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9th Mar '16 4:23:05 PM Doug86
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* ''VideoGame/EmpireEarth'': In some levels, heroes are distinguished by looking like units from a jarringly different era. At the battle of Hastings, for example, William is unhorsed and runs around in a ''toga'' (a style last seen in the Greek campaign before AlexanderTheGreat's conquests) until he finds another.

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* ''VideoGame/EmpireEarth'': In some levels, heroes are distinguished by looking like units from a jarringly different era. At the battle of Hastings, for example, William is unhorsed and runs around in a ''toga'' (a style last seen in the Greek campaign before AlexanderTheGreat's UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat's conquests) until he finds another.
28th Jan '16 2:58:34 PM StevieG
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' actor Mark Strickson died his hair from blond to ginger in order to play companion Turlough because then-current Doctor Creator/PeterDavison has blond hair, and it was felt that having both of them blond would easily confuse viewers.
19th Dec '15 1:50:19 PM Katsuhagi
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' uses this among not just the main characters, but also the secondary cast. The best examples of this are the three primary Crystal Gems Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl, whose designs are based around squares, circles and triangles respectively and distinct heights and body types that they could be told apart miles away.
16th Nov '15 4:32:13 PM GiorgioDaneri
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* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' has the title character wearing her trademark OdangoHair with long [[GirlishPigtails twintails]], making her very distinct and recognizable throughout the whole Magical Girl genre.

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* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' has the title character wearing her trademark OdangoHair with long [[GirlishPigtails twintails]], making her very distinct and recognizable throughout the whole Magical Girl genre. This was acknowledge by [[Creator/NaokoTakeuchi the author]], and is one of the reasons she created Sailor Moon as a better suited main character over Sailor V, whose straight hair and red bow aren't nearly as remarkable.
23rd Aug '15 5:29:47 AM MarqFJA
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* ''VideoGame/StarcraftI'': as HeroUnits are just more powerful units with different portraits and voices, the problem is solved by making them a different team color, usually teal.
* ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'': HeroUnits are not only twice the size of regular units, they also glow with their team's color and have their names hover over their heads.

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* ''VideoGame/StarcraftI'': as HeroUnits {{Hero Unit}}s are just more powerful units with different portraits and voices, the problem is solved by making them a different team color, usually teal.
* ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'': HeroUnits {{Hero Unit}}s are not only twice the size of regular units, they also glow with their team's color and have their names hover over their heads.
19th Aug '15 3:19:13 AM Chabal2
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* Let's play [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/spot-the-main-character Spot the Main Character!]]


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* ''VideoGame/StarcraftI'': as HeroUnits are just more powerful units with different portraits and voices, the problem is solved by making them a different team color, usually teal.
* ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'': HeroUnits are not only twice the size of regular units, they also glow with their team's color and have their names hover over their heads.
* ''VideoGame/EmpireEarth'': In some levels, heroes are distinguished by looking like units from a jarringly different era. At the battle of Hastings, for example, William is unhorsed and runs around in a ''toga'' (a style last seen in the Greek campaign before AlexanderTheGreat's conquests) until he finds another.
5th Apr '15 11:49:42 PM RAGEMODE
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* ''VideoGame/VectorThrust'''s peace-keeping organisation, Legion, boast a black-and-gold livery they use on their very recognisable Su-47 aircraft, with its forward-swept wing design.
12th Feb '15 2:13:01 AM Lanthorn
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* ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'': While the rabbit-people are already quite distinctive they also have ears that correspond to what land they're from. For example [[TheDragAlong Cucumber]], his sister [[LittleMissBadAss Almond]], and [[NonActionGuy Sir Carrot]] of the Doughnut kingdom have plain ears; [[CheerfulChild Princess Nautilus]] of the Ripple Kingdom has round ears like a cartoon "splash"; [[DarkMagicalGirl Peridot]] of the Crystal Kingdom has square ears (and hair). There's also the [[CatGirl strangely-eared aliens]].
22nd Jan '15 6:50:01 AM narm00
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* In early {{superhero}} comics, colorful costumes and iconography where often the only way to tell heroes apart due to level of art (and quality of the color printing) produced at the time. This is why Batman and Superman were able to pass as each other when needed for the longest time.

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* In early {{superhero}} comics, colorful costumes and iconography where were often the only way to tell heroes apart due to level of art (and quality of the color printing) produced at the time. This is why Batman and Superman were able to pass as each other when needed for the longest time.



* PlayedForLaughs in the Canadian ''Stevie Diamond'' book series by Linda Bailey. The titular character has distinctive frizzy hair, and she becomes incredibly self-conscious about it when the lifeguard at the local pool tells he to get out of the pool by yelling "Hey You! The kid with the hair!" That' right, ''the'' hair.

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* PlayedForLaughs in the Canadian ''Stevie Diamond'' book series by Linda Bailey. The titular character has distinctive frizzy hair, and she becomes incredibly self-conscious about it when the lifeguard at the local pool tells he her to get out of the pool by yelling "Hey You! The kid with the hair!" That' That's right, ''the'' hair.



* Despite being very much a ImprobablyFemaleCast, it's possible to tell nearly every member of the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' cast apart by their silhouette, as demonstrated in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3C-VevI36s this video]]. The abundance of {{Nice Hat}}s and nonhuman features (ears, tails, horns etc.) and distinct accessories certain helps.

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* Despite being very much a ImprobablyFemaleCast, it's possible to tell nearly every member of the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' cast apart by their silhouette, as demonstrated in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3C-VevI36s this video]]. The abundance of {{Nice Hat}}s and nonhuman features (ears, tails, horns etc.) and distinct accessories certain certainly helps.



* ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' gives Noble Team distinctive appearances beyond the striking colors sported by some major SPARTANs in other parts of the series and the armor customization seen in different games. Jorge towers over his teammates, Kat's scrawny prosthetic arm is always exposed and Emile's visor (never open in-game) sports a sinister skull while Jun is the only one with anything approximating a sensible camo pattern (makes sense due to his role as a sniper). Carter and default armor Noble Six are the only members whose armor is remotely standard issue, with Carter that draws attention to the fact he is the leader and for Six it leaves them open for character customization.

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* ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' gives Noble Team distinctive appearances beyond the striking colors sported by some major SPARTANs [=SPARTANs=] in other parts of the series and the armor customization seen in different games. Jorge towers over his teammates, Kat's scrawny prosthetic arm is always exposed and Emile's visor (never open in-game) sports a sinister skull while Jun is the only one with anything approximating a sensible camo pattern (makes sense due to his role as a sniper). Carter and default armor Noble Six are the only members whose armor is remotely standard issue, issue; with Carter that draws attention to the fact he is the leader and for Six it leaves them open for character customization.
11th Dec '14 12:02:49 AM fdsa1234567890
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*** Also, apparently the reason Creator/SamuelLJackson wanted a purple lightsaber was so he could pick himself out in crowd shots.
* During production of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', an animator did outlines of each of the Parr's heads, to make sure each of them was distinct from the other. Creator/BradBird liked the sketch so much he had it made into a T-shirt.

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*** Also, apparently the reason Creator/SamuelLJackson wanted a purple lightsaber was so he could pick himself out in crowd shots.
shots. [[RuleOfSymbolism It was taken to mean]] that he was slightly on the verge of the Dark Side himself, hence his lack of concern with killing Palpatine and overthowing the Senate to preserve the Republic. This was also why he was considered the only Jedi that could actually defeat Palpatine, the living embodiment of the Dark Side, as Mace was close enough to falling himself that he could do things like returning lightning without straining himself.
* During production of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', an animator did outlines of each of the Parr's heads, to make sure each of them was distinct from the other. Creator/BradBird liked the sketch so much he had it made mde into a T-shirt.
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