I don't know how to spin that out much more and I'm sure it's probably already a thing, because I'm sure we can all think of a good few examples, so I'll just list a few:
- The old sonic cartoon had multiple Dr. Robotnik TD Cs
- Ash from Pokemon bares a striking resemblance to many many historical figures
- The result of any scratch in Homestuck is literally this
- I want to say inspector gadget probably did this
It was pretty big in early-nineties kid's programming and a few modern things too, is what I'm getting at here. Pretty sure we can all agree this is totally a trope, but has it been covered before?