Playing With / Not So Different

Basic Trope: Two characters who seem radically different, usually a hero and a villain, turn out to have more in common than they would like to believe
  • Straight:
    • Amazing Girl was just forced to kill General Psychopathic and Master Destruction tells her that the ease with which she took human life is something he shares with her.
    • Alternately, Amazing Girl unites with Master Destruction to fight crime once she realizes that, despite their differing methods, she and Master Destruction are both courageous, idealistic warriors who genuinely want world peace.
  • Exaggerated: Master Destruction breaks Amazing Girl by talking about how similar they are that it makes her not only do a complete Face–Heel Turn, but she kills him, wears his costume and takes his place, thinking she really is him.
  • Downplayed:
    • Master Destruction is clearly presented as an Evil Counterpart to Amazing Girl, but it's never explicitly stated by either of them.
    • "You know, we're not so different, you and I." "I guess not... but what's your point?" "Nothing. Just sayin'."
  • Justified:
    • Master Destruction is trying to turn Amazing Girl to The Dark Side and his first step is to convince her they are similar.
    • What Amazing Girl did really was in Master Destruction's style.
    • Master Destruction and Amazing Girl are similar, however their philosophy is vastly different, and where Master Destruction decided he should be callous, Amazing girl went with empathetic, one of the only differences.
    • They're related by blood, after all.
  • Inverted: Amazing Girl and Spectacular Girl, two very similar people, turns out to have more differences than it may seem.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted: ...just before doing exactly the same thing and saying “Now there's no difference between us, we're one and the same”.
  • Parodied:
    • Amazing Girl steps on a cockroach, and Master Destruction tells her that this proves she doesn't care about life either, so she can't condemn him for his murders.
    • Alternately, Master Destruction points out something incredibly obvious and not indicative of evil that he and Amazing Girl share in common, such as the fact that they are both human, both breathe oxygen, and both enjoy the same kind of sandwich. Somehow, this still throws Amazing Girl off her game.
    • Or:
    Master Destruction: "I'll tell you why we aren't so different Amazing Girl: We both have no taste in clothes."
    Amazing Girl: "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" (cue Heroic B.S.O.D.)
    • Master Construction is Master Destruction's good twin. When the former is told he's Not So Different, he just rolls his eyes.
  • Zig Zagged: Amazing Girl is a bit touchy on this particular topic, and it is treated differently Depending on the Writer or her state of mind.
  • Averted: Amazing Girl and Master Destruction never realizes that they're similar, because they are essentially completely opposite, except for species and race, if even that.
  • Enforced: “Amazing Girl killed General Psychopathic, which is something Master Destruction would do. Why not make him recognize this to add more drama?”
  • Lampshaded:
    • “Oh great, here comes “you and me are the same” speech. How original.”
    • "Villains and heroes are always alike; Luke and Vader, Sherlock and Moriarty, Amazing Girl and Master Destruction..."
  • Invoked: Master Destruction sets up the traitorous General Psychopathic to be killed by Amazing Girl so he can tell her about how similar they are now.
  • Exploited: Amazing Girl bluffs her way to victory by threatening to deploy a bomb and kill both her and Master Destruction. When Master Destruction reminds her that only someone like him would break the Thou Shalt Not Kill rule, she reminds him how similar they are.
  • Defied:
  • Discussed: “Don't worry, Amazing Girl, villains always tell heroes we're just like them to make themselves feel better.”
  • Conversed: “Ah, the classic “You and I are not so different” speech, just as I expected from this comic's villain.”
  • Deconstructed: Amazing Girl loses it and tries to cut out anything in herself she sees as being like Master Destruction, because of her lingering and not entirely unjustified belief that anything and everything Master Destruction does is evil. This prevents her from doing her duty as a heroine, since "fighting is what Master Destruction does". People die as villains, including Master Destruction himself, do the evil things that make them villains.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Drama: Amazing Girl has a bit of a rough time accepting that she dipped to Master Destruction's level, and has to deal with it on her own terms.

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