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Tropes about characters who look a lot like other characters, or even real-world people. The resemblance may have a logical explanation or it may just be a coincidence.

A character who is deliberately impersonating another character doesn't count. For simplicity's sake, we'll also leave out characters that have been "duplicated" by some means; we can just assume that they look the same. (This includes clones, twins, past/future selves, etc.) If you're interested in any of those scenarios, see the Doppelgänger index.

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  • Acting for Two: Of course the characters look alike, they're played by the same person!
  • Celebrity Resemblance: When another character in the story notices that an ordinary person looks like a celebrity.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Drawn or animated characters are made to look like a real-world celebrity.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: Family members may look different in other ways, but their eyes look alike.
  • Generic Cuteness: Most characters in a drawn or animated work look alike because the artist used a default "cute" aesthetic.
  • Identical Grandson: Descendants look just like their ancestors.
  • Identical Stranger: Two unrelated people who look exactly alike.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: People who look, talk, and act exactly alike, with no plausible explanation.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Animated characters look like the actors who play them.
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  • Look-Alike Lovers: A pair of lovers look a lot more similar than you would expect.
  • Only One Female Mold: In a drawn or animated work, all female characters look identical from the neck down.
  • Only Six Faces: Characters in a drawn or animated work look alike because the artist only used one or a few "default" face designs.
  • Prince and Pauper: Two unrelated characters look similar enough to secretly swap places.
  • Resemblance Reveal: Surprise! They look like someone you already know!
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting: Two actors cast as relatives look a lot alike, despite not actually being related.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Family members look like each other.
  • Textual Celebrity Resemblance: In a non-visual work, the narration explicitly states that a character looks like a certain celebrity.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Family members look more like each other than logic would permit.
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  • Uncatty Resemblance: Pets and their owners look alike.
  • You ALL Look Familiar: Video game characters look alike because it's easier to build a game that way.
  • You Remind Me of X: In cases where the commented-upon similarity is wholly or partly physical (as opposed to similar actions/values/personality traits).
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