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  • In Smash King, Bowser and most of the antagonists opposing aren't very different from each other. Bowser was pushed to the edge of anger and despair by all his bullying in Melee, being emotionally manipulated and having everything he loved ripped away from him by both Ganon and the society around him. Mario wants to kill Bowser for revenge for ruining his life and trying to kill him, despite having contributed to the horrible circumstances of Bowser's life in the past as well. Ganon hates the world and wants to make it suffer then remake it because he was also outcasted and hated/bullied by society and treated a monster. Mewtwo is the same as Bowser, and so on.
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  • The three interstellar superpowers in Ad Astra Per Aspera, much like their terrestrial counterparts from Nineteen Eighty-Four, have radically different ideologies but only in theory. The Coalition fights to "preserve Christian civilization and liberty", the Conseil fights to "liberate the proletariat from their bourgeoisie oppressors", and the Technocracy fights to... well, preserve its own power. However, in practice, all three are just as expansionist and dictatorial as each other, all three wage Forever War to keep their people down, and all three pump out massive amounts of brain-rotting propaganda. Practically everyone also agrees that democracy is a weak and obsolete form of government.
  • In Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues, Melissa claims that she and Irene are quite alike. While not entirely wrong- both are girls with Nerves of Steel and a clinical approach to their superpowers- Irene is nevertheless able to effectively refute her by pointing out that Melissa barely knows her.
  • Common in Death Battle, as several matches are between two characters who share similar powers, appearances and/or personality traits.
    • Actually Invoked as an argument in "Batman vs. Spiderman", as Batman's fighting style is very similar to that of the Green Goblin, a gadget-wielding Badass Normal who serves as one of Spiderman's top foes. Spiderman would have some innate degree of familiarity with Batman's fighting style and hence a significant advantage.
    • Also Invoked in "Thor vs. Mortal Kombat!Raiden", as Raiden's strategic fighting style is noted as very similar to Loki's cunning and cleverness. And hence, nothing really new to Thor. Sure enough, between this familiarity and outclassing Raiden in raw power, Thor takes the win.
  • Dragon Age: Redemption gives us the lead character Tallis and her first ally, Cairn, who serve two opposing masters. Over the story, it is revealed that the two of them actually have very similar moral theologies. Both of them have defied their superiors and went renegade to deliver their own brand of justice. Tallis killed an Orlesian when she discovered he raped slave girls, and Cairn attempted to kill the Saarebas when they slaughtered his family.
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  • In Echo Chamber, Mr. Administrator claims that he is not so different from Zack.
    "You are wondering why I have given you this task. Why I trust you. My reasoning is not so difficult to understand, after all, we are similar. Your father is pushing you into a life you don't want, and my father... well... Let's just say I sympathize."
  • Made explicit near the end of Fine Structure, when one of the heroes calls out the alleged Big Good for being not so different from the Big Bad. The current version of the chapter is actually toned down from the original, which went even further with the Black and Grey Morality; the "deleted scene" Marooned in the extras has a discussion by the author about the Alternate Character Interpretation implied by the original version and why it was changed.
  • Lampshaded in the blog-novel Flyover City!, when the protagonist tells the big bad “…you know, we really aren't so different, you and I. Us, I mean.” - which compels the villain to list off all the ways they are emphatically not alike.
  • In Greek Ninja Sasha and Daichi are like this. After their fight, she tells him:
    "You have no purpose. Life is mundane to you. Each day is just another day you have to get through with. You are surrounded by nothing that’s really important to you. So why should you fight to protect it? I understand cause that’s the way I was."
  • After Ink City's Event #1, Heloise attempts to convince Yakko that they share common ground — and that they can rule together if he just gives in to The Dark Side.
  • Jim Sterling and Digital Homicide once engaged in an informal debate. Throughout the debate, DH tried to pull this trope on Jim, who directly called it out, noting it as his favourite trope, and dismissed it.
  • This article in The Onion: Villain Contends He, Hero 'Very Much Alike'.
  • Red vs. Blue: Locus sees these similarities between himself and Agent Washington (pre-Reds and Blues), being detached professionals who followed their orders. This gives poor Wash a flashback to his time as a villain in Revelation, where he used that same excuse to betray the Reds and Blues and shoot Donut, which he has regretted ever since. He eventually points out some actual similarities: Both are broken people who used being a soldier as an excuse to lash out and avoid guilt for their actions. Washington has just already had his Heel Realization. Eventually, Locus does too.
    Washington: I know I used to be a real piece of shit, but at least I'm trying to do something about it.
  • SF Debris: The Stargate Atlantis episode "Duet" consists of Rodney having to share his body with a female airman, who takes control of it without his permission several times, including going running while he's asleep, sleeping in the nude, and kissing a woman Rodney is attracted to and then the male Dr. Beckett for good measure. We're supposed to agree with the woman during this, even though, as Chuck points out in his review, the villains for eight seasons of Atlantis's parent show were an entire species that stole human bodies for their own use without permission.
  • This article examines the special effects from the Star Wars franchise, focusing on the backlash against the use of CGI throughout the Prequel Trilogy, noting that the methods used are ultimately not that different from those of the Original Trilogy.
    "We live in a time when storytellers can tell any story and it generally amazes me there are people who cross their arms and want to go back to a time that never really existed. The thesis that limitations lead to genius is just flat-out illogical. If we gave The Beatles crappier guitars or we gave your new favorite band vintage equipment, would they make better music? No. They would make music with the tools at their disposal. The anti-CGI discourse needs to end."
  • We're Alive: Riley's arc in Season 4 has her chasing down Scratch in a Roaring Rampage of Revenge after Scratch killed Angel. This parallels Scratch's own obsession for revenge against Pegs, who killed Scratch's brother, Latch. As Riley begins using more and more extreme tactics to try and catch Scratch, other begin to comment on the similarities between the two including Tardust and Scratch herself.
  • Whateley Universe:
    • In the story "It's Good to be the Don", Don Sebastiano gives this spiel to part of Team Kimba as he tries to lure them into his group. It nearly works.
    • In "Ayla and the Birthday Brawl", Phase successfully tries this routine on Jobe. But Phase is one of the main heroes, and Jobe is the son of a supervillain.
  • In Worm:
    • On several occasions, Taylor finds herself imitating the strategies of her antagonists, much to her discomfiture.
    • The supervillain Mannequin implies this while trying to recruit Armsmaster. The hero in question disagrees.
    • When Taylor is talking to Shadow Stalker in the immediate aftermath of Scion beginning his rampage, Shadow Stalker characterizes Taylor as being a copy of herself.
  • In Farce of the Three Kingdoms, Zhuge Liang turns out to be very similar to Cao Cao (namely, he's the Evil Chancellor Man Behind the Man who follows his own ambitions while intimidating and browbeating the young ruler he nominally supports). Except, where Cao Cao runs a Repressive, but Efficient state, is usually a Benevolent Boss, and has plenty of Evil Virtues, Zhuge Liang is an incompetent Smug Snake whom no one actually likes. When people in Shu begin comparing the two, Zhuge Liang purges them from the palace.
  • In The Magnus Archives, after Michael begins to show human emotions, the Distortion destroys him and assumes the new identity "Helen", taken from a real estate agent who got lost in its corridors shortly after giving Jon her statement. Helen attempts to help the archival staff on multiple occasions, but Jon won't let her, making it clear that he doesn't consider her a person and that he despises her for killing and impersonating an innocent woman. Until Helen points out that Jon has devoted so much of himself to the Beholding that he's now essentially what she is: a monster who's assumed the identity of a human and happens to retain some of that human's personality.
    Jon: You're still wearing her face.
    Helen: Not this again. I’m not “wearing” anything, Archivist. I am at least as much ‘Helen Richardson’ as you are the ‘Jonathan Sims’ that first joined this Institute. Things change. People change. It happens.
    Jon: ...We’re not people, though, are we? Not anymore.


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