"The best thing about being me, there's so many of me!"
or super-technology, the main character decides to get a large number of chores done via copying himself. Expect the original to choose all of the fun things to do when assigning chores around. Hilarity Ensues
when the copies rebel or degrade
, which results in either (1) at least one Evil Twin
, or (2) copies continually being made to the point of risking exposing the Masquerade
, or at least ruining the main character's reputation.
These copies rarely count as persons in and of themselves. See Cloning Blues
and Expendable Clone
. If they are
counted as people, expect Which Me?
Compare with Doppelgänger Spin
, Sorcerer's Apprentice Plot
. Not to be confused with I Am Legion
or Collective Identity
. May be used in a Doppelgänger Attack
. See also Literal Split Personality
The superpower itself is Self-Duplication
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- Calvin and Hobbes
- Bill Watterson had a storyline like this, where Calvin uses a "duplicator" to make copies of himself, who turn out to be disobedient jerkasses like the original. Eventually he gets fed up with the copies, and turns them into earthworms (but Calvin being Calvin, the clones aren't inclined to complain: they're all "Cool! Let's go gross someone out!"). This story appears in the collection Scientific Progress Goes Boink.
- Later, Calvin tried again for similar reasons, this time making a clone of only his "good side". However, when the Good Twin tries to become friends with Susie, the neighborhood girl (with no success whatsoever), Calvin tracks him down and argues with him, and when the duplicate is about to fight him, he spontaneously explodes. Turns out fighting doesn't count as "good".
- In Past Sins, Nightmare Moon uses this twice, once to infiltrate the Royal Guard and once to Fight off several monsters from the Everfree Forest.
- Exploited by Calvin in Calvin and Hobbes: The Series to outsmart Hobbes when the two of them are in a maze.
- In Unnatural Disaster Taylor eventually learns to do this.
- Makuta Bitil's Mask of Power in BIONICLE allows him to summon past versions of himself to create this effect.
- A Legend Of Zelda parody, Four Swords Misadventures, has Dark Link doing this — a lot. The first time, he even used the quote from Agent Smith before showing it off. In the latest episode, he uses this power to go on a one-man riot.
"RIOT! RIOT! RIOT!"
- Archipelago Exodus' Terrian Brogue has this power. Now that the ability has amplified to duplicating items he's holding on his person as well, he's taken a giant leap forward in terms of versatility and usefulness... and financial value.