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Resemblance Reveal
When an unseen character is finally revealed, he looks just like someone important in-story.
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The character long established as The Unseen or hitherto always masked is finally revealed and turns out to look like (but not to actually be) someone famous or otherwise important in the story, with various implications (from blood relation to supernatural connections).

Subtrope of The Reveal. Compare/contrast Stranger Behind the Mask.


Anime and Manga
  • In Scrapped Princess, "Lord" Celia Mauser looks exactly like Pacifica Casull, only her hair is lighter blonde.
  • This done with Hohenheim and Father in Fullmetal Alchemist. There's initially some Plot-Based Photograph Obfuscation of a photo of Hohenheim, and even when Father himself is sort of obscured, there's enough shown of him to suggest he and Hohenheim are the same person. Even though the two turn out to be separate people, they do look pretty much identical.
  • One Piece has a character named Duval who is introduced masked, and it turns out that he looks almost exactly like one of the protagonist's Facial Composite Failure Wanted Poster, which lead to a lot of grief for him and is why he started out as an antagonist.
  • Fairy Tail: The Fairy Tail mage Mistgun not only concealed his face, but also made a habit of casting blanket sleep spells on any room he walked into. He was that paranoid about being recognized because he is eventually revealed to look just like Erza's childhood friend Jellal. Justified since Mystogan is actually the alternate universe/Edolas version of Jellal.


Live-Action TV
  • The Cliff Hanger of Season 4 of Star Trek: The Next Generation was that the unseen Romulan Commander was Tasha Yar's daughter, played by the same actress.
  • The Reveal of Java and Siva, Ebony's sisters in Series 4 of The Tribe. The sisters unmistakeably look like Ebony, with a similar figure, facial features, poise and long, thin braids. Prior to the reveal, they spent several episodes wearing robot-like masks.
  • A borderline example in The X-Files episode "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'", there is an M.I.B. who keeps to the shadows throughout the episode, but is eventually revealed to look like Alex Trebek (because he was played by him). Trebek is not particularly important in-story, but the fact that an MIB looks like a popular TV host further discredits Mulder's account of the encounter.

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