"As regards sexual intercourse with older or younger copies of yourself, it's incest in branching or changeable timelines, and masturbation in inevitable timelines. In either case, yes, it is gay."
It's a simple tale: Person photocopies self, or travels to an Alternate Universe
, or another time
. Person meets self. Both selves "make beautiful music
" together. After all, what better person to be most intimate with?
Probably more prevalent in fanfiction
than in original works, but it's out there. Technically, any intimacy
between a character and their Enemy Without
will be this. Expect much argument amongst the characters, fans, and oftentimes even both as to whether this qualifies as actual sex, incest (it could be considered super-incest, since there's no closer relative possible than yourself
, as even an identical twin
will have some minute, statistically negligible genetic differences), or masturbation.
Also known as selfcest, autoincest, incesturbation, or doppelbanger
Compare and contrast Opposite-Sex Clone
, My Own Grampa
Note that this is not the same
as A Date with Rosie Palms
Nor is it the same as Screw You, Elves!
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Anime & Manga
- Ranma ½: Both the manga and anime explored this, though in different manners:
- The anime filler story, which came first, created a female-only (and demonic) copy of Ranma that tried to seduce him to steal his life force, causing him to stumble around zombie-like during the day.
- The manga version centered on a haunted mirror, which created identical copies of whoever looked into it. Since the mirror had trapped the spirit of a girl who had longed to have a boyfriend, any resulting copies would then chase anyone of the opposite sex, and try to date them. When a mirror-copy of girl-Ranma was made, she was immediately smitten with boy-Ranma, and she tried to bed him on her very first night of existence. At the end of the story, a male clone was created accidentally, and both copies happily hooked up (since it would take another week for the seal on the mirror to be fixed, whatever they did afterwards belongs in the realm of imagination (and Doujinshi).
- Susumu and Nanako from Homunculus, who have sex with each other after Nanako's trepanation. They each hallucinate their partner as themselves, just with the body of the other gender (but the heads stay the same). This trope is then exploited for creeps over the next few pages in soft-core pornographic detail.
- Yes! Pretty Cure 5:
- When each Pretty Cure besides Dream is forced to face an Enemy Within while wearing the Mask of Despair. Cure Lemonade faces a creepily affectionate version of her civilian self.
- Also, a sticker set for the second season exists pairing each girl up with her implied or stated love interest: Dream with Coco and Komachi with Nuts, both of which became canon in season one; Karen with Milk, which can't be outright stated but is pretty darn close; Urara and Rin with Syrup, both of which are currently implied (but Urara seems to be winning, despite Toei earlier saying otherwise... Rin has bad luck with boys, doesn't she?), and Kurumi with... Milk again. Herself. Yeah.
- Happens in the second episode of Kaiba; the woman who helped the title character sneak onboard a spaceship copies her own memories into his body and the two of them have a little fun together... which is quite disturbing given the series' surreal and childlike artstyle. Then the copy kills the original for fear of being deleted.
- Technically, the implied attraction between Madlax and her progenitor/creator/original self Margaret would be this, seeing how she is her Enemy Without of sorts.
- In Hentai manga Alice in Sexland, an artisan created a cupboard that can spawn a perfect Hermaphrodite (and perfectly horny) clone of its female user.
- Katekyo Hitman Reborn!:
- The relationship between Mukuro and Chrome tends to feel like this. Their names are actually anagrams of each other (in Japanese "chrome" is pronounced "kuromu") note , and they look incredibly similar (other than the gender difference), coupled with the fact that they share a body...
- Most people think Tsuna and Kyoko are the closest thing to this without really being related.
- Closely related: Jail Scaglietti of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha impregnated a perfect clone of himself into Uno, who was revealed in the third StrikerS Sound Stage to be his Opposite-Sex Clone. Of course, he likely did it in a scientific way, but the lack of information on how he specifically did it inspired some theories that are more base. Of course, he did this with all the rest of his cyborg "daughters" too. It's just that Uno is the only one that's an Opposite-Sex Clone.
- Patalliro of Boku Patalliro! has molested and been molested by nearly identical Patalliros of the distant past and future. Presumably they are both ancestors and descendants of the main Patalliro. Let that sink in.
- In Beat Angel Escalayer, Sayuka gets raped by FM77, who is based off her, though may not actually be a clone. Oddly enough, after a Defeat Means Friendship, she develops the "cute little sister" personality.
- Sailor Moon:
- Okay, it never got to "screwing", but in the manga Sailor Cosmos kissed Sailor Moon. Sailor Cosmos is (apparently) Sailor Moon from a Bad Future. Discuss.
- Neo Queen Serenity was also pretty excited to see her past self....
- In Kaguya Hime, a few characters express interest in the bodies of their clones, but that's (probably) usually because they need their organs. Julian, though, is definitely very interested in his clone Miller; among other things, he mentions having seen an almost-unnoticeable scar on Miller's body during a sex scene in one of the films Miller played in, and later does something that was either nuzzling his face very tenderly, or kissing him (darn you, Discretion Shot). Not to mention the reason he wanted to find Miller in the first place.
- The last (non-canon) episode of Kämpfer ends with the gender-swapping protagonist married to him/herself. And he/she/they had a child.
- The yuri one-shot, Endless Narcissus, is about a girl who loves herself so much she goes and gets a clone of herself ( Her clone turns out to be just as Yandere as she is, and murders her out of jealousy, just as she had done to someone else before).
- The Inspectors anime of Super Robot Wars Original Generation has Alfimi kissing Excellen while her clothes start disintegrating.SPOILER
- The Bait-and-Switch Credits of Puella Magi Madoka Magica feature a Transformation Sequence in which a pair of naked Madokas get extremely cuddly with each other. This might be the only time you'll see a Magical Girl get dressed via symmetrical docking.
- Bondage Fairies: Fairies are apparently so narcissistic, they will do their own reflections... which turns out to be a bad thing, since they'll often waste away in the process.
- Invoked in Macross Frontier Sayonara no Tsubasa where part of Sheryl's on stage performances involve her being seduced by herself (or rather a holographic projection of herself, often times in male clothing).
- The opening of Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine ends with two Fujikos making out.
- In the final volume of Devilman Lady it is revealed that Lucifer reincarnated himself into this world as a sister and brother (who changed his gender to hide himself), then had sex with him/her/themselves, became pregnant, gave birth (within hours of the act), then fused back into one hermaphrodite self - all of this to give birth to a man who was his beloved in previous life... Yup. It must have been made on drugs.
- In Haiyore! Nyarko-san, protagonists Mahiro and Nyarko undergo a "Freaky Friday" Flip...which affects Nyarko's attempts to seduce Mahiro not a single iota. She doesn't seem to understand why he gets so freaked out when she barges into the bathroom, giving him an eyeful of his own naked body and suggesting they "get to know each others' bodies".
- The second series of Magic Knight Rayearth has a dark variation of this, combined with Enemy Without. Anime-only villainess Nova is violently obsessed with Hikaru, often declaring her love for Hikaru and threatening to murder her and anyone she loves in the same breath. One of the openings even had Hikaru kissing a reflection of Nova. Late in the series, it was revealed that Nova is actually the manifestation of Hikaru's self-hatred and dark feelings after killing Princess Emeraude. The last episode has Hikaru accepting that Nova is a part of herself and returning to her body.
- In the last episode of Black★Rock Shooter, Strength reveals that the Otherselves fight because they love their human counterparts. She caresses Yuu's face and says she loves her.
- In Shamanic Princess, when young Tiara is trying to tame her bond creature-to-be Graham, her latent power manifests as a red-skinned (and naked) version of her powered-up form as an adult. It proceeds to grab her and give her a deep kiss.
- In Tokyo Ghoul, Kaneki has repeatedly hallucinated conversations with alternate versions of himself that fuel what fans have dubbed "Kanekicest". The first time, his alternate self borrows the form of his former girlfriend, but reminds him that she's actually him. He ends up pinning her to the ground and straddling her suggestively before eating her while she praises him. Later encounters with himself involve considerable cuddling, hand-holding, Headbutts of Love, and borderline molestation. Suffice to say, Kaneki needs a hug and the only person to give it to him is himself.
- Heavily implied in the OVA of Hyperdimension Neptunia The Animation between Vert and her Alternate Self.
- In one bit, stand-up comedian David Cross jokes about this guy at the gym fantasizing about pulling himself out of the mirror, and the two thems dance to Barbra Streisand music, make out, and then "they fuck each-other on the Flexinator 500!"
- The basic premise of this sketch by the The Whitest Kids U Know.
- In a broadly similar vein, Woody Allen once quipped: "Don't knock masturbation, it's sex with someone I love."
- A common joke: "My own clone! Now neither of us will be virgins!"
- In one of Jim Gaffigan's specials, he says couldn't have sex with another man, "unless he looked like me." "Jim-on-Jim" action, indeed.
- The comic strip "Duplicity" that ran in the final issue of Amberzine told the tragic tale of a women who had an affair with a male shadow of herself in the Amber universe.
Films — Animation
Films — Live-Action
- In Click, when we're introduced to the year 2017, a newscast can be heard in the background stating that: "Michael Jackson, the first man to clone himself, is suing himself for molesting himself." Now sadly Harsher in Hindsight.
- A deleted scene in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me has Number 2 from the past and future in bed, smoking cigarettes, and the older one musing that it's not technically cheating. This is based on the gag actually used at the end of the movie, with two temporally displaced versions of Austin ending up in bed with his Love Interest.
Austin: Paging Dr. Freud!
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country: Kirk to fellow Klingon-gulag inmate Martia, who turns out to be a shapeshifter, formerly in the form of an attractive female humanoid and now in the form of Kirk himself. A bit of Adam Westing in there for William Shatner, playing off his perceived enormous ego:
Kirk: I can't believe I kissed you!
Martia: Must have been your lifelong ambition!
- In The 6th Day, Adam Gibson, who was cloned without his knowledge, tells the villain he should clone himself while he's still alive. The villain asks if it would be so he could get Adam's unique perspective. Adam says, "No, so you can go fuck yourself." (and when the dead villain falls over an unconscious/incomplete clone of himself, Adam's reply is "When I said you should screw yourself, I didn't mean it literally.")
- The John Waters movie Female Trouble stars a character played by Divine who gets raped and impregnated by a man... who is also played by Divine. She ends up homeless and she calls her baby daddy for help.
- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
- In several film adaptations, Jekyll and Hyde hallucinate each other and so are able to interact. Usually they fight or argue, but sometimes their actions can get a bit... suggestive. Rather appropriate given that one of the possible literary interpretations of the book is as an allegory to the double life that was necessary for Victorian-era gay men.
- The 2002 John Hannah adaptation is a prime example of this, with Hyde often getting intimately close to Jekyll, and even licking him on the cheek at one point, and in the 2008 film starring Dougray Scott, at one point Hyde pins Jekyll to the wall and kisses him. That's the farthest that any movie adaptation has ventured to go, but several fanfiction works have taken this idea even further.
- The fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, On Stranger Tides, has Jack Sparrow kiss someone disguised as him.
Jack: I've always wanted to do that.
- Predestination, like —All You Zombies— on which it is based.
- As Wishmaster demonstrates, it doesn't always require two people to do this, when an evil Jerkass Genie and a careless wish are involved. It doesn't end well either, as the mutated guy literally screws himself to death.
- The Man Who Folded Himself by David Gerrold. The eponymous time traveler has sex with both male and female versions of himself, sometimes several at a time.
- "—All You Zombies—" by Robert A. Heinlein. In which the unmarried mother, the seducer, their illegitimate child, the recruiter for the time-travel corps, and the bartender to whom he/she tells his/her story all turn out to be the same person.
- Heinlein's Time Enough for Love: Lazarus Long at first objects to screwing his own identical-twin female clones, but relents when they assure him it's no more than "Narcissus loving himself."
- Downtiming The Night Side, by Jack Chalker. Not as squicky as it sounds: By the time the hero/heroine hooks up with him/herself they are essentially different people thanks to a Gender Bender, several time loops and the side effects of the book's time travel Phlebotinum.
- F.M. Busby wrote a short story with a similar concept using Reincarnation instead of a Gender Bender. The hero dies and finds himself reborn in the past as the girl who will eventually become his beloved wife. He/she then gets to re-experience their life together from her perspective, eventually giving birth to a daughter who turns out to be (surprise, surprise) him/herself yet again, reborn once more into the past.
- Fifteen-year-old Henry finds an outlet for his pubescent sexual urges this way (and, it's implied, repeatedly) in The Time Traveler's Wife. For added fun, his father walks into the room and catches him (them?) in flagrante. Henry rationalizes having gay sex with himself as a parallel to masturbation, and the obvious course of action that "anyone" would take in his situation (thankfully, his eponymous wife never needs to hear about it). Note that possibly they were only jerking each other off. And the father walks in on them post whatever-happened, although it was still totally obvious to him that it was something sexual.
- Parallelities by Alan Dean Foster not only has the main character bedding an alternate female version of himself while traveling through The Multiverse, he eventually finds an alternate Earth populated entirely by doubles of himself.
- The Darkover novel Two to Conquer has the main character meet up with an exact physical duplicate of himself. The expected interaction occurs.
- Sex with Ghosts, by Sarah Kanning.
- While the book doesn't get that far, in Magyk by Design by Esther Friesner, a cat (talking, magical) named Scandal gets split up into a number of copies by villains (who can control the copies). By the end of the book, he reabsorbs them. Except for the one representing his female side, who being just a kitten was useless to them and out of the fight. He's accelerating her maturation, for this trope's purpose, with her full encouragement. (They are the only two cats in this world...)
- "Nine Lives", an early Ursula K. Le Guin story, has a set of ten clones, five male and five female, who join some place where there were already two normal people working. When the clones have sex with each other, one of the non-clones says, "Oh, let them have their damned incest!" and the other says, "Incest or masturbation?" (The clone-sex wasn't a major plot point, just a part of showing how the clone-group couldn't relate properly to outsiders.)
- A similar case of clone incest appears in John Varley's Titan, where the lab-cloned Polo sisters privately engage in behavior that's still illegal in Alabama.
- Varley's stories have often had this, including The Phantom of Kansas.
- Used romantically with several pairings amongst the Starfish Characters in Scorpion Shards. They are soul mates, so to speak, but it gets a little weird when one of them realizes he can't fall in love with someone who isn't part of the group.
- The main character in James Alan Gardner's Commitment Hour spends the last few chapters of the book having "impure" thoughts about a female clone of himself. To make matters worse, their minds are linked to share memories between them, so she "hears" every one of the thoughts. And likes them. The end of the book strongly implies the the character ends up romantically involved with his own clone, while a third, hermaphrodite clone has a whole 'nother squick going on.
- In Frederik Pohl's The Coming of the Quantum Cats, similar characters from a mulititude of timelines mix & match during a cross-time war; when a slightly more advanced timeline decides to quarantine the others to avoid eddies in the space time continuum, a lot of editions get dumped on an uninhabited Earth, where multiple copies of a particularly unsavory mook decide to set up house together.
- In With a Tangled Skein, Niobe kisses two alternate timeline versions of herself. Clearly justified, as Niobe is essentially described repeatedly as the most beautiful woman of her generation.
- The short story "Blood Sisters" by Joe Haldeman involved the Mafia cloning a young heiress in order to substitute the clone and get the inheritance. The clone didn't want any part of the plan — she thought of the original as her mother and didn't want her murdered — and went to a private detective to ask for help hiding from the Mob. When she finally met the heiress, however, the mutual attraction was strong enough to overcome any qualms about being intimate with her mother. The detective comments, "I did wonder what you would call what they were doing. Was it a weird kind of incest? Transcendental masturbation?" At the end of the story, it's mentioned that original and clone openly being lovers "started a fad among the wealthy, being the first new sexual diversion since the invention of the vibrator."
- A strange case in Sergey Lukyanenko's Autumn Visits, where Anna has a "shower moment" with her not-quite-human duplicate Mary. It's not specified exactly what they do in the shower, but their mutual attraction is clear, although Anna's attraction is mostly due to religious fervor (she believes Mary to be God).
- Isaac Asimov wrote a parody of "Home on the Range" called "Home with my Clone" ("...with the Y chromosome turned to X.")
- In Redshirts, the main characters get the actor playing one of the stars of the television show they're characters on to help them when the character he plays seduces him. Or not, they actually just talked.
- In "A Clone at Last", a short story by Bill Pronzini and Barry N. Malzberg, a man who has little luck with women commissions a female clone of himself. He waits until the clone is eighteen years old before he tries to seduce her to avoid being arrested for statutory rape.
- In the book Goldfinger, when he has captured Bond and expects him to talk (also to die), Bond steels himself, telling him "you can go ____ yourself." Goldfinger good-naturedly replies "Even I am not capable of that, Mister Bond!"
- The protagonist in Robert L. Forward's Timemaster gets into a foursome with his wife, himself, and himself. Hey, it was her idea!
- In A Song of Ice and Fire, Cersei Lannister is having sex with her twin brother, and it's heavily implied to be because this is the closest she can get to having sex with herself. To the point that when Jamie returns to King's Landing looking different (having shaved his head and grown a beard) she is less attracted to him because they now look different.
- Red Dwarf:
- In "Parallel Universe", the crew goes to a parallel Red Dwarf where humans are all of opposite genders, and Lister gets drunk and sleeps with his female self, to the disgust of both versions of Rimmer.
- Of course, Arlene Rimmer was also trying to come on to Arnold Rimmer, using (or planning on using) the same crappy pick-up lines and talent for hypnosis he mentioned at the beginning of the episode... she was also planning on showing him some Guy on Guy porn she owned in the hopes it would "loosen him up".
- The parallel universe has male and female roles completely switched, so Deb Lister gets Dave Lister pregnant. This is revealed immediately before the end of the episode, and what happens to the fetus is dealt with in some fast scrolling text at the start of the following season....
- In this same storyline, the Cat is very excited to meet his female opposite and is clearly planning to have sex with her. "If you hear me screaming, do not, I repeat, DO NOT come to the rescue!" Of course, his opposite turns out to be a male dog.
- Ironically, in "Rimmerworld", he decides to make an Opposite-Sex Clone of himself... somehow. And then have sex with the clone, despite some misgivings:
Rimmer: This of course created the most enormous moral dilemma. Technically, she would be my sister, and therefore unable to take me as her lover. After much soul searching, I reluctantly decided, "What the hell", I just wouldn't tell her.
- He fails, of course. However, the resulting male clone does not, and goes on to eventually create an entire population of "Rimmers", both male and female. Even more disturbing is the fact that their cultural rules require execution of anyone who does not meet the exact physical and moral attributes of the original Rimmer. Although for the women, this means facial features only... which really isn't any better.
- In the episode "Camille", they met a Gelf who appeared to each character as their "perfect companion", which everyone assumed to be their perfect female companions. Predictably, Lister saw Kochanski (or rather, Kochanski if she was a bit more like him, including Scouse accent); slightly less predictably, Rimmer saw a fairly plain, underachieving hologram; and Kryten saw a robot which looked very similar to him (because they're from the same series, series 4000), but had a distinctive personality and looked slightly more feminine. The Cat, after much excitement, finally sees himself.
Cat: I'm the object of my own desire?!
Gelf Cat: Can you think of anyone more deserving?
Cat: Well, when you put it like that, I guess not! Damn my vanity!
- Perversions of Science used this concept. A man decides that no woman is good enough for him, so he decides to create "the perfect woman" by having a sex change and then going back in time to have sex with himself.
- A skit on The Man Show had Adam Corolla and a clone of himself, eventually coming to the conclusion "After all, it's only me, right?"
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Well, Alex from Wizards of Waverly Place doesn't meet herself and make beautiful music, but she still falls in love with herself when she drinks both halves of a love potion. The bad part is that her head gets big whenever she compliments herself... literally big.
- When he is forced to accompany Adelle to the Washington DC Dollhouse, Topher imprints Victor, a blank active, with his own personality in order to mind the shop in LA. This leads to the following exchange over the phone:
Topher: She's got me locked out on this end.
Victor!Topher: Who's your back door man?
Topher: We'll pretend I didn't say that.
- One of the ways the illusion-casting Candice from Heroes tries seducing Sylar is by appearing to him as Sylar. ("Or something more familiar... if that's what you're into.")
- Subverted on Scrubs: J.D. thinks that his girlfriend, Dani, moaned her own name during sex, but it was actually the guy she was seeing at the time, whose name is Danny.
- In Sliders, Quinn once discusses his adventures on a talk show, and mentions having met a female version of himself. He is immediately asked, "Did you have sex with her?" (We never really found out if he did, though they did kiss. She was Ax-Crazy, anyway.)
- Doctor Who:
- At the end of the new series' season 4, three versions of the same Doctor are formed: the Doctor proper, the Clone Doctor and the DoctorDonna. Captain Jack, when finding out that "there are three of you now?", says "I can't tell you what I'm thinking right now."
- And speaking of Captain Jack, it was hinted at in "Utopia" that, as a result of his immortality, he could find a version of himself even at the end of the universe... and then when Jack seems to consider this, followed up with the line that it would be the "only man you'll ever be happy with..."
- The 2011 Comic Relief special has a timeslipped Amy Pond. If they don't act carefully the slip will stick and they will be stuck with two Amys, and when asked what he would do then Rory "has a few ideas". Later on, Amy and Amy start flirting with each other.
- In "A Good Man Goes to War", the 2011 mid-series finale, River Song strongly implied that she once spent a very enjoyable birthday with two different versions of the Doctor. Lucky girl!
- The mini-episode "Clara and the TARDIS" has Clara complaining that the TARDIS has just vanished her bedroom. Due to Timey-Wimey Ball effects, the console room ends up full of Claras all shouting at the TARDIS to tell them where the bedroom is. Two of the Claras say, "You think you've got problems." (look at each other flirtatiously) "We've got to share a bed."
- The short story collection Short Trips: A Christmas Treasury has one story with a more innocent version. The Eighth Doctor has brought mistletoe to a Christmas party with his former selves, whom he attempts to kiss, but they're all rather disinclined to acquiesce.
- Rejected book Campaign involves Ian Chesterton falling in love with a parallel iteration of himself, Cliff. They end up living as a married couple in a time period where it is forbidden. Surprisingly, this is far from the weirdest sexual relationship in the book.
- Averted in "Time Heist", in which Saibra, a shapeshifting character who uncontrollably assumes the form of anybody she has skin contact with, laments that she Can't Have Sex, Ever because everybody she's ever been attracted to has found having sex with a copy of themselves too disturbing.
- Stargate SG-1: Given how much puppetmaster Ba'al was hitting on Adria, what he might have had in plan after one of his clones possessed her may have fit the trope. However, he never got to carry out his plans, so we may never know... which is probably best.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
- Kira's Evil Counterpart in the Mirror Universe had the hots for her. (Though granted Kira's Evil Counterpart has the hots for everyone.) The writers of the show at the time of that episode have revealed that this was meant to show how extremely self-absorbed Mirror Kira was, but later writers interpreted it differently and they have shown her in another lesbian relationship when revisiting the Mirror Universe.
- "Facets" reveals that Curzon fell in love with Jadzia when he was mentoring her; they end up joined to the same symbiote, becoming a retroactive version of this trope by way of The Nth Doctor.
- On Star Trek TOS, we have the Ho Yay between Kirk and Id!Kirk from "The Enemy Within".
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 references this trope a couple of times, once when talking about a Time Travel movie (Time Chasers), and once where a character is in a computer simulation with a copy of himself (Overdrawn at the Memory Bank).
- Rob Brydon's onscreen kiss with Ben Miller on QI after an episode's worth of jokes that they were identical.
Ben: So that's what it's like!
Rob: Now I know why my wife married me!
- Though nothing comes of it save a broken neck, The Sarah Connor Chronicles has some terribly disturbing one-sided Les Yay from Cameron toward Allison.
- Robin from How I Met Your Mother honors this trope as well. Once she gets back from Argentina, she undergoes an identity crisis while talking a lot, in her dreams, to her vacation double. At the end of one dream, her dream self seemed to be making a pass at her. When Robin is finally herself again, the implicitness is subverted as she mentions that "vacation Robin" popped up in her dreams again and they went all the way.
Robin: That chick knows what I like.
- On That '70s Show, an episode revolves around Fez having a dream where Kelso gives him a sponge bath. At the end of the episode, Kelso has the same dream (himself giving himself a spongebath). And likes it.
- Tony has sex with Beth in his series 2 episode of Skins. Possibly. Beth is either a figment of his imagination, an aspect of his personality (his long-lost anima), his sister, himself, a completely random person, or — most likely — all of the above.
- 30 Rock:
- The incredibly self-absorbed Jenna starts dating a celebrity female impersonator of herself. It's about as close to this as a heterosexual woman can get without the benefits of advanced technology.
- In the episode where Tracy buys a "Japanese Sex Doll" of himself, Jack asks him why he would make such a purchase "other than the natural inclination to make to love to yourself".
- During the 100th episode, while everyone is hallucinating, Jack is visited by three versions of himself from his past, an alternate present, and his current future. After he resolves his existential crisis, the three of them stand around and decide that the only rational option is to go have sex with each other.
- In one episode Hannah Montana, after seeing a picture of herself as Hannah Montana photoshopped to make her look like a guy, Miley comments that she would totally date herself.
- In the Queer as Folk second season finale, Brian fucks the actor who played a superhero based heavily on himself. This is the catalyst for Justin leaving him.
Michael: You didn't have to walk out on him like that in front of everyone, you know.
Justin: I would've told him to go fuck himself, but he was already doing that, in the back room with Rage.
- An episode of Nip/Tuck features a wealthy older gay man who hires the plastic surgeon protagonists to reconstruct the face of his young boyfriend to resemble a younger version of himself.
- At the beginning of the third series premiere, new character Rudy mentions that he would definitely have sex with himself if he could. Bravado maybe, but thanks to his power he actually can.
- While it may not involve actual sex, it probably still qualifies as selfcest — after Curtis gains the power to swap genders he ends up getting himself pregnant by "cleaning up" with the same tissue first as a man, then as a woman.
- The Colbert Report has two Santa Clauses come on stage and make out with each other.
- The three-part Parody Commercial of Lincoln Financial on the season 37 episode of Saturday Night Live:
- The first time (with Jason Sudeikis as his younger self and his older self) played it straight and briefly conversed it (Sudeikis's older self tells his younger self that "It's not gay" because "I'm you" and asks him if he ever wondered what it would be like to have sex with yourself, which convinces his younger self to go through with it).
- The second time (this time with Bill Hader as his younger self and a disgusting, overweight version of himself in about two years) plays this for Black Comedy (with some hints of Crossing the Line Twice) when, after his overweight, disgusting future self tells him that he'll end up fat from too many steak dinners, broke from blowing all of his money, and on a plane to Hawaii where he'll "disappear" * , the overweight future self tries to rape his younger self (with his younger self shouting, "No, no, no, no!" and trying to fight him off).
- The third one had Ben Stiller mistaking a woman (Abby Elliott) sitting next to him for his future, transgender self — until his actual, future transgender self tells the woman that the man was talking to her.
- In Married... with Children, the narcissistic Jefferson sometimes expresses a desire to make love to himself. In one episode, the Bundys listen to Jefferson and Marcy having sex. Marcy moans and screams his name, and Jefferson moans and screams his own name.
- A multi-part sketch in an episode of The Kids in the Hall has the troupe discovering Scott Thompson has built a robot substitute. Unfortunately the robot has no concept of societal restrictions, meaning it's hitting on everyone and is about to force itself it on Mark McKinney. When the real Scott arrives to defeat it the robot is distracted by the sexiness of it's creator, giving Scott enough time to find the right remote to turn it off. The Stinger reveals Scott has committed this trope.
- In the Lost Girl episode "Scream a Little Dream," Bo gets a dream including a version of... herself from the future after all her Love Interests have died, who insists upon stealing a kiss (and her powers) from her.
- In The Outer Limits (1995), episode "Mind Over Matter", a scientist invents a virtual reality device that lets you interface directly with people's minds. The virtual worlds can be populated with people from the users' memories. One character points out that a person created from someone's memories is technically part of them, and asks if having sex with one would count as selfcest, even if the simulated person was the opposite gender. The scientist gets annoyed and brushes the question off.
- Mindless Self Indulgence expresses a wish for this in "Make Me Cum".
- "Hot Sauce and Ice Cream", by Tom Smith, features this briefly near the end, before it turns into a Twin Threesome Fantasy.
- "Destiny Street", from the LP of the same name by Richard Hell and the Voidoids. A time-travel fantasy, IIRC. And Richard Hell is smoking hot.
Yes, I seduced myself
I took me home
I whispered that only I could make
The younger guy feel less alone.
- TV On The Radio. "I Was A Lover" has a section about how the narrator seduces his clone when no one's around. It's probably metaphorical, but still counts.
- Lady Gaga
- "So Happy I Could Die."
- Taken to a much more ridiculous extreme in the video for "You And I", where her lover's role in the video was played by herself in her drag alter-ego, Jo Calderone. She also performed the song live as him at the MTV awards.
- Tom Waits's "Better Off Without a Wife"
I've always kind of been partial to calling myself up on the phone and asking myself out. You know... (whoops from the audience) Oh yeah, you call yourself up too, huh? Yeah... Well, one thing about it, you're always around! Yeah, I know. Yeah, you ask yourself out, you know. Some class joint somewhere. The Burrito King or something. You know... Well, I ain't cheap, you know. (...) Well, usually about 2.30 in the morning you've ended up taking advantage of yourself and... there ain't no way around that, you know. Yeah, making the scene with a magazine, there ain't no way around... I'll confess, you know, I'm no different, you know. I'm not weird about it or anything. I don't tie myself up first.
- Rammstein's "Zwitter"; sung from the perspective of a hermaphrodite who is in love with him/herself.
"Ich bin alleine doch nicht allein, ich kann mit mir zusammen sein" (I am alone but not alone, I can be together with myself)
- The lyrics are explicit about this trope.
"So bin ich dann auch nicht verzagt, wenn einer zu mir "Fick dich" sagt" ("So I'm not sad, even when someone says "Fuck yourself" to me.")
- Schaffer the Dark Lord's "Attack of the Clone Fucker".
- The video for "Sober" by P!nk features Pink, in naughty lingerie, making out with... another Pink in other naughty lingerie. Take a look here. Starts about 2:20 and gets intercut here and there nearly to the end.
- The music video for "The World Is Not Enough" by Garbage has the robot double of the lead singer killing the real singer (Shirley Manson) by kissing her.
- The video for "All is Full of Love" takes place in a factory producing Björk gynoids. Two of them start kissing and fondling toward the end of the video.
- A scene in one version of Janet Jackson's "Together Again" video has Janet Jackson leaning her face and hand on the breast of another Janet Jackson who is wearing a strategically pixelated transparent top.
- Cat Rapes Dog's song "Adore Myself" is about either this or regular old narcissism.
- Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters in the video for "Learn to Fly". Twice. A pigtailed girl played by Grohl has a crush on Grohl As Himself, and the Camp Gay flight attendant flirts rather suggestively with the pilot, both also played by Grohl.
- Nicki Minaj's guest verse in Kanye West's "Monster" has her doing a Split Personality act with her rap, switching between a baby-girl voice and a strident, dancehall-styled 'monster' voice. The video represents this as Monster!Nikki (in black lace and fangs) giving a lapdance to Innocent!Nicki.
- The album cover◊ of Total by Sebastian.
Myths & Religion
- The Bible: This trope goes right back to Adam and Eve, if you believe the whole rib thing (or, respectively, if you take it either literally or the wrong (?) translation. There are some who interpret the Hebrew word as "side" or "aspect" and say, that Adam was a hermaphrodite in some way and the God took the female side/aspect and made it into a seperate being). And then there are the interpretations that suggest she was made from a different bone entirely, one present in many mammals but not in humans.note
- Narcissus in Greek Mythology fell in love with his own reflection.
- The player's handbook to Aberrant (a White Wolf RPG centered around people developing superpowers as a world-wide phenomenon) contain a chapter with various superhero teams and similar groups across the world (some of which are painfully ethnic). One is the Queer Nova Alliance, an informal group of Novas (superpeople) with "alternate lifestyles". One member is Tommy Orgy, whose selection of powers includes self-cloning. Or, as another nova observes, "Gorgeous, gay, and able to duplicate himself; its a wonder Tommy Orgy ever leaves his house." When Tommy tells another nova to "Go fuck yourself", the other retorts, "I thought that was more your forte, Thomas." A listener adds, "Well, according to every other fanfic I read on the OpNet, anyways..."
- Doable in Genius The Transgression, although most of the available methods are a) major Karma Meter transgressions, b) really stupid, or c) both.
- There are a number of ways to go about this in Mage: The Awakening. Shapeshifting lets one person take the form of another, but it's also possible for a mage to divide into two or more bodies. The more esoterically inclined can journey into their own minds or cause aspects of their personalities to manifest physically: there's a mention of a mage who incarnated their own lust. Archmasters can create avatars; meet past, future, or alternate-timeline versions of themselves; and do it all in worlds generated from their souls, where they are aware of everything happening within. Power Perversion Potential indeed.
- Twilight Sparkle's Secret Shipfic Folder has three versions of each Mane Cast member (four of Twilight), two versions of every princess, and two versions of Shining Armor. There are goals for this.
- In Metal Gear Solid, the ridiculous levels of Foe Yay between Solid Snake and his "brother" Liquid Snake.
- Then there's the marketing campaign for Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, which furiously attempted to encourage this as much as possible. The first trailer alone depicted four Big Bosses, and at the end they got in a pink box (labelled "LOVE PACK") which jiggled suggestively, alerting a nearby guard. The second trailer involves soldierly Ho Yay CPR and masculine hand-holding and dialogue about always sticking together, between two Big Bosses. Whether this becomes part of the game or not remains to be seen, but Hideo Kojima is at least having fun with it.
It's now been revealed that a) the four demo-ready character builds are all different versions of Big Boss, and b) the Love Box is indeed a two-person cardboard box and that if two Big Bosses stay still in it for too long, it will start to jiggle around. Not surprising, as even the guys want Big Boss, and that includes Big Boss. The official website gives an innuendo-filled description of the Love Pack, saying 'in the spirit of camaraderie, some may find it comfortable!'. And also reveals that the characters giggle when taking items from each other, because it tickles. Big Boss is officially the gayest thing in an already incredibly gay series, and for himself. We Think.
- The eroge X-Change toyed with the idea, having one of the girls apparently resemble Takuya's female form, but with a different hair color.
- Kichiku Megane:
- This BL Game features uke salesman, Saeki Katsuya, who turns into a super sadistic seme when he puts on a pair of glasses given to him by a mysterious stranger. Several of the game's bonus scenes feature his glasses-wearing seme self doing very naughty things to the normal version.
- Played to the hilt in the sequel Kichiku Megane R where two of the bonus scenes revolve around the two Katsuya's getting married. Lampshaded when glasses-wearing Katsuya points out that this is only possible because the sequel is also a fandisc.
- Teased in the paid version of Hatoful Boyfriend. During the maid cafe scene, Ryouta holds up a mirror so the other birds can check their outfits. Oko San fails to realize the bird in the mirror is his own reflection, and tries to court it.
- In episode 10 of Retarded Animal Babies, the protagonists travel through the internet, find their creator's Newgrounds profile, and end up entering the beginning of the same episode. Effectively, they have traveled a few minutes into the past and are able to communicate with their past selves. The two Puppies immediately decide to have sex.
- xkcd has touched upon this enough for the author to bring up the possibility that it's now "an official xkcd theme". And Here too...
- Well, it doesn't involve time travel but Black Mage of 8-Bit Theater has an Enemy Without moment, but ends up killing the embodiment of his sins (himself) and re-absorbing all of his evil. Then he decides he needs to do something that makes self-love into an atrocity. Thief then somehow gets pictures and blackmails him.
- Karkat has wondered whether he could be his own kismesis, although in practice that doesn't really work, even considering troll biology. In fact, this seems to be something of a recurring theme with him — when he sees Jade arguing with her Dreamsprite, he fantasizes about them making out and accidentally mistypes "make myself out to be" as "make out with myself to be" in the connecting log with her.
- This update reveals that one of Nepeta's many, many ships is Jade auspisticing between past Karkat and future Karkat. Definitely a recurring theme. note
- Space Moose.
- This strip of Overcompensating.
- In a Questionable Content filler strip, Tai turns all the men in Northampton into women; Marten now looks exactly like Dora, so, just as planned, they start to make out in front of her.
- Used in this strip of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.
- Real Life Comics:
- In a Persona 3 FTW strip on the release date of the PSP version of Persona 3 (which allows you to pick a female main character), both the main character and his female counterpart meet, and well...
- While Umlaut House 2 only implies a threesome between Saundra, her husband Volair, and his future self... well, it is Volair we're talking about.
- El Goonish Shive:
- Buttersafe, with prokaryotes.
- In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, when McNinja's clone is captured, he insists that his father call to make sure that they really have him, and also to "ask him what he's wearing!" Of course, this was Innocent Innuendo that helped the Doctor formulate a plan. That didn't stop his dad from running with the idea and later assuming that he's making out with his clone, because "It's what any of us would do!"
- A variation in Problem Sleuth: Problem Sleuth and Pickle Inspector's love interests, Hysterical Dame and Nervous Broad, are also mystic Distaff Counterparts created while on a Vision Quest. Luckily for us, Ace Dick's counterpart, Ace Dick In A Bad Wig, is slain before the two can form any sort of romantic attachment.
- The comic made this a punchline to an early strip (later featured on Cracked).
- And this comic about the future, where a couple has an argument, the girl breaks up and gets a clone of herself from a vending machine with the explicitely stated reason to have "traditional sex" with herself to spite him.
- Wicked Powered has this as the origin of the main character. Due to a complex sequence of Time Travel, genderbending, and amnesia, he became both of his own parents. And this made him immortal. Oh. And his "aunt" is actually his pet monkey.
- Touched on in A Softer World. "I would totally make out with my clone. If it was okay with her. No pressure."
- Erin from Dragon City has admitted to being attracted to an alternate universe version of herself, but her dad pointed out that she might just be narcissistic. It's later heavily implied that they did have sex.
- When he first gets turned into a woman, after a night of drinking Tiffany of Exiern remarks that she's not as turned on looking at her new body as she thought she would be. Followed by a moment of Brain Bleach at the thought of checking herself out.
- The Non-Adventures of Wonderella:
- In one strip, the main character is split into two individuals, each representing a part of her personality. One Wonderella asks whether they have to have sex with each other to fix the problem. The other Wonderella says she's straight but is willing to "lay back". Doctor Shark eventually solves the problem without any intercourse.
- A later strip features Rita making out with her Evil Twin from an Alternate Universe.
- Subnormality barely averts this in the Museum of the Theoretical, where a woman goes to find out how her life might have been different.
- Ghastly's Ghastly Comic has Alan Moore yaoi. Literally.
- Oglaf: The sorcerer's duplicate phantasms do this in "Mirror Image". According to the phantasms, the sorcerer usually jerks off while they do this.
- In the Whateley Universe, this is a serious problem to Jobe, as his now-identical clone Belephoebe is also in the body of his ideal girlfriend. And is his daughter, legally. He restrains himself from the urge to make sweet monkey love to her. Even after Jobe is turned into a girl. Belephoebe, however, does NOT restrain herself.
- Invoked, and very nearly practiced, by Doctor What in AH.com: The Series "The Narcissus Syndrome" — with his evil, Mirror Universe, Gender Bender counterpart.
- The website ran a column by Dan O'Brien entitled "So You're Locked in a Room with Your Clone: Fight or F#@k?"
- Cracked also ran a video in which Swaim speculates about having sex with his own clone. He decides that the morning after would be akward.
Clone #1: What do you want to do?
Clone #2: I... want to die.
- And then Agents of Cracked had an episode featuring a Similar Squad, with Dan O'Brien's doppleganger invoking the article written by his counterpart.
You know, I remember reading somewhere that there are only two truly meaningful things you can do with your doppleganger when you're locked in a room. You can fight them
... Or f#@k them
(Dan takes a fighting stance
- A later episode has Swaim reference this incident, and then provide many potential alternate names for this trope.
Swaim: You slept with your exact duplicate. The clone bone. Sixty-sixing. Dopplegangbang. Mirrorbation. The big auto-erotic enchilada. Twins with benefits.
- In the Funny or Die video "Go Fuck Yourself with Dave Franco", the titular Franco goes to a bar, hooks up with himself, and eventually fucks himself. The link is slightly NSFW.
- Orion's Arm
- House Stevens is made up entirely of clones. Their progenitors were the 47 survivors of an early colony ship that suffered a massive Cryonics Failure and they began to reproduce by cloning in order to avoid inbreeding. To prevent "accidents" they made homosexuality mandatory and over the centuries it became tradition to only have sex with others within their own clone.
- Also implied to be happening at the end of Betrayals between Gus and a copy who had been living in a virch for years.
- In the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, a muckraking tabloid once accused superher Los Hermanos of having done this. While he denied he ever had done so (or even having ever thought about doing so), he also shocked his teammates by admitted that the idea wasn't as repugant to him as they thought it should be as, given that he and his duplicates are a Hive Mind, it would be more akin to masturbation than anything else.
- Lampshaded in MEL when the eponymous protagonist ends up with not only his love interest but an older version of her from a future where she was embittered by HIS death.
"He was fiercely aroused all of a sudden, and he realized that his situation was somewhere in between The Graduate and the lucky guy who gets to take home those blonde beer-ad twins — no incest taboo, just something more sublime and disturbing. He didn't want to think about it too earnestly, for fear of blowing up the universe."
- It doesn't last however, as the two versions leave him for each other.
- A sketch on Robot Chicken parodying Best Week Ever, featured Hal Sparks (portrayed as pretty much all people on that show are, as a stop motion action figure) remarking "If anyone ever made a toy of me, I'd have to make out with it". A few seconds later, Hal is shown making out with a considerably less animate but otherwise identical copy of himself. A moment after THAT, he pauses to cheerfully declare to the camera, "It's not gay, it's masturbation!"
- It's nowhere near sex, but Fry does say Lars has a "ruggedly good-looking face," before he learns Lars' true identity.
- This is of course the very first thing a nudist alien does after thinking he finds the secret to paradox-free Time Travel in Bender's Big Score.
- In one of its countless Imagine Spots, The Simpsons had Homer fantasizing what it'd be like to marry himself. Cue the image of a room full of mini-Homers and two adult Homers swapping tongue.
- Arguably, Warden paired with either himself or his future self is one of the more popular pairings in the Superjail fandom, fueled by a scene in which two versions of himself hug each other at their trial, prompting the judge to tell him to "stop touching yourself!"
- While Cybertronians are by and large immortal robots who realistically would only have a Purely Aesthetic Gender, Starscream in Transformers Animated seems to come on to his Opposite-Sex Clone while asking what she represents in him.
- An episode of Family Guy features Stewie and Brian travelling to other universes, one being where everyone has two heads: One happy, one sad. When we see this universe's Stewie, we see his heads kissing each other. The happy one likes it, while the sad one tries his best to.
- Æon Flux has an episode where Aeon is duplicated and, true to her omnisexual nature, makes out with herself, though only briefly... on camera. There was more than one duplicate. And they were all naked, in the same room. Yes, the Big Bad had a cloned harem of his primary nemesis.
- An episode of American Dad! has a future version of Stan offering the Stan from the present a "handy J." According to future Stan, it's not gay, it's "you on you."
- On Young Justice, Miss Martian demonstrates her shapeshifting powers by turning into female versions of Robin and Kid Flash, leading Kid Flash to wonder, "Is it wrong that I think I'm hot?"
- Mary Shelley's Frankenhole:
- Ron Howard (and Tom Hanks, but only incidentally) was so narcisistic that he forced hookers to wear mirrors on their faces. Eventually, that wasn't enough for him, so he wanted Frankenstein to make a clone of him. He agreed, but Ron felt it was taking too long and started jumping back through time to have sex with younger versions of himself. This ultimately collapsed the timeline and resulted in a universe populated by an infinite number of Ron Howards.
- Also with the Were-Lawrence. He finally finds a woman who loves him. Only, having bitten her, she turns into his human form whenever sexually aroused.
- In the episode "Johnny Alternative", it's strongly implied that Johnny Test falls in love with a female version of himself.
- A PG version in the episode "A Glitch Is A Glitch" of Adventure Time, in which the Ice King is convinced that Princess Bubblegum will go out with him if he was the last person in Ooo. His evil scheme of the episode does indeed remove everyone from Ooo, but when he comes to collect, Princess Bubblegum realizes that there is one person in Ooo other than the Ice King — herself. She proceeds to spend most the episode's remaining run time making out with her own hand.
- In SheZow Maz is attracted to Maisy, his female double from DudePow's universe, from the moment he sets eyes on her. Kelly also suggests that the reason Guy/SheZow and Gal/DudePow bicker might be because they could really like each other, also the ice powered villain ColdFinger's and his fire powered female counterpart Grilla also hit it off.
- The Newmans aren't genderbent versions of Groj Band. They're completely different people who happen to share a physical resemblance. So don't worry fanfic writers. You can have the two bands fall in love and it won't be gross at all.
- In The Simpsons, Homer once imagines himself doing this... and both Homers are surrounded by identical Homer-like babies.