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?

30 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!

  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!

  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.

  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 !

  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!

  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.

  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.

  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.

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