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  • Unsurprisingly, the titular characters in The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda closely followed the theme of the Cervantes work. The ever-hallucinating Don was the cloudcuckoolander who never met a damsel he didn't have the urge to save or a dragon he didn't have the urge to slay. Sancho remained his loyal, albeit cynical, voice of reason.
  • Adventure Time
    • The Lich is very much the exact opposite of Finn. The Lich was born from the Green Catalyst Comet that struck Earth and killed off the dinosaurs and seems to represent Mass Extinction while Finn is the Reincarnation of the Blue Catalyst Comet, which incarnated as a butterfly (a symbol of rebirth). While the Lich is pure evil, relishes in his cruelty and wants to exterminate life, Finn has a pure heart and is more than willing to fight against the bad guys.
    • Scorcher Hyper-competent fire power user to counter Ice King's inept ice magic.
    • Flynn is this to Fionna. They are both heroic adventurers and fight off an evil wizard that has plans for their land. But while Fionna is an energetic Determinator who isnt afraid to speak her mind, Flynn is a stoic and extremely fancy Flat Character who has yet to get a speaking role or even a Day in the Limelight.
    • Jacques The Raccoon is this to Cake. They are both animal sidekicks to their human compatriot and help them with anything they come across. But while Cake is a sassy cat who isn't afraid to speak her mind as much as Fionna does if not more so, Jacques is a stoic and extremely fancy Flat Character who has yet to get a speaking role or even a Day in the Limelight and doesn't even show off his shapeshifting powers.
    • Ice President is this to the Ice Queen. They are both power-hungry Big Bad Big Bads who are even more cunning than the ice King ever will. But while the Ice Queen is The Sociopath, the Ice President is more of an Anti-Villain and appears to be like a third to Flynn and Jacques' partnership.
    • Lemonhope and Finn. They're both the same age more or less, and they're both seen as champions for their kingdom. But while Finn happily lives up to the challenge, Lemonhope is like a lot of kids in that he wants to be on his own and only did the right thing once because he felt guilty.
    • Breezy and Princess Bubblegum. Breezy, being a queen bee who loves Finn and needs a knight, contrasts PB being eternally a princess with no plans to marry and become a queen, and not returning Finn's affection. Breezy is literally everything Finn ever wanted from PB but cannot receive, and dialing up the irony is the fact that this time, it's Finn who doesn't return the affection. Lampshaded via symbolism when Finn sees her silhouette near the end of her episode, and he mistakes her for Bubblegum for a moment.
    • Minerva Campbell to Finn. They enjoy their work in helping others who are in need, which both can do in extreme methods. Finn takes his method of physical helping violently so long as evil is the only one trampled across his path, Minerva helps people exceptionally but peered close enough to doom her people nearly twice in her choices.
    • Minerva Campbell to Princess Bubblegum. They both shown their work to Finn on how they operate their respective colonies scientifically. Bubblegum is able to let go of her totalitarian approach with Marceline's help, while Minerva is still plagued by the thought of her husband abandoning her along with her own child only for said child help her in getting a hold of herself.
    • Minerva Campbell to Martin Mertens. Martin was a self serving sociopath who only ever cared about himself, while Minerva is empathetic to the point that she made her entire existence about helping others. Neither of them are shown to be well adjusted individuals though for very different reasons.
    • Phlannel Boxingday to Princess Bubblegum. She raises Lemonhope under the strict belief that he is required to free the lemon people and take over as ruler while Phlannel encourages him to do what he wants and live as a free spirit.
    • Peppermint Butler the Dark Magical Dude to Princess Bubblegum's Straw Vulcan Mad Scientist, to the point he has to pretend the crystals in his "Poison Room" are scientific not mystical.
    • Martin Mertens and Finn are opposite in personality and even wardrobe. They also have differing philosophies as of the season six finale. Finn grows to believe everything has a purpose while Martin sees the universe as having no purpose (it's unknown if this leans more toward Straw Nihilist or Anti-Nihilist, but given his cheery state and his neutral stance, most likely the latter. Flashbacks in the Islands miniseries furthers demonstrate their differences. Finn has his moments of selfishness while ultimately remaining a good person, while Martin demonstrates moments of heroism before relapsing into his typical It's All About Me behavior.
  • Aladdin: The Series: Mozenrath's the opposite of Aladdin in many ways — Aladdin wears street clothes, is tanned, and relies on his physical abilities to outwit the enemy. Mozenrath wears fancy clothes befitting a mage, is pale, and relies on magic and arcane knowledge to overpower his opposition.
  • ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks: Bocarter Humphrey to Derek Smalls. He is as mischievous as him, but rather than resorting to brute force, in order to assert his dominance, Bocarter attempts to buy influence, and resorts to unethical practices such as stealing and cheating in order to get his way. However, Bocarter is a whole lot worst as Bocarter is a complete narcissist and cares about no one but himself and his father and brother, while Derek is more of a bully than a criminal and doesn't hate the Chipmunks and Chipettes as much as Bocarter.
  • American Dad!: Greg Corbin and Terry Bates to Stan and Francine Smith. While Stan and Francine are an incredibly unstable couple, who abuse each other and are both incredibly shallow, Greg and Terry have more normal issues that don't tend to exceed mild bickering. That is of course, before Terry ultimately dumped Greg and left him.
  • American Dragon: Jake Long
    • Councilor Kulde to Councilor Chang. Arguably, to Chang. Unlike her, he shows a genuine supportive side towards Jake, and sees a lot of potential in him. And while he may respect the rules as much as she does, he's not afraid to bend them once in a while for those who've earned it.
    • Susans’ Family got a few.
      • Cathy and Susan: neither have the dragon powers but their eldest sons’ are both dragons. But where Susan supports her son and his decisions while still having a strict side to discipline Jakes’ behavior, Cathy tells Greggy what to do and thinks he’s a brave and able dragon despite the overwhelming evidence against it.
      • Hailey and Cathy’s children, while the former is mature and tries to treat others with respect, the latter are bratty but generally acts their age.
      • Greggy" Gregory to his older cousin, Jake. Both of them are from the same family and have a certain ego, but Jake is more mature in comparison as well as experienced while Greggy is still a newbie and lets his ego get the better of him.
    • Huntsboys #88 and #89 to Rose. While Rose is a conflicted and unwilling member of the Huntsclan, they are willing and eager, to the point where they are willing to lie to lift themselves up in Huntsclan status. Their overall incompetence, cowardliness, and self-serving nature is also in stark contrast to Rose's competence, bravery, and self-sacrificing nature.
  • Amphibia
    • Meta-wise, in comparison to recent Disney protagonists Star Butterfly and Mabel Pines, Anne shares their energy, lack of patience and curiosity but she's far more mature and savvy in contrast to their naivety and Cloudcuckoolander tendencies, needing for The Straight Man to keep them in check. Anne in contrast is the Straight Woman of the group.
    • In the proper show, Anne Boonchuy and Sasha Waybright contrast quite nicely with each other:
      • Where Anne managed to survive in the wild long enough to reach civilization, Sasha wasn't so lucky and became Grime's prisoner.
      • Where Anne initially had no easy way of escaping her 0% Approval Rating among the populace of Wartwood, Sasha easily charmed the toad soldiers into loving her.
      • Where Anne remained mostly a common citizen of Wartwood, Sasha quickly climbed up the ranks on the Toad Tower, becoming Grime's second in-command.
      • She and Sasha both have a distorted view of friendship despite genuinely caring for one another. Sasha believes that friends are people who will do whatever you want as long as you compliment them, while Anne believes that she has to do whatever her friends want in order to "earn" their friendship.
      • Also regarding their arrogance and mistakes. Sasha practices Never My Fault, while Anne engages in My God, What Have I Done?. Whereas Anne is always horrified and apologetic on realizing she's done wrong to the Plantars or other frogs, Sasha is Obliviously Evil to the point that Sprig calling her out leads to her trying to kill him. Sasha is also blindsided when her wanting to "rescue" Anne and find a way home isn't enough to make up for her playing The Farmer and the Viper out of Captain Grime's own agenda to the innocent frogs that have housed Anne for several months.
    • Marcy Wu introduction and Sasha Waybright's couldn't be more night and day - from gushing over Anne's new frog family to saving Sprig without a concern of herself. It's a shame the Plantars couldn't have met her first.
    • What Marcy Wu has in intelligence, Anne Boonchuy makes up for with social skills.
  • As Told by Ginger
    • Lois Foutley a tough, wise, loving, plus-sized, working class mother that has to lay down the law with her kids and often lets them learn their own lessons, this in contrast to the other leaner mothers of the show (priggish Joann, vapid and posh Claire, and Macie's workaholic parents).
    • Joann Bishop to Lois Foutley. She's blonder, leaner, smaller, more stressed out, meaner, and less tolerant than Lois.
    • Claire Gripling to Lois Foutley, both are loving mothers, but Claire is quite out of touch with how things work in less affluent societies and families and carries off a very quiet, posh lifestyle with her children. Also matters in appearance to a lesser extent.
  • Atomic Puppet
    • Joey Felt and Captain Atomic to each other. Joey is a scrawny everyday kid who was catapulted into the life of a superhero by gaining superpowers from Captain Atomic's Puppet Permutation, while AP was a muscular celebrity crimefighter who was suddenly thrown into a more mundane life when he was rendered powerless by the same transformation. Joey is humble, friendly, and can be quite sensible for his age at times, while AP is arrogant, rude, and surprisingly immature sometimes. Joey's civilian life plays a prominent role in the series while we know absolutely nothing about AP's secret identity (assuming he even had one) before he was transformed.
    • Absorbo Lad to Mookie (who he shares a voice actor with). Both share similar backstories as being wannabe superheroes who turned bad when they were dismissed by actual superheroes. But whereas Mookie wants to be a hero admired and worshiped by the people of Mega City despite his lack of superpowers, Absorbo Lad wants to be feared and hated by everyone so he can prove superpowers don't make one special or admirable. Furthermore, Mookie is big and fat but isn't taken seriously by anyone, while Absorbo Lad is small and scrawny but considered The Dreaded. This even extends to their costumes, with Mookie's looking professionally made and Absorbo Lad's being very amateurish.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force
    • Shake's personality highlights Meatwad's by contrast. Both of them are incredibly stupid (and sometimes even Too Dumb to Live), immature and possess the logic of a lunatic. However, they differ from each other in that:
      • Shake is an incredibly mean, self-serving, narcissistic, sociopathic douchebag who possesses a total disregard for life.
      • Meatwad is a perpetually sweet, childlike, and optimistic individual who always tries to do the right thing, even if too dim to be successful.
    • The Plutonians to the Mooninites. While they aren't arrogant Jerkasses like the Mooninites, they're also a lot less charismatic and aren't as good at manipulating people.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
    • Aang and Zuko are both kindhearted kids that got thrust in a difficult situation. Aang ran away from the life of being the Avatar because of the enormous pressure while Zuko was banished devoted his life in chasing the Avatar. Both believed their respective missions will redeem their failings, however when Aang was trekking his path, growing strong and gaining friends, Zuko was losing what little he had and spent the majority of the series being confused and in emotional turmoil. This gets better when he finally got over his issues and joins Aang's team.
      • Aang and Zuko in the ensuing 4 days in episode "Nightmares and Daydreams". Zuko is living a wonderful life most would dream about, waited on hand and foot with nothing at stake. Aang is ragged from sleep deprivation and worrying himself sick, sweating the details of the upcoming invasion. Each one comes to the opposite conclusion about their respective lives. Aang realizes he has nothing to be afraid of as long as he has his friends, and sleeps well. However, Zuko's mind is not at ease, as he starts to realize what's the matter with his care-free life.
    • In a far more complex way, Zuko and his sister Azula. Zuko was regarded as a failure by their father Ozai because he wasn't as talented as his sister while Azula was adored because she's a firebending prodigy and similar to their father in ruthlessness. This led to their mother Ursa (and Uncle Iroh) devoting more love and attention to Zuko while Azula was doted by Ozai. When Zuko envied Azula for their father's favor, Azula also envied Zuko for their mother's love. When Zuko was banished, lost his status as crown prince, and lived like a peasant Azula was doing impressive feats and even conquered the last stronghold of the Earth Kingdom. As the series finale Zuko has peace of mind, love, friendship when he gave up his allegiance to Fire Lord Ozai. On the other hand, even if Azula has always been their father's favorite and she cemented her status as the heiress she ended up being betrayed, unloved, alone and losing her sanity. In the comics following the series, the two blur the lines at the same time, as Zuko remains a protagonist but frequently slips into more negative behavior, while Azula remains an antagonist but is slowly making positive developments for herself. Only time will tell if they can both find balance in the end, although Zuko certainly seems to have achieved it by The Legend of Korra.
      • Zuko was the sweet kid whose firebending was lacking and Azula was the bully and firebending prodigy. This changes in the third season, where he rejects the Fire Nation's Take Over the World policy and becomes a much more mentally-healthy individual and a more powerful firebender, while she continues to embrace it and goes utterly insane.
    • Not as noteworthy but still present are Katara & Toph, Sokka and Zuko, & Katara and Azula. The latter two is generally a result of the foil between two families: one from the diminishing Southern Water Tribe and the other from the glorious Fire Nation. Both lost mothers and the little sister was more talented than the older brother. Sokka and Katara loved each other unconditionally and their father Hakoda are proud of both of them while Zuko and Azula were fighting and hating each other most of the time. The fire siblings' father Ozai is a cruel, unloving figure that favored one over the other.
    • Aang has foregone caring and hoping to find Appa whilst Sokka is being overprotective of Suki. Both are struggling with their respective losses (Appa/Yue) and both have to learn to reach a balance between caring too little and caring too much.
    • Toph to Mai, in a way. Both were raised by very fancy families that suppressed them, Toph's parents overprotecting her because of her blindness and Mai's parents keeping her well-behaved so she didn't jeopardize her dad's political career. Toph responded by defying her parents, acting out and really enjoying her earthbending, whereas Mai obeyed them, becoming very insular and apathetic to almost everything.
    • In The Rift, Toph contrasted with Aang. Their upbringings are quite different, as Monk Gyatso believed in letting Aang be a kid, while Toph's parents forced her to learn tradition and propriety. As a result, Toph wonders if Aang is trying to hold onto his past, while Aang wonders if Toph is trying too hard to run away from her past.
    Toph: Don't you think you're trying a little too hard to hold onto your past?
    Aang: Maybe. But don't you think you're trying a little too hard to run away from it?
    Toph: Not everyone's past is like yours, Aang. Some of us have to run away just to... just to live.
    • Chin's village is this to Kyoshi Island. On one hand, the Kyoshi Islanders greatly respect and revere the Avatar, recognizing all the help he's done for them. On the other hand, Chin's village despises the Avatar over one petty crime that wasn't even a real murder, willing to execute the Avatar despite him being the key to stopping the Fire Nation.
    • Pakku to Iroh. Both elderly masters of their respective art, both have a strong (but ultimately not absolute) commitment to tradition, however, while Iroh forgives Zuko's every misstep, Pakku forces Katara to earn his respect. Iroh's Nice Guy contrasts Pakku's Jerk with a Heart of Gold almost as neatly as fire contrasts water.
    • Zhao to Zuko. He exists to demonstrate that while Zuko is an antagonist, he's not really a bad guy. Zhao, on the other hand, is completely irredeemable.
    • Xin Fu and Yu to Zuko and Iroh. Like Zuko, Xin Fu is a muscular bender with a nasty temper and often gets annoyed with his respective Older Sidekick. Also both he a Zuko wish to capture Aang for Ozai, though while Zuko wants to capture Aang to restore his honor Xin Fu simply wants the reward money. Master Yu and Iroh meanwhile are both Old Master who are less aggressive than their younger partners and generally are Affably Evil.
    • Interestingly, Lao and his partner Loban — both men of wealth — have two inverted traits in The Rift. Lao is an honest owner who valued workers' lives and working conditions, but his strict rearing of his daughter caused a rift between each other. While Loban valued profits even if it meant endangering the land and the workers, he genuinely cared for Satoru after finding him begging on the street as a runaway.
      • Loban and Lao Beifong have two differences: business conduct and family. While Lao is more generous and honest than Loban, Loban had proven to have better relation with his nephew Satoru than Lao's strained relations with his daughter Toph.
    • To his older brother Iroh, who's Ozai's polar opposite in many ways.
      • While Iroh is a kind, genrous and caring man who puts the well-being of other before himself, Ozai is cruel, selfish and domineering who only cares about himself and obtaining power.
      • Their relationships towards their family is completely different as well, as Iroh is a man who loves and cares for his family no matter what, while Ozai only sees his family as tools to use to his advantage not caring about their well-being unless it effects them.
      • This also extends to the relationships with their sons. Iroh deeply loved his son Lu Ten and when he died during the Siege for Ba Sing Se, Iroh was deeply sadden by his death and still mourns him years later, while Ozai saw his son, Zuko as a disappointment and spent most of Zuko's childhood abusing him, even to the point that he burnt his face just to speaking out of place at a war council meeting, and went so far as to kill Zuko just for daring to defy him.
      • They also have completely different military experience, as Iroh was a Frontline General who personally led the Siege of Ba Sing Se and only left the position due to the death of his son, Ozai however prefered to direct his armies from his throne and only personally lead a military campaign to burn the Earth Kingdom to the ground when he had the power of Sozin's Comment to back him up.
    • Kiyi to Azula, Zuko's other younger sister. Zuko and Azula share the same parents, while Kiyi only shares their mother. Kiyi is Unskilled, but Strong when it comes to firebending. Azula starved for their mother's affection while Kiyi's relationship with Ursa strained after she returned to her old self. Azula is cruel and broken while Kiyi is a sweet girl.
    • The Legend of Korra gives us Korra and Asami. Both girls are involved in the resistance against Amon and the Equalists and both are extremely badass. Korra, as the Avatar, has spent her entire life being trained to master the four elements and is pretty much the embodiment of all bending. She also is a buff Action Girl who doesn't show a ton of interest in feminine pursuits. Asami is a nonbender and, though unknowingly, the daughter of a guy heavily supporting the Equalists who fights using stolen Equalist technology and spent her life indulging in various hobbies such as racing and watching Pro-Bending. She also is very elegant, dressing fashionably and enjoying classy things.
    • Korra and Tahno as well. They're set up as rivals right from the start, being waterbenders on opposing teams. They both see their bending as a huge part of their identity. Ultimately, both have their bending taken by Amon and become depressed over it.
    • Korra to Avatar Kuruk — Korra is the current Avatar, continuing to maintain balance in the world. Half-Northern Water Tribe, but identifies only with the South, is living in an era of numerous conflicts with humans and spirits, alike, already has numerous accomplishments under her belt and is racking them up, has had more than one love interest in her life, befriended a polar bear-dog and will hopefully live a long fulfilling life; Avatar Kuruk was the previous Water Tribe Avatar that hailed from the North, lived in an era of such peace he could goof off, only had one love interest in the form of his wife Ummi, killed a polar bear-dog and wore it as a pelt (though not around Korra,) and lived a short life hunting down Koh the Face-Stealer for stealing his wife's face.
    • Korra and the first Avatar Wan, separated by 10,000 years, are both present in the recurring Harmonic Convergence. Both have been tricked to do the bidding of the enemy and determined to fix their failure. While Wan is much like Aang - good with spirits and traveled the world to learn- Korra is not talented with spiritual matters and was secluded and controlled almost all her life. There's also the fact that Wan was initially a firebender (having lived on a Fire Lion Turtle) while Korra is a Water Tribe native. Their differences and similarities are also highlighted by the eras they live in- Wan lived in a time where humans and spirits live together and people rely on nature, Korra lives in a time where spirituality is decaying and technology is advancing. At the end of the Book Korra defeats Vaatu without the aid of past lives just like Wan did in the past but instead of closing the spirit portals she has kept them open. Korra also ended Wan's Avatar cycle and started another one, redefining the role of the Avatar in the process.
    • In Book 2: Spirits we have brothers Tonraq (Korra' father) and Unalaq. Tonraq is big, strong and a fighter while Unalaq is barely intimidating with his lean frame, soft voice and his spiritual methods. Unalaq turned out to be very ambitious and jealous of his older brother's birthright that he devised a plan to banish him while Tonraq accepts his eventual fate with grace and just wanted a simple life for his family. Both men also lied and tried to control Korra in one way or another Tonraq thought it was the best for Korra to be locked up in the South for her own protection while Unalaq manipulated Korra by promising her agency and freedom. Ultimately Tonraq had good intentions and realized his mistake while Unalaq was serving himself.
    • Bolin is the silly, cheerful, immature younger brother who is never afraid to cry, fanboy, or express whatever he's feeling; Mako is the serious, cynical, aloof older brother who has problems expressing his true feelings (i.e. the whole Love Triangle fiasco could've been avoided if he was more truthful). Mako ends up a Celibate Hero, while Bolin becomes an Official Couple with Opal.
    • Mako to Korra — Mako is a light-skinned native from Republic City. His and Bolin's parents were killed when they were quite young, and since then, they had to always try to make ends meet. Mako is the "cool-under-fire" guy, meaning he doesn't let his emotions cloud his judgement, making it hard to express his real feelings; Korra is the dark-skinned native from the Southern Water Tribe, and is of Mixed Ancestry because her parents were born into different Water Tribes (Mother-Southern, Father-Northern). Her parents were with her entire life, and admitted that other people (her parents and the White Lotus) were always taking care of her. Before a huge amount of Character Development, she was prone to emotional outbursts and never was afraid to let people know what she thought. In addition, Mako believes in structure and plays by the book, while Korra does things her way and leads Team Avatar as a free-for-all.
    • Tenzin to the mentor figures of the previous series. Unlike a majority of those mentors, Tenzin is stern, rigid and highly insecure due to being relatively young (compared to the Cool Old Guys like Iroh, Bumi, and Piandao) and having few role models and little experience in being a teacher.
    • Tenzin one to Korra: Tenzin is a light-skinned, levelheaded man who tries to instill peaceful solutions than violence; Korra is the dark-skinned, hot-headed teenage girl who uses force rather than reason. Also, both are of Mixed Ancestry, Korra's is from her parents being from one of the two Water Tribes, while Tenzin's is from both parents being born into two different nations.
    • Tonraq to his brother Unalaq. Tonraq is the older, more physically imposing brother, yet he has no ambitions for power and only desired to have a family and live a normal life after he met his wife Senna, only to realize that would never happen since his daughter was the next Avatar. In contrast, Unalaq is the younger, slimmer brother with great ambitions and a hunger for power, to the point he became so jealous of his brother and his position that he got him banished (though this was for something bigger), and desires to train his niece out of further envy that his brother sired the Avatar. To hammer it in, Tonraq dropped out of the rebellion because regardless of any conflict between him and his brother, he has no desire to hurt him. Unalaq, however, has no qualms about using him to further his own agenda.
    • Varrick to Asami. Both are fabulously rich industrialists, brilliant multi-discipline engineers as well as savvy in the boardroom, and have a flexible interpretation of legality in order to get things done. Asami, however, is of a far stronger moral caliber than Varrick, and is less... flamboyant. Varrick also has an insufferable way of brushing off losses, while Asami keenly feels the sting of such losses personally.
    • Iroh to Lin Beifong. At first, Lin dismisses the idea that she and Korra should be friends because their parents were. Iroh places great faith in Avatar Korra because that is what his grandfather Zuko would have done.
    • Amon to Korra. His debending powers make him a sort of anti-Avatar. He styles himself in the same vein as an Avatar, claiming to be a savior sent by the spirits. He is a very calm, controlled individual who claims to be sent by the spirits, while Korra is a Boisterous Bruiser who has major difficulty with the spiritual side of bending. Finally, it turns out they're both native waterbenders and bending Child Prodigies. In a geographical sense, Korra was born and raised in the south pole while Amon originates from the north pole. Not to mention his young self looks strikingly like a male version of Korra.
    • Amon fabricated backstory is similar to Mako and Bolin. They all had parents killed by a firebender. But while the brothers eventually learned to live with their loss, he took it in a completely different direction. In reality, he is truly a Foil to Mako on a much deeper level. Mako is fiercely protective of his younger brother and protected him throughout their bad childhood, while Amon abandoned his and left him to deal with their abusive father alone. Both are also very talented benders, and the more talented of their brothers, which Amon goes out of his way to compliment Mako on. Both are the The Stoic in their Sibling Yin-Yang relationship to their more emotionally sensitive younger kin too. The fact that Amon lied about their similar-sounding backstory only drives the point home further that Mako is the anti-Amon.
    • Unalaq to Varrick — Both are callous, untrustworthy villains who are out for themselves alone and deceive the heroes for their own ends, only to betray them later on. However, Unalaq keeps his treachery almost well-hidden, whereas Varrick is pretty open about his selfishness, yet it goes far beyond anyone's notice. Additionally, while Unalaq's perceived help only seeks to benefit himself at the expense of others, Varrick's actions have a touch of sincerity that he's willing to go out of his way to help the heroes get what they want in spite of ulterior motives.
    • Unalaq to Jinora — Unalaq is an adult man with years of training himself in spiritual matters, while Jinora is a preteen girl whose natural affinity with spirits makes up for her lack in experience. Jinora befriends spirits; Unalaq only pretends to be a friend of spirits and will use force to control them to reach his own goals. And while Unalaq practically, but smoothly forced his way into becoming Korra's spiritual mentor, Jinora didn't and only became her Guide when things got serious. There's also the kind of the relationship they have with Korra: Unalaq is her distant uncle who only wants to use her, but Korra and Jinora have close sibling relationship (along with Ikki and Meelo).
    • Desna and Eska seem deliberately as opposed to Princess Yue (the last Northern Water Tribe heir we witnessed) as possible, being tactless, ruthless, and relishing their status to Yue's compassionate nature. Eska's relationship with Bolin especially contrasts with Yue's relationship with Sokka: Sokka worried he wasn't worthy because of his lower status and Yue wanted to be with him, but was bound by her engagement to Hahn; Eska exploits Bolin's lower status to domestically abuse him into slavery and puts her desire to be with him before his own emotions or input.
    • Earth Queen, Hou-Ting, is the exact opposite of her father The Earth King, Kuei: he was clueless and passive (in his early years), so she became a domineering control freak; he was used by the Dai Li, so she brought the Dai Li to heel and under her control; he "lost" Earth Kingdom territory, and it seems she wants to take it back, likely through force; she is hostile to the Avatar for Aang and Zuko's perceived exploitation of her father; and finally, she hates animals of all kinds, while her father loved them, but that's because she's allergic to them.
    • Zuko’s daughter, Fire Lord Izumi, and the Earth Queen, Hou-Ting, are this to each other as the ruling monarch children of characters from the original series in an increasingly democratic world. Izumi is only in the show for a couple of scenes but she’s a calm, capable leader who refuses to drag her nation into an unprovoked war. Hou-Ting is an evil, tyrannical Manchild of a leader who ate her dad’s beloved pet and endangered sky bison For the Evulz. Zuko and Aang worked with her dad, Kuei, to bring the world into a prosperous, more egalitarian world in turning the former Fire Nation colonies into Republic City. Hou-Ting wants to roll back that progress whereas Izumi wants to continue it. When Korra gets into trouble in book 2, Izumi’s son Iroh II tells her to go talk to his mother because he knows she’s always willing to help the Avatar. Hou-Ting has Korra and her friends arrested and tries to keep her imprisoned until Zaheer tells her that’s a bad idea. Also Izumi is a quite pretty (despite being roughly 60) presumably married mother of two whereas Hou-Ting is an ugly Maiden Aunt. Izumi also comes from a line of great benders whereas her family are Muggles.
    • Zaheer and Tenzin. Whereas Tenzin is the oldest living airbender master, Zaheer is one of the newest airbenders. Both studied the Air Nomads but for different reasons. Tenzin studied them out of a sense of duty since for the brief time after the death of his father and the birth of his children, he was the last airbender. Zaheer chose to study them for their belief in freedom. Both studied so that they could mentor the next Avatar. Even the way they fight is different; Tenzin is graceful, relies on extensive and often elaborate attacks, while Zaheer uses a brute force version of airbending which he seems to mix with martial arts. Both even have a significant other, who they are attached to in different ways.
    • Zaheer and Jinora. While Zaheer is a middle-age man who gained his airbending powers thanks to Harmonic Convergence, pre-teen Jinora was a born airbender. Because of that, Jinora's style of airbending is more close to traditional airbending, but Zaheer has a more aggressive style. There's also this post describing their spiritual nature.
    • Zaheer and Aang. Besides the obvious comparisons with their skills and philosophies on peace and violence, one of Aang's most important choices was refusing power to retain his love for Katara. Zaheer lost his love and last earthly connection, and gained a power that no airbender (including Aang) in 4000 years had ever achieved.
    • Zaheer and Amon. Amon claimed to be a non-bender who, by chance, gained mystical powers that let him depower benders, up to and including the Avatar, for the benefit of non-benders, but in reality, was an exceptional waterbender seeking power for himself, and his "spiritual powers" turned out to be particularly nasty application of bloodbending. Zaheer, meanwhile, is actually a former non-bender, who actually got airbending powers (including one that hasn't been seen in 4000 years) by chance, and he actually believes in freeing the common people (bender and non-bender alike) from the Avatar, whom he sees as the ultimate authority figure. Nevertheless, both are equally ruthless and dangerous villains, and both manage to put Korra through a world of hurt in different ways.
    • Kuvira and Zaheer, in terms of ideals — While Zaheer was a wanted criminal trying to bring chaos to the world, Kuvira was a captain of a guard who is now looking to restore order, although like Zaheer, she's pretty ruthless and direct in her approach, strong-arming a few people into helping her. While Zaheer wanted to unify the world by tearing down national boundaries and governments, Kuvira practices ethnic cleansing by removing people not of Earth Kingdom origin from the country's population. Also, while Zaheer cares deeply for his friends and lover and would go to great lengths to protect them, Kuvira will not hesitate to sacrifice others to achieve her goals.
    • Kuvira and Prince Wu — Prince Wu is incompetent, foppish, and inherited the Earth Kingdom, Kuvira is efficient, austere, and worked hard to reach where she was. It's not purely positive, however. Wu acknowledges his own shortcomings, accepts criticism from someone and is respectful (in his own, foppish way) towards foreigners, while Kuvira is known to put dissidents and non-Earth Kingdom natives into re-education camps, reacts poorly to criticism, and can be condescending and smug towards others at times. Also, while Kuvira wanted to reunite the Earth Kingdom into one large Empire, Wu eventually dissolves the monarchy and allows each state to govern itself, realizing everyone needs to have a choice in the matter.
    • Kuvira to Korra — Korra at the start of Book 4 denies her name and status as the Avatar, and her self-esteem is at an all-time low. Kuvira has made a name for herself and is brimming with quiet confidence. Korra is a scrappy, dynamic, hands-on fighter. Kuvira never gets her hands dirty by fighting directly, but stays far from her opponents and barely moves her legs while using bending. Korra's shoulders are typically bare, while Kuvira wears large pauldrons. She was even designed to be physically similar to Korra. In "The Coronation", Bolin describes them as being a lot alike.
    • Wan to Korra — Korra is the current Avatar, continuing to maintain balance in the world. As of Book 2 season finale and onward, she is the first Avatar of a new cycle and was born into the Southern Water Tribe; Avatar Wan the first Avatar, who unknowingly disrupted the balance in the world. Wan was the first Avatar of the old cycle and was a native of the (future) Fire Nation.
    • Tahno to Korra. Both are arrogant and skilled athletes with a certain amount of entitlement. They're set up as rivals right from the start, being waterbenders on opposing teams. They see their bending as a huge part of their identity. Ultimately, both have their bending taken by Amon and become depressed over it.
    • Similarly to how the Earth Queen was characterized to be as different from her father as possible, Gun seems to be built as a contrast to his predecessor as Grand Secretariat from the first series, Long Feng, to highlight the difference in Hou-Ting and Kuei's reigns. While Long Feng was a domineering, earthbending mastermind who conspired against his king and ran the Earth Kingdom behind his back, Gu is a snivelling Yes-Man eager to keep Hou-Ting happy at any costs, and is absolutely useless in any dangerous situation. Doubles as Fridge Brilliance, because after Long Feng's conspiracy fooled the Earth King and led directly to the fall of the Earth Kingdom, Kuei would have decided the Grand Secretariat has too much power, and would have reformed the position to prevent it from happening again.
    • Guan to Kuvira. While she was a Villain with Good Publicity who made most of her gains through superior power while hiding her real agenda, Guan is fully upfront about his intentions yet chooses more subtle methods that will nevertheless give him what he wants.

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  • Ben 10
    • Rook Blonko to Ben Tennyson; he is a By-the-Book Cop with no actual experience, in contrast with Ben being Taught by Experience with little training. Moreover, he relies on technology, while Ben relies on alien biological abilities. Word of God admitted this was the guiding purpose in his design.
    • Big Chill to Heatblast. Both are flying elemental aliens yet are not Ben's primary fliers in their respective sets (the role is instead given to Stinkfly in the original series and Jetray in Alien Force). However, Big Chill's main power is his cryokinesis while Heatblast is on the complete other end of the spectrum. Heatblast is durable enough to be thrown through buildings while Big Chill has to rely on his maneuverability and intangibility to merely stay in the fight.
    • Kenny Tennyson to his father Ben Tennyson. He acts a lot like his dad there are some key differences between Kenny and Ben: Kenny is far more tactical in his use of aliens than Ben was thanks to years watching his dad use them. He's also more appreciative of that kind of alien: his disappointment is more in not getting to pick his own aliens and the fact he has no offensive aliens than the aliens themselves (outside of Toepick), and he has a circle of friends, something ten year old Ben notably lacked.
    • The Esoterica the Forever Knights; both are ancient organisations of Well-Intentioned Extremists related to Dagon with superstitious tendencies. However, the Knights were created to protect Earth from him and despise aliens and magic, whereas the Esoterica worship him and believe in having more contact with aliens.
  • Big City Greens: Chip Whistler To Bill Green. While Bill's a honest, Nice Guy that runs a small farm, Chip is a jerkass head of a supermarket that will resort to underhanded tactics in order to make a profit.
  • Big Hero 6: The Series
    • Hiro and Yokai/Callaghan. Both are genius inventors who lost a loved one and most of their actions in the film were driven by their grief and need for revenge. However, whereas Hiro learned to see the error in his actions and accept his loss, Callaghan was too mad by their grief to change and refused to let go of their bitterness. Also, Hiro was surrounded by friends and family who supported and helped him get through his depression while Callaghan kept their pain private and didn't tell anyone.
    • GoGo Tomago to Hiro Hamada. She is shown to be a natural superhero, especially with her high morals as she is the first one to leap on Baymax to try and stop him from killing Yokai.
    • GoGo Tomago to Wasabi's overcautious driving skills; her readiness to pick up the speed in car chases sharply contrasts with his safe driving instincts.
    • Whereas Baymax is quiet and built to help heal people, Mini-Max is bombastic and built to prevent as much property damage that Fred could cause.
    • Megan Cruz to Karmi and Trina Aken. All of them are female acquaintances to Hiro, are around his age, and have had Ship Tease with him. Karmi is his rival at SFIT and despises him (except for his alter ego) and Trina is what Hiro would've been like if he had stayed in bot-fighting and also turns out to be a villain and Obake's "daughter". As for Megan, she's an ordinary girl who has no problem getting along with him and the two hit it off pretty well and become friends. Unlike Karmi, she is a threat to Hiro's superhero life rather than a source of help to it, but unlike Trina, the threat is of a good-natured variety rather than a villainous one.
    • Megan Cruz to Hiro Hamada. Megan is a normal 14 year old kid with interests, attends high school and loves to have fun. Hiro never got to live a normal life due to being a Child Prodigy growing up and being a superhero in the present day. He also doesn't do activities outside of school, his internship at Krei Tech and superhero missions, making him wonder if he misses out on being a normal 14 year old kid.
    • Robert Callaghan and Alistair Krei are explicitly set up as foils at the expo, with Krei wanting to profit off of Hiro's invention and Callaghan trying to persuade Hiro to use his talents for something more. This sets up the reversal when it's revealed that Callaghan is actually Yokai.
    • Grace Granville to Robert Callaghan. While Callaghan was generally lax and seemed to be a Reasonable Authority Figure, Granville is more no-nonsense. But while Callaghan ultimately succumbed to his own anger and ended up not caring for any of his students, Granville is only tough on her students because she wants them to be at their best.
    • Karmi interest in germs and pathogens — which can hurt people — contrasts with Hiro, Tadashi, and Baymax's focus on healthcare and rescuing people.
    • Diane "Di"/Liv Amara to Alistair Krei.
    • Diane "Di"/Liv Amara to Karmi.
      • Both are two-faced in different ways. Karmi's "nice girl" act was only in front of Granville to annoy Hiro, and dropped it by "Failure Mode". As for Liv, she gives herself a nice mask in public only to hide how monstrous she truly is. Also, Character Development turns Karmi into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, while Liv becomes more immoral and villainous as episodes go on.
      • Both are passionate about their scientific work and would rather not interact with people if they aren't interested in that same passion. While both biologists, Karmi has a strong sense of morality by how she was ready to work in a basement with a feral monster Knox on the loose loose to ensure that he gets cured, and also by how she cares about Hiro's well-being despite not getting along with him. As for Liv, she has no sense of morals, doesn't care about the consequences of her actions, and is even thrilled to commit them.
      • They also seem to be a bit oblivious about how their male counterpart feels about them, with Amara being unaware of Krei's envy of her and Karmi being unaware that Hiro, a boy she sees as her rival, is the hero she crushes on. Both Krei and Hiro also express immaturity when talking about their female counterparts as well.
    • Chris appears to be one to Globby. Just like Globby, Chris is a henchman of the Big Bad, who's simultaneously competent and Fun Personified. But while Globby committed a Heel–Face Turn and helped the team defeat Obake in the Season 1 finale, Season 2 has Chris being loyal to Liv to the end. It's justified since he is Liv's creation, after all.
    • Similarly to Di, the real Liv Amara also one to Karmi. Both are the loner type and biotechnology prodigies. However, Liv is what Karmi would've become if she didn't learn to trust people; while Karmi started as a loner and eventually opened up to people and made friends, Liv only relied on herself (literally) and ended up creating an unstable clone who broke the law repeatedly and put innocent people in danger, who in the end only ruined her reputation.
  • Big Mouth
    • Andrew Glouberman to Nick Birch. While Nick is a late bloomer with puberty, Andrew is an early bloomer, having already started some eighteen months ago, roughly around the start of sixth grade. Nick has a supportive family and high self-esteem, while Andrew comes from a barely-functional family and is a pushover.
    • Diane and Elliot Birche are direct foils to Jessi's and Andrew's parents.
      • They are very sex positive and eager to teach their prepubescent son about sex and his body, being extremely open minded, and their sex life is very fulfilling. The Gloubermans, on the other hand, are very awkward about sex, having a hard time or even outright denying to teach or talk with Andrew about sex and have accused him of being a deviant for even being curious about sex and accusing him of being a molester after Missy initiated an unwelcome advance on him, with a sex life that's lukewarm at best.
      • Diane and Elliot are very much still as in love after all these years together, with Elliot being introduced thanking Diane for the life they have. Their sex life is active and fulfilling, they don't have any fights and are a constant presence in their children's lives. Shannon and Greg's romance died years ago and are stuck with each other now, with Shannon even cheating on Greg with another woman. Their constant fights inevitably cause problems to Jessi, who has to watch the breakdown of her parent's marriage and being in the crossfire of their constant fighting.
    • Mr. Lizer to Coach Steve. He's less bizarre and clearly a functioning adult, but Steve is a humble and helpful man while Mr. Lizer is a quietly creepy douche-bag.
    • The Shame Wizard to the Hormone Monsters. While the Hormone Monsters represent the teenage Id, the Shame Wizard represents the teenage Superego.
    • The Shame Wizard to Coach Steve, with Steve's utter lack of shame confounding the Shame Wizard.
    • Depression Kitty to the Shame Wizard, who was the Big Bad for most of Season 2, Kitty was introduced right at the end and serves as a sort of Final Boss for the same season. Whereas the Wizard starts as a fully evil and antagonistic being, he ends as a sort of Anti-Villain that not only has a sympathetic backstory and understandable motives but is ultimately able to befriend both Andrew and Maurice, Kitty is much more apparently nice and pleasant, her suggestions to Jessi make her feel instantly comfortable, but she is much more devious, wanting Jessi to lose connection to her friends, family and goals and instate depression on her, and all the kids and monsters run away from her, as Jessi seeks help in therapy to get rid of her fully.
  • BoJack Horseman
    • The group complements each other in divergence of personality, actions and flaws. It's expanded further in their personal pages but, as an appetizer:
      • For starters, there's BoJack Horseman and Mr. Peanutbutter being this to each other and about their influence on Diane's outlook, as detailed in their respective pages under Opposed Mentors and Opposing Combat Philosophies. It can be resumed as BoJack's Cynic vs. Mr. Peanutbutter's Wide-Eyed Idealist.
      • In terms of same gender and faced difficulties, Diane Nguyen and Princess Carolyn are not too dissimilar. Both have trouble starting in a society structured with little space for individuals, especially if they're women; both are unhappy with certain decisions in their lives. The key difference is that while Princess Carolyn's older and more experienced with handling these ventures, bordering in being The Chessmaster, Diane is a Fish out of Water whose quiet nature and sense of morality are no match for Hollywoo's resources, since she's more of an Ineffectual Loner.
      • Diane Nguyen and BoJack Horseman are quite similar, except where it matters: exactly how do they react to what they perceive as unfair? Diane's response is to make a stand For Great Justice, not always for the right choice but as an attempt, while BoJack's is indifference because he has Stopped Caring.
    • BoJack Horseman and Mr. Peanutbutter are both stars that peaked in The '90s and as such, they're Not So Different, but Mr. Peanutbutter chooses to occupy himself in every project he can get his hand on, while BoJack has absolutely no desire or energy except for things he truly cares about.
    • Both Princess Carolyn and BoJack Horseman] are unhappy about their love lives and try to fill the void in different ways. Princess Carolyn has her job and can focus her energy unto something productive, while BoJack just wallows in self-pity.
    • Most notably, BoJack Horseman and Diane Nguyen are pretty similar: Terrible childhoods, intellectual, quite cynical and Determined Defeatist attitude. Diane, cynicism aside, still believes in ideals and a better world. BoJack has Stopped Caring and has a huge case of Bystander Syndrome.
    • While both are slackers, Todd Chavez's somewhat comfortable with who he is and can still make his own thing, while BoJack Horseman loathes himself for not being productive in any sense and staying indoors, regardless of whatever he's doing outside.
    • BoJack Horseman to Secretariat himself in a Spiritual Successor way. Both came from really shitty conditions to become famous superstars in horse racing and acting, respectively. Like Secretariat, BoJack has done a lot of sacrifices for his career, including leaving a loved one out to dry: in Secretariat's case, getting his brother Jeff drafted to 'Nam in his place; BoJack's, selling out his mentor Herb for a chance at playing Secretariat, and both are constantly haunted and feeling incomplete about their lives. The only difference is that while Secretariat allowed his fears and failures to consume him, BoJack has constantly bounced and learned from his while continuing walking in an uncertain road.
    • BoJack Horseman to HANK HIPPOPOPALOUS of all people. Both are quite beloved figures from The '90s due to their respective shows and just as well both have an underlying dark side that can be cruel. Unlike Hank, BoJack's bad actions aren't done intentionally and are often the result of coping or just plain misguided good intentions and when putting his mind to it, he can do genuine good things with nothing to be expected in return.
    • BoJack Horseman to his mentor, Herb Kazzaz. Both went into stardom in The '90s, working together on Horsin' Around and achieving notoriety. BoJack failed (in a way) to support Herb when he was blacklisted from Hollywood to achieve his dream project of playing Secretariat. Herb went to better things like charities, staying in touch with several people and generally living his life. BoJack has remained stuck in his past and has done nothing of importance besides H.A.. (at least in the beginning of the series).
    • Diane Nguyen biggest foil is BoJack Horseman. She zigzaggs between this and to be almost the Distaff Counterpart of him at times. He and Diane are pretty similar: Terrible childhoods, intellectual, quite cynical and Determined Defeatist attitude. Diane, cynicism aside, still believes in ideals and a better world, although not as dedicated as she used to be. BoJack has Stopped Caring and has a huge case of Bystander Syndrome.
    • Princess Carolyn is an Older and Wiser version of who Diane Nguyen could become if she sinks into job as a form of self-satisfaction without any sense of life outside of it. Especially notable in that while Diane is married and has no desire to have any children only to get pregnant and decide to terminate it, Princess Carolyn finds it increasingly difficult to hold out any hope of finding someone and starting a family. Lampshaded to hell and back in "Brrap Brrap Pew Pew" when Diane gets an abortion and accidentally tweets about it as if it was her client Sextina Aquafina who had done it: as their conflict draws to a confrontation, Princess Carolyn mentions how Diane's stand against her and Sextina's Fake Pregnancy scheme is kind of hypocritical given how she seemed okay as long as it was the way she wanted it to be and sarcastically responds how bad it is she's still able to have children and able to live outside of this kind of work.
    • Mr. Peanutbutter is Diane Nguyen exact foil. Diane, being sour and pessimistic in a real down-to-earth way, is at odds with her husband with his happy-go-lucky attitude, soaring ambition and blindness to shortcomings. As their characters develop, their previous amiable marriage starts to crumble as their differences become more and more overt.
    • Like Charlotte Moore-Carson, Diane Nguyen is also gentle, caring, a bit on the cynical side and can be resourceful on her own. The main difference is that Diane ultimately has the same ambition and underlying darkness as BoJack, choosing to stay in Hollywoo while trying to maintain her integrity. Charlotte, however, knows the score especially with having no business in L.A. and prefers the countryside without any major worries or grand dreams to hang on to. To say nothing of the most obvious parallel: their status for BoJack for The One That Got Away with Diane being in the middle of BoJack's relationship with women along Princess Carolyn.
    • Beatrice Horseman to the rest of the matriarchs of the main characters.
      • To her mother Honey Sugarman. Both were raised during a time where women were expected to look nice, be supportive and not show any emotions, leading them to crumble under pressure when they were unable to handle the Emotion Suppression without any support. The key difference is in the details: Honey lost it because her son CrackerJack died and that made her put Beatrice in peril just to be free of such burdens; Beatrice had a more detailed list of grievances, two of them chief: Honey's subsequent lobotomy and her brother's death, who she wasn't allowed to grieve properly due to seeing the end result. She also kept BoJack at arm's length emotionally, creating a twisted love-hate relationship between them that would haunt both of them for the rest of their lives.
      • Ma Nguyen is her precise foil. Horrible mothers abound in the series, but these two are the most prominent because of their connection to two of the main characters. Both decided a long time ago to punish their offspring for their lives for slightly different reasons: Beatrice had mixed feelings for BoJack — not love per se, but something resembling maternal instinct. Because of her bitterness at life, inability to say "I fucked up" and memories of her mother being done in by her love to her brother (which BoJack resembled somewhat), she never came to love him oscillating between apathy and abuse. Neither she or Butterscotch would join during their abuse of their son, doing it separately. Ma Nguyen would prefer others do the abuse for her: Diane's brothers (and father) would often be happy to oblige, during which Ma would sit back, watch and do nothing, expecting her daughter to accept it and move on. Whenever she'd complain, Ma's response would be "It's your fault", "When have you ever done something for us?" or simply "You're secretly ashamed of us, aren't you?" implying a resentment to woman who could achieve independence from the typical woman role, something Beatrice could surely sympathize with, even if she decided for a different approach with Henrietta. Ma Nguyen never truly hit or bossed Diane but her calm acceptance of the abuse and non-intervention made it just as complicit, even if she'd prefer to frame it otherwise. Beatrice at least wouldn't deny it completely.
      • Superficially, she's got a lot in common with Mother Carolyn, both being drunk matriarchs with not one once of concern for their children and being pretty much responsible for their screwed up psyches. Unlike MC, Beatrice never sunk to levels in which she couldn't function being a Functional Addict, even if she never worked like MC since she was a housewife; there's also the fact MC acted out with neglect, Beatrice, on the other hand, paid attention to her kid by emotional abuse.
      • Mama Peanutbutter would like to meddle in too. For introverted foils, look no further than an analysis of their parenting: MP very methodically expresses positive emotions and thoughts while suppressing all kinds of negative ones; Beatrice was better and worse equipped at the same time: she was honest about her feelings, problem was most of her happiness had died at that point and such she could only express herself through harm and emotional drain.
      • In some sense, she's this to her son, BoJack Horseman, as both are bitter, alcoholic, and the victim of some circumstances, however, she never admits her part any of those circumstances nor did she try to rise above them, while the latter learns to (eventually) and spends much of the series trying to be a good person.
    • In season 4, Butterscotch Horseman to his son BoJack Horseman. Butterscotch and his son share several quirks and attitudes, but in season 4, it can be seen that, through the time, Butterscotch only got worse, more bitter about his married life and a kid only made him worse, with his affair resulting in a kid being something he is shameful of. To BoJack, Hollyhock as his unplanned daughter causes a large advancement for him personally, leading him to become better and reject doing things his father would probably do in the same situation.
    • By a generation division, Butterscotch Horseman, and Mort Creamerman are connected by their personalities: harsh, spiteful, conservative and dismissive of their sons' ideas. One hails from a high-class background and industrialized wealth, the other comes from skid rows and working class parents and both of their sons are shown eventually being proven right and move to better things while they decay slowly due to their bitterness and stubborn cling to their ways.
    • Hollyhock to both BoJack and Beatrice Horseman. Different than them, she was raised outside of the family, and although she shows signs of depression, she holds no resentment or bitterness. She was raised by loving and supportive parents different than them and shows how good a family can influence a child's life.
    • Hollyhock to Penny Carson. Penny was innocent, mature and knew when to call people on their bullshit but she was also quite impulsive and her desire to appear grown-up and independent led to impulsive paths, a clumsy attempt to lose her virginity and morally questionable decision-making. She was also a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and trusted BoJack. Hollyhock is a bit more childish in tastes but has a strong grasp on morality, knows better about the situation she's getting herself into, can be self-sufficient and is smart enough to not do anything on impulse or emotional burst: in other words, she's as mature as she seems. She also is a Nice Girl and doesn't completely trust BoJack.
    • Hollyhock's Dads to Beatrice and Butterscotch Horseman. The Horseman couple only married because the former got pregnant out of wedlock and they grew to hate one another and take their anger and frustrations out on BoJack throughout his life, which is the main reason why he's so screwed up in the present; Hollyhock's dads are shown to have a healthy relationship with one another despite their wildly differing personalities and species, and gave Hollyhock all the love and care she wanted, which resulted in her growing up to be more emotionally stable than BoJack (though she still has most of the same self-hatred he has).
    • Honey Sugarman to Eddie the dragonfly. Both characters take the death of a loved one extremely hard (even sharing a simultaneous Grief Song), but their respective breakdowns have different motivations. When Beatrice was trying to drive herself and her drunk mother home, Honey cried out that she "wanted to feel alive again" and stomped on the gas pedal, causing them to crash. Eddie tries to kill BoJack after being tricked into flying again, but after BoJack saves him from drowning, he starts crying that he doesn't want to live.
    • CrackerJack Sugarman to Jeffretariat through a generational distance. Like Jeff, CrackerJack was the brother of one of the pivotal influences in BoJack himself during his childhood (Jeff being his hero Secretariat's brother, CrackerJack his mother Beatrice's), was drafted for a war (WWII and 'Nam, respectively) and their deaths cause their siblings' situation in life go From Bad to Worse. There's tragedy in both cases, albeit diverging: Jeff is essentially forced into service in Secretariat's place and CrackerJack, like many kids his age, doesn't realize the full extent of what he's signing for.
    • CrackerJack Sugarman to BoJack's (possibly) unnamed paternal uncle. They're (apparently) from different sides of the family tree, both are the main character's uncles from mother and father's side and they both are (implied in the case of this uncle) nice guys in screwed up families. The main difference lies in the details: CrackerJack never got to meet BoJack since he died in World War II but it's implied he would have been a genuine Cool Uncle for BoJack if he had lived to meet and interact with him.
    • Unnamed Uncle to CrackerJack Sugarman. They're (apparently) from different sides of the family tree, both are the main character's uncles from mother and father's side and they both are (implied in the case of this uncle) nice guys in screwed up families. The main difference lies in the details: CrackerJack never got to meet BoJack since he died in World War II but it's implied he would have been a genuine Cool Uncle for BoJack if he had, this guy lived to meet and interact with him. CrackerJack was the epitome of the American golden boy and implied to have old fashioned values regarding modesty, probably refusing to be the one to show BoJack sexual imagery; this guy was an avid pervert and regularly showed his nephew skin mags as a way of bonding which BoJack remembers fondly.
    • Stefani Stilton to Diane Nguyen herself. Both are involved in feminism (sort of), both have strong beliefs (which they're willing to sacrifice for fame), but different mindsets (Diane genuinely believes her drive to support women comes from a genuine passion and desire for change while Stefani is cynical enough to know it's just another demographic to exploit and its importance is just based on how important it makes them feel). Furthermore, Stefani is an embodiment of what some could call corporate feminism, in that she supports the amoral Jessica Biel for Governor of California, only under the grounds that she can write about a female governor alongside gassing cockroach workers that tried to unionize. Meanwhile, Diane is thrown against numerous issues women face physically and emotionally, especially with the intersection of their class and race.
    • Sarah-Lynn and BoJack Horseman have a lot of similarities; both of them are famously washed-up TV actors who starred on the same old sitcom; pretended to be wholesome people on-set, but actually lived very miserable personal lives; and who indulged in heavy amounts of sex, drugs, partying, and boorish behavior in order to cope with their depression, loneliness, and self-loathing.
    • Angela Diaz to BoJack Horseman. She's basically what had he could have been if he stopped caring about trying to be good and just. Incredibly rich and successful but completely friendless and ultimately miserable.
    • Kelsey Jannings to Pinky Penguin. Kelsey and Pinky are competent, reliable to do as they're told and are breathing Butt Monkeys whose lives worsen during the series' run. The main difference is their personalities: Pinky is a Nervous Wreck who's bad luck has taken a toll in his sanity and confidence, always devolving into a blubbering mess when things go wrong; Kelsey suffers just as much, but prefers to hide it and try to keep a calm façade, even if she still has a tendency to have a fury meltdown when reaching her breaking point.
    • Abe D'Catfish to Kelsey Jannings. Kelsey is slender woman who wanted to makes an artistic merit from Secretariat and while she is at first mean to BoJack, they come to be friendly to one another; Abe is a fat man only wants to make the biopic for fun and profit and comes off as an affable person before showing his more bastard side after BoJack insulted his work.
    • Flip McVicker to serves as one for both Herb Kazzaz and Kelsey Jannings. While Herb and Kelsey were nice and kind to Bojack and rest of the cast and crew of their projects, Flip disregards him and others and is extremely selfish.
    • Stewart as a contrasting replacement to Lora. Lora, while usually teetering between balance and collapse, was a reliable companion and trusting friend to Princess Carolyn, who appreciated her in return. Stewart, however, is just a simple worker with far less skill, disrespectful towards his employer and a bit more willing to nudge her when he can get away with it. No wonder Princess Carolyn barely tolerates him.
    • Vanessa Gekko to Princess Carolyn. Both are top-notch female agents, morally ambiguous and prone to kicking as many puppies as they have to to achieve their goals, but Gekko manages to have a career, a healthy marriage and kids, something Princess Carolyn has never done. In addition to their opposing positions and philosophies, PC will loyally fight tooth and nail for her clients even if they're no longer hers or are a disadvantage. Gekko will remain a loyal friend up until you're no longer a profitable client of hers, in which case she'll be just as happy stabbing you in the back.
    • Vanessa Gekko to Rutabaga Rabitowitz , as well. Both are now enemies of Princess Carolyn, have a rather twisted moral compass and are basically Evil Counterparts of her. While Gekko represents Carolyn if she had an actual life outside her work and was therefore more pragmatic and less sympathetic towards her clients, Rutabaga shows how Princess Carolyn would be if she didn't take anything seriously even at the cost of others' feelings. Needless to say, these two end up making a great team.
    • Being a horse, it's natural that Dr. Champ would be one for BoJack Horseman. While BoJack is irritable, antisocial and unable to maintain any close relationships, Dr Champ is calm, outgoing and married. Deconstructed after Dr Champ develops a drinking problem, as unlike BoJack who is so accustomed to screwing up while drunk that he can always try to do better next time, Dr Champ feels like he's failed after one day of being drunk.
    • Dr. Champ to BoJack's father, Butterscotch Horseman. Another horse with a drinking problem, but one who actually tries to stay sober for the sake of his spouse and child. Dr. Champ even Lampshades it:
    Dr. Champ: I remind you of your father so you simultaneously resent me and crave my approval.
    • Woodchuck Coodchuck-Berkowitz to Mr. Peanutbutter. Both are running for California Governor, but couldn't be more different. Mr. Peanutbutter is an excitable celebrity who only decided to go into politics because he thought he'd be good at it and win because everyone likes him, his main method is Bread and Circuses, but he is ignorant over how to be a politician. Chuck is a stoic current Governor who has been one for many years and wants to still be one because he understands the current issues of the state, his main method is Boring, but Practical, and unlike Mr. Peanutbutter, Chuck is very smart when it comes to politics.
    • Eddie to Honey Sugarman. Both characters have a mental breakdown (and even a simultaneous musical number) due to the loss of a loved one, but they react to their grief in different ways. While Honey caused her car to crash with her (and Beatrice) in it in an attempt to "feel alive again" after her son's death, Eddie attempted to kill himself (and BoJack) specifically because he didn't want to live after his wife's death.
    • Eddie to BoJack Horseman. Like the horse, Eddie is struggling day to day to keep going even when he's reluctant to let go of the past; this made complicated by both guilty parties' roles in their own personal hell: encouraging others to partake in their excesses only for their loved ones to die because of it. An interesting example, since it's Eddie's exposure to BoJack makes the latter realize how meaningless and self-destructive it is to wallow in pity longer than it's needed, but it never does the same for Eddie who remains somewhat the same from beginning to end.
    • Guy to Mr. Peanutbutter. Mr. Peanutbutter was a rich and famous Pollyanna who treated Diane like a princess, but this was ultimately an overcompensation for his inability to connect with her on a deeper level. Guy is much more down-to-earth, works in a blue-collar profession, and forms a genuine connection with Diane.
    • Secretariat to his Spiritual Successor, BoJack Horseman. Both came from really shitty conditions to become famous superstars in horse racing and acting, respectively. Like BoJack, Secretariat has done a lot of sacrifices for his career, including leaving a loved one out to dry: in Secretariat's case, getting his brother Jeff drafted to 'Nam in his place; BoJack's, selling out his mentor Herb for a chance at playing Secretariat, ironically and both are constantly haunted and feeling incomplete about their lives. The only difference is that while Secretariat allowed his fears and failures to consume him, BoJack has constantly bounced and learned from his while continuing walking in an uncertain road.
    • Corbin Creamerman to Butterscotch Horseman. Butterscotch was a smooth talking, roguish type who clearly saw Beatrice as just another one-night stand but married her because he got her pregnant, ending up in a miserable marriage; Corbin was a stammering, awkward type who seemed to genuinely care about Beatrice, but did not marry her, something Beatrice regretted.
  • In The Boondocks
    • Huey and Riley Freeman take Sibling Yin-Yang to new heights. Huey is a quiet and responsible big brother, while Riley is a loud and obnoxious little brother.
    • Jazmine and Huey. While he is a stoic kid who is very mature for his age, Jazmine is naive, innocent, and curious about the world around her.
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    C-D 
  • Carmen Sandiego
    • Shadow-san to Coach Brunt. Both were parental figures to Carmen, but Shadow-san was sterner, opposed of her becoming a VILE thief, and seemed to hate her, while Brunt was a Doting Parent, shed a tear of joy when Carmen enrolled in their school, and never shied away from showing love to her adopted daughter. And when Carmen underwent Heel–Face Turn, Brunt's response was to try and kill her, but it turned out that Shadow-san always cared for Carmen and didn't want her to become a VILE thief because he thought she was better than that.
    • Tigress this to Shadow-san since both of them have disdain for Carmen. The only difference is that Sheena has no redeeming qualities, whereas Shadow-san's attitude is a mask because he truly cares for Carmen.
    • Paper Star is this to Carmen inasmuch as Shadow-san views them both as too reckless. But whereas he truly cares for Carmen and knew she was too moral for VILE, he probably knew that Paper Star was a psychopath and thus truly disliked her.
    • Paper Star also this to Tigress, since they are both Dark Action Girls who actually fight Carmen directly, but while Tigress has a personal dislike of Carmen stemming from their academy days, she’s not nearly as good as she thinks she is. While Paper Star doesn’t have the personal vendetta and is an actual threat to Carmen.
  • In Central Park, Season 1 "Squirrel, Interrupted", when Bitsy meets with her brother Ambrose, we immediately see how they both differ from each other despite both being short, cranky, rich old people. Bitsy has no family of her own and Ambrose has a lot of family members who mooches off of him. Bitsy inherited her family's hotel and worked hard to turn it into a multi-million dollar business without any help, while Ambrose inherited their father's money and hasn't earned money himself that wasn't interest.
  • Clarence: Clarence Wendle to Belson Noles. Both have mothers who care about them but while Belson's mother lets him get away with everything and is a pushover, Mary is sweet but stern with Clarence. They both also have missing fathers, though Clarence's dad is out of the picture for unknown reasons (implied to be divorce) and he has a "Chad" to replace him while Belsons dad isn't around only because of work and he has no fraternal substitute. Clarence is also an optimist who loves everything while Belson is a pessimist who sees others as below him.
  • Class of 3000: Madison and Tamika. Both characters play stringed instruments, and have very little in the way of a brain-to-mouth filter. However, while Madison is way more chipper and an optimist, Tamika is more cynical and realistic. This dynamic is best highlighted in "Take a Hike!"
  • Craig of the Creek
    • Bryson Williams to Craig Williams. Craig is portrayed as more bolder, expressive and has a more cartoonish design while Bryson is shown to be more sensible, quiet, calmer and has a design that's more realistic for an African American boy.
    • Though they haven't appeared in a scene together, Laura Mercer seems to be one to Bernard Williams. While clearly frustrated with some of J.P.'s antics, she does reach out to her brother and is openly affectionate.
    • Maya to Kelsey. Both of them are tough swordsgirls but while Kelsey is short, expressive, and uses her fighting skills to help her friends, Maya is tall, stoic, and uses her power to enforce the King's will.
    • Randy's the total opposite of Maya: instead of a thin, serious girl, he's a big, friendly guy.
    • Like the Elders of the Creek, The Witches of the Creek are teenagers that Craig and company respect and occasionally turn to for help. But while the Elders take the traditions of the Creek to heart and give (what is to them) serious advice, the Witches take advantage of their naivete to mess with them because they're bored.
  • Danny Phantom
    • Valerie Gray became one to Paulina Sanchez, the other popular girl of Casper High. Paulina disliked Danny Fenton after meeting him and fell for Danny Phantom after he rescued her. Valerie disliked Danny Phantom after meeting him and fell for Danny Fenton after he saves her from a persistent Stalker with a Crush.
    • Danielle to Jazz Fenton. Jazz is Danny's older sister born naturally, Danielle is Danny's genetic sister created unnaturally. Jazz ends up a Badass Normal, while Danielle is born with superpowers like Danny's. While both have child-like qualities and enthusiasm, but Jazz is mature and very adept at looking after her younger brother, Danielle is immature and naive due to having lived only recently and needed to learn to trust Danny.
  • DC Super Hero Girls 2019
    • Giganta (Doris Zeul) to Supergirl (Kara Danvers). Both are the tomboy powerhouses of their respective groups with abrasive attitudes and come from scientifically advanced communities (though they're pretty Book Dumb regardless). Unlike Kara, Doris never feels guilty about exploiting her strength, and Doris's circle of friends encourage the worst out of her in villainy.
    • Giganta (Doris Zeul) also a foil to Karen Beecher due to her personality and powers being the complete opposite of hers.
    • Cavalier (Mortimer Drake) everything Green Arrow (Oliver Queen) would be without a conscience, and a sword in place of a bow.
    • Hawkman (Carter Hall) to Supergirl (Kara Danvers). Both are the muscle of their respective teams, but Supergirl is loud and quick-tempered while Hawkman is quiet and reserved.
  • DC Animated Universe
    • Batman Beyond
      • Terry McGinnis was different from Bruce Wayne in many ways. Unlike his mentor, he had a childhood, and also faced the demands of a normal youth his age: a school career, his girlfriend Dana, and the responsibilities of an eldest son in a family which included his mother and his kid brother. In Amanda Waller's assessment, Terry may not be as smart as the old Batman, but he is every bit as devoted to helping others. A similarity between them is Bruce also had a mentor in Alfred to help guide him as well. The other difference being that while Bruce wasn't exactly gentle, he at least fought with certain rules. Terry on the other hand is completely willing to fight dirty much to the Joker's disgust. Overall, while Tery keeps the no killing rule, he is much more pragmatic.
      • Dick Grayson to Bruce Wayne as a a mentor to Terry. In contrast to the cold and demanding Bruce, Dick is considerably warmer, and advises Terry to make time for his personal life.
    • Batman: The Animated Series
      • The Creeper a deliberate foil to the Joker, to the point where many things about him are set up as counterpoints — he is/was well known in Gotham as a reporter before his transformation to contrast the Joker's previous career as The Spook, he's a Lightning Bruiser rather than a Gadgeteer Genius, and he even has his own form of Joker Immunity... rather than sharing the Joker's uncanny ability to live another day, Ryder is outright Made of Iron.
      • Charlie Collins to Batman and Bruce Wayne, in that he actually does have a normal life and barely manages to hold onto it; whenever Bruce gets a sense of normalcy like marriage or family, circumstances manage to hold it off. Charlie has more mundane problems such as not having enough money for his children's braces and disliking his wife's meatloaf, and by the end he comes to prefer those to the madness that the Joker brings to any party. Batman seems to silently agree, given he doesn't call out Charlie for helping the Joker when hearing that the Joker kept Charlie as a "hobby." Unlike Bruce, he doesn't have to put on a mask to bring down the Joker.
    • Justice League: Superman to Batman, as per usual. They both have their own animated installment in the DCAU. Superman averts Deceased Parents Are the Best while Batman deals with Orphan's Ordeal. Superman won the Superpower Lottery and Batman is an exaggerated Badass Normal. Superman gave Lois an exclusive interview as his motivation was to alleviate public fears by ensuring that people knew where he came from and why he was here or, as his adoptive mother put it, so that people would not think he was like "that nut from Gotham City".
      • In "Hereafter":
      Batman: I've got some things to say. I should've said them when you were here, but... despite our differences, I have nothing but respect for you. I hope you knew... know that. You showed me justice doesn't always have to come from the darkness. I'll miss...
      (explosion in distance)
      Batman: What did you always call it, Clark? "The Never Ending Battle"?
      • The Flash to the other Justice League members in season one. He is portrayed as still learning the full range of his abilities and being inexperienced in terms of sacrifice (his bewilderment over Wonder Woman’s banishment in "Paradise Lost" and inability to comprehend leaving a teammate behind in "The Savage Time" or in "Hearts and Minds"). Flash provides an interesting contrast when compared to his more seasoned teammates, who have been doing the job for years (and, in some cases, for centuries).
      • In "Tabula Rasa", AMAZO’s departure from humanity mirrors J’onn’s side story in this episode. AMAZO uses J'onn's power of Telepathy to read Luthor's mind, and decides to leave humanity behind. J’onn was also considering turning his back on humanity after seeing much of the overall selfishness and dishonesty among humans during his mind scan. Fortunately, J’onn had the chance to see the nobility of humans during the search for the lost girl. AMAZO had no such opportunity.
    • Superman: The Animated Series: Mercy Graves to Harley Quinn in "World's Finest". Where Harley is flamboyant and hyperactive, Mercy is restrained and precise. They don't get along.
  • Detentionaire: Biffy T. Goldstein to Lee Ping in a sense that he's a clique-less detention regular due to getting busted nearly every day for infractions that may or may not be his fault. He even has parents that are deeply involved in the MWF conspiracy.
  • Doug
    • Skeeter Valentine shares many of the same traits and interests as Doug Funnie, but he has much more self-confidence. Generally, he's much more likely to shake off an embarrassing incident or stand up to Roger. "Doug Grows Up" highlighted this, as well; while Doug angsts about being teased for being in the "childish" Bluff-Scouts and tries to change to fit in, Skeeter openly carries on with an activity he still enjoys.
    • Chalky Studebaker is essentially what Doug Funnie often imagines himself to be: the popular jock with good grades rather than the clumsy artist with average grades.
  • The Dragon Prince
    • Harrow to Callum, oddly enough, and in one particular instance. Harrow gives in to his hatred of Avizandum, goes along with Viren's Dark Magic-inspired plan, and seeks the dragon out to kill him. Callum acknowledges that he hates the fallen dragon...but then expresses deep remorse that Zym's father was taken away from him. In part, this foil happened because Harrow learned from his mistake, and imparted the wisdom of forgiveness and love to his stepson.
    • Amaya to Viren. Both are extremely close to Harrow, but where as Viren is a deceptive mage that delves into dark magic and has trouble relating to the princes, Amaya is a Cool Aunt to the princes, but has been away for a long time, due to being in the frontline during the war. Viren is also a mage and subtle manipulator who favors trickery and subterfuge, while Amaya is a warrior who takes direct approaches and is never subtle about anything.
    • Amaya to Janai, her opposite number among the Sun Elves. Janai also is the sister of her country's queen, whom she loses due to Viren, is an honorable warrior, and is an example of Authority Equals Asskicking. It's not really surprising the two become friends over the course of the third season.
    • Aanya to Ezran. They're both around the same age, and Aanya is the child ruler of her kingdom, which Ezran also should be due to the death of his father. While Ezran is reluctant to attend to his royal duties as he inevitably will and would rather spend his time having fun, Aanya has already been doing it for quite some time and she won't hesitate to stand her ground.
    • Janai essentially what Amaya would be if she were an elf. Where Amaya wears blue and silver and favors using a huge shield, Janai wears red and gold and favors a big sword. The two are both honorable warriors and have a shared trauma of losing their older Queen sisters due to Viren, and end up bonding over it.
    • Kazi to Janai, mainly for the audience's sake. They quickly show that not all sun elves are imposing, stoic warriors like the ones we've seen so far.
    • Aaravos to Viren. Both are The Archmage for their respect regions, but Viren specializes in dark magic while Aaravos has mastered all six primal sources. While Viren looks relatively old and is capable of losing is cool pretty easily, Aaravos has fairly youthful looks and is always looking cold and calm and besides that he only ever shows surprise and smugness.
    • Ziard ends up being a contrast to Viren. Both of them are practitioners of dark magic, sacrificing magical creatures for magic. Ziard attempts to talk things out with the former Dragon King Sol Regem back when he ruled, whereas Viren always prefers pragmatism and killing to solve his problems. Viren is fueled by racism and paranoia towards elves and dragons, while Ziard has nothing but respect for the ones who helped him, and wishes for humanity to be seen as equals instead of mistreated as inferiors. Viren sees nothing wrong with throwing away innocent lives for his cause, while Ziard does what he can to help people rather than throw them away. Viren lets his ego getting bruised by his king to lead him to ignore the only time he has ever considered self-sacrifice because of his actions(rather than a spur of the moment act), while Ziard sacrifices himself instantly to save countless innocents from Sol Regem the moment he realized Sol Regem was that cruel and petty.
  • Duck Dodgers
    • Captain Duck Dodgers to the Martian Commander, X-2. Captain Dodgers is a self-serving, highly in-professional, incompetent, and shamelessly lazy leader, that none the less has the Undying Loyalty of his sole subordinate, while X-2 is a very loyal, professional, (comparably) competent, and hardworking leader, that none the less get no respect from the army of robots under his command.
    • Captain Star Johnson's basically the idle image of a space hero, to play off Dodgers.
  • Ducktales 2017
    • Della Duck to Scrooge McDuck. Scrooge is the adrenaline junkie, but even he knows when to stop and listen to his family, that they come first. He's survived to be a hundred and fifty years old by knowing when he's gone too far. Della never learned that lesson, and got trapped on the Moon for it.
    • Della Duck to Donald Duck. While their basic personalities aren't that dissimilar — they're both Hot-Blooded, stubborn and impulsive Determinators with a tendency towards Didn't Think This Through — their attitudes and priorities are pretty much opposite: Della is a Broken Ace, Donald is a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass. Della is a perpetual optimist with a sunny disposition and a reckless streak a mile wide, while Donald is a pessimistic worrywart who's far easier to knock out of balance, and who's a lot more cautious and overprotective. Della is a big dreamer always chasing the next adventure while Donald is far more down-to-earth and finds more pleasure in the small things. And of course, thanks to Della having been gone for so long and leaving Donald to raise the triplets, Donald is an experienced and responsible parental figure while Della is irresponsible and has no clue how to be a mother.
      • Going further, Donald and Della have almost complete opposite approaches to the children during adventures, leading to her episodes having an opposite flow from his. Donald very protective and dislikes the idea of the kids going on adventures, but knows them well enough to trust them to take care of themselves a dangerous spot. Della, meanwhile, loves the idea of taking the kids on adventures, but is petrified of losing them and becomes even more fearful and overprotective than Donald is when danger strikes. This comes to a head when both of them lead the kids together in Moonvasion: Donald - the responsible one - is ready to help the kids make a crazy plan, while Della - the impulsive one - wants to hide everyone forever on a deserted island.
    • Each of the three nephews represent Scrooge's main aspects in different ways.
    • Louie Duck to Scrooge McDuck. Scrooge's point of pride is that he made every penny of his fortune through hard and honest work. Louie would prefer his desired fortune to be handed to him on a silver platter. He hates the idea of working hard for a good life and much prefers to get it through scamming and trickery Which is why he asked Goldie to make him her apprentice. "The Richest Duck in the World" also demonstrates that unlike his uncle, Louie is considerably more humble and willing to admit his faults, unlike the prideful Scrooge. It's what results in Louie being able to end the Bombie curse after a day, while Scrooge had resorted to keeping the monster trapped in a bin for decades to keep the curse at bay.
    • Webby Vanderquack to the triplets Huey, Dewey, and Louie— All four of them were raised by an overprotective guardian, but while the triplets grew up to be well-adjusted, Webby became socially impaired. On the other hand, the triplets know very little about their family, while Webby's favorite hobby is studying their family's past and exploits.
    • Bentina Beakley to Donald Duck. To Donald as an overprotective guardian. Donald is a worry-wort, while Mrs. Beakley trained Webby to be "ready for anything". Additionally while Donald doesn't like the idea of his nephews of going on adventures, Mrs. Beakley is perfectly fine with Webby going on adventures with Scrooge as long as she doesn't lie about it, because she knows she'll be safer with Scrooge than anybody else; Donald, on the other hand, does not trust his uncle (and with good reason). Inversely their parenting styles have different effects on their children; Donald may be a worrywart but Huey, Dewey, and Louie are well-adjusted, whereas Mrs. Beakley trained Webby to be "ready for anything" but never let her leave the mansion until the nephews came, meaning she has No Social Skills and has no idea on how to act in a normal setting.
    • Gladstone Gander to Donald Duck — While Donald is an unlucky but hard-working, Jerk with a Heart of Gold, Gladstone is a straight-up lazy, arrogant jerk who relies on his luck to see him through any conflict.
    • Gladstone Gander to Scrooge McDuck — While Scrooge earned every penny of his vast wealth, Gladstone's luck allows him to live a carefree existence without having to work for anything he has.
    • Gladstone Gander to Louie Duck — Both are lazy and selfish (and wear green!), but Louie is undergoing character development by being put into situations where he has to apply himself whereas Gladstone appears incapable of either growing as a character or actually applying himself... even when the situation demands it.
    • Fethry Duck to Donald Duck. Fethry has a bit of a hard-luck life, but unlike Donald he's upbeat and cheerful, and tends to meet adversity with good humour unlike Donald's bad temper.
    • Fethry Duck to Gladstone Gander. Fethry exasperates and annoys his family, who want little to do with him — but while Gladstone is a selfish jerk, Fethry means well but is eccentric and over-enthusiastic in sharing his esoteric interests.
    • Fethry Duck to Huey Duck. Fethry is an eccentric and nerdy Junior Woodchuck who is obsessed with gathering arcane knowledge and has a fondness for red coloured clothing and hats. Unlike Huey, who is focussed and organised, Fethry is a scatter-brained, disorganised and impulsive Cloud Cuckoolander.
    • Lena De Spell to Louie Duck. Lena is this to Louie to some extent, both have a Toxic Friend Influence to Webby and have the bad kid attitude, but have some difference when it comes to family, Louie at least has family who cares about him, while Lena has a bad relation with her aunt.
    • Zan Owlson to Scrooge's Board of Directors. While both are concerned about unnecessary funds and the PR damage of their perspective eccentric superior could do to their companies, the key difference is that Owlson is also interested in making money, actively bidding on new contracts. By contrast Scrooge's Board is concerned about cutting costs and only cutting costs; Scrooge is the one who actively bids on contracts and is always looking for new ventures. In addition, while Zan has good intentions and actually cares about other people, the Board are actually the F.O.W.L. high command.
    • Zan Owlson a businesswoman who took over Glomgold's company temporarily in season 2, is this to all the male CEOs in the series, being the only one of them who doesn't let petty grudges occupy her time and her company's resources.
    • Magica De Spell to Scrooge McDuck. Both of them are experienced adventurers who are well versed in the world of magic and are known to collect special artifacts during their quests. But while Scrooge is more sensible with the artifacts and knowledge he gains, Magica intends to use them as a means of obtaining power.
    • General Lunaris to Louie Duck. Just like the evil triplet, Lunaris uses underhanded tactics and quick thinking skills in order to manipulate others into following his schemes. He also puts alot of effort into "seeing all the angles" when creating his plans so that nothing can take him by surprise. The obvious difference is that Louie is a child who doesn't mean to hurt anyone with his get rich quick schemes while Lunaris has no issue with hurting anyone who would stand in the way of his world domination scheme.
    • General Lunaris to Donald Duck. Lunaris is calm and collected most of the time, and has apparently never forgiven his father for being scared of the earth, while Donald (and incidentally, later Louie and the other triplets) had a falling-out with Scrooge over blaming the latter's Thrill Seeker tendencies for losing Della but has since made up with him and has legendary anger issues.
    • Scrooge McDuck to Flintheart Glomgold. While Scrooge believes in making his money fair and square, simple plans, and working smarter rather than harder, Glomgold made his fortune through cheating and stealing, has a Complexity Addiction, and prefers to work harder rather than smarter. Also, Scrooge is actually Scottish, while Glomgold is South African but pretending to be Scottish and his accent is entirely fake. Along with his beard..
      • Glomgold's also a billionaire duck with a Scottish accent, but Scrooge earned his wealth "fair and square", whereas Glomgold earned his by cheating and stealing.
      • While Scrooge works on a "Work smarter, not harder." mentality, Glomgold seems to go with the opposite "work harder, not smarter.". Glomgold's determination to get what he wants by any means possible no matter what often leads him to undermining himself and his business.
      • Glomgold tends to let his penchant for complex plans overrun his judgement and motivations, while Scrooge would prefer the smartest, simplest way of doing things.
    • Scrooge McDuck to Mark Beaks. Scrooge is "tougher than the toughies, smarter than the smarties, and sharper than the sharpies" and made his money fair and square, while Beaks is Brilliant, but Lazy and committed fraud in order to make it to the billionaire mark.
    • Mark Beaks to Flintheart Glomgold - Both have Faux Affably Evil going for them when they want to keep up appearances, but Glomgold is more concerned with oneupmanship and revenge while Mark Beaks is 100% dedicated to appearances. Also, Glomgold is an unapologetic thief while Beaks is a Con Artist.
    • Mark Beaks to Huey Duck - Both are big on well-laid plans and checklists, but there's a short-lived hint that Mark Beaks is quite a bit more uptight about deviations from his than even Huey. Plus, Huey makes his plans to help others as well as himself, while Mark's plans only help himself.
    • Mark Beaks to Dewey Duck - Take Dewey's love of attention, exaggerate liberally, then subtract redeeming qualities and concern for others and you're 90% of the way towards getting Mark Beaks.
    • Mark Beaks to Louie Duck. Even if Louie didn't appear in Mark's debut, it's clear that they both have a similar Laissez-Faire con artist attitude towards earning money, since Mark's entire plan with Project Tah-Dah is the epitome of "Get something for nothing" that Louie has shown to admire in the past. However, Mark is far more self-absorbed than Louie, while Louie is more laid-back and is more comfortable admitting his own faults.
    • Mark Beaks to Gyro Gearloose - Both of them are tech geniuses, but while Gyro has lots of original ideas while being a very unfriendly person with No Social Skills, Beaks scams people and steals their ideas while caring a lot about public appearances and being very chummy with everyone. Their contrast is highlighted best in "Who is Gizmoduck?!" where Fenton works for both of them for a while.
    • “Ma” Beagle to Scrooge McDuck. Both of them are the main figureheads of their respective badass families. But while Scrooge actually cares about his family and encourages them to make noble and meaningful deeds, Ma belittles and abuses her kids and pushes them to be master criminals such as herself.
    • F.O.W.L. to Glomgold's short-lived Legion of Doom from "Glomtales!". Both groups consist of enemies to the members of the Duck-McDuck family. However, Glomgold's group consisted of more noticeable and high profile villains, while F.O.W.L employed individuals that can slip under the radar easily. Not to mention most of Glomgold's "family" (sans Ma Beagle) are either Laughably Evil, incompetent and slow-witted Leeroy Jenkinses or have become less of a threat than they originally were. The notable members of F.O.W.L however, while flawed to some extent, keep their cool and effectively follow through with their plans.
    • Jeeves to Duckworth. Both of them are highly competent butlers to their respective billionaire employers. But while Duckworth was lean and a Servile Snarker, Jeeves is the silent type with a muscular physique. Their differences even extend to their appearances after life with Duckworth becoming a ghost-demon while Jeeves becomes a zombiesque brute.
    • Doofus Drake to Louie Duck. Doofus is just as rich and spoiled as Louie wants to be - and is pretty much what Louie would become if he didn't love his family.
    • Both Donald and Goofy often find themselves and their families in extraordinary situations, with Donald on dangerous family adventures and Goofy's clumsiness causing accidents and disasters. But while Donald gets stressed out because of them and constantly wishes his family were more normal, Goofy takes it in stride and accepts that his misadventures are just normal for him.
  • Dude, That's My Ghost!: Billy Joe Cobra to Spencer Wright. Billy is very wild and out there, while Spencer is more down to earth and willing to think through situations than be impulsive about them.

    E-G 
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy
    • Ed a Non-hostile example towards Edd, in that he can be considered the polar opposite of him. He's idiotic, strong, and highly unhygienic, while Edd is smart, weak, and a Neat Freak.
    • Ed to a lesser extent he also contrasts Eddy, since he's a Gentle Giant who's usually happy and almost never gets angry, while Eddy is short, grouchy, bad-tempered and often a Jerkass.
    • Edd to both his friends in a way: He's meek, timid, well-mannered and loves school and studying. Ed and Eddy are the exact opposite of this:
      • Edd can be considered the polar opposite of Ed. He is smart, weak, and a Neat Freak, while Ed is idiotic, strong, and The Pig-Pen.
      • Unlike Eddy, Edd is a selfless nice guy who typically tries to do the right thing and does not approve of Eddy's schemes to get money or his selfishness.
    • Eddy is much less friendly than his friends are. While Ed is rather unintelligent and Edd is typically not a person to want to scam others, Eddy is rather cunning and is always looking for an opportunity for money.
    • Sarah's this to Jimmy, being the aggressive, manipulative, and psychotic Enfant Terrible to his sensitive, delicate, meek, and Prone to Tears.
    • Jimmy's one to Eddy in that Jimmy is a sweet and endearing Cheerful Child with a fragile mentality and idealistic outlook, while the former is a brutally honesty and cynical bully who dismisses child's play as old news.
    • Jimmy's also one to Sarah. While both of them enjoy engaging in effeminate hobbies, Jimmy is gentle and delicate while Sarah is vindictive and aggressive.
    • Being a Nice Girl who is also considered very pretty by most of the cast, Nazz is the antithesis of Sarah and the Kankers.
  • Elena of Avalor
    • Chancellor Esteban Flores to Duke Cristóbal Castillo. Both are cousins to Elena on opposite sides of her family, but Esteban is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold while Cristobal is a Nice Guy whot turns out to be a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing. Both also betrayed their families for their selfish desires, with Esteban betraying them for power when be believed he wasn't loved, while Cristobal did it to get more money. Additionally, Esteban was left troubled by his parents' death, while Cristobal was happy his father died, and both events continue to influence them to the present day.
    • Chancellor Esteban Flores to Ash. Both gave up their families for power, and when they're both given the miraculous chance to have them back, they mess it up. Ash willingly throws them away, while Esteban tried so hard to keep them that he lied to them because he knows the reason why he gave them up is irredeemable. Additionally, both Ash and Esteban lost people dear to them (and possibly parents for Ash) at a young age that forever changed their view of the world for the worse and found Parental Substitutes, but Ash became worse because her father-figure was Zopilote while Esteban was raised like a son by his grandparents. Interestingly, Ash chose to have a husband and daughter of her own only to end up hurting them, while Esteban remained single due to his various issues, which was probably the better choice between the two.
    • Duke Cristóbal Castillo to Chancellor Esteban Flores. Like Esteban, he betrayed his family out of self-interest. Esteban betrayed his family for power because he thought they didn't love them (and even long after his parents' sudden passing, he still thinks about them and loves them enough to visit their graves), but came to regret his decision and ultimately loves them enough to stand up against Shuriki, despite his Jerkass tendencies. Cristóbal was bribed into being loyal to Shuriki (and before that, he was even glad his father died, because it meant he got to inherit his fortune), and despite acting kind to his family after they took back the throne from her, he was secretly bitter over his loss of a source of wealth and returns to Shuriki's side when she shows up.
    • Princess Marisa greatly resembles Elena. Both are endearing All Loving Heroines who are determined to do the right thing against all odds. However, Elena is the eldest child (and thus the crown heir) of her family, is mature (mostly), and has gone through traumatizing experiences that make her intimidating to set off, while Marisa is the youngest child of her family and is a Wide-Eyed Idealist.
    • Prince Marzel greatly resembles Gabe physically and in personality. Both are rule-followers stuck with a headstrong and compassionate female counterpart. He and Gabe also have Ship Tease towards Elena.
    • Queen Abigail to King Hector. Both are loud and boisterous, but Hector has no manners and is a complete jerkass while Abigail is friendly to everyone (who isn't a jerk like Hector, anyways), has boundaries, and isn't afraid to call out jerkassery like Hector's.
    • Princess Chloe to King Hector. Both have No Social Skills and their Character Development revolves around learning to be better around people. Hector is/was a rude and inconsiderate Psychopathic Man Child, while Chloe is a sheltered but friendly and well-meaning young girl.
    • Princess Chloe to Princess Valentina. Both are princesses from rich kingdoms who come across as impolite and inconsiderate at first, and are overly basked within their own opinions, but ultimately wind up showing a much nicer side. But while Valentina bragged about how great Paraiso is in hopes of impressing Elena, Chloe is merely Innocently Insensitive and had No Social Skills, in addition to taking her lesson too well. And while Valentina solved her magical problem using magic herself, Chloe did so by Talking the Monster to Death.
    • Victor Delgado and Chancellor Esteban Flores both felt like No Respect Guys, feeling as if they'd never nearly amount to how appreciated their family and colleagues were, leading to them betraying them to Shuriki. Neither of them were happy when Shuriki didn't follow through with some parts of her end of the deal, but Esteban regrets his decision yet wants to hide from it while Victor doesn't seemed to have learned anything, is letting history repeat, and would rather blame Esteban for not sticking up for him. Additionally, Victor has no partner or family besides his daughter Carla while his relationship with his father after their exile is unknown, while Esteban has no family of his own but is surrounded by his cousins and grandparents. Even their roles in season 3 become different: while Esteban pulled a Face–Heel Turn as he become a wanted criminal siding with Ash and their group of villains, Victor pulled a Heel–Face Turn as he chooses to make amends to Elena for all he has done to her and Avalor. Additionally, Avalor's history completely demonizes Esteban and disregards anything good he did prior to his betrayal being discovered, whereas Victor's previous villainy is completely ignored and he's treated as if he were the victim.
  • Family Guy
  • In Gargoyles, one episode highlights the relationships between Elisa and her mother and Goliath and Angela.
    • Diane smothers Elisa (at least, in Elisa's opinion). Goliath keeps Angela at a distance (since it is gargoyle custom to not favor one child over another, even if one is his own biological child)
    • Elisa is tired of Diane's constant attention and involvement. Meanwhile, all Angela craves is for her father's recognition.
    • Jon Canmore/John Castaway one for Demona. He's a human who projects past transgressions onto all gargoyles, while Demona projects the same onto all humans.
  • Get Ed
    • Deets to the hot-headed Burn.
      • Also to Fizz in terms of combat capabilities. Fizz is great at shooting, but horrible at close-combat. Deets rocks at close-combat, but cannot aim to save her life.
  • Glitch Techs
    • Papi and Abuela Nieves to Miko's parents. Five's grandparents fully support his love for video games, practically had to force him to leave work at the taco trunk since the tournament is a big opportunity, and even took him to the tournament themselves in their thought-to-be-broken taco truck.
    • The Furious Four to Miko's siblings. While they are Massive Numbered Siblings who are completely unaware of one of their sibling's work for Glitch Techs (with the exception of Lexi and possibly Nica), they are complete opposites. Miko's siblings are mostly work (with Lexi and Nica learning to lighten up), while the Furious Four are mostly play. Miko's siblings mostly tidy up their house, while the Furious Four mostly leave their house a mess.
  • Goof Troop: PJ to Bobby. While PJ is rather quiet, cautious, and rather reluctant to join Max on his schemes, Bobby is eagerly willing to participate in them, has a louder and more masculine voice, and is more reckless. Incidentally, he's the one who ends up with Beret Girl in the end in contrast to Bobby who is too impulsive to successfully get Beret Girl to not turn him down.
  • Gravity Falls
    • Dipper and Mabel Pines. Dipper has a tendency to be serious and even a bit cynical, while Mabel is an extremely perky optimist. Unlike some pairs of foils, however, they are very attached to one another; they work together very well when it comes to dealing with all the supernatural forces they encounter, and have even taken to calling themselves "the Mystery Twins".
    • Dipper to the Author, his Grunkle Ford. They are interested in the paranormal and are dedicated to unlocking the secrets of Gravity Falls. The difference is that Ford mostly favors researching independently, while Dipper prefers having his friends and family by his side when going on adventures.
    • On the surface it seems that Stan and Ford acts similar to Mabel and Dipper, the former being considered the dumber twin and often tends to goof around a lot while the latter as the smarter twin where they love the supernatural and is dedicated to researching the mysteries of Gravity Falls. However Stan, like Dipper, often tends to get picked on by other people which resulted in his Inferiority Superiority Complex. He also treasures any family relationships he has like with kids Dipper and Mabel, and even goes so far as to sacrifice 30 years of his life just to try to bring his brother back. Ford on the other hand, like Mabel, has a problem with selfishness and is often Innocently Insensitive.
  • Green Eggs and Ham:
    • Guy and Sam's quest is paralleled by a cross-country trip undertaken by Michellee and EB, a mother-daughter pair whose dynamic is an inversion of the protagonists' with the former being quirkily cautious and the latter being sensibly adventurous.
    • The backgrounds for Guy and Sam are also a contrast to one another as revealed in Episode 10: Guy is a grouch but has a loving family who supports him being an inventor, while Sam is optimistic yet he was abandoned by his mother at a young age.
      • Guy the Born Unlucky grump compared to the jovial Sam. And their family lives are also different: he has a loving family who support his dreams, but which he believes are just pitying him because he's intimidated by their successes. Sam has no family to speak of, but tells everyone else that his mother was a wonderful person who did all sorts of nice things for him.
      • Sam the upbeat, jovial lucky fool to Guy. His family background is also the opposite of Guy's: Guy has a loving family while Sam has a mother who dumped him in an orphanage.
    • Michellee to Guy, being quirkily cautious to his sensibly cautious.
    • E.B. to Sam, being sensibly adventurous to his quirkily adventurous. And to her mother she's adventurous to her mother's constant nervousness.
    • The Goat to McWinkle. Both are after the Chickeraffe but they're on opposite sides of the law.
    • The Goat to Sam too. They both were hired by Snerz in regards to delivering said Chickeraffe, but Sam is truly happy and perky and, after a period of conflicting loyalty, is willing to send Mr. Jenkins home. Goat? Not so much. Furthermore, the Goat uses brute force in his methods, while Sam uses stealth and deception.

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  • Harley Quinn (2019)
    • Poison Ivy entire situation throughout Season 1 is contrasted with Harley Quinn. Harley wants to build a team, but Ivy funny enough treats them more like a family, whereas Harley treats them like a means to an end. Harley is highly ambitious, but lacks all forms of self-awareness, which leads to disaster. Ivy has no real ambition other than helping her best friend and she fully knows what she's about. Harley is obsessed with an utter nutjob who wants nothing to do with her and treats her like shit. Ivy dates a guy who is extremely goofy, but ultimately turns out to be great (and healthy) relationship-material.
    • Bane to Harley of all people. Like Harley, Bane isn't treated with any respect by his supervillain peers. Two-Face's treatment of Bane, in particular, is very similar to how the Joker manipulated Harley into being subservient to him. Unlike Harley, who eventually wises up and breaks from the Joker's control and abuse, Bane remains completely oblivious to the fact that Two-Face doesn't regard him as an equal even as the evidence is right in front of him.
    • Kite Man (Charles Brown) to The Joker. He's a D-Class villain while the Joker is The Dreaded, but unlike the Joker who is known to be abusive to Harley and doesn't care about what she feels, Kite Man truly cares about Ivy and treats her with respect. Also, the Joker is shown to have insecurity issues and hates it when people mock him, while Kite Man is looked upon as a loser but has enough self-confidence to brush it off.
  • Hey Arnold!
    • Arnold's best friend Gerald is this to him. Arnold is much more serious than he is, while Gerald is more immature. Arnold is also very optimistic, while Gerald is more cynical. Furthermore, Arnold dresses in blue and is a blonde while Gerald dresses in red and is a brunette.
    • Phoebe to Helga, being rather calm while she's rather aggressive. In addition, Phoebe is the shortest student in her class while Helga is fairly tall. Also, she dresses in blue while Helga dresses in pink.
    • Lila is a foil to Helga in almost every way. Lila is a poor country girl, Helga is a middle class city girl. Lila is pretty, Helga could be generously described as Ugly Cute. Lila is liked by everyone while Helga is disliked by everyone. Helga has a crush on Arnold, but acts as a Loving Bully to him, while Arnold has a crush on Lila, but she shoots him down gently. And according to the show's creator, Lila had a repressed dark side. So in addition, while Lila was sweet and innocent on the outside, but emotionally disturbed on the inside, Helga was mean and crazy on the outside, but kind and sophisticated on the inside. Lila represses her negative qualities and Helga represses her positive qualities for the exact same reason: they feel that showing them would be detrimental, when in fact doing so would be healthier for the both of them.
    • Helga is also this to Arnold. Both are the blonde-haired stars of the show with an Improbable Hairstyle and Iconic Item that adorns their head (Arnold's little blue baseball cap, Helga's giant pink bow), and are probably the smartest among their peers. Arnold is a sweet and friendly person who rarely gets angry who grew up in an "atypical" family but was given love, respect, and attention. Helga is a mean and anti-social girl who does have a kind side she keeps hidden and grew up in a "typical" family but was emotionally neglected by her parents in favor for her older sister. Then there's their love lives: Arnold has many crushes over the course of the series and they never work out,while Helga only has eyes for Arnold and they become a couple at the end of The Jungle Movie.
    • Doug LeSham's almost like Oskar in being a con-artist except for a few differences: Deep down, Oskar is a good person who really loves his Wife, would never commit infidelity and can feel great remorse if he's done something to deeply upset her or anyone else and is willing to fix those things. Meanwhile, Doug is willing to commit infidelity and/or bigamy and has no guilt in lying or hurting people.
    • Both Doug LeSham and Arnold are blonde love interests to a daughter of the Pataki family. However, Doug is a philandering conman, while Arnold is kind and honest.
  • The Hollow: The other kids act as this to Kai, Adam and Mira.
    • Vanessa and Mira are both the only female in their respective team, have dyed hair and become Kai's love interest for a short amount of time. But while Mira is a legitimately nice person who always tries to look for a peaceful solution first, Vanessa is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing and a Dark Action Girl who has no problems with hurting or even potentially killing others, if it gets her what she wants.
    • Reeve and Adam are both dark-skinned boys who act as The Big Guy for their respective group and have powers that primarily focus on offense. However, while Adam is kind, good-natured and only attacks when he feels his friends are being threatened, Reeve is a genuine Sadist who gets a kick out of abusing his power and seemingly has little to no empathy for others.
    • Kai and Skeetz both act as the seemingly harmless comedic relief in their groups, with both of them not really coming off as the sharpest tool in the shed upon first glance. But while Kai is actually extremely skilled in mechanics and gets over his cowardice later on, Skeetz really is as dumb as he looks and flat-out abandons his team when it seems like the odds are against them.
  • Infinity Train
    • According to Word of God, Tulip is intended to be a foil to the Infinity Train itself. The Infinity Train is bizarre and illogical, which contrasts with Tulip's need for everything to be logical and make sense.
    • Tulip's also one for the Conductor, since both are Control Freaks in a sense, who want the world to do their bidding. The main difference is that Tulip understands and eventually accepts that life can't always go her way. She also cares about the friends she makes on her journey while the Conductor sees the character on the train as puppets who have to stay in their cars for all eternity. If they rebel, she'll turn them into Ghoms without hesitation, in direct contrast to Tulip, who encourages her to explore. Just like Tulip, the Conductor/Amelia was also a person who entered the train, but while Tulip was able to make friends and lower her number by resolving her issues, Amelia just became more and more obsessed with what she had lost, thus increasing her number to an amount that has crawled up to her neck and eventually taking control of the train itself in a desperate attempt to recreate her old life and her lost love in one of its cars, which Tulip is able to reject when Amelia offers to do the same for Tulip, creating a world where her parents were still together, because she knew that it wouldn't be real.
    • Jesse Cosay is the complete opposite to Tulip Olsen in many, many ways.
      • He hails from Arizona (given the "A" on his jacket and patch that represents the Arizona flag) as a Native American from the Apache tribe in comparison to the Caucasian Tulip hailing from Minnesota.
      • His sidekick is a deer (who he named himself) compared to Tulip and One-One the robot (who named themselves). He also seems to enjoy singing while Tulip was embarrassed by it.
      • His problems stem from him being pleasant to the point of being unwilling to displease others, whereas Tulip's issue was going through her parents' divorce and unable to understand other people's feelings. Also, his number is significantly lower than Tulip's (initially at 31, Tulip was at 115) with the number change the first time it happens to be the opposite (Tulip's went down when she mentioned a memory with her father, while Jesse's rose because of him being a bit of a doormat).
      • He's on the swim team at school while Tulip was known to be in academics.
      • Tulip is an only child and is known to have one supportive friend in Mikayla, while Jesse has numerous "friends" who take advantage of his kindness and use peer pressure to bully his little brother.
      • He's fond of naming animals after Dracula, whereas Tulip's original surname was Van Helsing — Dracula's nemesis.
    • Grace 's one to The Conductor/Amelia: both being black hooded character in a mask with their numbers winding past their hands (Amelia's up to her neck while Grace is up to her forearm). The major difference between them is that Amelia's number rose due to grief and being unable to move on past Alrick's death with her sadism mostly a way to fill the hole that is in her heart — and that she's actually trying to make amends now — while Grace doesn't care that her number is up, believing that it's a good thing, and just wants to live the rest of her life on the train and is being a bitch just because she's a passenger and thus gives her the right to do whatever she wants.
      • Continuing on to that, their mentality is also skewed: Amelia's mentality was about "I want the train to give me back Alrick and no one else can get out of here if I can't get what I want" whereas Grace is "We are the passengers on the train and everyone else can suffer because we're the ones who need to survive".
      • Grace shows, or at least feigns, a fondness of the passengers on the train while Amelia didn't care who she attacked as long as they didn't get involved in her mission to bring Alrick back.
      • Grace is sociable and charismatic and has a friendship with Simon. Amelia wanted to be alone and is both cold and ruthless.
      • Amelia was a Control Freak, wanting everyone to do what she wanted, whereas Grace doesn't care that she's causing chaos everywhere she goes.
      • It's very telling that The Cat has different reactions to Grace and the Conductor. The Cat is terrified of the Conductor and worked with her out of self-defense (but had safety measures to bite her in the future). As for Grace, The Cat hisses at her and wants that bitch out of her sight.
    • Grace's also this to One-One, the true conductor, in terms of their Lack of Empathy towards the train's denizens and believe they are supposed to help passengers. Grace's idea of their help involves rampaging their cars while One-One simply doesn't understand if they would want to leave the train.
    • Grace also the opposite to Tulip: Tulip tries to abide by the rules of the Train (initially believing that her number going down is a bad thing but later accepts that it going down is okay), learns to accept the train as a learning experience and makes friends with the denizens of the train (especially The Cat) while Grace would rather the train goes and fucks itself and has an escalating number on her arm because she doesn't care about changing herself and has animosity with The Cat. Grace has a dancing background and her problems stem from having no friends and very distant parents while Tulip is into coding and games and her problems related from her parents' divorce.
    • Grace's also this to Jesse. Jesse wants to make everyone his friend, Grace wants to make everyone her follower. Jesse initially had trouble picking a side, Grace is not afraid to take action. Jesse suffered from a bad influence, Grace is the bad influence. Jesse sees the train as something to explore, Grace sees it as something to plunder. Jesse was quick to make friends with MT, Grace didn't warm up to Hazel until halfway through Book 3.
    • If Grace is the foil to The Conductor, then Simon's the one to Alrick. Alrick wore a black hoodie but was a very sweet guy whereas Simon wears white but he's a jerk. Alrick was the motivator for Amelia to get on the Infinity Train in the first place, while Simon is a supporter in Grace's schemes to become "the strongest" passenger on the train.
    • In comparison to Grace, Simon's much eviler and more apathetic than her considering how he's ready to throw MT and Alan Dracula off the train and grind them across the wheels because they're sentient and would hinder the "progress" of the Apex. And even goes as far as to murder Tuba and then tell Hazel what he did to her face.
      • His reaction to Jesse's number dropping to 0 is to call him weak. Grace is a little more saddened, but more about "losing someone".
    • Book 3 makes Simon a contrast to Tulip, surprisingly. Both of them are obsessed with rules — Tulip with rules in how to survive the train so she's not "gone forever" and Simon with procedures to deal with Nulls — but Tulip learned to be much more flexible, learns to see the denizens as her friends and see her number dropping as an okay thing, Simon is quite rigid in his thinking and will even go as far as to wheel Nulls if he feels that they hinder "progress" and denies the idea of even wanting to go home and improving himself.
    • MT's a mirror for both regular Tulip and Jesse.
      • MT to Tulip: Outside of being her reflection, she essentially acts just like Tulip originally did when she ventured throughout the cars, not wanting to deal with anyone and wanting to be on her own. The major difference is that Tulip was acting like that under the major assumption that her number going down meant being "gone forever", whereas MT has to run away or else the Mirror Police find her and grind her to dust. Her initial reaction to the number going down is for selfish reasons: Tulip earnestly wants to go back home, MT just wants to get the hell out of Dodge.
      • MT to Jesse: Jesse is easy-going and would rather talk things out instead of going through brute force. He also is unwilling to displease anyone while MT is more honest about how her opinions. Jesse’s willingness to let other people’s decisions control him makes him metaphorically a reflection—a lifestyle MT has already rejected.
    • The Conductor/Amelia to One-One. When she confronts Tulip in "The Ball Pit Car", she talks down to Tulip and blames the girl for getting her friends into trouble and mockingly tells her "No more tears" when Tulip is crying. One-One on the other hand, comforts Tulip and tells her it's okay to cry. Moreover, it's the human who is telling Tulip not to show emotions whereas the robot is consoling her.
    • Grace's parents to Tulip's parents. Tulip's parents were divorced and going through a lot of issues but still loved their daughter, while Grace's parents are married and shove her off to a caretaker than deal with her.
  • Invader Zim
    • Dib to Zim. Both are single-mindedly driven and emotionally volatile egoists whose antics have made them outcasts among their peers, causing them to become fixated on accomplishing a goal of very little real importance for the sake of gaining the recognition that they believe themselves to be deserving of. While Zim's actions are completely governed by his warped sense of self-importance, though, Dib is occasionally able to look past his own selfishness and do genuine good for the sake of it, which has also given him a slightly greater amount of self-awareness.
    • Gaz to GIR. Both serve as junk food-guzzling sidekicks of questionable loyalty to obsessives with over-inflated senses of self-importance, but where GIR is manic, hyperactive and chipper, Gaz is aloof, sullen and disinterested. Both also tend to serve as an unforeseen third party that ultimately saves the day in the end, but while GIR generally does so by being an incompetent Spanner in the Works, Gaz does so by being a Hypercompetent Sidekick.
    • Professor Membrane to the Almighty Tallest. Both are distant authority figures that the main characters seek to gain the recognition of, but while the Tallest are lazy and incompetent despots who simply ignore Zim because they dislike him, Membrane is a brilliant Workaholic super scientist who only ignores his children as a result of his extremely busy schedule. It's also worth noting that the Tallest pay close attention to the information Zim gives to them about humanity (if only out of a Bile Fascination for how Humans Are Morons), while Membrane is an unflinching Agent Scully who refuses to even entertain his son's claims that aliens exist. Finally, both Membrane and the Tallest are shown at various points screwing around with puppet versions of themselves.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures: For Tohru ever since Hak Foo's first appearance. Hak Foo is fast, brash and clever, but not particularly intelligent and relies on martial arts while fighting. Tohru is slower, but more thoughtful, reserved and intelligent and relies on his strength and intuition in a fight.

    K-L 
  • Shego in Kim Possible highlights Dr. Drakken's ineptitude and Kim's earnestness with her sarcastic commentary.
  • King of the Hill
    • Coach Whitey Sauers is one to the Soccer Coach Lucas. While Sauers is passionate about winning the game, but uses extreme methods to attempt to whip the team into shape, Lucas however praises his players for practically doing nothing and doesn't seem particularrly care to win his games.
    • Boomhauer to Bill. Where Bill is a fat, slovenly, self-hating cuckold, Boomhauer is a lean, relaxed, introspective ladies man.
    • Dale Gribble to Hank Hill, who is his complete opposite. Hank is handy, athletic, incredibly straight-laced, reliable, and extremely competent at his job, but is emotionally stunted and naive. Dale is paranoid, libertarian, scrawny, and incompetent at just about anything that doesn't have to do with killing bugs, conspiracy theories, or government loopholes, but is a loving family man with a broader perspective on life.
    • Dale Gribble to John Redcorn who is even more dissimilar physically, since he’s stunningly Tall, Dark, and Handsome and has a luxurious glossy black mane. John Redcorn heals, whereas Dale exterminates. But in the end John Redcorn envies and resents Dale for his successful family life (Not to mention keeping the love of his life and his son).
    • Joseph Gribble to Bobby Hill, post-puberty. Bobby is short, fat and about as athletic as a stoned sloth, but despite this he manages to be pretty popular, especially with girls. Joseph is tall, handsome and incredibly skilled at sports but he has trouble getting a steady girlfriend and is generally disliked by everyone other than Bobby and his parents.
    • Boomhauer to Bill Dauterive. Where Bill is a fat, slovenly, self-hating cuckold whose wife cheated on, argued with, and eventually left him, Boomhauer is a lean, handsome-looking, relaxed, introspective ladies man.
    • Boomhauer to Hank Hill. Hank is married to Peggy and has a son, Bobby, while Boomhauer is single. And while usually The Stoic, Hank is more prone to anger than Boomhauer is, though Boomhauer is more willing to display his emotions in general than Hank is.
    • Boomhauer to his older brother, Patch. Both are Casanova Wannabes, except Boomhauer is calmer and introspective. Patch is a womanizing sleazebag who's willing to cheat on his fiancee, Katherine, with underage girls like Luanne. And while Boomhauer is loyal to his friends/loved ones, Patch isn't, as he was willing to lie about Boomhauer's patronage of prostitutes to save his own skin.
  • Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts
    • Kipo Oak to Scarlemagne. Both originated from the same research experiment that Song and Lio were performing regarding how animals became Mutes, with Scarlemagne being a widely-known project and Kipo being a secret one. Both also had their homes destroyed by the same Mega-Monkey and were forced to travel the surface as a result. But while Kipo quickly found companionship and is able to easily sway others with her kindness, thus reinforcing her All-Loving Hero tendencies, Hugo spent much of his time alone and had any friendly actions rebuffed, making him deeply paranoid and forced to rely on his mind control abilities. And while Kipo believes in harmony between humans and Mutes, having grown up in a peaceful environment and having positive experiences with both groups, Hugo's suffering during testing and feelings of abandonment left him despising humans and desiring Mute supremacy.
    • Benson and Wolf. They are both human's who live on the surface but their personalities and skills are polar opposites. Benson is friendly and more then a bit mischievous, whereas Wolf is cold and no-nonsense. Benson has mute friends, Wolf has a hard time not killing mute's on sight. Benson survives with his wits and personality, Wolf survives by strength alone.
  • Legend Quest: The climax reveals Leo San Juan to be this to Teodora Villaviciencio. Where he tried to refuse the call, Teodora jumped at it even giving up being with her family in order to save the world.
  • The Legion of Super-Heroes cartoon has a few of these:
  • Looney Tunes: Marvin the Martian was deliberately created as a contrast to Yosemite Sam; while Sam is loud and angry but still ultimately harmless, Marvin is calm and soft-spoken but capable of massive acts of destruction.
  • The Loud House
    • Lori to her roommate Leni in terms of behavior. While they're quite similar in that both are beauty-obsessed teenage girl stereotypes who have blonde hair and care passionately about their popularity, their personalities are completely different from each other:
      • Lori has a strong sense of rationality and sophistication, which makes her overconfident about her ego and thus she can come off as quite rude, bossy, bratty, and demanding.
      • Leni is a complete scatterbrain who's incredibly naive and clumsy and has trouble thinking for herself even when in the face of the most rudimentary of tasks. Despite this, unlike Lori, Leni does not have a single mean bone in her body and is genuinely an All-Loving Heroine.
    • Leni to Lori in terms of behavior and Luan in terms of interests and labels.
    • Luna this to both Luan and Lynn. While both of them are quite similar, they are also different in many ways.
      • Both Luna and Luan are brown-haired, showbiz-obsessed, kind-hearted, hammy Genki Girls who are Older Than They Look, wear skirts, and even have practically indifferent names sans the letters being rearranged; however, Luna is rather mellow, mature, and rational whenever not rocking out, while Luan is nearly always her cheerful, goofball self.
      • Both Luna and Lynn are brown-haired, rambunctious tomboys who can ham it up pretty good; however, Lynn is by default more jerkish, violent, and mean-spirited, while Luna is characteristically a Cool Big Sis with a mellow demeanor and good grip on reality.
    • Luan this to Leni and Luna in terms of both behavior, intelligence, and interests:
      • Both Luna and Luan are brown-haired, showbiz-obsessed, hammy, kindhearted Genki Girls who wear skirts, are Older Than They Look, and even have practically indifferent names sans the letters being rearranged; however, Luna is rather mellow and rational most of the time when not rocking out, while Luan is nearly always her cheerful goofball self.
      • Both Leni and Luan are Cloudcuckoolanders who get on the nerves of others with their excentricity and sometimes behave inappropriately in serious situations, but are Innocently Insensitive in their defense. To boot, both are perpetual optimists who try to remain cheerful in spite of the world's shortcomings. However, Leni is a teenage Valley Girl stereotype caught up in the recent trends, while Luan is a Kiddie Kid obsessed with comedy and little else.
    • Luan to Maggie from "Funny Business". Both girls are interested in pantomime and areas of performance arts. However, their personalities couldn't possibly contrast more strongly. Luan is cheerful, comedic, wears bright clothes and always enjoys spreading laughter and happiness everywhere. Maggie is a gloomy emo who wears dark clothes and her idea of a party is surrounding herself with like-minded people in what Luan describes as a 'mope-fest'. Maggie actively detests the idea of having fun, which is the very thing Luan lives for.
    • Lynn this to her sister, Lola—while they are pretty similar to each other in some ways (big egos, short tempers, displaying aggressive behaviors when they want something and/or are trying to get a message across) they're still pretty different from each other in other ways.
      • Lynn's easily the most masculine of Lincoln's sisters, deals mainly with sports/athletic activities and doesn't mind getting hands dirty (literally-speaking, that is).
      • Lola's easily the most feminine of Lincoln's sisters, deals mainly with beauty pageants and prefers keeping her appearance clean.
    • Lana to Lola in terms of femininity and kindness.
    • Lola this to her sister, Lynn—while they are pretty similar to each other in some ways (in that they both have big egos, are quick to anger, display aggressive behaviors when they want something and/or are trying to get a message across) they're still pretty different from each other in other ways. The main differences between them —
      • Lynn's easily the most masculine of Lincoln's sisters, deals mainly with sports/athletic activities and doesn't mind getting her hands dirty (literally-speaking, that is).
      • Lola's easily the most feminine of Lincoln's sisters, deals mainly with beauty pageants and prefers keeping her appearance clean.
    • Loki to Lori — He is the oldest sibling, but not responsible like Lori and is more willing to join in the antics of his younger siblings. Loki also enjoys teasing Lincoln's relationship with Ronnie Anne rather than be a Shipper on Deck.
    • Loni to Leni — He is a Dumb Blonde like Leni, but unlike Leni, he is not sensitive and does not care when his brothers get hurt and laughs at Lincoln's relationship with Ronnie Anne and when he suffers physical pain.
    • Luke to Luna — Unlike Luna, who is a Cool Big Sis, Luke is a Big Brother Bully who gives Lincoln a Swirlie and is the one who flushed Bun-Bun down the toilet.
    • Lane to Luan — He likes to do jokes and pranks, but his tend to be generally more humiliating and mean-spirited than Luan's. He gives Lincoln a wedgie for no good reason while Luan, outside of April Fools, rarely uses violent humour and prefers to make puns and use her water flower.
    • Though he and Lincoln do have a lot in common, Clyde's an only child in contrast to Lincoln, who comes from a family of eleven children. In addition to that:
      • Lincoln lives in a home with mostly females—not counting any of the Loud family pets, Lincoln's dad is the only other guy in the family. Also, Lincoln and his sisters and both of their parents (who're husband-and-wife) are all white.
      • Clyde, who's black, is the son of an interracial same-sex male couple, and the only known females in their household are their pet cats, Cleopawtra and Nepurrtiti.
    • Rusty Spokes to his brother, Rocky Spokes. Despite all his efforts to be considered a cool, popular ladies man, Rusty is ultimately part of Lincoln's gang of geeky friends. Meanwhile, his brother Rocky is a (mostly) normal, cool and laid back kid who has typical interests for a boy his age like playing sports. In his earlier appearances, Rusty was shown to be hanging out with other kids, but he ended up having only Lincoln, Clyde, Zach and Liam (and later Stella) as his only friends. Additionally,Rusty is a bit of an excitable wuss, being AfraidOfBlood, while Rocky shares Lucy's interest in blood, horror and the macabre.
    • Darcy Homendollar is a foil to Lisa Loud in everything - while Lisa is a Child Prodigy, Darcy is a typical preschooler who doesn't even know how to read yet, and while Lisa is a stoic introvert who isn't very good at socializing, Darcy is a cheerful extrovert who loves making new friends.
    • Maggie to Luan. While both of them like pantomime, they are complete polar opposites. Luan is upbeat, cheerful, optimistic, and comedy-loving, while Maggie is emo, stoic, depressed, and hates having fun.
    • The Mccauley Kids to the Fox kids, obviously. The Fox Quintuplets are little hellraisers who love to roughhouse and be very naughty and mischevious. The Mccauley's are far more behaved and good-natured, and don't like Lynn's rough ways of babysitting, unlike the Fox's who love it.
    • While she and Leni are friends, Fiona is more confrontational and easily angered while Leni is a kind-hearted All-Loving Hero.
    • Miguel to Bobby Santiago. Both of them are light-hearted Hispanic teens who enjoy feminine hobbies and have close relationships with the eldest Loud girls. The difference between the two is that Miguel is shown to be more critical and direct when interacting with other people while Bobby is more soft-hearted and bends over backwards for others, especially his friends and loved ones.
    • Lacey St. Clair to Lola Loud. Both are girly girls compared to Lana, and both have competitive natures relating to their fields of interest (pageants for Lola, fancy dog competitions for Lacey). But Lola genuinely loves her sister and has a heart of gold behind all her negative behavioural traits. Lacey is malicious and doesn't really come across as so redeemable. Lola accepts Lana the way she is and even willingly hangs out with her (for the most part, as sometimes their clashing personalities can lead to conflict), while Lacey looks down on Lana and antagonises for for the fun of it.
    • Unlike Lincoln's parents, they cannot handle babysitting all ten of Lincoln's sisters at once, though they can handle Clyde just fine. Conversely due to only having one kid, they dote on Clyde far more than Lincoln's parents do to the Loud Children.
    • Flip to Ronnie Anne's grandfather Hector. While they both are motivated by money, Flip is a greedy film flammer who cuts corners, uses his equipment in ways the department of health would find alarming, falsifies lottery tickets, and takes every chance he can to make a dishonest buck off anyone, even if they're a child.
    • The Casagrandes: Ronnie to Bobby in terms of how they treat their lovers, as she treats hers roughly.
    • Carlota Casagrande to Lori Loud. Both are the eldest child and both are left in charge of their siblings when their parents are out. However unlike Lori who manages to control her siblingsnote , Carlota has no control over her younger brothers and spends her entire time babysitting them being pranked.
    • Hector Casagrande To Flip. While he is motivated by profit in the same way Flip is, he runs his Bodega honestly and builds rapport with his customers.

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  • Mission Hill: Andy and Kevin. Andy is a world-weary slacker who spends his time drinking, trying to get laid, and griping about work instead of working. Kevin is an idealistic workaholic who spends his time studying, trying to get into a good college and playing video games.
  • Miraculous Ladybug
    • Despite Marinette Dupain and Adrien Agreste being Birds of a Feather, they have a number of differences that serve to contrast them.
      • Personality — Marinette has a bold, expressive personality as either a civilian or superhero while Adrien often has trouble verbalizing his feelings unless he's Cat Noir.
      • Families — Marinette is from a loving middle-class family while Adrien is from a wealthy broken one.
      • Reaction to getting their Miraculous — Neurotic, insecure Marinette refuses the call, while sheltered, lonely Adrien jumps at it.
      • Relationship with Chloé — Marinette has an antagonistic relationship with Chloé especially since the latter bullied her four years prior. On the other hand, Chloé was Adrien's Only Friend. Their relationship with Chloé also highlights the difference the two had in meeting their future best friend — for Marinette, Alya stood up to Chloé's bullying of Marinette, which became the primary reason for Marinette befriending her; Nino was initially skeptical on if Adrien was a good person due to his ties with someone as bratty and mean as Chloé.
      • Interest in fashion — Marinette is a budding fashion designer while Adrien has been a model for his father's fashion line. But while Marinette genuinely enjoys it, Adrien doesn't particularly like modeling and only does it to make his father happy.
      • Crushes on each other — Both are deeply in love with one another (bordering on stalkerish levels), and fell in love with one another for non-physical reasons, but they both can behave quite unhealthily possessive of one another. Marinette is in love with Adrien and acts quite shy and insecure around him, and whenever she suspects a girl may like him, she abuses her powers to stop said girl from getting close to him, but "Riposte" shows she's growing out of this; Adrien is in love with Ladybug and is flirty with her as Cat Noir but is shy when in his civilian form and his way of stopping another guy from pursuing her is to outright lie about their relationship status.
      • Designs — They are a Hair-Contrast Duo who sport a downplayed Red/Green Contrast in their superpowered forms, and subtle inverted color schemes in their civilian outfits.
    • Team Miraculous are a far cry from the isolated, conscripted order of Guardians that preceded them. The order primarily consisted of elderly monks who didn't interact with the kwamis or know much about the world they were supposed to protect. In comparison, the Miracu-class are young, urban-dwelling people with diverse skillsets who chose to wield a Miraculous. They're more irresponsible and endangering than the order, but also more resilient and happy.
    • Chloé Bourgeois to Marinette Dupain — Marinette is clumsy and shy when it comes to her crush on Adrien, but she is a good friend and a humble, nice girl; Chloé is vain, rude, and treats her friend Sabrina like a servant, but she is also very straightforward in love.
    • Chloé Bourgeois to Adrien Agreste — Both of them are Marinette's wealthy, Dark-Skinned Blonde classmates with a Missing Mom who have some kind of relationship with Marinette. Adrien is a Nice Guy who has had a restrictive life because of his smothering father, he is (unknowingly) in love with Marinette as Ladybug, but even in her civilian ego, he considers her a friend; Chloé is a Spoiled Brat jerkass who has more freedom than is healthy for her due to having an overly doting father; and she absolutely loathes Marinette, with the Origins episodes revealing she bullied Marinette four years prior to the story.
    • Luka Couffaine to Adrien Agreste — Both boys are teenagers with musical talent who attract Marinette's interest, but Luka is somewhat more emotionally open than the closed-off Adrien, and their musical styles (rock guitarist vs. classical pianist) contrast as well. Also, their ways of handling rejection differ as shown in "Frozer": Cat Noir's response is to act bitter and sulk despite Ladybug explicitly telling him she liked someone else, and while Marinette never told Luka her feelings for Adrien, he caught on and encouraged her to speak with Adrien. Taken further in season 3 when both Luka and Adrien take up the Snake Miraculous to become Viperion and Aspik, respectively. But while Adrien abuses it to try to woo Ladybug and fails miserably as a result, Luka never tries to abuse its power for person gain and proves worthy to wield it, and it's this same dependability that eventually helps him gain Marinette's affections.
    • Luka Couffaine to Kagami Tsurugi — Both are alternative love interests for the main characters, but Luka is laid-back and friendly, as opposed to the stern and austere Kagami. Also, Kagami is a fencer, while Luka focuses on music. In regards to their social/love lives, Luka has been shown to easily interact with other people and have cordial relationships with them, Kagami hasn't developed any other friendships since coming to Paris. Furthermore, Kagami acts cold and antagonistic to her love rivals, even acting as possessive as them sometimes, while Luka bears no ill-will towards Marinette's interest in Adrien, and is quite friendly with him despite being rivals.
    • Luka Couffaine to Nathaniel Kurtzberg — Both are boys who have fallen in love with Marinette and express their feelings through their artistic qualities (Luka through music and Nathaniel through his drawings). Also, when they are akumatized they have the desire to take revenge on a person who harms them (Evillustrator wants revenge on Chloe and Silencer wants revenge on XY and Bob Roth). But Nathaniel is too shy to express his feelings to Marinette and she shows no romantic interest in him, while Luka is more open with his feelings and Marinette has show some attraction to him.
    • Kagami Tsurugi to Marinette Dupain/Ladybug — They both have black hair stylized as blue (but Kagami has Boyish Short Hair similar to Sabine while Marinette/Ladybug has hers in Girlish Pigtails), attract Adrien's affections, are from prominent Asian ethnicities, and wear red suits. But while Marinette is open and friendly, but has trouble expressing her crush on Adrien, Kagami is more closed-off and distant but is more confident in making her attraction to Adrien known. There's also their reactions to Chloé's bullying. While Marinette lets Chloé bully her for years before finally learning to stand up for herself, Kagami immediately tells Chloé where she can shove it the very first time she tries. Taken further in Season 3; just like how Adrien and Luka are both Snake Miraculous heroes at different points, Marinette and Kagami both become Dragon Miraculous holders. But the former uses it temporarily and fuses its power with her Ladybug Miraculous, the latter is the “primary” wielder and uses it by itself.
    • Kagami Tsurugi to Adrien Agreste — As stated above in the section, both of them lonely prodigies from an upper class family, and Kagami has a family ring that mirrors Adrien's Miraculous. But, while Adrien has a more friendly if slightly reserved personality, Kagami is more aggressive and is more reserved than he is. Ultimately, both want to have friends, an effort that initially goes poorly due to having No Social Skills and strict parenting but eventually succeeds.
    • Kagami Tsurugi to Chloé Bourgeois — Both are teenaged girls from well-off families who have a romantic interest in Adrien—but Chloé is a Spoiled Brat who acts like she's already Adrien's girlfriend (despite his feelings on the matter) while Kagami is an all around much better (if somewhat cold) person who doesn't feel entitled to Adrien's affection and Adrien has actually shown a modicum of interest in her.
    • Kagami Tsurugi to Lila Rossi — Both are teenaged girls who have an attraction to Adrien — but Lila is an unrepentant liar who tries to force her feelings on Adrien and is quite antagonistic towards Marinette while Kagami is honest to the point of bluntness, has a reciprocal attraction (to some degree) with Adrien, and has a more civilized relationship with Marinette, but soon becomes real friends with Marinette once they set aside their differences in “Ikari Gozen”. They’re both alone when they transfer and have different ways of dealing with it; Lila lies to gain friends and threatens to destroy anyone who opposes her, using them like tools, while Kagami refuses to stoop low to become popular, but doesn’t actually know how to make friends naturally, leaving her stuck trying to use an app to figure out how to communicate.
    • Kagami Tsurugi to Luka Couffaine — Both are alternative love interests for the main characters, but Luka is laid-back and friendly, as opposed to the stern and austere Kagami. Also, Kagami is a fencer, while Luka focuses on music. In regards to their social/loves lives, Luka has been shown to easily interact with other people and have cordial relationships with them, Kagami has not been shown to develop any other friendships since coming to Paris. Furthermore, Kagami acts cold and antagonistic to her love rivals, even acting as possessive as them at times (though it’s mostly towards Chloe and Lila), while Luka bears no ill-will towards Marinette’s interest in Adrien, and is quite friendly with him despite being rivals. In “Ikari Gozen”, Kagami drops her hostility towards Marinette and becomes friends.
    • Sabrina Raincomprix to Adrien Agreste — Both are the only two individuals who consider Chloé a friend among their peers, but act quite passively in regards to her mean behavior, fearing the loss of the only friendship they've ever had. Adrien is practically doted on by Chloé because of her crush on him, thus acting as her Morality Pet, and after some Character Development on his part, he begins to call her out on her behavior. Sabrina is more like Chloé's servant than friend, as the latter hardly ever shows her loyal "friend" any kindness outside of the rare occasion, and while Sabrina has hurt Chloé in retaliation for her cruelty, she goes right back to being Chloé's doormat "friend".
    • Gabriel Agreste and Nathalie Sancoeu to each other:
      • Powers - Akumatization works by corrupting an individual, effectively rewriting their personality via their negative emotions whereas amokization realises a person's negative emotions in the form of a sentimonster. Essentially the former is internal and the latter, external. Both work by charging an object with energy then sending it out.
      • Motivation - Gabriel is creating the Akuma villains to save the woman he loves and Nathalie is creating the sentimonsters to help the man she loves.
    • Gabriel Agreste to Tom and Sabine Dupain. Gabriel practices Parental Neglect on a regular basis and denies his son pleasures like a birthday party, while Tom and Sabine are loving authority figures who gently nudge Marinette to do her chores.
    • Gabriel Agreste to his own son Adrien Agreste as well; both are famous people who project a calm, professional image to conceal their true selves. Both are also the holders of a miraculous that give them dark-themed alter-egos with more outgoing personalities; but while Cat Noir is a happy-go-lucky, Dark Is Not Evil hero who protects Paris, Hawk Moth is a sinister Light Is Not Good Large Ham villain who corrupts people with his powers.
    • Lila Rossi to Marinette Dupain — As many of Lila's lies or doubtful claims are actually true for Marinette: Lila lied about being a superhero, Marinette is one; Lila lied about being friends with superheroes, Marinette is friends with Cat Noir in both her identities (and his, but she doesn't know that); Lila claims she's an acquaintance of Prince Ali, Marinette became one as Ladybug; Lila claims to be friends with Jagged Stone to the point of having a song written about her, Marinette is friends with him in both her identities and as Ladybug actually had a song written about her. Also, both are good liars, even if Marinette doesn't like it, they once used the very same lie (being friends with Ladybug) for different reasons (Lila to get fame, Marinette to cover the fact she is Ladybug), and where Lila boasts about what she supposedly does, Marinette doesn't (her friendship with Jagged Stone being known because he told a few people about it).
    • Lila Rossi to Adrien Agreste — Both are popular new students (Adrien's popularity due to his modeling career, Lila's through lying). Both have lied about the nature of their relationship with Ladybug, but only Lila got called out while Ladybug still remains unaware of what Adrien did. Adrien has a huge crush on Ladybug, while Lila comes to despise her. They're also both Lonely Rich Kids whose same-sex parent is largely absent from their lives, and they try to fill the void with their social life at school. However, Adrien is a Nice Guy, wants to be normal, and genuinely longs to be loved, while Lila is a Manipulative Bitch, tries to appear more special than she is, and just wants superficial praise and admiration from her peers.
    • Lila Rossi to Alya Césaire — Both are Foreign Exchange Students (Lila from Italy, Alya from Martinique) and Ambiguously Brown, both have a temper, Lila lied about being Ladybug's best friend while Alya actually is (although unknowingly), and Lila impersonated the Fox Miraculous holder as an Akuma victim while Alya actually became it for a time (this one got Lampshaded when Alya first transformed).
    • Lila Rossi to Chloé Bourgeois — Both have a grudge against Marinette, both are repeated victims of Akumatization, and both are unwilling to accept responsibility for their behavior. However, Chloé, while not against lying, is much more prone to expressing Brutal Honesty, making her an obvious Jerkass with little to no friends. In contrast, Lila hides her unpleasantness under a friendly demeanor, and her compulsive lying makes her quite popular amongst her peers. While Chloé is disdainful towards Marinette while adoring Ladybug (at least at first), Lila initially treats Marinette with respect while abhorring Ladybug. While Chloé tends to spread strife among people, Lila takes care of acting nice and polite unless provoked. While Chloé eventually becomes a close ally of Ladybug (even if it doesn't last), Lila eventually becomes a close ally of Hawk Moth (although Chloé becomes his ally as well later on). There's even their response whenever Adrien calls them out for their actions. Chloé will listen to him and at least try to make amends, showing she treasures the friendship she has with Adrien. Despite having a crush on him, Lila on the other hand would react in anger and disgust at Adrien and accuse him of trying to be like a hero.
    • Lila Rossi to Gina Dupain — They are both characters from Italy that appeared suddenly and got Akumatized due to something Marinette/Ladybug did, but Lila got Akumatized for being called out on her own selfish lies and Gina was Akumatized due to being lied to by Marinette to get at the "surprise" birthday party while trying to spare her feelings, and where Gina reconciled with Marinette, Lila continued to harbor a grudge against Ladybug. Also, Lila is very fluent in French while Gina has a heavy accent and peppers her speech with Italian words.
    • Lila Rossi to Kagami Tsurugi — Both girls are new to the school who have crushes on Adrien, but come from different backgrounds and families; Lila is from Italy and is mostly self-sufficient since her parents are rarely around, while Kagami is from Japan and is tightly monitored and controlled by her mother. Lila is a remorseless Consummate Liar who wins over her peers with lies hiding under the facade of a saint, while Kagami is blunt and icy and has a hard time befriending her peers, but ultimately good natured and honest. Their affections for Adrien are completely opposite, Lila only likes Adrien superficially, denying his flaws and dropping her affections the minute he tries to call her out, while Kagami has seen parts of the real him, accepts that he might like someone else, and fell for him because of his kindness after their introduction; also, Lila doesn't get Akumatized over Adrien (and claims it wouldn't be worth it) while Kagami was when it appeared Lila had got with him. They have contrasting views of Marinette/Ladybug; Kagami was initially mutually hostile to Marinette, but eventually both opened up and the two girls became friends, and she greatly respects Ladybug. However, Lila despises both Marinette/Ladybug and vice-versa, to the point Lila vows to destroy them and refuses reconciliation. Finally, both girls are involved with the Miraculous in different ways: Lila pretends to be the Fox Miraculous holder but is actually an Akumatized villain, while Kagami is (temporarily) the real deal, the Dragon Miraculous hero Ryuko.
    • Zombizou Caline Bustier form Akumatized To Kim's Akumatized form Dark Cupid. While Zombizou is based on the concept of love, Dark Cupid represents hate. Caline was Akumatized because of her love for others while Kim was Akumatized because his Love Interest Chloé rejected and mocked him. Though both initially wanted to target Chloé (yet Dark Cupid decided she was Not Worth Killing), both can infect others with love and hate respectively, and both turned Cat Noir against Ladybug at some point. Dark Cupid can turn people's lips black when he fires his hate arrows at them, while Zombizou normally has black lipstick and fires black Magic Kisses to spread a love-filled Zombie Apocalypse.
    • Tom Dupain to Gabriel Agreste. Both are the fathers of the respective main characters, but everything about them from their personalities to their approaches in parenting are polar opposites. Tom is Happily Married with Sabine and knows what's best for Marinette, while Gabriel is cold and distant with the rest of the household and has been neglecting Adrien for most of his life. Tom genuinely cares about Marinette while occasionally scolding her for her flawed moments, and while Gabriel does care about Adrien, he's been raising him to be passive and is not only unresponsive to Adrien's flaws but is the main cause of his flaws in the first place. And since Gabriel is Hawk Moth, he often hides the truth from Adrien and is willing to brainwash people and inflict destruction on Paris to achieve his goal, even if it involves putting people's lives (especially Adrien's) at risk. This even extends to their villain forms Weredad and the Collector respectively, where both were the first people to be newly akumatized at the start of a season (not counting Lila). While Weredad is an Overprotective Dad who was akumatized because of his fatherly instincts towards Marinette and wants to protect her in every way he can, the Collector is Ax-Crazy and is obsessed with trapping everyone and everything into his sketchbook, even his loyal associates.
    • Gina Dupain To Lila Rossi — Both are Italian characters who were Akumatized shortly after coming in Paris due something Marinette did. But where Gina was upset because her granddaughter, torn between her and the surprise party her friends had set up (without actually managing to hide it), had lied to try and spare her feelings and they eventually reconciled, Lila was upset because Marinette as Ladybug called her out on her own lies, and Lila actively refused Ladybug's offer of friendship. Also, Gina isn't very fluent in French (even if she understand it, she's prone to pepper her speech in French with Italian words and has a heavy accent anyway) even if it's not the first time she comes to Paris, while Lila speaks a flawless French when she's apparently new to the country.
    • Amelie Graham de Vanily to Chloé's mother Audrey Bourgeois. Audrey makes no effort to hide her nastiness and her treatment of her daughter is neglectful at best and outright abusive at worst. Meanwhile, Amelie carefully masks her true nature behind a façade of friendliness and appears to have a much happier relationship with her son (though she's clearly still a bad influence on him).
    • André Bourgeois to Gabriel Agreste — In matters of parenting styles, Mayor Bourgeois is the opposite. While Gabriel is aloof and has placed restriction after restriction on his son's life, André is usually personable, but gives his daughter more freedom than is safe or healthy. Also, while Gabriel is openly rude to everyone he does have a softer side, André is more friendly in comparison, but can be quite obnoxious, especially when it comes to his daughter.
    • André Bourgeois to Tom and Sabine Dupain — Both are loving parents to their respective daughters, but while Tom and Sabine know when to discipline Marinette for her behavior, André constantly excuses Chloé's brattiness.
    • Audrey Bourgeois to Emilie Agreste — both are the Missing Moms of wealthy families, but Mrs. Agreste disappeared relatively recently (less than a year before Ladybug and Cat Noir first became active) under mysterious circumstances, while Mrs. Bourgeois, if Chloé's flashback is any indication, intentionally abandoned her family years before the story began. When she is seen in person in the "Queen's Battle" trilogy, even more contrasts to Emilie can be seen. Audrey is a selfish jerk to everyone and prioritizes herself over her own family, while Emilie was a good parent to Adrien and had a genuine relationship with Gabriel, so much so that he became Hawk Moth in order to get her back.
    • Nora Césaire to Gabriel Agreste. Both of them are extremely overprotective of a minor relative in their care, to the point of refusing to let said relative leave the house. However, Nora is sincere about wanting to protect Alya, while Gabriel is an abusive Control Freak who is actively causing the situations that put Adrien at risk.
    • Clara Nightingale to Chloe Bourgeois — Both of them are relatively famous within France, but while Chloe is an Alpha Bitch, Clara is the opposite.
    • Clara Nightingale to Adrien Agreste — They're both famous and sweet, but Adrien is fairly reserved and largely went into modeling to please his father, while Clara is an extrovert with a genuine passion for music.
    • Tomoe Tsurugi to Gabriel Agreste - both are extremely controlling parents to their two prodigious children, both excellent fencers. Gabriel is a father to a son, Tomoe is a mother to a daughter. The two appear to be single; Gabriel's wife is in an unspecified coma and Kagami's father is not seen nor mentioned.
    • Xavier-Yves to Jagged Stone — One represents Pop while the other represents Rock, which are contrasting genres in music. And where Jagged is dedicated to Doing It for the Art, XY cares more for his fame and money.
    • Prince Ali to Adrien Agreste — Both are nice, rich kids who would like to behave like other kids their age. Both are also suffocated by their busy schedule and lifestyles. However, while Adrien has an outlet as Cat Noir, Ali doesn't.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: Brad to Jenny. While Jenny is super-powerful, but extremely self-conscious and would rather be a normal teenager, Brad is an ordinary guy who is extremely self-assured and desperately wants to be anything but a normal teenager.
  • The cast of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has a very complex dynamic, with all of the Mane Six having each trait to be foils to each other.
    • Applejack and Rarity are a Tomboy and Girly Girl pair, and Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy are occasionally paired similarly.
    • Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie share a strong friendship thanks to their mutual hedonistic, sometimes-mischievous natures despite the fact that Rainbow is more liable than perhaps any of the other characters to be annoyed by Pinkie's behavior.
    • Twilight and Pinkie can act as foils for (or be foiled by) any of the other characters because they're both "outsiders" - Twilight because she's the protagonist who often serves as the lone, sane commentator to everything that happens, and Pinkie Pie because she really is inscrutably crazy.
    • It is also seen within the females of the same race. The unicorn duo is the socially awkward hero and the cultured lady, the pegasus duo is the wall flower and the braggart, and the earth pony duo are the cloud cuckoo lander and the down to earth pony.
    • Most of the ponies have pets that act as be foils to them.
      • Introverted Fluttershy's aggressive Angel often pushes her beyond her (very small) comfort zone.
      • Ladylike Rarity owns a grumpy cat named Opalescence. (If you had a name like that, you'd have a poor attitude, too.)
      • The hyperactive and easily-excitable Pinkie Pie has Gummy, a baby alligator whose sole personality trait is to pay no heed to anything happening around him. Pinkie, oblivious, has been known to project her own concerns onto Gummy and hold serious conversations with him.
      • Twilight's owl, Owlowicious, is not a foil for herself, but rather for Spike, who is himself a foil for Twilight.
      • As of Season 2, the high-flying speedster Rainbow Dash has acquired a pet tortoise (not turtle) named Tank.
      • The level-headed Applejack has Winona the dog who, well, acts like your typical hyperactive dog.
    • Finally, you notice it in a few of the oneshot rivals and such that have appeared.
      • Twilight, who is afraid of others perceiving her as arrogant due to her magical prowess, inadvertently found a rival in Trixie, who likes to outshine everyone despite being an entirely average practitioner of magic.
      • The less-than-confident Fluttershy found hers in her one-time mentor Iron Will, an overly aggressive minotaur.
      • Rainbow Dash, the very Element of Loyalty, had a foil in Lightning Dust, who tends to be self-serving and doesn't care who she hurts. The contrast is only highlighted in that other than this, they're nearly identical. Gilda the griffon is a milder version of the same theme, an arrogant flier with even more jerk and less heart of gold than Rainbow.
      • The ever so honest Applejack and her family, who value quality over quantity and have a strong sense of integrity, found foils in the conniving, selfish, cheating Flim and Flam.
      • On the one hand, we have Rarity, the Element of Generosity, who sometimes frets over the possibility that she might actually be better off being not quite so generous. On the other, we have Suri Polomare, who has absolutely no problem taking credit for someone else’s work or taking others for granted.
      • Twilight Sparkle gains a foil in the Season 5 premiere "The Cutie Map" in Starlight Glimmer. Both are Super OCD leaders of their respective towns and powerful magic users, but Twilight mostly leaves everyday life and affairs to the older and wiser Mayor of Ponyville, stepping in when there's a major catastrophe, and her OCD is limited and (mostly) controlled to her personal life, while Starlight's OCD is extreme and controls every single aspect of her town's life. Twilight is the Princess of Friendship and understands that differences (both talent-wise and personality-wise) between ponies can bring them together and even the best of friends have arguments, while Starlight is a dictator over her small town that believes that everypony else needs to be equal and happy all the time and eventually turns out to be a hypocrite as she had kept her cutie mark. Twilight rules out of love, respect, and dedication, and has strong friendships with those who truly love her in return, while Starlight rules out of fear, brainwashing, and imitation and loses the support of her followers once her hypocrisy is revealed.
      • "Amending Fences" has Moondancer — not malevolent but opposing all efforts to befriend her, as she ends up in a similar position — who has similarities to Twilight Sparkle if Twilight had stayed where she was and become even more of a grump dedicated only to studying instead of learning the value of friendship. In flashbacks before they diverted, she is mostly a Palette Swap of Twilight, but at the time of the episode, she has subverted the inherent style of the design with uncouth nerdiness.
    • Cheerful, hyperactive Pinkie Pie and her calm and less-than-expressive sister Maud are the page image for Sibling Yin-Yang, and for good reason.
    • Day Breaker — Celestia's hypothetical Evil Counterpart — is Nightmare Moon's opposite in every villainous sense. Apart from the day-versus-night/light-versus-dark visual contrast, they have diametrically opposite motivations for their evil acts: Luna was twisted into Nightmare Moon by feelings of neglect, jealousy and lack of appreciation, whereas Day Breaker is motivated entirely by an overblown sense of self-satisfaction: in essence, Nightmare Moon fell from grace for having too little self-esteem and being overreliant on others for validation, whereas Day Breaker's theoretical fall came from having, if anything, too much self-esteem and choosing to rely on no-one. Their attitudes in their duel in Starlight's nightmare are also in stark contrast: Nightmare Moon is constantly scowling and angry, while Day Breaker's emotive range seems fixed on mockery, evil laughs and manic grins.
    • There are two villains, Discord and Tirek. Both are foils for each other as Discord (the goofy, fun-loving draconequus) and Tirek (the cynical, tyrannical centaur) are chaos bringers with the ability to steal magic from everypony of Equestria.
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    O-R 
  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes
  • Over the Garden Wall
    • Wirt and Greg. The former is older, nerdy and anxious about everything; the latter is younger, silly and perpetually cheerful. As things grow grimmer for the two, Wirt becomes moody and falls under the Beast's power, while Greg keeps moving forward, albeit in a way that almost proves just as disastrous.
    • The Woodsman to Wirt, which emphasizes the latter's Character Development. His isolation and singleminded quest to keep his lantern lit mimics Wirt's fear of socializing and Wirt's preference of safe, no-brainer solutions to his problems. It's best seen when The Beast offers Wirt the chance to take on the Woodsman's role. Wirt (after his How We Got Here flashback showed him how flawed he was before entering the Unknown), refuses, having finally understood that such an existence is pointless and stupid.
    • Also Wirt and Jason Funderberker, his romantic rival. Although initially implied to be The Ace, he turns out to be even more awkward than Wirt, but less self-conscious about it. Somewhat like Greg, he acts when Wirt is prone to equivocate, and thus Wirt thinks of him as superior.
  • The Owl House
    • Gus appears to be one to Luz, Willow and Amity in that he lacks the self-esteem problems they have suffered from, embracing all of his nerdiness without any regrets. Shown best when Luz tells Willow that she's the most powerful witch she knows after Eda and then tells Gus "No offense", to which his response is a casual "Not at all. I know what I'm about."
    • Edric & Emira to there sister Amity. Amity first appears to be a bully, but ends up revealing Hidden Depths that puts her firmly in the Jerk with a Heart of Gold category. Edric and Emira first appear as cool, nice people, but end up revealing themselves to be callous bullies.
    • Edric & Emira Blight to Lilith Clawthorne. All three are magically gifted older siblings who have a conflicted relationship with their younger sister. But while Edric and Emira may be bullies, they seem to do it out of Tough Love and are genuinely remorseful after their prank in "Lost In Language" puts Amity's life at risk. In their next appearance, they're shown doting on her, while still making playful jibes at her, and are nothing but proud of her being a talented witch in her own right. Lilith insists to want nothing but Eda's good, but tries to impose her authority over her and make her bend to the coven system, and later it's revealed she is the one who cursed Eda out of spite and feelings of inferiority.
  • ReBoot: Hexadecimal to her brother, Megabyte. Both viruses, Hex is the chaos to Megabyte's order. In the end, their character developments take them in different directions. Hex saves the net and Mainframe having learned to be a sprite and in love. Megabyte embraces his viral being and makes his final stand an act of revenge against Mainframe.
  • Recess: Menlo could be considered one to Randall. Both are known for getting along better with teachers than their own peers, namely since they like to uphold the rules at the expense of their classmates. But while Randall is an deliberate nuisance who gets a kick out of troubling others, Menlo has better intentions and simply wants to keep things orderly, if a bit too much.
  • Regular Show
    • Mordecai is considered the much cooler and more responsible part of the duo as he is naturally sociable and friendly, but he has a hard time expressing his feelings, especially when it comes to his romance life. Ironically, he has also been shown to be a Chick Magnet and have two main love interests; Margaret and CJ. Rigby, on the other hand, is considered the irresponsible Butt-Monkey of the duo, being considerably more jerkish and anti-social yet more honest with his feelings. And as for romance, he has been shown to have mild interest in women but entered into a real relationship with Eileen.
    • Pops Maellard to Benson Dunwoody. They're both in positions of authority at the park, but conduct themselves very differently. Whereas Benson is a generally respectable man who occasionally needs to manage his anger, takes his job very seriously, and rightfully calls out Mordecai and Rigby on their shenanigans, Pops is nearly the opposite. Pops is technically in charge but delegates most of his responsibility to Benson, he's friendly to the point of being an Extreme Doormat, has his head stuck in the clouds a great deal of the time, and he's an absolutely Horrible Judge of Character who's almost completely oblivious to how bad Mordecai and Rigby are at their jobs, (and was even the one who decided to hire them in the first place.)
    • Pops Maellard's also a foil to his father, Mr Maellard. While the both of them are obscenely wealthy, his father is rather selfish in how he squanders his wealth, yet he seems to be more level-headed and logically-thinking than his son. Pops on the other hand is usually pretty quick to buy ridiculously expensive gifts for his friends and is much more generous, although he's prone to making stupid decisions.
    • Cloudy Jay "CJ" to Margaret Smith. Both are Mordecai's main love interests who he later gets into a complicated Love Triangle with. Margaret was Mordecai's girlfriend with both being the same species, a girly girl and Daddy's Girl, and Mordecai didn't have the nerve to ask her out because of his own fears; CJ is Mordecai's second girlfriend but they're both different species, she has a rocky relationship with her father, and Mordecai was reluctant to start a romance with her because he was somewhat hoping Margaret would come back. For their breakups and being Just Friends — Mordecai always hoped to date Margaret and they did, but changing priorities (i.e., Margaret's college acceptance) had them break up but agree to a friendship; Mordecai tried to be friends with CJ but realized his feelings for her after "I Like You, Hi", and then they stared dating but break-up because of the confusing Love Triangle and Mordecai being a Master of the Mixed Message. The creators confirmed that while Mordecai and Margaret are still friends after the 25 year timeskip, he and CJ aren't.
    • Chad and Jeremy to Mordecai and Rigby. While Mordecai and Rigby are a pair of two that work at the park. The two are slackers who go commando, frequently fight and have basic education at best. Chad and Jeremy are fully clothed, take their work seriously, received degrees from The Institute of Technical Technology and appear to always agree with each other.
    • Quintin "Quips" Quippenger to Don. Both are family members of one of the Park's employees who contributed to an episode's plot and are both nice guys. Don was liked by all of the Park members except from his older brother, Rigby, who tried to drive Don away; Quips is considered the In-Universe scrappy by all of the Park members except by his cousin, Skips, who is the only one who wants Quips around.
    • Quintin "Quips" Quippenger to Skips. Both are friendly, albino yetis with similar sounding names and their main romance was with a human. Skips has a muscular body, is fairly serious, lost the love of his life, and is well-liked by the other Park employees; Quips has a slimmer build, loves to make jokes, is happily engaged to his fiancée (who he is presumed to have later married), and is barely tolerated by his cousin's friends.
  • Rick and Morty:
    • Jerry is a foil to Rick. Rick is a sociopathic, brave, and brilliant scientist who the family will go along with despite being aware of his craziness, but despite all that, Rick will give up on things quite often when he personally decides it's too much work (i.e., abandoning Beth when she was a child when he couldn't handle parenthood). Jerry is comparatively noble, a Dirty Coward, a bit of a ditz who serves as the family's resident Butt-Monkey despite making good points about Rick's toxic influence, but despite his bad luck is a Determinator.
    • Turns out Evil Rick and Morty this to every other Rick and Morty in their dynamic. Whereas every other Rick and Morty team has Rick as the brilliant and devious leader and Morty as the feckless sidekick and smokescreen for Rick, turns out Evil Rick is the completely non-sapient smokescreen to Evil Morty.
    • Tony to Rick Sanchez. Both are men coping with past losses, but while Rick reacts to the uncaring void of the universe in mostly destructive or obsessive ways, Tony learns to take it in stride and is inspired to enjoy his fleeting life. He goes on to die shortly afterwards while committing to his newfound love of life, leaving behind friends and a loving family to mourn him. Meanwhile Rick has countless back-up plans to protect himself from death even in old age, and struggles with his relationships with his family.

    S 
  • Samurai Jack
    • The Scotsman to Jack. Like Jack, he is a frighteningly skilled wandering warrior with no name, an enchanted sword, and is talented in a plethora of fighting techniques. However in contrast he is rude, boisterously loud, shows little respect to his enemies, and could really use a shower and a toothbrush. They're both good guys and become allies after a 24-hour battle and a quick fight with some bounty hunters.
    • The Scotsman also becomes this to the High Priestess of Aku by Season 5. They both concieve many daughters and raise them to be Action Girls, but the High Priestess has no love or kindness for her children and raises them to become murderous Social Darwinists devoid of any of those traits; the Scotsman on the other hand clearly put a lot of love and loyalty into all his daughters, and they're much psychologically healthier as a result.
    • The High Priestess is this to Aku himself to some extent. While Aku is a demon who is Made of Evil, but still manages to retain some comedic traits despite generally being a total monster who has turned the Earth into a Crapsack World, the Priestess is a human with absolutely nothing even remotely human about her personality. When you make Aku look like a pretty cool guy in comparison, it's really time to rethink your whole life.
    • Ashi to the Scotman's wife. They both have romantic relationships with the two toughest warriors in this series; they both spend much of their initial speaking lines hurling insults at the heroes; they can both be very sweet, yet quick-tempered, and getting on either one's bad side is likely the last thing you'll ever do; and they're both shown to be one-woman armies, able to Curb Stomp entire actual armies and come out completely unscathed. However, Ashi is a slim and attractive brunette of (presumably) Asian descent whereas the Scotsman's wife is "stout", red-headed, not nearly as good-looking (besides to her husband), and is most definitely Scottish.
      • Most obviously, Ashi starts out as Jack's enemy, trying to kill him in a blind rage out of her programmed loyalty to Aku, and ends up befriending him; the Scotsman's wife, on the other hand, initially warms up to him, only to be last seen chasing him down in a blind rage after he innocently presses her Berserk Button.
    • The Omen to Ashi. The Omen wanted to crush Jack's hope and convince him to commit suicide, while Ashi convinces Jack that it isn't too late and to not give up.
    • While Scaramouche the Merciless has some similarity to X-49 (both are robotic assassins with a love of jazz music), Scaramouche is the opposite of the other robot in every way. Scaramouche used magic and blades, X-49 used firearms. Scaramouche was loud and obnoxious, X-49 was quiet and reserved. Scaramouche dressed in a garish and loud purple trenchcoat, X-49 always wore conservative black dress suits. Scaramouche led Jack to him, while X-49 hunted Jack down. Not to mention that Scaramouche is proud to be a professional murderer, while X-49 wanted to quit killing people for Aku. Oh, and Scaramouche survived getting sliced apart by Jack, while X-49 died from that same fate.
    • Aku is very much the exact opposite of Jack. While Jack seeks to do good wherever possible, even at risk to his well being and goal of returning to the past, Aku always seeks out any action where he makes life miserable for others — even if it would be to his disadvantage in the long run. Their colors and designs likewise contrast as well - Jack is a humble prince in all-white robes who is selfless, empathetic, dutiful and the epitome of an honorable man, while Aku is an all-black demon-sorcerer who is selfish, callous, treats the world as his toybox and the epitome of pure evil. Likewise, they also have opposing meaning in their titles — Jack's is "Samurai", which is generally associated with a humble and honorable warrior, while one of Aku's titles has him call himself a "Shogun", which is more in line with a ruler and supreme commander of an army.
      • Season 5 in particular highlights their different reactions to their stalemate: while Jack forces himself to keep moving and fighting for mankind, Aku completely gives up on beating Jack and retreats from the public. Notably, Jack's hallucinations damn Jack for his inaction, while Aku begins talking to himself to try and feel better about his failure.
  • Scooby-Doo
    • Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!: Unlike Mystery Incorporated, Rose wants to profit off of mystery-solving rather than doing it for fun or for the greater good.
      • To Daphne. The both of them are/were friends of Fred, are girls, and share the same voice actor, but Daphne is into having fun with her friends, which is why she's into mystery-solving, while Rose is a selfish gloryhound who does mystery-solving to satisfy her ambitions.
      • To Professor Huh?. He was an evil villain years ago, but he eventually learned to regret his crimes while in prison. Meanwhile, Rose's ambition to become a celebrity eventually destroyed the few morals she had as a child, resulting in her becoming an unrepentant villain who won't hesitate to ruin the lives of others for the sake of ambition.
    • Scooby-Doo Direct-to-Video Film Series
      • 'Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island'': Lena and Simone contrast each other somewhat in personality. While Lena is friendly and is happy to invite Mystery Inc to the island, Simone is strict and is not as enthusiastic about them being in her house. They also somewhat differ in appearance, with Lena appearing younger, dressing in red, and being a brunette while Simone appears older, dresses in blue, and is a blonde. In addition, while Lena typically hunts down victims when visitors become scarce, Simone Lenoir remains at Moonscar Island while she is doing so. Finally, while Lena is concerned when Jacques is being attacked by zombies, Simone decides that draining Mystery Inc is more important so that they don't miss their deadline.
      • Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo: Madelyn Dinkley's more extroverted than sister Velma Dinkley.
    • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Mayor Fred Jones Sr. to Marcie Fleach/Hot Dog Water.
      • Both were the Sixth Ranger of the Mystery Inc. of their times, although this was a brief venture. At some point, they became the Sixth Ranger Traitor, though later redeemed themselves by helping the new Mystery Inc.
      • Both became enemies to their respective Mystery Inc. after doing a "Scooby-Doo" Hoax and ended up donning the costume for two major events. Mayor Jones only got caught after the second time, and Hot Dog Water got caught the first time.
      • Both initially did their "Scooby-Doo" Hoax out of greed (though Hot Dog Water was more justifiable) and used scamming the first time, though this later evolved into them getting involved in a grander scheme.
      • Mayor Jones tore apart the original Mystery Inc., while Hot Dog Water commits a Heroic Sacrifice to let the new Mystery Inc. survive.
      • Both are book-smart, if inept with social skills. Their knowledge has played a part in the plot when they worked with their respective Mystery Inc.'s, as it allowed Mayor Jones to take advantage of the original Mystery Inc. while Hot Dog Water becomes a genuine help to Mr. E & the new Mystery Inc.
      • Mayor Jones is charismatic, though the people that have interacted with him the most know that he's actually a self-serving Jerkass. Meanwhile, Hot Dog Water is an outcast, but her friendship and partnership ends up becoming invaluable.
      • Mayor Jones is from an upper-class and is rich, while Hot Dog Water is poor. Mayor Jones attended Darrow University for college, while Hot Dog Water's poverty situation is bad enough that her parents are worried that they won't have enough money to send her to one.
      • In addition, Mayor Jones dresses in a suit (or that one time, a nightgown), while Hot Dog Water dresses in worn-out clothes.
      • Mayor Jones wears Jade-Colored Glasses while Hot Dog Water wears red-framed glasses.
      • Both are Ambiguously Gay.
    • Mayor Fred Jones Sr. to Cassidy Williams.
      • Just as Cassidy is Velma's analogue as the group's The Smart Guy, Mayor Jones could be considered Marcie's analogue as The Sixth Ranger who is also The Smart Guy.
      • They are both close to the Gang in some way, except Cassidy is supportive of them while Mayor Jones usually is not. The fact that they of all people hold dark secrets is what leads the Gang into Heroic BSODs.
      • Mayor Jones was the Older Sidekick to the original Mystery Incorporated, and Cassidy is the Older Sidekick to the new Mystery Incorporated.
      • Both revealed the truth about their true identity and actions at night at the Spanish church in the endings of the final two Season 1 episodes. The reveal of their lies pushes their successors away and they beg them not to leave them. In Cassidy's case, it's because she fears for their safety. In Mayor Jones's case, it's because he doesn't want Fred to abandon him. They were also present at each other's confessions without the other knowing — the Freak was watching Cassidy confess from a distance and Mayor Jones confessed while Angel, whose true identity was unknown to him, was present.
      • They may be Ambiguously Gay. Angel is on the receiving end of some interesting admiration by Principal Quinlan in "Mystery Solvers State Club Finals" (although this ended up being All Just a Dream), and Mayor Jones has some interesting moments with Sheriff Stone, such as dancing with him under Aphrodite's love pheromones in "Where Walks Aphrodite".
    • Brad Chiles and Judy Reeves to Mayor Fred Jones Sr. Jones pushed away Fred to the point that he nearly let him die, but ultimately still loved him in spite of the curse, while Brad and Judy pushed away Fred to protect him, but the curse ultimately overtook them.
    • Marcie design is meant as a contrast to Velma's Mystery Inc. design. She is slender, her glasses are armless with yellow lenses, wears a sweater that fits poorly and her hair are oily, wavy, long and held in place with plastic barrettes instead of bows.
    • Paula to Velma. Both are blunt, distant, and skeptical. At least Velma isn't as bad and she undergoes Character Development.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
    • Glimmer's development is paralleled most clearly with Catra. Both care deeply for their friendship with Adora and dread losing that bond. Both are often rude to the people around them (intentionally or not). Both are desperate to prove their worth. The key difference between them is that Glimmer grew up with loving parents and is kind enough to know when she's gone too far. Catra in comparison grew up under the thumb of Shadow Weaver, lived in Adora's shadow and refuses to accept blame and digs herself deeper in an attempt to make all her crimes worth it. Upon losing Angella, Glimmer begins to make the exact same mistakes as Catra. This includes trusting Shadow Weaver, accusing Adora of jealousy when the latter voices her worries about Weaver, alienating her friends as she grabs more and more power, and nearly destroying the world because of her anger at Adora's supposed disrespect. Fittingly, both of their ambitions end in the same place: trapped together while Horde Prime holds his power over them, but with Catra a servant, and Glimmer a trophy.
    • Hordak to Horde Prime. Hordak begins the series with a black and red color scheme, in contrast to Horde Prime's white and green palette. Underneath his armor, Hordak's garment covers his chest but leaves his back, arms, and legs exposed, while Horde Prime's garment leaves his chest exposed but covers everything else. The Fright Zone has a sinister, gritty, industrial appearance, while Horde Prime's ship has a clean, sleek, futuristic appearance. Horde Prime is at the peak of his power and glory, while at the end of season 4, Hordak has lost everything. Horde Prime insists on uniformity in his clones, but everything about Hordak deviates from their uniformity. Hordak is an antisocial recluse, but relatively fair and permissive. Horde Prime is very superficially charming, but such a Control Freak he'll wipe out whole planets just to keep his image the way he likes it.
  • The Simpsons
    • Hugh Parkfield from "Lisa's Wedding" is this to Mr. Bergstrom from "Lisa's Substitute". At first glance, they're both everything Lisa wants from a companion: witty, intelligent, cultured, sensitive, putting her at odds with her seemingly oblivious father Homer. But while Mr. Bergstrom helps Lisa understand that Homer does love her, Hugh tries to cut him out of her life, which makes Lisa realize that Hugh doesn't really care about her.
    • Superintendent Gary Chalmers has been described by writer Bill Oakley as a foil to Frank Grimes of all people - Chalmers knows everyone in Springfield is crazy, but he's developed a system where he gets by via not asking too many questions, hence why he indulges Skinner's lies. Whereas Frank Grimes simply wouldn't let it go and is driven insane (which results in his death) as a result.
    • The Blue-Haired Lawyer to Lionel Hutz. The Blue-Haired Lawyer more competent then Lionel Hutz, but even more amoral.
    • Ms. Melon is calm and nurturing to her students and encourages independence and creativity in a pedagogically progressive environment, which heavily contrasts Mrs. Krabappel.
    • Artie Ziff to Homer. Being a genius, he got rich, powerful and earned respect, but he lives alone and the collection of Marge-resembling art around his mansion shows that he never got over Marge rejecting him. Unlike Homer, Artie only likes Marge for her aesthetic appeal and doesn't respect her opinions.
    • The real Seymour Skinner represents everything the representing fake Skinner fails to be, having a strong backbone and sense of pride and ethics (if naively so). He cares about the school faculty teaching its children properly, and thinks independently from his mother, whose shrill browbeating completely fails to beckon him. Expectedly everyone in Springfield soon decides they like him a lot less than the fake Skinner.
    • Audrey McConnell displays a certain degree of cheerfulness, confidence and competence (at least until she witnesses a failure of the buddy system), as opposed to being downbeat or exasperated like Edna Krabappel and Elizabeth Hoover, both of whom McConnell dislikes.
    • Lindsey Naegle to Marge ("Occupation?" "...Hrrmmm... Homemaker.") Simpson. While Marge comes across quaint and out-of-date, even according to Groening himself, Naegle epitomizes everything wrong with the late eighties/early nineties businesswoman: androgynous hair, shoulderpads, a patronizing attitude and an utter disdain for children and families in general.
    • Marge to Homer. While Homer is goofy, aggressive, and unintelligent, Marge is serious, calm, and rather smart. Typically she's the one who prevents Homer from doing anything too foolish.
    • Gavin, the spoiled brat at Try-N-Save, is Bart sans any and all redeeming qualities, with a few he doesn't even display revved up. Arguably, he's Bart if Marge had completely given up on raising Bart at an early age.
    • Mona to Abe. Abe is a senile, cranky, and unpleasant old man who goes off on wild tangents and generally annoys Homer and his family, albeit his wear and tear largely coming from all he has gone through with his family. Mona has aged with dignity, retained all of her faculties, and is someone Homer and his family loves to have around, though is left with a incredibly distant relationship due to her occupation.
    • Frank Grimes is clearly meant to be the exact opposite of Homer in every way, even down to their character designs.
    • Played for laughs with the mafia gangsters Johnny Tightlips and Frankie the Squealer.
  • South Park
    • Reality to PC Principal. Both are straw characters whose M.O. involves harassing others; except while PC P sees himself as a protector of the underprivileged who never listens, Reality sees himself as the smartest guy in the room who refuses to be silenced. Both also contributed to Butters' Sanity Slippage, yet in their minds they were trying to help. Reality is killed off after one episode for calling everyone out while PC P is kept around for the long run so that certain people can feel good about themselves.
    • In season 21, there is a couples version of it. Cartman and Heidi are toxic to each other, Cartman is selfish and manipulative, decrying he might kill himself whenever Heidi tries to get away, and because of him, their relationship keeps getting worse, it's also shown that, for the majority of the time they're together, they do not enjoy each other's company. Tweek and Craig are a couple that also has a hard time understanding each other sometimes, but they do make efforts to it, and end up making up and moving on, they never threaten to break up and spend a considerable amount of time enjoying each other's company.
    • Mr. Hankey here could serve as one to Heidi Turner. Both were once heroic characters whose bad choices have caused them to be shunned by their peers, with only Kyle trying to help them out, only for them to take a level in jerkass and mistreat Kyle, resulting in him giving up on them. They differ however in that Heidi would eventually hold herself accountable for her behavior after realizing what it cost her, while Mr. Hankey would refuse to admit any fault of his own blaming his behavior on Ambien, worsening his predicament. While Heidi was able to find redemption and return to her circle of friends, Mr. Hankey was forced out of town before he had a chance to atone for his behavior.
    • Butters' personality highlights Cartman's by contrast, as both are naive, ignorant, and seek attention, but differ from each other in that:
      • Cartman is a complete Jerkass with no moral decency whatsoever.
      • Butters is a sweet and endearing All-Loving Hero without a single mean bone in his body.
    • Randy to Stan, the sanest kid, has the craziest parent.
    • Randy to his Closer to Earth wife Sharon. Sharon is generally far more levelheaded and less impulsive than her husband, with a much more restrained wild side. Increasingly, she becomes the only real adult in the house, with Randy devolving more and more into a man-child.
    • The White parents serve as this to the Stotch parents, as they are both abusive towards their children (Butters and Alejandro). However, while Stephen and Linda have somewhat toned down a bit over the seasons, Robert is way worse in his treatment of Alejandro.
    • Henrietta for Call Girl in terms of being the only female buddies in the game who happened to be dragged into the boys' superhero LARP. Aside from that however, the two couldn't possibly be any more different. Call Girl wears shades of purple and pink reflecting her perky and bright personality, while Henrietta wears black reflecting her cynical and dark personality. Call Girl has a secret identity that she goes through lengths to hide (Wendy), while Henrietta doesn't even bother coming up with a superhero persona. Call Girl willingly offers her assistance to The New Kid and their friends, while Mysterion must ask Henrietta to help him and his allies. Call Girl's powers are based on modern technology and dealing heavy damage to multiple enemies, while Henrietta's powers are based on the occult and supporting her allies. In terms of religion, Call Girl is an atheist while Henrietta is a satanist.
    • Henrietta is also one to her Annoying Younger Brother Mintberry Crunch in terms of being exclusive DLC allies. Mintberry Crunch Crunch is much more childish and upbeat in contrast to Henrietta's cynical and dark personality. Mintberry Crunch willingly offers his assistance to the New Kid and their friends in the DLC Sidequest "Bring the Crunch", while Mysterion must ask Henrietta to help him and his allies in the DLC Sidequest "From Dusk Till Casa Bonita". They also don't seem to get along most of the time when they're both in the same team roster.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
    • SpongeBob SquarePants and Squidward Tentacles. SpongeBob is described as perpetually optimistic, and happy, cares for others, and loves his job whereas Squidward is unhappy, self-absorbent, hates his job, and is a Perpetual Frowner. This is perhaps the reason why Squidward was appointed as the manager over SpongeBob in The Movie, since he was more mature for the job while SpongeBob acts childish despite being an adult.
    • Patrick Star To SpongeBob SquarePants. They're both ditzy Man Children who share such interests as jellyfishing and bubble blowing, but while SpongeBob is something of a Neat Freak, a Workaholic able to hold down a steady job and often proves to be The Ace at whatever he tries (except driving), Patrick is a Fat Slob, a Lazy Bum who never stays employed for long, and is shown to be so incompetent he can't even sweep or open a jar without outside help, but can drive surprisingly well.
    • Mr. Krabs to Squidward Tentacles. While both of them have no tolerance for funny business, have good hearts every now and then in spite of their jerkassery, respond to SpongeBob's childish behavior with sarcasm, and have gone as far as to plot fatal schemes to get him killed, they're different from each other in that:
      • Mr. Krabs is considerably armed and served in the Navy, ultimately justifying his power to take down various antagonists.
      • Squidward is emotionally sensitive and insecure when in private, becomes timid whenever he suffers a horrible fate, and has become an exploit of Krabs's horrible schemes himself.
    • Sandy Cheeks to SpongeBob SquarePants. While both of them are dorky, energetic and eccentric Ridiculously Cute Critters who like karate, their personalities differ in that:
      • SpongeBob is a naïve and kooky Ditz who's childish, pestering, wimpy, cowardly, and generally ignorant in all but a few topic areas,
      • Sandy is a mature, tough, bold, and intelligent individual who more often than not plays the Only Sane Woman role.
    • The Cyclops to Plankton. They both share similar traits, such as being evil, having one eye, and running their respective establishment. The differences being that Plankton is the smallest villain that often gets stepped on by nearly everyone under the sea, while the Cyclops is the largest villain in the movie that can easily step on any sea creature seen so far.
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks
    • Ensign Fletcher to Ensign Beckett Mariner. While Mariner only breaks rules to make her job easier, and would never endanger the crew to benefit herself, Fletcher is just trying to cover his own ass with no regard for the consequences.
    • Ensign Fletcher to TNG's Reginald Barclay. Barclay is a good engineer whose skills are hampered by his crippling social anxiety, but he was willing to take steps to correct his own failings. Fletcher gets along with everyone as a front, but at the first sign of trouble, he will throw anyone under the bus to avoid taking responsibility, and he can't be expected to perform even the most basic task if he doesn't have someone keeping an eye on him.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil
    • Tom Lucitor to Meteora Butterfly, as they both represent the opposite options of society and family accepting a half-monster hybrid, especially those born into royalty. Where as Meteora is the daughter of a Mewman with a monster, a group of poor creatures that is hated by society, she suffers from it and has the throne taken from her. Tom on the other hand is largely beloved, if still suffering from Fantastic Racism in minor ways among Mewmans, he's still a royal who is the son of a Mewman with a demon that grants him a palace and the right to eventually govern the underworld.
    • The series highlights Marco Diaz and Star Butterfly different reactions to the thought of having feelings for the other: While Star's feelings have been building up the more she was drilled despite saying otherwise, Marco remained indifferent to the possibility, not thinking anything would come of it. When it came to Star admitting she has a crush on Marco; Star attempts to avoid acting on it further, while Marco moves on and doesn't make a big deal about it... for a time.
    • Globgor serves as one to Wrathmelior, the mother of Tom. They're both massive, red-skinned, horned demon-like entities with multiple eyes, with weird names compared to their spouse and children's relatively more normal names, who fell in love with a Mewman and gave birth to a Mewman-Monster hybrid. Unlike Wrathmelior, however, Globgor had his wife and child taken away from him, and he wound up being crystallized and imprisoned inside his Monster temple.
    • Archibald to Manfred. Both of them serve as the main butler figures to their respective Queens. But while Manfred was a Mewman who was a snobby racist, Archibald is a monster and is a pleasant fellow in comparison.
    • Hornanne Pony Head to Chezna Pony Head who willingly had her horn filed off.
    • The Lucitors contrast Eclipsa's monster family. Eclipsa's a Mewman mother, while Dave is a Mewman father, with their larger monster spouses being of opposing genders. The Lucitors also got to keep their hybrid child, which had great importance in influencing how Tom developed as he grew up.
    • Wrathmelior serves as one to Globgor, the father of Meteora/Mrs. Heinous. They're both massive, red-skinned, horned demon-like entities with multiple eyes, with weird names compared to their spouse and children's relatively more normal names, who fell in love with a Mewman and gave birth to a Mewman-Monster hybrid. Unlike Globgor, however, Wrathmelior not only managed to keep her child, but also gained a political ally in the Butterfly royal family.
    • Wrathmelior also serves as a foil to John Roachley, Rhina the Riddled's husband and Celena the Shy's father. While they both fathered Mewman hybrids, John was such an abusive husband that Rhina had to use a heartbreak spell to try fix things, only to end up killing him, while Wrathmelior is a legitimately nice woman who won Dave's heart and had a loving relationship with him.
    • King Shastacan to Globgor. Both were the husbands of Eclipsa, but Globgor was her childhood friend and second husband while Shastacan was betrothed to Eclipsa. Shastacan was shorter than Eclipsa, while Globgor is absolutely enormous. The Mewman king always had a serious expression on his face while Globgor had a noticeable smile (which caught Eclipsa's attention). Shastacan is dressed in a blue and white royal garb, whereas Globgor is a red-skinned shirtless monster wearing only a black speedo for an outfit. Shastacan abhorred Meteora and considered her heinous, while Globgor loved his daughter, and was crystallized while probably fighting to protect her and Eclipsa. Also, while Eclipsa had an Awful Wedded Life with Shastacan but she was Happily Married to Globgor.
    • Baby to Glossaryck. She is more stern and strict when assessing Star's magic and skills, but more honest and direct in her training.
    • The Butterfly parents to the Diaz parents. Both sets of parents are the parents of the two main protagonists, the Diazes are from Earth and the Butterflys are from Mewni. While the former are more laid-back and open-minded, the latter are stricter and stiffer. As an added bonus, the Diazes wear warm color clothing, while the Butterflys wear cool color clothing. The Diazes also have two children as of "Marco Jr.", while the Butterflys only have one child.
    • On the surface, Festivia and Moon couldn't be any more different what with their attire and surface attributes, but they both used their wands to fight in horrible wars that threatened to destroy their kingdom, put on facades of strength and confidence to make their subjects feel secure, and possess similar Facial Markings.
    • Celena Butterfly to Tom Lucitor, another hybrid with a Lucitor parent.
      • Celena is the picture of regal beauty and grace in Mewni, wearing long robes, having long hair, and being so beautiful that she could disarm monsters with a glance. Despite being royalty, the short-haired Tom usually dresses like a punk rocker and often acts like a Royal Brat with anger issues and the need to control others (pre-Character Development, that is).
      • Celena was born from a loveless, abusive marriage between her Mewman mother and Lucitor father, the latter who was accidentally murdered by a heartbreak spell before his daughter was born. Tom's parents are presumed to be Happily Married, with a Mewman father and Lucitor mother.
      • Celena dealt with her problems and insecurities by withdrawing into herself, ironically attracting more people who wanted to hear her secrets. Tom drove almost everyone away with his Hair-Trigger Temper despite not wanting to turn out like his similarly-tempered father, until he went through Character Development with some help.
    • Eclipsa to Moon. Eclipsa is a carefree woman who is always calm and joyful despite what happens around her; her advices to Star tend to surround the theme of doing what's best for her, focusing on self-discovery and self-empowerment; she also believes that all knowledge is good knowledge, which prompts her to meddle with dark magic; she was known to empathize with monsters and even fell in love with one. Moon carries herself sternly and proudly; while advising Star, her focus is in self-improvement so Star can become the best queen possible; she tends to keep things hidden from others when she notices it might cause trouble and has loathed the dark magic chapter of the spell book Eclipsa wrote; she also harbors the same Fantastic Racism as the rest of her family also share. In regards to being a mother, Eclipsa was unable to be there for her daughter's (Miss Heinous/Meteora) life, while Moon has always been there for Star's.
      • Their differences are highlighted again in season 4 with Eclipsa, now as Queen, improving to be a better one and doing selfless actions at the cost of her own happiness. On the other hand, Moon is content to live a quiet life in the yurt village with River, but plans a coup against Eclipsa out of anger for the latter accidentally sending her to the Realm of Magic, thus putting her own feelings ahead of others' safety.
    • Eclipsa to her mother Solaria, who in many ways was her opposite. While Solaria was fanatical in her hatred of monsters, Eclipsa understood and related with monsters more than she did with mewmans, even to the point of marrying and having a child with a monster. While Solaria preferred to rule alone, only taking a lover to secure an heir, Eclipsa loved Globgor and hoped their relationship would change Mewni for the better. While Solaria was influential enough to reignite anti-monster bigotry in mewmans that lasted for over 300 years, Eclipsa has a 0% Approval Rating among the mewmans of Mewni but is generally well-liked by the monsters. Solaria was a butch Action Girl who's wand took the form of a Laser Blade that exuded light, Eclipsa is more of a Lady of War who's wand is a parasol that blocked sunlight and reflected her affinity for The Dark Arts. Even their names are total opposites to one another; Solaria's name evoking the sun, Eclipsa's evoking an eclipse, or the blocking of the sun.
    • Past-life Meteora was taken from her parents, unjustly stripped of her throne, raised by an abusive robotic mother who "taught" to be ashamed of her origins, and grew up to be an uncaring, crazy woman; Current-life Meteora can be properly raised by her loving parents who never teach her to repress her true nature, is given back the throne via Star, and shows that while she may be a Creepy Child with an Irrational Hatred toward Marco, she is capable of showing concern for others.
    • The Diaze parents to the Butterfly parents. While Star's parents are stricter and stiffer, Marco's parents are more laid back and open minded. As an added bonus, the Diazes wear warm color clothing, while the Butterflys wear cool color clothing.
    • Like Toffee, Rasticore a Septarian who acts with blatant disregard of the Mewman/Monster Accord for his own personal gain. Unlike Toffee, he's brightly colored, relies on technology rather than magic, possesses a hulking physique, is barely dressed, has an incredibly long and intimidating name, growls all of his lines, and is a bonafide hired gun rather than a master manipulator posing as one. To hammer the point home, they're both struck down by devastating magic attacks.
    • Saint Olga to Eclipsa. Both were mother figures to Meteora Butterfly. Eclipsa was Meteora's biological mother who was a genuinely caring parent who adored her daughter's monster features but was forcibly separated from her child, Saint Olga was Meteora's adoptive, abusive mother who emotionally manipulated Meteora to hide her monstrous nature and "raised" Meteora all of her life. Also, while Meteora loved Eclipsa and never hurt her, she killed Saint Olga when the android made one too many inappropriate comments.
    • Despite being an Affectionate Parody of the main protagonist, Quasar has several differences compared to Star.
      • While Star's appearance and background is based on Fairytale Motifs and fantasy, Quasar's theme is centered around Science Fantasy.
      • While Star wears devil horns, Quasar wears a helmet with angel wings.
      • Quasar is also shown to practice the already existing spells for her bell rather then coming up with creative/on-the-spot spells like Star.
      • She also seems to have a positive relationship with Indexia which contrasts Star's complicated and frustrating relationship with Glossaryck.
  • Star Wars Rebels has Maul as an Evil Mentor foil to Kanan, Ezra's Jedi mentor. They both genuinely care about him, have lost their families and cultures, and struggle with their place in the universe, but Maul's affection is twisted and manipulative while Kanan's is honest and true. To underscore this, certain heartwarming shots of Kanan and Ezra working together are often repeated with Maul substituting for Kanan and with a more sinister tone.
    • Ezra himself acts as a foil for Anakin Skywalker. He was also picked up later in life than most Jedi from a rough background, experimented with the Dark Side to try and save his loved ones, and has many of Anakin's flaws like anger, impulsiveness, and possessiveness. Unlike Anakin, he has a strong support system in his adopted family, who help guide him towards the right decisions and keep him grounded. It culminates in the finale with Palpatine himself appearing to try and corrupt Ezra using the same offer he gave Anakin (the power to save his family) if Ezra helps him. It almost works, but Ezra ultimately chooses to let them go.
  • Steven Universe
    • Garnet To Malachite. Malachite is a fusion born of hate and desperation, while Garnet is a fusion born of love and compassion.
      • Even more, knowing the circumstances behind Garnet's creation as of "The Answer". Both she and Malachite were created by a snap decision. However, whereas Malachite was born out of Jasper's scorn and desire for vengeance, Garnet was born from Ruby's need to protect Sapphire.
    • Pearl and Amethyst play off each other by being opposites in every respect. Pearl is well-mannered, dainty, hard-working, and protective; Amethyst is a slob, ill-mannered, lazy, fun-loving, and irresponsible. Physically, Pearl is skinny while Amethyst is fat. Pearl's weapon is rigid and pierces while Amethyst's is flexible and crushes. Their differences can even be seen in the way they sit.
      Steven: Where did you get these? I thought they stopped making them!
      Pearl: Well, we heard that too, and since they're your favorite...
      Amethyst: We went out and stole a bunch!
      Pearl: [annoyed grunt] I went back and paid for them.
    • Amethyst revealed toward the end of Season 3 to also be this to Jasper. Amethyst was the last and smallest Gem to come from Earth's primary Kindergarten, which was otherwise planned and executed as an ideal facility, but still came out as "an overcooked runt" according to Jasper. Jasper was from the Beta Kindergarten (which was brought online during the War with the sole purpose of producing Cannon Fodder), but is, in Peridot's own words, "the ultimate Quartz".
    • Amethyst also one to Steven. Both are fun-loving and jokey and generally considered the most childish of the Crystal Gems, but whereas Steven is positive and optimistic Amethyst does it out of her insecurities and self-loathing.
    • Pearl to Steven, as two gems that are arguably the closest to Rose. Steven barely knows his own mother since by definition his birth means that she cannot exist at the same time, but comes to be genuinely inspired by Rose's ideals and love for everyone. Pearl loved Rose and believed herself to be the gem that knew her the most, but mainly fought out of a blindly obsessive loyalty towards Rose rather than necessarily believing in the same ideals (at first, at least).
    • Pearl to Blue Diamond. Both are mourning someone, the same person in fact. While Pearl seemed to be obsessed with Rose at first, she eventually grew out of it and moved on. Blue, on the other hand, still heavily mourns Pink Diamond to this day, and is basically what would have happened if Pearl didn't let go of her obsession.
    • Rose Quartz To her son, Steven Universe. Both are friendly, charismatic Quartz Gems who try to see the best in everyone, serve as an emotional support to the other Crystal Gems, have an Interspecies Romance with an insecure human, and have the same powers. However, as more secrets are revealed about Rose, it turns that unlike Steven who is a Badass Pacifist, Rose was a deconstruction of Martial Pacifist with her actions eventually bringing trouble for her son. Also, while Rose had trouble handling people's feelings and had an (initial) paternalistic attitude towards humans, Steven is surprisingly emotionally mature for his age and even when he's Innocently Insensitive, he will (mostly) know when he stepped out of line and apologize; plus, he doesn't see humans as inferior species since he did grow up with them. Additionally, Steven Cannot Tell a Lie, yet Rose has kept a lie for millennia (and even then she never intended for the truth to be known). Also, Steven has never doubted the Gems' love for him, whereas Rose, who was Pink Diamond, believed the Diamonds never cared for her at all; and on that note, Steven even forgave the other Diamonds themselves, something Rose would clearly never do.
    • Connie Maheswaran to Steven Universe. As one of the people around Steven's age and his closest friend, she functions as one to him (also doubling as The Lancer). In contrast to Steven's control-free, magical-filled upbringing, Connie grew up in a very restrictive household and had a normal life. In terms of personality, Steven is energetic, not good at lying, nonviolent in every way, and has a healthy amount of confidence; Connie has proven to be an efficient Consummate Liar, is usually mellow in comparison to Steven, likes action and adventure more than Steven, and (initially) has low self-confidence.
    • Connie Maheswaran to Pearl. Both are the Insecure Love Interests to someone who is a Quartz Gem or, rather, a Diamond. (Pearl with Rose, Connie with Steven), with said relationships starting because the Quartz Gem showed some form of kindness to them. Other similarities include a Dark and Troubled Past with control playing a factor in it (Pearl's "role" in Homeworld, Connie having overly restrictive parents), having a desire to be special, being knights to the Quartz Gem, skilled in swordsmanship, Badass Bookworms/Cultured Badasses, they learn to develop more confidence over time. However, while Pearl hides her insecurities with arrogance, Connie is more open about them. And while Pearl thought of Rose as a goddess-like figure and is only coming to terms that Rose wasn't perfect, Connie is aware of Steven's positive and negative qualities right from the start. And on a more subtle note, Pearl teaches Steven about Gem culture but Connie introduces him to human culture.
    • Connie Maheswaran to Greg Universe. Both are the human allies of the Crystal Gems, have an Interspecies Romance with one of them (Greg with Rose, Connie with Steven), and are insecure about the place they have in a magical world. However, while Greg prefers to not get involved in magic Gem business (unless if the situation calls for it), Connie jumped at the chance to go on magical adventures. Also, while the Crystal Gems took a long time to come to respect and actually be nice to Greg (especially Pearl), it didn't take as long with Connie (Pearl was even happy to be her teacher).
    • Connie Maheswaran to Peedee Fryman. They are both mature for their age and have proven to be slightly more cynical in regards to Steven's endless optimism. Peedee is more cynical, while Connie is realistic (not entirely overly optimistic, not completely cynical).
    • Connie Maheswaran to Ronaldo Fryman. Both are humans who have a desire to be special and an interest in the abnormal (Connie with high fantasy/magic, Ronaldo with paranormal activity). While Ronaldo actively seeks out a chance to be part of the magical world, he never really gets directly involved in the source (i.e., the Crystal Gems) while Connie never did seek it out, but the magical world opened up to her.
    • Connie Maheswaran to Pink Diamond of all people, concerning their relationship with their parental figures. They both tend to be submissive to their respective parents' controlling nature and secretly act out their personal lives out of fear of disappointing them. However, while Connie manages to stand up to her parents and change them for the better, Pink failed to convince Yellow and Blue to let her relinquish her own colony, and continued to rebel against them without their knowledge.
    • Peridot to Jasper. Jasper was The Brute to Peridot's Evil Genius. Their methods as villains were diametric opposites and their eventual fates were likewise opposite: Peridot ends up going native and slowly grows to love living on Earth. Jasper's hatred meanwhile leads her to choose corruption instead.
    • Peridot to Amethyst. The exact same action — naming their identification code — has the complete opposite meaning for these characters. For Peridot, it’s a sudden sharp reminder that to Homeworld, she isn’t special; she’s one of thousands or millions of Peridots, and her individuality is meaningless. Her time with the Crystal Gems has made her feel unique and welcome, but that won’t last if she goes back to her home planet. She’s not just Peridot, she’s a Peridot. For Amethyst, it’s an exciting revelation that she has a place, an identity, in this world and family that she never had the chance to know. Even as a member of the Crystal Gems she’s always felt like an outcast and a misfit, but know she knows EXACTLY where she came from. She’s not just Amethyst, she’s this Amethyst.
    • Lapis Lazuli to Steven Universe. Lapis is cynical and becomes sullen around others, particularly Peridot and the Crystal Gems, whom she carries grudges against. Steven is friendly, optimistic and forgiving. Since he is the only one she's been shown to be willing to open up around, this stark difference in personality is primarily what is driving Lapis to open up and accept others around her.
    • Lapis Lazuli to Connie Maheswaran. Both were lonely beings with a desire towards freedom and have a blue color motif (Connie's being specifically teal) and were able to get better thanks to Steven's kindness and emotional support. However, while Connie is a generally cheerful and friendly human who admires the Crystal Gems, Lapis is usually a grumpy and sour Gem who is aloof towards the same group.
    • Lapis Lazuli to Peridot. The former was forced into the gem conflict through bad luck, the latter was purposefully created just to be a part of it. The former started out innocent but becomes more cynical and dangerous due to everything that happens to her throughout the series, whereas the latter is extremely cynical and dangerous to begin with, but ends up losing those qualities and becoming a better person through the Crystal Gems, her former enemies. Also, Peridot comes to Yellow Diamond, her boss, and flat out rejects the idea of doing what she wants her to do, whilst Jasper comes to Lapis in an attempt to make her do what they were doing before, and Lapis isn't as strong in rejecting her.
    • Ruby with Sapphire. Ruby is hot-headed and emotional, and it's implied that she constantly hurts herself trying to get out of her cell in "Jail Break". Sapphire is calm and collected and simply sings to calm Ruby down. They're also red and blue respectively. "Keystone Motel" further exemplifies this; both are angry enough with Pearl that they're suffering from Power Incontinence, but Sapphire is already prepared to forgive Pearl for tricking them, while Ruby is literally fuming with rage over it. The reason being that Ruby gets so emotional that she's essentially stuck in the present, only thinking about how mad she is rather than any actual solutions. Sapphire on the other hand focuses too much on the future where the problem has already been solved and didn't notice the emotional strain that exists before the actual resolution. It's practically taken Up to Eleven with the reveal that Ruby and Sapphire appear to have fire and ice themed powers, respectively. Even their designed places in the Gem caste system are opposites, Ruby is a Red Shirt, Sapphire is a Blue Blood.
    • Bismuth to Jasper. Both are muscular Gems with long hair who love to fight, and will use any means necessary to defeat their enemies. However, they're on opposite sides of the war. Most notably, Jasper respected Rose's tactics, dismissed her ideals, and saw Steven as a tinier, weaker form of Rose. Bismuth adored Rose's new ideas of being your own person, but felt she wasn't brutal enough. She's also largely supportive of Steven and eventually sees him as better version of Rose. Tellingly though, both of them concluded that Rose was only pretending to be Steven and believed they were attacking "her", albeit Bismuth got better. Also, Bismuth thinks that shattering the Diamonds will help free the lower classes from the Diamonds' tyranny, while Jasper is filled with a massive amounts of rage and self-loathing largely because she thinks her Diamond was shattered. The biggest difference, however, is Bismuth ultimately accepts Steven's offer of redemption.
    • Bismuth to Peridot. Both are builders of sorts, but while Peridot pulled a Heel–Face Turn, Bismuth pulled a slight Face–Heel Turn. While Peridot conceded her plan to destroy the Cluster when Steven suggested looking for another option, when Steven said that there had to be an alternative to using Bismuth's Breaking Point, she tried to kill him. Amusingly, they become fast friends in "Reunited", with Bismuth saying that she likes how Peridot doesn't quit. We also see their contrasting responses to Greg; Peridot saw him as an interesting human at first, and she sees him as a friend. While Peridot pushed Greg off the barn roof to see if he could fly while he was repairing it back in season 2, Bismuth is sawing up wood to help him repair the house and Temple. Justified in that Peridot didn't know humans were "fragile and soft", while Bismuth does, and Bismuths are made for construction work.
    • Greg Universe to Marty. Their personalities are completely opposed. Greg was faithful and genuinely loving to his girlfriend, a Good Parent to his son who he's supportive of, and an over all content and genuinely good person. Marty Really Gets Around, left the woman he got pregnant, is a thoroughly terrible parent to his son who he only uses as a means to get ahead, and is ultimately an awful, greedy person. Greg, despite not being wealthy at all, is content with his life while Marty, despite being rich, is still greedy for more money. It's even reflected in their character designs: Greg is Big Fun while Marty is Lean and Mean.
    • Greg Universe to Rose Quartz. For all Rose's personal power and legendary ability, it's Greg's empathy and compassion that makes there son Steven a hero.
    • Opal to Garnet, though it only makes sense in retrospect with the revelation of Garnet’s true nature. Both are fusions of two Gems with extremely different personalities, and those personalities combine to make the fusion stoic and centered. However, while Garnet’s components genuinely love each other, making the fusion very easy to maintain, Pearl and Amethyst get on each other’s nerves constantly, causing Opal to be incredibly unstable despite her calmness.
    • Sugilite fusion goes much smoother than Opal's, and her personality is the complete opposite. She comes across as an exaggerated version of Amethyst. This actually makes sense in light of "Jail Break"; Garnet is a stable fusion of two opposing personalities, so throwing Amethyst into the mix naturally upsets that balance in favor of the more hot-blooded Ruby and Amethyst.
    • Sugilite also one to Sardonyx, who is powerful, but more careful, controlled and easygoing, while Sugilite is reckless and headstrong.
    • Sardonyx a direct contrast to Sugilite as much as Amethyst is to Pearl — careful and precise in comparison to the other fusion's brute force. Sugilite is modeled as a professional wrestler, while Sardonyx is a stage magician: both performers, but with very different performances. Additionally, their Animal Motifs are opposites; Sugilite is associated with dragons, vicious, brutish and destructive. Sardonyx, however, is associated with dragonflies, swift, colorful and graceful. Further, Sugilite's debut had her unwilling to unfuse until she was knocked unconscious, whereas Sardonyx gracefully returns to being Pearl and Garnet once she has fulfilled her task; both enjoyed existing and showing off for Steven, but while Sugilite grasped her existence and refused to let go, Sardonyx was simply happy for the opportunity.
      • Also, ultimately using Sardonyx to destroy the Communications Hub was a worse idea than using Sugilite, but for opposite reasons. Sugilite was so reckless in destroying the tower that she was dangerous to everyone around her, and became the villain of "Coach Steven" because of her refusal to unfuse. The problem with Sardonyx was that her grace and power was addictive to Pearl and made her want to keep re-fusing, and gracefully disassembling the tower gave Pearl the opportunity to repair it.
    • Alexandrite a good guy fusion, opposing the (mostly) evil Malachite. Besides being kaiju-sized fusions, Alexandrite has a fire breath attack, while Malachite has ice powers.
    • Smoky Quartz to Sugilite, which is made up of the worst parts of Amethyst's and Garnet's personalities — their pride and recklessness. Smoky Quartz is brought out by the natural friendship Steven has with Amethyst.
    • Smoky Quartz laid-back attitude also contrasts with Sardonyx's over-the-top personality.
    • Malachite is more or less the opposite of Garnet's truly loving, genuine fusion, instead being born purely out of desperation and savagery, and ultimately used with apathy towards the other party on one side and an intention to defeat the other on the other side. Garnet even points out how bad the two sides are for each other. This even carries over to their designs, as while Garnet is by far the most humanoid fusion of them all, to the point that it's not immediately apparent she is a fusion, Malachite is barely humanoid at all. She doesn't even have her own voice actor, with her two components' voice actors talking over each other instead, to emphasize how unstable she is. And while like Garnet, her components wanted to remain being her, it was for completely selfish reasons rather than genuinely loving each other.
    • Rhodonite to Garnet, despite both of them being love-based perma-fusions. Garnet is The Stoic because her components are Ruby and Sapphire, so they cancel each other out. Rhodonite is a nervous wreck because her component Pearl and Ruby personalities enable each other's negative traits and are magnified by fusing.
    • Fluorite to the Cluster Gems as well as the Cluster. Speech impediment aside, Fluorite embodies the possibility of multiple Gems loving each other enough to fuse willingly, giving them a comfortable new form to act through; Fluorite even mentions a willingness to add another Gem if they are compatible. The Cluster Gems look quite monstrous in appearance by comparison and were made by shattering other Gems and forcibly and permanently fusing their remaining shards together with the Cluster being a planet-wide forced fusion, leaving the owners of said Gems in constant and immeasurable pain as they lash out in a desire to be whole again.
    • Fluorite to Malachite. They're similar in that both of them have highly warped inhumanoid forms. However, while Malachite's components hated each other and one spent an entire season trying to keep the other prisoner, Fluorite's components are in harmony and work together, albeit slowly.
    • Fluorite to Alexandrite, who is also another fusion between multiple willing and loving components, but the relationship between components is one of family/friendship, not romantic, and thus highly unstable. And unlike Fluorite, Alexandrite is not a casual permafusion, but one used mostly for combat and in highly dangerous situations.
    • Fluorite to Garnet. Both are love-based permafusions whose component Gems are equal in number, but Garnet (two Gems) is fairly exclusive ("Three's a crowd.") while Fluorite's components (six Gems) are in an open relationship that gladly accepts other compatible Gems.
    • Similar to Malachite, Bluebird Azurite is one to Garnet. Bluebird is a fusion between a Ruby and a refined and small blue gem, but is built entirely on hate rather than love. She's a mishmash of her components' colors, which don't blend on any part of her, and she loses an eye instead of gaining another one.
    • The Diamond Authority contrast with the remaining Crystal Gems in several ways:
      • They both come from opposing social classes and sides of the war. The ruling Diamonds are the oppressors, while the Crystal Gems are the La Résistance whose members are Homeworld outcasts (a taboo fusion between different Gems, a defective Quartz, and a renegade Pearl).
      • Both groups invoke the Four Is Death trope in different ways — Pink Diamond was allegedly murdered, while Rose willingly died to create a life (Steven). Interestingly, in the case of the Crystal Gems, the Four Is Death didn't come about until after the Rebellion and the Diamonds' superweapon corrupted all but four of the Crystal Gems, the main characters.
      • They're both dealing with grief over a loved one, but the difference is that the Diamonds didn't have someone to help them understand and cope with their feelings, leading to them dealing with it in rather unhealthy ways. Blue Diamond would be if Pearl never got over her obsession with Rose, and Yellow Diamond would be if Amethyst decided to apply her denial in externally destructive ways. To further push the point, they're grieving over the same person. The song "Familiar" further emphasizes this, as Steven compares the Diamond Authority to the way the Crystal Gems acted at the start of season one.
    • The Diamond Authority to Andy DeMayo; they are all in a way traditionalists (the Gems actually uphold the strict Gem hierarchy) who end up alienating their loved ones due to being stuck in their ways (his extended family for Andy, Pink Diamond for Yellow and Blue). They also share a nephew figure in Steven who they both don't initially know of or recognize. The difference so far is that Andy eventually reconciled with his family before it was too late, while Pink Diamond felt so alienated she faked her death and took up a new identity in the hope of bringing some change. Another thing to note is that they both initially didn't recognize Steven as their nephew/a Diamond and had initial hostility towards him — although Andy quickly learned the truth while the Diamonds were still unaware up until the events of the movie. Also, Andy's reactions to Steven's Gem family (Peridot, Lapis, and later the other Gems) was initially very hostile, while Blue's first meeting with Steven's human family (Greg) was warm as they discussed their shared losses. The lessons that can come from this is that, even if your relatives seem toxic, they're still family, and you should at least make an attempt to get to know and understand them.
    • The Diamond Authority to the Maheswarans. Despite their similarities, they turn out to contrast more in family issues. Connie's parents appear Happily Married despite their strict parenting to their daughter and their abusive behavior is actually unintentional. When they realize what they're doing to Connie is wrong, they're willing to change and accept their daughter on what she wants to be. The Diamonds, on the other hand, are much more dysfunctional and toxic as a result of adhering to their caste system for millennia. Thus, they are unable to accept change and expect everything to be the same, willing to harm even each other if one of them steps out of line despite their love for each other. When Pink desired to change herself, the others never approved of this and dismissed her authority at every turn.
    • From a design standpoint, Pink Diamond is a deliberate contrast to her matriarch, White Diamond. Her hair is poofy with gentle curls against White's spikey Anime Hair, her clothes are a childish blend of a doll's outfit and a ballerina against White's Art Deco aesthetic and vampish fashion sense, and even her gem is the opposite of White — they are the same cut of gem, but Pink's sits on her belly facing downwards while White's sits on her forehead facing the sky.
    • Yellow Diamond to her "sister", Pink Diamond. Pink was a spoiled little brat demanding for her own colony, whereas Yellow was a serious matriarch who colonized multiple planets. Pink was unaware of the damage she was doing to her colony, whereas Yellow wanted organic life to be destroyed. It's reflected best in the ideals Pink expressed as Rose Quartz. Rose sincerely valued all life and sought to protect it, while Yellow Diamond utterly hates all organic life, not just humans, and wishes it to be permanently annihilated. Rose loved and cared for each Gem under her command, while Yellow Diamond sees them as mere drones who are rather replaceable. Even their names are similar and both are voiced by Broadway actresses. However, Pink constantly fails to take her fellow Diamonds' feelings into consideration, whereas Yellow is always looking out for them.
    • Also, Yellow Diamond to her other "sister", Blue Diamond. Aside from their masculine/feminine personalities, Yellow Diamond copes with the death of Pink Diamond by completely repressing her own emotions, destroying everything that reminds her of her grief, and sees grief itself as useless feelings.
    • Also, Yellow Diamond to Dr. Maheswaran, according to "Jungle Moon", where the former is being portrayed by the latter as a symbolically similar treatment toward their sister/daughter, Pink Diamond/Connie. However, unlike Priyanka, who managed to see the error of her ways and reconcile with Connie before she damaged their relationship even further, Yellow refused to allow Pink to give up her colony and took away her control of Earth just because she won't complete it, and lives to regret how she treated Pink by seemingly allowing her to be destroyed along with their relationship.
    • Blue Diamond to her "sister", Yellow Diamond. Aside from their colors and masculine/feminine personalities, Blue Diamond constantly and obsessively mourns Pink Diamond, collecting everything related to her to preserve Pink's memory, and is so utterly consumed by her own depression that she neglects her duties as ruler of Homeworld.
    • White Diamond personality contrasts perfectly with Pink/Rose/Steven; the latter is an extroverted people-lover, and the former is a shut-in who doesn't even realize that empathy exists.
    • Unlike Yellow, who constantly looks irritated and ready to snap at a moment's notice, White has enough self-control to act calm and loving even when angry, which makes the experience of bearing her wrath even more terrifying.
    • White Diamond's Pearl to Yellow Pearl. Both are Pearls who have roles beyond just being servants, but while Yellow Pearl is smug and condescending, Pink Pearl is kind and outgoing.
    • White Diamond's Pearl to Blue Pearl. Both are cared about by their respective owners, but while Blue Pearl is quiet and acts like a normal Pearl, Pink Pearl is cheerful, upbeat, and treats her Diamond like a friend.
    • White Diamond's Pearl to the Crystal Gem Pearl, her successor. While the Crystal Gem Pearl acted robotic towards Pink Diamond, but eventually grew beyond her role and helped her stage a rebellion, Pink Pearl acted playful towards Pink Diamond, only to be forcibly removed from her and given to White Diamond.
    • White Diamond's Pearl to Spinel. Both served as a "playmate" to Pink Diamond, who (whether intentionally or not) later went on to abandon them, and suffered emotional trauma because of it. Whereas Spinel wore her trauma on her sleeve, Pink Pearl kept hers hidden behind a veil of denial and cheerful indifference.
    • Chert is an orange Quartz with the gemstone on her nose, while Flint is a darker Quartz with the gemstone on her chest. They look like Jasper and Amethyst respectively, but judging from Chert's reaction, they have the exact opposite kind of relationship. Adding onto that, Chert is voiced by Michaela Dietz, who is Amethyst's voice actress, Flint is voiced by Kimberly Brooks, who is Jasper's voice actress. Plus, Chert is short and chubby like Amethyst, whereas Flint is tall and muscular like Jasper.
    • Lonely Pearl was abandoned by her master and was incapable of moving on from that. Pearl, on the other hand, was abandoned by Rose, but was able to move on with the help of her friends.
    • Jasper to Peridot. Peridot is an Era 2 Gem, made without any of the powers Jasper was born with or the amazing constitution Jasper boasts. While they're both incredibly durable, Peridot's physical toughness is played for laughs while Jasper's is always played dead serious. Building on this, Jasper is a Knight of Cerebus to Peridot's often laughably evil nature and own innate goofiness. Most importantly, Peridot was a Gem born on Homeworld that came to Earth and grew to love it dearly. Jasper was an Earth-made Gem that hated Earth with a passion, was fiercely loyal to Homeworld.
    • Jasper to Amethyst. Both were born to be soldiers, but Amethyst was grown in the Prime Kindergarten, which was properly planned and had all the right ingredients, yet she came out late, small, and underpowered. Jasper was bred in the Beta Kindergarten, which was a poorly planned rush job by Homeworld, and yet she still came out a perfect super soldier. Where Amethyst is laid back and friendly, Jasper is abusive and hateful.
    • Jasper to Eyeball. Both served Pink Diamond and mourn her, and both also tried to kill Steven. The difference is that Jasper stood down when the Diamonds ordered her not to attack Steven, and she was reasonable enough to hear the full explanation of what happened. What's more, she seems to understand that Steven was not to blame for what happened between them, finally sees that he's not his mother, and will help him with his problems even if she's not good at expressing her complicated feelings. Eyeball, in contrast, tried to murder Steven the minute she realized he was Rose Quartz reincarnated and has rebelled against Era 3 to get revenge on Steven. She left behind her Ruby Squad and probably most of her common sense. The one thing that can be said is that Jasper doesn't try to murder Steven off the bat and is finally willing to talk to him.
    • Yellow Diamond's Pearl to the Crystal Gem's Pearl: A shrill, egotistical, primped up secretary - in contrast to the self-conscious, multi-talented warrior that we're familiar with.
    • Yellow Pearl to Blue Pearl as well, who appears to have neither the voice nor the autonomy of Yellow Pearl.
    • Navy to Peridot. When Peridot first came to Earth she was afraid of it and distrustful of the Crystal Gems, but she eventually warms up to both over time. In contrast, Navy embraces the Earth and her new "friends" immediately, but reveals that this was just an act to get back at the Crystal Gems for tricking her team. Also, in "Message Received", Peridot appears to betray the Crystal Gems before it's revealed that she was trying to get Yellow Diamond to spare the Earth because of its resources. Navy instead pretends to defect from Homeworld to steal back Roaming Eye, at which point she happily betrays Steven and escapes.
    • Navy to Pink Diamond. Both are cheery Gems with their gemstones on their navels and have a penchant for manipulation. But while Pink Diamond is good-hearted and has no malice in her even when manipulating others, Navy is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who is outright sadistic towards the people she manipulates.
    • Whereas Defense Zircon is nervous, hard at work, and ultimately willing to realize that one of her leaders have likely used Rose as a scapegoat, Prosecuting Zircon is smug, doesn't even bother to put any real work into condemning "Rose", and attempts to flatter the Diamonds to make her case.
    • Blue Diamond's Pearl to both the Crystal Gems' Pearl, Yellow Diamond's Pearl, and White Diamond's Pearl. Unlike her three cousins who seem, despite their position in Gem hierarchy, to have gained skills in areas outside their station (Crystal Gem Pearl being a warrior vs Yellow Diamond's Pearl being a secretary vs White Diamond's Pearl having more authority than Blue and Yellow Diamond) — Blue Diamond's Pearl seems to be doing what a Pearl was made to do by simply standing around and looking pretty.
    • The Famethyst to the Jasper from Yellow Diamond's Court in multiple ways. She's a perfectly formed "ultimate Quartz", while several of them have visible physical flaws including Carnelian's short height and Skinny's ...well, skinniness. She takes her duties as a Homeworld warrior seriously, while they love to play around and have fun. She looks down on "defective" Gems and despises the Crystal Gems, as opposed to these Quartzes who happily embrace Amethyst as family, defect and all, while assisting the Crystal Gems against Holly Blue Agate.
      • The contrast is especially striking between different Jaspers. Whereas "ultimate Quartz" Jasper is hulking, loud and belligerent, Skinny is slim, laid-back and friendly.
      • They're also a huge contrast to Amethyst's other family, the Crystal Gems, who are often high-strung, distant, and bad at interpersonal relationships, compared to this easygoing, tight-knit, and loving bunch.
    • Aquamarine to Lapis Lazuli; both are blue Gems with water wings and a teardrop-shaped gem. Lapis is a kind Gem underneath all her physical and psychological trauma and has a relaxed hipster look to her. Aquamarine, on the other hand, acts as an adorable kid but is really a sadist without the mask, and wears uptight, professional clothes. And while both are very powerful, Lapis' power is innate while Aquamarine's comes from outside technology.
    • Spinel to Pearl. Both were abandoned by Pink Diamond and were deeply hurt by her actions. However, while Pearl had her friends to help her move on from the pain of that loss, Spinel had no one else and was left completely alone. Not only that, but the last order their Diamond ever gave them caused them nothing but grief, Pearl's order to never tell anyone the truth of Rose's identity caused her to watch Steven flounder about trying to comprehend the magnitude of his mother's actions and unable to do anything about it, while Spinel was told to stay where she was and literally did so for 6,000 years. Also, both were noncombatant Gems who figured out ways to use their abilities effectively in combat, with Pearl adapting her natural grace and agility from dancing into her fighting style while Spinel uses her cartoonish physiology to confuse and evade her opponents.
    • Spinel to Steven Universe. Both of them were kind, goofy, and playful beings who were negatively affected by Pink Diamond's actions, and lost their cheerfulness over time in addition to undergoing Sanity Slippage. But while Steven deals with his grief by burying his emotions and refusing to come clean to others about his problems, Spinel deals with her grief by lashing out onto others (and the Earth) over her problems. Despite acting otherwise, neither Spinel nor Steven's ways of coping with their trauma are healthy for themselves or those around them in the slightest.
    • Like the Gem Mutants of season 2, Rutile Twins are a permafusion caused by two Gems becoming permanently physically joined. However, the Rutile twins were born this way and are two (mostly) whole gems joined together, and not the artificial joining of multiple agonized Gem fragments. This being the case, they are fully in control of their body and faculties as opposed to the constant pain, anger and confusion the Gem Mutants displayed.
    • Padparadscha to the Crystal Gems' Sapphire. Padparadscha is a Perpetual Smiler, while Sapphire is usually The Stoic (at least whenever Ruby isn't around). Their overall color schemes are even direct complements of one another, and their gemstones are on opposite sides of the same hand. Sapphire is a prime example of what a gem of her type and station should be in Homeworld, while Padparascha was labeled defective and cast out of society due to her broken future vision. The circumstances of why they are Homeworld outcasts also differ — Sapphire left willingly (to protect the Crystal Gems' Ruby from being shattered), Padparadscha was shunned for simply being born with something out of her control.
    • Cherry Quartz to Jasper, given how both are muscular Quartzes who are seen interacting with Steven. However, while Jasper is abrasive, self-absorbed and somewhat violent, Cherry is somewhat approachable and adaptable. While Jasper has a wild mane and asymmetric horns, Cherry's hair is tied up in a neat ponytail and her horns are neatly placed on her head. And finally, while Jasper's colorscheme consists of harsh reds and oranges, Cherry's is a friendly pink.
    • Andy DeMayo to Greg Universe. While Greg is open-minded, even-tempered, forgiving, makes no big deal of change for the most part, and is usually willing to compromise with others, Andy is the exact opposite — judgmental, hot-tempered, willing to hold onto a grudge, staunchly traditionalist, and stubborn-minded.
    • Andy DeMayo to Bismuth. Bismuth was an old friend who had a falling out with Steven's mother, while Andy is a member of Greg's family who had a falling out with him. Both have have allowed themselves to become bitter and spiteful over said falling out, and ultimately lash out because of it. Whereas Bismuth was a warm, caring person on the outside and a brutal Knight Templar on the inside, Andy seems like a xenophobic jerk on the outside, but is actually a good-hearted person on the inside. Both blame Steven's parent for the falling out despite having just as much if not more fault in the situation. The difference is that, unlike Bismuth, Andy is able to realize his folly and reconcile. Also, while Bismuth tried to kill Steven for refusing to use the Breaking Point and prefers to be "shattered" or at least poofed, Andy saves Steven's life and suffers a Jerkass Realization.
    • As of "A Single Pale Rose", to Yellow and Blue Diamond. They are both in a way traditionalists (the Gems actually uphold the strict Gem hierarchy) who end up alienating their loved ones due to being stuck in their ways (his extended family for Andy, Pink Diamond for Yellow and Blue). They also share a nephew/nephew figure in Steven who they both don't initially know of or recognize. The differences so far is that Andy eventually reconciled with his family before it was too late, while Pink Diamond felt so alienated she faked her death and took up a new identity in the hope of bringing some change. Another thing to note is that they both initially didn't recognize Steven as their nephew/a Diamond and had initial hostility towards him — although Andy quickly learned the truth while the Diamonds are still unaware. Also, Andy's reactions to Steven's Gem family (Peridot, Lapis, and later the other Gems) was initially very hostile, while Blue's first meeting with Steven's human family (Greg) was warm as they discussed their shared loses.
    • Lars Barriga to Steven Universe. They both try their hardest to be accepted into a group of three people (Cool Kids and Crystal Gems, respectively). Both also have their own share of insecurities. However, Lars is a grumpy jerk with hardly anyone really liking him, but does have a kind side. Steven is a Cheerful Child who is well-liked by nearly everyone, but is just as flawed as everyone else. This is confirmed in a podcast:
    Rebecca: Steven and Lars have always been.. counter to each other. Even in the pilot. As the show has gone on, it's become even and even more true. They are so opposed to each other; Lars is someone who just can't accept help and Steven just wants to help everyone. That's what makes them... have such a problem with each other. Lars is really putting on a façade all the time, and Steven is incapable of putting on a façade. That opposition that they have to each other is one of the oldest things in the show.
    • This extends to Lars Barriga and Steven Universe relationships with their best friends/implied love interests. Lars' friendship with Sadie is turbulent and dysfunctional in part because he's too selfish and insecure to open up to her. Conversely, Steven's friendship with Connie is strong and healthy largely because he's (usually) open and honest about his feelings, allowing Connie to support him the way Sadie wants to support Lars. Though ironically, they both end up abandoning their closest friends at the climax of Season 4; with Lars abandoning Sadie out of fear and Steven abandoning Connie in a guilt-induced Heroic Sacrifice.
    • Peedee Fryman to Steven Universe. He's the first child around Steven's age introduced, they both come from families where a lot of responsibility is placed on them, and they both have Missing Moms. However, Peedee's cynical world-weariness exactly mirrors Steven's boundless energy and optimism.
    • Ronaldo Fryman to Lars Barriga. Both slackers with a certain degree of egotism, but have otherwise opposite personalities and character flaws. Lars is unpleasant but more or less functional and so obsessed with being seen as cool that he ends up hurting the people he's closest to. Ronaldo is more friendly but mentally unstable and cares so little about what people think that he's a social outcast. Years ago they were friends, but their different priorities ended up putting an end to that.
    • Ronaldo Fryman to Jamie. Both are Large Ham manchildren with big imaginations that have taken a bigger role among the Beach City citizens when it comes to the Crystal Gems (albeit inadvertently) that have a close, friendly relationship with Steven. While Jamie's passion is 100% sincere and he is fully capable of growing as a person, trying to improve his lot in life with local theater and accepting Garnet's rejection (with a pep-talk first), Ronaldo only does everything out of a disingenuous plea for attention and will reject facts and common sense whenever it contradicts his insane worldview.
    • Priyanka Maheswaran mothering is a stark contrast to Rose's, though to what degree is only obvious once we get a better idea of Rose's character. Mrs. Maheswaran oversees Connie's life constantly, and has done everything she can to make sure her child has a successful future. Rose couldn't be there for Steven, which has left him with obvious issues, and wanted her child to have their own life even before they were born. Ironically, Rose's former identity actually relates more to her daughter since Pink Diamond secretly rebelled against her own parental figures out of fear of disappointment just as Connie had done.
      • Yellow Diamond is a better example, regarding their similar parenting skills on Connie and Pink Diamond, respectively. "Jungle Moon" makes it symbolic by having her portray Yellow and Stevonnie as Pink in the latter's dream, showing that Yellow's dismissive attitude and strict chiding nature towards Pink makes it somewhat similar to her treatment to her daughter. However, while Priyanka managed to see the error of her ways and change herself for the better by the end of "Nightmare Hospital", Yellow (along with Blue) refused to relent on Pink regarding on her decision to give up her colony according to the flashback in "Can't Go Back".
    • Bill Dewey to Greg Universe. Both are loving fathers, but Greg gave up a promising music career and often hangs around with Steven during his day job. Meanwhile, Buck resents his dad for spending all his time on his political career. Also, Greg entered a relationship with Rose Quartz while Mayor Dewey is too awkward in his attempts to make a move on Pearl, who wouldn't be interested anyway.
    • Onion to Steven Universe. Both are given a lot of freedom for their age, they're the youngest of their families, and their fathers have some absence in their lives (moreso with Onion than Steven); they even share the same voice actor (their fathers also have the same VA as well). However, Steven is often seen helping out the citizens of Beach City and is very well-behaved; Onion commits numerous illegal activities during his free time and has a weird set of morals. While Steven is a major Nice Guy, Onion is a jerk with a very-well Hidden Heart of Gold.
    • Jamie to Ronaldo. Both are Large Ham manchildren with big imaginations that have taken a bigger role among the Beach City citizens when it comes to the Crystal Gems (albeit inadvertently) that have a close, friendly relationship with Steven. Whereas Ronaldo is an attention-seeking Know-Nothing Know-It-All that shirks his responsibilities whose ego even gets on Steven's nerves, Jamie is a dorky idealist that tries to do good in his own melodramatic way.
    • Kevin has the same color scheme as Stevonnie (clothes, hair, and skin), encouraging the viewer to compare them directly. Even his name echoes Stevonnie's: it sounds like the first part of "Connie" and the second part of "Steven", instead of vice versa. However, while Stevonnie is the embodiment of respecting boundaries and is a component of two nice people, Kevin doesn't care about someone's space if he likes them and is a complete jerk.

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  • In Teen Titans
    • Robin and Starfire. Starfire provides a more lighthearted, sympathetic contrast to Robin's Hot-Blooded seriousness. This makes her a frequent partner of Robin's during fights.
    • Raven and Starfire's differences are highlighted in the episode Teen Titans S1 E7 "Switched", where they switch bodies and must learn to use the other's powers. Raven's power relies on her being composed about her emotions, while Starfire's rely on the feelings themselves to function.
    • Brother Blood and Slade. Brother Blood was explicitly written as one to Slade. In appearance, Slade cloaked himself in black whereas Blood first appears draped in white. In behavior Slade is stoic and secretive where Blood is demonstrative and a Large Ham. Slade turns people to his side through force and blackmail, whereas Blood uses suggestive mind control. Even their tactics are complete opposites: Slade's goal is to transform Robin into a smaller version of Slade, whereas Blood's goal is to turn himself into Cyborg. The writers have said that writing Blood was a challenge because they wanted him to be so thoroughly different from their previous Big Bad but still be a menacing threat.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures
    • Elmyra Duff to Elmer Fudd. He is a hunter who is unable to pose an actual threat to an animal; she is a little girl who unintentionally harms animals while demonstrating her love for them.
    • The Woodpile Possum Clan to the Boo Family. Both are Cannibal Clans, but the Possums are dim-witted, savage, low-class and straight-forward predators, whilst the Boos act more refined and cultured, and so force their victims to go through a wedding ceremony first before eating them. Additionally, the Possums are mostly males, but the Boos are almost all female, and the Possums have a non-villainous clanmember, which the Boos don't.
    • The Boo Family to the Possums introduced earlier. Both are Cannibal Clans, but each is quite different to the other. The Boos consist of three females and one male, whilst the Possums consist of more males than females. The Possums are stereotypical savage, deformed, killer hillbillies, who simply leap on and attempt to devour whoever comes their way, whilst the Boos present an aristocratic mien and insist on doing things in the "well-mannered" way by wedding their victims before eating them. The Possums have a token non-villainous member, if the form of Banjo, whilst the Boos are all just straight-up villains. Finally, although both want to eat the bunnies, the Possums are more interested in eating Babs (perhaps because Buster's ability to make music with his body impresses them), whilst the Boos want to eat Buster.
  • Total Drama:
    • Chris McLean is this to Don. Both of them are the hosts of their respective shows (Chris for Total Drama Island and Don in The Ridonculous Race). While Chris and Don are narcissists, they also have distinguishing personalities. Chris is willing to torture cast members for ratings, a trait more noticeable in the later seasons. However, Don would like to take things easy with the show after confirming with the producers, the same producers that inform Chris that what he is doing is dangerous. Most of the time, Chris bends the rules to his whim, resulting in some unfair eliminations. Don, on the other hand, stays more faithful to his rules and doesn't hesitate to penalize [some] teams who break them. Chris is hated by the vast majority of the contestants (including the first generation contestants that had to put up with his crap since TDI), while Don has less haters (Gerry, Laurie, Jacques, and Josee).
    • Courtney and Heather. Both girls are arrogant, domineering Alpha Bitches who will resort to any means to win the competition, are the leaders of their teams in Season 1, both serve as the Big Bad of a season, both formed multiple alliances (notably both with Beth), and both garnered a lot of hatred from their teammates. However, while Heather was a Card-Carrying Villain who revels in her villainy and prefers to manipulate others into doing her bidding, Courtney sees herself as a hero, wins most of the challenges on her own merits (skill, strength), but has a bad case of Moral Myopia and believes her actions are justified while having trouble processing when she is doing wrong. Heather starts off unrepentant and ruthless in her crusade to win, before she gradually mellows out and becomes an Anti-Hero after her Island defeat and has a Hazy Feel Turn. Courtney starts off as a harsh but heroic well-meaning girl, before being corrupted by Duncan and turning to the dark side, and jumps down the slippery slope into self-serving villainy. Their antagonistic approaches are also quite different; Heather playing The Chessmaster and manipulating others to orchestrate eliminations, while Courtney exploits Loop Hole Abuse in conjunction with her lawyers to get ahead in the game.
    • Noah and Owen are best of friends but otherwise are polar opposites in virtually every single way. Owen is a big, fat, and none-too-bright optimist with an enthusiastic attitude, love for having fun, and an eagerness to make friends, while Noah is a small, scrawny, and highly intelligent cynic with an apathetic view of the world, a lazy nature, and a condescending attitude towards most people.
    • Alejandro is essentially a Spear Counterpart to Heather. Both being the Big Bad of a season and orchestrated numerous eliminations, while forming several alliances to safe guard their place in the game. However unlike Heather, who was a Alpha Bitch who governed her alliances through fear and earned a bad reputation for herself, Alejandro's approach involved winning over the trust of others by feigning kindess and kept his true nature hidden from the public. As Noah puts it, he's like Heather only with social skills.
    • Alejandro and Duncan. The near perfect opposite of each other. Duncan maintains a tough, hostile exterior but scratch the surface and you'll find a softer caring side. Alejandro puts on a charming act to hide a vileness underneath. Duncan starts off with few friends due to alienating himself with his intimidating bully act, but soon garnered quite a few friends after they got to know him. Alejandro was initially adored by everyone, sans Heather, before he betrayed each of them one by one until he was left with no one but Heather. Further contrasts are seen with their relationship with Owen: while Duncan is one of Owen's best buddies, Alejandro came to despise Owen from the start. Duncan also gets along well with his brothers, while Alejandro had a Big Brother Bully and it's implied this Sibling Rivalry is part of his Freudian Excuse.
    • Alejandro to Owen. Aside from both being male finalists, they are otherwise as different as night and day, which is little wonder why Alejandro despises Owen so much. Owen is an All-Loving Hero and an all round Big Fun Nice Guy who is adored by all. Alejandro is a Big Bad Friend who pretends to be a gentle soul, but in reality this is an act and he cares for no one but himself and winning. Owen is an unathletic ditz with an occasional challenge he excels at (most notably eating), Alejandro is The Ace and an Evil Genius who excels at everything and on rare occasion shows a weakness (notably having a weak stomach to disgusting food). Owen went into the finale surrounded by friends with the majority rooting for him, while Alejandro's finale had almost no one supporting him (save for a few girls still under his charms) and with everyone yearning for his downfall.
    • Cameron to Cody and Harold, his predecessor nerds. Both Cody and Harold were characterized as being dorks who tried to be cool and seek attention, while Cameron is a Shrinking Violet who remains shy and timid through most of his appearances but later grows out of it over the course of the season. Both Cody and Harold possess unexpected physical resourcefulness to their teams, while Cameron is almost always useless in physical challenges. There are also differences in intellect, with Cody and Harold being more circumstantially smart by displaying MacGyvering abilities, while Cameron is an Impossible Genius able to construct futuristic tech like Powered Armor and rocket engines. Finally, Cameron has never chased/pursued any girls, which was a major character arc for both Cody and Harold.
    • Cameron to Owen, with both of them being the unexpected underdog who became a finalist of their debut seasons. While both are Nice Guys and All Loving Heroes, the similarities end there. Owen is the Big Fun party guy who is easygoing towards everyone, while Cameron is a Shrinking Violet who has to be coaxed into social interaction. Owen is dimwitted and overweight, while Cameron is an Impossible Genius with possibly the lightest body mass out of the entire cast. Owen didn't care in the slightest whether he won, while Cameron had something to prove in how far he made it. Owen went into the finale surrounded mostly by his friends (with the exception of Heather) and ended up having a friendship finale, while Cameron's had to go up against three of his adversaries (Jo, Scott, and Lightning).
    • Cameron to Lightning. Both are black male finalists who faced off against each other in their debut seasons and were determined to win, but are otherwise polar opposites. Cameron is small and scrawny while Lightning is tall and muscular. Cameron is a very timid Impossible Genius and a Nice Guy who was willing to put aside the opportunity to defeat Lightning to instead rescue his fellow campers from rampaging mutants and then split the money with everyone after he won, while Lightning is an incredibly arrogant and stupid Jerk Jock who continued to focus on trying to defeat Cameron in the same situation and then kept all the money for himself in his ending. Cameron's determination to win was in order to prove how far he came, while Lightning's came from simply being obsessed with coming first at everything. Cameron has an overprotective mother who clearly cares a lot about her son, while Lightning's father barely pays any attention to his son, not even showing his face to him when given the opportunity to contact him.
    • Jo to Duncan, taking his place as The Bully type character of her generation and the Lesser of Two Evils. Both bullies had favored targets, with Duncan picking on Harold, while Jo would torment Cameron and Brick. Both have also had their respective nerds eventually get revenge upon them and win over their respect. However the differences becomes apparent when Duncan is revealed to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who uses the tough guy visage to hide a softer side, while Jo has a tendency to be Faux Affably Evil to manipulate others and is for the most rotten on the inside. Furthermore, Duncan legitimately makes quite a few friends, while Jo drove away virtually all her allies with her vileness. Finally, Duncan is known for being very laidback with a "who cares" attitude, while one of Jo's defining characters is a competitive drive to be the best at everything.
    • Jo to Scott, in a more direct example. Both are the Token Evil Teammate of their respective teams, but have complete opposite approaches to their antagonism. Jo plays Drill Sergeant Nasty and pushes her team through the ringer to get them perform at their best, while feeling the weaker members are expendable. Scott is a Team Killer who tries to make his team lose so that he can vote off strong players that he deems to be threats. Jo typically intimidates and bullies others into complying, while having a rare moment of Faux Affably Evil or Pet the Dog. Scott is a Manipulative Bastard who primarily plays the Big Bad Friend, while rarely being open about his true rotten nature such as when he blackmails Mike or extorts Cameron for information.
    • Mike and Mal. While Mike is a Nice Guy who wants makes many friends and goes out of his way to help people, Mal is a cruel and cold-hearted sadist who delights in spreading terror and inflicting pain upon others. In addition, Mike is cheery, meek, and friendly, while Mal is snarky, manipulative, and rude (although he's able to feign kindness while pretending to be Mike. More subtly, Mike is a Bad Liar who comes up with lame excuses to justify his odd behavior, while Mal is a Master Actor able to near-perfectly mimic Mike and mostly remains undetected even to those closest to him like Zoey and Cameron.
    • Mal to Alejandro. Both end up being the most vile of the villains to date, usurping their predecessors in how cruel and sadistic they are. Both also like to play the Big Bad Friend, pretending to be an ally while secretly plotting the downfall of others, and both are very skilled Manipulative Bastards. However their antagonistic approaches are very different. Alejandro charms his fellow contestants and often helps them out in order to win their support or to lull them into a false sense of security. Whereas Mal is often impulsively evil and will commit many acts solely For the Evulz (especially early in the season where he hadn't gained full control of Mike's body). Alejandro pulls many others into alliances to safeguard himself, while Mal mostly stuck to an alliance with Zoey and Cameron (and a one-off with Alejandro that didn't amount to anything). While Alejandro has the highest elimination count for any villain in the series, Mal has one of the lowest (being only directly responsible for Alejandro and Courtney) and most of his evil actions towards others involve directly physically harming or ruining their life in some way. Finally, Alejandro is The Chessmaster who comes up with elaborate plans to achieve his goals, while Mal tends to act on impulse with little regard for the consequences.
    • Dakota and Lindsay, set up as a contrast of the 'blonde pretty girl' stereotype. While both are Daddys Girls with fathers who spoil themselves silly, there is an important difference. Lindsay is happy with what she has even though she doesn't have everything (hence wanting to win the million), Dakota is spoiled to the point where she has everything money could buynote  but was not satisfied as the one thing money couldn't buy was fame. While Lindsay was beloved by all, Dakota ended up annoying quite a few with her spoiled attitude and her paparazzi. Lindsay is a Dumb Blonde who makes a lot of ditzy moves, while Dakota has a reasonable degree of common sense. Lindsay also ended up in a stereotypical cheerleader-jock relationship with Tyler, while Dakota ended up getting together with resident nerd Sam in an odd case of Opposites Attract.
    • Dawn to Bridgette and DJ as the kindhearted nature lover, even taking DJ's spot on the log in the opening. However, while Bridgette and DJ are generally well-liked by their peers, Dawn comes off as a Creepy Child who many are campers are disturbed by. In addition, while all three are All Loving Heroes, Dawn takes it the furtherest of all by being The Empath who tries her hardest to see the good in people. Also specifically to DJ, while both are a Friend to All Living Things and attached to animals, for DJ it tends to not be mutual and constantly gets attacked, while with Dawn she is The Beastmaster with animals assisting her whenever they can.
    • Lightning to Tyler, especially if one takes Tyler's online bio into account. Both are determined athletes who are very confident in their abilities, and tend to be The Ditz (although Lightning more so than Tyler). Additionally, it’s implied both also get their sports-driven natures from their fathers (as Tyler's bio reveals his father is a sportscaster while Lightning’s father owns five championship rings). But unlike Tyler who often overestimates what he’s capable of, Lightning backs up his claims and excels in anything physical. While Tyler is a Lovable Jock who’s unfailingly loyal to those he cares about, Lightning is something of a Jerk Jock who often prioritizes winning over others. While Tyler has his fair share of misfortune and brushes aside losing quite easily, Lightning is a Sore Loser to the point where it makes him undergo a Face–Heel Turn. And finally, it is implied Tyler has a good relationship with his father, seeing as how he gets all his sports gear from him, while Lightning has a strained relationship with his father, who ignores him unless he succeeds in every competition he participates in.
    • Sam to Trent. Both characters are among the more ordinary contestants of their generations, Nice Guys, and major pain magnets of their debut season who were heavily involved in romantic plots with a girl (Gwen and Dakota respectively) and played a major role in helping said girl develop as a character. However, whereas Trent is a smooth, handsome, and confident Chick Magnet, Sam is instead a scruffy, overweight nerd with a low opinion of himself.
    • Scott to Alejandro and Heather. Both his predecessor villains made numerous alliances throughout the game and played dirty to make sure their teams would win. Scott tries hard to make his team lose so he can vote off his competition, and never makes a single alliance in his debut season.
    • Max to Mike's evil persona, Mal. Both seem to love committing petty crimes, have only one letter separating their names, are Card Carrying Villains who take pride in their evil, and unlike most villains they are more interested in being bad for the sake of it than the money, but whereas Mal was played as a serious threat without a shred of humanity in him, Max is largely played as a joke who can't accomplish one successful scheme without Scarlett's help and has a redeeming feature in that he loves babies.
    • Max to Alejandro. Both are contestants labelled as "villains" with Eviler Than Thou being a heavily emphasized aspect of their character, but are otherwise opposites in every other way. Max is a Card-Carrying Villain who openly boasts about being the evilest contestant ever, but is in fact completely incompetent and self-deluded in his Eviler Than Thou beliefs. Alejandro, on the other hand, is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who hides his evil nature with a charming persona, is The Ace, and indeed proves himself to be Eviler Than Thou to the point of making previous Big Bad Heather the hero in his debut season. Furthermore, Max is short, fat, and gonky, while Alejandro is tall, well-built, and extremely handsome.
    • Scarlett a sharp contrast to the previous nerd characters like Harold, Cody, and Cameron. All of her predecessor nerds were characterised by being bullied and taken advantage of by The Bully of the season, while Scarlett herself is the one who bullies and manipulates Max. All her previous nerds are not considered very physically attractive, while Scarlett herself excels in the looks department. But the most important contrast of all, the previous nerds were all heroes (often the main hero) who triumphs against a villain. Scarlett herself is the villain and ends up getting defeated.
    • Topher to Sierra, as another Ascended Fanboy obsessed with Chris. However the differences are that Sierra's affection for Chris is genuine, until she finally sees Chris for who he is and abandons all her respect for him. Whereas Topher knows fully well just how twisted and sadistic Chris is and loves him for it, but is eventually revealed to be a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing and attempts to usurp Chris from his job.
    • Beardo to B, whom he physically resembles his predecessor, with both having tendencies to not talk while having early eliminations. The important contrast is B was an asset to his team and was targeted for elimination by Scott because of his resourcefulness, while Beardo was considered The Load and did nothing but annoy his team who had no hesitation in eliminating him after the first episode.
    • Dave to Noah. Both come off as being Deadpan Snarkers who are reluctant to help their team, but their characters quickly diverge after this. Noah couldn't care less what anyone else thinks, actually knows his limits and is still able to be an asset to his team when he feels like it. Dave constantly has something to prove, keeps stepping outside his capabilities and ends up paying for it, and is the biggest load to his team after Beardo and Leonard are eliminated. Furthermore, both have an arc of pursuing a girl which had an effect on their in-game performance, but while Noah did manage to win her over and may have had a Relationship Upgrade, Dave Did Not Get the Girl and became a Green-Eyed Monster determined to get revenge on her.
    • Dave to Mike. Both have a similar color scheme and a mental disorder that proves to be troublesome, and are part of a couple (with Sky and Zoey respectively) that serve as a major plot throughout their seasons. However, while their relationships seem similar at first, they end up going in near opposite directions. Both relationships involved trust issues between the two lovers, but for Mike and Zoey it was the boy keeping secrets, while for Dave and Sky it's the girl who is withholding the truth. Mike was able to pull through due to his love of Zoey, while it's Dave's love for Sky that destroyed him and left him a wreck. Mike ended up getting the girl and the money, while Dave Did Not Get the Girl or the money and is left with an Uncertain Doom.
    • Ella to Dawn. Both are Nice Girls, All Loving Heroines and have a special connection with animals. Both possess some degree of supernatural power, with Dawn having Psychic Powers while Ella has a Compelling Voice that can create Mind-Control Music when she sings. Both are also overly-trusting Actual Pacifists who never try to harm others, with the very worst being Dawn trying to get Scott eliminated and that was only after discovering how vile he was. There are a few contrasts, however, such as Dawn being a Creepy Child who often scares people, while Ella is generally well liked albeit sometimes considered annoying. In addition, Dawn is noted to be exceptionally smart and figured out Scott on her own, while Ella is too naive for her own good and never realizes Sugar is a bad person despite being openly bullied by her.
    • Ella has quite a few similarities to Lindsay: both are labelled as "Princesses", both have major conflicts with "Queens" (Heather for Lindsay, Sugar for Ella) which end in their elimination, both placed 9th in their debut seasons, and both are associated with the same light, fluttery music. However the difference is, while Lindsay is a Nice Girl, she does come to be aware of Heather being the vile person she is and even gets back at her. Ella remains blissfully unaware of how nasty Sugar is and to this date still thinks of her as a friend.
    • Shawn can be seen as one to Owen and Cameron, as the socially-weird male finalist of each generation. Like his predecessors he's a Nice Guy, a coward, and has No Social Skills. However, while his predecessors both performed very poorly in physical areas, Shawn displays genuine skill and athleticism that allows him to perform well in challenges. His load status instead comes from his zombie paranoia.
    • Shawn to Sky. Both are The Leader for Team Maskwak, possible finalists of the season and by extension The Protagonist, both are exceptionally athletic and possess Super Speed, and both were involved in the two main relationships of the season. However while Sky is one of the sanest characters in the season, Shawn is a Cloudcuckoolander. There's also contrasts in their relationships. While both started off not wanting to get involved in love, it's for different reasons as Shawn believes Love Is a Weakness while Sky is a Competition Freak. Shawn ends up messing up his relationship with Jasmine and spends a large part of the season trying to make amends, while Sky pushes Dave away herself. Both Shawn and Sky are forced to pick between their love or the money, but while Shawn eventually comes round and picks Jasmine, Sky still prioritizes the money and instead exploits Dave's feelings to help her win. Shawn ultimately gets together with Jasmine, while Sky and Dave part on bad terms.
    • Sky to Zoey, being set up as a parallel to her. While they are both Action Girls, Zoey was an Everygirl who unexpectedly gained incredible physical ability, while Sky trained all her life to be an athlete. They both serve as Team Mom and defacto leaders at some point, except Zoey is an All-Loving Hero who puts others before herself, while Sky (despite being a Nice Girl) still prioritizes winning over all else. There is also a very strong contrast in their relationships, as even though they initially seemed to have the similar dynamic of a Nice Girl and a quirky boy who she found weird. Zoey began a relationship with Mike and has Undying Loyalty where she is even willing to put her own life at risk for his welfare, gets her heart broken by Mike on accident, and ultimately does become an Official Couple with him. Sky despite gaining feelings for Dave ultimately does not put him over the competition, eventually rejects his love and breaks his heart intentionally, at one point even uses his love to manipulate him into helping her in the competition, and the two do not get together and ultimately part on bad terms.
    • Sugar to Ella, being set up as a complete opposite. Both girls love to perform, dress in pink, and are ditzy. However, Ella is an Actual Pacifist and by far the kindest character on the show who wishes to help everyone smile, while Sugar is rude and selfish with an inflated ego and antagonized several other contestants. It's even seen in their labels, with Ella being a princess and Sugar being a queen. Ironically both of them get eliminated due to their singing.
    • Sugar to Sky. Sky is athletic, smart, and believes in fair-play. Sugar is overweight, unintelligent, and constantly stoops to cheating. It's little surprise that they become Arch Enemies by the end of the season.
    • Sugar to Heather. Both are dubbed Queens in their contestant labels, are the primary antagonist in their debut season, resorting to manipulation and cheating, and come in third place. However the similarities end there. Heather is extremely cunning and intelligent, intimidating others into doing things for her. Sugar is The Ditz and Book Dumb, and while very brash and rude mostly just annoys others. While both are able to manipulate others, Heather is The Chessmaster who makes elaborate plans, while Sugar acts on sight and has very little idea how she'll carry on. Heather is very classy and hates people with repulsive behavior like Owen, while Sugar is pretty much Owen's Distaff Counterpart and acts exactly like him.
    • Sugar to Lindsay. They are both Dumb Blondes (although Lindsay's not a natural one) who are very determined and ambitious during the competition, even if they aren't the brightest contestants of the show. The main difference is that Lindsay has of a Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold personality, while Sugar herself has more of a Spoiled Brat one.
  • TRON: Uprising
    • Tesler to Beck. Both are right-hand-men to two idealistic programs who seek the best for the Grid Tron and Clu, but Beck is a noble program who fights for freedom and the common program, while Tesler is a tyrant enforcing order at all costs.
    • Gornt to Paige. Gorn is also a medic (judging by her uniform). Unlike Paige, who is an Occupation commander but often questions morally ambiguous actions, Gorn is not formally part of Clu's forces but is always happy to assist Pavel by rewriting the memories of innocent programs.
  • Twelve Forever: Dustin Abbott seems to be a cautionary tale for his daughter Reggie. A man who refused to grow up, much like Reggie, and ended up disappointing and leaving his entire family because of his irresponsibility.

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  • Ultimate Spider-Man
    • Flash Thompson/Agent Venom to Venom/The Patrioteer/Anti-Venom/Harry Osborn.
      • Though they rarely interact, he is in fact a foil to Harry, especially regarding their relationships to Peter. Whereas Harry and Peter are friends, Flash has bullied Peter throughout most of their adolescent lives. On the flip-side, Harry manifests a grudge against Spider-Mannote  while Flash considers himself Spidey's biggest fan. When Flash becomes more amicable towards Peter, Harry becomes more distant (though they do patch things up before long). They're even foils financially! Harry is rich, but humble enough not to flaunt itnote , whilst Flash is extremely boastful to hide the fact that he's dirt poor. They even share voice actors!
      • Unlike Harry, Flash is able to maintain complete control of the symbiote, and successfully become a hero with it.
    • Scarlet Spider is a mirror image of Spidey, with the same powers (mostly), a dark version of his origin (and his costume), considering himself to be a monster and a freak, isolating himself from others in a fashion not unlike Spidey prior to the series beginning, he doesn't have much of a sense of humour and relatively speaking, he is The Quiet One, who would much prefer to fight than talk.
    • Scorpion to Iron Fist. Both are skilled martial artists, but where Danny is kind, humble, and has a sense of honor, Scorpion is an arrogant, self-centered blowhard who cares only for himself and will gladly fight dirty to get what he wants. He's a dark reflection of what Danny would be if he let himself be controlled by his pride.
    • Deadpool/Wade Wilson to good-ol' friendly neighborhood Spidey. We crack jokes (a lot), talk to you guys, and have very similar costumes. But I'm a merc (with a mouth) who's got almost no moral compass while Spidey's a superhero who knows responsibility. Heck, he even says that if it wasn't for his aunt and (dead) uncle, he could've ended up the same as me!note 
  • VeggieTales
    • Bob to his best pal, Larry. Bob is more serious and rational, while Larry is completely silly and absentminded.
    • Larry to Bob. Larry is the eccentric and ditzy of the duo, while Bob is the mature and rational one.
    • In The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie, according to audio commentary, this was intentional. Eloise is brave and hardworking and opinionated and basically everything that the Pirates have to learn to be.
  • The Venture Bros.
    • Hank and Dean Venture are an interesting example - they started out with identical personalities (parodies of eager Hardy-Boys type characters who were forever looking for mysteries to solve while having little to no real world experience), before becoming basically the complete opposite in every way. Where Dean is sensitive, Hank is masculine; where Dean is shy and afraid of girls (thus failing to win their affections), Hank is overeager and thinks of himself as a ladies man (while failing to win their affections); and most importantly, where Dean just wants to be normal, Hank just wants to be badass.
    • The Monarch to his nemesis Rusty Venture, in a number of ways.
      • Rusty and The Monarch both inherited hefty fortunes from their departed parents, but Rusty lost his father in his adulthood and cruises through the super science world on the coattails of others' successes, and The Monarch was orphaned as a child and clawed his way into super villainy by his own merits.
      • The Monarch has a somewhat tumultuous but long-standing and deeply romantic and intimate relationship with Dr. Girlfriend built on trust and respect, where Dr. Venture is a pitifully lonely bachelor and Casanova Wannabe.
      • The Monarch's hatred for Dr. Venture is almost tragically one-sided, to the point that he's usually considered a persistent nuisance at worst. This is largely thanks to their difference in manpower, with The Monarch's utterly inept legions of devoted henchmen falling in almost comical droves before Dr. Venture's single bodyguard.
      • Dr. Venture is a rather apathetic man in matters where his own ego and wealth aren't concerned, including The Monarch's one-sided obsession with ruining his life, and is riddled with self-doubt and unresolved trauma. The Monarch is defined by his almost inspiring passion for hatred and villainy, and has so much confidence in his abilities and purpose that his countless failures, his wife's pleas, Brock's wrath and even strict Guild restrictions cannot dissuade him from pursuing his goal.
      • Doctor Venture is a Failure Hero, and Killinger suggested he would likely be much more dangerous as a villain. The Monarch is an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain who proves frighteningly effective whenever he assumes the mantle of heroism. This even goes in line with their fathers; both had heroic fathers, but Rusty is universally agreed to be a disgrace to his father's legacy, while the Monarch had criminals fearing the return of the Blue Morpho after just his first night out.
    • Dr. Orpheus to Rusty Venture, in that he contrasts Rusty's terrible parenting by being a good father to Triana. His intro episode shows him recording a message just to let her know he's popped over to the other side of the compound for a bit, but she can have one of the puddings in the fridge. He's very involved, but not smothering. Meanwhile, Rusty causes the boys to get into trouble by angrily shooing them away every time he sees them, and has socially crippled them to the point that Dean's attempts to talk to Triana are incredibly pathetic even by teen-boy-with-a-crush standards. However, it's later revealed that his workaholism tends to get in the way despite his good intentions.
    • Warriana is one to Molotov Cocktease. While both are strong, independent women who are increadible fighters, absolutely deadly to mess with and have a romantic relationship with Brock Sampson. However they differ in many ways. Molatov is mercenary/secret agent that works covertly and does her job for a paycheck. Alexis has a normal job in the limelight where thousands of people see her every day and the same goes for her warriana guise that she uses to help people because Good Feels Good. Molatov is slim, agile and tricky in a fight while making up for her lack of brawn by fighting dirty and using any weapon she can get her hands on. Alexis is a Statuesque Stunner with Super Strength only relies on a few weapons and primarily her fists while having a strightforward fighting style. Molotov is The Tease with Brock and often manipulates him using guile and her feminine wiles to get him to do what she wants and while she often gets into combat with Brock has never truly gotten close to him as she only cares about Brock the secret agent not Brock Sampson the loyal bodyguard and member of the Venture family and they have never consummated their relationship. Alexis and Brock clashes initially as serious Belligerent Sexual Tension while arguing and mocking each other. Yet Later Alexis respects Brock as a man doesn't mind meeting him on or off the job and seems to prefer Brock the man to Brock the secret agent and unlike Molotov, Brock chased her and shared his honest feeling with her which resulted in a lot of Good People Have Good Sex.
    • Professor Victor Von Helping and Red Death. Both of them are very affable outside of their job and care a lot for their family and students, even going berserk and terrifying anyone who puts their loved ones in danger. They also lack a true face and can vaporize people with their powers, though Victor uses fake skin to hide his body. However, Red Death enjoys the super villain life and relishes in killing people whereas Victor loves to help people and seems inexperienced about how arching works.
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender
    • By Season 7, Takashi "Shiro" Shirogane become one to Sendak. After they manage to make it back to Earth, Allura is able to build a new prosthetic arm for him that functions similarly to Sendak's, being a free-floating appendage that is controlled mentally, though it's built to resemble a regular forearm unlike the enormous monstrosity Sendak uses. And during the final battle, since he is no longer the pilot of the Black Lion, he ends up in overall command of the Galaxy Garrison forces, commanding from the bridge of the Atlas much as Sendak does from the bridge of his command ship. Finally, after Shiro sneaks aboard Sendak's ship and disables it, the two of them have a final battle on the hull of the ship as it is in the process of crashing into Earth, with Sendak declaring his undying hatred for Shiro. In the end, Sendak is almost able to beat Shiro, but is ultimately saved when Keith intervenes and kills Sendak with his Bayard, showing the crucial difference between the two; Shiro has friends and allies to back him up, and Sendak, who earlier destroyed one of his one ships just to try and kill Voltron, has no one.
    • Keith to Shiro. Both are the Head of Voltron at different times, but Keith's loner tendencies and hotheadedness lead to difficult leadership and an underwhelming tenure as the head of Voltron. In contrast, Shiro is stoic, cool-headed, and plays well with others, which leads to many victories. The premier episode of Season 4 has Keith deciding that he works better as a solo operator, which culminated in him leaving team Voltron and joining the Blade of Marmora while Shiro leads Team Voltron and the entire coalition.
    • Lotor to Allura, during the white lion's trials; while he killed the lion yelling "Victory or death!" Allura fell onto her knees telling it, "I give up my life". While Lotor failed the trial, Allura succeeded.
    • The Blade of Marmora to Team Voltron. Voltron is a tiny group of idealistic Ragtag Bunch of Misfits thrown into battle unprepared, who compensate for their lack of experience by building strong bonds and combining skills (and robots) — they also have a No One Gets Left Behind policy. The Blades are a large organization of thoroughly trained Combat Pragmatists who are fairly uniform in mindset and opinions, and who outright avoid building strong relationships because they could be called on to sacrifice other members of the group at any time thanks to their policy of Knowledge Or Death.
  • Wander over Yonder
    • Ryder to Wander. Wander is innocent, compassionate, and helpful; Ryder is mean, underhanded, and selfish. He's also shows what Sylvia could have been like without Wander's influence.
    • Beep-Boop to Westley. Both obeyed tyrannical villains only to enjoy spending time with Wander. But while Westley was The Runt at the End with a fondness for good views and a desire to prove himself, Probe 13 was hyper-competent and needed to discover how much fun the world he wanted to destroy was. He also further demonstrates Dominator's Eviler Than Thou status by being killed by his master, while Hater briefly mourned Westley's apparent death.
  • Welcome to the Wayne: Olly Timbers to Ansi Molina. Hyperactive and outgoing, compared to Ansi's introverted and shy nature.
  • Young Justice
    • Arsenal / Speedy (Roy Harper) to Red Arrow. Both are presented as jerkasses whose only redeeming traits are that they are fighting on the side of good. They both also have an obsessive and selfish personality that serve as their fatal flaws. However, Arsenal represents what Red Arrow could've become had he not have friends or a daughter (the latter which was the real reason he got himself together) and didn't curb his extremely negative traits. Also, while Arsenal still remains a jerk, who becomes even more so, Red Arrow ultimately proves to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who became nicer.
    • Halo (Violet Harper) to Cyborg (Victor Stone): They're both humans fused with New Gods tech to revive them. However, the Father Box deliberately built itself into Victor and suppressed his humanity in classic Jekyll & Hyde style, while Mother Box binding to Gabrielle was an accident and after Gabrielle was dead, leaving the Mother Box as the sole personality.
    • Forager to Geo-Force. Both are exiles who can't return to their home, and both are Unskilled, but Strong who can deal heavy damage but are set back by inexperience. However, Forager is calm and polite, never gets angry, acts easy-going almost to a fault, has completely moved on since his banishment and finding a new "hive", and is portrayed as a Nice Guy every day. Geo-Force has a Hair-Trigger Temper and is prone to constant outbursts, comes to blows with others a lot, has an obsession with his past, and is portrayed as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold on his best days. Amazingly, they're the closest of friends.
    • Forager to fellow alien superhero Miss Martian, specifically her portrayal in the first season. Forager is an exiled refugee, whereas Miss Martian willingly migrated to Earth; and he doesn't even bother trying to conform to human cultural standards (in fact he seems completely oblivious to their existence), whereas Miss Martian desperately wanted to fit in. Even in his Fred Bugg disguise, it's more of a means to get around more easily, rather than an attempt to hide his true self out of any sense of shame.
    • Cyborg to Blue Beetle — Both are human teenagers who unwillingly bonded to sentient alien devices that give them special abilities and try to turn them evil. Jaime is able to revert between his armored form and civilian form at will, while Vic has the issue of a permanent cyborg appearance as a result of injury. Unlike Jaime with the scarab, Vic was able to resist the control of the Fatherbox. Also Jaime is ecstatic about being a hero while Vic wants a normal life.
    • Robin III/Tim Drake to Robin I/Dick Grayson now known as Nightwing — Both are Badass Normal, have a knack for leadership, same Animal Motif and Animal-Themed Superbeing, protege under Batman, and determined to accomplish a mission. However, Dick was more playful and confident (to the point of arrogance), Tim is more serious and humble (to the point of Heroic Self-Deprecation).
    • (M'comm M'orzz) to his sister M'gann, both having had turned to extremist positions and an "Ends justify the means" mentality. But while M'gann had grown out of her ruthless tendencies by the end of Season 2 and reformed herself, M'comm still openly embraces less than scrupulous actions to forward his goals. And as ruthless as M'gann was in Season 2, she never stooped to killing or using innocents as M'comm has. This comes forth in their argument where M'gann tries to appeal to M'comm's compassion and empathy.

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