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  • The Amazing Spider Man 2 effectively shakes up the classic dynamic between Spider-Man and the Green Goblin by making Harry Osborn the Goblin from the get-go, and playing up his similarities to Peter. In addition the being the same age as Peter, Harry gets pushed into his Start of Darkness by the death of his father figure, and he eventually gets his superpowers from a self-inflicted dose of the same spider venom that gave Peter his abilities in the first movie.
    • Electro also plays a similar role. As the lost and awkward kid like Peter, but one who never grew up and thus sunk lower. Like Peter was earlier he is often bullied and is socially awkward to the extreme. Both also love and are skilled in the field of science. Both also go through an accidents that gives them superpowers. In a deleted scene they reveal that Max still lives with his mother, a situation that somewhat resembles the way Peter lives with his maternal figure Aunt May.
  • In Black Swan, Lily might be this to Nina. Nina frequently hallucinates a phantom doppelganger that seems to mean her harm.
    • This mirrors Swan Lake, the ballet the film is centered around; Odile the Black Swan, is this to the White Swan, Odette.
  • In Braveheart Prince Edward II effectively plays this role for Robert the Bruce. As both are young men on opposite sides of the conflict with the apparent destiny to become kings, and are also kept within the controlling grip of their father. Both of which slowly die from a debilitating illness. Where the two ultimately diverge however is that Robert manages to find his strength and courage. Standing up to his father and then continuing the battle for independence in the stead of William Wallace. Edward's lover Philip tries to get him to similarly stand up to his father, and though he replies that, "I will stand up to him and more," he ultimately never truly does.
  • The Shirley Temple flick Bright Eyes amusingly pairs Shirley with a bratty, mean Evil Counterpart little girl who picks on her.
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy by Christopher Nolan is filled with this...
    • In Batman Begins...
      • The former of the two like Bruce is motivated by the loss of somebody he loved, and thus sought justice and like Batman became a vigilante that goes past the limits of the law. Bruce like Ra's becomes trained by and a member of the centuries old vigilante organization known as the League of Shadows.
      • Scarecrow reflects Batman in how the manipulation and induction of fear are their primary weapons. Both also know and highlight the importance of using "masks".
    • In The Dark Knight...
      • Batman & The Joker are both described as having no limits. The former crosses merely judicial limits, the latter crosses limits that are moral. Batman appears out of nowhere to offer his assistance to the law in Gotham; despite a rocky start they become trusted colleagues. Joker appears in the same way to offer assistance to the Mob, and eventually proves Eviler Than Thou.
      • Harvey Dent like Bruce Wayne starts out as good man with something of dark side that is trying to save Gotham City from the crime and corruption that cripples it. Both also share romantic interest in the same woman Rachel Dawes, as she has similar aspirations to them. Both Bruce and Harvey are specifically targeted by the Joker, who wants to both tear them down to "his level". While Batman ultimately resists, Dent winds up giving into it. After a great tragedy that involved the death of a loved one, Dent comes to the point like Bruce where he decides to go beyond the law in his pursuit of justice.
    • In The Dark Knight Rises..
      • Both Bane and Bruce were trained by the League of Shadows, and they're both Genius Bruisers. They both work in an elaborate underground base and they both live and die by their ideals.
      • Catwoman like Batman is a night prowler who dons the persona of an animal to enforce their own special brand of "justice", and uses means like stealth to their advantage. The two while talking to each other also relay the importance of their "masks". She is the only entry to this list however, who does actually come around in the end. Redeeming herself by helping Batman stop Talia's plan.
      • Talia al Ghul in trying to complete the work of her murdered father to destroy Gotham also parallels Bruce and his mission in trying to complete his father's work in saving it. Whilst Bruce was denied the opportunity to get violent revenge against the man who killed his parents Joe Chill, Talia actively tries to get it against the man who she holds responsible for her father's death, Bruce himself.
  • DC Extended Universe:
    • In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice...
      • Though he's Clark Kent's classic archenemy Lex Luthor serves as such to Bruce Wayne/Batman. Both have their classic traits of being wealthy businessmen who live something of a double life, but the binding element specifically to this film's story between them is how each reacts to the presence of Superman. Because of the ideal he represents and the power he possesses both are immediately distrustful and thus seek to destroy him. Both having lost their faith in the idea of absolute good after facing great personal struggles. Whether it be the the seeming futility of his years long crusade against crime in Batman's case which included at least one major loss with the death of a sidekick, or in Lex's the terrible abuse he was helpless to defend himself from by his father throughout his childhood. The existence of Superman only enhancing their senses of dread and helplessness. However Batman realizes the error in his ways when Superman becomes humanized in his eyes at the end of their battle when he uses his last words to try and make sure his mother is safe. Luthor on the other hand never manages to see him this way and in the process of trying to find a way to destroy him winds up creating the true monstrous and nearly unstoppable godbeast they thought Superman was in Doomsday. And ironically enough Superman winds up actually saving his life from the very monster he created.
    • Back in Man of Steel...
      • General Zod is this to Superman. As Kryptonians, they both have the same powers. The difference is that while Zod was specifically created to be a soldier (and thus uses authoritarian methods to build Krypton), Superman was naturally born and was able to gradually grow into the role of a protector.
  • Demolition Man: Simon Phoenix is this to Edgar Friendly. Both of them hate the emasculated, saccharine world deprived of human freedom created by Cocteau. Simon Phoenix, however, is a maniac who desires the freedom to create as much destruction and murder as possible, while Friendly believes in freedom to improve people's lives and guide them to their own choice.
  • Django Unchained
    • Calvin Candie is this to King Schultz. Schultz is cultured, intelligent man who abhors slavery, hunts down and kills criminals, and helps Django, a former slave, become more than slave. Candie is a man who puts on airs and feigns being civilized, while getting off on forcing slaves to fight each other to the death.
    • Stephen himself is one to Django. While Django is man who risks his life to rescue his wife, and develops true friendship with the man who freed him, Stephen openly works with and kisses up to his white masters to enjoy privileges.
  • In The Duff, Madison is this to both Jess and Casey. Like them, she's gorgeous and popular, but Jess and Casey are nice girls who deserve their popularity, while Madison is the epitome of the Alpha Bitch.
  • Every film in the Expendables series has a lead villain that serves this role to Barney Ross.
    • In The Expendables it is James Munroe. He is a mercenary completely out for profit, similarly to how Barney starts out. He even has a Not So Different speech he gives right before he is killed.
    • In The Expendables 2 it is Jean Vilain. Like Barney he is the leader of a mercenary group, his being The Sangs.
    • In The Expendables 3 it is Conrad Stonebanks. He along with Barney was one of the founding members of the Expendables before being disgraced and becoming a ruthless arms dealer.
  • Owen Shaw's team in Fast and Furious 6 is composed of counterparts of Dom's. Rome notices this, and even points out who corresponds to who. The only difference is that while Dom thinks of his team as a family, Shaw views them as nothing more than pieces to be swapped out when necessary.
  • In The Godfather Part III Don Osvaldo Altobello and Joey Zasa serve these roles for Michael Corleone and his nephew Vincent Mancini respectively. The first two each is an aged though cunning don who puts on airs of good natured-ness and piety whilst still being crooks beneath it. Whilst Michael is genuine in his desire to change and redeem himself, even if he never truly does, the amiable demeanor is all merely a façade so Altobello can ingratiate himself to those around him. In the case of Vincent and Zasa each is a young up-and-comer who is a flashy hothead. Both wanting respect and higher standing in the criminal underworld. Both trying hard to come off as a cool and classy gangster. Both also wind up serving as subordinates to the previously mentioned older dons and become positioned against their enemies as inside men. Each also carries out a large-scale hit against a number of high-ranking rivals for them. Whether it be Zasa's helicopter hit on the meeting of the Commission in Atlantic City or Vincent putting together the swift stroke that took out the Immobiliare conspirators the night of the opera. Under Michael's wing Vincent is molded into a more refined and methodical man that becomes worthy of being his successor as the Godfather whilst Zasa never stops his showboating nature which ultimately winds up putting him into a position where he gets assassinated.
  • Godzilla
    • In the Heisei series, Godzilla gained an Evil Counterpart in Space Godzilla, a being created from a fusion of Biollante (who was a fusion of Godzilla's DNA and rose DNA) and a crystalline entity. While Godzilla was in neutral "force of nature" mode, Space Godzilla was definitely malicious and evil, coming to Earth to torment Godzilla and conquer the planet.
    • An even earlier example of this would be King Ghidorah, especially in the Heisei incarnation in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. Both started out as creatures (A Godzillasaurus and a trio of Dorats respectively) who got mutated by a nuclear/atomic explosion. However, whereas Godzilla became an unstoppable "force of nature" that can't be controlled (at least, not unwillingly), Ghidorah remained under the control of the Futarians (a group of people, and an android, from the future who wanted to prevent Godzilla's existence and use Ghidorah to destroy Japan).
      • In the Showa era, while both are giant destructive monsters, Godzilla destroys merely out of his hatred of humanity and will (reluctantly) ally himself with them against bigger threats to his territory. Ghidorah, on the other hand, merely destroyed cities (and wiped out life on planets) out of sadistic glee.
    • Destoroyah. Both were mutated by superweapons. Both have a breath attack. Both are semi-aquatic life-forms. The difference? Destoroyah is purely and utterly sadistic taking great pleasure in killing anything and everything in sight. Godzilla, on the other hand, will protect the earth (including the humans he hates) from greater threats.
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Angel Eyes to Blondie/The Man With No Name.
  • Glory has the Negro irregulars to the 54th Massachusetts.
  • In The Great Race you have Professor Fate to the Great Leslie. In that they are competing daredevils with trustee sidekicks. The good vs evil contrast being played to its utmost extreme, right down to Leslie always wearing white and Fate in black.
  • In Ang Lee's Hulk Bruce Banner's father David essentially serves as this to him. Even Gen. Ross makes a big deal of, and fears, the fact that both are geneticists that were working on projects to try and improve and "toughen" the human body. After seeing what happens to his son David studies the effects and applications of gamma and eventually repeats the accident that created the Hulk on himself which also gives him superpowers as well. Though different ones, effectively being the Absorbing Man.
  • In Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit the main antagonist Viktor Cherevin plays this role to Ryan. Both are extremely patriotic men, who would do virtually anything in the service of their nation. In the scene where the two, as well as Jack's girlfriend Cathy, have dinner together we also learn that like Ryan Cherevin once not only served in the military but also operated in Afghanistan in a "Different time, different empire - same graveyard." Both were also horribly injured while serving there.
  • There are several examples of this trope in the James Bond series.
    • Ernst Stavro Blofeld, 007's Arch-Enemy and most persistent foe, plays this role to both Bond and M.
      • Towards M, both are the head of secret organizations and give orders directly to their subordinates, albeit in different ways. While M commands the respect of those working for him, Blofeld would often kill his henchmen if they failed to complete their tasks.
      • While Bond and Blofeld are equals in regards to wit, intelligence, and lethality, Blofeld contrasts Bond by being of modest origins and rising to a position of power in contrast to Bond. Also, while Bond may be surrounded by allies, True Companions and friends such as M, Moneypenny and Q who will help him even in dire situations, Blofeld would often kill Mooks on a whim.
    • From Russia with Love: Red Grant and Bond. Each is a loyal agent, and a blunt instrument serving their respective espionage organizations. (Spectre and MI-6 respectively) Both are highly skilled, great physical combatants, and are shown with some gadgets in their respective arsenals.
    • The Man with the Golden Gun: Scaramanga and Bond. Each is one of the most skilled men in their field as "killers", both act with a suave/charismatic demeanor generally, both have a startling line/connection between sex and violence, and both have some special gadgets and a Cool Car in their arsenal. Scaramanga even gives a Not So Different speech:
    Bond: You live well, Scaramanga.
    Scaramanga: At a million dollars a contract I can afford to, Mr Bond. You work for peanuts, a hearty well done from her Majesty the Queen and a pittance of a pension. Apart from that we are the same. To us, Mr Bond, we are the best.
    Bond: There's a useful four letter word, and you're full of it.
    • Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me was conceived of as a kind of Evil Counterpart to Bond: both are implacable men who do extraordinary things with great panache, and can get out of the worst scrapes with minimal Clothing Damage.
    • GoldenEye: Alec Trevelyan, who was a 00 agent like Bond and a former friend of his. He even gives the For Want of a Nail reasoning and a Not So Different speech. Also highlighted is the fact that both are orphans who joined the Secret Service. Trevelyan chastises Bond for being "Her Majesty's loyal terrier" that is stuck in the past, whilst ironically he himself is just as if not more shacked to the past than Bond is. As Bond puts it later on, "Mad little Alec" is trying to settle a score several decades on in his plan to get payback against England.
    • Col. Moon from Die Another Day tells James that he based his Gustav Graves persona on Bond himself.
    Col. Moon: "We only met briefly, but you left a lasting impression. You see, when your intervention forced me to present the world with a new face, I chose to model the disgusting Gustav Graves on you. I paid attention to details - that unjustifiable swagger, the crass quips, the self-defence mechanism concealing such inadequacy..."
    • Skyfall: Raoul Silva and Bond. Both were at a time agents serving MI-6 who had a close emotional relationship with the current M, with Silva saying that he was her "old favorite". Their key difference being that Bond remains largely in line with the old ways of doing things, whilst Silva tries harder to adapt to the modern world to the point where he becomes too dependent on the use of modern technology, computers in particular. Something that plays a key part in his downfall.
    • Spectre: Max Denbigh/C is revealed to be an evil version of M, as he is the malevolent head of an intelligence agency seeking to bring the world under SPECTRE's absolute authority. They also have a clash of opinions in running spy agencies, as while M sticks to old-fashioned methods like 007, C is willing to sell himself out in order to gain more power, and like Silva before him, relies on technology too much. Also, while C is interested in Big Brother Is Watching, Attack Drones, and shutting down the 00-agent program, M questions the role of total surveillance in society, and even asks C if Attack Drones can do the job of field agents like 007.
  • The Jungle Book (2016):
    • King Louie to Baloo. They are both around the largest animals of the jungle, and they use charm and a broad vocabulary in order to trick others to do things for them, in addition to being lazy creatures of comfort who can still be formidable when properly motivated. They both take interest in Mowgli's human abilities for their own selfish reasons (with Baloo wanting easy access to food and Louie wanting fire to conquer the jungle), use affability to make him see things their way, and are the first ones to encourage him to use his human abilities instead of trying to be like other jungle animals. However, Baloo becomes truly attached to Mowgli, shows him the way to the Man-Village, and says that he can go there whenever he wants to (and later breaks his heart in order to make him go to the safety of the village). Louie, on the other hand, offers Mowgli a protected life in the jungle in exchange for the secret of making fire, but he has no intention to take no for an answer or allowing the boy to leave his lair. Also, while Baloo is content with his current, carefree way of life, Louie aspires to gain more power than he already has, and their respective songs serve to empathize this difference.
    • Shere Khan is this for Bagheera. Both are no-nonsense big cats in the jungle, but while Bagheera respects and follows the Law of the Jungle (which makes him revered), Shere Khan speaks of the Law while shamelessly breaking it (making him feared). And while Bagheera wants to keep things between Man and animal separated in a respectful way, Shere Khan wants to eliminate humans, even innocent human children.
    • Shere Khan is also this to Baloo. Shere Khan speaks highly of the Law of the Jungle when it suits him while he shamelessly breaks it, while Baloo casually calls the Law of The Jungle "propaganda" while finally actually respecting it. This is even shown in the climax just before the two battle.
  • Jurassic Park:
    • Peter Ludlow of The Lost World: Jurassic Park serves as such to his uncle John Hammond. Taking on the role of the InGen CEO who goes in over his head as he seeks to set-up a Jurassic Park. Malcolm calls this out after the t-rex gets loose in San Diego by saying to him, "Now you're John Hammond." However, whilst Hammond was doing it to fulfill a genuine dream Ludlow was ought for profit albeit to save the company after the fiasco that happened on Isla Nublar. After seeing the results of what he had wrought Hammond aimed to turn the island into a reserve for the dinosaurs instead, making it purely for their benefit. Ludlow on the other hand doesn't learn from his mistake and even after everything that's happened still tries to take back the baby t-rex to salvage his idea. The thing that is ultimately what gets him killed.
    • On a similar token Roland Tembo, also from The Lost World, serves as one for Robert Muldoon from the first movie. Both being game hunters who are hired to help manage the operations for the above two characters and hold the dinosaurs with a certain level of respect if not admiration. Though whilst Muldoon seemed to be more motivated to protect people, going so far as to serve as a decoy to save one of his allies from the raptors, Tembo went on the expedition so that he would have the opportunity to hunt a tyrannosaurus rex. After the capture of the t-rex Tembo was even offered a full-time job to work for them. Though by the end he has grown weary of all the violence, disheartened by all that had transpired including the death of his friend Ajay, and declines. In his case evil may be a bit too strong of a word, but he was still on the opposing side nonetheless.
  • In Khartoum Muhammad Ahmad, the self-proclaimed Madhi, serves this role for Charles Gordon. Both are deeply religious and great military commanders who command the respect, as well as fear, of many around them. Both have also shown their willingness to resort to brutality if they feel it will further their goals for the greater good. Ahmad himself points this out to Gordon in the first scene they share together.
  • In Kingsman: The Secret Service, Charlie is one to Eggsy. Both of them are Kingsmen candidates to become the next Lancelot and neither get in the end but for different reasons: Charlie because he's a Dirty Coward and Eggsy because he didn't have it in him to shoot his dog due to weakness for animals. Charlie comes from a rich family and is a complete asshole; Eggsy was raised in a poor working-class family and is one of the nicest people in the film.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe, oh so many
    • In Iron Man...
      • Obadiah Stane/Iron Monger in Iron Man is Tony's trusted friend and business partner. However, while Tony has a moral awakening and decides to stop selling weapons, Stane has no such hangups, and wants to continue. He ends up building his own version of Tony's Iron Man suit, which he plans to mass-produce and revolutionize warfare across the globe.
      • Ivan Vanko aka Whiplash in Iron Man 2 is just as smart as Tony, and his father helped Tony's father build the first ARC reactor. Growing up in a Soviet gulag can't be good for one's personality. He ends up building his first portable ARC reactor in his rundown apartment. With his own box of scraps.
      • Both Justin Hammer (Iron Man 2) and Aldrich Killian (Iron Man 3) are played as "wannabe" Tony Starks who aspire to and try molding themselves after him to some degree. Both are, or become, powerful businessmen like Stark, and similarly to how Stark started out both are self-centered.
    • In The Incredible Hulk...
      • The antagonist Emil Blonsky progressively starts injecting his body with substances to increase his physical capabilities. By the end he has Samuel Sterns inject a compound made from Bruce's blood into his body which transforms him into the Abomination, which in terms of size and strength is very much an evil counterpart to the Hulk. Blonsky also similarly becomes more aggressive as a result of his transformation. Blonsky's desire to use the chemicals to become stronger is antithetical to the way Bruce desperately wishes to rid himself of the Hulk.
      • It could also be said that whilst The Abomination serves as an Anti-Hulk, that Samuel Sterns was played as an Anti-Bruce Banner. Both were great scientists who worked on a project to improve the resilience and capabilities of the human body, both of which eventually led to their transformations. Like Blonsky, Sterns also has a markedly more positive view of the Hulk than Banner, even referring to it as "beautiful" at one point.
    • In Thor, Loki is this for the titular hero being his brother and Foil. Both princes are told from a young age that they're born to be kings, but only one of them can inherit the throne which they were both raised to desire. Both brothers initially have similar mindset, Thor is just as power hungry as Loki but unlike his younger he is open about his vain greed which leads to him attacking the Ice Giants and Odin to depowering and banishing him to Earth. Loki makes use of the opportunity to seize the throne when Odin falls into his power coma and like Thor attacks the Ice Giants though Loki means to annihilate them so nobody can no know he's actually one of them. By the end Thor has learned from his mistakes and become a better person for it while Loki took much longer to lose his malicious nature.
      • By Ragnarok their roles as counterparts have merged as Thor like Loki becomes more mischievous and scheming and Loki like Thor becomes more selfless and even heroic.
      • Loki is also this to Frigga. They're linked through their sorcery and trickery which contrasts to Thor and Odin upfront combat attitude. Frigga is happy being the Queen consort of Asgard with a supporting role in her husband's reign, whereas Loki is miserable having to play second fiddle to Thor, the Crown Prince. Loki's envy and resentment towards his brother eventually lead him to commit fratricide (although the enchantment Odin had placed on Mjölnir revives Thor), while Frigga is devoted to Odin and protects him from Laufey's mook.
    • As for Captain America...
      • Red Skull serves as this in Captain America: The First Avenger. He has the same abilities as Captain America, and gained his powers from a prototype version of the Super Serum used on Steve (which unfortunately for the Skull, turned out to be a Psycho Serum).
      • Captain America: The Winter Soldier: The Winter Soldier has many similarities to the Captain himself; both are soldiers, both have been empowered with science and both operate under orders of a larger organization (technically the same organization, as it turns out). Furthermore, both fought in World War II in the same unit but were cryogenically frozen (though Captain America stayed conscious after being revived, but the Winter Soldier was thawed and re-frozen as he was needed).
    • Nebula is this for Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy both are the rebel daughters of Thanos who were both raised to be ruthless killers and both received cybernetic upgrades to boot. However Gamora always secretly strove to be a good person and became one thanks to her friends while Nebula is disgusted by tender emotion and remains a Anti-Hero.
      • Really Promixa Midnight from Infinity War is the evil counterpart for either Gamora or Nebula as unlike her sisters she is the only daughter of Thanos who never opposed him and believed in his lunatic ideals but Midnight also possesses the same killing intent of her adoptive sisters.
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron: The Vision is the Good Counterpart to Ultron. Both of them were designed to be extremely powerful Artificial Intelligences by their creators, were created using the Mind Stone, and ultimately went against their creator's designs (Ultron was meant by Tony to protect the world, while The Vision was supposed to be Ultron's final body). The main difference is that while Ultron looked at the world and saw only chaos and destruction, The Vision saw life, something that the two even acknowledge at the end of the film, right before Ultron commits Suicide by Cop.
    • In Ant-Man...
      • Darren Cross is one to Scott Lang. Both men were recruited by Hank Pym, but while Scott becomes a hero and uses his skills to help people, Darren double crosses Hank and hijacks his company. The Yellowjacket armor Darren wears is also effectively a much more advanced (and sinister) revamp of the Ant-Man suit worn by Scott. Funny enough, Edgar Wright says the idea to use an evil version of Ant-Man as the Big Bad was actually inspired by the Iron Man example above.
      • Darren is also one to Hope. Both hold a grudge against Hank by the start of the movie but where Hope managed to reconcile with her father, Darren does not and wants to prove himself better than Hank.
    • The villain of Doctor Strange (2016) is Kaecilius, who like Strange, is a former pupil of the Ancient One. Unlike Strange, he turned to evil in order to gain forbidden knowledge. Jonathan Pangborn is a neutral counterpart to Strange having turned to the magic arts to heal his crippling injury, but unlike Strange Pangborn did not pursue learning magic instead selfishly leaving once magic had healed his spine. Strange however learned his lesson and didn't heal his hands knowing it was his arrogance that led to him crippling them in the first place. Ultimately Karl Mordo becomes Strange's main evil counterpart being another former pupil of the Ancient One, but over the course of the movie Mordo becomes disillusioned with magic while Strange becomes enlightened.
    • In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Ego is this for his own son Peter/Star-Lord both are bearded charismatic goofy humanoid celestials who Really Gets Around, (pretty much to Extreme Omnisexual) levels. Also they both have a love of 80s music which they get from Meredith (Peter's mom) but Ego ultimately see no value in love preaching to Peter that as gods they transcend such petty emotions which goes against everything Peter believes, and not to mention that Ego killed Meredith so she not longer distract him which sets Peter off. Their connection and contrast becomes greater when Peter taps into the celestial power and fights his father but unlike Ego he has capacity to give up his god willingly.
      Ego: Listen to me! You are a god! If you kill me, you'll be just like everybody else!
      Starlord: What's so wrong with that?
      • Ego is has parallels with Yondu both have committed many crimes and both father to Starlord but while Yondu truly loved and cared for Peter, Ego saw him as a Living Battery which led to Yondu protecting Peter from Ego by keeping him from the Celestial. Yondu lampshades in a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming “He may have been your father, boy, but he wasn't your daddy”.
    • In Thor: Ragnarok Hela is this to both Thor and Loki (her younger brothers), Hela's parallels to Loki are very apparent: both wear green, have black hair, horny helmets and demand that people kneal before them but while Loki eventually changed his ways Hela stays a Magnificent Bitch to the end. For Thor he actually biologically related the Hela and thus both claim to the throne, but Thor dropped his arrogance after the first movie and could see the corrupting effect of the throne while Hela is proud of her world spanning-bloodshed. In the climax of the movie Thor reflects that Odin made them both him and Hela believe they were worthy of ruling Asgard at which Hela claims they’ve both been lied to. Thor was also cast out like Hela but returned after his Heroic Sacrifice, Hela returned once Odin had died to rule and conquer (similar to pre-Ragnarok Loki) while Thor only accepts the throne when his people truly need him.
      • Also as a side note Hela has knack for Dual Wielding like Loki and Thor.
    • Black Panther (2018) has one of the most effective examples in the form of Erik Killmonger, a revolutionary who opposes King T'Challa and wants to take over Wakanda. He eventually ingests the Heart-Shaped Herb, which grants him all of T'Challa's powers, and then dons his own golden version of the vibranium Black Panther suit.
    • Avengers: Infinity War thanks the villains (the Black Order) being composed of Five-Man Band, certain members will serve as counterparts to the Avengers:
      • Obsidian Cull is this for The Hulk being the Dumb Muscle for their respective groups, Cull is the The Brute for the Black Order and Hulk is The Big Guy for the Avengers and both are capable of great savagery and destruction. Though Hulk has a softer side being childlike and cares for his allies while Obsidian Cull is little more than a snarling monster with none of the simple intelligence the Hulk has. It's due to being a dumb monster that Hulk's alter ego Bruce Banner can trick and kill Cull.
      • It can be said Ebony Maw is counterpart to Dr Strange who is The Smart Guy while Maw is the Evil Genius, both have mystical powers despite not possessing any superior physical strength. Maw also has a similar level of arrogance and surgical precision that Strange once had though Strange healed people while Maw tortures people and both characters are willingly to sacrifice their allies to achieve their goals. However while Ebony Maw was fine with abandoning his brother Obsidian Cull on Earth, while Strange ultimately couldn't let Iron Man be killed by Thanos.
      • Corvious Glavie and Proxima Midnight are this for Vision and Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch aside supplementary details like two of them wearing a cape, both pairs are respective Battle Couple for their teams. But unlike Vision and Wanda, Glavie and Midnight are merciless and impaling Vision from behind and brutalizing Wanda. But the Black Order couple are also beaten at their own game as Glaive is ironically killed when by Vision stabs him in the back and Scarlet Witch telekineticaly throws Promxia Midnight into one of own bladed war machine. There's also he fact both couples are Together in Death.
      • Then there's Thanos who surprisingly (though there was Foreshadowing) is the counterpart to Tony Stark aka Iron Man. They're the two characters in the MCU who are most symbolically connected according to Joe Russo both Tony and Thanos are "Futurists", they see the end goal and willingly do anything for what they perceive is for greater good which helped by the fact Tony is the first hero of the MCU. They are further entwined being the father figure for their respective sides especially for Spider-Man/Gamora, Tony is also the only one Thanos addresses by name seeing Stark is another individual who is "burdened by knowledge". But with that being said where Thanos and Iron Man differ is in conviction, Tony continuously learn from his mistakes while Thanos is unwavering committed ro his cause and only vaguely regrets his decision after he's lost everything i.e sacrificed half the universe.
  • In The Matrix Revolutions the Oracle describes Smith into relation to Neo as, "He is you. Your opposite, your negative, the result of the equation trying to balance itself out." Each is a character once bound to their role within the Matrix who eventually become free from it, as what could be described as an illusion first but genuinely later, and become the most powerful players within it. Thomas Anderson going from a menial programmer/hacker to being a cyber-messiah with control over the Matrix itself after being taken under the wing of Morpheus whilst Smith after being apparently killed by Neo at the end of the first film returns in the form of a virus unplugged from the system. Neo found purpose in being "The One" who would save humanity, whilst Smith was troubled by how he now saw himself as purposeless. Arguably more equivocal for Neo is when he discovers the truth of the origins of the prophecy from the Architect about how the various "Ones" are used as another means of controlling humanity which then puts Neo like Smith in a spot of confusion. During their final battle their key difference is displayed when Smith questions why Neo in spite of the beating he's been taking would bother to keep on fighting mocks what he sees as the attempts of humans to create a sense of meaning with temporary constructs to which Neo simply replies to him, "Because I choose to." Neo Ultimately having a faith Smith lacks. Something that the Oracle and Rama Kandra's family showed that programs had the potential for.
  • The Jaegers and the Kaiju in Pacific Rim. Both are split into one through five classes and are so large that they need two brains to fully operate. Whereas the Jaegers are used to protect humans and the cities, the Kaiju are used to kill and destroy everything in their path.
  • The Virgin Mary gets one in The Passion of the Christ. To that end, Satan is portrayed as an androgynous figure who wears a hooded robe and frequently carries an eerily adult-looking baby—sickly parodying the classic image of the Virgin Mary cradling an infant Jesus. The parallel between the two figures is made clear as Jesus first begins to carry his cross, because the camera cuts between Mary and Satan staring at each other from opposite sides of the crowds in opposition, making Mary the only character who ever looks the Devil in his bloodthirsty eyes.
  • In The Patriot Col. William Tavington serves this role for Benjamin Martin. A great deal is made about how he committed a horrible war crime during the French & Indian War, and later on shows that that dark side still has the potential to surface again in the scene where he ruthlessly kills a fleeing English soldier and later when he and his fellow militia men start shooting down surrendering opponents. Tavington's motives started with him trying to reclaim the honor and wealth that his father had lost him, citing that he can only get honor with victory and thus is the reason he started acting ruthlessly in his attempts to win no matter what. However as shown by the time the main events of the film he has come to enjoy the killing and war crimes he commits, completely submitting to that side of himself that Martin fears and wants to suppress. Then of course there is the fact that both are skilled combatants and effective military field commanders.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean:
    • The writers' and director's audio commentary for The Curse of the Black Pearl at one point refers to Captain Barbossa as "the dark side of Jack Sparrow".
    • Pintel and Ragetti vs. Mullroy and Murtogg in the first film.
    • Barbossa vs. Davy Jones and Jack vs. Beckett (his old nemesis) in the third.
    • Maccus, Mercer and "Quartermaster" are Evil Counterparts to Gibbs.
    • Bosun, also, in the fourth film is also one to Gibbs, and Blackbeard is this to Barbossa.
  • Push has two. Nick's counterpart is Victor, and Cassie's counterpart is the Triad Watcher. Victor is a better Mover than Nick, and the Triad Watcher is a better Watcher than Cassie.
    • It seems to be implied that Nick and Cassie are every bit (if not more) powerful, but are novices at actually exercising their powers compared to their more experienced counterparts.
      • That, and the fact they are son and daughter of the best mover and watcher anyone has ever seen (Cassie's mum set up events for ten years in the future) so they may have genetically inherited a bit of it. The agent pusher is also a counterpart of the experiment survivor, although she could arguably already be better.
  • Rene Belloq from Raiders of the Lost Ark is a classic example. Both he and Indy are successful Adventurer Archaeologists with the main difference being that Belloq is willing to work with anyone, (including the Nazis) on a job, and that he's perfectly content to let someone else find the treasure, then steal it from them at gunpoint. Belloq also delivers an excellent example of a Not So Different speech at one point.
  • In The Shadow Shiwan Khan serves that role to Lamont Cranston, The Shadow himself. Cranston in his past was a ruthless warlord and drug dealer under the name Ying-Ko in East Asia until the Tulku took him in and set him down the path of redemption. It turns out that Khan actually idolized Ying-Ko, and he was the inspiration for him to take up his "birthright" of trying to live up to his ancestor Genghis Khan and become a world-conquering warlord as well. The Tulku similarly tried to reform Khan, but it didn't take. Khan murdering him after he had learned what he wanted. Khan later tries to get Cranston to join him because of his past and their similarities. Because of his training with the Tulku he like the Shadow has supernatural mental abilities such as "Clouding men's minds" as well as telekinesis. (Something that Cranston doesn't manage to use 'til the end though) Both also have a network of allies in their service.
  • Each installment of the Spider-Man Trilogy has a villain who parallels Spidey in some fashion:
    • Spider-Man: The Green Goblin and Spider-Man gain their powers as the result of groundbreaking scientific experiments and the Goblin even tries to recruit Spidey with a Not So Different speech. The key difference is that Spider-Man uses his abilities to help people, while the Green Goblin uses them to exact bloody vengeance on the people who have wronged him in the past.
    • Spider-Man 2: Much like Peter in the first movie, Otto Octavius is transformed into Doctor Octopus as the result of a Freak Lab Accident, and is subsequently motivated by the death of a loved one. But while Uncle Ben's death pushes Peter to become a hero, the death of Otto's wife drives him mad with grief and causes him to become a murderous psychopath.
      • To drive the parallels home, earlier drafts of the film had Octavius as a much younger man closer in age to Peter and Mary Jane.
    • Spider-Man 3: They don't really come much more straightforward than Venom, who has the same powers as Spider-Man and wears a black variant of the hero's trademark costume. Additionally, in his civilian identity, Eddie Brock starts off as a rival photographer who is employed by the same newspaper as Peter.
  • Spirits of the Dead: Protagonist William Wilson actually is the Evil Counterpart, an evil, vicious sociopath. His identical Doppelgänger that shows up whenever he's doing something particularly monstrous is his Good Counterpart.
  • Star Trek
    • Star Trek: Nemesis had Shinzon, the evil clone of Jean-Luc Picard whose main purpose in the story is to show what Picard himself could have become had he grown up under more oppressive circumstances. Picard himself uses this in an attempt to demonstrate that Shinzon had the choice to become a better person, while Shinzon wanted to prove that Being Tortured Makes You Evil.
    • Star Trek Into Darkness: The Vengeance is a dark mirror of the Enterprise.
      • Also, Khan is an evil Spock, much like the original served as Kirk's foil.
  • Star Wars: Likely because of the poetric structure George Lucas sought to give this series, there are many of these.
    • Darth Vader is the evil counterpart to Luke Skywalker; specifically, he's a living incarnation of the evil that Luke is perfectly capable of. Yoda and Obi-Wan debates about this when training Luke, and the evil counterpart aspect to Vader and Luke's relationship comes to a front during Luke's test at the cave on Dagobah where he has a skirmish with an apparition of Vader and Luke beheads the apparition. The phantom-Vader's face is revealed to be Luke's face. This relationship is highlighted further in the prequel trilogy, especially when it's shown that both started their Jedi training at an older age than normal.
    • Emperor Palpatine is the evil counterpart to Yoda, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Mace Windu.
      • Palpatine and Yoda are both the series's Big Bad Big Good respectively. Both of them, prior to Anakin and Luke, were the most powerful Force users in the setting. Moreover, they both share the philosophy that people cannot change themselves or repent after turning to the Dark Side. Both of them tried to find a way to transcend death by learning from their respective precursers.
      • Palpatine and Qui-Gon were both supportive mentors to Anakin. However, while Qui-Gon was honest with Anakin, Palpatine told Anakin what he wanted to hear. Both of them used manipulation to attain their goals, but Qui-Gon never goes so far as to endanger people's lives in his pursuits, while Palpatine is perfectly willing to engineer a galactic civil war for his own benefit. Moreover, they both try to transcend death. But while Palpatine does so by manipulating the Force unnaturally, Qui-Gon achieves it through submitting himself to the Living Force (and later teaching other Jedi how to do it).
      • Palpatine and Mace Windu use similar logic in justifying the decisions of their respective Orders, especially concerning the circumvention of due process. They both argue, using the same logic, with Anakin about the right course of action. They also both die the same way because of Anakin's intervention in some way.
    • Dooku is the evil counterpart to Mace Windu, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Obi-Wan.
      • Dooku and Mace Windu were both the right hand and enforcer to either Emporer Palpatine or Yoda (respectively). In the Expanded Universe materials, they were both shown to have some familiarity with both sides of the Force.
      • Dooku and Qui-Gon Jinn had a mentor-mentee relationship, and both were rebellious against the Jedi dogma or rulings of the Jedi Council, and were willing to supercede their orders. While Dooku's rebelliousness caused him to leave the Jedi Order, Qui-Gon stayed in the Jedi Order despite his grievances.
      • Dooku and Obi-Wan both become the last members of their respective Orders, and both were subordinates in their Orders to their particularly high-ranking mentors. Their mentees (Qui-Gon in Dooku's case and Anakin in Obi-Wan's case) followed opposite paths as them (with Qui-Gon following the Light Side and Anakin following the Dark Side). Moreover, both of them were killed by Anakin sometime after besting him in a fight.
    • Darth Maul is another evil counterpart of Obi-Wan. Both are young, skilled warriors in the ways of the Force, and each is a headstrong but loyal apprentice that is devoted to his order.
    • Kylo Ren from The Force Awakens is essentially Luke had he turned to the Dark Side of the Force. They both struggle with temptation from the opposite side of the Force (Luke tries to resist the Dark Side, while Kylo wants to become immune to the Light), both come into conflict with their fathers, with Luke ultimately redeeming Anakin and Kylo ultimately murdering Han, and they both idolize Anakin Skywalker, with Luke proudly declaring himself a Jedi "like my father before me" and Kylo doing everything he can to emulate Darth Vader.
    • Bringing in groups/organizations, whilst they never actually do battle or truly concurrently exist the Confederacy of Independent Systems serves as a forbearer and dark counterpart to the Rebel Alliance. Each being a rebellion (The Seperatists are even referred to as such by Dooku in a deleted scene from Attack of the Clones) fighting against the reigning government (The Galactic Republic and its latter form the Galactic Empire) and are allied with an order of Force users in hiding. (The Sith with the Confederacy and the Jedi with the Alliance) They get put into somewhat similar situations such as how in the middle chapters of their respective trilogies their secret bases are located by their enemies on a desolate "backwoods" planet (The Separatists on Geonosis and the Rebels on Hoth) where they do battle whilst also carrying out a mass evacuation. One of them being the current Sith/Jedi apprentice (Count Dooku of the Sith and Luke Skywalker of the Jedi) who escapes off by himself to meet with the master on his side who operates from afar. (Dooku to Darth Sidious on Coruscant so he could deliver him the Death Star designs and Luke to Yoda on Dagobah so he could continue his Jedi training) In the third chapter each would fall prey to Palpatine's trickery/deception and at least nearly destroyed when led into what they think is a safe(r) situation. (Sidious sending the Seperatist Council to Mustafar on the pretense it would be a safe hideaway and subsequently sends the newly christened Sith apprentice Vader to "take care of them" which leads to them being gathered, cornered and slaughtered as their use was up. Later on he'd fake reports from Bothan spies to the Rebels stating that the Death Star II was not yet fully operational when it actually was and also being supported by the Imperial Fleet as well as his best troops on the ground in order to draw out and destroy the Rebel forces in a cataclysmic battle.). The comparison adds interesting food for thought to Padme's line in Revenge of the Sith to Anakin, "Have you ever considered that we may be on the wrong side?" Taking the Expanded Universe into account, both were deliberately created by Palpatine as well in order to further his agenda (the CIS to create the Clone Wars as an excuse for his "emergency powers" and the Rebellion in order to gather his enemies in one place so they would be more easily crushed).
    • For an inanimate example, lightsabers are kyber crystal-powered laser blades typically used by Jedi for self-defense, while the Death Star uses a kyber crytal-based laser to annihilate planets.
  • In the 1994 Street Fighter they decide (for some reason) to play Sagat as one to Ken. Both being crooked gun-runners. Outright stated by Ken after beating him in their fight at the end when he says, "I owe you. If I hadn't met you, I might have become you."
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon plays with this. Sam and Bumblebee are given dark counterparts in the form of Soundwave and Dylan. Bumblebee came to Sam for help, Sam's family having a history with Cybertronians. Likewise Dylan's dad received Soundwave as a "client", as the Decepticon had him crunch numbers to make further trips by NASA to the moon improbable, ensuring no one would ever find the Ark. This becomes a case of Fridge Brilliance in the final battle, where both human and Autobot kill their respective counterparts.
    Dylan Gould: (to Sam) Do you really think you were the first one recruited to join the "noble" alien cause?
  • Doc Holliday and Johnny Ringo in Tombstone. Holliday is Wyatt's lancer, Ringo Curly Bill's dragon. They are both highly educated, charismatic death-dealers and death-seekers.
  • In Troy there is a "trifecta" so to speak of character parallels that would fall under this. Centering around three groups of familial duos seen within the film.
    • It is ironic that in spite of their hatred for each other, Achilles and Agamemnon have some key traits in common. Though they have differences over ideals like Achilles' valuing of the soldier over a king (because they are the ones doing the physical fighting and dying to get things accomplished) whilst Agamemnon feels that the king is more important and thus deserves the glory (seeing himself as a savior who united a land of "fire worshippers and snake eaters" into a true nation). But their values align when it comes to how both are desperately trying to gain glory and immortality for their names. Something each puts above almost all else by the end. However, both do also highly value and deeply care about one of a younger relative. Achilles with his cousin Patroclus and Agamemnon with his brother Menelaus. However when said relative is killed, ironically in both cases the killer being Hector, they are sent into a belligerent, blood-lusting rage. Both also have a desire for Briseis.
    • It can also be said that Agamemnon and Menelaus parallel Hector and Paris as well. Both sets being royal brothers, the older one being the more successful and glorified of the two. The younger brothers are notorious womanizers and the ones who get into a feud over Helen, subsequently putting their brothers into positions to go to war. (though one of the two older brothers is clearly more okay with this than the other) In spite of anything however, the older brothers still genuinely care for their younger siblings. Whether it be tarnishing one's own honor by defending his life when he asks for help, or trying to get bloody vengeance for him after being killed.
    • There are also parallels between the duos of Achilles/Patroclus and Hector/Paris. While none of them are evil per se, they do fall into opposite sides of the conflict. Achilles and Hector are the older of the two, and each is renowned as the greatest warrior on his side as well as one of the greatest warriors who ever lived. Both are also respected military commanders. (Look at the Father to his Men section) Patroclus and Paris are one of their younger relatives who they are extremely close to. Both of whom are impulsive and naive, and find themselves deciding to rush into situations that they are not ready for. The biggest example being when they choose to go out into battle and go up against an opponent who is far out of his league. With both results, to varying degrees, leading to bad places.
  • While not evil, Juror #3 in 12 Angry Men is the Jerkass counterpart to Juror #8. Both are men of passion unwilling to back down when they believe their cause is just.
  • X-Men: Apocalypse: The eponymous villain is this to Professor X; they operate in a similar manner when it comes to recruiting mutants and converting them to a specific belief system. What separates the Big Bad from the Big Good is merely the differences in their personalities. Director Bryan Singer labels Apocalypse as The Antichrist (who thrives on mass murder and purports to have been "born from death") and Charles as the Christ figure (a pacifist who wishes to preserve life). Both are capable of treating the world as their personal playground, but only the former exercises Might Makes Right; the latter espouses With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility. They both enjoy being idolized; En Sabah Nur wants nothing less than to be worshipped as a god while Xavier wants to be adored as a paternal figure. Apocalypse's Lack of Empathy is the antithesis of Charles being the personification of empathy, and these traits are exhibited when they interact with their underlings. The selfish Apocalypse pretends to be attentive towards his Horsemen, but he's in truth a Bad Boss who is only concerned about how their superpowers will serve his goal for world domination. The altruistic Professor X is a Cool Teacher who cherishes his students and works hard to engage their intellect and ameliorate their psychological health. As a tyrant in Ancient Egypt, En Sabah Nur had utilized fear and violence to control his subjects; Xavier, on the other hand, relies on love and harmony to exert his authority over his surrogate family.


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