Doppelgangers: Unrelated Strangers Who Look Like Twins

January 15, 2014


This is a series of portraits by photographer Francois Brunelle entitled 'I'm Not A Lookalike'. They all feature two unrelated strangers who look like twins. Some of them are less convincing than others, but none are less convincing than the actual twins I went to high school with. They were a girl and boy -- how's that even happen?! "You're an idiot." They said the same thing when I asked! Really hurt my feelings. Then we made a baking soda and vinegar volcano in chemistry class and I forgot all about it.

The 62-year-old Montreal-based photographer has spent the last 12 years scouring the world for complete strangers who look alarmingly similar, according to Rex USA.

"I was inspired by 2 things," Brunelle told Rex USA. "First I used to see look-alikes all over since a very long time. Second, my own likeness with TV character Mr Bean."

Fun fact: I actually met my doppelganger at a reggae concert in college. I couldn't believe it, he literally looked exactly like me. And as I stood there staring at him, completely dumbfounded, I thought to myself, "What a f***ing monster, as soon as I can afford it I'm getting some face work done."

Keep going for a bunch more.























Thanks to lilco, who agrees it's important to know a person in town who looks similar enough like you to blame your crime-spree on.

  • Drew

    This should really be called people who kind of look similar

  • captaindash

    #5 looks like the successful, happy brother next to the family fuckup who just couldn't get his shit together.

  • gm0n3y

    Those are kind of neat, but it's kinda sad that the photographer would spend 12 years of his life trying to find people that look similar.

  • Adam Acuo

    They do resemble each other but the effect is exaggerated by the poses, the clothing and photography. It's creepy though - almost fetishist in its tone.

  • westmclarenmerc

    In related news, shortly after these pictures were taken, half of all these people somehow died. Scientists have said that this was caused because they weren't the root.

    If you know where I get this from, +1 to your life.

  • steve holt

    i feel so creepy for saying this, but I wanna nail every single one of the female pairs. Especially tattoo fire crotch.

  • quatro

    I guess doing any Asian or Black people would've felt like cheating...

  • CJV

    I'm sorry, but I just don't see it other that the matching clothes. None of these people look that much alike to me.

  • Brandon

    Reggae concert? Let me guess, you were stoned and looking in a mirror...

  • captaindash

    One: the point was to find people "alarmingly similar", not "exact duplicates down to the last freckle". Plus, twins are usually not identical. My dad is a twin and looks a lot like his brother, but they won't be mistaken for each other. I can't believe all the negative comments on here. I'm normally a cynical asshole, but you lot are ridiculous. If you looked like one of these, and you ran into the other at the mall with your friends, you'd be talking for days about the doppleganger you ran into. You wouldn't judge so harshly against it being a perfect match. All of these pairs could easily pass as siblings, with a couple pairs being absolutely uncanny matches. Does the photog know one of the pairs and then creeps in public on the other person? How does he pair them up?

  • Lissie Vorecek

    It's mind trickery, dressing people up in the same outfits, same hairstyles, and the same poses while using a grey filter can make anyone look more alike then they actually do. Identical twins start to look more different after a while, but I've met some who still look identical at an old age. Also, a lot of the matched people supposedly don't think they look like each other, and there's a sense of loss in that.

  • Georgia

    I believe he invited people to contact him, and in almost all cases the person knew they had a doppelganger and were (usually) already friends with the person. All they had to do was agree to be in the photo, prove that they weren't related, and show up with their own clothes on and having done their own makeup and hair. The people wearing identical clothing showed up to his studio like that (because they knew each other and planned their outfits)

  • ZerglingPack

    Anyone else think that the guys in photo 6 look like Rowan Atkinson? It's freaking me out...

  • so that makes a triplet?

  • Mike Powers

    It probably is him, and the photographer next to him. He said he looks just like Mr. Bean...

  • Brandon

    It's not him. But he does look similar.

  • John Kohler

    A hair-style and an outfit are all most of these photo subjects seem to have in common

  • ProphetFlume


    Well, at least we solved the age old mystery of goatee vs soul patch. Goatee. Goatee by miles.

  • Charles Martin

    I have one in the city I live in, we have never met, but I know he used to work at the state mental hospital (in food service) and I was an army cook. People that think I am him refuse to believe I am not.

  • iamn0one

    that one bald guy is nipp'n pretty hard.

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