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9th Jan '17 12:16:26 AM LB7979
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* Played several times in the ''SweetValleyHigh'' series--surfer Bill Chase becomes infatuated with the twins due to their resemblance to his deceased girlfriend, Elizabeth eyes a guy who resembles her departed boyfriend Todd, but dumps him when she realizes he's a jerk, and older brother Steve dumps his girlfriend Cara at least twice to pursue girls who resemble his dead girlfriend Tricia. Adding insult to injury, despite acknowledging the physical similarity, he refuses to see either girl as her own separate person and instead continues to insist, "She's just like Tricia!", despite all evidence to the contrary. It's not until one girl tells him she deserves better than being used as a substitute and dumps him that he realizes how unhealthy his behavior is.

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* Played several times in the ''SweetValleyHigh'' series--surfer series
** Surfer
Bill Chase becomes infatuated with the twins due to their resemblance to his deceased girlfriend, girlfriend.
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Elizabeth eyes a guy who resembles her departed boyfriend Todd, but dumps him when she realizes he's a jerk, and older jerk.
** Older
brother Steve dumps his girlfriend Cara at least twice to pursue girls who resemble his dead girlfriend Tricia. Adding insult to injury, despite acknowledging the physical similarity, he refuses to see either girl as her own separate person and instead continues to insist, "She's just like Tricia!", despite all evidence to the contrary. It's not until one girl tells him she deserves better than being used as a substitute and dumps him that he realizes how unhealthy his behavior is.is.
** This trope is taken UpToEleven (or more literally, ''[[IncrediblyLamePun doubled]]'') when the main-character twins encounter their Identical Stranger Margo, who then is revealed to have an identical twin herself - so there actually are ''four'' Identical Strangers. All combined with a [[MindScrew murder plot]].
8th Dec '16 3:48:23 PM Abracadabrantes
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* Most plays (and films) based off the "Courrier de Lyon" case take this so far as to have [[ActingForTwo the same actor playing Lesurques and Dubosq]]. In reality, Lesurques and Dubosq did at least look similar enough that the former was mistaken for the latter by most witnesses, leading to his execution.
30th Oct '16 3:52:49 PM nombretomado
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** Lucy Lawless also had two ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' roles that were not Xena ''or'' the doppelgangers from her own show. Both - an Amazon and Lyla - predated Xena. After Xena's own show got started, [[LampshadeHanging Salmoneus compared the similarity between Lyla and Xena for Hercules]].

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** Lucy Lawless also had two ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' roles that were not Xena ''or'' the doppelgangers from her own show. Both - an Amazon and Lyla - predated Xena. After Xena's own show got started, [[LampshadeHanging Salmoneus compared the similarity between Lyla and Xena for Hercules]].
17th Oct '16 12:55:47 PM Lego3400
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* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' has recurring cast member Penelope, an employee at Coffee of Doom, and minor character Pizza Girl, a pizza delivery worker who dresses as a superhero. They look almost identical except for Penelope's [[ClarkKenting glasses]]. Faye insists that they are the same person but Penelope denies it. She also claims that Pizza Girl once delivered to her house, causing them both to scream.

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* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' has recurring cast member Penelope, an employee at Coffee of Doom, and minor character Pizza Girl, a pizza delivery worker who dresses as a superhero. They look almost identical except for Penelope's [[ClarkKenting glasses]].glasses]] (And apparently bust size, Penelope angrily states Pizza girl must stuff her costume). Faye insists that they are the same person but Penelope denies it. She also claims that Pizza Girl once delivered to her house, causing them both to scream.
16th Oct '16 12:08:05 PM TallTroper
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** [[spoiler: The Beast Titan's human from bears a resemblance to Grisha Yeager. This is not a coincidence.]]
12th Oct '16 9:56:57 PM MagnusForce
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* A trio of characters who look a lot like Catdog's nemesis appears as policemen in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Catdog}}''.

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* A trio of characters policemen who look a lot like Catdog's nemesis appears as policemen The Greasers appear in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Catdog}}''.



** Flexo and Bender are both bending units, AKA the same model of robots. They were made to look identical on purpose by Mom's factories. While they are strangers yes, they're technically related.
** One way to tell them apart: Flexo has a [[BeardOfEvil goatee]].

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** Flexo and Bender are both bending units, AKA the same model of robots. They were made to look identical on purpose by Mom's factories. While they are strangers yes, they're technically related.
** One
related. The one way to tell them apart: Flexo has a [[BeardOfEvil goatee]].



* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' gives us TCFM, who looks exactly like Beezy only green, and uses this to get the people of Miseryville to do what he wants.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' gives us TCFM, TCFM (or Thorn), who looks exactly like Beezy only green, and uses this to get the people of Miseryville to do what he wants.
10th Oct '16 9:39:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''GauntsGhosts'' novel ''Only in Death'', an allied regiment's Major Berenson bears a startling resemblance to [[spoiler: the now-dead]] Caffran.

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* In ''GauntsGhosts'' ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''Only in Death'', an allied regiment's Major Berenson bears a startling resemblance to [[spoiler: the now-dead]] Caffran.



* Tashir in ''[[HeraldsOfValdemar Magic's Promise]]'' has an uncanny resemblance to Vanyel's dead lover, and the same goes for his EvilUncle.

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* Tashir in ''[[HeraldsOfValdemar ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Magic's Promise]]'' has an uncanny resemblance to Vanyel's dead lover, and the same goes for his EvilUncle.
6th Sep '16 9:01:52 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''The Mad King'', Barney Custer of Beatrice, Nebraska, U.S.A, is taken for the title king. In their defense, the king had been imprisoned for ten years, while a boy, and so they were going by the description. Still...
-->''"But there are the scum of the low country in the army these days, who would do anything for money, and it is these that the king must guard against. I could not help but note that mein Herr spoke too perfect German for a foreigner. Were I in mein Herr's place, I should speak mostly the English, and, too, I should shave off the 'full, reddish-brown beard.'"\\
Whereupon the storekeeper turned hastily back into his shop, leaving Barney Custer of Beatrice, Nebraska, U.S.A., to wonder if all the inhabitants of Lutha were afflicted with a mental disorder similar to that of the unfortunate ruler. ''

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* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''The Mad King'', ''Literature/TheMadKing'', Barney Custer of Beatrice, Nebraska, U.S.A, is taken for the title king. In their defense, Played more realistically than usual; it's explicitly stated that they are not truly identical in appearance, only sufficiently similar that the description of one matches the other, and the people who make the mistake have only the description to go on, as the king had has been imprisoned for ten years, while a boy, and so they were going by the description. Still...
-->''"But there are the scum
sequestered out of the low country in public eye since he was a boy. However, the army these days, who would do anything for money, and it is these that sequel serial (which became the second half of the novel) slips into a more standard identical-stranger plot, with even those close to the king must guard against. I could not help but note that mein Herr spoke too perfect German for a foreigner. Were I in mein Herr's place, I should speak mostly the English, and, too, I should shave off the 'full, reddish-brown beard.'"\\
Whereupon the storekeeper turned hastily back into his shop, leaving
or to Barney Custer of Beatrice, Nebraska, U.S.A., not being able to wonder if all spot the inhabitants of Lutha were afflicted with a mental disorder similar to that of deception when Barney is dressed as the unfortunate ruler. ''king.
17th Aug '16 6:34:33 PM Premonition45
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** In TheMovie, Bart doodles on a wanted poster with his family on it to prevent the owner of the store it was in from noticing it and calling the police and getting them arrested. A family resembling the modified picture ends up getting arrested after the store owner notices the poster.

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** In TheMovie, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', Bart doodles on a wanted poster with his family on it to prevent the owner of the store it was in from noticing it and calling the police and getting them arrested. A family resembling the modified picture ends up getting arrested after the store owner notices the poster.
6th Aug '16 9:25:34 AM Eddy1215
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** One time, Bender had to go into the Witness Protection Program to stay safe from the Robot Mafia. While making a delivery on the moon, the crew sees a robot farmer that looks like Bender but acts like he doesn't know them. At first they think Bender is doing a pretty good acting job until Professor sees the robot's memory circuit and thinks Bender has been reprogrammed. Despite Zoidberg protecting the robot from Clamps, he is killed by the Donbot's daughter who Bender abandoned. The crew then grieves over Bender's apparent death at a pizza parlor, where it's revealed that's where Bender was actually hiding. Upon realizing that an innocent bot was killed...[[ProtagonistCenteredMorality they celebrate the fact that with the Robot Mafia thinking Bender was dead, he can come out of hiding]].

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** One time, In "[[Recap/FuturamaS6E14TheSilenceOfTheClamps The Silence of the Clamps]]", Bender had to go into the Witness Protection Program to stay safe from the Robot Mafia. While making a delivery on the moon, the crew sees a robot farmer that looks like Bender but acts like he doesn't know them. At first they think Bender is doing a pretty good acting job until Professor sees the robot's memory circuit and thinks [[UnPerson Bender has been reprogrammed. reprogrammed]]. Despite Zoidberg protecting the robot from Clamps, he is [[WomanScorned killed by the Donbot's daughter who Bender abandoned.abandoned]]. The crew then grieves over Bender's apparent death at a pizza parlor, where it's revealed that's where Bender was actually hiding. Upon realizing that an innocent bot was killed...[[ProtagonistCenteredMorality they celebrate the fact that with the Robot Mafia thinking Bender was dead, he can come out of hiding]].
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