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17th Apr '17 12:14:39 AM DudeWheresMyPassword
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* Meiosis of ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy'' can clone himself an infinite number of times, but the clones grow [[MadeOfPlasticine molecularly unstable]] if too many exist at any one time.

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* Meiosis Mitosis of ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy'' can clone himself an infinite number of times, but the clones grow [[MadeOfPlasticine molecularly unstable]] if too many exist at any one time.
24th Mar '17 3:38:16 PM margdean56
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* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'': Every clone [[Comicbook/TheCloneSaga created by the Jackal]] was subject to this. Some of them were almost identical to the originals but aged / disfigured, while others would last so long and then spontaneously collapse into a pile of mush -- Jackal triggered this in his "mini-me", Jack, as punishment for giving Ben Reilly information. It even drove one, [[MeaningfulName Kaine]], insane. Ben Reilly succumbed to it when he died. (And in ''ComicBook/SpiderGirl'', passed it onto his kid.)

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* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'': Every clone [[Comicbook/TheCloneSaga created by the Jackal]] was subject to this. Some of them were almost identical to the originals but aged / disfigured, while others would last so long and then spontaneously collapse into a pile of mush -- Jackal triggered this in his "mini-me", Jack, as punishment for giving Ben Reilly information. It even drove one, [[MeaningfulName Kaine]], insane. Ben Reilly succumbed to it when he died. (And in ''ComicBook/SpiderGirl'', passed it onto on to his kid.)



* In the PostCrisis ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comics, cloning isn't completely perfect, especially towards Kryptonians. The only perfect clone was that of James Harper, the Golden Age hero known as the Guardian - he bolted soon after and Cadmus ended up making other clones of him that weren't perfect. Kryptonian clones, because their DNA weren't fully understood, fell apart after awhile, as was the case of the original Bizarros and later of Match. Lex Luthor had a cloned body, but it, too, suffered from this trope until he sold his soul to Neron during ''ComicBook/UnderworldUnleashed''

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* In the PostCrisis ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comics, cloning isn't completely perfect, especially towards with Kryptonians. The only perfect clone was that of James Harper, the Golden Age hero known as the Guardian - -- he bolted soon after and Cadmus ended up making other clones of him that weren't perfect. Kryptonian clones, because their DNA weren't wasn't fully understood, fell apart after awhile, as was the case of the original Bizarros and later of Match. Lex Luthor had a cloned body, but it, too, suffered from this trope until he sold his soul to Neron during ''ComicBook/UnderworldUnleashed''
1st Mar '17 7:41:16 AM zarpaulus
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* Agatha's Dingbots in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' can build more of themselves out of spare parts and bits, but each subsequent generation is of slightly lower quality, maxxing out at about six generations. [[spoiler: Eventually it's discovered that the first generation Dingbots are the clank equivalent to [[MadScientist Sparks]].]]
27th Feb '17 10:29:28 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/WeAreLegionWeAreBob'': Not quite degeneration, but each Bob clone has different elements of Bob's core personality emphasized. Riker is pragmatic, Bill enjoys pure science, Milo is less cautious, and Mario is anti-social. Their clones continue to be variants of the original Bob; Riker's clone Homer, for example, has a big sense of humor while Riker has practically none.
16th Feb '17 7:24:14 PM MrGuy
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* In ''VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot'', the clones made by the Haltmann Works Company are small blobs of purple goo that expand into the full form when necessary - but due to their slime-like nature, they tend to fall apart after or [[AsteroidsMonster during]] a rough battle. [[PlayingWithATrope This seems to be intentional]] with the Dedede Clone, as there's a three-rider weapon waiting for the three battle-shrunken offshoots of the original clone.
31st Jan '17 9:07:25 AM 3DDowner
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* In ''VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot'', the clones made by the Haltmann Works Company are small blobs of purple goo that expand into the full form when necessary - but due to their slime-like nature, they tend to fall apart after or [[AsteroidsMonster during]] a rough battle. [[PlayingWithATrope This seems to be intentional]] with the Dedede Clone, as there's a three-rider weapon waiting for the three battle-shrunken offshoots of the original clone.
20th Jan '17 10:02:30 AM SteveMB
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In some instances it may be a JustifiedTrope: the creator may "program" a shortened lifespan into the clone to protect their property from getting away. Relatedly, the degeneration may be because the process used to make the clone resulted in a FlawedPrototype, making all the clones a form of KeystoneArmy that will croak on some future date or circumstance. If the hero has [[ExpendableClone qualms about killing clones]], their degeneration lays them to rest. Whether out of being a MercyKill or making them seem ''less real'' varies.

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In some instances it may be a JustifiedTrope: the creator may "program" a shortened lifespan into the clone to protect their property from getting away.away or [[KillAndReplace trying to take his place]]. Relatedly, the degeneration may be because the process used to make the clone resulted in a FlawedPrototype, making all the clones a form of KeystoneArmy that will croak on some future date or circumstance. If the hero has [[ExpendableClone qualms about killing clones]], their degeneration lays them to rest. Whether out of being a MercyKill or making them seem ''less real'' varies.
31st Dec '16 8:05:37 PM ZimFan89
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* In ''FanFic/IWarrior'', [[spoiler: this turns out to be why [[BigBad the Master's]] body is [[BodyHorror slowly rotting]], as he's revealed to be an evil clone of Anakin Solo.]]
30th Dec '16 6:29:50 PM Gamermaster
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** Averted with [[spoiler:Fate Testarossa]], who appears completely healthy over a decade and a half after her creation, as well as [[spoiler:Erio Mondial]], who has been alive for at least a decade as of Force.

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** Averted with [[spoiler:Fate Testarossa]], who appears completely healthy over a decade and a half after her creation, as well as [[spoiler:Erio Mondial]], who has been alive for at least a decade as of Force.''Force''.
12th Dec '16 9:05:45 AM Vir
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* The CloningBlues episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' "Too Many Jimmys" is a good example. When Jimmy borrows Heloise's people copier, the resulting clones are deformed and misshapen. For example one had no head, another had legs for arms with an oversized nose, and another one had a single eye with no body separating his limbs from his head. The justification for this though is that Jimmy had damaged the machine before the cloning process was completed. Yet for some reason, everyone in Miseryville seems oblivious of the differences between the clones and the real jimmy.

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* The CloningBlues episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' "Too Many Jimmys" is a good example. When Jimmy borrows Heloise's people copier, the resulting clones are deformed and misshapen. For example one had no head, another had legs for arms with an oversized nose, and another one had a single eye with no body separating his limbs from his head. The justification for this though is that Jimmy had damaged the machine before the cloning process was completed. Yet for some reason, everyone in Miseryville seems oblivious of to the differences between the clones and the real jimmy.Jimmy.
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