23 TV shows and movies that re-use characters

Two sides of the same coin, one might say.

There are a million TV shows and movies out there, so it makes sense to have some similar themes, tropics and characters.

But there are times when I watch a TV show or a movie and think, Stop … I’ve already seen that exact character.

Here are 21 examples of TV and movie characters that are the same person low.


Chandler of Friends and Xander of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Always ready with a joke? Check. Bad luck? Check. Afraid of commitment? Check.

For example … “I’m not great at counseling. May I interest you in a sarcastic comment?” 100% sounds like something one of them would say.


I can literally say HEAR Xander this.


Then of Gossip girl and Jughead of Riverdale

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Both are “outsiders” who think that the only way they can write about the events and people around them is to stay on the outside world … unless both of them are total insiders. They both have a chip on their shoulder and think they are better than others, and both date this beautiful, popular blonde girl who does not look like she’s her type.


But also, like …. Dan of Gossip girl and Joe of Dir

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This has to be one of the best career decisions Penn Badgley has ever made. Joe is just Dan x10. Honestly, Beck and Serena are also low-key similarities.

I mean, is this Dan or Joe? The world will never know !!


Robocop of Robocop and inspector gadget of Inspector Gadget

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Tell me, these movies do not have the same plot, just in different genres.


By that measure, Walter of Breaking bad and Nancy of Weeds

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Different genre, same plot, same down-to-earth selfish “hero” who claims to do things for her family.


Even in that way … Matilda of Matilda and Carrie of Carrie

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Once again – age Matilda and change the genre to horror, and you have Carrie. Both have abusive families and telekinetic powers, and both are sweet and innocent but also clever, and both have horrible lives at school.

I mean …. this could very well have been Matilda in 10 years.


Syndrome of The Incredibles a Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far from home

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Both use technology to look like superheroes, both have tremendous need for bigger than life superheroes and want the same recognition, both * have * tried * to be noticed by that hero before, both have evil plots to inherit the hero’s heirs bring and / or his protégés …


Troy of Lycée Musical, Eddie of Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-Off, and Izzy of Jump on

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… And all their fathers

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Literally, every dad from these three movies:

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In addition, replace “playmaker” with “baseball player” or “boxer” and singer with “chef” or “jumper”.


Angel of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Stefan vun The Vampire Diaries

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Both are fearsome hundreds of year-old vampires with dark, violent pastes trying to kill a new leaf. Both fall for the protagonist but must protect them from their darker sides. Both have the main personality trait of bread.

Like, here Wesley is having fun with Angel and his relationship with Buffy … but he could very easily talk about Stefan and Elena.


… And also sort of Edward of Twilight

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Edward is also a super-old vampire with a dark past who falls for the new girl in town. I would also point out that they all have hair that separates gravity.


Seth of The OC and styles of Teen Wolf

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Nerdy, sarcastic best friends who deal with their favorite, sometimes broody protagonists with hero complexes? Check. Oh, and both also slowly burned relationships with popular girls they loved since childhood, whom they saw as geeks.

And here’s the styles.


Stiles is also a little Xander / Chandler (I just noticed that their names are similar too), but he is much more emotional and less misogynistic.


Leslie of Parking and leisure and Ted of Ted Lasso

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Both are healthy, smart bosses who really care about their employees like family, and both are quintessentially American and patriotic (but like, the good parts of being American and patriotic). Both also deal with an independent businessman (Tom / Keely), an employee who is secretly a great leader (April / Roy), and a strangely carved employee of few words who looks like an unlikely friend, but in fact one of the best friend of the protagonist is (Ron / Beard).


Roy of Ted Lasso and Derek of Teen Wolf

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Rose and hesitant senior mentor with a secret soft spot for the young who become an unlikely leader? Yes.


Joey of Friends and Andy from Parking and leisure

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I like a good stupid-as-nol-side character that you can not help but love, and these two may be as good as they come.

Like, this would be 100% meet Joey and Andy:


And also … Bolin of The legend of Korra

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He is clearly a fellow citizen for animals and food.


AND Jason of The good place

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… Has the same energy as this:


Brooke of A Tree Hill and summer of The OC

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Both were sassy and forgettably rich girl brunettes who went through an arc where they showed how intelligent, kind and strong they were, and both of them ended up with the kind of a nerdy guy.


Tony Stark of the MCU and Dr. Strange of the MCU

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They are low-key the same person. Brainy, arrogant and rich, they overcome both injuries and humble themselves while at the same time chasing godlike power. Not @ me.


Haley of Modern Family and Alexis of Schitt’s Creek

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Both are forgettable and fashionable, slightly relationship-obsessed daughters who grow up through the show to become ambitious and career-oriented.

I mean, is this not something Alexis would say?


… and also Lindsay of Arrest development

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The only difference here is that Lindsay really does not get any better.

This sure feels like an early Alexis quote to me.


And on that note, too, Michael of Arrest development and Johnny of Schitt’s Creek

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Both are the real man / businessmen who keep their over-the-top former wealthy families together.

Like, I’m pretty sure Michael always feels around his family.


And finally, Lois of Family Guy and margin of The Simpsons

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I mean, they are already super-similar shows, but I feel like Lois and Marge are the similar characters. Both are the real man in their family and are a bit nasty but also sweet and seem to really love their husband even when they are irritated by them.

Which TV / movie characters do you feel basically the same? Let us know in the comments!

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