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We've discussed this on the Expy TRS, and I think this trope needs repair. It's way too broad since its definition is pretty much "when fans think a character is an expy", and since Expy is kinda overlapping with that, Counterpart Comparison will have to come down in broadness.
Bumping this. Is there... any sort of criteria for this? I find on YMMV pages this is just sort of a dumping ground for Expy misuse. It's just used as "I noticed some similarity."
Per its description, it's when a character is viewed by audiences in comparison to another similar character.
I think we need a picture. How about one of Mewtwo and the newly announced Pokemon that looks like him?
It's tough to get a picture that actually shows them being compared. The trope isn't about two things that look alike, but those that get compared to each other by the fandoms.
Is it just me or is the quote at the top of the page just utterly unrelated? Green Lantern and Booster Gold are never actually compared to one another, and even out of context it seems unrelated, just that the kid got Booster's name wrong. Which is all that happened. Heck, even the Justice League section is just mentioning that there's a fan-meme to get the character's name switched, which isn't this trope at all.
So do we have discussions of Counterpart Comparisons between the likes of Nodoka Miyazaki from Mahou Sensei Negima and Hinata Hyuuga from the Naruto series, yet?
What about the likes of Murtagh Morzanson from the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini and Sasuke Uchiha from the Naruto series?
Or even Ginny Weasley of the Harry Potter septimology and Atoli from the .hack(dot.hack) universe, for that matter?
Or must elaborations be granted to each of the 3 before dictating whether or not they'd qualify?
Do you know what is the trope for this phenomenon in Real Life? I mean, like when someone says: "Moliére is the french Shakespeare". Something to do with Cultural Posturing?
TRS discussion that resulted in rename
"Counterpart Comparison" is way, way, way, WAY more confusing and difficult to remember than "Why Does Everyone Think I'm Deadpool". I had not the faintest clue in the world who Deadpool was when I first stumbled upon the trope, but knew what it meant right away — what else could it mean? A character is suspiciously similar to another character. The readers and character keep confusing/thinking of the second character in terms of the first. Plain. Simple. The etymology of the phrase leaves no room for interpretation. "Counterpart Comparison"? Could mean any number of totally different things, is almost guaranteed to result in loads of I Thought It Meant, and is just so bland and generic that no one will remember it off the top of their heads and will never pop out at a reader on a page. Counterpart Comparison is fine as a redirect, but everyone is still using the Deadpool redirect in the text of nearly all other pages — it should be the official title again.
I dunno. I think it's much CLEARER. As long as you know what "Counterpart" means. As long as the Deadpool redirect remains there, so the link to it from its Trope Namer page still works, I'm fine with it. Hell, I'm just glad that it's alliterative.
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