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06:05:57 PM Apr 21st 2013
I found out just recently that Rocky and the original The Karate Kid had the same director, and the premises and genres don't seem to be all that different, so, do both of these movies qualify for this trope?
05:43:12 AM Sep 11th 2010
edited by DaibhidC

Okay, I'll bite: Who are the Merlin counterparts of:
  • Lex? (Not Arthur; even if Uther is Lionel, Arthur doesn't have the "destined to become an enemy" gimmick - quite the reverse, in fact.)
  • Ma Kent? (I'll accept Gaius as Jonathan.)
  • Pete Ross? (Again, Arthur doesn't exactly fit.)

I'm assuming Gwen and Morgana are meant to be Chloe and Lana, although since there's no real similarity I'm not sure which is which.

I'm not saying Merlin wasn't inspired by Smallville, it clearly was. I just think "thunderingly obvious lift" is a bit strong.
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