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22nd Dec '17 3:37:12 AM nighttrainfm
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* The original ''VideoGame/{{Kingdom Hearts|1}}'' has [[EvilKnockoff Anti-Sora]], who periodically splits himself into three. The trick is that the real deal has a large HP bar, while the clones only have 1 HP. (There's an ability available in the early game that lets you see the enemy's HP.) Alternatively, you can identify which one is the real deal by how they fight, as the clones only have one attack.
* The [[Disney/SnowWhite Magic Mirror]] does this in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep''. Look very carefully at the different faces' expressions, however...

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* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
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The original ''VideoGame/{{Kingdom Hearts|1}}'' has [[EvilKnockoff Anti-Sora]], who periodically splits himself into three. The trick is that the real deal has a large HP bar, while the clones only have 1 HP. (There's an ability available in the early game that lets you see the enemy's HP.) Alternatively, you can identify which one is the real deal by how they fight, as the clones only have one attack.
* ** The [[Disney/SnowWhite Magic Mirror]] does this in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep''. Look very carefully at the different faces' expressions, however...



* ''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.]]
18th Nov '17 8:49:34 PM armogohma
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** This is also Vanitas's signature move, combined with the usual "story bosses teleporting out of your combos", leaving a static image in his place. If Vanitas ever stops moving when attacked, run.
28th Oct '17 10:59:17 PM Actua11y
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One of these copies is the real one, while the rest are just harmless illusions to distract their target; said target must find a way to "sense" which one is the correct one and attack it, before the entire group closes in to strike.

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One of these copies is the real one, while the rest are just harmless illusions to distract their target; said target must find a way to "sense" which one is the correct one and attack it, it before the entire group closes in to strike.



** Kenshin has, arguably, something similar with the Kuzu Ryuu Sen attack. The wielder doesn't actually appear in more than one place, but their sword does, since the technique hits nine different spots at almost the same time, making it impossible to block or dodge. [[spoiler: Naturally it's been dodged once (by Soujirou), blocked once (by Enishi), and stopped in mid-execution (Enishi again).]]

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** Kenshin has, arguably, something similar with the Kuzu Ryuu Sen attack. The wielder doesn't actually appear in more than one place, but their sword does, since the technique hits nine different spots at almost the same time, making it impossible to block or dodge. [[spoiler: Naturally [[spoiler:Naturally it's been dodged once (by Soujirou), blocked once (by Enishi), and stopped in mid-execution (Enishi again).]]



** Unusually, this ability is given to one of its heroes; [[spoiler: Ichigo, with his new Bankai, pulls this off during his fight with Byakuya]].
** Also used in almost the exact same way with Yourichi and Byakuya himself. The dopplegangers are actually so realistic that they show damage before fading away. Yourichi get's slashed by Byakuya, Byakuya by Zomari [=LeRoux=]. Both times, the dopplegangers fade away, after which the real one reveals him/herself. Zomari himself is also quite skilled at creating afterimages.

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** Unusually, this ability is given to one of its heroes; [[spoiler: Ichigo, [[spoiler:Ichigo, with his new Bankai, pulls this off during his fight with Byakuya]].
** Also used in almost the exact same way with Yourichi and Byakuya himself. The dopplegangers doppelgangers are actually so realistic that they show damage before fading away. Yourichi get's slashed by Byakuya, Byakuya by Zomari [=LeRoux=]. Both times, the dopplegangers doppelgangers fade away, after which the real one reveals him/herself. Zomari himself is also quite skilled at creating afterimages.



* 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 Doppleganger Spin 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 Doppleganger Spin and SpeedEchoes. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This becomes highly important in the final climactic fight.]]



* In ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'', the Genjutsu Wakemi is a technique [[spoiler: created by Genjuro and passed on to Kurei]] that does exactly this for the user. Problem? You can't copy items held in your hands, only your body and clothing.

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* In ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'', the Genjutsu Wakemi is a technique [[spoiler: created [[spoiler:created by Genjuro and passed on to Kurei]] that does exactly this for the user. Problem? You can't copy items held in your hands, only your body and clothing.



* Franchise/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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* Franchise/TheFlash's enemy The Mirror Master practically made this trope in comics; it's one of his favorite tricks. In fact fact, the various Flashes have mimicked this ability many, many times.



* Loki has has this power since the first Avengers story, though he uses it more frequently in the movies.

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* Loki has has this power since the first Avengers story, though he uses it more frequently in the movies.



** 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 [[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]].



* Creator/RobinMcKinley's ''Spindle's End'', a reworked version of Sleeping Beauty, has the heroine and a group rescue her friend, and mirror images that can attack are used (, including a overly-friendly dog that licks the enemy into submission).

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* Creator/RobinMcKinley's ''Spindle's End'', a reworked version of Sleeping Beauty, has the heroine and a group rescue her friend, and mirror images that can attack are used (, including a an overly-friendly dog that licks the enemy into submission).



* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' has this as a high-end Space Arcanum spell. "Co-Location" creates a number of doppleganger images and the caster can reflexively teleport between them, acting as a limited form of TeleportSpam.

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* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' has this as a high-end Space Arcanum spell. "Co-Location" creates a number of doppleganger doppelganger images and the caster can reflexively teleport between them, acting as a limited form of TeleportSpam.



* The Poe spirits in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' do this. As do the Wizzrobes in ''Majora's Mask'' and Phantom Ganon in ''Wind Waker''. The Poes take the trope's name literally; the real one ''spins''.

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* The Poe spirits in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' do this. As do the Wizzrobes in ''Majora's Mask'' ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' and Phantom Ganon in ''Wind Waker''.''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaWindWaker Wind Waker]]''. The Poes take the trope's name literally; the real one ''spins''.



** Phantom Ganon does this too in his first two appearances, in ''Ocarina of Time'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]''. In ''Ocarina of Time'', he disappears into a painting of a spooky road in his boss room, and several of him ride back (he rides a horse here). The real ones creates a portal and comes out and the rest turn back at the last second. In ''Wind Waker'', he gets simple and only surrounds you, and the real one is always the one behind you.

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** Phantom Ganon does this too in his first two appearances, in ''Ocarina ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time'' Time]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]''. In ''Ocarina ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time'', Time]]'', he disappears into a painting of a spooky road in his boss room, and several of him ride back (he rides a horse here). The real ones creates create a portal and comes come out and the rest turn back at the last second. In ''Wind Waker'', ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'', he gets simple and only surrounds you, and the real one is always the one behind you.



* During the InevitableTournament in the second chapter of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'', Princess Alena faces off against a monster named Linguar in the final round, who uses this against her. Only one of the clones attacks at a time, but this is usually ''after'' she's selected her target, so she only has a 25% chance of damaging the Linguar. Thankfully, the Linguar's HP are lower than those of the Rogue Knight Sampson from the previous round, so two or three direct hits will KO the monster in short order.

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* During the InevitableTournament in the second chapter of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'', Princess Alena faces off against a monster named Linguar in the final round, who uses this against her. Only one of the clones attacks attack at a time, but this is usually ''after'' she's selected her target, so she only has a 25% chance of damaging the Linguar. Thankfully, the Linguar's HP are is lower than those that of the Rogue Knight Sampson from the previous round, so two or three direct hits will KO the monster in short order.



* The mutated General Shun, the [[spoiler: second-to-last]] boss of ''VideoGame/LegendOfKay'', splits into four copies when he's not attacking. The one with [[spoiler: a slightly darker red light coming from his amulet]] is the real one. Not that it really matters; [[spoiler: the false ones [[OneHitWonder disappear with one hit]], there's enough time to hit all four of them, and it's really tricky to get more than one hit on the real one before he starts attacking again.]]

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* The mutated General Shun, the [[spoiler: second-to-last]] [[spoiler:second-to-last]] boss of ''VideoGame/LegendOfKay'', splits into four copies when he's not attacking. The one with [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a slightly darker red light coming from his amulet]] is the real one. Not that it really matters; [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the false ones [[OneHitWonder disappear with one hit]], there's enough time to hit all four of them, and it's really tricky to get more than one hit on the real one before he starts attacking again.]]



* [[spoiler: Dark Meta Knight]] in ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe'' generates two clones of himself in the second phase of the fight. You're given a chance to see which is the real deal before they rapidly shuffle places, then attack you. Hitting a fake destroys it but produces a projectile counterattack, and it'll be regenerated before the next attack is carried out.

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* [[spoiler: Dark [[spoiler:Dark Meta Knight]] in ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe'' generates two clones of himself in the second phase of the fight. You're given a chance to see which is the real deal before they rapidly shuffle places, then attack you. Hitting a fake destroys it but produces a projectile counterattack, and it'll be regenerated before the next attack is carried out.



* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'': Ulrich's "Triangulate" technique combine SuperSpeed with his "Triplicate" power to confuse monsters. Note, though, that his two clones are physical (although OneHitPointWonder) and thus this overlaps with DoppelgangerAttack.

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* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'': Ulrich's "Triangulate" technique combine combines SuperSpeed with his "Triplicate" power to confuse monsters. Note, though, that his two clones are physical (although OneHitPointWonder) and thus this overlaps with DoppelgangerAttack.
28th Sep '17 9:22:17 AM Aardvark123
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* In ''Fanfic/{{FREAKINGENSOKYO}}'', this technique is added to Remilia Scarlet's repertoire.
17th Sep '17 2:27:09 AM Arivne
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** Nanase uses a variation on this early on while fighting a giant blob of goo. In a subversion, ''none'' of the ones fighting the goo are the real Nanase; the real Nanase is rescuing Ellen while the goo is distracted by the duplicates. Earlier, her boyfriend Elliot complains that he hates "these trendy 'which one is real?' illusion attacks".

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** Nanase Kitsune
*** [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=85 She creates two images of herself while in a demonstration martial arts match with her boyfriend Elliott]]. Each of the images she creates has different colored hair (green and blue). She uses them to distract him so she can make a sneak attack from the rear. Elliot complains that he hates "these trendy 'which one is real?' illusion attacks".
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uses a variation on this early on while fighting a giant blob of goo. In a subversion, ''none'' of the ones fighting the goo are the real Nanase; the real Nanase is rescuing Ellen while the goo is distracted by the duplicates. Earlier, her boyfriend Elliot complains that he hates "these trendy 'which one is real?' illusion attacks".
6th Jul '17 1:55:24 AM GigaHand
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In video games, finding the "real" one usually boils down to a game of "one of these isn't like the others", by noticing subtle details like whether they use the same attacks, have the same HP or defense power, or [[CastsNoShadow cast a shadow on the ground]].

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In video games, finding the "real" one usually boils down to a game of "one of these isn't like the others", by noticing subtle details like whether they use the same attacks, have the same HP or defense power, or [[CastsNoShadow cast a shadow on the ground]].
ground]]. Another common way of implementing this into a game is having the illusory clones disappear the instant they take a hit, or when the real one takes a hit.
3rd Jul '17 3:12:49 AM Arivne
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* ''WesternAnimation/FantasticVoyage''. In the episode "The Menace from Space", Guru causes TheMole to see multiple images of Jonathon Kidd so he can't ram Kidd with the Voyager.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FantasticVoyage''. ''WesternAnimation/FantasticVoyage''.
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In the episode "The Menace from Space", Guru causes TheMole to see multiple images of Jonathon Kidd so he can't ram Kidd with the Voyager.Voyager.
** In "The Perfect Crime", Guru uses his mystic powers to create multiple images of the Voyager so the criminals they're fighting don't know what to shoot at.
1st Jul '17 2:40:29 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Fanfic/FateBlackReflection'', Rider criticizes this technique when she sees Ichigo's memories of using it. She calls it a waste of time and energy, because if you are fast enough to run circles around your enemies and make afterimages, you should be fast enough to just kill them right away.
6th Apr '17 9:56:02 PM nombretomado
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** Played straight as an arrow during Suicune's testing of Janine in ''PokemonSpecial''. Janine and her Crobat fly into the air, split into a ring of Double Team clones, and dare Suicune to find the right one. After being beaten, the ninja Leader realizes that Suicune identified the real Crobat by the darker shadow underneath it.

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** Played straight as an arrow during Suicune's testing of Janine in ''PokemonSpecial''.''Manga/PokemonSpecial''. Janine and her Crobat fly into the air, split into a ring of Double Team clones, and dare Suicune to find the right one. After being beaten, the ninja Leader realizes that Suicune identified the real Crobat by the darker shadow underneath it.
13th Mar '17 7:49:13 PM SteveMB
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* 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 Franchise/TheFlash found out the hard way.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueS2E5And6OnlyADream 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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* 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 Franchise/TheFlash found out the hard way.
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In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueS2E5And6OnlyADream Only a Dream]]", Luminus tries had improved his duplicates into HardLight [[DoppelgangerAttack combat-capable]] versions, as Franchise/TheFlash discovered the 'confuse opponent with hard light copies' technique. way. Just one two little problem: problems: [[spoiler:holograms don't have skeletons]].skeletons, and taking down the real Luminus also disposed of the duplicates]].
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