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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. Pets tend to take after their owners, both personality-wise and/or appearance-wise. "Pet" is a broad term here, including mounts, familiars, and mons.

People have pets of the same sex as themselves more often than not. The two may also be alike in coloration. Alternatively, the color of the mount may say something about the rider by way of color symbolism.

The two are alike in personality. Such pets are typically a metaphorical extension of their person, serving as a foil. This over caries over into the trope Empathy Pet. They may share a special bond, sometimes even taken up to eleven in the form of a Psychic Link.

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Super-Trope to Unusual Pets for Unusual People. Sister Trope of Vehicle-Based Characterization.


Examples:

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    Advertising 
  • One Liberty Mutual commercial features a tall and lean young man with long blond hair who bears a striking resemblance to his pet Afghan hound.
  • 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.
  • Suzy Puppy and her owner both wear matching pink bows.
  • One commercial for Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire features various Pokemon alongside people resembling them in some or other way, such as a Mudkip alongside a kid wearing a blue shirt and orange earmuffs, a Jigglypuff being held by a woman in pink with a prominent hair curl, and a Beautifly alongside a guy with a patterned shirt and hair going to both sides almost like butterfly wings.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Blend-S: A running gag for Maika 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.
  • Comic Girls: All the main cast notice one thing in the second episode: Kaoruko and her cat Nyaos are both Shrinking Violets and have nearly synchronized emotions. The two characters are even played by the same voice actress, Hikaru Akao.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers: In Nekotalia, all the cats look just like their owners.
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War: Played with. Shirogane is noted on several occasions to resemble Fujiwara's pet dog, Pes (especially their eyes). Fujiwara even gets the two of them mixed up in the ninth Official Doujinshi chapter after she accidentally gets drunk on some alcoholic chocolate.
  • Komori-san Can't Decline!: Played with when Ootani adopts 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.
  • Kuroko's Basketball: Kuroko and his pup Nigou have the same blank blue eyes. It's the reason for his full name, Tetsuya #2 (Nigou = #2).
  • Massugu ni Ikou: This is used (with personalities rather than looks) to drive the plot in the second episode. It is ultimately subverted. Thanks to this belief, Mametarou believes that the aggressive 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.
  • Miss Hokusai: Downplayed: instead of copying the appearance of one member of the household, the dog copies the behaviour of whoever would be funniest. On one occasion O-Ei returns to the house and finds the dog and the lodger both lying on their backs with their legs in the air.
  • Ouran High School Host Club: Tamaki's golden retriever Antoinette shares his hyperactive, friendly personality.
  • Penguindrum: Esmeralda, the Sixth Ranger fourth penguin, has markings that mirror her owner Masako's heart-shaped face.
  • Pokémon:
    • 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 a unique Super Mode that bears a resemblance to Ash's outfit.
    • Zigzagged with Ash and Pikachu. While they share many attributes, there are multiple differences in their personalities. For example, Pikachu isn't an Idiot Hero like Ash and he also isn't a Chaste Hero like his trainer either.
  • Pokémon Adventures:
    • In one chapter, Red and Green switch Pokémon. When Red gets his Pokémon back, they all have eyes like Green's.
    • Some side characters look similar to their Pokémon, with Mr. Fuego as an example.
  • Sgt. Frog:
    • Mentioned in the chapter/episode that introduces Tamama. Seeing that the new Keronian is a Mood-Swinger much like his classmate Momoka (who also found him), the narration notes that Fuyuki was thinking, "The pet always resembles the owner."
    • Although this rings true for the other humans and their associated frogs. While they may not look alike in appearance, the humans and their associated frogs share similar character traits. Keroro and Fuyuki are outcast Butt Monkeys invested in their own hobbies, Tamama and Momoka are Cute and Psycho Yanderes obsessed with someone who is oblivious to the way they feel, Giroro and Natsumi are both extremely hot-headed and temperamental, Saburo and Kululu are mischievous tricksters, and Koyuki and Dororo are both Shrinking Violet ninjas.
  • Slayers Revolution has an episode with animals groomed to look like their owners.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Yu-Gi-Oh!: A chapter of the manga involves digital pets. Yugi happened to own a digital pet he calls U2, who has the same hairstyle as his owner.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL: While not a pet, but Yuma's Chaos No.39: Kibou Ou Hope Ray Victory'snote  design bears a striking resemblance to 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.

    Card Games 
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • 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 resemble 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,
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    Comic Books 
  • The Beano:
  • Boule et Bill: 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.
  • The Dandy: Desperate Dan has a dog that shares his prominent chin.
  • The Nutty has Nip and Rrip, about a boy with spiky hair and his spiky-furred cat.

    Comic Strips 
  • Beetle Bailey: Sgt Snorkel and his dog Otto look markedly similar, down to Otto wearing a uniform and walking on his hind legs.
  • Dennis the Menace (US): The fur on the top of Ruff's head resembles Dennis' hair.
  • Dilbert: Dilbert and Dogbert both wear the exact same set of glasses and have the same mouthless faces.
  • Footrot Flats: When the Dog goes to a dog show, there are heaps of dogs who resemble 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 three Murphys and their dogs Tiger, Wolf and Cream Puff.
  • Garfield
    • In one strip, Jon and Garfield comment on this trope, with increasingly bizarre lookalikes. This culminates with a guy who looks like a bird in a suit and his pet canary.
    • Another one has Garfield deliberately doing this himself to people walking in the park by following them around and mimicking their mannerisms. This goes sour when one fat guy catches him in the act, though.
      Garfield: I thought fat people were jolly...
    • Discussed in one strip where Jon reads in the paper that owners often look like their pets. He and Garfield then take a good look at each other...
      Jon: I think I'll get plastic surgery.
      Garfield: I think I'll go shave.
  • Mafalda: In one strip, three people who look a lot like their dogs are laughing at Mafalda because she has her pet turtle Burocracianote  on a leash like a dog. She angrily yells at them for being "racist".
  • Pluggers makes fun of this trope bizarrely, that fact both owner and pet are dogs

    Fan Works 
  • The Bolt Chronicles: Played with in “The Coffee Shop.” Mittens tells Bolt that Joe, the boyfriend he found for Penny, reminds her of himself.
  • The Dragon and the Butterfly: When the Madrigals get their own dragons, they are each rather similar to their new riders in spirit.
    • Luisa gets a Crimson Goregutter named Hercules; a gargantuan dragon built for demolition that's proven to be an utter teddy bear once it's tamed.
    • Isabela gets a Snaptrapper she names Rosita, Violeta, Lilliana, and Pam; a plant-like dragon who's rather argumentative due to a disharmony between its heads.
    • Camilo gets a Changewing named Tonta; a mischievous shapeshifter.
    • Mirabel gets a Stormcutter named Mariposa; a curious dragon with round, expressive eyes that, while lacking some of the more outlandish attributes of the other Madrigal dragons like multiple heads or invisibility, makes up for it in being very receptive to the people around it.
  • Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!: Dexter is as furious and volatile as his owner, Bakugou. He even possesses the same burning animosity for Izuku when he tries to play with him, biting, scratching, and throwing toys at him the same way Bakugou throws explosions at Izuku. Of course, when you're the Alternate Self of a Red Lantern, rage comes naturally to you.
  • Prehistoric Park Reimagined: The animal partners tend to share personality traits with the humans they have bonded with:
    • Leon and Diego the Smilodon are both very guarded and wary around people they don't know but have a softer side that they reveal around the few that they trust.
    • Collete and Nero the dire wolf are both very tough, firm, and seemingly aloof, but have a softer side and are fiercely loyal to and protective towards those they care about. Collete also later bonds with Hannibal, an Argentavis who is just as intimidating on the outside, but protective on the inside, as she is.
    • Kyle bonds with Rommel, a Dimetrodon who is just as stocky, stubborn, and short-tempered as he is.
    • The Bruiser with a Soft Center Horace Northup bonds with Dermot the Doedicurus, who is just as big, tough, and soft-hearted as he is.
    • Nikolai bonds with the similarly tough and guarded on the outside, but soft hearted and horribly traumatized on the inside, Martha the woolly mammoth.

    Films — Animated 
  • Disney Animated Canon:
    • 101 Dalmatians evokes this with the women (except the old lady) that Pongo tries to hook up with Roger and their dogs:
      • Prissy the afghan has brown fur and orange ears. Her owner is a redhead in a brown dress.
      • The brown pug has a short owner in a brown dress.
      • The poodle's owner has woolly trim on her clothes.
      • The little girl wears a yellow dress, while her dog is yellow.
    • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Disney): Frollo's horse Snowball essentially resembles him in terms of personality and the fact that he often sports the same contemptuous glare as his master. It's especially obvious in the prologue where they are both glaring at the archdeacon.
    • Mulan: Shan Yu looks very much like his pet falcon - right down to hawk-like eyes (while the bird has eyes with little irises just like a human's).
  • How to Train Your Dragon:
    • Hiccup and Toothless. Both are crippled with a limb that is fixed on a prosthetic. Both are smaller than their compatriots, fitting Weak, but Skilled, and even share similar fun-loving, snarky personalities. By the end of the second film, 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 Half-Identical Twins Ruffnut and Tuffnut ride a two-headed Hideous Zippleback.
    • This carries over to the TV series. Stoick the Vast gets to ride a Thunderdrum dragon, who's just as stocky and stubborn as him, and later a Rumblehorn that's just as intimidating and protective as he is. Gustav rides a Monstrous Nightmare who's just as enthusiastic and destructive as he is. Heather rides a Razorwhip who's just as skittish and loyal as she is.
  • Luca: Massimo Marcovaldo's cat, Machiavelli resembles him, mostly due to the mustache like pattern on the cat's face that matches Massimo's.
  • Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw: In the last musical number, several people are seen with dogs that look like them.
  • Scruffy has a scene displaying this. At the end, a number of dogs are adopted by people who resemble them.
  • Shaun The Sheep The Movie: At the end, the Ugly Cute dog Slip, whose snaggletoothed face has been putting off potential owners, is found by the bus driver, who turns out to have a very similar smile.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Film/102Dalmatians: The human guests at Cruella's dinner party (other than Chloe) all resemble their dogs. Cruella's new dog Fluffy also has fur that resembles her two-toned hair.
  • John Wick: At the end, the pit bull that John rescues is coal black and permanently moody, just like John himself.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: A popular fandom joke is that the Cthulhumanoid Davy Jones and his pet Kraken are this.
  • The Shaggy Dog: The new version shows comparisons of the cast with animals that resemble them.

    Literature 
  • A to Z Mysteries: Grace Lockwood from 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.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
    • Rodrick's fish is aggressive. Rodrick himself is a Big Brother Bully.
    • When the Heffleys had a pig, he was uncannily smart and learnt how to use the TV remote, walk on his hind legs, and communicate with Manny's See-n-Say. Manny, who the pig was closest to, is a Child Prodigy.
  • The Dresden Files: After saving a litter of Temple puppies, dogs with holy powers who typically guard churches and temples, one of the litter decides to hide in Harry's car and stay with Harry. Harry names this little guy Mouse for being small enough to fit into Harry's coat pocket and quiet demeanor. When Mouse grows up, he, like Harry, is larger than average. Harry is 6'9" and Mouse is nearly 3ft tall. Both are good at moving carefully and trying not to seem threatening despite their physical size. Personalitywise, as Mouse's heritage means he is capable of human-level thought, Mouse's internal dialogue from his narration and few scenes he speaks and Harry understands him, reveals himself to be a Deadpan Snarker who is fiercely protective of his loved ones, a combat pragmatist, defiant to those who are supposedly stronger than him, and if need be die to save the life of a loved one. All of which fits Harry perfectly too.
  • Its Easy To See Why: 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.
  • Jane Eyre: 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.
  • The Lord of the Rings: Treebeard says something similar to this in The Two Towers about Ents and trees becoming more like each other.
  • One Cool Friend: Elliot "adopts" Magellan because the penguin's appearance and mannerism remind Elliot of himself. His father, as a bit of Foreshadowing, looks like a tortoise with his roundness and green clothing, and at the end of the book, he is shown to own a green Galápagos tortoise.
  • The Ruby Red Trilogy: Lesley is said to look like her Golden Retriever Bertie, mostly because of her hair colour.
  • The Silly Book: There's a line that says that "silly folk" tend to look like their pets. It shows a poodle with its fur dyed pink whose owner wears a fluffy pink dress, a green snake whose owner is gangly and wears green, among others.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Khal Drogo, a big powerful man, rides a large red stallion. As a wedding gift, he gives his new Mystical White Hair wife a silver mare.
    • The Stark family stumbles across a litter of orphaned wolf puppies. The number of pups (6) and theirs sexes (4 boys; 2 girls) match those of the Stark children exactly. There's even one who's marked as an outsider (an albino runt) for the bastard son. As they grow up, the pups match the personalities of their people. For example, the Princess Classic's wolf is "the smallest of the litter, the prettiest, the most gentle and trusting." As the story unfolds they find out they're Bond Creatures.
    • The Clegane brothers—Gregor and Sandor—are both very strong and tall, Gregor more so than Sandor. Both ride massive stallions. That part's a Justified Trope—a large rider needs a large horse just for weight reasons. The more symbolic part is that Ax-Crazy Gregor's his horse is just as bad-tempered as he is. Sandor's horse, Stranger (named after The Grim Reaper known in their faith as the Stranger) has a mean temper too.
  • Where's Waldo?: Waldo's dog Woof wears the same glasses, hat, and sweater he does.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Bones: In a variant, a murder victim who'd owned a chicken-processing plant somewhat resembled the chickens he worked with, due to a poultry-borne fungal infection that deformed his sinuses.
  • CSI: NY: One case has a witness recall a dog whining at the crime scene which involves glass breaking due to high frequency sound waves. Danny brings a shaggy little dog into the lab to see if he can recreate the "noise," which he knows he himself will not be able to hear. At least two of his colleagues comment on how much his dog looks like him. He grumpily tells the second one the dog's "a loaner."
  • Frasier: During his break-up with his awful wife Maris, Niles is advised to get a dog. He does so, choosing a whippet which he calls "Girl", and who has a laundry list of medical issues. And, like Maris, she's aloof, spoiled, and manages to reduce Niles to the status of slave. The only one who doesn't notice is Niles himself, but Frasier, Martin, and Daphne do until Frasier finally gets fed up and forces the issue.
    Frasier: She's cold, high strung and ignores you! My god, stand her upright, lose ten pounds, and put her in a Channel suit, whaddya got?!
  • Game of Thrones:
    • 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 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 dragon-like scales and spikes that resembles Drogon. Her Braids of Action also resemble a dragon's crest.
  • The Golden Girls: Rose's news report on a dog show revolves around dogs who resemble their owners. She completely ignores the hostage situation occurring in the background.
  • Jake and the Fatman: "Fatman" (a no-nonsense and very large prosecutor) has a pet bulldog named Max who looks quite a bit like him.
  • Sesame Street:
    • One of Telly's pet fish looks kind of like him; they're both puce and both have orange noses.
    • Downplayed for Oscar's worm Slimey. They both like to play in the mud, but when it comes to personality, Slimey is a lot more positive than Oscar.
    • Inverted with Oscar and his dog Cranky, who's very sweet, while Oscar is a grump.
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun: In an especially bizarre example, Wacky Guy Harry's pet from the home planet, "Pickles", shows up unexpectedly on Earth, and also takes the form of a rubber-faced manic human in ugly sweaters.
  • The Worst Witch: Mildred and her cat Tabby are both clumsy.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000: Gyrinx who become bonded to psykers tend to adopt their masters' behavioral quirks, eventually coming to closely mimic their movements, gaits and expressions.

    Toys 
  • 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.
  • Hairdorables: All twelve characters have pets that match their owner, even going so far as to have several with fur or skin colors that match the character and the same hair colors—in the same styles as their owner's signature looks. Zigzagged with Neila's pet fox, Comet: she doesn't resemble either of Neila's signature looks, with green fur, pink hair, and green and white stripes in her tail—but her overall look resembles Neila's Series One Rare chaser, Super Neila.
  • Hello Kitty: Kitty White has a pet cat called Charmy Kitty. Charmy looks like a slightly scruffier, nude version of her owner, except that she walks on all-fours instead of bipedally.
  • Treasure X: Starting with Series 2 of the toyline, the subline of "Mini Beasts" were introduced. They are skeletal animals that resemble the treasure hunters of that series. They'll have similar accessories, and, if the treasure hunter is themed after an animal, will be that animal.

    Video Games 
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess: Trill, the talking bird that runs Coro's secondary market stall in the Faron Woods, has the exact same afro that his master does, only blue and made of feathers.
  • Live A Live: Not exactly a pet, but close enough. In the Sci-Fi chapter, 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 very cute (although this chapter is so unrelentingly bleak and moody that Cube's appearance actually provides some small relief).
  • Love & Pies: Esme's pet turtle Randy has the same color scheme as Esme. He also wears the same head decoration and pink glasses.
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has the grizzled, one-eyed mercenary Big Boss acquire a shaggy one-eyed wolfdog companion, D.D., who even gets his own eye patch.
  • Pokémon:
    • Pokémon Diamond and Pearl and Pokémon Platinum: The Team Galactic executives Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn all physically resemble their primary Pokémon. Mars has hair that resembles Toxicroak, Jupiter's hair resembles Medicham, and Saturn's hair resembles Purugly.
    • Pokémon Black 2 and White 2: An NPC tells you that you and your Pokémon resemble each other.
    • Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon: Eevee's Pokedex entry in Ultra Moon notes that, due to the Pokémon's physical plasticity and adaptability, its facial features often shift to resemble those of its trainer's.
      "Its genes are easily influenced by its surroundings. Even its face starts to look like that of its Trainer."
    • Pokémon Conquest: Warlords, 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... absract Pokémon have simple accessory references (Kanbei gets something straight off of the Light Emperor to resemble his Chandelure).
    • Pokkén Tournament: All of the League Masters of the Ferrum League dress and style their hair similarly to their Pokémon. Nia, your advisor, also has her default outfit invoke the colors of her beloved Weavile.
  • Team Fortress 2: The Medic and his doves (especially Archimedes). They were both stuck in lucrative but ultimately unsatisfying careers (wedding dovery and medicine, respectively), but met when Medic 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).

    Webcomics 
  • Dr. Frost: Frost and his puppy Pavlov look a lot alike, right down to white hair (or fur, in Pavlov's case), similar bangs, and even scars in the same place on their foreheads.
  • Homestuck: Many of the lusii 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, who has Kanaya's horns and lips. In the past, Redglare's dragon lusus shared her fire-red eyes.
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent: 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.

    Web Original 
  • Lotsa cats who look like Hitler. A website devoted to collecting pictures of black-and-white cats that resemble Hitler.
  • Neopets: You can invoke this if you make a Korbat keep a Barbat as a pet since these species look so much alike that some have speculated that Barbats are cursed Korbats.
  • Mystery Skulls Animated: Arthur has a hamster that looks remarkably like him, having the same vertical hair with two darker streaks in the front. They even both have Artificial Limbs— a prosthetic arm for Arthur, and wheels to replace Galaham’s missing back legs.

    Western Animation 
  • Arcane: Heimerdinger's pet Poro looks like a mini-version of him with both having a very furry head (well, in the poro's case, so is his entire body...) with a bushy white mustache.
  • Batman: The Animated Series: Catwoman has a pet black cat who bears a strong resemblance to Selina's costumed appearance.
  • Bunsen is a Beast: "Beast in Show" reveals that the teacher Miss Flap owns a poodle who looks like her and has Amanda's scheme involve entering a robotic dog resembling her named Buttercup into the dog show.
  • Dexter's Laboratory: In "Dexter's Lab: A Story", Dexter finds a stray Labrador retriever and gives it the ability to speak. 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 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; Dexter directs a baffled stare at the camera]
  • Doug: In an episode where everyone goes to the dude ranch, the horses assigned to each character have an unnerving habit of resembling them. Of particular note are Romulus and Remus, a pair of purple, bespectacled horses for the purple, bespectacled pair of Al and Moo Sleech.
  • Futurama: In "That Darn Katz!", when space cats hypnotize the crew, each feline the characters take as "owners" mirror colors and traits of them, human or otherwise.
  • Garfield and Friends: "Feeling Feline" has Jon worrying that he was becoming too much like Garfield.
  • Handy Manny: Mr Lopart's cat, Fluffy, has brow-whiskers stretching across her forehead in the same manner as his combover.
  • Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: Kaz resembles his dog Domo, with a Running Gag of lack of awareness.
  • A Hollywood Hounds Christmas: When Dude, Cuz, and Rosie show up at the Mushy Chum Christmas commercial audition, there's a number of pets and owners there as well that bare some VERY strong resemblances to eachother.
  • Family Guy: Herbert's dog Jesse is, like him, old, toothless, and disabled (Herbert uses a walker, while Jesse's back legs are paralyzed). He's even prone to making humming noises, mirroring Herbert's Verbal Tic.
  • Little Princess: Downplayed with the Princess and Scruff: both like to play in the mud, and both are afraid of storms, but they're not that much alike.
  • Looney Tunes does this in multiple episodes.
    • "Little Orphan Airedale", Charlie Dog's debut cartoon, has him play with this trope by mimicking the faces of people passing by (and even the odd "Duh, duh, duh..." Verbal Tic of one guy) until he sees Porky Pig, showing that both of them have similar faces.
    • The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries: In one episode, the Scottish shepherds look a lot like Sam Sheepdog, up to his iconic bangs.
    • K-9 wears the same helmet, military skirt, and even tennis shoes (though he wears two pairs) as his owner, Marvin the Martian.
  • The Loud House: Downplayed. None of the pets look or act that much like their owners, but there are some similarities:
    • Charles and Cliff both like to play in the mud, as does Lana.
    • Lana and her frog Hops both like to eat bugs.
    • Lucy and her bat Fangs both have flairs for the dramatic.
    • Dante and his cockatoo Captain Ron are both dramatic. Dante also wants to style Ron's feathers to resemble his hair.
    • Ronnie Anne and her parrot Sergio both have smart mouths.
    • Lana and her rat Bitey are both afraid of heights.
  • Martha Speaks:
    • The Boxwoods' cat Nelson is obnoxious, much like one of the members of the family, Ronald.
    • Bob the dog and his owner are both loud and grumpy.
  • Mickey's Polo Team: Four Disney characters (Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and the Big Bad Wolf) play a game of polo with four 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. Donald Duck, however, has a donkey that doesn't look much like him but which has his cantankerous personality. Harpo Marx rides an ostrich, which does look like him, complete with curly Non-Mammalian Hair just like the rider's own hair.
  • Mr. Magoo: In his last TV shows, Magoo has a pet bulldog that not only has his jowly face but also shares his distinctive disability.
  • My Dad The Rockstar: Played for laughs in a one-off joke when Willy compares his dad Rockzilla to their pet lizard Mosh. He notes that they're both green (Rockzilla's hair and Mosh's scales respectively) and have huge appetites.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Inverted (somewhat) with some pets. Genki Girl Pinkie Pie with The Comically Serious Gummy (an alligator), Shrinking Violet Fluttershy with Jerk with a Heart of Gold Angel Bunny (a rabbit), Lightning Bruiser Rainbow Dash with Mighty Glacier 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, both of whom are very organised).
  • The Owl House features a more symbolic version. While the two don't look very similar, Lilith's palisman reflects her own appearance and mental state. Until "Elsewhere and Elsewhen", it's only seen in its staff form, very prim and proper and perfectly symmetrical, reflecting how she tries to present herself as the serious and dignified head of the Emperor's Coven. In "Elsewhere and Elsewhen", it's seen in its animal form, and turns out to be a slightly dorky looking raven with ruffled feathers and a goofy smile, reflecting Lilith letting her guard down around her family and letting her nerdy historian side show.
  • Pound Puppies (2010): Invoked in "McLeish Unleashed". 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.
  • The Raccoons: Cyril Sneer, a bad-tempered pink aardvark, owns Snag, a bad-tempered blue dog with an aardvark snout.
  • Rugrats:
    • Angelica's pet cat Fluffy has pigtails like her. One Nickelodeon UK advert narrated from Spike the dog's perspective lampshaded it. Angelica and Fluffy also both have attitude problems but are sweet deep down.
    • The Finsters' puppy Pepper is very shy just like Chuckie and Chas. Also, she's orange, and Chuckie and Chas have red hair.
  • The Simpsons:
  • SpacePOP: All the Space Pets resemble their owner and have similar hairstyles.
  • Steven Universe: All of the Diamonds are attended by 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 bangs that mimic her mistress' hood, while Yellow Diamond's is tinted yellow, has a similarly pointy hairstyle, and has flared sleeves in a similar style to her Diamond's shoulder pads. Pink Diamond's original Pearl is pink, and has a belly opening in the same shape. When White Diamond took her away, her color changed to white, and the replacement she apparently made has White's gem placement, white skin, and clothes that include pink, blue, and yellow. This is very likely Invoked, as Pearls are apparently made and customized for specific owners.
  • Teacher's Pet: "A Breed Apart" features a dog show where the dogs' owners looked like human versions of them.
  • Toonsylvania features this in the Night of the Living Fred segment "Dead Dog Day Afternoon", where Fred Deadman entered his pet dog Frisky into a dog show. Several of the other dogs participating happened to resemble their owners.
  • Total Drama:
    • Total Drama Action: In "2008: A Space Owen", Duncan get his pet spider, Scruffy, sent to him. Scruffy has a mean-looking face that goes with Duncan's bad boy face and sports the colors green and black just like Duncan's hair.
    • Total Drama World Tour: In "Rapa Phooey!", one of the condor eggs that Sierra collects for the challenge hatches. The chick has a head shaped remarkably like Cody's, prompting Sierra to dub him Cody Jr. and to treat it as their child.
    • Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race: The Goths obtain a black pet bunny during a challenge in Australia in "Down and Outback". They name it Loki, give it a goth makeover, and the bunny takes very well after its new life, easily being the most vicious of the team.
  • Trollz: All of the Trollz' pets look like their owners and have similar hairstyles.
  • The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Ronald's dog Sundae bears some resemblance to the clown, having a yellowish body to match the yellow on Ronald's jumpsuit, red hair like Ronald's and a white mouth with red lips to match Ronald's face.

Alternative Title(s): Dog Owner Resemblance

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