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17th Jul '16 5:59:02 PM merotoker
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-->-- ''{{Mekton}} Zeta Plus'', "Shadow Imager" entry

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-->-- ''{{Mekton}} ''TabletopGame/{{Mekton}} Zeta Plus'', "Shadow Imager" entry



** [[AWizardDidIt A Wizardmon does]] [[IncrediblyLamePun this]] in an early episode of ''Anime/DigimonFrontier''; Tommy saw through it by identifying that only one cast a shadow on the ground.

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** [[AWizardDidIt A Wizardmon does]] [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} this]] in an early episode of ''Anime/DigimonFrontier''; Tommy saw through it by identifying that only one cast a shadow on the ground.



* Killua Zaoldyeck from ''HunterXHunter'' has this ability as part of his assassin's training since birth.

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* Killua Zaoldyeck from ''HunterXHunter'' ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' has this ability as part of his assassin's training since birth.



** Unusually, this ability is given to one of its heroes; [[spoiler: Ichigo, with his new Bankai, pulls this off during his fight with Byakuya.]]

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** Unusually, this ability is given to one of its heroes; [[spoiler: Ichigo, with his new Bankai, pulls this off during his fight with Byakuya.]]Byakuya]].



* Kaede Nagase and Kotaro Inugami of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. By choice of [[KiAttacks Ki-use]], [[DoppelgangerAttack they may become physical]].

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* Kaede Nagase and Kotaro Inugami of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. By choice of [[KiAttacks [[KiManipulation Ki-use]], [[DoppelgangerAttack they may become physical]].



* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91'', the titular mecha can shed the outermost layer of its ablative armor (which is apparently hundreds of layers thick), leaving behind an afterimage that appears real to most sensors (since MinovskyPhysics are in effect, sensors are a lot more limited in than in real life despite the otherwise far more advanced technology). This does, however, straddle the line between DopplegangerSpin and SpeedEchoes. [[spoiler: This becomes highly important in the final climactic fight.]]

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* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91'', the titular mecha can shed the outermost layer of its ablative armor (which is apparently hundreds of layers thick), leaving behind an afterimage that appears real to most sensors (since MinovskyPhysics are in effect, sensors are a lot more limited in than in real life despite the otherwise far more advanced technology). This does, however, straddle the line between DopplegangerSpin Doppleganger Spin and SpeedEchoes. [[spoiler: This becomes highly important in the final climactic fight.]]



* ComicBook/SpiderMan's foe Mysterio is fond of this tactic, although he uses [[MasterOfIllusion holographic projectors]] and other technological means rather than any natural ability.
* ComicBook/TheFlash's enemy The Mirror Master practically made this trope in comics; it's one of his favorite tricks.
** In fact the various Flashes have mimicked this ability many, many times.

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* ComicBook/SpiderMan's Franchise/SpiderMan's foe Mysterio is fond of this tactic, although he uses [[MasterOfIllusion holographic projectors]] and other technological means rather than any natural ability.
* ComicBook/TheFlash's Franchise/TheFlash's enemy The Mirror Master practically made this trope in comics; it's one of his favorite tricks.
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tricks. In fact the various Flashes have mimicked this ability many, many times.



* ComicBook/IronMan used this trick a lot in the old days, courtesy of his suit's built-in image inducer. Nowadays Tony can control machines with his brain, so he likes to use ''real'' Iron Man suits as the "dummies".
** Then there were the few times when he was using remote-controlled suits or simply having his friends put on extra suits to give him some back-up.

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* ComicBook/IronMan used this trick a lot in the old days, courtesy of his suit's built-in image inducer. Nowadays Tony can control machines with his brain, so he likes to use ''real'' Iron Man suits as the "dummies".
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"dummies". Then there were the few times when he was using remote-controlled suits or simply having his friends put on extra suits to give him some back-up.



* In his younger days fighting manga characters in an arena, ComicBook/{{Rat-Man}} used this ability. We see it twice: the first against a [[FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro]] {{Expy}}, who sees through the illusion and punches the real deal before starting a NoHoldsBarredBeatDown, and then against The Dragon, an invincible [[DragonBall Goku]] {{Expy}}... [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome And it succeeds]].

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* In his younger days fighting manga characters in an arena, ComicBook/{{Rat-Man}} used this ability. We see it twice: the first against a [[FistOfTheNorthStar [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro]] {{Expy}}, who sees through the illusion and punches the real deal before starting a NoHoldsBarredBeatDown, and then against The Dragon, an invincible [[DragonBall Goku]] {{Expy}}... [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome And it succeeds]].



* ''Film/TotalRecall1990'' (1990). Quaid's wrist {{hologram}} device gives him a single image version, which he and Melina use to distract and kill Cohaagen's guards.

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* ''Film/TotalRecall1990'' (1990).''Film/TotalRecall1990''. Quaid's wrist {{hologram}} device gives him a single image version, which he and Melina use to distract and kill Cohaagen's guards.



* Spaghetti Western ''Film/MyNameIsNobody''. Nobody using mirrors to scare his opponents. [[PunnyName Nobody]] [[IncrediblyLamePun did it]].

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* Spaghetti Western ''Film/MyNameIsNobody''. Nobody using mirrors to scare his opponents. [[PunnyName Nobody]] [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} did it]].



** Walker uses it again in ''Talismans'' to face off against the Four HorsemenOfTheApocalypse. The trick is [[spoiler: that the Walker they're fighting isn't real at all, just an image he's projecting to make them kill each other. Death sees through the illusion, however, and almost kills Walker.]]

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** Walker uses it again in ''Talismans'' to face off against the Four HorsemenOfTheApocalypse. The trick is [[spoiler: that the Walker they're fighting isn't real at all, just an image he's projecting to make them kill each other. Death sees through the illusion, however, and almost kills Walker.]]Walker]].



* Shows up in various seasons of PowerRangers from time to time.
* Shinji from ''TowerPrep'' can create at least one duplicate by spinning.
* Invoked, but not seen during a Halloween episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', when the guys all dress up as Main/TheFlash.

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* Shows up in various seasons of PowerRangers Franchise/PowerRangers from time to time.
* Shinji from ''TowerPrep'' ''Series/TowerPrep'' can create at least one duplicate by spinning.
* Invoked, but not seen during a Halloween episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', when the guys all dress up as Main/TheFlash.Franchise/TheFlash.



** It got even better with higher-level versions from ''DragonMagazine''. "Image Trap" is much the same with a melee-range Color Spray from each shattered decoy. "Crew of Phantoms" creates twice more duplicates for up to 30 people at once, i.e. up to 150 phantoms in average if you aren't low on originals.

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** It got even better with higher-level versions from ''DragonMagazine''.''[[Magazine/{{Dragon}} Dragon Magazine]]''. "Image Trap" is much the same with a melee-range Color Spray from each shattered decoy. "Crew of Phantoms" creates twice more duplicates for up to 30 people at once, i.e. up to 150 phantoms in average if you aren't low on originals.



** A natural version occurs in the "Revenge of the Mountain Clan" segment of the Basic D&D module [=CM1=] ''Test of the Warlords''. The crystal stalagtites lining a room create 11 false images of a gargantuan troll in the room, which means that each time a {{PC}} hits a troll there's only a 1 in 12 chance that it's the real troll.

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** A natural version occurs in the "Revenge of the Mountain Clan" segment of the Basic D&D module [=CM1=] ''Test of the Warlords''. The crystal stalagtites stalactites lining a room create 11 false images of a gargantuan troll in the room, which means that each time a {{PC}} {{P|layerCharacter}}C hits a troll there's only a 1 in 12 chance that it's the real troll.



* ''TabletopGames/LejendaryAdventures''

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* ''TabletopGames/LejendaryAdventures''''TabletopGame/LejendaryAdventures''



* The final boss of ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 3: Corruption'' does this often. [[spoiler:Figuring out which of the Dark Samus clones are fake is easy with the X-Ray Visor, but if you don't kill them quick enough, the original can re-absorb them and regain health.]]

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* The final boss of ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 3: Corruption'' ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' does this often. [[spoiler:Figuring out which of the Dark Samus clones are fake is easy with the X-Ray Visor, but if you don't kill them quick enough, the original can re-absorb them and regain health.]]



** In ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', Dimentio [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this]] in that the copies are [[MirrorMonster Mirror Monsters]]

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** In ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', Dimentio [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this]] in that the copies are [[MirrorMonster Mirror Monsters]]Monsters]].



* ''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}'' has one of the creepiest applications of this trope where, before you fight [[ThatOneBoss Bloody Mary]] you have to play two 'games' with her evil dolls. While the second game is clearly 'Red Light, Green Light', the first game is based on a Japanese rhyming children's game where 4 dolls do a doppleganger spin and you have to guess the right one. This was particularly hard because the translated poem the dolls chant doesn't convey the main point of the Japanese original- [[spoiler:you have to attack the one that stops behind you.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}'' has one of the creepiest applications of this trope where, before you fight [[ThatOneBoss Bloody Mary]] you have to play two 'games' with her evil dolls. While the second game is clearly 'Red Light, Green Light', the first game is based on a Japanese rhyming children's game where 4 dolls do a doppleganger spin and you have to guess the right one. This was particularly hard because the translated poem the dolls chant doesn't convey the main point of the Japanese original- [[spoiler:you have to attack the one that stops behind you.]]you]].



* Baal from the ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} II'' expansion pack Lord of Destruction does this when you face him. His clone dies much faster than he does.

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* Baal from the ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} II'' ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' expansion pack Lord of Destruction does this when you face him. His clone dies much faster than he does.



** ''Ace Combat 2'' also has jammers, but these just [[InterfaceScrew block the radar with static]]

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** ''Ace Combat 2'' also has jammers, but these just [[InterfaceScrew block the radar with static]]static]].



* The cartoon-only villain Luminus from ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' liked to do this, but never had the good sense to get away while the getting was good. Eventually he came up with "hard light" versions of these that actually were a threat, as TheFlash found out the hard way.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "[[http://dcanimated.wikia.com/wiki/Only_a_Dream Only a Dream]], Luminus tries the 'confuse opponent with hard light copies' technique. Just one little problem: [[spoiler:holograms don't have skeletons.]]

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* The cartoon-only villain CanonForeigner Luminus from ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' liked to do this, but never had the good sense to get away while the getting was good. Eventually he came up with "hard light" versions of these that actually were a threat, as TheFlash Franchise/TheFlash found out the hard way.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "[[http://dcanimated.wikia.com/wiki/Only_a_Dream "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueS2E5And6OnlyADream Only a Dream]], Dream]]", Luminus tries the 'confuse opponent with hard light copies' technique. Just one little problem: [[spoiler:holograms don't have skeletons.]]skeletons]].
7th Jul '16 9:46:45 AM Willbyr
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* Used by a rather ghostly opponent in ''{{Medabots}}'', until someone started shining a light on all the projected images.

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* Used by a rather ghostly opponent in ''{{Medabots}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Medabots}}'', until someone started shining a light on all the projected images.
30th Jun '16 9:29:09 AM Willbyr
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* In ''FistOfTheNorthStar'', someone tries this on Kenshiro. Kenshiro spins around while punching and hits the guy hundreds of times.

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* In ''FistOfTheNorthStar'', ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', someone tries this on Kenshiro. Kenshiro spins around while punching and hits the guy hundreds of times.



* ''{{Yaiba}}'' uses such a trick in the first volume against Sayaka's grandmother. After a brief beat, she knock him down with a single well-aimed hit on the head. She comments though that it wasn't very easy.

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* ''{{Yaiba}}'' ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'' uses such a trick in the first volume against Sayaka's grandmother. After a brief beat, she knock him down with a single well-aimed hit on the head. She comments though that it wasn't very easy.
16th Jun '16 3:55:44 PM nombretomado
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* Ryoko's done this in the ''TenchiMuyo'' manga a few times. I only remember one anime appearance, and it was more for a con artist deal than combat, but the manga had her doing it in a more hostile vein. She's also capable of creating physical clones, at least in the OVA continuity.

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* Ryoko's done this in the ''TenchiMuyo'' ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' manga a few times. I only remember one anime appearance, and it was more for a con artist deal than combat, but the manga had her doing it times in a more hostile vein. She's also capable of creating physical clones, at least in the OVA continuity.
14th Jun '16 9:16:38 AM StFan
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* Multiple Man from Comicbook/{{X-Factor}} is another one who can manage this trope.

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* Multiple Man from Comicbook/{{X-Factor}} ComicBook/XFactor is another one who can manage this trope.



4th Jun '16 4:56:07 AM GigaHand
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* Azwraith the Phantom Lancer of ''VideoGame/{{Dota 2}}'' has this as his main strength. While any hero can create illusions of themself (only a handful can do so with a built-in ability, most require a rune or item), only Phantom Lancer can reliably hide his real self among them, partly because he can quickly create a massive number of them, but mostly because by using his appropriately named skill Doppelganger, he can shuffle himself among them. Anyone who can't clear out the mass of illusions quickly will die a very fast DeathOfAThousandCuts.
28th May '16 7:57:59 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Kaede Nagase and Kotaro Inugami of ''MahouSenseiNegima''. By choice of [[KiAttacks Ki-use]], [[DoppelgangerAttack they may become physical]].

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* Kaede Nagase and Kotaro Inugami of ''MahouSenseiNegima''.''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. By choice of [[KiAttacks Ki-use]], [[DoppelgangerAttack they may become physical]].
13th May '16 7:15:49 PM dasuberkaiser
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* Nomad of ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' summons three copies of himself in his stable combat sequence. Hit the incorrect one, it disappears. Hit the correct one, all copies disappear. All four can attack, with the real one attacking at a slightly different time.



* Nomad of ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' summons three copies of himself in his stable combat sequence. Hit the incorrect one, it disappears. Hit the correct one, all copies disappear. All four can attack, with the real one attacking at a slightly different time.
21st Apr '16 2:01:34 AM aye_amber
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* In ''VideoGame/Klonoa2LunateasVeil'', the boss Leptio breaks into four copies. The real one spins at a different speed.

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* In ''VideoGame/Klonoa2LunateasVeil'', ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}} 2: Lunatea's Veil,'' the boss Leptio breaks into four copies. The real one spins at a different speed.
22nd Mar '16 2:31:57 AM anza_sb
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* ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'': Koro-sensei, being a creature [[SuperSpeed that has a top speed of Mach 20]], can make clones by moving at high speeds. More often than not, he uses this ability [[MundaneUtility to teach his students individually to prepare them for exams]].
** It gets weirder. Destroying one of his tentacles makes his clones somehow got ''smaller'', almost child-sized. And the clones are pretty unstable, too, being able to form into freaky shapes when threatened.
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