Created By: CeilingZeke on April 6, 2011 Last Edited By: Ezekiel on April 12, 2011
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Alleged Lookalikes

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Characters who have an enigmatic connection of some kind will often be similar in other ways. Usually this means they have similar movesets, or something, but sometimes that's impractical or the writers decide they need something that people can notice without seeming goofy.

That's when the goofiest similarity of all crops up, the Alleged Lookalike. This is when the cast has difficulty telling two characters apart, or otherwise notes physical similarities between them - but to the audience, they don't look any more alike than any other pair of characters.

This only covers cases where two characters are compared in a way that to the audience is clearly not appropriate; just saying You Remind Me of X doesn't count. See also:

Non-Identical Twins, for when the subjects are supposed to be biologically identical
Easy Impersonation, for when it's a villain being mistaken for a hero


Examples

  • In Inuyasha, everyone initially compares Kagome to Kikyo. Since the series suffers from Only Six Faces and that's the only real physical similarity between the two, one might suspect everyone in the first episode or two is nearsighted.
  • In Kingdom Hearts II, the members of Organization XIII keep calling Sora "Roxas". This is... confusing, since to some degree they seem to actually believe he is Roxas, but they're also messing with his head, and it's hard to tell which is happening.
  • In Yu-gi-oh, no-one ever seems to see a difference between short, moe, Tareme-eyed, soft-voiced Yugi and his not-quite-so-short, bishonen, Tsurime-eyed, deep-voiced alter ego. Some fans have tried to explain the (apparently not so) obvious changes as audio-visual cues to the audience that do not actually exist in-universe. Since every once in a blue moon somebody will mention one of the changes in passing, this explanation has not been widely accepted.
  • Happens in Kamen Rider: The First, where the woman only spots one of the two Hopper operatives in night time, making it harder to distinguish their Pallete Swap. On top of that, she's seen Hopper no. 1 without the helmet once, but because of aforesaid problems with color perception, she doesn't know that it him who saves her later since he keeps the helmet on this time, AND she comes across Hopper no. 2 in the daytime and thinks that's the one who saved her. This being the big-budge remake, the producers knowingly pimped out the suits with heavy detailing just to make sure they weren't mere pallete swaps this time.
  • Family Guy: Brian is in a Spot the Imposter situation between Regular Stewie and EvilerThanUsual Clone Stewie. We can tell which is which because they have reversed color schemes on their clothes: Regular!Stewie has red overalls with a yellow shirt and ETUC!Stewie has yellow overalls with a red shirt.
  • In the very goofy 1991 movie "Mystery Date," everyone confuses Ethan Hawke with Brian Mc Namara (playing his older brother), despite the fact that the two bear next to no resemblance to each other. Seriously. They even claim to give Ethan Hawke the same haircut, but he still has that bowlcut style haircut he had in every movie he made in the early 90s. It's ridiculous.
  • In Gattaca, the fact that Vincent is able to disguise himself as Jerome using his DNA samples is believable, but, looks wise, they aren't that similar. Jude Law and Ethan Hawke just don't look alike, at least not enough to confuse one for the other.
Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • April 6, 2011
    Duncan
    In The Great Muppet Caper, Kermit The Frog and Fozzie Bear are twins. No one can tell them apart, unless Fozzie is wearing his hat.
  • April 6, 2011
    Duncan
    And O HAI, Non Identical Twins.
  • April 8, 2011
    Ezekiel
    I guess it could be a supertrope of that...?
  • April 8, 2011
    Lierik
    For the Inuyasha example: I don't know about the anime, but at least in the beginning of the manga, Kagome and Kikyo look exactly alike. The only way to tell them apart is that Kikyo has straighter hair. This does lessen as the series progresses though.
  • April 9, 2011
    Ezekiel
    Should/could this be expanded to apply to personality issues etc.?
  • April 10, 2011
    MetaFour
  • April 10, 2011
    Sackett
    This seems to be Non Identical Twins, but perhaps that one should be made a subtrope exclusively about actual alleged twins.
  • April 10, 2011
    StarryEyed
    • In Yu-gi-oh, no-one ever seems to see a difference between short, moe, Tareme-eyed, soft-voiced Yugi and his not-quite-so-short, bishonen, Tsurime-eyed, deep-voiced alter ego. Some fans have tried to explain the (apparently not so) obvious changes as audio-visual cues to the audience that do not actually exist in-universe. Since every once in a blue moon somebody will mention one of the changes in passing, this explanation has not been widely accepted.
  • April 10, 2011
    LordAaronus
    Happens in Kamen Rider The First, where the woman only spots one of the two Hopper operatives in night time, making it harder to distinguish their Pallete Swap. On top of that, she's seen Hopper no. 1 without the helmet once, but because of aforesaid problems with color perception, she doesn't know that it him who saves her later since he keeps the helmet on this time, AND she comes across Hopper no. 2 in the daytime and thinks that's the one who saved her. This being the big-budge remake, the producers knowingly pimped out the suits with heavy detailing just to make sure they weren't mere pallete swaps this time.
  • April 11, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Family Guy: Brian is in a Spot The Imposter situation between Regular Stewie and EvilerThanUsual Clone Stewie. We can tell which is which because they have reversed color schemes on their clothes: Regular!Stewie has red overalls with a yellow shirt and ETUC!Stewie has yellow overalls with a red shirt.
  • April 11, 2011
    CousinApril
    In the very goofy 1991 movie "Mystery Date," everyone confuses Ethan Hawke with Brian Mc Namara (playing his older brother), despite the fact that the two bear next to no resemblance to each other. Seriously. They even claim to give Ethan Hawke the same haircut, but he still has that bowlcut style haircut he had in every movie he made in the early 90s. It's ridiculous.
  • April 12, 2011
    originalhobbit
    • In Gattaca, the fact that Vincent is able to disguise himself as Jerome using his DNA samples is believable, but, looks wise, they aren't that similar. Jude Law and Ethan Hawke just don't look alike, at least not enough to confuse one for the other.
  • April 12, 2011
    Ezekiel
    Sackett, re: Non Identical Twins: That trope already seems to be specifically about twins. The description is actually pretty specific and the examples, while not truly unanimous, seem overwhelmingly to be predicated on the assumption that the trope does refer to twins.

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