The striking similarities between Fight Club and Mr. Robot, USA Network's breakout hit show, have been the source of much Internet chatter ever since the hacktivist cyber-thriller first debuted in the summer of 2015. Numerous online think pieces have drawn comparisons between the two. Series creator Sam Esmail has even admitted to being heavily influenced by the 1999 David Fincher film in countless interviews.
From the oddly framed cinematic compositions and pulsing electronic soundtrack to the highly confessional (and highly unreliable) narration and world-redefining plot twists, Mr. Robot wears its Fight Club credentials on its sleeve like a bloody badge of honor, a proud purple bruise. But is it theft or homage? Is Mr. Robot rethinking a cult classic for a new generation? Or is the show something closer to one of Elliot Alderson's shameless hacks?
Tyler Durden gave the world eight simple rules to follow in Fight Club. This list provides an additional four. Fight Club vs. Mr. Robot. Who's the winner? Who's the loser? You decide...And needless to say, MAJOR SPOILERS below. As in, everything about the movie and the show.
Both Feature First-Person Narration by an Unreliable NarratorPhoto: 20th Century Fox/USA Network
Elliot and "Jack" Are Both AddictsPhoto: 20th Century Fox/USA Network
Elliot and "Jack" Both Seek TherapyPhoto: 20th Century Fox/USA Network
Elliot and "Jack" Both Meet Mysterious MentorsPhoto: 20th Century Fox/USA Network
Fight Club Is Anti-Consumerism, Mr. Robot Is Anti-CorporationPhoto: 20th Century Fox/USA Network
Project Mayhem and FSociety Both Aim to Erase World DebtPhoto: 20th Century Fox/USA Network