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- An ad campaign for Cesar dog food was based around this.
- A commercial did this with people's cars.
- A series of cholesterol meds did it with food.
- Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney, Australia had the You Belong In The Zoo billboards. A long-beaked bird with a coloured crest would be staring through its cage at a long-nosed youth with a punk mohawk hairdo, or a gorilla staring at a hairy man with protruding jaw and thick lips.
Anime & Manga
- Slayers Revolution had an episode with animals groomed to look like their owners.
- Many minor characters of the day in the anime are obviously designed to look like their Pokémon.
- This is taken to an extreme in the seventeenth movie, where antagonists Ninja Riot, Marilyn Flame, Millis Steel, and Argus Steel are all dressed in outfits that resemble their main Pokémon: Greninja, Delphox, Chesnaught and Honedge respectively.
- Ash's Greninja has an unique Super Mode that bears a resemblance to Ash's outfit.
- Also played with in the North American ad for Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.
- Pokémon Special has a chapter where Red and Green switch Pokémon. When Red gets his Pokémon back, they all have eyes like Green's.
- In Nekotalia, all the cats look just like their owners.
- Esmeralda, the Sixth Ranger fourth penguin from Mawaru-Penguindrum, has markings that mirror her owner Masako's heart-shaped face.
- In Ouran High School Host Club, Tamaki's golden retriever Antoinette shares his hyperactive, friendly personality.
- In Kuroko no Basuke, Kuroko and his pup Nigou have the same blank blue eyes. It's the reason for his full name, Tetsuya #2 (Nigou = #2).
- A chapter of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga involves digital pets. Yugi happened to own a digital pet he calls U2, who has the same hair style as his owner.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL: While not a pet, but Yuma's Chaos No.39: Kibou Ou Hope Ray Victory'snote design bears a striking resemblance to ZEXAL II's armor. This might be intentionally, since both ZEXAL II and Hope Ray Victory were born in the same episode, the latter being created by ZEXAL II's power.
- Played with in Komori-san Can't Decline! where Ootani ends up adopting a cat that resembles Komori. It was originally going to be played straight since Komori's sister wanted to adopt it, but their mother is allergic to cats and is more of a dog person, anyway.
- Mentioned in the chapter of Sgt. Frog that introduces Tamara. Seeing that the new Keronian is a Mood-Swinger much like his classmate Momoka (Who also found him), the narration notes that Fuyuki was thinking, "The pet always resembles the owner."
- A 2008 board game is called "Do You Look Like Your Dog?"
- Atrax and Myrmeleo, members of the Traptrix archetype, both resemble their pets/host bodies. Atora's braids can be seen as the limbs of a spider and her decorations resembles a spider's fangs. Myrmeleo could be seen as an ant lion because her hair decorations resemble an antlion's jaws.
- Rinyan is Lumina's pet cat, as Rinyan is wearing Lumina's headdress, necklace, and one armband on her tail,
- The Beano, loves this trope. In Dennis the Menace, Gnasher's spiky fur resembles Dennis's hair, and he also has Rasher, a pig covered in spiky bristles; Pup Parade, featuring the pets of the Bash Street Kids; Roger the Dodger used to have a pet called Joe Crow with the same tuft of hair/feathers; and, in the silliest example, Cuthbert Cringeworthy, the Bash Street school swot, looks like Teacher. Because he's the teacher's pet.
- Desperate Dan, the cover character in sister-comic The Dandy has a dog which shared his prominent chin.
- And The Nutty, before it was folded into The Dandy had Nip and Rrip, about a boy with spiky hair and his spiky furred cat.
- Boule et Bill: one gag involved Boule & Bill making fun of various dogs and their owners that play this trope very straight, until at the end they see a Chihuahua approach them and think this will be the ultimate example of the trope, only for the trope to be averted when the chihuahua’s owner turns out to be a tall, muscular man that doesn’t resemble his pet at all.
- Dilbert and his dog Dogbert both wear the exact same set of glasses and have the same mouthless faces.
- There was a comic strip where Jon and Garfield commented on this trope, with increasingly bizarre lookalikes. This culminated with some guy who looked like a bird in a suit and his pet canary.
- Another one had Garfield deliberately doing this himself to people walking in the park by following them around and mimicking their mannerisms. This went sour when one fat guy caught him in the act, though:
Garfield: I thought fat people were jolly...
- In Dennis the Menace (US version), the fur on the top of Ruff's head resembles Dennis' hair.
- This was most noticeable in Footrot Flats when The Dog went to a dog show and saw heaps of dogs who resembled their owners. Although The Dog doesn't resemble Wal at all, there is a degree of resemblance between Wal and Major the pig dog (possibly coincidental) and also between the 3 Murphys and their dogs Tiger, Wolf and Cream Puff.
- In Beetle Bailey Sgt Snorkel and his dog Otto look markedly similar, down to Otto wearing a uniform and walking on his hind legs.
- In one Mafalda strip, three persons who looked a lot like their dogs are laughing at Mafalda because she has her pet turtle Burocracia on a leash like a dog. She angrily yells at them for being "racist".
- Pluggers makes fun of this trope bizarrely, that fact both owner and pet are dogs
Films — Animation
- Walt Disney's 101 Dalmatians evokes this a lot; see the page pic.
- Scruffy has a scene displaying this. At the end, a number of dogs are adopted by people who resemble them.
- In Mulan, Shan Yu looks very much like his pet falcon - right down to hawk-like eyes (while the bird has eyes with little irises just like a human).
- How to Train Your Dragon and How to Train Your Dragon 2:
- Hiccup and Toothless. Both are crippled with a limb which is fixed on a prosthetic. Both are smaller than their compatriots, fitting Weak, but Skilled and even share similar fun-loving, snarky personalities. By the end of the second film, the scrawny Hiccup inherited the title Chieftain of Berk from his massive father to become the leader of his people while the lithe Toothless challenged Drago's colossal Bewilderbeast and succeeded, becoming the Alpha and leader of his people.
- The other Dragon Riders of Berk also ride dragons that resemble them both in appearance and personality: slender and fierce Astrid rides a Deadly Nadder, portly and gentle Fishlegs rides a Gronckle, boastful but cowardly Snotlout rides a Monstrous Nightmare, and the rude Half-Identical Twins Ruffnut and Tuffnut ride a two-headed Hideous Zippleback. In the TV series, Stoick the Vast gets to ride a Thunderdrum dragon, just as stocky and stubborn as him.
- At the end of Shaun the Sheep: The Movie, Ugly Cute dog Slip, whose snaggletoothed face has been putting off potential owners, is found by the bus driver, who turns out to have a very similar smile.
Films — Live-Action
- There's a children's picture book called It's Easy to See Why in which a girl enters her dog into a dog show and is the only owner there who doesn't bear a striking resemblance to her pet. Her dog wins, though... because he looks just like the judge.
- The Lord of the Rings: Treebeard says something similar to this in The Two Towers about Ents and trees becoming more like each other.
- Grace Lockwood from the A-to-Z Mysteries book The Falcon's Feathers looks very much like a falcon when she reads an issue of Falconry Today in a picture at the end of Chapter 5.
- Jane Eyre: Mr Rochester snarks that his dog Pilot looks more like him than his ward Adele Varens. Adele's biological mother claimed he was her father, but Celine Varens was cheating on him and Adele looks nothing like Mr Rochester.
- In The Ruby Red Trilogy, Lesley is said to look like her Golden Retriever Bertie, mostly because of her hair colour.
- In a variant, a murder victim on Bones who'd owned a chicken-processing plant somewhat resembled the chickens he worked with, due to a poultry-borne fungal infection which deformed his sinuses.
- In an especially bizarre example, on 3rd Rock from the Sun, Wacky Guy Harry's pet from the home planet, "Pickles", shows up unexpectedly on Earth, and also took the form of a rubber-faced manic human in ugly sweaters.
- Game of Thrones: Ghost, not physically, but behaviorally. Like Jon Snow, Ghost is initially the unnoticed runt of the litter to individuals outside his family, but he's strong and loyal. Also like Jon, he has this habit of disappearing off to do his own thing without warning others and occasionally getting into hot water for it. Abandoning Jon may also not have been what it looked like, any more than Jon's "abandoning" of the the Watch to live with the Free Folk was. Whatever he got up to, this wolf probably had Reasons. Ghost's white fur is a subtle reference to Jon's biological father, Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, who had the classic Targaryen look of silver hair, whereas Jon himself mostly resembles his mother Lyanna Stark.
- In Jake and the Fatman, the aforementioned "Fatman" (a no-nosense and very large prosecutor) has a pet bulldog named Max who looks quite a bit like him.
- Not exactly a pet, but close enough. In the Sci-Fi chapter of Live A Live, the main character, a robot named Cube, is always wearing a baseball cap and glasses, that its owner also wears, this has the side effect of making it very cute (although this chapter is so unrelentingly bleak and moody that Cube's appearance actually provides some small relief).
- In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Loftwings more often than not have some resemblance to their masters.◊
- The Medic and his doves (especially Archimedes) in Team Fortress 2. They were both stuck in lucrative but ultimately unsatisfying careers (wedding dovery and medicine, respectively), but met when Medic hijacked a catering van at the Prime Minister's wedding. His doves share his enthusiasm for blood, and when perched on his shoulder as an in-game item, Archimedes blinks and opens his mouth whenever Medic speaks (due to the item being tied to Medic's facial flexes).
- An NPC in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 tells you that you and your Pokémon resemble each other.
- Warlords in Pokémon Conquest, when transformed, have armour that deliberately invokes their perfect partner's appearance. With humanoid Pokémon, you usually end up with a cosplayer's dream costume (Fūma Kotarō almost exactly resembles his Zoroark). More... articulate Pokémon have simple accessory references (Kanbei gets something straight off of the Light Emperor to resemble his Chandelure)
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has the grizzled, one-eyed mercenary Big Boss acquire a shaggy one-eyed wolfdog companion, D.D., who even gets his own eye patch.
- The short film Pig Me revolves around this trope.
- Many of the lusus in Homestuck resemble the trolls they're the guardians of, especially in horn shape. This is most obvious with Tinkerbull, Tavros' guardian who shares his horns, and the Virgin Mother Grub has Kanaya's horns and lips.
- Stand Still, Stay Silent: Reynir's dog fylgia, in addition to having a personality close to his by its very nature, has fur of a dominant color identical to Reynir's hair.
- Lotsa cats who look like Hitler. A web site devoted to collecting pictures of black-and-white catz that resemble Hitler.
- Looney Tunes does this in multiple episodes.
- In Charlie Dog's debut cartoon "Little Orphan Airedale", he plays with this trope by mimicking the faces of people passing by until he sees Porky Pig, showing that both of them have similar faces.
- In an episode of The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries, the Scottish shepherds look a lot like Sam Sheepdog, up to his iconic Blinding Bangs.
- In Rugrats, Angelica's pet cat Fluffy is designed to look like her. One Nickelodeon UK advert narrated from Spike the dog's perspective lampshaded it.
- In the episode of Doug where everyone goes to the dude ranch, the horses assigned to each character have an unnerving habit of resembling them. Of particular note are Romulus and Remus, a pair of purple, bespectacled horses for the purple, bespectacled pair of Al and Moo Sleech.
- In Handy Manny, Mr Lopart's cat, Fluffy, has brow-whiskers stretching across her forehead in the same manner as his combover.
- In the Dexter's Laboratory episode "Dexter's Lab: A Story", Dexter finds a stray Laborador retriever. At the end the dog is reunited with its actual owner, a manic surfer dude who looks (and acts) very similar to him, even having an identical voice provided by the same actor.
Man: Hey! It's my dog! I found my dog!
Dog: Hey, it's my man! I found my man!
Both: I found you, I found you, I found you! I found you!
Man: Let's go for a ride! You wanna go for a ride?
Dog: Yeah, ride, let's go for a ride!
Both: Let's go for a ride!
[exit both; Dexter directs a baffled stare at the camera]
- Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi has Kaz and Domo, with a Running Gag of lack of awareness.
- In the Classic Disney Short Mickey's Polo Team, four Disney characters (Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and the Big Bad Wolf) play a game of polo with four caricatures of movie stars of the day (Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, and Harpo Marx). Everyone's mount, including that of the referee, Jack Holt, looked exactly like their riders. Donald Duck, however, has a donkey that doesn't look much like him but has his cantankerous personality. Harpo Marx rides an ostrich, which does look like him, complete with curly Non-Mammalian Hair just like the rider's own hair.
- In his last TV shows, Mr. Magoo has a pet bulldog that not only has his jowly face, but also shares his distinctive disability.
- In the episode "McLeish Unleashed" of Pound Puppies (2010), Milton Feltwaddle (who took over when McLeish was promoted) instituted a system where dogs and humans were matched up by how similar they looked to each other. This didn't work out so well, however.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- Inverted (somewhat) with some pets. Genki Girl Pinkie Pie with The Comically Serious Gummy (an alligator), Shrinking Violet Fluttershy with Jerk with a Heart of Gold Angel Bunny (a rabbit), Lightning Bruiser Rainbow Dash with Mighty Glacier Tank (a tortoise)...
- Zigzagged with Applejack and Winona (a collie who's as athletic as her owner but much more happy-go-lucky and silly) and Rarity and Opalescence (a white Persian who likes quality fashion and treatment as much as her owner but is a lot less sweet-natured) and played straight with Twilight and Owlowiscious (an owl).
- Dozer the bulldog from Mister T has the same mohawk as Mr T.
- An episode of Garfield and Friends has John worrying that he was becoming too much like Garfield.
- When space cats hypnotize the crew in Futurama, each feline the characters take as "owners" mirror colors and traits of the them, human or otherwise.
- Both of the Diamonds seen so far on Steven Universe have been attended by Pearls with similar appearances and location of their gems at the same place as their mistresses; Blue Diamond's Pearl is tinted blue and has Blinding Bangs that mimic her mistress' hood, while Yellow Diamond's is tinted yellow, has a similarly pointy hair style, and has flared sleeves in a similar style to her Diamond's shoulder pads. This is very likely Invoked, as Pearls are apparently made for and customized specific owners.
- In Trollz, all of the Trollz' pets look like their owners and have similar hairstyles.
- In Space POP, all the Space Pets resemble their owner and have similar hairstyles.
- Rhea, the second-largest moon of Saturn, is the only moon in the Solar System to actually have rings around it.
- Similarly, Ganymede, the largest moon in the Solar System, is also the largest moon of Jupiter, the Solar System's largest planet.
- The moon Triton is blue like its parent planet, Neptune.
- Inverted by our very own Moon, usually defined as a gas giant's moon in a small rocky planet's orbit.
- According to this website, there's a strong correlation in the British Isles between the prevalence in an area of ginger cats and the proportion of that area's population who have ginger hair.
- A sort-of-informative show in Germany tried to prove this by showing pictures of dogs, then of owners to random passengers, asking them to arrange the pictures. Most of them were right. However, this show is notorious for only showing the results they found interesting, so who knows.
- The first American cat breeder to raise the Khao Manee, a white breed of cat from Thailand that's prone to heterochromic eye color and deafness, has one blue and one brown eye. Her husband and daughter are also deaf.
- Cats in general have faces remarkably similar to humans; it's likely a reason why they're such popular pets in the first place. A cat and a human will instantly know if they're looking into the others' eyes, which is very convenient for simple communication.
- Pet magazines and similar publications will occasionally invoke this, encouraging owners to send in photos showing how much they and their pets look alike (usually allowing costumes in place of a strong natural resemblance).