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06:54:31 PM Jul 21st 2015
edited by DonaldthePotholer
I get why No Real Life Examples, Please! would apply but why In-Universe Examples Only? This is a Plot Device (hence the noreallife), not an Audience Reaction.
10:29:28 PM Jul 21st 2015
edited by jormis29
I think because it if isn't In-Universe, it is You Look Familiar or Only Six Faces or similar tropes
12:31:09 PM Jul 4th 2013
Hey, quick question. If two Identical Strangers turn out to be separated-at-birth twins, is that a Justified Trope or a Subverted Trope or what?
11:44:27 PM Apr 28th 2012
In Daphne du Maurier's novel, "The Scapegoat", an Englishman visiting France is forced to change places with his double, a French aristocrat.
12:22:21 PM Apr 17th 2012
Is there any degree of Truth in Television to this trope?
12:53:58 PM Aug 10th 2012
Each case is different, but there is some truth to it. To exemplify:
  • I am a 21-year-old college student in the middle of New York.
  • I went to Texas to visit my family and got mistaken for Ashton Kutcher.
  • A week later, when I was back in NY, I went to a basketball game and was mistaken for basketball player Ricky Rubio.
  • About a month later, at a campus-sponsored karaoke event, I was mistaken for Andrew W.K.

So a 21-year-old New York college student, a 21-year-old Spanish basketball player, a 33-year-old Californian musician, and a 34-year-old Iowan actor are all "identical strangers".

So the fact that people can have identical strangers is truth in television. However, with 4 of us, and (X,Y) being the same as (Y,X), we have ((4*3)/2), or 6 combinations. Out of these, [Me x any] is pretty rare because I'm far from famous. [Rubio x any] is also uncommon. This leaves only [Ashton x Andrew] as respectably probable and even then, it's not very likely.

So there is some truth but it's not like media makes it out to be.
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