Some shows have mega-brilliant original plots. Some take a lot of cues. Some are nearly the same as other works - WholePlotReference, AffectionateParody and {{Homage}} 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 WholePlotReference - if it's just one episode that's a ShoutOut to well-known pop culture. Compare the SpiritualLicensee and SpiritualSuccessor.


* ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'', ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', ''VideoGame/Persona2: Innocent Sin'' - A FiveManBand defeat a FiveBadBand 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.
* ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' and ''Series/WinginIt'' - A FiveManBand have antics involving angels and a mentor. It takes about half an hour to resolve this due to malfunctions in said magic.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' and ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' (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 ActionGirl who used to be on the side of their enemies, a PlantPerson with the strongest morals of the group, a tattoo-covered warrior wanting to avenge his family, and a self-centered diminutive FunnyAnimal get caught up in a war for superweapons between a galactic law enforcement agency and their much worse foes.
* ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' and ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' - A DarkerAndEdgier story to the rest of it's franchise, and dead and, where five transforming teenagers fight for control of a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] wasteland.
* The ''Videogame/DarkParables'' (video game) and ''Series/OnceUponATime'' (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.
* ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' and the third season of SonicX. 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 WellIntentionedExtremist) can cause major havoc.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' and the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E12DeathInHeaven "Death in Heaven"]]. An aeons long conspiracy spanning the course of civilization to use ancient alien technology far beyond human understanding in order to convert humans and other sentient beings across the universe into techno-organic zombies.