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24th Apr '18 8:08:45 AM TFSyndicate
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* In ''VideoGame/RickAndMortyVirtualRickAlity'', you play as one of these: a "Morty clone". Be expected to be killed by Rick, because you'll get killed ''a lot''!
4th Apr '18 11:59:37 PM KaminoNeko
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* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' has the episode with "Sim" Tucker, in which he is made and [[HumanResources harvested for parts]] in order to save Trip. He doesn't take it all that well at first, but comes around in the end. (He was going to die anyway in an hour or two, after all. And in their defense... harvesting him for parts wasn't the ''plan,'' they just needed the injured Trip's skills in a ''big'' hurry, and no one expected the clone would retain Trip's memories (or IIRC even be cognizant))

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* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' has the episode with "Sim" Similitude, which a 'Mimetic Simulant' of Tucker, in which he named Sim, is made and [[HumanResources harvested for parts]] in order to save Trip. He doesn't take it all that well at first, but comes around in the end. (He was going to end, as even if he left, he'd die anyway in an hour or two, after all.within days, due to the simulants having a lifespan of 15 days. And in their defense... harvesting him for parts wasn't the ''plan,'' they just initially expected him to survive the experience (albeit, only for a short time, due to the aforementioned short lifespan), and needed the injured Trip's skills in a ''big'' hurry, and no one expected the clone would retain hurry. Sim having Trip's memories (or IIRC even be cognizant))was also a distinct surprise.) The true dilemma really comes when it's revealed that there is an experimental process that may extend Sim's life - which Archer reluctantly decides not to use, as the chances of it working are low, and by the time they were sure if it would work, Tucker would have died.
9th Feb '18 2:19:35 AM Chabal2
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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'': Dark Eldar keep their numbers high by using vast amounts of clones known as Vatborn, while naturally-born Dark Eldar are rarer (due to Eldar gestation being more complicated and the ever-present danger of Slaanesh eating the souls of all involved) and called Trueborn, who look down on Vatborn (of course, Dark Eldar look down on ''everybody'' and consider their own advancement more important than the well-being of others).
22nd Jan '18 4:09:29 PM JoeMerl
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* Played straight in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Rei has several dozen clones ready to swap her out if she dies or decides to not play along with her superiors' AssimilationPlot. All three of her superiors who know about it ([[TheChessmaster Gendo]], [[NumberTwo Fuyutsuki]], [[EvilutionaryBiologist Ritsuko]]) treat her like a tool and she lets them because she knows her replaceability too and [[ExtremeDoormat considers resistance useless]].

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* Played straight in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Rei has several dozen clones ready to swap her out if she dies or decides to not play along with her superiors' AssimilationPlot. All three of her superiors who know about it ([[TheChessmaster Gendo]], [[NumberTwo Fuyutsuki]], [[EvilutionaryBiologist Ritsuko]]) treat her like a tool and she lets them because she knows her replaceability too and [[ExtremeDoormat considers resistance useless]]. Note that ''other'' characters do not necessarily share this assessment, though.
21st Jan '18 7:35:41 PM KrspaceT
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* A bit in play in [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12104441/1/Too-Many-Ashes Too Many Ashes]]. As an explanation for Ash's tendency to never age, it is revealed that 'Ash' is one of hundreds of clones Oak sent out to do Pokedex research, with a cloned Pikachu, fake memories and C.G.I histories, and [[AmbiguousSituation Team Rocket, who are hinted to just get blasted off and bother a different clone every day]]. However it enters a bit of this trope by having lost a few of them: while several of them have simply ended up with lives ranging from being a Laramine Clanmember to being a Pokemon Connoisseur, several of them have had such situations as drowning on the S.S Anne and being trapped in the Distortion World. Professor Oak is not too bothered by this, or the confusion of the Ash Ketchums discovering they are all identical clones.
17th Jan '18 6:54:03 PM MetaFour
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* Played for black comedy in ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000.'' Tom Servo acquires more than 500 clones of himself over the series. In ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S10E13Diabolik Diabolik]]'', Servo prepares for his return to Earth by killing all the clones himself. Then in ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S11E01Reptilicus Reptilicus]]'', Crow clones Tom Servo ''again'', then kills all ''those'' clones as soon as he's done with them.
14th Jan '18 4:26:15 AM lillolillo
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** SelfDemonstrating/{{Bizarro}} created the the whole Bizarro race by making copies of himself which resembled Earth people. In ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}, though, he admits he considers most of Bizarros expendable because he can just make more of them again, and possibly the only Bizarro he cares for is his "cousin" Bizarro Supergirl.

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** SelfDemonstrating/{{Bizarro}} created the the whole Bizarro race by making copies of himself which resembled Earth people. In ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}, ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'', though, he admits he considers most of Bizarros expendable because he can just make more of them again, and possibly the only Bizarro he cares for is his "cousin" Bizarro Supergirl.
14th Jan '18 4:25:55 AM lillolillo
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** SelfDemonstrating/{{Bizarro}} created the the whole Bizarro race by making copies of himself which resembled Earth people. In ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}, though, he admits he considers most of Bizarros expendable because he can just make more of them again, and possibly the only Bizarro he cares for is his "cousin" Bizarro Supergirl.
--->'''Supergirl:''' '''Cough up''' that Bizarro Luthor right now, monster... or else I'll '''cut him''' out of you.\\
'''Bizarro:''' There am no need for surgery, Supergirl. We will just make another Lex like I made him the first time.
5th Jan '18 6:40:05 AM GlitteringFlowers
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** [[spoiler:Mikoto]] is cloned 20,000 times, so that the clones can be killed in an experiment to increase Accelerator's power. She's mildly put off by discovering the existence of the clones, but she goes '''[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge berserk]]''' when she learns they're being killed off ''en masse'' for an experiment. She breaks down when said clones dispassionately claim that they are simply "180 000 yen [[note]]around 2000 dollars[[/note]] lab animals."

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** [[spoiler:Mikoto]] A very powerful young woman named [[spoiler:Mikoto Misaka]] is cloned 20,000 times, so that the clones can be killed in an experiment to increase Accelerator's power. She's mildly put off by discovering the existence of the clones, but she goes '''[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge goes berserk]]''' when she learns they're being killed off ''en masse'' for an experiment. She The poor girl then breaks down when said clones dispassionately claim that they are simply "180 000 yen [[note]]around 2000 dollars[[/note]] lab animals."animals".



** This is made even worse with the revelation that [[spoiler:the Accelerator experiment was always intended to be scrapped. The real plan was to distribute 10,000 Mikoto clones around the world, then take advantage of their HiveMind in order to create a combined supercomputer and [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve belief generator]]. That is, 20,000 clones were produced so that they could kill half of them as a ''smokescreen'', then get the survivors into position under the excuse of medical treatment.]]

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** This is made even worse with the revelation that [[spoiler:the Accelerator experiment was always intended to be scrapped. The real plan was to distribute 10,000 Mikoto clones around the world, then take advantage of their HiveMind in order to create a combined supercomputer and [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve belief generator]]. That is, 20,000 clones were produced so that they could kill half of them as a ''smokescreen'', then get the survivors into position under the excuse of medical treatment.]]]] It's next to no wonder that [[spoiler: Mikoto]] ultimately develops one HELL of a BigSisterInstinct towards the clones that still live.
5th Jan '18 6:37:40 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* In the backstory for ''VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf'', [[spoiler: Murakumo]] cloned himself twice and used to clones to gain footholds in powerful organizations like [[spoiler: a Shanghai-based Triad]] and [[spoiler: the Japanese Army]]. When the [[spoiler: first]] clone started developing independent goals and tried to rebel against his master, an assassin ([[spoiler: Marilyn Sue]]) was sent to eliminate him.
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