Some shows have mega-brilliant original plots. Some take a lot of cues. Some are nearly the same as other works - Whole Plot Reference
, Affectionate Parody
are three reasons for this.
Some, however, are accidentally almost the same as other works. When this happens, you get this trope - when two works are so similar, but in reality unrelated, you could fit the same description to them both.
See also Whole Plot Reference
- if it's just one episode that's a Shout-Out
to well-known pop culture.
- Pokémon Colosseum, The World Ends with You, Persona 2: Innocent Sin - A Five-Man Band defeat a Five-Bad Band out of revenge, before facing the real villain. The ending is not good, and requires another plotline to clear up completely, set in a more optimistic world.
- Tensou Sentai Goseiger and Wingin It - A Five-Man Band have antics involving angels and a mentor. It takes about half an hour to resolve this due to malfunctions in said magic.
- Farscape and Guardians of the Galaxy (based on the 2008 comics reboot - a crew of escaped alien prisoners featuring a snarky stranded human with a taste for '70s/'80s pop culture references, an Action Girl who used to be on the side of their enemies, a Plant Person with the strongest morals of the group, a tattoo-covered warrior wanting to avenge his family, and a self-centered diminutive Funny Animal get caught up in a war for superweapons between a galactic law enforcement agency and their much worse foes.
- Digital Devil Saga and Power Rangers RPM - A Darker and Edgier story to the rest of it's franchise, and dead and, where five transforming teenagers fight for control of a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
- The Dark Parables (video game) and Once Upon a Time (television show) - All fairy tales are true, and the characters in them all exist in the same reality; some characters from different stories are in fact the same person.
- Dragon Ball GT and the third season of Sonic X. One of the main characters is turned into a child, 7 objects of immense power are scattered across the universe and the main characters must go on a space adventure to collect them before a mysterious villain (who is a Well-Intentioned Extremist) can cause major havoc.