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.

  • 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.

Codename: Kids Next Door

Cross Over

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!"

  • In the Tamers Forever Series, despite being enemies, both Daemon and Takato draw strength from their emotions.
    • Also, Rika and her mother aren't quite as different as they first appear.

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.

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 rather odd Team Gai (Naruto, Hinata, Lee) from Geniuses of Hard Work puts three Determinator's who are considered weak for being differenr 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
  • 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:
  • 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 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-"

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
  • In Tengen Toppa Gurren Solvernia, Nia undergoes through a small Heroic BSOD 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?