Doppel-what? Doppelgänger, folks. It’s a German word for real-life look-alikes, replicas, and clones. People find it absolutely thrilling to figure out that there is an acquaintance or even a celebrity that looks just like them. We all think we are unique. But are we, really?
Now, things have taken a new turn. Celebrities are discovering there is an animal on the internet that eerily matches their own faces. The comparisons are hard to deny. And who would want to? It’s such a silly break from the mundane that nearly everyone has a laugh. Check out these spot-on critter copies, right here!
Vladimir Putin as This Doggo
He has piercing eyes and is the most powerful man in mother Russia today. President Vladimir Putin has his fans and foes. He probably has a few doubles just waiting to take a hit on his behalf. And now, he has a dog double. Look at this handsome specimen, found in Ukraine!
The parallel is impossible to miss. Even though they may not share a species, they do share a smooth forehead, a muscular physique, and a very steely gaze. Readers online seem to think it is a Staffordshire terrier-German shepherd mutt. The mix has gotten international attention. Has Vlad himself seen it? Word is, that cannot be confirmed or denied.
Adrien Brody as a Lesula Monkey
Leading men always have that ‘je ne sais quois’. That special quality no one can quite pinpoint. Adrien Brody received widespread recognition after his role in The Pianist, for which he won an Oscar for Best Actor. In this case, it was probably his soulful eyes that won over the committee. Who wouldn’t believe a face like that?
In case Adrien is busy next time, maybe this Lesula monkey can try out. Internet sleuths noticed the resemblance and immortalized it in memes. The rare primate is normally native to the Congo, but modern airfare makes business easier than ever. Hollywood, hello!
Richard Branson as This Freaky Pooch
Sir Richard Branson is an English businessman billionaire that has become known for his larger-than-life personality outside the office. He founded the Virgin Group, which controls more than 400 companies. But he’s loads of fun and makes sure that is known through his casual hairstyle.
But as they say, there’s nothing new under the sun. Online, this little mongrel got some attention for his Branson-ite looks. Meme-makers weighed in, claiming a mix of Richard and that giant, flying dog from The Neverending Story. Overall, it’s a definite doppelgänger.
Adam Driver as This Pussycat
Adam Driver is an actor with nominations for a Tony and two Academy Awards. His face is becoming ever more recognizable as a result. Fans may have recently seen him in Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman in 2018. But even though he should be a stand-alone star, someone has been upstaging him — aggressively.
This unusual-looking feline seems to be a close cousin of the actor, somehow. The position of its eyes and ears create a sort of effect that reminded millions of Mr. Driver. Whether he knew it or not, someone else has been getting credit for his good looks. But Adam’s a nice guy. He’s not about to start a catfight over it!
Rihanna as a Llama
Rihanna is a top name in music almost anywhere in the world, these days. Hailing from Barbados, she has come a long way. It’s hard not to hear her on the radio or see her on TV. And besides entertainment, she has become a style icon, of sorts. Who’s this right here, blatantly copying her ‘do?
Why, it’s a domesticated South American camelid. In other words, a llama. But it’s not just the hair that brought on the comparison. With its cute little nose and large, wide eyes, the look is complete. Maybe Rihanna was too busy selling 250 million records to notice she is actually a llama. But she is, isn’t she?
Taylor Lautner as an Alpaca
Taylor Lautner is probably best known for playing a werewolf, Jacob Black in Twilight. For that reason, some might think his animal double is some sort of wolf or fox. But fans online realized the most apt comparison is nothing of the sort. Looking at those eyes, only an alpaca feels right.
What is this creature? It may seem like a llama to the amateur’s eye. But it’s a close cousin and a lot smaller. Both live in South America and are a fuzzy source for ponchos, sweaters, and socks. Occasionally, they get together and crossbreed. That’s possible between some species!
David Bowie as an Odd-Eyed Cat
Singer David Bowie was known to dress eccentrically. But honestly, he also looked a bit strange, without any effort. That’s because he developed an eye condition early in life after an injury. One eye changed color, and stayed that way! But being Ziggy Stardust at heart, he just rolled with it.
In the feline world, there’s something that looks similar, but the origins are genetic. Many white cats have two different eye colors. This is called heterochromia, and often, they are partly deaf as a quirk of the condition. Thankfully, musician David never had a hearing problem in the studio!
Snoop Dogg as Yet Another Dog
It’s a funny name for a hip-hop star, but it’s been true for so long that no one questions it. The origins of Snoop Doggy Dog’s name is actually a love of Snoopy cartoons as a child. Mom picked it, and it really stuck. But subconsciously, maybe both of them noticed another fact. Quite a few dogs out there really do look like the rapper!
For whatever reason, this skinny little doggy fits the bill. It’s something about his head, neck, and smile. Basically, the whole picture is the rapper in animal form. When Snoop Dogg changed his name to Snoop Lion in 2012, it just didn’t stick. Who even remembers it happened?
Michael Cera as a Sloth
Actor Michael Cera got his break-out role as George Michael Bluth on Arrested Development. This cult classic series led to roles in quirky comedies like Superbad, Juno, and Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist. He really found a niche that worked for him, it seems. But did he ever consider playing a sloth?
Yes, a sloth — the sluggish tree-dwellers everyone loves to hug. In Central and South America, they spend a lot of time in the rainforest. A few varieties are endangered. But maybe a celebrity twin could bring some much-needed attention to their issue. Since Michael clearly fits the bill, is there a spokesman option?
Samuel L. Jackson as This Uncanny Canine
Samuel L. Jackson is surely regarded as one of the most popular actors out there. From all his film appearances, he has helped studios make more than $27 billion worldwide. His face just draws in an audience, at this point. But as secure as he may think he is, there is someone stealing his spotlight online. Who is this impostor?
It’s Samuel L. Dogson, the internet sensation that probably could have chased all the snakes off that plane. Viewed millions of times, the pug-terrier mix has its own fanbase now. And with the photoshopped hat and glasses, no one can miss the connection. Side by side, the recognition is instant!
Nicki Minaj as an Exotic Fish
Nicki Minaj has earned the title of “Queen of Rap” in the media for good reason. She cornered the market for a while on female rap, and always managed to do it in the brightest of colors. Perhaps she gained some inspiration from tropical Trinidad, her home country. Probably this island fish, specifically!
More than 12,000 types of fish live in the Caribbean seas. Fans have decided that Nicki and this specimen look surprisingly similar. Sure, she’s sold 137 million records worldwide. But will she give credit where credit is due? Her style was at least part of her success!
Harry Styles as a Sloth
Harry Styles was once merely a solo contestant on The X Factor. After his early elimination, he joined One Direction, which became one of the biggest boy bands in history. Now, he is doing well in his solo career and dating women like Taylor Swift after hours. But has anyone noticed that this whole time, he looked like this sloth?
The hairdo and face shape are the giveaway. But these creatures have plenty in common with Harry more generally. They’re incredibly talented, just like him. Sloths can give birth and sleep while hanging from trees and swim 44 feet per minute. They can even hold their breath underwater for 40 minutes. Harry can control his breath for very long notes, on stage. Both are superstars, in their respective kingdoms!
Paris Hilton as a Llama
Paris Hilton is a socialite and reality star turned businesswoman and DJ. She has tried out singing and acting, too. That’s not a bad resume for someone who never had to work a day in her life, to begin with. The one thing she hasn’t tried yet is being an internet llama. But that’s all about to change.
Looking closely, their wide-set eyes and heart-shaped faces look structurally similar. But there’s more: Llamas are social, friendly, and pleasant to be around. Paris Hilton is too, as a party girl from sunny California. Llamas provide the material to knit very trendy boutique clothing, nowadays. Paris loves to buy such clothing. All in all, a perfect, fuzzy fit.
Fran Drescher as a Hyena
There’s no doubt about it: Fran Drescher is still best known for her work on the TV series The Nanny. She was a sensation in the 90s as Fran Fine, and the show still pulls in real viewers for reruns. Was it was her signature cackle that endeared her to millions?
Indeed, it was. But when it comes to animal comparisons, her match is a lot less adorable. When the actress is in full laugh mode, she does remind some people of a hyena. The aggressive scavenger of the animal kingdom is actually a bit scary, even to safari veterans. Yikes, Fran!
Anderson Cooper as a Northern Breed Dog
CNN newsman Anderson Cooper always delivered stories with a bit of blue steel, viewers claim. Anderson Cooper 360° was a staple on the network. He had a look of his own, no doubt. But analyzing him from all angles, didn’t he always resemble some sort of beautiful animal?
Obviously, he does. And the online community has located just the dog, right here. What precisely is a Northern Breed? It’s a category, and it refers to those doggos with a pointed muzzle, furry upright ears, and expressive faces that seemingly smile. The cold baby blues complete the look, no doubt!
Rod Stewart as an Emu
He was an icon in the 70s, and his hits still play on the radio now. Rod Stewart always had lyrics that were easy to sing along to, and fans did just that. He once sang: “Wake up, Maggie, I think I got somethin’ to say to you”. Was he an early bird, or something? Or maybe, just a big bird?
Rod is actually an emu. As the second-largest bird by height these days, only the ostrich beats it. In Australia, it’s king. At first glance, it seems like this creature has a similar coif to the singer. What’s more, both have a pretty pointy nose. The verdict: feathery brother from another mother.
Jack Black as a French Bulldog
Best known for roles in films like School of Rock and Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny, today, Jack Black wears a lot of hats: Actor, singer, comedian, and songwriter. Now, there is one new role he can add to his repertoire. Has he noticed he is clearly a French Bulldog?
It’s all there: The wide eyes and the friendly expression. And the general face shape is right on point. The French Bulldog was bred to be a companion dog, and Jack seems like he would be a cool guy as a buddy. Both are stocky and compact. Total twinsies!
Gordon Ramsay as a Shar Pei Puppy
From Kitchen Nightmares to Hell’s Kitchen to Hotel Hell, star chef Gordon Ramsay is addictive. Everyone agrees he is mean and aggressive at times. But he has a cuddly side, as well. Perhaps he is actually some sort of Shar Pei dog, undercover? Viewers are examining the evidence.
With honest eyes and endless wrinkles, these two profiles side by side do offer a clue. The Shar Pei was actually bred to be a guard dog, believe it or not. Hailing from China, generations of these furry friends chased away the bad guys. Gordon has his own signature bursts of belligerence. Maybe their common physical form is not a coincidence!
Harrison Ford as This Yellow Lab
One of the biggest action stars of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and even now, actor Harrison Ford has gained worldwide fame. Whether it’s in Raiders of the Lost Ark or Blade Runner, it seems like he is just well suited to the task of dangerous and exciting missions. And guess what? That kind of makes him a Labrador.
They’re cute and have the same little smile. And they have an Indiana Jones side of their own, often working in narcotics and explosive detection, as retrievers for hunters, and search and rescue tasks. Maybe it’s not an accident of nature that their faces have evolved the same way. As biologists say, form follows function!
Gene Simmons as This Cow
Gene Simmons is the most memorable member of the band Kiss. Why? Well, it was that luscious tongue, above all. Fans were simply memorized, as he flickered it around on stage. There was once an actual rumor that he had a cow tongue grafted to his own, in order to make it so long. But that was all bunk. It’s all his, baby!
Gene once sang: “I wanna rock and roll all night and party every day”. This cattle poser clearly does too! And actually, it might be possible. Beefy livestock sleep for only 4 hours. That leaves plenty of time at night to rock on and on. With these natural markings and a rude attitude, the Kiss tribute barn party is going to be wild!
Lady Gaga as a Dreadlock Dog
Lady Gaga is known for her image reinventions, like a modern Madonna. Her style has no bounds, and she seems to really enjoy experimenting with couture. For every bold outfit, she picks an equally popping hairstyle. Example: These dreads she rocked, which look pretty similar to a member of the animal kingdom.
It’s made its rounds on the internet in recent years, and some may have assumed it is photoshopped. But no! This dog is the real deal, and just naturally grows its locks like this. It’s called the Puli, and it’s a hardworking herder, by trade. Now it’s a fashion icon, too!
Alec Baldwin as a Husky
Alec Baldwin was in the biz for decades along with the rest of his brothers. But his career experienced a new renaissance when audiences made him a fan favorite guest on Saturday Night Live. And 30 Rock was a huge hit, which goes without saying. The man is versatile. Has he ever played a husky, though?
No, he has not. But he does look pretty much like a beautiful sled dog, as seen here. The Siberian Husky has a thickly furred double coat, and triangular ears. Alec doesn’t have any of that. But there is something about their faces, and specifically their icy eyes, that fans noticed over time. Mirror image, right?
Steve Buscemi as This Cat
Steve Buscemi has eyes that literally became a meme, in recent years. Fans loved him in weirdo roles for decades, and paste his eyeballs onto other celebs, just for fun. But now, the internet has found a new way to celebrate Steve. Look at this copycat!
The backstory of this shelter rescue is a funny one. According to the adoptive owner: “I was a bit shocked by her appearance but needed to know more…She had been at the shelter for two years after being dumped there at two days old…[The shelter employees] let me know there was a meme floating around that compared her to Steve Buscemi and I thought it was hilarious.” Odds are, Steve thinks so too!
Salvador Dalí as This Cat
Salvador Dalí is an artist that has stood the test of time. Those who love the strange and the bizarre still buy posters replicating his work to hang on modern walls. In his own life, he liked to look unusual, too. Check out his signature ‘stache, right here!
Both have a very similar style, as the online community has rightfully pointed out. But actually, Sal loved cats during his life. He may not have found a mini-me, but he did have a very fancy ocelot named Babou. The tiny, wild, spotted rainforest kitty went everywhere with him. The old photos are surreal. Is anyone surprised?
Rowan Atkinson as an Owl
Truthfully, most viewers don’t even know his real name. It’s Mr. Bean! But actually, it’s Rowan Atkinson. The British actor, writer, and comedian has surely done more than one character. But there’s really no need to mess with something that works. Hoo, hoo would want to do that?
Actually, no one is disputing his career-high. But an online owl is causing a sudden stir, more than anything. Fans noticed a resemblance between the nocturnal bird of prey and Rowan himself. With the wide-open eyes and the cocked head, there is some similarity. All that’s missing is the feathers!
Ed Sheeran as This Gingery Cat
Ed Sheeran is into music, sure. But the “Shape of You” singer has other passions, off stage — namely, his own cats. Ed has set up an Insta account for two of them, and they have more than 100,000 followers so far. He has always known he loved felines. But was he aware he was one?
It’s hard to believe it, but this is no photoshop prank. The whiskered Ed lookalike was spotted online, and fans went wild. It’s all there: The expression in its eyes, to the extent cats emote, is uncanny. Plus, the orange markings look like a hip red ‘do. Doppelgänger rating: Five meows, out of a total of five.
John Travolta as This Blue Eyed Pup
A-lister John Travolta rose to fame during the 70s, most notably in Saturday Night Fever and Grease. He danced his way into the hearts of millions. For any doubters, his baby blues sealed the deal! Now, an animal lookalike has been located by eagle-eyed fans. It’s a dog. This dog, to be exact.
It’s all there. The wide grin, the friendly demeanor., And again, those eyes. Both share something magical in the windows to their souls. John Travolta is one hundred percent human, according to all reports. But this dog might be half Travolta, subject to further tests!
Richard Gere as This Canine Cutie
Richard Gere has been in the spotlight for decades for his good looks and charm. Although he has a long resume in Hollywood, fans may claim he is best known for American Gigolo and Pretty Woman. Is there a theme here that Richard is a dirty dog?
No, no. The man just has a knack for picking hits when he sees them on the page. But keeping to the theme, there does appear to be a dog with a bit of Gere in him. Online, someone compared their cute little faces. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But here, there is no need.
Nick Offerman as Grumpy Cat
No one gives a glare quite like Ronald Swanson, the fictional character played by Nick Offerman on Parks and Recreation. The raw talent simply cannot be taught. It’s a genetic gift if there ever was one. Can anyone out there compete with this?
There is only one possible contender: Internet animal celebrity extraordinaire, Grumpy Cat. Grumps went viral in 2012, and the net has never been the same. Only recently, fans noticed that Nick looks remarkably similar. There’s definitely a surprise doppelgänger here!
Mark Zuckerberg as This Seal
Mark Zuckerberg is obviously the co-founder of Facebook. Everyone knows his role in creating the company, thanks to Jesse Eisenberg’s portrayal in The Social Network. Now a billionaire, he tries to maintain some sense of privacy. It’s not always possible, at his level. Maybe he should try to go incognito as a seal?
It’s not a bad idea. For one, it’s never been tried before. Blending in with a colony of sea mammals may seem like an extreme measure to take. But for the head of the largest social media outlet on earth, he has enough friend requests. Just let this man be a seal, people. This seal, specifically!
Haley Joel Osment as This Kitten
It’s been a while, so let’s review: Haley Joel Osment was the adorable, tiny Forrest Jr. in Forrest Gump. He had other childhood appearances in big films like A.I. Artificial Intelligence and Pay It Forward. But obviously, he will always be synonymous with one special part: That young ghost-whisperer in The Sixth Sense!
As he has grown older, some have found it jarring to look at his face and realize he was once that little boy. But now, there is a twist. Doppelgänger detectives have located an identical kitten. It’s impossible to deny that there is some major Haley Joel in that furry face. Things have gotten complicated!
William H. Macy as This Doggy
William H. Macy has been in so many things, it’s hard to keep track. Surely, everyone has seen him somewhere. Whether it’s from his starring role as Frank in the Showtime series, Shameless, or from his many films across genres, everyone is well acquainted with Mr. Macy. Hollywood accepts his dominance, but who could have guessed that he has made his way into the animal world as well?
It’s hard to fool everyone all of the time. But you can fool some of the people some of the time, right? This barker is a good candidate, according to clever users online. The wide-set eyes and loveable, harmless face is a dead ringer for Will. Would wife, Felicity Huffman even notice the switcheroo?
Ice Cube as This Puppy
Rapper Ice Cube has been around the block, and he’s not playing games. He’s made it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his N.W.A. days. He has a net worth of $160 million. And he looks exactly like this little guy. Has he ever professed his love for dogs, before now?
Straight outta Compton, Ice Cube once wrote a song called “Man’s Best Friend”. Some might assume he wanted to pay a tribute to a furry companion, like this pup that happens to look exactly like him. But reading the lyrics, it seems Ice actually concluded that guns are a man’s BFF. Clever wordplay, sir!
Benedict Cumberbatch as an Otter
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch played Sherlock Holmes on the BBC, and Doctor Strange in movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Clearly, the man knows how to pick a good character off a script. But has he ever considered just playing an otter?
Benedict once mused: “Do I like being thought of as attractive? I don’t know anyone on Earth who doesn’t, but I do find it funny.” Now, he may have to answer for another charge. Does he like being thought of as a playful river dweller, behind his back?
Tom Brady as a Puppy
Football legend Tom Brady is currently a quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But true blue fans know him for his two decades on the New England Patriots, where he became the superstar he is and won over wife Gisele Bündchen. She appreciates his looks, no doubt. But is she aware of how much he resembles this puppy?
She probably doesn’t care. Giselle herself has been the subject of tabloid speculation for years, and knows how to brush off an unfavorable comparison. According to the supermodel: “Other people’s words have almost nothing to do with you and almost everything to do with them.” No matter how many times this embarrassing puppy meme shows up, Tom will still come out on top. Just like he always does!
Wallace Shawn as This Seal
Wallace Shawn is the name no one ever quite put to his familiar face. But it’s time. The man is completely recognizable, most of all from his role as Vizzini in The Princess Bride and Mr. James Hall in Clueless. But until now, no one ever pointed out the obvious. Wallace looks just like this seal, right here!
But the good news is, everyone loves seals. Silly and slippery, they bring joy wherever they go. The smile on this one is a bit below standard, admittedly. But when the flipper fits, you gotta admit. Wallace has always had a sense of the absurd. How would he not love this? It’s inconceivable!
Taylor Momsen as a Raccoon
Taylor Momsen has done it all: As a singer, model, and actress, she has tested out where she belongs in the biz. Fans probably loved her most as Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girl. Along the way, she has sported different looks for different roles. But her most notable aesthetic? Thick, thick eyeliner.
Here, a raccoon steals her look. Both are mammals native to North America, and both are pretty clever in their fields. Few know that this forest creature can remember the solution to tasks for three years or more, once they figure it out. Taylor can remember all kinds of lyrics and lines. But that’s where the similarities end, and the rivalry begins!
Tracee Ellis Ross as a Shaggy Dog
Tracee Ellis Ross is beloved for her longtime role on Girlfriends and recently as the mom on Black-ish. She’s become a bit of a style icon off-screen, too. Chic fashion and makeup dominate her Instagram page, to the delight of her millions of followers. Plus, she owns Pattern Beauty, a line for curly girls.
Is she aware that there is an entire pooch market for her products, though? Here, a moppy dog seems to be in need of a good shampoo and conditioning session. A little gel wouldn’t hurt, either. It’s time these two hair twins meet, at least for a brand photoshoot!
McKayla Maroney as This Lil’ Bunny
McKayla Maroney was a USA women’s gymnastics Olympian and won gold with her team in 2012. In her individual event, she won silver. Obviously, she was not impressed with second place. If there were any doubts, her expression at the awards ceremony said it all!
At the time, it became a serious meme. She probably didn’t realize the world was watching so closely, but her dissatisfaction was just too funny. And now, it’s a bunny! A quick look at the side by sides shows a remarkable resemblance. It’s all in the mouth, with these two.
Tilda Swinton as a Giraffe
The mysterious Tilda Swinton has had leading roles in many independent films. She’s been in a few blockbusters, too. Fans loved her as the White Witch in The Chronicles of Narnia, and some remember her from Vanilla Sky. To boast, she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress as a ruthless lawyer in Michael Clayton. What can’t Tilda do?
Well, if anyone claimed she couldn’t morph into an animal, they would be wrong. Here, Tilda has become towering. As a giraffe, she has quite a presence. Roaming on the savannah is no big deal now, as the tallest living terrestrial creature. Way to go, Tilda Swinton!
Wilford Brimley as This Moustached Cat
Wilford Brimley has been around forever and ever. He had classic roles in films like The China Syndrome and Cocoon. He was the face of the Quaker Oats Company for quite a while, after that. But younger viewers will almost certainly know him from one place and one place only: The Liberty Medical diabetes man. What a spokesman!
It’s time to take a look at the fluffy feline that most closely resembles Wilford. Here he is, in all his glory. Orange and scowling, he features the same distinctive white ‘stache. Few kitties can boast such a majestic display. Few grown men, either!
Gérard Depardieu as a Proboscis Monkey
European ladies just couldn’t get enough of Gérard Depardieu, the hottest leading man in French film for decades. He made a few appearances overseas, most notably in The Man in the Iron Mask alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. But how well do Americans know Gérard? It’s time for a second look at the face that became the richest actor in France.
If they can’t meet him in person, perhaps they can just take a visit to their local zoo. Although the nickname for the French is the frogs, this fellow looks a lot more like a proboscis monkey. The nose size and shape are incredibly similar, including the ridge in the center. For these primates, it’s a way of attracting females. The same could be said for Gérard!
Ron Perlman as This Tomcat
He has a unique face in a sea of plastic perfection. And that’s not a bad thing, since Ron Perlman has specialized in character roles for decades. From Beauty and the Beast to Sons of Anarchy, pretty much everyone has come across him whether they tried to or not. But suddenly, Ron is being upstaged. Who’s this, right here?
It’s an orange cat, and fans started to send Ron tweets with the photo as soon as it was discovered. How could they not? It is a spitting image of the actor. Online, he tweeted a warning for all: “I love dogs & cats as much as anybody. But if you send me a pic of one and say he’s my doppelgänger I will mute the [expletive] outta you!”
Albert Einstein as This Cat
Albert Einstein is pretty much the theoretical physicist everyone knows. Sure, there are thousands of others in the field. Yes, they are doing important work. But do they have crazy hair and a sassy tongue? For those who aren’t in the sciences, that’s the main question.
This kitty is obviously a spitting image of the genius. And fun fact: During his life, Al was inspired by two beloved housecats who sat alongside him as he came up with all his innovative ideas. Few know just how much feline influence there has been in the world of physics, but the cat is out of the bag now. Literally, figuratively, photographically.