Let's say you have this image. Someone identifies a character shown as so-and-so. When someone brings up the unlikelihood thereof due to different traits, the common rebuttal is that it's fanart, and thus the artist has chosen to utilize a different character design
Has this actually happened? Have there been cases where a character is different from, yet similar to a certain character, and it can be proven that the artist intended him/her to be that character, like in the tags or filename and such?