Created By: Premonition45 on December 8, 2012 Last Edited By: Arivne on February 7, 2016

Hallucinated Duplication

Imagining every person you see or meet as one particular person.

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In Imagine Spots or Dream Sequences, a character finds themselves imagining every single person they encounter or meet as one particular person in their life. Sometimes, it can happen when seen Through the Eyes of Madness and symbolize an obsession towards a certain person.

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Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei. In "Seeing the True Color" chapter, Abiru's eyepatch falls off, she sees that almost everyone in classroom are Kafuka, including herself when she sees her reflection on a mirror. This foreshadows Kafuka's true nature.
  • In Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Satoshi started seeing his dead aunt everywhere after he had killed her due his growing paranoia.

Comic Books
  • In Archie Comics, there was a "Little Archie" feature in which schoolteacher Miss Grundy sees every kid in class as Little Archie. When she runs to see the principal about it, he looks like Little Archie as well! Ditto when she heads for the school doctor. Or course, it's All Just a Dream.

Film Live Action
  • Taken Up to Eleven in Being John Malkovich, when Malkovich himself goes through the gateway into his own perception and finds himself in a restaurant where every single person is himself.

Live-Action TV
  • Cheers episode "The Ghost and Mrs. Lebec". After Carla's husband Eddie dies, she starts seeing his ghost everywhere and thinks it's because he disapproves of her dating again. In one memorable scene she sees everyone in the bar wearing a hockey mask, thus appearing to be the ghost.
  • In the last season of Charmed the Angel of Death informs Piper that her husband, Leo, is about to die. He only told her as a gesture of familiarity since he has run into her and her sisters a few times before. Piper refuses the news and casts a spell to hide Leo from Death. The spell works in such a way that every man (presumably in the world) looks like Leo to Death and to the girls.
  • In a season one episode of Grimm, the Monster of the Week sees his abusive dad everywhere, leading him to kill.

Theatre
  • The Company Cut Song "Multitudes of Amys" was about Robert seeing Amy everywhere.

Western Animation
  • In The Simpsons episode "Flaming Moe's", Homer is resentful of Moe becoming successful with the titular drink he taught him, which was originally called a "Flaming Homer". He starts off imagining people saying "Moe", before everybody he encounters starts looking and sounding like Moe.

Real Life
  • The Fregoli delusion is a disorder in which a person holds a belief that different people are in fact a single person in disguise. The syndrome is often of a paranoid nature with the sufferer believing themselves to be persecuted by this person.
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  • December 8, 2012
    KZN02
    • Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei: In "Seeing the True Color" chapter, Abiru's eyepatch falls off, she sees that almost everyone in classroom are Kafuka, including herself when she sees her reflection on a mirror. This foreshadows Kafuka's true nature.
  • December 8, 2012
    SquirrelGuy
    In Archie Comics, there was a "Little Archie" feature in which schoolteacher Miss Grundy sees every kid in class as Little Archie. When she runs to see the principal about it, he looks like Little Archie as well! Ditto when she heads for the school doctor. Or course, it's All Just A Dream.
  • December 8, 2012
    DanielCase
    • Taken Up To Eleven in Being John Malkovich, when Malkovich himself goes through the gateway into his own perception and finds himself in a restaurant where every single person is himself.
  • December 9, 2012
    Lyendith
    • In Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni, Satoshi started seeing his dead aunt everywhere after he had killed her due his growing paranoia.

    For the description, we could add it can happen when seen Through The Eyes Of Madness and symbolize an obsession towards a certain person.
  • December 9, 2012
    Lomerell
    There's a Scrubs episode where JD begins seeing random patients as a patient who died. He doesn't see EVERYONE this way, so I'm unsure it qualifies for this trope as currently written.
  • December 10, 2012
    thewriter
    • In the last season of Charmed the Angel of Death informs Piper that her husband, Leo, is about to die. He only told her as a gesture of familiarity since he has run into her and her sisters a few times before. Piper refuses the news and casts a spell to hide Leo from Death. The spell works in such a way that every man (presumably in the world) looks like Leo to Death and to the girls.
  • December 17, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In a PSA about celebrating differences a boy who rags on people for being different from him (i.e. clothing, taste in music, that sort of thing) is shown a world where everyone is exactly like him, and wouldn't that be disconcerting?
  • December 19, 2012
    Chabal2
    Internet: a popular meme is to take a picture with multiple people on it, one of which is making a bizarre expression, then copy that face to all other visible faces in the crowd, producing this effect.
  • December 21, 2012
    dvorak
    One skit from the Looney Tunes had Bugs Bunny do this to a guy who wanted to cut off Bugs' foot for a good luck charm.
  • December 21, 2012
    CarrieVS
    Real Life

    The Fregoli delusion is a disorder in which a person holds a belief that different people are in fact a single person in disguise. The syndrome is often of a paranoid nature with the sufferer believing themselves to be persecuted by this person.
  • April 1, 2013
    Lyendith
    Hum, bump?
  • April 1, 2013
    Alvin
    Does this count? Western Animation: In an episode of Family Guy, Peter beats out his wife Lois for school board member in a somewhat dirty way. Later when he gets himself into trouble, any member of a crowd he looks at seems to turn into Lois, ending with Lois.
  • April 1, 2013
    xanderiskander
    these examples need to be organized under their genres. don't launch it as it is now.

    Light Novels
    • Accel World: The main character Haruyuki has a nightmare that everyone in his school has the face of a bully who used to steal his lunch money.
      • Also appears in the anime adaptation, and is also part of it's opening theme song.
  • April 1, 2013
    JonnyB
    At one point in the music video for the Poxy Boggards' song, "Drink 'Til I Die" (Seen at 1:29 here: Warning: Lyrics NSFW!), we see through the eyes of the drinker, and every person he turns to is the same face, the video's stand-in for the devil (played by Boggard founder Bill Roper).
  • May 26, 2013
    cander0000
    could just go with 'faces in the crowd' as a description... or 'malkoviches in the crowd' for an attempt to be more clever

    couple more examples: [[Matrix Reloaded]] and [[Matrix Revolutions]] - Agent Smith has turned all inhabitants of the matrix into replicas of himself. [[
  • May 26, 2013
    Itzika
    In a season one episode of Grimm, the Monster Of The Week sees his abusive dad everywhere, leading him to kill.
  • May 27, 2013
    Arivne
    Live Action TV
    • Cheers episode "The Ghost and Mrs. Lebec". After Carla's husband Eddie dies, she starts seeing his ghost everywhere and thinks it's because he disapproves of her dating again. In one memorable scene she sees everyone in the bar wearing a hockey mask, thus appearing to be the ghost.
  • June 2, 2013
    Prfnoff
    • The Company Cut Song "Multitudes of Amys" was about Robert seeing Amy everywhere.
  • June 4, 2013
    acrobox
    Music example

    • Beyonce - Deja Vu
      Seeing things that I know can't be/Am I dreaming? When I saw you walking past me/Almost called your name/Got a better glimpse and then I looked away/It's like I'm losing it ..
    • Michelle Branch - Everywhere
      'Cause you're everywhere to me/And when I close my eyes it's you I see ....
  • June 4, 2013
    acrobox
    Though the music examples make it more of a love struck "I'm imagining you everywhere because I want to see you" rather than most examples that are more paranoia or some type of horrifying Mind Screw
  • June 8, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Probably doesn't count but...
    • In another episode of The Simpsons Homer & Grandpa try to go to Branson Missouri to catch up with Grandpa's Girl Of The Week but accidentally end up in Bronson Missouri instead, where everyone looks and acts like Charles Bronson.
      Bronson Son: Hey ma, how bout some cookies?
      Bronson Mom: No dice.
      Bronson Son: This ain't over.
  • May 29, 2014
    Premonition45
    Is it still worth troping?
  • May 29, 2014
    AP
    • There was an issue of Daredevil in which the villain Bullseye went crazy (or at least crazier) and imagined everyone on the street as Daredevil. As you can imagine, it didn't end well for those poor people.
  • May 29, 2014
    DAN004
    Maybe Hallucinating Everyone As Him?

    • In Spongebob Squarepants (forgot the episode), after Spongebob's forced to make a thousand Krabby Patties in his 24 hours work, he sees everyone as talking, walking Krabby Patties, and he needs to go to psychiatrist Dr. Peter Lankton for treatment. That is all a ploy by - surprise - Plankton, to exploit Krabs' 24 hour work policy and to bait Spongebob into blurting the Krabby Patty secret recipe to him.
  • May 29, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    In Despicable Me 2, Lucy starts seeing Gru's face on everyone and everything before she has her Love Epiphany.
  • May 30, 2014
    Snicka
    • Downplayed in Menage A 3, where following a Wrong Name Outburst, underwear model Matt sees the face of his nerdy friend Gary in the place of his sex partners' faces.
  • May 30, 2014
    Arivne
    • Examples section formatting
      • Added a line separating the Description and Examples sections.
      • Changed media section titles(s) to our standard style.
      • Added an asterisk at the beginning of example(s) to indent them.
    • Namespaced work name(s).
  • May 30, 2014
    lakingsif
    I'm sure we already have this, cos it was on the Doctor Who page when the Master's face is on everybody's body.
  • May 30, 2014
    crazysamaritan
    The Master and Agent Smith are taking over other peoples bodies, and changing their appearance. That's a different trope from Homer imagining everyone is Moe the Bartender.

    Snow clones are bad, especially when Mes A Crowd could easily be thought of as Hes A Crowd, Shes A Crowd, or Its A Crowd. I suggest Hallucinated Duplication. With that name, we can also stretch the trope slightly by including any examples where the memories of the person overlap as well.
  • May 30, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ I love your title.
  • May 30, 2014
    DarkCyberWolf
    Does this one count?
    • During the second part of Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Jacob tries to meet girls in order to force himself to imprint so he can get over Bella. However, every single girl he sees, he can't help but subconsciously compare their features to Bella's.
  • May 30, 2014
    Premonition45
    The trope has been renamed.
  • May 30, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Inverted in the film Bachelor Party where Rick sees the heads of his wife-to-be, a nun, and a few of his (male) friends on the body of the prostitute he's about to have sex with during the party, exhorting him to do it or not do it as per their wont.
  • May 30, 2014
    Chabal2
    Literary version in Foxtrot: Peter keeps seeing words replaced with his girlfriend's name when he's trying to read ("I took the road less travelled by, and that has made all the Denise") because she'd told him earlier they were going to make out.
  • May 31, 2014
    Arivne

  • May 31, 2014
    DAN004
    Dunno if this counts...
    • One Piece: Nami with her Mirage Tempo technique can creates illusionary doubles of herself with the aid of mists. Said doubles aren't perfect, though; their bodies come off as proportionally warped.
  • May 31, 2014
    DAN004
  • June 1, 2014
    Snicka
    Hallucinated Duplication implies that it can include downplayed examples too, then, where it's not everyone, just a certain group of people that are hallucinated as someone else.
  • June 1, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ but then the current title can be mistaken by creating illusionary duplicates of yourself/someone else.

    Or is it just me?
  • June 1, 2014
    Shufflehound
    There's also a 'Thriller' episode (BBC) called 'Screamer' which is about a woman who see's every man as the rapist that recently assaulted her.
  • June 1, 2014
    crazysamaritan
    ^^ hallucinations and illusions are usually thought of distinctly. That wouldn't change if the word "everyone" was present or not. I would not suggest that Nami from One Piece is an example.


    ^ needs '' for italics around the series name and " for quotes around the episode name.
  • June 1, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ Then yeah, I guess it is just me. :P
  • June 1, 2014
    crazysamaritan
    Her thing is a variation on Mes A Crowd.
  • June 2, 2014
    SquirrelGuy
    Note that the Archie comic should be under "Comic Books".
  • June 2, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    In Winnie The Pooh, a hungry Pooh begins hallucinating everything and everyone as honey.
  • June 2, 2014
    randomsurfer
  • June 3, 2014
    NemuruMaeNi
    • Masato in "Refrain" part of Little Busters. When he falls out with the titular group of friends — as revealed later — he starts seeing everyone around him as copies of himself. And his violent rampage that follows — turns out to be the means of proving himself to be the strongest, hence the real, Masato.
  • June 3, 2014
    KarjamP
    Name may need to be changed - at first glance, it can mean "a person hallucinating someone duplicating themselves ala Mes A Crowd, or are seeing hallucinated copies of someone who can't normally invoke Mes A Crowd, even via illusions". The trope's about a person hallucinating everyone else as looking like a specific person.

    Some people are already getting confused, as proven when crazysamaritan listed Jack Sparrow as an example of this trope. (He's not - he's not seeing everyone else as him.)

    Also, as what was pointed out already that "Nani of One Piece" example doesn't count of this trope as well.
  • June 3, 2014
    crazysamaritan
    Sparrow is seeing himself everywhere.
  • June 3, 2014
    KarjamP
    Now that I've read the trope description properly, I can perfectly say that the only time where it's actually played straight is when he was still in limbo on that island Davy Jones sent him to, since before the rest of the main cast went to the island to rescue him, he was the only one there on the island.

    The other times, it's more akin to Talking To Themself in that he can perfectly interact with the pirates other than his imagined duplicates if he wanted to.
  • June 3, 2014
    DAN004
    Does my Sponge Bob example count?
  • June 3, 2014
    crazysamaritan
    ^^ For Sparrow, yes, the two tropes are overlapping. I think your "issue" is a compliment, because it sounds like the right concept is getting across.

    ^ yeah, the Spongebob example looks right.
  • June 3, 2014
    KarjamP
    Yeah, but it only plays it straight before Jack Sparrow's rescue. According to the trope description, he must hallucinate that everyone he encounters is him, and the times after that ship scene, when he hallucinates friends that look like him, the scenes imply to me that he can perfectly see other people who they are (and not as other Jack Sparrows) - he's just hallucinating his friends appearing.
  • June 3, 2014
    crazysamaritan
    I suggested Hallucinated Duplication. With that name, we can also stretch the trope slightly by including any examples where the memories of the person overlap as well. I don't think the core element of the trope is the replacement, I think the core element is the duplication.
  • July 5, 2014
    randomsurfer
    In an episode of Bones the Victim Of The Week looks exactly like Brennan, but nobody except her sees it. At the end of the episode, after Brennan is convinced, we see the victim's picture again and while it looks superficially like Brennan it obviously isn't her. Brennan was concerned that she'd end up like the victim, which is why she projected her own face on the victim.
  • July 5, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Bump.
  • February 7, 2016
    DAN004
    Bump
  • February 7, 2016
    DAN004

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