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10th Apr '17 1:09:15 PM cdrood
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*** This also serves as a MythologyGag as the comic version of SHIELD has a long history of using such androids, called LMD's as an explanation for characters coming back from the dead.
12th Feb '17 6:55:54 AM WillyFourEyes
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* Neil Dylandy a.k.a Lockon Stratos was killed by the end of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' but came back for the second season as his twin brother Lyle Dylandy a.k.a Lockon Stratos II. In this case [[ChekhovsGunman the twin's existence was revealed in a brief scene]] early in the series, and later on it veers into DeconstructedTrope. The first thing Lyle made sure to his teammates in Celestial Being is he's ''not'' his older twin Neil's ReplacementGoldfish, even preferring to put on a JerkAssFacade than leading Feldt on, since she was in love with his deceased brother. He also prefers to use a different style of gun fighting to contrast Neil's sniping method, although he also uses it frequently. Basically, both twins are Lockon Stratos, but they are at the same time their very own persons with different views on life, love, and revenge.

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* Neil Dylandy a.k.a Lockon Stratos was killed by the end of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' but came back for the second season as his twin brother Lyle Dylandy a.k.a Lockon Stratos II. In this case [[ChekhovsGunman the twin's existence was revealed in a brief scene]] early in the series, and later on it veers into DeconstructedTrope. The first thing Lyle made sure to tell his teammates in Celestial Being is he's ''not'' his older twin Neil's ReplacementGoldfish, even preferring to put on a JerkAssFacade than leading Feldt on, since she was in love with his deceased brother. He also prefers to use a different style of gun fighting to contrast Neil's sniping method, although he also uses it frequently. Basically, both twins are Lockon Stratos, but they are at the same time their very own persons with different views on life, love, and revenge.
9th Jan '17 10:42:38 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* ''Film/ABetterTomorrow'': Mark Gor was killed near the end, but thanks to Mark being insanely popular, Chow Yun-Fat returned as Mark's twin brother Ken in ''A Better Tomorrow 2''.

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* ''Film/ABetterTomorrow'': Mark Gor was killed near the end, but thanks to Mark being insanely popular, Chow Yun-Fat Creator/ChowYunFat returned as Mark's twin brother Ken in ''A Better Tomorrow 2''.
19th Nov '16 10:53:56 PM DustSnitch
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* Used in a Japanese martial arts movie. A man is killed off by thugs for being the heir to some rich guy, but unbeknownst to the killers he had a SeparatedAtBirth twin brother. This brother has grown up to be a BadAss martial artist and won't go down as easy as his brother did.

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* Used in a Japanese martial arts movie. A man is killed off by thugs for being the heir to some rich guy, but unbeknownst to the killers he had a SeparatedAtBirth twin brother. This brother has grown up to be a BadAss badass martial artist and won't go down as easy as his brother did.
21st Oct '16 6:23:29 PM KeithM
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** The series hung a [[{{Lampshade}} lampshade]] on it with characters openly wondering how many Koenig brothers there were, and Billy trolling Trip by implying he was a mass-produced android.
21st Oct '16 6:16:43 PM Grade0
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* ''Blog/ThingsMrWelchIsNoLongerAllowedToDoInAnRPG'':
-->1436. In case of premature termination, the dungeon boss has an identical twin brother on standby.
5th Oct '16 11:53:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* Parodied in the ''HancocksHalfHour'' TV episode "The Bowmans". Hancock's radio soap character is killed off because of his bad acting, but it turns out the character was so popular the show's ratings will suffer without him. The producers suggest bringing him back as his twin. Hancock agrees, but only if he gets a pay rise, writes his own scripts, and gets rid of all the actors who criticized his performances by having their characters all fall down a disused mine shaft.

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* Parodied in the ''HancocksHalfHour'' ''Series/HancocksHalfHour'' TV episode "The Bowmans". Hancock's radio soap character is killed off because of his bad acting, but it turns out the character was so popular the show's ratings will suffer without him. The producers suggest bringing him back as his twin. Hancock agrees, but only if he gets a pay rise, writes his own scripts, and gets rid of all the actors who criticized his performances by having their characters all fall down a disused mine shaft.
26th Sep '16 5:23:42 PM skteosk
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** Played worryingly straight in the semi-official straight-to-video ''Doctor Who'' spin-off series ''P.R.O.B.E.''. In the video "The Devil of Winterborne", the character of Barbara Taploe, played by Charmian May, is killed. When they came to do a sequel, "Ghosts of Winterborne", producer Bill Baggs convinced writer Creator/MarkGatiss to make the new headmistress Margaret Wyndham her twin sister, so they could use the actress again. Gatiss has expressed his horror that her first line (inserted without his knowledge) is "No, I'm her twin sister"...at which point everyone carries on as if nothing happened.
20th Sep '16 12:53:55 PM Saurubiker
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* When Buronson and Hara were commissioned to continue ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' after they killed off Kenshiro's main rival [[NobleDemon Raoh]], they introduced Raoh's previously-unseen/unmentioned older brother [[CardCarryingVillain Kaioh]] as the main antagonist during the Kingdom of Shura story arc. Kaioh looks exactly like Raoh, only with a different armor and helmet, as well as a cross-shaped scar on his face.

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* When Buronson and Hara were commissioned to continue ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' after they killed off Kenshiro's main rival [[NobleDemon Raoh]], they introduced Raoh's previously-unseen/unmentioned older brother [[CardCarryingVillain Kaioh]] as the main antagonist during the Kingdom of Shura story arc. Kaioh looks exactly like Raoh, only with a different armor full body armor, a Darth Vader-like helmet that conceals most of his face, a more [[CoolHorse demonic looking horse]], and helmet, as well as a cross-shaped scar on his face.face. In the anime, Kaioh was also given purple hair to contrast with Raoh's black hair (in the manga, they were both blond-haired).
2nd Aug '16 3:49:42 PM frogpatrol
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* ''Series/AllMyChildren'' did so with Cindy/Karen and Frankie/Maggie.
* ''Series/GeneralHospital'' did it with Ryan/Kevin.
** Also with Benny/Bernie, and perhaps are currently doing it with Emily/Rebecca.
* In ''Series/{{Friends}}'' the ShowWithinAShow ''Days Of Our Lives'' did this with Joey's character Drake Ramoray, who was first killed then nearly resurrected as his twin, Stryker - Joey blows that chance, however. (Joey also pretends to be Ramoray's evil twin Hans, but not in the soap.)
* Parodied in the ''HancocksHalfHour'' TV episode "The Bowmans." Hancock's radio soap character is killed off because of his bad acting, but it turns out the character was so popular the show's ratings will suffer without him. The producers suggest bringing him back as his twin. Hancock agrees, but only if he gets a pay rise, writes his own scripts, and gets rid of all the actors who criticized his performances by having their characters all fall down a disused mine shaft.
* Non-twin example: In ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', they killed off Laverne in what they ''thought'' was going to be the last season. Since it turned out it wasn't, they introduced Shirley, played by the same actress, but with an opposite personality. Strangely, no one but JD notices they're identical (despite the ThemeNaming).

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* ** ''Series/AllMyChildren'' did so with Cindy/Karen and Frankie/Maggie.
* ** ''Series/GeneralHospital'' did it with Ryan/Kevin.
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Ryan/Kevin. Also with Benny/Bernie, and they perhaps are currently doing it with Emily/Rebecca.
* In ''Series/{{Friends}}'' the ShowWithinAShow ''Days Of Our Lives'' did this with Joey's character Drake Ramoray, who was first killed then nearly resurrected as his twin, Stryker - Stryker. Joey blows that chance, however. (Joey also pretends to be Ramoray's evil twin Hans, but not in the soap.)
* Parodied in the ''HancocksHalfHour'' TV episode "The Bowmans." Bowmans". Hancock's radio soap character is killed off because of his bad acting, but it turns out the character was so popular the show's ratings will suffer without him. The producers suggest bringing him back as his twin. Hancock agrees, but only if he gets a pay rise, writes his own scripts, and gets rid of all the actors who criticized his performances by having their characters all fall down a disused mine shaft.
* Non-twin example: example. In ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', they killed off Laverne in what they ''thought'' was going to be the last season. Since it turned out it wasn't, they introduced Shirley, played by the same actress, but with an opposite personality. Strangely, no one but JD notices they're identical (despite the ThemeNaming).



** In the episode "Deadlock," the characters of Harry Kim and then-newborn Naomi Wildman were replaced with alternate-timeline versions of themselves[[note]]which would technically make the original Naomi the shortest-lived character of any ''Star Trek'' series, as this episode begins with her being born![[/note]], and remained so until the end of the series; of course much like [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Miles O'Brien]] being replaced by his own future self it's never mentioned again. In both cases the alternates were created only a few minutes or hours before the switch.

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** In the episode "Deadlock," the characters of Harry Kim and then-newborn Naomi Wildman were replaced with alternate-timeline versions of themselves[[note]]which themselves, which would technically make the original Naomi the shortest-lived recurring character of any ''Star Trek'' series, as this episode begins with her being born![[/note]], and born! It remained so until the end of the series; of course much like [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Miles O'Brien]] being replaced by his own future self it's never mentioned again. In both cases the alternates were created only a few minutes or hours before the switch.



** Poor [=LeClerc=], who was replaced by a supposed brother following the death of the original actor, which brother developed a case of TheOtherDarrin when THAT actor also died...

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** Poor [=LeClerc=], who was replaced by a supposed brother following the death of the original actor, which actor. The brother developed a case of TheOtherDarrin when THAT ''that'' actor also died...



* Played for laughs in the French-Canadian show ''Le Coeur A Ses Raisons''. When Peter, the rebel cop, dies during an Earthquake, his identical twin, also named Peter, shows up in the third season to fill the exact same role, and engage in a relationship with Peter 1's girlfriend. It is explained that the two Peters never appeared at the same time because they only had one set of clothes; when one was wearing it, the other had to stay home in underwear.

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* Played for laughs in the French-Canadian show ''Le Coeur A Ses Raisons''. When Peter, the rebel cop, dies during an Earthquake, earthquake, his identical twin, also named Peter, shows up in the third season to fill the exact same role, and engage in a relationship with Peter 1's girlfriend. It is explained that the two Peters never appeared at the same time because they only had one set of clothes; when clothes. When one was wearing it, the other had to stay home in underwear.



* K-9 Mark III was introduced in the failed ''Series/DoctorWho'' spinoff pilot ''Series/K9AndCompany'' for earlier ''Doctor Who'' companion Sarah Jane Smith. When Sarah Jane returned in the new ''Doctor Who'' series, that K-9 died and was replaced by a fourth K-9, who is a recurring character in the newer, successful Sarah Jane series ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''.

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* K-9 Mark III was introduced in the failed ''Series/DoctorWho'' spinoff pilot ''Series/K9AndCompany'' for earlier ''Doctor Who'' companion Sarah Jane Smith. When Sarah Jane returned in the new ''Doctor Who'' series, that K-9 died "died" and was replaced by a fourth K-9, who is a recurring character in the newer, more successful Sarah Jane series ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''.



* In ''Radio/WelcomeToOurVillagePleaseInvadeCarefully'', one of the major characters is a talking computer. After it is destroyed by a LogicBomb, it is immediately replaced with an identical backup and this is never mentioned again.

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* In ''Radio/WelcomeToOurVillagePleaseInvadeCarefully'', one of the a major characters character is a talking computer. After it is destroyed by a LogicBomb, it is immediately replaced with an identical backup and this backup. This is never mentioned again.



* In ''Paranoia'' you get 5 clones of your character. Since it's a world where everyone is out to get you (hence the name), you need them.

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* In ''Paranoia'' you get 5 start off with five clones of your character. Since it's a world where everyone is out to get you (hence the name), you will need them.



* Used very literally in ''Story Minute'': A woman becomes obsessed with backups after a hard drive crash and marries an identical twin.

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* Used very literally in ''Story Minute'': Minute''. A woman becomes obsessed with backups after a hard drive crash and marries an identical twin.
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