Created By: Earnest on March 27, 2011 Last Edited By: Wackd on February 16, 2012
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Other Me Annoys Me

Alternate interpretations of a character annoy the original.

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Troi hologram: "Cast aside your masks and let me slip into your mind."
Troi: "Muzzle it."
-- Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Hollow Pursuits"

Bob has written a story with an analogue of his friend Alice, when Alice finds out about this she finds Bob's interpretation of her to be offensive. It may be that Bob's version of Alice is a thinly veiled caricature that exaggerates all her negative qualities, emphasizes neutral or even positive traits in ways she dislikes, or invents traits whole cloth that she would never say or do. Alice is likely to have words with Bob before all is over.

This trope can also apply in instances where the existence of an Alternate Universe leads to alternate versions of a given character. The "original" may find that For Want of a Nail their alternate version is really annoying, and the alternate may likewise find the original embarrassing. Expect at least one of them to say "I Resemble That Remark!" and/or "Why didn't anyone tell me this makes me look fat?"

Compare Future Me Scares Me.

Comic Books
  • In Hero Squared the "normal" Milo is quite annoyed with the Superhero version of himself from another universe (Captain Valor), and vice versa. Valor is less-than-impressed with Milo's selfishness and complete failure to make anything of his life, whilst Milo resents Valor's smug self-righteousness and over-simplified view of the world and how it works.
  • The Authority: while crossing over to a Gender Flipped Alternate Universe to talk to their counterparts, Jack Hawksmoor's equivalent is visibly pregnant. When asked about how he feels to see himself female and pregnant, he responds that he doesn't want to find out who the father is.

Literature
  • Animorphs "The Seperation". Mean Rachel is totally annoyed by Nice Rachel.

Live-Action TV
  • Vamp Willow in Buffy the Vampire Slayer She thought the regular Willow was too wimpy, and regular Willow thought Vamp Willow was too skanky and evil.
    • Also the two Xanders in "The Replacement". The one who seems to the audience to be regular Xander is annoyed at the suave,confident Xander.
  • McGee, of NCIS, wrote a novel somewhat based on people he knew. As each member of the team learned about how their counterpart was portrayed, they took offense at the idea. Tim made it very clear that the fictional versions weren't the same, but almost everyone said methinks thou doth protest too much.
    • Except Gibbs, who didn't mind.
  • Red Dwarf: Cat is pretty excited to meet his alternate dimension counterpart as he thinks it will be a female cat person, it turns out to be a dog person.
  • In one episode of Stargate Atlantis, an alternate universe version of Rodney McKay appears. This version is charming, extroverted and socially skilled. The regular Rodney ends up disliking him because everyone seems to like him better.
  • Star Trek: Voyager has this happen to every character when they see the Doctor's holoplay "Photons Be Free", who he portrays as anti-holographic racists and even complete monsters. Eventually he relents and changes the characters to not be so obviously stand-ins for his real life friends.
  • In Star Trek: The Next Generation the main characters are offended by Lt. Barclay's versions of them in his fantasy holodeck adventure. Troi tells them to relax and just take them as amusing homages, until she happens upon her alternate self - a Distressed Damsel in love with Barclay.

Web Comics

Web Original
  • Red vs. Blue: while exploring Caboose's mind as a ghost, Church encounters Caboose's mental image of Church and is incredibly annoyed by him.

Western Animation
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, the Gaang attend a play about themselves only to find that everyone except Toph hates their theatric counterparts.
  • In Batman Beyond, Terry takes Bruce to see Batman: The Musical for his birthday. Terry finds the jolly, musical Batman to be great fun. Bruce is... not impressed.
  • In Turtles Forever, this is the 2003!Turtles's (Especially Raphael and except for Michelangelo) reaction towards the 80s!Turtles, who are much sillier and less serious in comparison. This is taken Up to Eleven with the Mirage!Turtles, who's immediate reaction to seeing both versions is Kill-On-Sight.
  • Futurama has the main characters travel to an alternate dimension where the characters meet their counterparts and find them annoying despite being almost identical.

Community Feedback Replies: 40
  • March 27, 2011
    Rolf
    Title is really bad. gives me idea of charactors crossing from alternate universe.
  • March 29, 2011
    Ripsaw
    "Other Me Annoys Me", maybe?. Needs More Examples.
  • March 29, 2011
    Mteter
    Your Me Annoys Me?
  • March 29, 2011
    Koncur
    • In one episode of Stargate Atlantis, an alternate universe version of Rodney Mc Kay appears. This version is charming, extroverted and socially skilled. The regular Rodney ends up disliking him because everyone seems to like him better.
  • March 29, 2011
    Micah
  • March 29, 2011
    Rolf
    kaoy I like it. Your Version of Me Annoys Me? (bit long but gets point across)
  • December 17, 2011
    LLSmoothJ
    In Turtles Forever, this is the 2003!Turtles's (Especially Raphael and except for Michelangelo) reaction towards the 80s!Turtles, who are much sillier and less serious in comparison. This is taken Up To Eleven with the Mirage!Turtles, who's immediate reaction to seeing both versions is Kill-On-Sight.
  • December 18, 2011
    oztrickster
    • Futurama has the main characters travel to an alternate dimension where the characters meet their counterparts and find them annoying despite being almost identical.
    • Red Vs Blue: while exploring Caboose's mind as a ghost, Church encounters Caboose's mental image of Church and is incredibly annoyed by him.
    • Red Dwarf: Cat is pretty excited to meet his alternate dimension counterpart as he thinks it will be a female cat person, it turns out to be a dog person.
  • December 20, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    Wait... could you further clarify what exactly this is about? The description's wording seems confusing.
  • December 20, 2011
    Earnest
    ^ Basically, a character runs into an alternate version of themselves that they find annoying and offensive. The alternate may be a fictional (Show Within A Show style) rendition that exaggerates their traits, or from an actual Alternate Universe.
  • December 20, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In Hero Squared the "normal" Milo is quite annoyed with the Superhero version of himself from another universe (Captain Valor), and vice versa. Valor is less-than-impressed with Milo's selfishness and complete failure to make anything of his life, whilst Milo resents Valor's smug self-righteousness and over-simplified view of the world and how it works.
  • January 16, 2012
    SKJAM
  • January 16, 2012
    Duncan
    Another Red Dwarf example, when Rimmer decided to be roommates with another hologram of himself.
  • January 16, 2012
    crazysamaritan
    • Mc Gee, of NCIS, wrote a novel somewhat based on people he knew. As each member of the team learned about how their counterpart was portrayed, they took offense at the idea. Tim made it very clear that the fictional versions weren't the same, but almost everyone said Methinks Thou Doth Protest Too Much.
      • except Gibbs, who didn't mind.
  • January 16, 2012
    chicagomel
    Vamp Willow in Buffy The Vampire Slayer She thought the regular Willow was too wimpy, and regular Willow thought Vamp Willow was too skanky and evil.
    • Also the two Xanders in "The Replacement". The one who seems to the audience to be regular Xander is annoyed at the suave,confident Xander.

    Literature:
    • Animorphs "The Seperation". Mean Rachel is totally annoyed by Nice Rachel.
  • January 16, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In Star Trek The Next Generation the main characters are offended by Lt. Barclay's versions of them in his fantasy holodeck adventure. Troi tells them to relax and just take them as amusing homages, until she happens upon her alternate self - a Distressed Damsel in love with Barclay.
  • January 17, 2012
    Nndaia
    In Avatar The Last Airbender, the Gaang attend a play about themselves only to find that everyone except Toph hates their theatric counterparts.

    In Batman Beyond, Terry takes Bruce to see Batman: The Musical for his birthday. Terry finds the jolly, musical Batman to be great fun. Bruce is... not impressed.
  • January 17, 2012
    Chabal2
    The Authority: while crossing over to a Gender Flipped Alternate Universe to talk to their counterparts, Jack Hawksmoor's equivalent is visibly pregnant. When asked about how he feels to see himself female and pregnant, he responds that he doesn't want to find out who the father is.
  • January 25, 2012
    TBeholder
  • January 30, 2012
    snowy86
    In Supernatural in the episode Tall Tales Sam and Dean take turns telling Bobby what's happened so far and describe each other in an unflattering way. Also there's another episode I forget the name of where they find out there's a book series about their lives and are disturbed to see people have been writing slash about their characters online.
  • January 30, 2012
    ArsThaumaturgis
    Would this cover imaginary versions of a character, such as imagined alternates standing in for elements of the character's psyche? ( Haley's mental representations arguing amongst each other during her time with aphasia in The Order Of The Stick, for example.
  • January 30, 2012
    ChunkyDaddy
    • Fringe - Walter and Olivia do not like their counterparts in the alternate universe. Walter doesn't like Walternate, because basically, Walternate was hellbent on destroying our universe (and also reminds Walter of how succesful Walter could have been, had he not been institutionalized). Walternate doesn't like Walter because Walter caused significant damage to the alternate universe. Olivia doesn't like Fauxlivia because Fauxlivia slept with Peter, and Fauxlivia is annoyed withe Olivia because Olivia's general demeanor is not as upbeat as Fauxlivia's
  • January 30, 2012
    Earnest
    ^^ I don't see why not.
  • January 30, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^^^^"The Monster at the End of the Book," the episode which introduces Chuck the Prophet. Chuck thinks he's just making up stories, but he's really getting visions fo what Sam & Dean are going to do.
  • January 30, 2012
    Rytex
    In Teen Titans (the cartoon), a character named nosyarG kciD (Dick Grayson, Robin's alter ego, spelled backwards), who is Robin from an alternate dimension, comes to try to help Robin heal his broken arm, but Robin doesn't quite enjoy this encounter.
  • January 30, 2012
    crazysamaritan
  • January 30, 2012
    SKJAM
    The Hark A Vagrant example would go under webcomics.
  • January 31, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^^nosyarG kciD is an Expy of Bat Mite, a Great Gazoo from the comic books who idolizes Batman.
  • January 31, 2012
    PacificMackerel
    • Weird variation in South Park: a giant dragon summoned by overuse of the word "shit" has Cartman's voice - when it's defeated, Cartman says "What a lame voice..."
  • January 31, 2012
    X2X
    Compare I Hate Past Me.
  • February 10, 2012
    TBeholder
    • A Chronicles of Echo episode narrated by Max had a mention that in a less pleasant stage of his life he was ready to choke the version of "Sir Max" living in the city rumours.
  • February 10, 2012
    Sailor11sedna
    Code Lyoko, oh so many times. If you want comedic examples only, I still have them in spades. The most notable is in Triple Trouble, when Odd is split into three. They fight over who gets to go to lunch, and who has to go to PE class. They also ruin a joke by inadvertently repeating it. Another example is in X.A.N.A.'s Kiss. Odd complains to the clone he's fighting, telling it that if it's going to keep changing form, it should turn into a wimp next time. Its next form: Odd. In Revelation, another Polymorphic clone pulls a similar move on Ulrich, this time for strategy rather than mockery.
  • February 12, 2012
    pawsplay
    This is two separate tropes. The first is referenced in Murder She Wrote and the movie Deconstructnig Harry, where fictionalized characters closely remember real people but with negative characterization. Anger ensues.

    The other trope is featured in the Phineas and Ferb movie, where Doofenschmertz encounters his alternate dimension double. Despite singing, "I found a new best friend and it's me!" they don't get along, culiminating in open conflict by the end of the movie.
  • February 13, 2012
    TooBah
    • The Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius episode "I Dream of Jimmy" has Jimmy enter Karl's dream, and meet Karl's version of Jimmy, who is an idiot, while Karl is the genius. Needless to say, Jimmy is not amused.
  • February 15, 2012
    Earnest
    ^^ I thought them similar enough to merge, but yeah, there's two tropes here. So, split or lump?
  • February 15, 2012
    crazysamaritan
    Fictional in-universe versions can't get into fist-fights over this issue. Except with clones, robot copies, visiting dream versions, and holograms. Which toe the line of copy or fictional. So the real question is, how is it split? Based on if they can interact?
  • February 15, 2012
    reub2000
    Web Original
    • There was a battle between Courtney Love's 2 twitter feeds. The first one was the official feed managed by an assistant, the other was a private feed under a Nom De Plume. Courtney got enraged when the official feed started publishing polite things, and she published not-so-polite things about the official feed on her private feed.
  • February 15, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Marvel Comics: In the Identity Wars miniseries Deadpool, Spider Man and The Hulk cross over into an alternate dimension. Spider-Man's alternate version is a Well Intentioned Extremist, which annoys Spidey. Deadpool gets along famously with his alternate until he discovers that alt-Deadpool isn't Wade Wilson, it's Victor Von Doom. Alt-Wade Wilson is a Complete Monster Big Bad who Deadpool takes down. Bruce Banner discovers that he can't turn into the Hulk in this dimension and is overjoyed, until that gets reversed. Then alt-Hulk and Hulk duke it out.
  • February 15, 2012
    ClockStopping
    Also compare I Hate Past Me.
  • February 16, 2012
    TonyG
    • In a story arc on Calvin And Hobbes, Calvin makes a clone of himself to do his chores for him, but the clone blows him off and goes to play instead. When Hobbes comments that "he's a clone of you all right", Calvin responds "What do you mean? This guy's a total jerk!"
    • On Friends, Rachel dates Russ, a guy who's remarkably like Ross. Ross finds him completely annoying, being totally unaware that he's basically criticizing himself.
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