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->'''Dark Pit:''' I just don't like the idea of someone copying my act.\\
'''Pit:''' What? But ''you're'' a copy of ''me!''\\
'''Dark Pit:''' Come on, now, think about it. If I was a copy, why would I kick my own butt?
-->-- ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising''

''"Nice to meet you, another myself."''

A term that originates from {{fighting game}}s, a Mirror Match occurs when one character fights against themselves, usually as a result of two players choosing the same character (where, normally, each character on the roster is implicitly a unique individual). This can be a rather tricky experience as the two characters are, by definition, evenly matched, and victory will rest on which player is better at using the character's skills. Typically the two players will be [[ColorCodedMultiplayer distinguished by color]] with the second player as a PaletteSwap of the character's original design or having a variant skin.

When these occur in the game's story mode, they're usually {{Hand Wave}}d as a [[EvilTwin mysterious impostor]] and tend to have no impact on the story despite the interesting possibilities they present. Most characters fighting their mirror selves [[GameplayAndStorySegregation never seem to notice, nor is it explained how such a thing is possible]], though it may be {{lampshade|Hanging}}d if the game features pre- or post-match banter.

The [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]] is ''VideoGame/MortalKombat1''; the last enemy you fought before the [[MarathonBoss Endurance matches]] was yourself.

CharacterTiers can force almost every single match to be a Mirror Match because [[ComplacentGamingSyndrome everyone spams the top tier character(s)]]. This trope is not limited to fighting games, any game with a competitive multiplayer and the ability for two or more players to choose the same character can have mirror matches. It can also happen in other media, though there it is more likely to have an explanation.

{{Collectible Card Game}}s use the term as well, but with a different meaning. In a CCG, a "mirror match" is when two players with the same deck theme play against each other. While the decks likely differ in spots, the central strategy is the same.

Functionally identical is when a DittoFighter (most likely of the Mokujinner variety) imitates their opponent.

Compare FearfulSymmetry, EvilKnockoff, MirrorBoss and CivilWarcraft.


* MirrorMatch/VideoGames


* A Advertising/{{GEICO}} commercial that aired during the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs depicted a face-off between Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron in home uniform and Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron in away uniform, which the announcer described as a win-win situation. (Bergeron led the NHL in face-off percentage that season.)

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The final episode of ''Anime/BlackRockShooter'' has a battle between Mato in Black★Rock Shooter's form versus Insane Black★Rock Shooter. Mato started out with a severe disadvantage because her HealingFactor was slower, she lacked Insane Black Rock Shooter's [[FeelNoPain immunity to pain]], and she couldn't bear to hurt anyone. However, when Mato is finally motivated to fight back, she proves to be just as powerful as her counterpart and eventually defeats her with a CombinedEnergyAttack.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Subverted with Ichigo's inner Hollow, who looks like a [[PaintItBlack photo-negative version]] of Ichigo and wields the same weapon, yet he uses moves Ichigo never even thought of, such as [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning spinning Zangetsu by its wrapping/chain]].
** Ishida, Renji, Pesche and Dondochakka end up fighting clones of themselves while they face off against [[MadScientist Szayelaporro]].
** Played straight in the current Anime {{filler}} {{interquel}}, in which Kageroza Inaba has created Mod Souls that are enhanced clones of certain Soul Reapers.
** During the Thousand Year Blood War arc, [[BloodKnight Kenpachi Zaraki]] fights Loyd Lloyd, who transforms into a copy of Kenpachi. Kenpachi kills Loyd off-panel, and claims that he won by [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum becoming stronger than himself]].
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'':
** In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', Etemon trapped the Chosen in an arena and set a captured Greymon on them; he also arranged a trap so as to trap all of the Chosen's partner Digimon except Taichi's Agumon, whose evolved form is Greymon. Needless to say, the two fight.
** In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', [=WarGreymon=] fights Black [=WarGreymon=].
* ''Manga/DragonBall'': In a filler episode, Mr. Popo animates a life size doll made in Goku's image for Goku to spar with. Goku gets totally curb stomped, because while their power and skills are equal, the doll's mind is totally clear, allowing it to focus completely on the battle and move and utilize its power more efficiently. Goku only gets one good hit in, and that's because the doll ran out of energy and shut down.
* Erza Scarlet vs. [[AlternateSelf Erza Knightwalker]] in ''Manga/FairyTail''. Natsu was freaked out the moment he saw those two fighting, as Erza is the only person he was ever afraid of. Their fight at the climax of the arc has them so evenly matched that they destroy the floating island they were fighting on, their weapons, their ''clothes'', and finally engage in a fist-fight that leaves them both collapsed on the ground. Scarlet still manages to "win" in the technical sense since she manages to convince her counterpart that her side is in the wrong in the conflict (and considering that Knightwalker's side is [[HumanResources harvesting living beings for magical energy]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist to fuel their failing dimension's way of life]], she has a point).
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' has Miaka having to face an evil clone of herself, which turned out to be a SecretTestOfCharacter.
* A one-shot character in ''Manga/HikaruNoGo'' attempts to stalemate Akira Toya by mimicking every move Akira makes, starting by taking away the spot in the center board. Akira wins anyway by tricking him into a position where he manages to capture, breaking the guy's strategy. (Which is later revealed to be low-grade and easily countered).
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':
** Subaru and the [[spoiler:[[QuirkyMinibossSquad Numbers]] {{Cyborg}} Nove]], with the latter's appearance, equipments, and abilities all being similar to the former and her sister [[spoiler:[[CainAndAbel since she was created by cloning their mother, Quint]]]]. Unfortunately for [[spoiler:Nove]], Subaru revealed during her UnstoppableRage that she has the ability to kill cyborgs like her in one hit, so it didn't turn out to be the even match she had hoped.
** Played straighter with Subaru and [[spoiler: her sister Ginga]], since Subaru had to restrain that ability of hers for obvious reasons. Not to mention the fact that [[spoiler: [[TrulySingleParent they're both clones of their mother Quint]]]].
* One chapter of ''Manga/MagicKaito'' had Kaito Kid facing an android double that could replicate his every move. Kid defeated the double by shooting himself in the head. Kid's gun was a toy that fired playing cards, resulting in a sore ear. The robot's gun was a weapon that fired bullets, resulting in a trashed robot.
* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' had this as a SecretTestOfCharacter for Fuu.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** In ''Naruto Shippuuden'', a mirror match occurs simultaneously [[HotBlooded Gai's]] team, each having a copy of themselves. They eventually beat their copies by realizing that they can become better than their copies, because the copies don't improve but they do, because they've sworn to improve every day.
** During his training with Killer Bee to control the Kyuubi, Naruto is faced with a mirror copy of himself... or something. He beats it by hugging it.
* Subverted in ''Oto x Maho'', where Kanata faces off with an evil duplicate. Kanata prefers physical attacks, while the EvilTwin can only use magical attacks.
* The whole plot of ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'' revolved around Mewtwo luring trainers to his island and making clones of their Pokémon, leading to a climax which sees each Pokémon fighting its clone.
* In the first arc of ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', the four main characters have to fight against the ''Black Four'', which conveniently use dark-armored variants of their own respective clothes/armors. They even have slightly different variations on the heroes' signature techniques.
* The villain in ''Manga/SaitamaChainsawShoujo'' shows some doppelganger abilities when she [[spoiler:takes the physical shape of protagonist Fumio, complete with clothing, [[ChainsawGood equipment]], and muscle-memory of her fighting style]].
* In the ''Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie'', Hyper Metal Sonic is programmed to be an exact copy of regular Sonic but with superior stats, and it is even implied that they share a mental link (see the part when Sara is kicking Metal Sonic in the head, and regular Sonic is writhing in pain). The two are constantly seen running into each other, until finally, Sonic says this quote:
-->'''Sonic:''' You might know everything I'm going to do but that's not going to help you since I know everything you're going to do! Strange, isn't it!?
* ''Anime/PrettyCure'':
** In the ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' movie, the Precures go into a mirror world and fight evil Cures. The FanNickname-happy fandom had a field day with Cure Nightmare, Cure Deadly Nightshade, Cure [[Manga/TokyoMewMew Br]][[{{Macekre}} id]][[{{Expy}} ge]][[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment t]]...
** Previously in the franchise, a UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance game based on ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure Max Heart'' featured a mirror-themed stage in which Hikari faced an off-color duplicate of herself.
** ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' does a combination of this and EnemyWithout.
* Spoofed and [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] in one of the [=OVAs=] for ''LightNovel/TheSlayers''. Lina and Naga are faced with a mirror capable of creating a clone of anyone looking through it, and it produced their clones with opposite personalities. Lina's opposite personality was a pacifist, and Naga's was a ShrinkingViolet; [[RealityEnsues both were useless]] in fight.
* ''Manga/ThoseWhoHuntElves'' has this near the end, with all the protagonists having to fight clones of themselves. Rather disappointingly enough, they [[spoiler:were unable to find any way to defeat them]].
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'':
** In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', during the Orichalcos arc, Atem and Yugi end up facing each other. Yugi uses a copy of Atem's deck, except it has the [[ArtifactOfDoom Seal of Orichalcos]] in it.
** In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Judai and Edo's second duel ''seemed'' to be a mirror match at first, but it turns out that Edo had splashed some Elemental HERO monsters into his deck to fool everyone, and his real archetype is Destiny HERO.
** In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', one mini-arc featured Jack Atlas dueling against a robotic copy of himself who uses the exact same cards. The only difference is the copy uses three Red Daemon's Dragons instead of one. Jack gets curb-stomped the first time, but wins the rematch.
** In [[Manga/YuGiOh5Ds the manga]], Crow duels a dark copy of himself who uses the same deck and strategies as him. However the copy has monsters that Crow doesn't have in his deck.
* Happens in the ''Manga/TigerMask'' manga when Tiger Mask fights his imposter, who was too trained by Tiger's Cave. At first it wasn't this, as Tiger Mask refused to resort to fouls and wore an armband while the imposter had a knuckle duster, but at one point the armband is torn away and Tiger Mask ''snaps'' and makes the imposter lose the knuckle duster, and nobody can tell who is who even after one of the two defeats the other with Tiger Mask's finisher, the Tiger V, as they couldn't be sure the imposter wouldn't know that move too. [[spoiler: The match promoter, who ''could'' tell the difference, decides to have a laugh and declares the winner is the "Yellow Devil", Tiger Mask nickname in his early days when he only committed fouls, with the public believing the winner was the imposter until he points out that he has steel fangs on his mask and the winner has plastic ones.]]
* ''Manga/InitialD'': This is what Takumi's final race essentially boils down to. Takumi's opponent drives a stock Toyota [=AE86=], and has been driving the particular mountain pass they are racing on every night for many years, to the point of mastery. Like Takumi, he didn't see the appeal in racing at first, and like Takumi, he had to be persuaded to participate by the local racers. In short, Takumi is racing against himself from the start of the series.

[[folder:Board Games]]
* TableTopGame/{{Chess}} and Draughts[=/=]Checkers are obviously Mirror Matches, although it could be claimed that the fixed move order makes White and Black rather different prospects to play despite being otherwise identical.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* A major part of the {{Metagame}} in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' is being ready for the Mirror Match.
* Same goes for ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh''

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Besides his countless fights with Bizarro over the years, Franchise/{{Superman}} has also gotten into fights with his [[RobotMe robot doubles]] when they've gone rogue, a successful non-Bizarro {{clon|ingBlues}}e made by Luthor, a SplitAtBirth EvilTwin called Supermenace, and even his [[MyFutureSelfAndMe time-displaced younger self]] who was [[GrandTheftMe possessed]] by an enraged [[FightingYourFriend Pete Ross]] at the time, as well as alternate universe selves such as Ultraman, Superboy-Prime, and Kal-L, Superman of Earth-Two.
* ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' is often a victim of this. In ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 Girl Power]]'' Supergirl fights her counterpart ComicBook/PowerGirl and later [[EnemyWithout Dark Supergirl]], and in ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'' she confronts her Bizarro clone.
* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'':
** Issue #350. Steve Rogers (as the Captain) vs. John Walker (as Captain America) at the behest of the ComicBook/RedSkull (who was BackFromTheDead in a [[CloningBlues cloned body of Rogers]]). The Skull even took on the winner - Rogers - thus providing a truer Mirror Match (since Walker was actually taller, stronger, and more [[UnstoppableRage prone to rage]] than Rogers)... except that the Skull-Rogers "fight" was really an excuse for the Skull to use his [[GoodSmokingEvilSmoking Dust of Death]] on Rogers. Walker intervened, however, and the Skull got [[HoistByHisOwnPetard a taste of his own bad medicine]].
** An even earlier example of this came in ''Captain America'' #156, where Steve fought an insane 1950s impostor, complete with both wearing the Captain America outfit during their showdown. In addition, said impostor even looked like Steve[[note]]He had been so devoted to Cap's original exploits, he volunteered to literally become Steve Rogers when the FBI wanted a Captain America to help them against the Communist menace in the 1950s.[[/note]], adding yet another layer to this all-American mirror match.
* In ''ComicBook/CaptainAtom'' #56 and #57, Cap fights a battle with his own dark side, what he calls "the chaos I have inherited."
* One of the earliest Creator/StanLee-scripted stories featuring ComicBook/TheMightyThor pitted our hero against an exact duplicate created by a MadScientist. CutLexLuthorACheck much?
* ComicBook/PowerGirl was once sent to the recreated version of Earth-2, only to find another Power Girl already there. The alternate Power Girl did not respond well to this "imposter". Later, Power Girl went up against "Divine", a [[PaintItBlack black-haired]] evil clone of herself created by Maxwell Lord.
* In ''ComicBook/RatQueens'', issue 3, Violet has a mirror match with her twin brother, Barrie (Barrie implies that they would look even more similar if Violet had not [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame shaved her dwarven beard]]. She comes out on top of the fight and sends Barrie packing back to dwarven lands.
* The original, very brief appearance of Franchise/SpiderMan's clone was basically a one-issue, pretty cool Mirror Match fight that ended with the clone killed in an explosion. Twenty years later, the clone got [[DeathIsCheap brought back]] for a convoluted storyline that dominated the title for a couple of ''years.''
* In the '50s & '60s, Franchise/WonderWoman ended up with an improbably large number of storylines that involved her fighting {{doppelganger}}s of one sort or another.
* In the ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' comics, unlike the movie, Nega-Scott has a much larger purpose. [[spoiler: He's a manifestation of Scott's screw-ups when it comes to relationships and himself in general. Instead of defeating Nega-Scott, our hero has to come to terms with his dickery and has to merge with Nega-Scott in order to become a better person.]]
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'': All the Titans except ComicBook/{{Raven}} (who was turned into a demon and on her father's side), Jericho (who was badly injured), and Lilith (a wild card) were forced into nightmare scenes by Trigon where they had to fight their evil clones (ComicBook/{{Cyborg}}'s copy was fully human but just as strong, stole his girlfriend, and made the disabled kids Cyborg befriended turn against him). All of them, even ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} and Beast Boy, killed their copies and their souls were forfeit to Trigon as a result. Unfortunately for Trigon, this didn't convert them to his side as intended and simply made their methods more ruthless. They killed Raven, which turned out to be part of Lilith and the goddess Azar's plan to stop Trigon (Raven got better... eventually).
* ''ComicBook/MalibuComicsMortalKombat'' referenced the games' Mirror Matches with the queen of a warrior tribe who ''just happened'' to look and dress like Sonya, called [[SdrawkcabName Queen Aynos]]. And yes, Sonya gets to fight her.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' has had a couple of examples of this:
** The FinalBattle of the [[BadFuture Dark World Series]] is fought between the Elements of Harmony and [[spoiler: [[TrueFinalBoss Nightmare Eclipse's]] [[ThePsychoRangers gallery of Nightmares]]]]. However, it's not a perfect example, since [[spoiler: Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Nightmare!Rarity]] are absent, while [[SixthRanger Derpy, Apple Pie, and Minty Pie]] lack counterparts.
** There's a purer example in the Wedding Arc's FinalBattle, which is a duel fought between [[spoiler: Cadence and [[EvilTwin Queen Cadenza]] ([[AGodAmI Alicorn!Chrysalis]])]].
* [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash]] vs. [[spoiler:his canon self with eight badges]] in ''Fanfic/CommonSense'' (the behind-the-scenes sidestory). [[spoiler:[[CurbStompBattle Though "match" might be stretching it a bit]]...]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The "evil robot usses" from ''[[Film/BillAndTed Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey]]''.
* In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Luke Skywalker has to go into a cave as part of his {{training|FromHell}} and faces off with a vision of Darth Vader. He [[OffWithHisHead beheads]] the apparition, only to discover [[{{foreshadowing}} it has the same face as him under its mask]].
* A rare live-action version in ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}''.[[spoiler:Jack Harper-49 vs Jack Harper-52.]]
* ''Film/TheOne'' ends with a fight between two super-powered Creator/{{Jet Li}}s. While the villain Yulaw has more practice with his enhanced speed and strength, the hero Gabe is on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge and has been practicing martial arts daily. In the end, their style (Yulaw uses the more aggressive, straight-line Xingyiquan style, while Gabe sticks with the subtle, circular Baguazhang style) and terrain (the start of the fight is on a tight catwalk, and the end is on an open factory floor) decide the outcome. And yes, this is the best part of the movie, especially when both of them go to SuperSpeed, and we see the fight from their perspective (i.e. TimeStandsStill).
* The straight-to-video film ''Film/{{Replicant}}'' has Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme play a serial killer and a clone created by the government to track him down. The clone has some sort of connection with the killer but a much nicer personality. In the end, they face off in a fight. The viewers expect to see a cool fight between two Van Dammes. Instead, they got an attempt at one, as the doubles try to punch and kick one another, only to perform the same exact move (but mirrored, for some reason) and strike the other's first/leg instead.
* Subverted in ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', when Scott meets Nega-Scott. There was only the vaguest of foreshadowing and no real explanation, although several interpretations are possible. It looks like they're going to fight... but then they get to talking, and it turns out they have a lot in common. They decide to meet for brunch the next week.
* In ''Film/SupermanIII'', Franchise/{{Superman}} is exposed to some flawed synthetic kryptonite and turns "evil" (read: superpowered {{Jerkass}}). His inner conflict is played out onscreen when Clark Kent manifests in front of him and they fight until Clark wins, then tears open his shirt revealing the untarnished S-shield and flying off to undo the damage he did when he was "evil", ending the only enjoyable scene in an almost universally reviled movie.
* Pops, an older T-800 model terminator, battles his much younger self in ''Film/TerminatorGenisys''.
* ''Film/RockStar'': The members of Steel Dragon tribute bands Blood Pollution and Black Babylon are dressed identically during a parking lot. During a long shot, the fight looks like this.
* The final battle of ''Film/SinbadOfTheSevenSeas'' is Sinbad wrestling with a magically created EvilKnockoff of himself.
* ''Film/AlienCovenant'' features one between David and Walter, both androids played by Michael Fassbender.

* A few of the ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' gamebooks that allow the player to use magic typically include a "Creature Copy" spell. When cast, the spell creates a magical duplicate of whatever monster you're facing to fight it. This includes the ''Literature/{{Sorcery}}'' series with the KIN spell.
* In the third volume of ''Literature/GrailQuest'', one of the enemies is a distorted version of yourself created by looking in a magic mirror (the only difference is that it has only half your current [[HitPoints LIFE POINTS]]).
* In Book 19 of ''Literature/LoneWolf'', the main antagonist is an EvilKnockoff called Wolf's Bane. The main plot involves Lone Wolf chasing his evil impostor to try to bring him to justice. When you finally face him in combat, he has the same stats and abilities as you, the only difference being your respective [[HitPoints Endurance Points]] if he was wounded earlier.

* In ''[[Literature/TheGrimnoirChronicles Hard Magic]]'', Sullivan twice has to go up against his brother, both of whom have GravityMaster powers.
* Every ''Film/JasonX'' novel except ''Planet of the Beast'' has Jason battle a clone.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'':
** During the ''Force Heretic'' novels, Jedi Tahiri Veila has a series of nightmares/hallucinations/Force-trance-somethings which pit her again various aspects of herself, including her Yuuzhan Vong implanted personality (looong story), which takes the form of -- you guessed it -- a mirror image of herself. Interestingly, they're actually ''mirror'' images: Tahiri is left-handed and Riina right-handed, and that's the ''only'' way to distinguish between them.
** Even Luke Skywalker has to deal with an evil clone of himself at the end of ''[[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy The Last Command]]''; the clone was imaginatively named "Luuke" Skywalker. In defense (as someone elsewhere noted), it ''was'' named by a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} villain...
* Rand from ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series fights a more or less literal Mirror Match when a "[[NegativeSpaceWedgie bubble of evil]]" spontaneously causes his reflections to jump out of mirrors and fight him to the death. Eventually he starts wising up to the situation and extinguishes his FlamingSword, causing his reflections to do the same (to their confusion) and making the fight slightly easier.
* In ''Literature/ToughMagic'', Yil fights his doppelganger in a practice match; the doppelganger in question being a golem programmed to copy his skills and capabilities.
* In ''Literature/DraconianSymphony'' the protagonists escape from a dungeon guarded by a child of Nemesis, who transforms into the main character's doppelganger to fight him.
* ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'': The final Test of the group has this as an obstacle, forcing Sam to battle against a copy of himself in order to claim the final keystone.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Series/{{Angel}} vs. [[EnemyWithin Angelus]].
-->'''Both:''' [[NotSoDifferent I've been waiting a long time for this.]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Inevitably, Vampire Willow is this. As Willow had not yet mastered magic at the time, it was also a CurbstompBattle.
* Olivia of ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' fights her AlternateUniverse counterpart in the season 2 finale, ''Over There, Part 2''.
* Played straight in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' when Paige and Phoebe and their evil MirrorUniverse counterparts fight. Leo comments that they are too equally matched and neither side could win, so the fight went on and on until they realized this, called a truce, and formed an alliance instead.
* A ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' episode has Duncan go evil after killing a former friend of his and absorbing his dark essence during the Quickening. Eventually, Duncan goes into a cave and has a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind manifested as a swordfight between him and an evil double. Somehow, this also ends in a Quickening, although there's no body of the evil Duncan.
* On the DarkerAndEdgier side of the {{Toku}} coin, ''Franchise/KamenRider'' tends to have the main rider fight against an evil (and usually dark colored) counterpart, for example: [[spoiler: [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki Ryuki vs. Ryuga]], [[Series/KamenRiderKabuto Kabuto vs. Dark Kabuto]], [[Series/KamenRiderKiva Kiva vs. Dark Kiva]].]] [[Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight Dragon Knight]] inverts this by having the first example flip sides. [[spoiler: Ryuga is a good guy, and Ryuki is the bad guy]].
* ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'' has a literal example through an {{evil twin}} of Makoto Fukami (Kamen Rider Specter), whom the real one would fight in a {{Random Encounter|s}}, which results the actual Makoto suffer a seizure-induced pain [[{{Synchronization}} each time]] he defeats his doppelganger. The trope is taken ''very'' literally by the time the series' reaches the endgame episodes when the impostor Makoto obtains his own Deep Specter Eyecon, all while beginning to adopt [[BecomingTheMask the real Makoto's mannerisms]], and sporting his [[HellbentForLeather leather jacket]] to [[SpotTheImpostor fool]] even further his friends.
* ''Series/KnightRider'': KITT facing off against his EvilTwin prototype KARR. Averted in the sequel/remake, as this version of KARR is a TransformingMecha (and yes, the fact that he's still voiced by Peter Cullen, known for voicing [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]], is a bonus), while KITT can only transform into other cars.
* This is used quite a lot in ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', being a nearly once-seasonally tradition. Often they were led by a MonsterOfTheWeek. Zeo and RPM are pretty much the only seasons who haven't had it in some form -- if not identical copies, then an EvilCounterpart team will be featured, like Space's [[ThePsychoRangers Psycho Rangers]], the Spirit Rangers and Five Fingers of Poison in Jungle Fury. Oddly, only ''once'' (the ''very first use'' of the gimmick waaay back in the original series) were they used to ruin the Rangers' good name, and ''never'' have they been used to pose as a friend and backstab a good Ranger. Oddly, the SixthRanger seldom gets a copy. But sometimes Tommy's subverted it, facing his past selves.
* All four of the boys from ''Series/RedDwarf'' encountered this throughout the show. Rimmer and Kryten deliberately move to create it - Rimmer because he thinks the best person to live with is himself, Kryten to save the crew from an insane gestalt entity - while Lister and the Cat have it thrust upon them.
* ''Series/{{How I Met Your Mother}}'': The episode "[[Recap/HowIMetYourMotherS7E08TheSluttyPumpkinReturns The Slutty Pumpkin Returns]]" ends with Barney hallucinating a Canadian version of himself whom he viciously attacks.
* Disappointingly averted in ''Series/TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack''. Alex gets an evil duplicate, but despite both of them having [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]] and [[ShockAndAwe electric]] powers, they never actually try to fight -- Alex winds up just chasing her evil twin around until they recombine.
* Lord John Roxton gets an EvilTwin in one episode of ''Series/SirArthurConanDoylesTheLostWorld'' after he is cursed for disturbing a graveyard's peace. The protector takes the ruthless and violent part -- basically the hunter part -- out of him and gives him a life of his own. Evil!Roxton tries to kill the good one, using Marguerite as bait. It ends in a Mirror Match.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', towards the end of Season 6, Sam has a [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind confrontation]] with [[spoiler: Soulless Sam after Castiel brings down Death's Wall]].
* In the ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' episode "Savage Seduction", Steve is duplicated by an artifact and the two of him fight briefly.
* ''Series/AshVsEvilDead'': In the episode "Ashes to Ashes", Ash fights Evil Ash, a Deadite copy of himself grown from his possessed severed hand. It plays this trope pretty straight, as each uses their knowledge of Ash's physical weak points to try and gain the upper hand.
* In the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E4FaceMyEnemy "Face My Enemy"]], [[ActionGirl Agent May]] fights the BrainwashedAndCrazy [[DarkActionGirl Agent 33]], who's wearing a hi-tech face mask allowing her to look exactly like May. The fact that Agent 33 is an [[FallenHero ex-SHIELD agent]] means they have a lot of the same moves, as well.
* Occurs in the ReunionShow of ''Series/{{Wizards of Waverly Place}}'' "Alex vs Alex". Alex accidentally creates an evil clone of herself and is forced to fight her doppleganger in order to SaveTheWorld.
* In ''Series/{{Grimm}}'', [[spoiler:Juliette/Eve]] uses a Hexenbiest spell on Nick to temporarily turn him into Renard. Eventually, Renard and Nick!Renard end up fighting one another on a rooftop. The only difference between them is their ties (one is wearing red, the other blue). Both even [[GameFace Woge]] at one point, even though Nick isn't very experience at that. [[spoiler:They end up coming to a reluctant agreement.]]
* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. In "Games", Soolin participates in a deadly QuickDraw game against a computer, represented by an image of herself. The computer is programmed to match and then exceed her draw time, forcing the player to lift their own game or die.
* In the Franchise/{{Arrowverse}} crossover event ''Series/CrisisOnEarthX'', we have three: Series/Supergirl2015 vs. Overgirl, [[Series/{{Arrow}} Green Arrow]] vs. Black Arrow, and the ''[[Series/LegendsOfTomorrow Waverider]]'' vs. ''Der Wellenreiter''. [[spoiler:All three Nazi counterparts end up dead/destroyed]].

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* Music/BritneySpears fights herself in "Hold It Against Me".
* Music/KellyClarkson races against herself in "Go".
* Music/KellyRowland faces off against herself in "Commander".
* Music/{{Lights}} exchanges energy bursts, broken property, and a few punches and kicks with her EvilTwin in the DarkerAndEdgier "Ice".
* Music/{{Madonna}}'s "Die Another Day" shows two Madonnas fencing, swordfighting, shooting... basically, having it out using any and all weapons they can get their paws on.
* Music/MariahCarey's video "Heartbreaker" shows Mariah getting in a {{Catfight}} with her EvilTwin in a ladies' room.
* Invoked in the lyrics to Music/MassiveAttack's "I against I".
* Music/{{Pink}} does some, er... interesting things with hers in "Sober".
* Richard wrestles his mirror image in Music/{{Rammstein}}'s "Mein Teil" video.

* Done in Creator/WilliamsElectronics' ''Pinball/{{Joust}}'' pinball machine, which has two identical playfields facing each other.
* ''VideoGame/RevengeOfTheGator'' for the UsefulNotes/GameBoy has "Match Play" mode, where two players compete head-to-head to zero out the other's score to win.
* Creator/DataEast's ''Pinball/{{The Simpsons|DataEast}}'' features Lisa Simpson and "Bleeding Gums" Murphy playing dueling saxophones on the slingshot bumpers.
* Interplay's otherwise forgettable ''VideoGame/StarTrekPinball'' has a two-player table, "Nemesis", which is divided lengthwise with all playfield elements mirrored against the other side.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* The Wrestling/{{WW|E}}F tried to pull off a Mirror Match in live action at ''Wrestling/SummerSlam 1994'', with a match pitting Wrestling/TheUndertaker against... [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txH6YPEqyGE The Undertaker]]. Unfortunately, this proved impossible to pull off with any degree of realism, as the false Undertaker they got was quite a bit shorter and slimmer than the actual Undertaker. However, this didn't stop Wrestling/VinceMcMahon from proclaiming, "It's like looking into a mirror!"
* They did this again at ''Vengeance '' in 2006, except this time it was Wrestling/{{Kane}} [[http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=26lJ14mJfec vs Kane]].
* WWE have tried it once again. This time, it's Wrestling/SinCara vs. [[Wrestling/{{Hunico}} Sin Cara]], and surprisingly, it doesn't suck.
* Wrestling/{{Sabu}} once faced off against a masked wrestler known as the [=Doppleganger=], who was able to imitate Sabu's moves very well. Under the mask was Shaggy 2 Dope of the Music/InsaneClownPosse.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'', one of the central conflicts for changelings is how they deal with their fetch, the magical imposter that was left behind when they were abducted. Responses to coming back after the horrific ordeal that is service to the True Fey is hard enough ''without'' having to deal with something that wears your face and has been living (or ruining) your life while you were away. Depending on how the Storyteller wants to play things, the fetch could be a malicious sociopath out to ruin the changeling's good name, a dark reflection of the changeling (or even a light reflection--nothing stops the fetch from being a better person than the changeling it replaced), or an innocent bystander with no clue why this horrible creature it dreams about wants to kill it and take over it's life.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** A classic magic item is called the Mirror of Opposition, which creates a clone of anyone looking into it with all the character's items and abilities, but the exact opposite alignment (LawfulGood produces a ChaoticEvil clone, ChaoticGood produces a LawfulEvil clone, while TrueNeutral produces a clone of random alignment, and so on), resulting in a big fight after which the clone and its items vanish. It's also used in the ''Tales of the Sword Coast'' expansion of ''VideoGame/BaldursGate''. In the sequel, BigBad Jon Irenicus pulls a similar trick during the battle in Spellhold. On a similar note, high-level mages can use the Simulacrum spell to summon a (weaker) copy of themselves.
** The ''TableTopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' module ''Quest for the Heartstone'' has the climactic battle a one-on-one fight between each Player Character and a duplicate created by the Heartstone. Victory meant you stay yourself, defeat meant you change to the opposite alignment. The Players have a slight advantage over their duplicate in that the duplicate had 10 hit points less than them.
** The Aleax is a divine construct sent to punish a character who's strayed from his alignment, failed to make the proper sacrifices, or generally enraged a deity. It's identical to its intended victim save for GlowingEyesOfDoom and has all the same stats (except HitPoints) and equipment, plus several other powers and immunities making it a very difficult opponent. Worst, only the designated victim can harm it; all other party members are powerless to affect an Aleax.

* The Shadow Toa in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' were [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin shadow copies of the Toa Mata]] that they had to defeat before facing [[BigBad Makuta.]] [[spoiler:The Toa Mata pulled it off by changing partners, as it were, and attacking ones who were weak to their own ElementalPowers rather than trying to take on their direct opposite numbers.]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* WebAnimation/HomestarRunner [[LampshadeHanging bemoans]] the laziness involved with this when he has to fight an all-black "Shadow Homestar" in a ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' parody in [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/hremail2000.html Hremail 2000]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': One of the chapters has U16 and U18 Gotenks fighting each other, thus causing this trope to be in play. And boy, is it played to the hilt, as the two do the ''exact'' same things. So much that when they inevitably defuse, one of the halves has to ''ask'' which of the two other fighters is from his Universe. One of them just gives up.
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'':
** Black Mage encounters a copy of himself, representing his inner darkness and such, in the Castle of Ordeals. This was because [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2005/10/18/episode-613-mirror-master/ the only thing evil enough to match Black Mage is Black Mage]].
** Parodied, somewhat, when Fighter splits up the Light Warriors, Dark Warriors, and Other Warriors into new teams. Fighter places ''himself'' on every team (in one case, ''three times''). Thief convinces Fighter that he's picked a "random" representative from each team to have a fight to the death (naturally, he picked each team's Fighter), leaving a very confused Fighter fighting "himself"... but there's still really only one of him, so he stoically waits for an attack to counter, leaving him frozen in place for a while. [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2008/12/23/episode-1075-would-you-believe/ But then again, you can't really trust Fighter to be realistic for long.]]
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'':
** When Ellen is first created she fights Elliot to get past him. Since each [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-08-06 knew each other's strengths and weaknesses]] and had the same abilities their fight was effectively this.
** During the card game tournament story arc both Tedd and Luke both make [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1984 basically the same deck]] (a very slow control deck) with the result that their match is a draw due to running out of time.
* One story in ''Webcomic/DeviantUniverse'' involved heroes and villains fighting themselves from another universe where they were the opposite alignment.
* ''WebComic/{{Goblins}}'' has a variation; the dungeon ''the Maze of Many'' forms a link between all the dimensions in the multiverse, and pits adventuring parties against versions of themselves from [[AlternateUniverse all possible realities]]. It's not a straight mirror match, though, since there are subtle differences between each individual, depending on which reality they originated in.
* Webcomic/{{Mulberry}} witnesses one when she watches the movie ''Batman vs. Batman''. To her disappointment, the Batmen spend their confrontation boasting how Crazy-Prepared they are to face each other, and a "To Be Spread Out Over Six Movies" card appears before they actually start fighting.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', Chaos makes an evil copy of Aladdin. The hero wins by using his evil counterpart's lamp to wish him away. The "evil" Aladdin didn't free his genie as the real Aladdin did.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'':
** When Captain America finally gets to face off against his Skrull doppelganger, it goes down like this, though the Skrull Cap was already transformed and looks like an alien wearing the Captain America suit rather than a direct mirror image of the Star-Spangled Avenger. Cap is more than a match for his double and defeats him in a most [[Awesome/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes satisfying]] [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown manner]].
** The episode in which Skrull impersonators of the first eight Avengers try to invade Wakanda has Black Panther, Wasp, and Hawkeye each fight alien versions of themselves. [[spoiler:The real Black Panther and Hawkeye each kill their alien counterparts, while Wasp's becomes defeated by Hawkeye.]] The other Skrulls have to settle for fighting Avengers that they ''aren't'' copying.
** Another episode features the Avengers dealing with robotic copies created by Ultron. Two notable scenes in the episode include a direct example of this trope: One with Hawkeye and Cap dealing with their robot doubles at Avengers Mansion, and later at the climax when the assembled Avengers team take on the entire team of robot Avengers (save for [[spoiler: the Captain America double, who had been destroyed in the former battle at the Mansion.]]).
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', Batman faces his evil MirrorUniverse counterpart, Owlman. He wins by turning off the lights, causing Owlman to don night-vison goggles, then quickly lighting a flare to blind him.
* Megatron of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' was able to create a clone of Dinobot with the original's personality and memories, but an inability to transform. The real Dinobot and the clone battled with former opting to remain in beast mode to keep the match fair. The original ultimately defeats and eats the clone remarking that he was quite tasty.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Farnsworth Parabox", the gang enter an AlternateUniverse and the two Leelas start fighting. But because their moves are identical, they both knock each other out after the first hit.
-->'''Prof. Farnsworth:''' Now, now. Perfectly symmetrical violence never solved anything.
* [[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Pixar Short]] ''WesternAnimation/GerisGame'' is about an old man who plays TableTopGame/{{Chess}} against himself. [[HilarityEnsues He's very competitive]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' episode "The Shaping Staff" has He-Man fighting his EvilTwin, Faker. Note that in the cartoon, Faker isn't [[TheMerch blue.]] He-Man wins by [[DeadlyDodging sidestepping Faker's lunge]], causing him to fall into a bottomless pit.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'':
** In the episode "Divided We Fall", Luthor-Brainiac recreated the Justice Lords (and a very Reverse-Flash-looking evil Flash since he didn't have a Justice Lord counterpart) for the original founders of the Justice League to fight. [[OpponentSwitch They stopped them by going up against different copies, instead of their counterparts.]] Except the Flash, who beats his evil counterpart on his lonesome.
** Also played with in the episode "Fearful Symmetry": As ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} battles her EvilCounterpart Galetaea, the ClothingDamage of their costumes starts to make them mirror the other's...
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' parodied the trope by having [[TheDitz Stumpy]] play RockPaperScissors with... his reflection, in an actual mirror, who he thinks is a different person.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Brain Drain", Phineas and Ferb spend a sick-day playing a fighting game based on themselves with their friends. Phineas ends up matched against... himself.
-->'''Phineas:''' Check it out, I'm kicking my own butt!
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', the main characters have to play a kickball match against a SimilarSquad from another school. The similar tactics of both teams keep the game at a stalemate.
* Aku once created a clone of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' from his negative emotions. They were evenly matched until Jack cleansed himself of all negative emotions, destroying the clone.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'': The whole Saturday family has almost exact mirror matches from an alternate universe.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In the episode "The Computer Wore Menace Shoes", Homer fights an actor impersonating him. Homer wins by fighting dirty. "If I know me, he won't like [[GroinAttack being kicked in the crotch!]]"
** For a city- (or possibly small-town-) scale Mirror Match, see the episode "Lemon of Troy".
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpaceStars'', WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost ends up fighting his evil MirrorUniverse counterpart [[SpacePirate Space Spectre]]. They wind up evenly matched, but then Jan, Jace, and Blip attack Space Spectre, the distraction allowing Space Ghost to defeat him. Space Ghost quips, "I have friends. You don't."
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': "Ocean Gem" has Steven and the Gems fighting [[spoiler:water clones produced by the eponymous gem, Lapis Lazuli]]. They're almost evenly matched, but the copies eventually gain the upper hand. [[spoiler:Steven ends the fight by summoning his shield (for the first time in the series since "Cookie Cat", the first episode), which causes the clones to disperse]]. Noticeably, the music track that plays during the fight is called [[https://soundcloud.com/aivisura/steven-universe-mirror-match Mirror Match]].
** In-universe example in "Steven vs. Amethyst" with the videogame featuring Lonely Blade. Steven and Amethyst both choose him as their fighter, and Amethyst wins (or rather, Steven lets her win).
-->'''Lonely Blade (victory quote):''' My blade's the loneliest after all.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' the Titans faced off against evil versions of themselves whipped up by Trigon who was starting to find their attacks against him annoying. [[OpponentSwitch Because their evil counterparts had the exact same abilities as the originals, the heroes are only able to win by switching opponents.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985'':
** "Spitting Images": Panthro fights an evil clone of himself. They are evenly matched, but Lion-O ends the fight by blasting them both. The Sword of Omens wouldn't harm a fellow [=ThunderCat=], but destroyed the clone.
** "Fond Memories": Mumm-Ra takes on Lion-O's form before fighting him. Lion-O wins because Mumm-Ra keeps his weakness to his own reflection no matter what form he is in.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', human terrorist organization, MECH, ultimately succeeds in creating a robot drone with all of Optimus Prime's abilities and strengths that defeats all the other Autobots and manages to fight Optimus on equal footing. He is ultimately defeated when one of the Autobot's human allies distracts the drone's operator.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the German commerce raider SMS ''Cap Trafalgar'' disguised itself as the British commerce raider HMS ''Carmania'' to deceive its prey. By sheer coincidence, the two vessels happened across one another and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMS_Cap_Trafalgar#World_War_I_battle_with_Carmania engaged in a naval battle]] that ended with the ''Cap Trafalgar''[='=]s sinking. It is sometimes claimed that ''Carmania'' was also disguised as ''Cap Trafalgar''. This is not the case, [[RuleOfFunny but it should've been]].