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"History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes."

Yes, Lamarck Was Right. But this is getting silly.

Not only has our hero discovered his Secret Legacy and realized that, due to his Superpowerful Genetics, he's inherited all of Mom and Dad's abilities (including the ones courtesy of Charles Atlas)... he's found out that he's destined to live out a replay of their lives.

This trope takes "following in your parent's footsteps" to a whole new level. The character hasn't just inherited their parents' character traits and superpowers — they've inherited their entire life story.

They will meet the same people their parents met, or, if this isn't possible, they will have an equivalent. If Mandy's best friend when she was a child was Polly the Soapbox Sadie, her daughter Mindy will befriend Paula the Soapbox Sadie on her first day of school. Sometimes it's just a coincidence when the child seems to gravitate towards the same type of people as their mom and dad were, but often the new associate will have some direct tie to the parent's past or be a Generation Xerox themselves. Even Love Interests and relationships tend to get copied whole cloth, whether as the descendants of two Star-Crossed Lovers or the child of the Official Couple from a Love Dodecahedron becoming the target of the new generation of Cupid's Arrows.


Often, certain key events will happen exactly as they did in the past. Turn Out Like His Father is most likely to fail when crossed with this trope. In many plotlines, however, the outcome will change at the last moment since The Hero has heard the story from their parents and had the time to work out what went wrong and how to change it.

Mentors who become parental figures will also tend to pass on their life story, although karma rather than genetics will be held responsible for the resulting deja vu.

See also In the Blood, Villainous Lineage, Heroic Lineage, Secret Legacy, Superpowerful Genetics, and Legacy Character. Often this leads to Parental Hypocrisy. Opposed Mentors will have opposed students who will become mentors themselves etc.

When it's only the appearance that's the same between generations, it's likely an instance of Strong Family Resemblance. If the similar appearance is sustained over a lot of the family tree, rather than just parent and child, it's Uncanny Family Resemblance. If this is done by using the exact same actors to portray both ancestors and descendants, you have an Identical Grandson.



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  • Ace of the Diamond: A sibling example occurs with the Kominato brothers, Ryosuke and Haruichi. The latter has a serious case of Big Brother Worship, to the point he imitates Ryousuke in pretty much everything (choosing the same type of bat, playing the same position, and going to the same school) despite Ryousuke explicitly telling him to not do so. Becomes more evident during Act II after Ryousuke graduates and leaves the team; Haruichi takes over his position as 2nd Baseman and plays in combination with Kuramochi (the team's Shortstop), and he's also taken to talk with a dry wit and a bit of a sadistic streak, much like Ryousuke did before him.
  • Seiichirou Kitano from Angel Densetsu not only is as scary as his father. He gets in the same exact problems at school because of that and knows his girlfriend only when she understands he's an All-Loving Hero. Exactly the same as his father's. The only, marginal, difference between the two is that Seiichirou trades in being The Juggernaut (on top of being a Lightning Bruiser) for a metric ton of Selective Obliviousness.
  • Arakawa Under the Bridge inverts the situation: when Ric's dad shows up on the bridge, his trousers are stolen. To avoid owing Nino a debt, he refuses her help — abandoning his trousers and getting taken away by a police officer for indecency. For Want of a Nail (Nino retrieving the trousers), this is exactly what happened to Ric in the first chapter.
  • Berserk: A boy is born under unusual/supernatural circumstances to a gruff, unloving mercenary father and an ill-fated yet loving mother. The child wants the approval of their father-figure, but the father only has resentment for the son, seeing their "cursed" existence as the cause/reminder for their lover's unfortunate fate; at some point, this resentment turns into an attempt on the son's life, but fails. This describes the origin story of main protagonist Guts and later, his cursed, unnamed son.
  • In Bleach, Ichigo Kurosaki and Uryuu Ishida's cordially vitriolic interactions are almost carbon copies of the interactions between their fathers, Isshin Kurosaki and Ryuuken Ishida. Same Shinigami vs. Quincy rivalry, same gut instinct vs. analysis divergence, same trickster mentor relationship with Urahara. Isshin and Ichigo even share their ultimate sword technique, Final Getsuga Tensho and Uryuu's post-time skip bow now looks very similar to Ryuuken's small bow. In the epilogue, Ichigo and Uryuu have even followed their fathers into the medical profession. Ten years after Yhwach is killed, Ichigo is in charge of the Kurosaki Clinic and Uryuu has become a doctor at his father's hospital.
  • In Cardcaptor Sakura, Tomoyo has an unrequited crush on Sakura, who happens to be Tomoyo's second cousin. Their respective mothers, who were first cousins, had a similar relationship, as Sonomi had been in love with Nadeshiko, who ended up marrying Sakura's father. There is a slight difference, though; Tomoyo accepted that Sakura would never love her and even helps Syaoran confess his feelings for her, whereas Sonomi could not accept Nadeshiko marrying Fujitaka and would hate the latter for years afterward.
  • As much as Tomoya Okazaki of CLANNAD hates his father for neglecting him to dull the pain of his mother's death, he has become exactly the same to his own little girl Ushio to forget that her birth killed Nagisa. Thankfully, both cases get better. And worse. And better, again.
  • Code Geass:
    • An Emperor and his partner, to whom he is very close, form a very elaborate plan to unite the world for its own good by any means necessary, so those they love will be happy. Now, thinking carefully, are we talking about Emperor Charles di Brittannia and Marianne "The Flash" Lamperouge, or Lelouch vi Britannia/Lamperouge and Suzaku "Knight of Zero" Kururugi?
    • Then Rolo is a Xerox of V.V. Think of it: they're the younger brother to the Emperor/Emperor candidate (even if just adopted, in Rolo's case), are obsessively attached to said brother, and ultimately murder someone who said Emperor deeply cared for due to utter jealousy (Marianne in V.V.'s case, Shirley in Rolo's.) Pretty much the biggest difference is that Charles kills V.V upon finding out, while Lelouch doesn't kill Rolo to further his plans — which leads to Rolo pulling a Heroic Sacrifice for him.
    • Geass contains another, more layered example: Lelouch tells Suzaku that despite the difference in their social status, they can still be friends, citing the example of the first Britannian Emperor and the original Knight of One, who were also lifelong friends (as detailed in the history lessons in the DVD inserts). This is also true of Emperor Charles and his Knight of One, Bismarck Waldstein and again when Lelouch usurps the throne and Suzaku, having patched up their differences, serves as his Knight of Zero.
    • Also, a very subtle version but... a young revolutionary eventually talks his reluctant best friend to join the cause against Britannia, dies fighting the Empire, and said best friend finds himself inheriting his position and becoming the protector of the dead friend's younger sister. Are we talking about Naoto Kouzuki, Kaname Ohgi, and Kallen Kouzuki — or Lelouch, Suzaku, and Nunnally?
  • Crimson Spell:
    • A century before the series takes place, King Fleivangr had a very cozy relationship with Halceles, his protector and advisor, but the relationship ended after the king was cursed and Halceles was forced to kill him. His Identical Grandson, Valdrigr, ends up under the same curse and seeks out one of Halceles' proteges, Halvir, for help. Halvir seduces and vows to protect him. When he sees them together, Halceles gets very nervous, but Halvir insists that he won't let it end the same way for him as it did for his master.
    • Another of the king's Court Mages, Rimris, invokes this when he reveals that he served Fleivangr using Sex Magic. He uses this as an argument to try to persuade Vald to sleep with him, to Vald's great consternation.
  • A Cruel God Reigns: The main character Jeremy looks EXACTLY like his Deceased Parents Are the Best father. And they share the same name. And it is creepily hinted at in just a couple of panels that Jeremy's mother Sandra asked him to call her by her first name when he was a child to replace her husband. It doesn't help that she then appears to kiss him on the lips.
  • The final episode of Digimon Adventure 02, the second season of Digimon, ends with a "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue in which all twelve of the heroes from the past two seasons bring their children to the Digital World for a get-together. Not only do many of the kids look somewhat like their parents, but ALL their partner Digimon are lower-level forms of their parents' own partner Digimon. This scene is not popular with the fans, though that's mainly for shipping-related reasons.
  • Dragon Ball GT is particularly blatant with Son Goku Jr. (and later Vegeta Jr.) in the TV special and the Distant Finale of the final episode.
    • As well in Dragon Ball Z with Bardock, Goku, and Goten before he cut his hair.
    • Dragon Ball Minus, a prequel manga, introduces Gine, an Actual Pacifist from whom Goku and his progeny ultimately inherited their gentle natures. Goku's brother Raditz takes more after her in looks than Bardock and her great-granddaughter Pan also looks remarkably like her.
    • Played with with Gohan, who seems to start off as something of daddy's boy, even surpassing Goku in potential, but whose gentle, pacifistic nature ultimately drives him to abandon his father's fighting legacy and making him more of a xerox of his grandmother who also chose to abandon fighting because of her gentle nature.
  • Flame of Recca: The Hero and title character Recca finds out he is exactly like his birth father, Oka when they finally meet. And coincidentally, he is exactly like his adopted father as well!
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Edward Elric looks almost exactly the same as the younger version of his father, Van Hohenheim, as shown in the flashbacks. Later, Ed and Winry's children both bear a resemblance to them, especially in the Brotherhood anime where the son's hair has Ed's shade of blond while the daughter has Winry's. Edward's son has the same style as him as a toddler and looks like a miniature version of him.
    • In the 2003 anime version is even more obvious where in an OVA everyone is shown to have a relative that looks exactly like them 100 years later. Ed's great-grandchildren look like him, Alphonse, and... Winry. Whether this means either brother married Winry's Earth alter or whether Winry made it past the Gate is unexplained.
  • Hanasaku Iroha shows that Ohana's mother Satsuki was a lot like her daughter when she was younger (complete with the same voice actress). The situations were reversed (other work vs the inn) but played out exactly the same.
  • Initial D: In the Third Stage movie, Takumi races the son of his father's former rival. And wins, just like his dad did.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is a downplayed example. While nearly every member of the Joestar family is Hot-Blooded and wins their fights more through cunning than brute force, the similarities end there, and the series opts for Contrasting Sequel Main Characters instead. Stardust Crusaders also has Avdol and his father (who also subverts it by actually being Avdol himself in disguise).
  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War:
    • Both Dr Tanuma and his son are doctors who had a kid at seventeen. And considering the fact that his grandson Tsubasa is currently seventeen, has plans on attending medical school, and is long established as having a sexually active relationship with Kashiwagi...
    • Chapter 186 implies that Hayasaka's relationship with Kaguya mirrors the one that her mother had with Kaguya's older brother Unyo. The big difference is that Kaguya was able to forgive Hayasaka for her betrayal, while Unyo wasn't.
  • Used as a plot point in The Kindaichi Case Files, where Masumi and Naoko have very similar life experiences, and they develop very similar personalities as a result. This allows Naoko to manipulate Masumi into committing murders on her behalf, because she knows Masumi's triggers and is able to predict Masumi's actions due to to their similarities.
  • The Lupin III Spin-Off Lupin Kozou is about Lupin's son, another thief with a penchant for disguises and a weakness for cute girls. His main accomplice is Marilyn Aiki, who like Fujiko Mine, is a beautiful and mysterious girl who is both tougher than she looks and is a frequent kidnapping target. The major difference is that Lupin, Jr. and Marilyn are both much younger than their respective counterparts.
  • Lyrical Nanoha: Our main character is an over-powered Magical Girl Warrior despite being an elementary schoolgirl who started off as a secondary character in a different series. Her first magic teacher is Yuuno, she has a pair of ordinary friends of contrasting personalities, and looming over the horizon is a brooding, mysterious Dark Magical Girl rival who enjoys balancing on high places, has beautiful eyes, and is every bit her equal. Now, is this Nanoha Takamachi in the first season or Vivio Takamachi in ViVid? Of course, unlike her Nanoha-mama, Vivio has the advantage of the old cast looking after her, so while Dark Magical Girl Fate remained at large for the entire first season, Dark Magical Girl Einhart got befriended almost immediately at the start of ViVid when her attempt at defeating Nove backfired on her.
    • The two friends of the latter are neither ordinary nor are they Those Two Girls, they are main characters and Magical Girls instead.
    • In Chapter 6, Vivio spars with Einhart and loses easily, disappointing her, as she thinks Vivio cannot possibly be the Sankt Kaiser. Vivio proposes a rematch in a week and hopes to get strong enough to satisfy her. Since Vivio heard about Nanoha fighting Fate in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS Sound Stage 02, it seems she's inherited Nanoha's ideas about making friends.
    • Vivio vs Miura is the ViVid version of Nanoha vs Vita or Fate vs Signum (who are two of Miura's instructors). What does that mean? Vivio loses. In a tournament.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing gets hit with this quite badly in the official sequel novel Frozen Teardrop, with most of the original cast members having a younger counterpart who looks and acts just like they did in the original anime; this includes Duo Maxwell II (Duo's son), Kathy Po (Sally's daughter), Trowa Phobos (Trowa Barton's protégé), Katerina Winner (Quatre's younger sister), and possibly Zechs Merquise II, whose relation to Milliardo Peacecraft remains unknown and who has yet to do anything other than show up at the latter's funeral. Zechs and Noin's children Milou and Naina also apply, though they're Gender Flipped versions (Naina looks like a female Zechs while Milou looks like a male Noin).
    • It goes backward in time as well: later chapters show the history of the real Heero Yuy, including his Love Triangle with sisters Katrina and Sabrina Peacecraft. They, of course, look exactly like Heero Yuy and Relena Peacecraft, the show's protagonists (in the case of the Heero it's even worse because, as with Trowa, the two are not related in any form or fashion
      • The lives of Katrina and Sabrina Peacecraft mirror the lives of Relena and Milliardo, who are Sabrina's grandchildren. Like Relena and Milliardo, they were separated at a young age before eventually being reunited with one sibling going to rule the Sanc Kingdom (Sabrina in the twins' case, Relena in the grandchildren's case), while the other went on to become a warrior under an assumed name (Zechs Merquise in Millardo's case, Sith Merquise in Katrina's case). Katrina's Sith Merquise mask even looks like Milliardo's Zechs Merquise mask.
  • The Morose Mononokean: Ashiya shares a lot of history with his Disappeared Dad, Sakae. Sakae was an employee of the Mononokean, serving under Aoi, just as Ashiya is now serving under Abeno. Sakae also met his eventual wife (Ashiya's mom) after exorcising a demon who was haunting her and left her ill. Similarly, Ashiya crosses paths with Abeno while trying to get rid of the demon that was draining his life-force and leaving him in the infirmary.
  • My Hero Academia has a variant that doesn't go from father to son or the like. Midoriya starts off without a Quirk before inheriting One For All, hoping to use it to become the world's greatest hero. All Might, the one who passed the Quirk down to him, is revealed later to have also been a previously-Quirkless inheritor of One For All who did become the world's greatest hero with it
  • My Monster Secret:
    • The hero Kuromine Asahi being the Secret-Keeper to Shiragami Youko about her being a vampire. He ends up being a good friend of hers. Youko notes that her father, a vampire, had his secret discovered by a girl in his school and she kept the secret too. The girl would go on to be Youko's mother. Their relationship mirrors Touko and Genjirou's (Youko's parents) a great deal, sometimes to the point of Contrived Coincidence.
      • Later on in the story, Youko actually reveals that she's been invoking this on purpose, going to the same school where her parents met and doing the same things that lead to their falling in love because she grew up listening to her mother's stories and wanted to have the same experience. However, her father Genjirou has been warning Asahi against letting this happen, vaguely implying that if they follow his and Touko's story too closely it'll only hurt both of them.
      • Late in the series it goes in a dramatic direction: Asahi gets sent 20 years into the past and befriends the teenage Genjirou and Touko when they were high schoolers; their relationship is basically a gender-inverted version of Asahi and Youko's. However, things went to Hell just days before graduation when Genjirou's vampiric nature went out of control and he had to drop out of school, which is what Genjirou was warning Asahi about. Genjirou also had a trio of friends just like Asahi's own friends, but they turned on him when he went berserk, which has Asahi worried that his friends might do the same. Even worse, Asahi's Granddaughter from the Future subsequently tells him that history did repeat, with Youko going berserk like her father and disappearing forever; the final arcs of the series are dedicated to the cast doing everything they can to prevent the Bad Future despite being told that You Can't Fight Fate.
      • In terms of non-relationship connections, during their senior year Asahi and Youko both decide that they want to become teachers and help out young people with secrets; at the end of the chapter, we learn that Genjirou had the same wish, but was unable to carry it out because he had to leave school during his senior year.
    • Later they meet the angel girl Shirogane Karen, who is the best friend of Youko's parents, just like the alien Aizawa Nagisa. Karen and Genjirou even found out each other's secrets in exactly the same way Youko and Nagisa did. However, unlike Nagisa who is struggling between her feeling for Asahi and her friendship with Youko, Karen was a complete Shipper on Deck for Touko and Genjirou.
    • Akane was the homeroom teacher of Youko's parents. In the current day, Asahi and Youko's homeroom teacher is Akari, Akane's great-great-granddaughter, while Akane herself is now the principal of the school.
  • In My-Otome, both Arika and her mother Lena Sayers have a blonde friend who is apparently a lesbian and turns out to be secretly working against them; Erstin for Schwarz, Elliot for a Five Columns conspiracy to kill Sifr (although she decides to oppose the Columns and rescue Sifr with Lena). Arika and Nina's personalities are similar to Lena and Sifr's, although the roles are reversed; Arika's mother Lena is like a somewhat more relaxed but still consistently serious Nina, and Nina's mother Sifr is like Arika.
  • One of the themes of Naruto is the recurrence of certain characters, traits, and patterns across the generations.
    • Team 7's relations and characteristics are a dead ringer for those of the Legendary Sannin. This was one reason many fans were able to pick up on a Luke, I Am Your Father revelation long before it was revealed in canon.
    • As a matter of fact, the relationship between Naruto and his friend/rival Sasuke works as this across multiple generations, dating all the way back to the very invention of ninjutsu.
    • There's now an explanation for the phenomenon. It turns out that even after the sons of the Sage of the Six Paths died, their chakra kept reincarnating into their descendants again and again for generations to continue their feud. And before Naruto/Sasuke, the previous vessels were Hashirama/Madara.
    • There's also Team Minato in regards to Team 7, with Minato/Kakashi as the mentor, Obito/Naruto as the brash, hot-headed one with a one-sided crush on The Chick, Rin/Sakura as The Medic with a crush on the genius Lancer, and finally young Kakashi/Sasuke who are The Stoic. Though this particular generation is inverted in that that it was Obito who ended up being the bad guy and Kakashi being the hero.
      • To further deepen the parallels between Team Minato and Team 7, Kakashi ended up becoming Hokage, just like his sensei did. Though it's also inverted in regards to their respective teams, as Naruto, Obito's counterpart, is the one who became Hokage — then again, it was also Obito's dream, at least until he became evil. Then Obito became good again, and knowing that he could no longer achieve that dream after all the damage he had done, passed it on to his best friend Kakashi to fulfill.
    • Team Ame might count too. Yahiko/Naruto as the brash, hot-headed one and underdog, Konan/Sakura as the "smart" one of the three, Nagato/Sasuke as the Genius and most talented of the three. There's also hints of a Love Triangle going on but was resolved peacefully.
    • Part of the drama/storyline is that Generation Xerox is present, but also a curse of types. Sasuke is the biggest example/offender that he seems like silly putty. Is he going to be a copy of Kakashi, Orochimaru, Itachi, Obito, or Madara?
    • While Naruto inherited one of his father's signature techniques, it's really his mother whom he takes after the most: Hot-Blooded, addicted to ramen, similar Verbal Tics (his "dattebayo" vs. her "dattebane"), Jinchuuriki for the nine-tailed fox, etc.
      • In the epilogue, his own son is shown to take after him, both in appearance and personality. Boruto is every bit the prankster his father and his sensei, Konohamaru, were as kids. He even has a similar Verbal Tic ("dattebasa"). The difference is that Boruto is shown to hate the Hokage, as the position means his father can't spend more time with him. Meanwhile, his sister Himawari is shown to take after their mother, Hinata, though both children inherited their father's facial markings.
      • Boruto's similarity to Naruto is played with in Boruto: Naruto the Movie. Their differences in personality help drive much of the plot. For example, Naruto earned his current place through hard work, training, and determination; Boruto, born a prodigy and connected to very powerful clans, is more than willing to take shortcuts or straight-up cheat his way to victory. Even the animation plays with this a bit: despite his great likeness to Naruto, there's a certain softness to his facial features that make him similar to Hinata when the two are compared. Like Father, Like Son mixed with It Runs in the Family since in his own youth, Naruto bore a strong resemblance to his father but had his mother's face. At least until it was reversed in The Last: Naruto the Movie, where the 19-year-old Naruto resembled his mother more than his father.
    • Relatedly, it is eventually hinted that Naruto is very much like Kurama was when he was young. Who is Kurama? The nine-tailed fox, of course.
    • Nara men have a thing for troublesome women. Shikamaru, just like his father, did marry a very troublesome woman — Temari.
    • The Ino-Shika-Cho formation and its relationship with the Sarutobi clan goes back 16 generations. In the epilogue, their children are shaping up to follow.
    • Hinata, like her father Hiashi, was ready to die to protect something — in this case, Naruto. However, at the last second, Neji takes the bullet for her, just like how his father Hizashi, Hiashi's twin brother, did before him. Also, just like his father, Neji didn't do it out of duty but out of love for Hinata and Naruto, who are a part of his closest friends and family.
    • When first shown as resurrected zombies under Orochimaru's control due to Edo Tensei, the First and Second Hokages had muted, very stoic personalities, to the point that the only difference between the brothers was their radically different appearances. When they're revived again by a more complete version of the jutsu, Tobirama is about the same overall, but Harashima is far more jovial and energetic, resembling his distant blood relative Naruto and heightening the Xerox effect due to his own relationship with friend-turned-rival Madara Uchiha.
    • This is later revealed to be an important plot point for the Uchiha clan, as their Curse of Hatred (beginning with the clan's forefather) is connected to their Kekkei Genkai, the Sharingan. The Uchiha clan is capable of great devotion, love, and friendship, but the moment they lose a loved one (whether it be death or a perceived betrayal), they tend to go off the deep end, their newfound despair and hatred creating the Sharingan. The more powerful the Sharingan becomes, the deeper they fall into madness. The few Uchiha who have been able to transcend this and adopt Konoha's Will of Fire philosophy all come across as similar in personality, such as Itachi, his best friend Shisui, and Shisui's father Kagami (a subordinate of the Second Hokage). And also Obito, who seems to have overcome his Curse of Hatred and returned his belief in the Will of Fire.
    • While Naruto took after his mother more than his father, especially in personality (as stated above), his future wife Hinata fell in love with him the same way Kushina fell in love with Minato: Rescue Romance, and the Red String of Fate was utilized in both rescue scenarios. Despite the Ship Tease with Sakura and Kushina saying he should marry a girl like her — which, as Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews, were deliberate misleads to mess with the shippers — Hinata matches Minato in personality, both being nice, quiet ninjas who have loved their boisterous counterpart since childhood. Given that all of the Official Couples in the Narutoverse, including Kushina and Minato, embody Opposites Attract, this actually explains why Naruto and Hinata work as a couple.
  • Rapidly subverted in Negima! Magister Negi Magi, which has the earnest, 10-year-old genius mage Negi following in the footsteps of his hugely famous Disappeared Dad, the "Thousand Master" Nagi... Only later Nagi is shown to be a laidback magic school dropout who, although quite powerful, had to read spells off of a card and resorted to cheap tricks whenever possible (like, say, luring a certain vampire into a covered hole in the ground). In power and personality, they're completely different, and Negi increases the divide even further by choosing the powers of darkness.
    • That all said many comparisons can be made between generations, and grow with each revelation: Negi=Nagi, Kotarou=Jack Rakan, Setsuna=Eishun, and of course Ala Alba=Ala Rubra. For that matter, Albrieo Imma is rather mischievous and the team healer, like Konoka. And with the Nagi calling the Zect his "master" recalls Eva.
      • In Chapter 258 Rakan's flashback confirms above, and also shows that there is a sticking resemblance between the relationship that Negi's parents had and the one he shares with his partner, Asuna. Of course, this is only in reference to their relationships, as the personalities of the parties involved are sometimes totally opposite.
      • Also it seems that for all their differences Negi and Nagi have the same goals and priorities (namely saving Asuna and the world while they are at it) the difference is their approach to this (Nagi "beat the guys who threaten them" vs Negi's "eliminate the villains reason for threatening them")
      • To further hammer the point in, the ships used by Ala Alba and Ala Rubra look remarkably similar (similar enough to possibly be the same ship, even). The only difference is the Ala Alba logo on the Great Paru-sama.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • A Hot Scientist gets involved with one of her bosses, is used and manipulated by her lover, breaks down horribly when she realizes what has been truly going on, sees a very young girl as her rival and kills her, sorta, and ultimately meets her doom in quite the fucked up way. Dr. Ritsuko Akagi or her mother Naoko? Note that said boss happens to be the same for both.
    • It is indicated that some of the problems between Shinji and his father are a result of the fact that both of them are very socially awkward. Furthermore, they share a depression induced by not being accepted by their peers, which is especially present when seeing the flashbacks of Gendo. Indeed, it has led some fans to speculate that if Shinji actually grew up, he could have ended up like Gendo.
    • The Rebuild film series more deeply explores the theme of "children walking in parents' footsteps", with both Shinji/Gendo and Rei/Yui.
  • One Piece:
    • Subverted: The exploits of Luffy are implied to very closely mirror those of Gold Roger, the previous Pirate King; he also meets quite a few people who personally knew the guy (either that, or the successor of said person), and his actions are consistently described by these people as being exactly what Roger would do. However, it's pretty clear right from the start that Roger isn't Luffy's father, and it's outright confirmed later on. But the real kicker came in fairly recently: Roger actually did have a son: Ace, Luffy's older "brother," who absolutely despises the guy and wants nothing to do with him. And is now dead. Also subverted in that, according to Whitebeard (who was Roger's rival), Ace wasn't much like his father in terms of personality.
    • Luffy is looking to be this way with Shanks, sharing the Obfuscating Stupidity and later in a bar scene with Bellamy, he refuses to fight until his friends are harmed much like his idol.
    • In another chapter, it is revealed a young Gold Roger looked exactly like Luffy, right down to the trademark hat. Which was passed down from Roger to Shanks to Luffy.
    • Roger and Rayleigh's first meeting (particularly in the anime) has parallels to Luffy and Zoro's first meeting. Roger wanted Rayleigh to join him with Rayleigh refusing. And the boat they started with was a small one.
    • Franky and Iceburg's adoptive father built the Oro Jackson, the ship that Gold Roger used to conquer the Grand Line. After Going Merry's death, Franky and Iceburg would be the ones to build the Thousand Sunny for the Straw Hats.
    • Robin is an archaeologist like her mother, can read Poneglyphs like her mother, and even looks just like her mother, safe for the hair, which is black.
    • Trafalgar Law ultimately became an incredibly skilled doctor and surgeon, just like his mother and father. And in flashback scenes, he's shown to look very similar to his father, although with his mother's grey eyes.
    • Most of the Straw Hats can easily be compared to one or more of an older generation, either ability-wise or personality-wise. Some to relatives and mentors, others are completely by chance:
      • Luffy to Roger (his journey and goals), Shanks (his outlook and beliefs), Garp (his personality), and Dragon (his charisma and willpower).
      • Zoro to Mihawk and Rayleigh — they are all Devil Fruit-less swordsmen, Zoro shares Mihawk's attitude towards weak opponents, and Rayleigh's relationship with Roger mirrors Zoro's with Luffy. Zoro begins to resemble Mihawk even more after the Time Skip, largely due to training with the man in question.
      • Usopp to Yasopp — he looks identical to his father with exception of his nose and hair, Yasopp hasn't been given enough screen time to say anything for personality. Yasopp has the same role in Shanks' crew as Usopp has in Luffy's.
      • Sanji to Zeff — his mentor, also a master chef who dreamed of All Blue and fought by kicking.
      • Chopper to Hiluluk — his "father," a doctor with faith in miracles, who wanted to cure all diseases.
      • Robin to her mother, Olvia, as stated above.
      • Franky's relationship to Luffy can be compared to his mentor Tom's relationship with Roger. Lines can also be drawn to the set of Vegapunk and Kuma — Vegapunk is a genius inventor of whom Franky adopted the designs of during the time-skip, and Kuma is a cyborg built by Vegapunk — much like Franky is a cyborg built by himself.
    • The Toy Soldier/Kyros and his daughter Rebecca are both gladiators with exceptional skill but are widely hated by the audience, though in both cases, said audience eventually got over their hatred of them and came to like them. On the same topic, Rebecca also threw her status as princess away to live with Kyros, just like her mother Scarlett before her. This was even lampshaded by King Riku, Rebecca's grandfather.
    • Luffy's relationship with Smoker is a near carbon copy of Roger's relationship with, ironically, Garp, Luffy's grandfather. By the time Roger died, he and his marine nemesis were Fire-Forged Friends (even if said nemesis would never admit it), and Roger trusted him as much as he did his own crew. So much so that Roger entrusted Garp with the life of his unborn child, Ace. Luffy's relationship with Smoker is very much the same, having been forced into several Enemy Mine situations over the course of the series. By the end of the latest one, their interactions border on that between friends (even if Smoker will be back to chasing Luffy around by the next time they meet).
    • After being implied occasionally over the course of the series, the Wano Arc confirms that Zoro is a dead ringer for "Sword God" Shimotsuki Ryuma, the Famous Ancestor of his childhood rival Kuina and the Shimotsuki Family of Wano, and the man/zombie he inherited Shusui from. On top of the physical resemblance, Ryuma was also a one-eyed samurai who shared a similar fighting style and code of honor with Zoro (in part due to the latter being trained by one of his descendants). These similarities are why the natives of Wano come to trust Zoro so much, with many noting that the fact Zoro was the one to (admittedly unwillingly) return Shusui to Wano cannot be a coincidence but rather an act of fate.
  • In Pet Shop of Horrors, Count D's dad is portrayed throughout the series as a nasty piece of work, a Manipulative Bastard supreme. It's surprising then, when a short story reveals that D's dad was much like his son when he was younger, to the point he even had a "Leon" of his own in the form of Vesca Howell — a loud-mouthed and brash best friend who he was exceedingly fond of but whom he ultimately abandoned, just as D abandoned Leon at the end of Petshop. The elder D's later "madness", and the fact that he and Howell were eventually responsible for each other's deaths, doesn't bode well for his son, especially given the "Count D" family's odd connection to karma.
  • Pokémon: The Series: Grace, formerly a professional Rhyhorn Racer, tries to enforce this with her daughter Serena, intending her to become a Rhyhorn Racer as well. Serena has no intention of letting it happen though and finds her own path as a Pokémon Performer instead. When she sees Serena's determination, Grace decides to let her follow her dream.
  • In Princess Knight sequel "Twin Knight", her son Daisy is kidnapped, and Sapphire has to dress his twin sister Violetta like a boy and present her as "prince Daisy" every two days. Crossdressed like her mom before, Violetta will also have a long wandering far from her kingdom, before finding her brother and become a girl again.
  • Reina of Queen's Blade with her mother Maria Vance, all the more so because Reina took up her mother's armor.
  • Taken to extremes by Reborn! (2004) where Tsuna, the tenth boss of the Vongola Mafia Family, looks almost identical to the first boss, despite the fact that ten generations separate the two (and the fact that none of the other bosses look very much like him, despite it supposedly being a direct line). On top of that, every member of Tsuna's inner circle is said to bear a strong resemblance to a member of the First Vongola's circle, despite the fact that none of them are blood-related.
    • Not only do they each resemble their first-generation counterpart physically, but they also use the same weapons, have the same general personalities, and in some cases even seem to have the same life stories. All of which seems to have happened completely by coincidence.
    • Actually, Tsuna's the only boss of the Vongola to be directly related to the first bossnote  — the rest are direct descendants of the second boss, who was the first's cousin.
    • However, during the Future arc, Yuni specifically mentions that this is a special trait of the Vongola Family, and in a recent chapter it is at least heavily suggested (if not outright stated) by Daemon Spade that the tenth generation Vongola are in fact reincarnations of the first generation.
  • Rosario + Vampire: In Capu 2, Kurumu and Mizore's rivalry over Tsukune echoes that of their mothers' over a male student during their time at the academy. Neither won and the guy (who is Saizou's dad) turns out as a Gonk over the years; nowadays, they seem to view Kurumu and Mizore's status in Tsukune's Unwanted Harem as a means to renew their old feud and see who's daughter wins Tsukune's heart. Of course, Kurumu and Mizore are a lot less openly hostile towards one another than their mothers were.
    • In the manga, San, Ginei, and Haiji have a very similar relationship like the Three Dark Lords. San and Akasha are both The Smurfette Principle, Akasha is the strongest of them and the leader, San is the strongest in Yokai Gakuen's history and she led Ginei and Haiji's paths in their school life as their senpai. Ginei and Toho Fuhai are both Chivalrous Perverts and they have a Vitriolic Best Buds relationship with Haiji and Mikogami, respectively, and they are more Bishōnen than the latter. Haiji and Mikogami are both more of muscles. Ginei and Haiji admire San, and it's revealed that both Toho Fuhai and Mikogami have flirted with Akasha. Also, all of them are high-class yokais.
  • Rurouni Kenshin:
    • A rough-looking Jerk with a Heart of Gold from the north punches his way through adversity, gets lost easily and is very Hot-Blooded. Sanosuke Sagara, or his father Kamishimoemon?
    • Also Kenshin's son, Kenji. Takes after his father in both appearance and the whole Walking the Earth and swordsmanship thing. Also, the cute-looking girlfriend with long black hair.
  • A few years after Sailor Moon finished up, Naoko Takeuchi released Parallel Sailor Moon, a one-shot Alternate Universe sequel starring Kousagi Tsukino, Usagi's daughter. Not only did Kousagi carry on her mother's legacy as the new Sailor Moon, but it then turned out that all the Inner Senshi had given birth to daughters who ended up inheriting their mantles. The girls all strongly resembled their mothers as well. Though as a bit of a twist, the other girls don't actually like Kousagi, which is a far cry from Usagi's close friendships with the original Inner Senshi.
  • In the Saint Seiya Spin-Offspring anime Saint Seiya Omega, one of the original protagonists, Dragon Shiryu, finally settled down with his childhood sweetheart Shunrei, and the two had a son together. Not only does said son inherit his father's Dragon Cloth, he also has both of his parents' calm and polite personality, fights several battles that are nigh-identical to the ones his father faced, although with different outcomes (such as him not having to blind himself in order to defeat the Perseus Saint), and even has a Power Tattoo just like his father's. The kid also happens to look a lot like his mom.
  • A flat-chested sorceress from Zephilia meets a mercenary swordsman and they fall in love while fighting to make a buck. Lina Inverse and Gourry Gabriev from Slayers, or Lina's parents?
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann gave us the worthwhile Parallel Works 8 which covers at least seven years of time. It shows a boy finding a Gurren After the End, creating and leading La Résistance, then rebuilding a civilization capable of challenging the Anti-Spirals. The stories diverge when Simon is reminded he has someone worth fighting for.
  • There is a possible application in Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-. Due to time travel and reincarnation, The Syaoran and Sakura that we start the manga with turn out to be the parents of one of the people they are cloned from and virtually identical to. Whether the clones are imitating their originals, or the younger male is imitating his father (who just happens to also be his clone) is a matter best left to illegal substances, or at least alcohol.
  • Vinland Saga has two prominent examples:
    • Canute spends much of the second arc tempted by and ensnared in The Chains of Commanding much like his father, not helped at all by his father's head acting as a stress-induced Spirit Advisor telling him to commit to his darker impulses, employing assassination and terror tactics as means to hold on to power and employing The Needs of the Many logic in order to become a Dark Messiah that will save Europe from the vikings. Ultimately, Thorfinn is able to make him remember why he's doing it, causing Canute to take a step back from the precipice and avoid The Dark Side Will Make You Forget.
    • The more the story progresses, the more Thorfinn follows in the steps of his father Thors. He begins as a cold-blooded killer before having a spiritual awakening and becoming a Martial Pacifist, seeking to escape the wars and death of the old world by building a new and better life in the west. Only instead of stopping in Iceland like his father, Thorfinn is aiming even further by wishing to settle Vinland.
    • Thorfinn also begins resembling his Parental Substitute Askeladd during the Baltic War arc, becoming more cynical and disgusted with man's capacity for violence, and begins to employ guile and trickery as a means to intimidate enemies and defuse conflicts, something Thors generally avoided. Unlike his mentor he avoids fully falling into He Who Fights Monsters territory, though his attitude comes close at times.
  • In Wild Rock, Yuni and Selim, from Feuding Families, fall in love but go their separate ways. When their sons meet they too fall in love as well, and unite the two clans.
  • In Wolf Guy - Wolfen Crest, the protagonist Akira Inugami falls in love with his teacher Akiko Aoshika. The same thing happened around 20 years before: when Inugami's dad Tetsuya was teaching at Stanford, he and his student Lois (who was a werewolf woman) fell in love and got married.
  • Yo-kai Watch: Shadowside - The Return of the Oni King opens stating that "There used to be a boy who could control Yo-kai with a mysterious watch. However, he became unable to see Yo-kai when he became an adult. With the boy's duties finished, the watch was buried away in space-time." The name of the boy in question? Keita Amano (Nate Adams if you need a hint. "...Then 30 years later, quiet everyday life comes to an end as a fateful day begins with a comet drawing near. The terrible Yo-kai virus Onimaro infects people's malevolent intentions and spreads infinitely. The one chosen by the Yo-kai Watch is the one who can save humanity from its crisis. The bond between humans and Yo-kai may be recovered with the attainment of a new Yo-kai Watch." The name of the one chosen by the new Yo-kai Watch who has to save humanity from the Onimaro and rebuild the bonds between humans and Yo-kai? Natsume Amano. She even gets to solve incidents revolving around Yo-kai (though these Yo-kai are more terrifying) in the sequel series, though with some of her friends and her younger brother (who looks like Nate but he's very different personality-wise) in this case.
  • Part of why Asagi Ayase and her mother don't get along in Yotsuba&! is because they're almost exactly alike. When Asagi's father points this out, both turn and shout "How rude!" at the same time.
  • One episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! features a duel between Yugi and a girl named Rebecca, who accuses Yugi's grandfather of stealing his Blue-Eyes White Dragon card from her grandfather. The duel ends up mirroring exactly a duel between the two grandfathers held in a caved-in archaeological site, with the last bit of water on the line. Both Yugi and his grandfather ended up surrendering their duels even though they would have won with their last card draw.

    Comic Books 
  • Gus McGogan in American Vampire mirrors his father Cash in the most tragic way: Both were orphaned at an early age, both were unwanted children until someone nice enough adopted them. Gus is also a vampire, just like his adoptive grandfather and namesake, though the difference is that Gus the elder was a Gaelic vampire, while the younger is an American Vampire.
  • The basic theme of Peter David's Aquaman: The Atlantis Chronicles. Aquaman and Ocean Master are just the latest generation of feuding royal brothers, dating back to the founding of Atlantis.
  • Asterix:
    • There's one Pilote one-shot in which Goscinny and Uderzo's Author Avatar characters visit the Undefeatable Little Village in the present day and meet the distant descendant of Obelix, who retains Obelix's basic appearance, his personality — even his very 50BC-specific fondness for menhirs and wild boar — and his artificially-acquired Super Strength. He shows the authors his family tree, which is full of similar identical descendants who were all great warriors in different eras of French history, including a knight who fought the English at the Battle of Hastings, a Crusader, a privateer, a Napoleonic ship captain, and so on. Several of the bits of history about these descendants include cameos from the descendants of the pirate characters who routinely appear.
    • Asterix and Obelix also both look a lot like their fathers.
  • The Pre-Crisis and Post-Crisis Black Canary are mother and daughter. They're both named "Dinah", both wear more-or-less the same superhero costume, both use the same superhero alias, and both have black hair naturally. The main difference is the modern Canary has her Canary Cry powers while her mom was a Badass Normal. (Out of universe, the reason is that they were the exact same person before being hastily Retconned into two when it created a continuity issue.)
  • Baron Heinrich Zemo and his son, Baron Helmut Zemo, right down to their faces being disfigured at the hands of Captain America. The major difference was that Heinrich was a Nazi, while Helmut eventually renounced his father's racist ideology and became a villainous Well-Intentioned Extremist. The Avengers / Thunderbolts shows that Helmut shares his more self-destructive tendencies (namely his massive ego and complete inability to deal with anything less than unanimous praise) with Harbin Zemo, the original Baron Zemo from 1480. Harbin's tale is used as a Book End to parallel Helmut's own fall from grace.
  • John Constantine's 19th-century ancestor, Lady Johanna Constantine, is a suave, dashing sorceress with a tendency to doom her loved ones to horrible fates. The immortal Hob Gadling also met an Elizabethan warlock called Jack Constantine, who came to a nasty end in a graveyard.
  • Criminal is all over this trope. Particularly in the case of Tracy Lawless, who like his father Teeg, is a war veteran who robbed the wrong person and ended up in service to Sebastian Hyde.
  • Kent V. Nelson, the great-nephew of Kent Nelson, the original Doctor Fate, also became Doctor Fate. And he also has a sort-of-relationship with a woman called Inza, which isn't exactly a common name.
  • A very simple example in the Green Lanterns and Flashes of The DCU, who are always friends. Alan Scott and Jay Garrick from the Golden Age, Hal Jordan and Barry Allen of the Silver Age, and Kyle Rayner and Wally West from the modern age (although they were more Vitriolic Best Buds than their predecessors). Jesse Quick and Jade, Distaff Counterpart to Flash and Lantern respectfully, are also shown as pretty close friends when the two are on the Justice League together.
    • In The Multiversity, there's an alternate universe where that Earth's Green Lantern and Flash analogues are lovers.
    • This also extends to the Green Arrows and Green Lanterns, with Oliver Queen regularly teaming up with Hal, and his successor Connor Hawke doing the same with Kyle Rayner.
    • Similar to the Green Lanterns and Flashes above, there's the Batman family and the Flashes. Every generation that has both a male Bat-character and a Flash will end up being close friends. Bruce Wayne and Barry Allen are close friends because of their shared interest in science and dead parentsnote , Dick Grayson and Wally West are best friends and grew up together, Tim Drake and Bart Allen are best friends, and Wallace West was the Rebirth Titan most likely to side with Damian Wayne in the team's many disputes.
      • Then, to a lesser extent, Wonder Woman is good friends and teammates to Barry and Bruce, founding the Justice League together. Diana's sister and former Wonder Girl Donna Troy grew up together with Wally and Dick in the Teen Titans and sees them as like her brothers. Her Legacy Character Cassie Sandsmark did the same with Bart and Tim in Young Justice, and even briefly dated Tim.
  • Outside of their friendships and what-have-you, The Flash maintains a few odd similarities in each generation, despite not being blood-related. Jay Garrick was a scientist and had a sense of humor. Barry Allen was also a scientist, though lacked the sense of humor; Wally West lacked the scientist (though he was a rationalist who had some interest in the field but never studied it), but he very much had the sense of humor. Bart Allen's scientific knowledge is Depending on the Writer, but he was easily the most Fun Personified of the Flash fam. Both Barry and Wally also married reporters, Barry dating Iris West (and through her met and mentored Wally), while Wally married Linda Park, and both couples had twins (Don and Dawn Allen, 'the Tornado Twins', and Irey and Jai Park-West).
  • Hulkling's older half-brother Genis-Vell also took after dear old dad. Not only did he inherit Mar-Vell's costume and Nega-Bands, but also his "Cosmic Awareness" and connection to Rick Jones. And like his father, he ended up dying a rather tragic death.
  • In All-Star Western, the Lord of Thievery in 19th century Gotham's Church of Crime is the cat-loving Lorna Kyle.
  • In Paul Cornell's Judge Dredd Megazine strip "Deathwatch" one of the members of Psi-Judge Dee's Elizabethan Judge squad is Celibacy Steel, ancestress of Judge Treasure Steel from Dave Stone's Armitage and Judge Becky Steel from Pan-African Judges
  • In The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century: 1910, Macheath from The Threepenny Opera is the descendant of Macheath from The Beggar's Opera. Since The Threepenny Opera was essentially The Remake of The Beggar's Opera, the two Macheaths presumably had nearly identical lives.
  • An early Legion of Super-Heroes in Action Comics #267 story had Supergirl join a Legion who said they were the children of the Legion Superboy joined. This was never referenced again, and Superboy and Supergirl were members of the same Legion from then on. L.E.G.I.O.N. sometimes plays with this, with ancestors of the LOSH characters having similar stories.
  • While many DC Comics characters have descendants who intentionally take up their mantles, Libby Lawrence, the original Liberty Belle, was unknowingly the descendant of Bess Lynn, who took the name Miss Liberty during The American Revolution.
  • Both played straight and subverted for all it's worth in Runaways.
  • In Spider-Girl, and related series like A-Next, most of the characters are awfully similar to their parents, mentors, or inspirations. The next generation of superheroes has different demographics, however, as a disproportionate number of daughters fill their fathers' shoes, with there being some more racial diversity as well. In their favour, they often have different personalities and motives, just similar career and fashion choices.
  • Used (and to an extent invoked) in Geoff Johns's Superboy run, when Conner was living in Smallville with the Kents in a deliberate attempt to duplicate Clark's childhood. Since he befriended a Teen Genius-slash-Mad Scientist In Training and met a girl with the initials LL who kept trying to learn his secret identity, he was pretty successful. (Both of these have twists—Simon Valentine never actually turned evil that we saw, and Lori did discover Conner's secret ... oh, and she's Luthor's niece.)
  • During The '60s, DC Comics introduced the Superman of the 30th Century (later changed to 25th so it didn't contradict the Legion of Super-Heroes continuity) and the Batman of the Future (which starred Dick Grayson and Bruce Wayne, Jr. as Batman and Robin).
  • Grant Morrison's Batman had Dick Grayson as Batman and Bruce's son as Robin, with Flash Forward stories revealing that Damian Wayne will eventually be Batman himself. It seems to have gone down a bit better this time.
  • Tintin: Captain Haddock looks very much like his 17th-century ancestor, François de Hadoque. Their personalities are much alike too, both of them being hot-blooded alcoholic seafarers.
  • Ulysses Klaw and his father, Fritz Klaue. Both men are obsessed with vibranium, both tried (unsuccessfully) to overthrow Wakanda, and both lost a hand only to have it replaced with a high-tech prosthesis.
  • Viz features Biffa Bacon, who is a bully, but who himself is bullied by his parents constantly, and occasionally his uncle too. The character was based on a father joining in a fight their son was having with someone (it was never clear whether what this person had done to make the person fight them, or if it was a random assault).
  • Dejah Thoris and her mother Heru in Warlord of Mars. They are Red Martian princesses with a knack for getting in distress and both of them fell in love with Earthmen. Their resemblance to each other is so great that Heru's old flame mistook her daughter for her.
  • In Wolverine's own history this is the case. In the Origin miniseries that detailed Logan's formative years, writer Paul Jenkins intentionally invoked characters from Logan's future.
    • Rose, the Irish redhead who Logan develops a crush on, is blatantly supposed to be this to Jean Grey, and is even the catalyst for Logan liking Jean.
    • Smitty, the guy in charge of a camp the two stay at, is a tough-but-fair no-nonsense leader who actually ends up with Rose, and while Logan doesn't like the guy, he respects him. Logan's relationship with Smitty mirrors his later relationship with Cyclops.
    • And finally, Dog Logan, Logan's half-brother, is someone who nurses a deep, irrational grudge against Wolverine for an ungodly amount of time, and seeks him out for revenge and is larger than him, just like Sabretooth. This one was so spot-on that many readers thought Dog was supposed to be Sabretooth!
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Wonder Woman (1942): (Earth-Two) Long before Diana won the contest to become the Amazons' champion in the wider world meant to help people wherever they call on her Hippolyta won the contest and acted as the Amazons' champion.
    • In Wonder Woman (1987) Steve Trevor is not the first member of his family to be a daredevil pilot that ended up washed ashore on Themyscira, the first was his mother who ended up dying there helping the Amazons defend Doom's Doorway.
  • The X-Men are experiencing a bit of this with some of their newest team members.
    • Emma Frost has the Stepford Cuckoos, a group of quintuplets (later brought down to triplets) with powers similar to her. Turns out that they're genetically her daughters as well.
    • Likewise, one could argue that Prodigy is the current-gen counterpart of Synch from Generation X.
    • Wolverine is trying his best to make sure that X-23 doesn't fall into this. It's not really working.
    • Similarly, in Ultimate X-Men Wolverine had a son with his same powers (or very similar), Jimmy Hudson. He gave them to the Hudsons to Give Him a Normal Life. But when his powers manifest, at a time when mutants were killed on sight because of Ultimatum, that was no longer an option.
  • The 2019 revival of X-Statix brings back about half of the original team, with the rest of the group rounded out by Legacy Characters. One of them is the new U-Go Girl, Katie Sawyer, the now-teenage daughter of Edie Sawyer, the original U-Go Girl (who was killed off in the previous series).
  • Played with in Young Avengers. Stature plays it straight (size-changing powers, daughter of Ant-Man); Speed plays it pretty much straight (speed powers, nephew of Quicksilver); Hawkeye and Vision avert it (Hawkeye uses equipment from the original Hawkeye, Mockingbird, and Swordsman, but has no relation to any of them; Vision is the operating system of the original in a new body, making them separate entities); Iron Lad, Hulkling, and Wiccan subvert it (Iron Lad is a young Kang with no connection to Iron Man, Hulkling is the half-Skrull son of Mar-Vell with no connection to the Hulk, and Wiccan—who patterns himself after Thor—is the son of Scarlet Witch); and Patriot is just all over the place (he's the grandson of a Captain America, but not the Captain America, he gets his powers from a mutant drug instead of his heritage, and his costume is based on Bucky anyway). Furthermore, nobody except Stature had met the people they're following in the footsteps of before they became superheroes.
    • A possible future shows Hulkling becoming the new Captain Marvel. Patriot and Speed also take on their predecessors' identities, Stature takes the identity of Stinger, and Wiccan ... is apparently the new Sorcerer Supreme, with a costume modeled after Doctor Strange. There's also a new character named Samantha, who has taken over the identity of The Falcon, and a young boy named Steve, who has become the new Bucky.
      • The new recruits from the Marvel NOW! relaunch also avert this. Miss America is not connected to Captain America or Patriot in any meaningful way (or for that matter, Madeline Joyce, the original Miss America), and fills their role in a purely thematic manner (she even has completely different abilities). Marvel Boy has nothing in common with Captain Marvel or Carol Danvers outside of a shared Kree heritage, and like Miss America, has completely different abilities from his adult counterparts. Then Prodigy bucks the entire trend by being the first Young Avenger to not have any adult analogue, with the closest thing maybe being Wolverine, since they're both mutants. And Loki, while arguably a Thor analogue, is well...Loki.

    Fan Works 
  • Especially common in Ranma ½ and Harry Potter (Marauders or next generation) Fan Fic. Even before the Deathly Hallows epilogue.
    • It's not just those two series, it's everywhere. Most "Next Gen" fic will feature kids who are either 1.) Exact carbon copies of their parents or 2.) Have a blend of traits that the writer thought were the coolest aspects of said parents. This applies to personality, fighting styles, what the kids want to be when they grow up, etc.... Occasionally the kids will have certain aspects of their grandparents if they showed up in the series and they were likable enough. When you get right down to it, many of these "original characters" are the same damn people and the only difference will depend on what the writer's favorite name is.
      • And while we're on the subject, this leaches into the shipping as well. For example, if the writer is a Harry/Draco fan, this will come across/feature in an Al/Scorpius fic. Same goes for Rose/Scorpius = Hermione/Draco, among others.
    • Hell, the Sailor Moon fanseries "Sailor Moon Z(odiac)" does this with by giving almost every named character a Silver Millenium counterpart, up to and including (Insert Name Here)'s family status and relationships!
  • Ninety-nine percent of "Offspring Fic" use this, no matter what the fandom. Magical-girls will grow up ad produce magical-girls of their own, the children of pirates and swordsmen will go off and form their own crews all made up of the children of the previous crew...There is a Higurashi fic with the offspring of all the canon characters, and there was a massive Ground Hog Day Loop going on, with the offspring going insane in the exact order of their parents!
  • Shiratamama's series of K-On! fancomics about the daughters of Mio and Ritsu.
  • The Power Rangers Dino Thunder fic “Always a Ranger” often draws attention to the idea that the Dino Thunder team is very similar to the original Rangers, with Conner and Ethan bonding with Jason and Billy in particular when they come to visit Reefside (as well as Ethan being grateful to see some ethnic diversity when Adam and Zack drop in), Tommy sharing his own history as a minion of evil with Trent, and Kira coming to see Kimberly as a kind of older sister even before Kim finds the Pink Dino Gem, with Kim returning the sentiment to the extent of asking Kira to be a bridesmaid to replace the deceased Trini.
  • In the Smallville fic "Shatterpoint", Raya's tales of Jor-El's life basically presents her as the equivalent of Chloe Sullivan back on Krypton, as she was a close friend to Jor-El who he never saw as anything more than a close friend after the death of Louise Lang before falling in love with Lara.
  • Suggested in the 2017 The Worst Witch fic *The Blood of the Covenant" when Miss Hardbroom expresses some concern when she finds herself basically acting as Mildred's guardian after the deaths of her family, which Miss Pentangle identifies as Miss Hardbroom being concerned that she will treat Mildred the way her own mentor, Mistress Broomhead, treated her.
  • In White Rain, Sakura uses something similar to Kakashi's bell test on her own genin team... with her own twist.
    • An even more critical part of the plot is Uchiha Itachi's two children. The older son (also named Itachi) takes more after Sasuke — but the younger daughter (Rina) is the one who takes after her father.
  • In Mirror's Image Twilight and her mother Chrysallis have pretty similar backstories: Both were students of Celestia, both had used the Element of Magic, and both were Switched at Birth.
  • The Elements of Harmony and the Savior of Worlds: Megan is stunned at the similarities between the Applejack and Spike she knew and the present ones. And then we find out that AJ is in fact descended from the original Applejack and Spike is G1 Spike's (now King Spykoran) grandson.
  • Hivefled; averted. Being compared to his ancestor is now Gamzee's Berserk Button, with good reason.
  • In Epic Unicorn History The Beards Of Harmony, our six bearded heroes seem and act suspiciously like our six young heroines from the show. They are also destined to become friends and save the newly founded Equestria from a threat in the Everfree Forest.
  • The sheer VOLUME of Teen Titans fan characters that are simply palette-swapped expies of their parents, typically the creators' preferred ship, could fill a couple of dimensions in the multiverse alone. Of course, some people have some fun with the idea...
  • Shadow of the Dragon: n chapter 13, it's established that Sakura, Tomoyo, Rika, Naoko, and Chiharu's mothers are similar to their daughters, albeit with slight differences:
    • Tomoyo is a Lipstick Lesbian and in love with Sakura, echoing the relationship between their mothers Sonomi and Nadeshiko.
    • Nadeshiko was in a Teacher/Student Romance, whereas Rika is in one with Mr. Terada.
    • Yuuka, Rika's mother, had a "foreign boyfriend" (Rika's father Jyou is Japanese-American); Sakura is in a relationship with Syaoran, a Chinese boy.
    • Chiharu's mother, Yukiko, had a tendency to strangle her then-boyfriend just as Chiharu does to Takashi, though in that case, it's for getting lost in sports stories rather than telling lies.
  • In The Bridge, Princess Cadance closely resembles an alicorn version of her ancestor, the late Princess Amore, with some slight color tweaks. It's so great that King Sombra briefly mistakes Cadance for Amore when she's wearing her predecessor's armor. The similarity in appearance is justified as it's heavily implied that Cadance is actually Amore's time-displaced daughter.
  • The Reborn! (2004) Fanfic Vigilante Tendency has Sawada Tsunayoshi (accidentally) start a vigilante group, just like his ancestor Sawada Ieyasu, aka Giotto, Vongola Primo. Once the Vongola enter the scene, rumors start up about how Tsuna might actually be Primo's clone.
  • All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird features a non-genetic variant, as there is no blood relationship whatsoever between any of the characters involved. But in 9:30 Dragon, a human noblewoman, and an elven rogue worked together Like Brother and Sister to defeat the Blight; now, eleven years later, a human noblewoman and an elven rogue work together Like Brother and Sister to defeat the Elder One.
  • In the CMC: The Next Generation, a Spin-Off of the Bride of Discord "verse", we have Rainbow Dash's daughter Prism, who can be best described as a cross between Applebloom and Scootaloo personality-wise with her mother's looks, who on advice from Aunt Scootaloo, forms the titular new generation note  of the CMC with her friends.
  • In a supremely ironic subversion, Purple Days shows the Stormlords come to think of this of Joffrey Baratheon after seeing his sheer martial skill on the battlefield.
  • Black Alice and Heinrich, the two main characters of The Tyrant and the Hero are a Monster Lord and a human hero who's initially unaware of the former's true nature (and later gains the power of the Four Spirits), like their eventual descendants Alice and Luka. However, one difference is that the Monster Lord in this story starts out naive and is also the one who initially handles the fighting, whereas the human is the (relatively) more worldly one, the opposite of their descendants.
  • The Merry Go Round Broke Down is a Who Framed Roger Rabbit? fanfic set over 60 years later. Eddie has since passed, but his grandson Freddie carries on the family business of detective work.
  • Played for Laughs in The Long Suffering Ruby Rose. Ruby and her half-sister Yang are products of a polyamory relationship between their dad and two of his teammates. Ruby doesn't believe her Uncle Qrow when he says to watch out for Yang taking after their dad. In the end, Yang does end up dating their two other teammates Blake and Weiss.
  • Defied in Weiss' case in Boop the Snoot for Critical Damage!. She may have inherited Willow's looks, but she's actively trying very hard not to become like her alcoholically depressed mother, even though Pandora's insanity seems hell-bent on making her take up the bottle to cope with it all.
    Weiss: Must not form drinking habit. Genetic inclination would make it disastrous.
  • Lampshaded by Garp in This Bites! after seeing his grandson Luffy and his crew fly off on their ship and Iceberg (one of Puffing Tom's apprentices) leading the shipwright of the seceeded Water 7 in defense of their home, with him asking where is his clone. Cue his own apprentice Coby coming over and asking for further orders for the other marines. Garp smiles and states to himself "asked and answers" before giving his command
    • At the end of the Skypeia arc, Conis tells the Strawhats that she wants to join them in exploring the world. Her father Paguya then tells them that Conis's mother Serra previously sailed with another crew of Blue Sea pirates: the Roger Pirates.
  • Ren Shirogami-Tatsumi in Sleuthing Tricker of Crafts shares traits with both of his parents, such as a passion for sewing from his father Kanji and detective reasoning along with a strong sense of justice from his mother Naoto, and was training to become a detective like her before being charged for assault.
  • Flag Flying High manages to replay the Wangxian romance with both men's adopted sons, Sizhui being the tightlaced, emotionally repressed, and white-clad Lan sect member helplessly falling for Harry, the quirky outsider who drags an aura of danger and dresses in black. Lan Qiren's reaction lampshades it.

    Films — Animation 
  • In The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, Melody's story is pretty much the same as her mother Ariel's except it's about a land princess wanting to live under the sea instead of a sea princess wanting to live above on the shore. Melody's story also has less of a focus on romance since she is a few years younger than Ariel was in the original movie. The new villain is even directly related to the old villain and also wants to steal King Triton's scepter to take over the sea!
    Sebastian: It's Ursula's crazy sister!

    Films — Live-Action 
  • After Earth: After the death of his Ranger sister, Kitai wants to become a Ranger (and possibly a Ghost too) so that his father has someone to be proud of.
  • The Back to the Future trilogy
    • George McFly in the first film is bullied by Biff Tannen; his grandson Marty McFly, Jr is goaded into crime by Griff Tannen. Both characters' escape from their respective tormentor was catalyzed by Marty McFly, Sr, who is himself (initially) goaded into crime by Douglas Needles (not a Tannen, but he fills the same Jerk Jock/Corrupt Corporate Executive role as Biff).
    • Marty Sr is reluctant to send his demo tape to a record producer because he "couldn't handle that kind of rejection". George (in the original history) won't send his manuscript to a publisher for the same reason.
    • Great, great grandfather Seamus McFly in Part III, who was one of the many people harassed by Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen in 1885, echoing Biff's line with:
      Mad Dog: McFly, I thought I done told you never to come in here!
    • On a sillier note, as provided by this trope image, Tannen family members have tendencies to crash into a pile of manure. Even the Wiki has the page for it.
  • Surprisingly this is inverted in Big Bully where the main character returns to work at his old high school with his Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up. Both of them now have sons the same age but the victim's son is a violent and mean child and picks on the bully kid who is a nice and kind boy. The main character is actually seen bonding with his former tormentor's son over their shared experience with bullies. Big Bully is pretty much a deconstruction of the "schoolyard bully" stereotype. In keeping with this, the inversion continues with the kids realizing the benefit in one another's company and becoming friends. When the dads realize this at the end of the film, they decide to put their own past behind them and follow their kids' example.
  • Invoked by the henchman Deacon from Blue Iguana (2018), who hero worships his dead father to the point of copying his mullet and wearing his denim jacket everywhere, despite mockery from other characters.
  • In Korean film The Classic, the parallels between the daughter and her mother (whose story is told in flashbacks) are very similar. Both of them meet a boy and when it began to rain, the two couples happen to run under the same tree for shelter. And both couples meet hardships in the form of a Love Triangle and an annoying friend who interferes with their relationships. In the end, the mother wasn't able to get together with the boy and married someone else. Said boy also married someone else. But for the daughter, her crush returned her feelings and they then found out that the boy was the son of her mother's old crush.
  • The Duchess seems to be a determined attempt to present the life of Georgina, Duchess of Devonshire, as a foreshadowing of her collateral descendant Diana, Princess of Wales.
  • The titular Dr. Victor Frankenstein of Frankenstein's Army is the grandson of the famous one from Switzerland, although he already *knows* how to create life from reading his Grandpa's books, and instead of making one grumpy Artificial Zombie, makes a horde of nightmarish undead cyborg Super Soldiers to get revenge on the Nazis for sending him to a concentration camp.
  • In The Hobbit, the films highlight how similar Thorin is to his grandfather Thrór, a little too much for his own good. Both have issues and a dislike of the elves and become obsessed with gold to the point of madness and irrationality. They also both fight Azog, which would ultimately lead to their deaths. Thorin to some degree is aware of this but refutes the truth when it's pointed out to him by Balin.
  • In Horse Girl, Sarah's character arc parallels her grandmother's life story: becoming increasingly delusional and paranoid, and ultimately being institutionalized. Sarah seizes on this as evidence not that she should seek help, but that she literally is her grandmother or a version of her through some kind of cloning or time travel.
  • The Hunger Games: Katniss looks like Mr. Everdeen, has inherited his hunting abilities and talent for singing and, like him, will marry someone from the town. Prim looks like Mrs. Everdeen and has inherited her passion for healing. Also, Mrs. Everdeen was close friends with Katniss' friend, Madge's mother, as a teenager and the father of Katniss' love interest Peeta had a crush on Mrs. Everdeen.
  • Henry Jones and his son, Indiana. At first, the two seem night and day: Indy is a whip-cracking Nazi-punching Adventurer Archaeologist, while Henry is a doddering old professor. But while Indy has modeled his look and his attitude on a badass tomb robber who bested him as a youth (and actually showed him some respect for it), he's got far more in common with his father. They're both archaeology professors, they're obsessed with antiquities, they're ladies' men—in one case, it’s even the same lady, they both wear a Nice Hat (Indy's iconic fedora and Henry's bucket hat) and carry a surprisingly useful tool (Indy's whip and Henry's umbrella), and they're both pretty useful in a crisis. Aside from the choice of hat, Indy's teaching outfit — tweed and a bow tie — is identical to his father's outfit. The main difference between them is that, unlike his son, Henry doesn't have a costumed secret identity and doesn't seek out dangerous adventures or occult villains.
  • In the Bollywood Krrish movies (well the second and third ones), Hrithik Roshan plays both the titular character and his dad, Dr. Rohit Mehra.
  • Mamma Mia! has a mild version: Sophie's relationship with her best friends Ali and Lisa is identical to that of her mother Donna and her best friends Tanya and Rosie - both groups have their own friendship chants and the similarity is lampshaded in a later scene when both groups unwittingly have a near-identical conversation.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • The various Iron Man films (and others where he appears, as well as Agent Carter) reveal that like Tony, Howard Stark is a charming, rogueish, often-arrogant, emotionally unavailable playboy — which Tony ironically resents, despite showing the same characteristics, because they do not make for good father figures. Only time will tell if Peter Parker, the younger Stark's son-figure, will turn out the same way.
    • What little we see of Tony's daughter shows that she takes after her father. Even as a four-year-old, Morgan is a dark-haired, dark-eyed tech prodigy with attitude and a gift for trouble.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 shows that Star-Lord's father, Ego, the Living Planet shares many of the same personality traits as Quill. However, where Quill has a (general) sense of what's right and wrong, his father shows no qualms about molding the universe in his own image.
    • Baby Groot is so similar to his father, Groot, that it took Word of God to clarify that they are in fact, different people.
    • By the denouement of Thor: Ragnarok, Loki replaces his deceased mother Frigga as the crafty, beautiful, graceful, Master of Illusion royal family member who assists the King of Asgard in ruling and defending their subjects. In Avengers: Infinity War, Loki shares the same fate as his mother — both die protecting another person, both briefly use illusions, both attempt to take on a much stronger foe with a short sword/dagger, both have their quick attack repulsed, and both are Defiant to the End: "I'll never tell you" / "You will never be a god."
  • The eventual fates of Hatsumomo and Mameha of Memoirs of a Geisha were similar to their apprentices, Pumpkin and Sayuri. Pumpkin became bitter and hateful like Hatsumomo, degrading herself, holding a grudge against Sayuri for ruining her future. Sayuri, on the other hand, became like Mameha, successful and was able to survive the worst of World War II and still maintain the gracefulness that they once had when they were prosperous.
  • The Princess Diaries: It's implied that many of Mia's initial awkwardness with new protocol is similar to what her grandmother Clarisse went through when she was first starting out, though admittedly for different reasons: Mia is royal by blood and was kept from her heritage for most of her life, while Clarisse had married into royalty. The sequel amps this up further with Mia's marriage to Andrew had it happened. Clarisse's marriage to Mia's grandfather Rupert was an Arranged Marriage, and they were quite fond of each other — she considered him her best friend. That being said, she didn't love him, as least not as a wife would love her husband. Mia and Andrew's relationship is very much the same. They hit it off and come to care for each other deeply, but there are No Sparks.
  • Happens over no less than four generations in Sacha Guitry's Remontons les Champs-Elysées with the professor's paternal forebears, all played by Guitry himself. His great-grandfather, King Louis XV, met the love of his life at 54, had a son by her and died ten years later; so did his grandfather and his father. As noted by the professor, who is entering his sixty-fourth year and has been married to the love of his life for ten years, "while it is quite nice to know that I will live sixty-four years, it is quite annoying to know that I won't go any further".
  • Star Trek:
    • In Star Trek (2009), we learn that Captain Kirk had a father who looked almost exactly like him, and was even Captain of the USS Kelvin (though only for 12 minutes).
    • Lampshaded by Captain Kirk in Star Trek: Generations when he meets the helmsman of the newly-commissioned Enterprise-B: Ensign Demora Sulu, daughter of Kirk's former helmsman, Captain Hikaru Sulu.
      Kirk: It wouldn't be the Enterprise without a Sulu at the helm.
    • It gets even better when, according to supplementary information, Demora Sulu becomes a captain, just like her father. And for bonus points, her Enterprise is a variant of the Excelsior, which her father commands.
  • Star Wars:
    • The Skywalker twins resemble the same-sex parents in terms of looks and career choice, but their personalities and temperaments are more reminiscent of the opposite-sex ones. Luke, like Padme, grows to see the good in Vader and show compassion for everyone. Leia, like Anakin, is strong-willed and not as forgiving, as well as being quite the snappy snarker.
    • In The Force Awakens, it turns out that the villainous Kylo Ren is actually Ben, Anakin's grandson. Like Anakin, he was seduced by the Dark Side of the Force and slaughtered his fellow Jedi, and wears a black outfit complete with a mask. This is actually intentional, as Ben consciously models himself after Darth Vader, whom he idolizes to a truly unhealthy degree.
    • Many jokes have been made about how whiny and angsty the Skywalker men are (especially in comparison to the Skywalker women), although Luke arguably grows out of it. This trait is even observable in Kylo Ren.
    • Arguably taken a step further in the old Expanded Universe, in which Luke decides there's no such thing as a 'light side' and 'dark side', only the Force, henceforth using the force entirely as he sees fit. Later, after a certain incident, he comes to the rapid conclusion that he's made a terrible mistake, and cuts himself off from the unsavory elements of the Force. In some ways, reflecting how Anakin came to embrace the Dark Side, only to repent and slay the Emperor. Anakin's grandson follows exactly the same path as Vader, all the while ironically looking back at history so he did not make the same mistakes, which he did. The conclusion was arguably inverted as he ended up not repenting before his death.
      • It depends on what you qualify as "repenting". Moments before his sister Jaina kills him, he seems to realize that he was as much of an idiot as his grandfather was. Unfortunately, he only realizes this at about the same time he's stabbed through the chest because he had left himself open while sending a psychic message to his former lover that their daughter's life was in danger.
      • In the Young Jedi Knights series, Jaina is described as looking a lot like Leia, but her personality more resembles Han. Leia, meanwhile, shares her mother's affection for interesting hair arrangements.
    • Luke Skywalker's eventual wife Mara Jade was once one of his greatest enemies (she once served as Emperor Palpatine's Hand) until they fell in love and got married. In Fate of the Jedi, Luke's son Ben Skywalker fights Sith Lady Vestara Khai several times and then a mutual attraction begins. Luke lampshades the parallel.
  • In Tremors 4: The Legend Begins, Burt's 19th-century ancestor encounters the Graboids.
  • On the same line, Frederick Frankenstein from Young Frankenstein is a physician trying to distance himself from his grandfather's shadow, down to pronouncing his surname differently... but then he finds Victor's secret lab and journals and decides to continue the family legacy and making his own Artificial Zombie. His assistant Igor is also the Identical Grandson of the hunchback who helped make the first monster.

  • In SA Swann's Apotheosis series, Salmagundi practices a peculiar form of ancestor worship, which expects everyone to download 5-12 of their ancestors into themselves. Since each of those ancestral minds is usually a melding of the half-dozen or more minds that they had downloaded, each of which is a blending of minds etc., this leads to people who are remarkably alike in personality, since everyone is a distillation of their ancestors, and a lot of people have overlapping sets of ancestors.
  • Between by Jessica Warman demonstrates this through the main character Liz. Liz was a xerox of her mother's seemingly golden status yet dealing with anorexia. And just like her mother, she also faces her best friend attempting to seduces the man was in a strong and genuine relationship.
  • Implied in the third book in The Beyonders: Darien the Seer's message to Jason implies that he will some day have a daughter who will also go on a journey across Lyrian like he did, and, in the process, end up having to explore Darien's lair just like Jason did.
  • In Robert Rankin's fifth Brentford Trilogy novel, The Brentford Chainstore Massacre, we're told that Omalley's ancestor was sent to Brentford by the Pope to kill Pooley's ancestor and that Pooleys and Omalleys have been killing each other over the Brentford Scrolls ever since. However, the current Pooley and Omalley are best friends.
  • In Neal Stephenson's novel Cryptonomicon and its multipart Prequel, The Baroque Cycle:
    • The characters of Lawrence Waterhouse and his ancestor Daniel are both descended from nonconformist preachers (Lawrence's grandfather, Bunyan, and Daniel's father, Drake). Despite an unconventional childhood, they attend a prestigious university (Princeton/Cambridge) where they form a strong but uneasy friendship with an obsessive, gay uber-genius (Alan Turing/Isaac Newton). They subsequently come onto the radar of the mysterious immortal Enoch Root, and become involved in a complex secret war involving hidden gold and cryptography, with the assistance of Sergeant Bob Shaftoe (of the US Marines/the King's Own Black Torrent Guards), while also becoming involved with the political machinations of the Comstock family (Earl Comstock, first head of the NSA/Roger Comstock, Marquis of Ravenscar) and working on early computers (very early in Daniel's case). Oh, and amongst the genuine historic figures Waterhouse meets is the famous military leader, Churchill (Winston Churchill/John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough).
    • Laurence's grandson Randy in Cryptonomicon's 1990s sections, also fits the pattern to some extent; he's a computer geek, he becomes involved in Root's conspiracy, works with Bobby Shaftoe's son (and has a relationship with his granddaughter), and deals with the political machinations of Earl Comstock's descendant. Admittedly, he starts out with an interest in his grandfather's work, but that doesn't explain all of it, and certainly not why his capitalist venture partner just happens to be descended from a member of the original Bob Shaftoe's brother's pirate crew (as, incidentally, is Goto Dengo, one of a handful of characters to appear in the 1940s and 1990s sequences of Cryptonomicon. He's a Japanese soldier who converts to Christianity; his ancestor was one of the "Kirishitan" Jesuits persecuted by Toyotomi Hideyoshi).
  • The writing of David Eddings, especially the Belgariad/Malloreon series and The Elenium/Tamuli series, in which characters specifically point out the similarity of events. This repetition is put down to Destiny by Dirty Old Man / Byronic Hero Belgarath and Creepy Child / Oracular Urchin / Physical God Aphrael, respectively. At the end of both series, however, it is claimed that this cycle of Destined Events has been broken, making the future unpredictable.
  • In Discworld novels, "Old Stoneface" Vimes is the Knight Commander of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch and is well known for his belief that nobody is above the law, to the extent that he famously arrested the ruler of the city. While this obviously refers to Sam, during the time period of the novels, it's also a description of Suffer-Not-Injustice, some 300 years earlier.
  • The Divine Comedy: All that we learn about Dante Alighieri's great-grandfather, who gave the family the name Alighieri, is that he has spent a century in Purgatory to rid himself of Pride. Vices appear to be genetic because Dante had earlier admitted that he would almost certainly end up in that part of Purgatory for a long, long time.
  • An unusual Real-Person Fic example in the Doctor Who Expanded Universe short story "Doctor Who and the Adaptation of Death" by Graeme Burk. Set in 20 Minutes into the Future Hollywood, the big movie stars the screenwriter viewpoint character mentions are all the kids or grandkids of present-day stars, either real (Kal-El Cage) or imagined (Jude Law III). Also, J. K. Rowling has a descendent called P. Q. Rowling who wrote Harry Potter and the Half Moon Dentist.
  • In Emily The Strange The Lost Days, Emily/Earwig discovers she very closely resembles her Great Aunt Emma.
  • Chris and Cathy in Flowers in the Attic not only look eerily like their parents, but they also end up basically the same way, Brother–Sister Incest and all.
  • In Sarah Addison Allen's The Girl Who Chased The Moon, after Dulcie and Logan's history in the Back Story, Logan's brother fears it will happen again with his son Win and Dulcie's daughter Emily.
  • In Harry Potter, this cuts both ways. Harry's father and his cohorts from their days at Hogwarts, the Marauders, map well onto Harry and his friends — and he meets every single one of them before the end of the third book. And the "first day at Hogwarts" at the end of Deathly Hallows is a dead ringer for Harry's own "first day" way back in Philosopher's Stone. This is emphasized when Harry's daughter Lily whines that she wants to go to Hogwarts now to her mother, Ginny, said the same thing six books earlier.
    • This is also subverted to an extent with Harry's father — Harry unthinkingly assumes that their characters were xeroxed until Harry's father James turns out to have been a pampered Jerk Jock in his teenage years, properly maturing only in the last year or two of school. It's implied that Harry's unhappy upbringing has made him a better person in some respects. Dumbledore also comments to Snape he finds Harry's personality much like his mother's, rather than his father's.
      • Harry is constantly described as looking exactly like his father, except that he has his mother's green eyes. When Harry actually gets a look of what James looked at his own age, due to reading Snape's memories, he notices that looking at his father's face is much like staring into an uncanny mirror. It looks almost the same, but some details are just slightly off.
      • Also, both Harry and James fall in love with and marry a red-haired woman, making both couples very alike in looks. Although this is subverted because Harry is a half-blood whose wife Ginny is a pureblood, while James was a pureblood whose wife Lily was muggle-born.
      • Also the situation of an orphaned godson is repeated. The books start out with Harry, an orphan, living with his relatives. He grows very close to his godfather, Sirius. The books end with Teddy Lupin, an orphan, living with his relatives. Jo tells us he becomes very close to his godfather, Harry.
    • Draco Malfoy plays this trope around across the saga. When we meet his father Lucius it's very much clear that Draco takes after him physically and does everything he can to imitate him, putting on airs with a snobby attitude and looking down on others. However, come Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, when he finally joins the Death Eaters and is given the (seemingly) impossible task of assassinating Dumbledore, he starts realizing what it really means to be like his father, and he does not enjoy it one bit. Many years later, he goes out of his way to defy this trope and raise his son so he doesn't turn out like him or Lucius.
  • In Mercedes Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar series, the Ashkevrons are shown to be very much like this generation after generation. Queen Selenay jokes, not inaccurately, that members of the family who don't inherit the usual resemblance generally find excuses to run off to the capital city. To give one of the more egregious examples: the main characters of the books are identical twin girls with an older brother. Of the past five generations of their mother's family, three have consisted of identical twin girls with an older brother.
  • Holes largely hinges on a downplayed version of this: Elya Yelnats accidentally broke a promise to a one-legged Gypsy named Madame Zeroni, resulting in a curse on all his descendants. The protagonist, his great-great-grandson Stanley, winds up breaking the curse entirely by accident, when he happens to befriend Madame Zeroni's descendant and help him in all the ways that Elya forgot to help her.
  • In The Hunger Games, Katniss looks like her father, Mr. Everdeen, has inherited his hunting abilities, singing voice and, like him, will marry someone from the town. Her sister, Prim, looks like Mrs. Everdeen and has inherited her passion for healing. Also, Mrs. Everdeen was close friends with Katniss' friend, Madge's mother, as a teenager and the father of Katniss' love interest Peeta had a crush on Mrs. Everdeen.
  • The immortal witch Azusa of I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level meets a guild receptionist named Natalie during her first visit to Flatta village. Three hundred years later, she meets her descendant, also named Natalie, also working as the receptionist, and looking so alike Azusa thinks she's the same person.
  • A bizarre variant, in which there's no blood relationship, is the "Jack and Susan" mysteries by Michael McDowell. Whether it's 1913, 1933, or 1953 (and McDowell originally intended to write stories for the "_3" year of each decade), Jack Beaumont and Susan Bright are always 27 years old, meeting and falling in love for the first time. No explanation is ever even attempted — this is just the way it happens.
  • In the Jack Ryan series, Jack Ryan Jr. eventually joins the CIA like his father, while Sally goes to medical school like her mother (the same one, to top it off).
  • The Kane Chronicles has a variation on this in that most of the people that the gods possess tend to live variations of the tales of the gods; e.g. Julius Kane (possessed by Osiris) is kidnapped by Set while his children Carter and Sadie Kane are forced to escape (Horus and Isis respectively). Justified in that the gods don't have imagination and can only repeat stories, while humans can change these.
  • In Kunoichi, this is implied to have occurred with Michiru Fujimori and her daughter Anna, both skilled computer scientists. Right down to the Split Personality.
  • A non-heroic example is present in Gabriel García Márquez's novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. The names and the personality traits associated with those names emerge in each generation of the Buendí­a family, leading to a cycle of repeating mishaps and tragedies which only ends with the death of the last member of the family and the destruction of the town the family founded. The exception being the twins Aureliano Segundo and José Arcadio Segundo. The former is sociable, jolly and likes to party, which are traits associated with the José Arcadios; the latter is reserved and gloomy, and has military interests, like the previous Aurelianos. It's implied that this is because the twins swapped names so often that eventually they lost track of their own identities — it's quite possible that Aureliano Segundo was José Arcadio Segundo and vice-versa.
  • Simona Ahrnstedt does this in her debut novel Överenskommelser, where the female protagonist Beatrice seems to have inherited both her appearance and her personality from her paternal grandmother. Her cousins have some of this too. Edvard has inherited his abusive side from his father, Sofia is beautiful but weak like her mother. Not to mention that Beatrice must have inherited her intelligence from her father, who was a professor at Uppsala University.
  • Every generation of the Ohmsford family in Terry Brooks Shannara series includes one member who Jumps At The Call of the druid Allanon (or his successors). This family member stands a good chance of being friends with the impulsive Prince of Leah, and will almost certainly encounter the King of the Silver River and be accompanied by a group of Men, Dwarves, and Elves (probably including Elven royalty) against the Big Bad. They may also have a more sensible sibling who accompanies them to stop them getting into trouble, encounter a Lovable Rogue named Creel, and befriend a Moor Cat. Although there's usually an element or two from this list missing in each generation.
  • The Silmarillion: Elu Thingol stumbles upon Melian singing surrounded by nightingales while wandering alone in the forests of Doriath. Immediately "an enchantment fell upon him" and he takes her hand and they fall wordlessly in love. Several thousand years later, Beren stumbles upon their daughter Lúthien dancing while he is wandering alone in the forest of Doriath and nicknames her Nightingale; he "fell into an enchantment", embraces her, and they fall wordlessly in love.
    • Inverse situations end their narratives as well: when Beren dies of wounds received fighting Carcharoth immediately after presenting Thingol with the Silmaril, Lúthien deliberately dies in grief and follows his soul to Mandos. Thirty-six years later, when Thingol is killed by the Dwarves over the Silmaril, Melian deliberately relinquishes her mortal fána and returns herself to Valinor in grief.
  • It is rather subtle but the similarities between the younger generation of (especially, but definitely not just them) Stark children in A Song of Ice and Fire and the previous generation has been pointed out.
    • This also happens to Ned in regards to older members of his family. His father Lord Rickard was unjustly executed by the evil King "Mad" Aerys II and his oldest son was also killed horrifically. Near the end of the first book Ned is executed by the evil King Joffrey and later his oldest son is killed in a horrific manner.
    • Arya is noted to be Generation Xerox for her Aunt Lyanna in both appearance and personality, as a similarly wild, tomboyish Rebellious Princess with an interest in riding and fencing over ladylike arts, and concern for the smallfolk. Ned even admits he's worried about the similarities.
    Ned: "Lyanna would have carried a sword if my lord father had allowed it. You remind me of her sometimes, you even look like her. Beautiful, willful...and dead before her time."
    • Examined by the various members of the Lannister family. Jaime and Cersei both believe themselves to be just like their father. Both claims are refuted by other members of the family. Cersei is considered to be too mercurial in comparison to the rock-solid Tywin by both her brothers. Tywin's sister Genna dismisses Jaime's claim, as Tyrion is most like Tywin, while noting he does have similarities to most of his uncles.
    • The noble houses in ASOIAF in general work like this, both in appearance (Martin's genetics is... peculiar) and in behavior (nobles are encouraged to imitate their more famous ancestors). One character (Joffrey Baratheon) was even correctly outed as not a real Baratheon by numerous characters, by virtue of him neither looking the part nor acting like how a proper Baratheon acts. By contrast, Robert's bastard children all act in a stubborn manner and have the Baratheon coloring.
    • Robert's brother Stannis has similar qualities to his great-great-grandfather King Maekar I. They were both stern and unforgiving younger sons who are great military men but feel unappreciated, unexpectedly inherit the Iron Throne, and both kill a better-liked brother of theirs.
    • Robert's bastard son Gendry manages to demonstrate the traits of his father and uncle Stannis, despite not even knowing he's a Baratheon. He's inherited Robert's strength and fondness for a war hammer while being very similar in personality to the serious, honorable, and reserved Stannis. He even ends up best friends with Arya Stark — the daughter of Robert's best friend Ned — and is hinted to be developing feelings for her, who (as noted above) is similarly Generation Xerox of Lyanna Stark, the woman Robert spent his life in love with.
  • The Sweet Valley Saga books rely on the idea that the present inhabitants of Sweet Valley largely are Xeroxed from the ancestors who are the subjects of the books. Patmans and Fowlers are of course in some way derived from nobility, for example.
  • The whole plot of Madeleine L'Engle's A Swiftly Tilting Planet is Charles Wallace performing Mental Time Travel into members of the Maddox-Llawcae clan, two Always Lawful Good families that repeatedly intermarry. Also featured are the Mortmain, O'Keefe, and "Gwydyr" families, whose members are Always Chaotic Evilnote . Basically each stop involves one or more members of an "evil" family trying to seduce/oppress someone from the Maddox-Llawcaes. A common criticism of this book is that In the Blood is the actual moral.
  • As revealed in the Thomas & Friends spin-offs The Island of Sodor and Sodor: Reading Between the Lines, there have been three Fat Controllers: Sir Topham Hatt, his son Sir Charles Topham Hatt, and his son Sir Stephen Topham Hatt. Within the books, the Fat Controllers appear identical.
  • Played with several times in Tamora Pierce's Tortall Universe:
    • Aly of the Trickster's Duet is completely different from Alanna — she's flippant and unambitious at the start of the book, with no interest in being a knight. However, she does take after her dad George the spymaster. Her twin brother Alan is a knight-in-training, and her other brother Thom follows after his namesake in studying magic.
    • The Beka Cooper books invert this completely. The Hero, Beka Cooper, is George Cooper's great-something grandmother... a legendary police officer. Also in her books is Lord Lionel of Trebond, a sexist who thinks that women are weak and delicate and who is far too cowardly to stand up to the Big Bad of the book.
  • There is something like this in Vanity Fair — Amelia, who is something of a Wide-Eyed Idealist Proper Lady has a son George whom she terribly spoils, leading him on a path to become like his father (also named George), who was a snobbish Jerk Jock wannabe aristocrat. However, whereas Dogged Nice Guy Dobbin wasn't successful in reforming the earlier George, he is able to mold the younger George, his step-son, into a better person. The other "heroine", Becky Sharpe, has a Freudian Excuse for some of her behavior. She neglects her son Rawdon, who is named after his father who was better than most of his family who were a long line of evil aristocrats. While less of a character than young George, the younger Rawdon also seems to grow up to be a better person than his parents — he gives his mother a settlement not to come near him ever again which contrasts with how his grandfather, Sir Pitt Crawley tried to cheat his children out of inheritance owed to them.
  • In Warrior Cats, characters tend to be the subject of a prophecy or take on a role like a leader if it happened to their mentor or parents. For instance, the last few ThunderClan leaders have been a series of mentors and their apprentices: Sunstar mentored Bluestar who mentored Firestar who mentored Bramblestar. Hawkfrost tried to take over the Clans like his father Tigerstar and there was a prophecy about the final confrontation that stopped each one. Being the subject of a prophecy and saving the Clans in some way also seems to run in Firestar's bloodline.
  • Happened in Welkin Weasels — even their names are very similar: the descendants of Mawk and Scirf are named Maudlin and Scruff, respectively.
  • In Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff and Isabella's son Linton Heathcliff has the worst traits of both of his parents, being a nasty, cowardly snob. On the positive side, Hareton Earnshaw and Catherine Linton have a lot in common with young Heathcliff and young Catherine Earnshaw (in fact, Heathcliff deliberately keeps Hareton uneducated to mold him into a new version of himself), but turn out to be better than the older generation.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the Agent Carter episode "A Sin to Err", the search for the Black Widow requires Carter and Jarvis to dig into Howard Stark's personal life, which he has been conducting much the same way his son will 60 years later in Iron Man.
  • Arrow: Flash Forwards show that Oliver and Felicity's children end up exactly like them. William is an adorkable computer nerd and literal genius just like his step-mother Felicity, while Mia is a stoic badass who is an unparalleled archer and all-around combatant but bottles up her emotions and only barely lets down her walls around family, just like her father Oliver.
  • Ashes of Love:
    • The most beautiful woman in all Six Realms is caught in a love triangle with two power deities, one of whom is the Heavenly Emperor, which ends with her death. Are we talking about Jin Mi or her mother Zi Fen?
    • A prince removes his more popular brother to become Heavenly Emperor. Tai Wei or Run Yu?
  • In Auction Kings, Bob runs an auction house. Paul runs an auction house. Elijah is considering joining the auction world as well.
  • Although the various generations of the Blackadder family are accompanied by Baldrick and an Upper-Class Twit, it's not until Blackadder Goes Forth that we get a real sense of history repeating, with more recurring characters from previous series than before, including one-off characters who take their own plotlines from the earlier series with them (Bob\Kate the Sweet Polly Oliver, for instance, or Nurse Mary, who's a WWI version of Amy Hardwood from Third). The fact the basic set-up is similar to Blackadder II (Edmund, Balders, and the twit are all based in location 1. Blackadder is frequently summoned to location 2 where an obsequious hanger-on with equal status tries to get him in trouble (Lord Melchett in series II, Kevin Darling in series IV) with a psychotic loon who has power of life and death over everyone involved (Queenie in series II, General Melchett in series IV) is just the icing on the cake.
  • On Boardwalk Empire, Jimmy Darmody and his mother Gillian both have their Start of Darkness as a result of sexual abuse.
  • Played with in Season 7's first episode of Buffy — Dawn's arc is paralleled with her older sister Buffy's arc in Season 1. Dawn is joined by two outcast classmates — a mousy shy girl and a loudmouthed guy, paralleling Buffy becoming friends with Willow and Xander — and fights monsters on their first day at the newly rebuilt Sunnydale High. Dawn's new friends are subsequently forgotten. She talks to Mousy Shy Girl on the phone in "Conversations With Dead People," but other than that, Dawn's aforementioned friends are never mentioned again.
  • Charmed:
    • Piper later discovers that her mother ended up falling in love with her whitelighter, as she did for Leo. At the time she realises this, she's dating Dan and leaves him for Leo. And their mother's affair with Sam produced a half witch, half whitelighter child — and Piper and Leo have a child, too.
    • It's shown in the last episode that each of the sisters will have three children each, who will be trained to follow in the footsteps of the previous generation.
  • In Chinese Paladin, Ling'er, like her mother, is destined to die after saving the world, leaving behind a daughter to continue the cycle.
  • The Scottish sitcom City Lights was about a Glaswegian bank-teller called Willie Melvin, whose attempts to publish his autobiographical novel My Childhood Up A Close were forever being derailed by his dodgy best friend, Chancer. In one episode he researches his family tree, and discovers the medieval Lord William Melvin, who was killed by Chancer the Bruce just after completing My Childhood Up A Castle.
  • On Designing Women Julia and Suzanne's nieces bicker just the way they do but they've been doing it for so long they don't notice it until Mary Jo and Charlene point it out.
  • Friends:
    • In the episode "The One Where Nana Dies Twice", Monica and Ross's mother reflects on how critical Nana was of everything she did, unaware that this is exactly how she treats Monica. Also, a photo at the end reveals that when Nana was in her twenties she looked exactly like Monica, and hung out with her friends at a coffee house.
    • Discussed in "The One with The Lesbian Wedding." Rachel's mom asks her "what's new in sex?" and Rachel snaps, calling her out for being so casual about her upcoming divorce, and she responds that she thought she felt unhappy in her marriage for a long time, but became sure she wanted to end it when Rachel ran out on Barry. When Rachel asks what that had to do with her divorce, her mom says: "you ran out on your Barry, but I married mine."
  • In the Full House continuation Fuller House this is the case. D.J., Stephanie, and Kimmy being promoted into the Danny, Jesse, and Joey roles respectively. The first ones each being the responsible straight-laced single-parent, the second as the cool musically-inclined uncle/aunt who moves in, and the third as the wacky best friend who lives with them. When it comes to the kids Jackson, Max, and Tommy take up the positions D.J., Stephanie, and Michelle held in the original series as D.J.'s kids. The eldest and middle children similarly having a tenuous relationship with each other, including also like their predecessors having to share a room, and the third at least starting out the series as a baby who is played by a pair of twins.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • The Stark children have many similarities with their parents:
      • Like his father, Robb is a skilled tactician and compassionate leader (both in war and peace) with a sense of duty and honor who rebels against a king in the name of family — fittingly, as he is the heir of Winterfell. Richard Madden even mentions this in Robb's featurette. Though there is one crucial difference that separates them, as pointed out by Catelyn herself: Ned entered into a political marriage during the course of Robert's Rebellion, and honored that vow, refusing to Marry for Love even if there might have been another woman in his life (and allegedly the existence of Jon Snow would imply that there was).
      • Jon, the bastard half-brother, resembles his father Ned the most out of the Stark children and is a solemn, honorable (and known for this honor), and levelheaded leader and skilled swordsman like Ned, with Ned's sense of duty, compassion, and love for family, who carries out executions himself. All of this makes it even more ironic because Ned is not his biological father, but his uncle.
      • Sansa is a beautiful Proper Lady like her mother Catelyn — a few characters remark that she looks very much like Catelyn did when she was young. Littlefinger even says she's more beautiful than her mother was at that age. Appropriately enough, she gradually starts exhibiting more and more of Catelyn's character traits as she gets older, save for acquiring a cold pragmatism her mother lacked which Sansa likely acquired from her time around the court, particularly around Littlefinger. So, in a way, she became the child Littlefinger never got to have with Cat. This is even more striking in Season 6 as she has now taken over the role of The Consigliere to her brother Jon, like Catelyn used to do with her husband Ned and son Robb — Sansa and Jon's father and brother respectively. In regards to her father, despite her earlier infatuation for Joffrey, she has her father's idealism, patience, self-control, compassion, and love for her family and home, Winterfell.
      • Arya has her father's grim determination, a fierce sense of justice, and love and empathy for the smallfolk. She also ends up best friends with Gendry during the war — who is the son of Ned's friend Robert who he fought alongside during the last war.
      • Like his father, Bran is a Reasonable Authority Figure with an overriding concern for his subjects (literally begging for Ser Rodrik's life) with Nerves of Steel, like Arya his closest allies end up mirroring his father's, as he befriends the children of Howland Reed, Ned's best friend, and considering his resemblance to Kid!Ned in the flashbacks, probably the child who most closely resembles him physically.
      • Rickon has his father's compassion and love for family.
    • Ned comments that Arya takes after Lyanna (Ned's sister, Jon's mother) in both appearance and personality. The flashbacks of a young Lyanna show her as a spirited tomboy wearing boy's clothing, befriending smallfolk, and literally riding circles around her brothers — all supporting Ned's comments about Arya.
    • The Smalljon inherits his father's boastful nature, the size, the massive beard, the temper, and the brutal honesty. He just seems a tad more villainous.
    • Tytos Lannister's trait as a Weak-Willed, indecisive ruler with a strong desire to be liked and easily manipulated by the people around him was inherited by his great-grandson, Tommen.
    • Myrcella looks strikingly like Cersei did when she was young, though thankfully lacks her mother's temperament. By coincidence, the actresses who portray Myrcella and a young Cersei share an uncommon first name.
    • Drogon's features and temperament towards burning people in battle recalls the historical actions of Balerion the Black Dread, Aegon the Conqueror's own dragon. In the books, the coincidence is actually commented upon by Daenerys herself, even believing that Drogon is Balerion reincarnated — even if she gave him a new name to honor his new life.
    • Gendry is tall, strong, and handsome like his father, and his best friend is — just like his father's was — a Stark. Ned even realizes that he's Robert's bastard for certain when he stubbornly insists that his bull helmet's not for sale, even though slighting the Hand of the King could get his tongue ripped out. They also both prefer to use warhammers in combat. That said he's managed to escape on a lot of his father's worst traits such as his bloodthirstiness, arrogance, impulsiveness, and whoring, and is generally much kinder and more serious than Robert ever was.
  • Gilmore Girls:
    • Lorelai and Rory. It's mentioned several times in the series how alike their personalities are. Rory's first boyfriend reminds Lorelai of Rory's father, for example.
    • But also subverted in that the focus of Lorelai's life (to the extent she has focus) is to keep Rory from making the same mistakes she did.
      • This is being replayed with Lauren Graham's Parenthood character Sarah and her daughter Amber.
    • Also, Luke and his nephew Jess. They are both snarky, cynical, and totally in love with their respective Gilmore girl. Luke eventually hooking up with Lorelai and Jess with Rory only makes the whole parallel funnier.
  • JAG: Harm's dad just so happened to look in his prime exactly like his son later does in his prime (save for the mustache).
  • Parodied in Lizzie McGuire where Lizzie imagines becoming a homemaker like her mother. She ends up with the same glasses and hairstyle, as well as having two children identically like Matt and Lizzie.
  • Lucifer (2016): When Lucifer's mother, the Goddess of Creation, gets a human body for the first time, she quickly turns into a hedonistic sex-crazed party animal who is dismissive of humans, focused completely on herself, learns all the wrong lessons whenever anyone tries to give her advice, is violently protective of the people she cares about, and is extremely short-sighted. Even humans who don't know they're related immediately recognize the massive similarities.
    Lucifer: What, you think I took after my dad?
  • Pretty much the whole concept of the new series of Minder. Archie Daley, the nephew of Arthur Daley? Who picked up a taxi driver as an assistant? Okay.
  • Once Upon a Time has Henry and Mary Margaret aka Snow White. Both had Regina as a mother figure. Both knowingly ate (the same) poisoned apple created by Regina to save someone they love (Charming and Emma, respectively). Both of them received True Love's Kiss from those specific loved ones to awake from their sleeping curses. Like grandmother, like grandson. In Season 2, this is sometimes Played for Laughs when Henry demonstrates traits of his biological parents.
    Emma: [after Henry has ditched his father] He's YOUR son!
    Neal: [after Henry demonstrates a signal Emma taught him] Oh hell no, I taught her that!
  • In an episode of Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Parker's father gets back together with his high school buddies at a reunion and they all behave in the same manner as Parker's crew.
  • In Power Rangers Samurai, Skull's son Spike is exactly like his father. Spike even laughs like his father.
  • In Press Gang, it is revealed in a flashback that Spike's mom and Spike's dad were carbon copies of Spike and Lynda when in High School.
  • In Princess Returning Pearl, Zi Wei and her mother Yu He are played by the same actress. This is a common trope in Chinese series in general.
  • As much as neither of them will admit it, Shawn and Henry from Psych. At least Lassiter seems to think so.
    Lassiter: Working with [Henry] is exactly like working with Shawn.
  • In the Robin Hood episode "Bad Blood" Flashbacks reveal that the enmity between the Gisbournes and the Locksleys started due to a love triangle between Guy and Robin's fathers, which ended with the woman involved being killed by one of them (Malcolm of Locksley, and unlike Guy's murder of Marian, it was an accident). Ghislane of Gisbourne also shows flashes of her daughter's political ambition, and gets shouted down by a sexist community leader in a similar manner to the arrival of Isabella's husband.
  • In the Smallville episode "Relic", Clark sees flashes of his father's brief time in Smallville as a young man. Jor-El, Clark's dad, falls in love with Lana Lang's great aunt, Jonathan Kent's father is seen as a noble farmer who helps Jor-El, and the bad guy is a Luthor, Lex's grandfather. And a corrupt Sheriff. The first Sheriff in Smallville is also found out to be corrupt.
  • A recurring theme in Sons of Anarchy is that the current generation of SAMCRO is following in the footsteps of the previous generation. Especially Jax, who is repeating the mistakes that both Clay and JT made. In the series finale Jax kills himself in the same way his father did, and sends his sons as far away as possible to make sure they don't grow up like he did.
  • Played with in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Crystal Skull"; turns out both Daniel and his grandfather are right about their pet archaeological notions that were laughed at and dismissed by everyone else in the business, including each other.
  • In the Star Trek universe Dr. Soong was an eccentric scientist, whose work on creating artificial humanoids made him distrusted. One of his more powerful creations turned out to be a conscienceless monster who had to be stopped by the crew of the Enterprise. Another, however, was a good person who aided the Enterprise crew in this. Arik (and Malik and Udar) from Star Trek: Enterprise or Noonien (and Lore and Data) from Star Trek: The Next Generation?
    • An in-universe example in a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode, where Garak asks Bashir what he thought of a Cardassian best-selling novel. Bashir says he found it too repetitive, citing how the same thing happened to seven generations of Cardassians. Garak simply replies that he considers the repetitive epic the most elegant form of Cardassian literature.
  • MTV's The State was a sketch comedy that featured a character named "Doug" who was a whiney emo teen who believed no one understood him, his parents least of all. Turns out his father was just the same, only where Doug's Catchphrase was "I'm outta here!" his father's was "I'm splittin'!" One sketch had Doug in an Imagine Spot where he was now an adult with a kid just like him.
  • Supernatural:
    • They might have got better (kind of) but in "Mystery Spot", Dean died and Sam became a ruthless hunter, bent on revenge against Dean's killer. Their mother died (she didn't get better) and their father became a ruthless hunter, bent on revenge against her killer. And yes, it's as slashy as it sounds.
    • Sam is John 2.0 Period. (He did a less extreme version of this back in season one after Azazel killed his fiancee, but between having Dean to help him through it and it already being his father's quest, it just wasn't as all-consuming. John appears to have been orphaned even before he married.)
      • It explains why they didn't get on most of the time, they were just too damn similar.
      • Sammy's I Just Want to Be Normal also goes back to his mom. The demon deals thing is just a family tradition at this point. They even spread it to the adopted members, and back to people who died before they were born.
    • Season 5 also plays a weird version of it with generation one being God and two of his archangels, and the Xerox being the original Winchester triad. Dean being the 'good son' Michael the soldier, and Sam being Lucifer, the rebellious one. Gabriel makes this explicit. While at the same time, Castiel's quest for an unanswering God is clearly meant to parallel the original series premise of 'two brothers on a road trip, looking for their father and killing evil things,' with a smidgen more subtlety.
      • In all cases God is, if not evil, definitely a dick. This is a show that prefers lateral relationships in all cases to vertical ones. Equality fuck yeah.
    • In Season 7, after Castiel dies, Dean mourns the same way his father mourned his mother: by burying himself in work, drowning himself in alcohol, and becoming obsessed with taking revenge on those he holds responsible for his loss. And Castiel's death echoes Mary's: both made an impulsive deal with a powerful demon in order to protect the man they loved the most (although Cas had other reasons, too), and both paid the price for it.
  • Taken:
    • In spite of his attempts to become a better man, Eric Crawford is very much like his father Owen. They are both ambitious, ruthless, and willing to step on anyone that gets in their way. In "God's Equation", he comes to feel guilty about all of the terrible things that he has done, something that Owen never does. Mary proves to be cut from the same cloth as her grandfather. Also in "God's Equation", Eric mentions that she possesses the same clarity of purpose as his father, which is probably related to their lack of morals.
    • In "Beyond the Sky", Sally Clarke is a lonely, unhappy woman whose husband Fred neglects and disrespects her. Her children Tom and Becky are her main source of happiness. Her unsatisfactory marriage leads her to have an affair with the alien John. In "Jacob and Jesse", she has a brief relationship with Owen but it turns out that he was merely using her so that he could have an opportunity to kidnap Jacob. In "Maintenance", Becky is married to a man named Ronnie, who treats her in much the same way as Fred treated Sally. Her children Kim and Andy are the only good things to come from her marriage. Becky's unhappy marriage leads her to have an affair with Eric. Becky and Eric's relationship differs from Owen and Sally's in that Eric genuinely develops feelings for her but Becky ends it when she realizes that she doesn't trust him.
    • Three generations of the Keys family, Russell, Jesse, and Charlie, fight valiantly against the aliens whenever they abduct them. Although it is secondary to their immunity to the effects of their technology, this is a source of great interest to the aliens. Furthermore, both Russell and Jesse are war veterans (World War II in Russell's case and The Vietnam War in Jesse's) who return home more traumatized by their abductions than by the war itself.
  • The Twilight Zone (1985): In "The Wall", Major Alex McAndrews joined the military in order to defend the US and its citizens, as his father and grandfather did before him.
  • The premise of Will & Grace was that years before the show's premiere episode, Will and Grace had met in college and dated until Will came out of the closet, and then had stayed close friends. In the series finale, the pair end up growing apart — until years later, when their kids meet in college and date (although their kids then go on to get married).
  • In Wizards of Waverly Place, the three main siblings, Justin, Alex, and Max, have personalities similar to those of their father and his brother and sister — Jerry, Megan, and Kelbo — with Alex pretty much being the same as her aunt, an antisocial Deadpan Snarker, Max being The Ditz just like Kelbo and Justin, the mature and the oldest one, just like his father, Jerry. Not to mention the conflict between Jerry and Megan, which resembles a lot the antagonism Justin and Alex have most of the time. To cap it all off, Justin won the Wizard competition, but gave up his powers, just like Jerry, though both the reason he did it and the sibling he gave his powers to are different.
  • Wonder Woman: Steve Trevor Sr. landed on Paradise Island, was discovered by Princess Diana who then took on the mantle, uniform, bracelets, lasso, tiara, and belt of strength of Wonder Woman, and escorted him back to America. Then she took a job as his subordinate so that she'd be in a position to watch over him and know when and where she was most needed. 35 years later, the exact same thing happened to Steve Trevor Jr. — who just happens to be a dead ringer for his father.
  • A variation involving a future generation; in the Xena: Warrior Princess Clip Show episode "The Xena Scrolls", Adventurer Archaeologist Janice Covington (played by Renee O'Connor) and linguistics expert Melinda Pappas (Lucy Lawless) learn that they are descendants of Gabrielle and Xena respectively, and end up kicking Ares' butt all over again (complete with a possible descendant of Joxer).

  • The Offspring's "Way Down the Line" is entirely about this trope.
    There is a chain that's never broken
    You know the story it's sad but true
    An angry man gets drunk and beats his kids
    The same old way his drunken father did
    What comes around, well it goes around...
  • Harry Chapin's song "Cat's in the Cradle":
    And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me
    He'd grown up just like me
    My boy was just like me
  • Andrew Gold's "Lonely Boy" is about a boy who grows up feeling neglected in favor of his younger sister until he leaves home. The final verse states that the sister also grew up, married, and had a son of her own. The singer then repeats the lines from the first verse ("they dressed him up warmly, they sent him to school"), implying that his childhood will be the same.
  • The They Might Be Giants song "I Palindrome I" is about a guy waiting for his mother to die so he can inherit her fortune; the last verse of the song implies his own kids end up giving him the same treatment.
    Someday Mother will die and I'll get the money
    Mom leans down and says "My sentiments exactly"

    See the spring of the grandfather clock unwinding
    See the hands of my offspring making windmills
  • Level 42's "Running in the Family" is all about kids making the same mistakes and getting into the same trouble as their dad, despite his best efforts.
    We ran / Though we knew it couldn't last
    Running from the past / From things that we were born to be
    Looking back it's so bizarre
    It runs in the family
    All the things we are
    On the back seat of the car
    With Joseph and Emily
    We only see so far
    and we all have our daddy's eyes
  • Dream Theater's song "Someone Like Him" plays around with this. It's part of a bigger, 24-minute long song (yes, really!) about being trapped in patterns, and Someone Like Him discusses a character who's trying very hard to beat this trope and carve a different niche to his father's cushy lifestyle. He changes his mind.
    As far as I could tell there's nothing more I need
    But still I ask myself could this be everything?
    And all I swore that I would never be was now...
    So suddenly
    The only thing
    I wanted to become
    To become someone like him
  • Implied in "In The Ghetto" by Elvis Presley from his album From Elvis in Memphis: The song is about a baby being born in the Chicago ghetto, then growing up in poverty and turning to crime to survive, before breaking away, and dying, as another baby is born, implying that if we ignore the issue of poverty, he will suffer the same fate of the young man who just died.
  • "It Runs In The Family" by Amanda Palmer is a song about how your genetics can shape your life.
  • The first verse of "1941" by Harry Nilsson starts off "In 1941 a happy father had a son. And in 1944 the father walked right out the door." The final verse starts "In 1961 a happy father had a son. And in 1964 the father walked right out the door."

    Professional Wrestling 

  • Subverted in the Stanley Baxter's Playhouse episode "The King's Kilt", when Miss MacEvoy, descendent of the kindly landlady from Walter Scott's The Chronicles of Canongate, turns out to be a nasty, bad-tempered woman, who is insanely suspicious of the guests at her B&B. However, it's double subverted when it's revealed the original Janet MacEvoy was just as bad but was blackmailing Sir Walter into his portrayal.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Daigusto Synchro Monsters is similar to that of Dragunity Knights in terms of appearance, consisting of rider and its mounts (Winged Beast and Dragons for "Dragunity" and Psychic and Winged Beasts for "Gusto", respectively). "Daigusto Sphreez" is the only exception, since she does not have a mount. This is probably referencing to the partnership between "Mist Valley" and "Dragunity" in the past. According to the Duel Terminal story, Gusto tribe are the Mist Valley tribe's descendants who inhabited the region after Trishula's rampage. This relationship is later adopted by Lavals in the form of Lavalval Dragun.
    • Pirika appears to be related to "Reeze, Whirlwind of Gusto", based on her hair color. She also has odd-numbered Level among the non-Synchro Psychic-type Gusto monsters (being Level 3), while Reeze is Level 5.
    • The Gishki are the descendants of a defecting faction within the Ice Barrier clan. They also use rituals like the Ice Barrier, but for wicked purposes.

  • Prior Walter, the protagonist of Angels in America has an extensive family history; the Walters go back for centuries, and Prior is an old family name. Not too long after discovering he is suffering from AIDS, Prior is visited by the ghosts of two of his ancestors, both of whom were also named Prior, and both of whom also suffered from fatal diseases and (as is implied might happen to Prior) died alone.

    Video Games 
  • In Alien: Isolation, a grown-up Amanda Ripley goes in search of her lost mother Ellen, and through the game ends up going through a number of the same situations her mother did way back in the original 1979 movie.
  • Assassin's Creed, due to the bleeding effect.
  • The Bubble Bobble series always features a green bubble dragon and a blue bubble dragon, regardless of setting. In games where the dragons take human form, they are always depicted as young boys in overalls, whose only distinguishing features are the color of said overalls and hair.
  • The Belmont family from Castlevania. For hundreds of years, each generation's males (and many of the females) had to fight Dracula (or his offspring) at least once. This is due to some vague "curse" in the family (which also carried over to other family lines). The Sorrow games go even further. The six main protagonists are Soma (the reincarnation of Dracula), his "friend" Mina, vampire hunter Julius Belmont, witch Yoko Belnades, Genya Arikado (aka Alucard), and Hammer (who was originally going to be playable in Julius Mode in Dawn of Sorrow, and fanon suggests would have played like Grant DaNasty). Everyone is essentially a counterpart to someone from the story behind Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, except that Mina (the Lisa counterpart) isn't dead.
  • The Yakras in Chrono Trigger. The original posed as the chancellor of Guardia to get closer to the Queen so that he could kill her and sever the royal bloodline (which includes Marle, a.k.a. the present-day Princess Nadia). All of his descendants followed a similar pattern, but you only get to kick the butts of Yakra I (600 A.D.) and Yakra XIII (1000 A.D., much later in the game).
    • Marle herself is the spitting image of Queen Leene, to the point that Yakra I (600 A.D.), his army of monsters, and the entire staff and residence of Guardia Castle mistook her for Leene, allowing what would have happened to Leene to happen to Marle instead. In the Imagine Spot where Lucca explains why Marle seems to have disappeared into the ether, the entire Guardia line seems more or less identical.
    • Ozzie (600 A.D.), part of Magus' Quirky Miniboss Squad, also has an identical (but Palette Swapped) descendant in 1000 A.D.
  • Deus Ex:
    • An interesting example happens in Deus Ex: Invisible War, where the lead character turns out to be the descendant of the character from the first game, kind of, and he/she faces some similar obstacles and decisions as JC Denton did the first time around.
    • Also done in the prequel, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, where Adam Jensen is heavily implied to be the ancestor of JC and Paul (and Alex, by extension). And of course, Adam's no stranger to fighting worldwide conspiracies, either.
  • Devil May Cry does this with Dante performing similar actions to his father, Sparda, which in chronological order seems to be showing that Dante surpasses his father over time:
    • DMC3: Sparda sealed Temen-ni-gru, Dante fights demons there but the tower's fate is never gone into.
    • DMC1: Sparda defeated Mundus as does Dante.
    • DMC4: Sparda sealed the Hell Gates, Dante destroys them.
    • DMC2: Sparda defeated Argosax, Dante kills him.
    • There's also the fact that Dante wields his father's main sword in DMC1 and one he inherited from him in all the other games. He also uses the one his brother inherited in DMC4.
    • And Nero with his father Vergil as both use Yamato and Summoned Swords and come into conflict with Dante (and beat him the first time).
  • Dragon Quest V:
    • Played straight with Prince Harry's son Kendrick being the same selfish brat his father once was. He even does the same prank Harry first did to the Hero when he was a kid, this time to the Hero's children. Not to mention Kendrick shares the same sprite with the young Harry.
    • In another example, after the Hero's mother Queen Mada was captured by the Evil Order of Zugzwang, King Pankraz leaves his kingdom to go on a journey along with his son and Sancho in order to her after she had given birth to their son the Hero. Later, the Hero pursues the same quest while searching for his wife who was also captured by the Order of Zugzwang, right after giving birth to their son and daughter.
  • The Elder Scrolls has M'aiq the Lair, a recurring Easter Egg Legacy Character who has appeared in every game since Morrowind. According to the dialogue of the M'aiq in Skyrim, they are all related. Each has the same traits of being a Meta Guy Author Avatar Fourth-Wall Observer (and Leaner and sometimes Breaker) who is fond of deadpan sarcasm, are untrustworthy, and who seems very detached from the game world. Based on the appearance of a M'aiq in the prequel The Elder Scrolls Online, which takes place in the mid 2nd Era, they've been at this for centuries.
    M'aiq: "M'aiq's father was also called M'aiq. As was M'aiq's father's father. At least, that's what his father said."
  • Final Fantasy:
    • In Final Fantasy VIII, Laguna Loire had a long-time crush on Julia Heartilly. When the two got to know each other more, Julia fell for him. However, he is given a mission and never returned leaving Julia waiting to meet him again. When Julia became an Idol Singer, she married General Caraway and had a daughter named Rinoa. Laguna on the other hand was injured and nursed back to health in Winhill Village. He fell in love with the woman who took care of him and they had a child named Squall. Seventeen years later, Squall and Rinoa meet and as the story progresses, they fell for each other.
    • In Final Fantasy X, Tidus travels with Yuna and several guardians including Auron on a pilgrimage to defeat Sin. Tidus, having come from an alternate world, hopes to find a way home as well. Ten years before, Tidus' father Jecht traveled with Yuna's father Braska and a younger Auron on a pilgrimage to defeat Sin, Jecht hoping to find a way home along the way. Turns out this is on purpose — Jecht as Sin arranged for Tidus to be called to Spira with Auron helping, and Auron later made sure Tidus stuck around with Yuna. Furthermore, Auron is attempting to subvert this trope because he's seen first-hand that the traditional way of fighting Sin that Braska opted for solves absolutely nothing, and thus he influences Tidus and Yuna to realize that and try to find another way.
    • Similarities between Zack in Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core and Cloud in Final Fantasy VII are pretty much unavoidable. However, Zack's journey ends up mirroring Cloud's in ways far more extreme than Cloud's borrowed memories would suggest — for example, both Cloud and Zack end up accidentally falling through the roof of Aeris's church, doing squats to warm up their body temperature on missions in the snow, peering through keyholes, riding around on top of trains...
  • Fire Emblem:
    • Genealogy of the Holy War manages to distill this into a single game. All of the characters in the second half are the children of the characters in the first half, and the female characters all have the same classes as their mothers (well, most of them, anyway — gender inheritance is reversed for Brigid's children and there were extenuating circumstances for Altenna kidnapped at a young age, brought up in a foreign land and Nanna her mother's class was "Princess", and, well, she kind of abdicated that when she joined Sigurd's army); likewise, Aless and Seliph, whose fathers are not up for interpretation, share a class with said fathers. (You can pair up the other members of your army such that the male children — and Brigid's daughter, Patty — have the same classes as their fathers, though you may get some slightly odd results.) Furthermore, it is quite possible by exploiting bugs to pair up Seliph and Julia, mirroring the romance between Sigurd and Diadora, and the fifth game strongly hints that Leaf and Nanna is more or less canon. As mentioned before, Nanna does not share a class with her own mother; she does have the same class as Leif's mother, so this would qualify as mirroring the relationship between Leif's parents. ( Actually, the same thing sort of applies the other way around, as Leif's class is Prince, which plays out only slightly different than Lachesis's Princess class in that Leif cannot use staves before promoting.)
    • The Binding Blade and its prequel The Blazing Blade have this, albeit mixed with Distaff Counterparts. Many characters who appeared in The Binding Blade had parents who served in The Blazing Blade. And sure enough...they look almost exactly like that one parent. The other parent is left rather open. For example, Roy looks exactly like Eliwood. His mother can be either Lyndis, Ninian the half-dragon girl or Fiora. None of which are shown or even mentioned in The Binding Blade, as they were specially created for Blazing Sword. Hector meanwhile has a daughter named Lilina who is pretty much a Distaff Counterpart of him (He's a fighter, she's a mage) and likewise, her mother is not shown or named. It can be either Lyndis (once more), Florina, or Farina (It is also important to note that Florina, Fiora, and Farina are the Pegasus Sisters in The Blazing Blade). Lugh and Ray are likewise basically Nino if she was genderswapped (Their fathers are either the Assassin Jaffar or the Mage Erk). Sue is also a Distaff Counterpart to Rath, and looks exactly like him if he were a girl; her mother is also not mentioned, but it's possible it was actually Lyndis due to one of her endings.
      • Meanwhile, several characters who have children in The Binding Blade do mention their parents. Fir the Myrmidon is a Generation Xerox of Lady of War Karla — and the resemblance between her and her uncle Karel (appears in both Binding Blade and Blazing Blade) are also obvious. But who's Fir's father? Well, it's actually Boisterous Bruiser Bartre — who actually can join alongside her and is in both Binding Blade and Blazing Blade(Amusingly, if he's defeated in Blazing Blade, Barte actually says "Uh oh, I'll be back when I heal this wound!"). Canas in Blazing Blade also has a son named Hugh in Binding Blade, but he was mentioned as already being born in the former (Canas's mother Niime also joins in Binding Blade).
      • Hugh is actually a massive subversion. Canas is softspoken, a bit of a Cloud Cuckoolander, and uses Dark Magic. (But don't call it Dark, please). Hugh is Only in It for the Money, can be pretty harsh, and uses Anima Magic instead. (He inherited the magic talents of Canas's wife aka Hugh's mother, strongly hinted in Blazing Blade to be the sister of Nino's murdered biological mom and a member of a powerful mage clan.) Pretty much their only real similarity is their hair color (Though Niime says that Canas might have been a scoundrel when he was younger. Who knows).
    • Fire Emblem Awakening brings back children and the pairing system a la Genealogy, albeit this time the kids are from a horrible future where the world is on the brink of collapse. All of the children are tied to their mothers, save for Lucina (tied to Chrom, the main Lord of the game) and a female Morgan (tied to your Player Character if he's male; a female Avatar brings a male Morgan instead), and all of them are similar to their parents in some fashion, either in personalitynote  or in character class, albeit not to the same degree as Genealogy. The child who is most like his mother is Laurent, the son of the mage Miriel; both of them are mages, dress in the same black garb (his hat, he mentions, was actually Miriel's), speak with the same overly-complicated lexicon, and are highly intelligent; however, it's subverted to a degree — Laurent is nowhere near as stoic as his mother (whereas she is to an almost stupefying degree), and he prefers to pursue studies and experiment to serve others or find a practical need for them, whereas Miriel does most of her studies purely For Science!. All children also inherit their father's hair color (or mother's, in the case of female Morgan).
    • Fire Emblem Fates also brings the pairing/children system, with the kids being raised away from their parents in Pocket Dimensions and aging up faster than they normally would. These children are tied to the fathers this time, save for Shigure (tied to Azura) and a male Kana (tied to a Female Avatar, with a Male one bringing a Female Kana instead), and generally inherit the mother's hair color (or father's, for male Kana). The ones who resemble their parents the most are: the aforementioned Shigure (both he and Azura have light blue hair, are excellent singers, and are gentle yet very mentally strong), Benny's son Ignatius (both are Gentle Giants and Socially Awkward Heroes with tanned skins and starting in the Knight class), Xander's son Siegbert (tall mounted knights with honorable and kind natures), Odin's daughter Ophelia (very hot black mages with loud presences and the Mark of Naga in their arms) and Laslow's daughter Soleil (cheerful mercenaries who hit on girls)
  • One of the racers in F-Zero: Maximum Velocity, Kent Akechi, claims to be the son of famous racer Captain Falcon. He also drives a vehicle that greatly resembles the Blue Falcon.
  • Golden Sun: Dark Dawn fell into this trope and subverted it at the same time. Of the first three known characters, two are virtually identical to previous protagonists. The third protagonist, a green-haired girl, drove the fandom insane from trying to figure out who she is.
    • She turned out to be the violet-eyed Wind Adept daughter of the original violet-eyed Wind Adept. Gasp, shock. At least she differs by having a series of healing spells and a more volatile personality.
    • And then along came our fourth party member who, aside from being a boy whose utility spell is Douse instead of Frost, is a perfect clone of the first-gen Water Adept (a point hammered home by his older sister, who differs from Mia only in attitude and hairstyle).
  • Granblue Fantasy:
    • As the plot unfolds, it appears that the protagonist's Disappeared Dad took mostly the same path before them, becoming a skyfarer with similar goals and a very similar crew, including Vyrn, Rosetta, and Lecia's father Walfried. Rosetta even lampshades it when she finds out Lecia joined with the crew during her time stuck on Lumacie, ultimately chalking it up to fate.
    • This goes a bit further when you obtain Seox and play his second fate episode which hints that both the protagonist's father and Seox's father were good friends and the protagonist's father helped Seox out. So recruiting Seox can be seen like this.
  • Harvest Moon:
    • In Harvest Moon DS (or Cute), all the characters are descendants of the characters from Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life and Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town. They look the same (and most of them even have the same names, but only in the English version... although their original names were just small variations upon the ancestors' name, such as Sepiria [AWL!Celia] -> Serena [DS!Celia]), except for a few minor details in some of the characters (like eye color), act the same and fall in love with the same people. They wear similar wedding clothing to their (great-?) grandparents. For example, Celia. DS and AWL.
    • Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility takes this to an absurd point. If you start a New Game+ you get to play as your son, or daughter, who looks exactly like you, or your opposite-gender counterpart. Also, the villagers revert back to their original statuses.
    • All the bachelorettes from Harvest Moon 64 bare some level of similarities to their grandmothers, the Harvest Moon bachelorettes. Maria (renamed "Mary" in future games) is the Token Religious Teammate like Maria, Popuri is the bubbly pink-haired florist like Nina, Karen is a bartender with emotional baggage like Eve, and Elli is sweet and looks near identical to her grandmother Ellen.
  • Hearthstone has Cairne Bloodhoof, who, when killed, is replaced with his son Baine. This trope applies in that the two of them are statistically identical.
  • Infinity Blade has this as a major element of the plot. In the prologue, a warrior ends up being killed by the God King, with the game than showing his son vowing to avenge his father and fighting his way to the God King. Unfortunately, due to inadequate equipment and level-grinding, the warrior ends up getting killed. Years later, his son (who somehow has the same level and equipment of his father when he died) vows to avenge him and fights his way up the tower. Rinse and repeat.
    • However, the first novel tie-in and the second game reveals it's not this trope happening and is and actually a case of Born-Again Immortality, with the main character getting his memories wiped and rewritten to believe he is avenging his "father"'s death. Also, the warrior in the prologue is revealed to be the character's actual son from one of his reincarnations, which would make your first playthrough an inversion of sorts.
  • The Legend of Zelda does this as well, to the point of being lampshaded by the opening cutscene of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
    • And taken to ridiculous extents in The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks. As if an army of Links and Zeldas wasn't already enough.
      • Technically though, we only know certain Zeldas are related; and only two Links are explicitly related by blood, and generally they just seem to be random coincidences contrived by fate. However, as revealed in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword the truth is that each Link and Zelda are a reincarnation of the Link and Zelda in Skyward Sword in which Zelda is the Goddess Hylia in human form and Link is her childhood friend and chosen champion.
    • And it ain't just Link and Zelda. Many Zeldas were raised by an Impa. There's also more than one Anju who needs you to get her chickens back, and more than one Guru-Guru playing the Song of Storms in a windmill. (Interestingly, in both cases, you get the characters unnamed in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, named but with different roles in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, then they return in other games with their OOT roles but their MM names.) There are also a lot of identical mailmen — even the bird guy who's a mailman looks less like the other Rito and more like the usual mailman with wings and a funky 'do. That's just a taste; a full list would be endless. And then there are the slight name changes, like Marin and Tarin becoming Malon and Talon but essentially being the same. Other partial examples like the four carpenters (look alike, names change completely) exist.
    • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is this trope personified. You've got the Link and Zelda as Legacy Characters. You've got the same world map as in A Link to the Past. The same music (for the most part). The same items (for the most part) used. Link ends up helped by the Identical Grandson of Sahasrahla. He explores Lorule, a location similar the Dark World complete with most dungeons having the same names and themes, fights bosses which are the Lorulean counterparts of the ones fought in the Dark World (like Arrghus, Stalblind and Grinexx), goes up against a villain with a similar plan to Agahnim and a design suspiciously like Ghirahim, Chancellor Cole and Ganondorf... Everything that occurs is basically a repeat of the Link to the Past storyline.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has a single game example with Kodah and her daughter Finley both falling in love with Hylians (though the former didn't end up with the object of her affection).
  • Lufia & The Fortress of Doom and its sequel Lufia: The Legend Returns, feature the same premise, a Reincarnation Romance and heroes gathering journey to slay four Big Bads with a magic sword wieldable only by the descendant of the legendary hero Maxim.
  • In Mass Effect 2, Thane attempts to avert this in his personal mission, where he stops his son from carrying out an assassination and follow in his footsteps. It ends with father and son forced to confront each other after years of estrangement.
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda plays with this, with the protagonists taking on elements similar to their Milky Way predecessors: the human thrust into a position of influence and responsibility (Shepard and Ryder), the inquisitive asari (Liara and Peebee), the cranky old krogan (Wrex and Drack), and the turian who doesn't play by the rules (Garrus and Vetra), to name a few examples.
  • Sort of used in Mega Man Star Force, where Geo and all of his friends directly parallel Lan and company from Mega Man Battle Network. In fact, Echo Ridge looks almost exactly like AC/DC. Though in this case there's no biological connection, it's still one hell of a coincidence that many of the same events played out between two very similar groups of people two hundred years apart.
    • Specifically, it's Lan and Geo, Bud and Dex, Sonia and Mayl, Luna and Yai, and Zack and Eugene. Though it should be noted that the boys have far more in common with their counterparts than the girls do.
      • Although there are points where characters mix, such as Sonia being Geo's main backup, while Zack never gets a chance to help. But there are still parallels even then, as characteristics are still taken from the ordinal just being given to other characters, with Harpnote replacing Protoman as the reliable fighter aside from Mega Man.
  • Metal Gear:
    • Subverted, deconstructed, and generally hashed into pieces by Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. The new player character seems to experience a sequence of events extremely similar to ones experienced by the previous player character in the previous game, with note-for-note character analogues and extremely similar level design. The character noticed this, too, and began to get pretty existentialist about it, wondering if he was somehow insane and imagining the whole thing. It turned out it was all deliberately orchestrated to have precisely that effect on him. The game was a satire of reiterated sequels, hence the dark use of this trope.
    • An agent, codenamed Snake goes on a solo mission to rescue somebody. There he finds out plans to build a nuclear-armed tank. Eventually, he discovers that his mentor is part of the plot, and after a battle, kills the mentor in combat. Now, are we talking about Big Boss or Solid Snake? This is made obvious by the end of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots when Big Boss and Snake are standing next to each other. That said, the point of 4 is that Snake isn't exactly like Big Boss after all. At the end, he's the only one to be able to live his own life. Big Boss even acknowledges this by saying "If you were in my place back then, perhaps you wouldn't have made the same mistakes I did..."
    • A person who is surrounded by and exemplifies the savage joy of battle, whose life partner is a person who is surrounded by and exemplifies loss and regret, with the two eventually giving the world a prodigious child who saves humanity. Now, are we talking about Big Boss's mentor (the Boss) and her relationship to the Sorrow and Ocelot, or Big Boss's successor (Solid Snake) and his relationship to Otacon and Sunny?
    • In-universe, The main conflict began when Naked Snake/Big Boss killed The Boss. The main conflict finally ends when Solid/Old Snake (who is literally a a copy of Big Boss) killed (his FOXDIE did anyway) The Boss's son Ocelot.
    • Hal "Otacon" Emmerich was a peace-loving scientist who became a loyal companion of Snake, similar to how his own father was a loyal follower of Big Boss during the time of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. As of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the similarities end there.
  • Played subtly for drama in Middle-earth: Shadow of War, only obvious to those familiar with The Silmarillion. Celebrimbor starts out with a justified desire for revenge in the first game, but becomes cruel and tyrannical as he gains more power, causing much suffering and nearly becoming just as bad as Sauron. Celebrimbor is the grandson of Feänor, another elf who went on a justified crusade for revenge against a dark lord but caused much suffering in the process (and was a colossal ass).
  • The H-Game Monster Girl Quest! follows the travels of Luka, a young human hero, and Alice, the Monster Lord. Eventually, Luka fights and defeats Alice in battle, and even kills her in one bad ending... just as his father Marcellus did to Alice's mother, the previous Monster Lord. To take this further, the ancestor of both Luka and Marcellus was Heinrich, a legendary hero who killed another previous Monster Lord, Black Alice... and as Monster Girl Quest! Paradox RPG reveals, this was preceded by him and Black Alice travelling around the world together, just as Luka and Alice do in the present!
  • An example shows up between No More Heroes and Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes. In the first, one of the bosses is an Ax-Crazy bat-toting alcoholic with a BDSM theme by the name of Bad Girl. As it turns out in the latter game, she has a father looking to her avenge her death at the hands of the protagonist: an ax crazy, bat-toting alcoholic with a BDSM theme by the name of Bad Man.
  • A comment made by Palmer in Pokemon Platinum implies this. He says he and the protagonist's father were childhood friends who got their first Pokemon similarly to you and your rival.
  • Resident Evil 6: Jake Muller and Sherry Birkin become very close over the course of this game (with quite a bit of Ship Tease). Jake is the son of Albert Wesker, who was close friends with Sherry's father William Birkin for many years. Jake is a snarky and intimidating, very skilled fighter with a military background and superpowers, who is arrogant and has Blood Knight tendencies, and is also very intelligent (even if not as obviously so as Wesker). Towards the end, he even starts wearing sunglasses like his father and has a similar fighting style. His similarities with his father are often commented on although thankfully he's a much better person. Sherry doesn't have quite as much in common with her father, but to a certain extent takes after him in appearance and in her general dynamic with Jake, as well as being infected with the G-Virus.
  • Romancing SaGa 2 is this trope Up to Eleven. The game runs on generations system, but except for Leon, Victor, Gellard, and the Final Emperor/Empress, there will always be the same lines of characters available to provide you quests and similar recruitable characters with Palette Swap to fill your class rosters no matter how many hundred years have passed.
  • The second episode of Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse stars Sameth and Maximus, the titular duo's great-grandfathers. They look and behave exactly like our heroes, only Sameth has a mustache and Maximus wears clothes. Except for one thing: both Sameth and Maximus are killed at the end of their adventure, while only Max is killed at the end of the game (although, Sam is killed in an Alternate Universe, which could make this trope work fully).
  • James McCloud, father of Fox McCloud from the Star Fox series, is basically just Fox with a pair of Cool Shades. Fox's own son Marcus McCloud also forms a peace-defending squadron in one of Star Fox Command's Multiple Endings.
  • Tales of Phantasia reveals itself to be this in the opening cut scene. Playing the game shows that the kids are apparently more competent.
  • Played with in Valkyria Chronicles. Everyone thinks Welkin is following in his war-hero father's footsteps, while what he really wants is to become a teacher.
  • In the World of Mana games, the Vandole family suffers from this. It's vaguely established that the original Vandole was a young adventurer who stumbled upon and absorbed the power of the Mana Tree, which drove him insane and altered his body composition so that he was no longer quite human. His descendants (or at least the notable ones) are all addicted to Mana and eventually fall prey to their bloodline's need to seek it, which leads them to duplicate their infamous ancestor's empire and/or gambit for the Mana Tree. At this point, they all usually choose to go by their surname or start being referred to like it by those opposing them. Every one of them also seems to have bright red hair and very dark green eyes, and they may or may not be the reincarnations of the original.
    • This is a large part of the You Can't Fight Fate theme in Sword of Mana, where many of the heroes have similar roles to the Gemma Knights, and Vandole's only living descendant literally gets possessed by his ancestor (or something) and tries to carry out the same kind of plan Vandole did.
  • The family of Fungalmancer Glop in World of Warcraft takes this trope to the most absurd extreme imaginable. Every generation of the Glop family line is identical to the one before, having the same name, same appearance, same occupation, and exact same response when attacked. Taking out the latest Fungalmancer Glop is a daily quest, and the trope is taken so far beyond eleven that you'd think you were killing the same stone trogg every day.
    • Certain Horde leaders tend to fall victim to this as well. You have Grom Hellscream from Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal, a generally bloodthirsty and hotheaded orc to begin with, dooming his people to slavery via the demon blood because he wanted its power, and eventually had to be taken down by a combined Alliance/Horde force in Warcraft III: Reign Of Chaos. Fast forward to the World of Warcraft, specifically the Burning Crusade expansion, where we meet his son Garrosh, who is fairly youthful but otherwise not particularly aggressive Orc. However, after being told of his father's legacy, begins to take on many of his less-desirable traits, culminating in dooming his people to slavery via the Sha because he wanted its power, and eventually had to be taken down by a combined Alliance/Horde force in Mists of Pandaria.

    Visual Novels 
  • Used and invoked in Ever17:
    • Tanaka Youbiseiakikana is specially raised by her mother Youbiseiharukana to be her perfect copy, including making her believe that her father has mysteriously disappeared. (You'aki doesn't really have a father, as she is You'haru's clone)
    • In wider sense of "generation", people in 2034's accident are brought together to resemble 2017's party: Tsugumi comes to LeMU again, Sora stays the same, You'aki is You'haru's clone, Kaburaki takes Takeshi's appearance and behavior, and Hokuto loses his memory like Kaburaki did.
    • In an unfortunate example, Hokuto and Sara end up sharing the same fate as their mother, Tsugumi, being captured by Leiblich and experimented on for a good portion of their lives due to their Cure/Sapiens-Cure status.
  • Nasuverse example: "Let us tell a story of a certain man. The tale of a man who, more than anyone else, believed in his ideals, and by them was driven into despair." Kiritsugu? Or his foster son Archer, aka Shirou?
  • Ace Attorney:
    • Despite not being related by blood, in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations case 4, when a young Edgeworth appears in a flashback, he looks disturbingly similar to his mentor, Manfred Von Karma, even copying a few of his trademark gestures (like the finger wave).
    • Franziska, Manfred's daughter by blood, takes this to greater levels. Not only does she dress in a similar style, when she gets annoyed she folds her arms and bunches her fingers in her sleeve exactly as her father does in his frustrated animation. In the final case of Justice for All, she even gets shot in the shoulder like her father, although one presumes she didn't carry the bullet around for fifteen years.
    • The prequel/Spin-Off series The Great Ace Attorney stars Ryunosuke Naruhodo, a newbie defense lawyer who while a Butt-Monkey, over time becomes a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass who stands for finding the truth and bringing justice to light. Unsurprisingly, he's the ancestor of defense attorney Phoenix Wright (Ryuichi Naruhodo).
    Western release Announcement Trailer: Being an Ace Attorney... runs in the family, it seems.
  • Inverted in Spirit Hunter: NG with Akira and his mother. Satomi had a weak constitution and so took to reading to pass the time. Akira is the complete opposite — a physically fit young man who hates books and gets headaches when he tries to research.

    Web Comics 
  • Akuma's Comics: Both Fan-Created Offspring TJ and Jenny Wily are child prodigies as smart, if not more so than their parents Tails and Dr Wily. TJ even looks just like his father, and while Jenny doesn't look like her dad she has his rivalry with Mega Man, even if she's not as evil.
  • Better Days actually has a chapter called "Father's Footsteps." Which reveals that the stories told to Fisk of his father's life were a lie. Instead of the honorable war hero he had believed his father to be, Jim was actually a hitman working for a secret underground operation who fought terrorists on a "more direct front" to defend the U.S., using Vietnam as his cover. One of the characters who explain this met Fisk in his adolescence earlier in the comic and was Jim's friend. Aside from one question accompanied by a frown, Fisk doesn't seem at all angered, dismayed, or even shocked by this groundbreaking discovery. He of course hastily agrees to begin training for this new venture even though Beth was expecting him to come live with her and lead a more domestic life once his army contract expired.
  • In Girl Genius, this is happening on two different levels one with the previous generation and two hundred years ago.
    • All three have a Love Triangle.
      • A Guile Hero Noble falls in Love with a Heterodyne Girl who also has a relationship with a Spark associated with flying machines. Is this Andronicus /Euphrosynia / Ogglespoon or Tarvek/Agatha/Gil. (Though to date the only place that "Ogglespoon" has been mentioned is in an opera whose relationship to actual history is very much open to question, and may even have been revived as explicit anti-Wulfenbach propaganda.)
      • A beautiful female spark has two suitors. One is morally ambiguous and quite willing to Kickthe Dog, the other is a more outwardly heroic man who loses it when it's believed that she is dead. Lucrezia/Klaus/Bill or Agatha/Tarvek/Gil?
    • There's also a lesser version with Itto, one of the children on board Castle Wulfenbach.
      Lakya: He says he was alone.
      Klaus: Yes, that's just what I would expect the son of Jurgen Wheelwright to say.
      Itto: It was all me, Herr Baron.
      Klaus: I'm sure it was.
  • Surma sends her daughter Antimony to the same school as she herself attended — Gunnerkrigg Court. It seems as if Annie's parents were the only members of that generation who moved away from the court, since Annie runs into most of her parents' social circle (who are now teachers), befriending the daughter (Kat) of Surma's friends. She also meets another acquaintance of Surma's — Reynardine. Instead of walking up to her and saying "Hello, I knew your mum," however, Reynardine comes crashing through Annie's ceiling — and she's the only student in the entire dorm to see him.
    • Given her Secret Legacy, it also appears that Annie is destined to acquire Surma's role in the Court, as well as her powers.
      • One flashback has shown that Surma, who looks exactly like an older Annie, appeared to have had an almost identical relationship to Kat's mother as Annie has to Kat.
      • As it turns out, in Antimony's case at least there's a very good reason for this.
  • In Homestuck, this trope is built into Alternian society itself. Although thanks to Bizarre Alien Reproduction trolls don't have parents in any conventional sense, they have "ancestors" — trolls from the past with the same blood color and symbol. Young trolls are then encouraged to seek out information about their ancestors and follow in their footsteps; even if they don't, their personalities and roles in society wind up being eerily similar.
    • A bizarre semi-example shows up in Act 6 with the Scratched universe. In this universe, the pre-Scratch ectobiological parents/guardians are now the players and vice versa. The result is something like this trope. This appears to actually be a standard feature of Sburb.
    • Dad Egbert is romantically interested in Mom Lalonde while John has Ship Tease with Roxy Lalonde the post-scratch version of her.
    • The alternate versions of the ancestors introduced in Act 6 tend to be similar to their counterparts among the playable trolls... mainly because Andrew Hussie based most of them off fan stereotypes unless he had a better idea for what they should be like, so Cronus flanderizes Eridan's pathetic and sleazy traits, Meulin is Nepeta turned Up to Eleven, Mituna is basically Sollux with literal brain damage, and Horuss has Equius's sweat, super-strength, and creepy horse fetish and not many other traits. Others are more like Foils; both Karkat and Kankri like the sound of their own voices but Karkat is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who constantly berates and insults the people he cares about to hide his true feelings, while Kankri is a Holier Than Thou Hypocrite who pretends to care about the plights of various oppressed groups by giving patronizing and condescending sermons that end up drowning out the voices of members of the groups in question.
  • Karin-dou 4koma: The Heavenly trio are looking for successors and find a trio of friends of exactly the right types and even similar backgrounds: Shigure —> Ran (former vengeful ghosts), Rindou —> Tamaryu (blue dragons), and Sachi —> Shizuki (miko foxes).
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Elan's entire family is susceptible to this. Elan, Nale, and their father Tarquin are drawn exactly the same, with the only differences between them, besides clothing, being Tarquin's gray hair and Nale's goatee. Furthermore, Elan and Tarquin both share their genre savviness and love of drama, and Nale and his and Elan's mother (Tarquin's first wife) share a love of needlessly complex plans; however, each twin gets their outlook on life from the opposite parent (Elan and Elan's mother are Good, while Tarquin and Nale are Evil). Lampshaded by V.
      V: Heredity is a cruel mistress.
    • Subverted by Haley and her father, Ian Starshine. After the death of Haley's mother, Ian ingrained in her mind that family was the only people who could be trusted, and anyone else was out to get her — effectively making her a copy of him. While this is seemingly sound advice for a family of thieves, it leads to massive trust issues down the road for Haley. When she eventually calls him out on it, he thinks that Elan has somehow brainwashed her and even refuses her rescue attempt, believing it to be a trap by Tarquin (somewhat justified, considering that Elan's father, Tarquin, is the Shadow Dictator of the Empire of Blood and has been for a long while).
    • Also subverted with Roy and Eugene Greenhilt. Despite Eugene's wishes (who wanted Roy to be a Wizard like him), Roy grew up to be a Fighter like his grandfather. As it turns out, Eugene wanted him to be a Wizard because of his unresolved Blood Oath with Xykon, and he believed a Wizard to be better equipped to take on an Epic-level Sorcerer Lich than a Fighter (even after Roy defeats Xykon for the first time). This leads to a lot of unresolved conflict between them, and most of the beginning of Don't Split the Party is Roy and Eugene snarking at each other in the Celestial Realm, because, as Eugene (rightly) points out, being a Wizard would have prevented Roy's death and maybe even turned the tide of the battle in the Order and Azure City's favor.
    • Interestingly enough, Eugene *also* defied this trope with his own father, who was a Fighter just like Roy. In other words, the one thing that Roy and Eugene have in common is that they don't have anything in common with their respective fathers. Roy and his grandfather, on the other hand, play it pretty straight; it helps that Roy deliberately chose to embrace the legacy.
  • One of the running jokes in Precocious is that Autumn Pingo is doomed to follow her parents down the road of library science; between this and the strong resemblance between all three family members, the rest of the cast likes to joke that the Pingos reproduce by cloning. Despite Autumn's protests that she won't fall into the trap, she certainly has the talent and inclination for her parents' field. Her mother Ivy also seems to share much of her mischievous and scheming nature.
  • The entire premise of Sire. The whole cast are Generation Xeroxes of classic literature characters, more or less. Whether or not they learn the "morales" of their sires and dams decides whether they get a "happy ending" or suffer major Death by Irony.
  • Riff of Sluggy Freelance seems to be following in his father's footsteps of reckless science, exploration, and demonism. This is impressive because they last saw each other when he was in kindergarten. Meanwhile, he's dating a woman as controlling and evil as his mother (slightly less cruel, but more interested in exterminating humanity). Until Oasis killed her.

    Web Original 
  • Anon: Candace and Ryan's storyline started out very similar to how Candace's mother Chelsea's storyline was at the start (Chelsea/Candace caught between nice guy Kyle/Ryan and troubled bad boy Tucker/Logan).
    • Candace is also held hostage in Season 8 at the same hotel that her parents were in Season 4.
  • Cool Kids Table:
    • The children of Luigi and Daisy in the game Here We Gooooo! are Duigi and Dario. Like their father and uncle, they are a Big Guy, Little Guy duo, and Dario looks just like Daisy but with a plumber outfit and Luigi's mustache. Not to mention their names are combinations of "D" (from Daisy) and their father/uncle's names.
    • T. Yoshisaur Munchikoopas the 52nd is this in spades, as he's identical to the OG Yoshi (and all other green Yoshis) except for his shoes being blue instead of red.

    Western Animation 
  • An episode of the Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Animated Adaptation shows Ace Ventura's medieval ancestor as a pet detective, Guado's ancestor as a corrupt sheriff, and Woodstock's ancestor as the informer of Ace's ancestor (complete with a steampunk computer).
  • American Dad!:
    • Hayley and Stan have exactly the same personality — both are controlling, obsessed with being right, and generally treat their partners like crap. The twist is that while Stan is a hardcore conservative, Hayley is a hardcore liberal. This is reinforced by the similarity of appearance — they're the only two members of the family to share the same hair color.
    • Stan was a geek in his youth just like Steve...something he's spent most of his adulthood trying to cover up.
  • An episode of American Dragon: Jake Long had a Flash Back to The '70s, when Grandpa was the Chinese Dragon. And far from the wise Old Master Jake knows, he's an egotistical showboater who talks in a constant stream of barely comprehensible slang, just like Jake.
  • Batman Beyond:
    • Subverted quite a bit as the Distant Finale shows Terry was a Tyke Bomb that was designed to follow the path to becoming Batman almost exactly, but despite this, he ends up being somewhat different. For instance, Terry is not afraid to kill his enemies if he has to, and as he demonstrated to the Joker himself, he's not afraid of fighting dirty or turning someone's mind games around on them. By the time of Batman Beyond Bruce is just a reclusive old man, and Waller tells Terry that he doesn't have to be a loner to be Batman, and he's still seeing his high school girlfriend and was last seen planning to propose to her.
    • The tie-in comic revealed that the Wayne Powers enforcer who killed Warren McGinnis was Jake Chill, great-nephew of Joe.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold
    • In "Time Out For Vengeance", the show's take on The Return of Bruce Wayne, the historic Batmen are Bruce's ancestors, rather than Bruce travelling through time. Yes, even Cave Batman.
    • The What If? episode "The Knights of Tomorrow!" ends with Damian Wayne having become the new Batman, and his son acting as the new Robin.
  • Ben 10: Played with in the What If? Flash Forward episode "Ken 10", featuring Ben's nearly-identical son Ken (he has darker skin, like his mother, and slightly darker brown hair, but is otherwise a Ben clone) is given an Omnitrix by his father on his tenth birthday because he got his when he was ten. It also has the same limitations as his original (time limit, a limited number of aliens), and then Ken goes on to meet Devlin, the transforming, superpowered son of Ben's formal rival Kevin (Theme Naming, anyone? Oh yes). Ken also offers Devlin the opportunity to join the Tennyson family, the same offer Ben made Kevin as a child. However, Devlin actually accepts the offer, unlike his father. Also, Ken must have inherited his mother's brains, as he actually thinks to use Grey Matter to hack the Omnitrix's master control, something neither Ben, Gwen, or Max ever considered. The episode's moral is in defiance of this trope, basically saying that no matter how similar they may seem, children are not carbon copies of their parents and will take different paths.
  • One time-traveling (of sorts) episode of Danny Phantom revealed Jack's obsession with ghost hunting isn't self-contained; his pilgrim ancestor John Fenton Nightingale did it, too!
  • Downplayed on Daria — Daria looks and acts remarkably similar to her aunt, Amy, while one could argue there's at least some personality resemblance between Quinn and their other aunt, Rita. Their mother Helen and Rita can't be in the same room for more than a few minutes without fighting, and though Amy keeps distant from the rest of the family, it turns out she becomes just as petty when added to the mix; all this makes Quinn begins to worry that she and Daria will never grow out of their own issues and hate each other forever.
  • In the Darkwing Duck episode "Darkwing Doubloon", we learn that in the late 1600s, there was still a Drake Mallard who fought evildoers under the identity of the Darkwing Doubloon. His crew includes historical versions of his daughter Gosalyn, his pilot Launchpad McQuack, and fellow Justice Ducks Stegmutt and Gizmoduck, while their nemeses include pirate versions of the Fearsome Five, led by Captain Negaduck. Drake's present-day neighbours, the Muddlefoots, were royalty in those days, and King Herb is just as good-natured but naive as his descendant, while Prince Tank still bullies his younger brother Honker.
  • Dexter's Laboratory:
    • Inverted in one episode when Dexter ages himself into an old man with an aging machine by accident, and his family mistakes him with his grandpa. In a later episode, we actually get to see his grandfather.
    • At the beginning of another episode, Mom makes muffins, acting in Dexter's typical grandiose manner ("AT LAST! MY MUFFINS ARE COMPLETE!"), while Dad screws around the kitchen in a very Deedee-like fashion. It's here that viewers are clued into who takes after whom.
  • DuckTales (2017).
    • Done as a quick gag in the season two finale "Moonvasion!". Fethry, Gladstone, Donald, and Della strike action poses as they make their way to the main fight. The camera then zooms out to show Huey, Louie, Dewey, and Webby respectively in the same exact stances. When Dewey realizes this, he's dismayed to realize that he's the Uncle Donald of the group.
    • "The Outlaw Scrooge McDuck" features an ancestor of Fenton who not only looks identical to him and has the same dorky mannerisms, he even ends up wearing a Steampunk version of the Gizmoduck armor.
  • Enforced in Ever After High. The main characters are the children of fairy tale characters and are expected to pledge to completely follow their parents' stories and replace them so that the story continues to live on in a parallel Earth (implied to be the same Earth upon which Monster High is set, which gives the Scarily Ever After line a new meaning). This has been going on for centuries, with Apple White being from a very long line of princesses who graduated to live out the story of Snow White. The story begins when the other main character, Raven Queen, wonders if maybe she should Screw Destiny and not poison Apple when she becomes Snow.
  • In The Fairly OddParents, Timmy's 19th-century ancestor has Cosmo and Wanda as his fairy godparents. And his successor from the far beyond future will also have them. And his future kids. Makes sense. Fairies go to the kids that need them most, and flash-forwards show that Timmy is going to be just as neglectful as his parents were. Going even further into this trope, we even see that he uses a freakily similar babysitter.
  • Famous 5: On The Case, the Disney cartoon based loosely on The Famous Five, plays this straight with the children of the original Five. Both boys have sons, both girls have daughters. Julian and his son Max are both action leaders, Dick and Dylan are both smart guys, George and Jo are tomboys, Allie and Anne are girly girls. And, well, Timmy Jr is still a dog, but that one's justified. George herself becomes a Gender Flipped version of her father Quentin, as the eccentric scientist whose discoveries sometimes lead to the Five's cases.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • A major theme as the protagonists are Polar Opposite Twins named Dipper and Mabel, who eventually learn that they have the same dynamic as their great-uncles Stan and Ford, who have been estranged for decades ( even before the accident that caused Ford to go missing for 30 years) despite being inseparable as children. Mabel begins to worry that the same thing will happen to them eventually. The Big Bad manipulates these feelings to cause The End of the World as We Know It.
    • More humorously, we learn that Shmebulock the gnome had an identical father named Shmebulock Sr.
  • Hey Arnold!:
    • A subversion of the "replay with last-minute change" occurs when Helga is a finalist in the same spelling bee as her sister before her and gets the same last word, "qualm". Like her sister Olga, Helga does know how to spell the word... but deliberately misspells it, in order to defy her father and step out of Olga's shadow.
    • In another episode Grandpa tells Arnold about his childhood and the girl that bullied him. Although it skips a generation, we learn that Pookie picked on Phil the same way Helga picks on Arnold.
    • Arnold and Gerald get in a fight. Phil and his best friend had a similar argument in their youth.
    • And then there was the episode where it was revealed that every man from his grandpa's line dies at midnight of his 81st birthday. Arnold's grandfather thought that he was going to die but then he realised that he did a miscalculation and he has 10 more years to live.
    • Grandpa's father seemed very similar to him in personality as did his grandfather. In one flashback we see that Phil even had a similar relationship with his grandfather that Phil currently has with Arnold.
  • In The Western, Identical Grandson episode of Jackie Chan Adventures, Valmont's ancestor is trying to release Shendu, and ends up being defeated by Jackie's ancestor.
    • Lampshaded when Jade insists that one character was her counterpart, and a sudden dust cloud hides the character's replacement by Old West!Jade.
    • Young Jackie was sent to San Francisco from Hong Kong to be with his uncle, just like Jade was sent to be with Jackie.
  • Jerrica from Jem looks like her deceased mother and became a popular musician like her as well. No one outside of her bandmates knows this though since Jerrica sings as her alter ego "Jem" and Jerrica just seems like the band's manager.
  • An episode of Kim Possible shows her 19th-century ancestor as an adventurous reporter in the vein of Tintin, Ron's ancestor as her partner, and the ancestors of Shego and Drakken as her archenemies. (Of course, that turns out to be All Just a Dream... Or Was It a Dream?) Naturally, Ron spends half the episode lampshading the trope. Word of God says the Generation Xerox characters were real.
  • At the end of The Legend of Korra Book 3, Jinora finally becomes an Airbending master, getting her entire head shaved and getting her Airbender tattoo. In fact, she looks just like her grandpa Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
    • Subverted with Toph's family. Toph tries to enforce this trope by ending her parental supervision of her daughters Lin and Suyin after they become teenagers, to simulate her leaving her parents behind in the original series to find her place in the world after she became a teenager. Instead, it causes both daughters to have personal mental issues that haunt them throughout their lives. Toph later apologizes to Lin for her actions.
    • Bumi, Kya, and Tenzin have a similar dynamic to that of their parents Aang and Katara and Uncle Sokka who were the main Power Trio of the original show. Bumi is the oldest, a Badass Normal, and The Smart Guy like Sokka. Kya is the middle in age, only girl, and a waterbender like their mom. Tenzin is The Baby of the Bunch airbender like their dad. Although in personality, Bumi is the most like Aang and Tenzin is like Katara.
  • Legion of Super-Heroes had Alexis Luthor, a spoiled rich kid who befriended Superman before going off to become a villain. Not surprisingly, she's revealed to be a distant descendant of Lex Luthor.
  • In Littlest Pet Shop (2012), one of the episodes heavily features flashbacks to the time of Henrietta Twombly, great-great-grandmother of Mrs. Twombly, the owner of Littlest Pet Shop. In the flashback, Henrietta looked exactly like Mrs. Twombly, except with typical 19th-century clothing, and had pets that look and sound exactly like the day camp regulars (and happened to be named Dog, Hedgehog, Skunk, Monkey, Panda, Mongoose, and Gecko). This also extends to Brittany and Whittany Biskit's ancestors from that time, Whittman and Brittman Biskit, who were male but otherwise looked like the Biskit Twins (with handlebar mustaches) and even used the same Like Is, Like, a Comma speech. To top it all off, Blythe also had an ancestor from that time, a young sheriff named Sheriff Blythe, who looked and sounded exactly like modern-day Blythe.
  • Moral Orel plays with this. Clay's relationship with his father as a child was somewhat similar to his own relationship with his son. Although Clay was less of a Cheerful Child than Orel and more of a Spoiled Brat with a Freudian Excuse. This is averted in the Distant Finale, in which Orel grows up to be a happier, much better family man than Clay.
  • The French cartoon called Once Upon A Time... Mankind is about the history of humanity, and features the same five characters from prehistoric times until 20 Minutes into the Future.
  • Popeye and Son (Hanna-Barbera, 1987). Popeye Jr. hates spinach but will eat it when the chips are down.
  • In The Powerpuff Girls episode "West In Pieces," the 19th-century ancestor of Professor Utonium creates the Steamypuff Girls using steampunk technology.
  • In Recess, the Ashleys are this to their mothers. They even have a Catchphrase: "Ludicrous!" instead of "Scandalous!"
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle had a Fractured Fairy Tales segment consisting of a follow-up to Snow White where the Wicked Queen's son became jealous of Snow White's son being deemed by the Magic Mirror to be the handsomest man in the land. The story follows most of the same beats as the original fairy tale, the only difference being that the one who wakes Joe White up with a kiss is his sister Flo White.
  • Rugrats:
    • In one episode, Tommy's great-aunt Miriam visits; at the end of the episode, we find out that, as a child, she had the same relationship with Grandpa that Angelica has with Tommy, and even mentions "those two kids from down the street, Bill and Jill". It's even lampshaded when she says that Angelica is just like her.
    • The episode "Sour Pickles" reveals that Stu Pickles acted and sounded like his son Tommy when he was his age, making it a three-generation Xerox. Similarly, Drew Pickles acted a bit like a male version of his daughter Angelica as a toddler, while Chuckie's father Chas is essentially an older version of Chuckie with a mustache.
    • Another episode reveals that Charlotte Pickles acted like her daughter Angelica when she was her age.
    • Dil Pickles inherits Stu's love for inventing in All Grown Up!, and his inventions are just as eccentric. Drew comments that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated had Scooby and the gang find that they've unknowingly been following in the footsteps of the original Mystery Inc, which also consisted of two guys, two girls, and an animal. In fact, the original group's counterparts to Fred and Daphne turn out to be Fred's biological parents.
  • In The Simpsons episode "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish," Abe Simpson's WWII military unit was revealed to mostly consist of the fathers of male Springfielders, including those of Chief Wiggum, Barney Gumble, and Seymour Skinner — all of whom looked and acted exactly like their sons (even though Sheldon Skinner was later revealed to not be Seymour's biological father).
  • Sofia the First: King Gideon IV once jumped to conclusions and thought trolls were attacking. (They were just banging the clubs on the floor because they like the sound) He ordered the guards to seize the trolls, who ran away to the cave under the palace and ever since forbidden from leaving. Upon learning the trolls' side of the story, Princess Sofia tried to set things right but King Roland II (King Gideon IV's grandson) had basically the same reaction his grandfather did. The misunderstanding was eventually cleared.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Played darkly as Pearl tries to make Connie into the same suicidal overly-protective knight figure for Steven that Pearl had been for Steven's mother, Rose. Steven realizes this before it is too late, and manages to convince Connie that Pearl is wrong and they should be a Battle Couple instead.
    • A major conflict of the series is Steven himself worrying about whether he's a carbon copy of his mother, and if that is a good thing or not.
  • Totally Spies!:
    • One episode features the team that came before Sam, Alex, and Clover: Pam, Alice, and Crimson.
    • A better example come from the girls' mothers Carmen, Gabriella, and Stella, who look like older versions of the girls. They even become WOOHP agents.
  • Transformers: Optimus and his crew crash-land in the distant past on Earth and must fend off attacks from Megatron and his band of miscreants while defending the planet and attempting to return to Cybertron. Now, are we talking about Prime or Primal? To further draw parallels, Cheetor takes up Bumblebee's mantle and Terrorsaur makes a good Starscream Expy.
  • The Venture Bros. episode "ORB" shows a flashback of Victorian era adventurers who all seem conspicuously similar to modern characters. (Granted, the modern equivalents aren't a team anymore.)
  • The unaired pilot for a Wacky Races revival, Wacky Races Forever, had the offspring of the original racers. The reboot features an episode with Dick Dastardly the pilot as the grandfather of Dick Dastardly the 2017 racer. The leaf usually doesn't fall far from the tree, but in this case, it's grandfather telling his grandson to just cross the finish line, advice that gets ignored since as the token villain, Dastardly the racer has to cheat.
  • In The Zeta Project, Bennett's son is visually identical to him but, personality-wise, is much more mellow, carefree, and easy-going. Oddly, despite being a confrontational person, Bennett gets along great with his kid despite the night and day difference. It's implied that pre-Sanity Slippage, this is what Bennett himself was like.

    Real Life 
  • Both Bruce Lee and his son, Brandon Lee, died under weird circumstances, leaving half-finished films behind that would later be completed posthumously (Bruce Game of Death, and Brandon The Crow). The similarities between their deaths led to a number of conspiracy theories involving the Triads and other Asian organized crime associations.
  • In an interesting inversion, Abraham Lincoln's son, Robert Todd Lincoln, was saved from nearly being killed by a train by the brother of John Wilkes Booth, Edwin Booth. Ironically, Robert would go on to be at the train station next to James Garfield when he was shot, as well as arriving in Buffalo right when McKinley was shot. Weird. Robert himself was aware of this weirdness and apparently didn't like it. When invited to a presidential function after the incident with McKinley, he refused, saying "No, I'm not going, and they'd better not ask me, because there is a certain fatality about presidential functions when I am present."
  • Eleanor of Aquitaine married King Louis VII of France at the age of 15. Their marriage was annulled and she subsequently married Henrythe Second of England. Eleanor ruled England as regent for their son, Richardthe Lionheart, who spent most of his reign on crusades and other conflicts. Toward the end of her life, Eleanor arranged the marriage of her granddaughter, Blanca of Castile, to the Dauphin of France. Blanca (known as Blanche to the French) would rule France as regent for her own crusading son, Louis IX (aka St. Louis).
  • Emperor Peter III of Russia was a staunch Prussophile militarist, had a personality which oscillated between Cloud Cuckoolander and Ax-Crazy, hated his wife Catherine the Great, and led an erratic and inconsistent internal and foreign policy. He was deposed in a palace coup orchestrated by Catherine and then murdered in prison. His son Paul I was a staunch Prussophile militarist, had a personality which oscillated between Cloud Cuckoolander and Ax-Crazy (with hints of Bunny-Ears Lawyer), hated his mother Catherine the Great (and tried to undo many of her reforms) and led an even more erratic and inconsistent internal and foreign policy. He was murdered in a palace coup tacitly supported by his estranged son Alexander I, who, after assuming the throne, promised that "everything will be done as it used to be done by my grandmother". Unsurprisingly, both Peter and Paul are subject to lots of Alternative Character Interpretation and Vindicated by History.
  • Camilla Parker Bowles was the longtime mistress of Prince Charles before they married in 2005, echoing Camilla's great-grandmother Alice Keppel, who was the longtime mistress of King Edward VII, the one-time Prince of Wales and great-great-grandfather of Charles.
  • A strangely endemic situation in the Philippines, owing to the existence of warlords and political dynasties. Many present-day figures tend to either be children of, or at least descended from, long-standing families like the Cojuangcos, Macapagals, and even the Aquinos. Or, in the case of recent president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, a child of two of these families (his late mother Corazon, also a president, was born a Cojuangco).
  • Patrick Swayze and his father Jesse both died at age 57. Patrick died from pancreatic cancer, and Jesse died from a heart attack.
  • Bill Bryson writes in I'm A Stranger Here Myself about his son reading Bryson's own The Lost Continent a book where the author recalls the various dull habits of his father (like reading out license plates of other cars when on holiday) — and his son's reaction;
    "But this is dad!", meaning of course me. I have to admit it, I have become my father. I even read license plates.
  • Lord Randolph Churchill was a rising star maverick in the Conservative Party who repeatedly switched factions, commanded the support of the public with his wit and charisma, suffered controversy, and eventually became Chancellor of the Exchequer before blowing it with a political misjudgment that ended his career. His son Winston Churchill had exactly the same career path...the only difference being that he lived long enough to make the awesome comeback that is the only part anyone now remembers.
  • Bill Cosby has called this "the curse", in that problematic children will have kids of their own that behave just like their parents in order for the problematic children to understand just what they put their parents through.
  • Peter Sellers and his son Michael, who was also an actor, both died from heart attacks at almost the same age exactly 26 years apart. Peter was 54 when he died, Michael was 52.
  • Three US presidents were direct descendants of previous presidents: John Quincy Adams was the son of John Adams, Benjamin Harrison was the grandson of William Henry Harrison, and George W. Bush is the son of George H. W. Bush. Among unsuccessful presidential candidates there have been a few fathers and sons, as well as sons of presidents: George and Mitt Romney, Ron and Rand Paul, Pat and Jerry Brown, Robert Taft (son of President William Howard Taft), Jeb Bush (son of President George H.W. Bush).
  • Musician Laura Nyro and her mother Gilda (who was an amateur musician) both died from ovarian cancer at exactly the same age. Both were 49 when they died.
  • Buddy Ryan is a now-deceased NFL coach known for being an awesome defensive coordinator, but having limited success as a head coach. His son Rex Ryan had great success as a defensive coordinator for the Ravens and has masterminded great defenses with the Jets, but has overall been an underwhelming coach. Rex's twin brother Rob has been very successful as the defensive coordinator for several different teams. All three men have been instrumental in crafting the defense of an NFL championship-winning team (Buddy with the 1985 Bears, Rex with the 2000 Ravens, and Rob with the 2001 and 2003 Patriots).
  • John Lennon's parents abandoned him at an early age, and he was left with his Aunt Mimi for most of his childhood. He had a tumultuous relationship with his father Freddie, who only returned to his son after John became famous. His mother Julia returned to John for a short while in his childhood but just as they were beginning to mend their relationship, Julia was run over and killed by a drunken off-duty policeman in a hit-and-run accident. Similarly, John, who had a rocky relationship with his first wife Cynthia and son Julian during the days of Beatlemania, abandoned them to live with Yoko Ono. Julian and John's relationship was only beginning to mend in the last five or six years of John's life before John was shot to death in New York City in 1980.
  • Two famous drummers had drummer sons of their own: Led Zeppelin's John Bonham with Jason (who even played with dad's bandmates in 2007), and The Beatles' Ringo Starr with Zak Starkey (who played in his father's All-Starr Band for three years and would even join famed Beatlesque group Oasis).
  • Paula Yates, wife of Bob Geldof, died in 2000 of a heroin overdose. Her daughter Peaches Geldof died in 2014 of the same cause.
  • Dianna De La Garza, Demi Lovato's mother, has admitted in an interview that she too was secretly suffering from bipolar disorder and an eating disorder at the same time as Demi, with both keeping their struggles secret from each other, hence she couldn't have helped her child at the time. In fact, Demi temporarily separated from their mother and had her sent to rehab, partly as Dianna's habits were threatening to set a poor example for Demi in their recovery. Demi's estranged biological father, Patrick Lovato, was also discovered to have had bipolar disorder; he and Demi were only beginning to mend their relationship again the year before he died. (Demi then set up the Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program in his honor.)
  • North Korea has had reigns of terror from the father-son-grandson dynasty of dictators Kim Il-Sung (1972-1994), Kim Jong-Il (1994-2011), and Kim Jong-Un (2011-present).
  • Ethel Gumm, her daughter Judy Garland, and her granddaughter Liza Minnelli all married closeted gay men.note 
  • Queen Isabella II ascended to the throne of Spain in 1833, at the premature age of 3. Obviously, she played no part in politics during her earliest reign, but as she grew older her unwelcome, conservative-bent interferences became too common. Eventually, she alienated too many people and opted to leave the country in 1868 when a liberal revolution broke against her rule. While in exile she abdicated her claim on her son Alfonso, who returned to Spain while it was embroiled in a civil war in 1874 and was proclaimed king by coupist general Martínez-Campos. The now king Alfonso XII then died in 1885, leaving the throne to his son, an even more premature Alfonso XIII, who in fact had not been born yet. Obviously, he played no part in politics during his earliest reign, but as he grew older his unwelcome, conservative-bent interferences became too common. Eventually, he alienated too many people and opted to leave the country in 1931, when local elections were won largely by pro-republican parties. While in exile he abdicated his claim on his son Juan, who returned to Spain while it was embroiled in a civil war in 1936 and was... promptly expelled by coupist General Mola, who had no intention of restoring the monarchy.
  • Justin Trudeau has followed in his father Pierre's footsteps by becoming first leader of the Liberal Party, then Prime Minister of Canada in 2015.
    • They are still behind the Papandreou family in Greece, who had three generations of prime ministers: grandfather Georgios, father Andreas Georgios, and son/grandson Georgios Andreas (called "George" in English media to distinguish between him and his grandfather).
    • There's an iconic 1973 photograph of Pierre Trudeau carrying a young Justin with RCMP Insp. Denis Ling saluting them. 40 years later, in 2013, Justin met Ling's son, Jeffrey, who followed in his own father's footsteps by becoming a policeman, too.
  • Jean-Marie Le Pen is a French politician and founder of the right-wing populist National Front party who advanced to the presidential runoff in the 2002 election but lost in a landslide to the moderate incumbent President Jacques Chirac. His daughter, Marine Le Pen, later took over the party and in the 2017 presidential election advanced to the runoff, but similarly lost in a landslide to the moderate candidate Emmanuel Macron.
  • Too many professional athletesnote  to count are the children of other pros, usually (but not always) in the same sport. Cesare Maldini and his son Paolo take the cake in this regard. Both were soccer players who had played as defenders. Both were famous players who spent most/all of their professional careers with AC Milan as well as the Italian national team in which both of them had captained during their playing days.
  • Additionally, many famous actors are descended from other famous actors (Ben Stiller, Drew Barrymore, Dakota Johnson, etc). Exaggerated by American film actor Tyrone Power, whose distant 19th-century ancestor was an Irish stage actor also named Tyrone Power.
  • King John II of Castile and his son, Henry IV, were both weak-willed monarchs dominated by their prime ministers, married twice, and fought a battle against an aristocratic rebellion... in the same town, but 22 years apart.
  • Crown Prince Rudolf and his daughter, Archduchess Elisabeth Marie of Austria. Both were born at Laxenburg Castle and were much more liberal than their family/period. note  They had initially good relationships with their family which deteriorated later on. note  They openly had affairs after their first marriage. Both died in the vicinity of Vienna (the Mayerling hunting lodge was in the Vienna Woods, and Erzsi's villa is on the outskirts of the city).
  • British mountaineer Alison Hargreaves died climbing K2 in 1995. Her son, Tom Ballard, died in 2019 while climbing Nanga Parbat, also in the Himalayas.
  • At the Battle of Sullivan's Island during the American Revolutionary War, Sir Peter Parker, 1st Baronet, was shot in the thigh by American militiamen. Years later, at the Battle of Caulk's Field during the War of 1812, his grandson, Sir Peter Parker, 2nd Baronet, was also shot in the thigh by American militiamen. Unlike his grandfather, however, the wound proved fatal and he died from a severed femoral artery.
  • Historically, it is easy enough to find examples of military personnel whose parents or kids were military personnel. This can sometimes lead to concerns regarding nepotism (it's easy enough to find examples of general officers whose parents or grandparents were also general officers). Ever since the United States shifted to an all-volunteer force, there have also been concerns about sociological trends regarding military service, namely that people are more likely to serve if they had family who served, and that the inverse is also true: Those who don't have family who served are less likely to serve. Over the course of several generations, you end up with something resembling a military caste, with limited interaction between military and civilians, resulting in what is referred to as the Civil-Military Divide.
  • Musician Hank Williams died tragically in 1953 when he was only 29-years-old from heart failure in combination with other health issues. Sixty-seven years later, in 2020, his granddaughter Katherine Diane Williams died tragically at the age of 27 in a car accident.
  • When Theatre of Blood was adapted for the stage, Diana Rigg's role was filled by her daughter Rachael Stirling.
  • Doctor Who:
  • Sean Connery played Robin Hood in Robin and Marian and his son Jason would later replace Michael Praed as the lead in the final season of Robin of Sherwood.
  • Ivan Reitman's son Jason Reitman grew up on movie sets, such as Ghostbusters (1984). He would later become a director in his own right and is set to helm Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
  • Voice acting legend Maurice LaMarche and his son Jonathan have both dealt with the loss of a loved one due to a murder. Maurice's father was shot to death by a one-time family friend in March 1987. Years later, Jonathan LaMarche became a close friend of Christina Grimmie and played bass in her band. She would tragically lose her life at the hands of a deranged fan in June 2016.
  • Errol Flynn's son Sean starred in The Son of Captain Blood, the sequel to his father's breakthrough film Captain Blood.
  • Rod Hull's son Toby brought Emu out of retirement for the first time since his father's death during the 2003 pantomime season, appearing in Cinderella at the Theatre Royal, Windsor. Toby Hull and Emu appeared in their own series on CITV.
  • James Gandolfini's son Michael Gandolfini is due to play his father's iconic role of Tony Soprano in The Sopranos prequel film The Many Saints of Newark.
  • On The West Wing, the younger version of Jed Bartlett was played by Martin Sheen's son Emilio Estevez. On a similar note, when Charlie Sheen was cast as the President of the United States in Machete Kills, there were immediate comparisons to his dad's famous role.
  • Pierre and Marie Curie were both physicists and chemists who studied radioactivity, which earned them the Nobel Prize in chemistry of 1911 for the discovery of polonium and radium. Their daughter, Irène, became a chemist as well, married Frédéric Joliot-Curie and, together, they earned the Nobel Prize in chemistry of 1935 for the discovery of inducted radiation. And since science decidedly runs deep in this family, both of Irène's children and all of her grandchildren became scientists themselves. More darkly, both Marie and Irène died from leukemia due to their exposure to radiation during their research.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis recreated her mother Janet Leigh's iconic Shower Scene from Psycho.
  • In Straight Outta Compton, Ice Cube was played by none other than his son O'shea Jackson Jr.
  • Gary Busey appeared in Predator 2. In The Predator, his character's son was played by none other than Jake Busey.
  • Judy Garland's most iconic role was Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz. Her daughter Liza Minnelli voiced the character in Journey Back to Oz. She's also performed "Over the Rainbow". Unsurprisingly, they both have huge LGBT fanbases.
  • Giancarlo Giannini starred in the original Italian Swept Away, while his son Adriano starred in the American remake.
  • On HBO's series about the Los Angeles Lakers' "Showtime" era, Norm Nixon is played by his son DeVaughn.
  • James Bond:


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Alternative Title(s): Following In Fathers Footsteps


The Duck Family

Webby and the triplets are almost identical to the previous generation of the Duck family in terms of personality, even adopting identical poses as the ride off to save the world.

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