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24th Jul '16 5:15:09 AM Nepeta
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** Eventually, we find out about the ''original'' Mystery Twins, [[spoiler:Grunkle Stan and his brother, Ford]]. They are first assumed be fraternal twins, given certain differences--most notably one having [[spoiler:six fingers on each hand]], despite the fact such thing also can happen to 'identical' twins while one not having it (this is part of the individual evolving of the embryo). However, like Dipper and Mabel, they have enough of a StrongFamilyResemblance to [[spoiler:[[TwinSwitch switch clothes and fool the Big Bad in the finale]]]].
** It's more likely that this second pair of twins is an identical one, as there is a very small chance fraternal twins are of the same gender. Also,[[spoiler: Dipper and Mabel have always been more open-minded than [[spoiler:Stanley and Stanford]], and are often said to have 'more heart' in the fandom. [[GeniusBonus There have been studies showing that opposite-gender twins might naturally be more open-minded and accepting than same-gender twins]].

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** Eventually, we find out about the ''original'' Mystery Twins, [[spoiler:Grunkle Stan and his brother, Ford]]. They are [[spoiler:[[ThickerThanWater family]], and the fact they are both twins, [[ShownTheirWork is correctly shown]], [[TruthInTelevision as such thing can happen in real families]]]]. These two are first assumed be fraternal twins, given certain differences--most notably one having [[spoiler:six fingers on each hand]], despite the fact such thing also can happen to 'identical' twins while one not having it (this is part of the individual evolving of the embryo). However, like Dipper and Mabel, they have enough of a StrongFamilyResemblance [[spoiler:StrongFamilyResemblance]] to [[spoiler:[[TwinSwitch switch clothes and fool the Big Bad in the finale]]]].
** It's more likely that this second pair of twins is an identical one, as there is a very small chance fraternal twins are of the same gender. Also,[[spoiler: Dipper and Mabel have always been more open-minded than [[spoiler:Stanley Stanley and Stanford]], and are often said to have 'more heart' in the fandom. [[GeniusBonus [[spoiler:[[GeniusBonus There have been studies showing that opposite-gender twins might naturally be more open-minded and accepting than same-gender twins]].twins]]]].
24th Jul '16 5:10:02 AM Nepeta
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** Eventually, we find out about the ''original'' Mystery Twins, [[spoiler:Grunkle Stan and his brother, Ford]]. They must be fraternal twins, given certain differences--most notably one having [[spoiler:six fingers on each hand]]. However, like Dipper and Mabel, they have enough of a StrongFamilyResemblance to [[spoiler:[[TwinSwitch switch clothes and fool the Big Bad in the finale]]]].

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** Eventually, we find out about the ''original'' Mystery Twins, [[spoiler:Grunkle Stan and his brother, Ford]]. They must are first assumed be fraternal twins, given certain differences--most notably one having [[spoiler:six fingers on each hand]].hand]], despite the fact such thing also can happen to 'identical' twins while one not having it (this is part of the individual evolving of the embryo). However, like Dipper and Mabel, they have enough of a StrongFamilyResemblance to [[spoiler:[[TwinSwitch switch clothes and fool the Big Bad in the finale]]]].
** It's more likely that this second pair of twins is an identical one, as there is a very small chance fraternal twins are of the same gender. Also,[[spoiler: Dipper and Mabel have always been more open-minded than [[spoiler:Stanley and Stanford]], and are often said to have 'more heart' in the fandom. [[GeniusBonus There have been studies showing that opposite-gender twins might naturally be more open-minded and accepting than same-gender twins]].
23rd Jul '16 3:14:04 PM 8BrickMario
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If the twins are [[ConjoinedTwins conjoined]], they will most certainly be identical, as this is the case in RealLife.
9th Jul '16 5:36:29 AM TMNTFanGirl
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** Patty and Selma, who are mostly the same in physical appearance and behaviour, yet their hair cuts and dresses are different. Also Selma is heterosexual, while Patty is lesbian.

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** Marge's older sisters, Patty and Selma, who Selma Bouvier--they are actually identical twins, so they're mostly the same in physical appearance and behaviour, yet even their hair cuts and personalities, but their haircuts, dresses and even their sexualities are different. Also different (Patty eventually came out as a lesbian while Selma's heterosexual and has been married numerous times). Also, Selma has adopted daughter from China named Ling and is heterosexual, while the somewhat nicer twin of her and Patty--for example, when it comes to Marge's husband, Homer, Selma, at times, has been shown to be a bit more willing to put up with him than Patty is lesbian. is.



** Eventually, we find out about the ''original'' Mystery Twins, [[spoiler:Grunkle Stan and his brother Ford]]. They must be fraternal twins, given certain differences--most notably one having [[spoiler:six fingers on each hand]]. However, like Dipper and Mabel, they have enough of a StrongFamilyResemblance to [[spoiler:[[TwinSwitch switch clothes and fool the Big Bad in the finale]]]].

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** Eventually, we find out about the ''original'' Mystery Twins, [[spoiler:Grunkle Stan and his brother brother, Ford]]. They must be fraternal twins, given certain differences--most notably one having [[spoiler:six fingers on each hand]]. However, like Dipper and Mabel, they have enough of a StrongFamilyResemblance to [[spoiler:[[TwinSwitch switch clothes and fool the Big Bad in the finale]]]].
25th Jun '16 12:42:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* "The twins" ([[NoNameGiven No Names Given]]) in ''Literature/PeterPan'', "who cannot be described because we should be sure to be describing the wrong one." Note that Peter doesn't really know what "twins" are, and the animated series ''PeterPanAndThePirates'' [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] this trope by making the twins different colors and heights, the implication being that they're merely good buddies who were labelled "twins" because they [[ThoseTwoGuys are always together]] and finish each other's sentences.

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* "The twins" ([[NoNameGiven No Names Given]]) in ''Literature/PeterPan'', "who cannot be described because we should be sure to be describing the wrong one." Note that Peter doesn't really know what "twins" are, and the animated series ''PeterPanAndThePirates'' ''WesternAnimation/PeterPanAndThePirates'' [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] this trope by making the twins different colors and heights, the implication being that they're merely good buddies who were labelled "twins" because they [[ThoseTwoGuys are always together]] and finish each other's sentences.
23rd Jun '16 8:27:44 AM StFan
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This trope is so pervasive that it even manifests when the twins are [[UntoUsASonAndDaughterAreBorn different genders]]-- HalfIdenticalTwins shouldn't even ''be'' identical! Though it is certainly possible for fraternal twins to bear a StrongFamilyResemblance, particularly in early childhood.

There are sometimes aversions, almost exclusively in live action productions where twin actors or DoubleVision are not available -- though the work may instead have an actor PlayingTheirOwnTwin. See also AllegedLookalikes, when twins are [[InformedAttribute said to be]] identical but are obviously not.

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This trope is so pervasive that it even manifests when the twins are [[UntoUsASonAndDaughterAreBorn different genders]]-- genders]] -- HalfIdenticalTwins shouldn't even ''be'' identical! Though it is certainly possible for fraternal twins to bear a StrongFamilyResemblance, particularly in early childhood.

There are sometimes aversions, almost exclusively in live action live-action productions where twin actors or DoubleVision are not available -- though the work may instead have an actor PlayingTheirOwnTwin. See also AllegedLookalikes, when twins are [[InformedAttribute said to be]] identical but are obviously not.



In reality, fraternal twins are significantly more common than identical twins - only 8% of twin births are identical, or 0.1% of all births. But how would it look if in fiction only one character in a thousand had an identical twin?

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In reality, fraternal twins are significantly more common than identical twins - -- only 8% of twin births are identical, or 0.1% of all births. But how would it look if in fiction only one character in a thousand had an identical twin?twin?



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* There are identical twin brother cops in ''Film/HotFuzz''-- [[spoiler:the Sergeants Turner (Bill Bailey's characters)]].

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* There are identical twin brother cops in ''Film/HotFuzz''-- ''Film/HotFuzz'' -- [[spoiler:the Sergeants Turner (Bill Bailey's characters)]].



* Elladan and Elrohir of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' are not outwardly stated as being twins or even identical, but because their birth year is the same and elves wait at ten years between children, they are assumed to be twins. They are also said to be "So much alike were they, the sons of Elrond, that few could tell them apart: dark-haired, grey-eyed, and their faces elven-fair, clad alike in bright mail beneath cloaks of silver-grey." This implies that they are identical twins (ignoring the fact that more elves are described like that than not, and quite a few humans!)

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* ''Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium'':
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Elladan and Elrohir of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' are not outwardly stated as being twins or even identical, but because their birth year is the same and elves wait at ten years between children, they are assumed to be twins. They are also said to be "So much alike were they, the sons of Elrond, that few could tell them apart: dark-haired, grey-eyed, and their faces elven-fair, clad alike in bright mail beneath cloaks of silver-grey." This implies that they are identical twins (ignoring the fact that more elves are described like that than not, and quite a few humans!)



* [[PolarOppositeTwins Jory and Nia]] from [[Literature/CircleOfMagic Cold Fire]].

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* [[PolarOppositeTwins Jory and Nia]] from [[Literature/CircleOfMagic ''[[Literature/CircleOfMagic Cold Fire]].Fire]]''.



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* Podcast/DiceFunk: It turns out that [[spoiler:Emma and Tamzin are identical twins.]]
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* ''SailorSun'' Bay(Brad) and Heather after Bay's GenderBender. We don't know if they were HalfIdenticalTwins prior to the GenderBender because Brad has never been depicted in the comic. It's even a plot point because in [[AllThereInTheManual the backstory]] Bay & Heather found each other (they'd been SeparatedAtBirth) after Heather was hired to play Bay's role in a touring production of Sailor Sun based on her identical appearance.

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* ''SailorSun'' ''Webcomic/SailorSun'' Bay(Brad) and Heather after Bay's GenderBender. We don't know if they were HalfIdenticalTwins prior to the GenderBender because Brad has never been depicted in the comic. It's even a plot point because in [[AllThereInTheManual the backstory]] Bay & Heather found each other (they'd been SeparatedAtBirth) after Heather was hired to play Bay's role in a touring production of Sailor Sun based on her identical appearance.






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* Podcast/DiceFunk: It turns out that [[spoiler:Emma and Tamzin are identical twins.]]
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[[AC: NOTE: This section is reserved for twins who do not look alike at all; brother-sister twins who still look alike go to Half Identical Twins.]]

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* Rin and Yukio Okamura from ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' are fraternal twins who - despite looking somewhat alike when you take away Yukio's glasses - are opposites in pretty much everything, up to and including Rin being (half-)demon and Yukio being human. This didn't stop the fandom from going nuts with {{Twincest}}.

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* Rin and Yukio Okamura from ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' are fraternal twins who - -- despite looking somewhat alike when you take away Yukio's glasses - -- are opposites in pretty much everything, up to and including Rin being (half-)demon and Yukio being human. This didn't stop the fandom from going nuts with {{Twincest}}.






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* ComicStrip/ThePhantom's son and daughter are twins.
* Crystar and Moltar from ''CrystarCrystalWarrior.''

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* ComicStrip/ThePhantom's son and daughter are twins.

* Crystar and Moltar from ''CrystarCrystalWarrior.''ComicBook/CrystarCrystalWarrior.''



* [[ComicBook/XMen Charles Xavier and Cassandra Nova,]] although she apparently is [[EldritchAbomination not exactly human.]]
* ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} and ComicBook/{{Scarlet Witch}}: different genders, different hair colors, and different power sets.
** [[ComicBook/YoungAvengers Scarlet Witch's twin boys]] eventually manage to straddle the line: they're absolutely identical in features and build, but have inherited the different coloring and power sets from their mother and uncle (Wiccan from Scarlet Witch, Speed from Quicksilver). For extra fun, they're not blood related, for bizarre reasons of magic and time-traveling reincarnation.
* Pre-Crisis, ''WonderWoman'' used to have a twin sister called Nubia. They were two different races (apparently due to being made of different colors of clay) and Nubia had darker hair.

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* [[ComicBook/XMen ''ComicBook/XMen'':
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Charles Xavier and Cassandra Nova,]] Nova, although she apparently is [[EldritchAbomination not exactly human.]]
* ** ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} and ComicBook/{{Scarlet Witch}}: different genders, different hair colors, and different power sets.
** [[ComicBook/YoungAvengers Scarlet Witch's twin boys]] eventually manage to straddle the line: they're absolutely identical in features and build, but have inherited the different coloring and power sets from their mother and uncle (Wiccan from Scarlet Witch, Speed from Quicksilver). For extra fun, they're not blood related, blood-related, for bizarre reasons of magic and time-traveling reincarnation.
* Pre-Crisis, ''WonderWoman'' ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' used to have a twin sister called Nubia. They were two different races (apparently due to being made of different colors of clay) and Nubia had darker hair.



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* ComicStrip/ThePhantom's son and daughter are twins.
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* Crash and Eddie the possums in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' have almost the same personality and look very similar, but are obviously fraternal twins since Eddie has brown eyes, while Crash has blue eyes and a light stripe on his nose.
* Tinkerbell and Periwinkle from ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'' are twins but look vastly different. They have the same nose, though.
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* Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear in ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper''--but don't try telling ''them'' they're not identical, nor even the same species.



* Crash and Eddie the possums in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' have almost the same personality and look very similar, but are obviously fraternal twins since Eddie has brown eyes, while Crash has blue eyes and a light stripe on his nose.
* Tinkerbell and Periwinkle from ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'' are twins but look vastly different. They have the same nose though.



* In Creator/LMMontgomery's ''Literature/{{Anne of Green Gables}}'' series, among Anne and Gilbert's children are fraternal twins Anne and Diana, nicknamed "Nan" and "Di." Dark-haired Nan inherited her father's looks and her mother's wild imagination, while Di has her mother's red hair but in temperament is described as "very much her father's child." The fact that they are not identical baffles many of their peers and forms a minor plot point in ''Anne of Ingleside'' when a mischievous girl convinces the young Nan that ''al''l twins are identical, and the reason Nan doesn't look like her twin is that she was SwitchedAtBirth.

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* In Creator/LMMontgomery's ''Literature/{{Anne of Green Gables}}'' ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' series, among Anne and Gilbert's children are fraternal twins Anne and Diana, nicknamed "Nan" and "Di." Dark-haired Nan inherited her father's looks and her mother's wild imagination, while Di has her mother's red hair but in temperament is described as "very much her father's child." The fact that they are not identical baffles many of their peers and forms a minor plot point in ''Anne of Ingleside'' when a mischievous girl convinces the young Nan that ''al''l twins are identical, and the reason Nan doesn't look like her twin is that she was SwitchedAtBirth.



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* ''Magazine/WeeklyWorldNews'' once ran a CoverStory on a set of [[ConjoinedTwins conjoined septuplets]]: 5 male, 2 female.
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* ''Magazine/WeeklyWorldNews'' once ran a CoverStory on a set of [[ConjoinedTwins conjoined septuplets]]: 5 male, 2 female.
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* Fraternal Twins in Greek mythology:

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* ''Magazine/WeeklyWorldNews'' once ran a CoverStory on a set of [[ConjoinedTwins conjoined septuplets]]: 5 male, 2 female.
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* Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear in ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper'' -- but don't try telling ''them'' they're not identical, nor even the same species.
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* Alex and Dan in ''TheDreamlandChronicles'' are a rare case of fraternal twins of the same gender. This is likely inspired by the creator's fraternal twin sons.

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* Alex and Dan in ''TheDreamlandChronicles'' ''Webcomic/TheDreamlandChronicles'' are a rare case of fraternal twins of the same gender. This is likely inspired by the creator's fraternal twin sons.



* In ''{{Transformers}}'' several characters are twins, and there's usually at least one pair in each continuity. However they are never identical - at the very least they have strikingly different colours like Jetfire and Jetstorm in ''TransformersAnimated'' and other times they look different in many other ways, like Sideswipe and Sunstreaker in G1 - who even had radically different personalities. This is obviously [[MerchandiseDriven for the purpose of making and selling more toys.]] Family relationships are actually rarely used to explain the PaletteSwap characters, who get a more technical explanation if it's explained at all.

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* In ''{{Transformers}}'' ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' several characters are twins, and there's usually at least one pair in each continuity. However they are never identical - at the very least they have strikingly different colours like Jetfire and Jetstorm in ''TransformersAnimated'' and other times they look different in many other ways, like Sideswipe and Sunstreaker in G1 - who even had radically different personalities. This is obviously [[MerchandiseDriven for the purpose of making and selling more toys.]] Family relationships are actually rarely used to explain the PaletteSwap characters, who get a more technical explanation if it's explained at all.



* ''{{WesternAnimation/Gravity Falls}}''

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* ''{{WesternAnimation/Gravity Falls}}''''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
21st Jun '16 10:15:15 PM PaulA
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* In "Literature/TheTwoBrothers", collected by Creator/TheBrothersGrimm, a poor man has two children, "who were twin brothers and as like each other as two drops of water." It takes nearly the entire story for this to become plot relevant, but it eventually does when one brother goes missing and the other is mistaken for him when he comes to find out what happened to him.
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21st Jun '16 8:32:03 PM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks'': Fee and Foo are fraternal twin {{Cartoon Creature}}s who have obvious similarities, but look so different from each other (Foo appears to have some sort of antenna that Fee lacks) that is comes off as BizarreSexualDimorphism.
17th Jun '16 11:30:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WeeklyWorldNews'' once ran a CoverStory on a set of [[ConjoinedTwins conjoined septuplets]]: 5 male, 2 female.

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* ''WeeklyWorldNews'' ''Magazine/WeeklyWorldNews'' once ran a CoverStory on a set of [[ConjoinedTwins conjoined septuplets]]: 5 male, 2 female.
16th Jun '16 11:43:04 PM Morgenthaler
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* The Scottish Twins from ''ThomasTheTankEngine'' zigzag with this trope. In their backstory the twins intentionally removed their number plates so as to appear completely identical and pull a TwinSwitch and escape from a railway that threatened to have them scrapped. After being employed at Sodor, though, they were given number ''and'' name plates, specifically so they could be told apart.
* Ingrid and Latoyah from ''SlackerCats''.

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* The Scottish Twins from ''ThomasTheTankEngine'' ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' zigzag with this trope. In their backstory the twins intentionally removed their number plates so as to appear completely identical and pull a TwinSwitch and escape from a railway that threatened to have them scrapped. After being employed at Sodor, though, they were given number ''and'' name plates, specifically so they could be told apart.
* Ingrid and Latoyah from ''SlackerCats''.''WesternAnimation/SlackerCats''.
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