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29th Apr '17 9:30:36 PM kaxamdays
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15th Jan '17 12:56:24 PM whizzerd
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** EvilTwin -- Particular case of this.

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** EvilTwin -- BackupTwin: Another variant where the twins are never on screen at the same time (as an excuse for a popular actor to come back.)
** EvilTwin:
Particular case of this.



** BackupTwin is another variant where the twins are never on screen at the same time (as an excuse for a popular actor to come back.)
* AndYouWereThere -- Like a MirrorUniverse, but with a fun-house mirror (think "Wizard of Oz").
* ButYouWereThereAndYouAndYou -- A character tells a story, and the characters are depicted as people the storyteller knows.
* CastAsAMask -- An inversion. Different actors play a character's different identities.
* CloningBlues -- Well, technically, a clone ''is'' related to you...
* {{Doppelganger}} -- An in-story reason for them to be played by the same actor.
* DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest -- Hooking up with someone identical to your lost love.
* DreamSequence -- Not quite the same character, but pretty close.
* GhostInTheMachine -- When "the little guy in your head" looks just like you.
* GoodAngelBadAngel -- When the angels on your shoulder look just like you.
* IdenticalGrandson -- A character's descendants are played by the same actor.
* IdenticalStranger -- A new character arrives who looks just like an existing character.
** CriminalDoppelganger -- That new character also happens to be a wanted by the police.
** PrinceAndPauper -- IdenticalStranger + SwappedRoles + PrincessForADay + FishOutOfWater.
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals -- When multiple, nominally unrelated characters are all identical.
* LatexPerfection -- Different character, same actor, because character has a perfect disguise.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters / LoadsAndLoadsOfRoles -- If you don't have loads and loads of actors to go with them, you get the above problems. Very common in theatrical productions, wherein everyone has to be there every single night anyway.
** In some plays, usually of the more comedic variety, you may get people Acting For Two Dozen. ''Theatre/The39Steps'' for example.
* LostInCharacter -- A character who is an actor gets so into character they basically become a new character.
* MirrorUniverse -- When everybody has their counterpart, you can have twice as many characters per actor.
* PlayingTheirOwnTwin -- Twins are played by the same actor.
* {{Reincarnation}} -- In the "looks just like the old me" variant.
* SurgicalImpersonation -- An actor plays two characters, one of whom changes his face surgically to resemble the other.
* TalkingToHimself -- Two (or more) characters voiced by the same voice actor, in a conversation with each other.
* TalkingToThemself -- When two or more parts of a SplitPersonality engage in conversation.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance -- Any family relation is played by the same actor.
* YouLookFamiliar -- One actor plays two unrelated characters, within the same series, but (usually) different episodes.

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** BackupTwin is another variant where the twins are never on screen at the same time (as an excuse for a popular actor to come back.)
* AndYouWereThere -- AndYouWereThere: Like a MirrorUniverse, but with a fun-house mirror (think "Wizard of Oz").
* ButYouWereThereAndYouAndYou -- ButYouWereThereAndYouAndYou: A character tells a story, and the characters are depicted as people the storyteller knows.
* CastAsAMask -- CastAsAMask: An inversion. Different actors play a character's different identities.
* CloningBlues -- CloningBlues: Well, technically, a clone ''is'' related to you...
* {{Doppelganger}} -- {{Doppelganger}}: An in-story reason for them to be played by the same actor.
* DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest -- DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest: Hooking up with someone identical to your lost love.
* DreamSequence -- DreamSequence: Not quite the same character, but pretty close.
* GhostInTheMachine -- GhostInTheMachine: When "the little guy in your head" looks just like you.
* GoodAngelBadAngel -- GoodAngelBadAngel: When the angels on your shoulder look just like you.
* IdenticalGrandson -- IdenticalGrandson: A character's descendants are played by the same actor.
* IdenticalStranger -- IdenticalStranger: A new character arrives who looks just like an existing character.
** CriminalDoppelganger -- CriminalDoppelganger: That new character also happens to be a wanted by the police.
** PrinceAndPauper -- PrinceAndPauper: IdenticalStranger + SwappedRoles + PrincessForADay + FishOutOfWater.
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals -- InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: When multiple, nominally unrelated characters are all identical.
* LatexPerfection -- LatexPerfection: Different character, same actor, because character has a perfect disguise.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters / LoadsAndLoadsOfRoles -- LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: If you don't have loads and loads of actors to go with them, you get the above problems. this problem.
** LoadsAndLoadsOfRoles:
Very common in theatrical productions, wherein everyone has to be there every single night anyway.
**
anyway. In some plays, usually of the more comedic variety, you may get people Acting For Two Dozen. ''Theatre/The39Steps'' for example.
* LostInCharacter -- LostInCharacter: A character who is an actor gets so into character they basically become a new character.
* MirrorUniverse -- MirrorUniverse: When everybody has their counterpart, you can have twice as many characters per actor.
* PlayingTheirOwnTwin -- PlayingTheirOwnTwin: Twins are played by the same actor.
* {{Reincarnation}} -- {{Reincarnation}}: In the "looks just like the old me" variant.
* SurgicalImpersonation -- SurgicalImpersonation: An actor plays two characters, one of whom changes his face surgically to resemble the other.
* TalkingToHimself -- TalkingToHimself: Two (or more) characters voiced by the same voice actor, in a conversation with each other.
* TalkingToThemself -- TalkingToThemself: When two or more parts of a SplitPersonality engage in conversation.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance -- UncannyFamilyResemblance: Any family relation is played by the same actor.
* YouLookFamiliar -- YouLookFamiliar: One actor plays two unrelated characters, within the same series, but (usually) different episodes.
11th Jan '17 1:04:41 PM eroock
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* CastAsAMask - If a character in disguise as another is played by the same actor.

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* CastAsAMask - If -- An inversion. Different actors play a character in disguise as another is played by the same actor.character's different identities.
11th Jan '17 1:01:40 PM eroock
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For many a reason both solid and sordid, an actor might find themselves playing more than one role on the same show. It might be a twin brother (or cousin, aunt, etc. -- television has never been fussy on the details). A male character may be put in drag to play his own mother, who [[UncannyFamilyResemblance looks a lot like him]]. More than a few action shows have had a lookalike try to frame the main character. Whatever the reason, the actor is Acting For Two. Sometimes more, depending on the role.

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For many a reason both solid and sordid, an actor might find themselves playing more than one role on the same show. It might be a twin brother (or cousin, aunt, etc. -- television has never been fussy on the details). A male character may be put in drag to play his own mother, who [[UncannyFamilyResemblance looks a lot like him]]. More than a few action shows have had a lookalike try to frame the main character. Whatever the reason, the actor is Acting For for Two. Sometimes more, depending on the role.
17th Nov '16 6:59:29 PM HersheleOstropoler
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Understandably this happens a lot in animation, simply by giving the same voice actor multiple roles; see TalkingToHimself for that version. Not to be confused with TalkingToThemself, in which the actor plays different personalities of a single character in-story.

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Understandably this happens a lot in animation, simply by giving the same voice actor multiple roles; see TalkingToHimself for that version. Not to be confused with TalkingToThemself, in which the actor plays different personalities of a single character in-story. For the ''other'' kind of "acting for two," see HideYourPregnancy
3rd May '16 3:21:41 PM margdean56
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** BackupTwin is another variant where neither twin is on screen at the same time (as an excuse for a popular actor to come back.)

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** BackupTwin is another variant where neither twin is the twins are never on screen at the same time (as an excuse for a popular actor to come back.)
12th Apr '16 7:56:28 PM PaulA
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** In some plays, usually of the more comedic variety, you may get people Acting For Two Dozen. The West End version of ''Literature/TheThirtyNineSteps'' for example.

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** In some plays, usually of the more comedic variety, you may get people Acting For Two Dozen. The West End version of ''Literature/TheThirtyNineSteps'' ''Theatre/The39Steps'' for example.
27th Mar '16 1:23:34 PM Averagemoe
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* PlayingTheirOwnTwin -- Twins are played by the same character.

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* PlayingTheirOwnTwin -- Twins are played by the same character.actor.
11th Sep '15 1:42:52 AM lakingsif
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* PlayingTheirOwnTwin -- Twins are played by the same character.
9th Apr '15 6:22:40 PM IlGreven
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** BackupTwin is another variant where neither twin is on screen at the same time (as an excuse for a popular actor to come back.)
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