YA Character Doppelgängers

Zoe N. | March 29, 2017 | Discussion

When it comes to characters in books, the more books you read, the more similarities you begin to notice between characters in different books. Here are some characters that I’ve noticed that share a lot in common:

Annabeth Chase + Kestrel Trajan

The first noticeable similarity between Annabeth and Kestrel is undeniably their intellect. Neither is known for their skill in hand-to-hand combat, but rather for their intelligence. They’re both brilliant strategists that have a knack for planning and achieving their goals. They are also extremely strong-willed and courageous when they need to be.

Hermione Granger + Susan Pevensie

Hermione and Susan have a no-nonsense attitude about them. They are practical and efficient, almost to the point of coming off as a bit bossy at times. They’re both extremely intelligent and logical as well. However, despite all of this, they also share in common a large, compassionate heart and a fierce, unwavering loyalty to those they care about.

Kaz Brekker + Adelina Amouteru

Kaz and Adelina are both extremely complex and well-written characters. They are dark, twisted individuals who have in common a thirst for vengeance against those who have wronged them. Similarly, both Adelina and Kaz originate from horrible and traumatic childhoods, which played a huge factor in shaping them into the ruthless characters they are.

Fred / George Weasley + Travis / Connor Stoll

Both pairs of twins have a passion for pranks and tricks and take pride in their abilities. They’re responsible for a great deal of the comedic relief brought forth during their respective series and have a knack for putting a smile on your face.

Can you think of any other YA characters that are really similar?

71 comments

  1. I never thought of Fred and George being Travis and Connor but now I actually love it!! Maybe that’s why I love both sets of characters so much!

    1. It wasn’t the first thing that came to mind for me either, but once it popped into my head it totally stuck. 🙂 Thanks Emily!

  2. I definitely see the similarities with Annabeth and Kestrel!! FOR SURE. Although Annabeth is still badass in battle whereas Kestrel really…#nope. I guess I don’t see Kaz/Adelina because I didn’t think The Young Elites was scary at all buuuut MAYBE THAT’S ME BEING BIASED. I think Lila Bard and Inej Ghafa would get on AMAZINGLY because they both are going to be pirates. (Although I think Inej is going to be a slightly more noble pirate.)

    1. Annabeth and Kestrel are fabulous, aren’t they? And LOL Kestrel in battle is my favorite. (Remember that time in the first book when she blackmailed that guy into stepping down from the fight? I can’t for the life of me remember his name but I remember that scene was epic.)

  3. While I am not too crazy about Annabeth, I do see the similarities between her and Kestrel. I cannot wait to read The Young Elites and Six of Crows, because I have heard so much about these characters. So exciting. What a clever idea for a post! Love it.

  4. Oh this is so true, especially the twins and Annabeth and Kestrel. I haven’t read Six of Crows, but I have read The Young Elites, and your description of Adelina is accurate. XD I think this is a very insightful assessment of characters; I always forget important details from books!

    1. Thank you so much Shannon! Yes, definitely let me know if you think of any – I’d love to hear your thoughts. <3

  5. The only pair I’ve read both books from is Hermione and Susan, and you’re right – they do have a lot in common! I thought Freya from ACOTAR has some similarities with Katniss, mostly because of the hunting aspect, but that’s the only pair I can think of. Great post, Zoe!

    1. Thanks so much Cilla! And OMG I never really thought of Freya and Katniss being similar, but now that you mention it you are so right!

  6. Ooooh this is such a fun post! There are so many similar characters in YA which can be a good and bad thing. I definitely see Hermione and Susan being doppelgängers but I can’t really say for the other characters as I’ve only heard about them and haven’t read the books yet. Great post Zoe!!

  7. I wish I had some doppelgangers but I don’t. Apart from the slew of romantic interests which are essentially dupes of themselves in contemporary romance. I hadn’t thought of some of these, especially the Kestrel one but it is crazy accurate.

    1. BAHAHA I was thinking the same thing about how all romantic interests in YA are so similar when I was drafting the post! And thank you so much!

  8. I actually haven’t read most of these books so can’t fully appreciate your comparisons, but I do love the idea behind the post! It is interesting to think about how certain characters can seem to pop up again and again in different stories, albeit with different names, settings, etc. Luckily (or unluckily) for me, I never notice doppelgangers while reading because my memory is so poor! I’m usually fairly absorbed by a book and rarely stop to think about how it may connect to others, which is probably good because then I’d probably get into a comparison game and end up liking one less. XP !

    1. Thank you so much Asti! <3 I don't usually notice book doppelgangers either - I had to literally scroll through my Goodreads shelves and try to rack my brain for some similar characters. Definitely let me know if you ever encounter any though.

  9. This may be sad, since I’ve had Six of Crows for absolute ages, but you likening Kaz to Adelina is the first thing I’ve seen in a while that makes me go, “OH!” and reeeeally want to read it!

    1. That actually makes me SO, SO, SO happy! Both books are absolutely amazing and I hope you end up reading Six of Crows and enjoying it as much as I did. If you found Adelina to be a fascinating character, then you’ll love Kaz too.

    1. Thanks so much Marie! It’s definitely fun seeing if you can match characters from different books. 🙂 Let me know if you ever end up finding any good matches!

  10. Omg YEEEEEEES. I don’t know some of the charries you mentioned but Fred/George & Travis/Connor — YES. And I totally agree with Kaz and Adelina. I love both characters, and they’re so dark and twisted and cruel and just AMAZING GAH.

    1. Kaz and Adelina are just fantastic, aren’t they? They’re so complex and well-written and I’m glad you love them as much as I do! And Fred / George and Travis / Connor always make me laugh whenever I read about them. xD

  11. I love this post, Zoe! Funny enough while reading A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab I stumbled across a character that reminded me of Nikolai from the Grisha trilogy, Alucard. And then weirdly enough Holland reminded me of Sasuke from Naruto… In almost every book I read I end up coming across a character that reminds me of another character just because of small similarities in personality. I can so see what you mean about Annabeth and Kestrel. They do have some similarities.

    1. OMG saying you found a character in A Gathering of Shadows that reminds you of Nikolai just makes me want to read it even more. xD Definitely let me know if you think of any other matches!

  12. I don’t have any specific comparisons that come to mind but I have definitely read books that almost feel exactly the same as other books – YA fantasy with assassins, anyone? When it comes to “strong” heroines, I feel like a lot of authors use the exact same personality traits to get this across, and it annoys me SO MUCH. And when they get continually praised for writing strong heroines that are exact copies of other “strong” heroines in other YA books I can’t help but roll my eyes.

    1. YES. I feel like a lot of YA fantasy protagonists are a bit stereotypical – there’s no real individuality to them anymore, which is a shame.

    1. Thank you so much! The Winner’s Curse and The Young Elites are actually two of my favorite books, so I really do hope you read them sometime! 🙂

    1. I definitely think they would be great friends too Bec! (Except Kaz and Adelina…that’d be interesting to see.)

  13. I thought we were posting about the same thing, since I also posted a post with doppelganger on the title yesterday xD Turns out yours are talking about characters haha! I haven’t read the others so I can’t compare, but I agree that the weasley twins is similar with travis and connor stoll!

  14. AHA okay this was such an awesome post! I personally love you compared Kestrel and Annabeth and Kaz and Adelina because I 100% agree! I also think Belle and Hermoine are quite similar because they’re both so different and smart and adore to read! Great post!

    1. Thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed it so much. 🙂 Belle and Hermione are definitely similar too (I definitely saw a lot of similarities between them when I was watching Beauty and the Beast. xD)

  15. Hi! I like this post of yours. Well, I have a post *quite* similar to this (but yours is better, dear) however, I just mentioned two book characters. ❤

  16. I found a lot of similarities between Mare [Red Queen] and Katniss [Hunger Games].

    Mare steals like Katniss with her male friend Kilorn (Gale, Katniss’ friend) to feed her family (like Katniss) because she lives in a world where she oppressed by the powerful “Silvers” (like Katniss).

    Mare finds herself in the middle of a an arena (like Katniss), where the different “houses” (sectors) are competing to show off their powers and, after an incident, she is forced to train in combat with other teenagers and to become an icon for the rebellion of her kind. Great Post!

    1. Oh my gosh, I never really thought about this, but you are so right – Mare and Katniss are definitely very similar. 🙂 Thanks so much! <3

  17. There are a lot of character archetypes in YA that repeated again and again, but I think that what’s really valuable with the characters you’ve mentioned in this post is how believable each one is. I don’t like it when characters and story lines become too similar, but when the characters are distinctly themselves, I really enjoy seeing a new spin on a familiar kind of person. While Kaz and Adelina are similar, they both have their own motivations and they both feel like their own people.

    1. Thank you so much, and I completely agree! I think there’s definitely a difference between carbon copies of characters (like all those eerily similar YA fantasy protagonists) and characters who are similar but not completely copies of each other (Kaz & Adelina).

  18. I 110% agree with Fred / George and Travis / Connor!
    Literally never thought about it before, but not that I have, I CANNOT un-think it!
    And Hermione and Susan ARE so similar!

    Also, I only just discovered your blog and everything you write is so, so relatable!!
    🙂

    1. Thank you so much! That means a lot to me! <3 And I'm so glad you agree with Susan and Hermione and Fred/George and Travis/Connor. 🙂

  19. Kestrel and an older Annabeth would have been such a kick ass duo. Imagine them travelling the world fighting evil together! Ron Weasley and Grover from Percy Jackson remind me a lot of one another, apart from the half goat business. Both lovable but bumbling sidekicks. Percy and Harry, Feyre and Celaena are two that I would have loved to have seen join forces actually. Seeing the Throne of Glass series is still current, I’m living in hope Zoe <3

    1. They would be SUCH a great duo – I can definitely picture them outsmarting everyone and just kicking some serious ass. 😉 And OMG I’m almost ashamed I didn’t think of Ron and Grover – they are SO similar! And Percy / Harry and Feyre / Celaena too. 🙂

  20. These are some interesting choices, Zoe! I didn’t really see Annabeth and Kestrel as that similar but you do have a point when you say their intellects are their best trait and shape their very role in the story. Great post 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Sophie! Glad you agree about Annabeth and Kestrel – they’re two of my favorite characters of all time because of their intelligence. 🙂

  21. Very interesting! So I feel kind of ashamed that the only pair I recognize is the first one, but I totally agree with you that Annabeth and Kestrel have a lot of similarities. (Though I didn’t notice it right away-it could be because it’s been a super long time since I’ve read PJ&O series. I read the first book when I was in elementary school which was over ten years ago, which is crazy to think. I digress…) Oh wait, on a second though, I remember Travis/Connor. XD

    As for characters that remind me of each other… It would be Sturmhond (Grisha trilogy), Roshar (The Winners trilogy), and Alucard (Shades of Magic trilogy). It could be the sass but all three share similar personalities to me.

    Summer

  22. Celaena Sardothien (ToG), Rose Hathaway (VA), and Emma Carstairs (TDA) all act very similarly to me (if not in appearance). They are all soooo badass and always make light of situations by cracking jokes. They’re all so sassy too. I feel like they could swap spots in their books and it would be a close fit. xD Great post, Z!! <3

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