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11th Jul '16 12:32:21 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': Keronians are a borderline case, since they come in a rainbow of colors and a few even throw out the humanoid build. Thankfully all Keronians have their own personal symbols.
9th Jul '16 11:03:42 AM nombretomado
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** Then there's ''Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}'', which in the early days had only twelve different masks for the entire population of Mata Nui, and later possibly the entire universe. Virtually every mask introduced after the beginning was a one-off for the characters on whom they were used, with very rare exceptions, while almost everyone else still just had the same original twelve. Also, underneath the masks? The same four or five head pieces, further exacerbated by the first film trilogy which made all the heads the same -- but at least background extras weren't "allowed" to wear the same mask types as the main characters.

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** Then there's ''Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}'', ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'', which in the early days had only twelve different masks for the entire population of Mata Nui, and later possibly the entire universe. Virtually every mask introduced after the beginning was a one-off for the characters on whom they were used, with very rare exceptions, while almost everyone else still just had the same original twelve. Also, underneath the masks? The same four or five head pieces, further exacerbated by the first film trilogy which made all the heads the same -- but at least background extras weren't "allowed" to wear the same mask types as the main characters.
28th Jun '16 3:31:46 AM MajinAkuma
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** Where the series really runs headlong into this trope is in the many, many [[VictimOfTheWeek random people]] around the cast who drop dead of various murder schemes, and their friends and family who may or may not have done it. As of this edit there are more than 500 episodes in the anime and over 700 chapters in the manga... and the typical one or two episode case introduces a minimum of 4 to 6 one-shot characters. That is a ''lot'' of people to make up, so it's no wonder they all start to look the same.

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** Where the series really runs headlong into this trope is in the many, many [[VictimOfTheWeek random people]] around the cast who drop dead of various murder schemes, and their friends and family who may or may not have done it. As of this edit there are more than 500 820 episodes in the anime and over 700 960 chapters in the manga... and the typical one or two episode case introduces a minimum of 4 to 6 one-shot characters. That is a ''lot'' of people to make up, so it's no wonder they all start to look the same.
13th Jun '16 1:46:03 PM PhiSat
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* Ufotable's work for the ''Franchise/TalesSeries'' suffers greatly from this, even with non-affiliated artists creating the character designs. Look at [[VideoGame/TalesOfXillia Alvin]] and [[VideoGame/TalesOfZestiria Zaveid]], or [[VideoGame/TalesOfXillia Milla]] and [[VideoGame/TalesOfBerseria Velvet]], for example.
9th Jun '16 6:28:35 AM Adept
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* ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'' {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this in regards to how Shoujo manga tends to do this. Many of the male characters in Nozaki's manga ''Let's Fall in Love!'' use Suzuki as a character model. Nozaki himself admits it's an easy face to draw.

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* ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'' {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this has an in-universe example to {{lampshade|Hanging}} such trend in regards to how Shoujo manga tends to do this.mangas . Many of the male characters in Nozaki's manga ''Let's Fall in Love!'' use Suzuki as a character model. Nozaki himself admits it's an easy face This was exacerbated in chapter 77, where Yuzuki is completely unable to draw.tell the guys apart, and wonders why their hairstyle changes every few panels or so.
7th Jun '16 12:19:35 PM Willbyr
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[[caption-width-right:350:You can only go so far with felt and scissors, after all.]]

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** Possibly the worst offender is Aoi Nishimata, possibly best known as one of the character designers for ''{{SHUFFLE}}''. (Examples: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/nishimata-aoi-faces_8348.jpg One]], [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/marriage-royale-prism-story-character-comparison-001_8390.jpg Two]], [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/marriage-royale-prism-story-character-comparison-002_8767.jpg Three]], [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/show/50083/ Four]].)

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** Possibly the worst offender is Aoi Nishimata, possibly best known as one of the character designers for ''{{SHUFFLE}}''.''VisualNovel/{{SHUFFLE}}''. (Examples: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/nishimata-aoi-faces_8348.jpg One]], [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/marriage-royale-prism-story-character-comparison-001_8390.jpg Two]], [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/marriage-royale-prism-story-character-comparison-002_8767.jpg Three]], [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/show/50083/ Four]].)
30th May '16 4:00:24 PM Pichu-kun
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* In the beginning, ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' actually averted this, with characters having different faces. But [[ArtEvolution the art decayed]], and if the character is a young adult, it has the same chin and mouth as every other young adult. yeah, regardless of gender!!
** Several characters also strongly resemble each other; its usually justified though as most are either related in some way, or the resemblance is deliberately symbolic (for instance, Yahiko/ Deva Pain looks almost exactly like an older Naruto; this is probably to reflect his status as an EvilCounterpart).

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* In the beginning, ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' actually averted this, with characters having different faces. But [[ArtEvolution the art decayed]], and if the character is a young adult, it has the same chin and mouth as every other young adult. yeah, regardless of gender!!
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gender! Several characters also strongly resemble each other; its usually justified though as most are either related in some way, or the resemblance is deliberately symbolic (for instance, Yahiko/ Deva Pain looks almost exactly like an older Naruto; this is probably to reflect his status as an EvilCounterpart).



* Creator/KyotoAnimation has been running into this problem as of late. After the runaway success of ''Manga/KOn'', many characters of their later anime like ''{{Literature/Hyouka}}'' and ''Anime/TamakoMarket'' uses the same basic facial model for the girls ''and'' the boys.
** ''{{Anime/Free}}'' runs into this problem as well. Girls and younger-looking boys such as Nagisa and Nitori (as well as ''full grown adult'' Ms. Amakata) tend to follow the standard PuniPlush model. {{Bishonen}} boys end up either looking like Haruka or Makoto. Particularly Makoto, as ''Eternal Summer'''s Sousuke looks like a darker-haired Makoto with TsurimeEyes, while Rei's brother looks ''exactly'' like Makoto with [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue hair.]]

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* Creator/KyotoAnimation has been running into this problem as of late. After the runaway success of ''Manga/KOn'', many characters of their later anime like ''{{Literature/Hyouka}}'' ''{{Literature/Hyouka}}'', ''Anime/TamakoMarket'', and ''Anime/TamakoMarket'' ''Literature/SoundEuphonium'' uses the same basic facial model for the girls ''and'' the boys.
** ''{{Anime/Free}}''
boys. Their styles are actually different between anime when you compare them, but they're still very similar to the casual eye which has made many people mistake Kyoto Animation for only having one art style.
* ''{{Anime/Free}}'', another Kyoto Animation work,
runs into this problem as well. Girls and younger-looking boys such as Nagisa and Nitori (as well as ''full grown adult'' Ms. Amakata) tend to follow the standard PuniPlush model. {{Bishonen}} boys end up either looking like Haruka or Makoto. Particularly Makoto, as ''Eternal Summer'''s Sousuke looks like a darker-haired Makoto with TsurimeEyes, while Rei's brother looks ''exactly'' like Makoto with [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue hair.]]



* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' is relatively well-known for this, as a common story involves Betty or Veronica merely placing on a wig to imitate the other, leaving every other character completely fooled. In fact, the only female characters in Archie Comics not to have the same body and face type are either older women, the rare 'super-attractive' types such as Cheryl Blossom or Melody, who possess larger busts and more curves, or the {{Gonk}}s like Big Ethel.

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* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' ''Franchise/ArchieComics'':
** ''Archie''
is relatively well-known for this, as a common story involves Betty or Veronica merely placing on a wig to imitate the other, leaving every other character completely fooled. In fact, the only female characters in Archie Comics not to have the same body and face type are either older women, the rare 'super-attractive' types such as Cheryl Blossom or Melody, who possess larger busts and more curves, or the {{Gonk}}s like Big Ethel.



* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the DVD commentary of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', in which all of the background and minor characters are "played" by the same, slightly-altered CGI model (dubbed "Universal Man"). Yes, even the female characters.

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* Creator/{{Pixar}}:
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{{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the DVD commentary of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', in which all of the background and minor characters are "played" by the same, slightly-altered CGI model (dubbed "Universal Man"). Yes, even the female characters.



*** Overall though, Pixar had been pretty good at averting this. Even when using the same model, they've been able to create [[CastOfSnowflakes pretty unique characters]], whether they be background or main.
* The financially-strapped Creator/{{Disney}} used [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihS970ymuC0&feature=channel_page several]] ''iconic'' dance scenes, from at least three different movies, over again in ''Disney/RobinHood''. Deja vu, much? All the scenes were drawn from the exact same live-action source material (and, in some cases, Xeroxs of that material).

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*** ** Overall though, Pixar had been pretty good at averting this. Even when using the same model, they've been able to create [[CastOfSnowflakes pretty unique characters]], whether they be background or main.
* The financially-strapped Creator/{{Disney}} used [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihS970ymuC0&feature=channel_page com/watch?v=ihS970ymuC0 several]] ''iconic'' dance scenes, from at least three different movies, over again in ''Disney/RobinHood''. Deja vu, much? All the scenes were drawn from the exact same live-action source material (and, in some cases, Xeroxs of that material).



* In the Disney fandom this is called "Sameface Syndrome", a phrase which is commonly used as a criticism of face-recycling in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon, often with detractors of ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''.

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* In the Disney fandom this is called "Sameface Syndrome", a phrase which is commonly used as a criticism of face-recycling in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon, often with detractors of ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''. It's likely due to being designed by the same artist however Rapunzel from ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', Ariel from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', and Anna from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' have similarities. Rapunzel cameos in ''Frozen'' which has lead fans to believe [[StrongFamilyResemblance she is Anna's and Elsa's cousin]], though nothing has been confirmed.



* In the earlier ''Literature/WarriorCats'' graphic novels by James L. Barry, there are hardly any variations in character design. This isn't a problem usually, because in the ''Graystripe's Adventure'' series not very many characters appeared at the same time, but in crowd shots it's very problematic. it's especially hilarious in the gathering at the end when there are four cats in the crowd who look exactly like Ravenpaw.

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* In the earlier ''Literature/WarriorCats'' graphic novels by James L. Barry, there are hardly any variations in character design. This isn't a problem usually, because in the ''Graystripe's Adventure'' series not very many characters appeared at the same time, but in crowd shots it's very problematic. it's It's especially hilarious in the gathering at the end when there are four cats in the crowd who look exactly like Ravenpaw.



* In ''VideoGame/{{The Sims|1}}'', there are only about 8 faces and 3 skintones (dark, medium, light) to choose from for each gender and age group (adult or child). In ''VideoGame/TheSims2'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheSims3 3]]'', this is changed and the "Create A Sim" options are greatly improved. However, in ''The Sims 2'', the NPC's or Townies often only have faces from the pre made faces in CAS, leading to various nicknames by fans (e.g. the mailwoman Dagmar Bertino has "Face 1", which is considered to be the prettiest face).

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* ''VideoGame/TheSims'':
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In ''VideoGame/{{The Sims|1}}'', there are only about 8 faces and 3 skintones (dark, medium, light) to choose from for each gender and age group (adult or child). In ''VideoGame/TheSims2'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheSims3 3]]'', this is changed and the "Create A Sim" options are greatly improved. However, in ''The Sims 2'', the NPC's or Townies often only have faces from the pre made faces in CAS, leading to various nicknames by fans (e.g. the mailwoman Dagmar Bertino has "Face 1", which is considered to be the prettiest face).



* The [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] series is a big offender when it comes to non-human characters. All characters who are Toads, Goombas, Koopa Troopas, etc. tend to have exactly the same face and body, sometimes being distinguished by their clothes or facial hair (or, in some Koopa Troopas cases, shell color). And all Yoshis look exactly the same except for their color scheme (and many times, even the colors repeat). While all members of a species looking the same makes sense when they're enemies, it gets annoying when you're dealing with actual characters: It's impossible to tell if you're looking at the "main" Toad or a generic one, or whether the green Yoshi Mario rides through the different games in the series is always the same one. And the fact that [[ADogNamedDog the names of the "main" Toad and Yoshi are just "Toad" and "Yoshi" respectively]] doesn't help, either.

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* The [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] ''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]'' series is a big offender when it comes to non-human characters. All characters who are Toads, Goombas, Koopa Troopas, etc. tend to have exactly the same face and body, sometimes being distinguished by their clothes or facial hair (or, in some Koopa Troopas cases, shell color). And all Yoshis look exactly the same except for their color scheme (and many times, even the colors repeat). While all members of a species looking the same makes sense when they're enemies, it gets annoying when you're dealing with actual characters: It's impossible to tell if you're looking at the "main" Toad or a generic one, or whether the green Yoshi Mario rides through the different games in the series is always the same one. And the fact that [[ADogNamedDog the names of the "main" Toad and Yoshi are just "Toad" and "Yoshi" respectively]] doesn't help, either.



* Nearly every incarnation of ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' has featured a cast of identical ponies, [[PaletteSwap distinguished only by their colors]], because all the toys used the exact same mold. In the 1980s and 2000s series, they even often had the same hairstyle. ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Friendship is Magic]]'' gave the main characters unique eyes and hairstyles, but their face shapes and bodies are identical to most every other pony. Male ponies were given [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics more distinctly masculine heads]]. Some characters were designed with entirely unique heads, bodies, and/or facial features, most of which were recycled into new background extras in season two.

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* Nearly every incarnation of ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' has featured a cast of identical ponies, [[PaletteSwap distinguished only by their colors]], because all the toys used the exact same mold. In the 1980s [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends 1980s]] and 2000s [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3 2000s]] series, they even often had the same hairstyle. ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Friendship is Magic]]'' gave the main characters unique eyes and hairstyles, but their face shapes and bodies are identical to most every other pony. Male ponies were given [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics more distinctly masculine heads]]. Some characters were designed with entirely unique heads, bodies, and/or facial features, most of which were recycled into new background extras in season two.


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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' most of the females share a similar face. The ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'' comic reboot averts this by [[CastFullOfSnowflakes making the designs more diverse]].
22nd May '16 12:15:12 AM Eievie
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In RealLife, different people have different faces - barring identical twins or doppelgangers - but this does not always hold true when it comes to media. Sure, a child, teenager, and adult of both sexes will be visually distinct from each other (often solely [[TeensAreShort by height]]), but beyond that ... ''all bets are off''.

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In RealLife, different people have different faces - barring faces--barring identical twins or doppelgangers - but doppelgangers--but this does not always hold true when it comes to media. Sure, a child, teenager, and adult of both sexes will be visually distinct from each other (often solely [[TeensAreShort by height]]), but beyond that ... thatů ''all bets are off''.
21st May '16 10:37:04 AM Saber15
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* In the ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' games, a given NPC is usually generated by picking from a list of roughly half a dozen faces per race and assigning a race-appropriate name from a similar list. Major characters such as Saya Kho sometimes get their own face. Returns in ''Videogame/XRebirth'' where there is only about a dozen character models, randomized alternate uniforms, attachments such as hats and eyeglasses, and alternate voices and personalities make it somewhat less obvious.

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* In the ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' games, a given NPC is usually generated by picking from a list of roughly half a dozen faces per race and assigning a race-appropriate name from a similar list. Major characters such as Saya Kho sometimes get their own face. Returns in ''Videogame/XRebirth'' where there is only about a dozen character models, randomized models. However, alternate uniforms, attachments such as hats and eyeglasses, and alternate voices and personalities make it somewhat less obvious.
21st May '16 10:36:20 AM Saber15
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* In the ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' games, a given NPC is usually generated by picking from a list of roughly half a dozen faces per race and assigning a race-appropriate name from a similar list. Major characters such as Saya Kho sometimes get their own face.

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* In the ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' games, a given NPC is usually generated by picking from a list of roughly half a dozen faces per race and assigning a race-appropriate name from a similar list. Major characters such as Saya Kho sometimes get their own face. Returns in ''Videogame/XRebirth'' where there is only about a dozen character models, randomized alternate uniforms, attachments such as hats and eyeglasses, and alternate voices and personalities make it somewhat less obvious.
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