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->''"[as to who should play him in a movie] Mr. Creator/SamuelLJackson, of course, no discussion."''
-->-- '''[[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate]] ComicBook/NickFury'''

Sometimes in comics or animated shows, a character is made to look like a particular actor or other celebrity whom the artist imagines playing the character. This might be out of fandom for the actor, because the character fits with the actor's well-known roles, or in the hope that the actor would be flattered and try to get the comic adapted as a movie. Or it might be unconscious on the author/artist's part.

Fantasy casting can also occur in non-visual media such as (non-illustrated) novels, but can be harder to spot unless WordOfGod acknowledges it, or the character is [[{{Expy}} closely based]] on a particular role the actor is associated with.

If the resemblance is outright stated in the text, it's TextualCelebrityResemblance. For when the character is a direct impression or parody of a celebrity's public persona, see NoCelebritiesWereHarmed. For when an animated character is designed to resemble the real-world voice actor, see InkSuitActor. See also HypotheticalCasting, for where fans or creators do this as WordOfGod without making it explicit in canon.

Not the same thing as when a comic book or animation is spun-off from an earlier live-action film or TV show and the characters inevitably are drawn to look like the live-action actors, which would be "Reality Casting". However, sometimes there are borderline cases where a comic or animation is adapted into a live-action medium and [[{{Retcanon}} artists start drawing a character to look like the actor in the adaptation]].


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'' offers an interesting [[ShowWithinAShow Manga Within A Manga]] case: every time Takagi and Mashiro create a new manga series, Mashiro makes the most important female character look like his girlfriend Azuki, a voice actress, hoping that she will get the role of this character in the anime adaptation.
* Great Brother Chang in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' looks a lot like Chow Yun-Fat.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'':
** Spike Spiegel was modeled after famous 1970s Japanese action film star Yusaku Matsuda.
** The couple in the first episode were based on Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek.
** The debt assistant [[spoiler: also known as a conman]] who's sent to help Faye with her debts after she was revived is based on George Clooney.
** Decker, the bounty in ''Heavy Metal Queen'' appears to be modeled on WoodyAllen.
** The gangster from "Waltz For Venus" is based on Music/TheNotoriousBIG.
** The bounty hunter in "MushroomSamba" is based on Creator/PamGrier ([[Film/{{Coffy}} and named after one of her movies]]).
* Freddy from ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' bears an obvious resemblance to Freddie Mercury from Music/{{Queen}}. It's never explicitly stated whether or not he actually ''is'' Freddie Mercury, but most signs point to no. Just avoids NoCelebritiesWereHarmed since his characterization has no resemblance at all to Freddy's public persona.
* It's hard to tell, given the [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue hair]] and gold eyes, but April of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' looks a fair amount like Creator/HalleBerry. Probably because her Japanese voice actress, TakakoHonda, dubs a lot of Berry's film roles – including that of {{Storm}} from the ''Film/XMen'' movies, who like April, is black and has weather-control powers.
* ''Manga/DoctorSlump'' had Dr Mashirito as a recurring BigBad (as far as that goes in the comedy/satire genre), with facial features based on Akira Toriyama's editor, [[{{Tuckerization}} Kazuhiko Torishima]]. It's even lampshaded by a few panels where said editor calls up Toriyama to tell him not to draw Mashirito to look like him - for this scene, he is drawn with exactly the same face as Mashirito.
* [[http://totallylookslike.com/2009/12/03/ergo-proxy-totally-looks-like-amy-lee/ It's been noted]] that Re-L of ''Anime/ErgoProxy'' has an uncanny resemblance to Evanescence singer Amy Lee.
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' has some really strange ones considering all the characters are high school football players. Shin (especially in the early days) was pretty much Bruce Lee in football gear, Aoyanagi is Weird Al on steroids, Bud Walker is Johnny Depp, and Shinryuuji has players that resemble Gandhi, Richard Nixon, and the Dalai Lama.
* Kenshiro of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' fame infamously resembles Mel Gibson's character from ''The Road Warrior'' with a bit of Creator/BruceLee to round him out.
* In ''Anime/{{Moldiver}}'', MadScientist Doctor Machinegal's [[spoiler:robot]] female minions are all named after (and [[spoiler:are designed to]] resemble) various female movie stars.
* Doctor Reichwein in ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' bears a strong resemblance to American actor Wilford Brimley. Oddly, this is actually due to Creator/NaokiUrasawa's unrepentant Creator/OsamuTezuka fandom. Reichwein was modelled on Brimley because he was the closest RealLife actor to Tezuka's famed [[ReusedCharacterDesign "Mr. Mustachio" character]]. Still, any FanFic/AMVHell clip of the character will include the [[StupidStatementDanceMix dance remix]] of "You know, I have [[MemeticMutation diabeetus]]..."
* ''Manga/OnePiece:
** All three of the admirals are patterned after prominent actors in Japan. By sheer coincidence, one of the admirals also bears a strong resemblance to Sammy Davis Jr.
** Eneru is based off rapper Music/{{Eminem}}, Mr. 5 off of biracial rock star Lenny Kravitz, Peeply Lulu after Freddie Mercury, and that's [[http://kotaku.com/one-piece-characters-look-very-very-familiar-472935041 barely even touching the surface]].
** Emporio Ivankov bears an uncanny resemblance to TimCurry's Dr. Frankenfurter from ''Film/RockyHorrorPictureShow'', but is actually modeled after a guy from actress Creator/MayumiTanaka's dance troupe named Norio Imamura. He would later [[InkSuitActor voice the character in the anime]] until a RoleEndingMisdemeanor resulted in him being recast.
* Masayuki Ozaki has confirmed that several characters in ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' are supposed to resemble certain famous individuals.
** Blue Rose's manager is Creator/RobertDowneyJr
** Her teacher is Creator/StevenSpielberg
** Ben is Forrest Whitaker
** The card collecting kid who loses his baloon is Macaulay Culkin
** The Mayor is UsefulNotes/BarackObama
** Barnaby's father looks ''exactly'' like ''Film/{{Batman}}-era Creator/Michael Keaton, and his mother is possibly based on Creator/MichellePfeiffer
** Rock Bison is Creator/AntonioBanderas
** Sky High resembles a blonde Creator/TomCruise.
** Mario is ''Film/GhostBusters''-era Creator/HaroldRamis
* ''Manga/YamiNoAegis'''s Zero ''really'' looks like Leon from Film/TheProfessional. They're also both assassins, and aside from the hats (Zero wears a baseball hat) they dress identically.
* The {{Jesus}} of ''Manga/SaintYoungMen'' is drawn to look like JohnnyDepp. The comic occasionally lampshades the similarity - one of his bios says he would want Depp to play him in a movie about his life, and at one point, he distracts a group of {{Gyaru}} who are upsetting Buddha by posing at a 'Johnny Depp-like angle' and flirting with them in English.
** At another point, he tries on a {{Cosplay}} of [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Jack Sparrow]], calling it 'fate'.
** When Buddha tries to persuade Jesus to change his hairstyle, he hands him a movie magazine containing some photos of Depp's various roles - Film/EdwardScissorhands, Jack Sparrow, {{Sweeney Todd}} and [[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Willy Wonka]] - but Jesus decides to keep his original haircut due to the need to protect his celebrity image.
* Zafal Takie from the Motorball arc of ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}'' is based on Grace Jones in ''Film/ConanTheDestroyer''. Overall this seems to be a fairly common practice with black characters in manga. Since there aren't many black people in Japan, artists will often use American movies as photo-reference, as Japanese manga artists' attempts to produce black characters freehand can sometimes show a [[http://bartbeaty.ucalgaryblogs.ca/2013/04/20/blackface-pokemon-and-dragon-ball/ dubious similarity]] to {{Blackface}} caricatures.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', the First Raikage is designed to look like JimiHendrix.
* Shougo Sena from ''Manga/LoveStage'''s physical appearance is based off of one of Daigo, lead vocalist from the band Breakerz, who happens to be author Eiki Eiki's younger brother.
* Ash Lynx, the main character in ''Manga/BananaFish'', was initially based off the tennis player Stephen Edberg, and later Creator/RiverPhoenix. Another character, Max Lobo, was modeled on Creator/HarrisonFord.
* Heero Yuy from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' was based off Japanese idol Yuki Uchida.
* Gendo Ikari and Kozo Fuyutsuki from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' are heavily based on respectively Ed Bishop and George Sewell in the roles as Edward Straker and Alec E. Freeman in the TV series ''Series/{{UFO}}''. Their character dynamic is even very much the same as in ''UFO''.

[[folder:Comic Books - DC Universe]]

* Artist Gary Frank always draws {{Superman}} as Creator/ChristopherReeve. This makes him one of fandom's favorite artists to draw the Man of Steel.
* ''[[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]]'' was said to be based on Fred [=MacMurray=].
** His sister Mary Marvel was initially modeled after Creator/JudyGarland.
** Inverted with Captain Marvel Junior, as Elvis Presley modeled his signature hairdo and costumes after him.
* Hal Jordan and Sinestro in ''Comicbook/GreenLantern'' have respectively been claimed to have been based on Paul Newman and David Niven.
** The male Guardians of the Universe from ''Green Lantern'' were initially based on David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel.
* The comic book prequel to ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' makes ComicBook/LoisLane look like AmyAdams, the actress who portrays the character in ''Film/ManOfSteel''.
* Aqualad's mother Sha'lain'a from the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' [[AllThereInTheManual tie-in comic series]] looks like singer BeyonceKnowles.
* ''[[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Batman Incorporated]]'' featured a trio of female assassins who looked exactly like Music/{{Rihanna}}, Music/KatyPerry, and Music/LadyGaga. For bonus points, the headmistress of the Leviathan-run school featured in the story looked like Music/{{Madonna}}.
* Bruce Wayne in ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'' was unashamedly drawn a ''lot'' like Cary Grant, and intentionally so, although David Mazuchelli has also claimed an influence from Gregory Peck.
** And his aged look in ''Comicbook/KingdomCome'' winds up looking like Peck, minus mustache.
* After the success of ''Film/BatmanBegins'', there was at least one issue of a Batman comic ([[http://www.comics.org/issue/290878/ this one]]) in which Bruce Wayne bore an unmistakable resemblance to Christian Bale, and the Joker got plastic surgery to look like Heath Ledger.
** The Batman manga ''Child of Dreams'' has Bruce Wayne with an uncanny resemblance to Bale. And the story was published around 2000, a few years before ''Film/BatmanBegins''.
* ''Superman'' #355 (Jan. 1981) presented Dr. Asa Ezaak, a dead ringer for Creator/IsaacAsimov, sideburns and all, as an insane moon-powered evil writer. Those were happier times.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} is Creator/ClarkGable while his civilian identity is based on silent comedian Creator/HaroldLloyd with some inspiration from classic Series/FlashGordon actor Creator/BusterCrabbe
* In Creator/PaulCornell's "[[ComicBook/TheBlackRing Black Ring]]" story arc in ''ComicBook/ActionComics'', Lex Luthor's assistant Spalding is modeled on Creator/DavidTennant, complete with the Tenth Doctor's "clever specs". LampshadeHanging is provided by the Joker who, when taking credit for killing Spalding, claims "He reminded me so much of that actor, [[TheNthDoctor I wanted to see if he'd turn into someone else]]!"
* In Cornell's ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' spin-off miniseries ''Knight & Squire'', Jarvis Poker the British Joker is based on the appearance and typical roles of Creator/KennethWilliams.
* George Pérez based his Pre-[[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Crisis]] WonderWoman on Connie Sellecca and his Post-Crisis version on Marina Sirtis.
* Creator/DarwynCooke admits to doing this a lot in his ''Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}'' story "Selina's Big Score". Stark is Lee Marvin, Jeff is Chow Yun-Fat, Swifty is Burgess Meredith and Chantel is Creator/PamGrier.
* There's a list of these in the back of ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'' in which, artist Rags Morales says ; among others, Captain Boomerang is based on Ron Jeremy and [[Radio/TheHowardSternShow Jackie Martling]], and his son is based on Music/JustinTimberlake. Comicbook/{{Vixen}} was drawn to look like Geena Davis...which is odd because Davis is not black *according to Morales, she was originallu supposed to be based on Gracwe Jones). Others include Elongated Man on Creator/DannyKaye and Creator/DickVanDyke, Barry Allen on Creator/JohnHurt, Zatanna on [[Film/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh Phoebe Cates]], Felix Faust on Creator/LeonardNimoy, and [[DoesntLikeGuns Batman]] [[{{Irony}} on]] Creator/TomSelleck.
* The Comicbook/{{Vixen}} illustration Stanley "Artgerm" Lau did for the DC Cover Girls statue series looks ''exactly'' like {{Rihanna}}.
* ''ComicBook/ActionComics'' #9 had a story about an AlternateUniverse where Superman and WonderWoman [[RaceLift were both black]]. Wonder Woman was based on [[Music/{{Beyonce}} Beyoncé Knowles]], while Superman was basically a younger, beefier UsefulNotes/BarackObama.
** Given that President Obama is an avowed Superman fan and Beyoncé has expressed interest in playing Wonder Woman in a live-action film, this was almost certainly intentional.
* In ''ComicBook/TheSandman'':
** Delirium is sometimes based on Music/ToriAmos and sometimes on the writer [[http://kimstringfellow.photoshelter.com/image/I0000QZFEL1hPd9I Kathy Acker]].
** Her brother, Destruction, is sometimes unmistakably Creator/BrianBlessed.
** Dream was originally designed to look like [[Music/{{Bauhaus}} Peter Murphy]], but at other times is pretty clearly Robert Smith of Music/TheCure, as well as being influenced by [[AuthorAvatar Neil Gaiman]] and [[LooksLikeCesare Conrad Veidt]].
** Lucifer is Music/DavidBowie.
* John Constantine, ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'', was drawn in his initial ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' appearances to look like [[Music/ThePolice Sting]] and has continued to do so ever since.
* In Creator/NeilGaiman and Creator/{{Dave McKean}}'s ''ComicBook/BlackOrchid'', Carl Thorne looks like the young MarlonBrando, while ComicBook/LexLuthor often looks like the older Brando (especially when he's on the videophone--he seems to be based on Brando in ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' then).
* Creator/JackKirby was said to have based Big Barda of ''ComicBook/NewGods'' on actress and singer model Lainie Kazan.
* According to Mike Grell, Tyroc from the ''Comicbook/LegionOfSuperheroes'' was designed to resemble actor and former football star Fred "The Hammer" Williamson.
* Some artists are drawing Jonathan and Martha Kent to more resemble [[Series/{{Smallville}} John Schneider and Annette O'Toole]].
** And to hammer the point further home, the young Clark Kent seen in the ''ComicBook/SupermanBirthright'' miniseries looks like a child version of Tom Welling.
* In the ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' sketchbook, Creator/GrantMorrison describes Dan Turpin as "Jack Kirby drawn by FrankMiller".
* Towards the end of her pre-ComicBook/{{New 52}} run, ComicBook/PowerGirl began to resemble actress Creator/ChristinaHendricks in more than just [[MostCommonSuperpower body shape]].
* In the 2009-2010 miniseries ''ComicBook/SupermanSecretOrigin'', Superman/Clark Kent was drawn to resemble Creator/ChristopherReeve, which is not surprising, but ComicBook/LoisLane is drawn to closely resemble WinonaRyder, who has yet to appear in a ''Superman''-related production.
* ''[[ComicBook/TheMultiversity The Just #1]]'', a one-shot about {{legacy hero}}es with [[VictoryIsBoring no evil left to fight]], features an [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Arrowette]] with a scantily-clad, shorthaired look very much like Music/MileyCyrus.
* The Joker's original design was based on Creator/ConradVeidt's face from the movie ''The Man Who Laughs''.
* According to [[WordOfGod artist James Harvey]], Riko Sheridan from ''We Are Comicbook/{{Robin}}'' was based on biracial model Zoe Flood.

[[folder:Comic Books - Marvel Universe]]
* [[ComicBook/TheUltimates Ultimate]] ComicBook/NickFury was drawn to look like Creator/SamuelLJackson. In the ''Film/IronMan'' movie, Jackson was naturally cast in the role.
** This was an explicit arrangement; Jackson gave Marvel free rein to do it as long as he could have the part in the movies.
** NYPD Detective Paul Budiansky, a one-arc character from ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' is also modeled after Sam Jackson.
** In a special feature, Bryan Hitch discussed the "cast" of actors he and MarkMillar used for reference in ''TheUltimates''. Aside from the aforementioned Sam Jackson as Nick Fury, he picked Creator/BradPitt for ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, Creator/ZhangZiyi for ComicBook/TheWasp, Creator/BruceWillis for ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}, Creator/AngelinaJolie and James Haven for ComicBook/ScarletWitch and ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}}, Creator/MatthewMcConaughey for [[ComicBook/AntMan Giant-Man]], and Creator/SteveBuscemi for [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]]. He couldn't find a suitable actor for [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], so he just said Jesus.
* Lenny Balinger from ''ComicBook/DamageControl'' is a dead ringer for Creator/LeeMarvin, though he thinks he looks more like Creator/PaulNewman.
* The original ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' Hellfire Club line-up were all based by John Byrne on actors he admired. Sebastian Shaw was based on Robert Shaw, the Black Queen (Jean Grey) on Diana Rigg ([[Series/TheAvengers Emma Peel]]), Mastermind/Jason Wyngarde on Peter Wyngarde (Jason King in ''Department S''), Harry Leland on Orson Welles ([[Film/TheThirdMan Harry Lime]] and [[Film/CitizenKane Jedediah Leland]]), and Donald Pierce on Donald Sutherland ([[Film/{{Mash}} film version of Hawkeye Pierce]]).
** A later writer introduced Emma Steed of the London Hellfire Club, who was even ''more'' Diana Rigg.
** The Diana Rigg and Peter Wyngarde parallels specifically were part of a WholePlotReference to the ''Avengers'' episode "A Touch of Brimstone", also set at a Hellfire Club, and which had Mrs Peel in the Jean Grey role and Peter Wyngarde as John Cleverly Carter in the Mastermind role.
* During the Claremont/Byrne run on ''Uncanny X-Men'', Comicbook/{{Cyclops}} was based on a young Henry Fonda, ComicBook/JeanGrey on a young Raquel Welch, {{Wolverine}} on Paul D'Amato (Tim "Dr. Hook" [=McCracken=]) in ''Film/SlapShot'', Colossus on Max Baer Jr, Beast on Al Franken, Charles Xavier on Keane Curtis, Moira [=McTaggert=] on Hannah Gordon, Arcade on Creator/{{Malcolm McDowell}}, and Comicbook/EmmaFrost on a young Faye Dunaway. ComicBook/KittyPryde was based on what Byrne thought a young Sigourney Weaver would look like.
** The [[FadSuper disco-themed]] mutant ComicBook/{{Dazzler}} was modeled after Bo Derek, who was supposed to play the character in a live-action movie.
** Later, when handling art honors for ''ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}'', Alan Davis once stated that he modeled his Kitty Pryde after a young Creator/KatharineHepburn.
* Tony Isabella has said Misty Knight was physically modeled after Creator/PamGrier, while the basic concept of the character was essentially conceived as a {{Gender Flip}}ped version of ''Film/BlackbeltJones''.
* Darla Deering/Miss Thing from ''Comicbook/{{FF}}'' was modeled after pop star KatyPerry.
* Detective Oscar Clemons from Creator/GregRucka's ''Comicbook/ThePunisher'' run is based on Creator/MorganFreeman.
* In John Byrne comics, [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Mr Fantastic]] is based on Jeffrey Hunter, [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Wonder Man]] on David Prowse, Comicbook/DoctorStrange on Richard Boone, the Scarlet Witch on Playmate Julia Lyndon, Desmond Marrs on Rocco Siffredi, Polaris (in ''X-Men: The Hidden Years'') on Jennifer Aniston.
** He drew Steve Rogers during his run on ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' to look like Creator/RobertRedford, which is now HilariousInHindsight since Redford ended up playing [[spoiler:the villain]] of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''.
* John Romita (Sr.) modeled Mary Jane Watson on Ann-Margret, specifically the way she looked in ''Theatre/ByeByeBirdie''.
** More recently, Mike Deodato has drawn her as a red-haired Liv Tyler, and Paolo Rivera's take on her is a blend between Leighton Meester and Miranda Kerr, inspired by her dimples.
* ComicBook/RachelSummers in her first appearances in ''ComicBook/NewMutants'' was intentionally designed to look like Annie Lennox.
* Likewise, ComicBook/IllyanaRasputin in the same title was designed to look like Heather O'Rourke, the child actress who played Carol-Ann in ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}''.
* [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Monica Rambeau]] was designed to resemble Creator/PamGrier, one of John Romita, Jr.'s favorite actresses.
* Whenever Mike Deodato draws ComicBook/NormanOsborn (see ''{{Thunderbolts}}'', ''ComicBook/DarkAvengers'', etc.), he ends up looking like Creator/TommyLeeJones. Deodato has admitted that this is deliberate.
** In his more recent appearances, Norman appears to have been modelled on Julian [=McMahon=]. Which is kind of ironic [[Film/FantasticFour when you think about it]]...
* ''Comicbook/{{Blade}}'': Since the success of the movies, there hasn't been an instance where the character ''wasn't'' drawn to look like Wesley Snipes.
* When she first appeared in ''Comicbook/SecretWar'', Daisy Johnson/Quake was drawn to look ''exactly'' like AngelinaJolie as she appeared in ''Film/{{Hackers}}''. As time went on, the resemblance lessened.
* Don Heck based ComicBook/PepperPotts off actress Ann B. Davis, known at the time for her role on ''The Bob Cummings Show''. She's best remembered today for playing Alice in ''Series/TheBradyBunch''.
* Before the movies, [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Charles Xavier's]] bald head and thin eyebrows were reminiscent of Yul Brynner’s distinct appearance. In several Comicbook/{{X-Men}} books since the movies, though, Professor Xavier has noticeably been drawn more like Creator/PatrickStewart.
** Alex Ross modeled Professor Xavier after Patrick Stewart as the artist for ''ComicBook/{{Marvels}}''–[[HilariousInHindsight years before the first movie]]. He also used Timothy Dalton as a model for Tony Stark.
** In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' crossover novel, written before the X-Men movie, he is also described as bearing fair resemblance to Jean-Luc.
** This has also been reflected in other media has well, as Creator/DavidKaye in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', Creator/TomKane in ''MarvelUltimateAlliance'', and Creator/JimWard in ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' and ''TheSuperHeroSquadShow'' all have emulated Stewart in their turns as Xavier. Averted in several ''X-Men'' video games as they did actually get Patrick Stewart to reprise the role in them.
* When Walt Simonson was the writer/artist on ''[[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]'', he based Sif's look on actress Sigourney Weaver and the Enchantress' sister Lorelei on Debbie Harry of the punk band Music/{{Blondie}}.
* [[http://www.marveldirectory.com/individuals/n/numinus.htm Numinus]], an obscure ''ComicBook/PowerPack'' character who looks like a bright-red Whoopi Goldberg in [[Creator/JackKirby Kirbyesque]] "cosmic" armor.
* Before ''Film/IronMan2'' came out, Justin Hammer was modeled on Creator/PeterCushing.
* [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]], as drawn by Salvador Larocca in the current series by Matt Fraction, looks [[http://joevince3.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/iron-sawyer-3.jpg A LOT]] like [[Series/{{Lost}} Josh Holloway]].
** Salvador Larocca does this with many characters in ComicBook/TheNewUniverse reimagining ''newuniversal''. He casts [[Series/{{Lost}} Josh Holloway]] as Kenneth Connell (Star Brand); [[Series/TheSopranos James Gandolfini]] as the father of Connell's girlfriend; [[Series/TheSopranos Vincent Pastore, Steven Van Zandt, Michael Imperioli, and Tony Sirico]] as sheriff's deputies; [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Leonard Nimoy]] as a Starbrand wielder from an alternate Earth; [[Film/LaraCroftTombRaider Angelina Jolie]] as Dr. Jennifer Swann; [[{{Babe}} James]] [[Series/SixFeetUnder Cromwell]] as her boss, Philip L. Voight; [[Film/DieHard Bruce Willis]] as Det. John Tensen(Justice); {{Eminem}} as the crack dealer who put Tensen in the hospital; Zinedine Zidane as a [[SerialKiller Serial]]-MercyKilling nurse who would've killed Tensen if not for the White Event; JohnnyDepp as Dr. Leonard Carson; Creator/NicoleKidman as Dr. Hannah Ballad; and [[ComicBook/LexLuthor Gene Hackman]] as Jim Braddock.
* On at least one occasion (the moment when ComicBook/SpiderMan revealed his secret identity), Peter Parker and J. Jonah Jameson look very much like [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy Tobey Maguire and J. K. Simmons]], respectively.
* Early Comicbook/DoctorStrange more or less ''is'' VincentPrice.
** Steve Ditko's art can make it difficult to say for certain, but his early apperances more closely resemble CharlieChan actor Warner Oland
* Alex Ross based Mr. Fantastic's appearance in ''ComicBook/{{Marvels}}'' off of Russell Johnson aka TheProfessor from ''GilligansIsland'' in keeping with TheSixties setting of the series.
--> Ross's fully-painted artwork uses photo references for most major characters. Books like ComicBook/KingdomCome and ComicBook/{{Marvels}} actually have model credits, mostly comprised of the artist's friends and fellow comic creators. And Richard Nixon as Norman Osborn.
* Creator/BrianMichaelBendis's unused script for ''UltimateXMen'' actually calls for this, describing Archangel as "KurtCobain-esque", Rogue as [[NoDoubt a teen Gwen Stefani]], {{Storm}} as either Erykah Badu or Music/LaurynHill, and Comicbook/{{Gambit}} as a devilish Leonardo look-a-like, probably referring to [[Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio DiCaprio.]] Beast's dad would supposedly look like MartinSheen.
* ComicBook/BlackPanther supporting character Everett Ross is admittedly drawn as Creator/MichaelJFox.
** White Wolf was based on Creator/KevinSpacey as he appeared in ''Film/MidnightInTheGardenOfGoodAndEvil''.
* Frank Miller stated that Comicbook/{{Elektra}}'s appearance was based on bodybuilder Lisa Lyon.
* On ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'', John Buscema modeled Captain America on Burt Lancaster, Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}} on Anthony Quinn, Goliath on Robert Culp, Comicbook/{{Quicksilver}} on Fred Astaire and Comicbook/TheIncredibleHercules on Steve Reeves, who portrayed Hercules in the famous Italian produced Hercules movies from the 50s.
* Robbie Reyes, the [[AffirmativeActionLegacy All-New]] Comicbook/GhostRider, is based off pop singer [[Music/OneDirection Zayn Malik]].
* Jack Kirby's pre-cosmic ray Ben Grimm borrows the look of cinema heavy John Garfield.
* In the second volume of ''ComicBook/SecretAvengers'', Senator Robert Ralston, former Howling Commando and United Nations official overseeing SHIELD is drawn to resemble a middle aged RobertRedford.
* Comicbook/BlackWidow [[{{Marvel 2099}} 2099]] from ''Comicbook/{{Secret Wars|2015}}'' is designed to resemble Music/NickiMinaj.

[[folder:Comic Books - Other]]
* The Saint of Killers in ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' had a powerful and deliberate resemblance to Creator/LeeMarvin, stated as deliberate by Creator/GarthEnnis in his introduction to the ''Ancient History'' collection that contained his origin story.
* ''ComicBook/TheBoys'' features Creator/SimonPegg as Wee Hughie. This started back with Pegg had only done ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' and wasn't well known.
* The eponymous hero of the Italian comic ''ComicBook/DylanDog'' is based on Rupert Everett. Among the other characters, Kim is based on Kim Novak, and Professor Adam on Creator/SeanConnery. Groucho is a in-universe sosia of [[Creator/MarxBrothers Groucho Marx]], complete with fake mustaches.
** That's standard procedure at Bonelly Comics. Mystic shaman Magico Vento is Creator/DanielDayLewis, Ken Park is Creator/RobertRedford, Nick Raider is Robert Mitchum (and his sidekick is Eddie Murphy), Legs Weaver is Creator/SigourneyWeaver and Julia Kendall is Creator/AudreyHepburn (her maid is WhoopiGoldberg, her boss/romantic interest is Creator/JohnMalkovich and her best friend is JohnGoodman).
* Dave Stevens did this an awful lot in ''ComicBook/TheRocketeer''. For example, Cliff is Errol Flynn, his girlfriend Betty is pin-up model Creator/BettiePage, Cliff's sleazy photographer rival is real-world porn photographer Ken Marcus, and second-storyline villain Lothar is Creator/RondoHatton.
** Stevens modeled Cliff Secord after himself, not Errol Flynn. He mentioned this in several interviews. And Peevy was modeled after his friend and mentor Doug Wildey.
* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'''s Steeljack's appearance was modeled on Robert Mitchum.
* Anything drawn by Greg Land will resemble a random assortment of celebrities and porn stars due to his tendency to trace. Unfortunately, there's little rhyme or reason to his choices. Emma Frost may look like Natalie Portman in one panel and Kim Kardashian in the next.
* ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'' has too many of these to count, though the most notable one has to be Lord Julius, who for all intents and purposes ''is'' [[Creator/MarxBrothers Groucho Marx]]. Groucho's actual first name, for the record, was Julius. Other members of the Marx Brothers are also depicted. Over the years there has also been a character based upon MargaretThatcher, and Canadian politicians have also been caricaturized.
* In Creator/JossWhedon's ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' season 8, there's a Tibetan character called Bayarmaa. The artist, Georges Jeanty, made her look like the exact portrait of Creator/DichenLachman, a half Tibetan actress who stars in another of Whedon's shows (she's Sierra in ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'').
** In the "season 9" comics, Severin is based on James [=McAvoy=], Nash on Music/DavidBowie, and Pearl on Karen O of Music/YeahYeahYeahs.
* Jeremy Johns, a character in ''Spike: After the Fall'', is based on Jim Halpert from ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'', played by John Krasinski.
* In the Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine Eighth Doctor comic strips:
** Long-running companion Izzy S was based, according to WordOfGod, initially on the singer Louise Wener and later on the actor Luisa Bradshaw-White.
** The strips also featured a [[spoiler: fake Ninth Doctor, in reality the Time Lord agent Shayde in disguise]], who was visually based on the Big Name Fan, spin-off actor-director, and now official Dalek voice artist Nicholas Briggs.
** Leighton Woodrow, an MI6 recurring character from that era of the comics, was closely based on Leo [=McKern=], specifically as he appeared when playing Number Two in ''Series/ThePrisoner''.
** Frobisher's humanoid form in his Eighth Doctor reappearance is based on James Gandolfini.
* In the ''ComicBook/DoctorWhoTitan'' Eleventh Doctor comics, the older version of recurring villain August Hart is blatantly based on Creator/BryanCranston's BeardOfEvil look as [[Series/BreakingBad Walter White]].
* Lieutenant ''{{Blueberry}}'' was originally based on Jean-Paul Belmondo. His face later [[ArtEvolution evolved]] into what now looks like a Belmondo/Banderas cross-over.
* Dirty Frank in ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' was intentionally drawn to resemble Creator/AlanMoore.
* There are a number of examples in ''ComicBook/GlobalFrequency'', DependingOnTheArtist. In certain issues, Miranda Zero looks almost exactly like Creator/MichelleForbes, who was later cast as her in the abortive TV pilot. In issue 4, the English gunwoman looks like KateMoss (something of an in-joke, as Creator/WarrenEllis's ''ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}'' and ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' leading character Jenny Sparks was famously visually based on her). And in issue 5, the magician Alan Crowe looks exactly like [[ThemedAliases Alan Cumming]].
* Rasputin in ''ComicBook/CortoMaltese'' is quite obviously modeled after the famous Russian monk of the same name. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in one story, where someone asks the name of the "guy who looks like Rasputin".
* The main character of ''ComicBook/SwitchbladeHoney'', Captain John Ryder, is based on RayWinstone. The story started out with the idea "What if the [[LondonGangster kind of character]] who RayWinstone usually plays somehow got to be a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' captain?".
* John Polito was cast as Gideon the pawn shop owner in the film of ''Film/TheCrow'' because the character in [[Comicbook/TheCrow the comic]] was modeled on him.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Marsupilami}}'' comic series, Harold Stonelove, the villain of ''The Temple of Boavista'', has a striking similarity to Creator/HughLaurie, especially in the flashback to his younger days.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}}'': Several comic only characters were based off of actors, and even the creator admitted that he mentally casts the characters. Quincy Hemings is Morgan Freeman, Duval is Eddie Marsan, and the leader of the Illuminati is Jude Law.
* {{Comicbook/Criminal}}: Last of the Innocent features WilWheaton as [[EncyclopediaBrown Britannica]] [[{{Expy}} Black]], a former KidDetective who grew into a [[HardboiledDetective Noir-style PI]].
* Wesley and the Fox in ''Comicbook/{{Wanted}}'' are overtly based on Music/{{Eminem}} and Creator/HalleBerry, in what was seen as a deliberate attempt to angle for a film adaptation. In the eventual film the roles ended up being played by Creator/JamesMcAvoy and Creator/AngelinaJolie. Wesley's father bears a resemblance to Creator/TommyLeeJones.
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}''
** In ''Recap/AsterixAndTheFallingSky]]'', the Superclones (an army of {{Captain Ersatz}}es of {{Superman}}, with a bit of GreenLantern thrown in) bear an uncanny resemblance to Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger.
** Previously, ''The Black Gold'' had the spy Zerozerosix, which to push [[Film/JamesBond the joke]] further looks like Creator/SeanConnery.
** There is a group of mega-famous bardic singers in ''Asterix in Britain'' (1966) who look suspiciously like the Beatles.
* Jenny Sparks in ''{{Stormwatch}}'' and ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' is a double for the model Kate Moss.
* Creator/JonathanRoss and Bryan Hitch's series ''America's Got Powers'' is pretty evident with its celebrity likenesses, with Creator/DavidTennant as the head scientist, and SarahPalin as a villainous US Sentator, with Ed Harris playing a [=John McCain=] fashioned US President, even before he was cast as [=McCain=] for the TV movie ''Game Change''.
* ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' faced a BountyHunter who looked like Creator/LeeVanCleef, and in one story there is an ComicBook/AlfredHitchcock bartender - making a CreatorCameo in a "movie" outside of his own!
* ''ComicBook/FromHell'': Inspector Abberline was modelled after Robbie Coltrane. Who amusingly was also in the movie, though Abberline himself was played by JohnnyDepp.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'', Oscar Rossini is played by Creator/PatrickStewart, who was a big fan of the comic and had been considered as potentially playing Spider Jerusalem in a failed film adaptation project.
* The cast of ''Comicbook/TheWickedAndTheDivine'' are all physically modeled after famous music stars.
** Lucifer - A {{Gender Flip}}ped DavidBowie
** Baal - Music/KanyeWest
** Sakhemet - Music/{{Rihanna}}
** Woden - A member of Music/DaftPunk
** Baphomet - [[TheSistersOfMercy Andrew Eldritch]]
** The Morrígan - [[TheSistersOfMercy Patricia Morrison]]
** Amaterasu - [[FlorenceAndTheMachine Florence Welch]]
* By WordOfGod, the titular heroine of ''ComicBook/AlbedoErmaFelnaEDF'' is basically a feline version of Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter, albeit only in looks in a retroactive way, due to the ArtEvolution Erma has suffered across the years, since she debuted many years before Carter began her career as an actress.
* The IDW comic spin-off of ''Series/DirkGently'' has a Dirk who looks very, very, similar to Creator/DavidTennant. He's also costumed and styled in a way that creates the general impression that IDW were very upset about losing the ''Doctor Who'' comics license and are desperately trying to lure the readers into a new comic.

* TheCaptain in ''Anime/FinalFantasyTheSpiritsWithin'' looks like a young Creator/GeorgeClooney or Creator/BenAffleck.
* Sentinel Prime of ''TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' is a robotic version of 1970s SeanConnery (though his body language [[InkSuitActor is that of his voice actor]], Creator/LeonardNimoy).
* Both {{Film/Hellboy}} director Creator/GuillermoDelToro and {{ComicBook/Hellboy}} creator Mike Mignola revealed at the same time that their first choice for the title character was Creator/RonPerlman.

* Paul Kidby's illustrations of Sam Vimes in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' cover designs and other art deliberately depict him as Clint Eastwood. By contrast, Melvyn Grant, the artist of ''Where's My Cow?'', drew Vimes like Creator/PetePostlethwaite, who is said to be Terry Pratchett's own fantasy casting for the role.
** Similiarly, Kidby has based his drawings of Carrot Ironfoundersson on a young Liam Neeson.
* Cornelia Funke based Mo in ''Literature/{{Inkheart}}'' on Creator/BrendanFraser, who went on to play the character in the film version. (And in her less-famous novel ''Literature/TheThiefLord'', she based Viktor on Bob Hoskins. It was also made into a film, but not with Bob Hoskins in.)
* Harry Dresden is generally described in fashions that evoke a young Clint Eastwood, which carries over into the art. Tall, lean, dark haired, stubbly, sharp features... yep, that's Clint.
* Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse examples:
** Lance Parkin has an acknowledged tendency toward fantasy-casting his characters; in particular, Ian Richardson gets a lot of "roles" in Parkin novels, most obviously in the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''The Dying Days'', where Lord Greyhaven is quite close to his iconic role in ''Series/HouseOfCardsUK''.
** The [[spoiler:evil]] third incarnation of Romana who appears in the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures was based by her initial creator, Creator/PaulCornell, on Louise Brooks.
** Cornell has also said he saw Franchise/BerniceSummerfield played by Creator/EmmaThompson (specifically, she's based on the character of Kate from ''Film/TheTallGuy''). This gets {{Lampshaded}} in ''The Dying Days'', where she's mistaken for Thompson, and the short story "Digging Up the Past" by Mark Michelowski in ''The Dead Men Diaries'', in which she says she'd like to be played by a CGI Thompson in a docudrama.
** The new Master in the New Adventures is played by Basil Rathbone.
** Iris Wildthyme's incarnations in the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures are modelled on Beryl Reid, Shirley Bassey and Jane Fonda as Barbarella. (The ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' incarnation is modelled Katy Manning, but that incarnation is actually played by Katy Manning.)
* WordOfGod from Marissa Meyer is that Linh Cinder from ''Literature/LunarChronicles'' was modeled after Mew Azama, the actress who played Sailor Jupiter in ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon''.
* Creator/BarbaraHambly:
** Antryg Windrose of ''Literature/TheWindroseChronicles'' is basically [[Series/DoctorWho the Fourth Doctor]] as a wizard. Reportedly, Hambly even said she mentally cast him as played by Creator/TomBaker.
** Ingold Inglorion of ''Literature/TheDarwathTrilogy'' is very obviously the late Sir Alec Guiness as [[Franchise/StarWars Obi-Wan Kenobi]], brown robes, beautiful voice and all.
* Supposedly, Creator/JKRowling based Hagrid on Robbie Coltrane when she was writing the first ''Literature/{{Harry Potter|and the Philosophers Stone}}'' book. Either way, when [[Film/HarryPotter the movies]] rolled around, she insisted that Robbie Coltrane was the only choice for the part of Hagrid and, fortunately for her, they got him. JK has also said that she imagined Professor [=McGonagall=] as being Maggie Smith. This also worked out for her. One that didn't however, was her vision of Tim Roth as Snape (Roth later confirmed he was offered the part, but was unable to appear in the first film due to his commitment to Creator/TimBurton's version of Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001), although its clear that Alan Rickman did start to creep into her image of him in later books.
* Creator/TamoraPierce often "casts" characters in her head in both her ''Literature/TortallUniverse'' and ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' books--sometimes the actor themselves or a role they've played. Rosethorn, for example, is based on [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Kira Nerys]]. (Yes, she's a Trekkie.) Rosto the Piper is played by Creator/JamesMarsters, which is pretty clear when you read Beka's description and then look at a picture of, say, [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Spike]].
* Played with in ''GauntsGhosts''. In the books, Gaunt is described as having blonde hair and it's generally agreed he was modeled after Sean Bean's performance in ''{{Sharpe}}''. The funny thing is that the cover art also looks like Sharpe, only this time as he's described in the books.
* Christopher Fowler's novel ''Hell Train'' is conceived as the novelisation of a fictional "lost" Film/HammerHorror film, with a framing narrative around the planning of the film. This includes an in-canon casting chapter where it's discussed which of the Hammer regulars and other well-known English character actors would play the major characters.
* Happens in-universe in Creator/NoraRoberts' ''Tribute''. After meeting FormerChildStar Cilla [=McGowan=], graphic novelist Ford Sawyer is inspired to create a new superheroine and bases her appearance off of Cilla's.
* A.J. Butcher, the author of ''Literature/SpyHigh'', said that he envisioned Lori as the tennis player Anna Kournikova, and would want her to be played by Kournikova in any screen adaptation (although Kournikova isn't an actress.)
* Creator/WilliamGoldman says he wrote Fezzik in ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'' with Creator/AndreTheGiant in mind. They got him for [[Film/ThePrincessBride the movie]], even though he didn't speak English!
* Rex Mundi, the co-hero of Creator/RobertRankin's ''Armageddon'' trilogy, is repeatedly described as looking like a young Harrison Ford. The third book in the trilogy finishes with "credits" (including actors who at the time of publication were obviously far too old for the characters (or, in the case of Orson Welles, too dead)). It also has a bunch of minor characters ''arguing'' over which film star they resemble as they [[NoFourthWall fight to get more page space]]. Note that Rex's co-hero is a time-travelling ElvisPresley.
* Writer Creator/IanFleming based the Literature/JamesBond's original appearance on that of singer/actor HoagyCarmichael. In later books, however, Fleming made Bond more closely resemble actor Creator/SeanConnery (including making the character part Scottish).
* Recurring ''[[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Star Wars]]'' character Kell Tainer resembles Creator/JasonSegel in illustrations. Both of them are very tall, so it's possibly intentional.
** Imperial Admiral Jhared Montferrat from the short story ''[[Literature/StarWarsBladeSquadron Blade Squadron]]'' is drawn to resemble Creator/MadsMikkelsen as Le Chiffre in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', complete with a damaged eye.
** Claudia Gray says that in ''Literature/StarWarsLostStars'', Ciena Ree is a young Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Paron Ree is Creator/LennieJames, Ved Foslo is Harry Shum, Jr., Kendy Idele is Parminder Nagra, and the Contessa is Creator/MichelleYeoh. In a HilariousInHindsight moment, a few weeks after the book was released, Gugu Mbatha-Raw was cast in ''Star Wars Episode VIII''.
* WordOfGod says that Shadow from ''Literature/AmericanGods'' by Creator/NeilGaiman was supposed to look like DwayneJohnson.
* An odd partial example - the ''Literature/ThePirates'' books make a point out of describing the Captain in the introduction to every book as "all teeth and curls" and with "a pleasant, open face", both [[MemeticMutation notorious]] clichés used to describe Creator/TomBaker and Creator/PeterDavison's Doctors in ''Series/DoctorWho'' ("teeth and curls" coming from a notorious TakeThat line by Creator/JonPertwee's Doctor in "The Five Doctors", and "pleasant open face" from Creator/TerranceDicks' [[Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations Target novelisations]]). However, when the author was asked about whether he imagined the Captain being 'played' by those actors in an interview, he admitted that he didn't imagine him as anyone specific at all. The version of him that appears in ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesInAnAdventureWithScientists'' looks ''slightly'' like a mixture of Tom Baker and Peter Davison, but in the art style it's hard to tell, and his voice performance (by Creator/HughGrant) and animation is nothing like how either of them would have played the role.
* WordOfGod is that in ''Literature/StarTrekVanguard'', Admiral Nogura is "played" by Creator/{{Mako}} and Jon Cooper is James Naughton.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Gerry Anderson shows did a fair amount of this
** Jeff Tracy from ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' looks remarkably like Lorne Greene, who's best known for also playing [[{{Series/Bonanza}} a single-parent head of a family of boys]]
** Troy Tempest from ''Series/{{Stingray|1964}}'' was intentionally modelled on James Garner.
** Captain Scarlet from ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons'' was modeled on Cary Grant. Francis Matthews did his best Grant impression doing the voice, as well.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* A few characters from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are based on famous movie characters and are thus designed to resemble the actors who played them (though how much the models and/or official art reflect this is pretty hit or miss). Fabius Bile is pretty blatantly modeled on Richard O'Brien as [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow Riff Raff]], Sly Marbo is Creator/SylvesterStallone's ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'', etc., though sometimes there's no particular rationale for a character's resemblance to a particular celebrity. There's one cover painting for one of the ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' books where Horus bears an uncanny resemblance to James Gandolfini of all people.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the actual game of ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', [[Franchise/GreenLantern John Stewart]] is a ''dead-ringer'' for Creator/IdrisElba.
* ''Videogame/WingCommander'': The Tiger's Claw ace pilot Iceman appears magnificently similar in both grizzly features and gritty demeanour to that ace shooter himself of another time, ''Creator/ClintEastwood''. One of the good guys and firmly focused on vengeance against the Kilrathi. Not someone who one can imagine cracking a joke with too often. According to his fellow pilots, he don't say much.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGear'':
** Big Boss was originally based off Creator/SeanConnery in appearance, while the box art of Snake was based on Michael Biehn. Snake's codec image for ''Metal Gear 2'' was based on Creator/MelGibson. The other characters had obvious casting as well — most hilariously, Bond Girl-type Holly White was modeled after Christina Applegate.
** After redesign in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Snake (according to WordOfGod) now has the face of Creator/ChristopherWalken's character in ''Film/TheDeerHunter'', with the body of Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme (although he and his family have been subtly moving away from that look and more towards Creator/KurtRussell's character, ''Snake'' Plissken in ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork''). Ocelot was also 'cast' as Lee Van Cleef, and dressed up similarly to his Colonel Mortimer character in ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'' (Van Cleef makes a two-fer in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', as [[http://thelifeinthefuture.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/oldsnake.jpg Old Snake is clearly based on him as well]] - though by the time of ''Escape from New York'', for obvious reasons). In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', Vamp was modelled after the flamenco dancer [[http://www.flamencoexport.com/imgx/productos/joaquin/foto5599.gif Joaquín Cortés]], and The Boss in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' was modelled after Charlotte Rampling.
* Somewhat weird video game example: Eddie Riggs from ''BrutalLegend'' was based on Creator/JackBlack from the start, but then Double Fine persuaded him to play the role, which turned it into an example of an InkSuitActor.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Condemned}}'', TheObiWan character Malcolm Van Horn looks uncannily like Creator/MaxVonSydow (especially in the second game, most strikingly in the concept art).
* ''Sentinel Worlds I: Future Magic'' (a sort of 1988 proto-''Franchise/MassEffect'' RPG) used particularly shameless photo swipes as the basis for several crew pictures, including Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger from ''Film/TheTerminator'', Creator/SigourneyWeaver from ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', and, apparently, [[http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/3235/futuremagic03.png a young Donald Rumsfeld]].
* ''VideoGame/LaserSquad'' is guilty of this in the IBM PC version. The cutscenes exclusive to this version use trace-overs of various scenes and/or characters from ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' for the Rebel Star team in the first level and the cyborgs in the second, while the team member portraits use various 1980s movie actors as facial sources - Lorenzo Lamas, Michael Biehn, Alec Baldwin, Rutger Hauer, Michael Ironside, John Hollis (who makes up the entire enemy squad in the second mission) and, surprisingly standing out from the rest of the list, ErrolFlynn. In a bit of HilariousInHindsight, there are also people looking like Creator/AdamBaldwin and VinDiesel as Riddick as he appears in the BatmanColdOpen of ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick''.
* Zoey in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' is modeled after Natassja Kinski, according to the series's wiki.
** Something worth noting would be the fact that the face model of Zoey happened to be Sonja Kinski, the daughter of Natassja.
* All eight playable main characters in the ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilOutbreak'' games resemble celebrities to some extent. The most blatant is Jim Chapman, who is basically Chris Tucker in ''The Fifth Element''.
* [[VideoGame/{{Uncharted}} Nathan Drake's]] appearance is based on [[Series/{{Jackass}} Johnny Knoxville]].
* Speaking of Naughty Dog: Ellie from ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'' looks a ''lot'' like Creator/EllenPage.
** The character design has since been modified to look a little younger and better resemble voice actress AshleyJohnson, though the resemblance did not go unnoticed by Page, who said she was "not pleased" at Ellie's close resemblance to her, mainly since her image IS being used for the game Beyond Two Souls.
* Like Nathan Drake above, [[VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes Travis Touchdown]] is modeled on Johnny Knoxville. Some of his opponents also resemble real people; Dr. Peace is Creator/CharlesBronson, Volodarski is magician Criss Angel and Destroyman's secret identity, John Harnet, is [[UsefulNotes/UltimateFightingChampionship UFC]] fighter Josh Barnett.
* VideoGame/MaxPayne's face was modeled after the chief writer Sam Lake's in the original game and after [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0316743/ Timothy Gibbs']] in the second, before going full-on InkSuitActor in the third (where he is modeled after his own long-time VA [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0564548/ James McCaffrey]]).
* Rynn's appearance in the ''VideoGame/{{Drakan}}'' series was based on a model named [[http://www.thegamecodex.com/myrna-blankenstein-as-rynn-from-drakan/ Myrna Blankenstein]].
* Whether intentional or not is unknown, but Natla in the original ''VideoGame/TombRaider'' game bears more than a passing resemblance to then-singer Victoria Adams (now better-known as socialite and fashion designer Victoria Beckham)
* Arcueid's design in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' was based upon a [[http://typemoon.wikia.com/wiki/File:Arcmodel.png nameless occidental model]] whom the artist Takashi Takeuchi once glimpsed in a fashion magazine and was so smitten by that he decided to recreate her appearance from memory and give it to the female lead of the game.
* The two female [[RomanceSidequest love interests]] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' were modeled after real women (Leliana after an adult model Alexandra Stein, and Morrigan, after Victoria Johnson)--at least in the ''Sacred Ashes'' trailer (which not entirely dissimilar from the released game).
* Many of the NPC character portraits in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' strongly resemble not just celebrity actors, but ''specific photographs'' of those actors. In most cases, the photos were legally licensed for use, but when it turned out that some were used without permission, the offending portraits had to be redrawn.
* You can actually do [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ed8TRRCROhc this]] with your Commander Shepard in ''Franchise/MassEffect''. The default apperance of the male Commander Shepard is modeled after Dutch model Mark Vanderloo.
* Mr. Torgue of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' was based on RandySavage. WordOfGod also states that Handsome Jack was based on Creator/NathanFillion.
* Jennifer, the main character of ''VideoGame/ClockTower'' and its first sequel, looks just like Creator/JenniferConnelly. The game was inspired by Creator/DarioArgento movies (especially ''Film/{{Phenomena}}'', which starred Connelly), so the resemblance is clearly intentional, as another one of the developers' homages.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'': Diantha was clearly based on AudreyHepburn, down to being an actress.
* The development team behind the ''VideoGame/NancyDrew'' games uses celebrities as inspiration for their character designs, as stated in an interview. Many characters bear resemblance to certain famous actors, such as a Scottish character looking suspiciously like David Tennant.
** Similarly, the [[http://static2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130226032434/nancydrew/images/thumb/e/ef/F4135938e5b1285dac2d4f08b23f975e.jpg/178px-F4135938e5b1285dac2d4f08b23f975e.jpg photo]] of George Fayne owes a lot to Tina Fey, and [[http://static1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130319053552/thenancydrew/images/3/33/Victor_Lossett.jpg Victor Lossett]] of ''The Deadly Device'' is rather blatantly a photo of [[Film/IronMan Obadiah Stane]] era Jeff Bridges.
* ''VideoGame/DoctorWhoLegacy'''s representation of Cinder (a book character) is based on Hayley Williams from Music/{{Paramore}}.
* Tony Stark, as he appears in Iron's Man's and Haggar's endings in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', resembles Creator/RobertDowneyJr.
* [[WatchDogs Aiden Pearce's]] facial model looks VERY close to TomCruise.
* The ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'' got in on this:
** A few characters resemble actors who've played them in the past, including the Joker resembling [[Film/{{Batman}} Jack Nicholson]], Penguin resembling [[Film/BatmanReturns Danny DeVito]] (albeit sans the makeup he wore), and Two-Face's unscarred side resembling [[Film/BatmanForever Tommy Lee Jones]]. Batman himself in ''Knight'' gets in on this, resembling [[Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice Ben Affleck]].
** Riddler in ''City'' and ''Knight'' resembling, respectively, Creator/StephenMerchant and Creator/CharlieSheen. Robin in the latter game resembles {{Music/Eminem}}.
** Even voice actors get into it, as Creator/WallyWingert admitted to emulating [[Series/{{Batman}} Frank Gorshin]]'s laugh as the Riddler and Creator/TroyBaker admitted to trying to emulate [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Richard Moll]]'s Two-Face voice for the part. Some people have also noticed that Baker's voice for Two-Face's Harvey Dent persona sounds like [[Film/TheDarkKnight Aaron Eckhart]] and Creator/RogerCraigSmith voice for the young Batman in ''Origins' would sound like [[Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy Christian Bale's growl]] at times.

[[folder: Role-Playing]]
* This is, essentially, what Face Claims (FCs) are used for, particularly with Original Characters.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Used literally by the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. RealLife celebrities Leland Orser, Mick Jagger, Avery Brooks, and Miley Cyrus are all super-powered, among others, and two (Leland Orser and Miley Cyrus) are a villain and hero, respectively.
* In the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', [[DrillSergeantNasty Gunnery Sgt. Oscar Bardue (ret.)]] plays ComicBook/NickFury - in front of the in-universe majority shareholder of Marvel - thus giving readers their first real impression of who and what Bardue looks like.

* The creator of ''Webcomic/TheChallengesOfZona'' once said that he designed Zona to resemble Creator/ValeriePerrine.
* In ''TheDreamer'', Beatrice Whaley was based on Creator/EmmyRossum, Alan Warren was based on Creator/JudeLaw, Elizabeth Winters is based on Creator/JillRichie, Nathan Hale is based on Creator/JamieBamber, Yvette Howe is based on Creator/DawnRichard, Thomas Knowlton is based on Creator/ThorstonKaye, Benjamin Cato is based on Music/{{Usher}}, Gen. Howe is based on Creator/JeremyIrons, and John Mulligan is based on Creator/AaronAshmore.
* In ''Webcomic/HowToRaiseYourTeenageDragon'', Mortimer's look was apparently based on Creator/PeterDinklage. Well, if you're going to feature a short person, you might as well get the best!
* The creator of ''Webcomic/{{Dasien}}'' claims to have based the heroine's facial features on those of Creator/CharlizeTheron.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Franchise/{{DCAU}}:
** In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Lex Luthor was based on Telly Savalas and Metallo seems to have been based on Creator/JamesCoburn, while Dan "Terrible" Turpin is modeled after his creator, Creator/JackKirby. Likely because Season 2 started airing in 1997, the same year as the ''Film/{{Steel}} movie, the show's version of John Henry Irons was designed to look like Shaquille O'Neal, who plated Irons in the movie.
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
*** WordOfGod has confirmed that Randa Duane, the sexy FemmeFatale who appeared in "Heart of Steel", was based on Creator/MarilynMonroe.
*** The female fashion designer Calender Girl kidnaps in "Mean Seasons" looks like Carrie Donovan.
** Steel's appearances ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' sees his voice actor, Creator/PhilLaMarr, trying to emulate Creator/MorganFreeman.
* In ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', Aladdin was based on Creator/TomCruise. Earlier designs took inspiration from Creator/MichaelJFox. Jafar in turn was a copy of Creator/ConradVeidt in [[FIlm/TheThiefofBagdad1940 The Thief of Bagdad]].
* Carl Fredrickson from ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' is inspired by Creator/SpencerTracy, with a bit of Creator/WalterMatthau thrown in. His childhood hero [[spoiler:turned nemesis]], Charles Muntz, resembles Creator/KirkDouglas.
* In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', Ursula was based on, of all people, drag queen and Creator/JohnWaters regular Divine.
** While Creator/SherriStoner was the model for Ariel, animators have said they were inspired by then teen actress Creator/AlyssaMilano.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' is a combination of Creator/AudreyHepburn and her voice actress, MegRyan, making her both this trope and InkSuitActor.
* The wicked queen in ''Disney/SnowWhite'' was based on Creator/KatharineHepburn.
** Snow White was based on Creator/JanetGaynor.
* {{Disney/Cinderella}} was based on Creator/IngridBergman
* ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'': Creator/HeleneStanley was the physical model for Aurora.
* Gaston in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' bears an uncanny resemblance to Creator/BruceCampbell. He's even introduced with a [[Franchise/EvilDead boomstick]] in his hand.
** It goes further than that. In his first appearance he's wearing the "Groovy" Smile.
** Belle was based on a range of actresses, including Creator/AudreyHepburn.
* Trevor Goodchild in ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'' has a distinct resemblance to Music/DavidBowie, especially at the climax of "The Purge" when he's dressed up like a music-hall act.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks''' Hateocracy consists of Lord Rufus Crabmiser, Lady Esmerelda Gripenasty and Mister George Pistofferson. Their designs are based on [[SanfordAndSon Redd Foxx]], [[SanfordAndSon Lawanda Page]] and [[GoodTimes Jimmy Walker]], respectively.
* [[WesternAnimation/IronMan Tony Stark]] is not only drawn to look like Creator/RobertDowneyJr in ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', but sounds like Downey, too. You could be forgiven for thinking that his voice actor, Eric Loomis, is doing a pretty good impression of Downey, but as it turns out, [[http://marvel.com/news/story/15715/the_avengers_earths_mightiest_heroes_voicing_iron_man that's actually Eric's normal voice]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'', Justin Hammer is drawn to look like SamRockwell, the actor who played Hammer in ''Film/IronMan2''.
* If you know who Music/CabCalloway is, then you'll pick up on [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Oogie Boogie's]] similarities to him.
* Mr. [=DeMartino=] from ''{{Daria}}'' is based on Creator/ChristopherWalken.
* Chris Bradford on ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' is rather obviously based on Creator/ChuckNorris.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'', ComicBook/DamageControl is run by a CanonForeigner called "Mac" who is drawn to resemble Damage Control's creator, the late Creator/DwayneMcDuffie.
* Artemis from ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' was designed to resemble Hanah Cook, the mixed-race daughter of one of GregWeisman's [[http://www.halfkorean.com/?p=5581 frequent collaborators]].
* Magpie's design in ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman'' is inspired by pop star Music/LadyGaga. Magpie's original design was more akin to that of [[FadSuper a punk rocker or hair metal musician]].
* The respective mayors of Johnny Bravo's Aron City and Jimmy Neutron's Retroville are both identical in sight and sound to Clark Gable.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Piandao looks quite a lot like Sifu Kisu, a man who works on the show as a martial arts consultant.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', one of the [[spoiler:people who became airbenders]] in the third season, a BasementDweller named Ryu, looks like ''and has the same first name as'' the series' art director, Ryu Ki Hyun
* Agents Kessler and Costello from ''RegularShow'' look ''exactly'' like Creator/DavidDuchovny and Creator/GillianAnderson.
** The protagonist of the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' parody from "Grave Sights" was designed to look like Creator/BruceCampbell.
* Concept art online from a proposed ''Series/DoctorWho'' cartoon by Creator/{{Nelvana}} depicts a Doctor with an '''extremely''' strong resemblance to Creator/ChristopherLloyd.
* Clyde, the leader of [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything The Ant Hill Mob]] in ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'', is based on Creator/EdwardGRobinson.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'', being made as a cash-in for the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'' for a few cases:
** Justin Hammer looks just like Creator/SamRockwell, who played the character in ''Film/IronMan2''.
** Creator/RogerCraigSmith and Creator/LauraBailey channel Creator/ChrisEvans and Creator/ScarlettJohansson as Captain America and Black Widow, respectively.
** As he's basically a DecompositeCharacter of Ivan Vanko from ''Film/IronMan2'' without the Whiplash elements, Crimson Dynamo is modeled on Mickey Rourke.
* ''WesternAnimation/IvanhoeTheKingsKnight'':
** Rebecca resembles a very young Creator/OliviaHussey.
** Brian de Bois-Guilbert resembles Creator/SamNeill.
** Myth/RobinHood resembles Creator/ErrolFlynn.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Be More", Moe is, according to WordOfGod, based on the actor Jamie Farr (best known as Klinger in ''Series/{{MASH}}''). This is notable as ''Adventure Time'' character design is usually too stylised to look like any specific person.