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26th Sep '16 5:23:42 PM skteosk
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** Played worryingly straight in the semi-official straight-to-video ''Doctor Who'' spin-off series ''P.R.O.B.E.''. In the video "The Devil of Winterborne", the character of Barbara Taploe, played by Charmian May, is killed. When they came to do a sequel, "Ghosts of Winterborne", producer Bill Baggs convinced writer Creator/MarkGatiss to make the new headmistress Margaret Wyndham her twin sister, so they could use the actress again. Gatiss has expressed his horror that her first line (inserted without his knowledge) is "No, I'm her twin sister"...at which point everyone carries on as if nothing happened.
20th Sep '16 12:53:55 PM Saurubiker
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* When Buronson and Hara were commissioned to continue ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' after they killed off Kenshiro's main rival [[NobleDemon Raoh]], they introduced Raoh's previously-unseen/unmentioned older brother [[CardCarryingVillain Kaioh]] as the main antagonist during the Kingdom of Shura story arc. Kaioh looks exactly like Raoh, only with a different armor and helmet, as well as a cross-shaped scar on his face.

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* When Buronson and Hara were commissioned to continue ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' after they killed off Kenshiro's main rival [[NobleDemon Raoh]], they introduced Raoh's previously-unseen/unmentioned older brother [[CardCarryingVillain Kaioh]] as the main antagonist during the Kingdom of Shura story arc. Kaioh looks exactly like Raoh, only with a different armor full body armor, a Darth Vader-like helmet that conceals most of his face, a more [[CoolHorse demonic looking horse]], and helmet, as well as a cross-shaped scar on his face.face. In the anime, Kaioh was also given purple hair to contrast with Raoh's black hair (in the manga, they were both blond-haired).
2nd Aug '16 3:49:42 PM frogpatrol
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* ''Series/AllMyChildren'' did so with Cindy/Karen and Frankie/Maggie.
* ''Series/GeneralHospital'' did it with Ryan/Kevin.
** Also with Benny/Bernie, and perhaps are currently doing it with Emily/Rebecca.
* In ''Series/{{Friends}}'' the ShowWithinAShow ''Days Of Our Lives'' did this with Joey's character Drake Ramoray, who was first killed then nearly resurrected as his twin, Stryker - Joey blows that chance, however. (Joey also pretends to be Ramoray's evil twin Hans, but not in the soap.)
* Parodied in the ''HancocksHalfHour'' TV episode "The Bowmans." Hancock's radio soap character is killed off because of his bad acting, but it turns out the character was so popular the show's ratings will suffer without him. The producers suggest bringing him back as his twin. Hancock agrees, but only if he gets a pay rise, writes his own scripts, and gets rid of all the actors who criticized his performances by having their characters all fall down a disused mine shaft.
* Non-twin example: In ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', they killed off Laverne in what they ''thought'' was going to be the last season. Since it turned out it wasn't, they introduced Shirley, played by the same actress, but with an opposite personality. Strangely, no one but JD notices they're identical (despite the ThemeNaming).

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* ** ''Series/AllMyChildren'' did so with Cindy/Karen and Frankie/Maggie.
* ** ''Series/GeneralHospital'' did it with Ryan/Kevin.
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Ryan/Kevin. Also with Benny/Bernie, and they perhaps are currently doing it with Emily/Rebecca.
* In ''Series/{{Friends}}'' the ShowWithinAShow ''Days Of Our Lives'' did this with Joey's character Drake Ramoray, who was first killed then nearly resurrected as his twin, Stryker - Stryker. Joey blows that chance, however. (Joey also pretends to be Ramoray's evil twin Hans, but not in the soap.)
* Parodied in the ''HancocksHalfHour'' TV episode "The Bowmans." Bowmans". Hancock's radio soap character is killed off because of his bad acting, but it turns out the character was so popular the show's ratings will suffer without him. The producers suggest bringing him back as his twin. Hancock agrees, but only if he gets a pay rise, writes his own scripts, and gets rid of all the actors who criticized his performances by having their characters all fall down a disused mine shaft.
* Non-twin example: example. In ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', they killed off Laverne in what they ''thought'' was going to be the last season. Since it turned out it wasn't, they introduced Shirley, played by the same actress, but with an opposite personality. Strangely, no one but JD notices they're identical (despite the ThemeNaming).



** In the episode "Deadlock," the characters of Harry Kim and then-newborn Naomi Wildman were replaced with alternate-timeline versions of themselves[[note]]which would technically make the original Naomi the shortest-lived character of any ''Star Trek'' series, as this episode begins with her being born![[/note]], and remained so until the end of the series; of course much like [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Miles O'Brien]] being replaced by his own future self it's never mentioned again. In both cases the alternates were created only a few minutes or hours before the switch.

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** In the episode "Deadlock," the characters of Harry Kim and then-newborn Naomi Wildman were replaced with alternate-timeline versions of themselves[[note]]which themselves, which would technically make the original Naomi the shortest-lived recurring character of any ''Star Trek'' series, as this episode begins with her being born![[/note]], and born! It remained so until the end of the series; of course much like [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Miles O'Brien]] being replaced by his own future self it's never mentioned again. In both cases the alternates were created only a few minutes or hours before the switch.



** Poor [=LeClerc=], who was replaced by a supposed brother following the death of the original actor, which brother developed a case of TheOtherDarrin when THAT actor also died...

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** Poor [=LeClerc=], who was replaced by a supposed brother following the death of the original actor, which actor. The brother developed a case of TheOtherDarrin when THAT ''that'' actor also died...



* Played for laughs in the French-Canadian show ''Le Coeur A Ses Raisons''. When Peter, the rebel cop, dies during an Earthquake, his identical twin, also named Peter, shows up in the third season to fill the exact same role, and engage in a relationship with Peter 1's girlfriend. It is explained that the two Peters never appeared at the same time because they only had one set of clothes; when one was wearing it, the other had to stay home in underwear.

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* Played for laughs in the French-Canadian show ''Le Coeur A Ses Raisons''. When Peter, the rebel cop, dies during an Earthquake, earthquake, his identical twin, also named Peter, shows up in the third season to fill the exact same role, and engage in a relationship with Peter 1's girlfriend. It is explained that the two Peters never appeared at the same time because they only had one set of clothes; when clothes. When one was wearing it, the other had to stay home in underwear.



* K-9 Mark III was introduced in the failed ''Series/DoctorWho'' spinoff pilot ''Series/K9AndCompany'' for earlier ''Doctor Who'' companion Sarah Jane Smith. When Sarah Jane returned in the new ''Doctor Who'' series, that K-9 died and was replaced by a fourth K-9, who is a recurring character in the newer, successful Sarah Jane series ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''.

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* K-9 Mark III was introduced in the failed ''Series/DoctorWho'' spinoff pilot ''Series/K9AndCompany'' for earlier ''Doctor Who'' companion Sarah Jane Smith. When Sarah Jane returned in the new ''Doctor Who'' series, that K-9 died "died" and was replaced by a fourth K-9, who is a recurring character in the newer, more successful Sarah Jane series ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''.



* In ''Radio/WelcomeToOurVillagePleaseInvadeCarefully'', one of the major characters is a talking computer. After it is destroyed by a LogicBomb, it is immediately replaced with an identical backup and this is never mentioned again.

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* In ''Radio/WelcomeToOurVillagePleaseInvadeCarefully'', one of the a major characters character is a talking computer. After it is destroyed by a LogicBomb, it is immediately replaced with an identical backup and this backup. This is never mentioned again.



* In ''Paranoia'' you get 5 clones of your character. Since it's a world where everyone is out to get you (hence the name), you need them.

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* In ''Paranoia'' you get 5 start off with five clones of your character. Since it's a world where everyone is out to get you (hence the name), you will need them.



* Used very literally in ''Story Minute'': A woman becomes obsessed with backups after a hard drive crash and marries an identical twin.

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* Used very literally in ''Story Minute'': Minute''. A woman becomes obsessed with backups after a hard drive crash and marries an identical twin.
29th Jul '16 1:52:44 PM theenglishman
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* ''Series/TheLateShowWithStephenColbert'' has "Creator/StephenColbert's identical twin cousin from Philadelphia, Stephen Colbert", whose [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvkFkzpVYJ4&feature=youtu.be&t=80 incredibly convoluted and contrived backstory]] is used to justify bringing back [[Series/TheColbertReport the Colbert character]] without actually using him. Since [[EnforcedTrope they didn't have much of an alternative]], his backstory is a massive AssPull that's PlayedForLaughs. [[ExecutiveMeddling Blame the lawyers.]]
10th Jul '16 10:17:30 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' has a variation. Cadence disappears in the episode she's introduced, [[spoiler:or in actuality Twilight kills her for trying to marry her brother who she's [[BrotherSisterIncest in love with]]]]. Future episodes introduce her identical twin Cadance that essentially takes her plafe, as Cadence is a reoccuring character in [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic the source]].

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* ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' has a variation. Cadence disappears in the episode she's introduced, [[spoiler:or in actuality Twilight [[MurderTheHypotenuse kills her her]] for trying to marry her brother who she's [[BrotherSisterIncest in love with]]]]. Future episodes introduce her identical twin Cadance that essentially takes her plafe, place, as Cadence is a reoccuring character in [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic the source]].
8th Jul '16 8:38:25 AM Berrenta
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* Film/MonsterAGoGo uses this in an [[TheyJustDidntCare unbelievably lazy manner]]. Since the movie was made from an unfinished attempt several years prior (called ''Terror at Halfday''), the second half of ''Monster A Go-Go'' was mostly filmed with different actors entirely- the originals having moved on in the intervening years. The actor playing Dr. Logan was still available, but had changed his appearance radically in the meantime. The director decided to cast him as the brother of Dr. Logan (the original Dr. Logan having been killed off earlier in the film), conveniently allowing him to have a "new" character who had the exact same name and role as the original.

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* Film/MonsterAGoGo uses this in an [[TheyJustDidntCare unbelievably lazy manner]].this. Since the movie was made from an unfinished attempt several years prior (called ''Terror at Halfday''), the second half of ''Monster A Go-Go'' was mostly filmed with different actors entirely- the originals having moved on in the intervening years. The actor playing Dr. Logan was still available, but had changed his appearance radically in the meantime. The director decided to cast him as the brother of Dr. Logan (the original Dr. Logan having been killed off earlier in the film), conveniently allowing him to have a "new" character who had the exact same name and role as the original.
15th Jun '16 6:06:37 PM Doug86
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* In ''{{Friends}}'' the {{Show Within A Show}} ''Days Of Our Lives'' did this with Joey's character Drake Ramoray, who was first killed then nearly resurrected as his twin, Stryker - Joey blows that chance, however. (Joey also pretends to be Ramoray's evil twin Hans, but not in the soap.)

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* In ''{{Friends}}'' ''Series/{{Friends}}'' the {{Show Within A Show}} ShowWithinAShow ''Days Of Our Lives'' did this with Joey's character Drake Ramoray, who was first killed then nearly resurrected as his twin, Stryker - Joey blows that chance, however. (Joey also pretends to be Ramoray's evil twin Hans, but not in the soap.)
15th Jun '16 2:29:31 AM Q4
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*In ''Radio/WelcomeToOurVillagePleaseInvadeCarefully'', one of the major characters is a talking computer. After it is destroyed by a LogicBomb, it is immediately replaced with an identical backup and this is never mentioned again.
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6th Jun '16 7:59:08 AM DraceEmpressa
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**Its later becomes a staple in Saint Seiya spin-offs. Since Kurumada himself isn't a very creative person, Saga and Kanon themselves becomes FountainOfExpies. But the winner, that is the most accurate described as this trope is [[Anime/SaintSeiyaOmega Gemini Integra]], since she just appeared as nothing but to replace Paradox and is a pure person at heart, not much backstory revealed.
29th May '16 8:55:11 PM Willbyr
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* Similarly to the ''Voltron'' example, the fighter pilot Saburo Kato in ''Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato'' was killed in the second season and replaced with an identical twin -- and ''Anime/StarBlazers'' averted the whole issue by censoring the death of "Pete Conroy."
* When Buronson and Hara were commissioned to continue ''{{Fist of the North Star}}'' after they killed off Kenshiro's main rival [[NobleDemon Raoh]], they introduced Raoh's previously-unseen/unmentioned older brother [[CardCarryingVillain Kaioh]] as the main antagonist during the Kingdom of Shura story arc. Kaioh looks exactly like Raoh, only with a different armor and helmet, as well as a cross-shaped scar on his face.
* In series two of ''{{Black Butler}}'', Abberline's twin appeared to take on the role his brother had in the first series. [[{{Retcon}} Despite the fact that Fred said in the first series he had no siblings]]. Probably done because when Fred was killed off in the first anime ([[SchrodingersCast but not in the manga]]) they expected to only have one season, only to later get a second.
* A minor cannon fodder {{Sekirei}}, Mitsuha, had a twin that showed up much later in Mitsuki. Only difference is that she uses a wire instead of a whip and looks like anime Mitsuha instead of manga Mitsuha. The latter is likely going to be just as much fodder as her twin, though.

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* Similarly to the ''Voltron'' example, the fighter pilot Saburo Kato in ''Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato'' ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'' was killed in the second season and replaced with an identical twin -- and ''Anime/StarBlazers'' ''Star Blazers'' averted the whole issue by censoring the death of "Pete Conroy."
* When Buronson and Hara were commissioned to continue ''{{Fist of the North Star}}'' ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' after they killed off Kenshiro's main rival [[NobleDemon Raoh]], they introduced Raoh's previously-unseen/unmentioned older brother [[CardCarryingVillain Kaioh]] as the main antagonist during the Kingdom of Shura story arc. Kaioh looks exactly like Raoh, only with a different armor and helmet, as well as a cross-shaped scar on his face.
* In series two of ''{{Black Butler}}'', ''Manga/BlackButler'', Abberline's twin appeared to take on the role his brother had in the first series. [[{{Retcon}} Despite the fact that Fred said in the first series he had no siblings]]. Probably done because when Fred was killed off in the first anime ([[SchrodingersCast but not in the manga]]) they expected to only have one season, only to later get a second.
* A minor cannon fodder {{Sekirei}}, Manga/{{Sekirei}}, Mitsuha, had a twin that showed up much later in Mitsuki. Only difference is that she uses a wire instead of a whip and looks like anime Mitsuha instead of manga Mitsuha. The latter is likely going to be just as much fodder as her twin, though.
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