Created By: StevenTJune 25, 2012 Last Edited By: StevenTOctober 9, 2014

Identical Yet Somehow Hotter

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One person in a set of identical individuals is found more attractive than the others.

Compare Informed Attractiveness and Invisible Subtle Difference.


Examples:

Comic Books
  • Parodied in Mad's version of Archie: "Biddy" and "Salonica" are as exactly identical as possible other than hair color, yet "Starchie" prefers Salonica.

Film
  • Serenity: Fanty and Mingo.
    Mal: [greeting the twins] Fanty. Mingo.
    Mingo: He's Mingo.
    Mal: He's Fanty. You're Mingo.
    Mingo: How is it you always know?
    Mal: Fanty's prettier.

Live Action TV
  • Joey feels this way about Phoebe's twin Ursula in Friends. Rendered ironic by the fact that Lisa Kudrow played both.
  • Happy Days: Ralph and Potsie are living downstairs from a pair of twins, Daisy and Masie. Ralph thinks they look exactly the same, but Potsie says Masie has whiter teeth.
  • In one Star Trek: TOS episode, Spock logic bombs two identical robots by announcing that he loves one and hates the other.
  • Stephanie and Kimmy from Full House fight over which identical twin is cuter. DJ points out the absurdity of that.

Western Animation
  • The Simpsons: In "Hungry, Hungry Homer" Homer sets Bart up with Sherri only to be told by Bart that Terri is the one he has a crush on.
  • In the South Park episode "Quintuplets 2000" according to Cartman the second quintuplet from the left was the most attractive.
  • On Johnny Test, Bling-Bling Boy has a crush on Susan Test, but couldn't care less about her twin sister Mary.
Community Feedback Replies: 31
  • June 25, 2012
    captainpat
    You should probably limit this to twins and such so not to make it sound too much like Informed Attractiveness.
  • June 26, 2012
    DmM
    Joey feels this way about Phoebe's twin Ursula in Friends. Rendered ironic by the fact that Lisa Kudrow plays both women.
  • June 26, 2012
    MorganWick
    Yeah, that Family Guy example should probably go.
  • June 26, 2012
    randomsurfer
    See also Invisible Subtle Difference.

    • Happy Days: Ralph and Potsie are living downstairs from a pair of twins, Daisy and Masie. Ralph thinks they look exactly the same, but Potsie says Masie has whiter teeth.
  • June 26, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    Parodied in Mad's version of Archie: "Biddy" and "Salonica" are as exactly identical as possible other than hair color, yet "Starchie" prefers Salonica.
  • June 26, 2012
    surgoshan
    • Parodied in Beerfest, when Landfill's identical twin shows up and is a better drinker than Landfill, better at loving Landfill's wife than Landfill, and asks to be called Landfill.
  • June 26, 2012
    JonnyB
    • Serenity: Fanty and Mingo.
      Mal: [greeting the twins] Fanty. Mingo.
      Mingo: He's Mingo.
      Mal: He's Fanty. You're Mingo.
      Mingo: How is it you always know?
      Mal: Fanty's prettier.
  • June 26, 2012
    moriwen
    In one Star Trek: TOS episode, Spock logic bombs two identical robots by announcing that he loves one and hates the other.
  • June 26, 2012
    Waterlily
    Stephanie and Kimmy from Full House fight over which identical twin is cuter. DJ points out the absurdity of that.

    I don't think this is actually so weird. One twins may dress in a more appealing style or have a more charming persoanlity that makes them seem more attractive.
  • July 2, 2012
    surgoshan
    • In an episode of How I Met Your Mother, Ted runs into an ex-girlfriend, Stella, and the gang rates his response on a scale running from "crying and talking about her sweater that he has that still smells like her" to "I have a new girlfriend who looks exactly like you only she's French and has bigger cans."
  • July 2, 2012
    NightNymph
    • From Raising Arizona: After stealing one baby from a group of identical quintuplets, H.I. (Hi) Mc Donnough tells his wife "I think I got the best one!"
  • July 2, 2012
    TitoMosquito
    • For the Full House one, Kimmy points out the older twin (by a few minutes) is hotter because he's more mature. Steph said that's the dumbest reason.

    • Fairly Oddparents: Wanda's twin sister Blonda. When they decided to switch, people seem to noticed "Blonda" has gotten less hot.
    • 6teen: Jonesy and his look-alike Smithy were both hired for a before/after shot. And Jonesy is wearing a wig that resembles Smithy's hair. But because Jonesy is the "after" shot, the customers was turned off from going to the store. And Jonesy was fired (again).
  • July 2, 2012
    reub2000
    • On Pokemon Brock finds each Nurse Joy prettier than than the last one. They're all the same.
  • July 2, 2012
    bobfrank
    Definitely Truth In Television. This Troper has friends who are identical twins, and for some strange reason no one else can tell them apart, but I can because one of them has a much prettier smile.
  • July 2, 2012
    Lyssian
    • One of the victims in Agatha Christie 's Elephants Can Remember is a twin, who several characters say was much prettier than her sister, while in the same breath talking about how very identical they were when they were young.
  • July 4, 2012
    aurora369
  • July 4, 2012
    katiek
    On I Dream Of Jeannie, there is Jeannie's identical twin sister, also named Jeannie, who is a sultry brunette instead of a perky blonde. And even when she disguises herself as her blonde sister, she comes off as more sultry and seductive.
  • July 4, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    Bewitched had identical cousins Samantha and Serena. Same deal as Jeannie: when Serena pretended to be Sam, the personality trait always gave her away.

  • October 3, 2014
    Pichu-kun
    Maybe the trope refers to identical twins who dress similarly?
  • October 4, 2014
    bejjinks
    The Bewitched and Jeanie examples don't really fit because the only time they look alike is when one is impersonating the other. In fact, Bewitched seems like the opposite of this trope as it would be informed identical twin. How could anyone mistake them for twins when they look more different from each other than even Clark and Superman?
  • October 4, 2014
    Cappuccino
    I'm almost sure there's a trope about how the 'evil' individual is always more attractive. I thought it'd fit at the 'compare' section, but for the life of me I can't find it. Just throwing this out there in case anyone know what trope I'm talking about.
  • October 4, 2014
    Illemar
    I can't find verification for the Jeannie example, but Bewitched counts because Sam and Serena were played by the same actress.
  • October 6, 2014
    bitemytail
  • October 6, 2014
    randomsurfer
    ^^Jeannie and Jeannie II were both played by Barbara Eden. But for both Bewtiched and Jeannie the other twin is a brunette instead of blonde and they dress differently than the regular twin (unless they're pulling a Twin Switch).
  • October 6, 2014
    Illemar
    ^Are we still including the Starchie parody then?
  • October 6, 2014
    Cappuccino
    ^^ I was probably thinking of Evil Is Sexy. Doesn't seem to say anything about identical people though. Oh well.
  • October 6, 2014
    bejjinks
    This trope is not Evil Is Sexy. The identical twin doesn't have to be evil. In the trope Evil Is Sexy, the evil one doesn't have to be a twin.
  • October 6, 2014
    DAN004
    What about calling it Identical Yet Somehow Better instead? Can be expanded to cover objects too.

    Contrast Not So Similar.
  • October 9, 2014
    hbi2k
    Would this include examples in which one twin actually is visibly hotter, by dressing better or exercising more?

    If not, this is a Sub Trope of Invisible Subtle Difference, not just a "compare."
  • October 9, 2014
    Skylite
    • Fairly Oddparents: The exact words "identical yet somehow hotter" description is used for Wanda's twin sister, Blonda.
  • October 9, 2014
    Bisected8

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