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14th Jan '17 10:20:10 AM nombretomado
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* The LucasArts adventure ''SamAndMaxHitTheRoad'' featured a variety of different locations...plus three Snuckey's burger bars, in different corners of the country, with the exact same pimply youth (who resembled Bernard from ''Day of the Tentacle'') staffing them. They had slightly different merchandise on offer, but the guy was exactly the same except for one feature (one had a mustache, another had no hat, and the third had a different tie).

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* The LucasArts Creator/LucasArts adventure ''SamAndMaxHitTheRoad'' ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxHitTheRoad'' featured a variety of different locations...plus three Snuckey's burger bars, in different corners of the country, with the exact same pimply youth (who resembled Bernard from ''Day of the Tentacle'') staffing them. They had slightly different merchandise on offer, but the guy was exactly the same except for one feature (one had a mustache, another had no hat, and the third had a different tie).
5th Jan '17 8:08:44 PM PaulA
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** In "The Trial of a Time Lord", all the clerical staff at J.J. Chambers & Co. are identical [[spoiler:and turn out to be one man, the villain, in disguise and using SufficientlyAdvancedTechnology to achieve OffscreenTeleportation]].
5th Jan '17 8:03:17 PM PaulA
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** A list of actors who've played more than one role would double this page in size: Apparently every guard on every planet in history looks like [[RecurringExtra Terry Walsh, Stuart Fell or Pat Gorman]]. A number of regular actors had previously played guest roles and one (Jaqueline Hill, who played the First Doctor's companion Barbara) even returned in a guest role in "Meglos" fifteen years after leaving the show. (See YouLookFamiliar for further reading.) But there are a few occasions when regulars played two parts in the same story and the similarity was commented upon: The First Doctor and the Abbot of Amboise, the Second Doctor and Mexican would-be dictator Salamander, Nyssa and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E5BlackOrchid 1920s aristocrat Ann Talbot]]. No explanation is given for any of them, they just do.
** One of the most jarring is probably Martha Jones. People watching the series in one go may be somewhat flummoxed about how that bit employee from Torchwood One survived (when she rather obviously died not three episodes ago) and is now apparently a medical student near graduation barely a month later. To be fair, they lampshade it by saying that the woman from Torchwood was Martha's cousin, but it can still be a bit confusing.
** {{Invoked|Trope}} with Clara: the plot arc of Season 7 is all about how this woman can appear in three different time periods with nearly identical names, backgrounds, and interests, along with the same appearance and personality. [[spoiler:As it turns out, there have been a lot more than just three incarnations of her. At the end of Season 7, she enters the Doctor's timeline to save him from the Great Intelligence and ends up getting scattered across all of time and space.]]
** While most new viewers wouldn't notice that one of the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E2TheFiresOfPompeii Sybilline priestesses]] went on to become Amy Pond (due to heavy make-up), it's going to be harder to explain why the Twelfth Doctor looks identical to Caecillius, who played a much more central role in the episode.
*** No more difficult to explain than why the Sixth Doctor looks just like Commander Maxil who menaced the Doctor's Fifth incarnation on Gallifrey during "Arc of Infinity".
*** Justified with the Twelfth Doctor, as they do bring up how he has seen the face before, and the later realises that he chose the face to remind himself that, as The Doctor, he saves people?

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** A list of actors who've played more than one role would double this page in size: Apparently every guard on every planet in history looks like [[RecurringExtra Terry Walsh, Stuart Fell or Pat Gorman]]. A number of regular actors had previously played guest roles and one (Jaqueline Hill, who played the First Doctor's companion Barbara) even returned in a guest role in "Meglos" fifteen years after leaving the show. (See YouLookFamiliar for further reading.) But there There are a few occasions when regulars played two parts in the same story and the similarity was commented upon: The First Doctor and the Abbot of Amboise, the Second Doctor and Mexican would-be dictator Salamander, Nyssa and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E5BlackOrchid 1920s aristocrat Ann Talbot]]. No explanation is given for any of them, they just do.
** One of the most jarring is probably Martha Jones. People watching the series in one go may be somewhat flummoxed about how that bit employee from Torchwood One survived (when she rather obviously died not three episodes ago) and is now apparently a medical student near graduation barely a month later. To be fair, they lampshade it by saying that the woman from Torchwood was Martha's cousin, but it can still be a bit confusing.
** {{Invoked|Trope}} with Clara:
Clara Oswald: the plot arc of Season 7 is all about how this woman can appear in three different time periods with nearly identical names, backgrounds, and interests, along with the same appearance and personality. [[spoiler:As it turns out, there have been a lot more than just three incarnations of her. At the end of Season 7, she enters the Doctor's timeline to save him from the Great Intelligence and ends up getting scattered across all of time and space.]]
** While most new viewers wouldn't notice that one of the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E2TheFiresOfPompeii Sybilline priestesses]] went on to become Amy Pond (due to heavy make-up), it's going to be harder to explain why the Twelfth Doctor looks identical to Caecillius, who played a much more central role in the episode.
*** No more difficult to explain than why the Sixth Doctor looks just like Commander Maxil who menaced the Doctor's Fifth incarnation on Gallifrey during "Arc of Infinity".
*** Justified with the Twelfth Doctor, as they do bring up how he has seen the face before, and the later realises that he chose the face to remind himself that, as The Doctor, he saves people?
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31st Dec '16 10:05:18 AM Lego3400
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**There's also Porter, who like Jenny and Joy, is part of a large identical family; they work on cruise ships in the Delecore isle.
1st Dec '16 12:04:17 PM RobTan
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', Owen Burnett and Preston Vogel are almost completely identical, the only difference is hair colour (Owen's is blond, Preston's is black) and clothing (Owen wears round glasses and a necktie, Vogel wears square glasses and a bowtie). They even have the same job as personal assistants to a different billionaire industrialist/inventor. It was eventually revealed that [[spoiler:Owen is actually Puck, who decided to try being serious for once and based his mortal form on Vogel, the most stoic and un-Puck like human he could find]].
20th Nov '16 9:30:57 PM Daefaroth
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** That's probably a trope in itself. There are many, many examples of legacy rulers in fiction (or Dread Pirates or whatever) (more than one in the Belgariad itself).
10th Nov '16 8:12:13 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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* In ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', Queen Amidala's handmaidens all look identical. This, of course, is intentional, and part of the [[BodyDouble "decoy trick"]], where one of them, Sabé, posed as the Queen while the Queen dressed as one of the handmaidens in her identity as Padmé. (They havr similar names too, at least in public; in addition to Sabé, the others were named Eirtaé, Rabé, Saché, Yané, Fé, and Dané; Padmé's name mentioned often make members of the royal court assume that the Queen has ''eight'' handmaidens. This Trope is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' comic book ''In Triplicate'' with this exchange:

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* In ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', Queen Amidala's handmaidens all look identical. This, of course, is intentional, and part of the [[BodyDouble "decoy trick"]], where one of them, Sabé, posed as the Queen while the Queen dressed as one of the handmaidens in her identity as Padmé. (They havr have similar names too, at least in public; in addition to Sabé, the others were named Eirtaé, Rabé, Saché, Yané, Fé, and Dané; Padmé's name mentioned often make members of the royal court assume that the Queen has ''eight'' handmaidens. This Trope is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' comic book ''In Triplicate'' with this exchange:
6th Nov '16 2:16:49 PM nombretomado
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-->''''[[TheJackBennyProgram Jack Benny]]'''': Oh, Sir, Sir.\\

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30th Oct '16 9:32:53 PM Berrenta
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Why bother with UncannyFamilyResemblance, when you can have have every member of a family or even perfect strangers as the exact same person! Same taste in food, same way they style their hair, same profession, same mannerisms, and they all probably share the same HiveMind as well. They may even [[PlanetOfSteves all have the same name.]] This isn't just a RecurringCharacter -- every town has their own. These are Inexplicably Identical Individuals; there's no ''reason'' for them to be perfectly identical-- though the series may try to HandWave it as them being related-- they simply are.

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Why bother with UncannyFamilyResemblance, when you can have have every member of a family or even perfect strangers as the exact same person! Same taste in food, same way they style their hair, same profession, same mannerisms, and they all probably share the same HiveMind as well. They may even [[PlanetOfSteves all have the same name.]] This isn't just a RecurringCharacter -- every town has their own. These are Inexplicably Identical Individuals; there's no ''reason'' for them to be perfectly identical-- though the series may try to HandWave it as them being related-- they simply are.
27th Oct '16 9:39:47 PM TitoMosquito
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** In ''Film/{{Hulk}}'', he plays a security guard who ends up getting mauled by the Gamma Dogs.



** In ''Film/IronMan1'' he's mistaken for Hugh Hefner (his back is turned) or possibly just some other guy named "Hef" who likes the ladies.
** And there is one in ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' that's also in a flashback, saved from an incoming car by kid!Matt, only to realize surprised that the kid who "saw" the car is blind.

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** In ''Film/IronMan1'' he's mistaken for Hugh Hefner (his back is turned) turned), he probably ''is'' THE Hugh Hefner, or possibly just some other guy named "Hef" who likes the ladies.
** Also in ''Film/IronMan2'', he's either mistaken for or ''is'' Larry King.
** And there is one in ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' that's also in a flashback, saved from an incoming car by kid!Matt, only to realize surprised that the kid who "saw" the car is blind. He's likely the old man kid!Matt saved in the comics.
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