- The Host has been receiving a lot of backlash from the Animorphs fandom due to this. The fact that most of them seem to think that Applegate invented the concept of body-snatching aliens probably doesn't help (the idea goes at least as far back as H.P. Lovecraft's The Shadow Out of Time). Perhaps it has something to do with the age of the target audience: For many of the teens and young adults at whom Meyer's works are aimed, Animorphs was probably their first introduction to the subject.
- Speaking of the Animorphs, they seem to have counterparts in the least likely of places- the gang from That '70s Show, they map pretty well to each other (Eric = Jake, Hyde = Tobias, Kelso = Marco, Jackie = Rachel, Cassie = Donna, and Ax = Fez).
- Almost every single adaptation of the books Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass so far have made the Red Queen and the Queen of Hearts (two different characters from completely separate books) into an overtly threatening antagonist (which neither of the Queens were).
- The Elric Saga fans consider Geralt, main character of The Witcher books and games, an expy of Elric.
- This image humorously compares Harry Potter to Batman.
- Considering Nancy Drew was created at all simply because publisher Edward Stratemeyer noticed how many girls were reading The Hardy Boys and realized there was an untapped market, it's not impossible to draw lines between the series. There's the intelligent, bookish one (Nancy/Frank), the extremely athletic one with slight temper issues (George/Joe), the slightly overweight character whose always the most reluctant and afraid (Bess/Chet.) Both had fathers in the legal field (Carson Drew was a lawyer/Fenton Hardy was a cop turned detective,) a very vague maternal figure (Kate Drew is dead/Laura Hardy is alive but was little more than scenery), and a secondary maternal figure (Hannah Gruen/Aunt Gertrude.)
- An ambitious man who started out good but turned to The Dark Side, in the process alienating and leading to the death of the woman he loves. Comes to serve a megalomaniacal Evil Sorcerer. Wears a Black Cloak, wields Black Magic and often slashes his enemies in battle. Frequently antagonizes The Hero (the son of his beloved woman). Ends up killing The Hero's (and his own) mentor. At some point switches sides after a Heel Realization and later dies redeemed. This description fits Darth Vader just as well as it does Severus Snape.
- Going further, his master is an Evil Sorcerer who often gets Drunk on the Dark Side, has a chalk-white, not-quite-human face as a result of dabbling in BlackMagic and wears a Black Cloak. In the movies even Voldemort's three-note Leitmotif bears certain similarities to that of Palpatine. Oh, and they both despise their plain-sounding given names, Tom and Sheev, respectively.
- And Harry himself can be compared to Luke Skywalker. Both are orphans who have some sort of connection to the Big Bad (Luke is Darth Vader's son, Harry has some of Voldemort's powers due to Voldemort's curse failing to kill him) who were raised ignorant of their true nature by their aunt and uncle in order to keep them safe, before being trained by a wise old mentor in the ways of magic/the Force.
- A white-bearded elderly wizard considered to be one of the best of his time, mentored the Big Bad when the latter when younger, watched over the main protagonist when he was younger after leaving him with fantasy forbidding relatives, fought and defeated a dark lord when he was younger, and died at the hands of The Dragon. This description works for both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Albus Dumbledore. Interestingly, The Dragon that killed them would later switch sides, one being a case of Redemption Equals Death and the other being Good All Along.
- A Song of Ice and Fire
- Ramsay Snow from is basically an exaggerated and slightly older version of Joffrey Baratheon from the same series, minus the cowardice. Both are bastards in both senses , seek approval from a distant father figure, are basically incapable of long-term thinking and completely sick and twisted. Ramsay is basically what Joffrey would be if he grew up unsupervised in the middle of nowhere, instead of in the Red Keep with the eyes of the world on him.
- Several characters from the series have been compared to the classic Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
- Robb Stark and Liu Bei: Both are leaders of the designated "good guy" factions who rebel against the more powerful "evil" factions, have the best warriors (even having a Boisterous Bruiser, Greatjon Umber and Zhang Fei as some of their respective greatest warriors), are prone to bouts of Honor Before Reason to a fault, and ultimately lose the war and die.
- Alternatively, Daenerys Targaryen can be compared with Liu Bei, as both are relatives of the previous, fallen dynasty (Targaryens and Han respectively), and both are noted for their kindness towards peasants (and slaves in the previous case).
- Tywin Lannister and Cao Cao: Both are debatably evil, yet ambitious ruthless warlords who want to restore order to the realm while fighting to put their families on the top, and eventually gain de facto control over the realm by becoming a regent. Both are also related to the nominal ruler by marriage of their daughters.
- House Tyrell and the kingdom of Eastern Wu: Both serve as the biggest rivals to the faction containing the emperor (Lannisters and Cao Wei), but they generally act by forming opportune alliances. Both factions also place a high value on family.
- Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish and Sima Yi: Tricky figures who start out as minor figures but eventually bring about the downfall of the more powerful "evil" faction and come out on top.
- Gregor Clegane and Lü Bu: Both are practically unbeatable warriors with violent tempers and no morals or sense of honor whatsoever.
- Peter from Divergent is a knife-wielding, green-eyed, dark-haired enemy of our protagonist with a violent, murderous streak, which is similar to Cato from The Hunger Games.
- Characters in Bravelands are most comparable to those from The Lion King:
- Simba and Fearless are very similar. They're both male lion cubs whose fathers are murdered by a male. Both cubs are driven out of their prides, leaving behind their mother and a female peer. Both Fearless and Simba survive by being adopted by prey animals (Fearless by a group of baboons and Simba by a warthog and meerkat duo). Both end up going back to their prides later. The difference between the two is that Simba wants to run away from his past and (what he believes are) his mistakes. Fearless, on the other hand, wants nothing more than to go back to Titanpride and take revenge.
- Titan and Scar are both dark-maned lions who overtake a pride by killing the previous leader. Titan is unrelated to Gallant, but he hated Titan for fighting his father in the past, while Scar is Mufasa's brother.
- Valor and Nala are both wittier, similar-aged best friends of the lion lead. Nala is just a Childhood Friend while Valor is Fearless' older sister.
- Gallant and Mufasa are leaders of their respective prides and Good Parents to the lead. Both also die early on during a Plot-Triggering Death.
- Artful and Zira from The Lion King II: Simba's Pride are similarly malicious lionesses who are in love with similar characters (Titan and Scar). The difference is that Artful is the mother of Titan's son, while it's intentionally vague if Zira's children Nuka and Vitani are related to Scar.
- Firestar from Warriors and Fritti Tailchaser from Tailchaser's Song are similar, as are their stories. They both start off as adventurous and kind orange tabby kittens. Both are protagonists of their books and both are related to a prophecy. Both are a part of a clan (ThunderClan and Meeting Wall clan). A major difference between the two is that Firestar was born a pet named "Rusty" and he only later ran away, while Tailchaser was born feral.
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