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2nd Jun '16 1:44:18 PM Eievie
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A plot in which two siblings (usually identical twins) who were separated at birth now meet up as youngsters or adults. Usually the twins are mistaken for one another by family/friends and HilarityEnsues. Often the two characters were previously unhappy with their lots in life, [[PrinceAndPauper but after having walked a mile in somebody else's shoes, they gain a new appreciation for what they have]]. Notice that Separated at Birth doesn't have to apply ''literally'' - their parents might have divorced, and each parent took one kid and neither kid was told of the other's existence, but before that they were one family for some time. But Separated At Birth, especially if combined with DeathByChildbirth, can make for so much ''drama.''

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A plot in which two siblings (usually identical twins) who were separated at birth now meet up as youngsters or adults. Usually the twins are mistaken for one another by family/friends and HilarityEnsues. Often the two characters were previously unhappy with their lots in life, [[PrinceAndPauper but after having walked a mile in somebody else's shoes, they gain a new appreciation for what they have]]. Notice that Separated at Birth doesn't have to apply ''literally'' - their ''literally''--their parents might have divorced, and each parent took one kid and neither kid was told of the other's existence, but before that they were one family for some time. But Separated At Birth, especially if combined with DeathByChildbirth, can make for so much ''drama.''
22nd Apr '16 2:39:29 AM queenofthenight16
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* In the Mexican children series ''Complices al Rescate'' plot is this. Silvana and Mariana were separated from birth, but are reunited eleven years later.
14th Mar '16 6:53:12 PM M84
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* [[spoiler:Toriko and Starjun]] from ''Manga/{{Toriko}}''. [[spoiler:Starjun discovers this when eating ANOTHER awakens his Food Memory of suckling his thumb while sharing the womb with Toriko.]] He chooses to keep this to himself, so his brother remains in the dark.
12th Jan '16 6:14:16 AM JaywalkersNeverProsper
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* The German novel ''Das doppelte Lottchen'' (translated as ''Lottie and Lisa'') by Erich Kästner, and TheFilmOfTheBook ''The Parent Trap''.

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* The In the German novel ''Das doppelte Lottchen'' (translated as ''Lottie and Lisa'') ''Literature/LottieAndLisa'') by Erich Kästner, the twins are not separated straight after birth, but they were still very little when it happened and they don't remember each other, same as in TheFilmOfTheBook ''The Parent Trap''.''Film/TheParentTrap''.
18th Dec '15 11:01:29 AM Plactus
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* On ''Series/OrphanBlack'', Sarah and Helena were separated to protect them from the people who designed their line of clones. Sarah was given to the government foster system, Helena to the church.
4th Dec '15 3:42:50 PM margdean56
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* Cor (Shasta) and Corrin from ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy'' in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''.

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* Cor (Shasta) and Corrin Corin from ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy'' in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''.
28th Nov '15 1:46:58 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Tom & Thomas'', [[spoiler: the boys were left on a hospital doorstep, but before the staff knew they were there, Tom was taken away by a woman and ended up in an orphanage. Thomas was taken in by the staff and was later adopted by a kind father (played by SeanBean), who, at the end, adopted Tom, as well.]]

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* In ''Tom & Thomas'', [[spoiler: the boys were left on a hospital doorstep, but before the staff knew they were there, Tom was taken away by a woman and ended up in an orphanage. Thomas was taken in by the staff and was later adopted by a kind father (played by SeanBean), Creator/SeanBean), who, at the end, adopted Tom, as well.]]
27th Oct '15 5:19:41 PM zarpaulus
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* ''Webcomic/AddictiveScience'': Celia, manic transformation trigger-happy mad scientist; and Catherine, timid demon. Though they are a little hard to tell apart in [[http://addictivescience.katbox.net/comic/game-show/ dragon form]].



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10th Jun '15 3:38:26 AM Sheora
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* ''Heavily'' subverted in ''Anime/{{Mobile Suit Gundam 00}}''. [[spoiler: After the death of their family when they're teenagers, the twins Neil and Lyle Dylandy ''consciously'' decide to stay out of each other's lives since they weren't able to properly deal with their own problems ''and'' Neil wasn't very into the idea of having Lyle learn about his involvement with terrorists either. Ironically, more than a decade later Lyle would take up Neil's place as "Lockon Stratos" in Celestial Being and ''heavily'' deconstruct the idea of being a BackUpTwin for him.]]

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* ''Heavily'' subverted Subverted in ''Anime/{{Mobile Suit Gundam 00}}''. [[spoiler: After the death of their family when they're teenagers, the twins Neil and Lyle Dylandy ''consciously'' decide to stay out of each other's lives since they weren't able to properly deal with their own problems ''and'' Neil wasn't very into the idea of having Lyle learn about his involvement with terrorists either. Ironically, more than a decade later Lyle would take up Neil's place as "Lockon Stratos" in Celestial Being and ''heavily'' deconstruct the idea of being a BackUpTwin for him.]]
1st Jun '15 6:19:29 PM merotoker
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* ''GundamSEED'', due to the fact that Kira and Cagalli, despite being twins separated at birth and raised by different parents since [[spoiler: the twins's biological father, Ulen Hibiki, was a MadScientist who experimented on baby!Kira via having him taken out earlier despite his wife/partner Via's pleas, then 'raised' in an artificial womb until he was properly born.]] It should also be noted that [[AllThereInTheManual other materials]] state that Kira's adoptive mom Caridad Yamato is, in fact, his and Cagalli's maternal aunt (the sister of [[spoiler: the aforementioned]] Via Hibiki) [[spoiler: who took the babies in ight after their parents were murdered]]. This is a {{Homage}} to ''StarWars'' anyway...

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* ''GundamSEED'', ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', due to the fact that Kira and Cagalli, despite being twins separated at birth and raised by different parents since [[spoiler: the twins's biological father, Ulen Hibiki, was a MadScientist who experimented on baby!Kira via having him taken out earlier despite his wife/partner Via's pleas, then 'raised' in an artificial womb until he was properly born.]] It should also be noted that [[AllThereInTheManual other materials]] state that Kira's adoptive mom Caridad Yamato is, in fact, his and Cagalli's maternal aunt (the sister of [[spoiler: the aforementioned]] Via Hibiki) [[spoiler: who took the babies in ight after their parents were murdered]]. This is a {{Homage}} to ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' anyway...



* Momiji and Kaede of ''BlueSeed'' are an unusual example of this trope in that they are fraternal twins. No one would mistake one for the other but the fact that they ''are'' twins (and Kaede is the eldest, if only by minutes) has serious supernatural consequences over the course of the story since it dilutes their hereditary magical powers.
* Goku and Raditz in ''DragonBallZ''. It's a non-twin case. It's apparantly common for Saiyans to send babies to planets with weak people to kill off the population. It was later {{Retcon}}ned later, the flashback that introduced their mother shows that Goku was at least a toddler before being sent away in order to avoid his demise along with the rest of the planet. Then, Goku fell on his head and thus invoking this trope.

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* Momiji and Kaede of ''BlueSeed'' ''Manga/BlueSeed'' are an unusual example of this trope in that they are fraternal twins. No one would mistake one for the other but the fact that they ''are'' twins (and Kaede is the eldest, if only by minutes) has serious supernatural consequences over the course of the story since it dilutes their hereditary magical powers.
* Goku and Raditz in ''DragonBallZ''.''Anime/DragonBallZ''. It's a non-twin case. It's apparantly common for Saiyans to send babies to planets with weak people to kill off the population. It was later {{Retcon}}ned later, the flashback that introduced their mother shows that Goku was at least a toddler before being sent away in order to avoid his demise along with the rest of the planet. Then, Goku fell on his head and thus invoking this trope.



* Popular fan theory, along with other variants of LongLostRelative, for ''Manga/DetectiveConan'''s lead Kudo Shinichi and his {{foil}} and WorthyOpponent the Kaitou Kid. (Who had his own very brief manga series before Aoyama started Conan and folded Kid into it.) Interesting meta-use of OnlySixFaces, since what the manga-ka actually did was use the same basic design for two heroes and then {{Lampshade}} it--specifically, by showing that Kid, a MasterOfDisguise who usually relies heavily on LatexPerfection, can dress as Shinichi without a mask. Just has to change his hair and body language. [[spoiler: Which he does when he accidentally loses a part of his costume and then has to pretend that he actually ''is'' Shinichi so he won't be caught.]]

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* Popular fan theory, along with other variants of LongLostRelative, for ''Manga/DetectiveConan'''s lead Kudo Shinichi and his {{foil}} and WorthyOpponent the Kaitou Kid. (Who had his own very brief manga series before Aoyama started Conan and folded Kid into it.) Interesting meta-use of OnlySixFaces, since what the manga-ka actually did was use the same basic design for two heroes and then {{Lampshade}} {{lampshade|Hanging}} it--specifically, by showing that Kid, a MasterOfDisguise who usually relies heavily on LatexPerfection, can dress as Shinichi without a mask. Just has to change his hair and body language. [[spoiler: Which he does when he accidentally loses a part of his costume and then has to pretend that he actually ''is'' Shinichi so he won't be caught.]]



* In the Code Geass spinoff manga ''NightmareOfNunnally'', [[spoiler: Lelouch Lamperouge and Rolo vi Brittiana]] are examples.
** Though they could both fit the criteria for EvilTwin, [[spoiler: it's Rolo]] who defiantly wins the part of the Even More Evil Twin.

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* In the Code Geass ''Anime/CodeGeass'' spinoff manga ''NightmareOfNunnally'', ''[[Manga/CodeGeassNightmareOfNunnally Nightmare of Nunnally]]'', [[spoiler: Lelouch Lamperouge and Rolo vi Brittiana]] are examples.
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examples. Though they could both fit the criteria for EvilTwin, [[spoiler: it's Rolo]] who defiantly wins the part of the Even More Evil Twin.



* Another fraternal twins example, this is the case with [[spoiler:Fujisaki "Bossun" Yuusuke and Tsubaki Sasuke]] in ''Manga/SKETDance''. [[spoiler:Both of their parents died]] in the same day of their birth, and the doctor [[spoiler: adopted Sasuke as his son (at their mother's last request)]] while [[spoiler: giving Yuusuke to Akane, without telling her about Sasuke]]. Their relationship is [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadowed]] via a lot of NotSoDifferent moments.
* [[spoiler:Ryuko and Satsuki]] from ''Anime/KillLaKill'', are later revealed to be sisters. However it was revealed that after [[spoiler:Ryuko]] was casually discarded by [[spoiler:their Mother and was later rescued by their father.]] They are later reunited as enemies years later until TheReveal of [[spoiler:Ryuko's]] [[LukeIAmYourFather parentage was revealed.

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* Another fraternal twins example, this is the case with [[spoiler:Fujisaki "Bossun" Yuusuke and Tsubaki Sasuke]] in ''Manga/SKETDance''. [[spoiler:Both of their parents died]] in the same day of their birth, and the doctor [[spoiler: adopted Sasuke as his son (at their mother's last request)]] while [[spoiler: giving Yuusuke to Akane, without telling her about Sasuke]]. Their relationship is [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadowed]] {{foreshadow|ing}}ed via a lot of NotSoDifferent moments.
* [[spoiler:Ryuko and Satsuki]] from ''Anime/KillLaKill'', are later revealed to be sisters. However it was revealed that after [[spoiler:Ryuko]] was casually discarded by [[spoiler:their Mother and was later rescued by their father.]] They are later reunited as enemies years later until TheReveal of [[spoiler:Ryuko's]] [[LukeIAmYourFather parentage was revealed.revealed]].



* The Mark Waid run of ''TheFlash'' introduced Malcolm Thawne, Barry Allen's identical twin who was SwitchedAtBirth. However, while an earlier encounter was retconned in, their biological relationship didn't come out until after Barry was dead.
* In ''YoungAvengers'', with a twist. Wiccan and Speed are from different biological parents, but have the souls of the twin sons of the ScarletWitch. They therefore treat each other like brothers, especially Speed showing a lot of BigBrotherInstinct towards Wiccan.

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* The Mark Waid Creator/MarkWaid run of ''TheFlash'' ''Franchise/TheFlash'' introduced Malcolm Thawne, Barry Allen's identical twin who was SwitchedAtBirth. However, while an earlier encounter was retconned in, their biological relationship didn't come out until after Barry was dead.
* In ''YoungAvengers'', ''Comicbook/YoungAvengers'', with a twist. Wiccan and Speed are from different biological parents, but have the souls of the twin sons of the ScarletWitch.Comicbook/ScarletWitch. They therefore treat each other like brothers, especially Speed showing a lot of BigBrotherInstinct towards Wiccan.



* ''WonderWoman'' used to have a twin sister named Nubia who was stolen at birth. Post-Crisis they rebooted her to be unrelated to Diana.

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* ''WonderWoman'' ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' used to have a twin sister named Nubia who was stolen at birth. Post-Crisis Comicbook/PostCrisis they rebooted her to be unrelated to Diana.



* Luke and Leia in ''StarWars'' were SeparatedAtBirth to [[ChangelingFantasy hide them from their father]].
* This trope was subverted in the movie ''Film/{{Twins}}'' with Schwarzenegger and Devito as the twins, who cannot be mistaken for each other. The Olsens also did a sort of subversion of this in ''It Takes Two'', where (for once) they're ''not'' playing sisters.

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* Luke and Leia in ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' were SeparatedAtBirth separated at birth to [[ChangelingFantasy hide them from their father]].
* This trope was subverted in the movie ''Film/{{Twins}}'' with Schwarzenegger Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger and Devito Creator/DannyDeVito as the twins, who cannot be mistaken for each other. [[Creator/MaryKateAndAshleyOlsen The Olsens Olsens]] also did a sort of subversion of this in ''It Takes Two'', where (for once) they're ''not'' playing sisters.



** In ''Film/DoubleImpact'', he played two seperated twins in Hong Kong, but one of them grew up to be a martial arts master and the other a street thug.

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** In ''Film/DoubleImpact'', he played two seperated separated twins in Hong Kong, but one of them grew up to be a martial arts master and the other a street thug.



* The entire plot of ''Big Business'' -- times TWO (it's a [[InSpace 1980s update]] of TheComedyOfErrors).
** Bette Midler and Lili Tomlin star as two sets of twins: the Midlers come from rich city parents, the Tomlins come from poor country parents. Both families end up with one Midler (Sadie) and one Tomlin (Rose) each. The movie is one part SwitchedAtBirth, one part SeparatedAtBirth, one part [[TheCityVsTheCountry The City Mouse And The Country Mouse]]. Hilarity ensues.

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* The entire plot of ''Big Business'' -- times TWO (it's a [[InSpace [[RecycledInSpace 1980s update]] of TheComedyOfErrors).
''Theatre/TheComedyOfErrors'').
** Bette Midler and Lili Tomlin star as two sets of twins: the Midlers come from rich city parents, the Tomlins come from poor country parents. Both families end up with one Midler (Sadie) and one Tomlin (Rose) each. The movie is one part SwitchedAtBirth, this, one part SeparatedAtBirth, one part [[TheCityVsTheCountry The City Mouse And The Country Mouse]]. Hilarity ensues.



* The basic premise of ''TheParentTrap'', in all its various remakes. It's worth noting that it's not a full example since the twins lived with their parents for presumably a few months before they split up and ultimately decided to keep one daughter each.

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* The basic premise of ''TheParentTrap'', ''Film/TheParentTrap'', in all its various remakes. It's worth noting that it's not a full example since the twins lived with their parents for presumably a few months before they split up and ultimately decided to keep one daughter each.



* Raymond and Charlie from RainMan

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* Raymond and Charlie from RainMan''Film/RainMan''.



* ''{{Film/Enemy}}'': {{Discussed}} as one possibility for Adam and Anthony's being doubles. Both Adam and Anthony's mother deny it, however (they also possess the same scar, something identical twins would not have, unless {{synchronization}} is in play).

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* ''{{Film/Enemy}}'': {{Discussed}} {{Discussed|Trope}} as one possibility for Adam and Anthony's being doubles. Both Adam and Anthony's mother deny it, however (they also possess the same scar, something identical twins would not have, unless {{synchronization}} is in play).



* Amoret and Belphoebe in ''TheFaerieQueene''

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* Amoret and Belphoebe in ''TheFaerieQueene''''Literature/TheFaerieQueene''.



* Subverted in ''The Big Four'' by Agatha Christie, where [[spoiler:Hercule Poirot pretends to have a twin brother called "Achille Poirot" and that they haven't seem each other in years,implying that they were separated at birth. This is later revealed a plan in order to fool the organization(and the reader) since he has no twin brother whatsoever, and did this in order to pretend that he had died, while Achille Poirot, his twin brother, was alive. Clever little man eh?]]

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* Subverted in ''The Big Four'' by Agatha Christie, Creator/AgathaChristie, where [[spoiler:Hercule Poirot pretends to have a twin brother called "Achille Poirot" and that they haven't seem each other in years,implying years, implying that they were separated at birth. This is later revealed a plan in order to fool the organization(and the reader) since he has no twin brother whatsoever, and did this in order to pretend that he had died, while Achille Poirot, his twin brother, was alive. Clever little man eh?]]



* An example of this occurs with a pair of twins in the ''InDeath'' series. The two boys met in the army, went through everything together: spec ops, evil paramilitary organizations, serial killing... you know, brother stuff.
* Sam and Caine in the Literature/{{Gone}} series. Take a long look at [[NameOfCain Caine's name]], and you have [[CainAndAbel the nature of their relationship.]]

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* An example of this occurs with a pair of twins in the ''InDeath'' ''Literature/InDeath'' series. The two boys met in the army, went through everything together: spec ops, evil paramilitary organizations, serial killing... you know, brother stuff.
* Sam and Caine in the Literature/{{Gone}} ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series. Take a long look at [[NameOfCain Caine's name]], and you have [[CainAndAbel the nature of their relationship.]]



* Cor (Shasta) and Corrin from ''TheHorseAndHisBoy'' in the ''ChroniclesOfNarnia''.

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* Cor (Shasta) and Corrin from ''TheHorseAndHisBoy'' ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy'' in the ''ChroniclesOfNarnia''.''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''.



* Two shows that get significant mileage on this trope are ''Series/SisterSister'' (with the Mowrys) and ''So Little Time'' (with the Olsens).

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* Two shows that get significant mileage on this trope are ''Series/SisterSister'' (with the Mowrys) and ''So Little Time'' ''Series/SoLittleTime'' (with the Olsens).



* Parodied in ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' - Sabrina's magic typewriter brings her characters to life. Including one that was based on Mrs Quick (played by the same actress). When the real Mrs Quick sees her with Sabrina, she remarks "the psychic was right! I was separated at birth".
** This is actually the case for all the Spellman witches. Each Spellman witch is born with an identical twin but they don't get to meet said twin until they qualify for their Witch's Licence. They must then take a test to determine which is the EvilTwin and therefore can't live in the Mortal Realm.

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* Parodied in ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' - Sabrina's magic typewriter brings her characters to life. Including one that was based on Mrs Quick (played by the same actress). When the real Mrs Quick sees her with Sabrina, she remarks "the psychic was right! I was separated at birth".
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birth". This is actually the case for all the Spellman witches. Each Spellman witch is born with an identical twin but they don't get to meet said twin until they qualify for their Witch's Licence. They must then take a test to determine which is the EvilTwin and therefore can't live in the Mortal Realm.



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOJCpEBPV2I Looking For You In The Sky]] and its sequel, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTdce6ix_go Paradise of Light and Shadow]], by the twin {{vocaloid}} Len and Rin Kagamine.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOJCpEBPV2I Looking For You In The Sky]] and its sequel, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTdce6ix_go Paradise of Light and Shadow]], by the twin {{vocaloid}} Music/{{vocaloid}} Len and Rin Kagamine.



* This trope was given a passing mention on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', where "Bleeding Gums" Murphy, when asked about his family, mentions a little brother who became a doctor and "used to laugh at the most inappropriate times". Dr. Hibbert, meanwhile, makes reference to an older brother who's "a jazz musician or some such".
** The director of the Shelbyville orphanage also mentions he has a long lost brother - he is identical in looks to Dr Hibbert, but Homer is too interested in his own long lost brother Herb to point that out.
*** In neither case are the siblings implied to be twins, however.
**** There was a Treehouse of Horror segment where Bart had an identical twin named Hugo who lived in the attic. They were separated because one of them was evil. Bart was revealed to be the evil one and switched places with Hugo.
**** Bart and Hugo were also [[strike: Siamese]] ConjoinedTwins (separated by Doctor Hibbert).

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'',
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This trope was given a passing mention on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', where with "Bleeding Gums" Murphy, Murphy; when asked about his family, he mentions a little brother who became a doctor and "used to laugh at the most inappropriate times". Dr. Hibbert, meanwhile, makes reference to an older brother who's "a jazz musician or some such".
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such". The director of the Shelbyville orphanage also mentions he has a long lost brother - he is identical in looks to Dr Hibbert, but Homer is too interested in his own long lost brother Herb to point that out.
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out. In neither case are the siblings implied to be twins, however.
**** ** There was a Treehouse of Horror segment where Bart had an identical twin named Hugo who lived in the attic. They were separated because one of them was evil. Bart was revealed to be the evil one and switched places with Hugo.
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Hugo. Bart and Hugo were also [[strike: Siamese]] ConjoinedTwins (separated by Doctor Hibbert).Hibbert.)



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