The world is like a Rubik’s Cube and there’s a lot of variation that you can get out of it. The same goes for our faces. There’s a one in 135 chance that a pair of complete doppelgängers exist somewhere in the world. Some of us are brave enough to spin that wheel of features, and as luck would have it, find themselves looking at a pack of crisps as if it was their bathroom mirror. This Bored Panda compilation is dedicated to all the unlikely face matches found in the most random places.

For those who love pushing their brain into overdrive, there’s always a step further. After you are done with this compilation, check out more glitches in the matrix here and here. Don’t bother calling Neo for help, he’s out of the business.

See Bored Panda’s interview with a professional look-alike hunter, Montréal-based photographer François Brunelle, who has been on a mission to find all the doppelgangers around the world since 1999.

#1

Whoever Understood The Impact Of This Photo, Understood Everything

Whoever Understood The Impact Of This Photo, Understood Everything

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Katrin
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1 month ago

She looks so strong and proud😍

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#2

In The Flesh

In The Flesh

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divydumdrop hello
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1 month ago

ahhh i love this movieee

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#3

I Can Only Hope To Be Painted So Someone In The Future Can Do This As Well

I Can Only Hope To Be Painted So Someone In The Future Can Do This As Well

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Megan The Viking Traveler
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1 month ago

This is crazy!!!!

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Bored Panda contacted photographer François Brunelle, who has been working on his "I’m not a look-alike!" project, which seeks to find doppelgangers around the world.

Apparently, it’s not so easy to find your look-alike and it took Brunelle 5 years until people started reaching out to him. “At first, I would ask people whom I knew and thought they were look-alikes to participate in my project. Then I asked around and put some ads in the media with little or no result. Then I had a TV interview, magazine articles, and lots of web media exposure, which had lots of people around the world reaching out to me.”

Brunelle shared an insider’s view into the confusing world of doppelgangers. “Look-alikes are divided into 2 categories: One category is made up of people who have already known each other for a long time and are used to the confusion coming from their likeness. The other category is made up of people who meet for the first time in front of my camera.”

Seeing your double for the first time might come with a certain degree of apprehension which is then “followed by a state of relaxation coming from the fact that each person can relate quite rapidly to the other because that other person does not look at all like an alien.”

The photographer notices that a similar appearance helps people bond better with others but it’s not necessarily a good thing. “That’s why it is so hard to completely get rid of different forms of racism and we need to educate ourselves at being aware of that phenomenon.”

The look-alike hunter reveals how to find your double: “ask around you if someone knows someone who looks like you. You can send me a photo of yourself but the chances that I will find your look-alike are very low. Normally people who have a doppelganger or who know a pair will write to me about it and from that, eventually, I will get a new photo.”

Remember that guy at the gym you saw the other day? What if that wasn’t a mirror reflection?

#4

Awkward

Awkward

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Annette Christopherson
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1 month ago

Don't stand there too long!

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#5

Linguini From Ratatouille

Linguini From Ratatouille

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D r e a m l a n d s
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1 month ago

You should get a pet rat! :D

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#6

My Godson Think He's The Royal Prince

My Godson Think He's The Royal Prince

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Ale_Vidal23
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1 month ago

he is

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Michael Sheehan, an assistant professor of neurobiology and behavior at Cornell University, researches human facial diversity. According to him, the likeliness of finding your doppelganger is a subject of statistics. “The statistical explanation is that if you shuffle a deck of cards enough times, you’re going to deal with the same hand twice at some point.” The logic works the same for our looks: “There’s a lot of diversity in the forms of human faces, but there’s still a limit to it.” In other words, the likelihood is there but it isn’t infinite.

There’s a simple explanation as to why there aren’t more doppelgangers in the world. "It's not only facial appearance but also styling, how people are presenting themselves or acting," explained Sheehan. "Context has a lot to do with looking alike as well." Just think about it⁠—same hairstyle, clothing, and gestures might create the illusion of a look-alike even if the facial features are very different. That also explains why the look-alikes are usually told that they resemble someone else but very few people actually realize their doppelganger on their own. "If people are hard to tell apart, there's more chaos and confusion," the professor adds. Mother Nature has it all planned.

#7

My Friend The Emperor Hadrian

My Friend The Emperor Hadrian

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Mihran Hovnanian
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1 month ago

He should enter the political scene with the promise of building "a beautiful wall, the best wall"

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#8

My Japanese Friend Found A Game About Himself In A Shop In The Netherlands

My Japanese Friend Found A Game About Himself In A Shop In The Netherlands

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glowworm2
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1 month ago

Now this one is awesome!

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#9

My Friend Found Himself In A Bag Of Chips

My Friend Found Himself In A Bag Of Chips

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earringnut
Community Member
1 month ago

Wait! So he's all that and a bag of chips?

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#10

When You Go To Get A Flu Shot And The Pharmacist Is Your Doppelganger

When You Go To Get A Flu Shot And The Pharmacist Is Your Doppelganger

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Kaisu
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1 month ago

This looks eerily similar!

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#11

See It. Feel It. Become It

See It. Feel It. Become It

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K Lane
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1 month ago

This one is just silly

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#12

If My Friend's Son Lived In Mexico, He Would Be Tripping Over Candles

If My Friend's Son Lived In Mexico, He Would Be Tripping Over Candles

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Darcey Young
Community Member
1 month ago

The point is that he looks like the picture on the wall behind him... no one is saying he looks like Jesus as no one has any idea what he looks like!

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#13

My Haircut Is 200 Years Out Of Date

My Haircut Is 200 Years Out Of Date

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Beachy
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1 month ago

Well... You ain't wrong

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#14

I Found My Doppelgänger In This Painting At A Local Art Exhibit

I Found My Doppelgänger In This Painting At A Local Art Exhibit

It was titled “When I Grow Up”, which is funny because the first career I ever wanted to be was an astronaut.

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
1 month ago

I like it whenever non-German people use the word Doppelgänger and spell it correctly with an 'ä' instead of an 'a'.

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#15

Noticed A Peculiar Resemblance In My Friend's Nativity Scene Today. I Present You, The Fresh Prince Of Bethlehem

Noticed A Peculiar Resemblance In My Friend's Nativity Scene Today. I Present You, The Fresh Prince Of Bethlehem

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DaVo
Community Member
1 month ago

Now this is the story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down and Id like to take a minute just sit right there Ill tell you how I became the father of Our Saviour Christ

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#16

So My Friend Just Found Her Kid's Doppelganger

So My Friend Just Found Her Kid's Doppelganger

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European other
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1 month ago

Wow they do look the same

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#17

Found Myself In Berlin Museum

Found Myself In Berlin Museum

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Dorothy Parker
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1 month ago

If she had it i(or a print, obviously) n her house and said it was her portrait, no one would argue.

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#18

The Adoration Of The Magi

The Adoration Of The Magi

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Autumn Walton
Community Member
1 month ago

the likeness is actually disturbing

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#19

Friend Looks Exactly Like The Painting At A Bar

Friend Looks Exactly Like The Painting At A Bar

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Ani Archeron
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm literally holding a print of this painting as I see this! Gustave Coubert's self portrait, The Desperate Man. Gorgeous!

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#20

Found My Doppelganger In Poland, Unfortunately It Was On A "Willy Brush"

Found My Doppelganger In Poland, Unfortunately It Was On A "Willy Brush"

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FatBaby
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1 month ago (edited)

there's a brush for down there?? when did this happen

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#21

My Husband Ken Found A Mini Plastic Version Of Himself At Homegoods

My Husband Ken Found A Mini Plastic Version Of Himself At Homegoods

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Francis
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1 month ago

your ken got himself a ken? LOL

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#22

Lookalikes

Lookalikes

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Elli Rahim
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1 month ago

Stepped out of the painting!

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#23

My Friend Found His Doppelganger In The Subway Last Night

My Friend Found His Doppelganger In The Subway Last Night

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Invisible User
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1 month ago

"Hey VSauce!! Michael here! I believe in hiding knowledge behind a paywall!!"

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#24

My Daughter And This Painting

My Daughter And This Painting

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glowworm2
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh my gosh. Adorable!

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#25

Doppelgänger "Juno"

Doppelgänger "Juno"

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Doggo Lover
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1 month ago

i agree

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#26

Check Out This Hot Guy I Found On The Corner

Check Out This Hot Guy I Found On The Corner

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 month ago

el maximo smiler

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#27

The Time Picasso Portrayed Me

The Time Picasso Portrayed Me

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Maisha Mir
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1 month ago

painting kinda looks like pewdiepie 😂

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#28

Still Wondering Whether He Did This On Purpose Or Not

Still Wondering Whether He Did This On Purpose Or Not

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European other
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1 month ago

A different take on lookalikes !

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#29

Searching For Doppelgangers

Searching For Doppelgangers

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Josef Lysý
Community Member
1 month ago

higher level

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#30

Just Doing That

Just Doing That

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Martti Laurson
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1 month ago

Shine bright like a diamond :D

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#31

This Thrift Store Photo Is My Doppelganger

This Thrift Store Photo Is My Doppelganger

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April Simnel
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1 month ago

Even Elvis is surprised!

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#32

I Was At Work When We Noticed A Fantastic Lookalike

I Was At Work When We Noticed A Fantastic Lookalike

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Todd Hollfelder
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1 month ago

I'm so happy they identified that thing as a gravy pot...

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#33

The South American Version Of Shrek

The South American Version Of Shrek

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European other
Community Member
1 month ago

Lol spot on !

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#34

My Doctor Said: "You Kinda Look Like That Guy On The Wall Over There!"

My Doctor Said: "You Kinda Look Like That Guy On The Wall Over There!"

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 month ago

the shirt....

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#35

See That Picture In The Background? That Isn’t Me

See That Picture In The Background? That Isn’t Me

I’ve had several people send me a picture of that picture that hangs in several Pizza Pie Cafe locations in Utah and Idaho. I’ve never worked at Pizza Pie Cafe but apparently I have a doppelgänger walking around somewhere.

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KKpp
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, we can tell

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#36

My Teacher Looks Like Gru From Despicable Me

My Teacher Looks Like Gru From Despicable Me

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Guinny
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1 month ago

even the scarf...

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#37

I've Been Told I Look Like Chris Pratt

I've Been Told I Look Like Chris Pratt

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
1 month ago

I would like to say the same: He indeed looks like Chris Pratt.

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#38

Today I Found My Doppelganger

Today I Found My Doppelganger

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Stranger things have happened
Community Member
1 month ago

Bruh...

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#39

So He Kind Of Looks Like Me

So He Kind Of Looks Like Me

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Nick Nickson
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1 month ago

Nope, you kind of look like Him

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#40

When You Stumble Upon Your Classmate's Side Modeling Gig

When You Stumble Upon Your Classmate's Side Modeling Gig

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Id row
Community Member
1 month ago

Yep, that's the guy.

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