Not So Different / Fan Works

Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • According to Word of God, A:TLAR will also display the similarities held between Deuteragonist Katara and Azula, as the original series did with its protagonists (Zuko and Aang).
  • The fanfic The Masks We Wear has Zuko becoming just like his sister, and as a result gains his father's approval, his sister's affection, and his throne at the price of becoming a Noble Demon.

The Black Cauldron

Bleach
  • In Winter War, Urahara notes that he and Mayuri are really very similar in their desire for knowledge for its own sake, and that the only thing that keeps him from performing Mayuri's experiments is that, unlike Mayuri, he likes people and wants them to like him back.
  • A Protector's Pride has Byakuya say this about Ichigo and Yamamoto despite their dislike of each other. Both will fight viciously for their beliefs, goals and True Companions. Byakuya however notes that this must hurt Yamamoto more since Ichigo might remind him of his younger self but years of compromise and dealing with the (corrupt and xenophobic) Central 46 made him Lawful Stupid whereas Ichigo didn't cave in despite Yamamoto acting like a Obstructive Bureaucrat to him.
  • Shirayuki remarks in The Snow Has Stopped The Rain that Ichigo and Zangetsu are frighteningly similar as they're both prone to being hot-headed and irritable. The fact that they simultaneously object to this comparison only reinforces it in her mind

Codename: Kids Next Door

Crossover
  • Lex Luthor invokes this in The Man Who Sold The World: both he and the Hunter 'want' safety for the citizens, and won't falter against anything to achieve this, unlike the Justice League.
  • Invoked during the second, final duel between Rainbow Dash and Gilda in Ace Combat The Equestrian War. Bonus points for resembling a confrontation between Cipher and "Solo Wing" Pixy.
    Gilda: Can you not feel this bond between us? You and I are opposite sides of the same coin. We are naturally born warriors.
    Rainbow Dash: Maybe. But even if there is a resemblance between us, we’ll never face the same direction. At least not like this, G!
  • Apprentice notes that Sasuke and Mecha Sally are similar in terms like going insane with power, The Dragon for the Big Bad after going to the dark side, having a family of parents and older brother, whom they're trying to kill, killed own master, and trying to destroy their own former hometown.
    • Also, he tries this with Monkey Khan since they have a need for revenge.
  • In "A Study In White", Sherlock Holmes and Bram Stoker are captured by a plasmavore who is addicted to the blood of alcoholics. Despite the deadly danger he's in, Holmes empathizes with her addiction and pleads with her to let his friends help her.
  • In the Primeval/Simpsons fanfic Camp Scare Abby realises, due to her traumatic childhood, she's Not So Different from the children she was being a snarky Jerk Ass to.
  • In Connecting The Dots Hinata finds a kindred spirit in Lois Lane while Lois describes Superman in a way Hinata finds familiar. Readers also get to see that Superman and Naruto are also not that different during Lois' description of Superman.
    Lois: "He just has...something inside him that compels him to help people."
    • Robin is Sasuke minus the need for revenge.
  • In An Entry with a Bang!, it is noted that Clancy-Earth and ComStar actually have some rather similar goals.
  • Connection has the example of Lirin and Ayaka having similarities between themselves.
    Lirin: You see, we're not so different, you and I. Both of us are so ambitious that we do criminal acts, show jealousy on someone that is better than us, and because of that, we ended up hurting that person that shows better than us.
  • In Chapter 56 of the Love Hina crossover story Contract Labor Su used her supercomputer and hacking skills to crack into and copy the cellphone contents of three female bullies who attacked Shinobu at school and publicly posted the info about illegal activities online for schoolmates to access and forwarded the data to the police. When Keitaro confronts her about her actions he finds out that she also investigated the bullies' families and and is planning to blackmail them to pull the bullies from that school in order to protect Shinobu. He threatens to evict her for her own illegal actions if she goes through with it, but Su points out that Keitaro himself threatened the jobs/careers of the school administrators to get them to put a halt to the harassment that dorm mate Sarah was undergoing at school by both students and a teacher. When Su spells out that her actions and those of Keitaro are not so different, he backs off on the eviction threat and instead decides to use the information that Su gathered on the families to help them resolve their problems and to convince them to pull the bullies from that school.
  • In Fractured, a Mass Effect/Star Wars/Borderlands crossover and its sequel, the characters find out many factions are more similar than they might want to admit or appear at first glance.
    • The Trans-Galactic Republic dubs the asari "self-righteous" (and later calls them out for hoarding technology)...when the Trans-Galactic Republic does the same thing of "You'll have what we think you are ready for" in Fractured.
    • The asari Councilor complains the Trans-Galactic Republic could use its technological superiority to impose on her galaxy...after the asari engaged in some Hiding Behind Religion technology-hogging of their own to secure a dominant place in Citadel politics.
    • Certain Neglectful Precursors believed themselves to be acting for the greater good thus allowing the ends to justify the means, but proceed to screw up just like their child races in trying to do so. Except on a much larger scale.
    • The Trans-Galactic Republic criticizes the Citadel Council for its centralized structure and race politics. It falls prey to exactly that.
    • In another nearby galaxy, bombing civilians with nukes in a war is considered completely normal. The Trans-Galactic Republic gets all high-and-mighty about it by branding those people war criminals...who are then hired to build more weapons while the Republic retains heroes with questionable pasts, runs spy ships that it denies having, and keeps ultra-powerful Force-sensitive Sirens on retainer.
    • In general, criticism of another party for invoking the Godzilla Threshold has tended to result in the complainer being forced into a situation where they face a similar do-or-die situation and end up eating their own words.
  • Justice League of Equestria:
    • Mare of Steel: Trixie tries pulling this on Rainbow Dash when they run into each other in Seaddle, saying they're both arrogant braggarts. Rainbow Dash shoots this down.
    • Princess of Themyscira: Ares says this about himself and Athena, pointing out how they both manipulate the mortal realm to their own ends.
  • In Kyon: Big Damn Hero Kyon realizes this and mentions it to Wataru as both want to protect their loved ones, in particular each one's sister.
  • Lecture for Moo Moo has Woody admitting to Moo Moo that she is going to a similar case to Lotso as both of them are abandoned by their owner by accident, not going back to them, and they're oblivious to the fact that they're the abandoners, not their respective owners. He successfully convinces her not to become like Lotso.
  • Lampshaded in Of Gods And Men when Dumbledore tells Light and Mikami all about Voldemort:
    Light: He wants to rule this world?
    Dumbledore: Alas, my boy, it is very common that power corrupts. And Voldemort has dabbled deeply in Dark Magic, and gained much power.
    Mikami: But why does he want to rule? Is it for a just reason?
  • In Origins, a Mass Effect/Star Wars/Borderlands/Halo Massive Multiplayer Crossover, the "Local Cluster Council" and "Federated Cluster Union" introduced in its predecessor are revealed to be really advanced beings Eridians, also known as Forerunners who muck about in the galaxy/universe as a scientist would with smaller experiments rather than being the benevolent hands-off guardians they think themselves to be. Their interference has caused more than a few problems, but may also offer a solution, depending on how certain people change...
  • Reconciliator of Empire City has Cole pointing this out to Kitty as both of them worked under the shadows of an Evil Mentor and can't let go of their hate on them.
  • Renamon Who has Valmont admitting to Rika they're so alike. Both of them are rich, have a spoiled attitude. That second statement reminded him when he was once a kid and still has it as an adult. Neither of them treat their non-human partners right; as a result, they lose them. As much as Rika said she doesn't need Renamon and that she hates Digimon, Valmont shares those same feeling with Shendu. When Rika tries to deny those, she eventually realizes Valmont is right; she has become like him.
  • Used as a legal defense in the Mass Effect/Sword of the Stars story Shepherd Of The Stars. Following their ruthless attempt to exterminate the Batarians the Council attempts to charge the Liir with war crimes. Though they decline to answer the charges themselves, a Hiver Prince gets them Off on a Technicality by pointing out that from the Liir perspective the Genophage was exactly as morally repugnant as the retrovirus the Liir invented to kill the Batarians.
  • Similar Case: Vegeta admits that he isn't too different from Eas. Both of them are cold and stubborn, trying to prove their worthiness to their bosses, trying their best in defeating their rivals who are always stupid, grinning, and carefree, and losing their cool when they showed them to be better than themselves. After her battle with Cure Peach, she finally understands that she is not so different from him after all.
  • To Kill A Thief has this case with Light Yagami and Miyako Toudaiji as both of them are amateur detectives who want to make the world a better place by killing.
  • Two Similar People, a crossover fanfiction between Sakura Wars V and Final Fantasy XIII, has the case of how the two sisters in those works find a similarity to each other.
  • In When There Was A Tomorrow, Shepard and his crew can't help but see an uncomfortable number of parallels between The Illusive Man and Dr. Halsey, and several of his teammates seem to be losing respect for him for siding with her, maintaining loyalty only because Shepard thinks she's their only ticket home.
  • Kage (a Jackie Chan Adventures and W.I.T.C.H. crossover): This trope pops up more than once.
  • In the Future Diary/Puella Magi Madoka Magica crossover All For You, we learn that both Homura and Yuno would do anything to be reunited with Madoka and Yuki, respectively. Kazumi learned the hard way.
  • MLP Next Generation: Know Fear!: When an enraged Starburst attacks the griffon capital in order to end the war, she rampages through the city before confronting Emperor Stratus himself. After she overpowers and prepares to kill him, he decides to gloat about how she's proven him wrong about ponies being weak, since she's just as bloodthirsty as a griffon. This snaps her out of it, as she realizes he's right, and decides to just arrest him for war crimes. And then Nox/Shadow Wing kills him anyway, to make him a martyr.
  • In Necessary To Win, Maho and Teru both put on facades and do tankery for different reasons than their mothers want them to do it, even if their motivations in other regards greatly contrast. As a result of the latter similarity, Maho is able to see through Teru's Stepford Smiler act in their first meeting.
  • The Equestrian Wind Mage: Vaati is only convinced to give Discord a chance at redemption when it's pointed out how similar Vaati's own situation is.

Death Note
  • In Depravare Kira and Righteous (Light and L) have always readily accepted this about each other and are offended when Near doesn't get it, he doesn't want to see Kira as anything but an evil mass murderer and his mentor as anything less than a saint.
  • The fanfic Story of the Century and several of its companion 'shots hammers this point several times, particularly at the end when Original Character Erin tears L a new one before she leaves him.
    "You make me sick. Both of you. You're just like him. You call yourself justice...but all I see i-is a monster, a-a pathetic hypocritical brat who makes up whatever sounds good at the time so you always have an excuse to do whatever you want. You made that abundantly clear when we were messing with Yotsuba; I just made the mistake of thinking that you could move past that. This wasn't about saving anybody, this was just about satiating your fucking egos. I don't care if you're the world's greatest detective and I don't care if you've got your own goddamn screensaver; to me you're just one of the stupidest most over-glorified self-entitled bastards I'll ever meet! You and him! Fucking stupid bastards!"

Digimon

Final Fantasy VII
  • In The Fifth Act after Cloud is freed from Hojo and Jenova by Sephiroth and Genesis, Cloud is horrified when he realizes that he's extremely similar to his timeline's original Sephiroth.
    In that split second, he'd wondered what he'd do after he killed Sephiroth.
    His first thought had been to destroy ShinRa. Destroy the company that had drained the Planet, dropped the Plate on Sector 7, and made Sephiroth possible in the first place. Destroy the man who left his mother in Nibelheim to die.
    Except… once he'd been freed of Jenova's influence, he'd realised how familiar that line of thinking was.
    When he found out the truth of his origins…
    ...The first thing Sephiroth had done when he'd returned from the Lifestream was assassinate President ShinRa.
    He started to hate ShinRa.
    Revenge on ShinRa hadn't been enough. He turned his resentful eyes towards the Planet, and constructed fanciful notions that it was to be destroyed and made anew – that it was his birthright.
    Then after a while, he started to hate everything.

Harry Potter
  • In The Power To Vanquish The Dark Lord Harry inadvertently does this when deliberately invoking Draco in Leather Pants by making a list of a certain someone's positive qualities and only those qualities:
    Harry: What do you think? If you knew just this about a person, what would you say they were like?
    Ron: Er... is it Hermione?
    Hermione: No, it's Voldemort.
  • In Wand, Knife and Silence Theodore Nott tried to pull this on Harry. Harry countered with the rejoinder that Nott killed for pleasure while he killed when there was no peaceful alternative.

The Hunger Games
  • Some Semblance of Meaning: After allying himself with Vale , Obsidian confesses his concerns that, despite calling himself "not the ideal Career," he isn't so different from the rest of the pack at all. His fellow District One tribute, Amber, throws this in his face later, as she's giving him a cutting "Reason You Suck" Speech.

The Legend of Korra
  • In the The Saga Of Avatar Korra Mako states that he and Korra are rather similar due to how hard their pasts have been between him losing his parents and working for gangs while Korra was kidnapped by the the terrorist group, the Red Lotus, when she was a child and separated from her parents.

Mass Effect
  • In the Uplifted series, it is an overall theme of the stories. To the average grunt, the World War II wasn't that different irregardless of who you fought for, as seen during the Invasion of Malta with Rommel's troops. Seen particularly in Skorzeny and Churchill.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
  • When Celestia and Discord meet each other again for the first time in Act II of the Legends of Equestria continuity, it's because Celestia is summoning Discord's magic to make herself more powerful. Moreover, Discord reveals to her that he was once a unicorn like her, before he accepted dark magic as a way to get his life back.
    • In Act IV, Discord reveals that he is in fact Celestia's great-great-great-grandfather.
  • Racer and the Geek has a moment when Telny, a veteran, realizes that he's not that much different than Goggles, a greenhorn.
  • Rainbooms and Royalty: Just before the Final Battle, as part of her pitch, Nightmare Moon pulls this on Rainbow Dash, saying that she knows what it's like to have one's self and achievements overlooked in favor of another. Dash, however, doesn't buy it.
  • In All-American Girl, despite being raised as a human and not a pony, DJ clearly shares a temper and obstinacy with her biological mother Rarity that is all too-well noted by just about everyone/everypony who knows either of them.
  • Hit and Hug has Rainbow Dash admitting that she's not too different from Fluttershy since both of them are arrogant and realize the error of their ways to make amends with their friends.
  • In Diaries of a Madman, Celestia discusses this with Navarone, when she compares his growing darkness to the path Arachne went down, as well as her own experiences. She also notes that as much as he likes to pretend otherwise, as a human he does have more in common with ponies than he'd like to admit.
  • Bad Future Crusaders:
  • The fancomic "A Somber Meeting" has King Sombra try and make a typical "not so different" speech, but is cut off by Twilight before he could start when she realizes what he's attempting to do, having "read this bit a hundred times in a hundred stories". She then turns it around on Sombra, delivering a "We are nothing alike" speech.
  • In Just Before The Dawn, this is one of the things Celestia and Tercio manage to bond over. More specifically, the feeling of "being a stranger in their own land" as Celestia puts it.
  • In Pony POV Series, Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox, Twilight's potential future Nightmare is this to Discord. Eclipse went Nightmare in the first place to punish Discord for his crimes after a millennia under his thumb...but quickly became so addicted to revenge on him that she became just sadistic, uncaring, and monstrous as Discord himself, rebooting the timeline and erasing everyone in it countless times over just to have her revenge on him. By the time we meet her, she's referring to everypony except Twilight herself as 'NPCs' with all the apathy one would expect, no different than Discord's calling ponies 'toys.' In fact, by this point, the only reason Discord is even an Evil Overlord by now is Eclipse won't let him change. In the end, she realizes this when Twilight's parents hold her in place for the Bearers to beat her...just like Discord's own mortal mother did to him when Celestia and Luna beat him originally and for the entire reason.
  • In Why Am I Crying, Miss Cheerilee tells Scootaloo that she and Diamond Tiara have several things in common. They both lost their mothers at a young age, have hard-working fathers who have little time to spend with them, and hold grudges against their opposite social classes, but they're both strong-willed and have loyal friends to support them; the difference is that, while Diamond dealt with her pain by lashing out at others, Scootaloo bottles her emotions in.
  • Echoing Silence: Sombra comes to realize that he's this with Diadem/Twilight, after he finds out how they suffered a "betrayal like no other", her at Celestia and her friends, and him with his former Queen, Ametrine Crystal. Unlike "A Somber Meeting", however Diadem/Twilight actually ends up agreeing with him. But unlike Twilight, who just ended up banished, Sombra murdered Ametrine and took her place.

Naruto
  • The rather odd Team Gai (Naruto, Hinata, Lee) from Geniuses of Hard Work puts three Determinator's who are considered weak for being different with two being considered "dead-last".
  • The reason why the team of Hinata, Naruto and Shino from Team8 is so popular. All three are discriminated/hated/mistreated in some form which leads to a rather close-knit team.
  • In the oneshot story Like Me, it is Orochimaru who tells Sakura and others that Naruto is more like him than anyone could think of. People scoff it off at first but as he goes on into details, it becomes startling clear that Naruto is similar to him.
  • Used by Orochimaru in Nightingale as part of how he brainwashes people.

Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • A Crown of Stars: Shinji got pointed out to him that he and his father are more alike than he would want to admit: both were willing to end up the world for a woman. Gradually Shinji has to admit regretfully that it's true.
  • Advice and Trust:
    • At the beginning of the story Shinji and Asuka realize they are alike. Since that point, when they are trying to understand each other, each one of them thinks "He/she is just like me. How would I feel in that situation?"
    • When Asuka fell into the Leliel otherdimensional trap, Shinji acted incredibly cool and unemotional as she was missing. Misato thought he looked just like his father.
    • In chapter 7 Kaji is arguing with Shinji and Asuka. During that discussion Shinji looked so cold and his stare so harsh and firm that Kaji could not help to think of how much Shinji resembled his father.
  • The Child of Love:
    • In chapter 5 Ritsuko unthinkingly compares Asuka with her mother when she mentions Asuka almost did the same thing than Kyoko: killing herself and taking her daughter with her.
    • In that same chapter Shinji and Asuka open up and talk and realize they have more things in common than they thought:
      Asuka:"I-I mean...you're speaking with confidence...you're so shy, usually. I think I'm like this because I trust you and I feel that I can put my trust in you. You're like a confidante."
      Shinji:"I...it's the same for me. We've got a lot in common, don't we?"
      Asuka:"You try to avoid pain by running away from people. I try to avoid pain by driving them away. But in the end, we just hurt ourselves more. Aren't we pathetic, Shin-chan?"
    • Later Shinji fears he will become other Gendo because he realizes he is not so different of his father.
  • Doing It Right This Time: During the extended flashback in Chapter 3, Kaworu alludes to passing over his own personal Despair Event Horizon and going out to set off Third Impact and wipe out all life on Earth. The circumstances were somewhat different, but the parallel is noticeable enough that Shinji feels a bit of sympathy for Kaworu despite the bad blood between them.
  • Evangelion 303: After Shinji has told her about his childhood, his mother’s death, his uneasy relationship with his father and his father’s lover and how little he likes being around Dr. Akagi, Asuka reflects that they are not very different:
  • In Ghosts Of Evangelion Shinji is afraid of his child, right like his father was afraid of him. When he feels tempted to run from his daughter, Asuka bluntly says she will not allow him become a copy of his father. Several years later, he meets Gendo again and Shinji admits that being a father is frightening.
    "We have a daughter, she and I. She'll be three years old in a few weeks."
    "I see," Gendo said. His voice betrayed no emotion.
    "She's…" Shinji paused, then looked at his father and said, "I never knew they could be so frightening. Children, I mean."
    Gendo's eyes widened a fraction. He held his son's gaze for several moments, then looked away. "Yes," he said, nodding.
  • HERZ: In chapter 4 a GEIST member fears his organization and SEELE are not so different, since the blood of young people is being spilt to fulfil their plans, too.
    "Young people are our future yet SEELE tried to buy mankind life immortal with the blood of children. I fear that we may not be so different. The blood of the young is still being spilt to carry out the plans of the old."
  • Several examples in Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide:
    • During an argument in chapter 8, Shinji and Asuka realize that they're not different at all.
    • A secondary character points out that Kluge hates Gendo Ikari, but they're so alike than they could have been brothers.
  • The One I Love Is:
    • In the false epilogue it was shown what Shinji might have turned into if Asuka would have never awoken from her coma: He would become eerily cold and driven, and his obsession with saving the woman he loved would lead him to try to bring about Instrumentality, manipulating everyone around him and treating them like tools to achieve that goal. In a nutshell, he would turn into his father. As a reader put told, the scariest thing of that alternate epilogue is it feels right.
    • Likewise, Shinji notes several times throughout how alike he and Asuka are, to the point of considering it eerie.
  • Scar Tissue:
    • Shinji and Asuka. It is pointed out several times for several characters:
      • During a fight Shinji shouted to Asuka that she was right like him.
      • In chapter 5 Asuka thought that he was right, they were the same.
    • A much darker example when Asuka saw Shinji naked, collapsed over the floor and spitting blood because of her, and she imagined in her mind the MP-Evas grinning and telling: "You see, we're not that different, you and meeee…"
    • As much as Shinji hates thinking about it, he and Gendo are not very different. Both were willing unleashing the end of the world after losing the woman that they loved.
  • The Second Try:
    • In the last scene Shinji admits he finally understands his father a bit, since when he thought Asuka was dead he almost started the Instrumentality right on the spot. And he would have done if Asuka would have not reached him in time.
    • Kaworu taunts Asuka stating maybe she knows him better than she admits.
    • In the sequel Aki-chan's Life: Aki meets a girl called Ririko who is prone to get angry and hold grudges. Later Asuka meets Ririko's overbearing and strict mother and gets pretty irritated at the woman's attitude. Then Ririko tells that her mother is like that because if they are not the best nobody will respect them... In other words, they have the same mindset Asuka had been fed with since she was a little child. Upon hearing it, Asuka got frozen in the spot.

Portal
  • In the Portal 2 fanfic Test Of Humanity, GLaDOS uses this to torture Wheatley by telling them they're no different from one another.
    "Oh, but it's true. Face it, moron core, you are nothing but a cold, heartless, sadistic, unloving machine. Just like me. You may look human. You may sound human. You may act human. But that's only because I wanted to see how long a robot could live a lie. You're more like Hal than you want to admit. You're more like me than you want to a-"

Sonic the Hedgehog

Star Trek
  • This is a major theme of the Star Trek Online fanfic "Past Continuous", that people often have more in common than they think if they take the time to consider it. Despite their Red Oni, Blue Oni personality differences, Kanril and Berat quickly find they have more in common than not. They both dislike the Klingons for similar reasons (namely past Klingon war crimes), and they share their disdain for their respective species' Renegade Splinter Factions (the Circle and the True Way, respectively).

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
  • In Tengen Toppa Gurren Solvernia, Nia undergoes through a small Heroic B.S.O.D. in the beginning, after realizing that the beastmen are people just like she and other humans are. It's part of her inner conflict to protect herself and her friends and trying to make peace with the beastmen.
    Nia: I don't understand... if they're like us, then they wouldn't have any reason to hate us, would they?

Touhou
  • From Foundling, it was noted, at some point, that Ran couldn't understand why the humans would abandon their children, yet she notes that youkai do the same. This is more emphasized with Reimu (the titular foundling) and Yukari both of whom are described as being "different, yet the same", as neither of them were wanted and neither would fit in amongst either species.

Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • This Trope is Deconstructed in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Thousand Year Door when the villain tries it on Andy:
    Iris: Admit it... You liked that. People like you say things like 'I'm sorry it has to come to this' or 'it didn't have to end this way'. I've heard it so many times. But it's hard to believe them. I mean, come on… After all that's happened, weren't you so anxious to do that?
    Andy: Shut up.
    Iris: Seriously," she said. "You finally got your chance. Felt kind of good, huh? Seeing me hurt? Hearing me scream? Philosophers and philanthropists always say, Andy," she said, "that taking pleasure in the suffering of others is immoral… Would that mean that someone who does so is an immoral person?
    Andy: If killing you prevents innocent people from suffering, I have no problem with it. {Looks at his watch.) "Now, I believe official tournament rules say that refusing to take your turn more than three minutes after your opponent ends his is grounds for disqualification, and I ended my turn about… Let's see… Forty seconds ago.
    Iris: (Hisses in reply as she does so.)
    Stan:Honestly, Iris. You watch too much television. That routine never works anymore.


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