As a result of this TRS thread
, it's been decided to split "Self-Duplication as a superpower" from Me's a Crowd
(which is more of a plot regarding a particular way to use this power).
If her name is Penny, does that make them Dimes?
A superhero with the ability to make several copies of themselves and then recombine themselves, maintaining control over all copies.
This power can be very potent. One can be effectively immortal if at least one of you survives, one gets the ability to distract, surround and hinder your opponent and if all the duplicates work from a single mind it all occurs with perfect coordination. This power is an opportunity for writers to show off the creative combat techniques and imaginative Mundane Utilities
There may or may not be some idea of a central self, one copy who is the "proper" version for whatever reason: you have to kill that one to all them all; one gives all of the commands etc. The other copies, conversely, rarely count as persons
in and of themselves; see also Cloning Blues
. If they are
counted as actual people, expect Which Me?
Possible side-effects include Literal Split Personality
. May be used in a Doppelgänger Attack
. Not to be confused with I Am Legion
. Power Perversion Potential
means this naturally leads to Screw Yourself
Manga and Anime
- Eli from Heroes.
- Brainiac in Smallville being as he was a Terminator 2 like living liquid metal produced by a spaceship, could do this on top of so many other things. Mostly used so he could be in several places at once to throw people off his scent while plotting.
- Naruto: There are various Ninjutsu that can do this, each using a different way, but the Kage Bunshin no Jutsu (Shadow Clone Technique) is the first to be introduced and arguably the most iconic one among them, not the least due to the protagonist tending to utterly spam it (first ever use resulted in around 2000 clones!) as part of his pre-Time Skip combat strategy.
- Piccolo in Dragon Ball Z had the power to split himself into several copies, which he used as a training technique. His attempt to use it in combat didn't pan out nearly as well.