I’ve Seen Your Face Before My Friend (The Top 3 Anime/Game Characters That Look Like Other Ones)

But I Do Know Who You Are

Over the years there have been a lot of similar character designs in anime, after all there’s only so many ways in which you can give a character a wacky hairstyle and all kinds of accessories before you run out of ideas.  What of the ones that seem like borderline copy pasting though.  What about the ones that come out in such short intervals between one another that you can’t possibly imagine how one didn’t inspire the other because it was popular.  There have been a lot of these, but here are my top 3 personal favourites from over the years.

Number 3:


Cham Huau (Aura Battler Dunbine 1983-1984)


Lilith Faw (Heavy Metal L-Gaim 1984-1985)

OMG cheap Sunrise/Tomino/Hajime Yatate.  Apparently Cham was really popular in Dunbine so Tomino brought her back one series later in L-Gaim as Lilith and even hired the same voice actress to do both.  I wish I knew the answer as to why if they wanted a fairy character in both series they couldn’t at least have come up with a new design.

Number 2:


Fate Testarossa (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha 2004)


Eve (2005)


Yami (To Love Ru 2008)

Three magical lolis, three that have long blonde haire and red eyes, three with a penchant for dressing in gothic back, three that prefer scythe like blades for their weapons……coincidence?

Grand Champion Number 1 Uno Supremo:


C.C (Code Geass 2006)


Amber (Darker Than Black 2007)


Sakura Shishidou (Sora Kake Girl 2008)


Aruka Schild (Needless 2009)

Holy crap C.C is not only immortal, but capable of reincarnating herself and travelling between anime series.  That’s the only explanation I can possibly give for all of these long green haired yellow eyed girls.  I’m guessing that cart she was on must also be an interdimensional time travelling machine as well.  Considering the pattern I think we can look forward to seeing C.C again somewhere in 2009.  Truly the girl has no name, for C.C is but a concept and an ideal that has no attachment to any given anime.  Gilliam Yeager watch out, a new time diver is on the loose.

19 Responses to “I’ve Seen Your Face Before My Friend (The Top 3 Anime/Game Characters That Look Like Other Ones)”

  1. 1 Myssa Rei July 4, 2009 at 5:14 am

    Well, similarities in facial morphology *IS* pretty common in anime.

  2. 2 Kaioshin Sama July 4, 2009 at 5:51 am

    @Myssa Rei: You don’t think these ones go beyond facial morphology?

  3. 3 ghostlightning July 4, 2009 at 8:29 am

    On purpose, perhaps, given the referential streak in Gundam shows given to older incarnations: all the masked characters/Char Aznable types.

  4. 4 Myssa Rei July 4, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Well, I tend to describe similarities in anime features between unrelated characters, but I guess it’s far too specific. How about this? Some designs have either been used enough times that people (especially some of the older artists and viewers) have familiarity with them, or like them enough to use them. Like a self-propagating art archetype.

    Sort of how twin-tails seem to be popping up with the Tsundere archetype lately, yet if you go earlier than, oh, 1995, it was unthinkable.

  5. 5 RP July 4, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Aww, I thought you were going to go into Cheese-kun lookalikes for a second there.

    Aruka Schild looks exactly like CC in that screenshot above. But isn’t Needless the show with the Kamina and Viral lookalikes too?

  6. 6 NegativeZero July 4, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Dates are wrong – Black Cat started in 2001, and ToLoveRu in 2006. Remember both are adaptions from manga.

    It’s entirely plausible that Fate is inspired by Eve, but I’m fairly sure that it’s probably not deliberate.

    It’s already fairly well established that Yami was based off Eve. There’s a whole ton of references around her, and they both have the exact same abilities (turning their limbs / hair etc into blades and the like). And they share the same voice actress (Misato Fukuen). But the most telling part of it is that the Black Cat and ToLoveRu manga are by the same artist.

  7. 7 Kaioshin Sama July 4, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    @ghostlightning: There’s usually at least some major difference between how one masked man appears to the other though. For example Zechs has long blond hair but Char only has short blonde hair and Rau has curls while Graham is a hell of a lot younger looking then any of them.

    @Myssa Rei: There are definitely some enduring designs yes. I tried to point that out in the beginning of my article as well. Once something catches on it’s not too surprising if the style gets copied at least once in the near future.

    @RP: If you count wearing glasses as looking like Kamina then I guess so, but Adam still looks pretty different overall. However there are some characters in that show that kind of resemble other characters in it alone. So many cape wearing shirtless men with silver hair……wait….that sounds all too…familiar.

    @NegativeZero: Indeed I chose the anime airing datest to keep this post as tied to anime as possible, but Black Cat predates Nanoha as a manga and thus it can be said that Eve is the first in that line of character lookalikes.

  8. 8 Deranged July 5, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    To-Love-Ru and Black Cat are both from the same Mangaka so it is entirely likely it is deliberate, probably a character the mangaka liked so much, it became a common in the cast of characters. Even Osamu Tezuka had character designs that jumped between his bodies of works.

    Loved the bit about C.C. whose design I really love… Might check out Needless if her form makes another ‘appearance’. XD

  9. 9 079 A.B. October 24, 2009 at 2:51 am

    aruka returned,but unfortunatly,as a bad guy,and worst,as simeon’s hidden fourth strongest

  10. 10 It's Me November 7, 2009 at 8:08 am

    I would like to add that I have begun to notice that all anime characters tend to have abnormally large eyes

  11. 11 Steve February 3, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    En mi opinion Fate, Eve, Yami y Utau son identicas, creo a veces q la creatividad de autores de manga se ha ido desgastando de a poquitos para crear personajes

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    Whoa! Came across a picture I did a while ago, on an internet search!

    (The Yami one)

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