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17th Oct '17 5:51:48 AM Darth_Marth
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* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': In "The ABCs of Beth" Rick offers to make a perfect clone of Beth that will possess her memories and take over her role in the family while the real Beth can go on vacation. It's not revealed how she answered. In the following episode "The Rickchurian Mortydate" however, Beth remembers this conversation and becomes convinced that she a clone created to replace the original Beth after she agreed to Rick's offer. She never gets hard proof either way[[note]]For what it's worth, Rick vehemently insists she is NOT a clone, but offers no evidence other than his word which, given his history of lying and manipulating his family, cannot be trusted -Both Beth and Morty point out he'd probably say the same thing if she ''is'' a clone[[/note]], but ultimately decides that clone or not, she is happy with her current life.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': In "The ABCs [=ABCs=] of Beth" Rick offers to make a perfect clone of Beth that will possess her memories and take over her role in the family while the real Beth can go on vacation. It's not revealed how she answered. In the following episode "The Rickchurian Mortydate" however, Beth remembers this conversation and becomes convinced that she a clone created to replace the original Beth after she agreed to Rick's offer. She never gets hard proof either way[[note]]For what it's worth, Rick vehemently insists she is NOT a clone, but offers no evidence other than his word which, given his history of lying and manipulating his family, cannot be trusted -Both Beth and Morty point out he'd probably say the same thing if she ''is'' a clone[[/note]], but ultimately decides that clone or not, she is happy with her current life.
17th Oct '17 5:51:30 AM Darth_Marth
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* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': In "The ABCs of Beth" Rick offers to make a perfect clone of Beth that will possess her memories and take over her role in the family while the real Beth can go on vacation. It's not revealed how she answered. In the following episode "The Rickchurian Mortydate" however, Beth remembers this conversation and becomes convinced that she a clone created to replace the original Beth after she agreed to Rick's offer. She never gets hard proof either way[[note]]For what it's worth, Rick vehemently insists she is NOT a clone, but offers no evidence other than his word which, given his history of lying and manipulating his family, cannot be trusted -Both Beth and Morty point out he'd probably say the same thing if she ''is'' a clone[[/note]], but ultimately decides that clone or not, she is happy with her current life.
30th Aug '17 8:35:53 AM matruz
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* In ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' [[spoiler:when the "good" Nancy fights the "evil" Nancy it's nearly impossible to keep track of which is which during the fight. This creates an extra layer of drama when the surviving Nancy shows up and pretends to shoot the heroine so she can get close enough to the BigBad to kill him. To make the ending more complicated, the one who wins the fight elects to join the villain in death afterwards, leaving Yomiko a note that she didn't kill the other one after all.]] If you pay really close attention, [[spoiler:[[FridgeBrilliance they have different dominant hands.]], something Yomiko picks up on in one scene since she figures out which Nancy to stand next to when they're facing off.]]
* ''Anime/LupinIII''
** The first movie, ''Anime/TheMysteryOfMamo'' seems to be heading for this until the climax, in which [[spoiler:[[TheAntagonist Mamo]] reveals that the Lupin that died at the beginning was the clone.]] When [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Inspector Zenigata]] shows up afterwards to arrest Lupin, [[spoiler:he tries to invoke this trope with Zenigata,]] but the inspector doesn't care.
** [[MythologyGag Referenced]] in the later Lupin movie ''Anime/GreenVsRed'', where it isn't clear if the Lupin at the end is the real one, Yasuo dressed as Lupin, or another impersonator entirely. [[MindScrew No-one seems to care.]]



* In ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' [[spoiler:when the "good" Nancy fights the "evil" Nancy it's nearly impossible to keep track of which is which during the fight. This creates an extra layer of drama when the surviving Nancy shows up and pretends to shoot the heroine so she can get close enough to the BigBad to kill him. To make the ending more complicated, the one who wins the fight elects to join the villain in death afterwards, leaving Yomiko a note that she didn't kill the other one after all.]] If you pay really close attention, [[spoiler:[[FridgeBrilliance they have different dominant hands.]], something Yomiko picks up on in one scene since she figures out which Nancy to stand next to when they're facing off.]]
* ''Anime/LupinIII''
** The first movie, ''Anime/TheMysteryOfMamo'' seems to be heading for this until the climax, in which [[spoiler:[[TheAntagonist Mamo]] reveals that the Lupin that died at the beginning was the clone.]] When [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Inspector Zenigata]] shows up afterwards to arrest Lupin, [[spoiler:he tries to invoke this trope with Zenigata,]] but the inspector doesn't care.
** [[MythologyGag Referenced]] in the later Lupin movie ''Anime/GreenVsRed'', where it isn't clear if the Lupin at the end is the real one, Yasuo dressed as Lupin, or another impersonator entirely. [[MindScrew No-one seems to care.]]
23rd Jul '17 1:22:33 AM Piterpicher
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* Occurs in ''PlanetZebeth'' between Samus and her backup.

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* Occurs in ''PlanetZebeth'' ''Webcomic/PlanetZebeth'' between Samus and her backup.
9th Jun '17 7:42:54 PM HeroGal2347
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* The Mexican soap opera ''Lazos de Amor'', which dealt with a group of identical triplets, ended like this: The evil triplet kidnaps one of her triplet sisters and ends up [[IfICantHaveYou killing her own love interest]] and then supposedly committing suicide, the kidnapped triplet is freed and goes on to marry her own love interest with the final scenes showing her wedding, but after the credits roll, [[TheStinger a scene during her honeymoon is shown]] where she briefly makes the same distinctive tick of her evil sister while her ominous leitmotif plays...

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* The Mexican soap opera ''Lazos de Amor'', which dealt with a group of identical triplets, ended like this: The evil triplet kidnaps one of her triplet sisters and ends up [[IfICantHaveYou killing her own love interest]] and then supposedly committing suicide, the kidnapped triplet is freed and goes on to marry her own love interest with the final scenes showing her wedding, but after the credits roll, [[TheStinger a scene during her honeymoon is shown]] where she briefly makes the same distinctive tick tic of her evil sister while her ominous leitmotif plays...


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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'': {{Subverted|Trope}} in the episode "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS4E103InHisImage In His Image]]." Near the end of the episode, RidiculouslyHumanRobot Alan and his creator Walter get into a fight. A few minutes later, Alan's fiancee comes in and one of them escorts her out of the room, reassuring her that everything is okay. Then we see Alan's body lying on the floor.
1st Apr '17 10:46:51 AM maxwellsilver
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* ''{{WesternAnimation/Archer}}'': Near the end of season 5, Krieger meets three clones of himself. Though initially friendly to him, it's eventually revealed that the clones are planning to launch a missile filled with nerve gas. Our Krieger attempts to stop them, and in the ensuing fight three of the four Kriegers are killed. The survivor disarms the missile and returns to the United States with the rest of the heroes, but it's intentionally left vague whether he's our Krieger or one of the clones taking his identity, with the episode containing hints towards both:
** He's the real Krieger: He did disarm the missle, which the clones would have no reason to do, and he also knew about Cherlene's brain implant, which the clones wouldn't (unless the real one told them about it offscreen).

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* ''{{WesternAnimation/Archer}}'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': Near the end of season 5, Krieger meets three clones of himself. Though initially friendly to him, it's eventually revealed that the clones are planning to launch a missile filled with nerve gas. Our Krieger attempts to stop them, and in the ensuing fight three of the four Kriegers are killed. The survivor disarms the missile and returns to the United States with the rest of the heroes, but it's intentionally left vague whether he's our Krieger or one of the clones taking his identity, with the episode containing hints towards both:
** He's the real Krieger: He did disarm the missle, missile, which the clones would have no reason to do, and he also knew about Cherlene's brain implant, implant (and the fact [[spoiler:it was just a sticker]]), which the clones wouldn't (unless the real one told them about it offscreen).


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*** He's real and has [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosopagnosia prosopagnosia]]: He's present for [[spoiler:the birth of Lana's daughter, Abbiejean, which occurs ''after'' the four Kriegers' struggle, but doesn't recognise her the following season, despite seeing her extensively since her birth.]]. He did suffer a long fall.
7th Mar '17 4:00:04 PM mariofan1000
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* ''{{WesternAnimation/Archer}}'': Near the end of season 5, Krieger meets three clones of himself. Though initially friendly to him, it's eventually revealed that the clones are planning to launch a missile filled with nerve gas. Our Krieger attempts to stop them, and in the ensuing fight three of the four Kriegers are killed. The survivor aborts the missile launch and returns to the United States with the rest of the heroes, but it's intentionally left vague whether he's our Krieger or one of the clones taking his identity, with the episode containing hints towards both:
** He's the real Krieger: He did stop the missile launch, which the clones would have no reason to do, and he also knew about Cherlene's brain implant, which the clones wouldn't (unless the real one told them about it offscreen).

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* ''{{WesternAnimation/Archer}}'': Near the end of season 5, Krieger meets three clones of himself. Though initially friendly to him, it's eventually revealed that the clones are planning to launch a missile filled with nerve gas. Our Krieger attempts to stop them, and in the ensuing fight three of the four Kriegers are killed. The survivor aborts disarms the missile launch and returns to the United States with the rest of the heroes, but it's intentionally left vague whether he's our Krieger or one of the clones taking his identity, with the episode containing hints towards both:
** He's the real Krieger: He did stop disarm the missile launch, missle, which the clones would have no reason to do, and he also knew about Cherlene's brain implant, which the clones wouldn't (unless the real one told them about it offscreen).
23rd Jan '17 4:20:37 PM Xtifr
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* One episode of ''TimeSquad'' had Larry make a double of himself, with each double making another until there were hordes of them. Otto and Tuddrussel decided to shove all but one who claims to be the original into space. Despite the final Larry booted out being especially insistent he's the original and the one left behind giving an evil laugh, status quo is restored when he's shunted back to a subservient role.

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* One episode of ''TimeSquad'' ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' had Larry make a double of himself, with each double making another until there were hordes of them. Otto and Tuddrussel decided to shove all but one who claims to be the original into space. Despite the final Larry booted out being especially insistent he's the original and the one left behind giving an evil laugh, status quo is restored when he's shunted back to a subservient role.
20th Dec '16 5:12:36 PM Gorank
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* The Double Cherry powerup in ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' can cause this. The clones dissapear on getting hit, and once they're all gone the last one remaining is treated as the "original" Mario/Luigi/Peach/Toad. Also, the moment any clone touches the end of level flagpole, all the others dissappear. Was that the real Mario, orů?

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* The Double Cherry powerup in ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' can cause this. The clones dissapear disappear on getting hit, and once they're all gone the last one remaining is treated as the "original" Mario/Luigi/Peach/Toad. Also, the moment any clone touches the end of level flagpole, all the others dissappear.disappear. Was that the real Mario, orů?
20th Dec '16 5:11:48 PM Gorank
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* In ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', we learn in Chapter 115 that this is part of [[spoiler: {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Twice's backstory, and the reason why he acts so strange. He's mentally broken. The worst part is that it was ''entirely self-inflicted'' through abusing his copying Quirk to make multiple copies of himself to be able to laze around and not do work; there was no outside bad guy that caused this. And now he's not sure that he's the original, and suffers from having a split personality.]]

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* In ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', we learn in Chapter 115 that this is part of [[spoiler: {{Cloudcuckoolander}} [[spoiler:{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Twice's backstory, and the reason why he acts so strange. He's mentally broken. The worst part is that it was ''entirely self-inflicted'' through abusing his copying Quirk to make multiple copies of himself to be able to laze around and not do work; there was no outside bad guy that caused this. And now he's not sure that he's the original, and suffers from having a split personality.]]



* In ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' [[spoiler:when the "good" Nancy fights the "evil" Nancy it's nearly impossible to keep track of which is which during the fight. This creates an extra layer of drama when the surviving Nancy shows up and pretends to shoot the heroine so she can get close enough to the BigBad to kill him. To make the ending more complicated, the one who wins the fight elects to join the villain in death afterwards, leaving Yomiko a note that she didn't kill the other one after all.]] If you pay really close attention, [[spoiler:[[FridgeBrilliance they have different dominant hands.]], something Yomiko picks up on in one scene since she figures out which Nancy to stand next to when they're facing off]]

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* In ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' [[spoiler:when the "good" Nancy fights the "evil" Nancy it's nearly impossible to keep track of which is which during the fight. This creates an extra layer of drama when the surviving Nancy shows up and pretends to shoot the heroine so she can get close enough to the BigBad to kill him. To make the ending more complicated, the one who wins the fight elects to join the villain in death afterwards, leaving Yomiko a note that she didn't kill the other one after all.]] If you pay really close attention, [[spoiler:[[FridgeBrilliance they have different dominant hands.]], something Yomiko picks up on in one scene since she figures out which Nancy to stand next to when they're facing off]] off.]]



** It's also unclear which Rimmer is the Rimmer we see in series X (the one from Series I-VII who [[spoiler: became Ace Rimmer]] or the one from Series VIII who [[spoiler: may or may not have died during the series cliffhanger]]) as Series X presents evidence for both scenarios[[note]] Series X!Rimmer talks about remembering being killed by the radiation leak, which only happened to the first Rimmer, but also mentions dealing with the chameleonic microbes, which happened with the second Rimmer.[[/note]]

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** It's also unclear which Rimmer is the Rimmer we see in series X (the one from Series I-VII who [[spoiler: became Ace Rimmer]] or the one from Series VIII who [[spoiler: may or may not have died during the series cliffhanger]]) as Series X presents evidence for both scenarios[[note]] Series scenarios.[[note]]Series X!Rimmer talks about remembering being killed by the radiation leak, which only happened to the first Rimmer, but also mentions dealing with the chameleonic microbes, which happened with the second Rimmer.[[/note]]
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