Think of your favorite pair of fictional twins. Got them? Now, be honest: Are they ''identical'' twins?

If you answered "yes," there's a reason for that. Identical twins show up far more frequently in fiction than fraternal (non-identical) twins. If you don't believe us, take a WikiWalk through TwinTropes. We'll wait.

Welcome back! So why are fictional twins always identical? Well, for starters, identical twins are visually striking. They allow for [[TwinSwitch comic plots]], and they add [[PlotParallel symmetry]] and [[RuleOfSymbolism symbolism]] to a story. An EvilTwin is almost always an Identical Twin; how else could they [[SpotTheImpostor impersonate the "good" twin]]? Fraternal twins, for all intents and purposes, are just regular siblings, and [[RuleOfDrama regular doesn't cut it in fictionland]]. Oh yes, and if it's an animated film or series, that makes it one less character for the artists to design and learn to draw.

This trope is so pervasive that it even manifests when the twins are [[UntoUsASonAndDaughterAreBorn different genders]]-- HalfIdenticalTwins shouldn't even ''be'' identical! Though it is certainly possible for fraternal twins to bear a StrongFamilyResemblance, particularly in early childhood.

There are sometimes aversions, almost exclusively in live action productions where twin actors or DoubleVision are not available -- though the work may instead have an actor PlayingTheirOwnTwin. See also AllegedLookalikes, when twins are [[InformedAttribute said to be]] identical but are obviously not.

Identical twins are highly prone to [[SpeakInUnison Speaking In Unison]] or FinishingEachOthersSentences.

Keep in mind if the twin [[LongLostRelative isn't established at the beginning]], prepare for rage from the fandom.

Chalk this up to the LawOfConservationOfDetail -- if they're not identical, there's usually no need to establish them as twins rather than just siblings.

In reality, fraternal twins are significantly more common than identical twins - only 8% of twin births are identical, or 0.1% of all births. But how would it look if in fiction only one character in a thousand had an identical twin?


!!Identical Twins

* In a series of commercials for State Farm insurance, Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul plays both himself and his (fictional) SeparatedAtBirth twin Cliff, an insurance agent who was likewise born to assist.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/OsomatsuKun'' is about identical ''sextuplets''. Yes, SIX characters that look exactly alike. The running gag in the early episodes was that other characters couldn't tell which is which.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' has the Hitachiin twins, who are so alike that no one had ever been able to tell them apart until they met Haruhi. Of course they use that similarity for their own amusement, but it's also implied that it's also the reason they can be a bit bitter and cynical.
* ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' has [[spoiler:Fai and Yuui]] , the "twins of misfortune" who are practically the same child made twice.
** Horitsuba Gakuen has the above mentioned twins as well as [[spoiler:Syaoran and Syaoran]]. In the actual series they're [[spoiler:clones]] but the AlternateUniverse extra portrays them as identical twins. To make it even weirder in the main series [[spoiler:Syaoran]] technically ''does'' have a twin -- [[spoiler:[[Manga/{{xxxholic}} Watanuki]]]], but the two of them are not identical at all.
* It is fairly common in most harem-type series to have a pair of identical twins as part of the cast.
* Played with in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''. Agon and Unsui dress and act very different from each other and whether they were fraternal or identical was left somewhat ambiguous for most of the series. However after Agon gets a haircut, everyone is amazed to see he and his brother are very much identical.
* ''Manga/AirGear'' has identical ''[[UpToEleven octuplets]]'', complete with [[CoordinatedClothes identical outfits]].
* [[spoiler:Shion Sonozaki]] from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' uses this to her advantage, as she assumes her sister's identity to manipulate [[spoiler:as well as to cover up murder]] in the Watanagashi and Meakashi arcs. Her sister did the opposite, more jokingly, in the same arcs. The two twins [[spoiler:switched identities when they were younger. Shion is technically the older twin, Mion, but has to live permanently as Shion since her little sister was branded with a tattoo instead of her]].
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' features two sets of identical twins (Hiashi and Hizashi and Sakon and Ukon). Coupled with [[SelfDuplication Shadow-Clones]] and GenerationXerox, Masashi Kishimoto seems fond of twins... [[JustifiedTrope then again]] he himself is one, and his younger twin Seishi [[Manga/SixSixSixSatan is also]] [[Manga/BlazerDrive a mangaka]].
* Yoh, the protagonist of ''Manga/ShamanKing'', is revealed to be the identical twin of Hao, the Big Bad of the series.
* Played with in ''Manga/{{Maomarimo}}'': Mao and Ako remain fraternal twins even after Mao's GenderBender, but the issue is raised by a background character who wonders why this trope wasn't invoked when Mao became a girl. Technically, Mao [[NotBloodSiblings isn't Ako's twin]] (though it's plot-relevant that they were born on the same day) but Mao doesn't know he was adopted (and Ako is concealing it for reasons of her own) so their classmate gets a lecture on the difference between fraternal and identical twins instead.
* Takuma and Kazuma from ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters'' look exactly alike, though they are easy to tell apart once one looks at their faces and judge their temperament; Takuma is perpetually cheerful and Kazuma is perpetually tearful.
* One episode of ''Anime/SherlockHound'' has Sherlock and Watson dealing with a pair of twins, one is a navy commander and the other is an insane treasure hunter.
* ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}'' has [[GratuitousGerman Elf and Zwölf]], [[YouAreNumberSix AKA AR/GR-11 and AR/GR-12]] respectively, android clones of Gally, who inexplicably behaves as if they were identical twins, and often fill the role of Gally's {{Annoying Younger Sibling}}s.
* ''Anime/ArmoredTrooperVotoms'' features the Schmittel twins, who are (at first) only differentiated by their uniform color and voices. Even so, [[OffModel the animators were incredibly prone to slip up at remembering which one was which]].
* Played with in ''Anime/BloodPlus'': [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Chiropteran queens]] are always born in pairs, with [[RedOniBlueOni one having red eyes and one having blue eyes]], but otherwise the two are completely identical.
* ''Anime/{{Futakoi}}'' is all about this trope. There are ''six'' pairs of identical twins in the same series.
* In ''{{Manga/Saki}}'', Kana has three younger sisters- Shirona, Nazuna and Hina- who appear to be identical triplets. She often has to care for them, and while they don't show up much in the series proper, they often appear in ''Saki Biyori''.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': A major plot-point in the final arc centres around two brothers who are completely indistinguishable from each other. Their powers allow them to mimic the forms of others, an ability they discovered before birth when they learned to mimic each other. They were thus born visually identical. [[spoiler: [[EliteMook Loyd]] is killed when he mimics Kenpachi's sealed form. Kenpachi has to remove his eyepatch to grow stronger than the form of himself Loyd is using. However, [[WalkingSpoiler Royd]] is mimicking [[TheEmperor Yhwach]], so when the eyepatch-free Kenpachi confronts Royd, Royd instantly defeats him with his bare hands. He goes on to fight toe-to-toe with Yamamoto. Yamamoto does manage to kill him, but not before using all his power, including bankai, which allows the real Yhwach to kill Yamamoto.]]
* Tomo from ''Manga/ShounenNote'' has younger identical twin sisters.
* Tomomi and Mikage from ''Manga/MiracleGirls'' are identical twins with psychic powers. Tomomi has BoyishShortHair and wears more tomboyish clothes than her sister so the fact they're identical is slightly less apparent than other examples.
* From ''Manga/VirginRipper'', there's Kotori and Kotoha, completed with CoordinatedClothes and ThemeTwinNaming.
* ''Manga/KimiToBoku'' features identical twins Yuta and Yuki Asaba as two of the main characters. They're both stoic but Yuki is BrilliantButLazy and an {{otaku}} while Yuta is [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastic]] and mature. The twins have slightly different hairstyles.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Wendy and Goldie, twin prostitutes from Frank Miller's ''ComicBook/SinCity''. According to Marv, they even [[TheNoseKnows smell identical]]. Granted, he is insane and at one point, even mistakes one twin for the other despite knowing full well she was dead.
* ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician and his EvilTwin Derek.
* The Fix-it Twins who appeared in ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' in the late 70s .
* ''ComicBook/LaRibambelle'': Atchi and Atcha are two young Japanese twin brothers, who often talk and move in unison.
* ''ComicBook/{{Jommeke}}'': Annemieke and Rozemieke, who are young twin girls who are basically the same characters and also look the same.
* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'':
** A strange example are Thompson and Thomson who, apart from their moustaches, look exactly like twins. They dress, act and move the same and often finish each others' sentences. They also appear to live in the same house and even in the same bed! Still the linguistic difference in the spelling of their name suggest they are not related to each other at all. Furthermore, in the original French, they were known as Dupont & Dupond, which are even ''pronounced'' identically -- this was kept up at least to some extent in most translations, including English, where they are known as Thompson and Thomson.
** A better example are [[spoiler: Alfred and Nester Halambiek in ''King Ottocar's Sceptre'']], who are a good and evil twin, looking exactly alike, save for the fact that the good one smokes and is far-sighted.
* ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske'': In [[spoiler: "De Schat van Beersel"]] an identical looking triplet plays an important role.
* [[BritishComics Girl's comics]] had quite a few examples, such as "Last Chance for Laura" from ''ComicBook/{{Bunty}}'' or "The Two-In-One Taylors" from ''ComicBook/{{Mandy}}''. Being identical would enable them to perform a TwinSwitch every now and then.
* ''ComicBook/RichieRich'': Upon learning of a poor country where kids can legally get married, Mayda Munny lures Richie there under the pretense of making a movie to help them. Her plan fails because the Justice of Peace, having a real marriage to officiate when Mayda had her "fake" one to Richie, sent his twin brother to perform his role in the "movie".

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Kirstin and Nicole Porter from the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' FanFic ''FanFic/BoyScoutsOneHalf''.
* Ethan and Evan Brightman from the ''Series/{{Glee}}'' fanfic ''FanFic/{{Dalton}}'', who are heavily based on [[Literature/HarryPotter Fred and George Weasley]].
* The ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' has Bonbon and her sister Moth. [[spoiler:Justified because Moth isn't ''really'' her twin sister, she's a benign Changeling (unknown to Bonbon), though she still loves Bonbon like a sister.]]
** In the [[BadFuture Dark World]], Apple Pie had an identical twin named Poison Apple, though they had different Cutie Marks. Unfortunately, Poison Apple was killed by Fluttercruel. [[spoiler:She comes BackFromTheDead in the end though.]]
* [[ Little Miss Conjoined]], two [[ConjoinedTwins conjoined]] ''Literature/MrMen'' fan characters, are completely identical except for the color of their noses (one has a yellow nose and one has a green nose).
* Dyno and Mite from ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn''.
* Brothers Reiji and Yukio Ohmoto in ''Fanfic/GraduateMeetingOfMutualKilling''

* There are identical twin brother cops in ''Film/HotFuzz''-- [[spoiler:the Sergeants Turner (Bill Bailey's characters)]].
* Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen in everything they've done (except ''Series/FullHouse'', where the twins both played the same one character to stretch limits on how long very young child actors are allowed to work). They're actually fraternal twins, but look alike enough for identical-twin plots to work. However, as is often the case they started growing out of their StrongFamilyResemblance as they approached adulthood.
* The Twins from ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded''.
* Both versions of ''Film/TheParentTrap''.
* In ''Film/PacificRim'', the Chinese pilots of Crimson Typhoon are played by real-life identical ''triplets'' the Luu Brothers. As well, the American Jaeger pilots of Romeo Blue, Bruce and Trevin Gage, were identical twins.
* ''Film/ThePrestige'': [[spoiler: Borden and Fallon]].
* The Stabbington Brothers in ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''.
* A pair of elderly women twins appear in the French film ''Film/{{Amelie}}'', buying food at the local fruit stand. They also [[FinishingEachOthersSentences Finish Each Other's Sentences]].
* ''Seconds Apart'': Seth and Jonah are identical twins who use their telepathic abilities to commit murders.
* Eli and Paul Sunday of ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood''.
* This was the main driving force behind the plot of Cronenberg's ''Film/DeadRingers''.
* In ''Film/RoomInRome'', Natasha/Sasha/whatever her name is has an identical twin.
* Edwin Dingle and Buzzy Bellew in ''Wonder Man''.
* Laurel and Audrey in ''Film/ThePrettyOne'' are so similar that Laurel is able to take over Audrey's life when Audrey dies in a car accident.
* Cilla and Tina in ''Film/IMissYouIMissYou''

* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Fred and George Weasley and the Patil sisters.
** In the films, this trope was both confirmed by the Weasley brothers (played by real life identical twins James and Oliver Phelps) while averted in the fraternal twin Patil sisters, who were played by unrelated (though similar looking) actresses.
* The main character and his brother from ''Literature/TheSpiderwickChronicles''
* The main characters of the ''Literature/TWitches'' series.
* "Fazila/Karima" in ''Literature/TheKiteRunner''. TheNarrator Amir throws up on one of the twins' dresses and he can't tell who he threw up on.
* ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'': Sam and Eric. They are of such a [[SingleMindedTwins singular mind]] that eventually they're simply referred to as "[[TheDividual Samneric]]".
* Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield of ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh''. Not to mention the identical ''evil'' twins Nora and Margo, who other than hair color are so like Elizabeth and Jessica that they're even able to fool the twins' ''parents.''
* Subverted in ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': while Detweiler brothers look like identical sextuplets, they are, in fact, ''clones'' of their father.
* Elladan and Elrohir of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' are not outwardly stated as being twins or even identical, but because their birth year is the same and elves wait at ten years between children, they are assumed to be twins. They are also said to be "So much alike were they, the sons of Elrond, that few could tell them apart: dark-haired, grey-eyed, and their faces elven-fair, clad alike in bright mail beneath cloaks of silver-grey." This implies that they are identical twins (ignoring the fact that more elves are described like that than not, and quite a few humans!)
** Tolkien also has Amrod and Amras, the youngest sons of Feanor from ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'': "twin brothers, alike in mood and face."
** Elrond himself was a twin; the text doesn't say they were identical, and after Elros chose to become mortal and age they became less so.
* Lampshaded in ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'', where the Edirr produce so many twins they usually do everything in twos.
* "The twins" ([[NoNameGiven No Names Given]]) in ''Literature/PeterPan'', "who cannot be described because we should be sure to be describing the wrong one." Note that Peter doesn't really know what "twins" are, and the animated series ''PeterPanAndThePirates'' [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] this trope by making the twins different colors and heights, the implication being that they're merely good buddies who were labelled "twins" because they [[ThoseTwoGuys are always together]] and finish each other's sentences.
* [[PolarOppositeTwins Jory and Nia]] from [[Literature/CircleOfMagic Cold Fire]].
* Little Miss Twins from ''Literature/MrMen''.
* Lottie and Lisa in Erich Kästner's novel ''[[Literature/LottieAndLisa Das doppelte Lottchen]]'' who are so identical-looking that when they switch places, their own parents don't realise they've gone home with the wrong child, even though they don't even like the same food, aren't good at the same things at school, and Lisa doesn't know how to cook.
* Creator/EnidBlyton's ''Literature/StClares'' series has twins Pat and Isabel O'Sullivan. They do look alike, but their classmates can recognize them.
* Nypre and Deren, the first two characters introduced in the ''Literature/StoriesOfNypre'' are identical twins, though its never been said if they are so identical as to be indistinguishable from one another.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein seems to have liked this trope; not only are there the Stone twins in ''Literature/TheRollingStones'' but Lazarus Long's twin sister-daughters (clones) in ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove''
* In ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Mockingjay]]'' the Star Squad includes identical twin sisters whose first names are never revealed. Katniss and the other characters simply refer to them as "Leeg 1" and "Leeg 2".
* Averted in ''Literature/FirstLight'' when Thea was told that the three girls on her locket were Lana, her mother, and [[spoiler: her mother's twin who left the community with her twin.]] This was important because there could [[PopulationControl only be two girls born to any mother]].
* [[Literature/DevilsCape Devil's Cape]] has a pair of identical twin brothers with identical superpowers, one working for their uncle in organized crime and the other as a superhero.
* Cilla and Tina in ''Literature/IMissYouIMissYou''
* Sascha and Boris Roznine in ''Literature/PegasusInFlight''.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Subverted in ''Series/OurMissBrooks'', when Connie Brooks impersonates her nonexistent twin sister Bonnie so she can moonlight at a diner.
* Tia Landry and Tamera Campbell on ''Series/SisterSister'' are long-lost identical twins, played by real life twins Tia and Tamera Mowry.
* Emily and Katie Fitch from ''Series/{{Skins}}'' are Identical twins, played by Real Life twins Kathryn and Megan Prescott respectively.
* Zack and Cody on ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', also played by Real Life twins. Puberty made them not so identical.
* The title characters of ''Series/LivAndMaddie'' are, by contrast, played by one actress, Dove Cameron.
* Nearly every set of twins in ''Series/ThePretender'', from regular character Sydney and his brother Jacob down to the briefest one-off appearance. Particularly notable was the episode where Sydney visits a Twins Convention, which is populated entirely by identical twins sticking together and wearing co-ordinated outfits.
* ''The Bold And The Beautiful'' had a rather interesting example. Twins Stephanie and Phoebe Forrester were identical twins until they graduated high school. From that point on they've been fraternal.
* {{Friends}}: Phoebe and Ursula, which allows various friends and colleagues to mistake them for each other in Ursula's first episode. Amusingly when they think Phoebe is doing porn movies, Joey refuses to watch the video. But when they discover it's actually Ursula, he has no problem.
* Series/OutrageousFortune. Van and Jethro West. Both with [[TheDitz wildly]] [[AmoralAttorney contrasting personalities]].
* ''Series/PeterPunk'': The Pop twins Andy and Michael.
* ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' has the character Trey of Triforia (also known as the original [[SixthRanger Gold Ranger]]). He is an alien whose race are composed of three separate entities that are normally unified as one, but due to being injured in battle cannot keep his singular form and has to appoint a successor to his Gold Ranger powers while he recovers. The Treys are played by identical triplets Ted, Tom and Tim DiFilippo. This series also introduces Tommy's twin brother David.
* The ''Series/DoctorInTheHouse'' franchise features two examples, achieved via ActingForTwo (or Three).
** In "Brotherly Hate" from ''Doctor in Charge'', the humourless crawler Lawrence Bingham is revealed to be one of a set of identical triplets, and [[FreudianExcuse always resented being overshadowed by his cooler brothers Lionel and Leonard]].
** Professor of Surgery Sir Geoffrey Loftus is revealed to have an identical twin brother, Captain Norman Loftus, in the first episode of ''Doctor at Sea'', so that when Drs. Waring and Stuart-Clark sign on as ship's surgeons, they will still be serving under a Loftus (and in contrast to the Bingham triplets, the Loftus brothers are very similar in personality).
* ''Series/GuidingLight'': Lujack Luvonaczek and Nick Spaulding.
* ''Series/AnotherWorld'': Marley and Vicky Hudson.
* ''Series/AllMyChildren'': Adam and Stuart Chandler.
* ''Series/{{Thunderstone}}'' has Sundance and Sutch, both played by Damien Fotiou
* ''Series/TheStanleyDynamic'' plays with this trope. Larry and Luke are described as identical twins, but one of the brothers is an animated character.
* ''Series/TeenWolf'' has Aidan and Eathan.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' reveals that the real PrinceCharming is actually dead, and he's being impersonated by his identical twin brother (who was raised as a peasant).
* Parodied in ''{{Series/Scrubs}}'' with a set of identical twin brothers who dress the same, and are even both gay. They get offended when Elliot can't tell them apart, assuming [[MistakenForRacist it's because they're black]].
* Producers of ''Series/SisterSister'' tried to really play this straight by making one twin wear a fake mole to match the other. But around Season 5, they abandoned this. One of the aims of that season was to properly distinguish the sisters' personalities.

* Podcast/DiceFunk: It turns out that [[spoiler:Emma and Tamzin are identical twins.]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting has Laurie and Gennifer Weathermay-Foxgrove, identical twin monster-hunting heiresses, as well as Jacqueline and Louise Renier, identical wererat littermates.

* The mix-up in ''Theatre/TheComedyOfErrors'' is caused by two sets of identical twins confusing themselves for each other.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Dante and Vergil from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'', of the [[RuleOfSymbolism symbolism-heavy]], CainAndAbel, PolarOppositeTwins variety. You can tell them apart because Vergil [[GoodHairEvilHair slicks his hair back]], but they're also ColorCodedCharacters: [[RedOniBlueOni Vergil wears blue, Dante red.]] Two other pairs are [[PlayingWithFire Agni]] [[DualBoss and]] [[BlowYouAway Rudra]] from ''3'', and Bael [[AnIcePerson and]] [[AlluringAnglerfish Dagon]], a pair of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent frog demons]] in ''4'', the latter of whose in-game information even points out that, [[PaletteSwap aside from their color,]] they are identical in terms of abilities and weaknesses.
* Redmond and Blutarch from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', you can only tell them apart because [[ColorCodedCharacters Redmond wears a red suit and Blutarch wears a blue suit]]
* Ami and Mami Futami of ''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster''.
* Enter and Return in LEGOIsland
* Koume and Kotate from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series. Identical apart from the gem on their forehead being different colours. ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'' also featured Twin Lumberjacks and due to the model reuse in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' there's at least three sets of twins identical in everything but clothing colour.
* Lucas and Claus from ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}''. The game's narrative (as well as its [[Literature/TheBookOfLies inspiration]]) make it excessively clear that the two are meant to be completely identical, though they are curiously depicted with different hair colors--Claus ginger and Lucas blonde. Ironically enough, there's a perfectly good explanation for this if one considers them to be [[spoiler:human chimeras--in the genetic sense.]] The game makes it a point to mention numerous times how indistinguishable the twins look regardless of this art direction.
* One of the most reoccuring trainer classes in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' is the "Twin" class, which features identical twin girls somewhere between 4 and 7.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Elan and [[EvilTwin Na]][[SdrawkcabName le]].
* ''Webcomic/LegostarGalactica:'' Bob and [[EvilTwin Rob]] [[MrSmith Smith.]] [[spoiler:Subverted in that Rob is an [[EvilTwin evil]] [[CloningBlues clone]] of Bob created by the Remulans as part of an abandoned infiltration plot.]]
* ''SailorSun'' Bay(Brad) and Heather after Bay's GenderBender. We don't know if they were HalfIdenticalTwins prior to the GenderBender because Brad has never been depicted in the comic. It's even a plot point because in [[AllThereInTheManual the backstory]] Bay & Heather found each other (they'd been SeparatedAtBirth) after Heather was hired to play Bay's role in a touring production of Sailor Sun based on her identical appearance.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' plays with this: [[spoiler: Susan and Diane]] are heavily implied to be twins, although they have different hair colors and heights. However, one of them had recently gone through an intense magical awakening, which resulted in her getting a growth spurt and the change of her natural hair color. Originally both girls were blonde, and one of them dyed her hair.
* ''Webcomic/MagicalTwelfthGraders'': Sort of. Yeorum and Gyeowul are not twins, but they look nearly identical despite being a year apart. [[spoiler:The "Gyeowul" running around is actually an older version of Yeorum, and not even Yeorum notices]].
* ''Webcomic/AliceAndTheNightmare'': Deetran and Dumquil Vena are almost literally mirror reflections of each other, save for their scars.


[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Sherri and Terri from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* The triplets in ''WesternAnimation/TheTripletsOfBelleville'' are basically the same type of characters.
* The [=DeeDees=] (real names Delia & Deidre Dennis) from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker''.
* Lo and Li, Azula's ancient caretakers, from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. ATLA also had a set of twins in the episode "The Fortuneteller," who were identical except one was an Earthbender and one wasn't.
* WesternAnimation/KimPossible's little brothers are identical twins who can only be told apart by the colour of their shirts.
* The Scottish Twins from ''ThomasTheTankEngine'' zigzag with this trope. In their backstory the twins intentionally removed their number plates so as to appear completely identical and pull a TwinSwitch and escape from a railway that threatened to have them scrapped. After being employed at Sodor, though, they were given number ''and'' name plates, specifically so they could be told apart.
* Ingrid and Latoyah from ''SlackerCats''.
* The Twins in ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'', whose character models are literally copy and pasted most of the time.
* Parodied in the ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' {{Soap Within a Show}}, ''All My Circuits'', in which the main character is one of six identical septuplets.
* ''WesternAnimation/DragonTales'': Quetzal and his brother Fernando.
* From ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'', the 3rd Generation cast features Amy and Samey. In the spin-off ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'', Mickey and Jay.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheDavincibles'' has a villainous example. The Tenors Aka and Pella are identical in every possible way.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The village of Kodhini, India has 6 times as many twins as the global average. On top of that, the majority of the twins are identical.
* The Wrestling/BellaTwins had to take some steps to make this work when they started their identical twin model careers. As Nikki has a naturally more voluptuous frame than Brie, she had to do daily ab and cardio workouts to match her sister's waifier body type. As both twins turned 30 however, they abandoned this. Nikki got breast implants and started powerlifting, giving her AmazonianBeauty. However even when they were identical, there were still notable facial differences that a good eye could spot.


!!Fraternal Twins (aversions)

[[AC: NOTE: This section is reserved for twins who do not look alike at all; brother-sister twins who still look alike go to Half Identical Twins.]]

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Kirio and Kirika from ''Manga/KamichamaKarin''.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Corsair}}'', fraternal twins Aura and Leti are clearly related yet distinct, with Leti taking much more after their father's side and Aura taking more after their mother's side.
* [[spoiler:"Syaoran Li" and "Watanuki Kimihiro"]] aka [[spoiler: "Tsubasa Li 1" and, presumably, "Tsubasa Li 2]] of ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' and ''Manga/{{xxxHoLic}}'' are a particularly notable example, being that they're not identical despite one of them being a time travel duplicate of the other.
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'''s [[spoiler: Kira and Cagalli, being largely based on [[Franchise/StarWars Luke and Leia]]]]. In addition to being non-identical, one is a genetically engineered superman and the other is completely unaltered.
* Kagami and Tsukasa Hiiragi from ''Anime/LuckyStar'' are fraternal twins who are drawn to have very different eye shapes (Tsukasa has TaremeEyes and Kagami has TsurimeEyes) and they also have different hairstyles. However, they do look more similar to each other than to any of their other family members, at least as far as their hair and eye colors are concerned.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Yuzu and Karin Kurosaki are twin sisters but are the complete opposite of each other. Yuzu is a pale-haired homemaker who gets excellent grades in school. Karin is a tough, dark-haired tomboy who leads her male peers in football. Yuzu resembles their mother Masaki while Karin resembles their father Isshin.
* [[SingleMindedTwins Mairu and Kururi]] [[spoiler:Orihara]] from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', though they are sufficiently similar to possibly be just identical twins who decided [[PolarOppositeTwins to look different]].
* Rin and Yukio Okamura from ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' are fraternal twins who - despite looking somewhat alike when you take away Yukio's glasses - are opposites in pretty much everything, up to and including Rin being (half-)demon and Yukio being human. This didn't stop the fandom from going nuts with {{Twincest}}.
* Princess Fine and Princess Rein of ''Anime/FushigiboshiNoFutagohime'' (Twin Princesses of the Mysterious Star).
* Momiji and Kaede Fujimiya of ''Manga/BlueSeed'' are not only fraternal, they don't even resemble each other all that much. But their twinship is very important, because by being twins they split the power of the Kushinada,
* [[spoiler:Bossun and Tsubaki]] from ''Manga/SketDance'' are eventually revealed to be twins who were SeparatedAtBirth. Nobody noticed this before the revelation. Especially since [[spoiler:Tsubaki is characterized by his long eyelashes, which Bossun don't have, and he also wears contacts]], making them look less similar than they should be. However, with proper modifications, they're apparently similar enough to perform a convincing TwinSwitch.
* ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' has two sets of twins, but neither set is identical.
** Ren and Run are the result of a LiteralSplitPersonaility and look nothing alike.
** [[PolarOppositeTwins Nana and Momo]] look like sisters, but are obviously distinct. They pull off a TwinSwitch at one point using their sisters FreakyFridayFlip [[AppliedPhlebotinum machine]].
* Yukino and Kanade from ''Anime/CandyBoy'' are twin sisters but they aren't identical. Their hair colors are different and the way they style their hair differs.
* ''Manga/{{Mitsudomoe}}'' has this with the main ''trio''. They're triplets but look very different.
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', Androids 17 and 18 are twins, but look nothing alike, eye color aside.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' has Combat {{Cyborg}}s Otto and Deed, who are constantly referred to as the twins due to having been [[ArtificialHumans created from the same genes]] and at the same time. [[EmotionlessGirl While they act alike and are always together]], they don't look alike, even having different eye color and shades of brown hair.
* The Kamishiro twins from ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'', Ryoga/[[InSeriesNickname Shark]] and Rio, are twins with different gender. Since it's ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'', they don't look even like they are related just like most siblings from the franchise, that's why they look more like [[{{Twincest}} lovers]] than siblings to the fans. Shark and Rio's dissimilarities are a huge contrast to the HalfIdenticalTwins from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', Lua and Luca.
* Suiseiseki and Souseiseki from ''Manga/RozenMaiden'' are designed to be twins and they have the closest relationship among all seven sisters. While they do look similar, Suiseiseki has RapunzelHair and wears a green dress while Souseiseki has BoyishShortHair and wears a blue suit. Their MismatchedEyes also mirror each other's eye colors.
* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'': It is revealed that there are twelve universes, but they are six pairs of twins. If the sum of their numbers is 13 (1+12, 4+9, 6+7, etc), those pairs are determined as twins. However, it is shown that Universe 7 and Universe 6 aren't identical. While both have each a planet Earth, the Earth from Universe 7, which is the home planet of Goku and the others, is still full of life, while the Earth from Universe 6 has its Earthlings extincted in the past.
** Beerus and Champa, who are the Gods of Destruction of their respective universes, are both humanoid, purple cats. But Beerus is skinny, while Champa is fat.
* ''Go! Go! Itsutsugo Land!'' averts the trope with a set of Quintuplets, all of which are radically different in apperance and personality.


* Ember and Suntop from ''ComicBook/ElfQuest.''
* ComicStrip/ThePhantom's son and daughter are twins.
* Crystar and Moltar from ''CrystarCrystalWarrior.''
* Northstar and Aurora from ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight.''
* [[ComicBook/XMen Charles Xavier and Cassandra Nova,]] although she apparently is [[EldritchAbomination not exactly human.]]
* ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} and ComicBook/{{Scarlet Witch}}: different genders, different hair colors, and different power sets.
** [[ComicBook/YoungAvengers Scarlet Witch's twin boys]] eventually manage to straddle the line: they're absolutely identical in features and build, but have inherited the different coloring and power sets from their mother and uncle (Wiccan from Scarlet Witch, Speed from Quicksilver). For extra fun, they're not blood related, for bizarre reasons of magic and time-traveling reincarnation.
* Pre-Crisis, ''WonderWoman'' used to have a twin sister called Nubia. They were two different races (apparently due to being made of different colors of clay) and Nubia had darker hair.

* Luke and Leia from the ''Franchise/StarWars'' saga. They were SeparatedAtBirth after their mother [[DeathByChildbirth died by their birth]] to protect from the Dark Side, especially since their father joined it. That's why they didn't know that they were twins when they first met each other. Granted, they were also established as twins later in the series, after the actors had already been cast.
* ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'': Sharpay and Ryan are twins.
* Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear in ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper''--but don't try telling ''them'' they're not identical, nor even the same species.
* Leto and Ghanima Atreides, twin children of Muad'dib in SciFiChannel's ''Series/ChildrenOfDune'' adaptation.
* This is the HighConcept underlying the film {{Film/Twins}}, with the titular twins being played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny [=DeVito=]
* The [=MacManus=] brothers from ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'' are fraternal twins, and in a deleted scene, they are seen conversing with their mother and asking which one of them came out first.
* Crash and Eddie the possums in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' have almost the same personality and look very similar, but are obviously fraternal twins since Eddie has brown eyes, while Crash has blue eyes and a light stripe on his nose.
* Tinkerbell and Periwinkle from ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'' are twins but look vastly different. They have the same nose though.
* Castor and Pollux from ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjay'' aren't explicitly stated to be twins, but their names certainly imply it. And while the way they're described in the book makes it possible that they're identical twins, in the movies they're clearly not.
* In ''Film/CheaperByTheDozen'' remake, two of the girls are fraternal twins (the family also includes a pair of identical male twins).

* In Creator/LMMontgomery's ''Literature/{{Anne of Green Gables}}'' series, among Anne and Gilbert's children are fraternal twins Anne and Diana, nicknamed "Nan" and "Di." Dark-haired Nan inherited her father's looks and her mother's wild imagination, while Di has her mother's red hair but in temperament is described as "very much her father's child." The fact that they are not identical baffles many of their peers and forms a minor plot point in ''Anne of Ingleside'' when a mischievous girl convinces the young Nan that ''al''l twins are identical, and the reason Nan doesn't look like her twin is that she was SwitchedAtBirth.
* ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'': Will Navidson, the main character of [[FramingDevice his piece]] of the story, has a fraternal twin brother, Tom.
* Faith[[labelnote:*]][[OverlyLongName Katherine Honor Stephanie Miranda]][[/labelnote]] and James[[labelnote:*]]Andrew Benjamin[[/labelnote]] Harrington, Literature/HonorHarrington's younger siblings.
* The Literature/BobbseyTwins.
* H.P. Lovecraft's ''Literature/TheDunwichHorror'' Plays this for, well, horror.
* Caramon and Raistlin Majere of {{Dragonlance}}. Caramon's a strapping warrior, Raistlin's a sickly wizard, and this difference drives 90% of their character development and plots.
* Leto and Ghanima Atreides, twin children of Muad'dib in ''ChildrenOfDune]]''.
* Kit and Holly Fielding in the ''Creator/DickFrancis'' novels ''Break In'' and ''Bolt.''
* "[[Literature/MikeHammer One Lonely Night]]" by Creator/MickeySpillane. A radical politician campaigning against corruption and DirtyCommunists hires Mike Hammer to catch his [[EvilTwin insane twin brother]] who committed a murder in public in apparent attempt to destroy his reputation (fortunately the politician was giving a speech before hundreds of people at the time). Mike discovers the brother is a fraternal twin who doesn't look anything like the politician, who hired a look-alike actor to give the speech and committed the murder himself.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* On ''Series/TheHoganFamily'' the twins were explicitly fraternal.
* On ''Series/GetSmart'' 99 gave birth to twins in the final season; it never came up whether or not they were identical, but given that they were boy & girl it is safe to assume they are fraternal because it is impossible for them to be genetically identical.
* Buffy and Jody from ''Series/FamilyAffair'' were fraternal twins.
* [[spoiler:Miss Parker and Mr Lyle]] in ''Series/ThePretender''.
* Brenda and Brandon Walsh ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'' are fraternal twins.
* ''Series/TheBoldAndTheBeautiful'' had a rather interesting example. Ridge and Taylor's daughters Steffy and Phoebe were identical twins and played by identical twins up until the point where the characters left for London. Phoebe is the first to return, now played by a new actress. When Steffy returns a while later she is played by a different actress than Phoebe and the twins are now fraternal.
* One episode of ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', called "Twins at the Tipton" had Dirk and Kirk, fraternal twins Maddie and London dated.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' has Sheldon and his twin sister, Missy, who look nothing alike except for hair color.
* In the ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' episode "While You Were Sleeping", when Sherlock Holmes learns that Yvette Ellison, a coma patient identified as a murderer by a witness, has a twin sister called Rebecca, he automatically suspects Rebecca of being the killer. He is very surprised to learn that Yvette and Rebecca are fraternal twins who look different enough that no one would mistake one for the other. [[spoiler: Yvette is the killer. Her coma is medically induced to provide her with an alibi for the murders of all her siblings.]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' has Jaime and Cersei Lannister, who are not only of different genders—they also engage in {{Twincest}}.
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' has Dennis and Dee Reynolds, another brother/sister pair.
* ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'': Eric and Sami Brady.
* ''Series/OneLifeToLive'': Jessica and Natalie Buchanan.
* The premise of ''Series/NickyRickyDickyAndDawn'' with quadruplets instead of twins.
* One of the big reveals in ''Series/HeroesReborn'' is that main characters Tommy and Malina are in fact, fraternal twins who were SeparatedAtBirth. Why is this important to the show? Because they're [[spoiler:Claire Bennet's]] children who were sent back in time to prevent Renautas Corporation from exploiting them and because if the twins were raised together, his original ability of power absorption would have stolen his sister's ability as well. [[spoiler:Their mother died in childbirth because he had inadvertently absorbed her regeneration.]]
* A well done aversion with Hansel and Gretel in ''Series/OnceUponATime''. Although they're said to be twins, they have different hair colours and Gretel is noticeably taller than her brother.

* ''WeeklyWorldNews'' once ran a CoverStory on a set of [[ConjoinedTwins conjoined septuplets]]: 5 male, 2 female.

[[folder:Religion And Mythology]]
* Literature/TheBible has Jacob and Esau. Esau is described as red and hairy, and Jacob, as plain and smooth-skinned. Since Esau was born first (by a minute or so), he was treated as the firstborn and was supposed to receive the birthright, until Jacob bought it from him.
* Fraternal Twins in Greek mythology:
** The Sun God Apollo and Moon Goddess Artemis (children of Zeus)
** Castor and Pollux (one the son of a mortal, the other son of Zeus)
** Helen of Troy and her sister Clytemnestra (again one the daughter of Zeus, the other a daughter of a mortal)
** Heracles and his brother Iphicles (one the son of - you guessed it - Zeus, the other the son of a mortal). Zeus certainly got around!
** The twin sons of Medusa and Poseidon. One, Chrysaor, is human in appearance; the other, Pegasus, is a {{Pegasus}}.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Alexander and Rosella from ''VideoGame/KingsQuest''. Alexander is dark-haired, dark-eyed, and medium-skinned, while Rosella is fair-skinned and blonde and blue-eyed.
* [[spoiler:Kid and Sara]] from ''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}'' are fraternal twins.
* For a series that's so out of touch with reality, you wouldn't expect ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' to feature realistic fraternal twins, but the heroes are, in fact, same-sex twins that look similar enough that they're clearly related, but different enough that they're easy to tell apart. Luigi was originally a PaletteSwap of his brother, yet the Mario Bros. weren't canonized as twins until long after Luigi gained a more individual design.
* ''VideoGame/{{The Sims 2}}'' has a mechanic resetting how the parents' genetics and features are mixed after every birth, including between twins. Identical twins are thus impossible unless that mechanic is glitching (which is not uncommon).
** However, you can create identical twins in Create-A-Sim and Angela and Lillth Pleasant are existing identical twins.
* While they are [[HalfIdenticalTwins half identical]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', by ''[[FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears The After Years]]'', twins Palom and Porom have grown to look very different. Their earlier similarities can be justified by them originally being very young children, with puberty making their differences much more obvious.
* Twin brothers Sabin and Edgar Figaro of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' have a certain family resemblance, but greatly different hairstyles and builds (Edgar has long hair and an average build, Sabin has short-cropped spikes and is built like a bear) mean that no one is likely to mistake them for one another. Whether they are fraternal twins or genetically identical ones who just happened to develop differently is not explored.

[[folder:Visual Novel]]
* Kyou and Ryou Fujibayashi of ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' are similar to Kagami and Tsukasa Hiiragi in that Ryou has TaremeEyes and Kyou has TsurimeEyes. Though they're more alike than most fraternal twins with similar colored hair and eyes. [[spoiler:In the OVA for Kyou's route it takes Tomoya several minutes to realize that he's talking to Kyou and not Ryou after she cut her hair.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'', Mukuro Ikusaba and Junko Enoshima are fraternal twin sisters who look enough like each other with the right hairstyle, makeup and clothing that they can pass for each other, a fact used to switch Ikusaba for Enoshima, but there are enough physical differences like Ikusaba's YouthfulFreckles that she has to brush off as being the result of her photographs being retouched when Naegi comments on it. If not using tricks, it's hard to tell that they are twins at all, considering that Enoshima has blond MegaTwintails, round blue eyes, big breasts and ceramic skin while Ikusaba has short black hair, narrow grey eyes, smaller breasts and greyish pale skin.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* North and South Dakota from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' are a quirky example. They don't look that much alike out of their armor aside from both having white-blond hair, but when suited up their armor is near-identical compared to the other Freelancers.

* Alex and Dan in ''TheDreamlandChronicles'' are a rare case of fraternal twins of the same gender. This is likely inspired by the creator's fraternal twin sons.
* [[SiblingYinYang Surama and Hafmar]] in ''Webcomic/{{Wurr}}''.
* ''Webcomic/ShotgunShuffle'' has statuesque blonde Ellie and her petite black-haired sister Cinnamon. Of the seven Buckingham sisters Ellie and Cinnamon resemble each other the least in both looks and personality despite being the only twins. Since Cinnamon is generally referred to as "the dumb one" Ellie is constantly annoyed that they're twins.
* Hiroki and Masuji in ''Webcomic/SeiyuuCrush'' are fraternal twin brothers who are opposites in looks and personality. They are shown quarreling a lot when they first appear, but later [[{{Twincest}} another kind of relationship]] is revealed.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Patty and Selma, who are mostly the same in physical appearance and behaviour, yet their hair cuts and dresses are different. Also Selma is heterosexual, while Patty is lesbian.
** Apu and his wife have octoplets, courtesy of fertilization injections. At least one future episode revealed each of those 8 children would go on to have 8 children each, making 64 in total.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' has two sets of fraternal twins. Jonas Junior & Thadeus and Hank & Dean, the latter two being the title characters.
* Jackal and Hyena of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' both have brown hair and are completely AxCrazy, but that's where the similarities end.
* In ''{{Transformers}}'' several characters are twins, and there's usually at least one pair in each continuity. However they are never identical - at the very least they have strikingly different colours like Jetfire and Jetstorm in ''TransformersAnimated'' and other times they look different in many other ways, like Sideswipe and Sunstreaker in G1 - who even had radically different personalities. This is obviously [[MerchandiseDriven for the purpose of making and selling more toys.]] Family relationships are actually rarely used to explain the PaletteSwap characters, who get a more technical explanation if it's explained at all.
* ''{{Hurricanes}}'': Helmut and Yorg Beethoven. Helmut is taller and Yorg is more muscular.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Gravity Falls}}''
** The show focuses mainly on the adventures of fraternal twins, Dipper and Mabel Pines, occasionally referred to collectively as the Mystery Twins. They're sort of a {{Downplayed}} example of HalfIdenticalTwins, because while physically similar, they have different hair and clothes.
** Eventually, we find out about the ''original'' Mystery Twins, [[spoiler:Grunkle Stan and his brother Ford]]. They must be fraternal twins, given certain differences--most notably one having [[spoiler:six fingers on each hand]]. However, like Dipper and Mabel, they have enough of a StrongFamilyResemblance to [[spoiler:[[TwinSwitch switch clothes and fool the Big Bad in the finale]]]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingSpiez'': Marc and Megan are twins, but they don't look any more related than they do compared to their older and younger brothers, and since the shows' focus is on the team as a whole the fact that they are twins is barely ever brought up or used as a plot point.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** Pound Cake and Pumpkin Cake. They have different color schemes and mane styles, and are different genders, but the most glaring difference is that Pound is a {{pegasus}} and Pumpkin is a {{unicorn}}.
** Pinkie Pie bears little resemblance to the rest of her family, and her twin sister Marble is no exception.