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22nd Apr '17 12:56:04 PM nombretomado
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* Jeane is one of the few recurring characters in the ''{{Suikoden}}'' series, despite the fact that it spans several different continents and several hundred years. Lacking any of the obvious methods of attaining immortality, the developers and Jeane herself have hinted that she simply has a whole lot of suspiciously identical sisters. A scene in ''SuikodenV'', however, does seem to indicate that she's a LOT older than she seems...she manages to confuse the shell out of an ancient Tortoise, who claims to have sensed 'a being of great age', but instead finds a voluptuous, [[{{Stripperiffic}} scantly-clad]] young woman when he comes to investigate. She is also shown to have a mysterious connection to an ancient civilization that was destroyed centuries earlier. Thus, it remains a mystery whether the "identical family" explanation was humorous, or if Jeane is simply less human than she appears.

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* Jeane is one of the few recurring characters in the ''{{Suikoden}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' series, despite the fact that it spans several different continents and several hundred years. Lacking any of the obvious methods of attaining immortality, the developers and Jeane herself have hinted that she simply has a whole lot of suspiciously identical sisters. A scene in ''SuikodenV'', ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'', however, does seem to indicate that she's a LOT older than she seems...she manages to confuse the shell out of an ancient Tortoise, who claims to have sensed 'a being of great age', but instead finds a voluptuous, [[{{Stripperiffic}} scantly-clad]] young woman when he comes to investigate. She is also shown to have a mysterious connection to an ancient civilization that was destroyed centuries earlier. Thus, it remains a mystery whether the "identical family" explanation was humorous, or if Jeane is simply less human than she appears.
19th Apr '17 6:51:01 PM Discar
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->''"Wait, don't I know you?"\\
"No, you must mean my sister. Or my cousin, or my granny... Maybe half of the east coast, I don't know -- there are a lot of me."''
4th Mar '17 3:42:58 PM Xtifr
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** Xena isn't the only one though. [[BigBad Ares]] has a doppelganger in the form of King Iphicles, half-brother of Hercules, and Karl Urban plays both Cupid and Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar.

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** Xena isn't the only one though. [[BigBad Ares]] has a doppelganger in the form of King Iphicles, half-brother of Hercules, and Karl Urban plays both Cupid and Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar.UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar.
13th Feb '17 8:49:07 PM Discar
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* Patton Oswalt played a series of characters like this in ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''. He claims they are brothers, but everyone else thinks something weird is going on. So far, it hasn't been resolved.
** As of Season 4, it has been. They're [[spoiler:mundane identical quadruplets, with the fourth one being very different, with his siblings wondering how he turned out like that.]]

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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': Patton Oswalt played plays a series of characters like this this, at least three S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who look the same, talk the same, and fill the same roles in ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''. He claims they are the organization, all the way down to their level of security clearance. The Koenigs mostly claim to be brothers, but everyone else thinks the other agents think something weird strange is going on. So far, on. The Koenigs like trolling the other agents, from naming [[MassiveNumberedSiblings an improbably high number of brothers]] to [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots using robot terminology to describe each other]]. In season four, it hasn't been resolved.
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is revealed that they were a part of Season 4, it has been. They're [[spoiler:mundane the original (failed) Life Model Decoy project. [[spoiler:As technicians, not products. The Koenigs are simply a set of mundane identical quadruplets, with the fourth one being very different, with his siblings wondering how he turned out like that.]]plus an older sister]].
1st Feb '17 7:51:46 AM ZimFan89
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* Tom Poston played at least three completely unhelpful clerks on ''Series/HomeImprovement''. At least two of them were brothers.

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* Tom Poston played at least three completely unhelpful clerks on ''Series/HomeImprovement''. At least two of them They were brothers.brothers (and each claims to be the nice one).
1st Feb '17 5:56:26 AM Gore17
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** As of Season 4, it has been. They're [[spoilers:mundane identical quadruplets, with the fourth one being very different, with his siblings wondering how he turned out like that.]]

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** As of Season 4, it has been. They're [[spoilers:mundane [[spoiler:mundane identical quadruplets, with the fourth one being very different, with his siblings wondering how he turned out like that.]]
1st Feb '17 5:54:57 AM Gore17
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* Patton Oswalt played a series of characters like this in ''Series/MarvelsAgentsofSHIELD''. He claims they are brothers, but everyone else thinks something weird is going on. So far, it hasn't been resolved.

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* Patton Oswalt played a series of characters like this in ''Series/MarvelsAgentsofSHIELD''.''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''. He claims they are brothers, but everyone else thinks something weird is going on. So far, it hasn't been resolved.
** As of Season 4, it has been. They're [[spoilers:mundane identical quadruplets, with the fourth one being very different, with his siblings wondering how he turned out like that.]]
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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