A character's new Love Interest
is eerily similar (in personality, looks, etc.) to an established character—often a best friend of the incompatible sex
, or even the character himself
. The similarity is sometimes pointed out when someone is listing characteristics of the love interest, and realizes it sounds a lot like a description of someone else they know.
If the character is dating an opposite-gender doppelganger of a friend, it's more often Played for Laughs
and mild Ho Yay
than to suggest any serious sexual tension between the two friends. It might even be a positive omen for the relationship: the character gets along well with their friend, so the romance may be similarly successful. If the doppelganger and the friend are the same gender, though, it's likely to spark jealousy or suggest that it's the friend they're really interested in
A common variant is someone dating their own
opposite-gender doppelganger, which usually results in the characters becoming repulsed.
This trope does not include instances where the doppelganger is actually a clone or alternate universe double, or other situations where it is the same person or an actual duplicate: this is when someone similar
comes along by mundane coincidence.
See also Identical Stranger
, Similar Squad
. Not to be confused with Doppelgänger Replacement Love Interest
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- In The Beano one of the Crazy For Daisy strips had Daisy dating a guy who looked almost identical to Ernest apart from different coloured clothing (right down to an extra toe and a mole on his bum). In the end he dumps Daisy for a similarly identical version of her to both Ernest and Daisy's confusion.
- One fanfic of From Eroica with Love has the strait-laced and (probably) straight German officer finding himself fancying a woman, and considering asking her out...when he suddenly realizes she looks like a female version of Eroica and starts doubting his reactions.
Live Action TV
- In Avenue Q, Rod ends up dating a guy named Ricky, who happens to be almost identical to his friend, Nicky. However, in a variation, Rod had already been established as being in love with Ricky, but unable to be with him due to Nicky being straight. Nicky himself sets them up, noting that he knows Rod's type, but it's deliberately left ambiguous whether he knew Rod liked him or whether he just guessed well.