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->''Yeah, he's dead, but don't worry. They've got a spare.''
-->-- '''Tom Servo''', ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''

When [[CharacterDeath a beloved character is killed]] and the writers are serious about it, their only option for the sequel is to bring them back as their [[AssPull hitherto-unseen]] identical twin sibling.

Genetically identical to TwinSwitch and CloningGambit, and the logical extreme of SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute. Not to be confused with MakingUseOfTheTwin, which is when an actor's real life twin is used during a production. Compare ActuallyADoombot, DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest and OpeningACanOfClones. Contrast AngstySurvivingTwin. May be paired with HiddenBackupPrince.

!!'''As a DeathTrope, all Spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Neil Dylandy a.k.a Lockon Stratos was killed by the end of ''{{Gundam 00}}'' but came back for the second season as his twin brother Lyle Dylandy a.k.a Lockon Stratos II. In this case [[ChekhovsGunman the twin's existence was revealed in a brief scene]] early in the series, and later on it veers into DeconstructedTrope. The first thing Lyle made sure to his teammates in Celestial Being is he's ''not'' his older twin Neil's ReplacementGoldfish, even preferring to put on a JerkAssFacade than leading Feldt on, since she was in love with his deceased brother. He also prefers to use a different style of gun fighting to contrast Neil's sniping method, although he also uses it frequently. Basically, both twins are Lockon Stratos, but they are at the same time their very own persons with different views on life, love, and revenge.
* Presea in ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' was replaced by her twin sister Sierra thanks to SchrodingersCast--Presea only died in the anime adaptation, and the plot of Part II needed her. For extra points, Sierra is forced to pretend that she ''is'' Presea thanks to a lie Clef concocted about Emeraude resurrecting her with her last wish.
* Shirogane (Sven) was killed in the sixth episode of ''Anime/GoLion'' (but merely "wounded" in ''Anime/{{Voltron}}''), but when the audience demanded he be brought back, they did it in Japan by introducing his identical twin brother. (Since he wasn't actually dead in ''Voltron'', they just called him Sven and said he'd finally recovered.)
* Similarly to the ''Voltron'' example, the fighter pilot Saburo Kato in ''UchuuSenkanYamato'' was killed in the second season and replaced with an identical twin -- and ''StarBlazers'' averted the whole issue by censoring the death of "Pete Conroy."
* In ''HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' at the end of ''Watanagashi-hen'', it's clear that Shion and Mion's TwinSwitch tactic was used for this purpose. The question is why and how, and you'll be wracking your brain for the answers until ''Meakashi-hen'' turns the problem on its head.
** Just to confuse things, the actual evidence towards a BackupTwin effect, one of the twins surviving long enough to kill Keiichi in the hospital, turned out to be [[spoiler:100% dying hallucination on Keiichi's part]], as revealed [[AllThereInTheManual in the games]]. In reality, [[spoiler: both twins were dead by that point, but not in the order expected.]]
* When Buronson and Hara were commissioned to continue ''{{Fist of the North Star}}'' after they killed off Kenshiro's main rival Raoh, they introduced Raoh's previously-unseen/unmentioned older brother Kaioh as the main antagonist during the Kingdom of Shura story arc. Kaioh looks exactly like Raoh, only with a different armor and helmet, as well as a cross-shaped scar on his face.
* In series two of ''{{Black Butler}}'', Abberline's twin appeared to take on the role his brother had in the first series. [[{{Retcon}} Despite the fact that Fred said in the first series he had no siblings]]. Probably done because when Fred was killed off in the first anime ([[SchrodingersCast but not in the manga]]) they expected to only have one season, only to later get a second.
* A minor cannon fodder {{Sekirei}}, Mitsuha, had a twin that showed up much later in Mitsuki. Only difference is that she uses a wire instead of a whip and looks like anime Mitsuha instead of manga Mitsuha. The latter is likely going to be just as much fodder as her twin, though.
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[[folder:ComicBooks]]
* Goldie and her sister Wendy in ''SinCity''.
* Minor ''SpiderMan'' villain the Ox from the Enforcers got replaced by his never-before-seen twin brother after dying.
* Inverted with DC's Crimson Fox; the D'Aramis twins, Constance and Vivian, faked the death of Constance. The would take turns, one of them acting as Vivian, running their multi-million dollar perfume company (the character was intended to be sort of a French Franchise/{{Batman}}) while the other would fight crime as the Crimson Fox. It was then played straight when Vivian was actually killed in action, and possibly again when Constance was killed in action, though the new Fox, claiming to be the heiress to the D'Aramis fortune hasn't been identified beyond that.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/ABetterTomorrow'': Mark Gor was killed near the end, but thanks to Mark being insanely popular, Chow Yun-Fat returned as Mark's twin brother Ken in ''A Better Tomorrow 2''.
* The main plot of ''Bad Company'' revolves around this - Chris Rock plays (briefly) a CIA agent who's killed early on and then his twin brother recruited by the CIA to pretend to be the original.
* ''CitySlickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold'' tried this one with Duke. The AssPull was {{handwave}}d with them not being on speaking terms.
* James Spader's character is killed halfway through ''Jack's Back'' and Spader shows up in the next scene as the twin brother who goes on to solve the case, catch the bad guy, and (probably) get the girl.
* Played for laughs in ''Film/{{Beerfest}}''. After a German spy murders Phil "Landfill" Krundle, his identical twin brother Gil shows up at his funeral. Phil's [[UglyGuyHotWife surprisingly attractive widow]] falls in love with him, Gil takes his place on the team, and asks everyone to call him Landfill. Not only that, it turns out that Phil told Gil ''everything'' about everyone already, and they went so far to lampshade the fact it was like Phil hadn't died in the first place.
* Parodied in the sequel to ''Film/TheLostSkeletonOfCadavra'', ''Film/TheLostSkeletonReturnsAgain'', with the character of Peter Fleming, the heretofore unknown twin brother of the late villain Roger Fleming. There's also Jungle Brad, brother of the late Ranger Brad. When it's remarked upon that both twins were named "Brad', Jungle Brad explains that their ''last'' names were different.
* Used in a Japanese martial arts movie. A man is killed off by thugs for being the heir to some rich guy, but unbeknownst to the killers he had a SeparatedAtBirth twin brother. This brother has grown up to be a BadAss martial artist and won't go down as easy as his brother did.
* Jean Claude Van Damme did ''exactly'' the same Badass Twin play in one of his action films, ''Film/MaximumRisk''.
* in ''Film/ThePrestige'', Alfred Borden's teleporting performance is possible thanks to his having a twin brother, who went so far as to cut his fingers off to make himself indistinguishable from Alfred. He also allows himself be taken to the gallows in the climax, knowing that Alfred will avenge him. Note that Alfred Borden is the shared name of the twins, who are actually '''Al'''bert and '''Fred'''erick Borden.
* In ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' the main character Jake Sully, a Marine, goes to Pandora as a replacement for his scientist twin who was killed by a mugger. It specifically mentions that it was lucky he had a twin because the Avatars required genetic matching since they were a hybrid of the human's and alien DNA.
* ''Film/TimeChasers'' (''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode) features a [[TimeyWimeyBall time-travel-created duplicate]] of the hero, and is the source of the page quote.
* Preemptive example (as in, the twin is introduced ''before'' the character death): Data and B-4 in ''Film/StarTrekNemesis''. Data even uploads a complete copy of his memories into B-4.
* After Ralph Dickson is executed for murder that he didn't commit in ''Invisible Ghost'', his twin brother comes to the Kessler household to investigate the truth behind the matter.
* In TheStinger for ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'', Charles Xavier is [[spoiler:revealed to have transferred his consciousness to another body to survive his physical death. According to WordOfGod, the recipient was a brain-dead identical twin who was as such since Xavier first used his powers. Confirmed in ''Film/TheWolverine'' when he shows up to meet Logan at the airport much to the latter's surprise. This, however, might now be subverted as the new AlternateTimeline from ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' may have cosmically erased all or most of the events of ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Subversion in the Literature/VorkosiganSaga, where Miles's clone-twin Mark refuses to replace him after his death, and purposely gains weight to lessen the resemblance. [[spoiler:And Miles comes back to life before the end of the book anyway.]]
* In ''Literature/ThePowerOfFive'' series, there are two versions of the Five: one set lived ten thousand years ago, and one set in the present day. When one of them is killed, their counterpart is sent through time to replace them and defeat the Old Ones.
** In the original battle against the Old Ones ten thousand years ago, Sapling is killed and replaced with his modern counterpart, Jamie.
** In ''Oblivion'', Matt and Scott both die in the present and have to be replaced by the old Matt and Flint.
* AI Minds in Literature/TheCulture are frequently backed up, especially in the case of warship Minds. ''Look to Windward'' has one recount about how he was restored from a backup only for the original to be found adrift in space later. They both then fought together for the remainder of the war until one of them (unknown as to which) was KilledOffForReal.
* The plot of the Mills and Boon novel ''[[http://www.millsandboon.co.uk/wrong-twin-right-man Wrong Twin, Right Man]]''
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[[folder:LiveActionTV]]
* Common on daytime {{Soap Opera}}s.
* ''Series/AllMyChildren'' did so with Cindy/Karen and Frankie/Maggie.
* ''Series/GeneralHospital'' did it with Ryan/Kevin.
** Also with Benny/Bernie, and perhaps are currently doing it with Emily/Rebecca.
* In ''{{Friends}}'' the {{Show Within A Show}} ''Days Of Our Lives'' did this with Joey's character Drake Ramoray, who was first killed then nearly resurrected as his twin, Stryker - Joey blows that chance, however. (Joey also pretends to be Ramoray's evil twin Hans, but not in the soap.)
* Parodied in the ''HancocksHalfHour'' TV episode "The Bowmans." Hancock's radio soap character is killed off because of his bad acting, but it turns out the character was so popular the show's ratings will suffer without him. The producers suggest bringing him back as his twin. Hancock agrees, but only if he gets a pay rise, writes his own scripts, and gets rid of all the actors who criticized his performances by having their characters all fall down a disused mine shaft.
* Non-twin example: In ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', they killed off Laverne in what they ''thought'' was going to be the last season. Since it turned out it wasn't, they introduced Shirley, played by the same actress, but with an opposite personality. Strangely, no one but JD notices they're identical (despite the ThemeNaming).
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** Denise Crosby, after Tasha Yar was killed, was brought back in two stories as her half-Romulan daughter via TimeTravel. Her [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute very similar but non-identical]] sister was also the focus of an episode, and two different temporal anomalies brought the original Tasha back twice. One gets the impression that no one really wanted to let the character go.
** It also very nearly happened with Will Riker, as he was set to be killed off in season six and replaced with his [[PhlebotinumBreakdown Transporter Malfunction]]-created double, Thomas Riker.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Will Riker was nearly replaced again, where commander William Riker comes and visits Deep Space Nine, steals the Defiant, and reveals he is actually Lt. Thomas Riker the [[PhlebotinumBreakdown Transporter Malfunction]]-created double, though neither Riker is more "original" than the other.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'':
** In the episode "Deadlock," the characters of Harry Kim and then-newborn Naomi Wildman were replaced with alternate-timeline versions of themselves[[note]]which would technically make the original Naomi the shortest-lived character of any ''Star Trek'' series, as this episode begins with her being born![[/note]], and remained so until the end of the series; of course much like [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Miles O'Brien]] being replaced by his own future self it's never mentioned again. In both cases the alternates were created only a few minutes or hours before the switch.
** In a later episode, Harry Kim replaces a version of himself again, but this time it's the wrong reality.
* Season 1 of ''Series/DarkAngel'' had a one-shot character named Ben. The producers were so impressed by his performance, the following season introduced his identical twin, Alec, who became a major character. Rather well justified, since the characters are super soldiers manufactured on the genetic level, and the heroine actually met a younger clone of herself in the first season. Also not a straight example, since the two characters were quite different from each other.
* Happens a lot with the humanoid Cylons in ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'', most notably Sharon "Boomer" Valerii and Sharon "Athena" Agathon, though Athena was introduced before Boomer's death and it was later shown that Boomer's death had been very brief.
** Even so, following her "death", Boomer largely disappears from the show and only returns to show how fucked up she's gotten from her whole experience with some MoralEventHorizon breakers. They are different characters with different roles, but only rarely during the series do both characters have equal prominence. Once Boomer downloads away from the fleet, Athena largely steals her importance in the plot.
* In between ''Series/{{Maverick}}'' and ''TheRockfordFiles'', James Garner had a show called ''Nichols'', where he played a turn-of-the-century Western lawman. In the last episode of the first (and only) season, Nichols is murdered and Garner plays his DarkerAndEdgier (but more traditionally heroic) twin brother who solves the case. Had the series been renewed, the twin would have taken over his role.
* ''Series/AlloAllo'':
** Parodied when the Germans "shoot" and "kill" the main character, Rene. In order to keep up the ruse, he has to pretend to be his long-lost identical twin brother, also called Rene. He then has to re-marry his "widowed" wife, because his will left everything he owned to her. That led to some hilarious statements, i.e., ''"I've been his ex ever since he died."''
** Poor [=LeClerc=], who was replaced by a supposed brother following the death of the original actor, which brother developed a case of TheOtherDarrin when THAT actor also died...
* In the parody soap opera, ''Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman'', Garth Gimble's wife kills him, and his identical twin brother Barth Gimble moves to Fernwood soon thereafter.
* In ''Series/StargateAtlantis,'' Carson Beckett is brought back as a preexisting but yet-unseen clone with all of Carson's memories up to the point of his creation (despite explicit promises by the writers that it would be the original Carson and not something like this.) It's all good, though; Carson still comes back. Originally, they planned for the original to return, and the one who died to have turned out to be a clone. They eventually realized it wouldn't have been realistic for the villain to have created a convincing enough clone in the short time he had, so they switched it up.
* Played for laughs in the French-Canadian show ''Le Coeur A Ses Raisons''. When Peter, the rebel cop, dies during an Earthquake, his identical twin, also named Peter, shows up in the third season to fill the exact same role, and engage in a relationship with Peter 1's girlfriend. It is explained that the two Peters never appeared at the same time because they only had one set of clothes; when one was wearing it, the other had to stay home in underwear.
* In ''[[Series/{{V}} V: The Series]]'', Martin's brother Philip appeared several episodes after Martin was killed off, and more or less filled Martin's role. Given that the Visitors were alien reptiles disguised as humans, there was no actual reason for Philip to be Martin's twin brother, as opposed to just another Visitor wearing the same human mask as Martin. But he was anyway, just because.
* Laura Palmer is found dead in ThePilot of ''TwinPeaks'', Shortly after her cousin arrives to stay some time and she is played by the same actress as Laura (but with raven hair instead of blond).
* K-9 Mark III was introduced in the failed ''Series/DoctorWho'' spinoff pilot ''Series/K9AndCompany'' for earlier ''Doctor Who'' companion Sarah Jane Smith. When Sarah Jane returned in the new ''Doctor Who'' series, that K-9 died and was replaced by a fourth K-9, who is a recurring character in the newer, successful Sarah Jane series ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''.
* A few years after the one-shot character Jimmy "the Geek" was killed off in an episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'', the writers decided they wanted him for the recurring SixthRanger character in the spin-off series ''Series/TheLoneGunmen''. Not only had Jimmy been comprehensively killed off, [[OneSteveLimit there was also already a main character called Jimmy in the show]]. Enter Jimmy's identical twin brother Kimmy, who fortuitously shared his brother's genius with computers. Kimmy did have a somewhat different personality, coming across as more outgoing and snarky than his dead twin, although this may just have been a case of AdaptationExpansion. (Although their relationship was never brought up in-universe, WordOfGod quickly confirmed that Jimmy and Kimmy were indeed twins.)
* In ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', the team heads to the secret base Providence, run by Eric Koenig. In the very next episode, Eric is murdered by [[TheMole Ward]] and the team is forced to abandon the base while chasing the villains. At the very end of the Season 1 finale, they travel to another previously-unseen secret base, only to be greeted by the equally previously-unseen Billy Koenig who welcomes them to the base in a nearly-identical opening speech.
** A video presented to fans at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con takes it a step further, showing Billy interacting with another identical Koenig brother, Sam.
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[[folder:TableTopGames]]
* The standard excuse for when your character dies and you can't be bothered to roll up a new one, or when a boss is thrashed instantaneously and the unimaginative DM still wants a fight.
* In ''Paranoia'' you get 5 clones of your character. Since it's a world where everyone is out to get you (hence the name), you need them.
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[[folder:VideoGames]]
* In the first ''GearsOfWar'', Anthony Carmine gets shot, and dies. In the sequel, his brother Ben Carmine (who sounds exactly the same and is almost a clone in personality) shows up, makes himself at home as a MauveShirt, and then dies.
** Given that Ben introduces himself as "one of the four Carmine brothers! Well... three now..." [[SarcasmMode it's believed that the other two brothers will lead long, full lives]].
*** In the third game, we meet their brother Clay Carmine, [[spoiler: who survives and presumably [[SincerityMode lived a long, full life]].]] No word on that fourth brother though.
**** [[AllThereInTheManual The fourth brother, Dietrich Carmine, was a civilian who died long before any of his brothers did.]]
* In ''MortalKombat II'', the original Sub-Zero was killed by Scorpion during the first game's tournament and is replaced by his younger brother, who adopted his identity. Noob Saibot, a character also introduced in ''II'', would later be revealed to be the original Sub-Zero.
** In ''Mortal Kombat 9'', the story plays itself out again; in fact, this is a sign that Raiden's plans to alter the future are failing.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Tales of Legendia}}'' we have Fenimore and her twin, Thrya. She ''does'' mention Thyra earlier on, but chances are you forgot about it, and thus makes Thyra's appearance later on in the Character Quests a surprise.
* Subverted in ''Franchise/MassEffect''. In the first game, depending on your choices, your squadmate Urdnot Wrex may end up dead. Since he plays an important role in the later two games, if he dies, his role is filled by his brother, Urdnot Wreav. What makes this a subversion is that the two are ''radically'' different - Wrex is far more intelligent and calmer than Wreav, which colors how the krogan fare in the second and third games; under Wrex, they can thrive, while under Wreav they go down the self-destructive path that Wrex so feared.
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'': After Junko Enoshima is seemingly killed by [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice several spears through her body]], a girl who is suspected to be the 16th student appears to take her place, but is killed shortly thereafter. It turns out the ''real'' Enoshima is working behind the scenes as the Mastermind and she pulls a TwinSwitch with her twin sister Mukuro Ikusaba (the aforementioned 16th student) who disguises as her and she kills her twin sister and uses her body to fake the murders and frame the other students.
* In ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal: Head-On'', Miranda Watts, the new driver of Twister, enters the Twisted Metal tournament to search of her twin sister Amanda, who disappeared after the events of the previous tournament. In her ending, Calypso grants her wish when he splitting up the road, in which the now-aged Amanda emerges from the cracks, which freaks Miranda out.
* In ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' you meet Chunk, a cheerful FatIdiot security guard, during a quest to infiltrate a gallery, he then returns later on in the game as a lobby guard in the [=LaCroix=] Building. But it is actually possible to kill Chunk in the first encounter, which will result in the lobby guard being his identical twin brother, who is equally as clumsy, dimwitted, and happy-go-lucky as the original Chunk.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In "''Heroes of Lesser Earth''", Martin's Elf Rogue Cohort "fleece" has an unlimited number of twin sisters, each named Fleece, and more in love with Martin than the last, who instantly replace the previous one if she's killed... because he wrote that on the back of her character sheet.
* Used very literally in ''Story Minute'': A woman becomes obsessed with backups after a hard drive crash and marries an identical twin.

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[[folder: WesternAnimation]]
* In the 1980s ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]],'' in a rare exception to StatusQuoIsGod, Baxter Stockman got permanently turned into a fly monster, and stayed that way for the rest of the series. The show did briefly try an AssPull, however, by introducing Baxter's still-human twin brother ''Barney'' Stockman. Perhaps thankfully, Barney only appeared once.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': After Fat Tony dies, his cousin Fit Tony takes his place in Springfield's mafia. Then he gains some weight and becomes known as Fat Fit Tony, or Fat Tony for short. Similar to the "Armin Tanzarian" thing, [[CanonDiscontinuity this was never brought up again]].
* The death of Skyquake on ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' eventually saw the coming of his twin, Dreadwing. However, the two have different colour schemes, different voices, and slightly different personalities (the latter being somewhat more cunning and shrewd than the other). They retain their unifying trait of UndyingLoyalty to Megatron, though, keeping this trope in effect.

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