Created By: SteamGoth on October 31, 2011 Last Edited By: SteamGoth on November 24, 2011
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Myself in Another Universe

A character meets an alternate version of himself

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A character is transported (or otherwise somehow travels) to a Parallel Universe, or to another dimension, where they meet version of themselves. The counterpart may look similar, or have a similar name (possibly made up). They may have similar interests or behavior, or may even be gender flipped. Usually, though, it is a combination of any of these. If the character is time traveling, expect the "counterpart" to be the traveler's relative, though this isn't mandatory.

Related to Cuckoolandian Counterpart, except that oneself in another universe isn't necessarily wacky or strange, they just bear a striking resemblance to the particular character. Compare Future Me Scares Me and My Future Self and Me.
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  • October 31, 2011
    Trismegustis
    Lord Tedd and various other sundry characters in El Goonish Shive would qualify. (Though they don't travel between dimensions. I'd argue that section of the trope could be axed, though, in favor of just referring to parallel-universe Mes. Do we really not have this already?)
  • November 1, 2011
    SteamGoth
    Apparently not: I looked around and couldn't find anything. I also tried Lost and Found, and received no responses. I can't remember specific examples for the life of me, but I know I've seen this before.
  • November 1, 2011
    randomsurfer
    DC Comics was made of this at one point. The Multiverse had Earth-1, Earth-2, Earth-3, etc., all with versions of Superman, Batman, and so forth, which would meet and interact from time to time.
  • November 1, 2011
    Koveras
  • November 1, 2011
    Stratadrake
    BTW, when you use the phrase "gender bent" up there, you mean Gender Flip, not Gender Bender. GB is an in-universe (or in this context, same-universe) transformation from one sex to the other; GF is the "they were the opposite sex to begin with".
  • November 1, 2011
    SteamGoth
    ^ Okay. Thanks. Corrected.

    ^^ I like the sound of that. My Future Self And Me was one of the many not-quite-right tropes I found while trying to describe this before I gave up and made the YKTTW. I really can't believe we don't have this one.
  • November 1, 2011
    Psychobabble6
    • In the Futurama episode "Farnsworth's Box", the characters travel to a whole slew of alternate universes in which they meet their appropriate counterparts. The universe they interact with the most, though, is defined by opposite coin flips, and differing hair colors.

    • When the Doctor, Rose and Mickey travel to another universe in Doctor Who, they encounter Mickey's counterpart, Ricky, who is quite noticeably more badass than Mickey is.

    I think that Mirror Universe is also related.
  • November 2, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In Hero Squared Milo from a "normal" universe is visited by a Milo from another universe where he became the superhero Captain Valor.
  • November 2, 2011
    Shnakepup
  • November 2, 2011
    DaibhidC
    • Red Dwarf: In "Parallel Universe" they meet the Gender Flip versions of themselves, and in "Dimension Jump" they meet the insanely heroic "Ace" Rimmer.

    • DC Comics again: Final Crisis: Superman Beyond 3D was essentially a team of Superman counterparts from the 52 Universes. Not all of them were alternate versions of Clark himself (there was a Captain Atom and a Captain Marvel), but most of them were.

    • In the video game Spider Man Shattered Dimensions, three of the four Spideys are alternate Peter Parkers.

    • In "Spider-Wars", the two-part Grand Finale of Spider Man The Animated Series, Spidey visited a parallel universe where a version of The Clone Saga had happened, and Ben Reilly/Scarlet Spider was fighting against Peter Parker/Spider-Carnage (I forget which of them was that universe's original Peter). He was assisted by various other alternate Spideys, including an arrogant armoured Spidey from a world where Uncle Ben had never died, a Spidey who had Doc Ock style tentacles, and a Spidey who was still suffering from the mutation sickness from Season 2's "Neogenic Nightmare".
  • November 2, 2011
    CrypticMirror
    This is one of the most common Fan Fic plots, maybe a No Fan Fic Examples Please label, 'cause it would take over the page. A note that it is a stock trope instead?
  • November 2, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In the Marvel Comics crossover event "Identity Wars" Spider Man, Deadpool and The Hulk are pulled into a parallel world where their Spidey's Uncle Ben never died {and is a Well Intentioned Extremist}, Wade Wilson is a serious Big Bad, and Banner can't turn into the Hulk.
  • November 2, 2011
    CompletelyDifferent
    I don't think we should ignore Fan Fic plots. A Us are very common, but in those, the alternate universe doesn't usually interact with the original one: I think ones where the characters themselves interact with different counterparts are slightly rarer.

    • Phineas And Ferb [1]. The character enter an alternate universe where the Tri-State area is ruled by a more evil Dr. Doofensmirtz, Perry the Platypus has been turned into a brainwashed cyborg, the titular characters are very paranoid and had their creativity crippled, and Candace is an underground resistance leader.
  • November 2, 2011
    CrypticMirror
    ^ It was Fan Fics where two different versions of a character do meet that I had in mind. I've got a good thirty or forty of them in my favourites file. I think it is less common in fics currently been written right now, because current fandom fashion is towards everything being as "gen" as possible, but back in the day having multiple versions of the same character meet up was really, really, really popular.
  • November 2, 2011
    Micah
    • The Stargate Verse really likes this trope, though they tend to invert it (having the alternate-universe counterparts show up in the main universe).
      • The Stargate SG-1 episode "Point of View" has an alternate Sam who comes to the main universe running away from a Go'a'uld invasion. When they go back into her universe to help fight the invasion off, Teal'c ambushes, kills, and replaces his own alternate self.
      • The SG-1 episode "Ripple Effect" has multiple copies of most of the main characters, and one memorable scene of an entire room full of Sam Carters trying to solve the problem that's causing them all to converge in the same place, with a table full of blue jello. The episode's villains turn out to be the first set of duplicates to show up.
      • The Stargate Atlantis episode "McKay and Mrs. Miller" has an alternate-universe McKay ("Rod") who shows up to ask them to stop destroying his universe with the experiment of the week.
      • In the Atlantis episode "The Daedalus Variations", the team discovers the corpses of their alternate-universe counterparts, and McKay has to bootstrap on his own dead self's research. Later in the episode, Sheppard fights off a mysterious alien ship with the aid of yet another alternate version of himself.
  • November 2, 2011
    nitrokitty
    Name sounds like dialog. I propose Mirror Counterpart instead and merge it with Cuckoolandian Counterpart, since that page is pretty much dead anyways.
  • November 2, 2011
    SteamGoth
    ^ Not sure if Mirror Counterpart gives the right image - the alternate counterpart isn't necessarily opposite.

    Otherwise, how exactly does one merge two tropes?
  • November 2, 2011
    Lumpenprole
    And Sliders of course. Quinn was rather distraught to discover that for some reason most alternate versions of him are real bastards.

  • November 3, 2011
    MorganWick
    One reaction (especially in bad fanfics) may be Screw Yourself.
  • November 7, 2011
    SteamGoth
    Bump?
  • November 9, 2011
    aurora369
    The Russian sci-fi series Time of Troubles by Vasily Golovachev has the concept of "quancs" (quantum copies) - that is, your counterparts from the parallel worlds. Most people exist simulataneously in many parallel worlds as sets of many quancs. Except for the denizens of some unique, wildly divergent worlds.
  • November 9, 2011
    TrustBen
    Olivia and "Altlivia" on Fringe, who have evolved from adversaries to very wary allies.
  • November 11, 2011
    StarryEyed
    Justice League had the Justice Lords, their benevolent(ish) dictator equivalents from a Bad Alternate World.

  • November 11, 2011
    Ryuuma
    The Edolas arc in Fairy Tail where most of the cast was confronted with their counterpart from Edolas.
  • November 20, 2011
    Katana
    Yeah this is definitely a trope we need! My Future Self And Me doesn't work much and this is definitely Seen It A Million Times. Also how about Parallel Meet Up or something like that.
  • November 22, 2011
    NESBoy
    On A Cross And Arrow is about the main characters of My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic finding themselves in a Gender Flipped alternate universe and running into their counterparts (Dusk Shine, Berry Bubble, Applejack, Rainbow Blitz, Elusive, and Butterscotch).
  • November 23, 2011
    Synchronicity
    Compare I Hate Past Me, which could occur for rare instances where they meet alternate past versions instead. Or Ridiculously Successful Future Self.
  • November 23, 2011
    Xzenu
    We allready have this trope. It is called Alternate Self.
  • November 23, 2011
    SteamGoth
    ^Hmm. Maybe I'm just stubbornly defending a YKTTW that's been up for a while, but here's how I see it, stealing lines from the Alternate Self article:

    Alternate Self = Same person, but different life.

    Mirror Self = The opposite person, but in some ways still the same.

    Myself In Another Universe = Strangely similar person from another universe (or occasionally time); not necessarily opposite and the exact similarities and difference can vary. More or less a cross between the above two.

  • November 23, 2011
    LobsterMagnus
  • November 24, 2011
    Xzenu
    ^ That's Mirror Self

    ^^ Your justification for squeezing in yet another trope on the same subject is very weak, and goes in the entirely wrong direction. Tropes should be launched only if they actually fill a gap that need to be filled. Starting this thread was a good idea, since you didn't know about Alternate Self. However, you now know that the trope already exist.
  • November 24, 2011
    Genogenesis7

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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