History Main / IdenticalStranger

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]].
1st Aug '16 6:34:20 PM PaulA
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* MarionZimmerBradley's ''Literature/{{Darkover}}'' universe has a principle that everything except the psychic matrix stones has one exact duplicate somewhere in the universe; a couple of the novels have people locating their doubles for plot purposes. In another book, a Terran who simply happens to look extremely similar to a Darkovan nobleman is kidnapped by mistake.

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* MarionZimmerBradley's Creator/MarionZimmerBradley's ''Literature/{{Darkover}}'' universe has a principle that everything except the psychic matrix stones has one exact duplicate somewhere in the universe; a couple of the novels have people locating their doubles for plot purposes. In another book, a Terran who simply happens to look extremely similar to a Darkovan nobleman is kidnapped by mistake.
24th Jul '16 3:33:28 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheBradyBunch'': The fifth-season episode, "Two Petes in a Pod," saw Peter meet his exact double, Arthur Owens, in school. Wacky hijinx ensue, and be sure to watch for a scene when Arthur-as-Peter helps Jan with her homework ... and cozies up to her very closely (without Mike, Carol or Alice even so much as batting an eye; Jan doesn't even say anything).

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* ''TheBradyBunch'': ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': The fifth-season episode, "Two Petes in a Pod," saw Peter meet his exact double, Arthur Owens, in school. Wacky hijinx ensue, and be sure to watch for a scene when Arthur-as-Peter helps Jan with her homework ... and cozies up to her very closely (without Mike, Carol or Alice even so much as batting an eye; Jan doesn't even say anything).



* At least four ''Series/DoctorWho'' stories, most notably ''The Androids of Tara'', where Mary Tamm ended up playing four roles: Romana, Princess Strella and android versions of each.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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At least four ''Series/DoctorWho'' stories, most notably ''The Androids of Tara'', where Mary Tamm ended up playing four roles: Romana, Princess Strella and android versions of each.
21st Jul '16 2:06:04 AM JackG
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* ''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.

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* ''Film/TheAssignment'' ''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.



* ''Film/{{Underground}}'': the {{FilmWithinAFilm movie based on events in a previous scene]] uses actors who look identical to the real people, only with slightly different hair. The resemblance is so perfect that Blacky believes that his hold nemesis has returned and shoots at him.

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* ''Film/{{Underground}}'': the {{FilmWithinAFilm [[FilmWithinAFilm movie based on events in a previous scene]] uses actors who look identical to the real people, only with slightly different hair. The resemblance is so perfect that Blacky believes that his hold old nemesis has returned and shoots at him.
15th Jul '16 6:17:24 PM rjung
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* In one story from Wally Wood's ''[[ComicStrip/SallyForthWood Sally Forth]],'' the squad escapes captivity from savage tribesmen by having the DumbMuscle team member pass as one of the guards -- just by taking his shirt off.
3rd Jul '16 6:18:30 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''[[Franchise/{{Bionicle}} Mata Nui Online Game]]'', the developers accidentally mixed up the masks of several characters, thereby making Hafu look like Taipu and vice versa. In ''MNOG II'', they were given the correct masks finally, but this leads to the player character [[LampshadeHanging confusing them]], which makes Taipu quite mad. The developers were basically poking fun at their own goof-up.

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* In the ''[[Franchise/{{Bionicle}} ''[[VideoGame/{{Bionicle}} Mata Nui Online Game]]'', the developers accidentally mixed up the masks of several characters, thereby making Hafu look like Taipu and vice versa. In ''MNOG II'', they were given the correct masks finally, but this leads to the player character [[LampshadeHanging confusing them]], which makes Taipu quite mad. The developers were basically poking fun at their own goof-up.
1st Jul '16 7:23:58 AM MasterTMO
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** And Skeeter still has to undergo plastic surgery to complete the resemblance. It was close, but not identical beforehand.
29th Jun '16 6:46:58 AM Andyroid
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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.
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