Can anyone give me a single word describing a person that is equal to somebody in status but an opponent to them at the same time?
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"Rival" seems like a fitting choice.
I agree rival is good - better than counterpart, which doesn't necessarily imply opposition.
I think adversary also fits the bill, and perhaps carries more overtones of actual equality. A rival may simply be an opponent who's strong enough to compete at all, but if you have an adversary you know you're in for a tough fight where the outcome isn't at all certain.
Moriarty was Sherlock Holmes' arch-enemy.
Superman's nemesis was Lex Luthor.
"Your opposite number" is sometimes used.
In the Neil Gaiman series Sandman, the term Corinthian is used, referring to an Roman poem wherein the Corinthians were shown to be the Dark Mirrors of the protagonists.
Counterpart might be one, depends on the usage though.
I think "opponent" is close to what you might be looking for.
"Bizarro" can also be used, though it assumes a certain amount of comic-savvy.
Contrarian a person who takes up a contrary position, especially a position that is opposed to that of the majority
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