In Hollywood, there's plenty of parallel universes, with each movie having its own (little) world. However, whether we're talking about a ship crossing the Atlantic or a dystopian Chicago, these places need inhabitants too. Otherwise, we just wouldn't care about them.

So actors cross these boundaries, assuming different identities with each leap into a new setting. And some of their transformations are so radical, it's hard to even realize the same person is behind them.

Inspired by Lindsey Nielson, TikTok users started to point out which characters they refuse to believe are played by the same actor, so we here at Bored Panda decided to build upon this interesting idea and expand it into a list!

#1

Sirius Black From Harry Potter And Zorg From Fifth Element

Sirius Black From Harry Potter And Zorg From Fifth Element

Played by: Gary Oldman

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Marc
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12 months ago

Another amazing actor!

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Lindsey said she was just lying around watching TV and scrolling through TikTok when she saw @Juliana.eliz share a video on Zooey Deschanel between her two characters as Jess from New Girl and Jovie from Elf. "The first thing that came to my mind was Catherine O'Hara. During Christmas, I watched a lot of Home Alone and had just finished Schitt's Creek and surprisingly didn't put two and two together 'til I decided to look up the cast and that's when I realized and my mind was blown! And thought so would everyone else's if I make this and so it did!" she told Bored Panda.

"I absolutely love the actress Catherine O'Hara which is why I was so ashamed when I didn't realize this sooner," Lindsey added. "I love her roles in Nightmare before Christmas (Sally, Shock) and Beetlejuice (Delia Deetz) and so many more!"

#2

Harry From Love Actually And Prof. Severus Snape From Harry Potter

Harry From Love Actually And Prof. Severus Snape From Harry Potter

Played by: Alan Rickman

Universal Pictures , Warner Bros Report

Marc
Community Member
12 months ago

Alan Rickman was a truly gifted performer. Truly a loss for the acting world.

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Of course, the visuals are just part of a viral TikTok and this trend may have not started if it wasn't for the perfect audio track too. "I chose that particular song because it seemed to pair well with the introduction and then the beat drop for the climax when finding out the two characters as @Juliana.eliz did as well!" Lindsey explained why she settled on a remix of Roisin Murphy's - Rama Lama (Bang Bang).

As for the actors, I think they definitely would appreciate getting featured in one of these TikToks. "I think that's what all actors want, to show as much versatility as they can, and do as many different kinds of things as they can," Daniel Radcliffe said in one interview, and I think he was speaking for all of his colleagues!

#3

Captain Hook From Peter Pan And Lucius Malfoy From Harry Potter

Captain Hook From Peter Pan And Lucius Malfoy From Harry Potter

Played by: Jason Isaacs

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Jessamyn Zolcznski
Community Member
12 months ago

Holy-

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#4

Mr Tumnus From Narnia And Professor X From X-Men

Mr Tumnus From Narnia And Professor X From X-Men

Played by: James McAvoy

Walt Disney Pictures , 20th Century Fox Report

Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
12 months ago

Well, I did not realise

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#5

Inigo Montoya From The Princess Bride And Jason Gideon From Criminal Minds

Inigo Montoya From The Princess Bride And Jason Gideon From Criminal Minds

Played by: Mandy Patinkin

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
12 months ago

My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die! Now I know what his father looked like!

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#6

Dudley Dursley From Harry Potter And Harry Beltik From The Queen's Gambit

Dudley Dursley From Harry Potter And Harry Beltik From The Queen's Gambit

Played by: Harry Melling

Warner Bros , Netflix Report

Shelp
Community Member
12 months ago

I would've guessed it. There's something that makes him very recognisable.

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#7

Molly Weasley From The Harry Potter Series And Rosie Mulligan From Mamma Mia!

Molly Weasley From The Harry Potter Series And Rosie Mulligan From Mamma Mia!

Played by: Julie Walters

Warner Bros , Universal Pictures Report

youshouldseemeinacrown
Community Member
12 months ago

I noticed that straight away actually!

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#8

Kate Mccallister From Home Alone And Moira Rose From Schitt's Creek

Kate Mccallister From Home Alone And Moira Rose From Schitt's Creek

Played by: Catherine O’Hara

20th Century Fox , Pop TV Report

LC Greenwood
Community Member
12 months ago

And Delia Deetz from Beetlejuice!!

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#9

Cesar Flickerman From The Hunger Games And George Harvey From The Lovely Bones

Cesar Flickerman From The Hunger Games And George Harvey From The Lovely Bones

Played by: Stanley Tucci

Lionsgate , Everett Collection Report

JuJu
Community Member
12 months ago

Stanley Tucci is gold.

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#10

Nanny Mcphee From Nanny Mcphee And Prof. Sybil Trelawney From Harry Potter

Nanny Mcphee From Nanny Mcphee And Prof. Sybil Trelawney From Harry Potter

Played by: Emma Thompson

Warner Bros , Universal Pictures Report

Pamela24
Community Member
12 months ago

Lady Emma Thompson is a treasure!

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#11

Queen Elizabeth II From The Crown And Lisabeth Salander From Girl In The Spider's Web

Queen Elizabeth II From The Crown And Lisabeth Salander From Girl In The Spider's Web

Played by: Claire Foy

Netflix , Columbia Pictures Report

Paul Macdonell
Community Member
12 months ago

And both named Elizabeth (Lisbeth).

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#12

Hal From Malcolm In The Middle And Walter White From Breaking Bad

Hal From Malcolm In The Middle And Walter White From Breaking Bad

Played by: Bryan Cranston

Fox , MMC Report

Biljana Malesevic
Community Member
12 months ago

Bryan is underrated as actor. He is awesome!

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#13

Nymphadora Tonks From Harry Potter And Twi'lek From Mandalorian

Nymphadora Tonks From Harry Potter And Twi'lek From Mandalorian

Played by: Natalia Tena

Warner Bros , Disney+ Report

JuJu
Community Member
12 months ago

Don't forget her as Osha in GOT

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#14

Poe Dameron From The Star Wars Series And Apocalypse From X-Men: Apocalypse

Poe Dameron From The Star Wars Series And Apocalypse From X-Men: Apocalypse

Played by: Oscar Isaac

Walt Disney Pictures , 20th Century Fox Report

rgr8
Community Member
12 months ago

What do you mean, they look identical!

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#15

Bellatrix Lestrange From The Harry Potter Series And Princess Margaret From The Crown

Bellatrix Lestrange From The Harry Potter Series And Princess Margaret From The Crown

Played by: Helena Bonham Carter

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JuJu
Community Member
12 months ago

She's the best in costume dramas

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#16

Velma From Scooby Doo And Laura Barton From Avengers

Velma From Scooby Doo And Laura Barton From Avengers

Played by: Linda Cardellini

Warner Bros. Pictures , Disney Report

Vic
Community Member
12 months ago

Jinkies!! Does Hawkeye know?

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#17

Patrick Verona From 10 Things I Hate About You And The Joker From The Dark Knight

Patrick Verona From 10 Things I Hate About You And The Joker From The Dark Knight

Played by: Heath Ledger

Buena Vista Pictures , Warner Bros Report

Steve Barnett
Community Member
12 months ago

Gone too soon. RIP. FYI, the stuntman that the Joker killed with the pencil was my best friend growing up. Charles Jarman. Picture attached. charles-i-...044692.jpg charles-i-600fdfb044692.jpg

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#18

Danny Zuko From Grease And Edna Turnblad From Hairspray

Danny Zuko From Grease And Edna Turnblad From Hairspray

Played by: John Travolta

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
12 months ago

hahahahahaa!

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#19

Kick-Ass And Quicksilver From The Avengers

Kick-Ass And Quicksilver From The Avengers

Played by: Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Lionsgate , Disney Report

gaston caffaratti
Community Member
12 months ago

He was even more difficult to recognize in Nocturnal animals

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#20

Elliot From E.T. The Extraterrestrial And Hugh Crain From The Haunting Of Hill House

Elliot From E.T. The Extraterrestrial And Hugh Crain From The Haunting Of Hill House

Played by: Henry Thomas

Universal , Netflix Report

Becky Moore
Community Member
12 months ago

He's 10/11 in ET and almost 50 now; It would be super weird if he looked the same :P

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#21

Selena Quintanilla From Selena And Angela Weber From Twilight

Selena Quintanilla From Selena And Angela Weber From Twilight

Played by: Christian Serratos

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Candace Fitzpatrick
Community Member
12 months ago

Rosita on The Walking Dead

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#22

Sheila From Shameless And Debbie From Addams Family Values

Sheila From Shameless And Debbie From Addams Family Values

Played by: Joan Cusack

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Sarcastic Cow
Community Member
12 months ago

Debbie...pastels?

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#23

Negan From The Walking Dead And Denny Duquette From Grey's Anatomy

Negan From The Walking Dead And Denny Duquette From Grey's Anatomy

Played by: Jeffrey Dean Morgan

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JuJu
Community Member
12 months ago

John Winchester.

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#24

Daisy From Downton Abbey And Drisella From Cinderella

Daisy From Downton Abbey And Drisella From Cinderella

Played by: Sophie McShera

ITV , Disney Report

Truth Monster
Community Member
12 months ago

She also was in an awesome show called Galavant I adored.

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#25

Gwen From The Amazing Spiderman And Allison From Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past

Gwen From The Amazing Spiderman And Allison From Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past

Played by: Emma Stone

Columbia Pictures , Warner Bros Report

Lisa Simpson
Community Member
12 months ago

Wow!

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#26

Rose From Titanic And Jeanine From Divergent

Rose From Titanic And Jeanine From Divergent

Played by: Kate Winslet

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Sum Guy
Community Member
12 months ago

Why isn't she aging.. titanic was shot in 95-96

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#27

Donna Sheridan From Mamma Mia And Miranda Priestly From Devil Wears Prada

Donna Sheridan From Mamma Mia And Miranda Priestly From Devil Wears Prada

Played by: Meryl Streep

Universal Pictures , 20th Century Fox Report

Rick Seiden
Community Member
12 months ago

How could you look at that face and NOT know who that is? I mean, she's a great actress, and the Meryl in her doesn't show through the characters she plays, but come on! It's Meryl Friggin' Streep.

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#28

Jessica Day From New Girl And Jovie From Elf

Jessica Day From New Girl And Jovie From Elf

Played by: Zooey Deschanel

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troufaki13
Community Member
12 months ago

Or is it Katy Perry? hmm.... (lol)

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#29

Barbara From Beetlejuice And Dr. Herman From Greys Anatomy

Barbara From Beetlejuice And Dr. Herman From Greys Anatomy

Played by: Geena Davis

Warner Bros , ABC Report

Rick Seiden
Community Member
12 months ago

How can you not know who this is? Gina Davis' features are so unique she'd have to be covered in prosthetics to not recognizer her.

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#30

Troy Bolton From High School Musical And Ted Bundy From Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile

Troy Bolton From High School Musical And Ted Bundy From Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile

Played by: Zac Efron

Walt Disney Pictures , Netflix Report

Wubbleyew
Community Member
12 months ago

He really managed to get out of being type cast with this one

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