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21st Feb '17 12:59:19 AM Trueman001
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* In {{Film/Help}}, the Asian villain Clang is unable to tell the Beatles apart.
11th Feb '17 3:47:10 PM ILikeRobots
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** There are a few instances of this in the manga. WordOfGod notes that [[GentleGiant Sweden's]] face is very similar to [[DrillSergeantNasty Germany]] and [[BloodKnight Prussia's]] faces, albeit with the idea of a "stern expression" more prominent; he explains this by saying that Sweden [[StrongFamilyResemblance has family ties]] to Germany's ancestor [[TheStoic Germania]]. In another instance, he acknowledges that [[LargeHam Kugelmugel]] looks like pretty much exactly like a shorter [[IJustWantToBeNormal Iceland]] with braided twintails.

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** There are a few instances of this in the manga. WordOfGod notes that [[GentleGiant Sweden's]] face is very similar to [[DrillSergeantNasty Germany]] and [[BloodKnight Prussia's]] faces, albeit with the idea of a "stern expression" more prominent; he explains this by saying that Sweden [[StrongFamilyResemblance has family ties]] to Germany's ancestor [[TheStoic Germania]]. In another instance, he acknowledges that [[LargeHam Kugelmugel]] looks like pretty much exactly like a shorter [[IJustWantToBeNormal Iceland]] with braided twintails.
11th Feb '17 3:45:52 PM ILikeRobots
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* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' downplays this. While it has tons of GenericCuteness and often relies on characteristics like IdiotHair, many characters have distinctive eye shapes, face shapes, and expressions. The first four seasons of the anime adaptation, however, play it very straight, and doesn't help by giving ''everybody'' except for Cuba the exact same skin color.

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* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' downplays this. ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia:''
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While it has tons of GenericCuteness and often relies on characteristics like IdiotHair, many characters have distinctive eye shapes, face shapes, and expressions. The first four seasons of the anime adaptation, however, play it very straight, and doesn't help by giving ''everybody'' except for Cuba the exact same skin color.
28th Jan '17 9:52:57 AM Mullon
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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. This resulted in the "everyone is Frank" meme - because Dillon's work on 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.

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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. This resulted in the "everyone is Frank" meme - because Dillon's work on 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.it, including women, especially when they get mad they turn into skinny Frank Castles in wigs.
4th Jan '17 5:41:46 PM ILikeRobots
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** There are a few instances of this in the manga. WordOfGod notes that [[GentleGiant Sweden's]] face is very similar to [[DrillSergeantNasty Germany]] and [[BloodKnight Prussia's]] faces, albeit with the idea of a "stern expression" more prominent; he explains this by saying that Sweden [[StrongFamilyResemblance has family ties]] to Germany's ancestor [[TheStoic Germania]]. In another instance, he acknowledges that [[LargeHam Kugelmugel]] looks like pretty much exactly like a shorter [[IJustWantToBeNormal Iceland]] with braided twintails.
8th Dec '16 10:33:45 PM AgentTasmania
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* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' has ''one'' face. Luckily, it's a gag-a-day comic with zero recurring characters.



* 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 [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends 1980s]] and [[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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* 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 [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends 1980s]] and [[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 Stallions were given [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics larger, more distinctly masculine heads]].angular snouts]] and are visibly larger. 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.
5th Dec '16 9:42:56 PM GregPagano
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* The aliens in ''Film/TheArrival'' are guilty of this, which allows the hero to track them down.
* Done to some extent in the live-action [[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''.
** Walt Flanagan played no less than four roles in ''Film/{{Clerks}}'', and that was before he began the recurring role as the Fanboy. Kevin Smith even dubbed him the Lon Chaney of TheNineties.
* Live-action war movies can be like this, since often everyone is a young man with a crew cut wearing fatigues, a helmet and a lot of obscuring mud. If the army in question is integrated, there might at least be a TokenBlack guy.
* Mostly averted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}'', which features a few background characters that are variants on the same model, but otherwise has a fairly diverse array of character designs.
* ''Animation/BeautyAndWarrior'': The only differences between the female goddesses are the colors of their clothing and hairstyles; and the only difference between the two brothers is eye color.
* A common problem in slasher films and any other horror film that serves mainly as an excuse to have various people die. Due to the lack of character development these films tend to have, add to that directors hiring similar looking actresses and actors, it can become really difficult at times to tell exactly who of the cast has died.



* In ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}} Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa]]'' Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman find a herd of zebras, among the many herds on the game preserve, and Alex has a hard time distinguishing Marty from the others. He finally manages to identify Marty using the scar on Marty's rump from when Alex bit him in the first movie. In real life, each zebra's pattern of stripes is unique, like human fingerprints. However, it would be like trying to identify a human by using ''only'' the fingerprints through a magnifying glass, a task that would be quite difficult.



* Invoked by the filmmakers of ''WesternAnimation/{{Anomalisa}}''. Michael suffers from the Fregoli Delusion, a rare syndrome in which the person believes that multiple people are the same person in disguise. With the exception of the eponymous Lisa, to Michael everyone appears to be the same generic white guy, the only variation being different clothing and hairstyles.



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* In ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'', all the girls look the same, only varying by their hairstyles. WordOfGod says it's because Greg "thinks all girls are the same" and "doesn't quite understand them yet".
* 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 ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'', all the girls look the same, only varying by their hairstyles. WordOfGod says it's because Greg "thinks all girls are the same" and "doesn't quite understand them yet".
* In the earlier ''Literature/WarriorCats'' graphic novels by James L. Barry, there are hardly any variations
Mostly averted in character design. This isn't ''WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}'', which features a problem usually, because in the ''Graystripe's Adventure'' series not very many few background characters appeared at that are variants on the same time, model, but in crowd shots it's very problematic. It's especially hilarious otherwise has a fairly diverse array of character designs.
* ''Animation/BeautyAndWarrior'': The only differences between the female goddesses are the colors of their clothing and hairstyles; and the only difference between the two brothers is eye color.
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}} Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa]]'' Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman find a herd of zebras, among the many herds on the game preserve, and Alex has a hard time distinguishing Marty from the others. He finally manages to identify Marty using the scar on Marty's rump from when Alex bit him
in the gathering at the end when there are four cats in the crowd who look exactly first movie. In real life, each zebra's pattern of stripes is unique, like Ravenpaw.human fingerprints. However, it would be like trying to identify a human by using ''only'' the fingerprints through a magnifying glass, a task that would be quite difficult.
* Invoked by the filmmakers of ''WesternAnimation/{{Anomalisa}}''. Michael suffers from the Fregoli Delusion, a rare syndrome in which the person believes that multiple people are the same person in disguise. With the exception of the eponymous Lisa, to Michael everyone appears to be the same generic white guy, the only variation being different clothing and hairstyles.


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* The aliens in ''Film/TheArrival'' are guilty of this, which allows the hero to track them down.
* Done to some extent in the live-action [[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''.
** Walt Flanagan played no less than four roles in ''Film/{{Clerks}}'', and that was before he began the recurring role as the Fanboy. Kevin Smith even dubbed him the Lon Chaney of TheNineties.
* Live-action war movies can be like this, since often everyone is a young man with a crew cut wearing fatigues, a helmet and a lot of obscuring mud. If the army in question is integrated, there might at least be a TokenBlack guy.
* A common problem in slasher films and any other horror film that serves mainly as an excuse to have various people die. Due to the lack of character development these films tend to have, add to that directors hiring similar looking actresses and actors, it can become really difficult at times to tell exactly who of the cast has died.
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* In ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'', all the girls look the same, only varying by their hairstyles. WordOfGod says it's because Greg "thinks all girls are the same" and "doesn't quite understand them yet".
* 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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5th Dec '16 8:49:22 AM YasminPerry
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* Ignoring the {{expy}} nature of most of the side characters from ''Manga/SailorMoon''--imported from ''Manga/CodenameWaSailorV''-- Creator/NaokoTakeuchi really only has about six faces for all her series: The deep male, the innocent male, the mature female, the innocent female, the cheery female, and the nondescript either. And even the mature vs. innocent looks are often blurred during mature moments, and vice-versa. A good example is [[http://mangastyle.net/book1/1-27-28B.jpg this]] - everyone's wearing similar facial expressions and a face swap should lead to near identical results. Male characters do look very similar, this is more blatant with Ao no Sapphire, who not only has the standard young male face, but his hair is almost the same in style and color as Mamoru's, just a with a very slight wave and [[PurpleIsTheNewBlack stylized more bluish]]. In some parts of the manga, where the hair of both guys in black (The manga is in [[DeliberatelyMonochrome black and white]]) is very hard to distinguish them if it wasn't by Sapphire's black moon mark in the forehead. It's also why Haruka's {{Bifauxnen}} look is so convincing, as she's given the "young man" facial structure.

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* Ignoring the {{expy}} nature of most of the side characters from ''Manga/SailorMoon''--imported from ''Manga/CodenameWaSailorV''-- Creator/NaokoTakeuchi really only has about six faces for all her series: The deep male, the innocent male, the mature female, the innocent female, the cheery female, and the nondescript either. And even the mature vs. innocent looks are often blurred during mature moments, and vice-versa. A good example is [[http://mangastyle.net/book1/1-27-28B.net/images/artbook1/sailormoon-artbook-1-27-28.jpg this]] - everyone's wearing similar facial expressions and a face swap should lead to near identical results. Male characters do look very similar, this is more blatant with Ao no Sapphire, who not only has the standard young male face, but his hair is almost the same in style and color as Mamoru's, just a with a very slight wave and [[PurpleIsTheNewBlack stylized more bluish]]. In some parts of the manga, where the hair of both guys in black (The manga is in [[DeliberatelyMonochrome black and white]]) is very hard to distinguish them if it wasn't by Sapphire's black moon mark in the forehead. It's also why Haruka's {{Bifauxnen}} look is so convincing, as she's given the "young man" facial structure.
3rd Dec '16 6:55:44 PM Twentington
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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]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' most of the females share a similar face. The ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'' comic reboot averts this by [[CastFullOfSnowflakes [[CastOfSnowflakes making the designs more diverse]].
3rd Dec '16 6:49:24 PM Twentington
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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.

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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 led fans to believe [[StrongFamilyResemblance she is Anna's and Elsa's cousin]], though nothing has been confirmed.
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