Created By: KamenZero on August 6, 2011 Last Edited By: Paradisesnake on May 28, 2014

Don't See The Resemblance

Two (or more) characters look alike, but they refuse to admit it.

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There are two (possibly more) characters who seem to look exactly like each other, or at least bare a strong resemblance to each other. However, the two characters, often after a long time of contemplating each other's appearance, admit that they don't see any similarities.

Worth noting that in Live-Action TV shows and Films, that the characters are often played by the same actor, usually for Rule of Funny. Can cross over with Celebrity Paradox, and can be lampshaded when there's Only Six Faces

Compare Strong Family Resemblance, where there can be a similar situation between two people related to each other. Also compare Identical Stranger.


Examples:

Comics

Film
  • In the remake of The Parent Trap, Annie realises her resemblance to Halle early on, while Halle doesn't quite get it until Annie shows her a picture of their father.

Live-Action TV
  • In an episode of The Nanny, there is an Arab Oil Sheikh who looks a lot like Mr. Sheffield. When they meet each other in person at the end of the episode, they take one look at each other and simultaneously proclaim that they don't see the resemblance.
    • Also from The Nanny and double's as a Celebrity Paradox when Fran Fine meets Fran Dresser
  • Rachel of Friends dates a guy named Russ who looks and acts just like Ross, except for a different hairstyle and an odd looking chin. Ross and Russ meet, and Ross makes fun of his speech patterns (which are the same as his) and calls him a goober. He never catches on, and Rachel denies it until the end of the episode.

Western Animation
  • One episode of Courage the Cowardly Dog reveals that Eustace's father looks exactly like him, but with a beard. Eustace insists that they look nothing alike.


Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • August 6, 2011
    AlexIDV
    Huey, Dewey and Louie in the Duck comic An Eye for Detail by Don Rosa, likely in many more stories too.
  • August 6, 2011
    KamenZero
    Added, and edited the description and laconic a bit to reflect that it can go for more than two characters as well
  • August 6, 2011
    LobsterMagnus
    Compare also Identical Stranger. In Live Action TV and Film, both characters are of course played by the same actor (meaning their facial features, builds ect. indeed are identical), due to Rule Of Funny.

    • In an episode of The Nanny, there is an Arab Oil Sheikh who looks a lot like Mr. Sheffield. When they meet each other in person at the end of the episode, they take one look at each other and simultaneously proclaim that they don't see the resemblance.
  • August 6, 2011
    CastingCrowns
    Rachel of Friends dates a guy named Russ who looks and acts just like Ross, except for a different hairstyle and an odd looking chin. Ross and Russ meet, and Ross makes fun of his speech patterns (which are the same as his) and calls him a goober. He never catches on, and Rachel denies it until the end of the episode.
  • August 6, 2011
    PapercutChainsaw
    In the remake of The Parent Trap, Annie realises her resemblance to Halle early on, while Halle doesn't quite get it until Annie shows her a picture of their father.
  • August 6, 2011
    dalek955
    Troper tale: This troper and his brother, when someone notes the resemblance between us, respond with a chorus of "You take that back!"
  • August 6, 2011
    KamenZero
    I'm not exactly sure how i'd add troper tales.. haha..
  • August 20, 2011
    TBeholder
    Also, sometimes used to lampshade that "Only Six Faces" thing.
  • August 20, 2011
    Otakukun
    Also from The Nanny and double's as a Celebrity Paradox when Fran Fine meets Fran Dresser
  • August 20, 2011
    KamenZero
    Id almost forgotten about this since it had fallen back from the first page, so I thank you two for the example bumps.

    More examples and Description helpings are very welcome.
  • May 24, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    Added source for the Duck comic example (Disney Ducks Comic Universe) + fixed a Red Link (from Indentical Stranger to Identical Stranger).
  • May 25, 2014
    randomsurfer
    The two who don't see the resemblance to each other might still think the other is good looking.
  • May 25, 2014
    DAN004
  • May 28, 2014
    DAN004
    Bump.

    Related to Not So Similar?
  • May 28, 2014
    partner555
    In El Goonish Shive, Rhoda tried pointing out to Diane her resemblance to Susan but Diane refused to see it before Diane began suspecting Susan is her twin sister and finally admits such, to herself at least, that Susan is her sister when she receives a message from her online.

    Also, Resemblance Denial seems better than the current title.
  • May 28, 2014
    Quatic
    In the 1980 Popeye film, Popeye is convinced he's found his father, who shares many of his features — bulging arms, squinty eye, pipe ("You can't inherit a pipe!!")

    In real life, the recent Will Ferrell/Chad Smith 'feud' was founded on the notion that they look alike — exacerbated in the culmination on Fallon's Tonight Show, where they come out dressed exactly identically, pretending to actually be each other.... and deny the resemblance.
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