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.

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