 19th century ancestor has Cosmo and Wanda as his fairy godparents. And his successor from the far beyond future will also have them. And his ''future kids''. Makes sense. Fairies go to the kids that need them most, and flash forwards show that Timmy is going to be [[TruthInTelevision just as neglectful as his parents were]]. Going even further into this trope, we even see that he uses a [[KillerRobot freakily similar babysitter]].
* An episode of the ''Film/AceVentura: Pet Detective'' AnimatedAdaptation shows Ace Ventura's medieval ancestor as a pet detective, Guado's ancestor as a corrupt sheriff and Woodstock's ancestor as the informer of Ace's ancestor (complete with a steampunk computer).
* One time-traveling (of sorts) episode of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' revealed Jack's obsession with ghost hunting isn't self-contained; his pilgrim ancestor [[IdenticalGrandson John Fenton Nightingale]] did it, too!
* The French cartoon called ''Once Upon A Time... Mankind'' is about the history of humanity, and features the same five characters from prehistoric times until TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' episode "ORB" shows a flashback of [[SteamPunk Victorian era]] adventurers who all seem conspicuously similar to modern characters. (Granted, the modern equivalents aren't a team anymore.)
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'':
** Inverted in one episode when Dexter ages himself into an old man with an aging machine by accident, and his family mistakes him with his grandpa. In a later episode, we actually get to see his grandfather.
** At the beginning of another episode, Mom makes muffins, acting in Dexter's typical grandiose manner ("AT LAST! MY MUFFINS ARE COMPLETE!"), while Dad screws around the kitchen in a very Deedee-like fashion. It's here that viewers are clued into who takes after whom.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
** Hayley and Stan have exactly the same personality - both are controlling, obsessed with being right, and generally treat their partners like crap. The twist is that while Stan is a hardcore conservative, Hayley is a hardcore liberal. This is reinforced by a similarity of appearance -- they're the only two members of the family to share the same hair color.
** Stan was a geek in his youth just like Steve...something he's spent most of his adulthood trying to cover up.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject'', Bennett's son is visually identical to him but, personality wise, is much more mellow, carefree and easy going. Oddly, despite being a confrontational person, Bennett gets along great with his kid despite the night and day difference. It's implied that, pre SanitySlippage, this is what Bennett himself was like.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''
** In "Time Out For Vengeance", the show's take on ''[[Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman The Return of Bruce Wayne]]'', the historic Batmen are Bruce's ancestors, rather than Bruce travelling through time. Yes, even Cave Batman.
** The WhatIf episode "The Knights of Tomorrow!" ends with Damian Wayne having become the new Batman, and his son acting as the new Comicbook/{{Robin}}.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' had a FlashBack to TheSeventies, when Grandpa was the Chinese Dragon. And far from the wise OldMaster Jake knows, he's an [[SmugSuper egotistical showboater]] who talks in a constant stream of [[TotallyRadical barely comprehensible slang]], just like Jake.
* The unaired pilot for a ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' revival, ''Wacky Races Forever,'' had the offspring of the original racers.
* ''WesternAnimation/PopeyeAndSon'' (Hanna-Barbera, 1987). Popeye Jr. hates spinach but will eat it when the chips are down.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' had Scooby and the gang find that they've unknowingly been following in the footsteps of the original Mystery Inc, which also consisted of two guys, two girls, and an animal. [[spoiler: In fact, the original group's counterparts to Fred and Daphne turn out to be Fred's biological parents.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' plays with this. Clay's relationship with his father as a child was somewhat similar to his own relationship with his son. Although Clay was less of a CheerfulChild than Orel and more of a SpoiledBrat with a FreudianExcuse. [[spoiler:This is averted in the DistantFinale, in which Orel grows up to be a happier, much better family man than Clay.]]
* ''{{Enforced|Trope}}'' in ''Franchise/EverAfterHigh''. The main characters are the children of fairy tale characters and are expected to pledge to completely follow their parents' stories and replace them so that the story continues to live on in a parallel Earth (implied to be the same Earth upon which ''Franchise/MonsterHigh'' is set, which gives the Scarily Ever After line a new meaning). This has been going on for centuries, with Apple White being from a very long line of princesses who graduated to live out the story of Snow White. The story begins when the other main character, Raven Queen, wonders that maybe she should ScrewDestiny and ''not'' poison Apple when she becomes Snow.
* ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'': King Gideon IV once jumped to conclusions and thought trolls were attacking. (They were just banging the clubs on the floor because they like the sound) He ordered the guards to seize the trolls, who ran away to the cave under the palace and ever since forbidden from leaving. Upon learning the trolls' side of the story, Princess Sofia tried to set things right but King Roland II (King Gideon IV's grandson) had basically the same reaction his grandfather did. [[spoiler:The misunderstanding was eventually cleared]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish," Abe Simpson's WWII military unit was revealed to mostly consist of the fathers of male Springfielders, including those of Chief Wiggum, Barney Gumble, and Seymour Skinner--all of whom looked and acted exactly like their sons (even though Sheldon Skinner was later revealed to not be Seymour's biological father).
* In ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'', one of the episodes heavily features flashbacks to the time of Henrietta Twombly, great-great-grandmother of Mrs. Twombly, the owner of Littlest Pet Shop. In the flashback, Henrietta looked exactly like Mrs. Twombly, except with typical 19th century clothing, and had pets that look and sound exactly like the day camp regulars (and happened to be named [[ADogNamedDog Dog, Hedgehog, Skunk, Monkey, Panda, Mongoose, and Gecko]]). This also extends to [[Main/RichBitch Brittany and Whittany Biskit's]] ancestors from that time, Whittman and Brittman Biskit, who were male but otherwise looked like the Biskit Twins (with handlebar mustaches) and even used the same LikeIsLikeAComma [[AnachronismStew speech]]. To top it all off, Blythe also had an ancestor from that time, a young sheriff named Sheriff Blythe, who looked and sounded exactly like modern-day Blythe.
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' Book 3, Jinora finally becomes an Airbending master, [[spoiler:getting her entire head shaved and getting her Airbender tattoo. In fact, she looks just like her grandpa Aang]] from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
** Subverted with Toph's family. [[spoiler: Toph tries to enforce this trope by ending her parental supervision of her daughters Lin and Suyin after they became teenagers, to simulate her leaving her parents behind in the original series to find her place in the world after she became a teenager. Instead, it causes both daughters to have personal mental issues that haunt them throughout their lives. Toph later apologizes to Lin for her actions.]]
* Played darkly in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', where Pearl tries to make Connie into the same suicidal overly protective knight figure for Steven that Pearl had been for Steven's mother, Rose. Steven realizes this before it is too late, and manages to convince Connie that Pearl is wrong and they should be a BattleCouple instead.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** In the episode "Tale Of Two Stans", we learn that Grunkle Stan and his twin brother had a similar FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling dynamic that Mabel and Dipper do. Mabel worries that she and Dipper might end up estranged just as the previous generation is.
** During the flashback, we learn that the Author of the Journals once met a gnome called Schmebulock, Sr., who was identical to the Schmebulock of the current era.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episode "[[Recap/DarkwingDuckS1E38DarkwingDoubloon Darkwing Doubloon]]", we learn that in the late 1600s, there was still a Drake Mallard who fought evildoers under the identity of the Darkwing Doubloon. His crew include historical versions of his daughter Gosalyn, his pilot Launchpad [=McQuack=], and fellow Justice Ducks Stegmutt and Gizmoduck, while their nemeses include pirate versions of the Fearsome Five, led by Captain Negaduck. Drake's present day neighbours, the Muddlefoots, were royalty in those days, and King Herb is just as good-natured but naive as his descendant, while Prince Tank still bullies his younger brother Honker.
* Jerrica from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' looks like her deceased mother and became a popular musician like her as well. No one outside of her bandmates knows this though, since Jerrica sings as her alter ego "Jem" and Jerrica just seems like the band's manager.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Both Creator/BruceLee and his son, Brandon Lee, died under mysterious circumstances, leaving half-finished films behind that would later be completed posthumously (Bruce ''Game of Death'', and Brandon ''Film/TheCrow''). The similarities between their deaths led to a number of conspiracy theories involving the Triads and other Asian organized crime associations.
* Musician Music/TimBuckley died aged 28 of an accidental drug overdose. His son, [[Music/JeffBuckley Jeff]] bore a [[http://i39.tinypic.com/smelaf.jpg startling resemblance to his father]] and possessed a similar, albeit more wider-ranging singing voice. He died aged 30, when he got caught in the wake of a passing riverboat whilst swimming fully clothed in the Mississippi river.
* In an interesting inversion, UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln's son, Robert Todd Lincoln, was saved from nearly being killed by a train by the brother of John Wilkes Booth, Edwin Booth. Ironically, Robert would go on to be at the train station next to UsefulNotes/JamesGarfield when he was shot, as well as arriving in Buffalo right when [[UsefulNotes/WilliamMcKinley McKinley]] was shot. Weird. Robert himself was aware of this weirdness, and apparently didn't like it. When invited to a presidential function after the incident with [=McKinley=], he refused, saying "No, I'm not going, and they'd better not ask me, because there is a certain fatality about presidential functions when I am present."
* Emperor Peter III of [[UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia Russia]] was a staunch Prussophile militarist, had a personality which oscillated between CloudCuckoolander and AxCrazy, hated his wife UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat, and led an erratic and inconsistent internal and foreign policy. He was deposed in palace coup orchestrated by Catherine and then murdered in prison. His son Paul I was a staunch Prussophile militarist, had a personality which oscillated between CloudCuckoolander and AxCrazy (with hints of BunnyEarsLawyer), hated [[MyBelovedSmother his mother]] UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat (and tried to undo many of her reforms) and led an even more erratic and inconsistent internal and foreign policy. He was murdered in a palace coup [[SelfMadeOrphan tacitly supported by his estranged son]] Alexander I, who, after assuming the throne, promised that "everything will be done as it used to be done by my grandmother". Unsurprisingly, both Peter and Paul are subject to lots of AlternativeCharacterInterpretation and VindicatedByHistory.
* A strangely endemic situation in the Philippines, owing to the existence of warlords and [[HereditaryRepublic political dynasties]]. Many present-day figures tend to either be children of, or at least descended from, long-standing families like the Cojuangcos, Macapagals, and even the Aquinos. Or, in the case of current president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, a child of ''two'' of these families (his late mother Corazon, also a president, was born a Cojuangco).
* Creator/PatrickSwayze and his father Jesse both died at age 57. Patrick died from pancreatic cancer, and Jesse died from a heart attack.
* Creator/BillBryson writes in ''I'm A Stranger Here Myself'' about his son reading Bryson's own ''The Lost Continent'' a book where the author recalls the various dull habits of his father (like reading out licence plates of other cars when on holiday) - and his son's reaction;
-->"But this is ''dad!''", meaning of course ''me''. I have to admit it, I have become my father. I even read license plates.
* Lord Randolph Churchill was a rising star maverick in the Conservative Party who repeatedly switched factions, commanded the support of the public with his wit and charisma, suffered controversy, and eventually became Chancellor of the Exchequer before blowing it with a political misjudgement that ended his career. His son UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill had ''exactly the same career path''...the only difference being that he lived long enough to make the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII awesome comeback]] that is the only part anyone now remembers.
* Creator/BillCosby has called this "the curse," in that problematic children will have kids of their own that behave just like their parents in order for the problematic children to understand just what they put their parents through.
* Creator/PeterSellers and his son Michael, who was also an actor, both died from heart attacks at almost the same age exactly 26 years apart. Peter was 54 when he died, Michael was 52.
* There have been three US presidents that were direct descendants of previous presidents: UsefulNotes/JohnQuincyAdams was the son of UsefulNotes/JohnAdams, BenjaminHarrison was the grandson UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison, and UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush is the son of UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush. Also, UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt and UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt were fifth cousins, UsefulNotes/MartinVanBuren was a third cousin once removed to UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt, and UsefulNotes/ZacharyTaylor was a fourth cousin thrice removed to UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt.
** Among unsuccessful presidential candidates there have been a few fathers and sons, as well as sons of presidents: George and Mitt Romney, Ron and Rand Paul, Pat and Jerry Brown, Robert Taft (son of President William Howard Taft), Jeb Bush (son of President George H.W. Bush).
* Musician Laura Nyro and her mother Gilda (who was an amateur musician) both died from ovarian cancer at exactly the same age. Both were 49 when they died.
* Buddy Ryan is a former NFL coach known for being an awesome defensive coordinator, but having limited success as a head coach. His son Rex Ryan had great success as a defensive coordinator for the Ravens and has masterminded great defenses with the Jets, but has overall been a underwhelming coach. Rex's twin brother Rob has been very succesful as the defensive coordinator for several different teams. All 3 men have been instrumental in crafting the defense of an NFL championship-winning team (Buddy with the 1985 Bears, Rex with the 2000 Ravens and Rob with the 2001 and 2003 Patriots).
* Music/JohnLennon's parents abandoned him at an early age, and he was left with his Aunt Mimi for most of his childhood. He had a tumultuous relationship with his father, Freddie, who only returned to John after John became famous. His mother Julia returned to John for a short while in his childhood, but just as they were beginning to mend their relationship, Julia was run over and killed by an drunken off-duty policeman in a hit-and-run accident. Similarly, John, who had a rocky relationship with his first wife Cynthia and son Julian during the days of Beatlemania, abandoned them to live with Music/YokoOno. Julian and John's relationship was only beginning to mend in the last five or six years of John's life before John was shot to death in New York City in 1980.
* Paula Yates, wife of Bob Geldof, died in 2000 of a heroin overdose. Her daughter Peaches Geldof died in 2014 of the same cause.
* Dianna De La Garza, Music/DemiLovato's mother, has admitted in an interview that she too was secretly suffering from bipolarity and an eating disorder at the same time as Demi, with both keeping their struggles secret from each other, hence she couldn't have helped her daughter at the time. In fact, Demi temporarily separated from her mother and had her sent to rehab, partly as Dianna's habits were threatening to set a poor example for Demi in her recovery.
** Demi's estranged biological father, Patrick Lovato, was also discovered to have had bipolarity; he and Demi were only beginning to mend their relationship again the year before he died. ([[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Demi then set up the Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program in his honor]].)
* North Korea has had reigns of terror from the father-son-grandson dynasty of dictators Kim Il Sung (1972-1994), Kim Jong Il (1994-2011), and Kim Jong Un (2011-present).
* Ethel Gumm, her daughter Creator/JudyGarland, and her granddaughter Liza Minnelli all married closeted gay men.
* Queen Isabella II ascended to the throne of Spain in 1833, at the premature [[AChildShallLeadThem age of 3]]. Obviously, she played no part in politics during her earliest reign, but as she grew older her unwelcome, conservative-bent interferences became too common. Eventually she alienated too many people and opted to leave the country in 1868, when a liberal revolution broke against her rule. While in exile she abdicated her claim on her son Alfonso, who returned to Spain while it was embroiled in a civil war in 1874 and was proclaimed king by coupist general Martínez-Campos. The now king Alfonso XII then died in 1885, leaving the throne to his son, an even more premature Alfonso XIII, who in fact [[UpToEleven had not been born yet]]. Obviously, he played no part in politics during his earliest reign, but as he grew older his unwelcome, conservative-bent interferences became too common. Eventually he alienated too many people and opted to leave the country in 1931, when local elections were won largely by pro-republican parties. While in exile he abdicated his claim on his son Juan, who returned to Spain while it was embroiled in a civil war in 1936 and was... promptly expelled by coupist General Mola, who had no intention of restoring the monarchy.
* Justin Trudeau has followed in his father [[UsefulNotes/PierreTrudeau Pierre]]'s footsteps by becoming first leader of the Liberal Party, then Prime Minister of [[UsefulNotes/CanadianPolitics Canada]] in 2015.
** They are still behind the Papandreou family in Greece, who had three generations of prime ministers: grandfather [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgios_Papandreou Georgios]], father [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andreas_Papandreou Andreas Georgios]], and son/grandson [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Papandreou Georgios Andreas]] (called "George" in English media to distinguish between him and his grandfather).
** [[http://i.huffpost.com/gen/992957/images/o-PIERRE-JUSTIN-TRUDEAU-facebook.jpg There's an iconic 1973 photograph]] of Pierre Trudeau carrying a young Justin with RCMP Insp. Denis Ling saluting them. [[https://youtu.be/BPsTJMSw3ko 40 years later, in 2013]], Justin met Ling's son, Jeffrey, who followed in his own father's footsteps by becoming a policeman, too.
* Jean-Marie Le Pen is a French politician and founder of the right-wing National Front party who advanced to the presidential runoff in the 2002 election. His daughter, Marine Le Pen, later took over the party and in the 2017 presidential election advanced to the runoff.
* Too many professional athletes[[note]]"sportspeople" to our friends outside North America[[/note]] to count are the children of other pros, usually (but not always) in the same sport.
* Additionally,many famous actors are descended from other famous actors (Ben Stiller, Drew Barrymore, Dakota Johnson, etc).
* King John II of Castile and his son and successor, Henry IV, were both weak-willed monarchs dominated by their prime ministers, married twice, and fought a battle against an aristocratic rebellion... in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Battle_of_Olmedo same]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Battle_of_Olmedo place]], but 22 years apart.