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19th Aug '17 7:24:03 PM jormis29
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* ''The Assignment'' (1997). While holidaying in Israel, a Cuban-American naval officer is mistaken for notorious terrorist Carlos the Jackal and arrested. The matter is quickly resolved, but the Mossad and CIA realise they have an opportunity to kill off the real Carlos and recruit the officer into a scheme to make the KGB think Carlos has become a CIA informant.

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* ''The Assignment'' ''Film/TheAssignment'' (1997). While holidaying in Israel, a Cuban-American naval officer is mistaken for notorious terrorist Carlos the Jackal and arrested. The matter is quickly resolved, but the Mossad and CIA realise they have an opportunity to kill off the real Carlos and recruit the officer into a scheme to make the KGB think Carlos has become a CIA informant.
6th Aug '17 4:32:14 PM DrFraud
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* In ''On the Riviera'' Creator/DannyKaye plays an American entertainer and an identical French pilot.
2nd Aug '17 5:38:07 PM kazokuhouou
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* The Spacelab crew in ''WesternAnimation/Sealab2021'' inexplicably look like their Sealab counterparts, just with {{Race Lift}}s. And, for some reason, everyone has big breasts. Yes, even the guys. They are even referred to as Space ____, which is how Sparks got away with stealing the ASHDTV from them: he signed it as Space Stormy.
21st Jul '17 7:19:36 PM MBG159
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** One of the very few occasions on which this was even vaguely justified: Van-Zee, who adopted the identity of Kandorian superhero Nightwing from Superman, looks exactly like the Man of Steel. The explanation? They're cousins.

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** One of the very few occasions on which this was even vaguely justified: Van-Zee, who adopted the identity of Kandorian superhero Nightwing from Superman, looks exactly like the Man of Steel. The explanation? They're cousins. He ended up marrying one of Lois's lookalikes.
19th Jun '17 7:19:01 PM jormis29
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* The 1988 comedy ''Film/BigBusiness'' has the same explanation concerning twins played by Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin.

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* The 1988 comedy ''Film/BigBusiness'' ''Film/{{Big Business||1988}}'' has the same explanation concerning twins played by Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin.
18th Jun '17 9:50:34 PM Eddy1215
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode "Coupon for Crazyness", Dexter trades places with a goofy, hyperactive look-alike named Dextor who has scientist parents. He switches back when he tires of the cold, clinical parenting style of Dextor's parents.



* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', Goofy and Pete are mistaken for brothers and inherited a group of sea creatures. It's then revealed that the actual inheritors look exactly like them, except for switched personalities. Finding out there are two Goofys in the world is what Pete considers his worst nightmare.
-->'''Pete''': The only thing worse would be ''three'' of ya!



* In the ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' episode "King Wrong", Gadget is assigned to the far-off country of Pianostan to protect its unhappy king, who bears a striking resemblance to Gadget.



* Tom and Edward in ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceAndThePauper1995'' are this.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' episode "King Wrong", Gadget is assigned to the far-off country of Pianostan to protect its unhappy king, who bears a striking resemblance to Gadget.
* Tom and Edward in ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceAndThePauper1995'' are this.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode "Coupon for Crazyness", Dexter trades places with a goofy, hyperactive look-alike named Dextor who has scientist parents. He switches back when he tires of the cold, clinical parenting style of Dextor's parents.
8th Jun '17 10:13:40 AM lillolillo
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* ''Manga/CityHunter'': Inspector Hirotaka Kitao looks almost exactly like Hideyuki, to the point that Kaori herself mistook him for his ghost. Interestingly, Ryo states that they look completely different, implying that either there is some physical difference Kaori and Saeko can't see or he could notice the difference in their character with a single look (or he actually forgot Hideyuki's face as he claimed).



* ''Manga/DoctorSlump'' has Nonko and Anko, two girl (from the city) that look like Akane and Arale (Nonko has a different hairstyle while Anko is a brunette). When Anko loses her lens (after being shocked seeing a living poop), she is obliged to put her glasses and is mistaken for Arale by Senbei that takes her to the Norimaki Residence. While searching for her friend, Nonko meets Arale and mistakes her for Anko. Nonko realizes that Arale is not Anko only when in the plane back to their home.

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* ''Manga/DoctorSlump'' has Nonko and Anko, two girl girls (from the city) that look like Akane and Arale (Nonko has a different hairstyle while Anko is a brunette). When Anko loses her lens (after being shocked seeing a living poop), she is obliged to put her glasses and is mistaken for Arale by Senbei that takes her to the Norimaki Residence. While searching for her friend, Nonko meets Arale and mistakes her for Anko. Nonko realizes that Arale is not Anko only when in the plane back to their home.



* ''Comicbook/WonderWoman'' -- Originally, she met her injured love interest's nurse, who conveniently looked exactly like her, was also named Diana, ''and'' needed Wonder Woman's help to join her boyfriend in another country [[ContrivedCoincidence as well]]. Wonder Woman ''bought'' the Diana Prince identity from this nurse.
* And WonderWoman probably borrowed this set-up from pulp icon TheShadow, who had a similar relationship with his alter ego, playboy Lamont Cranston (for the record, the Shadow began life as flying ace Kent Allard. One could do a lot worse than latching onto a layabout millionaire).
* The Golden Age ''ComicBook/TheFlash'' story "Anything Can Happen!" shows four Flashes on the cover. The story delivers, though they're never all in one place. Jay Garrick is the first; a banker who happens to look just like him is the second; a substitute who wears a mask to impersonate this banker at boring functions is the third; and a mannequin wearing that same mask to fool the bad guys is the fourth.

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* ''Comicbook/WonderWoman'' Franchise/WonderWoman -- Originally, she met her injured love interest's nurse, who conveniently looked exactly like her, was also named Diana, ''and'' needed Wonder Woman's help to join her boyfriend in another country [[ContrivedCoincidence as well]]. Wonder Woman ''bought'' the Diana Prince identity from this nurse.
* And WonderWoman ''Wonder Woman'' probably borrowed this set-up from pulp icon TheShadow, Literature/TheShadow, who had a similar relationship with his alter ego, playboy Lamont Cranston (for the record, the Shadow began life as flying ace Kent Allard. One could do a lot worse than latching onto a layabout millionaire).
* The Golden Age ''ComicBook/TheFlash'' Franchise/TheFlash story "Anything Can Happen!" shows four Flashes on the cover. The story delivers, though they're never all in one place. Jay Garrick is the first; a banker who happens to look just like him is the second; a substitute who wears a mask to impersonate this banker at boring functions is the third; and a mannequin wearing that same mask to fool the bad guys is the fourth.



* In ''Comicbook/XMen'', after Jean Grey kills herself to prevent herself from becoming Dark Phoenix again, Cyclops eventually meets Madelyne Pryor, who's a dead ringer for the departed Jean. He initially uses her as a ReplacementGoldfish, bu when she calls him out on this, they eventually fall in love, get married, have a son, and Scott retires from the X-Men. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen This was the writer's original plan]]. This trope then got [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] by ExecutiveMeddling, when it turns out Maddie is actually a clone of Jean created by Mister Sinister to get Scott and Jean to reproduce and create a genetically perfect being, and Maddie GoesMadFromTheRevelation (and demonic influence) and becomes the villainous Goblin Queen. And then she dies. And then it turns out that, not only was Jean not dead (just in a cocoon at the bottom of the Hudson river), she was never actually Phoenix in the first place (maybe; that last part gets {{retcon}}ned constantly).

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* In ''Comicbook/XMen'', after Jean Grey Comicbook/JeanGrey kills herself to prevent herself from becoming Dark Phoenix again, Cyclops Comicbook/{{Cyclops}} eventually meets Madelyne Pryor, who's a dead ringer for the departed Jean. He initially uses her as a ReplacementGoldfish, bu when she calls him out on this, they They eventually fall in love, get married, have a son, and Scott retires from the X-Men. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen This was the writer's original plan]]. This trope then got [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] by ExecutiveMeddling, when it turns out Maddie is actually a clone of Jean created by Mister Sinister to get Scott and Jean to reproduce and create a genetically perfect being, and Maddie GoesMadFromTheRevelation (and demonic influence) and becomes the villainous Goblin Queen. And then she dies. And then it turns out that, not only was Jean not dead (just in a cocoon at the bottom of the Hudson river), she was never actually Phoenix in the first place (maybe; that last part gets {{retcon}}ned constantly).



* An ''extremely'' common trope in [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Franchise/{{Superman}} comics.
** Not only do Superman, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, and other supporting characters encounter their own randomly-occurring identical duplicates on Earth, they even have duplicates on ''Krypton'' (and a single Kryptonian ''city'', at that--the Bottle City of Kandor!)

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* An ''extremely'' A common trope in [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Franchise/{{Superman}} comics.
** Not only do Superman, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Comicbook/LoisLane, Comicbook/JimmyOlsen, Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} and other supporting characters encounter their own randomly-occurring identical duplicates on Earth, they even have duplicates on ''Krypton'' (and a single Kryptonian ''city'', at that--the Bottle City of Kandor!) Kandor!)
** Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'s first nemesis, Lesla-Lar was identical to Kara; to the point Lesla posed as Supergirl for several days and neither her cousin Superman nor Supergirl's adoptive parents suspected anything. Later Lesla became (more) unhinged and convinced herself that she and Supergirl were twins. Supergirl replied it was impossible they were sisters and their similarity was due to some "cosmic coincidence".



* Socrates, of ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', is identical to Hobbes save for red stripes on his tail.

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* Socrates, of ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'':
** Socrates
is identical to Hobbes save for red stripes on his tail.
22nd May '17 10:53:11 AM JoeMerl
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' featured Princess Baldegune, who looks exactly the same as Candace.

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* An episode of The ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' featured episode "Make Play" does the PrinceAndPauper plot with Candace and Princess Baldegune, who looks exactly the same as Candace.Baldegune of [[{{Ruritania}} Drusselstein]].
22nd May '17 10:47:22 AM JoeMerl
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* In ''Literature/TheSnowQueen,'' Gerda is looking for her missing friend Kai, and a crow tells her that Kai is living as a prince now. Gerda investigates, but the prince is just a guy who looks like Kai. An odd example, because Kai and the prince never even meet; it's just a RedHerring, or rather, an excuse for Gerda to hear the prince's backstory and [[FramingDevice nestle an extra fairy tale within this one]].
21st May '17 3:11:32 PM nombretomado
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* This is how TheWasp entered into Hank Pym's life - she looked identical to his dead wife.

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* This is how TheWasp ComicBook/TheWasp entered into Hank Pym's life - she looked identical to his dead wife.
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