Here is a place to note the tropes which are opposites of one another.

See also the CanonicalListOfSubtleTropeDistinctions, and TropeGrid (which covers when there's more than one possible Opposite Trope), EvilCounterpart for a list of tropes with moral counterparts (good vs evil), and DistaffCounterpart for a list of tropes with opposite-sex counterparts (tropes with male and female counterparts).

%% Examples are sorted by which trope is alphabetically first. Right: FaceHeelTurn vs. HeelFaceTurn. Wrong: HeelFaceTurn vs. FaceHeelTurn.

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!!Opposite tropes:

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[[folder:A]]

* AccidentalInnuendo vs. InnocentInnuendo
* AccidentalNightmareFuel vs. NightmareRetardant
** Not meant to be scary but is vs. meant to be scary but isn't.
* AcousticLicense vs. ICantHearYou
* {{Acrofatic}} vs. GlacierWaif
** A big guy you'd expect to be the MightyGlacier (or StoneWall) is actually the FragileSpeedster (or a LightningBruiser) vs. a small girl you'd expect to be the FragileSpeedster (or GlassCannon) is actually the MightyGlacier (or StoneWall).
* ActionBasedMission vs. StealthBasedMission
* ActionGirl vs. DistressedDamsel
* ActionHero vs. NonActionGuy
* ActuallyPrettyFunny / PlayedForLaughs vs. DudeNotFunny
* ACupAngst vs. PetitePride
** grief vs. pride about having small breasts.
* AdaptationalBadass vs. AdaptationalWimp
* AdaptationalCurves vs. BigBraToFill
** The character in the adaptation has bigger breasts than in the source material vs. the character in the source material has bigger breasts than in the adaptation
* AdaptationalHeroism vs. AdaptationalVillainy
* AdaptationExpansion vs. CompressedAdaptation
** AdaptationExpansion takes a short work (e.g. a poem) and fleshes it out in to a larger piece (e.g. a movie). CompressedAdaptation takes a work with a lot of history and/or development and condensed down to fill a specific amount of time (e.g. an adaptation of a 50+ year old comic book in to a two and a half hour movie).
* AdultsAreUseless vs. ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* AdvancingBossOfDoom vs. GetBackHereBoss
** boss chases after you vs. you chase after the boss
* AdventureRebuff vs. RefusalOfTheCall
* AffablyEvil vs. GoodIsNotNice
** Evil character who's nice vs. good character who isn't.
** AffablyEvil vs. FauxAffablyEvil
** Evil character who's nice vs. an evil character who's only ''pretending'' to be nice.
** AffablyEvil vs. GoodIsNotSoft
** Evil character who is nice but ruthless vs good character who is nice but ruthless.
** AffablyEvil vs. NiceGuy
** Evil character who is nice vs. a good character who is wholly nice.
* AfterBossRecovery vs. SuspiciousVideogameGenerosity
** With an AfterBossRecovery, upon winning (or, if the boss is a HopelessBossFight) you get a ton of recovery items. With SuspiciousVideogameGenerosity, the game starts throwing very powerful and/or useful items at you (potion that will heal you or a teammate completely, items that resore magic points); it's the game's (and game developer's) way of warning you that there is a horrifically bad boss or challenging area close by, so you'd better save and make sure you use all the items being given to you.
* AgentMulder vs. AgentScully
** Believer vs. skeptic.
* AliensAreBastards vs. InnocentAliens
* AllergicToEvil vs. GoodHurtsEvil
* AllergicToRoutine vs. CreatureOfHabit
* AllAmericanFace vs. ForeignWrestlingHeel
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys vs. SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan
** A female character interested in men with 'bad attitude' vs. a female character interested in males with 'good attitude'.
* AllMythsAreTrue vs. ArbitrarySkepticism
* AllPartOfTheShow vs. YouJustRuinedTheShot
* AllStarCast vs. AmateurCast
* AlmostDeadGuy vs. NotQuiteDead (or OnlyMostlyDead)
* AlphaBitch vs. FallenPrincess
* AlwaysChaoticEvil vs. AlwaysLawfulGood
* AmazonChaser vs. NoGuyWantsAnAmazon
* AmericansHateTingle vs. GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff
** Hate vs. love of a series outside its country of origin.
* AncientConspiracy vs. AncientTradition (However, they might [[NotSoDifferent overlap]].)
* SugarWiki/AndTheFandomRejoiced vs. TaintedByThePreview
** Optimism vs. pessimism over an upcoming work after any pre-release announcement.
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie vs. TomatoInTheMirror
** AndThenJohnWasAZombie is when a character is turned into something bad at then end. TomatoInTheMirror is when the character turns out to have been the bad thing all along.
* AngstWhatAngst vs. {{Wangst}}
** Character whines a lot less than you think they should vs. character whines too much.
* AnticlimaxBoss vs. ClimaxBoss
* AntiHero vs. AntiVillain
** A hero who lacks the qualities of a hero vs. a villain who lacks the qualities of a villain.
* AntiHero vs. IdealHero
** A hero who lacks moral uprightness vs. a hero who doesn't.
* AntiHero vs. TheHero
* TheAntiNihilist[=/=]UsefulNotes/{{Existentialism}} vs. StrawNihilist
** "Life has no meaning...because it's up to us to give it one." vs. "Life has no meaning!"
* AnyoneCanDie vs. RedShirt
** Important character gets killed off vs. only nameless extras get killed off.
* ApeShallNeverKillApe vs. InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves
* ApologizesALot vs. TheUnapologetic
** "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry." vs "I never apologize!"
* AppealToNovelty vs. AppealToTradition
* ArrogantKungFuGuy vs. MartialPacifist
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking vs. BreadEggsMilkSquick
** Mundane item in a list of horrible ones vs. horrible item in a list of mundane ones.
* ArtificialBrilliance vs. ArtificialStupidity
** The extremes of videogame AI.
* AsLongAsThereIsEvil vs. AsLongAsThereIsOneMan
* AscendedDemon vs. FallenAngel
* AscendedFanon vs. {{Jossed}}
** A fan theory that later gets confirmed by the WordOfGod ... or not.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence vs. DraggedOffToHell
* AssKicksYou vs. LiteralAssKicking
** Attacking ''with'' the buttocks vs. attacking the buttocks
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever vs. IncredibleShrinkingMan
* AuthorsSavingThrow vs. RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap
** Attempting to fix/get rid of a perceived problem or TheScrappy vs. retooling the offending element to make it better.
* AvoidTheDreadedGRating vs. RatedMForMoney
* AwesomeButImpractical vs. BoringButPractical
* AwesomeMcCoolname vs. AtrociousAlias

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[[folder:B]]

* BackFromTheDead vs. KilledOffForReal
* BadassBeard vs. BeardOfSorrow (Might [[CharacterDevelopment overlap]].)
* BadGuyBar vs. GoodGuyBar
* BadLiar vs. ConsummateLiar
* BadassDecay vs. TookALevelInBadass
** Originally {{badass}} character becomes less so over time vs. originally [[NonActionGuy non-badass]] character becoming more so over time.
* BadassInDistress vs. DistressedDamsel
* BadassPacifist vs. BloodKnight
** Character is {{Badass}} for not liking to fight vs. character is {{Badass}} for liking to fight.
* BaitAndSwitchCredits vs. SpoilerOpening
* BeautyEqualsGoodness vs. EvilIsSexy
** Not always opposites in a technical sense, and in fact is usually played at the same time. Often, the attractiveness of a Good person is usually in a modest, almost innocent and "classy" way, while an attractive Evil person is in a more primal, overt, and lustful way.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo vs. ScrewDestiny
** Fate vs. free will.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe vs. MistreatmentInducedBetrayal
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor vs. WishFulfillment
** Dream turning into a nightmare vs. dream coming true.
* BeingEvilSucks vs. BeingGoodSucks
* BerserkButton vs KindnessButton
** Doing something that makes a character angry vs. doing something that makes a character pleasant.
* BestBeerEver vs. ATankardOfMooseUrine
** Really good beer vs. really bad beer.
* BetterAsFriends vs. JustFriends
** Relationship converts from romantic to platonic vs. relationship converts from platonic to romantic
* BigBad vs. BigGood
* BigNo vs. BigYes
* BigNo vs. LittleNo
* BigWhat vs. FlatWhat
* BileFascination vs. HypeAversion
** BileFascination is a peculiar attraction to a really bad work because of all of the negative buzz surrounding it. HypeAversion is intentionally avoiding a product because everyone and their mother loves to talk about how great it is.
* BirdsOfAFeather vs. OppositesAttract
** Partners are extremely similar vs. partners aren't similar at all.
* BitchInSheepsClothing vs. JerkWithAHeartOfGold
** Major {{Jerkass}} behind nice guy facade vs. nice guy behind JerkassFacade
* BlackAndGrayMorality vs. RousseauWasRight (or WhiteAndGreyMorality)
** A BlackAndGrayMorality situation is one where there are no obvious good guys. RousseauWasRight is a situation in a fictional work where there are no clear-cut bad guys.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality vs. GreyAndGrayMorality
** unambiguously good heroes & unambiguously evil villains verus morally ambiguous heroes and villains
* BlackLikeMe vs. WhiteLikeMe
* BlessedWithSuck vs. CursedWithAwesome
* BloodlessCarnage vs. HighPressureBlood
* BlownAcrossTheRoom vs. LawOfInverseRecoil
** Gunshots with way too much recoil vs. gunshots with no recoil.
* BonusSpace vs. {{Whammy}}
** A good space on a game show's game board vs. a bad space on a game show's game board (usually one that takes away all of your money).
* BookDumb vs. {{Geek}}
* BreakThemByTalking vs. WorldOfCardboardSpeech
** A villain deconstructs the hero's motives for fighting and tries to exploit his psychological weaknesses, versus a hero who deconstructs his motives for fighting and then reaffirms his will to surmount them.
* BreakableWeapons vs. UnbreakableWeapons
* BreakoutCharacter vs. ShooOutTheNewGuy
** The EnsembleDarkhorse gets a bigger role due to fan reaction vs. CreatorsPet gets a smaller role due to fan reaction.
* BreatherBoss vs. ThatOneBoss
* BreatherEpisode vs. WhamEpisode (TROPER GENERAL'S WARNING: putting these back-to-back can induce MoodWhiplash)
* BroadStrokes vs. FanWank -- the former is the ultimate in {{Doylist}} interpretation, while the latter is the ultimate in {{Watsonian}} interpretation.
* BroughtDownToNormal vs. FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome
* BuffySpeak vs. SpockSpeak
* ButNowIMustGo vs. IChooseToStay
* ButtMonkey vs. KarmaHoudini
* ButtMonkey vs. MarySue
** A character who fails at pretty much everything versus a character who succeeds at pretty much everything. The opposite-ness can be explored further: People hate the MarySue played straight, but love to laugh at the ButtMonkey played straight. Inversely, people love to laugh at an exaggerated MarySue (ParodySue or ThirtySuePileup) but hates [[YanktheDogsChain yanking the dog's chain]] that comes about when you exaggerate the ButtMonkey.

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[[folder:C]]

* CainAndAbel vs. SiblingTeam
* CampGay vs. ManlyGay
* {{Canon}} (or WordOfGod) vs. {{Fanon}}
* CanonicalListOfSubtleTropeDistinctions vs. OppositeTropes
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin vs. CantGetInTroubleForNuthin
* CardCarryingVillain vs. KnightTemplar
* CareBearStare vs. MindRape
* CareerResurrection vs. CreatorKiller or StarDerailingRole
* CasanovaWannabe vs. KavorkaMan (or EvenTheGuysWantHim)
* CassandraTruth vs. SarcasticConfession
* CastOfSnowflakes vs. OnlySixFaces
** Everyone looks distinct vs. everyone looks similar
* CharacterAlignment tropes tend to be constructed so as to yield opposite pairs -- as seen in the most commonly used system:
** ChaoticEvil vs. LawfulGood
** ChaoticGood vs. LawfulEvil
** ChaoticNeutral vs. LawfulNeutral
** NeutralEvil vs. NeutralGood
* ChewingTheScenery vs. DullSurprise
** Overacting vs. underacting.
* TheChewToy (or ButtMonkey) vs. TheWoobie
** Seeing him suffer makes you laugh vs. seeing him suffer makes you go "aww".
* {{Chickification}} vs. {{Xenafication}}
* CityMouse vs. CountryMouse
* CityNoir vs. ShiningCity
** Both in terms of visuals and character, one city is horrible to live in while the other is clean and awesome (think, [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Gotham City]] vs. [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Metropolis]]).
* CityOfAdventure vs. NothingExcitingEverHappensHere
* CivilianVillain vs. ReformedButRejected
* ClarkesThirdLaw vs. MagicVersusScience
* CloseRangeCombatant vs. LongRangeFighter
* ClusterFBomb vs. GoshDangItToHeck
** Profanity-laden dialogue vs. mild curse words that aren't actual curses.
* ClusterFBomb vs. PrecisionFStrike
** Many curse words vs. one curse word out of nowhere.
* CollegeIsHighSchoolPart2 vs. ElaborateUniversityHigh
** The work treats college like high school vs. the work's high school is big and complex enough to be like a college.
* ComesGreatResponsibility vs. MugglePower
* ComMons vs. OlympusMons
** wimpy summon monsters vs. godlike summon monsters
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong vs. PeerPressureMakesYouEvil (or BlitheSpirit)
* CompleteMonster vs. IncorruptiblePurePureness
* CompleteMonster vs. IdealHero
** The ultimate ends of the morality scale.
* ComplimentBackfire vs. InsultBackfire
* CoolShades or {{Meganekko}} vs. NerdGlasses
* CorruptChurch vs. SaintlyChurch
* CorruptCorporateExecutive vs. UnclePennybags
* CorruptionByAMinor vs. CorruptionOfAMinor
* CouldHaveBeenMessy vs. GoodThingYouCanHeal
* CowardlyLion (or TheSoCalledCoward) vs. MilesGloriosus
** Apparent coward, actual hero. vs. apparent hero, actual coward.
* CrackFic vs. OriginalFlavour
* CrapsackWorld vs. MarySuetopia
** In the CrapsackWorld, life is pointless and everything sucks. In MarySuetopia, everything and everyone is perfect.
* CreatorsPet vs. TakeThatScrappy
** The creators of a work fluffing up [[TheScrappy a hated character]] vs. them [[TakeThat making fun of him/her/it]].
* CreatorBreakdown vs. CreatorRecovery
** A creator's work becoming DarkerAndEdgier as a result of personal problems vs. a creator's work becoming LighterAndSofter as a result of personal happiness.
* CheerfulChild vs. CreepyChild
* CreepyChild vs. PsychopathicManchild
** Child who acts adult-like in an unsettling way vs. adult who acts child-like in an unsettling way.
* CreepyCrossdresser vs. WholesomeCrossdresser
* CripplingOverspecialization vs. MasterOfNone
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome vs. DarthWiki/DethroningMomentOfSuck
** series' high point vs. series' low point
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming vs. NightmareFuel
** Something that's touching vs. something that's terrifying.
* CruelMercy vs. MercyKill
** Sparing someone to make them suffer vs. killing someone to end their suffering
** CruelMercy vs. CruelToBeKind
* CrutchCharacter vs. MagikarpPower
* CueTheSun vs. PartlyCloudyWithAChanceOfDeath
* CuteGhostGirl vs. StringyHairedGhostGirl
* CutsceneIncompetence vs. CutscenePowerToTheMax
* {{Cyberpunk}} vs. RaygunGothic
* TheCynic vs. TheIdealist

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[[folder:D - E]]

* DarkerAndEdgier vs. LighterAndSofter
* DarkFic vs. {{WAFF}}
* DarkIsEvil vs. DarkIsNotEvil
** DarkIsEvil vs. LightIsGood
* DarkIsNotEvil vs. LightIsNotGood
* DarkMagicalGirl vs. MagicalGirl
* DeathbringerTheAdorable vs. FluffyTheTerrible
** Cute monster with vicious-sounding name vs vicious monster with cute-sounding name.
* DecemberDecemberRomance vs. MayDecemberRomance vs. PuppyLove
** a couple made up of old characters vs. a couple made of a younger character and an older one vs. a couple made up of young characters
* {{Deconstruction}} vs. {{Reconstruction}} (or AffectionateParody)
* DefectingForLove vs. FoeYay
* DeliberateValuesDissonance vs. PoliticallyCorrectHistory
** Deliberately depicting regressive or offensive views for the sake of historical accuracy vs. deliberately downplaying/omitting regressive or offensive views even if it doesn't make sense for the time period
* DeniedParody vs. ParodyRetcon
* DescriptionCut vs. IResembleThatRemark
* DesignatedHero vs. DesignatedVillain
* DeusExMachina vs. DiabolusExMachina
** Out-of-nowhere win for the good guys vs. out-of-nowhere win for the bad guys.
* DeusSexMachina vs. VirginPower
** A DeusSexMachina is a power that requires [[SexTropes you-know-what]] to be triggered. A VirginPower is some sort of ability of AppliedPhlebotinum that relies on the user abstaining from you-know-what.
* DickDastardlyStopsToCheat vs. DudleyDoRightStopsToHelp
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil vs. InformationWantsToBeFree
* DirtyCoward vs. LovableCoward
* {{Disneyfication}} vs. {{Grimmification}}
* DisproportionateRetribution vs. DisproportionateReward
* DistractedByTheSexy vs. NotDistractedByTheSexy or IgnoreTheFanservice
* DistressedDamsel vs. DistressedDude
* DitzyGenius vs. GeniusDitz
** A genius who's really bad at one thing vs. a ditz who is really good at one thing.
* DividedStatesOfAmerica vs. ExpandedStatesOfAmerica
* DoesNotLikeSpam vs. TrademarkFavoriteFood
* DoingInTheWizard vs. AWizardDidIt
** explaining a seemingly impossible event in detail vs. {{hand wav|e}}ing it away as "just magic"
* DownTheRabbitHole vs. UpTheRealRabbitHole
* DownerEnding vs. HappyEnding
* DracoInLeatherPants vs. RonTheDeathEater
** Both are character interpretation tropes. DracoInLeatherPants occurs when a character's flaws are downplayed and their virtues are promoted by a fan to make a character more appealing to them. RonTheDeathEater downplays a character's good traits, often exposing and exaggerating their flaws to [[DieForOurShip pave the way]] for the fan's OneTruePairing.
* DragonRider vs. ShoulderSizedDragon
** People riding dragons vs. dragons [[ParrotPetPosition sitting on people]].
* DramaticIrony vs. TomatoSurprise
** The audience is aware of important information that the characters are not privy to, leading to a dramatic reveal vs. The characters are aware of important information that the audience is not privy to, leading to a dramatic reveal.
* DreamTeam vs. RagtagBunchOfMisfits
* DumbIsGood[=/=]GoodIsDumb vs. GoodIsNotDumb
* DumbassNoMore vs. TookALevelInDumbass
** A dumb character becoming smart vs. a smart character becoming dumb.
* DumpStat vs. OneStatToRuleThemAll
* EasilyForgiven vs. ReformedButRejected
** A character does something bad and others forgive him without any repercussions vs. a character who is reformed, but others refuse to believe it.
* EasyModeMockery vs. HardModePerks
** Penalties for playing a game on an easy difficulty level vs. bonuses for playing the same game on a harder difficulty level.
* TheEeyore vs. ThePollyanna
** TheEeyore always sees the proverbial glass half-empty, while ThePollyanna is eternally optimistic about their circumstances in life.
* EmbodimentOfVice vs. EmbodimentOfVirtue
* EmotionlessGirl vs. GenkiGirl
* EncounterBait vs. EncounterRepellant
** Increasing vs. decreasing the frequency of RandomEncounters in a RolePlayingGame with an item or spell.
* EndlessDaytime vs. TheNightThatNeverEnds
* EnjoyTheStorySkipTheGame vs. PlayTheGameSkipTheStory
* EnsembleDarkhorse vs. TheScrappy or CreatorsPet
** The EnsembleDarkhorse is a character who gains an [[UnexpectedReactionsToThisIndex unexpected amount of popularity with an audience]] despite having a not-so-big role. TheScrappy is a character who is rejected by the fandom, for being considered annoying and/or unlikeable. If TheScrappy becomes prominent in a story and the audience still doesn't embrace the character, then that character is a CreatorsPet.
** CreatorsPet vs. UnpopularPopularCharacter
** Character only the author seems to like vs. character only the fans seem to like.
* EscalatingWar vs. ZanySchemeChicken
* EverybodyLives vs. KillEmAll
** In an EverybodyLives scenario, all of the main characters survive to the very end. In a KillEmAll scenario, a large portion of the cast is killed off.
* EveryoneIsBi vs. NoBisexuals
* EvilChancellor vs. TheGoodChancellor
* EvilerThanThou vs. HolierThanThou
** EvilerThanThou vs. EvenEvilHasStandards
* EvilFeelsGood vs. GoodFeelsGood
* EvilIsCool vs. ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil
* EvilIsBurningHot vs. EvilIsDeathlyCold
* TheEvilPrince vs. KnightInShiningArmor
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin vs. NeverTrustATitle
* ExecutiveMeddling vs. ProtectionFromEditors
** Executives giving (often unwanted) input in a work vs. only the author deciding the direction of the story.
* ExpressDelivery vs. LongestPregnancyEver
** A unusually short (full-term) pregnancy vs. an unusually long one.

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[[folder:F]]

* FaceHeelTurn vs. HeelFaceTurn
** A FaceHeelTurn is when something happens to an established "good" character that makes them turn to the side of evil. A HeelFaceTurn is when something happens to an established "evil" character that makes them turn to the side of good. When used more than once, it can lead to the HeelFaceRevolvingDoor.
* FaceOfAThug vs. FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon
** A hero who has a scary thuggish face vs a villain who looks pleasant and innocent.
* FailedASpotCheck vs. HyperAwareness
** A character with HyperAwareness can see even the smallest details without even trying. A character who FailedASpotCheck is oblivious to something that just about everyone else can see.
* FailureHero vs. InvincibleHero
** A hero who ''never'' wins, killing all tension vs. a hero who ''always'' wins, killing all tension.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption vs. SpringtimeForHitler
** Someone tries to succeed but always ends up failing vs. someone tries to fail but always ends up succeeding.
* FakeBoobs vs. SuppressedMammaries
* FallingInLoveMontage vs. LostLoveMontage
* FalseDichotomy vs. GoldenMeanFallacy
** strawman argument where only one of two choices is right vs. one where both choices are wrong and the only "correct" answer is somewhere in the middle.
* FalseReassurance vs. SuspiciouslySpecificDenial
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms vs. KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter vs. TheEnemyWeaponsAreBetter
* {{Fandom}} vs. {{Hatedom}}
* FanDumb vs. HateDumb
* FatBastard (or VillainousGlutton) vs. LeanAndMean
** Fat villain vs. skinny villain.
* AFatherToHisMen vs. TheNeidermeyer
** A well-respected vs. a much despised commanding officer.
* FauxAffablyEvil vs. JerkassFacade
** Evil character with a nice, friendly façade vs. good character with a mean or "evil" façade.
* FeigningIntelligence vs. ObfuscatingStupidity
* FictionIsntFair vs. RealityEnsues
** Disregarding vs. following what would happen in the real world
* FireAndBrimstoneHell vs. FluffyCloudHeaven
* FirstGirlWins vs. LastGirlWins
* FirstKiss vs. LastKiss
* FiveManBand vs. FiveBadBand
** TheHero vs. The BigBad
** TheLancer vs. TheDragon
** TheBigGuy vs. TheBrute
** TheSmartGuy vs. EvilGenius
** TheChick vs. TheDarkChick
** SixthRanger vs. SixthColumn
* {{Flashback}} vs. FlashForward
* FlawedPrototype vs. SuperPrototype
* FMinusMinus vs. RankInflation
* ForeignQueasine vs. ImpossiblyDeliciousFood
* ForgotICouldntSwim vs. RememberedICouldFly
* ForGreatJustice vs. ForTheEvulz
** Doing something because you know it's good/just vs. doing something because you know it's evil.
* ForWantOfANail vs. InSpiteOfANail
* FreakyIsCool vs. WhatMeasureIsANonCute
* FriendlyEnemy vs. VitriolicBestBuds and WithFriendsLikeThese
** Enemies who treat each other like friends vs. friends who treat each other like enemies.
* FreudianExcuse vs. InTheBlood
** being a villain because of some traumatic event (nurture) vs. being a villain because ItRunsInTheFamily (nature)
* FridgeBrilliance vs. FridgeLogic
** You suddenly realize something that happened makes perfect sense vs. you suddenly realize something that happened doesn't make sense.
* FriendToAllLivingThings vs. WalkingWasteland (or EnemyToAllLivingThings)
** FertileFeet vs. WalkingWasteland (simply existing causes the surrounding area to grow and flourish vs. simply existing causes the surrounding area to die and rot)
* FromClonesToGenre vs. GenreKiller
** A game that spawns a genre vs. a game that destroys one.
* FullyAbsorbedFinale vs. PoorlyDisguisedPilot
* FunnyAneurysmMoment or HarsherInHindsight vs. HilariousInHindsight
* FutureBadass vs. FutureLoser

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[[folder:G - H]]

* GagPenis vs. TeenyWeenie
* GameBreaker vs. JokeCharacter (or JokeItem)
* GargleBlaster (gets you instantly, insanely drunk) vs. KlatchianCoffee (gets you instantly, insanely sober)
* GeniusDitz vs. ModernMajorGeneral
* SugarWiki/GeniusProgramming vs. DarthWiki/IdiotProgramming
* GenreBlindness vs. GenreSavvy
* GentleGiant vs. TheNapoleon
** A GentleGiant is a character who looks big and menacing, but actually has a kind and softer side. TheNapoleon looks small and non-threatening, but is very dangerous, ''especially'' if you should make fun of his/her height.
* GetItOverWith vs. ScheherezadeGambit
* GetTheeToANunnery vs. HaveAGayOldTime
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar vs. InnocentInnuendo
* GhibliHills vs. {{Mordor}}
** Lush, colorful landscape vs. dark, frightening landscape. See also SceneryPorn vs. SceneryGorn.
* GirlsHaveCooties vs. PuppyLove
* GirlyGirl vs. {{Tomboy}}
** A female character with with feminine traits vs. a female character with masculine traits.
* GladToBeAliveSex vs. PreClimaxClimax
** Sex after surviving a dangerous event vs. sex right before a dangerous event.
* AGodAmI vs. AGodIAmNot
** A mortal believes they're god out of madness, vs. a god-like being refusing the label of god to stay sane.
* GodGuise vs. GodInHumanForm
* GodIsEvil vs. SatanIsGood
* GodModeSue vs. TheLoad
** "Why are we even here? He can do everything!" vs. "Why is this guy even here? He can't do anything!"
* GoodIsDumb vs. GoodIsNotDumb
* GoodTimesMontage vs. SadTimesMontage
* GoryDiscretionShot vs. SexyDiscretionShot
** You dont want to see it versus you want to see it.
* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave vs. IWasQuiteALooker
** GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave applies to elderly characters who retain their outer beauty well into their old age. IWasQuiteALooker applies to characters who were once more attractive than they are currently.
* GratuitousEnglish vs. SurprisinglyGoodEnglish
* GrowingTheBeard vs. JumpingTheShark
** GrowingTheBeard is a moment when a particular show or series reaches a point where everything gets better. JumpingTheShark is when it hits a new low, and everything is perceived to get ''worse'' from then on.
* GrumpyBear vs. WideEyedIdealist
** Cynic in an idealistic setting vs. idealist in a cynical setting.
* HappinessTropes vs. SadnessTropes
* HarmlessVillain vs. VillainSue
* HatePlague vs. LoveIsInTheAir
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower vs. WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway
* TheHermit vs. HatesBeingAlone
* HeroBall vs. VillainBall
** hero does something dumb vs. villain does something dumb
* HeroesActVillainsHinder vs. VillainsActHeroesReact
* HeroAntagonist vs. VillainProtagonist
* HeroesFrontierStep vs. MoralEventHorizon
* HeroicComedicSociopath vs. PsychopathicManchild
* HeroicSeductress vs. TheVamp
** Heroine who uses sex for good vs. Villainess who uses sex for evil
* TheHeroSucksSong vs. TheVillainSucksSong
** A song insulting a hero vs a song insulting a villain.
* HeroWithBadPublicity vs. VillainWithGoodPublicity
* HeterosexualLifePartners vs. LikeBrotherAndSister
** Very close same-sex friends vs. Very close opposite-sex friends
* HighFantasy vs. LowFantasy
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade vs. HistoricalVillainUpgrade
* HiveMind vs. SplitPersonality
* HollywoodHomely vs. InformedAttractiveness
** Character isn't as unattractive as the show would have you believe vs. character isn't as attractive as the show would have you believe.
* HollywoodSpelling vs MyNaymeIs
** Names are standardized vs. names are spelled eccentrically.
* HopelessBossFight vs. ZeroEffortBoss
** boss fight you can't win vs. boss fight you can't lose
* HomeSweetHome vs. InHarmsWay
* HugeGuyTinyGirl vs. TinyGuyHugeGirl
* HumansAreBastards vs. HumansAreGood and HumansAreSpecial
* HundredPercentCompletion vs. MinimalistRun
** Win the game by collecting everything vs. Win the game by collecting nothing.
* HystericalWoman vs. WomenAreWiser

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[[folder:I]]

* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat vs. YouJustHadToSayIt
* INeedAFreakingDrink vs. NoMoreForMe
* IdiotBall vs. SmartBall
** Unnatural act of idiocy vs. unnatural act of competence
* IdleRich vs. NonIdleRich
** Rich people who don't do anything vs. rich people who actually do things.
* IfICantHaveYou vs. IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim vs. KillHimAlready
* IfJesusThenAliens vs. NoSuchThingAsSpaceJesus
* IJustWantToBeNormal vs. IJustWantToBeSpecial
* IJustWantToHaveFriends vs. IWorkAlone
* ILikeThoseOdds vs. NeverTellMeTheOdds
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy vs. ImprobableAimingSkills
** At the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy, a character (usually a bad guy) is incapable of hitting the broad side of a barn...at point blank range. With ImprobableAimingSkills, a character can hit just about anything with a firearm [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality in ways that shouldn't be humanly possible]].
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes vs. RummageSaleReject
* InadequateInheritor vs. TurnOutLikeHisFather
** failure to turn out like your father despite all pressure to do so vs. failure to not turn out like your father despite all pressure to do so
* InfiniteSupplies vs. PerpetualPoverty
* InstantDeathBullet vs. OnlyAFleshWound
* InsufferableGenius vs. KindheartedSimpleton
** A smart character who is mean vs a dumb character who is nice.
* InsultOfEndearment vs. TermsOfEndangerment
** Rude nicknames being used by friends vs. kind nicknames being used by enemies or at least insincere people.
* InTouchWithHisFeminineSide vs. {{Tomboy}}
** A male character has feminine traits vs a female character who has masculine traits.
* InUniverseGameClock vs. TakeYourTime Game time flows constantly vs. game time flows only when the plot requires it.
* IronWoobie vs. SympatheticSue
* ItsAllMyFault vs. NeverMyFault
* ItsPopularNowItSucks vs. QualityByPopularVote
* ItsTheSameNowItSucks vs. TheyChangedItNowItSucks
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy vs. MurderTheHypotenuse
* IWasJustJoking vs. MyGodYouAreSerious
* IWasQuiteTheLooker vs. SheIsAllGrownUp
* ItWillNeverCatchOn vs. ThisIsGoingToBeHuge
** something expected to fail succeeds like crazy vs. something expected to be a smash-hit turns out to be a flop. HilariousInHindsight applies to both tropes.
* {{Iyashikei}} vs. {{Utsuge}}: Visual Novels that give you a WarmAndFuzzyFeeling vs. Visual Novels that '''''will''''' [[TearJerker make you cry yourself to sleep.]]
** Particularly notable in that the terms translate to "healing" and "depressing", respectively.

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[[folder:J - L]]

* JadedWashout vs. SmallNameBigEgo
* {{Jerkass}} vs. NiceGuy
* JumpedAtTheCall vs. RefusalOfTheCall
* JumpingTheGenderBarrier vs. UnsettlingGenderReveal
* KarmaHoudini vs. LaserGuidedKarma or KarmicDeath
** Little to no punishment for bad deeds vs. apropos punishment.
* KickTheDog vs. PetTheDog
** Showing that a bad guy is bad vs. showing that a bad guy isn't all that bad.
* KickTheDog vs. WhatYouAreInTheDark
* KissKissSlap vs. SlapSlapKiss
** "I love you! ... I hate you!" vs. "I hate you! ... I love you!"
* [[CombatPragmatist Krav Maga]] vs. LeParkour
** A martial art based solely on disarming and defeating your opponent, and a martial art based solely on avoiding/escaping conflict in the first place.
* TheLadette vs. ProperLady
** Woman lacking in feminine grace vs. woman full of feminine grace.
* LegacyImmortality vs. MyGrandsonMyself
** Successive mentors and students pretend to be the same immortal person over a long period of time vs. an immortal or long-lived character tries to evade detection by pretending to be their own descendant.
* LetMeGetThisStraight vs WhatIsGoingOn.
* LetsGetDangerous vs. NotSoHarmlessVillain
** low-key hero becoming powerful vs. low-key villain becoming powerful.
* LetsSplitUpGang vs. NeverSplitTheParty
* LifeImitatesArt vs. TruthInTelevision
* LightIsGood vs. LightIsNotGood
* LimaSyndrome vs. StockholmSyndrome
** Captor develops feelings for prisoner vs. prisoner develops feelings for captor
* LimitedWardrobe vs. UnlimitedWardrobe
* LivingForeverIsAwesome vs. WhoWantsToLiveForever
* LonerTurnedFriend vs. UsedToBeMoreSocial
* LongRunners vs. ShortRunners
* LostInMediasRes vs. ProlongedPrologue
** Too little exposition in the beginning vs. too much exposition at expence of action in the beginning.
* LowerClassLout vs. UpperClassTwit
* LukeIAmYourFather vs. LukeYouAreMyFather
* {{Macekre}} vs. {{Woolseyism}}
** A {{Macekre}} is a loose translation of a work that barely resembles its source material. A {{Woolseyism}} is a translation of a work that maintains the spirit of the original work, while still making it palatable for its intended audience.

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[[folder:M]]

* MacGuffinDeliveryService vs. KeepAway
* MadeOfIron vs. MadeOfPlasticine
* MadeOutToBeAJerkass vs. PunishedForSympathy
** Being branded as a bad person for fighting off a bad person vs being branded as a bad person for being nice to a bad person.
** NoSympathyForGrudgeholders vs. PunishedForSympathy
** Being called out for holding a grudge against a person vs being called out for being forgiving towards a person.
* MagicallyIneptFighter vs. SquishyWizard
* TheMagicComesBack vs. TheMagicGoesAway
* MagicKnight vs. SquishyWizard
* MagicSkirt vs. MarilynManeuver
* MagicSkirt vs. PantyShot
* MagnificentBastard vs. SmugSnake
** While a MagnificentBastard can sometimes pull off [[GambitRoulette ridiculously complicated plans]] and [[ManipulativeBastard get people to do what he/she wants]] and still come out smelling like a rose, the SmugSnake only ''thinks'' they can, and often comes across as a deluded {{Jerkass}}.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction vs. MinorInjuryOverreaction
* TheMcCoy (logic vs. emotions) vs. TheSpock
* MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight vs. SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong
* MechanicalLifeforms vs. OrganicTechnology
* MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales vs. OffendingTheCreatorsOwn
** Members of a specific social group enjoying a work by outsiders despite what might be considered stereotypical depictions, vs. members of a social group getting offended by their portrayal in a work by a creator who is actually in that group.
* MightyWhitey vs. TokenWhite
* ModestyShorts vs. ZettaiRyouiki
** Clothes cover upper part of the leg below the skirt vs. clothes emphasize it.
* MookChivalry vs. ZergRush
** Mooks attacking one at a time vs. mooks attacking all at once
* MonstrosityEqualsWeakness vs. PowerUpgradingDeformation
** Being more monstrous making you less dangerous vs. more powerful.
* MoreHeroThanThou vs. WhoWillBellTheCat
** Characters strive to do the dangerous deed vs. characters retreat on learning that they might personally have to do the deed.
* MostAnnoyingSound vs. MostWonderfulSound
* MotorMouth vs. TheQuietOne
* MundaneMadeAwesome vs. UnusuallyUninterestingSight
* MyGirlIsASlut vs. MyGirlIsNotASlut
** On one hande you have the usual "woman who dares to have sex = whore" and its contrary, a woman who isn't put down or insulted for having an active sex-life but rather sought after ''because'' of that.
* MyBelovedSmother vs. WhenYouComingHomeDad
** Parents that do nothing but control their children vs. parents that never have time for their children.

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[[folder:N - O]]

* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast vs. NamesToTrustImmediately
* NecessarilyEvil vs. WellIntentionedExtremist
* NetworkToTheRescue vs. ScrewedByTheNetwork
* NeverHurtAnInnocent vs. YouCantMakeAnOmelette
* NoBloodTies vs. ThickerThanWater
* NoFourthWall vs. ThisIsReality
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind vs. TheUriahGambit
* NoPronunciationGuide vs. SpellMyNameWithAnS
** Written works which don't explain how odd names are pronounced versus works where the audience knows how a name sounds but nobody can agree on how it should be written down.
* NoPunctuationPeriod vs. WantonCrueltyToTheCommonComma
** There isn't any punctuation vs. there's too much and it's used incorrectly.
* NoSidepathsNoExplorationNoFreedom vs. WideOpenSandbox
** video game where you're railroaded down a single path vs. one where you're allowed to do almost anything (within technical limits)
* NoSuchThingAsWizardJesus vs. ReligionIsMagic
* NotAllowedToGrowUp vs. SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome
** If a character remains the same age for a good portion of a series (especially if it's a [[LongRunners Long Runner]]), then he/she is NotAllowedToGrowUp. SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome denotes quick aging changes, where a character can be aged up a few years without explanation.
* NothingCanSaveUsNow vs. NothingCanStopUsNow
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore vs. StatusQuoIsGod
* NotSoHarmlessVillain vs. VillainDecay
** non-threatening villain becomes more dangerous over time vs. threatening villain becomes less dangerous over time
* OfficialCouple vs. OneTruePairing (or FanPreferredCouple)
* TheOneGuy vs. TheSmurfettePrinciple
* OneSceneTwoMonologues vs. TwoScenesOneDialogue
* OneSteveLimit vs. PlanetOfSteves
** Only one character has a particular name to avoid confusion vs. a large group of people all have the same name.
* OnlyIdiotsMayPass vs. OnlySmartPeopleMayPass
* OnTheNext vs. PreviouslyOn
* TheOtherDarrin vs. YouLookFamiliar
* {{Overcrank}} vs. {{Undercrank}}
** Slow motion vs. fast motion.
* OutOfCharacterAlert vs. SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay

[[/folder]]

[[folder:P - R]]

* PainfullySlowProjectile vs. VeryHighVelocityRounds
** bullets that move incredibly slow vs. bullets that fly ridiculously fast
* PatchworkMap vs. SingleBiomePlanet
** Several biomes compressed into tiny area[[note]]Though the trope is wider than that.[[/note]] vs. an entire planet covered in a single biome.
* PermaShave vs. PermaStubble
* PerpetualFrowner vs. PerpetualSmiler
* ProHumanTranshuman vs. SuperSupremacist
** A superpowered individual who fights on the side of normals vs. a superpowered individual who regards normals as slaves.
* PoisonousFriend vs. PsychoSidekick
** Friend who commits chaotic/evil deeds in the hero's name without the hero's knowledge vs. friend who commits chaotic/evil deeds in the hero's name and the hero fully knows about it
* PolarOppositeTwins vs. SingleMindedTwins
* PolishedPort vs. PortingDisaster
** Transitioning a game from one system to another makes the new game better than the original vs. a transition where it makes the end result worse
* PowerBornOfMadness vs. WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity
** superpower that relies on the user being insane vs. superpower that slowly drives the user insane
* PragmaticVillainy vs. StupidEvil
** Villain doesn't do something evil only because it hurts their interests vs. Villain does something evil even though it will hurt their interests
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech vs. YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre
** A speech that puts one down vs a speech that brings one up.
* RedemptionDemotion vs. RedemptionPromotion
** Character works better as a villain than a hero vs. character works better as a hero than a villain.
* RedemptionEarnsLife vs. RedemptionEqualsDeath
* RefugeeFromTVLand vs. TrappedInTVLand
* RoadCone vs. ThirdOptionAdaptation
* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll vs. SecondPlaceIsForLosers

[[/folder]]

[[folder:S]]

* SarcasmMode vs. SincerityMode
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules vs. ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
* SecretChaser vs. SecretKeeper
* {{Sequelitis}} vs. SurprisinglyImprovedSequel
* SevenDeadlySins vs. SevenHeavenlyVirtues
* SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny vs. CelibateHero (Sex Is Evil So I Won't Have It) and EthicalSlut (Sex Is ''Not'' Evil And I Am Horny)
* SheatheYourSword or TalkingTheMonsterToDeath vs. ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption
** Defeating that same opponent through pacifism or a RousingSpeech vs. defeating an opponent with violence.
* SheCleansUpNicely vs. UnkemptBeauty
** character is dolled up to look sexy vs. character looking sexy even without fancy clothes.
* ShockingSwerve vs. TheUntwist
** A ShockingSwerve is a plot twist that the audience could never possibly have seen coming and appears to have been done for no purpose other than to shock. TheUntwist is when a plot twist is shocking because the audience had dismissed it as being ''too'' obvious.
* ShoutOut vs. TakeThat
** A positive reference to another work vs. a negative reference to another work.
* SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers vs. SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids
** Being cynical gets the character called out vs. being idealistic gets the character called out.
* ASimplePlan vs. ZanyScheme
* TheSnarkKnight vs. StepfordSmiler
* SoBadItsGood vs. DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible
* DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible vs. SugarWiki/SoCoolItsAwesome
* SoProudOfYou vs. WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent
* SpannerInTheWorks vs. UnwittingPawn
** hero accidentally/surprisingly stops villain's EvilPlan vs. hero accidentally/surprisingly helps it
* SpecialEffectFailure vs. VisualEffectsOfAwesome
* {{Squee}} vs. {{Squick}}
** reaction to something favorable vs. reaction to something repulsive
* StableTimeLoop vs. TemporalParadox
* StarDerailingRole vs. StarMakingRole
* StoicWoobie vs. {{Wangst}} or {{Emo}}
* StoneSoup vs. TooManyCooksSpoilTheSoup
* StrawmanEmotional vs. StrawVulcan
* StrawmanEmotional ''and'' StrawVulcan vs. EmotionsVsStoicism
* SympathyForTheDevil vs. SympathyForTheHero

[[/folder]]

[[folder:T - Y]]

* TastesLikeChicken vs. TastesLikeFeet
* TechnologicallyBlindElders vs. WhatAreRecords
* ThisIndexIsNotAnExample vs. ThisTropeNameReferencesItself
* TookALevelInJerkass vs. TookALevelInKindness
* {{Tsundere}} vs. {{Yandere}}
** A {{Tsundere}} is a (usually female) character who acts cranky and standoffish on the outside, but sometimes shows signs of genuine tenderness. A {{Yandere}} is someone who tries to act nice, but really is unpleasant underneath...sometimes coupled with [[MadnessTropes mental instability]].
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter vs. CreatorsPet
** [[EnsembleDarkhorse A character the audience likes doesn't get enough screentime]] vs [[TheScrappy a character the audience hates gets too much screentime.]]
* UnintentionallySympathetic vs. UnintentionallyUnsympathetic
* UnskilledButStrong vs. WeakButSkilled
* ViewersAreGeniuses vs. ViewersAreMorons
* VillainWithGoodPublicity vs. ZeroPercentApprovalRating
** Everyone loves the bad guy vs. everyone ''hates'' the bad guy.
* VomitDiscretionShot vs. VomitIndiscretionShot
* WakeUpCallBoss vs. WarmUpBoss
** Surprisingly hard early boss vs. surprisingly easy early boss
* WalkingTechbane vs. WalkingTechfix
** Someone who breaks machines with ridiculous ease vs. someone who can fix them just as quickly
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids vs. WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids
** Viewers being surprised that a work genuinely intended for children has disturbing or vulgar content vs. viewers mistakenly believing that an adult work is for children because of its superficial aspects or because of other work by its creators.
* YearInsideHourOutside vs. YearOutsideHourInside
** Potential effects of time dilation.
* YouAreACreditToYourRace vs. CategoryTraitor
** Praising an individual from a so-called "enemy" race v. condemning someone from one's own race

[[/folder]]

!!Examples of "opposite number" series:
* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' vs. ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' (the main characters even wear similar pink outfit
** SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism in MagicalGirl
** ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' is sometimes said to be somewhere in the middle of the two.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' vs. ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials''
* ''The Fairy Tale of Lost Time'' vs. ''Literature/{{Momo}}''
** "Never, ever waste your precious time" vs. "'Wasted' time is not always wasted and 'spared' time is never actually spared".
* [[http://www.givesmehope.com/ Gives Me Hope]] vs. Website/NotAlwaysRight[=/=]F My Life
** Personal anecdotes that will rebuild that faith. vs. personal anecdotes that may just make you lose all faith in humanity
* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' vs. ''VisualNovel/SayaNoUta''
** Boy meets girl. Girl is actually an EldritchAbomination. The difference is that the former is a LovecraftLite romantic comedy series, while the latter is a CosmicHorror[=/=]{{Hentai}} story.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' vs. ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
** SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism in HeroicFantasy
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' vs. ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' (Made by [[Creator/StudioGainax the same studio]]!)
** SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism in HumongousMecha
* ''Evangelion'' vs. ''Anime/GaoGaiGar''
* ''Series/CanadasWorstDriver'' vs. ''Series/LastCarStanding''
* ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}}'' vs. ''Anime/OruchubanEbichu'' both feature cute hamsters as the main characters. But while the first one [[SugarBowl is a very idealistic and adorable series aimed at little kids]], the other is a very cynical (and sometimes shocking) series which is [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids definately NOT for kids.]]

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