Oddball Doppelganger

aka: Cuckoolandian Counterpart
On the left, Homestar. On the right, Homsar.

At first, you'd think this character would be the long-lost twin of another character. But then you start to notice the differences. This character just seems off. It could be due to having a completely opposite personality (without being a full-on Evil Twin). It could be due to exaggerating the original character's foibles. This character may even appear to be an Off Model version of the original.

Regardless, this character is like a funhouse reflection of the original - distorted in possibly unimaginable ways, but still clearly patterned after the original.

Compare with Evil Knockoff and Evil Twin (the more sinister versions) and Send in the Clones (when multiple Oddball Doppelganger characters are introduced to cash in on the popularity of the original). Can lead to Other Me Annoys Me. For the original German word, see Doppelgänger.


Anime and Manga
  • Kanchome from Zatch Bell! can transform into replicas of other charecters, but they're far from perfect. One had a nose that would make Cyrano De Bergerac feel normal and another has a forehead as big as the torso, luckily for him the people he had to fool were idiots

Comic Books

Live-Action TV
  • How I Met Your Mother has "Stripper Lily", who speaks with an Eastern European accent, and "Mexican Wrestler Ted", who is exactly what it sounds like. The other characters had doppelgangers as well, but not particularly oddball ones.
    • Barney could actually be considered the oddball doppleganger to his counter-part: a renowned, straight laced, consummately professional, fertility specialist.
  • Played with in an episode of Seinfeld where Elaine comes across a "bizarro" version of her gang of guy friends: one member who is strangely like Jerry, one strangely like George, and one strangely like Kramer (as well as a mailman strangely like Newman). The twist, however, is that these counterparts, though definitely reminiscent of the originals, are actually more "normal" than the regular gang.

Video Games
  • Crash Bandicoot has Fake Crash, who usually cameos as an Easter Egg in Spin-Off titles, his occasional story involvement interchanges from good to neutral alliance. He differs from the already oddball Crash due to his enlarged eyebrows and teeth and dopier voice and demeanor.
  • Wario may have been a villian in his first appearance but has since become this to Mario. Likewise Waluigi was a much darker Evil Twin in his first appearance but nowadays plays the role of the black sheep oddball. The Wario Bros are still somewhat antagonistic but are usually Played for Laughs and now only show up to play minigames or try to cheat at sports.
  • In Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, Chelmey and Barton have Future London counterparts Shmelmey and Shmarton.

Web Animation

Web Comics
  • The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!: Since Golly and Jolly are both biological clones of Molly (not true "doppelgangers"), and were raised in very different environments than she was, it makes sense that their personalities are very different from hers (and from each other's), even if they do share a lot of traits with her.
  • Didi is this to Gogo Bomango in Bomango. Didi literally just budded off of Gogo's side, because Gogo got bored one day and decided to asexually reproduce. Her bubbly and intellectual personality is nearly the opposite of Gogo's violent and temperamental one. Interestingly, although they started out looking identical (first diverging when Didi cut her hair short), their physiques have drifted till they don't even look much alike any more, with Didi being noticeably shorter and more svelte, while Gogo now has the muscles of a weightlifter.

Web Video
  • Macro from [citation needed]. Subverted when it's revealed that he is not a clone at all, but Micro's long lost twin brother. And the reason for his odd and childish behaviour is that he was on a ton of medication for a disease in his legs.

Western Animation
  • In Hey Arnold!, Arnold has a country cousin Arnie, who is generally "weird". Later in the series, an episode shows there is a whole group of cuckoolandian counterparts to every other character in the series. Well, maybe.
  • Bunny from The Powerpuff Girls, the girls' ill-fated attempted at making a new sister. Same dress design, has a B name, and like the others has her own design color... but is also mentally handicapped and is very physically deformed.
  • Scooby-Doo had Scooby Dum, the dimwitted cousin to the eponymous character.
  • In an episode of South Park, the local Mad Scientist's son creates an Off Model clone of Stan. It's got an oversized head, one arm is elongated, and about all it can say is "Bachamp, bachamp."
  • A Simpsons episode has an appearance by "Lester and Eliza", looking like Bart and Lisa as they were first drawn.
  • Gravity Falls has an episode where Dipper uses a photocopier, which has turned into a cloning machine. Just about all of his copies are virtually the same as him, save for the hat symbol. But at one point, the copier gets a paper jam. The result...
    • Arguably inverted by a pair of Recurring Extras that look like a lot like Dipper and Mabel (who Word of God called Shmipper and Smabble): from what we've seen of them, they're painfully wholesome and normal compared to the Pines Twins.
  • In The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Grounder was originally supposed to be Scratch's duplicate. However, Scratch pulled an extra lever on the robot maker (Which, as Robotnik emphasized, wasn't supposed to be pulled!) during the construction.
    Robotnik: There! Your exact twin!
    Scratch: Twin? Am I that ugly?
  • In Dex Hamilton: Alien Entomologist, when it's revealed that Jenny Ten was the tenth of a series of genetically engineered clones, we meet her "sister," Jenny Eight. Our Jenny wants nothing to do with Eight because she feels (quite understandably) that Eight threatens her sense of individuality. By story's end, though, we realize that their personalities are actually quite different, and the two reconcile.

Alternative Title(s):

Cuckoolandian Counterpart