Much like the cartoon world, the world of sports is full of comical, colorful and crazy characters. Some of these are heroes that we cheer on and want to see overcome the challenges set in front of them, whilst there are also plenty of villains in the world of sports that are standing in their way and we love to hate. A lot of the time you will even find that some of these characters will buy into their persona and play up to their role, earning them nicknames which wouldn’t be out of place in a Looney Tunes cartoon alongside the likes of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the Tazmanian Devil.
It is not just similarities in character that you find between the cartoon and the sporting world, as there are a number of people in professional sports that even resemble some of our favourite cartoon characters. Of course many of these comparisons are not too complimentary for the person in question, but it could be argued that a few of these cartoon characters would not be too pleased with the comparison too. The likeness could come down to a similar distinctive feature that the two share, it could be a similar facial expression they have, or they could well be the spitting image of one another simply living in two different worlds.
It is common for people to point out look-a-likes in celebrity culture, but you will be surprised by the similarities you will find with some sports people and many of the brilliant cartoon characters that have been created over the years. You may never be able to look at these players in the same way after seeing the comparison, and with a few of them you may notice that they have more in common than just their appearance.
15 15. Chip Kelly & Barney Rubble
14 14. Harry Redknapp & Droopy the Dog
13 13. Jamal Mashburn & The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
12 12. Diego Costa & Fred Flintstone
11 11. Chris Bosh & Littlefoot
10 10. Phil Jackson & Splinter
9 9. Lanny McDonald & Yosemite Sam
8 8. Sam Cassell & Roger from American Dad
7 7. Claude Julien & Elmer Fudd
The Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien and popular Looney Tune Elmer Fudd look alarmingly similar, largely due to their lack of hair. It is not just this however; their facial expressions are also remarkably similar at times. Elmer Fudd is of course famous for hunting Bugs Bunny, but he is always outwitted and embarrassed by his opponent. You can’t say the same for Claude Julien though, who boasts an impressive record and lifted the Stanley Cup with the Bruins in the 2010-11 season. Perhaps Elmer Fudd could do with some guidance from his doppelganger.
6 6. Wayne Rooney & Shrek
5 5. Nick Foles & Shaggy
4 4. David Luiz & Sideshow Bob
It’s obviously the hair, but the comparison between the two has led Luiz to land himself a new nickname based on their striking similarity. The similarities do not stop with the hair either; David Luiz has been known for his, at times, comical defending and failures, and as we all know Sideshow Bob is often the laughing stock of the town as he previously was humiliated by Krusty the Clown, and he always falls short of his target which is to kill Bart Simpson.
3 3. Jason Terry & Cecil Turtle
2 2. Avram Grant & Baron Greenback
1 1. Rollie Fingers & Snidley Whiplash
This is an easy one, as Rollie Fingers’ famous waxed handlebar moustache draws immediate comparisons with classic cartoon villain Snidely Whiplash, archenemy of Dudley Do-Right in Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties. The fact that the two are always seen in hats always helps, but Fingers lacks the classic villain look which Whiplash so brilliantly possesses. Fortunately they do not share much in terms of character, but the former pitcher and evil villain would often be seen twirling their moustache as they plan their next move.
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