Created By: EarlOfSandvich on July 3, 2012 Last Edited By: EarlOfSandvich on August 13, 2012
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Oddball Doppelganger

A character's counterpart who is more bizarre

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Through this TRS thread, because this trope is seriously underbaked.

Indices: Characters, Absurdity Ascendant, Doppelgšnger

The page image will be the same as in the aforementioned trope page, but I'm not putting it in at the moment because YKTTW's format hates page images/captions.
At first, you'd think this character would be the long-lost twin of another character. But then you start to notice the differences. This character just seems off. It could be due to having a completely opposite personality (without being a full-on Evil Twin). It could be due to exaggerating the original character's foibles. This character may even appear to be an Off Model version of the original.

Regardless, this character is like a funhouse reflection of the original - distorted in possibly unimaginable ways, but still clearly patterned after the original.

Compare with Evil Knockoff and Evil Twin (the more sinister versions). Can lead to Other Me Annoys Me.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Kanchome from Zatch Bell! can transform into replicas of other charecters, but they're far from perfect. One had a nose that would make Cereno De Burgerac feel normal and another has a forehead as big as the torso, luckily for him the people he had to fool where idiots

Comic Books
  • Bizarro was originally this to Superman. He's since been used as a "straight villain" more often.
  • In Superman/Comic Book/Batman Annual #1 a crazy Earth-3 version of Deathstroke appears - who is strongly implied to be Marvel Comics' Deadpool.

Live-Action TV
  • How I Met Your Mother has "Stripper Lily", who speaks with an Eastern European accent, and "Mexican Wrestler Ted", who is exactly what it sounds like. The other characters had doppelgangers as well, but not particularly oddball ones.
  • Played with in an episode of Seinfeld where Elaine comes across a "bizarro" version of her gang of guy friends. One member who is strangely like Jerry, one who is strangely like George, and one who is strangely like Kramer. The twist, however, is that these counterparts, though definitely reminiscent of the originals, are actually more "normal" than the regular gang.

Video Games
  • Crash Bandicoot has Fake Crash, who usually cameos as an easter egg in spin off titles, his occasional story involvement interchanges from good to neutral alliance. He differs from the already oddball Crash due to his enlarged eyebrows and teeth and dopier voice and demeanor.
  • Wario may have been a villian in his first appearance but has since become this to Mario. Likewise Waluigi was a much darker Evil Twin in his first appearance but is now just awkward and annoying. The Wario Bros are still somewhat antagonistic but are usually Played for Laughs and now only show up to play minigames or try to cheat at sports.

Web Animation

Web Video
  • Macro from [citation needed]. Subverted when it's revealed that he is not a clone at all, but Micro's long lost twin brother. And the reason for his odd and childish behaviour is that he was on a ton of medication for a disease in his legs.

Western Animation
  • In Hey Arnold!, Arnold has a country cousin Arnie, who is generally "weird". Later in the series, an episode shows there is a whole group of cuckoolandian counterparts to every other character in the series. Well, maybe.
  • Bunny from The Powerpuff Girls. Same dress design, has a B name, and like the others has a different color scheme to make her different from the other three..... Besides the fact that she is mentally handicapped and is very physically deformed.
  • Scooby-Doo had Scooby Dum, the dimwitted cousin to the eponymous character.
  • In an episode of South Park The local Mad Scientist's son creates an Off Model clone of Stan. It's got an oversized head, one arm is elongated, and about all it can say is "Bachamp, bachamp."

Community Feedback Replies: 28
  • July 3, 2012
    Spark9
    I think this needs a better definition.
  • July 3, 2012
    ElCheViva
    Master Hand has a rather more erratic and unpredicable brother called Crazy Hand in the Super Smash Brothers games.
  • July 3, 2012
    32_Footsteps
    How about this for the proposed definition:


    At first, you'd think this character would be the long-lost twin of another character. But then you start to notice the differences. This character just seems off. It could be due to having a completely opposite personality (without being a full-on Evil Twin). It could be due to exaggerating the original character's foibles. This character may even appear to be an Off Model version of the original.

    Regardless, this character is like a funhouse reflection of the original - distorted in possibly unimaginable ways, but still clearly patterned after the original.

    Compare with Evil Knockoff (the more sinister version).
  • July 3, 2012
    EarlOfSandvich
    Looking good so far. Trying to think of any more possible ideas at this time...
  • July 3, 2012
    abk0100
  • July 3, 2012
    Poprocks311
    Example: Bunny from the Powerpuff Girls. Same dress design, has a B name, and like the others has a different color scheme to make her different from the other three..... Besides the fact that she is mentally handicapped and is very physically deformed.
  • July 3, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • In an episode of South Park The local Mad Scientist's son creates a Off Model clone of Stan. It's got an oversized head, one arm is elongated, and about all it can say is "Bachamp, bachamp."
    • In Superman/Batman Annual #1 a crazy Earth-3 version of Deathstroke appears - who is strongly implied to be Marvel Comics' Deadpool.
  • July 4, 2012
    acrobox
    Wario may have been a villian in his first appearance but has since become this to Mario. Likewise Waluigi was a much darker Evil Twin in his first appearance but is now just awkward and annoying. The Wario Bros are still somewhat antagonistic but are usually Played For Laughs and now only show up to play minigames or try to cheat at sports.
  • July 4, 2012
    spellraiser
    Ditto on Bizarro Counterpart or Bizarro Doppelgänger, as both would fit existing conventions. Bizarro Character does not.
  • July 5, 2012
    NightNymph
    Not sure if this fits, but...

    • Played with (or maybe inverted) in an episode of Seinfeld where Elaine comes across a "bizarro" version of her gang of guy friends. One member who is strangely like Jerry, one who is strangely like George, and one who is strangely like Kramer. The twist, however, is that these counterparts, though definitely reminiscent of the originals, are actually more "normal" than the regular gang.
  • July 5, 2012
    EarlOfSandvich
    ^^ Not so sure about "Counterpart", as it would apply to resemblance of any given number of people or things (which I'm not sure could even be limited to those that live and breathe)...
  • July 6, 2012
    32_Footsteps
    The Seinfeld version (also had a Bizarro version of Newman, who was tweaked right down to working for FedEx instead of the Postal Service) is playing it straight, not inverted. The characters are still tweaks of the original. It's just that what was tweaked was that tweaking degenerate misanthropes results in decent human beings. It's like how Bizarro versions of villains in DC are good guys.
  • July 6, 2012
    abk0100
    This is why the "bizarro" name doesn't work anyway. The Seinfeld example is Bizarro World, a world where everything is the opposite of normal. The original name, Cuckoolandian Counterpart, isn't perfect, but at least it's obvious what makes it different from that trope. That part about the character being the opposite of the normal character should be taken out of the description too.

    What about Off Model Doppleganger Oddball Doppleganger?
  • July 6, 2012
    EarlOfSandvich
    "Oddball Doppelganger" actually sounds rather fitting.
  • July 6, 2012
    allthedumbthings
    Macro from [citation needed]. subverted when it's revealed that he is not a clone at all, but Micro's long lost twin brother. And the reason for his odd and childish behaviour is that he was on a ton of medication for a disease in his legs.
  • July 7, 2012
    Otakukun
    Kanchomé from Gash No Bell can transform into replicas of other charecters, but they're far from perfect. One had a nose that would make Cereno De Burgerac feel normal and another has a forehead as big as the torso, luckily for him the people he had to fool where idiots
  • July 7, 2012
    Otakukun
  • July 7, 2012
    NightNymph
    ^^^^^^ s2_Footsteps. You have a point that the bizarro versions of the Seinfeld characters probably should be considered as being played straight. My suggestion of maybe an inversion was because I had interpreted the trope to be describing a "weirder" counterpart (from the "decidedly more crazy/bizarre" part in the laconic - the examples also seemed like weirder versions). And since the original versions of the Seinfeld characters are often fairly strange themselves (especially Kramer) the "Bizarro" counterparts seemed instead less "crazy/bizarre" and more normal. Which is where my faulty "inverted" logic was coming from.
  • July 9, 2012
    abk0100
  • July 9, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    Seems like examples that are any kind of villainous (e.g. Wario or Bad Ash) don't count, unless there is some other distinction between this and Evil Twin that I don't get.
  • July 14, 2012
    EarlOfSandvich
    Wario still qualifies, because although he started out as the antagonist (specifically in Super Mario Land 2 Six Golden Coins), he has since evolved to more of a goofball counterpart whose antics are more childish and anti-heroesque than outright malicious, although still driven by greed.

    EDIT: Decided to include the Seinfeld/Scooby examples. Perhaps they need a bit of tweaking?
  • July 25, 2012
    abk0100
  • July 26, 2012
    PapercutChainsaw
    Often leads to Other Me Annoys Me.
  • July 29, 2012
    Xtifr
    How I Met Your Mother has "Stripper Lily" who speaks with an Eastern European accent, and "Mexican Wrestler Ted" who is exactly what it sounds like. (The other characters have had dopplegangers as well, but not particularly oddball ones.)
  • August 8, 2012
    EarlOfSandvich
    Just found one more index to classify this under (Doppelganger).
  • August 13, 2012
    PhysicalStamina
    Why not change the title to "Even Weirder Counterpart" for more clarity?

    As for examples, I don't remember the exact details there was an episode of The Grim Adventures Of Billy And Mandy where Billy, Grim and Mandy met different version of themselves. Billy counterpart was even dumber than regular Billy.
  • August 13, 2012
    Psi001
    • Crash Bandicoot has Fake Crash, who usually cameos as an easter egg in spin off titles, his occasional story involvement interchanges from good to neutral alliance. He differs from the already oddball Crash due to his enlarged eyebrows and teeth and dopier voice and demeanor.
  • August 13, 2012
    abk0100
    ^^ I don't think the original character has to be weird, so "even weirder" is kind of misleading.
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