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26th Mar '17 1:17:35 PM nombretomado
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* HarrisonFord's son Ben resembles him so much they used him to fill in for his father for a few new shots in the Final Cut version of ''Film/BladeRunner''.

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* HarrisonFord's Creator/HarrisonFord's son Ben resembles him so much they used him to fill in for his father for a few new shots in the Final Cut version of ''Film/BladeRunner''.



* After over 3 centuries, Japanese figure skater Oda Nobunari retains a strong physical resemblance to his famous ancestor OdaNobunaga. Though the resemblances sorta stop there…

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* After over 3 centuries, Japanese figure skater Oda Nobunari retains a strong physical resemblance to his famous ancestor OdaNobunaga.UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga. Though the resemblances sorta stop there…
25th Mar '17 8:16:33 AM erforce
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* ''The Haunted Palace'', Creator/RogerCorman's 1963 adaptation of ''[[Creator/HPLovecraft The Case of Charles Dexter Ward]]'', not only cast Vincent Price as Charles Ward and his warlock ancestor Joseph Curwen, but also used the same actors to play both the men who'd burned Curwen at the stake ''and'' their descendants whom he returned from the grave to take revenge upon.

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* ''The Haunted Palace'', Creator/RogerCorman's 1963 adaptation of ''[[Creator/HPLovecraft The Case of Charles Dexter Ward]]'', not only cast Vincent Price Creator/VincentPrice as Charles Ward and his warlock ancestor Joseph Curwen, but also used the same actors to play both the men who'd burned Curwen at the stake ''and'' their descendants whom he returned from the grave to take revenge upon.



* ''Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine'' has Dr. Goldfoot (played by VincentPrice), show off portraits of his ancestors, roles played by Price in other movies.

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* ''Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine'' has Dr. Goldfoot (played by VincentPrice), Creator/VincentPrice), show off portraits of his ancestors, roles played by Price in other movies.
22nd Mar '17 2:32:40 AM CaptainTedium
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rupert}}'' made use of this trope twice.
** "Rupert's Roman Adventure" had Rupert Bear and Bill Badger go back in time to when Nutwood was a village called Nutwoodium and was being visited by Julius Caesar. While there, they encounter identical ancestors of the Professor, Dr. Chimp, Podgy Pig, and Ottoline Otter.
** "Rupert and Queen Bess" had Rupert and Ottoline go back to the time of William Shakespeare. People bearing at least some resemblance to Podgy Pig, Algy Pug, and Bill Badger who are most likely their ancestors from that time can be seen.
18th Mar '17 11:56:52 AM nombretomado
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** This is more likely because NathanFillion starred on both shows, and is a descendant of the real-life [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jubal_Early Jubal Early]], a general of the Confederacy who fled to Canada after the American Civil War.

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** This is more likely because NathanFillion Creator/NathanFillion starred on both shows, and is a descendant of the real-life [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jubal_Early Jubal Early]], a general of the Confederacy who fled to Canada after the American Civil War.
15th Mar '17 11:42:32 PM Doug86
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*** A StarTrekExpandedUniverse novel specifically states the Worf was named after his grandfather, who was killed onboard a transport that collided with a Cardassian freighter (the sheer improbability of two ships accidentally colliding in orbit indicates sabotage). So yes, Worf's grandfather didn't die a warrior's death but was merely collateral damage.

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*** A StarTrekExpandedUniverse ''Franchise/{{Star Trek|ExpandedUniverse}} novel specifically states the Worf was named after his grandfather, who was killed onboard a transport that collided with a Cardassian freighter (the sheer improbability of two ships accidentally colliding in orbit indicates sabotage). So yes, Worf's grandfather didn't die a warrior's death but was merely collateral damage.
13th Mar '17 12:17:51 AM AthenaBlue
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* The archetypal identical grandson appeared on the 1960s sitcom ''Series/TheSecondHundredYears'', where Monte Markham played both a 33-year-old man named Ken Carpenter and his grandfather Luke, who had improbably been pulled out of [[HumanPopsicle suspended animation]] after 67 years in a [[HumanPopsicle glacial crevasse]] into which he'd fallen while prospecting at the age of (ta-dum) 33. The joke was first, that effectively 33-year-old Luke had a 67-year-old son, Ken's father; and second, that while Luke and Ken looked identical, they had completely different personalities, Ken being uptight and Luke loose and colorful.
* ''Series/LoisAndClark'':
** In one of the TimeTravel episodes, a recurring villain called Tempus attempts to travel back in time to Smallville when Kal-El's rocket lands in order to kill him as a baby, but first overshoots by about a century, and ends up in the WildWest, where the town marshal and the saloon keeper are identical to Jonathan and Martha Kent, and are explicitly stated to be the Kent family's ancestors
** There was also a similar episode that dealt with reincarnation, therefore several characters in the past are identical to people Lois and Clark have met in the present, but these characters are not blood relatives, but look the same as they are past incarnations of the present characters, e.g. one of Lois' previous incarnations has the Kents' previous incarnations as biological parents
* In ''Series/{{Cybill}}'', Cybill is hypnotized into viewing one of her past lives; the mystic says something like "Spirits tend to run in packs, so you can expect to see people you recognize." Thus justifying the medieval-era flashback in which everyone is played by the series' regulars.

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* The archetypal identical same production company was at the helm of a number of PeriodPiece series that have been coming out of mainland China: in one, the child actor who played a young Kangxi reappears near the end to play his grandson (who later became the emperor Qianlong); the actor who plays old Kangxi in another drama later appeared on the 1960s sitcom ''Series/TheSecondHundredYears'', where Monte Markham played both a 33-year-old man named Ken Carpenter and his grandfather Luke, who had improbably been pulled out of [[HumanPopsicle suspended animation]] after 67 years in a [[HumanPopsicle glacial crevasse]] into which he'd fallen while prospecting at the age of (ta-dum) 33. The joke was first, that effectively 33-year-old Luke had a 67-year-old son, Ken's father; and second, that while Luke and Ken looked identical, they had completely different personalities, Ken being uptight series as old Qianlong.
* Done in ''[[Series/TheAddamsFamily The New Addams Family]]'' in the episode which recounts how the Addams fortune was made. Also, John Astin (the original Gomez) played Grandpa Addams.
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' (a.k.a. "Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda"). Steve Bacic plays the Nietzschean Gaheris Rhade
and Luke loose his identical-looking direct descendant, Telemachus Rhade, who lives 300 years later. This is addressed in the series itself; partically justified in that the Nietzscheans as a race are descendants of humans from Earth, but their founder introduced the ideology of using eugenics (planned breeding) and colorful.
* ''Series/LoisAndClark'':
** In one
genetic manipulation to create the "perfect ubermensch" (hence the name). They call it "Genetic Reincarnation", and a particular plot revolve around the genetic reincarnation of the TimeTravel episodes, a recurring villain called Tempus attempts to travel back in time to Smallville progenitor of their race.
** This trope is actually lampshaded
when Kal-El's rocket lands Telemachus first appears, as Dylan and Tyr discuss how incredibly unlikely this is. Tyr notes that the Nietzcheans have stripped out a lot of specific genes from their pool in order to kill improve things, increasing the odds, which, Dylan points out, are still "in the trillions".
*** Further increasing the odds is the fact that the Nietzscheans are descended from a group of about 3000 and bred so quickly they make up 8% of the total human population of the three galaxies, which is in the trillions.
** The reincarnation of the progenitor Drago Museveni does show up at one point and is, in fact, [[spoiler:Tyr's son]]. We only see
him as a baby, child, but first overshoots by about a century, and ends up in he is dark-skinned compared to the WildWest, where the town marshal and the saloon keeper are identical to Jonathan and Martha Kent, and are explicitly stated to be the Kent family's ancestors
** There was also a similar episode that dealt with reincarnation, therefore several characters in the past are identical to people Lois and Clark have met in the present, but these characters are not blood relatives, but look the same as they are past incarnations of the present characters, e.g. one of Lois' previous incarnations has the Kents' previous incarnations as biological parents
* In ''Series/{{Cybill}}'', Cybill is hypnotized into viewing one of her past lives; the mystic says something like "Spirits tend to run in packs, so you can expect to see people you recognize." Thus justifying the medieval-era flashback in which everyone is
original Drago Museveni, played by the series' regulars.Lochlyn Munro.



* [=MacGyver=]'s identical ancestor (played by Richard Dean Anderson) shows up in one of the last episodes of ''Series/MacGyver''.

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* [=MacGyver=]'s In ''Series/BlackHoleHigh'', Principal Durst has an identical ancestor (played by Richard Dean Anderson) shows up in one great-grandmother who was headmistress of the last episodes future Blake Holsey High at the time it opened. BigBad Avenir, chairman of ''Series/MacGyver''.the school's board of directors claims to be the great-grandson of identical Avenir who financed the school's construction, though it's all but stated outright that Avenir, being a time traveler, is actually the same man.



* The ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' franchise has been very fond of this one. The episode "Wild West Rangers" showed that five of the main characters (and at least one minor character) had identical ancestors in TheWildWest (despite the implication that several of the characters were first-generation Americans). "The Return of the Green Ranger" featured two identical ancestors and an EvilTwin in the colonial period (of the same town). Condsidering the amount of magic that was thrown around in the first 3 seasons (as well as the cause of them traveling back), it could be said that AWizardDidIt.
** During season 9, Jason Faunt played both red ranger Wes Collins and Alex, who was both his descendant and his professional predecessor a thousand years in the future.
** The Time Force analogy dovetails nicely with its Franchise/SuperSentai original version.
** ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'' plays the more literal version of this trope in its final episode.
** In ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' V-Cinema movie, "100 Years After", this trope is played literally with the new Kyoryugers. Well, technically it's "Identical Great-Grandson/Daughter" (or Great Great Nephew, in Nobuta's case).

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* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'':
** In one episode, Florence Henderson and Robert Reed did dual roles as Mike and Carol, plus Mike's stodgy grandfather and Carol's hip grandmother.
** In a borderline case, Florence Henderson had a {{cameo}} as Carol's mother in TheMovie.
** Another borderline case: Jan once found a picture of her great-aunt when the great-aunt was Jan's age, and it looked just like Jan (Eve Plumb in the [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Great-Niece]] role). Jan wanted to meet the great-aunt to see what she (Jan) would look like when she grew up. The great-aunt was played by Imogene Cocoa. Jan was [[UnusualEuphemism somewhat less than plussed]].
* Lampshaded and subverted in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', when Buffy and the gang realize that a portrait of Mayor Wilkins' ancestor is really a portrait of Mayor Wilkins himself:
-->'''Willow''': Wow. Like father, like son.\\
'''Oz''': How about 'like exact same guy, like exact same guy'?
* The ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' franchise has been very fond of this one. The ''Series/{{Castle}}'' episode "Wild West Rangers" showed that five of the main characters (and at least one minor character) had identical ancestors in TheWildWest (despite the implication that several of the characters were first-generation Americans). "The Return of the Green Ranger" featured two identical ancestors and an EvilTwin in the colonial period (of the same town). Condsidering the amount of magic that was thrown around in the first 3 seasons (as well as the cause of them traveling back), it could be said that AWizardDidIt.
** During season 9, Jason Faunt played both red ranger Wes Collins and Alex,
Blue Butterfly" features a suspect who was both looks just like an old picture of his descendant and his professional predecessor a thousand years in the future.
** The Time Force analogy dovetails nicely with its Franchise/SuperSentai original version.
** ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'' plays the more literal version of this trope in its final episode.
** In ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' V-Cinema movie, "100 Years After", this trope is played literally with the new Kyoryugers. Well, technically it's "Identical Great-Grandson/Daughter" (or Great Great Nephew, in Nobuta's case).
grandfather.



* ''Series/KungFu: The Legend Continues'' was built entirely around this trope, as David Carradine played Kwai Chang Caine, contemporary-era IdenticalGrandson of Kwai Chang Caine, the hero of Carradine's mid-'70s Western series, ''Series/KungFu''. In one TimeTravel arc, they trade places for a while when the past Caine is hurt such that only modern medicine can help him.

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* ''Series/KungFu: The Legend Continues'' was built entirely around this trope, as David Carradine In ''ElChavoDelOcho''
** Señor Barriga and his son Ñoño are both
played Kwai Chang Caine, contemporary-era IdenticalGrandson of Kwai Chang Caine, by Edgar Vivar
** Doña Florinda and her niece La Popis are both played by Florinda Meza
** La Chilindrina and her great-grandmother Doña Nieves are both played by Maria Antonieta de las Nieves.
* In
the hero of Carradine's mid-'70s Western series, ''Series/KungFu''. In one TimeTravel arc, they trade places for Japanese tokusatsu series ''Series/ChouSeiKantaiSazerX'', a while when flashback scene depicts the past Caine main character's grandfather as a young man. In flashback, the younger version of grandpa is hurt such that only modern medicine can help him.played by the same actor who plays the main character.



* Occurred at least six times in different incarnations of ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
** In the movie ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' Colonel Worf, grandfather of Lieutenant Worf in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', is played by Michael Dorn with a different forehead design.
*** A StarTrekExpandedUniverse novel specifically states the Worf was named after his grandfather, who was killed onboard a transport that collided with a Cardassian freighter (the sheer improbability of two ships accidentally colliding in orbit indicates sabotage). So yes, Worf's grandfather didn't die a warrior's death but was merely collateral damage.
** The movie ''Star Trek Generations'' includes a portrait of one of Jean-Luc Picard's ancestors, who fought at Trafalgar. He looks exactly like Patrick Stewart.
** In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "11:59," Captain Janeway's 20th century ancestor Shannon O'Donnell, later Shannon Janeway, is played by Kate Mulgrew. What's hilarious is that Seven of Nine is puzzled by Janeway's interest in O'Donnell's life, pointing out that after so many generations Janeway only has a fraction of her DNA. Hah!
*** Even more hilarious since humans share something like 99% of the same DNA, which means that Janeway's "fraction" of O'Donnell's DNA is much bigger than 7 seems to think.
** A three-part story in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' featured Dr Arik Soong, played by Brent Spiner, who had played Dr Noonien Soong (and all the androids Noonien modelled on himself, including Commander Data as well as Data's EvilTwin Lore and [[NoSocialSkills undeveloped]] twin B4.) in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. This has lead to some [[FanWank Fanwanky]] theories about Arik Soong actually being the same person as Noonien Soong, thanks to a rejuvenating planet Arik was in the neighborhood of once.
*** The source of said fankwankery seems to be a throwaway line by Arik Soong at the end of his three-episode arc, about giving up on genetic engineering (which in his time is illegal) in favor of creating androids. The writers no doubt intended for the implication to be that he would be unable to complete the designs in his own lifetime, and that his descendant later finished his work.
*** Other theories postulate that given Arik's expertise in genetic engineering, Noonien and all the generations between them were straight up clones.
** The ''Enterprise'' story "Carbon Creek" features T'Pol's great-grandmother T'Mir, also played by Jolene Blalock. T'Mir's story is told by T'Pol and may or may not be true, but as to whether T'Pol really had a great-grandmother named T'Mir who really did look like T'Pol... well, that's another story.
*** The episode ends with T'Pol taking out a purse from a box, which looks identical to the one her great-grandmother supposedly had on Earth. Oh, and Vulcan women don't generally carry purses.
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''--an alternate timeline Tasha Yar and her half-Romulan daughter, Sela, are both played by Denise Crosby. Oddly enough, her ''sister'' Ishara Yar is not.
** Also from the ''Next Generation'' episode "The Neutral Zone", a woman who was woken up from cryogenic stasis finds that she has a great-great-great-great-great-grandson… who looks identical to her husband.
* In the ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' MadeForTVMovie ''The Last Free Man'', Creator/AngelaLansbury played both Jessica Fletcher and her [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Civil War]] ancestor, Sarah [=McCulloch=].
* A plot point in ''Series/{{Jekyll}}'' is that Dr. Jackman looks identical to the real Dr. Jekyll (allegedly a [[AllMythsAreTrue real historical figure]]) and must, therefore, be related. Thankfully, it's justified somewhat by the fact that Jackman is a 'perfect throwback'.

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* Occurred at least six times Recently in different incarnations of ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
** In
''Series/{{CSI}}'' Greg started dating a woman who [[spoiler: is avenging the movie ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' Colonel Worf, grandfather death of Lieutenant Worf in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', is played her grandparents. grandmother was murdered by Michael Dorn mobsters when they found out about her affair with a different forehead design.
*** A StarTrekExpandedUniverse novel specifically states the Worf was named after his
her grandfather, who was killed onboard a transport that collided with a Cardassian freighter (the sheer improbability of two ships accidentally colliding in orbit indicates sabotage). So yes, Worf's grandfather didn't die a warrior's death but was merely collateral damage.
** The movie ''Star Trek Generations'' includes a portrait of
framed and executed.]] It's even lampshaded by the cast.
* In ''Series/{{Cybill}}'', Cybill is hypnotized into viewing
one of Jean-Luc Picard's ancestors, who fought at Trafalgar. He looks exactly like Patrick Stewart.
** In
her past lives; the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "11:59," Captain Janeway's 20th century ancestor Shannon O'Donnell, later Shannon Janeway, is played by Kate Mulgrew. What's hilarious is that Seven of Nine is puzzled by Janeway's interest in O'Donnell's life, pointing out that after so many generations Janeway only has a fraction of her DNA. Hah!
*** Even more hilarious since humans share
mystic says something like 99% of "Spirits tend to run in packs, so you can expect to see people you recognize." Thus justifying the same DNA, medieval-era flashback in which means that Janeway's "fraction" of O'Donnell's DNA everyone is much bigger than 7 seems to think.
** A three-part story in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' featured Dr Arik Soong,
played by Brent Spiner, who had played Dr Noonien Soong (and all the androids Noonien modelled on himself, including Commander Data as well as Data's EvilTwin Lore and [[NoSocialSkills undeveloped]] twin B4.) in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. This has lead to some [[FanWank Fanwanky]] theories about Arik Soong actually being the same person as Noonien Soong, thanks to a rejuvenating planet Arik was in the neighborhood of once.
*** The source of said fankwankery seems to be a throwaway line by Arik Soong at the end of his three-episode arc, about giving up on genetic engineering (which in his time is illegal) in favor of creating androids. The writers no doubt intended for the implication to be that he would be unable to complete the designs in his own lifetime, and that his descendant later finished his work.
*** Other theories postulate that given Arik's expertise in genetic engineering, Noonien and all the generations between them were straight up clones.
** The ''Enterprise'' story "Carbon Creek" features T'Pol's great-grandmother T'Mir, also played by Jolene Blalock. T'Mir's story is told by T'Pol and may or may not be true, but as to whether T'Pol really had a great-grandmother named T'Mir who really did look like T'Pol... well, that's another story.
*** The
series' regulars.
* On recent
episode ends with T'Pol taking out a purse from a box, which looks identical to of ''Series/TheDailyShow'' Jon Stewart [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-june-29-2011/broke-bank-mounting---america-s-dystopian-future here interviewed the one her great-grandmother supposedly had on Earth. Oh, and Vulcan women don't generally carry purses.
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''--an
descendants of two of his correspondents,]] in alternate timeline Tasha Yar and her half-Romulan daughter, Sela, are both played by Denise Crosby. Oddly enough, her ''sister'' Ishara Yar is not.
** Also from the ''Next Generation'' episode "The Neutral Zone", a woman who was woken up from cryogenic stasis finds that she has a great-great-great-great-great-grandson… who looks identical
futures, to her husband.
* In the ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' MadeForTVMovie ''The Last Free Man'', Creator/AngelaLansbury played both Jessica Fletcher and her [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Civil War]] ancestor, Sarah [=McCulloch=].
* A plot point in ''Series/{{Jekyll}}'' is that Dr. Jackman looks identical to the real Dr. Jekyll (allegedly a [[AllMythsAreTrue real historical figure]]) and must, therefore, be related. Thankfully, it's justified somewhat by the fact that Jackman is a 'perfect throwback'.
see which party's dire predictions would turn out correct.



* The Hayes Cooper stories in ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' (some of the counterparts aren't even directly related), JustifiedTrope by the fact that the stories come from a diary, while the picture is just part of Cordell Walker's imagination.
* In ''Series/FirstOfTheSummerWine'', the teenage Clegg's father is played by Peter ([[WallaceAndGromit Wallace]]) Sallis, who plays Clegg himself in ''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine''.

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* The Hayes Cooper stories in ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' (some of On ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'', it was revealed that EJ [=DiMera=] looked identical to his grandfather Santo, while Samantha Brady looked identical to her grandfather's sister, Colleen. This became widely known to the counterparts aren't even directly related), JustifiedTrope by show's characters after a collection of letters between Santo and Colleen was discovered. Oddly, after a letter was uncovered stating that EJ was not really Stefano's son, nobody seemed to recall the fact that EJ looks identical to Stefano's father. (That letter was eventually found to be a forgery, and Stefano really is EJ's father.)
* ''Series/DoctorWho''/''Series/{{Torchwood}}'':
** ''Doctor Who'' companion Victoria Waterfield was said to be almost identical to her mother, although we only ever see a painting of her mother.
** The franchise hangs a lampshade on a YouLookFamiliar by explaining that Torchwood's Gwen Cooper (played by Eve Myles) is a descendent of
the stories come from a diary, while Gwyneth (also played by Eve Myles) who appeared on ''Doctor Who'' in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E3TheUnquietDead "The Unquiet Dead"]]. The Doctor adds some timey-wimey explanation for why they look identical (the Doctor mentions the picture is just part term "spatial-genetic multiplicity," which sounds a little like a TechnoBabble way of Cordell Walker's imagination.
* In ''Series/FirstOfTheSummerWine'',
saying "there's only so many ways human eyes, lips, noses, etc., can take shape, and sooner or later, they'll all recombine in the teenage Clegg's father exact same configuration again, especially for people who have the same genetics in the first place.") The {{Doylist}} explanation for why she appears again is that Creator/RussellTDavies was enamoured with her performance. WordOfGod, however, is that Gwen and Gwyneth aren't necessarily related.
-->'''Russell T Davies:''' It's not familial as we understand it. There's no blood tie. [[TechnoBabble Spatial genetic multiplicity]] means an echo and repetition of physical traits across a time rift.
** The series hangs another lampshade on YouLookFamiliar when companion Martha Jones (played by Creator/FreemaAgyeman) [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E1SmithAndJones mentions]] her cousin (also played by Agyeman), who died in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E12ArmyOfGhosts "Army of Ghosts"]].
** Jessica Hynes played Joan Redfern in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature "Human Nature"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E9TheFamilyOfBlood "The Family of Blood"]] and her great-granddaughter Verity Newman in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]].
** In the ''Torchwood'' episode "Small Worlds", Jack presents himself to Estelle as his own son and grandson to hide the fact he doesn't age.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol "A Christmas Carol"]], Kazran Sardick
is played by Peter ([[WallaceAndGromit Wallace]]) Sallis, who Michael Gambon, as is his bullying father Eliot Sardick when the Doctor travels back to Kazran's childhood. In the same episode Bailey Pepper plays Clegg himself Abigail's nephew Benjamin in ''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine''.the past and Benjamin's [[NoNameGiven unnamed son]] in the present.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E4Listen "Listen"]], the Doctor and Clara encounter a stranded time traveller named Orson Pink, who looks identical to Clara's LoveInterest Danny Pink and even has Danny's childhood toy passed down through the generations. The episode appears to imply that Orson is Danny and Clara's descendant. However, [[spoiler:after Danny's death]], WordOfGod is that Orson is a lateral descendant, and the toy was given to that side of the family by Clara.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' when, in a flashback to Ray's childhood, Frank and Marie (Ray's parents) are played by Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton (i.e. the actors who play Ray & his wife Debra).



* ''Series/TheGoodies'' have identical ancestors in the episode "Alternative Roots," and identical descendants in the episodes "2001 and a Bit" and "The End."
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** In the {{Flashback}} episode "Relic", we see Clark's real father, Jor-El, and Lana's great aunt, Louise [=McCallum=], both played by Lana and Clark's actors. (Lionel Luthor's father and Jonathan Kent's father also appeared, but surprisingly Lachlan Luthor was played by John Mann instead of John Glover and Hiram Kent was played by Dean Wray instead of John Schneider.) Especially interesting because of the RetCon when Jor-El comes to Smallville (in the 9th season) and he is acted by Julian Sands… who looks nothing like Tom Welling… to the point of having different hair colors.
** Also in the episode "Spell", it's revealed in flashback that Lana looks exactly like another one of her ancestors: the seventeen century witch Countess Margaret Isobel Thoureax.
* The ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episode "The Xena Scrolls" deserves special mention for not only featuring Identical Great-whatever-Grandchildren of all the main characters in the 1930s, but going on to claim Joxer's descendent, "Jacques Ser", is actually the grandfather of actor Ted Raimi!
** Gabrielle's daughter Hope looks identical to her. Is there a trope for evil identical daughter?
* In ''Series/BlackHoleHigh'', Principal Durst has an identical great-grandmother who was headmistress of the future Blake Holsey High at the time it opened. BigBad Avenir, chairman of the school's board of directors claims to be the great-grandson of identical Avenir who financed the school's construction, though it's all but stated outright that Avenir, being a time traveler, is actually the same man.
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'':
** In one episode, Florence Henderson and Robert Reed did dual roles as Mike and Carol, plus Mike's stodgy grandfather and Carol's hip grandmother.
** In a borderline case, Florence Henderson had a {{cameo}} as Carol's mother in TheMovie.
** Another borderline case: Jan once found a picture of her great-aunt when the great-aunt was Jan's age, and it looked just like Jan (Eve Plumb in the [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Great-Niece]] role). Jan wanted to meet the great-aunt to see what she (Jan) would look like when she grew up. The great-aunt was played by Imogene Cocoa. Jan was [[UnusualEuphemism somewhat less than plussed]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho''/''Series/{{Torchwood}}'':
** The franchise hangs a lampshade on a YouLookFamiliar by explaining that Torchwood's Gwen Cooper (played by Eve Myles) is a descendent of the Gwyneth (also played by Eve Myles) who appeared in Series 1 of ''Doctor Who''. The Doctor adds some timey-wimey explanation for why they look identical (the Doctor mentions the term "spatial-genetic multiplicity," which sounds a little like a TechnoBabble way of saying "there's only so many ways human eyes, lips, noses, etc., can take shape, and sooner or later, they'll all recombine in the exact same configuration again, especially for people who have the same genetics in the first place.") The {{Doylist}} explanation for why she appears again is that Creator/RussellTDavies was enamoured with her performance. WordOfGod, however, is that Gwen and Gwyneth aren't necessarily related.
-->'''Russell T Davies:''' It's not familial as we understand it. There's no blood tie. [[TechnoBabble Spatial genetic multiplicity]] means an echo and repetition of physical traits across a time rift.
** The series hangs another lampshade on YouLookFamiliar when companion Martha Jones (played by Creator/FreemaAgyeman) mentions her cousin (also played by Agyeman), who died in the series 2 finale.
** ''Doctor Who'' companion Victoria Waterfield was said to be almost identical to her mother, although we only ever see a painting of her mother.
** Jessica Hynes played Joan Redfern in "Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood" and her great-granddaughter Verity Newman in ''The End of Time''.
** In the ''Torchwood'' episode "Small Worlds", Jack presents himself to Estelle as his own son and grandson to hide the fact he doesn't age.
** In "A Christmas Carol", Kazran Sardick is played by Michael Gambon, as is his bullying father Eliot Sardick when the Doctor travels back to Kazran's childhood. In the same episode Bailey Pepper plays Abigail's nephew Benjamin in the past and Benjamin's [[NoNameGiven unnamed son]] in the present.
** In "Listen", the Doctor and Clara encounter a stranded time traveler name Orson Pink, who looks identical to Clara's LoveInterest Danny Pink and even has Danny's childhood toy passed down through the generations. The episode appears to imply that Orson is Danny and Clara's descendant. However, [[spoiler:after Danny's death]], WordOfGod is that Orson is a lateral descendant, and the toy was given to that side of the family by Clara.
* Lyle Waggoner as "Steve Trevor" (1940s) and his son "Steve Trevor" (1970s) in ''Series/WonderWoman''. After disappearing from Patriarch World after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII ended, Diana meets Steve Trevor Jr. at the first episode of the second season, "The Return of Wonder Woman", a SettingUpdate in [[TheSeventies 1977]]. She first is very confused by thinking he hasn’t aged, but given she is an [[CompleteImmortality immortal amazon warrior]], Queen Hippolyta explains to her the concept of "sons".
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' (a.k.a. "Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda"). Steve Bacic plays the Nietzschean Gaheris Rhade and his identical-looking direct descendant, Telemachus Rhade, who lives 300 years later. This is addressed in the series itself; partically justified in that the Nietzscheans as a race are descendants of humans from Earth, but their founder introduced the ideology of using eugenics (planned breeding) and genetic manipulation to create the "perfect ubermensch" (hence the name). They call it "Genetic Reincarnation", and a particular plot revolve around the genetic reincarnation of the progenitor of their race.
** This trope is actually lampshaded when Telemachus first appears, as Dylan and Tyr discuss how incredibly unlikely this is. Tyr notes that the Nietzcheans have stripped out a lot of specific genes from their pool in order to improve things, increasing the odds, which, Dylan points out, are still "in the trillions".
*** Further increasing the odds is the fact that the Nietzscheans are descended from a group of about 3000 and bred so quickly they make up 8% of the total human population of the three galaxies, which is in the trillions.
** The reincarnation of the progenitor Drago Museveni does show up at one point and is, in fact, [[spoiler:Tyr's son]]. We only see him as a child, but he is dark-skinned compared to the original Drago Museveni, played by Lochlyn Munro.
* Appeared on ''Series/TheXFiles'' when the actor who played the young CSM in a flashback episode was later cast as Agent Spender, CSM's son.
* TheMovie of ''Series/KamenRiderHibiki'' has this trope with the three main Riders and the main character, Asumu Adachi. They also work in an IdenticalStranger, as the Sengoku-era Touki looks just like the modern Zanki, which the modern characters [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]].
* The finale of ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'' showed Wataru's son Masao, played by Kohei Takeda (the same actor as Wataru's father Otoya).
* Vinnie Terranova's dad in ''Series/{{Wiseguy}}'' (in an episode based around his father's diary). But they gave him a moustache.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' when, in a flashback to Ray's childhood, Frank and Marie (Ray's parents) are played by Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton (i.e. the actors who play Ray & his wife Debra).
* [[PlayingWithATrope Also played with]] in ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'', where in a childhood flashback of Arthur (Jerry Stiller), his father is played by the actor's real life son, Ben Stiller.
* Subverted at least once in ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'', with immortal Duncan [=MacLeod=] [[MyGrandsonMyself pretending to be his own son/grandson]] when he meets an old acquaintence. He seldom lies about it, but when people assume that is why he looks like the person they remember, he doesn't correct them.

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* In ''Series/FirstOfTheSummerWine'', the teenage Clegg's father is played by Peter ([[WallaceAndGromit Wallace]]) Sallis, who plays Clegg himself in ''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine''.
* On ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', one flashback showed a younger Sophia also played by Creator/EstelleGetty, but without the additions to make her look older. Her mother is played by Bea Arthur, who plays Sophia's daughter, Dorothy, in similar additions.
* ''Series/TheGoodies'' have identical ancestors in the episode "Alternative Roots," Roots", and identical descendants in the episodes "2001 and a Bit" and "The End."
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** In the {{Flashback}} episode "Relic", we see Clark's real father, Jor-El, and Lana's great aunt, Louise [=McCallum=], both played by Lana and Clark's actors. (Lionel Luthor's father and Jonathan Kent's father also appeared, but surprisingly Lachlan Luthor was played by John Mann instead of John Glover and Hiram Kent was played by Dean Wray instead of John Schneider.) Especially interesting because of the RetCon when Jor-El comes to Smallville (in the 9th season) and he is acted by Julian Sands… who looks nothing like Tom Welling… to the point of having different hair colors.
** Also in the episode "Spell", it's revealed in flashback that Lana looks exactly like another one of her ancestors: the seventeen century witch Countess Margaret Isobel Thoureax.
* The ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episode "The Xena Scrolls" deserves special mention for not only featuring Identical Great-whatever-Grandchildren of all the main characters in the 1930s, but going on to claim Joxer's descendent, "Jacques Ser", is actually the grandfather of actor Ted Raimi!
** Gabrielle's daughter Hope looks identical to her. Is there a trope for evil identical daughter?
* In ''Series/BlackHoleHigh'', Principal Durst has an identical great-grandmother who was headmistress of the future Blake Holsey High at the time it opened. BigBad Avenir, chairman of the school's board of directors claims to be the great-grandson of identical Avenir who financed the school's construction, though it's all but stated outright that Avenir, being a time traveler, is actually the same man.
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'':
** In one episode, Florence Henderson and Robert Reed did dual roles as Mike and Carol, plus Mike's stodgy grandfather and Carol's hip grandmother.
** In a borderline case, Florence Henderson had a {{cameo}} as Carol's mother in TheMovie.
** Another borderline case: Jan once found a picture of her great-aunt when the great-aunt was Jan's age, and it looked just like Jan (Eve Plumb in the [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Great-Niece]] role). Jan wanted to meet the great-aunt to see what she (Jan) would look like when she grew up. The great-aunt was played by Imogene Cocoa. Jan was [[UnusualEuphemism somewhat less than plussed]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho''/''Series/{{Torchwood}}'':
** The franchise hangs a lampshade on a YouLookFamiliar by explaining that Torchwood's Gwen Cooper (played by Eve Myles) is a descendent of the Gwyneth (also played by Eve Myles) who appeared in Series 1 of ''Doctor Who''. The Doctor adds some timey-wimey explanation for why they look identical (the Doctor mentions the term "spatial-genetic multiplicity," which sounds a little like a TechnoBabble way of saying "there's only so many ways human eyes, lips, noses, etc., can take shape, and sooner or later, they'll all recombine in the exact same configuration again, especially for people who have the same genetics in the first place.") The {{Doylist}} explanation for why she appears again is that Creator/RussellTDavies was enamoured with her performance. WordOfGod, however, is that Gwen and Gwyneth aren't necessarily related.
-->'''Russell T Davies:''' It's not familial as we understand it. There's no blood tie. [[TechnoBabble Spatial genetic multiplicity]] means an echo and repetition of physical traits across a time rift.
** The series hangs another lampshade on YouLookFamiliar when companion Martha Jones (played by Creator/FreemaAgyeman) mentions her cousin (also played by Agyeman), who died in the series 2 finale.
** ''Doctor Who'' companion Victoria Waterfield was said to be almost identical to her mother, although we only ever see a painting of her mother.
** Jessica Hynes played Joan Redfern in "Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood" and her great-granddaughter Verity Newman in ''The End of Time''.
** In the ''Torchwood'' episode "Small Worlds", Jack presents himself to Estelle as his own son and grandson to hide the fact he doesn't age.
** In "A Christmas Carol", Kazran Sardick is played by Michael Gambon, as is his bullying father Eliot Sardick when the Doctor travels back to Kazran's childhood. In the same episode Bailey Pepper plays Abigail's nephew Benjamin in the past and Benjamin's [[NoNameGiven unnamed son]] in the present.
** In "Listen", the Doctor and Clara encounter a stranded time traveler name Orson Pink, who looks identical to Clara's LoveInterest Danny Pink and even has Danny's childhood toy passed down through the generations. The episode appears to imply that Orson is Danny and Clara's descendant. However, [[spoiler:after Danny's death]], WordOfGod is that Orson is a lateral descendant, and the toy was given to that side of the family by Clara.
* Lyle Waggoner as "Steve Trevor" (1940s) and his son "Steve Trevor" (1970s) in ''Series/WonderWoman''. After disappearing from Patriarch World after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII ended, Diana meets Steve Trevor Jr. at the first episode of the second season, "The Return of Wonder Woman", a SettingUpdate in [[TheSeventies 1977]]. She first is very confused by thinking he hasn’t aged, but given she is an [[CompleteImmortality immortal amazon warrior]], Queen Hippolyta explains to her the concept of "sons".
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' (a.k.a. "Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda"). Steve Bacic plays the Nietzschean Gaheris Rhade and his identical-looking direct descendant, Telemachus Rhade, who lives 300 years later. This is addressed in the series itself; partically justified in that the Nietzscheans as a race are descendants of humans from Earth, but their founder introduced the ideology of using eugenics (planned breeding) and genetic manipulation to create the "perfect ubermensch" (hence the name). They call it "Genetic Reincarnation", and a particular plot revolve around the genetic reincarnation of the progenitor of their race.
** This trope is actually lampshaded when Telemachus first appears, as Dylan and Tyr discuss how incredibly unlikely this is. Tyr notes that the Nietzcheans have stripped out a lot of specific genes from their pool in order to improve things, increasing the odds, which, Dylan points out, are still "in the trillions".
*** Further increasing the odds is the fact that the Nietzscheans are descended from a group of about 3000 and bred so quickly they make up 8% of the total human population of the three galaxies, which is in the trillions.
** The reincarnation of the progenitor Drago Museveni does show up at one point and is, in fact, [[spoiler:Tyr's son]]. We only see him as a child, but he is dark-skinned compared to the original Drago Museveni, played by Lochlyn Munro.
* Appeared on ''Series/TheXFiles'' when the actor who played the young CSM in a flashback episode was later cast as Agent Spender, CSM's son.
* TheMovie of ''Series/KamenRiderHibiki'' has this trope with the three main Riders and the main character, Asumu Adachi. They also work in an IdenticalStranger, as the Sengoku-era Touki looks just like the modern Zanki, which the modern characters [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]].
* The finale of ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'' showed Wataru's son Masao, played by Kohei Takeda (the same actor as Wataru's father Otoya).
* Vinnie Terranova's dad in ''Series/{{Wiseguy}}'' (in an episode based around his father's diary). But they gave him a moustache.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' when, in a flashback to Ray's childhood, Frank and Marie (Ray's parents) are played by Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton (i.e. the actors who play Ray & his wife Debra).
* [[PlayingWithATrope Also played with]] in ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'', where in a childhood flashback of Arthur (Jerry Stiller), his father is played by the actor's real life son, Ben Stiller.
* Subverted at least once in ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'', with immortal Duncan [=MacLeod=] [[MyGrandsonMyself pretending to be his own son/grandson]] when he meets an old acquaintence. He seldom lies about it, but when people assume that is why he looks like the person they remember, he doesn't correct them.
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* On ''Series/{{JAG}}'', Harmon Rabb, Jr. is identical to the late Harmon Rabb, Sr. (both are played by David James Elliot)
* The same production company was at the helm of a number of PeriodPiece series that have been coming out of mainland China: in one, the child actor who played a young Kangxi reappears near the end to play his grandson (who later became the emperor Qianlong); the actor who plays old Kangxi in another drama later appeared in a different series as old Qianlong.



* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] on ''Series/TheNanny'' when Fran Drescher plays a younger version of her character's mother, Sylvia, and the actor who plays Maxwell plays a younger version of his father.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Also played with]] on ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', where Hardison paints a picture of the "founder" of their "firm" to make them seem more legitimate. He looks like Nathan aged fifty years…
* In the final episode of ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'', "Sleepless in Peckham", we see a picture of Freddie "the Frog" Robdal, previously hinted to be Rodney's real father, and he's played by Nicholas Lyndhurst with a moustache. (Even Del, who believes his mum to be a saint, can't ignore the resemblance.) Lyndhurst reprises the role in the {{Prequel}} series ''RockAndChips''.
* A perfect inversion is done on a clip show of ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' where John Goodman plays a grown up version of son DJ.
** It also featured a flashback in which DJ's actor plays a child version of Roseanne--his mom…
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Primeval}}'' season 3 episode 6. The episode starts with a scene of what appears to be 1940's versions of the characters, dressed appropriately, playing a record, etc. [[spoiler:They're the normal cast, who had to flee to a disused lodge that had old clothes and other things in it.]]
* Loretta of ''Series/OutrageousFortune'' looks exactly like her grandmother Rita in her younger days.
* [[spoiler:Elena Gilbert]] of ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' looks identical to [[spoiler:Katherine Pierce]]. [[spoiler:This is unexplained until Elena finds out that she was adopted, and that her birth mother is a direct descendant of Katherine]]. Furthermore it's eventually revealed that the reason they look ''identical'' after many generations is [[spoiler: because they're both "Petrova dopplegangers", indicating that there's a mystical reason for the doubling.]]

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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] on ''Series/TheNanny'' when Fran Drescher plays a younger version of her character's mother, Sylvia, and the actor who plays Maxwell plays a younger version of his father.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Also played with]] on ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', where Hardison paints a picture of the "founder" of their "firm" to make them seem more legitimate. He looks like Nathan aged fifty years…
* In the final episode of ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'', "Sleepless in Peckham", we see a picture of Freddie "the Frog" Robdal, previously hinted to be Rodney's real father, and he's played by Nicholas Lyndhurst with a moustache. (Even Del, who believes his mum to be a saint, can't ignore the resemblance.) Lyndhurst reprises the role in the {{Prequel}} series ''RockAndChips''.
* A perfect inversion is done on a clip show of ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' where John Goodman plays a grown up version of son DJ.
** It also featured a flashback in which DJ's actor plays a child version of Roseanne--his mom…
* Subverted at least once in ''Series/{{Primeval}}'' season 3 episode 6. ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The episode starts Series'', with a scene of what appears immortal Duncan [=MacLeod=] [[MyGrandsonMyself pretending to be 1940's versions of the characters, dressed appropriately, playing a record, etc. [[spoiler:They're the normal cast, who had to flee to a disused lodge his own son/grandson]] when he meets an old acquaintance. He seldom lies about it, but when people assume that had old clothes and other things in it.]]
* Loretta of ''Series/OutrageousFortune''
is why he looks exactly like her grandmother Rita in her younger days.
* [[spoiler:Elena Gilbert]] of ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' looks identical to [[spoiler:Katherine Pierce]]. [[spoiler:This is unexplained until Elena finds out that she was adopted, and that her birth mother is a direct descendant of Katherine]]. Furthermore it's eventually revealed that
the reason person they look ''identical'' after many generations is [[spoiler: because they're both "Petrova dopplegangers", indicating that there's a mystical reason for the doubling.]]remember, he doesn't correct them.



* Recently in ''Series/{{CSI}}'' Greg started dating a woman who [[spoiler: is avenging the death of her grandparents. grandmother was murdered by mobsters when they found out about her affair with her grandfather, who was framed and executed.]] It's even lampshaded by the cast.
* Mick tries to pull this on Beth in the second episode of ''Series/{{Moonlight}}'', when she finds a picture of him from decades before, claiming it's his father. By the end of the episode, though, she knows the truth--he's a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]].
** She starts to suspect something when she meets a retired cop (who is now blind), whom Mick still occasionally visits. When she asks him about the late Mick "Sr.", the cop is confused, as the Mick he knows is alive and well and never had children.
* In the ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' episode "Normandy", Helen Magnus recalls her part in the D-Day invasion during WorldWarTwo. During their mission in Carentan, France, they are aided by American troops, headed by Captain Jack Zimmerman, who looks exactly like Will Zimmerman, Helen's second-in-command, and is played by the same actor. While Captain Zimmerman is killed at the end of the episode, it is implied that he is Will's grandfather. Interestingly, Helen makes no mention of this to Will, even though this could be one of the reasons she chose him to join the Sanctuary (i.e. his grandfather saved her life at the cost of his own).
* On recent episode of ''Series/TheDailyShow'' Jon Stewart [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-june-29-2011/broke-bank-mounting---america-s-dystopian-future here interviewed the descendants of two of his correspondents,]] in alternate futures, to see which party's dire predictions would turn out correct.

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* Recently in ''Series/{{CSI}}'' Greg started dating a woman ''Series/HorribleHistories'' has an EconomyCast and often depicts English monarchs who [[spoiler: is avenging the death of her grandparents. grandmother was murdered by mobsters when they found out about her affair with her grandfather, who was framed and executed.]] It's even lampshaded by the cast.
* Mick tries to pull
were related, so this on Beth in the second episode of ''Series/{{Moonlight}}'', when she finds a picture of him from decades before, claiming it's his father. By the end of the episode, though, she knows the truth--he's a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]].
** She starts to suspect something when she meets a retired cop (who is now blind), whom Mick still occasionally visits. When she asks him about the late Mick "Sr.", the cop is confused, as the Mick he knows is alive and well and never had children.
* In the ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' episode "Normandy", Helen Magnus recalls her part in the D-Day invasion during WorldWarTwo. During their mission in Carentan, France, they are aided by American troops, headed by Captain Jack Zimmerman, who looks exactly like Will Zimmerman, Helen's second-in-command, and is played by the same actor. While Captain Zimmerman is killed at the end of the episode, it is implied that he is Will's grandfather. Interestingly, Helen makes no mention of this to Will, even though this could be
happens. Matthew Baynton plays almost every one of the reasons she chose him to join Stuart kings; he's most frequently cast as Charles II, but has also played Charles I and James I. Martha Howe-Douglas, as the Sanctuary (i.e. his grandfather saved only woman who's a regular cast member, has also done her life at fair share of playing multiple members of the cost same family, for example Elizabeth I, Mary I, ''and'' their cousin Mary Queen of his own).
* On recent episode of ''Series/TheDailyShow'' Jon Stewart [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-june-29-2011/broke-bank-mounting---america-s-dystopian-future here interviewed the descendants of two of his correspondents,]] in alternate futures, to see which party's dire predictions would turn out correct.
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* On ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', one flashback showed a younger Sophia also played by Creator/EstelleGetty, but without the additions to make her look older. Her mother is played by Bea Arthur, who plays Sophia's daughter, Dorothy, in similar additions.
* Lampshaded and subverted in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', when Buffy and the gang realize that a portrait of Mayor Wilkins' ancestor is really a portrait of Mayor Wilkins himself:
-->'''Willow''': Wow. Like father, like son.\\
'''Oz''': How about 'like exact same guy, like exact same guy'?
* The ''Series/{{Castle}}'' episode "The Blue Butterfly" features a suspect who looks just like an old picture of his grandfather.
* The episode, "How The Station Got Its Name" from ''Series/ShiningTimeStation'' features the children and Mr. Conductor traveling back in time and meeting the grandparents of the people who run the station in their present. Unsurprisingly, the station's former staff are played by the same actors who play their grandchildren, and thus all look identical to said grandchildren. Even the Jukebox Band's grandparents look identical, though they work in a pedal piano instead of a jukebox.
* In the ''Series/QuantumLeap'' episode "The Leap Between the States", Sam is able to jump back into his great-grandfather's lifetime, which is only possible because he's ''genetically identical'' to his great-grandfather.

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* On ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', one flashback showed a younger Sophia also ''Series/{{JAG}}'', Harmon Rabb, Jr. is identical to the late Harmon Rabb, Sr. (both are played by Creator/EstelleGetty, but without David James Elliot).
* A plot point in ''Series/{{Jekyll}}'' is that Dr. Jackman looks identical to
the additions to make her look older. Her mother is played by Bea Arthur, who plays Sophia's daughter, Dorothy, in similar additions.
* Lampshaded
real Dr. Jekyll (allegedly a [[AllMythsAreTrue real historical figure]]) and subverted in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', when Buffy must, therefore, be related. Thankfully, it's justified somewhat by the fact that Jackman is a 'perfect throwback'.
* TheMovie of ''Series/KamenRiderHibiki'' has this trope with the three main Riders
and the gang realize that a portrait of Mayor Wilkins' ancestor is really a portrait of Mayor Wilkins himself:
-->'''Willow''': Wow. Like father, like son.\\
'''Oz''': How about 'like exact same guy, like exact same guy'?
* The ''Series/{{Castle}}'' episode "The Blue Butterfly" features a suspect who
main character, Asumu Adachi. They also work in an IdenticalStranger, as the Sengoku-era Touki looks just like an old picture of his grandfather.
the modern Zanki, which the modern characters [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]].
* The episode, "How The Station Got Its Name" from ''Series/ShiningTimeStation'' features the children and Mr. Conductor traveling back finale of ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'' showed Wataru's son Masao, played by Kohei Takeda (the same actor as Wataru's father Otoya).
* [[PlayingWithATrope Also played with]]
in time and meeting the grandparents ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'', where in a childhood flashback of the people who run the station in their present. Unsurprisingly, the station's former staff are Arthur (Jerry Stiller), his father is played by the same actors who play actor's real life son, Ben Stiller.
* ''Series/KungFu: The Legend Continues'' was built entirely around this trope, as David Carradine played Kwai Chang Caine, contemporary-era IdenticalGrandson of Kwai Chang Caine, the hero of Carradine's mid-'70s Western series, ''Series/KungFu''. In one TimeTravel arc, they trade places for a while when the past Caine is hurt such that only modern medicine can help him.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Also played with]] on ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', where Hardison paints a picture of the "founder" of
their grandchildren, "firm" to make them seem more legitimate. He looks like Nathan aged fifty years…
* ''Series/LoisAndClark'':
** In one of the TimeTravel episodes, a recurring villain called Tempus attempts to travel back in time to Smallville when Kal-El's rocket lands in order to kill him as a baby, but first overshoots by about a century,
and thus all look ends up in the WildWest, where the town marshal and the saloon keeper are identical to said grandchildren. Even Jonathan and Martha Kent, and are explicitly stated to be the Jukebox Band's grandparents Kent family's ancestors
** There was also a similar episode that dealt with reincarnation, therefore several characters in the past are identical to people Lois and Clark have met in the present, but these characters are not blood relatives, but
look identical, though the same as they work are past incarnations of the present characters, e.g. one of Lois' previous incarnations has the Kents' previous incarnations as biological parents.
* [=MacGyver=]'s identical ancestor (played by Richard Dean Anderson) shows up
in a pedal piano instead one of the last episodes of ''Series/MacGyver''.
* A ChristmasEpisode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' has
a jukebox.
photo of Francis' grandfather as a young man, and he looks exactly like Francis. Except that he has humongous eyebrows, which Francis hope isn't genetic.
* In the ''Series/QuantumLeap'' finale of ''Series/MightyMed'', this is revealed to be [[spoiler:the reason for Hapax the Elder's and Alan's resemblance]].
* Mick tries to pull this on Beth in the second
episode "The Leap Between of ''Series/{{Moonlight}}'', when she finds a picture of him from decades before, claiming it's his father. By the States", Sam end of the episode, though, she knows the truth--he's a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]].
** She starts to suspect something when she meets a retired cop (who
is able now blind), whom Mick still occasionally visits. When she asks him about the late Mick "Sr.", the cop is confused, as the Mick he knows is alive and well and never had children.
* In the ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' MadeForTVMovie ''The Last Free Man'', Creator/AngelaLansbury played both Jessica Fletcher and her [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Civil War]] ancestor, Sarah [=McCulloch=].
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries''
** In the episode "Republic of Murdoch", Jacob Doyle is the identical grandfather of Jake Doyle from ''Series/RepublicOfDoyle''. And in the ''Republic of Doyle'' episode "If the Shoe Fits", Bill Murdoch is the identical grandson of…
** In the ChristmasEpisode "A Merry Murdoch Christmas", a FlashBack
to jump back into Inspector Brackenreid's childhood sees Thomas Grieg play Brakenreid's father under huge muttonchop whiskers.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] on ''Series/TheNanny'' when Fran Drescher plays a younger version of her character's mother, Sylvia, and the actor who plays Maxwell plays a younger version of
his great-grandfather's lifetime, which is only possible because father.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheOddCouple'', Felix (Tony Randall) reflects on how
he's ''genetically identical'' to always been fussy. A flashback shows his great-grandfather.grandfather (also played by Tony Randall) telling him "There are two things no one likes--a dirty old man and a clean young boy".
* In the final episode of ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'', "Sleepless in Peckham", we see a picture of Freddie "the Frog" Robdal, previously hinted to be Rodney's real father, and he's played by Nicholas Lyndhurst with a moustache. (Even Del, who believes his mum to be a saint, can't ignore the resemblance.) Lyndhurst reprises the role in the {{Prequel}} series ''RockAndChips''.
* Loretta of ''Series/OutrageousFortune'' looks exactly like her grandmother Rita in her younger days.



* The ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' franchise has been very fond of this one. The episode "Wild West Rangers" showed that five of the main characters (and at least one minor character) had identical ancestors in TheWildWest (despite the implication that several of the characters were first-generation Americans). "The Return of the Green Ranger" featured two identical ancestors and an EvilTwin in the colonial period (of the same town). Condsidering the amount of magic that was thrown around in the first 3 seasons (as well as the cause of them traveling back), it could be said that AWizardDidIt.
** During season 9, Jason Faunt played both red ranger Wes Collins and Alex, who was both his descendant and his professional predecessor a thousand years in the future.
** The Time Force analogy dovetails nicely with its Franchise/SuperSentai original version.
** ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'' plays the more literal version of this trope in its final episode.
** In ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' V-Cinema movie, "100 Years After", this trope is played literally with the new Kyoryugers. Well, technically it's "Identical Great-Grandson/Daughter" (or Great Great Nephew, in Nobuta's case).
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Primeval}}'' season 3 episode 6. The episode starts with a scene of what appears to be 1940's versions of the characters, dressed appropriately, playing a record, etc. [[spoiler:They're the normal cast, who had to flee to a disused lodge that had old clothes and other things in it.]]
* In the ''Series/QuantumLeap'' episode "The Leap Between the States", Sam is able to jump back into his great-grandfather's lifetime, which is only possible because he's ''genetically identical'' to his great-grandfather.
* In ''Series/RedDwarf'' one of Lister's twin sons, Bexley, apparently looks enough like Lister that Rimmer mistook Bexley for him in a future echo. It's unknown if Bexley's twin brother Jim looks like him as well. And then there's the case of Lister's ''other'' son…[[spoiler: [[MyOwnGrampa himself.]]]] Despite having (an alternate version of) Kochanski as his mother his son gets all his looks from his father.
* A perfect inversion is done on a clip show of ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' where John Goodman plays a grown up version of son DJ.
** It also featured a flashback in which DJ's actor plays a child version of Roseanne--his mom…
* In the ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' episode "Normandy", Helen Magnus recalls her part in the D-Day invasion during WorldWarTwo. During their mission in Carentan, France, they are aided by American troops, headed by Captain Jack Zimmerman, who looks exactly like Will Zimmerman, Helen's second-in-command, and is played by the same actor. While Captain Zimmerman is killed at the end of the episode, it is implied that he is Will's grandfather. Interestingly, Helen makes no mention of this to Will, even though this could be one of the reasons she chose him to join the Sanctuary (i.e. his grandfather saved her life at the cost of his own).
* The archetypal identical grandson appeared on the 1960s sitcom ''Series/TheSecondHundredYears'', where Monte Markham played both a 33-year-old man named Ken Carpenter and his grandfather Luke, who had improbably been pulled out of [[HumanPopsicle suspended animation]] after 67 years in a [[HumanPopsicle glacial crevasse]] into which he'd fallen while prospecting at the age of (ta-dum) 33. The joke was first, that effectively 33-year-old Luke had a 67-year-old son, Ken's father; and second, that while Luke and Ken looked identical, they had completely different personalities, Ken being uptight and Luke loose and colorful.



* In the Japanese tokusatsu series ''Series/ChouSeiKantaiSazerX'', a flashback scene depicts the main character's grandfather as a young man. In flashback, the younger version of grandpa is played by the same actor who plays the main character.
* On ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'', it was revealed that EJ [=DiMera=] looked identical to his grandfather Santo, while Samantha Brady looked identical to her grandfather's sister, Colleen. This became widely known to the show's characters after a collection of letters between Santo and Colleen was discovered. Oddly, after a letter was uncovered stating that EJ was not really Stefano's son, nobody seemed to recall the fact that EJ looks identical to Stefano's father. (That letter was eventually found to be a forgery, and Stefano really is EJ's father.)
* Done in ''[[Series/TheAddamsFamily The New Addams Family]]'' in the episode which recounts how the Addams fortune was made. Also, John Astin (the original Gomez) played Grandpa Addams.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheOddCouple'', Felix (Tony Randall) reflects on how he's always been fussy. A flashback shows his grandfather (also played by Tony Randall) telling him "There are two things no one likes--a dirty old man and a clean young boy".

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* In The episode, "How The Station Got Its Name" from ''Series/ShiningTimeStation'' features the Japanese tokusatsu series ''Series/ChouSeiKantaiSazerX'', a flashback scene depicts children and Mr. Conductor traveling back in time and meeting the main character's grandfather as a young man. In flashback, grandparents of the younger version of grandpa is people who run the station in their present. Unsurprisingly, the station's former staff are played by the same actor actors who plays the main character.
* On ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'', it was revealed that EJ [=DiMera=] looked
play their grandchildren, and thus all look identical to his grandfather Santo, while Samantha Brady looked identical said grandchildren. Even the Jukebox Band's grandparents look identical, though they work in a pedal piano instead of a jukebox.
* On an episode of ''Series/SimonAndSimon'' involving an inheritance and Simon family history, we meet several generations of Simon brothers, played by the same actors playing the title heroes.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** In the {{Flashback}} episode "Relic", we see Clark's real father, Jor-El, and Lana's great aunt, Louise [=McCallum=], both played by Lana and Clark's actors. (Lionel Luthor's father and Jonathan Kent's father also appeared, but surprisingly Lachlan Luthor was played by John Mann instead of John Glover and Hiram Kent was played by Dean Wray instead of John Schneider.) Especially interesting because of the RetCon when Jor-El comes
to her grandfather's sister, Colleen. This became widely known Smallville (in the 9th season) and he is acted by Julian Sands… who looks nothing like Tom Welling… to the show's characters after a collection point of letters between Santo and Colleen was discovered. Oddly, after a letter was uncovered stating that EJ was not really Stefano's son, nobody seemed to recall the fact that EJ looks identical to Stefano's father. (That letter was eventually found to be a forgery, and Stefano really is EJ's father.)
* Done in ''[[Series/TheAddamsFamily The New Addams Family]]''
having different hair colors.
** Also
in the episode which recounts how the Addams fortune was made. Also, John Astin (the original Gomez) played Grandpa Addams.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheOddCouple'', Felix (Tony Randall) reflects on how he's always been fussy. A
"Spell", it's revealed in flashback shows his grandfather (also played by Tony Randall) telling him "There are two things no that Lana looks exactly like another one likes--a dirty old man and a clean young boy".of her ancestors: the seventeen century witch Countess Margaret Isobel Thoureax.



* ''Series/MurdochMysteries''
** In the episode "Republic of Murdoch", Jacob Doyle is the identical grandfather of Jake Doyle from ''Series/RepublicOfDoyle''. And in the ''Republic of Doyle'' episode "If the Shoe Fits", Bill Murdoch is the identical grandson of…
** In the ChristmasEpisode "A Merry Murdoch Christmas", a FlashBack to Inspector Brackenreid's childhood sees Thomas Grieg play Brakenreid's father under huge muttonchop whiskers.
* ''Series/HorribleHistories'' has an EconomyCast and often depicts English monarchs who were related, so this happens. Matthew Baynton plays almost every one of the Stuart kings; he's most frequently cast as Charles II, but has also played Charles I and James I. Martha Howe-Douglas, as the only woman who's a regular cast member, has also done her fair share of playing multiple members of the same family, for example Elizabeth I, Mary I, ''and'' their cousin Mary Queen of Scots.
* In the finale of ''Series/MightyMed'', this is revealed to be [[spoiler:the reason for Hapax the Elder's and Alan's resemblance]].
* A ChristmasEpisode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' has a photo of Francis' grandfather as a young man, and he looks exactly like Francis. Except that he has humongous eyebrows, which Francis hope isn't genetic.
* In ''Series/RedDwarf'' one of Lister's twin sons, Bexley, apparently looks enough like Lister that Rimmer mistook Bexley for him in a future echo. It's unknown if Bexley's twin brother Jim looks like him as well. And then there's the case of Lister's ''other'' son…[[spoiler: [[MyOwnGrampa himself.]]]] Despite having (an alternate version of) Kochanski as his mother his son gets all his looks from his father.
* In ''ElChavoDelOcho''
** Señor Barriga and his son Ñoño are both played by Edgar Vivar
** Doña Florinda and her niece La Popis are both played by Florinda Meza
** La Chilindrina and her great-grandmother Doña Nieves are both played by Maria Antonieta de las Nieves.
* On an episode of ''Series/SimonAndSimon'' involving an inheritance and Simon family history, we meet several generations of Simon brothers, played by the same actors playing the title heroes.

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* ''Series/MurdochMysteries''
Occurred at least six times in different incarnations of ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
** In the episode "Republic of Murdoch", Jacob Doyle is the identical movie ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' Colonel Worf, grandfather of Jake Doyle from ''Series/RepublicOfDoyle''. And Lieutenant Worf in the ''Republic of Doyle'' episode "If the Shoe Fits", Bill Murdoch ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', is the identical grandson of…
** In the ChristmasEpisode "A Merry Murdoch Christmas", a FlashBack to Inspector Brackenreid's childhood sees Thomas Grieg play Brakenreid's father under huge muttonchop whiskers.
* ''Series/HorribleHistories'' has an EconomyCast and often depicts English monarchs who were related, so this happens. Matthew Baynton plays almost every one of the Stuart kings; he's most frequently cast as Charles II, but has also
played Charles I and James I. Martha Howe-Douglas, as by Michael Dorn with a different forehead design.
*** A StarTrekExpandedUniverse novel specifically states
the only woman who's Worf was named after his grandfather, who was killed onboard a regular cast member, has also done her fair share transport that collided with a Cardassian freighter (the sheer improbability of playing multiple members of the same family, for example Elizabeth I, Mary I, ''and'' their cousin Mary Queen of Scots.
* In the finale of ''Series/MightyMed'', this is revealed to be [[spoiler:the reason for Hapax the Elder's and Alan's resemblance]].
* A ChristmasEpisode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' has a photo of Francis'
two ships accidentally colliding in orbit indicates sabotage). So yes, Worf's grandfather as didn't die a young man, and he warrior's death but was merely collateral damage.
** The movie ''Star Trek Generations'' includes a portrait of one of Jean-Luc Picard's ancestors, who fought at Trafalgar. He
looks exactly like Francis. Except Patrick Stewart.
** In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "11:59," Captain Janeway's 20th century ancestor Shannon O'Donnell, later Shannon Janeway, is played by Kate Mulgrew. What's hilarious is that Seven of Nine is puzzled by Janeway's interest in O'Donnell's life, pointing out that after so many generations Janeway only has a fraction of her DNA. Hah!
*** Even more hilarious since humans share something like 99% of the same DNA, which means that Janeway's "fraction" of O'Donnell's DNA is much bigger than 7 seems to think.
** A three-part story in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' featured Dr Arik Soong, played by Brent Spiner, who had played Dr Noonien Soong (and all the androids Noonien modelled on himself, including Commander Data as well as Data's EvilTwin Lore and [[NoSocialSkills undeveloped]] twin B4.) in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. This has lead to some [[FanWank Fanwanky]] theories about Arik Soong actually being the same person as Noonien Soong, thanks to a rejuvenating planet Arik was in the neighborhood of once.
*** The source of said fankwankery seems to be a throwaway line by Arik Soong at the end of his three-episode arc, about giving up on genetic engineering (which in his time is illegal) in favor of creating androids. The writers no doubt intended for the implication to be
that he has humongous eyebrows, which Francis hope isn't genetic.would be unable to complete the designs in his own lifetime, and that his descendant later finished his work.
*** Other theories postulate that given Arik's expertise in genetic engineering, Noonien and all the generations between them were straight up clones.

* In ''Series/RedDwarf'' one of Lister's twin sons, Bexley, apparently looks enough like Lister that Rimmer mistook Bexley for him in a future echo. It's unknown if Bexley's twin brother Jim looks like him as well. And then there's the case of Lister's ''other'' son…[[spoiler: [[MyOwnGrampa himself.]]]] Despite having (an alternate version of) Kochanski as his mother his son gets all his looks from his father.
* In ''ElChavoDelOcho''
** Señor Barriga and his son Ñoño are both The ''Enterprise'' story "Carbon Creek" features T'Pol's great-grandmother T'Mir, also played by Edgar Vivar
** Doña Florinda
Jolene Blalock. T'Mir's story is told by T'Pol and her niece La Popis are both played by Florinda Meza
** La Chilindrina and
may or may not be true, but as to whether T'Pol really had a great-grandmother named T'Mir who really did look like T'Pol... well, that's another story.
*** The episode ends with T'Pol taking out a purse from a box, which looks identical to the one
her great-grandmother Doña Nieves supposedly had on Earth. Oh, and Vulcan women don't generally carry purses.
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''--an alternate timeline Tasha Yar and her half-Romulan daughter, Sela,
are both played by Maria Antonieta de las Nieves.
* On an
Denise Crosby. Oddly enough, her ''sister'' Ishara Yar is not.
** Also from the ''Next Generation''
episode "The Neutral Zone", a woman who was woken up from cryogenic stasis finds that she has a great-great-great-great-great-grandson… who looks identical to her husband.
* [[spoiler:Elena Gilbert]]
of ''Series/SimonAndSimon'' involving an inheritance ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' looks identical to [[spoiler:Katherine Pierce]]. [[spoiler:This is unexplained until Elena finds out that she was adopted, and Simon family history, we meet several that her birth mother is a direct descendant of Katherine]]. Furthermore it's eventually revealed that the reason they look ''identical'' after many generations is [[spoiler: because they're both "Petrova dopplegangers", indicating that there's a mystical reason for the doubling.]]
* The Hayes Cooper stories in ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' (some
of Simon brothers, the counterparts aren't even directly related), JustifiedTrope by the fact that the stories come from a diary, while the picture is just part of Cordell Walker's imagination.
* Vinnie Terranova's dad in ''Series/{{Wiseguy}}'' (in an episode based around his father's diary). But they gave him a moustache.
* Lyle Waggoner as "Steve Trevor" (1940s) and his son "Steve Trevor" (1970s) in ''Series/WonderWoman''. After disappearing from Patriarch World after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII ended, Diana meets Steve Trevor Jr. at the first episode of the second season, "The Return of Wonder Woman", a SettingUpdate in [[TheSeventies 1977]]. She first is very confused by thinking he hasn’t aged, but given she is an [[CompleteImmortality immortal Amazon warrior]], Queen Hippolyta explains to her the concept of "sons".
* The ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episode "The Xena Scrolls" deserves special mention for not only featuring Identical Great-whatever-Grandchildren of all the main characters in the 1930s, but going on to claim Joxer's descendent, "Jacques Ser", is actually the grandfather of actor Ted Raimi!
** Gabrielle's daughter Hope looks identical to her. Is there a trope for evil identical daughter?
* Appeared on ''Series/TheXFiles'' when the actor who
played by the same actors playing the title heroes.young CSM in a flashback episode was later cast as Agent Spender, CSM's son.
26th Feb '17 10:04:37 PM gewunomox
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* Dhani Harrison looks ''exactly'' like his father, GeorgeHarrison, when he was younger.

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* Dhani Harrison looks ''exactly'' like his father, GeorgeHarrison, Music/GeorgeHarrison, when he was younger.
25th Feb '17 11:53:45 AM nombretomado
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* AngelinaJolie bears a strong resemblance to her mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand.

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* AngelinaJolie Creator/AngelinaJolie bears a strong resemblance to her mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand.
19th Feb '17 4:46:35 PM Scorntex
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** Black Canary is shown to be exactly identical to her mother, the original Black Canary, with the only distinction being her mother wore a mask, where Dinah doesn't.
18th Feb '17 4:38:52 PM Alvin
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* Fredric March again in ''Film/SmilinThrough'', in which he plays the unbalance Jeremy Wayne as well as Jeremy's far more sensible son Kenneth.

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* Fredric March again in ''Film/SmilinThrough'', in which he plays the unbalance unbalanced Jeremy Wayne as well as Jeremy's far more sensible son Kenneth.
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