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Two shows on opposite sides of the Atlantic can be compared with each other.

Typically, the older show is remade on the other side of The Pond. Most often, a UK show is remade in the US. In the case of foreign reality or game shows, this is because they are not usually aired by US commercial networks, and this allows American audiences to directly participate by becoming eligible contestants. Also tends to occur more with comedies, police procedurals and shows about government agencies, since those things can be very region specific. Therefore if the show wants to expand its audience, it usually has to do it by creating a separate series rather than simply working with a local broadcast network because the new audience would either not get the jokes or not understand the plot. Otherwise, British shows rarely feel the need to do any localization for Americans and the same generally applies to American shows: despite the actual massive cultural, economic and political differences between the two nations. This trope can also apply to Canadian shows, although in this case the trope is very rarely applied even when it probably should be, due to the similarities between (anglophone) Canadian and American culture. American series tend to be much more popular in Canada than Canadian series, where the reverse is rarely true, even as the CBC has a sizeable American audience near the border. Note that this is not the trope about shows supposedly set in one country actually being filmed in another: that's California Doubling.


Shows that spread to even more countries become Multi-National Shows.

Compare Foreign Remake.


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  • Aktenzeichen XY... Ungelöst ("File XY... Unsolved", Germany)/ Crimewatch UK (UK)/ America's Most Wanted (US): Enlisting millions of viewers to help find fugitives the police can't.
  • American Bandstand (US) or Soul Train (US) / Top of the Pops (UK): Long-running music shows featuring popular artists performing in a studio with teenage audience members/dancers.
    • The German cultural sphere has had several similar shows, though without the teen audience members/dancers (with the exception of the last one):
      • Beat-Club and its successors Musikladen and Extratour (Germany) — Mainstream pop, rock
      • Musikantenstadl and its successor Stadishow (Austria) – German popular folk, plus international pop/folk acts
      • A local version of Top of the Pops for Germany also existed.
    • Later... with Jools Holland (UK) could be seen as a British take on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert (US). Rockpalast is the German version, which began only a year after Rock Concert and nearly 20 years before Later.
  • Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (US, with Australian, Indonesian and South African versions using the same title) / Are You Smarter than a Canadian 5th Grader? (Anglophone Canada) / La classe de cinquième (Québec) / Are You Smarter than a 10 Year Old? (UK and NZ) / Sei Più Bravo Di Un Ragazzino Di Quinta? (ITA) / Das weiß doch jedes Kind! (GER) / ¿Sabes más que un niño de primaria? (ESP) / Todo el mundo cree que sabe (MEX) / Jsi chytřejší než páťák? (CZE): Contestants answer questions against a panel of kids.
  • Barney & Friends (US) / Here's Humphrey (Australia): Preschool-focused Long-Runners starring a lovable mascot character teaching moral lessons to children.
  • Being Human (UK) / Being Human (US): A ghost, a werewolf, and a vampire try to live together as normal people.
  • Billy on the Street (US) / Begushchy Kosar (Russia): A host stops random passersby on the street and offers them a small amount of money if they answer quick questions.
  • Britain's Got Talent/America's Got Talent/Das Supertalent (Germany): Talent competition involving three judges who can buzz people off.
  • Card Sharks (US) / Play Your Cards Right (UK): Players answer survey questions and then predict if the next in a line of cards is higher or lower than the previous card.
  • Changing Rooms (UK) / Trading Spaces (US)/ Tapetenwechsel (Germany): Neighbors remodel each others' homes.
  • The Chase (UK) and The Chase (US): A team of random strangers answers questions for money and have to get it away from the chaser. In both cases, the shows also star the same person; Mark Labbet. The only difference is that in the UK he's one of five chasers, and in the US he's only the one.
  • College Bowl (US) / University Challenge (UK): quiz show between teams of college students. The US version was based on the national championships of the College Bowl Quiz Bowl league, and the UK equivalent has since become a British institution.'
  • Coupling (UK) / Coupling (US): Six friends are involved in ever-shifting (apart from the two leads) sexual relationships.
    • There was also a Greek Coupling. According to Steven Moffat "It lasted longer than the American version, so shut up."
  • Doc Martin has its own equivalents in France, Germany, and other countries; these are virtually shot-for-shot remakes, but with added local flavor. Hart Of Dixie is a somewhat-similar US equivalent.
  • Edge of Darkness (U.K.) / Edge of Darkness (U.S.): A conspiracy thriller about nuclear cover-ups. Incidentally, made by the same director, Martin Campbell.
  • Eleventh Hour (UK) / Eleventh Hour (US): A scientist and a government agent solve cases of scientific advancements in the wrong hands.
  • Episodes is a series centered around the very concept.
  • Everybody Loves Raymond (US) / Voroniny/Everybody Loves Kostya (Russia) : Creator Phil Rosenthal has a comedic documentary (Exporting Raymond) about the process.
  • Even Stevens (US) / Life with Derek (Canada): Single-camera Kid Com about he Sibling Rivalry between a responsible, Straight-A sister and a lazier, troublemaking brother. Both ended with a TV movie about the family going on vacation.
  • Expedition: Robinson (SWE) / Survivor (US)
  • Family Feud (US) / Family Fortunes (UK) / Familienduell (Germany) / Une famille en or (France) / La Guerre des Clans (Quebec) / Vijf tegen Vijf (Netherlands): Game Show where two families try to guess the most popular answers to survey questions. Though the Dutch version eventually dropped the family aspect allowing collegues and other groups to participate.
    • The Russian version, Hundred to One, omitted the family aspect entirely.
  • Fawlty Towers (UK) / Amanda's (US) / Payne (US): Quirky staff runs hotel.
  • Fleabag (UK) / The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (US): Award-winning dramedies of the 2010s distributed by Amazon Prime Video featuring female protagonists using humor to face their deeply troubled lives, also swearing off from serious interactions with the opposite sex after devastating experiences.
  • The Golden Girls (US) / Brighton Belles (UK): Four older women share a house.
  • Het Huis Anubis (Netherlands) / Das Haus Anubis (Germany) / House of Anubis (US): A children's show about a group of friends trying to figure out a mystery their boarding school holds.
  • The Hollywood Squares (US) / Celebrity Squares (UK): Quiz show with celebrities in a giant tic-tac-toe/noughts-and-crosses board.
    • Tic-Tac-Dough (US) / Criss Cross Quiz (UK): Tic-tac-toe/noughts-and-crosses with the contestants answering the questions.
  • I've Got a Secret (US) /I've Got a Secret (UK)/ Please Guess My Secret (Japan): Unlike the UK versions of American Game Shows running at the time in the 50s/60s, the Japanese just created their own version with no assist from (or royalties to) Goodson Todman Productions.
  • Keep It In The Family (UK) / Too Close for Comfort (US)
  • Kenny vs. Spenny (Canada)/Ed vs. Spencer (UK)/Elton vs. Simon (Germany)/Frank Vs. Girard (Quebec): Two friends compete in bizarre competitions; the loser suffers a humiliation.
  • Law & Order (US) / Law & Order: UK (UK) / Im Namen des Gesetzes (Germany): Cops and lawyers.
    • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit / Закон и порядок: отдел оперативных расследований (Russia): Similar format dealing with sex crimes.
    • Law & Order: Criminal Intent (US) / Paris Enquêtes Criminelles (France) / Закон и порядок: Преступный Умысел (Russia): Similar format dealing with high profile cases, and also showing the perspective of the criminals.
  • Les Filles d'à côté, a French sitcom dealing with the lives of six thirtysomething people, three male and three female, in neighboring apartments, can be seen as a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for Friends, only in French. The three main female characters, the titular Girls Next Door, are pretty much the French version of Phoebe, Rachel and Monica; Marc has a lot in common with Joey...
  • Life On Mars (UK) / Life On Mars (US) / Present-day police detective is transported to 1973.
    • Spain had its own version, too, in which a cop is transported back to post-Franco Spain. It was called The Girl from Yesterday after a 1980 song by local group Nacha Pop.
    • There is also a Russian version, but with an interesting twist: the modern-day cop is rough-and-ready, used to dealing with modern post-communism gangsters, whereas his 1970's counterparts are very much by-the-book, and are horrified by his "cowboy" tactics. Also the name was changed from Life On Mars, because David Bowie was largely unknown in Soviet Russia. Instead the series is called Dark Side of the Moon, because Pink Floyd did have an underground following there at that time. Another unique element of the Russian version is that the main character is not simply dropped back in the 1970s. Instead, he takes his own father's place and identity.
  • Lizzie McGuire (US) / Naturally, Sadie (Canada): Blonde Cool Loser navigates teenage life while sharing inner monologues with the audience.
  • Mad About You (US) / Loved By You (UK): Newlywed couple in the big city.
  • Man About the House (UK)/ Three's Company (US) / Sam Sam (Holland): Buffoon fakes homosexuality to room with two women.
    • Robin's Nest (UK) / Three's A Crowd (US): The buffoon and his girlfriend run a bistro.
    • George & Mildred (UK)/ The Ropers (US): The buffoon's former landlord and landlady try to get ahead in society.
  • Miranda (UK) / Call Me Kat (US): Deliberately stagy sitcom about a thirtysomething single woman running an unusual business. Doubles as Foreign Remake.
  • Transcontinental variant: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (US)/ Mr. Dressup (Canada): Justified in that both stars worked together in a Canadian precursor of the former show before Rogers returned to the US and his understudy Ernie "Mr. Dressup" Coombs decided to stay and create his own show.
    • The U.S. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood even originated in Canada, debuting in 1963 on the CBC (including the trolley). So it's a show that started in Canada by an American, continued in the U.S., and also led to another similar show in Canada (hosted by an American-Canadian).
  • Max Headroom: Twenty Minutes Into The Future (UK)/ Max Headroom (US): Reporter uncovers scandal aided by his computer counterpart.
  • Men Behaving Badly (U.K.) / Men Behaving Badly (U.S.) / It's A Man's World (U.S.): A sitcom about 'typical lads'.
  • Mind Your Language (UK) / What A Country (US)
  • Nikita (France) / Point of No Return (US)
  • The Office (UK) / The Office (US) / Stromberg (Germany)/ Le Bureau (France) / La Job (Quebec) / La Ofis (Chile) / Kontoret (Sweden)note : Mockumentary style Work Com.
    • And apparently, Russian and Israeli versions are on the way. Ricky Gervais will never have to work again.
  • Cracker (UK) / Cracker (US): Defective Detective / Profiler crime drama (The US version is known as Fitz in the UK)
  • One Foot in the Grave (UK)/ Cosby (US): Curmudgeonly older man deals with retirement.
  • Queer as Folk (UK) / Queer as Folk (US): Drama about a group of gay friends.
  • An honourable mention for Red Dwarf, as plans for a US remake saw two separate pilot episodes filmed, but test audience reactions were at best mixed and the proposal went no further.
  • Saturday Night Live (US) / Saturday Live and Friday Night Live (UK) / RTL Samstag Nacht (Germany) / SCTV (Canada): Subversive sketch show with young comedians.
  • Scrapheap Challenge (UK) / Junkyard Wars (US): Engineers compete to build machines out of found objects.
    • To confuse things further, the US distributor of Scrapheap Challenge retitled it Junkyard Wars.
  • Sesame Street (US)/ Rainbow (UK): Puppet characters teaching young children early learning skills.
  • Shameless (UK) / Shameless (US): Darker and Edgier family drama.
  • Sherlock (UK) / Elementary (US): modern-day adaptations of Sherlock Holmes. (Although the makers of Elementary are at pains that it isn't "Sherlock in America''.)
    • The reasoning for that is because, originally, that was the intent, but the creators of Sherlock refused. Instead, a more original American show was created. In fact, the creators of Sherlock maintain that Elementary isn't Sherlock Holmes at all.
  • Skins (U.K.) / Skins (U.S.): Darker and Edgier teen drama.
  • The Good Night Show (US) / Giggle and Hoot (Australia): Nighttime block with a puppet and human host getting preschoolers ready for bed.
  • An equivalency between creators exists between Stanley Kubrick (UKnote ) and Isao Takahata (JP): both were film directors known for being incredibly strict towards the people they worked with, but were also wildly acclaimed for making some of the artistically strongest films in their respective mediums (live-action for Kubrick, animation for Takahata), films which ranged from bittersweet to cynically depressing, tapped into the flaws of human nature, delved into a number of different genres, and tended to be bigger successes with critics than box offices.
  • Steptoe and Son (UK)/Sanford and Son (US): The adventures of father and son junkyard merchants.
  • Strike it Rich (US) / Strike It Lucky (UK): Quiz show where couples determine risk factors when answering questions.
  • Taskmaster (UK)/ Taskmaster (U.S.) (US)/ Taskmaster (NZ) (New Zealand)/ Het Grootste Licht/ Kongen befaler (Norway)/ Dicho y hecho (Spain)/ Bäst i Test (Sweden)/ Stormester (Denmark)/ Suurmestari (Finland) : Comedy panel show series that has famous contestants compete for other people's prizes (and a series trophy) by doing entertaining tasks.
  • The Thick of It (UK) / Veep (US): The raw, seedy, spin-dominated, and Cluster F-Bomb-dominated side of politics, as seen from a Government Agency of Fiction (UK) or the Vice President's office (US).
  • This is Your Life (U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand): The host surprises its celebrity guest with a "book" taking them through their life and a host of people who have played important roles in the celebrity's life. Even though it originated as a concept in the U.S., it lasted for a much longer period of time in the U.K.
  • Till Death Us Do Part (UK) / All in the Family (US) / Ein Herz und eine Seele (Germany) / Kingswood Country (Australia): Bigoted misogynist lives with socialist son-in-law and long-suffering wife.
    • Three of All in the Family's spinoffs have, in turn, had translations of their own:
      • Archie Bunker's Place (US) / In Sickness and in Health (UK): A direct continuation of the original show featuring the final years of the aging couple.
      • Good Times (US) / The Fosters (UK): The tale of a poor but loving black family.
      • Maude (US) / Nobody's Perfect (UK) / Maguy (France): An outspoken liberal wife
  • Top Gear (UK) / The Grand Tour (US) / Top Gear (US) / Top Gear (AUS)/ "Top Gear" (KOR): Three hosts chat about cars and driving them. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Jersey Shore (US) / Geordie Shore (UK) / The GC (NZ/AU)
  • Porridge (UK) / On the Rocks (US): Career criminal helps a new inmate cope with life in prison.
  • Prime Suspect (UK) / Prime Suspect (US): Police Procedural about a no-nonsense female detective dealing with misogynistic colleagues.
    • The Closer (US) is sometimes considered an unofficial remake of Prime Suspect.
  • Match Game (US/Canada) / Blankety Blank (UK) / Blankety Blanks (Australia) / Atomes Crochus (Québec): two contestants match wits with 6 celebrities, filling in the blanks of often-risqué statements.
  • The Fairly OddParents (US)/William's Wish Wellingtons (UK): Average kid with average problems with the ability to wish for anything who's wishing occasionally causes screw-ups.
  • House of Cards (UK) / House of Cards (US): An unscrupulous politician manipulates everyone in a bid for power.
  • That '70s Show (US)/ Days Like These (UK)
  • Midnight Special or Don Kirshner's Rock Concert (US) / Old Grey Whistle Test (UK): 1970s live rock music shows.
  • Hustle (UK)/ Leverage (US): Teams of con artists running stings on deserving targets.
  • Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (UK)/The Spoils of Babylon (US): Spoof of 1980s TV, where a pompous, conceited hack writer introduces episodes of an inept, low-budget adaptation of his work. Demonstrates and parodies the difference between British and American TV quite well: Darkplace is a ridiculously cheap-looking horror schlock trying (and failing) to be a smart commentary on society, while Babylon is an overwrought, self-important, eye-searingly over-saturated family melodrama trying (and failing) to be the Great American Novel.
  • The Borgias (Canada+Ireland)/ Borgia Faith And Fear (France+Germany): Historical dramas based on the Borgia family.
  • The Tudors (Canada+Ireland)/ Magnificent Century (Turkey)/ Isabel (Spain): Historical dramas set in the show's Renaissance court of choice.
  • Boardwalk Empire (US)/ Peaky Blinders (UK): 1920s gangster dramas.
  • Sirens/ Sirens (US): comedy/drama focusing on the lives of three ambulance-men and a policewoman.
  • Kath and Kim (Australia) / Kath and Kim (U.S.)
  • Bron|Broen (The Bridge) (DK/SE) / The Bridge (US) (US/MX) / The Tunnel (UK/FR): Crime drama revolving around two detectives, each from a different country, who work together to solve crimes after a body is dumped on the titular bridge/tunnel, smack dab in the middle of the international border.
  • Los Misterios de Laura (Spain) / The Mysteries of Laura (US): A comedy/drama about a police detective who is also a single mother.
  • Are You Being Served? (UK/Australia): Work Com Parody of the rigid British class system. The latter recycled the scripts of the original for the Land Down Under, save for one episode. Both even shared one character: Mr Humphries. Further, the owners of Grace Brothers (UK) and Bone Brothers (Australia) are cousins.
  • Dance Moms (US) / Dance Mums With Jennifer Ellison (UK): Reality series about the mothers of competitive young dancers.
  • Broadchurch (UK) / Gracepoint (US): Detective Drama miniseries in a small town starring David Tennant.
  • French New Wave (France) / New Hollywood (US) / Toronto New Wave (Canada): Avant-garde filmmaking movements that established the director as "auteur."
  • Yo soy Betty, la feanote  (Colombia) / My Sweet, Fat Valentina (Venezuela) / La Fea Más Bellanote  (Mexico) / Yo Soy Beanote  (Spain) / Ugly Betty (USA) / Ugly Wu-Ti (China): Hollywood Ugly girl learns to have confidence in herself and woos her new job's boss. note 
  • Vic Reeves Big Night Out (UK) / Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (US): Surreal sketch comedy shows.
  • Robot Wars (UK) / BattleBots (US): Series where teams of roboticists pit their homemade creations against each other in a combat tournament. Both share a common ancestry in the robot competitions in the United States in the early to mid 1990's, and both have undergone revivals in 2016 and 2015, respectively.
  • King Kong (US) / Godzilla (Japan): Giant monsters terrorise major cities.
  • Spitting Image (UK) / D.C. Follies (US)/Les Guignols de l'Info (France): Political satire, with puppets. Spitting Image is a beloved Cult Classic. Follies is a trivia question. Les Guignols was one of the most beloved Long-Runners until 2016 when it got Screwed by the Network.
  • American Pickers (US) / Salvage Hunters (UK): A pair of nice guy retro/antique dealers travel around, buying stuff they can take back to their showroom to sell on. The main difference is that the US duo are basically equals, while the UK show has a leader-and-sidekick pairing.
  • Fernwood Tonight (US) / Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge (UK): Parody about a fictional talk show with a Small Name, Big Ego host and High Hopes, Zero Talent guests.
  • Shima Shima Tora no Shimajirō (Japan)/ Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood (US): Preschool shows with a red-sweater wearing tiger as the main character that teach life lessons to the audience.
  • Throughout its run, episodes of Without a Trace concluded with a Public Service Announcement about a Real Life missing persons case. Episodes that aired in foreign countries, such as Hong Kong or Australia, featured their cases.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?: improvisational comedy (same format and similar games on both sides of The Pond)
    • Later series of the UK version were filmed in the US- if anything, it was probably just a change of host rather than a remake
  • Who's the Boss? (US) / The Upper Hand (UK) / Ein Job fürs Leben (Germany): Male sportsman becomes housekeeper to successful businesswoman.
  • The Wire (US) / Love/Hate (Ireland): Crime drama focusing on both sides of the law. Bonus points for Aidan Gillen playing a major role in both shows.
  • You Can't Do That on Television (Canada) / Your Mother Wouldn't Like It (UK): Anarchic and censor-baiting kids' sketch show.

  • The BBC (UK) / PBS and NPR (US) / CBC (Canada) / The ABC (Australia) / TVNZ (New Zealand) / MediaCorp (Singapore) / Radio-Televisyen Malaysia and Media Prima (Malaysia) / NHK (Japan) / CCTV (China) / France Télévisions (France) / TVN (Chile): Public broadcasters.
  • YTV (Canada) / Fox Family (US) / 9Go! (Australia): Family oriented channels with hosted morning and afternoon programming blocks for kids. Only the middle one didn't last, being reborn as ABC Family and later Freeform.
  • Sky (UK, Australia, New Zealand) / Dish (US) / Astro (Malaysia): Prominent satellite TV providers.
  • PBS Kids (US)/ CBeebies (UK) / TVO Kids/Knowledge Network (Canada): Terrestrial children's networks offering Edutainment programming.
  • ESPN (US) / Sky Sports (UK) / TSN (Canada) / beIN Sports (Arab world, based in Qatar): Cable/satellite channels dedicated to sports, all of which have spawned several other channels in their home bases. All except TSN, which is ESPN's de facto Canadian arm (with ESPN owning a minority interest), operate channels in parts of the world outside their home bases.

  • The Beatles (UK) / The Beach Boys (US): Legendary '60s bands who were initially teen pop-rock idols before evolving into more artistic acts. The Beatles and The Beach Boys also explicitly considered themselves to be this to each other. The competition between the two spurred them on to create what many people consider to be their masterpieces, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Pet Sounds, respectively. This makes these groundbreaking psychedelic albums the trans Atlantic equivalents to each other as well.
  • Frank Sinatra and Matt Monro, both the masters of power ballads with their trademark Badass Baritone voices on either side of the Atlantic. When Matt was dying of cancer, The Chairman of the Board sent him a letter reading, "Here's from one boy singer to another."
  • Kraftwerk (Germany) / Vangelis (Greece) / Yellow Magic Orchestra (Japan) / Jean-Michel Jarre (France): Synthpop pioneers with classical training who paved the way for synthpop, hip-hop, and all kinds of dance music. Britain has also played an important part in the genre, but with many bands, not just one, and most came from the very un-classical Punk Rock movement. Bonus points go to Kraftwerk and YMO for dabbling in parodies of authoritarianism in their public image and live performances, with Kraftwerk featuring mock-Stalinist imagery and YMO mock-fascist imagery (note that neither band supports either of the two ideologies).
    • Jarre also carries a cross-Channel equivalent in Mike Oldfield (UK); both Jarre and Oldfield are solo artists known for their progressive, ambient, and mostly instrumental music, their constantly changing sound, and for being considered pioneering New Age artists despite not actually being New Age (Oldfield being a Progressive Rock act and Jarre an electronica one).
  • Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang (US) / Stephane Grappeli and Django Reindhart (France): Violin-and-guitar duos that proved influential in modern jazz.
  • Billie Eilish (US) / Tate McRae (Canada) / Benee (New Zealand): Late 2010s teen pop stars catering to Gen Z, although Benee’s music is more upbeat while Billie and Tate’s music is more in between. However, Billie Eilish is proven to be the more popular one.
  • Rita Ora and Dua Lipa (UK) / Bebe Rexha and Ava Max (US): Famous pop stars of Albanian descent. Rita Ora debut her album Ora back in 2012 and her first major song from the debut album was How We Do (Party). Her second album Phoenix (2018) released despite for the fact she's now with Atlantic Records following a dispute with her former record company. Dua Lipa released her self titled debut album in 2017. Her first big hit was New Rules that skyrocketed Dua Lipa's career. Her 2nd album in 2020 titled Future Nostalgia became one of the best albums ever released in 2020. Bebe Rexha released three EPs (I Don't Wanna Grow Up in 2015 and All Your Fault Parts 1 and 2 in 2017). In 2018, she released her first studio album Expectations, which featured the song "I'm a Mess". Before that, it was the song "In the Name of Love" in 2016 with Dutch DJ Martin Garrix that started Bebe's fame and a year later with Florida Georgia Line on the song "Meant to Be". She is currently working on a second album and features her biggest hit of 2020 "Baby I'm Jealous" featuring rapper Doja Cat. Ava Max on the other hand started her music career pre-fame Sweet but Psycho and Kings and Queens. Sweet but Psycho was released in 2018 and it skyrocketed the start of Ava Max's fame in pop music. In 2019 she released a multitude of songs (So Am I, Torn, Freaking Me Out, etc.) and by 2020 she released her first studio album Heaven & Hell. The debut album was somehow delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and Ava felt it wasn't the right time to release it during the ongoing pandemic so it was pushed back to September. Heaven & Hell was finally released on September 18, 2020 with the music video for Naked that goes long with that.
  • Lily Allen (UK) / Katy Perry (US): Black-haired pop-rock singers who evolved into pure-pop and became known for their now-colorful hair.
  • Sex Pistols (UK) / The Ramones (US): seminal Punk Rock bands
  • Deep Purple (UK) / Vanilla Fudge (US) or Boston (US): Hard rock/proto-heavy metal bands
  • Def Leppard (UK) / Bon Jovi (US): Massively successful Hair Metal bands who survived into the 90s unscathed.
  • Whitesnake (UK) / Mötley Crüe (US): Massively successful Hair Metal bands who had a comeback following the demise of the genre at the start of the 90s.
  • Elton John (UK) / Billy Joel (US): 'Piano Men'
  • Blue Öyster Cult (US)/ Black Sabbath or at other times Hawkwind (UK): Pioneering heavy metal bands
  • The Smiths (UK) / R.E.M. (US): Pioneering 1980's Alternative Rock bands known for their downbeat tone, featuring aloof, sexually ambiguous lead singers and snarky, shades-wearing guitarists who provided a distinctive Jangle Pop sound. Also with the Smiths and 10,000 Maniacs, due to both lead singers being outspoken animal rights activists.
  • New Kids on the Block (US) / Menudo (Puerto Rico, which is part of the US) / Take That (UK): Pioneering boy bands
  • Backstreet Boys (US) / Westlife (UK): Mega-boy bands of the late '90s without a real breakout star.
  • *NSYNC (US) / Boyzone (Ireland): Mega-boy bands of the late '90s with a breakout star (Justin Timberlake and Ronan Keating, respectively).
  • Syd Barrett (UK) / Alexander "Skip" Spence (Canada): Eccentric, reclusive singer-songwriters. Both found their success with a band, one (Pink Floyd) legendary, and the other (Moby Grape) an Acclaimed Flop.
  • The Clash (UK) / Blondie (US) - Bands that started in the punk movement, then became known for their wide variety of genres, playing a key role in introducing reggae and rap to pop audiences, and crossovers into pop. Both broke up in The '80s after releasing their sixth album, though Blondie later reformed in the late 90s.
  • The Runaways (US) / Girlschool (UK): pioneering all-female hard rock bands.
  • Kate Bush (UK) / Björk (Iceland) / Tori Amos (US): Eccentric female singer-songwriters with devoted cult followings.
  • Pink Floyd (UK) / The Grateful Dead (US): Long-running Psychedelic Rock bands who had limited singles chart success but became known for their influential live performances. They formed in 1965 and disbanded in 1995.
  • The Flaming Lips (US) / Radiohead or Muse (UK): Indie-rock bands.
  • Janis Joplin (US) / Joni Mitchell (Canada) / Sandy Denny (UK): Female singer-songwriters.
  • New York Dolls (US) / David Bowie, Roxy Music, or T. Rex (UK): Glam-rock musicians who had a huge influence on the Punk Rock movement.
  • The Byrds (US) / Fairport Convention or Pentangle (UK): Seminal Folk Rock bands whose best-known songs are Bob Dylan covers.
  • Big Star (US) / Badfinger (UK): Ill-fated Power Pop pioneers who later became famous for having one of their songs used in TV shows. (That '70s Show for Big Star's "In the Street", Breaking Bad for Badfinger's "Baby Blue".)
  • Cliff Richard (UK) / Barry Manilow (USA) / Johnny Hallyday (France): Adult Contemporary singers.
    • Although when he started his career in The '50s, Cliff Richard was seen as Britain's Elvis Presley. They were both rock and roll icons.
    • And when Johnny Hallyday started his career in the early '60s, he was seen as France's Elvis or Cliff.
  • Foghat (UK) / ZZ Top (US): Boogie rock bands.
  • Humble Pie (UK) / Grand Funk Railroad (US): Blues-rock; an argument between the two groups led to Grand Funk's Don Brewer penning their most popular song "We're an American Band".
  • Styx (US) / Supertramp (UK): Progressive Rock bands that shifted toward a more conventional pop/rock style. They were also signed to the same label.
  • OneRepublic (US) / The Script (Ireland): Adult pop bands who were most popular in the 2010s.
  • Justin Bieber (Canada) / One Direction (UK/Ireland) / 5 Seconds of Summer (Australia): Globally popular teen idols of the early-to-mid-2010s social media generation who became superstars upon conquering the United States (although the lattermost to a much lesser extent than the former two).
  • Big Time Rush (US) / One Direction (UK/Ireland): Early-2010s boy bands who made their name on a TV show. That being said, the latter were far more popular than the former.
  • One Direction (UK/Ireland) / BTS (South Korea): Boy bands that gained massive U.S. popularity in the 2010s (One Direction in the early-to-mid-2010s, BTS in the mid-to-late-2010s).
  • Shawn Mendes (Canada) / Ed Sheeran (UK): Folky-pop songwriters of the mid-2010s who are popular with teen audiences.
  • Little Mix (UK) / Fifth Harmony (US): Girl groups founded on The X Factor who became very popular in their home country and also found lesser success across the pond.
  • One Direction (UK/Ireland) / Fifth Harmony (US): Five-piece single-gender groups put together on The X Factor who ultimately finished in third place but were the most successful acts to ever come out of their respective country's franchise (or in the case of the former, any country's franchise).
  • The Housemartins (UK) / Barenaked Ladies (Canada) / They Might Be Giants (US): Melodic acoustic pop laced with (often scathing) humo(u)r, and an atypical song as their biggest hit (the a cappella "Caravan of Love" for The Housemartins, the rap-heavy "One Week" for BNL, and the radio-friendly "Birdhouse in your Soul" for TMBG). BNL seemed to recognize an affinity early on, quoting the Housemartins' "Happy Hour" in their own "Hello City."
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd (US) / Thin Lizzy (Ireland): Rock bands known for their twin guitars and lyrics about town life rather than sex, with charismatic lead singers who died young.
  • Snow Patrol (Ireland) / The Fray (US): Soft rock bands heavily influenced by U2's stadium rock sound. Their most famous songs ("Chasing Cars" and "How to Save a Life" respectively) got massive boosts in popularity after being featured in Grey's Anatomy and peaked around the same late-2006 time frame. Each band is widely successful in their home country but only known for their aforementioned most famous song across The Pond.
  • Fleetwood Mac (started in the UK, but moved to the US) / ABBA (Sweden): Melodic female-fronted '70s pop bands with two couples that broke up but still kept working together.
  • Sandie Shaw (UK) / Lesley Gore (US) 60s Girl Next Door singers.
  • Paradise Lost (UK) / Type O Negative (US): Male fronted gothic metal bands who started out in heavier forms of music, in particular both having thrash and doom metal influences. Both of them also displayed poppier influences at times, though still maintained a dark aesthetic.
  • Funeral for a Friend (UK) / Boy Sets Fire (US): Post-Hardcore/Screamo bands who've been friends for over a decade. The band members have said that they consider each other to be this trope.
  • Iced Earth (US) / Blind Guardian (Germany) both specialise in dark, dramatic speed/power metal. They have been friends ever since they first toured Germany together in 1990. For a time they were both signed to the Germany-based label, Century Media. In the early 2000s, Iced Earth's frontman Jon Schaffer and Blind Guardian's singer Hansi Kursch formed a side project called Demons And Wizards, which solidified the friendship between the two groups. As you can tell from his name, Schaffer has German heritage and so is naturally drawn to the country anyway. As Friendly Fandoms go, their fandoms are quite high up there.
  • Joy Division (UK) / Nirvana (US): Pioneering Alternative Rock bands hailing from a northern city with depressed lead singers who committed suicide early in their careers, and whose surviving members went on to success in other bands.
    • New Order (UK) / Foo Fighters (US): Other pioneering Alternative Rock bands hailing from a northern city, featuring surviving members of a far more famous band that dissolved after the depressed lead singer committed suicide, known for taking a more commercially-friendly direction compared to their predecessors yet are still widely acclaimed.
  • Madness (UK) / Smash Mouth (US): Successful ska pop bands well known for a highly memetic Signature Song ("Our House" and "All Star", respectively).
  • Transpacific example: J Dilla (US) / Nujabes (Japan). Not only were they both highly respected hip-hop producers and pioneers of instrumental hip-hop, they were also born on the same day (February 7, 1974), they had their beginning in the 90s, and they both died tragically young (both in their thirties), in the same month as their birthday (J Dilla from a long illness on February 10, 2006, and Nujabes in a car accident on February 26, 2010).
  • The Mothers of Invention (US) / The Bonzo Dog Band (UK): Bands who mixed rock, comedy, satire and performance art, with the Establishment as their main target.
  • All Time Low (US) / Mc Fly (UK): Pop Rock/Pop Punk bands who started out of high school in the 2000s.
  • The Ventures (US) / The Shadows (UK): Early 60's guitar-based instrumental groups.
  • Serge Gainsbourg (France) / Lee Hazlewood (US): Multi-talented composers/singers/producers who came into prominence in The '60s, specializing in music that fused lounge-type pop with more eclectic, edgy touches. Extremely successful behind-the-scenes, they also carved out a niche as performers, embracing a vaguely sleazy public persona, and forming part of a successful Soprano and Gravel duo (Gainsbourg with Jane Birkin, Hazlewood with Nancy Sinatra). Forgotten after their peak, they were rediscovered in The '90s and became cult figures.
  • Spice Girls (UK) / Pussycat Dolls (US): Girl groups who had massive success in the charts (late 1990s for Spice Girls and late 2000s for Pussycat Dolls) along with their fanservicey looks and some of the members becoming talent show judges after their respective groups' split (Mel B, Emma and Melanie C in Spice Girls and Nicole, Kimberly and Ashley in Pussycat Dolls) in addition to each having diverse members (Geri being Anglo-Spanish and Mel B being biracial (white mother, black father) in Spice Girls and Nicole being Eurasian (Filipino father, Ukrainian/Native Hawaiian/Samoan mother), Carmit being Eurasian (Indonesian, Dutch and Chinese) Jewish and Melody being Afro-Mexican in Pussycat Dolls).
  • Ray Stevens (US) / Jonathan King (UK): Prodigiously-talented singer-songwriter-producers who recorded both serious and comedic music, but had more success with the comedic music, except for their biggest hit, which was a non-comedic big orchestral ballad ("Everything is Beautiful" for Stevens, "Everyone's Gone to the Moon" for King). Also notable for producing the early work of big stars (Dolly Parton for Stevens, Genesis for King). Nowadays their careers are Overshadowed by Controversy— Stevens for his anvilicious political songs, King for serving several years in prison for sexual assault.
  • Lorde (NZ) / Alessia Cara (Canada): Influential but clean-cut artist who had successful songs. Lorde had "Royals" while Alessia Cara had "Here".
  • St. Vincent (US) / Anna Calvi (UK): Queer female alternative rock singer-songwriters and guitar heroes.
  • Will Smith (Jazzy Jeff/Fresh Prince era) (US) / Slick Rick (resides in the US, but is originally from the UK, and has dual citizenship): Two rappers known for their ability to tell vivd stories with their rhymes, and were originally part of a group (Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince for Will, and both the Kangol Crew & the Get Fresh Crew for Rick). But by 1993, Will had all but abandoned his original storytelling style, before shedding it completely by 1997 for Big Willie Style, though he still dips into it once in a while.
  • Peter Gabriel (UK) / David Byrne (USnote ): Eccentric singer-songwriters who initially came to fame in bands known for their artsy, quirky takes on their respective genres, and who are known for making weird music videos in The '80s while popularizing World Music. Both artists are known for unusual staging and theatrical performances in concerts, most notably captured in Byrne's case in 1984's Stop Making Sense. Furthering the connection, Gabriel is a fan of Byrne and Talking Heads.
  • Dire Straits (UK) / ZZ Top (US): Blues-rock bands who had massive success with music videos in the 80's, with their signature songs being hard-sounding rockers uncharacteristic of their earlier work (though in Dire Straits' case, the song in question was an outright Black Sheep Hit).
  • The Tragically Hip (Canada) / Midnight Oil (Australia): Long-running Alternative Rock groups fronted by Bald of Awesome singers, who happen to be wildly influential superstars in their home countries (both of which are in the Anglosphere but outside the much more prominent US and UK) but are virtual unknowns everywhere else, in part because of the heavy Creator Provincialism in their lyrics.
    • Midnight Oil also carry an overseas equivalent in U2 (Ireland), not only for the alternative rock sound and creator provincialism, but also the heavy focus on socially conscious lyricism. The one big difference is that U2 has enjoyed the kind of worldwide popularity that evaded both Midnight Oil and The Tragically Hip. Midnight Oil was more successful in the U.S. than the Hip, albeit as a One-Hit Wonder with some more hits on alternative radio.
  • Electric Light Orchestra (UK) / Boston (US): '70s Arena Rock bands with Progressive Rock trappings who wrote catchy, anthemic tunes and released albums with flying saucers on the cover. The frontman of each band sported an afro.
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers (US) / The Stone Roses (UK): Alternative Rock bands with heavy Funk and Psychedelic Rock influences. One was a Long Runner and the other broke up after their second album.
  • Daughters (US) / Girl Band (Ireland): Boundary-pushing four-piece experimental rock bands known primarily for playing an extremely dark and heavy fusion of Post-Punk and Noise Rock filled with ear shredding guitar tones and deranged, wailing vocals. Both all male despite their names. Both have songs about a dude named Paul.
  • Roxette (Sweden) / Savage Garden (Australia): Massively successful soft/pop rock duos. One was a Long Runner (at least until Marie Fredriksson's death) and the other broke up after their second album.
  • Avril Lavigne (Canada) / Vanessa Carlton (US): Pop rock solo artists that were marketed as "Anti-Britneys" by their handlers and had a memetic Signature Song ("Girlfriend" and "A Thousand Miles", respectively). One was one of the most successful artists of the 2000s, while the other is a Two-Hit Wonder with a devoted cult following.
  • Great Big Sea (Canada) / Dropkick Murphys (US): Celtic rock groups with devoted regional followings in their home province/state (Newfoundland and Labrador for Great Big Sea, Massachusetts for Dropkick Murphys).
  • Des'ree (UK) / Aaliyah (US): Popular female R&B singers who had their biggest successes in the 90s.
  • Black Veil Brides or Steel Panther (United States) / The Darkness (United Kingdom) / Crashdïet (Sweden) / Santa Cruz or Reckless Love (Finland): Hair Metal revival bands.
  • Rush (Canada) / Yes (UK): Legendary 70s Progressive Rock acts.


  • New Wave of British Heavy Metal (UK) / Hair Metal or Thrash Metal (US) / Visual Kei (Japan): Revolutionary 80's Heavy Metal subgenres.
  • Motown (US) / Northern Soul (UK): Revolutionary mid-60's soul movements.
  • Punk Rock (UK) / Grunge (US): Anti-establishment alternative rock subgenres. Also Grunge and Britpop (UK) as '90s-defining alternative rock movements. The latter was a reaction to the perceived dourness of grunge.
  • Post-Punk (UK) / No-Wave (US): Post-punk was also around in the States, but it was No-Wave that had the same kind of impact on the American music scene as post-punk's impact in Britain.




  • Axe (U.S.) / Lynx (U.K.): body care products
  • A former example: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC (North America) / Vauxhall (UK) / Opel (rest of Europe) / Holden (Aus/NZ): motor vehicles made by General Motors. GM sold off all of its European operations to PSA (owner of Peugeot and Citroën) in 2017, and is shuttering the Holden brand in 2021. GM now sells vehicles under its North American brand names in all of its existing markets.
  • Related current example: Chrysler, Dodge, Ram (North America) / Vauxhall (UK) / Opel (rest of Europe) / Lancia (Italy only): motor vehicles under the umbrella of Stellantis, the new company formed when Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA completed their merger in 2021. Stellantis also features several brands sold worldwide, such as Jeep (legacy Chrysler and FCA), Alfa Romeo, Maserati (both FCA) and DS (PSA; not sold in North America or South Asia).
  • Exxon gasoline (most of the U.S.) / Esso gasoline (Canada) / Mobil gasoline (some U.S. regions) / Mobil petrol (Australia and New Zealand) / Esso petrol (U.K. and almost everywhere else) / Petron (in Malaysia) note 
  • BP (everywhere else) / BHP (Malaysia) note 
  • Good Humor (U.S.) / Wall's (U.K., Europe and Asia) / Street's (Australia and New Zealand): ice cream and novelty products (owner Unilever ties them and a bunch of other worldwide ice cream brands with the same "heart" symbol).
  • Lays potato chips (U.S.) / Walkers potato crisps (U.K.) / Smith's (Australia) / Bluebird (New Zealand)
  • Cheetos (U.S.) / Wotsits (U.K.) Of note because Walkers did produce Cheetos for a while, before they bought the Wotsits licence from Golden Wonder.
  • Schick (U.S.) / Wilkinson Sword (U.K.): shaving products
    • Originally separate companies, but have had the same ownership since 1992. The current owner of both brands (since 2003) is Energizer Holdings... yes, that Energizer. In fact, since 2012, Energizer has sold both brands in the U.S., with Schick as the premium brand and Wilkinson Sword the budget brand.
  • Southwest or JetBlue (U.S.) / Ryanair or easyJet (Ireland and the U.K.) / JetStar (Australia and New Zealand): Low-fare airlines.
  • Nordstrom (U.S.) / Harrods (U.K.): Upscale department stores, though the former is a chain and the latter is a single store.
  • Another transcontinental variant: Tim Hortons (Canada) / Dunkin' Donuts or Krispy Kreme (U.S.): Doughnut and coffee chains.
    • Another level of transcontinentalism: Dunkin' Donuts is from the Northeast, Krispy Kreme is from the south.
    • And the UK equivalent would likely be Greggs, though they focus far more on pastries than coffee.
    • And in Japan, Mister Donut.
  • Yet another transcontinental: Boston Market (U.S.) / Swiss Chalet (Canada minus Quebec) / St-Hubert (Quebec): Casual chain restaurant with a focus on homey meals, especially rotisserie chicken.
  • Starbucks (U.S.) / Costa Coffee (U.K.) / Second Cup Coffee (Canada): Ubiquitous upscale coffee chains.note 
    • Another transcontinental example: San Francisco Bay Coffee or Peet's Coffee (California) / Starbucks (Washington state)
  • Taster's Choice (US) / Nescafé Gold (UK): Instant coffees made by Nestlé, both featuring long-running ad campaigns with Anthony Head.
  • Walmart or Target (US) / Tesco (UK) / Carrefour (France) / Continente (Portugal) / Target (Australia; not related to the US company) / The Warehouse (New Zealand): "Big-box" general merchandise stores.
    • Interestingly, from 1999 to 2020 Walmart owned ASDA, one of Tesco's main competitors in the UK. Walmart has now sold ASDA to a British group, but is keeping a minority stake.
    • And the two Carrefour locations they opened in the US in the late 80s/early 90s have since become Walmarts, although one has since moved from that location.
    • Continente was founded by French group Promodès in 1972 as Continent; they would adopt the originally Spanish / later Portuguese term for their stores in Spain (est. 1976) and Portugal (1980). It was then that Belmiro de Azevedo, who already owned the Modelo supermarkets, franchised (1985) and later allowed Promodès to be a partner in the company. Promedès merged with the aforementioned Carrefour in 1996, later rebranding the Continents and the Spanish Continentes (as well as another Spanish chain, Pryca, they already owned) as Carrefour; they stayed in the Portuguese Continentes until 2004, when they sold their shares and the brand Continente to Belmiro. Carrefour also owned a smaller Portuguese Carrefour chain, which they sold in 2007 to Continente. So, Continente is an Artifact Title of a long extinct French chain Still Wearing the Old Colors.
  • Walgreens, CVS (US) / Boots (UK): Drugstore chains. Walgreens bought Boots in 2014.
  • The Home Depot, Lowe's (US) / B&Q (UK): Big-box home improvement retailers.
  • Dollar Tree (US) / Poundland (UK): Discount variety stores that employ a single price point, specifically one of the local unit of currency.
  • Transpacific example: Amazon (US) / Rakuten (Japan) / Alibaba, (China): E-commerce giants.
  • Cup of joe (US) / Builder's tea (UK): Working-class hot beverages.
  • KitKat (US/UK) / Kvikk Lunsj (Norway): Chocolate covered wafers.
  • Six Flags (US) / Alton Towers (UK): Big theme parks, although the former is a chain and the latter a singular park.
  • A.1. Sauce (US) / HP Sauce (UK): Brown ketchup-like sauces close to Brand Name Takeover in their respective countries, and also owned by Kraft Heinz in said territories.note  The former is also a case of Germans Love David Hasselhoff, as A.1. originated in the UK and remained popular there until the 1970s (a few outlets there still sell it). That said, the US A.1. recipe is very different from those sold in the UK and Canada.
  • Hershey's, Ghirardelli (US) / Cadbury (UK), Nestlé (Switzerland): Chocolatiers. Yet another example of transcontinental equivalents with the U.S. companies, as Hershey's is based in Pennsylvania and Ghirardelli is based in California.
  • Button Nose (Japan) / Strawberry Shortcake (US): Merchandise lines centered around a strawberry-themed character who lives inside of a strawberry house.
  • Panera Bread (US) / Pret a Manger (UK): Sandwich shops touting organic ingredients.
  • Nespresso (Switzerland) / Keurig (US): Single-cup coffee brewing systems.
  • Transcontinental example: Instant Brands (Canada) / Ninja (US): Makers of small kitchen appliances which gained cult followings in the 2010s with a specific type of appliance (the Instant Pot electric pressure cookers for the former, blenders for the latter) but have since expanded into one another's original realms and beyond.
  • Yet another transcontinental variation: IHOP or Denny's (founded in California, locations across the US and internationally) / Waffle House (founded in Georgia, locations mostly in the American South): Chain restaurants emphasizing breakfast items.


  • Rube Goldberg (US)/W. Heath Robinson (UK): Cartoonists known for their drawings of exaggerated and complex machines, many which have inspired many real-life inventors in their respective countries.
    • In addition there's also Bruce Petty (Australia), Storm P (Denmark), Kjell Aukrust (Norway)
  • Shazam! (US) and Miracleman (UK): The latter was created as Expy of the former by a British publisher who used to reprint old American comics.
  • The Addams Family (US) / GeGeGe no Kitarō (Japan): Well-known family-oriented franchises involving spooky characters that began life as comics and have multiple adaptations.
  • Peanuts (US) / Sazae-san (Japan): Slice of Life comics about life in a culture that have popular animated adaptations.


  • Dennis Nilsen (UK) / Jeffrey Dahmer (US) / Zé Borrego (Portugal): Serial killers who lured homosexual men to their flats/apartmentsnote , strangled, and dismembered them after a period living with their bodies propped up. All three were themselves gay.
  • Fred and Rosemary West (UK) / Gerald and Charlene Gallego (US) / Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka (Canada): Married couples who abducted, raped, tortured and killed young girls together.
  • Villisca Axe Murders (US) / Hinterkaifeck Murders (Germany): High profile unsolved familicides from the early 20th century, in which a two-handed cutting tool was used as the murder weapon, and prone to paranormal embellishment.
  • Gary Ridgway (US) / Saeed Hanaei (Iran): Religious serial killers who lured prostitutes and killed them because they saw them as temptresses.
  • Jimmy Savile (UK) / Bill Cosby (US) / Rolf Harris (Australia): Beloved entertainers who had their careers destroyed by sexual assault/child molestation scandals (posthumously in the case of Savile).
  • Jimmy Savile (UK) / Harvey Weinstein (US): Media moguls who were outed as sexual predators, causing a widespread domino effect that brought down other predators.
  • Gordon Cummins (UK) / Paul Ogorzow (Germany): Serial rapist-killers that used the wartime blackouts of World War II as their cover.
  • Marcel Petiot (France) / Hubert Pilčík (Czechia): Serial killers using a fake escape network to lure their victims.
  • Jack the Ripper (UK) / Servant Girl Annihilator (US) / Bochum Lust Murderer (Germany): Unidentified 1880s serial killers of women who stabbed their victims and attracted unprecedented media and police attention in their countries.
    • There was also the Sacamantecas in 1870s Spain and the South-East Ripper in 1890s France. Same modus operandi, but they were caught.
  • Wolfgang Abel and Marco Furlan (Italy) / Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs (Ukraine) / Academy Maniacs (Russia): Packs of teenage thrill killers.
  • Jesse Pomeroy (US) / Cayetano Santos Godino (Argentina) / Mary Bell (UK): Serial killers of children that were in their early adolescence when they committed their crimes.
  • Thomas Watt Hamilton (UK) / Adam Lanza (US): Men who shot up a school filled with very young children.
  • Thomas Watt Hamilton (UK) / Martin Bryant (Australia) / Nikolas Cruz (US) / Brenton Tarrant (New Zealand) / Marc Lépine (Canada): Mass shooters whose massacres caused a sea change in public attitudes on gun laws in their respective countries (though less so in the case of Cruz).
  • Lee Rigby (UK) / Kate Steinle, Mollie Tibbetts (US): Young whites who were murdered by men of color and subsequently became martyrs for right-wing movements.
  • Jo Cox (UK) / Heather Heyer (US): Young white women who were killed by white nationalists and subsequently became martyrs for left-wing movements.
  • Profumo Affair (UK) / Watergate (US): Seemingly minor political scandals at first that culminated in the downfall of a Prime Minister/President.
  • Michael Swango (US) / Harold Shipman (UK): Serial killer doctors who poisoned their patients.
  • Lisbon Ripper (Portugalnote ) / New Bedford Highway Killer (US): unidentified serial killers who targeted women prostitutes in the last two decades of the 20th century, using the same methods, and remain unidentified to this day. May actually have been the same person.note 

Cross Media



  • Trekkies (US) / Whovians (UK): Iconic sci-fi shows running since the 60s.


  • Oop North (U.K.) / Deep South (U.S.) note 
  • London (U.K.) / New York City, Los Angeles (U.S.): Biggest cities in the country, commercial hubs, centers of TV and movie production. London and New York are sister cities, so this one is more or less official.
  • San Francisco (U.S.) / Lisbon (Portugal): Coastal city with hilly geography, charming historical buildings, iconic orange-painted suspension bridge, famous cable car system, bohemian heritage, coffee obsession.
    • Vancouver (Canada) could also be added on the North American side, but it doesn't have cable cars, the hills and historical buildings are less prominent, and the iconic bridge is painted green.
  • Middlesex (U.K.)note  / Middlesex County (U.S.)note : Old county that lays claim to being the birthplace of a sport that has become very much ingrained into the culture and identity of each country — cricket for the U.K. one, (American) football for the U.S. one.


  • Christmas (U.S., Canada, U.K., Japan, etc.) / Sinterklaas (Netherlands, Belgium): Annual holidays revolving around a bearded man in a red costume.
  • Independence Day (aka Fourth of July) (US) / Canada Day (Canada) / Guy Fawkes Day (UK) / Australia Day (Australia): Annual holidays involving fireworks.
  • Memorial Day (US) / Remembrance Day (UK, Canada, France, Belgium, etc.) / Remembrance of the Dead (Netherlands): Annual holidays of remembrance for war dead. Victory Day (Russia) is similar, but is specific to World War II, and also celebrates the victory over the Nazis.
  • Veterans Day (US and Norway) / Defender of the Fatherland Day (Russia): Annual holidays of recognition for all military veterans, living and deceased. (Several other countries have such days, but those are not public holidays.) The Russian holiday also includes formal recognition of current service members.
    • Related transpacific and trans-hemispheric example: Anzac Day (Australia/NZ) is equivalent to the US Memorial Day and Veterans Day.


  • S. J. Perelman (U.S.) / P. G. Wodehouse (U.K.): Humorous short story writers.
  • Where's Wally? (U.K.) / Where's Waldo (U.S.): Find-the-guy picture book.
  • Dick and Jane (U.S.) / Janet and John or Peter and Jane (U.K): Early preschool reader books.
  • Noddy (U.K.) / Anpanman (Japan): Picture books involving the adventures of a character who has a red nose, bright red cheeks and red and yellow clothing who goes on adventures in a world where the characters are based on certain inanimate objectsnote  that have become cultural icons in their home countries.
  • Redwall, Warrior Cats and Watership Down (UK) / Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (US) / Silverwing (Canada): Xenofiction novels featuring cute animals in dark and edgy situations.


  • The Economist (UK) / The Atlantic (US) / Maclean's (Canada): Newsmagazines traditionally seen as right-leaning, yet their political positions have shifted towards the center as right-wing politics have become more populist.
  • The Spectator (UK) / National Review (US): Newsweeklies noted for being bastions of right-wing thought.
  • The New Republic, The Nation, Dissent and Jacobin (US) / The New Statesman and Tribune (UK): Left-leaning political magazines. Jacobin actually owns Tribune.
  • Rolling Stone (US) / Private Eye (UK): Magazines founded in the 1960s with a strong focus on both popular culture and politics, generally with a left-wing stance that is contrarian to the point of irony. Both have also been consistently featured on high-profile libel cases.
  • Billboard (US) / Melody Maker and later New Musical Express (UK): Trade publications mostly focused on popular music.
  • Radio Times and TV Times (UK) / TV Guide (US): Long-running weekly TV listings magazines, once highly-regarded, but nowadays mostly considered to have descended into fluff and gossip.
  • Punch (UK) / Puck (US): Highly-influential satirical magazines of the 19th century that pioneered the use of political cartoons.
  • Starlog (US) / Starburst (UK): Long-running media-sf magazines that began in The '70s, collapsed in The Noughties and returned in The New '10s (Starlog as a website, Starburst as a print magazine again).
  • Blender (US) / New Musical Express (UK): Music magazines notorious for giving bad reviews to albums/songs by virtue of the reviewer's own disdain for a particular genre.
  • Exame (Brasil) / Exame (Portugal) / Exame and Rumo (Angola) / Exame (Mozambique): Portuguese-language business and economics magazines. The Brazilian one co-founded the Portuguese one (although they've since split), while the first co-founded both Exame Angola and Mozambique and the second co-founded Rumo.


  • The Times (UK) / The New York Times (US): Newspapers considered the high mark of journalism.
  • The New York Times (US) / The Guardian (UK) / Le Monde (France): Left-leaning daily national papers infamous for their Bourgeois Bohemian readership.
  • The New York Post (US) / The Sun (UK): Right-leaning tabloids owned by Rupert Murdoch.
  • The Wall Street Journal (US) / Financial Times (UK): Financial newspapers.


  • Harold Wilson (UK) / Lyndon Johnson (US) / Lester B. Pearson (CA): 1960s social reformers.
  • Margaret Thatcher (UK) / Ronald Reagan (US) / Brian Mulroney (CA) / Yasuhiro Nakasone (Japan) / Helmut Kohl (West Germany): 1980s conservative leaders
  • Tony Blair (UK) / Bill Clinton (US): 1990s Third Way leaders
  • George W. Bush (US) / David Cameron (UK) / John Howard (AU) / Stephen Harper (CA) / John Key (NZ) / Benjamin Netanyahu (Israel): Post-Third Way right-wing politiciansnote 
  • Dennis Kucinich, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, or Jill Stein (US) / Ken Livingstone or Jeremy Corbyn (UK) / Jean-Luc Mélenchon (France): older left-wing figureheads hugely popular, though by no means exclusively, with the under-30s.
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or Ilhan Omar (US) / Zarah Sultana or Nadia Whittome (UK): 2010s younger, non-white progressive/centre-left represenatives.
  • Most modern British Prime Ministers often (but not always) have carried similar intents and/or have faced similar challenges as contemporary U.S. Presidents:
    • The Ur-Example might be Clement Attlee, who carried out a massive nationalisation program. At the same time, Harry Truman attempted this on a much smaller scale. Both administrations were widely criticized for the supposed infiltration of Communist elements.
    • Harold Macmillan and Dwight D. Eisenhower both were military men (from different wars, anyway) who led their nations during the post-war economic boom. Both would also be remembered as social moderates.
    • Harold Wilson deliberately presented himself as the British John F. Kennedy in the 1964 election, later adopting a more restrained style akin to Lyndon Johnson. The numerous social policies enacted during the late 1960s were compared to the American "Great Society" plans (although Wilson was more successful in this aspect). Both Wilson and Johnson faced economic problems and social turmoil because of the Vietnam War. Later on, Wilson's 1974-76 government dealt with stagflation like the one faced by Gerald Ford.
    • Edward Heath and Richard Nixon were famous for being particularly stubborn and forceful, which led to their downfalls in 1974 (although for very different reasons; Heath was voted out after an humiliating coal strike, while Nixon resigned because of Watergate).
    • James Callaghan and Jimmy Carter were relatively conservative men in an era when left-wing politics were quickly shifting towards social liberalism. Both were also staunch believers in trade unionism and led their countries through economic crises and were voted out after massive PR failures.
    • Margaret Thatcher introduced numerous policies aimed at reducing state intervention of the economy, enacted a tough stance on the Soviet Union and cracked down on the excesses of the social liberalism of the 60s and 70s, all also closely associated with Ronald Reagan.
    • John Major and George H. W. Bush led the process of the dismantling of the Soviet bloc, but were unable to cope with the quick and drastic societal changes of the 1990s.
    • Tony Blair championed a market-friendly version of left-wing politics popularized by Bill Clinton. Blair and Clinton's successor George W. Bush illustrated the political pragmatism of the post-Cold War consensus, dealt with important terrorist attacks, and were ultimately marked by their support of the Iraq War.
    • David Cameron, much like GWB, embodied a technocratic brand of conservatism that appealed to centrists. And like the first-term Barack Obama, his administration attempted to foster social change. Both had to deal with a hard-right political movement, with Cameron being unseated by the UK's movement. Obama served a full two terms, but he began his presidency with the Democrats in control of both houses of Congress and ended it with Republicans in control of both (the GOP took the House of Representatives in 2010 and the Senate in 2014).
    • Theresa May, much like the second-term Barack Obama, attempted to appease the widespread opposition to previous policies, only to become regarded as utterly toothless in the face of populism.
    • Boris Johnson and Donald Trump not only are outspoken, fair-haired New Yorkers,note  but they both came to power riding the wave of hard-right populism under controversial circumstances. Both also have a long-standing reputation for bigotry and corruption. Both came to power despite their own blatant flaws by beating a very unpopular opponent. Trump even endorsed Boris Johnson during the election and it was on his orders that fellow populist politician Nigel Farage agreed to help Boris Johnson win the election. They have also attempted to overrule their legislative branches to great scorn. Last but not least, both were infected by the COVID-19 virus while in office in 2020 and both were widely criticised for their hands-off response to the pandemic, with their countries being among the worst hit in the world as a resultnote .
  • Republican Party (US) / Conservative Party (UK) / Conservative Party of Canada: Center-right political parties often referred to by a shorthand nickname (GOP for the US party, Tories for the UK and Canada parties)note 
  • Democratic Party (US) / Labour Party (UK) / Liberal Party of Canada / Australian Labor Party: Center-left political parties. note 
  • Donald Trump (US) / Jair Bolsonaro (Brazil) / Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson (UK) / Marine Le Pen (France) / Geert Wilders, Thierry Baudet (Netherlands) / Viktor Orbán (Hungary) / Jimmie Åkesson (Sweden) / Jussi Halla-aho (Finland) / Matteo Salvini (Italy) : 21st-century populist conservative figureheads.
    • Also Trump and Silvio Berlusconi (Italy): Flamboyant tycoon who used populist politics to become the leader of his country. The similarities between the two were noticed long before Trump moved into politics. A 2005 biography of Berlusconi compared him to Trump.
  • Brexit (UK) / Election of Donald Trump (US): Right-wing nationalist movements that, while successful at the ballot box, had Earth-shattering consequences and did more harm than good to right-wing causes.
  • Barack Obama (US) / Justin Trudeau (Canada) / Emmanuel Macron (France) / Jacinda Ardern (New Zealand) / Leo Varadkar (Ireland) / Sanna Marin (Finland): 2010s younger, progressive / centre-left world leaders with ecstatic followers. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (US) could also fit here, but isn't a world leader, being a representative for New York's 14th congressional district.


  • Baseball (US, Canada, Latin America, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the Netherlands [especially its Caribbean possessions]) / Football (UK, most British Commonwealth territories, Latin America, and the Netherlands [especially the mainland]): Sport that evolved in the late 1800s from local to national competition, becoming a deeply ingrained part of the national identity.
    • New York Yankees (US) / Arsenal F.C. (UK) / Real Madrid (Spain): Historically dominant franchise based in the nation's largest city. Add the Yomiuri Giants of Japanese baseball for extra transpacific flavor.
    • Boston Red Sox (US) / Liverpool F.C. (UK): Red-clad port city team with passionate, long-suffering fanbase. More or less made official when the parent company of the Sox bought Liverpool in 2010.
    • St. Louis Cardinals (US) / Manchester United (UK): Venerable red-clad franchise located in the middle of the country, with several periods of dominance over the last century.
    • Chicago Cubs (US) / Sheffield Wednesday (UK): Tradition-steeped franchise with historic home stadium, decades of futility.note  French rugby union club ASM Clermont Auvergne also fits this trope.note 
    • Montreal Expos (Canada) / Wimbledon F.C. (UK): Long-time franchises who's relocations (the Expos to Washington D.C. to become the Nationals; Wimbledon F.C. to Milton Kenyes to become Milton Kenyes Dons F.C.) brought about massive fan ire.
  • Baseball (US, Canada, Latin America, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the Netherlands [especially its Caribbean possessions]) / Cricket (ENG, but not UK): Summer bat-and-ball games, with deep traditional roots that tend to invoke nostalgia.
    • Babe Ruth (baseball) / W.G. Grace (cricket): early stars of their respective games who are still major icons today based on their achievements and their colorful, larger-than-life personas.
  • Horse racing examples:
    • Eclipse Awards (US) / Cartier Awards (Europe including the UK) / Sovereign Awards (Canada): End-of-season awards for Thoroughbred racing.
    • Kentucky Derby (US) / Royal Ascot (UK): Annual high-prestige racing event where female spectators are expected to wear elaborate hats, though the former is a single race and the latter is a five-day meet.note 
    • Graded stakes races (US, Canada) / Group races (Europe, Australia, NZ): The highest-level Thoroughbred horse races.
    • Breeders' Cup (US, Thoroughbreds) / Breeders Crown (US and Canada, harness racing)note  / British Champions Day (GB): Season-ending events that serve as de facto championships in their respective spheres of influence.
  • Transpacific, transcontinental, and trans-hemispheric variant: National Football League (US) / Canadian Football League (Canada) / Australian Football League — Top professional league of the locally dominant football code.
    • Super Bowl (NFL) / Grey Cup (CFL) / Grand Final (AFL): Championship game that's become a major spectacle beyond just a sporting event, to the extent of being an unofficial holiday (the day before the Grand Final has in fact become a state holiday in Victoria).
    • Las Vegas Raiders (NFL) / Collingwood Magpies (AFL): Black-clad team with boisterous, uncouth fanbase, widely loathed by rivals. No CFL equivalent, however.
    • Green Bay Packers (NFL) / Geelong Cats (AFL): Traditional power located in the league's smallest home market, which is absolutely fanatical about its team. The Saskatchewan Roughriders (CFL) don't fit the "traditional power" part, but very much fit the rest of the statement.
    • Another strictly transpacific and trans-hemispheric case—Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL) / Greater Western Sydney Giants (AFL): Orange-wearing expansion team in an unlikely locationExplanation  who suffered through a disastrous debut season Explanation , then a few years later Took a Level in Badass and made it to within one game of the final.
  • A transpacific and trans-hemispheric variant related to the above: Major League Soccer (US and Canada) / A-League (Australia)note  – Attempts to popularize association football in countries where other forms of football have been much more popular. Their league structures are also dramatically different from soccer leagues in the rest of the world—they determine their champions via playoffs, a feature also found in some Latin American leagues but almost nowhere else, and also do not use promotion and relegation, unheard of elsewhere.
  • NCAA men's basketball tournament (US) / The FA Cup (UK): annual national knockout tournament full of David Versus Goliath moments, and very popular with gamblers.
  • Another transpacific and transcontinental variant: WrestleMania (WWE, US) / Double or Nothing (AEW, US) / CMLL Anniversary Show (Mexico) / Triplemanía (AAA, Mexico) / January 4 Tokyo Dome Shownote  (NJPW, Japan) — Annual Professional Wrestling "supercards" that are their promotions' biggest events.
  • Trans-hemispheric variant: Six Nations Championship (Europe) / The Rugby Championship (Southern Hemisphere) — Annual competitions for their regions' top national rugby union teams.note 
  • Another trans-hemispheric variant: DTM (Germany) / Supercars Championship (Australia) — Major touring car racing series. Americans, think of them as NASCAR with all of the races on road courses.
  • WWE NXT got a UK branch starting 2016. Wrestlers from each brand can crossover to the other.
  • Another transcontinental variant: NCAA (US) / U Sports (Canada) – National governing bodies for college/university sports.
  • Jim Clark (UK) / Dale Earnhardt (US), plus a trans-hemispheric example in Ayrton Senna (Brazil) – Iconic drivers in their respective spheres (Clark and Senna in open-wheel racing, most notably Formula One; Earnhardt in NASCAR) whose deaths in racing accidents led to major pushes to improve driver safety.
  • Baltimore Colts, Brooklyn Dodgers, Cleveland Browns, Hartford Whalers, New York Giants (baseball), Seattle SuperSonics (US) / Vancouver Grizzlies, Montreal Expos, Winnipeg Jets (the original team) and Quebec Nordiques (Canada) / Wimbledon F.C. (UK): Historic franchises that relocated despite severe ire from fans. For the non-US examples, downplayed in that while the Montreal Expos, now the Washington Nationals, the Vancouver (now Memphis) Grizzlies, and the Quebec Nordiques, now the Colorado Avalanche, eventually all Took a Level in Badass after their relocations; the relocation of Wimbledon F.C., now Milton Keynes Dons F.C., ended up resulting in Epic Fail after Epic Fail, with them only winning the Football League Trophy once and being shuffled around different tiers of the English football league system. The old Winnipeg Jets, now the Arizona Coyotes, also encountered unstable ownership and have failed to play in the Stanley Cup Finals many times.
    • The listed US examples (not a complete list, mind you!) are all over the place. The Dodgers, which famously won only one World Series in Brooklyn, have won many in Los Angeles, having been consistent contenders since their relocation. Their former NYC and current California rivals, the Giants, have been almost as successful in San Francisco. The Colts have had decent success in Indianapolis. After relocation, the fates of the two Cleveland teams (yes, two) couldn't have been more different. The original Browns corporate entity, now playing as the Baltimore Ravens, has been a consistent NFL contender. The "new" Browns, which inherited the history and records of the original Browns, have been the butt monkeys of the NFL, with only two playoff berths in the first 22 seasons after their revival, not to mention so many draft busts that the page for notorious NFL figures has a folder dedicated to them. The relocated Sonics, now the Oklahoma City Thunder (though Seattle retains the rights to the Sonics name), have been frequent playoff contenders but never able to get over the hump. The Hartford Whalers, now the Carolina Hurricanes, Took a Level in Badass and managed to win the 2006 Stanley Cup over the Edmonton Oilers.

Stand-Up Comedy

  • Stephen Fry (UK) and Billy Eichner (US): Gay, Jewish, intimidatingly tall comedians who pepper their acts with brainy references.

Tabletop Games


  • Commodore 64, Apple ][, or Atari 8-Bit Computers (US) / ZX Spectrum or BBC Micro (UK): 8-bit home computers. (The C64 was still pretty popular across The Pond.)
  • Commodore Amiga or Atari ST (US) / Acorn Archimedes (UK): 16-bit home computers. (The US computers were much more successful on the other side of The Pond, but the UK computer proved more influential in the long run. Many modern mobile phones, MP3 players, and tablets use ARM chip architecture, pioneered by Acorn and further developed by one of its still-existing successor companies. In November 2020, Apple began selling its first Macs with ARM chips, having announced earlier that year that it would transition the entire Mac line from Intel to ARM in the coming years.)
  • Trans-Pacific variant: Source Film Maker (US) / MikuMikuDance (JP): Film makers utilizing 3D models that anyone can upload their own models into. Most upload their own models based on other franchises, and a lot of the content is of the comedy genre.



  • Transcontinental variant: Amtrak (US) / Via Rail (Canada) - National passenger railway services backed by the government. Amtrak and Via Rail both use much of the same locomotives (GE Genesis engines and EMD F40PH's to name two).

Video Games

Web Original

Web Video
  • Transpacific and trans-hemispheric variant: Dude Perfect (US) / How Ridiculous (Australia) - Groups of young men best known for videos featuring ludicrous trick shots with various sports objects. Both groups are also outspokenly Christian, though the videos downplay this angle.


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