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1st Feb '16 4:16:53 PM merotoker
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*** Considering how many plots have been constructing in recent years using the fact that two characters look alike, either it was all planned from the beginning (every single lookalike? It's Aoyama Gosho)... or Aoyama realised this over time and has been finding quite epic ways to {{lampshade|Hanging}} it since. A whole plot, for example, focused on how much Satou and [[spoiler:Kobayashi without her glasses]] look alike, and how that disrupts Shiratori's search for the girl he's loved for years, and it had people mistaking one woman for the other [[spoiler: and spreading the rumor that Shiratori is LovingAShadow ([[TrueLove He's not]]).]]
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*** Considering how many plots have been constructing in recent years using the fact that two characters look alike, either it was all planned from the beginning (every single lookalike? It's Aoyama Gosho)... or Aoyama realised this over time and has been finding quite epic ways to {{lampshade|Hanging}} it since. A whole plot, for example, focused on how much Satou and [[spoiler:Kobayashi without her glasses]] look alike, and how that disrupts Shiratori's search for the girl he's loved for years, and it had people mistaking one woman for the other [[spoiler: and spreading the rumor that Shiratori is LovingAShadow ([[TrueLove He's not]]).]]not]])]].

* All of Creator/ArinaTanemura's main heroines have a similar face, [[BigEyesLittleEyes gigantic-eyed and all]], with eye-size variations and her male characters only occasionally bear different-sized eyes and pupils. She is fond of long hair so most of heroines also have RapunzelHair, though she does style it differently from character to character.
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* All of Creator/ArinaTanemura's main heroines have a similar face, [[BigEyesLittleEyes gigantic-eyed and all]], with eye-size variations and her male characters only occasionally bear different-sized eyes and pupils. She is fond of long hair so most of heroines also have RapunzelHair, though she does style it differently from character to character.

* ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'' [[LampshadedTrope Lampshades]] 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'' [[LampshadedTrope Lampshades]] {{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.

** It is [[AvertedTrope averted]] in ComicBook/AfterlifeWithArchie, as Francesco Francavilla manages to give every character a distinctive face and body. His Betty and Veronica are quite different (with Betty being taller, bustier and less slender than Ronnie), and it only diversifies from there.
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** It is [[AvertedTrope averted]] {{averted|Trope}} in ComicBook/AfterlifeWithArchie, as Francesco Francavilla manages to give every character a distinctive face and body. His Betty and Veronica are quite different (with Betty being taller, bustier and less slender than Ronnie), and it only diversifies from there.

* During UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}}, Superman would run into lookalikes often - from his Kandorian cousin to a movie actor- who were ''so'' similar to him that they could (and did) pass for him. This was an intentional plot point. I guess Supes is supposed to have "one of those faces" which helps to explain his ClarkKenting - somewhat. ** It wasn't just Superman - Comicbook/JimmyOlsen and Comicbook/LoisLane encountered identical duplicates of themselves on a semi-regular basis, too. Editor Mort Weisinger actually claimed (in response to a reader questioning the plausibility of this) that [[VoodooShark it was a real-world fact that everybody on Earth has one or more exact lookalikes running around]]! (You haven't met yours? Obviously you just haven't been looking hard enough!)
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* During UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}}, Superman would run into lookalikes often - from his Kandorian cousin to a movie actor- who were ''so'' similar to him that they could (and did) pass for him. This was an intentional plot point. I guess Supes is just supposed to have "one of those faces" which helps to explain his ClarkKenting - somewhat. ** somewhat. It wasn't just Superman - Comicbook/JimmyOlsen and Comicbook/LoisLane encountered identical duplicates of themselves on a semi-regular basis, too. Editor Mort Weisinger actually claimed (in response to a reader questioning the plausibility of this) that [[VoodooShark it was a real-world fact that everybody on Earth has one or more exact lookalikes running around]]! (You haven't met yours? Obviously you just haven't been looking hard enough!)

* Mark Bagley is a major offender, especially in ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan.'' He is often forgiven for this because he is an inhumanly fast penciller - in an era where comic fans are used to delays, Bagley has a habit of getting issues out early. ** Plus he used this to astounding effect in the Ultimate Clone Saga, wherein Peter's [[spoiler: OppositeSexClone really does look exactly like him, only female]]. Though Bagley does repeat his faces, they look much more like each other than any other character. *** Similarly, the Ultimate Richard Parker was immediately recognizable as the 616 version of Peter Parker.
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* Mark Bagley is a major offender, especially in ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan.'' He is often forgiven for this because he is an inhumanly fast penciller - in an era where comic fans are used to delays, Bagley has a habit of getting issues out early. ** early. Plus he used this to astounding effect in the Ultimate Clone Saga, wherein Peter's [[spoiler: OppositeSexClone really does look exactly like him, only female]]. Though Bagley does repeat his faces, they look much more like each other than any other character. *** character. Similarly, the Ultimate Richard Parker was immediately recognizable as the 616 version of Peter Parker.

* A big problem for Steve Dillon, who draws faces very distinctively and very uniformly. Sadly this wasn't always the case, Dillon is an excellent draftsman, but even he has admitted to oversimplifying things in his work. ** This resulted in the "everyone is Frank" meme - because Dillon's work on ThePunisher was so famous, Frank Castle's [[PerpetualFrowner scowly mug]] is most noticeable when Dillon makes use of it or tries to modify it.
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* A big problem for Steve Dillon, who draws faces very distinctively and very uniformly. Sadly this wasn't always the case, Dillon is an excellent draftsman, but even he has admitted to oversimplifying things in his work. ** work. This resulted in the "everyone is Frank" meme - because Dillon's work on ThePunisher ComicBook/ThePunisher was so famous, Frank Castle's [[PerpetualFrowner scowly mug]] is most noticeable when Dillon makes use of it or tries to modify it.

** Former artist/writer Ken Penders, after leaving the comic, had this trope levied at him over his echidna characters with people noting that they're all just Knuckles with clothes and more/less hair. It doesn't help that they're ''still'' like this even when he's retooling them for his own work. ** It doesn't help that current artists are redesigning character who originally subverted this trope to fit it to a tee. Bunnie and Sally in particular had rather original designs before gradually being slowly retooled to look only slightly refined from standard games characters such as Cream and Marine.
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** Former artist/writer Ken Penders, Creator/KenPenders, after leaving the comic, had this trope levied at him over his echidna characters with people noting that they're all just Knuckles with clothes and more/less hair. It doesn't help that they're ''still'' like this even when he's retooling them for his own work. ** It doesn't help that current artists are redesigning character characters who originally subverted this trope to fit it to a tee. Bunnie and Sally in particular had rather original designs before gradually being slowly retooled to look only slightly refined from standard games characters such as Cream and Marine.

* The financially-strapped 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''. Along with some other [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOIrXGd51jE&feature=channel_page scenes]]. Deja vu, much? All the scenes were drawn from the exact same live-action source material (and, in some cases, Xeroxs of that material). * Done to some extent in the live-action [[TheViewAskewniverse View Askewniverse]] movies, as the same actor can play two or three characters in the series. Creator/BenAffleck appeared in two roles in ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'', first as Holden [=McNeil=] and then later as ''himself''.
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* The financially-strapped Disney 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''. Along with some other [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOIrXGd51jE&feature=channel_page scenes]]. Deja vu, much? All the scenes were drawn from the exact same live-action source material (and, in some cases, Xeroxs of that material). * Done to some extent in the live-action [[TheViewAskewniverse [[Franchise/TheViewAskewniverse View Askewniverse]] movies, as the same actor can play two or three characters in the series. Creator/BenAffleck appeared in two roles in ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'', first as Holden [=McNeil=] and then later as ''himself''.

* Akihiko Yoshida is notorious for this. Almost every character he designs (particularly in games like ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' and sequels, and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' (DS)) has the same face, albeit with a few characteristics. It's quite an accomplishment when even some of the males and females look the same. ** The biggest culprit here is that he rarely gives the characters ''noses''. It is really difficult to differentiate characters when one of the biggest facial features is just missing.
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* Akihiko Yoshida is notorious for this. Almost every character he designs (particularly in games like ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' and sequels, and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' (DS)) has the same face, albeit with a few characteristics. It's quite an accomplishment when even some of the males and females look the same. ** same. The biggest culprit here is that he rarely gives the characters ''noses''. It is really difficult to differentiate characters when one of the biggest facial features is just missing.

* ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' has this for all the minor NPC characters, those who are more important get a slightly different face along with different hair style/color and/or such.
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* ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' has this for all the minor NPC characters, characters; those who are more important get a slightly different face along with different hair style/color and/or such.

* {{Justified}} in ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'' as most of the characters are Franchise/{{Barbie}} dolls.
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* {{Justified}} {{Justified|Trope}} in ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'' as most of the characters are Franchise/{{Barbie}} dolls.

** Cleverly lampshaded in the episode "The Coon", in which after spending the entire episode keeping the other characters - and the audience - guessing as to his identity, masked vigilante "Mysterion" finally removes his mask, revealing him to be... [[TheUnreveal completely indistinguishable from every other boy in the show.]] Just to rub it in, the rest of the characters recognize him instantly, but don't say his name. Later episodes reveal him to be [[spoiler:Kenny.]]
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** Cleverly lampshaded in the episode "The Coon", in which after spending the entire episode keeping the other characters - and the audience - guessing as to his identity, masked vigilante "Mysterion" finally removes his mask, revealing him to be... [[TheUnreveal completely indistinguishable from every other boy in the show.]] Just to rub it in, the rest of the characters recognize him instantly, but don't say his name. Later episodes reveal him to be [[spoiler:Kenny.]][[spoiler:Kenny]].

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26th Jan '16 6:16:49 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''Manga/GekkanShoujoNozakiKun'' [[LampshadedTrope Lampshades]] 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/GekkanShoujoNozakiKun'' ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'' [[LampshadedTrope Lampshades]] 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.
22nd Jan '16 10:20:39 PM nombretomado
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* After the wonderful contrast of Creator/HughLaurie's near-bishounen Bertie and crooked-nosed StephenFry's round-faced Jeeves in ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'', and [[http://axxc.nl/pgw/boe/inim.htm the gajillion different artist's interpretations of the two over the years]], it's a more than a little disappointing to read the manga ''Please, Jeeves'' and find that ALL the men have the same face-shape, just with different eyes and hair.
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* After the wonderful contrast of Creator/HughLaurie's near-bishounen Bertie and crooked-nosed StephenFry's Creator/StephenFry's round-faced Jeeves in ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'', and [[http://axxc.nl/pgw/boe/inim.htm the gajillion different artist's interpretations of the two over the years]], it's a more than a little disappointing to read the manga ''Please, Jeeves'' and find that ALL the men have the same face-shape, just with different eyes and hair.
8th Jan '16 4:42:30 PM eroock
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->4. What kind of women do you prefer/identify with?\\
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->4. ->''"4. What kind of women do you prefer/identify with?\\with?"\\

Cute girls who look the same as other girls but are secretly demons with dark hair
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Cute girls who look the same as other girls but are secretly demons with dark hairhair''
24th Dec '15 10:32:05 AM Twentington
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** Possibly the best LampshadeHanging however came in a ''Mad Magazine'' parody. At one point in the comic, the characters all wake up naked in a hospital bed, and the Stan and Kyle expies can no longer tell which of them is which. The Cartman expy suggests they look under the covers, since "Kyle" is Jewish. You can work out the joke from there.
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** Possibly the best LampshadeHanging however came in a ''Mad Magazine'' parody.''Magazine/{{Cracked}}'' magazine parody[[note]]''Cracked'' used to be a parody mag akin to ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' before it became a humor website[[/note]]. At one point in the comic, the characters all wake up naked in a hospital bed, and the Stan and Kyle expies can no longer tell which of them is which. The Cartman expy suggests they look under the covers, since "Kyle" is Jewish. You can work out the joke from there.
24th Dec '15 9:12:09 AM lalaTKG
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* The Matsuno brothers in ''Manga/{{OsomatsuKun}}'' are a group of sextuplets who's identities are often confused due to their strong semblance with each other. ** Invoked in ''Anime/{{OsomatsuSan}}'''s ending song ''Six Same Faces''
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* The Fujio Akatsuka's mangas tend to avert this by giving characters [[CastOfSnowflakes very recognizable faces]], but it still crops up in some of his works. Pretty girls like [[Manga/HimitsuNoAkkoChan Akko]] or [[Manga/OsomatsuKun Totoko]] tend to have a standard "doe-eyed" look, and small children tend to have a "bird-mouthed" look similar to Chibita. Justified for the Matsuno brothers in ''Manga/{{OsomatsuKun}}'' of ''Manga/OsomatsuKun'', however, as they are a group of sextuplets who's identities are often confused due to their strong semblance with each other. sextuplets. ** Invoked in ''Anime/{{OsomatsuSan}}'''s ''Anime/OsomatsuSan'''s first ending song theme ''Six Same Faces''Faces'', where the boys date a group of same-faced sextuplet girls and talk about how both sets seemed to encounter the same person 6 times.
20th Dec '15 7:17:22 PM Pichu-kun
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** ''{{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. 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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** ''{{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. Boys {{Bishonen}} boys end up either looking like Haruka or Makoto. Particularly Makoto, as ''Eternal Summer'''s Sousuke looks like a Darker-haired darker-haired Makoto with TsurimeEyes, while Rei's brother looks ''exactly'' like Makoto with [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue hair.]]

** It [[DependingOnTheArtist varies]] from artist to artist. Sometimes Cheryl Blossom and Melody have the same body as every other girl. Cheryl Blossom is lucky enough to get a slightly different face most of the time, though.
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** It [[DependingOnTheArtist varies]] from artist to artist. Sometimes Cheryl Blossom and Melody have the same body as every other girl. Cheryl Blossom is lucky enough to get a slightly different face most of the time, though. In the early comics before the series developed its signature style, the two looked more different as well.

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** It [[DependingOnTheArtist varies]] from artist This trope is also averted in [[ComicBook/ArchieComics2015 the 2015 reboot]], where more effort is given to artist. Sometimes Cheryl Blossom distinguish Betty and Melody have the same body as every other girl. Cheryl Blossom is lucky enough to get a slightly different face most of the time, though.Veronica .
6th Dec '15 9:32:51 PM Kotomikun
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* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'', with the exception of a handful of early pieces, tends to have ''zero'' faces.
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* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'', with the exception of a handful of early pieces, tends to have ''zero'' faces. For a long time, the only body types were male (circle-headed stick figure), female (circle-headed stick figure with hair), and the recurring characters Black Hat Guy and White Beret Guy. Later comics added more hairstyles, but still no faces.
6th Dec '15 7:40:11 PM s5555
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* The Matsuno brothers in ''Manga/{{OsomatsuKun}}'' are a group of sextuplets who's identities are often confused due to their strong semblance with each other. ** Invoked in ''Anime/{{OsomatsuSan}}'''s ending song ''Six Same Faces''
13th Nov '15 9:44:02 AM FordPrefect
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The opposite of this trope is a CastOfSnowflakes, where even the most incidental characters designs tend to be unique and well-defined. Sounds like but is unrelated to SameFaceDifferentName, which is about creators going by different monikers. A ''clever'' creator can work around this and create a ReusedCharacterDesign habit.
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The opposite of this trope is a CastOfSnowflakes, where even the most incidental characters characters' designs tend to be unique and well-defined. Sounds like but is unrelated to SameFaceDifferentName, which is about creators going by different monikers. A ''clever'' creator can work around this and create a ReusedCharacterDesign habit.
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