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2nd May '18 9:09:53 AM __Vano
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A common subversion is that ''none'' of the clones is the real adversary, who is secretly hiding somewhere nearby instead.
12th Apr '18 6:33:31 AM DarkHunter
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* In ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsI'', Catacombs boss Pinwheel generates a clone of themselves every time they jump away from you to reposition themselves. The clones will immediately shatter in one hit from any weapon, and Pinwheel isn't a very fast boss, but they do this every time they jump, and there's no limit to how many clones they can make. Couple that with the fact that there is way to differentiate Pinwheel from their clones aside from memorization and this comparatively easy boss can be a nightmare for slow or cocky players. The only mercy you get is that only the original makes clones and [[BreatherBoss Pinwheel has abysmally low health]].

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* In ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsI'', Catacombs boss Pinwheel generates a clone of themselves every time they jump away from you to reposition themselves. The clones will immediately shatter in one hit from any weapon, and Pinwheel isn't a very fast boss, but they do this every time they jump, and there's no limit to how many clones they can make. Couple that with the fact that there is no way to differentiate Pinwheel from their clones aside from memorization and this comparatively easy boss can be a nightmare for slow or cocky players. The only mercy you get is that only the original makes clones and [[BreatherBoss Pinwheel has abysmally low health]].health]].
* ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'': The Crystal Sage begins pulling this at half health: three or four identical copies will pop up around the arena and start attacking you all at once. The copies die in a single hit, but it's easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of projectiles while you're attacking the wrong one. The trick is that the false Sages can only use two attacks, and the attacks they use are blue: the real one has purple-colored magic.
7th Apr '18 12:12:35 AM shawnvw
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* Triplicate Girl[=/=]Triad[=/=]Duo Damsel from ''Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}''.
19th Mar '18 5:14:41 PM MagnusForce
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* By far one of the most famous users of this trope are the Baltans from the ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' series. One of the main abilities of this alien race, the doppelgangers created by this technique not only move in the same way as their creator, but they can ''hit their foes just as hard, too.''

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* By far one of the most famous users of this trope are the Baltans from the ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' series.''Series/{{Ultraman}}''. One of the main abilities of this alien race, the doppelgangers created by this technique not only move in the same way as their creator, but they can ''hit their foes just as hard, too.''
13th Mar '18 10:29:26 PM ultimomant
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* ''Series/{{Community}}'': In "G.I. Jeff", an AffectionateParody of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'', the villain Overkill does this with holograms. The heroes nonchalantly say he must be the one in the middle and shoot him in the leg.
8th Feb '18 7:00:50 PM Generality
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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 ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' and Phantom Ganon in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaWindWaker 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 ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' and Phantom Ganon in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaWindWaker ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]''. The Poes take the trope's name literally; the real one ''spins''.



* [[spoiler:Maz Koshia]], the BonusBoss of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'', has this as one of his many techniques that he uses during the second phase of combat. He has no obvious tell, except that his real self usually stays in the same location while his clones fan out; however, they can easily become so thickly clustered that it's nigh-impossible to find the real target. This strategy is especially daunting in Master Mode, where attacking a clone gives the real opponent a chance to regenerate his health.

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* ** [[spoiler:Maz Koshia]], the BonusBoss of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'', has this as one of his many techniques that he uses during the second phase of combat. He has no obvious tell, except that his real self usually stays in the same location while his clones fan out; however, they can easily become so thickly clustered that it's nigh-impossible to find the real target. This strategy is especially daunting in Master Mode, where attacking a clone gives the real opponent a chance to regenerate his health.
8th Feb '18 7:00:05 PM Generality
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* [[spoiler:Maz Koshia]], the BonusBoss of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'', has this as one of his many techniques that he uses during the second phase of combat. He has no obvious tell, except that his real self usually stays in the same location while his clones fan out; however, they can easily become so thickly clustered that it's nigh-impossible to find the real target. This strategy is especially daunting in Master Mode, where attacking a clone gives the real opponent a chance to regenerate his health.
7th Feb '18 6:06:24 PM Prfnoff
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' did this with a rifle-toting hunter, a devious duck and a hall of mirrors (with one mirror already shot through):
-->"Ah, yes, Mr. Frischberg, I thought you'd come... but which of us is the ''real'' duck, Mr. Frischberg, and not just an illusion?"
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5th Feb '18 8:55:19 AM 32_Footsteps
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* This appears as an ability in several ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games, alternately called RUSE, Image, or Utsusemi. Originally something that white mages specialized in, but it's more frequently pulled off by ninjas in later games. In practice, it generally guarantees that a certain number of melee attacks against the target are automatic misses.
3rd Feb '18 6:53:14 AM morenohijazo
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* ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'':
** The Lunatic Cultist will occasionally summon copies that, if struck, will cause an extra minion to be summoned. Certain visual cues allow you to pick out the real one.
** In Expert mode, Brain of Cthulhu will create three illusionary copies of itself in its second phase to confuse the player as it charges. They start out transparent to make them easy to tell apart, but as its health gets lower, the copies become solid and harder to distinguish from the real one.
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