Created By: Koveras on February 23, 2012 Last Edited By: Koveras on April 7, 2012
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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.

Examples:

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.

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • The Cliffhanger 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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Community Feedback Replies: 26
  • February 23, 2012
    Jordan
    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.
  • February 25, 2012
    Noaqiyeum
  • February 26, 2012
    randomsurfer
    How long is a long time? In an episode of The X Files there are stories of two MIBs who go around intimidating people, but most of the time only one is shown while the other keeps to the shadows. Finally they talk to someone who says that the other MIB looks like Alex Trebek (who played the MIB in question). [For the record Jesse Ventura plays the other MIB, who is described as big and oddly-speaking but not "looks like Jesse Ventura."]
  • February 26, 2012
    Koveras
    ^^ Indeed.

    ^ I'd say that counts if this Alex Trebek person is important in-story. I don't recall that episode, however...
  • February 26, 2012
    Bisected8
  • February 26, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^^He's not important in-story, he's just a famous person who (it is revealed) that MIB looks like. The episode is "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'." Jose Chung gets interviews from several people who've had interaction with a pair of MIBs. In the third story, in which Scully telling what Mulder told her, it's revealed that the 2nd MIB looks like Alex Trebek.
    1st MIB: Some alien encounters are hoaxes perpetrated by your government to manipulate the public. Some of these hoaxes are intentionally revealed to manipulate the truth-seekers who become discredited if they disclose the deliberately absurd deception.
    Mulder: Similar things are said about the men in black. That they purposely dress and behave strangely so that if anyone tries to describe an encounter with them, they come off sounding like a lunatic.
    1st MIB: I find absolutely no reason why anyone would think you crazy if you described this meeting of ours.
    (The second man in black puts his hand on Mulder's shoulder. He bears an uncanny resemblance to Alex Trebek.)
    2nd MIB: You're feeling very sleepy, very... relaxed.
    (Chung talks over the scene.)
    Chung: Alex Trebek?
    (Cut to the X-Files office.)
    Chung: The game show host?
    Scully: Mulder didn't say that it was Alex Trebek. It was just someone that looked incredibly like him.
  • February 26, 2012
    Koveras
    ^ Ah, OK, I will try to work that into a brief example summary.
  • February 26, 2012
    maniesansdelire
    Arthur C. Clarke did this in http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Literature/ChildhoodsEnd?from=Main.ChildhoodsEnd, where Karellen reveals himself to look exactly like the Devil.
  • March 27, 2012
    Koveras
    Bump.
  • March 27, 2012
    Omeganian
    Mutant X had the third season end with an ancient and near immortal scientist look just like Adam (thus revealing him to be a clone he wanted to replace him), to which the latter started stammering he had parents. The old guy states they were good agents.
  • March 27, 2012
    Koveras
    ^ But was that scientist The Unseen?
  • March 27, 2012
    Duncan
    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.
  • March 27, 2012
    Jordan
    • 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.

    Edited- googled the character mentioned on the Facial Composite Failure page and found out the info
  • March 28, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    Resemblance Reveal?

    Friends had Chandler's dad, who was mentioned a lot before he turned up played by Kathleen Turner. I'm not sure if this counts because no one lampshaded the fact that he looked like her, it was just a high profile casting. Erm, it was promoted a fair bit outside the show if that helps?
  • March 28, 2012
    Koveras
    ^ Not familiar with Friends but why is someone's dad played by a woman?
  • March 28, 2012
    Bisected8
    She was a transexual, Koveras.
  • March 28, 2012
    Koveras
    I see. But was Kathleen Turner significant in-story? If no character noticed the resemblance, then it has no bearing on the story...
  • March 28, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    No, not in-story. I'm not familiar with the Alex Trebek example so I wasn't sure if celebrity guests in general were good enough. Don't worry, I'm pretty sure I'm wrong about Chandler's dad being an example of this trope anyway.
  • March 28, 2012
    fulltimeD
    re: The Alex Trebek X-Files example

    Two notes-

    The rationalization implied in that episode was that "people who report sitings of UF Os and encounters with MI Bs are less likely to be taken seriously when they claim that the MIB they spoke to looked and sounded exactly like someone famous." Also, the entire episode pretty much played this for comedy. All considering, it's probably not an example of this trope, though it is similar because of the ongoing role that other MIB characters played in other, more serious episodes of that show.
  • March 28, 2012
    fulltimeD
    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.
  • March 28, 2012
    LOAD
    Tarquin form The Order Of The Stick.
  • April 5, 2012
    lycropath
    All to common In Kingdom Hearts. In the second game Xemnas removes his hood revealing his face to be very close to the villain of the first game (Fittingly because they are two halves of one evil person) and in Birth By Sleep Vanitas's facial mask melts away revealing his face to be identical to The Hero Sora's but with black hair and Eyes Of Gold.
  • April 5, 2012
    blueflame724
    Fairy Tail: The Fairy Tail mage Mistgun is revealed to look just like Erza's childhood friend Jellal. Justified since Mystogan is actually the alternate universe/Edolas version of Jellal
  • April 5, 2012
    sigh824
    Video Game: Happens in Tales Of The Abyss (or at least in the anime) twice.
  • April 5, 2012
    dalek955
    ^^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.
  • April 7, 2012
    Koveras
    Five hats, gonna launch it this weekend.

    @sigh824: Please expand your Zero Context Example if you want to see it on the launched page...

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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