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->''"It's probably just a coincidence, Homer. Like that guy named Anthony Michael Hall who stole your car stereo."''
--> -- '''Marge Simpson''', '''''TheSimpsons''''', "Homer to the Max"

When unrelated shows have characters who have the very same name. Most of the time it's unintentional. Nevertheless, sometimes the similarities in situation or personality are strong enough to inspire quite interesting {{Crossover}} FanFiction and EpilepticTrees.

This is, in essence, an [[AvertedTrope Aversion]] of a ShoutOut (although there are occasional cases where it's actually done as a Shout Out). Said characters happen to have a few similar attributes and the same name, ('''Unless the name is a single word, not "a similar name" nor "The same first name" nor "The same last name". The entire name is the same.''') but it's meaningless, or not overly significant. AliceAllusion, MyHeroZero, and NameOfCain are subtropes. Compare and contrast OneMarioLimit. See also UnfortunateNames. If this applies to a character and his/her actor/actress, see TheDanza. When imposed on a character by their parents (or other namers) may lead to a WhoNamesTheirKidDude. If a character acknowledges that they have the same name as a celebrity, it's NamedLikeMyName. May lead to HistoricalCharacterConfusion.

In articles or discussions of obscure works featuring such a character, first mention of said characters name would be followed by the phrase, "No, not that one.". This is more typical when the character shares a name with a much more well known counterpart.

When this applies to a title, they are SimilarlyNamedWorks.

When there are a large number of entries in a section, they will be ordered in alphabetical order by last name first, to make it easier to find previous entries and the name that more than one party or thing has will be in bold. If you add an entry to a subsection organized this way, please go along, thanks.

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!!Examples

[[index]]
* NamesTheSame/RealVsFictional
* NamesTheSame/CrossMedia
* NamesTheSame/AnimeAndManga
* NamesTheSame/ComicBooks
* NamesTheSame/FairyTales
* NamesTheSame/{{Film}}
* NamesTheSame/{{Literature}}
* NamesTheSame/LiveActionTV
* NamesTheSame/{{Music}}
* NamesTheSame/ProfessionalWrestling
* NamesTheSame/{{Radio}}
* NamesTheSame/{{Theatre}}
* NamesTheSame/VideoGames
* NamesTheSame/{{Webcomics}}
* NamesTheSame/WebOriginal
* NamesTheSame/WesternAnimation
* NamesTheSame/RealLife
[[/index]]
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