No, definitely not -- it isn't an appearance of the character. In fact, I think appearances that are only "in likeness" (such as the blueprint) should be crossed off for the same reason.
I sympathize witht his position, but I think that bridge was crossed long ago. I'm not going to go back and undo all the "likeness" appearances, such as Xykon's statue. So I think I will add in Nale's appearances as Elan as an appearance for Elan and vice versa.
Here is a numbering of all character appearances in OOTS