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4th Jun '17 11:38:50 AM Prometheus117
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* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', Hoteye, the man with the polygonal face, mentions he had a missing younger brother, who is later revealed to be [[spoiler:the even more polygonal Wally from a previous arc]].

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* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', ''Manga/FairyTail'':
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Hoteye, the man with the polygonal face, mentions he had a missing younger brother, who is later revealed to be [[spoiler:the even more polygonal Wally from a previous arc]].arc]].
** Silver, the TokenGoodTeammate of the dark guild [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Tartaros]], looks like an older version of [[AnIcePerson Gray Fullbuster]] with slicked-back hair, a scar on his head, and a five-o'clock shadow. [[spoiler:Turns out, he's Gray's dad...or rather, [[WasOnceAMan the reanimated corpse]] of his dead father]].
** [[spoiler:Irene Belersion]] of the [[PraetorianGuard Spriggan Twelve]] of Alvarez is essentially what [[spoiler:Erza Scarlet would look like if she traded [[MagicKnight armor]] for [[EvilSorceror sorceror robes]]. She's actually Erza's mother...and the reason she looks like her twin rather than her mom is because [[TheAgeless that was the age her physical body was]] when she turned into a Dragon, and her human form locked to said age when she gained the ability to change back 400 years later]].
4th Jun '17 1:08:52 AM WillBGood
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** Reportedly this exchange happened between a Marx Brothers fan and an out-of-makeup Groucho who just wanted a quiet lunch alone:
--->'''Interrupting Fan''': Are you ''Harpo Marx?''
--->'''Irritated Groucho''': No, are you?
24th May '17 10:53:47 PM jormis29
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* In what is part this trope and part Strong Family Resemblance, in ''[[VideoGame/BackToTheFuture Back to the Future: The Video Game]]'', Marty runs into his grandfather, Artie [=McFly=], who looks and sounds just like George [=McFly=] (both being based on Crispin Glover's performance in the film). Artie's father, William, is once again played by Michael J. Fox, who had previously portrayed him in a photo shown in the third film (even though Marty himself is actually voiced by AJ [=LoCascio=]). This leads one to believe that if the pattern continues, since Marty's son will end up looking like Michael J. Fox, his grandson and great-grandson will look like Crispin Glover, and so on. Also, Kid Tannen is basically just Biff with a moustache and zoot suit.

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* In what is part this trope and part Strong Family Resemblance, in ''[[VideoGame/BackToTheFuture Back to the Future: The Video Game]]'', Marty runs into his grandfather, Artie [=McFly=], who looks and sounds just like George [=McFly=] (both being based on Crispin Glover's Creator/CrispinGlover's performance in the film). Artie's father, William, is once again played by Michael J. Fox, Creator/MichaelJFox, who had previously portrayed him in a photo shown in the third film (even though Marty himself is actually voiced by AJ [=LoCascio=]). This leads one to believe that if the pattern continues, since Marty's son will end up looking like Michael J. Fox, his grandson and great-grandson will look like Crispin Glover, and so on. Also, Kid Tannen is basically just Biff with a moustache and zoot suit.
17th May '17 10:22:31 AM Freezer
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* Daisy and her aunt, Blue in ''Webcomic/DerekAndNicole'': With her hair dyed blue, Daisy is a dead ringer for Blue, as she appeared in the previous comic, ''Webcomic/NamirDeiter''. So much so that patrons of the bar (Blue owns, Daisy works there) think she's Blue. One character assumed they were mother and daughter.

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* Daisy and her aunt, Blue in ''Webcomic/DerekAndNicole'': ''Webcomic/NicoleAndDerek'': With her hair dyed blue, Daisy is a dead ringer for Blue, as she appeared in the previous comic, ''Webcomic/NamirDeiter''. ''Webcomic/NamirDeiter''. So much so that patrons of the bar (Blue owns, Daisy works there) think she's Blue. Blue. One character assumed they were mother and daughter.
17th May '17 10:21:56 AM Freezer
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* Daisy and her aunt, Blue in ''Webcomic/DerekAndNicole'': With her hair dyed blue, Daisy is a dead ringer for Blue, as she appeared in the previous comic, ''Webcomic/NamirDeiter''. So much so that patrons of the bar (Blue owns, Daisy works there) think she's Blue. One character assumed they were mother and daughter.
26th Apr '17 6:33:05 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Lord Rickard's facial structure is almost a dead ringer for Ned's somber look in his later years (as portrayed by Creator/SeanBean), and his hair is tied up in the same way as Jon Snow's in Season 6. It does tie a lot into how Jon looks more legitimately a Stark despite not being Ned's direct descendant.
* ''Series/ThePattyDukeShow'': Patty Duke has an identical cousin.
** Somewhat justified since Kathy and Patty Lane's fathers (played by William Schallert) were identical twin brothers.
** Frequently spoofed. ''Series/FullHouse'' occasionally subverted this by having one of the Olsen twins play Michelle and the other play a cousin from Greece.
** Similarly, during the mid-1980s, ''Series/KidsIncorporated'' had Renee Sands play her [[TheDanza character of the same name]] as well as British cousin Samantha on a couple of episodes.
* Larry "Grand-Ma-Ma" Johnson, in commercials and in ''Series/FamilyMatters''. Also in ''Family Matters'', Jaleel White playing Steve Urkel, and his cousin Myrtle.
* On ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Gary Burghoff once played Radar's mother in a home movie.
* Ally Larter on ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' played Nikki Sanders, a hero with super strength and multiple personalities. After [[spoiler: Nikki was killed in season two]], Larter went on to play [[spoiler: Tracy Strauss, who had the ability to freeze objects and who was apparently Nikki's twin sister. There was supposedly a third "twin", Barbara, but she has not been seen and it is unsure whether she has powers.]]

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Lord Rickard's facial structure The Koenig brothers in ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', all of whom are played by Patton Oswalt. A RunningGag is almost a dead ringer for Ned's somber look in his later years (as portrayed by Creator/SeanBean), that each brother refers to another as "the shorter one".
* ''Series/AllMyChildren'''s Lily
and his hair is tied up in the same way as Jon Snow's in Season 6. It does tie a lot into how Jon looks more legitimately a Stark despite not being Ned's direct descendant.
* ''Series/ThePattyDukeShow'': Patty Duke has an
Ava, identical cousin.
** Somewhat justified since Kathy and Patty Lane's fathers (played
''half''-sisters.
* In ''Series/AlloAllo'', Rene is supposed to be shot dead
by William Schallert) were the Germans but manages to wrangle his way out of it. The explanation? He spends the rest of the series posing as his identical twin brothers.
** Frequently spoofed. ''Series/FullHouse''
brother, also called Rene. Of course half the cast know the truth but they never let slip to the other half.
* In ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'', John Inman, who regularly played Mr. Humphries, also portrayed his mother in a film.
* In ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'', cast regular Max Baer Jr. would
occasionally subverted this by having one of the Olsen twins play Michelle and the other play a show up as Jethro Bodine's female cousin from Greece.
** Similarly, during the mid-1980s, ''Series/KidsIncorporated'' had Renee Sands play her [[TheDanza character of
Jethrine (voiced by Linda Henning). Dietrich Bader did the same name]] as well Jethro and Jethrene in the 1993 movie.
* Elizabeth Montgomery
as British cousin witchy cousins Samantha on a couple of episodes.
* Larry "Grand-Ma-Ma" Johnson, in commercials
and in ''Series/FamilyMatters''. Also in ''Family Matters'', Jaleel White playing Steve Urkel, Serena on ''Series/{{Bewitched}}''. Jeannie and his cousin Myrtle.
* On ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Gary Burghoff once played Radar's mother in a home movie.
* Ally Larter
Sister Jeannie on ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' played Nikki Sanders, a hero with super strength and multiple personalities. After [[spoiler: Nikki ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' was killed in season two]], Larter went on to play [[spoiler: Tracy Strauss, who had the ability to freeze objects and who was apparently Nikki's twin sister. There was supposedly essentially a third "twin", Barbara, but she has not been seen and it is unsure whether she has powers.]]straight-up lift.



* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** Brent Spiner plays Data, Lore, B4, ''and'' Dr. Soong. Justified in that the first three are androids whose faces were formed from moulds of the face of their creator, Soong. Spiner came back on ''Enterprise'' and played, yes, Dr. Soong's grandfather.
** Picard's nephew is identical to him as a child, obviously because they're both played by the same actor. This gets funnier when Picard says that his nephew looks exactly like his brother as a child, which would seem to indicate that Jean-Luc and Robert were identical non-twin brothers. A more cynical viewer might start wondering just how close Jean-Luc and his sister-in-law were around the crucial time.
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' William Shatner played Kirk's brother George Samuel Kirk in one episode. The only distinction between both characters was that George had a mustache.
* In ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'', cast regular Max Baer Jr. would occasionally show up as Jethro Bodine's female cousin Jethrine (voiced by Linda Henning). Dietrich Bader did the same as Jethro and Jethrene in the 1993 movie.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** Brent Spiner plays Data, Lore, B4, ''and'' Dr. Soong. Justified in that the first three are androids whose faces were formed from moulds of the face of their creator, Soong. Spiner came back on ''Enterprise'' and played, yes, Dr. Soong's grandfather.
** Picard's nephew
In ''Series/BlakesSeven'' Tarrant is identical revealed to him as have a child, obviously because they're both played by the same actor. This gets funnier when Picard says that his nephew looks brother who looked exactly like his brother as a child, him for no apparent reason and [[spoiler: is killed off in the episode he is introduced in without even meeting Tarrant despite having been separated for years]].
* A 1992 ''Series/{{Blossom}}'' episode during
which would seem to indicate that Jean-Luc [[ObnoxiousInLaws grandpa Buzz]] tells Blossom how he met her grandmother Ruby in World War II. In the flashback sequence, Mayim Bialik plays Ruby (a member of the Women's Army Corps) while David Lascher (playing Blossom's boyfriend Vinny) doubles as a younger Buzz.
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'':
** In the episode "Sergeant Emma", Alice goes out of town for a week
and Robert were has her identical non-twin brothers. A more cynical viewer might start wondering just how close Jean-Luc and his sister-in-law were around the crucial time.
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' William Shatner played Kirk's brother George Samuel Kirk in one episode. The only distinction between both characters was that George had a mustache.
* In ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'', cast regular Max Baer Jr. would occasionally show up as Jethro Bodine's female
cousin Jethrine (voiced by Linda Henning). Dietrich Bader did Emma come to fill in for her. Emma is a retired Womens Army Corp sergeant who proceeds to run the Brady household like an Army barracks. HilarityEnsues.
** The episode "You're Never Too Old" has Robert Reed and Florence Henderson as Mike and Carol's respective grandparents.
* The Mayor from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' exploits this trope
the same way as Jethro Robert Gadling above. Oddly it seems that he's pretty much always been Mayor and Jethrene no one ever caught on. [[AffablyEvil Well, demon sacrifices aside he IS a really good Mayor]]
* In ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'' Doña Florinda is exactly like her niece Popis and Chilindrina is exactly like her great-grandmother Doña Nieves,
in both cases play by the 1993 movie.same actresses.
* Invoked in ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E18BasicGenealogy Basic Genealogy]]:
-->'''Annie:''' ''[about Abed's female cousin]'' Does she look like you but with a wig and lipstick?\\
'''Abed:''' No, that's Creator/HalleBerry.
* In the ''Series/DadsArmy'' episode "My Brother and I", Captain Mainwaring's degenerate drunken brother Barry, also played by Arthur Lowe, makes an appearance.



* Freema Agyeman had a minor role as Adeola in the series 2 finale of ''Series/DoctorWho''; when she was subsequently cast as the Doctor's new companion, Martha, a line of dialogue referenced her cousin Adeola.
** Also done with Eve Myles, who first appeared in an episode centered around Charles Dickens. Myles was later cast as Gwen Cooper in the spin-off ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. When the Torchwood cast appeared on Doctor Who, it's explained that the earlier character is a distant relative of Gwen's, further influenced by some TimeyWimeyBall effect that makes them identical.
* Elizabeth Montgomery as witchy cousins Samantha and Serena on ''Series/{{Bewitched}}''. Jeannie and Sister Jeannie on ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' was essentially a straight-up lift.
* In ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'' first season episode "The Bow-Wow Affair", series regular Leo G. Carroll played both his regular role as U.N.C.L.E. chief Alexander Waverly, and a one-time role as Waverly's cousin, Quentin Lester Baldwin.

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* Freema Agyeman ''Series/ADifferentWorld'': Jasmine Guy playing Whitley Gilbert and Whitley's cousin Lisa.
* In the ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'' sixth season episode "The Van Drummonds", Conrad Bain plays both Mr. Drummond and his female cousin Anna, while Dana Plato plays Drummond's daughter Kimberly and Anna's son Hans.
* When Earl's sister, Pearl, visited on ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'', it was played by the same full sized puppet only dressed as a girl. No one really saw the resemblance.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Creator/FreemaAgyeman
had a minor role as Cyber-controlled Torchwood employee Adeola Oshodi in the series 2 finale [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E12ArmyOfGhosts "Army of ''Series/DoctorWho''; when Ghosts"]]. When she was subsequently cast as the Doctor's new companion, Martha, companion Martha Jones, a line of dialogue in her [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E1SmithAndJones first episode]] referenced her cousin Adeola.
** Also done with Eve Myles, who first appeared in an episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E3TheUnquietDead episode]] centered around Charles Dickens. Myles was later cast as Gwen Cooper in the spin-off ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. When the members of Torchwood cast 3 appeared on Doctor Who, ''Doctor Who'', it's explained that the earlier character is a distant relative of Gwen's, further influenced by some TimeyWimeyBall effect that makes them identical.
* Elizabeth Montgomery as witchy cousins Samantha and Serena on ''Series/{{Bewitched}}''. Jeannie and Sister Jeannie on ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' was essentially a straight-up lift.
* In ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'' first season episode "The Bow-Wow Affair", series regular Leo G. Carroll played both his regular role as U.N.C.L.E. chief Alexander Waverly, and a one-time role as Waverly's cousin, Quentin Lester Baldwin.
identical.



* In ''Series/ThePersuaders'' episode "A Death in the Family", Roger Moore plays three members of his usual character's family, including a woman. This is lampshaded at the end when Danny Wilde's aunt arrives, played by... his co-star Tony Curtis.
* The short-lived 1960s sitcom ''TheSecondHundredYears'' featured Monte Markham as both modern day urbanite and his crotchety old grandfather, an Alaskan gold miner who had been trapped in the ice for 67 years, and recently thawed.
* ''Series/AllMyChildren'''s Lily and Ava, identical ''half''-sisters.
* In ''Allo, 'Allo'', Rene is supposed to be shot dead by the Germans but manages to wrangle his way out of it. The explanation? He spends the rest of the series posing as his identical twin brother, also called Rene. Of course half the cast know the truth but they never let slip to the other half.
* In ''Series/BlakesSeven'' Tarrant is revealed to have a brother who looked exactly like him for no apparently reason and [[spoiler: is killed off in the episode he is introduced in without even meeting Tarrant despite having been separated for years]].
* In ''Series/TwinPeaks'' Laura Palmer and her dark-haired cousin Madeline (a nod to ''Vertigo'') are both played by Sheryl Lee.
* In a few live-action segments of ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'', Mario and Luigi were visited by many relatives who all looked like them (for example, their mother was obviously Mario's actor in drag).

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* In ''Series/ThePersuaders'' episode "A Death Larry "Grand-Ma-Ma" Johnson, in the Family", Roger Moore plays three members of his usual character's family, including a woman. This is lampshaded at the end when Danny Wilde's aunt arrives, played by... his co-star Tony Curtis.
* The short-lived 1960s sitcom ''TheSecondHundredYears'' featured Monte Markham as both modern day urbanite
commercials and in ''Series/FamilyMatters''. Also in ''Family Matters'', Jaleel White playing Steve Urkel, and his crotchety old grandfather, an Alaskan gold miner who cousin Myrtle.
* In ''Series/{{Friends}}'', all of Joey's 7 sisters, while not played by the same actor,
had been trapped in the ice for 67 years, and recently thawed.
* ''Series/AllMyChildren'''s Lily and Ava,
almost identical ''half''-sisters.
* In ''Allo, 'Allo'', Rene
appearance, hair style (dark and voluminous) and even similar names. This is a plot point in the "The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister", when Chandler makes out with one sister and can't figure out which one.
** Separately on ''Friends'', Lisa Kudrow played Phoebe Buffay and her sister Ursula, but it's justified as the two are
supposed to be shot dead by the Germans but manages to wrangle his way out of it. The explanation? He spends the rest of the series posing as his identical twin brother, also called Rene. Of course half the cast know the truth but they never let slip to the other half.
twins.
* In ''Series/BlakesSeven'' Tarrant is revealed to have a brother the early '90s, ''Series/GeneralHospital'' brought back fan favorite Anthony Geary, not as his iconic character Luke Spencer -- who he refused to play if he were not accompanied by the equally legendary Laura -- but as Luke's lookalike distant cousin Bill.
* One episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' had Creator/BeaArthur play her character Dorothy's grandmother in a flashback.
* ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'': A video of Bob from his high school basketball days shows that he
looked exactly ''exactly'' like him his son P.J. does today, only with [[EightiesHair longer hair]].
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Lord Rickard's facial structure is almost a dead ringer
for no Ned's somber look in his later years (as portrayed by Creator/SeanBean), and his hair is tied up in the same way as Jon Snow's in Season 6. It does tie a lot into how Jon looks more legitimately a Stark despite not being Ned's direct descendant.
* Thrice on ''Series/HannahMontana''. Music/MileyCyrus plays [[TheDanza Miley Stewart]] and her visiting cousin Luann Stewart. At the same time, Billy Ray Cyrus plays both girls' fathers, Robbie Ray and Bobby Ray. In another episode, Moises Arias plays both Rico and Rico's rival Australian cousin, Angus.
* On ''Series/{{Haven}}'', Audrey looks eerily like her mom, Lucy, who was in the town in the 80s. Given recent revelations, there may be a reason for that. [[spoiler:Audrey ''is '' Lucy. She is
apparently reason immortal and has amnesia.]]
* Played straight on ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', where Iolaus had a look-alike cousin in two episodes. Inverted, however, with Kevin Todd Smith playing both Iphicles and Ares. Both are half-brothers to Hercules, but they aren't related to each other.
** Jodie Rimmer played Lilith on ''Series/YoungHercules'' and daughter Seska on ''Hercules''. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Seska referring to her mother as a "wild one" back in the day.
* Ali Larter on ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' played Nikki Sanders, a hero with super strength and multiple personalities. After
[[spoiler: is Nikki was killed off in season two]], Larter went on to play [[spoiler: Tracy Strauss, who had the episode he is introduced in without even meeting Tarrant despite having ability to freeze objects and who was apparently Nikki's twin sister. There was supposedly a third "twin", Barbara, but she has not been separated for years]].
* In ''Series/TwinPeaks'' Laura Palmer
seen and her dark-haired cousin Madeline (a nod to ''Vertigo'') are both played by Sheryl Lee.
* In a few live-action segments of ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'', Mario and Luigi were visited by many relatives who all looked like them (for example, their mother was obviously Mario's actor in drag).
it is unsure whether she has powers.]]



* The Mayor from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' exploits this trope the same way as Robert Gadling above. Oddly it seems that he's pretty much always been Mayor and no one ever caught on. [[AffablyEvil Well, demon sacrifices aside he IS a really good Mayor]]
* In ''Series/QuantumLeap'', Scott Bakula plays is character's own father (albeit in makeup) in the episode ''The Leap Home''.
** In the pilot episode, another actor played his father at a younger age, while a different young actor played Sam, with Scott Bakula's voice dubbed in whenever he spoke.
** Bakula also played his father in one scene in the episode "Promised Land" when Sam Leaped into someone else in his hometown.

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* The Mayor from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' exploits this trope the same way as Robert Gadling above. Oddly it seems that he's pretty much always been Mayor and no one ever caught on. [[AffablyEvil Well, demon sacrifices aside he IS a really good Mayor]]
* In ''Series/QuantumLeap'', Scott Bakula plays is character's own father (albeit in makeup) in the ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'' first season episode ''The Leap Home''.
** In the pilot episode, another actor
"The Bow-Wow Affair", series regular Leo G. Carroll played both his father at regular role as U.N.C.L.E. chief Alexander Waverly, and a younger age, while a different young actor played Sam, with Scott Bakula's voice dubbed in whenever he spoke.
** Bakula also played his father in one scene in the episode "Promised Land" when Sam Leaped into someone else in his hometown.
one-time role as Waverly's cousin, Quentin Lester Baldwin.



* The villain in "Reign of Terror", an episode of ''Series/TheTimeTunnel'' set in UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution, is played by Whit Bissel, a series regular as General Kirk, the military head of the Time Tunnel project. Kirk is confused as his family is from Scotland, but eventually discovers there was a previously unknown French branch.
* ''Series/ADifferentWorld'': Jasmine Guy playing Whitley Gilbert and Whitley's cousin Lisa.
* In the ''Series/DadsArmy'' episode "My Brother And I", Captain Mainwaring's degenerate drunken brother Barry, also played by Arthur Lowe, makes an appearance.
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'':
** In the episode "Sergeant Emma", Alice goes out of town for a week and has her identical cousin Emma come to fill in for her. Emma is a retired Womens Army Corp sergeant who proceeds to run the Brady household like an Army barracks. HilarityEnsues.
** The episode "You're Never Too Old" has Robert Reed and Florence Henderson as Mike and Carol's respective grandparents.
* In one episode of ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'', Creator/RavenSymone played about 3 or 4 roles (including her uncle, her grandma, and her baby cousin).
* Thrice on ''Series/HannahMontana''. Music/MileyCyrus plays [[TheDanza Miley Stewart]] and her visiting cousin Luann Stewart. At the same time, Billy Ray Cyrus plays both girls' fathers, Robbie Ray and Bobby Ray. In another episode, Moises Arias plays both Rico and Rico's rival Australian cousin, Angus.
* ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'': A video of Bob from his high school basketball days shows that he looked ''exactly'' like his son P.J. does today, only with [[EightiesHair longer hair]].
* ''Series/TheSteveHarveyShow'': Cedric the Entertainer plays Coach Cedric Robinson and Grandma Pudding
* On ''Series/{{Haven}}'', Audrey looks eerily like her mom Lucy who was in the town in the 80s. Given recent revelations, there may be a reason for that. [[spoiler: Audrey ''is '' Lucy. She is apparently immortal and has amnesia.]]
* When Earl's sister, Pearl, visited on ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'', it was played by the same full sized puppet only dressed as a girl. No one really saw the resemblance.



* In ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'', John Inman, who regularly played Mr. Humphries, also portrayed his mother in a film.
* Played straight on ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', where Iolaus had a look-alike cousin in two episodes. Inverted, however, with Kevin Todd Smith playing both Iphicles and Ares. Both are half-brothers to Hercules, but they aren't related to each other.
** Jodie Rimmer played Lilith on ''Series/YoungHercules'' and daughter Seska on ''Hercules''. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Seska referring to her mother as a "wild one" back in the day.
* Invoked in ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E18BasicGenealogy Basic Genealogy]]:
-->'''Annie:''' ''[about Abed's female cousin]'' Does she look like you but with a wig and lipstick?\\
'''Abed:''' No, that's Creator/HalleBerry.
* Everyone in Paul Pfeiffer's family on ''Series/TheWonderYears'' has black hair and glasses, in a rare example of this being done with different actors. It's kind of like Milhouse's family on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''; Milhouse is also based on Paul in appearance and as the protagonist's best friend.
* In ''Series/{{Friends}}'', all of Joey's 7 sisters, while not played by the same actor, had almost identical appearance, hair style (dark and voluminous) and even similar names. This is a plot point in the "The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister", when Chandler makes out with one sister and can't figure out which one.
** Separately on ''Friends'', Lisa Kudrow played Phoebe Buffay and her sister Ursula, but it's justified as the two are supposed to be identical twins.
* A 1992 ''Series/{{Blossom}}'' episode during which [[ObnoxiousInLaws grandpa Buzz]] tells Blossom how he met her grandmother Ruby in World War II. In the flashback sequence, Mayim Bialik plays Ruby (a member of the Women's Army Corps) while David Lascher (playing Blossom's boyfriend Vinny) doubles as a younger Buzz.

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* In ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'', John Inman, who regularly On ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Gary Burghoff once played Mr. Humphries, also portrayed his Radar's mother in a film.
home movie.
* Played straight on ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', where Iolaus had a look-alike cousin in The season 9 episode ''Dead Letters'' of ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' features two episodes. Inverted, however, with Kevin Todd Smith actors returning from the pilot, playing both Iphicles and Ares. Both are half-brothers to Hercules, but they aren't related to each other.
** Jodie Rimmer played Lilith on ''Series/YoungHercules'' and daughter Seska on ''Hercules''. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Seska referring to her mother as a "wild one" back
relatives of their original characters (who had been murdered in the day.
* Invoked in ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E18BasicGenealogy Basic Genealogy]]:
-->'''Annie:''' ''[about Abed's female cousin]'' Does she look
pilot). That someone looks much like you but with a wig and lipstick?\\
'''Abed:''' No, that's Creator/HalleBerry.
* Everyone in Paul Pfeiffer's family on ''Series/TheWonderYears'' has black hair and glasses, in a rare example of this being done with different actors. It's kind of like Milhouse's family on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''; Milhouse is also based on Paul in appearance and as the protagonist's best friend.
* In ''Series/{{Friends}}'', all of Joey's 7 sisters, while not played by the same actor, had almost identical appearance, hair style (dark and voluminous) and even similar names. This is a plot point in the "The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister", when Chandler makes out with one
their sister might not be so strange, but someone looking very much like their cousin (including ''hairstyle and can't figure out which one.
** Separately on ''Friends'', Lisa Kudrow played Phoebe Buffay and her sister Ursula, but it's justified as the two are supposed to be identical twins.
* A 1992 ''Series/{{Blossom}}'' episode during which [[ObnoxiousInLaws grandpa Buzz]] tells Blossom how he
clothing sense'') despite never having met her grandmother Ruby in World War II. their relative does help to explain why Barnaby is confused by their appearance.
*
In the flashback sequence, Mayim Bialik plays Ruby (a member finale of ''Series/MightyMed'', [[spoiler:this is revealed to be why Hapax the Women's Army Corps) while David Lascher (playing Blossom's boyfriend Vinny) doubles Elder looks exactly like Alan, as a younger Buzz.Hapax is Alan's paternal grandfather]].



* In the ''Series/WonderWoman'' TV series (1975), the first season takes place in 1942, where Wonder Woman attaches herself to love interest Steve Trevor, played by Lyle Wagner. In Season Two, the show is retooled to take place in modern times. Lyle Wagner plays Steve Trevor again, but this is supposed to be the original Steve Trevor's son.
* In the finale of ''Series/MightyMed'', [[spoiler:this is revealed to be why Hapax the Elder looks exactly like Alan, as Hapax is Alan's paternal grandfather]].

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* ''Series/ThePattyDukeShow'': Patty Duke has an identical cousin.
** Somewhat justified since Kathy and Patty Lane's fathers (played by William Schallert) were identical twin brothers.
** Frequently spoofed. ''Series/FullHouse'' occasionally subverted this by having one of the Olsen twins play Michelle and the other play a cousin from Greece.
** Similarly, during the mid-1980s, ''Series/KidsIncorporated'' had Renee Sands play her [[TheDanza character of the same name]] as well as British cousin Samantha on a couple of episodes.
* In ''Series/ThePersuaders'' episode "A Death in the Family", Roger Moore plays three members of his usual character's family, including a woman. This is lampshaded at the end when Danny Wilde's aunt arrives, played by... his co-star Tony Curtis.
* In ''Series/QuantumLeap'', Scott Bakula plays is character's own father (albeit in makeup) in the episode ''The Leap Home''.
**
In the ''Series/WonderWoman'' TV series (1975), the first season takes place in 1942, where Wonder Woman attaches herself to love interest Steve Trevor, pilot episode, another actor played by Lyle Wagner. In Season Two, his father at a younger age, while a different young actor played Sam, with Scott Bakula's voice dubbed in whenever he spoke.
** Bakula also played his father in one scene in
the show is retooled to take place episode "Promised Land" when Sam Leaped into someone else in his hometown.
* The short-lived 1960s sitcom ''Series/TheSecondHundredYears'' featured Monte Markham as both
modern times. Lyle Wagner plays Steve Trevor again, but this is supposed to be day urbanite and his crotchety old grandfather, an Alaskan gold miner who had been trapped in the original Steve Trevor's son.
* In the finale of ''Series/MightyMed'', [[spoiler:this is revealed to be why Hapax the Elder looks exactly like Alan, as Hapax is Alan's paternal grandfather]].
ice for 67 years, and recently thawed.



* In the early-90's, ''Series/GeneralHospital'' brought back fan favorite Anthony Geary, not as his iconic character Luke Spencer--whom he refused to play if he were not accompanied by the equally legendary Laura--but as Luke's look alike distant cousin Bill.

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* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** Brent Spiner plays Data, Lore, B4, ''and'' Dr. Soong. Justified in that
the early-90's, ''Series/GeneralHospital'' brought first three are androids whose faces were formed from moulds of the face of their creator, Soong. Spiner came back fan favorite Anthony Geary, not on ''Enterprise'' and played, yes, Dr. Soong's grandfather.
** Picard's nephew is identical to him
as his iconic character Luke Spencer--whom he refused to play if he were not accompanied a child, obviously because they're both played by the equally legendary Laura--but same actor. This gets funnier when Picard says that his nephew looks exactly like his brother as Luke's look alike distant cousin Bill.a child, which would seem to indicate that Jean-Luc and Robert were identical non-twin brothers. A more cynical viewer might start wondering just how close Jean-Luc and his sister-in-law were around the crucial time.
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' William Shatner played Kirk's brother George Samuel Kirk in one episode. The only distinction between both characters was that George had a mustache.
* ''Series/TheSteveHarveyShow'': Cedric the Entertainer plays Coach Cedric Robinson and Grandma Pudding.
* In a few live-action segments of ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'', Mario and Luigi were visited by many relatives who all looked like them (for example, their mother was obviously Mario's actor in drag).



* The Koenig brothers in ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD,'' all of whom are played by Patton Oswalt. A RunningGag is that each brother refers to another as "the shorter one."
* The season 9 episode ''Dead Letters'' of ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' features two actors returning from the pilot, playing relatives of their original characters (who had been murdered in the pilot). That someone looks much like their sister might not be so strange, but someone looking very much like their cousin (including ''hairstyle and clothing sense'') despite never having met their relative does help to explain why Barnaby is confused by their appearance.
* In ''ElChavoDelOcho'' Doña Florinda is exactly like her niece Popis and Chilindrina is exactly like her great-grandmother Doña Nieves, in both cases play by the same actresses.
* In the ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'' sixth season episode "The Van Drummonds", Conrad Bain plays both Mr. Drummond and his female cousin Anna, while Dana Plato plays Drummond's daughter Kimberly and Anna's son Hans.
* One episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' had Creator/BeaArthur play her character Dorothy's grandmother in a flashback.

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* The Koenig brothers in ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD,'' all of whom are played by Patton Oswalt. A RunningGag is that each brother refers to another as "the shorter one."
* The season 9
In one episode ''Dead Letters'' of ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' features two actors returning from the pilot, playing relatives of their original characters (who had been murdered in the pilot). That someone looks much like their sister might not be so strange, but someone looking very much like their cousin ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'', Creator/RavenSymone played about 3 or 4 roles (including ''hairstyle her uncle, her grandma, and clothing sense'') despite never having met their relative does help to explain why Barnaby her baby cousin).
* The villain in "Reign of Terror", an episode of ''Series/TheTimeTunnel'' set in UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution, is played by Whit Bissel, a series regular as General Kirk, the military head of the Time Tunnel project. Kirk
is confused by their appearance.
as his family is from Scotland, but eventually discovers there was a previously unknown French branch.
* In ''ElChavoDelOcho'' Doña Florinda is exactly like ''Series/TwinPeaks'' Laura Palmer and her niece Popis and Chilindrina is exactly like her great-grandmother Doña Nieves, in dark-haired cousin Madeline (a nod to ''Vertigo'') are both cases play played by the same actresses.
Sheryl Lee.
* In the ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'' sixth ''Series/WonderWoman'' TV series (1975), the first season episode "The Van Drummonds", Conrad Bain takes place in 1942, where Wonder Woman attaches herself to love interest Steve Trevor, played by Lyle Wagner. In Season Two, the show is retooled to take place in modern times. Lyle Wagner plays both Mr. Drummond Steve Trevor again, but this is supposed to be the original Steve Trevor's son.
* Everyone in Paul Pfeiffer's family on ''Series/TheWonderYears'' has black hair
and his female cousin Anna, while Dana Plato plays Drummond's daughter Kimberly and Anna's son Hans.
* One episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' had Creator/BeaArthur play her character Dorothy's grandmother
glasses, in a flashback.rare example of this being done with different actors. It's kind of like Milhouse's family on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''; Milhouse is also based on Paul in appearance and as the protagonist's best friend.
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** Somewhat justified since Kathy and Patty Lane's fathers (played by WilliamSchalert) were identical twin brothers.

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** Somewhat justified since Kathy and Patty Lane's fathers (played by WilliamSchalert) William Schallert) were identical twin brothers.
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** Somewhat justified since Kathy and Patty Lane's fathers (played by WilliamSchalert) were identical twin brothers.
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While the IdenticalGrandson can marginally argue that it is not unknown for direct descendants to bear uncanny resemblance to a forebear, the idea gets ''very'' shaky for other relations. When a show tries to pass off a male actor in drag as their visiting aunt, or when somehow a character resembles the man who ''adopted'' their great-great-grandfather, it gets flat out weird and hence is usually played up for comedic value. There is a bit of a sub-genre films that rely on this gag. Eddie Murphy has done a number of them.

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While the IdenticalGrandson can marginally argue that it is not unknown for direct descendants to bear uncanny resemblance to a forebear, the idea gets ''very'' shaky for other relations. When a show tries to pass off a male actor in drag as their visiting aunt, or when somehow a character resembles the man who ''adopted'' their great-great-grandfather, it gets flat out weird and hence is usually played up for comedic value. There is a bit of a sub-genre of films that rely on this gag. Eddie Murphy has done a number of them.
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Lord Rickard's facial structure is almost a dead ringer for Ned's somber look in his later years (as portrayed by Creator/SeanBean), and his hair is tied up in the same way as Jon Snow's in Season 6. It does tie a lot into how Jon looks more legitimately a Stark despite not being Ned's direct descendant.
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