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->''"I can be one or one-hundred!"''
-->-- '''Naruto Uzumaki''', ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}''

Similar to DoppelgangerSpin, Doppelganger Attack involves making multiple copies of oneself, during combat. Unlike the former, however, the "copies" are actual physical copies, be they [[HardLight manifestations of energy]], [[MesACrowd split off]] from the original, or copies [[{{Golem}} made of stone, clay, or another material]]. As they are solid copies, there is no "which one is the real one" game to be played here: They're essentially ''all'' "real", and ''all'' dangerous. They can be used to attack, train, or defend the original. If the copies are unable to rejoin with the original after being created or summoned, they may have the CloningBlues.

While they ''are'' all solid, often the summoned copies are much [[FixedRelativeStrength weaker than the original]], and can be killed more quickly. The major difference between this and DoppelgangerSpin is that the doppelgangers are able to attack, even if they can be destroyed by being hit once or twice. Sometimes making more copies makes the original opponent weaker, due to the ConservationOfNinjitsu.

Compare DoppelgangerSpin, MesACrowd and WeaponizedOffspring. [[TwinThreesomeFantasy Expect lots of]] PowerPerversionPotential. If the Doppelganger attacking is of the player, it's a MirrorBoss.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Kaede Nagase, in addition to the usual illusionary swarm, when she limits her duplicates to four or so all of them are fully tangible and devastatingly effective combatants. Her student and main lead's [[TheRival Rival]] Kotaro has also shown to be proficient at it, though not to the extent of her ability. Oddly, Nagi, the DisappearedDad of series lead could do it, while not being eastern or showing any skill in ninjutsu. RuleOfCool indeed.
** Negi can also do it, summoning a bunch of doppelgangers when he fights Evangeline. Later on, he turns it UpToEleven by summoning a ''thousand'' decoys. Made of [[ShockAndAwe lightning]]. [[RuleOfCool Just because]].
*** Negi's initial spell actually summons elemental spirits and "clothes" them in a copy of his body (presumably just because his incantation didn't specify otherwise). The divergence from this trope is that the copies are separate beings which only ''look'' like him and don't think, act, or fight anything like he does. Since they were pursuing Evangeline, none survived long enough to make this evident, though she selected her defense based on the distinction.
** Haruna Saotome's can use her ArtImitatesLife pactio to duplicate anything her incredible art skills can draw... including herself. Which can create even more copies...
* Suzaku, an early Big Bad from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', could create seven identical copies of himself, each with all of his strength. In stark violation of the Law of Conservation of Energy, he could then reabsorb those copies to completely replenish his strength, enabling him to fight forever, until [[spoiler: Yusuke kills all the clones and damages the remaining clone's antenna, so he can no longer control his aura. As a result the one remaining clone is rendered powerless and possibly dies, though his fate is never actually addressed.]]
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'' and ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', both this and its sister trope, DoppelgangerSpin, appear occasionally;
** Some characters, like Tenshinhan/Tien, Piccolo, and Cell can divide their bodies into weaker physical copies to employ special fighting strategies. Piccolo also uses it to spar with himself when there's no suitably strong partner available.
** Sgt. Purple of the Red Ribbon Army subverts this; While he claims he can do this, he's actually part of a set of identical septuplets, who pretend to be this trope.
* This is one of the advanced ninja skills in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. All ninjas learn how to make [[DoppelgangerSpin illusionary copies of themselves]] with the "Bunshin no Jutsu (Clone Jutsu)". Naruto himself uses a much more powerful version, the "Kage Bunshin No Jutsu" ("Shadow Clone Jutsu"), which makes copies which are solid, albeit fragile. This version is also more chakra-expensive, which isn't a problem for [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan Naruto]].
** There are other solid clone jutsus too, mainly in the form of "X Clone Jutsu", where X is an element like water or sand, with varying levels of similarity to the original. Their disadvantage compared to the Shadow Clone Jutsu is that the user needs to ''have'' a supply of the element in question on hand (ie to make Water Clones you need to be near a river or lake and for Sand Clones you need to be near a beach or desert...or do like Gaara and carry a huge gourd full of sand wherever you go). For just a handful of clones, that's rarely a problem. Creating ''[[MesACrowd thousands]]'' of them like Naruto sometimes does with Shadow Clones, though, is implausible even if you've got a near-bottomless supply of chakra like Naruto.
** Pain also has the ability to make copies of other Akatsuki members out of living people, which are essentially the same except with only the percentage of chakra put into it.
* In ''Manga/BusouRenkin'', the villain Moonface's Busou Renkin, Satellite 30, allows him to create 30 versions of himeself, each one representing a phase of the moon with a head of the corresponding shape. FWI, the new moon one is headless.
* Nico Robin of ''Manga/OnePiece'' has worked out how to use her Flower-Flower Fruit powers, which enable her to sprout any part of herself from any surface, to create a full body double.
* In ''Manga/AliceAcademy'', Misaki Harada's doppleganger Alice allows her to create multiple versions of herself.
* While she's generally more likely to use it for [[ConMan scams]] than for combat, Ryoko of ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' is able to create solid "shadows" of herself.
* Chantez Arpinion of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' reveals her ability to do this with her Ensemble spell during her match against [[MightyGlacier Victoria]], overwhelming her opponent with several tangible clones that are nigh-indistinguishable from the original and just as [[FragileSpeedster fast and skilled, though quite fragile]]. [[spoiler:She was shown to be able to create up to eighteen clones at once. Unfortunately, her opponent is a [[OneManArmy One Woman Army]] who wipes them all out [[IAmNotLeftHanded once she gets serious]]]]
* An early character in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', Kastro, fought Hisoka wuth a Nen ability he called "Double", allowing him to create a perfect copy of himself. It worked for a time but Hisoka worked out its flaws. The main flaw was that the double did not display battle damage or accumulate dirt making it easy to recognize over a prolonged battle. It was also a bad choice in technique for Kastro in particular, as his natural abilities in Nen were ill-suited to the conjuration and manipulation Double required.
* One of the Zoalords from {{Anime/Guyver}} can hide himself in "imaginary space", where he cannot be harmed by anthing in "real space". From there, he can project up to three "shadows" in "real space": the copies look identical to the original, but are intangible, invulnerable and capable of firing homing ball of plasma, which ''are'' tangible and more than capable of harm. The drawbacks of this technique is that he can safely use it only for ten minutes at a time, and that [[spoiler: someone who possesses the same ability could also enter the same "imaginary space" and attack him directly]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'' character Flashback can conjure up versions of himself from seconds away in time, allowing him to swarm an opponent all by himself. He's not so good at picking foes he can actually beat this way, though, and the downside is, if one of his phase-forms dies, he gets to worry if it's the one from ''his'' future.
* The mercenary Timeshadow, a former pawn of Apocalypse, has a similar power.
* Quantum, a foe of Comicbook/TheAvengers, can teleport back and forth so fast that he's effectively two (or more) places at once, allowing him to hit heroes from several directions.
** Franchise/{{Superman}} can also do this in a weak form, once playing ping-pong against himself to entertain some kids.
* ''Multiple Man'' from ''ComicBook/XFactor''. Especially recently as his clones tend to reflect part of the typical human personality. His libido manifested with a clone and much sex (not with clones) ensued.
* The Makuta Bitil from ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' wears a Mohtrek; or in layman's terms: A [[MaskPower Mask]] of Time Duplication. When mentally triggered it summons different versions of the user from different points in time into the present. These duplicates are just as strong as the original was or will be at that point in time. When dismissed, the duplicates will return to the very same moment they left, meaning that no one will have seen them suddenly vanish and reappear. They also lose their memory of what happened while summoned to avoid any whacky [[TemporalParadox time paradoxes]]. The downside? The summoned duplicates will return to their time with all the physical evidence of the summoning intact, meaning that if you get wounded, that wound will seem to have suddenly appeared on you somewhere in time. And if one gets killed... all version past that one [[MindScrew gets erased from time, as if they were never there]]. So a past version of you gets killed, and you cease to exist; even in the memories of those you were fighting, and all the people you have ever met. [[OhCrap Whoops.]]
* The standard tactic of Silent Majority, a member of the Force of July who fought ''ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders'' and other heroes in Franchise/TheDCU.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} foe Riot has the ability to clone himself at will or when attacked. One of Riot's most significant advantages in a fight is that the force of a blow delivered to one duplicate is dispersed across all of his currently-active duplicates; as a result, while Superman could theoretically knock Riot out if he hit a single Riot with a sufficiently powerful punch, with a dozen or more Riots active at once Superman's blows fail to cause sufficient damage to render any of the Riots unconscious.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the film ''Film/SkyHigh2005'', an African American cheerleader named Penny Lent has the ability to duplicate multiple copies of herself. In the final act of the movie her and the other antagonists [[spoiler:help Royal Pain (who is revealed to be Gwen) turn everyone at homecoming into babies and are only stopped when the sidekicks defeat them. Penny herself is defeated after her she is ignorant of Layla's power and becomes trapped in vines. She and the rest of the villains are placed into jail at the end of the movie.]]


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Ninja-theme characters in {{Toku}} shows frequently do this.
** This normally happens in ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' whenever there's something involving ninjas. It also happens in ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' some times.
*** Yellow Mask in ''Series/HikariSentaiMaskman'', who was raised as a ninja, had the ''Yellow Mask Kage Bunshin'' ("Shadow Clone")
*** ''[[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Zyuranger]]'''s Boi (Tiger Ranger) does this when he trains to be a ninja.
*** ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger''. And in the third season of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', which used footage from ''Kakuranger'', this was one of the tricks the Rangers could pull in their Ninjetti forms. Aurico, the red Aquitian ranger, could also do it.
*** [[Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger Kouta/Hurricane Yellow]]'s ''Chō Ninpō: Mai Jishi'' ("Super Ninpou: Dancing Lion") Also used by Dustin in ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm''. Kouta uses it again when he returns in ''[[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Gokaiger]]''.
*** Kamdor in ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' did this once. Being a {{ninja}}, it could be the use of a skill that gives the illusion of more opponents than there actually are, or the typical magical {{Flanderization}} of a real-life technique intended to do this.
** ''Franchise/KamenRider'' has this as well.
*** The Zebra Undead (Nine of Diamonds) in ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'' has this ability; thanks to the PowerCopying nature of this series's AppliedPhlebotinum, [[spoiler: Kamen Rider Garren]] gets a limited version after defeating it.
*** Kamen Rider [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki Knight]]'s Trick Vent card lets him create up to four copies of himself; Ryuki once uses his Copy Vent card to duplicate its effect.
*** Series/KamenRiderDecade's Attack Ride: Illusion card does much the same; he even uses it to counter Knight's Trick Vent in one episode. He also gets a CrowningMomentOfAwesome thanks to this in TheMovie. When faced with a three-on-one fight against [[Series/KamenRiderBlack Black]], [[Series/KamenRiderV3 V3]] and [[Series/KamenRiderSuper1 Super-1]], Decade counters their [[FinishingMove Triple Kick]] by combining the Illusion card with his Final Attack Ride, performing a Triple Dimension Kick all by himself. Later in the series, [[SecondRider Diend]] gets his own version of the Illusion card.
*** Series/KamenRiderOOO's [[color:green:[=GataKiriBa=]]] Combo gives him this ability. Due to [[RealLifeWritesThePlot budget concerns]], but it gets used very effectively in the movies; in ''The Shogun and the 21 Core Medals'' in particular, OOO creates seven copies of himself then has each one change to a different [[MultiformBalance forms]], allowing [[MesACrowd all eight of his Full Combos to fight side-by-side]].
*** Series/KamenRiderWizard's Copy Ring is one of the first tricks he demonstrates; the White Wizard and [[TheMovie movie]] villain Kamen Rider Sorcerer have Dupe Rings with similar effects. Wizard's MidSeasonUpgrade, the Drago Timer, puts a unique spin on this by letting him create three copies of himself, all using a different [[ElementalPowers element]], which can then [[AllYourPowersCombined merge together]] to let him access All Dragon form.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The tabletop RPG ''TabletopGame/{{Continuum}}'' does this in a way: since all characters are time travellers, they're within their rights to resolve that they'll come back to this moment later on, and watch as their temporal double pops in out of nowhere. The risk is that this means committing to a return into a dangerous situation, and if you see your older self get killed, then that's a pity, isn't it?
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has a huge number of abilities that allow the players to pull it off.
** The [[PsychicPowers Psionic Power]] Fission is this trope in a nutshell.
** One of the Swordmage powers in the supplement book Arcane Power creates three copies of you that you can use as starting points for your other powers, though they all share your action pool.
** The first edition supplement book ''Oriental Adventures'' also has the Conjuration spell "Body Outside Body", allowing a Wu Jen to create a few clones of himself. Those have less HitPoints than the caster and cannot use spells, but they have all of his martial prowess.
** Trickery Devotion, a feat from 3.5, lets you clone yourself 1/day. It's a very frail clone, but still...
* Quite naturally, duplication powers are a staple of superhero [=RPGs=].
* In the 7th Edition of TabletopGame/GammaWorld, one of the origins, Doppelganger, focuses on such powers. At 1st-level, you could briefly have three of yourself simultaneously. (It's an at-will power.)

[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[spoiler: The EvilChancellor]] in ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'' does this in the final battle. Also combined with TheManBehindTheCurtain, as [[spoiler: once you defeat three copies, the actual Vizier can be defeated in one hit.]]
* In the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' games, Mid-Boss' ultimate attack, Adonic Fury, utilizes this. He splits himself into four copies and surrounds the unfortunate target to beat the ever-loving crap out of him/her/it. There's also his Super Adonis, which has him rapidly magichange countless copies of himself into swords and rain them down upon his unfortunate targets.
** Several other special moves, such as Doppelganger, use copies as well. The makers of the game have commented that the attack is "also useful if you want to vote for something".
** In those same games, the "Clone" Geo Panels recreate duplicate versions of whatever is standing on a matching color panel, be they allies or enemies. All of the generated clones are very real (and will invariably attack your party), and retain the stats and Hit Points of the original, but you [[UnusableEnemyEquipment can't steal any of their equipment]].
* It seems like every wizard miniboss in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' fights with the mirror image spell, meaning you need to do at least one attack on him per image he creates before you can touch him again. All while he's launching off his own spells. The quickest way to strip this off of him is with a magic missile spell or two, but it's still massively annoying, especially if they use fear or charms on your party (which most do).
** Worse is the ''simulacrum'' spell, where only one image is produced, but it's got hit points and can wander away from the caster.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' games, [=ShadowMan=] makes clones of himself that each shoot a blast of fire down the row they are on whenever the original does. He can also create a more ghostly clone to appear on your side of the field which attacks you with a sword.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', the first boss of 40-man Temple of Ahn'Qiraj (Skeram) (and his 5-man protege in Arcatraz (Skyriss)) uses this ability, although there is a "real" one. Each of his copies must be separated, and the fake ones must be killed before they destroy the raid. The 5-man version in Arcatraz only splits into 2, whereas the 40-man version splits into 3.
** Mage players can also perform their own Doppelganger Attack by summoning 3 to 4 copies of themselves able to cast basic spells.
** Multiboxers are players who play multiple accounts simultaneously by passing the keystrokes from their keyboard to multiple active [=WoW=] installs. When a player does this while playing mage characters, when they are glyphed for Mirror Image and get 4 dopplegangers of themselves, per character, this can be a completely overwhelming sight to see. 5 characters with 4 backups each = 25 total characters. When they all start spamming Frostbolt it looks like Franchise/StarWars. Bonus points if they're all gnomes with pink hair.
** All of those spells are based on the ''Warcraft III'' Blademaster's Mirror Image which summoned 3 clones of the caster. Those dealt no damage whatsoever and were mostly there to confuse the enemy, whereas in ''World of Warcraft'' mirror images typically do damage as well.
** Jandice Barov of Scholomance is the champion of this trope as she summons no less than 15 illusions of herself midfight. Those deal damage, but TAKE NONE, it is imperative to find the real Jandice (her name is distinct from the images, so she can be found easily) and down her fast.
*** In ''Mists of Pandaria'', the attack was changed to a DoppelgangerSpin. The images no longer deal damage, and their attack is only to distract you from finding the real Jandice; they can also be destroyed, though they will explode when killed.
** Grand Magus Telestra in The Nexus summons duplicates of herself midway during the fight.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} II'', the Amazon and Assassin both have abilities like this. The Amazon can create an illusion of herself and summon a real spirit warrior to aid her; the Assassin can summon a shadow of herself with somewhat reduced skills, or a more powerful version at higher levels with greater skill levels.
** Baal himself can do this in the expansion. Thankfully, he can only make one copy.
* Recurring PsychoForHire Yuber from the ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' series has this ability. In terms of sheer damage and utility it's one of the most powerful in the series and appears to be unique to him.
* The entire PREMISE of ''Videogame/{{KirbyMassAttack}}''. Kirby is split into ten copies of himself by the BigBad Necrodeus, and goes off to save Dreamland and become one whole Kirby once more. You initially start off with one Kirby, but gain more as you pick up fruit.
* A staple of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' bosses:
** [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm Nue Houjuu]] summons and resummons an obvious copy for a ''[[GaidenGame Double Spoiler]]'' spellcard (it's purple).
** [[{{Samurai}} Youmu Konpaku]] has a spellcard in the fighting games that turns her [[HalfHumanHybrid ghost half]] into a copy of herself.
** [[GreenEyedMonster Parsee Mizuhashi]] summons a copy for one of her spellcards. It's a trap, and retaliates if you shoot it.
** During the [[FinalBoss stage 6 fight]] with Yuuka Kazami in ''Lotus Land Story'', she frequently splits into two. Not her best idea, as they both take damage.
*** However, splitting in two also allows Yuuka to fire [[WaveMotionGun Master Spark]] twice at the same time, so it kinda balances out.
** [[PhysicalGod Suwako Moriya]] has a survival card that ultimately has three versions of her trying to kill you. And there's another version of her sunk into the background.
** Flandre Scarlet has a spellcard called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Four of a Kind"]]. "Four of a Kind" is the most popular example of this trope in the series.
** Mamizou Futatsuiwa possesses a spellcard that generates two copies of herself, which, after attacking for a short time, generate two more copies EACH, and two more later. By the end, you're facing off against ten copies of her before the spell dispels.
** Suika Ibuki can subdivide into an uncountable number of smaller versions of herself, to the point that she can take a form that closely resembles a mist (manipulation of density probably helps).
* This trope is mostly used in the fight against Dark Samus in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption''. She divides into 2 or 3 identical looking copies that are all capable of attacking. However, you can tell which is real in a few ways. You can scan them; the copies register as "Dark Echo" while the real is "Dark Samus". They move pretty fast, so you have to keep your eye on the right one when you stop scanning and go back to the combat visor. Also, there are certain attacks that only the real Dark Samus will use. Unfortunately, they render her invincible for the duration of the attack, and she tends to recall her duplicates immediately after doing them. Also, only one glows under the X-Ray visor.
* The Clone spell from ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic III'' creates a duplicate of a unit stack with the same attack power as the original. However the clone is much weaker and is dispelled if it takes any damage.
** The fourth part features "Create Illusion" and "Phantom Image", both of which create a semi-opaque unit stack which is the same type as the targeted stack, but with numbers based on the spell's power. Repeated casts stack, you can keep casting Create Illusion on a stack of two Titans to get three or four with each cast... those don't have any spellcasting potential, but are as good at attacking and taking hits as the base monster they were made of. Meanwhile, the fifth part has a spell just like the third one has, creating a same-number copy of the target stack that disappears of one hit, but has a 50% chance to avoid a physical hit.
* The Shadow robot in ''VideoGame/OneMustFall'' uses shadow copies of itself in all of its special moves. However, to prevent abuse, attacking a doppelanger does minimal damage to the main robot.
* There are several ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' examples. Zweizergain and the Assault Scouts are prominent examples of machines that utilize this tactic.
* Death Metal, the Rank 10 Assassin in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'', produces two doppelgangers when his health gets low enough. They have as much health as he does at that point, making finding the real one a bit of a chore.
* In the obscure {{roguelike}} game ''Steamband'', [[spoiler:Fu Manchu]] can create clones of himself in battle. The only way to know which one is real is to kill them.
* ''VideoGame/NetHack'': [[spoiler:the [[RecurringBoss Wizard of Yendor's]] Double Trouble spell]] does the same thing, and [[spoiler:if you're not carrying the [[MacGuffin Amulet of Yendor]], the copy may have a fake Amulet]].
* In the ''Hordes of the Underdark'' module to ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'', there is a hall of mirrors where most either give items of various kinds or gold, one creats a mirror you for you to fight. This is rarely a difficult fight, though, as it fails to copy your companions.
** If you ''destroy'' the mirror instead of looking into it, it spawns ''two'' copies of your character. This is commented on in the related script, which goes to show that this is not due to a glitch.
* When Dante utilizes his Doppelganger style in ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 3'', he can create a single duplicate of himself. The duplicate will mirror Dante's movements and attacks, but the player can choose to increase the lag between the command inputs and the duplicate's response -- or a second player can take control instead.
** Same rules apply with Vergil's Devil Trigger in ''DmCDevilMayCry'', minus the second player controlling the doppelgänger. This is also the last phase as the FinalBoss in Dante's story.
* One of the bosses in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' uses a Doppelganger attack as her gimmick. You have to hit the real one, or else any attempts to use magic will result in a nasty counterattack (her copies reflects magic). The solution: [[spoiler:fight her on a full moon - the fakes have no shadows. Or watch carefully when she taunts you afterwards.]]
* One of Hanzo's special abilities in ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors 2'' allows him to create up to three shadow doppelgangers this way. Nene's ability might also count, although they move more like a [[DoppelgangerSpin spin]] (occupying the same space, instead of spread out like Hanzo's).
* Marquis does this in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2''. He splits himself into five, and strangely enough, all of them have differing abilities. His doppelgangers may know anything from a FlamingSword all the way to illusion magic that hits the whole field. This [[CutScenePowerToTheMax happens in a cutscene]], so you're effectively just fighting a group of ninja that all happen to share the same name.
* One of [[{{Ninja}} Konoha's]] supers in ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' has her creating a bunch of doppelgangers to pummel her opponent with a 100-hit combo.
* [[ThatOneBoss The boss Yaridovich]] from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG: Legend of the Seven Stars'' pulls one of these. Due either to a [[GoodBadBugs programming slip or a small blessing,]] the targeting cursor always hovers over the real one on your next turn.
* Several bosses from ''Zelda'' use a variation of this, most notably Agahnim from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' and Meg from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'': The Heretic Leader boss fights alongside holographic clones of himself, whose attacks are just as deadly as the real thing. They can actually take more damage than him.
* Great Tiger, in both of his appearances in the ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' series, uses special attacks where he makes clones of himself to confuse Little Mac. Dodge or block at the wrong time, and the "real" clone will hit you pretty hard. On the flip side, [[OneHitKo if you can successfully hit him while he's using the move...]]
* The last battle in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' against [[spoiler: Al Mu'alim]], where he creates a dozen illusions of himself, each of which is perfectly capable of killing you, being the most dangerous fighters in the entire game. If you can figure out which one is the original, you can cause the others to disappear. That's pretty much the entire point of the battle, really.
** In the second game [[spoiler:Ezio]] uses the [[spoiler: piece of Eden in his battle against the Pope]]. The copies are different in that they attack independently from you and they don't disappear when you or they are hit. It makes the battle rather easy as you can just wait until he is fighting one of the copies and then attack him from behind and the wait until another copy attacks and he's busy fighting him. Rinse and repeat, [[spoiler: Pope defeated]].
* In ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriorsGundam'', the final battle in Domon Kasshu's "Original Mode" path [[DuelBoss pits him against Master Asia]], who uses his powers to create several clones (of varying toughness) of his Master Gundam, and Domon has to fight them simultaneously to achieve victory.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'' had the Sandora Elite miniboss, who will create two clones of himself when his HP falls below half. The trick to finding the real one is paying attention to the attacks; the two clones will attack after being created, but since the real one made the clones on his turn, he won't attack.
* The time-travel RTS ''VideoGame/{{Achron}}'' can be made to do this. A technique allows the DelayedRippleEffect to be Delayed permanently, so that your units can [[HelpYourSelfInTheFuture Help Themselves In The Future]] but never return to the past, without any nasty [[TemporalParadox paradoxes]]. Unfortunately, [[AwesomeButImpractical this requires so much time and concentration]] that it's easier to just [[BoringButPractical build new units]] if you need to.
* Shredder at the end of ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTheArcadeGame''. The number of fakes depends on the number of players. The fakes have all the same moves, but fewer HitPoints, so if his [[TurnsRed helmet comes off]], you probably have one of the fakes.
* [[MeaningfulName Gemini Man]] and the Mega Clones from ''VideoGame/MegaMan3'', Mega Man, Bass, and Astro Man in ''Mega Man and Bass'' (using Copy Vision), Split Mushroom in ''VideoGame/MegaManX 4'', Axle the Red in ''VideoGame/MegaManX 5'' and Geminineedle Man in ''VideoGame/Rockman4MinusInfinity''
** [[MesACrowd Infinity Mijinion]] from ''X6'' clones himself every time he takes a strong attack or loses 1/4 of this health. He can very well fill the screen with himself if the player isn't careful.
** Flame Hyenard from ''X7'' uses a technique he calls "Tri-Formation" to split himself into three Hyenards, all of whom attack and [[MadnessMantra scream]] with equal ferocity.
** Dr. Wily in ''Mega Man 10''. Not only does the color of his doppelganger hint which one is real, but the real Wily occasionally sneezes during the battle.
** [[VideoGame/MegaManX X]] and Zero can do this via the Soul Body special weapon in ''Mega Man X4'' and ''X5'', using holograms that can attack.
*** Zero channels this via his ''Sougenmu'' hyper in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' and ''[[UpdatedRerelease Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3]]''.
* Both [[spoiler: Branka]] and [[spoiler: the Desire Demon possessing Connor]] from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' make copies of themselves after taking some damage. It's pretty easy to tell which one is the real one in both cases.
* Gruntilda in ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie: [[RevengeOfTheSequel Grunty's Revenge]]'', after her Mecha Grunty suit is destroyed. Klungo also does it in ''Banjo-Tooie'' if he drinks the blue potion before the fight.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** The Crimson Prankster in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts 358/2 Days'', combining this trope with DualBoss.
** Xemnas can briefly create clones of himself to attack the heroes during his final fight. This is particularly annoying when he traps Sora in an HP-draining beam and control briefly switches to a GuestStarPartyMember - you have to get to Sora and free him, but Xemnas keeps sending clones of himself to stop you.
** [[{{MasterOfIllusion}} Zexion]] from ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories]]'' and ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' Final Mix can make clones of himself to attack the player.
** Larxene's "Absent Silhouette" in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' Final Mix can also do this - there's a reaction command where Sora grabs one Larxene, spins her around and throws her into another, fusing them together again.
** The [[BonusBoss Unknown]] from ''Birth by Sleep'' does this too, in case you thought his attacks weren't hard enough to dodge already.
* One of the defining characteristics of the Protopet in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando''. It can very quickly go from one, to seven, to forty two, and by the time you've killed half of them, the remaining half have probably already spawned the number back to it's upper limit.
* Taokaka from ''VideoGame/{{BlazBlue}}'' has a Distortion Drive called "Almost Becoming Two!", where a transparent doppelganger appears behind her for a short time. Whatever moves Taokaka uses, the doppelganger uses.
* Morrigan of ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' does this with one of her ultimate moves in a few of her [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom fighting game appearances.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqJqYfQwtpg Darkness Illusion]], specifically.
** Lilith as well. But, while Morrigan's clone is mirrored behind the opponent, Lilith's copy follows her arround and does the same attacks with a delay.
* A staple of ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' where certain characters have a super move that spawns shadows of them that copy the original with a slight delay.
** Rose's Soul Illusion ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha''.
** Yang gained this via his Seiei Enbu super art in ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact]]'', ''[[CapcomSequelStagnation 3rd Strike]]'' as well as his appearances in ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition]]'' and ''Ultra Street Fighter IV''.
** M. Bison ("[[FanNickname Dictator]]")'s ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom'' incarnation has this with his Knee Press Nightmare supermove, which summons two duplicates of himself which perform knee presses all together. In the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterEX'' series, the fact that Shin Bison also has this variation of the attack is supposed to be an indicator of [[SuperMode just how powerful he is]].
* Also on the Capcom front, Silver Samurai has the "Bushin Shadows" X-Ability in ''VideoGame/XMenChildrenOfTheAtom'', which allows him to attack his opponents with shadow clones of himself. Notably, he does ''[[AdaptationalSuperpowerChange not]]'' have this power in the actual comics.
* In ''VideoGame/RuneScape'', this is one of Nomad's attacks in the "Nomad's Requiem" quest. He can create three copies of himself. All of the clones hit just as hard as the real Nomad, but when they're attacked, Nomad loses focus and dismisses the copy.
* The "Labyrinth" in ''VideoGame/{{Vindictus}}'' features increasingly powerful doppelgangers as the end bosses on each floor (for a total of 5 encounters).
* In ''VideoGame/LionheartLegacyOfTheCrusader'', two of the bosses can summon copies of themselves. In both cases, the original AND the copies (which tend to be weaker) need to be killed in close succession, as the original can summon more copies to replace those the player has already killed, or one of the copies can become the original if the original dies.
* In the final boss battle of ''VideoGame/SpartanTotalWarrior'', [[spoiler:Ares]], the final boss, can split himself in three. The difference between the original and the two copies is that the copies get killed with one hit.
* This is pretty much the whole point of Phantom Lancer, one of the heroes in ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'' - two of his skills are passive and give him a chance of creating an illusory copy of himself (that can still damage enemies) with every hit against an enemy (the second boosts the chance and gives his illusions a chance of creating illusions of their own). Sadly, the illusion-count tops out at 8 or so, meaning no army of angry {{Catfolk}} charging across the battlefield.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' has [[BreatherBoss Pinwheel]], a {{necromancer}} who makes fake copies of him self.
* You can invoke this in ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' by [[DressingAsTheEnemy disguising yourself as Maldron The Assassin]] and invade in Eleum Loyce while wearing White Ring.
* ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'':
** Militsa from ''VideoGame/TalesOfRebirth'' does this when she goes up against the party solo, creating four low HP clones that are quickly replaced upon their destruction.
** Belius in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' creates a clone of herself once she reaches half HP. It's barely any weaker then the original, but can be removed by simply reigniting the torches in the arena.
** The [[BonusBoss Golden Swordsman]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' does once after you run down his HP for the first time, then again once you run down the HP of him and his clone, resulting in three clones. Something of an odd case, as the duplicates possess distinct fighting styles based off of those of your party members, and are just as powerful as the original.
* If you did not [[PsychoForHire hate him enough already]] [[MoralEventHorizon at that point]], Flying Fox from ''VideoGame/HeavenlySword'' has a habit of doing this in his second boss fight. While it is frustrating in normal difficulty, as the clones do not go down in one hit and block most attacks very easily, it is far worse in Hell difficulty, where they have a habit of attacking at the same time with attacks whose blocks are mutually exclusive, and they do so while ganging up, making dodging the attacks a gamble as well. Defeating him for good is one of the more satisfying moments of the game.
* Halfway through the deathmatch with Mai Hem in ''VideoGame/PerfectDark Zero'', she starts summoning clones of herself. Unlike her, they don't "[[DisappearsIntoLight derez]]" (in the words of ''{{TRON}}'') when defeated, and you can pick up their weapons and ammo.
* ''Videogame/EYEDivineCybermancy'' allows players (and some mooks) to summon up to 6 psychic clones, which can be ordered around independently. The clones typically [[GlassCannon die in one or two hits from any weapon, but the clones can use any weapon]], such as [[GatlingGood handheld miniguns]] and [[HandCannon anti-tank revolvers]]. An alternate psychic ability allows the player to summon a single clone, which is much more durable.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas: Honest Hearts'', the Ghost of She splits into four [[TurnsRed when its HP gets low]]. Fortunately, you only need to destroy the main body and the doppelgangers will follow suit.
* ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' has a variety of clone attack and defense skills which are often used by the {{ninja}}-themed players. [[BlowYouAway Kaze]][[FragileSpeedster maru]] learns some of them as well. There's even variations of certain 3-player {{Combination Attack}}s that substitute clones for the two teammates.
* In ''VideoGame/JoeAndMac'', your own reflection is one of the available weapons. This may be the only part of the game that justifies the "Caveman Ninja" subtitle.
* [[TheDragon Kamek]], resident EvilSorcerer of the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series, does this in the majority of his RPG appearances; namely ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'', ''VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar'', and ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam''. Unfortunately for Mario, the doppelgangers in the last game's final battle with him are also every bit as strong as the real deal and about as tough to beat.
* Ra's Al Ghul in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' and Copperhead in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' are both shrouded by copies in their boss fights, but they're not actually using this technique. Rather, in both cases, Batman is under the effects of hallucinatory drugs.
* [[spoiler: Bloody Mary]] from ''VideoGame/TheWolfAmongUs'' attacks Bigby like this during the last episode showdown.
* Sigdis Gaulderson, a FlunkyBoss in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', combines this with a teleport ability to create a ShellGame for the player. Unlike a DoppelgangerSpin, though, all three draugr are capable of attacking you with bows and [[MakeMeWannaShout Shouts]]. The spectral copies will go down in one hit, while hitting the true boss a few times will cause him to teleport again and summon new copies.
* In ''Videogame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', Handsome Jack creates hologram copies of himself in his boss battle to distract and attack the player. His playable body double in ''Videogame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'' has the exact same ability, though he can only have two out at a time.
* In ''Pac-Man Arrangement'', You can grab a scroll that creates a translucent Pac-Man that mirrors the real one's moves. It's immune to harm, and if it picks up a Power Pellet, Pac-Man is powered up too.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}} and the Pirate's Curse'', one of the attacks of the [[TrueFinalBoss Pirate Master's True Form]] involves conjuring three phantom copies of his humanoid form that will attack you in his place.
* Gharnef uses this ability when you face him for the last time in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon]]''. The real one is invulnerable to all attacks save the Starlight spell (which you may or may not have), while the clones can be damaged as normal -- but the pre-battle stat readout will still predict 0 damage being dealt. One way to tell which is the real one is to use the Earthsphere, which deals 13 damage to everything on the field... except for the real Gharnef.
* ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'''s Wraith can create a duplicate of itself using the Decoy ability, which is capable of attacking and teleporting just like the original. It will disappear after a few seconds, but during those few seconds it's extremely dangerous.
* In ''VideoGame/LegoMarvelSuperheroes'' Loki makes copies of himself, both in the main storyline when you fight him and as one of his attack animations in free play mode.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Sundered}}'', the mini-boss [[ColdSniper Hiram Macias]] can make a dozen copies of himself at once. While these copies die in one hit, new ones spawn in constantly to take their place, and they’re just as deadly as the real thing. Hiram himself will teleport to another platform whenever he takes a few licks, forcing the player to hunt him down while dealing with his copies.

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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' has this effect whenever there's a StableTimeLoop, usually surrounding Agent Wyoming. For Church, it allowed him to figure out the solution to the time bomb crisis. Wyoming had been using it for much longer, and knew ''how'' to use it. When Tucker told Church that Wyoming had been putting them through such a time loop, Church remembered his experience (and doppelgängers), and realized Wyoming must be using this trope. [[RightBehindMe Naturally, they collided with an army of Wyomings]] [[PlayedForLaughs two seconds later]].

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* In one plotline of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Doctor Schlock assists Bun-Bun in a fight by firing a gun loaded with countless plush Bun-Bun dolls. As a result, once Bun-Bun is knocked out, the dolls remain, obfuscating his opponent's efforts to finish the real Bun-Bun off.
* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', the heroes [[spoiler: end up trapped in a void where causality does not exist.]] Their solution? [[spoiler: Use that lack of causality to create an army of themselves and break out.]]
* Nanase of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has a "decoy summon spell." It is a partially sentient puppet that can be controlled directly or behave based on the user's mental state at the time of summoning.
* Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}: [[RobotGirl Aradia]] builds an army of her doomed time travel clones in order to fight her session's [[FinalBoss Black King]]. [[spoiler: They don't do much good against Jack, though.]]
** Fellow Hero of Time Dave Strider is also fond of creating time clones through stable time loops to fight alongside him. [[spoiler: His aren't much good against Jack either -- Dave's original self dies fighting him this way.]]
** Member number 12 of the TimeMaster gang The Felt, Eggs, has an egg timer which allows him to travel back in time for increments of up to one hour. This basically allows him to create near-infinite past and future copies of himself to aid him in battle.
* Harem from ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'' is a resident teleporter who has the ability to create up to five extra bodies. Each body has a different style and damage done to one of them is felt by all of them.
* [[spoiler:Jin Mo-Ri]] of ''Webcomic/GodOfHighSchool'' uses this in conjunction with his MagicStaff to wipe out 99.7% of an invading angel army in less than thirty seconds.

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* ''Literature/TrintonChronicles'' has Aurora who can make clones of herself to run around and perform multiple attacks against a single target.

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* The cartoon-only villain Luminus from ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' originally used the DoppelgangerSpin, but never had the good sense to get away while the getting was good. Eventually he came up with HardLight versions of these that actually were a threat.
* He showed up again in WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague and got the drop on the Flash, who was used to Mirror Master's DoppelgangerSpin and wasn't expecting the "illusions" to throw a punch.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' has an alien form called Ditto which can split itself into multiple copies, but was otherwise roughly equal to a human child. Its weakness was that all of its copies shared damage; if one was attacked, they all felt it. In ''Ben 10 Alien Force'', he gets a new form named Echo Echo, which has this power [[ComboPlatterPowers along with]] [[MakeMeWannaShout sonic attacks]] and minus the damage-sharing.
* Experiment 344 (Dupe) in ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' can make physical copies of anything, but the more copies are made, the weaker they all become.
* As part of his ghostly abilities, [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Danny]] can duplicate, but it's an often difficult task for him. He managed to succeed in the last season for a brief amount of time. Meanwhile, BigBad Vlad's been able to do this since his intro.
* Ulrich's "Triplicate" power in ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''. The two clones [[OneHitPointWonder only have one life point and are easily dispatched]], but otherwise they're as deadly as the real Ulrich.
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'':
** Nabu may have this ability, but it is unclear whether the duplicates are solid or not. In a fight against Darcy, he was able to attack all of her illusion copies this way.
** Also, Darcy herself can do this in addition to the normal DoppelgangerSpin, but she's limited to three copies who surround the opponent to attack from multiple direction, and hitting one will dissolve the copies and knock Darcy out. [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes This invariably terrifies Musa into helplessness]], as the first time Darcy did it the attack nearly killed her trough ''sheer pain''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' animated episode "The Tick Loves Santa" features a villainous thief in a Santa Claus costume who aquires the ability to create multiple clones of himself by absorbing electricity. Connecting himself directly to a generator at the hydroelectric power plant, he spawns hundreds of clones almost instantly.
-->'''The Tick:''' [[{{Pun}} It's a YULE-TIDE!]]"
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' episode "Let's Play Super-Powers", Stumpy tries to use this against [[TheAce Quack Quack]]. It didn't work, though, since Quack Quack managed to destroy the clones.
** Stumpy does it again in [[spoiler: Episode 63 when fighting Mr. Cat. Surprisingly enough, it works]].