->''"Was he the real Aoi or just a clone?"\\
"He was a man."''
-->-- ''{{Phoenix}}: Life''

[[CloningBlues Clones have often gotten the short end of the stick]] in SciFi. When they're not [[TheSoulless soulless]] [[EmptyShell abominations]] or [[EvilTwin evil dopplegangers]], they tend to be seen as just back-up copies of the original and nothing more.

Except when ''this'' trope kicks in. After all, Nature creates genetic copies of people all the time. They're called identical twins; and as people in RealLife can easily tell you, they are very much individuals.

This trope is when a Clone is permitted to be their own person and live their own life, essentially becoming a character independent from the original. They may grapple with CloningBlues now and then, or they may recognize that their personality is sufficiently unique for them to think of themselves as-- well, themselves. This is more difficult if they started life with the copied memories of the original. Often, they become a recurring or supporting character. If the original is dead, it's likely the clone [[BackUpTwin takes over the original's role.]]

Expect any ZombieAdvocate to take this viewpoint, but expressing this view does not automatically make a person a ZombieAdvocate. See also AndroidsArePeopleToo.

Contrast ExpendableClone.

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[[folder:Anime/Manga]]
* In ''AfterschoolCharisma'', clones may be treated as backup copies, but Shiro (and Mr. Kuroe) sees them as this.
* ''[[{{Phoenix}} Phoenix 'Life']]'' deals strongly with this idea when [[spoiler: the main character, a selfish TV executive, is cloned and sent to be slaughtered for sport with his many copies.]]
* In ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', this is generally the prevalent attitude regarding all the clone characters. Precia Testarossa is about the only character who doesn't share this perspective, and the reason she hated Fate is because she ''wasn't'' the same person as the girl she was cloned from, and Precia wanted a ReplacementGoldfish.
* A major plot point in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' involves the main characters convincing [[spoiler:Mikoto]]'s clones of this. Originally, they were perfectly content with [[ExpendableClone dying for the sake of the experiment]].
-->'''Misaka 10032:''' [[ThirdPersonPerson Misaka cannot comprehend your actions...]]if the right materials and drugs are available, Misaka can be automatically created with the push of a button...an artificial body...an artificial mind...each unit is 180,000 yen, with as many as 9,968 left in storage. Yet, for something like that...\\
'''Touma:''' That doesn't matter. That your body's artificial...that your mind's artificial...that you can be made with the push of a button...small things like that aren't even interesting. There's only one ''you'' in this world, and I'm here to help you. So don't go dying by yourself.
* The Bioroids in ''{{Appleseed}}'' are genetically enhanced clones, and the fact that they have the same rights as any other people is a major plot point. Furthermore, thanks to their emotional restrictions they play a vital part in ensuring the world peace after two destructive world wars.
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'': Kira Yamato goes out of his way to convince Rey Za Burrel, the clone of the previous BigBad, that he does not have to repeat his "brother's" mistakes. It eventually gets through to him.
** Said BigBad was also a clone who was treated as nothing more than an extension of his donor. It didn't end well for anyone involved.
* [[GattacaBabies Glemmy Toto]] of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'' may have [[TheEvilPrince Gihren]] [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Zabi]]'s DNA, and is almost as [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] and [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans evil]] as his donor, but the similarities end there. While [[InsaneAdmiral Gihren]] was a humourless, ugly [[LackOfEmpathy cold-blooded]] UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed stand-in]], [[AcePilot Glemmy]] is a smooth talking [[{{Bishonen}} pretty boy]] [[TheCharmer charmer]], with a [[BunnyEarsLawyer quirky]] [[LaughablyEvil sense of humour]] and a [[StepfordSmiler Stepford Smile]].
** Regarding Puru's clones, you can often tell who is a good guy or a bad guy based on how they treat them: the bad guys tend to see them as expendable living equipment, good guys tend to treat them as actual people.
* ''Manga/KnightsOfSidonia'' has the Honokas. They are a group of clones who are all trainee pilots, but each have their own name (Honoka En, Honoka Hou, and so on) and are treated as individuals.
* "LightNovel/KinosJourney", the light novel, has a chapter dedicated to this. Kino enters a country where the inhabitants are all clones of one male and one female, who are pretty much equal to twins, with differing personalities and traits. [[spoiler:It gets blown up by people who believe otherwise.]] [[spoiler:Nobody dies.]]
* ZigZagged in ''Manga/{{Gantz}}''. When a transporter accident creates a duplicate Kishimoto, she is treated as just as human as the original. Ditto much later when a duplicate [[spoiler: Kurono]] is created. However, the FridgeHorror that this universe's "teleportation" is actually accomplished by creating an exact duplicate of you and then ''disassembling you molecule by molecule'' is never examined.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* ComicBook/{{Superboy}} (Conner Kent) in the comics and the animated series ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. In both versions he turns out to be cloned from Superman ''and'' Lex Luthor, who provided some of his DNA to stabilize the sample, so he's not an exact copy of anyone.
** The ''Young Justice'' Superboy was created to replace Superman if he died or kill him if he turned evil (at least, according to the people of dubious ethics at Cadmus who grew him in the first place) and doesn't have his memories, but the teen really looks up to him at first, which makes Superman's rejection of "parental responsibilities" a big disappointment. [[spoiler:They get over it eventually]].
* Bizarro. He even has his own planet.
* This was the reason for the Black Zero terrorist attacks in Krypton's past. The group were railing against Kryptonian society's edict of using clones as "spare parts", arguing this very trope.
* In ''PS238'', [[spoiler:Tyler]] is eventually cloned: The clone is an EmptyShell, however, with a remote control in place of a brain to let the original control it. The clone eventually, through some odd set of coincidences, gains a mind and sentience of its own, takes on the name "Toby", is legally accepted into the original's family as his brother, and becomes a character in his own right. [[spoiler:Furthermore, Toby is revealed to have superpowers -- something Tyler still hasn't got (and probably never will), leading to a brief stint of Tyler becoming afraid that his parents will accept Toby as their "real son" and disown Tyler (which turns out to be completely unfounded).]]
* ComicBook/{{Metamorpho}}'s clone Shift tries to live his own life as a member of [[BatmanAndTheOutsiders the Outsiders]], with the original Metamorpho's blessing. But when his android girlfriend gets corrupted by pre-existing evil programming, betrays the team, and dies, Shift says he can't bear to live any more and begs Metamorpho to reabsorb him, which he reluctantly does.
* TheVision is a [[BrainUploading mental clone]] of Wonder Man (even though, in practice, [[InformedAbility the two have never actually behaved very much alike)]], and his entire character arc has revolved around his attempts to live his own life. His lot in life has varied a lot over the years DependingOnTheWriter. Some writers give him a fair shake, but others seem to just inexplicably hate the poor guy.
* At the end of the SpiderMan [[ComicBook/TheCloneSaga Clone Saga]], Peter and Ben have pretty well reconciled themselves to their situation and decided to consider each other brothers. [[ShootTheShaggyDog Then Ben melts.]]
** Peter's other clone, Kaine, seems to have taken this route, becoming an AntiHero.
** The UltimateMarvel Clone Saga makes Spider-Woman an OppositeSexClone of Spider-Man, with all his memories. She is treated as her own character in and out of universe, though with perhaps [[AngstWhatAngst not enough attention paid]] to the fact that from ''her'' point of view, life was normal (well, Peter normal) for 17 years and then one morning she was, well, a ''she,'' and someone else owned her life. Then again, if ''you'' lived [[UnluckyEverydude Peter]] [[ButtMonkey Parker]]'s life and were given a new one, you just might take it too.
*** When she opens up about her situation to Miles Morales, Peter's successor, she admits she found it difficult to deal with or talk about, and she feels she's not a real person - she's not Peter, but she's not her own person, either. When they go up against the bad guy who funded the Clone Saga, ''he'' calls Spider-Woman not real, too, and that's about when Miles finally has enough of him.
** Every Spidey must deal with it eventually! Comicbook/SpiderGirl gets one too, and while they teased her possibly going evil, she hasn't. She is, however, an AntiHero and something of a wild card. [[spoiler: After a decent run, "April Parker" does die for her 'sister' May]] in the GrandFinale.
** ''SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' never treated clones as anything but real people, making [[spoiler: the death of TomatoInTheMirror Mary Jane]] very sad. Also, the cross-dimensional team of Spider-Men in the two-part finale included a Ben Reilly whose nemesis was his world's Peter Parker. They'd been through something like the Clone Saga, but neither we nor they ''ever'' learned who the original was.
* The ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' had Madelyne Pryor, the clone of Jean Grey, who unfortunately became [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds evil]] due to psycho-emotional baggage involving this trope: she was created by EvilutionaryBiologist Mr. Sinister to replace Jean Grey in order to continue the propagation of the [[SuperPowerfulGenetics Summers-Grey]] mixed bloodline), and was callously abandoned by her husband, Scott Summers, when Jean returned from the dead. There's also Joseph, the RaiseHimRightThisTime clone of WellIntentionedExtremist Magneto, who was secretly created as part of an EvilPlan to TakeOverTheWorld by a former FanGirl of Magneto (and who was thought by everyone to be a de-aged and amnesiac Magneto[[note]]This perception was reinforced by Joseph having periodic flashes of the real Magneto's memories.[[/note]] until the original was revealed to be alive), who made a HeroicSacrifice SavingTheWorld the world from Magneto.
* Comicbook/{{X-23}}, an OppositeSexClone of Wolverine, has a completely different [[SugarAndIcePersonality personality]] from Wolverine's. However, because of her DarkAndTroubledPast, it was a while before she even realized she ''had'' a personality. It's also played with quite substantially, as the lead scientist on the project which created her did ''not'' differentiate her from Wolverine, and much of the torture and abuse she suffered as a child was the result of him exacting RevengeByProxy, while the Facility as a whole tends not to view her as a human being with her own wants and desires. Additionally, even after joining the X-Men Laura was at times subjected to bullying over her nature, with Hellion in particular using "clone" as a slur (though they did eventually come to accept her). Perhaps even worse was Hellverine's attempts to seduce her into his service by implying that as a clone she doesn't have a soul, which sufficiently rattles Laura that she asks Claudine Renko about it while the latter is the process of [[spoiler: ''[[GrandTheftMe trying to steal her body]]'']], and later making the ''same'' inquiry with the demon Blackheart.
* Namorita of the NewWarriors is the clone of Namora, {{Sub-Mariner}}'s seldom-seen cousin, a DistaffCounterpart who failed to catch on. Namorita, "Nita" to her friends, is not just a character in her own right, but ''much'' more of a major character, appearing continually whereas Namora sometimes goes decades without having her existence acknowledged. Namora couldn't have children, so she had her science folks implant her with an embryo made from herself. The plot has always treated her like more of a daughter, though her clone status has been discovered and caused trouble at times. Namorita's death at the beginning of ''Comicbook/CivilWar'' meant more appearances for Namora, but DeathIsCheap and Namorita's back. Her "mom" is still around, though.
* ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' has a few examples:
** Brianna as a composite clone of Gina and Britanny who was produced in a lab accident. She was quickly adopted into the family, and although she suffered a (perfectly understandable) lengthy identity crisis, she is now very much her own person.
** The genie Madrid, an old enemy of Gina's, once shapeshifted into Gina's form and got stuck that way. Unable to change back, she found Gina's copied personality slowly encroaching on her own. Later, after another scheme failed spectacularly, she suffered a terrible VillainousBreakdown and raped by she-dragons and her evil half effectively lost the will to live, so the duplicate Gina personality (with Madrid's memories) has been dominant ever since. After some initial misgivings, Gina has decided she can trust her, and the two have become friends.
** Another example, though not a clone, per se, is Raphael, the male Were-Cheetah Golem created to disrupt Brittany and Stripe's wedding. Once the situation was peacefully resolved, the priestess who created him [[YouHaveFailedMe destroyed him for failing]], but Brianna snatched the piece containing his soul/memories, as she empathized with him for also being an artificially-created being. Which bring us to...
** ...Array, a villainess who can created doubles of herself with different skills, abilities, and even species'. She can discorporate them, but their personalities remain inside of her (thus her name), and she can re-call them at any time rather than making a new "self". When Brianna runs afoul of her while looking for a way to help Raphael, Array also sympathizes with her, and helps her create a new form and life for Raphael.
* This trope is the whole point of ''Heart Breakers'' by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett. Most of the cast are clones of Theresa Sorenson, who died midway through the series. The two main characters, Delta and Queenie, have radically different personalities. They live in a world where clones have to struggle for legal rights.
* In ''ComicBook/IronMan: Fatal Frontier'', Tony Stark's ruining of a clone's life in issue 10 is seen as completely disgusting, and a sign that [[spoiler:phlogistone]] is poisoning his mind.
* ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'': The series has this likelihood [[spoiler: at the end of the series, where cloning is used to preserve the human race]].
* ''MyLittlePony'' actually has this. In the original 80s incarnation, there were 'baby' versions of several ponies; Baby Shady, Baby Heartthrob, etc. The comic even adds a Baby Applejack and Baby Firefly. They looked and acted just like the originals but smaller and with simplified cutie marks. The show never questions this but the UK comic has a story about a magic mirror that creates them (well, two of them, but the others can be presumed to have the same origin) in response to their mothers' wish. They get their own storylines and are generally characters unto themselves, and nobody finds cloning yourself with a magic mirror to be a bad thing. (Compare to when [[Recap/TooManyPinkiePies Pinkie Pie tried something similar]].)
* In the Marvel Comics ''{{Transformers}}'' series, there were a group of Autobots whose origins were "Some Autobots back on Cybertron made full copies of their data to be put into new bodies if needed; guess what, now we need 'em." By FridgeLogic, that makes the Earth versions of them just the same as many a ''tragic'' clone; suddenly someone else is living your life and you're an ExpendableClone. The fact that there are other versions of these four wandering around on Cybertron never comes up. Presumably the Earth versions of them never complain because they did volunteer for it; they probably thought "Hey, I'm on that weird "Earth" planet now; let me take care of the crisis that's bad enough to activate this plan, and worry about which "me" gets my room back home later, assuming there's a later." Sadly, we never ''do'' get to see any member of this group meet up with his AlternateSelf. In general, as befitting alien robots, their views on creating life and what makes you "alive" isn't quite the same as a human.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'', has Fluttercruel, who was the being Discord created when he couldn't [[BreakTheCutie break Fluttershy]] and considers herself Fluttershy's clone, even though the two are SharingABody. Despite looking identical to Fluttershy except for darker fur and lacking a Cutie Mark (though she eventually earns a ''different'' Cutie Mark), she has a completely different personality (the audio adaptation's illustrations added CuteLittleFangs and ''slightly'' HellishPupils as well). Despite this, she personally believes she's just a copy and has an identity crisis due to that fact. However, Fluttershy believes Fluttercruel is no less a pony than herself, and both refer to Fluttershy as her mother. [[spoiler:Fluttercruel eventually comes to accept it and it's revealed she has her own soul separate from Fluttershy's. It's also stated there's a possibility that Fluttershy is the clone created by Twilight's memory spell and Fluttercruel is simply the original MindRaped so completely that she's changed completely, or that the real Fluttershy was killed by Discord and ''both'' are clones. Despite this, neither really cares, as they're still separate beings altogether.]]
* ''[[FanFic/ThreeSlytherinMarauders 3 Slytherin Marauders]]'' has [[spoiler: the young Tom Riddle preserved in the Horcrux diary]] as one of the main characters and he grows to become a ''very different'' person from [[EvilMeScaresMe his other self.]]
* [[http://theclonethatgotaway.tumblr.com/ The Clone That Got Away]] involves one of the clones from ''Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E3TooManyPinkiePies'' arriving too late to the clone roundup, sees her sisters getting banished/executed, and promptly decides to GTFO lest the same fate befall her.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/BladeRunner''
* ''{{Clonus}}''
* ''TheIsland''
* The clones in ''{{Multiplicity}}'' are created to be work horses and take on the burdens the hero doesn't want. In the end, they leave to have their own lives (the three clones decide to stay together, but all have VERY distinct personalities).
* Both this and ExpendableClone are explored in ''Film/The6thDay ''.
* ''{{Film/Moon}}''
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Explored in the HiveSeries with [[spoiler:Otto]], who finds out he is a clone and worries briefly about whether he could be considered human. However, he(and the rest of the cast) accept his situation. However, when [[spoiler:Zero, Otto's own clone shows up, Otto and [=HIVEmind=] kill him without too much guilt. Justified in that he had psychologically tortured Laura, but still.]]
* Most clones in the Literature/VorkosiganSaga world, where a clone is considered to be the child or sibling of person whose DNA it was made from, or the child of the person who commissioned the clone, depending on the planet and its laws. Mark Vorkosigan (Miles's clone) is an example of this, as he is considered Miles's brother and is treated as a completely different person. Clones as expendable property still exist on the lawless Jackson's Whole, though.
* This is the whole point of the StarWars RepublicCommandoSeries by Karen Traviss.
** Earlier, it was a subplot in the HandOfThrawn duology. A group of Imperial agents are all [[spoiler: clones of Baron Soontir Fel, ace pilot]], but they simply want to live out a normal life as farmers.
** There are other examples in the EU, the most notable being Ion Team, who explicitly defied Order 66 and fought off their compatriots in order to save their Jedi Masters.
* ''TheHouseOfTheScorpion'' is big on this trope, although [[ExpendableClone most characters in it aren't]]. It helps that the main character himself is a clone, with a noticeably different personality from his creator.
** The [[Literature/TheLordOfOpium sequel]] hints that he may not be too different from his original.
* This is taken UpToEleven in Hannu Rajaniemi's ''TheQuantumThief'': the Founder copyclans rule over most of the inner Solar System. Anyone who isn't a Founder copy is a second class citizen at best, and a sentient missile guidance system at worst.
* Cloning is commonplace in SergeyLukyanenko's ''{{Genome}}'', and clones have all the same rights as normal people. In fact, highly-skilled people are often cloned multiple times in order to preserve their genetics. Clones often take the name of the original but add a middle name that consists of "C" (for "clone") and an ordinal number. For example, Peter C-forty-fourth Valk is the 44th clone of Peter Valk. While not outright mentioned, it can be assumed that the problems of CloneDegeneration have been solved, given that the main theme of the novel is that GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke. This doesn't stop [[FantasticRacism some people from hating clones]].
* In ''Literature/CourtshipRite'', most clans are busy with their {{super breeding program}}s, and don't bother with cloning, since identical genes are, by definition, not improved genes. The Liethe are the exception. Every Liethe secretly has a number of clone-sisters of varying ages, and no outsider ever learns the true identity of a Liethe. The outside world only meets fake personas which can be played by different clone-sisters in turn. The clones are very much different individuals with different skills. Some members of a clone group like the se-Tufi are always trained as assassins; the se-Tufi Who Walks In Humility is one such.
* In Creator/CJCherryh's ''Literature/AllianceUnion'' universe the Union uses cloning extensively to build up their population. These are divided into "Parental Replicants" commissioned specifically by certain people (or to replace the deceased) who are treated as human beings, and "azi" (artificial zygote insemination) who are genetically engineered and copied for use as indentured servants, though the children of azi have the same rights as naturally born humans. In ''40,000 in Gehenna'' a bunch of mostly azi colonists are dumped on a planet in order to create a LostColony (denying the planet to the Alliance).
* ''Literature/{{Edenborn}}'': Halloween clones himself and sends the clone through the same virtual reality child-rearing he experienced, expecting another copy of himself. He is surprised when Deuce exhibits unique personality choices, but recognizes his individuality and takes him as a son.
* In the ''Literature/UkiahOregon'' series, Ukiah immediately considers Kitanning ([[BizarreAlienBiology A genetic duplicate of him grown from a mouse made from his blood]]; ItMakesSenseInContext)) a new person immediately and thereafter Kit is treated by everyone as his son. Likewise, [[spoiler: Atticus]] and Ukiah are different people, and neither is entirely the same person as [[spoiler: Magic Boy, their deceased progenitor) ]]
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** O'Neill's 16 year-old clone (who disturbingly does have his memories) is given the right to live his own life (paid for by the US Air Force no less). The (commented-on) difference between them as individuals comes at the end of the episode, when Young O'Neill chooses to go "back" to high school and do better this time, which Colonel O'Neill doesn't see the appeal of. Before that, they are exactly alike (which makes sense, as he (and the audience) was initially led to believe he was the colonel de-aged).
** Somewhat zigzagged with SG-1's robot clones, who are given the right to live and all... so long as they remain on their planet. The real SG-1 gets annoyed when their copies don't do this. [=Robot!O'Neill=] points out that they should have known they themselves would never have accepted such conditions. However, the duplicates get killed in action in their second appearance despite proving themselves "real" to the team.
** Similarly, in ''Series/StargateAtlantis,'' the robots of the Atlantis team (via different means) are proven to be equals and real people to the team but still treated as {{redshirt}}s by the plot. It's kinda glaring whenever this happens - they've got all the skills that let the 'real' team survive ''hundreds'' of these scrapes and worse - ''plus'' they're made of much sturdier stuff than human flesh (the Atlantis versions even have a HealingFactor!). Though one possibility (with both the Atlantis team clones and the above) would be that the clones really ''don't want to live'' deep down and find ways to end their lives heroically.
** ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': Dr Beckett's clone is welcomed by the team and treated immediately as an equal. It helps that the real Carson is dead so the clone is just filling the old one's position. This is the first to get the same PlotArmor the original enjoyed as well - apparently, so long as one is left, it doesn't matter which one.
** In fact, Rodney goes out of his way to make sure it's the case. When the clone suggests he joins a rescue mission, Rodney is the only one that refused, concerned that the others accepted "because he's a clone and they see him as expendable."
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', it's revealed that during a TeleporterAccident on a planet where it's only safe to beam down every 4 years, a clone of Will Riker was left behind for the next 8 years. He's eventually rescued and welcomed as a full member of Starfleet under the name "Thomas Riker", though he later leaves to join the Maquis.
** Interestingly, since the Will Riker who came back from the planet was the result of a secondary transporter beam to shore up the failing pattern lock, it's debatable whether or not if ''he'' should technically be considered the clone and Thomas the original.
** Another ''Franchise/StarTrek'' example, from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': in the episode where someone tried to frame Odo for murder, he did so by cloning himself, then disguising himself and killing the clone. When he's eventually found out, he is told "killing your own clone is still murder."
*** In the same episode, the heroes accidentally create another clone and he is said to be welcomed into Bajoran society as a regular member (and hopefully will lead a better life than the original).
*** Someone really should have told [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Riker and Pulaski]] this, given that they [[MoralDissonance massacred a bunch of clones]] in "Up the Long Ladder". Granted, they were created from stolen DNA, but ''still''... (although these clones weren't even fully formed yet, so whether or not it's ethical to destroy them is really more of a question about [[FlameBait abortion]] than anything else).
* Both times in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' when the ship and crew where copied they treated them with respect and allowed them to be their own beings. The copies from the Y/Demon class planet parted on good terms with the originals and where allowed to live their own life [[spoiler:when they eventually forgot that they where clones they went on the same journey as the originals. This ended badly as both crew and ship deteriorated without their original atmosphere and at the end when they all die within a stone's throw of the crew (the only ones who could have saved them) it's played for all the drama it deserves.]] The second time was when a NegativeSpaceWedgie created two Voyagers in overlapping space with crew included; the only mistreatment brought out was an accident out of ignorance to the situation. [[spoiler:When the ships come under attack one of the ships is sacrificed to save the other and a couple of the crew come to the other whose counterparts had died in the accident; now and for the rest of the series, Harry Kim and Naomi Wildman are the ones from the ship that ''didn't'' survive, and thus would be considered the 'cloned' or 'alternate' versions. The real kicker though is that noone figures out which ship is the copy.]]
* Alexander Luthor is considered his own person in Series/{{Smallville}}, and not just a clone of Lex. Tess even raises him as her own son in an attempt to keep him from turning out like his progenitor. Eventually we find out that [[spoiler: half of his DNA comes from Clark]] and he changes his name to Conner Kent, becoming like Clark's little brother. As per the "[[NotWearingTights no tights, no flights]]" rule, we never hear the name "ComicBook/{{Superboy}}."
* One of the ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episodes has several characters "doubled" for the nefarious purposes of a [[ImAHumanitarian villain of weird tastes]], who repeatedly states that this is not cloning, but perfect duplication- or as he liked to call it, "twinning". Both copies of the protagonist, John Crichton, survive the episode, remaining as crew members and participating in a LoveTriangle with "himself" over their LoveInterest, Aeryn. When she made a choice (somewhat forced by the situation at hand), CloningBlues set in for the other guy.
-->"I hope he's having a good time-- No, wait, I hope he's having a TERRIBLE time. I just hope he treats her well."
** There's a reason for the villain's InsistentTerminology. The twinning process appears to distill some of the original's essence into each double - and neither is the original. People the villain had done it to over and over again, producing a horde of duplicates, had been reduced to (a horde of) savages.
** Eventually one Crichton gets killed, but not before conceiving a child with Aeryn, who will go on to raise the baby with the other Crichton.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers:'' At the end of the late season 2 two-parter "Return Of The Green Ranger", Tom (the formerly evil clone of Tommy) stays in colonial Angel Grove to live out his life. And possibly becomes Tommy's ancestor.
* ''{{Sliders}}:'' An episode late in the series revolves around this trope, on an alternate Earth where clones of wealthy individuals are grown and kept like animals for the purpose of organ transplants and blood transfusions. Naturally, one of the protagonists gets mistaken for his alternate's clone.
* The ''Series/BlakesSeven'' episode "The Children of Auron", which features a society that practices large-scale cloning, is probably the most casual and realistic treatment of it in any SpaceOpera. Cally and her sister Zelda are depicted just like real-world natural twins, as independent individuals with their own personalities and motivations who just happen to look identical.
** The episode does, however, depict one hard-SF big disadvantage of large-scale cloning: [[spoiler:lack of genetic variation leading to lack of disease resistance and vulnerability to [[SyntheticPlague epidemics]]]].
* The X5 clones in ''DarkAngel'' are never treated as anything other than identical twins who shared a test-tube instead of a womb. It helps that they '''do not''' share memories and the age difference between them is the same as normal "older" and "younger" twins.
** The examples we see are Creator/JessicaAlba as the main protagonist Max/X5-452 and Sam/X5-453 (a Season 2 one-shot character), and JensenAckles as Ben/X5-493 (a Season 1 one-shot character) and Alec/X5-494 (a regular cast member in Season 2).
** At least some of the X-7 series are clones of the X-5s (we see Max's and Zack/599's mini-mes) and are certainly different from their grown-up originals, but in the sense of being 10 year-old hive-minded soulless killers.
* The humanoid-model Cylons in ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica (Re-imagined)]]'' vary on this. Numbers One, Two, Three, Four and Five don't get distinguishing characteristics from others of their own model, but Numbers Six and Eight (Seven is extinct) have unique individuals like Caprica-Six, Shelly Godfrey, Tough Six, Gina Inviere, Natalie Faust, Lida and Sonja (Sixes) and Boomer, Athena, "Fakeathena" and Sweet Eight (Eights) in addition to the generic Sixes and Eights.
** They also vary on the memory-sharing factor. Athena downloaded Boomer's up to the point of the Miniseries and "Fakeathena" downloaded Athena's up to the point of "Rapture", but they don't do this automatically and ([[AllThereInTheManual according to the producers]]) models vary on how often they do it. Even sharing a good chuck of memories didn't stop Boomer and Athena from developing in radically different directions.
* The whole point of ''OrphanBlack''. The main character and several others are all from a batch of clones, but they have '''completely''' different personalities, in an absolute tour de force by the actress, Tatiana Maslany.
** In fact, the clones having independent lives is part of the experiment, since most of them were put into fairly normal households and are allowed to live "normal" lives, while [[spoiler: being observed by "monitors" who report back to Project Dyad.]]
* The revival ''Series/OuterLimits'' episode "Replica" featured this. The clone, complete with the memories of the original, was created to replace the wife of a bioengineer who was wrongly thought to be irreversibly comatose. When the original awakens, a discussion begins of how to handle the copy, but murder is clearly off the table and instead their plan would allow the clone to have her own independent life.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Buffy's sister Dawn is technically a clone of Buffy, having been "made from the Slayer" by the Monks of Dagon. Initially, after this is discovered, some of the Scooby Gang want to treat Dawn as a made thing, but Buffy insists that she be treated as her sister. (Though technically a clone is an ''offspring'', not a ''sibling''; Dawn is really Buffy's ''daughter''.)
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* ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' has Chaos, Cosmos and [[spoiler:the Warrior of Light]] whom all started life as [[spoiler: Manikins, clones made of crystal ore that acts similar to organic life and grows as living creatures do]]. All three are treated normally as sentient beings. [[spoiler:Though in the case of the warrior, neither he nor any of his fellow warriors know the truth]]. Whether or not they ''can'' do all the things normal lifeforms do. Eat, dream, reproduce, ect. isn't really delved into very deeply.
** It's later confirmed in Dissidia 012 that [[spoiler: perfect Manikins are in fact capable of doing all the things mentioned above, and are ''real people''. Chaos started out as a small child that needed to eat and sleep in order to grow, he even commented on a dream he had once.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve2'', Aya Brea finds out that an evil cult has made a clone of her in order to take advantage of her powers. After rescuing the girl, she adopts her as a daughter/sister.
* This is a major plot point in the Franchise/MetalGear series, especially in VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4. At the very end [[spoiler:Big Boss himself]] tells Snake that he respects him as a soldier, and it's sure that Snake would've make very different decisions if placed in the same situations as him. This neatly summarizes the whole Aesop of the series: Your genes don't determine who you are. Your actions do.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', this trope is a major part of the character arc of [[spoiler:Luke once he realizes and accepts he's a replica of Asch]]. Eventually, this leads up to the climax [[spoiler:where it's implied Luke either gave his own life to resurrect Asch, Asch did vice versa, or in some other way the two fused. TheStinger is tight-lipped as to which one can be seen at the end.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' has the Genomes, a group of people from another world that have virtually no personality or unique traits and they all act very similar to each other. After their homeworld gets destroyed, Zidane decides to take the Genomes with the party and leave them in the Black Mage Village for shelter [[spoiler: since he's a Genome too and they are like siblings to him in a sense]]. The people in the village are the Black Mages, who are constructs/androids that are similar to the Genomes, but have slightly more personality. The Genomes and the Black Mages quickly, if awkwardly, get along and learn the many aspects of life itself.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'': If you play the Paragon path when you find out the villain in the ''Citadel DLC'' is [[spoiler:an EvilKnockoff Clone of Shepard]], Shepard takes this approach. Unfortunately it doesn't work, [[spoiler:since CloningBlues, a severe InferioritySuperiorityComplex and a case of IJustWantToBeSpecial causes the clone to be DrivenToSuicide when abandoned by his/her one ally]].

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* Ellen, Elliot's OppositeSexClone in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', is quickly accepted by Elliot and his family and now lives as Elliot's twin sister. Due to her brief case of CloningBlues, she has also developed a distinct personality from the original.
** Taken a step further when while having an argument with him, Ellen demands to know why Tedd, who started the series of events that led to her creation, never apologized for it. Tedds answer is epically {{Heartwarming}} because he refuses to apologize because he doesn't regret that Ellen exists.
* Molly the Peanut Butter Monster in ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' has two clones with very different personalities who are both off living their own lives: [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds megalomaniacal woobie]] Galatea (or "Golly") and the [[OurGiantsAreBigger mountain-sized giantess,]] Djaliana ("Djali" or "Jolly").
* In ''[[http://vanheist.deviantart.com/gallery/ Bomango]]'' by Rob Ten Pas, Gogo can reproduce by ''budding,'' having sprouted Didi out of her side (which she did on a caprice because she was bored one day). Didi is as sweet, gentle, and intellectual as Gogo is loud, brash, and dangerous. It's notable that, since they split, Didi's physique has become noticeably more slender than Gogo's muscular frame, because Gogo gets a lot more exercise. Didi also has no navel. Strong hints have been dropped that Gogo has other clones running around, and that they are [[EvilTwin not nice people at all.]] The names Gogo and Didi, btw, are a ShoutOut to "WaitingForGodot."
* In ''{{Melonpool}},'' [[JerkAss Ralph's]] opposite-personality ''nice'' clone Ralphie has been a series regular since his introduction many years ago. Ralph also (until recently) had an [[EvilTwin evil clone]] named Fauntleroy.
** Averted when Roberta was cloned, as the machine had been ''fixed'' by then, so the two were completely indistinguishable (much to their own frustration). They were eventually fused back together.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' gives us Davesprite, a biological combination of an alternate Dave from the future and a game sprite (and a crow). At first the characters, most notably John, treat him just as an alternate version of Dave, but as time goes on he grows to have more of his own say in the plot and ultimately separates from Dave to [[spoiler:travel with John and Jade on the ship.]] In that time, the three grow close enough that [[spoiler:after a year]], John has just started calling him 'Dave'.
** Davesprite's situation is echoed in Act 6 with the autoresponder, a computer of humanoid intelligence who is a clone of Dirk's brain at the time he was made. Dirk, however, is very aware of this trope and always fully intended to let him live his own life apart from him.
--->'''TT:''' You don't just make a clone of yourself to live in a dead end existence where it has no chance to thrive as an individual or surpass its limitations.
--->'''TT:''' That'd be sick.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': Kevyn's time-clone is fully established as a separate person, the company even going on a rescue mission to retrieve him in one arc.
** Same applies to every other clone in the comic, including one case of a man cloned 950 million times, which basically turned him into his own ethnic group.
* ''Webcomic/{{Harbourmaster}}'': In the ''Pulp'' story arc, a deceased 20th-century mountaineer is brought back to life. Or more accurately, a clone with almost all of the original's memories intact is created. While the Verans who requested the cloning just wanted the closest thing imaginable to an eyewitness of 20th-century Earth history, interplanetary law dictates that clones must be treated as distinct individuals in their own right. This came about from fears that artists would be cloned specifically to "continue" producing a oeuvre, or deceased loved ones in general cloned for ReplacementGoldfish. In other words, the one who requested the cloning doesn't get to forcibly mould the clone's further life.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'', Helen B. Narbon is a clone of Helen Narbon, [[spoiler: her mother. (The "B" stands for "Beta".)]] Helen B. keeps insisting that she is her own person, not like her genetic progenitor at all. [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/narbonic_plus/series.php?view=archive&chapter=51486#strip6 The lab staff disagrees.]]

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* The central premise behind the sci-fi noir web series ''Aidan 5''. People are cloned to make {{expendable c|lone}}opies, but their clones are in fact people too.
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* ''{{WesternAnimation/The Batman}}'' has the episode "The Everywhere Man" exploring this. The villain of the show is the clone of an inventor who created a duplication device. Each clone starts as an identical copy of its original, until it gains self-awareness (and, for some reason, becomes increasingly worse than its original), and sometimes grows disgruntled with its creator. Clone n1 deals with this by basically killing his clones [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness once they're no longer useful to him]] or if they start rebelling. Some of the clones are okay with this, some of them... aren't.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', Danny treats his OppositeSexClone Danielle (or Dani for short) as a family member of sorts, since she was the only clone that wasn't mindless, and she does a HeelFaceTurn when she realizes Vlad, her "father", only viewed her as a tool, and helps Danny escape. In her second appearance, not only is she saved from her [[CloneDegeneration instability]] and kept from from melting into nothing, [[PapaWolf Danny was willing to WILLINGLY]] [[BigBrotherInstinct become the prisoner of a GHOST HUNTER to save her]], though said hunter decides to let him go instead.
* In the pilot of ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'', despite the fact that the clones were created as {{Expendable Clone}}s, Yoda takes this attitude, telling the clones with him, "Smaller in number are we, but larger in mind."
** Other episodes have looked into this as well - Captain Rex and Commander Cody are treated as unique characters with different personalities, one deserter has a life outside the war, yet another betrayed the Republic out of resentment towards the clones' status, and so on.
** One time saw Rex telling off [[GeneralRipper General Krell]] about treating his men as expendable and that not only did he have a duty to follow orders, but also to see them through.
** "The Hidden Enemy": [[spoiler: TheMole is a clone who realized the Clone Army was slavery]].
** Season six has a scene where Fives has a variation of this discussion with a droid, someone who is actually less of a person.
* In ReBoot the copy of Enzo is ''encouraged'' to be a different person than the original Enzo. [[NinetiesAntiHero Given what happened to the original]], this is a good idea.
** Bob's friends (including the copy of Enzo) attempt to cheer him up by citing this trope when he's led to believe that he's a copy of another Bob that shows up in Mainframe. [[spoiler: Subverted when they find out that the other Bob is actually a trojan horse with stolen bits of Bob's code.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', Thailog is a clone of Goliath, and is treated as Goliath's son, rather than a copy. Unfortunately he was programmed with the personality of [[MagnificentBastard Xanatos]], and was raised by [[MadScientist Sevarius]] (which pretty well eliminated any positive aspects of Xanatos' personality from Thailog), and ended up becoming a villain.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Lemongrab's clone was specifically made to be a friend (or [[HoYay boyfriend]]) to the original Lemongrab. He and Lemongrab get along exceedingly well and clearly love each other. (They even start a family together. However, they do still bicker every once in a while.) Other people treat the second Lemongrab in the same manner that they treat the original. Princess Bubblegum treats both of them like her two annoying children- with clear impatience, but compassion.
** In "Another Five More Short Graybles," [[spoiler:Lemongrab 2 ends up rebelling against the original and getting partially eaten for his trouble. From here on out, he becomes more independent, showing mercy toward their Lemon-children and encouraging Lemonhope to flee with Bubblegum before being devoured whole.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Dipper at one point clones himself in order to enact a plan to get close to Wendy. Him and the clones are quite friendly towards each other, even [[GoneHorriblyWrong Paper Jam Dipper]], and Dipper gets quite upset when [[spoiler: Tyrone is killed]].
* [[spoiler:Red Arrow]] of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', who even after finding out he's a clone eventually goes on to get married and have a kid. The original (when he finally turns up) has no problem with the clone (mainly because said clone didn't ask to be created and eventually ended up being the one to find him), but is furious that his mentor failed to notice the switch.
** Superboy counts here too, who while still incorporating elements of Superman, [[spoiler:Lex Luthor]], and his initial CloningBlues, has gone on to develop his own personality and live his own life.
* Cubert of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' is a clone of Professor Farnsworth. He's treated like his son and is good friends with Hermes' son Dwight. The only time being a clone seemed to affect his personal life was when it became apparent that he didn't technically have a birthday but this was remedied by celebrating the day the professor scraped the growth off his back he used to create him instead.
* This is explored in an episode of the second seaon of WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}} when Will creates a copy who are normally little more than mindless drones, but the BigBad gives the copy sentience. [[spoiler: Unfortunately Clone!Will ends up preforming a heroic sacrifice, though her and Will combine.]]
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