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There's a saying that pets tend to look like their owners. Whether this is true in reality is obviously very debatable, but the magic of fiction allows this to be very true in {{media}}.



* 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.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/{{Slayers}} Revolution'' had an episode with animals groomed to look like their owners.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** 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 SuperMode that bears a resemblance to Ash's outfit.
** Also played with in the North American ad for ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire''.
* ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' has a chapter where Red and Green switch Pokémon. When Red gets his Pokémon back, they all have [[TsurimeEyes eyes]] like [[TheRival Green's]].
* In ''[[Manga/AxisPowersHetalia Nekotalia]]'', all the cats look just like their owners.
* Esmeralda, the SixthRanger fourth penguin from ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'', has markings that mirror her owner Masako's heart-shaped face.
* In ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', Tamaki's golden retriever Antoinette shares his hyperactive, friendly personality.
* In ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke'', 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 ''Manga/YuGiOh'' manga involves digital pets. Yugi happened to own a digital pet he calls U2, who has the same hair style as his owner.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'': While not a pet, but Yuma's Chaos No.39: Kibou Ou Hope Ray Victory's[[note]]Number C39: Utopia Ray Victory[[/note]] design bears a striking resemblance to [[FusionDance 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 ''Manga/KomorisanCantDecline'' 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 ''Manga/SgtFrog'' that introduces Tamara. Seeing that the new Keronian is a MoodSwinger much like his classmate Momoka (Who also found him), the narration notes that Fuyuki was thinking, "The pet always resembles the owner."
* A running gag for Maika in ''Manga/BlendS'' is a tendency for her expression to become frightening when nervous. When she and Dino take their dog, Owner, to a dog park, Maika tries to help him woo a dog he likes, they ''both'' end up looking positively vicious and end up scaring the other dog away.
* This is used (with personalities rather than looks) to drive the plot in the second episode of ''Manga/MassuguNiIkou''. It is ultimately subverted. Thanks to this belief, Mametarou believes that Sora's owner is his owner's rude and mean-looking co-worker Kyousuke. Kyousuke's actually Sebastian's owner. Sebastian is a mild-mannered and cute Yorkshire Terrier.

[[folder:Board Games]]
* A 2008 board game is called [[http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/27907/ "Do You Look Like Your Dog?"]]

[[folder: Card Games]]
* ''TableTopGame/YuGiOh''
** 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,


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/TheBeano'', ''loves'' this trope. In ''ComicStrip/{{Dennis the Menace|UK}}'', 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. [[DontExplainTheJoke Because he's the teacher's pet]].
* Desperate Dan, the cover character in sister-comic ''ComicBook/TheDandy'' 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.
* ''ComicBook/BouleEtBill'': 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.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}} and his dog Dogbert both wear the exact same set of glasses and have the same mouthless faces.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''
** 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 ''ComicStrip/{{Dennis the Menace|US}}'' (US version), the fur on the top of Ruff's head resembles Dennis' hair.
* This was most noticeable in ''ComicStrip/FootrotFlats'' 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 ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'' [[DrillSergeantNasty Sgt Snorkel]] and his dog Otto look markedly similar, down to Otto wearing a uniform and walking on his hind legs.
* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Mafalda}}'' strip, three people who look a lot like their dogs are laughing at Mafalda [[spoiler:because she has her pet ''turtle'' Burocracia[[note]]yes, the turtle's named "bureaucracy"[[/note]] on a leash like a dog.]] She angrily yells at them for being "racist".
* ''ComicStrip/{{Pluggers}}'' [[http://www.gocomics.com/pluggers/2014/03/21#.U9rICPldX9x makes fun of this trope]] bizarrely, that fact [[FurryConfusion both owner and pet are dogs]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Creator/WaltDisney's ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' evokes this a lot; see the page pic.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Scruffy}}'' has a scene displaying this. [[spoiler:At the end, a number of dogs are adopted by people who resemble them.]]
* In ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', Shan Yu looks very much like his pet falcon - right down to [[AnimalEyes hawk-like eyes]] (while the bird has eyes with little irises just like a human).
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' and ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2'':
** Hiccup and Toothless. Both are crippled with a limb which is fixed on a prosthetic. Both are smaller than their compatriots, fitting WeakButSkilled and even share similar fun-loving, snarky personalities. By the end of the second film, [[spoiler: 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 HalfIdenticalTwins Ruffnut and Tuffnut ride a two-headed Hideous Zippleback. [[spoiler:In the TV series, Stoick the Vast gets to ride a Thunderdrum dragon, just as stocky and stubborn as him.]]
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/ShaunTheSheep: The Movie'', UglyCute dog Slip, whose snaggletoothed face has been putting off potential owners, is [[spoiler: found by the bus driver, who turns out to have a very similar smile]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The new version of ''Film/TheShaggyDog'' showed comparisons of the cast with animals that resembled them.
* ''Film/WaynesWorld'': Garth and his dog are suspiciously similar.
* A popular ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' fandom joke is that {{Cthulhumanoid}} Davy Jones and his pet [[KrakenAndLeviathan Kraken]] take this UpToEleven.
* At the end of Film/JohnWick, [[spoiler:the pit bull that John rescues]] is coal black and permanently moody, just like John himself.

* 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.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': Treebeard says something similar to this in The Two Towers about Ents and trees becoming more like each other.
* Grace Lockwood from the ''Literature/AToZMysteries'' 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.
* ''Literature/JaneEyre'': 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 ''Literature/TheRubyRedTrilogy'', Lesley is said to look like her Golden Retriever Bertie, mostly because of her hair colour.
* The Creator/RoaldDahl short story "Royal Jelly" has a new mother mention this about her beekeeper husband. The reasons turn out to be [[ProfessorGuineaPig rather]] [[BodyHorror sinister]] [[GoneHorriblyRight indeed.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In a variant, a murder victim on ''Series/{{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 ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', WackyGuy 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.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** 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.
** One of Daenerys' dresses in Season 7 is a red-and-black dress with dragonlike scales and spikes that resembles Drogon.
* In ''Series/JakeAndTheFatman'', the aforementioned "Fatman" (a no-nosense and very large prosecutor) has a pet bulldog named Max who looks quite a bit like him.

* [[Franchise/HelloKitty Charmy Kitty.]]
* Franchise/{{Barbie}} sets that give the dolls pets have a tendency to match fur and hair color -- Barbie with a blond-furred dog, Teresa with a brown-furred dog, etc.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Not exactly a pet, but close enough. In the SciFi chapter of ''VideoGame/LiveALive'', 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 [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter very cute]] (although this chapter is so unrelentingly bleak and moody that Cube's appearance actually provides some small relief).
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', Loftwings more often than not [[http://www.zeldawiki.org/images/2/2a/SSCharacterLoftwingsConcept.jpg have some resemblance to their masters.]]
* TheMedic and his doves (especially Archimedes) in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''. They were both stuck in lucrative but ultimately unsatisfying careers (wedding dovery and medicine, respectively), but met when Medic [[NoodleIncident 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 ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' tells you that you and your Pokémon resemble each other.
* Warlords in ''VideoGame/PokemonConquest'', 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 [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII the Light Emperor]] to resemble his Chandelure)
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' has the grizzled, one-eyed mercenary Big Boss acquire a shaggy one-eyed wolfdog companion, D.D., who even gets his own eye patch.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The short film ''Pig Me'' revolves around this trope.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Many of the lusus in ''Webcomic/{{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.
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': 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.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://www.catsthatlooklikehitler.com/cgi-bin/seigmiaow.pl Lotsa cats who look like Hitler.]] A web site devoted to collecting pictures of black-and-white catz that resemble Hitler.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' 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 (and even the odd "Duh, duh, duh..." VerbalTic of one guy) until he sees Porky Pig, showing that both of them have similar faces.
** In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSylvesterAndTweetyMysteries'', the Scottish shepherds look a lot like Sam Sheepdog, up to his iconic BlindingBangs.
** K-9 wears the same helmet, military skirt, and even tennis shoes (though he wears two pairs) as his owner, Marvin the Martian.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', Angelica's pet cat Fluffy is designed to look like her. One Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} UK advert narrated from Spike the dog's perspective [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] it.
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{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 [[ThemeTwinNaming Romulus and Remus]], a pair of purple, bespectacled horses for the purple, bespectacled pair of Al and Moo Sleech.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HandyManny'', Mr Lopart's cat, Fluffy, has brow-whiskers stretching across her forehead in the same manner as his combover.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' 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 [[TalkingToHimself 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; [[AsideGlance Dexter directs a baffled stare at the camera]]]''
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': "People That Look Like Things"
* ''WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'' has Kaz and Domo, with a RunningGag of lack of awareness.
* In the WesternAnimation/{{Classic Disney Short|s}} ''Mickey's Polo Team'', four Disney characters (Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and the Big Bad Wolf) play a game of polo with four [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed 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. WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck, however, has a donkey that doesn't look much like him but has his cantankerous personality. [[Creator/MarxBrothers Harpo Marx]] rides an ostrich, which does look like him, complete with curly NonMammalianHair just like the rider's own hair.
* In his last TV shows, WesternAnimation/MrMagoo has a pet bulldog that not only has his jowly face, but also shares his [[BlindWithoutThem distinctive disability]].
* In the episode "[=McLeish=] Unleashed" of ''WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010'', 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Inverted (somewhat) with some pets. GenkiGirl Pinkie Pie with TheComicallySerious Gummy (an alligator), ShrinkingViolet Fluttershy with JerkWithAHeartOfGold Angel Bunny ([[CaptainObvious a rabbit]]), LightningBruiser Rainbow Dash with MightyGlacier 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 ''WesternAnimation/MisterT'' has the same mohawk as Mr T.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' has John worrying that he was becoming ''too much'' like [[LazyBum Garfield]].
* When space cats hypnotize the crew in ''WesternAnimation/{{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 ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' have been attended by [[ServantRace 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 BlindingBangs 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 [[InvokedTrope Invoked]], as Pearls are apparently made for and customized specific owners.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollz}}'', all of the Trollz' pets look like their owners and have similar hairstyles.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpacePOP'', all the Space Pets resemble their owner and have similar hairstyles.
* Catwoman in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' has a pet black cat who bears a strong resemblance to Selina's costumed appearance.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Moons:
** 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 [[http://www.spiritus-temporis.com/red-hair/the-historical-distribution.html 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 [[InvokedTrope 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).