Double, Double, Toil, and Trouble: Doppelgänger Dilemmas

March 22, 2017
Julie Jarema
Riveted Editorial Board

In this week’s featured read, The Storyspinner (available until April 3rd!), the Keepers are on a quest to find a princess. Disturbingly enough, in their search, murdered girls who look just like the princess keep turning up. Doppelgängers are archetypal in fairytales and gothic lit, but they also make their creepy (and sometimes hilarious) appearance in tween movies and even the Muppets. Let me know in the comments if you can think of any other doubles in fictional worlds or if you’ve managed to spot your own doppelgänger in real life!

1. Lizzie McGuire & Isabella Parigi from The Lizzie McGuire Movie

You go to Rome for your 8th grade graduation? You casually meet a celebrity at the Trevi Fountain among a billion other tourists, and he mistakenly recognizes you as his singing partner? You’re actually a 14-year-old double for a famous Italian pop star who takes on her identity for a huge concert in the Colosseum?  No one thought any of this was suspicious?!?

2. Kermit & Constantine from Muppets Most Wanted

I mean, clearly the upper lip mole is a dead giveaway for which one is the evil villain.

3. Harry & the seven Harrys from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 

Which witch is which?

4. Carmen & Juni & Carmen & Juni from Spy Kids 

Floop is a madman, help us, save us. Spy Kids is a lot of nightmares rolled into one. But at least this proves that you can fight off your hostile robot clone with silly string?

5. Ariel & Vanessa from The Little Mermaid

Does no one pay attention to blatantly different hair colors?

6. Gigi & the toy cat & the mug from Kiki’s Delivery Service

Maybe it’s because he’s a black cat (or maybe it’s because he’s a magical talking cat who belongs to a witch), but Gigi has multiple lookalikes. He’s even forced to temporarily pose as a stuffed animal who looks exactly like him while Kiki flies off to find the real toy. It’s uncanny.

7. The mother & the Other Mother from Coraline

This is why you really should NEVER go looking for your doppelgänger…

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