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28th May '17 9:55:51 AM Morgenthaler
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** This plot was cannibalized to make the ''Series/LoisAndClark'' episode "Vat Man." (It was one of several ''Flash'' episodes to receive this treatment.)

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** * This plot was cannibalized to make the ''Series/LoisAndClark'' episode "Vat Man." (It was one of several ''Flash'' episodes to receive this treatment.)
26th May '17 10:24:39 PM FuzzyBoots
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%% * ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsIHaveANemesis'': Penny's plan to extricate herself from her Bad Penny persona is to construct a robotic duplicate, copy her consciousness into it, and then set it up to be defeated. She doesn't really think through what will happen to the duplicate afterwards...

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%% * ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsIHaveANemesis'': Penny's plan to extricate herself from her Bad Penny persona is to construct a robotic duplicate, copy her consciousness into it, and then set it up to be defeated. She doesn't really think through what will happen to the duplicate afterwards...
26th May '17 10:31:01 AM FuzzyBoots
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* ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsIHaveANemesis'': Penny's plan to extricate herself from her Bad Penny persona is to construct a robotic duplicate, copy her consciousness into it, and then set it up to be defeated. She doesn't really think through what will happen to the duplicate afterwards...

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%% * ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsIHaveANemesis'': Penny's plan to extricate herself from her Bad Penny persona is to construct a robotic duplicate, copy her consciousness into it, and then set it up to be defeated. She doesn't really think through what will happen to the duplicate afterwards...
25th May '17 8:10:27 PM FuzzyBoots
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* ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsIHaveANemesis'': Penny's plan to extricate herself from her Bad Penny persona is to construct a robotic duplicate, copy her consciousness into it, and then set it up to be defeated. She doesn't really think through what will happen to the duplicate afterwards...
16th May '17 9:21:04 AM ChronoLegion
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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': This is how Zoom treats his time remnants. One of them [[spoiler:is Jay Garrick, the Flash of Earth 2]], whom he has to convince to allow himself to be murdered to further Zoom's goals. The other time, Zoom creates a remnant (by traveling back in time a split second) to get Barry to kill him in anger, thus becoming a monster like Zoom. When Barry hesitates, Zoom kills his remnant himself. At the end of the episode, [[spoiler:Barry creates a time remnant using the same trick and battles Zoom, while the remnant performs a HeroicSacrifice to stop Zoom's DoomsdayDevice. To their credit, everyone treats Barry's remnant as a real person and a hero, not as a disposable copy]].

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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': This is how Zoom treats his time remnants. One of them [[spoiler:is Jay Garrick, the Flash of Earth 2]], whom he has to convince to allow himself to be murdered to further Zoom's goals. The other time, Zoom creates a remnant (by traveling back in time a split second) to get Barry to kill him in anger, thus becoming a monster like Zoom. When Barry hesitates, Zoom kills his remnant himself. At the end of the episode, [[spoiler:Barry creates a time remnant using the same trick and battles Zoom, while the remnant performs a HeroicSacrifice to stop Zoom's DoomsdayDevice. To their credit, everyone treats Barry's remnant as a real person and a hero, not as a disposable copy]]. Unfortunately, also played straight with [[spoiler:Future!Barry's time remnant, the only remnant to survive the failed attempt at saving Iris from Savitar. The original Barry and all the others treat the surviving remnant like crap, not seeing him as a real person, forgetting that Iris's death has hurt him just as badly as the original Barry. Eventually, the pain is too much, and he decides that the only way to be rid of it is to become a god - [[StableTimeLoop Savitar]]]].
1st May '17 9:08:08 PM Deathhacker
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* Starstcream of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' stumbles upon the Harbinger, a derelict deception warship with protoforms in it's hold. He used a portion of himself to create four clones, who turns out are largely loyal to him and whom he considers far more expendable than the "original". Unfortunately, Starscream later learns that, because he had used his own genetic material in creating the clones, he suffers phantom pains whenever they're attacked. Unfortunately for him, one of the clones is brutally beaten to death by Bulkhead, while another two are gunned down by Megatron's fusion cannon (and the original Starscream somehow survives through all of this). He decides to off the last clone himself, as he needed the clone's T-Cog and because said clone was about to turn on him (and the clone didn't have the same "drawback").
23rd Apr '17 11:57:46 PM Svartalfar
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* Like in most ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' fanfics, Rei considers herself repleacable in ''Fanfic/NeonMetathesisEvangelion''. Like in many of them others try to dissuade her from that - Shinji very early in the fic already, in this case. However, [[spoiler:Rei sacrifices herself against Bardiel, and is resurrected in a new clone body. Her clone bodies actually ''are'' expendable that way.]]
6th Apr '17 7:15:47 PM nombretomado
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* A scene during the finale of ''PlanescapeTorment'', when the protagonist's personality is shattered and has to convince the "other hims" to merge back with him so that he can continue his quest. One is particularly persistent about making ''you'' merge with ''him''.

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* A scene during the finale of ''PlanescapeTorment'', ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', when the protagonist's personality is shattered and has to convince the "other hims" to merge back with him so that he can continue his quest. One is particularly persistent about making ''you'' merge with ''him''.
4th Apr '17 10:33:01 AM CaliburnAbsoluteEX
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Fridgelogic may reveal, however, that given how impossible chemically assembling a single amoeba would be, anyone willing to devote the ''astronomical'' funds and recources needed to create clones using ordinary science would consider them anything ''but'' expendable.

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Fridgelogic FridgeLogic may reveal, however, that given how impossible chemically assembling a single amoeba would be, anyone willing to devote the ''astronomical'' funds and recources resources needed to create clones using ordinary science would consider them anything ''but'' expendable.



* This trope is part of why copying your [[BrainUploading brain upload]] into more than one body at a time is illegal in some polities in ''[[Literature/{{Accelerando}} Glasshouse]]''. A feared army in the backstory uses this trope to good effect [[spoiler: so much so that it's eventually revealed that most of their troops consisted of copies of the book's protagonist]]. Additionally, [[spoiler: Sanni uses this as an apparent ThanatosGambit during the book's climax]].

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* This trope is part of why copying your [[BrainUploading brain upload]] into more than one body at a time is illegal in some polities in ''[[Literature/{{Accelerando}} Glasshouse]]''. A feared army in the backstory uses this trope to good effect [[spoiler: so [[spoiler:so much so that it's eventually revealed that most of their troops consisted of copies of the book's protagonist]]. Additionally, [[spoiler: Sanni [[spoiler:Sanni uses this as an apparent ThanatosGambit during the book's climax]].



** The Revival series episode "Replica" subverted the trope; when a bioengeener's wife emerges from a coma that was incorrectly thought to be terminal she states that the clone (who has her memories) created prior to her awakening needs to be "disposed of". She quickly notes that she does not mean termination: she is instead suggesting erasing the clone's memories and leaving her in a far away city where she can hopefully start a new life (in the end, the clone ends up with a clone of the bioengineer himself and EverybodyLives).

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** The Revival series episode "Replica" subverted the trope; when a bioengeener's bioengineer's wife emerges from a coma that was incorrectly thought to be terminal she states that the clone (who has her memories) created prior to her awakening needs to be "disposed of". She quickly notes that she does not mean termination: she is instead suggesting erasing the clone's memories and leaving her in a far away city where she can hopefully start a new life (in the end, the clone ends up with a clone of the bioengineer himself and EverybodyLives).



* Deconstructed in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. [[spoiler: Luke, upon finding out he is a replica of the REAL Luke fon Fabre (now called Asch), begins to view his life as [[CloningBlues expendable]] because of his sub-human status.]] His [[TrueCompanions friends]] however, don't accept such perspectives because they feel he is human based on the time and memories they share together.

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* Deconstructed in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. [[spoiler: Luke, [[spoiler:Luke, upon finding out he is a replica of the REAL Luke fon Fabre (now called Asch), begins to view his life as [[CloningBlues expendable]] because of his sub-human status.]] His [[TrueCompanions friends]] however, don't accept such perspectives because they feel he is human based on the time and memories they share together.



* ''FireEmblem'' (the first US release) features this to almost TearJerker effect in the form of Nergal's Morphs.

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* ''FireEmblem'' (the first US release) ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBLazingBlade'' (known simply as ''Fire Emblem'' in the west) features this to almost TearJerker effect in the form of Nergal's Morphs.



* The Mesmer in ''Videogame/GuildWars2'', which specializes in generating illusionary clones, has "shatter" skills, i.e. skills that sacrifice all of his/her clones to inflict damage and/or debuffs.

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* The Mesmer in ''Videogame/GuildWars2'', ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'', which specializes in generating illusionary clones, has "shatter" skills, i.e. skills that sacrifice all of his/her clones to inflict damage and/or debuffs.



* ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight''[='s=] Advanced Edition adds a clonebay to the list of systems your ship can have. It replaces the standard Medbay, and trades off healing your crew for cloning new copies of them when they die. Where it was once a devastating loss for your main boarder to [[FinalDeath permanently die]], it's now a [[DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist minor inconvenience]] that results in a few seconds of their being dead and a minor penalty to their skills, before they can jump right back into battle. However, this only works if the clonebay is operational and powered at the time of the crewmember's death, and continues to be so until the cloning process is complete, otherwise that crewmember is once again [[FinalDeath dead for good]]...that is, unless you bought the clone storage enhancement, which keeps your crew safe even if the clonebay goes down.

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* ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight''[='s=] Advanced Edition adds a clonebay to the list of systems your ship can have. It replaces the standard Medbay, and trades off healing your crew for cloning new copies of them when they die. Where it was once a devastating loss for your main boarder to [[FinalDeath permanently die]], it's now a [[DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist minor inconvenience]] that results in a few seconds of their being dead and a minor penalty to their skills, before they can jump right back into battle. However, this only works if the clonebay is operational and powered at the time of the crewmember's crew member's death, and continues to be so until the cloning process is complete, otherwise that crewmember crew member is once again [[FinalDeath dead for good]]...that is, unless you bought the clone storage enhancement, which keeps your crew safe even if the clonebay goes down.



* In ''Videogame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'', Jack's Doppelganger can summon up holographic decoys to attack his enemies which quickly revive if destroyed. His "Greater Good" skill tree focuses on exploiting their expendable nature by giving him buffs the more they die and letting them take the brunt of damage for him.

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* In ''Videogame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'', ''VideoGame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'', Jack's Doppelganger can summon up holographic decoys to attack his enemies which quickly revive if destroyed. His "Greater Good" skill tree focuses on exploiting their expendable nature by giving him buffs the more they die and letting them take the brunt of damage for him.
26th Jan '17 7:47:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, Atlas and later Jakobs treats their clones in this manner. They are given high-tech equipment, but they are mostly cannon fodder, especially against the [[spoiler:Flood]]. The Prime Clone, Athena, is an inversion of this trope--everyone considers her valuable for their own reasons (the heroes because, [[CaptainObvious well...]] and the villains due to her ability to be copied quickly without error).

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* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, Atlas and later Jakobs treats their clones in this manner. They are given high-tech equipment, but they are mostly cannon fodder, especially against the [[spoiler:Flood]]. The Prime Clone, Athena, is an inversion of this trope--everyone considers her valuable for their own reasons (the heroes because, [[CaptainObvious well...]] and the villains due to her ability to be copied quickly without error).



* The ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic [=/=]''StarCraft'' crossover Fanfic ''Fanfic/TheKopruluSector'' has varying levels of this, mainly in the Imperial Dominion, the faction responsible for the clones in the first place. Many of the non cloned citizens treat the clones as second class citizens and tend to separate themselves from the clone population, some even [[UncannyValley creeped out]] about possibly meeting "themselves" in another city, even the government tends to not have much love for them, originally created merely to boost their empires population numbers. The other factions seem more accepting of them, particularly the Kel-Morian combine and the new Kala. One of the protagonists in the story, the Kel-Morian pegasus Rainbow Dash, even has a clone as an adopted "Sister", who she named Jet Stream, that she rescued from slavery by her former employer. [[ArtificialHuman Jet Stream ]] herself laments on her being a clone, which angers Rainbow Dash due to her seeing Jet Stream as an equal.

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* The ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic [=/=]''StarCraft'' ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic [=/=]''VideoGame/StarCraft'' crossover Fanfic ''Fanfic/TheKopruluSector'' has varying levels of this, mainly in the Imperial Dominion, the faction responsible for the clones in the first place. Many of the non cloned citizens treat the clones as second class citizens and tend to separate themselves from the clone population, some even [[UncannyValley creeped out]] about possibly meeting "themselves" in another city, even the government tends to not have much love for them, originally created merely to boost their empires population numbers. The other factions seem more accepting of them, particularly the Kel-Morian combine and the new Kala. One of the protagonists in the story, the Kel-Morian pegasus Rainbow Dash, even has a clone as an adopted "Sister", who she named Jet Stream, that she rescued from slavery by her former employer. [[ArtificialHuman Jet Stream ]] herself laments on her being a clone, which angers Rainbow Dash due to her seeing Jet Stream as an equal.
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