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  • Parodied in Adventurers!, when the Big Bad pulls the second type of Not So Different moment on the hero in this strip, and has it fall flat almost immediately since the only examples he could come up with were their similar heights and shared penchant for pointy hair. He admitted that he probably shouldn't have made it up on the fly.
  • In Alfie we see a non-antagonistic version with the Havlin Alfie Tolman and Ozge of the Voch'khari; both young women being misfits who seek to leave their insular, closely knit, and tradition bound hometowns and find a mutual attraction. That being said, not only are Pickering and Red Fort profoundly different but these two seem to have overshot one anothernote .
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  • Basic Instructions has a strip where both Scott and a customer find common ground over hating going into Scott's place of work.
  • Paulo and Lucy in the non-canon Bittersweet Candy Bowl incentive comic "Magic Tricks".
  • Lampshaded in this entry of Arthur, King of Time and Space.
  • This Girl Genius strip has Gil realize this about his father, Baron Wulfenbach.
    Gil: ...Oh. Oh, no. This must be how my father feels — all the time!
    Tarvek: I'm guessing you might be just as much of a sneaky, manipulative weasel as me. Probably even for a lot of the same reasons.
    • And again, in the cousin banter:
    Tarvek: I... keep forgetting he's a spark.
    Violetta: Really. So you've completely missed the fact that he's overbearing, self-aggrandizing and certain death to be around?
    • A much darker version comes later - the main reason the Other is so reviled by pretty much everyone is that she uses slaver wasps to control people, with them having to obey her every order once they have become revenants. Even other characters with Undying Loyalty hate the idea of forcing people to obey. One of the main forms of opposition to the Other come from Baron Wulfenbach, who has spent the majority of his rule gathering and destroying the Other's technology, and has biologically engineered weasels to sniff out revenants. And then he goes and does the exact same thing as the Other has done to Agatha, by implanting a copy of his personality into his son so that he can control his to some extent and make sure that he doesn't help Agatha. This is explicitly called out in-comic by the Other herself. When the Big Bad herself is criticising you, you know you've fucked up.
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  • Not said by a villain, but comparing a Corrupt Corporate Executive to his son: Rollie, of Gene Catlow, explains exactly how Steven Avariss is like his father. It boils down to an aspect of their personalities that could be good or bad, depending on how it's applied.
  • Parodied in this strip of GastroPhobia, where Pneuma's attempt to invoke this falls completely flat.
  • In Erfworld, Stanley declares that his enemy Ansom rules by "violence and fear" (with "just like me" implied though not admitted), not by "nobility" as he likes to believe. Later, it becomes evident that Ansom and Stanley are both fighting for their respective visions of the Titans' will.
  • Order of the Stick:
    • Almost lampshaded in this comic, when Redcloak points out that Miko having class-induced lack of fear makes her just as "unnatural" as the undead sorcerer Xykon. It doesn't take, however, especially considering Redcloak has been granted immunity to aging and disease thanks to his Crimson Mantle, and thus is unnatural through divine magic but doesn't recognize this in the speech.
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    • Later on, Shojo gives Belkar this line, kicking off what's effectively a Chaotic Good Break Them by Talking. Of course, in the same sentence, he also adds that they are Not So Similar, but adds that such distinctions aren't necessary at the moment.
    • When Elan finally realizes that his father is Evil, he declares that he's no better than his Evil Twin Nale. Tarquin takes offense, deriding Nale as an egomaniac more interested in being the center of attention than a functioning plan for world domination. But as the arc goes on, Tarquin proves to be no different; he continues to antagonize the Order because he wants to be main villain in an traditional hero-son vs villain-father story, which he thinks only works if Elan is the leader, which means Roy and others who could overshadow him must die. He wastes time, manpower and personal favors pursuing this goal, showing himself to be more concerned with being the center of attention than his long-time goal of taking control of the continent.
  • In The Order of the Stick fancomic Anti-Heroes, Finx attempts a Not So Different speech when facing down Aldran. Aldran responds by deconstructing it before declaring I'll still win.
  • Sluggy Freelance has a rare example where all the people involved are good guys (or at least Designated Good Guys). Mad Scientist and Badass Longcoat Riff has always taken the view that Aylee, an originally man-eating alien is too big of a threat to the world to be allowed to live. Eventually Torg delivers the Not So Different speech on Aylee's behalf:
    Torg: We're her family, Riff. This is her home now. She's not going to destroy it anymore than you would ... with your various nuclear isotopes and biological pathogens ... OK, bad example. Actually, it's not! Riff, with all your dangerous scientific experiments, I put it to you that Aylee is less likely to threaten humanity than you!
  • Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
    • Strip 1451 demonstrates the underutilized tactic of trying this on God.
    God: "What about all those children you killed?"
    guy: "They were all firstborn sons of Egyptians."
    • Strip 4076: What if the war on drugs is a form of addiction?
  • Happens a lot in Lightbringer, and the titular character quickly becomes tired of it:
    Lightbringer: It's the same damn speech I keep hearing. "You're just like me." "We both want the same thing." 'why are you fighting against me?" The Gentleman told me it. The Smiling Man said he used to be just like me. Werres told me we fought the same fight. And now Darkbringer is using the tired old bit.(...) I'm sick of evil people telling me I'm like them.
    • Also, one interesting example was when Police Chief Eddie Crane tried to arrest Bruiser, former cop turned into Vigilante Man after death of his kids. Bruiser said he knows what Crane did to murderers of his own family, making Crane left him go.
  • Sarah from Weregeek recently met a pack of non-geek girls and proceeded to make a rather disturbing discovery.
  • In Goblins Forgath tries to invoke this to persuade his specist partner Minmax that their new snake-girl companion is in fact a perfectly normal and sound being and thus shouldn't be slaughtered for XP as Minmax is eager to do. Hilarity ensues.
  • In Slightly Damned Angels and Demons appear to superficially follow their associated tropes of good and evil, but the more that is learned about the angels, their magic, talismans and how they interact with demons, the more doubt is thrown onto the binary assumption.
    • On an individual level we have Buwaro's adoptive older brother Iratu and Kieri's twin Kazai, Iratu is leading an invasion that has resulted in hundreds if not thousands of medians dead and brushes it off by saying that the good ones will be sent to heaven and the bad ones to hell, earlier we hear Kazai give a similar excuse to not waste time saving them from said attack. They also both view median life as lesser than the lives of their respective species and and will mindlessly follow what they believe are their gods plans, also both become hostile towards their siblings when they don't think in a similar way though the main difference being that Kazai only did so in a moment of anger and genuinely loves his sister while Iratu doesn't love Buwaro and actually tries to kill him.
  • Sinfest had a lot of such moments between Slick and Monique.
    • And gives us a strange variation in this strip, where Fuchsia, formerly a Depraved Bisexual succubus and Torture Technician for The Devil, in the midst of a Villainous Crush and a High-Heel–Face Turn, listens to her love interest, Criminy, relate a story that could very easily be about Sinfest's main character, Slick, and comes to realize that she has a lot in common with the Damned Souls that she formerly took delight in tormenting. Her response, is to sit with the Damned and hold their hands, offering them comfort.
    • Seymour was rather distressed when he "met the enemy".
  • In Drowtales, despite being a Superior Species the drow in particular are not actually that different from the goblin races. Just take a look at how the drow consider the goblin races. Now take a closer look at the drow. Ironic that the ones who consider halmes akin to locusts almost destroyed their own planet for mana-based life a millenia ago, isn't it?
  • Kirby and King Dedede in Brawl in the Family. It's King Dedede who's called out on it, stating that for all his faults Kirby still has the differences that make him good.
  • El Goonish Shive as a throwaway gag pointed out the important difference between traditional corsets and modern faux-corsets. Though it's still not clear whether a good exorcism can fix this.
  • Homestuck: Jade is so frustrated with her newly resurrected dream self that she begins verbally and physically beating her. Then Karkat comes pestering with a "friendly" reminder that this behavior isn't unlike his insulting his past/future self...which she had gotten quite pissed off at him about not much earlier.
    • Vriska attempts this with Terezi, but given that Vriska has greviously injured other trolls just for fun while Terezi only ever murdered 'bad' trolls or to seek revenge, and given that Alternia is a Crapsack World anyway, it falls flat.
    AG: Cause even though you got all these highfalutin morals and fancy reserv8tions, you know as well as me that a killer is a killer is a killer!
    • Occurs again in the Act 6 Act 3 Intermission when Meenah chides Cronus for bullying Mituna and he points out that she's not exactly a saint either and that in alternate timeline she basically used him to power her spaceship. Meenah struggles to find fault with his argument, but ultimately gives up because she doesn't really care what Cronus thinks.
    • Another event in that intermission has Porrim deliver a massive social justice rant to Latula, who comments that she seems to be pulling a Kankri.
    • Vriska is introduced to us right away as an overdramatic troll who wants to involve herself in absolutely everything important, even if it means making terrible decisions. Her corresponding pre-scratch troll, Aranea, seems to be much more softspoken, described by Terezi as "4 N1C3 VR1SK4". However, when Aranea decides to try to defeat Lord English by reviving herself and preventing our heroes from creating a new universe, as is the goal of the game, we find that Aranea's and Vriska's motives are very much the same. She ultimately fails and dies. After all this, John later refers to Aranea as "the other vriska", showing just how similar the two really are. This makes quite a bit of sense when you consider how messed up Mindfang, Aranea's post-scratch self, was.
  • Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic:
    • Arachne has a rather dim view on "good" folk.
      Arachne: Sweetheart... in this world, the difference between Good and Evil is that good pretends not to enjoy this sort of thing.
    • Broch thinks it's worse than that, though.
  • Amazing Super Powers had fun with an ex- pro wrestler running for office:
    Reporter: Mr. Annihilator, how would you reconcile the fact that Professional Wrestling is fake while political office is very, very real?
  • In No Rest for the Wicked,
  • In Dominic Deegan, not only is Celesto Morgan Dominic's Evil Counterpart (and opposing Champion during the Storm of Souls arc), but Celesto's tendency to believe I Did What I Had to Do, that Utopia Justifies the Means, to act as if he has an Omniscient Morality License and is Above Good and Evil, and his Well-Intentioned Extremist thinking are all mirrored in Dominic being The Chessmaster and Designated Hero who often gets accused of Protagonist-Centered Morality, What the Hell, Hero?, and Moral Dissonance. Dominic, recognizing this, keeps trying to offer Celesto a way back to the light on numerous occasions (which he of course sneers at and rejects) while Celesto, when he isn't offering Dominic the chance to join him and make the world a better place, the way they think it "should" be, is usually calling Dominic on his manipulative actions and nastily underscoring their similarities. In a twisted way, even his stint as The Atoner could be said to be Celesto attempting to make amends by turning himself into what he thinks Dominic actually is.
  • The Renavanna and Eytherlia elves of Ears for Elves, according to Tanna after Zalanna pronounces them feral. The unusual arrangement of panels on that page emphasises Tanna's point.
    Zalanna: You see, they live in the untamed wilds.
    Tanna: So do we.
    Zalanna: In a secret, secluded village.
    Tanna: So do we.
    Zalanna: With border guards dedicated to not letting a soul in.
    Tanna: So do we.
    Zalanna: They hide away from any non-elf race, threatening banishment to any who commune with outsiders.
    Tanna: So do we.
  • Despite how much Commander Badass dislikes Canadian Guy in Manly Guys Doing Manly Things, they are more alike than he'd care to admit, in tastes of games, enunciation, and even appearance (to the point that they're Palette Swaps of each other). Emphasized in this comic where, despite having three siblings and two children (and though he doesn't mention them, an ex-wife, a love interest, and a surrogate son), Canadian Guy is the one Commander Badass is most drift-compatible with. As it turns out, there's a good reason for that. Know how the Commander's an Artificial Human? Canadian Guy is a bootleg of him made with some regional variants by Canadians.
    • It's also hinted that the reason he doesn't try to change Jared is because he's not very much different from Jared, especially around his siblings and army family. Jonesy even literally called him Angel's fuzzy, 300 pound Jared.
  • Strong Female Protagonist has a hero deliver one of these ending with "So if I've got a voice in my head that tells me to crush people, then I think you probably have the voice that says the other thing too."
  • MYth: A Promise has Cronus making the comparations between himself and his son Zeus. Both were the youngest child of their generation, choosen and empowered by Gaia. What makes them different is that Zeus never breaks his promises.
  • Tower of God
    • Kim Lurker sees the parallels between him and The Hero Ja Wangnan. They both had their dreams toyed with and both have sacrificed a lot of people to get where they are. Ja is shocked and admits the similarity, but this immediately leads to his showing how they are also different, as he shows mercy to Lurker, who'd just brutally killed his friend for not much reason.
    • We have inter-faction political rivalry of epic proportions. Good luck trying to work out how much lower any of them will stoop in comparison to any other given one. Or, which you'd pin a "Good Guy" sticker on at any given minute: they're all about as good or as bad as each other. Many individuals break down into this, as well: even some truly horrible characters have friends they care about. And, others that seem consistent and honourable one minute will turn around and cut somebody else off at the knees the next.
  • Paranatural: Played for Laughs here when Johnny goes on a more bizarre rant than usual to distract Max long enough to steal his bat.
    Johnny: Listen, we're not so different, you n' me. Like, our faces are very similar.
    Max: I'm kind of on the phone, so...
    Johnny: Point is, Max, we live in a world with lots of similar things. Lots of stuff is the same as other stuff.
    Max: Can I have my scooter back?
    Johnny: I forget where I was going with this but the takeaway is your parents don't love each other.
  • In Bloody Sweet, protagonist Naerim realizes that she and antagonist Roxanna have both suffered through similarly painful pasts, treated like witches and scorned by their peers. She tries to connect with her on this level in the climax, pointing out that while she doesn't know Roxanna's exact pain, she can understand what she went through and she can help her move past it. Unfortunately, Roxanna is beyond help at that point.

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