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Like mother, like...daughter.

"What do we do to people we don't like? We punch them! This is...the perfect punching angle! ORAORAORAORA ORA!"
Jotaro Kujo and his daughter Jolyne, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven
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Appearance isn't the only thing that family members can share. Much of the time, family members tend to act similarly, either by having similar habits, taking similar actions when faced with similar decisions, or otherwise having certain quirks indicative of the family. While their overall personalities can be entirely different, individual habits can still be shared between them.

This has the scientific justification of learned behavior in immediate families, since a young, impressionable child is very likely to be watching when a parent or sibling is doing something, so the child will likely imitate that behavior.

In several works, this can actually be foreshadowing a reveal that two characters are related when certain habits are shared between them.

Sub-Trope to Like Father, Like Son. Compare It Runs in the Family. Super-Trope to Like Parent, Like Spouse, where family members share the same taste in significant other.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Bleach: Siblings Byakuya and Rukia Kuchiki have the same drawing skills and artistic perspective; their drawings are awful but they both think their artwork is superb. Part of the joke is that they're siblings by adoption but share the kind of quirks that might crop up in blood relatives.
  • Buso Renkin:
    • As well as their intelligence and alchemical skill, both Papillon and his great-grandfather Dr Butterfly share the same flamboyant fashion sense and an obsession with butterflies.
    • A number of characters at the begining of the series note that Mahiro is essentially a female version of her older brother Kazuki, with the same hyperactive personality and taste in food. It is even implied that Mahiro shares an interest in Kazuki's Love Interest Tokiko.
  • In Dragon Ball Z both of Goku's sons share his love for food, nature, helping others, and pure heart. Gohan is more mature and serious while Goten is like Goku as a child except with some social skills. They all also have powerful tempers that flare up when their loved ones are in danger.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: The main protagonist of the series, Edward Elric, seems to be absolutely nothing like his stoic father, Hoenheim. However, flashback chapters reveal they do share one thing - both react poorly to implying their are lacking in a certain physical (and non-sexual) characteristic. Ed absolutely loses it if he is called short, while Hoenheim gets defensive if someone calls him dumb.
  • In The Hating Girl, both Asumi and her older sister have things sticking out of their heads that really shouldn't be there. For Asumi, it's an arrow that runs all the way through her head, the result of a childhood archery accident. For her sister, it's a fork stuck into the top of her head, which she did herself so that Asumi wouldn't feel completely alone with her condition.
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War:
  • The first chapter of the companion manga for Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection reveals that Fate has picked up a few of Lindy's mannerisms in the six months since her adoption (most notably, they have an identical Quizzical Tilt).
  • In Naruto the Ninja Families share their powers and inclinations for some reason. Naruto's mother Kushina was a female version of Naruto, especially in personality.
  • A weird example in Neon Genesis Evangelion includes this not with a regular relative, but an Artificial Human and the person who donated the human portions of her DNA. Personality wise, they are not very similar, with the donor being an ambitious, yet charming Well-Intentioned Extremist Mad Scientist who was raised in and heavily involved with a conspiracy, and the "clone" being a stoic, yet socially inept Sugar-and-Ice Personality Warrior Poet Child Soldier, but apparently, their way of wringing out their dust cloths is similar enough to freak out the donor's biological son. Interestingly, they do that similar thing in vastly different contexts - The mad scientist would have been so wealthy that she had no need to clean anything herself unless she enjoyed housewifely activities, while the clone was simply on cleaning duty at school, but isn't shown to be particularly cleanly in her home apartment. A straighter example would be a scene where Rei, the clone girl, is shown reading an advanced biology book, implying that she's inherited her donor's aptitude for it. Rei also has the "nurture" version of this going on, given that her stoic mannerisms, much of her body language and her tendency to fold her hands when seated are noticeably copied off the man who more or less raised her.
  • One Piece: Even before Garp was revealed as Luffy's grandfather, they both showed a Bunny-Ears Lawyer mentality, being more concerned with eating most of the time and often being absent-minded. Ace was very much the same despite being adopted; his relative maturity is somewhat of a recent development and a result of being Luffy's primary caretaker, but even so, he shares many traits with his brother and grandfather, the most prominent being that he's a bottomless pit as well and prone to random fits of narcolepsy, even more so than they are.
  • Ouran High School Host Club: Chika seems to be the polar opposite of his older brother. However, the manga reveals that Chika is actually emotional, fond of cute things, and has an animal motif like Hunny.
  • In Ranma ½, when Ranma's mother Nodoka visits the dojo, Akane points out that female!Ranma and Nodoka eat in the same manner when they're sat side-by-side. Genma and Ranma really don't want Nodoka to make the connection between 'Ranko' and Ranma due to the promise they made her, and thus try to divert Nodoka's attention during the entire visit. Many times, before being told the truth, Nodoka points out how 'Ranko' and Ranma act very similar, which causes loads of trouble for Ranma.
  • In the short-lived manga Takama-ga-hara hero Yamato has a Childhood Friend, Mizuho, who's kind of obsessed with being a good match for him by getting stronger. In the penultimate chapter, we see that she has four sisters who are equally obsessed with Yamato's four brothers, each with the age-appropriate counterpart.
  • Though adopted rather than related by blood, Sousuke of Full Metal Panic! speech patterns and bearing resemble those of his foster father, Kalinin, closely enough for Kaname to immediately to pick up on the similarities despite knowing very little of Sousuke and Kalinin's relation. This is partly why Sousuke's military mannerisms are so formal despite fighting only in less structured mercenary and guerilla units—while he has never been part of an organized state military, Kalinin was in the Spetsnaz.

    Comic Books 
  • Most of Brainiac's descendants are varying degrees of unsocial and think very highly of themselves and their intellects. (The pre-Crisis Brainiac 5 was an earnestly nice guy, and much less prone to pride than other Brainiacs.)
  • In Grant Morrison's Batman, Bruce gets a small Verbal Tic, making a -hh- noise, while his only biological son, Damian, makes a similar -tt- noise. The latter remains under other writers, but Batman's tic never really caught on.
    • In Rebirth's Justice League, Batman's working a holographic computer before shooing away a curious Jon Kent away with "tt" the way Damian would.
  • Wolverine has this with his biological son Daken, but especially his Opposite-Sex Clone/genetically engineered daughter, Laura. They all share the same mutations (Healing Factor, Super Senses, Wolverine Claws), Daken takes Logan's skill with the ladies Up to Eleven (and even further by also having skills with men) thanks to his manipulative nature and pheromones, and even without the effects of the Trigger Scent, Laura inherited his temper.

    Fan Works 
  • Achilles' Heel: Lusamine and her son Gladion scowl in the same way.
  • In An Astral Drop in Heatherfield Will comes by her fiery temper naturally, which can make her relationship with her mother rather explosive.
  • Blackkat's Reverse Kurama is an Uzumaki due to association and him possessing the late Naruto's body, but despite his denial, he shares Kushina and Naruto's Hot-Blooded and impulsive nature, Naruto's Chronic Hero Syndrome and Kushina's red hair.
  • In The Bridge, both Princess Celestia and Luna can have a habit of being a Deadpan Snarker, giving those close to them an Affectionate Nickname, and a love of sweets. On the kaiju side, despite not being related by blood due to the latter being adopted, Godzilla Senior's "sons" Xenilla and Godzilla Junior are both extremely observant, have Photographic Memory, and have a female best friend and right-hand kaiju.
  • In the Calvin and Hobbes fanfic Can You Here Me (sic), Calvin has a son who is imaginative like him.
  • Child of the Storm:
    • Harry looks more or less exactly like his father (or at least, like his father, Thor, did when he was James Potter), but he gets traits like his temper, compassion, and association with fire from his mother, Lily. At one point in the first book, Thor notes that Harry had unconsciously shifted into a pose identical to one his mother used to use - and that in both cases, it didn't bode well. He later gains more of Thor's personality traits, such as a taste for battle and a knack for command, on top of the love of/knack for flight and pure stubbornness that he already had. Likewise, he's also noted as looking a bit more like Lily as time goes on, particularly When He Smiles - which also makes him look startlingly like Jean Grey, his second cousin on his mother's side.
    • Carol is tall, blond, blue-eyed, buxom, and a Badass Normal (later an Empowered Badass Normal) with an inclination towards using shields in battle, a talent for strategic thinking, insane stubbornness, an unflinching willingness to stand up to bullies, and despite her occasional grumpiness can always be relied upon to do the right thing. All of this foreshadows that her great-grandparents are Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter, much to the former's surprise.
    • Wanda Maximoff, meanwhile, is sweet and kind, motherly to her godson Harry, a hero through and through. However, she also shares far too much of her father's cold ruthlessness and inclination to Pay Evil unto Evil in occasionally spectacularly horrifying ways for anyone's comfort - especially her own.
    • Hermione, meanwhile, has chaos flavoured red magic, a taste for the colour red in general, an incipient talent as a Reality Warper, and an occasional tone of detached ruthlessness that Harry notes could have come straight from the mouth of her grandfather, Magneto. All in all, the reveal about her background (specifically, that she's Wanda's daughter) isn't that surprising.
  • In clementine, Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw see a bit of each other in their adopted kits. Despite not being their biological father, the triplets do show some characteristics that they learned from their father.
  • In Codes And Geass: Embracing Your Inner Megalomania , there is a particular expression that all members of the Britannian royal family share, in addition to various degrees of crazy. A certain devilish smirk marking just whose children they are. Of them all, Trollouche is the one whose expression most matches that of his father, Emperor Charles zi Britannia.
  • In The Great Alicorn Hunt Fluttershy's parents and brother share her coat/mane colors, soft voice, and introverted demeanor. Like her, they are also surprisingly talented: her brother is skilled at martial arts, her father is a cloud sculptor/architect who developed the principles of cloud hydroponics, and her mother is a gardener in Cloudsdale. Yes, Fluttershy's mother grows plants on clouds.
  • Edward and Hohenheim in My Master Ed, both teenagers at this point, are short-tempered, argue constantly, and eat as if their food might run away from them.
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, Izuku gets his penchant for snark, excited or distressed rambling and mumbling, and frequent crying from his adoptive parents Hisashi and Inko. His birth father, Jor-El, is no slouch in the rambling or snarking department either.
  • Frequently pops up in Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, with many characters strongly implied to be Ash's half-siblings sharing a few personality quirks:
    • Iolani and Belladonna both use "Daycared" as a euphemism for a one-night stand.
    • Velvet and Iolani have apparently independently of each other reached the conclusion that whoever their biological dad is, he deserves a good punch to the face.
    • Ash and Velvet have similar reactions when their Pidgeotto and Alolan Meowth evolve during the final segment of a battle.
    • Like Ash, Frax seems to have the habit of turning his hat around when it's time to get serious.
    • Red and Ash, upon seeing an Alolan Exeggutor and being told this is their "real" form, internally decide they prefer the "false" ones.
  • The Sanctuary Telepath: John and Janine share a deep love for books, they're both protective, self-sacrificing, love deeply and skilled with swords and knives (to the point that they use the same moves), just to mention a few. They're actually adopted siblings but after a century of maintaining a Psychic Link...
  • In Severance, Ash and his mother Delia are more alike than meets the eye. They seem like opposites at first, with Ash being a Hot-Blooded and pro-active kid while Delia is mellow and prefers to stay home, but Ash actually gets his reckless and stubbornness from his mother. It's just that Delia rarely ever shows this aspect of her personality. Professor Oak remembers her being headstrong and impulsive when she was younger, but he had thought that Delia had changed with age.
  • In Son of the Desert, it turns out that Edward's stubborn and determined nature comes from Trisha as shown in the Flashbacks of Trisha's courtship of Hohenheim. Both also share a preference for men older than them, something Pinako lampshades.
  • In Sword Art Online Abridged's second season, we first meet Suguha rubbing in her physical superiority during a kendo sparring session, followed by her improvising a long and sarcastic story to mock her brother with... which is exactly what Kirito was doing to Klein at the start of season one, suggesting that he modeled his online persona upon his Little Sister Bully's behavior in real-life. And as Princess Leafa in Alfheim Online, Suguha starts a dramatic infodump with "For you see!", discusses throwing waves of disposable minions at a problem, and gets pissed when Kirito implies she's too weak or inexperienced to do something, all things we saw Kirito do in Aincrad.
  • Comes up frequently in Time Fixers: Nicktoons of the Future with the Nicktoons' children.
    • Like Danny, Darry fights ghost and uses the same Battle Cry when transforming and is as much of a Snark Knight as he is. It is also pointed out that he is similar to his paternal grandfather in personality.
    • Yuki loves to hunt ghosts like her father's side of the family and is a Deadpan Snarker like her mother and is jealous of her brother's ghost powers like her paternal aunt. She is also oblivious to her best friend's very obvious crush on her like her father was to his best friend's crush on him.
    • Tammy obsesses over her crush on Jimmy much like her mother obsessed over her crush on her father. Both she and Tommy inherited their father's short attention span.
    • Crash has his mother's southern dialect and need for action. He, Junior, and Buster all inherited SpongeBob's laugh.
    • Max has his mother's fiery temper and uses his own version of his father's "Pukin' Pluto" catchphrase.
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    Films — Animation 
  • The Hamadas from Big Hero 6 are all snarky in their own way.
  • Luis, Jorge, and Carmelo from The Book of Life, shared a running Sanchez trait of handicapping oneself when fighting bulls because "fighting otherwise is for cowards". Jorge also shares Manolo's love and talent for music.
  • In Frozen, Anna and Elsa, as sisters, happen to share a number of things:
    • At the coronation ball, when Elsa asks Anna, "What is that amazing smell?", they both simultaneously sniff the air and happily sigh "Chocolate!" before giggling.
    • On a sadder note, when mourning their parents at the end of "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?", we see both sisters sitting on the opposite sides of the same door, hugging their knees in the exact same fashion.
  • A Goofy Movie: Max appears to have inherited his father's Signature Laugh (Ah-hyuk), something he's incredibly embarrassed about, especially after it slips out in front of Roxanne, a girl he has a crush on. In the end, she reveals to him that hearing him laugh was why she began to like him in the first place.
  • In the Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure movie, this is how Buster figures out that Scamp is Tramp's son despite the former's denial. They both scratch in exactly the same way.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In one scene in Back to the Future, Marty facepalms at a diner in disbelief that he's in the past, and the camera pans to his future father, George, who is facepalming the exact same way.
  • In The Darjeeling Limited, one of the brothers has a quirky way of planning breakfast by semi-arbitrarily assigning different cereals to each brother. When they encounter their mother, the audience sees that he picked this quirk up from her.
  • Forrest Gump: At the end, both young Forrest and older Forrest bend their head in the exact same way.
  • Halloweentown:
    • Kalabar and Kal both flirt by presenting their intended with a rose — and, for added similarity, the respective girls are a mother and daughter.
    • In the final movie, Gwen knows that Marnie will do her laundry on Wednesday because she did laundry on Wednesday when she was in college.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe: Loki shares a tic with his adoptive mother Frigga: fidgeting with his hands when he's nervous. He also picked up her mischievous smirk.
  • At the end of Maverick, Annabelle tells how she figured out that Zane Cooper is Maverick's father; that they both draw their guns the same way, kiss the same way, and both sing the same incredibly wrong words to "Amazing Grace".
    Both Mavericks: Do not!
  • In Mister Poppers Penguins, both of Mr. Popper's kids say, "OMG!", which their dad makes fun of by mimicking them.
  • Thor: The Dark World: Loki shares a tic with his adoptive mother Frigga: fidgeting with his hands when he's nervous. He also picked up her mischievous smirk.
  • Twins: Julius and Vincent are experimental fraternal twins separated at birth. They are shown simultaneously scratching their butts the same way before they even meet and scratching their ears near the end of the film.
  • In the movie What a Girl Wants, Daphne and her absent father Henry put jam on their toast before folding it in half and eating it in the exact same way. They also both have a thing for Coco Pops.

    Literature 
  • In the Nero Wolfe novella Before I Die, the client, Dazy Perrit, has a daughter, but he has kept her existence and identity a secret to protect her from his enemies. He hires Wolfe to — among other things — break her of a habit she has of shrugging just like her mother did, which he fears has already or will have revealed her parentage.
  • In A Brother's Price, the grandmothers of the Whistler clan were spies. While this certainly influenced how the grandchildren were brought up, the kids also share an enthusiasm for the work and promptly report to Jerin what their newly-arrived guests have in their luggage. Jerin chides them for going through their guest's things (and is told not to worry, because "they won't be able to tell"), but is later seen happily playing "break the code" with his sisters. The society at large considers this trope an obvious truth. With one family telling Eldest Whistler that they would have adopted a spare Whistler kid (as the Whistlers are disciplined and hard-working), but the only kids up for adoption were from "bad" families.
  • In Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the Heffley family has, as Greg puts it, "a lot of brains, but a lot of dummies as well". Frank is a Bumbling Dad, Rodrick can't spell "door", and Uncle Gary broke his collarbone sawing a branch he was on, but on the other hand, Manny can learn Spanish in three days (at age three) and Cousin Benjy can read chapter books at age two.
  • In Doctor Sleep, Abra has a way of wiping her lips with one hand that readers of The Shining will find familiar. Turns out she gets it from maternal grandfather Jack Torrance, who died long before she was born.
  • Comes up a lot in short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, such as "William Wilson" and "The Fall of the House of Usher".
  • Harry Potter:
    • Harry and his father have the same Patronus (a stag). They are also both avid Quidditch players, though Harry joins the team before learning that and the two play different positions.
    • At one point, Ron uses the old-fashioned term scarlet "woman" and, when Hermione. laughs, mutters that that's what his mother usually calls people like that.
    • During an argument with Fred and George, their sister Ginny strikes a pose so much like Mrs. Weasley that Harry is surprised that the twins aren't cowed by it.
    • Fred and George are both pranksters.
  • In Inheritance Cycle, Ajihad realizes that Murtagh is Morzan's son because their voices are apparently identical.
  • Jane Austen liked this trope:
    • Emma: Mr. Woodhouse and his older daughter Isabella, Mrs. John Knightley, are both of fragile constitution and very anxious, yet very kind-hearted. They are very particular about their (and everybody else's) health and they couldn't do without their family doctors. They also deeply love their family and they respect their old friends and acquaintances. Oh, and both Mr. Woodhouse and Mrs. John Knightley are very fond of gruel which often serves as their Comfort Food.
    • Pride and Prejudice:
      • Both Mr. Bennet and his daughter Elizabeth love making fun of silly people.
      • Lydia and to a lesser extent Kitty take after their mother: they are loud, silly and generally embarrassing.
    • Sense and Sensibility:
      • Mrs. Dashwood and her younger daughter Marianne are both very romantic and have deep feelings (that especially Marianne exaggerates), to the point that it's rather self-harming.
      • Fanny Dashwood is envious, greedy and mean. Her mother, Mrs. Ferrars, is even more so, yet they are both sure they are perfectly lovely. Quite the evil variant of the trope.
      • Mrs. Jennings and her daughter Charlotte's behaviour would fall into this category as well. They both loved fun, however, it was sometimes very inappropriate.
  • In the children's book Potty, Poo-Poo, Wee-Wee, Littlesaurus has a habit of randomly saying bathroom-related words, and it's revealed that his dad did too when he was a toddler.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Bully hunting keeps popping up in the Stark family in remarkably similar ways, with Lyanna Stark beating up some squires who attacked Howland Reed, her niece Arya beating up the Crown Prince for threatening the butcher's boy and Arya's favourite brother Jon beating up some nastier Night's Watch recruits when they hurt his friend Sam. The similarities between Jon and Lyanna, and his attachment to Arya who is noted to be a Generation Xerox of her aunt, is one of the biggest arguments behind the fan theory that Lyanna may be Jon's mother.
  • In Vampire Academy, Rose notes that Victor Dashkov and his teenage daughter Natalie share the tendency of rambling when they speak.
  • In The Worst Thing About My Sister, Melissa and her mother are both fashionistas and can be a bit grumpy, while Marty and her and Melissa's father have a similar sense of humour.
  • In The Bluest Eye, Pecola has a habit of scratching her ankle with her toe, which she seemingly inherited from her mother. This is what triggers her father into raping her.
  • In Warrior Cats, occasionally kits have traits that are just like their parents. In Moth Flight's Vision, for instance, Moth Flight notices that one of her kits washes his paws the same way his deceased father Micah did.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Addams Family:
    • Fester and Puglsey both like to do crazy experiments.
    • Wednesday and Morticia are both solemn.
    • Gomez and Fester are both energetic.
  • Doctor Who:
    • In the episode "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship", a running joke is that "it's all about the pockets" in Rory's family. His dad, Brian, always carries a trowel and Rory himself always carries a medical kit scavenged from his various adventures with the Doctor.
    • Amy and Rory's daughter has quite a few traits inherited from both parents. She's shamelessly sexual, snarky, self-deprecating, and has a thing for Roman centurions like her mother, while she's Crazy-Prepared (especially with regards to her profusion of pockets) and calmly badass like her father. Since River Song is their Kid from the Future introduced several years before Amy and Rory, this creates a lot of Fridge Brilliance in hindsight.
  • Friends:
    • As Ross and Monica were siblings they were revealed to have some weird shared obsessions from their childhood, including quiz shows, the Osmonds, a dance routine that they won a school talent show by performing and the "Gellar Family Cup" awarded after family sports matches.
    • When Phoebe meets her long-lost biological mother she discovers that they both use the made-up word "floopy". The mother then plays with this by pointing out her love of pizza as another sign that they must be related.
  • On Gilmore Girls, after witnessing Lorelai and Emily applying moisturizer in the exact same fashion while in adjoining rooms, Rory lampshades this trope by quipping "Behold my future." Once she realizes what Rory is talking about, Lorelai is immediately horrified.
  • Happy Days:
    • Marion Cunningham and her daughter Joanie both have smart mouths.
    • Marion's son, Richie, also shares a trait with her: they're both sensible.
    • Richie and Joanie are both hopeless romantics.
    • Joanie and her other brother Chuck, according to Marion, both suck their thumbs when they're in a bad mood.
  • The Friends spinoff Joey had Michael meeting an old friend of Joey's. They share so many mannerisms and personality quirks that Joey Tribianni figures out in minutes he's Michael's father.
  • In the TV series Men in Trees an older man and a younger man who are friends realize that they are father-and-son when the younger one sneezes; they both sneeze in sevens.
  • One Midsomer Murders has Barnaby figure out two women are related when both use the same bizarre expression despite not living near each other, just in time to save the Asshole Victim.
  • On Monk, all of Kevin Dorfman's relatives are big talkers.
  • Murdoch Mysteries: A visiting Mountie, Sergeant Jasper Linney, starts upstaging Detective Murdoch in the areas where he usually excels. They share ideas on how to investigate the case and at one point, they are seen walking side by side, with their hands joined behind their back and deep in thought. It turns out that Murdoch and Linney are half-brothers.
  • Once Upon a Time:
    • Mary Margaret (Snow White), her daughter Emma, and Emma's son Henry all share a taste for cinnamon sprinkled on top of their hot chocolate. This helps to "prove" that they're all related even though Mary Margaret has no memory of it and Emma doesn't believe it.
    • In season six, it turns out that Rumplestiltskin's mother, The Black Fairy, also calls people "dearie". In exactly the same way.
  • Psych: In "Shawn Takes a Shot In The Dark" Lassie works with Shawn's father to find Shawn - and is frustrated to discover Henry and Shawn share the trait of completely ignoring all his instructions and recklessly doing as they please.
    Lassie: SPENCER!!
    Shawn: Which Spencer are you talking to?
    Lassie: It doesn't matter, you're the same person!
  • Schitt's Creek often has the Roses displaying similar traits.
    • Moira and David both almost exclusively wear black and white clothing.
    • Alexis and David share similar hand gestures.
    • Moira, David and Alexis often say "Eww."
    • Johnny, Moira, David and Alexis all have a tendency to exclaim "Oh my God!"
  • Sesame Street:
    • Natasha and her dad Humphrey both say, "Yelp!" and cover their heads when they're afraid.
    • Ernie and his niece Ernestine share the same laugh.
    • Cookie Monster's mother is as dramatic as he is. His cousin also eats non-food items the same as him.
    • Chip and Dip, who were revealed to be brothers in their song, both like to play pranks on Oscar.
  • Meta-example in Stargate Atlantis: When Martin Gero (one of the writer/producers) saw David Hewlett's sister Kate in a play, he liked her acting so much that he wanted to put her in the show. However, he notes in the commentary for her first episode that she has "Hewlett-isms" so she could only play a relative of McKay. In their episodes together, the siblings' shared traits are quite apparent as well.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Siskos are all good cooks and all a bit jokey.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation:
    • Both the Crushers have an interest in the sciences. Beverly's mother was also interested in natural remedies, while Beverly herself is a doctor.
    • Worf and his son Alexander are both stubborn and a bit grumpy. Alexander's mother was grumpy too.
  • Star Trek: Picard: The way Soji tilts her head is what clues Riker in that she's Data's daughter.
  • In Star Trek: Voyager, B'Elanna apparently inherited her fiery personality from her mother.

    Theater 
  • In Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, both Lucy and daughter Johanna reach for poison in response to Judge Turpin. Lucy did so after he raped her (Johanna was too young at the time to have been aware of this). Johanna seriously considers it when Turpin informs her he's going to marry her, with no interest on his part on whether she's willing.
  • Westeros: An American Musical: Both Eddard Stark and his son Robb Stark have a tendency to be too trusting of other people, which makes them sitting ducks in a cast full of characters with hidden agendas.

    Video Games 
  • Cat Poke is about a child named Molly who likes to poke her pet cats in the butt. In the end, we find out her mom also like to poke butts. So she pokes Molly's.
  • Many children in Fire Emblem Fates adopt quirks from their fathers. To wit:
    • Selkie adopts her playful attitude from her father, Kaden.
    • Both Velouria and her father, Keaton, are fond of collecting "treasure".
    • Soliel is a flirt, not unlike her old man Laslow. She even adopts his taste in women!
    • Ophelia and her father, Odin, both have a flair for the dramatic.
    • Percy is a justice-loving hero, much like his father Arthur.
    • Caledori is a natural-born genius who, like her father Subaki, strives for perfection.
  • Devil May Cry 5:
    • Nico has the habit of stuttering when she's excited or nervous. She get's it from her father, Agnus.
    • Nero and Dante both seem to like to nap with a magazine over their face.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the Pond Owner compulsively scratches himself and thinks that anyone using the Sinking Lure to fish is cheating. In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Hena, the proprietor of the Fishing Hole and a possible descendant of the Pond Owner, also compulsively scratches herself and thinks that anyone using the Sinking Lure to fish is cheating.
    • Ocarina of Time 3D features a retroactive example where Link occasionally twirls his sword in the same manner as his descendant from Twilight Princess.
    • In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Kass is a Wandering Minstrel who is involved in a series of quests where he uses his songs to guide Link on the latter's quest, usually pointing the player to some hidden Shrine. His five daughters also inadvertently use the song they are practicing to help Link uncover a Shrine.
  • LISA: The Painful RPG: All four Hernandez brothers have the same shirtless body type and are all linked to transportation. Fardy fixes the bridge leading to Area 2 and provides the Truck Keys, Shardy takes the group to secret islands if given the appropriate map, Tardy builds the boat to follow after Buddy to the Deserted Island, and Lardy in Joyful transports supplies over Olathe.
  • Lucy ~The Eternity She Wished For~ has the protagonist and his father, who share a similar distrust in modern technology (though the protagonist doesn't have it as bad, while the father is an outright Evil Luddite.) Seeing as the protagonist despises his father, having this pointed out to him causes him to seriously reconsider his attitude.
  • Metal Gear Solid 3 reveals that Naked Snake/Big Boss had an affinity for cardboard boxes like his son/clone Solid Snake. According to the cardboard box trophy for Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Liquid Snake, Big Boss's other clone/son, shares this affinity for cardboard. We have yet to hear as to whether or not Solidus, the third brother, shares in the familial corrugated joy.
  • In MOTHER 1, you find Lloyd, your second party member, hiding in a trash can on the roof of his school from bullies. Later on, in the swamp, you find a character who claims to be Lloyd's father. Hiding in a trash can.
  • Onmyōji has En'enra and her younger brother the Hair Eater who are both sexually attractive and flirty kiseru smokers.
  • Pokémon
  • In Star Ocean: The Second Story, Claude has a habit of rating the party's performance on a scale of one to ten after a battle. Ilia Silvestri also displayed this quirk back in the first game, which supports the theory that she's his mother. In the fifth game, their descendant Emmerson D. Kenny also does this despite being about two hundred years removed. Claude also uses a few of Ilia's Killer Moves.
  • Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns: Despite Komari and Ginjiro butting heads about what works better to season eggs, the two hate rice mixed with dairy products. Yoghurt Rice and Milk Congee are their most hated gift, respectively. And in the EU version of the game, both share Okonomiyaki as their favorite dish. note 
  • In Tales of Symphonia, Lloyd and his father both dislike tomatoes.
  • In Tales of Xillia 2, Ludger and his older brother Julius actually love tomatoes. In contrast, Ludger's daughter Elle hates them.
  • Undertale:
    • Flowey is one of only two inhabitants of the underground to greet people with "howdy". The other that does so is his father, Asgore. Both also make the exact same face when struck by Toriel's fire magic.
      • And his adopted sibling Chara/The Fallen Child greets people the same way their mother does.
    • Flowey also shares another more subtle trait with his mother Toriel. They're the only ones whose giggles go "hee hee hee".
  • World of Warcraft: In the Azsuna region, there are a pair of quest-givers named Kallistia and Olothil Starlance who have come looking for their parents. Kallistia has a tendency to cast spells on her brother when she gets excited, and when you find their parents, their mother does the same thing to her husband.

    Web Comics 
  • In Boy and Dog, all of the males in Rowan's family (Rowan, Zane, and their dad) like to play with toy vehicles.
  • Susan and Diane of El Goonish Shive show similar Neat Freak tendencies. This, combined with their similar appearance foreshadows the fact that they are identical cousins. In addition, both start out the story with rather low opinions of men. Susan's dislike is more extreme, believing that All Men Are Perverts and rarely think with their brain, making them the inferior gender. She pretty much wants nothing to do with them. Diane's opinion isn't quite as extreme but she's well aware that there are guys who will do pretty much anything to get into a hot girl's pants and uses this to her advantage, flirting with guys so they'll buy her things. Both of them eventually change their minds, thanks to Character Development, with Susan making some very close male friends, and Diane starting to want a meaningful relationship.
  • Girl Genius: In the novelization, Gil is surprised when Zeetha pinches the bridge of her nose when she's thinking, exactly like his father does. Though he doesn't realize it (and it's only been confirmed by Word of God), she's actually his twin sister.
  • The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!: Being genetically identical with very different backgrounds, Molly and Golly are an abject lesson in "nature vs. nurture." While their personalities are quite different, they still are both superhumanly intelligent, terribly naïve, emotionally vulnerable, superhumanly fast, and have enormous appetites.
  • Rather dark example in Lackadaisy. Rocky is friendly, poetic, and reckless, while his cousin Freckle is a Shrinking Violet who would prefer to stay within the law. Unfortunately for all sorts of people, the trait they share is, when under stress, turning into a rampaging Ax-Crazy maniac who laughs all the time.
    While Freckle is gunning down the pig farmers
    Rocky: My cousin.
    Mitzi: He has your laugh.
  • The MGS example above is parodied in The Last Days of FOXHOUND when Liquid is almost convinced by a voice coming from a cardboard box, but then lampshades how ridiculous it would be to have a cardboard box be a useful disguise. Of course, when Big Boss takes control of Liquid's Body, however, he uses it as he always did, regardless of Liquid's snarkery.
  • In Pebble and Wren, Pebble and his (their?)note  mother Violet both love whipped cream.
  • In The Petri Dish, both Thaddeus's mother (Betty) and his aunt (Vivian) are very chatty. Betty also shares her son's incompetence with technology.
  • Some characters from Stand Still, Stay Silent share habits with their ancestors from the prologue. The two most obvious cases are Lalli having the same predisposition to motion sickness as his great-grandfather, and Mikkel being a person that is very caring, but also snarks like he breathes, causing him to get fired a lot, things that are all seen in his great-grandmother (and his great-grandfather to a lesser extent).

    Western Animation 
  • Bob's Burgers: Louise tends to treat random inanimate objects as a Companion Cube when she's alone or emotionally distressed, just like her father. She also gets her crazy side from her mother, something Linda wholeheartedly accepts responsibility for.
  • There's a cut scene in Gravity Falls that shows Stan and Ford adjusting their glasses in the exact same way.
  • Iroh from The Legend of Korra puts his hand on his chin when he's thinking in a similar way to his Grandpa Zuko.
  • King of the Hill:
    • Played with a bit in Joseph Gribble, because he's not actually his father Dale's biological son. When Dale finally realizes this, he comes to the only conclusion: His wife was impregnated by aliens. Of course, this is the same conclusion Joseph comes to, so biological or not, Joseph is still very much Dale's son.
    • Hank and his Japanese half-brother Junichiro do share a number of things such as both making an awkward adjusting-glasses-and-neck rub, being assistant managers, fondness of beer, and having a narrow urethra.
    • All of Boomhauer's relatives share the same unintelligible motor-mouthed speech mannerisms.
  • Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Kipo and her father Lio are both huge science geeks that have a tendency to shout out factoids about their environments, both for fun and to relieve stress. When the two of them reunite and quickly start gushing about the bioluminescent insects that are lighting up a service tunnel, Benson and Dave agree that there is absolutely no doubt that Kipo is his daughter.
  • In Little Princess, the Queen and Princess both have a Sweet Tooth.
  • The Loud House:
    • The entire Loud family is very determined and (especially with Lincoln) strategic, they're all pretty dramatic at times, and they all like ice cream, chocolate, and pizza.
    • Lucy and Lisa are both stoics.
    • Lynn Sr. and Lynn Jr. both play sports (though Lynn Jr. plays a lot more sports). Lynn Sr. also tells jokes (like Luan) and plays music (like Luna, although she's a more competent musician than him.)
    • Lori, Leni, and Lola are all fashionistas.
    • Lori and Lola both have hot tempers.
    • Lori, Lynn, Lana, and Lily all fart a lot.
    • The twins both like boiled eggs.
    • It's implied that the Loud kids' now-dead Great-Grandma Harriet was a goth like Lucy.
    • Though he's adopted, Clyde and his dads are all nervy.
    • Pop-Pop is active like Lynn Jr. and cheerful like Luan.
    • Ronnie Anne and her uncle Carlos both skateboard. She's also a prankster, just like her three boy cousins Carlino, Carlitos, and CJ.
  • In The Magic School Bus, both Carlos and his dad are frequent victims of the First Name Ultimatum as a result of constant bad puns. Both of Arnold's parents share his apprehension about field trips.
    • In fact, most of the kids' parents that get speaking roles are shown to use their kids' catchphrases, right down to Phoebe's dad comparing Ms. Frizzle's parent-teacher activities to how things were done "at Phoebe's old school".
  • In Miraculous Ladybug, both Adrien and his father Gabriel have a thing for bad puns—though it's hard to tell in the latter case, since it only comes up when he's Hawkmoth.
  • In a Peanuts Christmas short that frequently plays on TV alongside A Charlie Brown Christmas, after Linus has to deal with Sally calling him "My sweet baboo", he watches as Charlie Brown signs a Christmas card to the Little Red-Haired Girl, "Your Sweet Baboo, Charlie Brown". Charlie Brown then tells Linus, "It's a family expression".
  • Rugrats:
    • The twins, Phil and Lil, both like to play in the mud and eat bugs.
    • Charles and his son Chuckie are both timid.
    • Charlotte and her daughter Angelica are both bossy.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Both Lisa and Bart Simpson have said their father's Catchphrase "d'oh" on certain occasions. Lisa also inherited her mother's disgruntled groan when her dad or brother are doing one of their stupid routines.
    • Ned Flanders's cousins all share his speech patterns. His kids are also optimistic like their dad and spiritual like both their parents and there seems to be a family trait of giving one's kids themed names (Ned has a brother named Ted and a sister named Nediana and Ted has two daughters named Bonnie and Connie, whereas Ned's own sons are named Rod and Todd).
    • Ralph Wiggum and his dad are both a bit slow.
    • Maggie is mainly a normal baby but occasionally shows signs of being a Brainy Baby. Flashbacks reveal that when she was one, Lisa was just the same.
  • In Spongebob Squarepants, Patrick and Gary are adopted cousins and they both have big appetites. Patrick's dad is also just as stupid as him, as were a few of his ancestors, and his caveman ancestor had a big appetite too.
  • On South Park, both Stan and his mother Sharon pinch their noses when they see something stupid. Which is often, since they're the Only Sane People of the kids and adults, respectively.
  • Steven Universe never met his mother Rose, yet both have generally similar personalities, laugh the same way, and get stars in their eyes when excited.
  • In The Weekenders, Tino and his father share the same nervousness and Girly Scream. Tino also seems to have inherited his mother's snarkiness.
    Tino's Mum: It's like a cloning experiment Gone Horribly Right.
  • In What's with Andy?, Andy and his grandpa are both pranksters. His dad used to be a prankster too but he gave it up.

    Real Life 
  • When Prince William smiles, he holds his mouth a lot like the way his mother Princess Diana did when she smiled.

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