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Having an Evil Twin
can be a bitch, they can ruin your life and commit acts of evil, and leave you to take the blame, or simply steal your identity. Occasionally, there are ways to differentiate the good twin and the bad twin, one common way to use this in fiction is to have the good twin have light hair (usually, but not necessarily, blonde, and occasionally red) and the wicked twin have darker hair (often, but not always, black). Usually, an Evil Brunette Twin will don a wig to create any mistaken identity (and removing said wig is an easy way to expose them). Is obviously a visual cue for the audience so they can tell which is which.
Occasionally, works will reverse the usual set-up, and reveal that a brunette villain has a nicer light-haired twin, though this technically plays the trope straight.
While technically not gender-specific, this tends to be Always Female
, as blond men tend to be evil in fiction
Subtrope of Evil Twin
; also see Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
and Dark Is Evil
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- Naruto: In Shippuuden movie 6, Naruto's evil counterpart turns out to have black hair. The other counterparts, who are not evil, have the same hair as the originals.
- Raven-haired Queen Nehellennia is the Evil Twin of Queen Serenity in the original Sailor Moon manga. Fanon often attributes them to be sisters, but this is unconfirmed. Their connection is written out in the anime adaptation.
- According to Word of God, it was intended to have Queen Serenity and Queen Beryl be played by the same actress in the failed Toon Makers Sailor Moon project, possibly making them sisters.
- In Queen Millennia, Selene is the darker-haired sister of the protagonist and was the antagonist for the first half of the show. Though this is subverted as the rest of the cast eventually switch sides to her point of view.
- Power Girl once fought an evil black-haired clone of herself named "Divine".
- Smurfette has one among the Grey Smurfs in The Smurfs story "The Smurf Threat".
Live Action TV
- Cousin Serena on Bewitched is arguably the Trope Maker. Though whether she was mischievous or truly wicked depended on the episode, Serena was antagonistic, and often indulged in pretending to be Samantha.
- Pictured above: Jeannie's Sister (who was also named Jeannie) from I Dream of Jeannie, obviously inspired by Serena, is one of the more well-known examples of this trope. Like Serena, her most common scheme was pretending to be the good Jeannie. Despite popular belief, while sisters, they were not literally twins, though the show went back and forth on which one was younger.
- Gilligan's Island had an episode "All About Eva", where a woman named Eva, who resembles a nerdy black-haired version of Ginger, comes to the island. The castaways befriend her and make her over, leading her to resemble Ginger. In the end of the episode, she not only abandons the castaways to return home, but steals Ginger's life!
- Narrowly inverted with Vicki and Vanessa on Small Wonder. According to Word of God, Vanessa was originally going to wear a blonde wig, but it was dropped when it was realized her main shtick was posing as Vicki anyway.
- Inverted once with The Patty Duke Show, where Patty and Cathy are revealed to have a third lookalike, yet fair-haired, cousin named Betsy (who was of course Duke in a blonde wig). While somewhat sympathetic, Betsy spent the episode scheming to convince Cathy to return home so she could take her place. She also stole Cathy's date early in the episode.
- Section-Leader Elizabeth Shaw, the Mirror Universe version of Dr Liz Shaw in the Doctor Who story "Inferno", had a brunette bob, in contrast with the regular Liz's shoulder-length blonde hair.
- Mariah Carey used this trope in her "Heartbreaker" video. The evil lookalike, Bianca, tried to steal Mariah's boyfriend in the video. While the implication is that the boyfriend was cheating on Mariah, it is tempting to think that it was just a case of Mistaken Identity.
- Nicki Minaj made use of this in her "Va Va Voom" video, in a parody of Sleeping Beauty, playing a red-haired princess and a black-haired witch.
- Taylor Swift made use of this in her video for "You Belong With Me," contrasting the blond Cinderella-esque heroine contending with a brunet Alpha Bitch.
- Avril Lavigne did a very interesting case in her infamous "Girlfriend" video. A black haired bully tries to steal a red-haired lookalike's boyfriend, and ultimately wins. Word of God is that the black haired girl is evil and the red-haired girl is good, making the former a Villain Protagonist and the later is a Hero Antagonist. Make of that what you will. Added to that, Lavigne also plays a blonde narrator of sorts.
- Cousin Damina on Sabrina: The Animated Series was a raven-haired version of the good witch Sabrina. Unlike most examples, Damina never got the chance to exploit their resemblance.
- Wendy the Good Little Witch had one in her cousin, Wildcat.
- Cousin Sunny for Gwen on Ben 10: Ultimate Alien. Sunny's human form was later shown to be an illusion, so it is unclear if she intentionally made herself resemble Gwen or if it was her default form.
- Inverted with Ben and Albedo from the same series.
- Vanessa for Ariel, Disney's The Little Mermaid, is a magically induced trope example of this trope. They actually look like each other, but Vanessa's constant scowling makes this less obvious.
- Ironically, Ursula was originally meant to have been Ariel's aunt, so it is tempting to think Ursula may have actually resembled Ariel in her youth.
- Most adaptations of The Little Mermaid make use of this trope, with the temple princess being a dark-haired version of the titular mermaid, though whether the princess is a villain or an innocent player varies by adaption.
- Krystella and Jycella from Chaotic., literally play this straight, but, unusually, the villainous Krystella is the one introduced first, and her nicer twin is introduced later.
- Starfire and Blackfire on Teen Titans, though this does not apply to their comic book versions. They also have different eyes, though this didn't stop Blackfire from trying to steal Starfire's identity.
- While their resemblance may be limited to the series' art-style, there is also Kim & Shego.
- Daria's cousin Hildegarde from The Princess and the Pea
- Gigi Grant, a genie from Monster High, has one in her Evil Twin, Whisp. Considering they're genies, it is possibly a shout-out to I Dream of Jeannie.
- Word of God confirmed that had The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy spin-off "Underfist" been successful, Eris would have obtained an evil black-haired twin (to compensate for her love of Hoss making the original Eris good). While the two never made a proper appearance in the "Underfist" special, both Good Eris and Bad Eris can be seen in the end credits.