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* Creator/CharlieChaplin once lost a [[YourCostumeNeedsWork Charlie Chaplin lookalike contest]] and only came in third place. Then again, he entered the contest without the proper costume or makeup.

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* Creator/CharlieChaplin once lost a [[YourCostumeNeedsWork Charlie Chaplin lookalike contest]] and only came in third place. Then again, he entered the contest without the proper costume or makeup.makeup...at the age of 86.

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* Creator/HugoWeaving was once mistaken for a homeless man. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSKoD9RV4ws He talks about it here.]]


* In February 2016, at a Grammy afterparty, a bouncer particularly bad with faces manage to turn away a group composed of Music/PaulMcCartney, Music/Beck,[[/Music/FooFighters Taylor Hawkins]] and Creator/WoodyHarrelson. As Sir Paul put it : 'How VIP do we gotta get?'

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* In February 2016, at a Grammy afterparty, a bouncer particularly bad with faces manage to turn away a group composed of Music/PaulMcCartney, Music/Beck,[[/Music/FooFighters Music/Beck, [[/Music/FooFighters Taylor Hawkins]] and Creator/WoodyHarrelson. As Sir Paul put it : 'How VIP do we gotta get?'


* In February 2016, at a Grammy afterparty, a bouncer particularly bad with faces manage to turn away a group composed of Music/PaulMcCartney, Music/Beck,[[https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Music/FooFighters Taylor Hawkins]] and Creator/WoodyHarrelson. As Sir Paul put it : 'How VIP do we gotta get?'

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* In February 2016, at a Grammy afterparty, a bouncer particularly bad with faces manage to turn away a group composed of Music/PaulMcCartney, Music/Beck,[[https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Music/FooFighters Music/Beck,[[/Music/FooFighters Taylor Hawkins]] and Creator/WoodyHarrelson. As Sir Paul put it : 'How VIP do we gotta get?'


* In February 2016, at a Grammy afterparty, a bouncer particularly bad with faces manage to turn away a group composed of Music/PaulMcCartney, Music/Beck,[[/Music/FooFighters Taylor Hawkins]] and Creator/WoodyHarrelson. As Sir Paul put it : 'How VIP do we gotta get?'

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* In February 2016, at a Grammy afterparty, a bouncer particularly bad with faces manage to turn away a group composed of Music/PaulMcCartney, Music/Beck,[[/Music/FooFighters Music/Beck,[[https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Music/FooFighters Taylor Hawkins]] and Creator/WoodyHarrelson. As Sir Paul put it : 'How VIP do we gotta get?'

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* In February 2016, at a Grammy afterparty, a bouncer particularly bad with faces manage to turn away a group composed of Music/PaulMcCartney, Music/Beck,[[/Music/FooFighters Taylor Hawkins]] and Creator/WoodyHarrelson. As Sir Paul put it : 'How VIP do we gotta get?'


* ''Film/{{Borat}}'': When Borat notices an [[Film/LaurelAndHardy Oliver Hardy]] impersonator he thinks he is "dressed up like Hitler".

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* ''Film/{{Borat}}'': When Borat notices an [[Film/LaurelAndHardy [[Creator/LaurelAndHardy Oliver Hardy]] impersonator impersonator, he thinks he is "dressed up like Hitler".





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-->'''Queensland Fan''': "You fly Origin Air, much?"
-->'''Brett Finch''': "Yeah. All the time."
-->'''Queensland Fan''': "That's weird. I don't really remember ya."
-->'''Brett Finch''': "I kicked the winning field goal in '06."
-->'''Queensland Fan''': Ah, you're Shaun Timmins!"[[labelnote:*]]While both players did kick a winning field goal, the difference with the two is that Brett Finch's only won Game I, while Shaun Timmins' field goal was decisive in New South Wales winning the series in ''2004''.[[/labelnote]]
-->'''Brett Finch''': ([[VisibleSigh sighs annoyingly]])

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-->'''Queensland Fan''': "You Fan:''' You fly Origin Air, much?"
-->'''Brett Finch''': "Yeah.
much?\\
'''Brett Finch:''' Yeah.
All the time."
-->'''Queensland Fan''': "That's
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'''Queensland Fan:''' That's
weird. I don't really remember ya."
-->'''Brett Finch''': "I
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'''Brett Finch:''' I
kicked the winning field goal in '06."
-->'''Queensland Fan''':
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'''Queensland Fan:'''
Ah, you're Shaun Timmins!"[[labelnote:*]]While both players did kick a winning field goal, the difference with the two is that Brett Finch's only won Game I, while Shaun Timmins' field goal was decisive in New South Wales winning the series in ''2004''.[[/labelnote]]
-->'''Brett Finch''': ([[VisibleSigh
[[/labelnote]]\\
'''Brett Finch:''' [[[VisibleSigh
sighs annoyingly]])
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* In ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story]]'', the heroes can't enter two high-class shops in the Mushroom Mall until they've proved that they're [[NoFameNoWealthNoService the right sort of clientele]]... even though most inhabitants of the Mushroom Kingdom recognize Mario on sight.
** And as for the other brother, about half the cast of ''Mario And Luigi'' games has difficulty recognizing him or remembering his name, including ''Bowser''. [[spoiler:At the end of ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'', Bowser finally says Luigi's name.]]

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In ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story]]'', ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'', the heroes can't enter two high-class shops in the Mushroom Mall until they've proved that they're [[NoFameNoWealthNoService the right sort of clientele]]... even though most inhabitants of the Mushroom Kingdom recognize Mario on sight.
** And as for the other brother, about half the cast of ''Mario And & Luigi'' games has difficulty recognizing him or remembering his name, including ''Bowser''. [[spoiler:At the end of ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'', Bowser finally says Luigi's name.]]



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* ''WebVideo/EightiesDan'': In one episode Dolly was dressed up as Anime/SailorMoon for Halloween. To her irritation 80s Dan thought that she was wearing '' the best WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck costume he ever saw.''

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* ''WebVideo/EightiesDan'': In one episode Dolly was dressed up as Anime/SailorMoon for Halloween. To her irritation 80s Dan thought that she was wearing '' the best WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck costume he ever saw.''
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* ''WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob'': Brad enjoys addressing actors and actresses in his films by names of other lookalike celebrities.



* A recurring gag in [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]]'s reviews of the ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' games is his annoyance at characters failing to recognise the Avatar, who in addition to being the ''[[MessianicArchetype Christ-figure]]'' of their religion, has entire museums devoted to their deeds that stretch through [[NarniaTime hundreds of years]] of their recorded history.
--> '''Spoony!Avatar:''' Read a book people?! I know humility is supposed to be one of the Eight Virtues, but I'm the ''Goddamn'' Avatar!
* A RunningGag with the WebVideo/ThirdRateGamer, which goes to [[CriticalResearchFailure particularly audacious heights]]. For example, he notices that the title character of ''VideoGame/LittleNemoTheDreamMaster'' wears pajamas and wonders if he's sleeping over at Music/MichaelJackson's house; he shows a picture of ''Jesse'' Jackson instead. Other examples include conflating Sonny Bono with [[Creator/CheechAndChong Cheech Marin]] and Shaquille O'Neal with Tiger Woods.


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* ''WebVideo/EightiesDan'': In one episode Dolly was dressed up as Anime/SailorMoon for Halloween. To her irritation 80s Dan thought that she was wearing '' the best WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck costume he ever saw.''
* ''WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob'': Brad enjoys addressing actors and actresses in his films by names of other lookalike celebrities.
* ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'': A recurring gag in Spoony's reviews of the ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' games is his annoyance at characters failing to recognise the Avatar, who in addition to being the ''[[MessianicArchetype Christ-figure]]'' of their religion, has entire museums devoted to their deeds that stretch through [[NarniaTime hundreds of years]] of their recorded history.
--> '''Spoony Avatar:''' Read a book people?! I know humility is supposed to be one of the Eight Virtues, but I'm the ''Goddamn'' Avatar!
* A RunningGag with the WebVideo/ThirdRateGamer, which goes to [[CriticalResearchFailure particularly audacious heights]]. For example, he notices that the title character of ''VideoGame/LittleNemoTheDreamMaster'' wears pajamas and wonders if he's sleeping over at Music/MichaelJackson's house; he shows a picture of ''Jesse'' Jackson instead. Other examples include conflating Sonny Bono with [[Creator/CheechAndChong Cheech Marin]] and Shaquille O'Neal with Tiger Woods.
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* At the end of the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' episode "Cry Freedom Fighters!", then-president UsefulNotes/BarackObama congratulates the heroes on their victory. Plastic Man has no idea who he is, [[FailedASpotCheck even with the Presidential Seal behind which clearly says "PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES"]].

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* At the end of the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' episode "Cry Freedom Fighters!", then-president UsefulNotes/BarackObama congratulates the heroes on their victory. Plastic Man has no idea who he is, [[FailedASpotCheck even with the Presidential Seal behind him which clearly says "PRESIDENT OF THE of the UNITED STATES"]].



* As strange as it might seem even in real life people may fail to recognize celebrities. There are several logical reasons behind this:

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* As strange as it might seem seem, even in real life people may fail to recognize celebrities. There are several logical reasons behind this:


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* At the end of the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' episode "Cry Freedom Fighters!", then-president UsefulNotes/BarackObama congratulates the heroes on their victory. Plastic Man has no idea who he is, [[FailedASpotCheck even with the Presidential Seal behind which clearly says "President of the United States"]].

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* At the end of the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' episode "Cry Freedom Fighters!", then-president UsefulNotes/BarackObama congratulates the heroes on their victory. Plastic Man has no idea who he is, [[FailedASpotCheck even with the Presidential Seal behind which clearly says "President of the United States"]]."PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES"]].


* At the end of the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' episode "Cry Freedom Fighters!", then-president UsefulNotes/BarackObama congratulates the heroes on their victory. Plastic Man has no idea who he is.

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* At the end of the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' episode "Cry Freedom Fighters!", then-president UsefulNotes/BarackObama congratulates the heroes on their victory. Plastic Man has no idea who he is.is, [[FailedASpotCheck even with the Presidential Seal behind which clearly says "President of the United States"]].


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* ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'': 20 years after graduating, Gary King and his four friends return to their hometown to reattempt a pub crawl, only nobody of the townsfolk seems to recognise them, much to Gary's annoyance. [[spoiler: It's because (almost) the whole town has been [[AlienInvasion replaced by alien robots.]] ]]

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