->'''Dave:''' and hey you might even be able to help your past dream self wake up sooner without all that fuss you went through.\\
'''Rose:''' I think the true purpose of this game is to see how many qualifiers we can get to precede the word "self" and still understand what we're talking about.
-->-- ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''

By some mechanism, be it TimeTravel, AlternateUniverse, or CloningBlues, there are now two or more AlternateSelf editions of a character. Each copy seems unable to get over the fact that every other copy is himself and this shows up with pronoun confusion.

Generally PlayedForLaughs, as writing this trope is much harder than simply using third person. Related to TimeTravelTenseTrouble.

Compare MyFutureSelfAndMe. Also see OneSteveLimit, which can result in similar problems when averted.
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[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* Nearing the end of ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', [[spoiler:the multiple Syaorans and Sakuras have conversations with each other]]. This is extremely hard to discern when reading these pages, since [[spoiler:they all look alike]]. MindScrew taken UpToEleven.
* Yugi, Bakura, and Marik in ''Anime/YuGiOh''. Though not Millennium item-related, Kaiba and Set(o) might also count.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* ''DragonballZ'' fanfiction FanFic/HonorTrip has this in the form of Cell (who is now a protagonist), & Future Cell, who is most decidedly ''NOT''.
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[[folder:ComicBooks]]
* Jamie "Multiple Man" Madrox from the MarvelUniverse falls into this on occasion. For instance, when he found out one of his dupes had lived a full life without him (even to the point of having a son), he was stunned that "I named you after my father..."
** In an issue of ''XFactor'', Jamie Madrox split up into opposing groups of Multiple Men. Upon encountering each other, one of the Multiple Men said, "There I am! Get me!"
* Seldemonstrating/{{Loki}}, when there are more of him around for [[CloningBlues one]] [[TimeTravel reason]] [[EnemyWithout or]] [[AlternateUniverse another]]. Sometimes it's accidental, but he actually used this trope (and ThirdPersonPerson) to [[ExploitedTrope obfuscate]] which version of himself he is talking about (if any, and not for example some abstract connected to himself). Lo and behold from ''Comicbook/JourneyIntoMystery'':
-->'''Past!Loki's ghost''': ...as I also made you understand, Loki would only sacrifice Loki to save himself...
-->[[spoiler:'''Kid!Loki''': In Odin's name, is the wordplay trickery as annoying when I do it?]]
** For accidental gem also from there:
-->'''Kid!Loki''': This must be the worst thing I've ever done.
-->'''Ikol (magpie shaped remnant of past!Loki's consciousness)''': Ahem.
-->'''Kid!Loki''': I meant ''me''.
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[[folder:{{Film}}]]
* During ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' Marty telephones Doc, leading to this exchange:
-->'''Marty:''' Biff's goons chased me into the gym, and they're gonna jump -- me!
-->'''Doc:''' Then get outta there!
-->'''Marty:''' Not me, the ''other'' me!
** Of course Part II is pretty guilty of this trope given that Michael J. Fox is playing Marty, his 2015 son, his 2015 daughter (with a wig and falsetto voice), and his older 2015 self, while Thomas F. Wilson is playing Biff Tannen at three different ages (1955, 1985, 2015) and Griff (2015).
* From ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' onward, this became a running shtick for the self-duplicating Agent Smith.
* The ending of the movie adaptation of ''Film/ThePrestige''.
* Averted in ''Film/{{Primer}}'', where characters living in the past refer to their doubles with third person pronouns, and sometimes even their own names.
* A time machine in ''Film/AustinPowersTheSpyWhoShaggedMe'' gets us two Austins from ten minutes apart - they get on quite well together.
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[[folder:{{Literature}}]]
* Creator/AlfredBester's "Fondly Fahrenheit", in which a man and his [[RobotMe android duplicate]] can't tell which of them he is, nor which of them is a murderer.
* In Creator/CJCherryh's Literature/AllianceUnion universe, this is common in Union culture due to CloningBlues.
** In the case where a clone needs to be distinguished to an earlier version of himself / herself who is no longer alive, the common usage in ''Literature/{{Cyteen}}'' and ''Regenesis'' is to refer to the original as "my / your predecessor" if they have the same name. Another usage is to refer to the elder of the pair as "senior", as in "Warrick" versus "Warrick senior".
** Azi - the [[UterineReplicator mass-produced clones]] who are the most common result of the technology - grow up knowing that there may be many copies of their particular geneset / psychset combination; that is, many clones with an identical environment, leading to very, very similar people. In ''Regenesis'', the current version of Florian has to discuss his predecessor. He reflects inwardly that time before he himself existed was not emotionally attractive to him; he has no trouble with the fact that they're really not the same individual, however similar they are.
** Parental replicates - clones of people who had a "normal" upbringing as opposed to the structured education of an azi - are much harder to replicate psychologically, and do sometimes have trouble coping with who's who. In the case of a parental replicate, where the original and the replicate have the same name, the latter may be referred to with the suffix PR attached to his or her name.
* The Creator/RobertAHeinlein short story ''Literature/AllYouZombies'' features [[spoiler: a [[TimeTravel time-traveling]] hermaphrodite who not only meets themselves multiple times but ultimately becomes their own mother and father.]]
* This situation occurs in various ScienceFiction and {{fantasy}} works by AndreNorton.
** ''Android at Arms'' (1971): The protagonists wake on a strange world and learn that they have been kidnapped and stored as {{Human Popsicle}}s, while being replaced by [[RobotMe android duplicates]]. The question eventually arises, which one is the RobotMe (a RidiculouslyHumanRobot by necessity) and which is the original, and how to prove it? When the main character, Andas, confronts a much older version of himself on his homeworld, both are deeply shaken - each believes he's real, but how could a RobotMe be such a RidiculouslyHumanRobot as to do the various things each has done? (The protagonist refers to his older counterpart as "the false Andas"). [[spoiler:Another variation happens later, when he and one of his companions wind up in an AlternateUniverse, and he confronts a dying version of himself.]]
** ''Star Gate'' (1958): all the human colonists on Gorth evacuate the planet at the beginning of the book because TheWorldIsNotReady - that is, the native intelligent species of Gorth (who call them the Star Lords) isn't ready for the humans' much more advanced technology. Some opt to search for an AlternateUniverse in which Gorth never developed intelligent life. They accidentally wind up in a MirrorUniverse in which their counterparts enslaved the natives rather than helping them. The HalfHumanHybrid protagonist refers to the MirrorUniverse counterparts of the Star Lords as the Dark Ones, the Dark Lords, or (in the case of individuals, such as Lord Dillan) "the false Lord X" or "the Dark Lord X" to distinguish them from the "true" Lord X. (''TheLordOfTheRings'' was less than 5 years old at this point, please note.) The eldest of the Star Lords has the hardest time adjusting to it when he finally sees the Dark Lords, because although he knew intellectually what they were, it hit him very hard to see (apparently) several people among them who in his universe were long dead and had meant a great deal to him. He had to be restrained from going to them until he got himself under control.
** ''Victory on Janus'' (1966): BigBad THAT WHICH ABIDES creates [[RobotMe android duplicates]] of the Iftin and of some human colonists - not as {{Evil Knockoff}}s, but to frame the Iftin for apparently attacking the colonists. The Iftin refer to the [[RobotMe android duplicates]] as the "false Iftin", and can tell them apart from the true ones by smell. The worst problem the protagonist has is when duplicates turn up, not of himself, but of an old LoveInterest and an old friend, both probably, but not certainly, long dead.
* Averted by the Fel clones in the HandOfThrawn duology. They have major, ''major'' [[CloningBlues clone angst]], but each of them has named himself something different, dresses differently, and has different hair. They keep a common family name, Devist, and let people think of them as just a really close and fairly insular family, because they're desperately afraid of being discovered and [[FantasticRacism killed for being clones]]. A brief stretch where one, Carib, is the viewpoint character and has a momentary existential meltdown ends as he strengthens his resolve by reminding himself what he's worked for.
* In TheTimeTravelersWife, reluctant time-traveler Henry keeps running into versions of himself in the past, present, and future. Can be shocking, funny, sexy, or tragic, depending entirely on the circumstances.
* In ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Brothers in Arms]]'', Miles Vorkosigan discovers he has a clone, who has been trained to impersonate him and is also (at this time, anyway) known as "Miles". At one point, the two clones are chasing around a large building, leading Miles to ask a bystander "Have you seen me already? Which way did I go?"
* Happens in ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'' when Kyon meets an adult version of Mikuru.
** ''Intrigues'' are all about it: Mikuru goes one week back in time and poses as her own long-lost twin sister.
** And in the climax of ''Astonishment'' when two versions of Kyon from two parallel realities meet in a closed space.
* In ''[[Literature/TheStarDiaries The 7th Voyage of Ijon Tichy]]'' a.k.a. ''147 Vortexes'' by Creator/StanislawLem the titular space traveler cannot fix his ship alone and drives it into a gravity vortex to create a time loop that would bring another copy of him. Then into another to copy a spacesuit too. Unfortunately, [[PoorCommunicationKills the copies cannot agree on anything]], keep beating each other, stealing chocolate and lumping the blame on "the Sunday one". And the poorly controlled ship keeps running into more vortexes bringing more Ijons from different times, including an old man, who tries to be an arbiter, but turns out too senile, and 2 teenagers [[AdultsAreUseless who end up saving the day]].
* Common in the works of authors like Creator/LindaNagata, Creator/CharlesStross, and Creator/GregEgan where there's no technical reason that software intelligences can't duplicate as many copies of themselves as needed. Stories set when the technology is new or in settings where biological and software intelligences interact lead to confusion.
** In Nagata's ''Vast'' Clementine is dismayed by the way Nikko and Urban casually create and destroy instances of themselves.
** In Stross's ''Accelerando'' there are numerous personality clashes between people who treat persinality as fungible and those who cling to a single persona.
** In Egan's ''Permutation City'' Peer spawns a clone of himself to enter the construct, and is faced with the decision of who will remain in the real world.
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[[folder:{{Live Action TV}}]]
* Tyrol in ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'' having trouble remembering to [[spoiler:[[TomatoInTheMirror refer to Cylons in the first person, rather than humans]]]].
* Occurred briefly in the first season of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' between Hiro and Future Hiro, as highlighted [[Quotes/WhichMe on the quotes page]].
** And in the fourth season, [[spoiler:Hiro goes back in time to the period of the first, talks to his younger self, then calls him(self) a moron after sending him(self) off on a mission intended to avert paradox]].
* In an episode of ''Series/QuantumLeap'', Sam leaps into a young Al, and they have to distinguish between observer Al and young Al. After a short while, Sam just suggests calling the young Al "Bingo", his nick-name at the time.
* In the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Stasis Leak", multiple copies of the crew begin to accumulate in the same time period, leading to general confusion.
--> '''Past Rimmer:''' ''Three'' Listers! Splendid! Perhaps ''Lister'' here would like to go over to the fridge and open a bottle of wine for ''Lister'' and ''Lister''! Rimmer here doesn't drink, because he's dead, but ''I'' [[INeedAFreakingDrink wouldn't mind a glass]]!
* Occurs multiple times in ''Stargate SG-1'', at one time with the entire SG-1 team.
* Happens in ''Series/DoctorWho'' more often than not, with all the time travel, alternate dimensions and clones the show's got going on. It's also meant that fans have had to come up with ways of keeping things straight. The Doctor's [[TheNthDoctor multiple bodies]] are referred to by numbered regenerations- for example, Creator/TomBaker is 'Four' and Creator/MattSmith is 'Eleven'. When they're the same regeneration, other identifying markers are used- for example, the two versions of the Doctor running around in Season Five are called 'Normal Doctor' and 'Jacket!Doctor'. The Master is recognized by the actor playing him, and Romana is kept straight by numbering her as Romana-1 and Romana-2. [[spoiler: River Song's bodies are kept straight as 'Melody Pond', 'Mels' and 'River Song'.]]
** The two parter "The Rebel Flesh" and "The Almost People" brings us identical clones of various characters. These are referred to as Ganger!*insert-character-here*.
** [[spoiler: The clone of the Doctor made]] in "Journey's End" is usually called either [[spoiler:10.5, [=TenToo=], or Handy The Wonder Clone. To tell them apart, the normal Doctor wears a brown suit, while 10.5 is in a blue suit.]]
** The human alter-ego identity which the Tenth Doctor temporarily assumed to hide from the Family of Blood is distinguished from Ten by his adopted name, Mr. John Smith.
* When Willow is accosted by Vampire Willow in the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Doppelgangland":
-->'''Willow''': What do I want with you?
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[[folder:{{Music}}]]
* The video for "Mercy" by GOOD Music involves three identical {{Kanye West}}s during his verse.
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[[folder:VideoGames]]
* Kingdom Hearts is filled with this, to the point that this is practically the essence of most of the things that happened in all the side titles and the second main games of the series. Sora, Roxas, their Data versions as well as their memory editions are implied to be the same person though they all try to get their own unique identities and this causes a major emotional mayhem for them. Roxas eventually realizes this and gives up. It is also shown that the Sora we know has his heart connected with Ventus making him practically [[Expy another]] version of him. Latter it is shown that Roxas has the same heart as Ventus as well as his looks. Roxas' personality has an uncanny resemblance to the combine personalty of Ventus and Vanitas, who was yet another part of Ventus having the same appearance as a black-haired Sora. Xion is practically a female version of Sora with the looks of Kairi as Sora remembered her.
** Riku has his own troubles with his replica, whom he eventually kills in battle, shattering the replica's dream of defeating and then becoming the original Riku.
** Taken [[UpToEleven Up to Eleven]] by the thirteen versions of Xehanort and several people who called claimed to be Ansem.
* In ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture'', the eponymous professor and his sidekick Luke Triton travel 10 years into the future after receiving a letter from Luke's future self. They have difficulty knowing which one is being referred to when their name is used at first, [[DefiedTrope but Layton comes up with an easy way to distinguish.]]
* In both [[RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy Raidou]] [[RaidouKuzunohaVsKingAbaddon Kuzunoha]] games, an alternate version of the titular character appears. It's somewhat mitigated by the fact said alternate does not have the exact same name, but it still causes a great deal of confusion.
* For Mesmers in ''GuildWars2'', this is the primary tactic.
* In ''SuperMarioGalaxy'', if you're playing as Mario, you find Luigi in various levels who refers to Mario as "bro". If you're playing as Luigi... you find Luigi in the same places, who refers to (player) Luigi as "me" in the same places in the dialogue.
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[[folder:{{WebAnimation}}]]
* In ep. 8 of a Russian BO Shop (Магазинчик БО), Ohlamon got completely [[MindScrew mindscrewed]] due to [[TimeTravel over-time-travelling]].
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[[folder:WebComics]]
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'':
** The [[PortalNetwork wormgate system]] creates a perfect duplicate of [[spoiler:''anyone'' sent through it]], which is kept for interrogation by the Gatekeepers, who then kill the clone. The first characters who suffer from this problem are [[spoiler:Doythaban and his gateclone Haban II]], but this later becomes a galaxy-wide problem when [[spoiler:billions of these clones are released]]. However, no-one suffers from it more than [[Webcomic/{{Nukees}} Gav]], who ''clones himself 950 million times'' to escape, leading to an truly epic case of this trope.
--->'''Gav:''' There are still over nine hundred million Gav clones out there. My activities of the last year can only be understood statistically.
** At one point the Terran government tries to charge Kevyn with treason for mass-releasing the teraport designs. He points out that it was his now-deceased ''clone'' who released that information, not him, and thus he can't be charged with anything.
** It also leads to some rather bizarre court cases since there are some legal issues where the gate clones are not always considered separate individuals. In one case, a person had two death penalties against him for Manual Operation under the Influence. When his gate clone turns up, the judge rules that, since the clone was created after the commission of the crime, it is perfectly legal for them to apply the second death penalty to the gate clone.
---> '''Judge''': Oh, and you used up all your appeals the first time around. Sorry.
** In the "A Hand of Aceys" storyline, a gate clone attempts to murder the original version of himself, [[spoiler:but instead gets killed by the original acting in self defense]]. Since the clone and the original are legally the same person in that particular jurisdiction, the final police verdict ends up being [[spoiler:''attempted suicide'']].
** The Gavs eventually found a way to differentiate themselves from one another, to the point where they are barely recognizable as Gav-clones. Especially the [[GenderBender females]].
** Kevyn has to go through this ''again'', during his attempt to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong.
--->'''Ennesby''': [[LampshadeHanging We may need to issue you some additional pronouns.]]
* Pretty thoroughly averted in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob.'' Golly and Jolly are both ''biological'' clones of Molly with totally different upbringings, and the castmembers are apparently all bright enough to realize that even if the three look alike, they are different people.
* In ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'', due to convoluted TimeTravel and [[AlternateUniverse Alternate Universes]], one story arc involves Mega Man and Bass, Past Mega Man, Alternate Mega Man and Bass, Future Alternate Mega Man and Bass, and Far Future Alternate Mega Man and Bass (though the last one was a trick). They end up wearing helpful labels to show who is who, since they all look identical in a SpriteComic.
* [[spoiler: Dave and Davesprite]] in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003592 John has some trouble figuring out how to refer to them.]]
--> (Dave): and hey you might even be able to help your past dream self wake up sooner without all that fuss you went through
--> ([[SnarkKnight Rose]]): [[LampshadeHanging I think the true purpose of this game is to see how many qualifiers we can get to precede the word "self" and still understand what we're talking about]].
** Karkat uses [[IHatePastMe "past me"]] and [[OtherMeAnnoysMe "future me"]] when talking to himself.
** Every player has a dream self on the moon of Derse or Prospit respectively. Then time shenanigans get involved, both via literal time travel and time traveling messages. Then some of the dead selves end up coming back to life as separate characters from the "main" characters. It only gets more confusing when [[spoiler: alternate universe counterparts to the heroes show up.]]
** Then there's Pickle Inspector in ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth''. Things start getting out of hand with Past Future Pickle Inspector, and in the end [[spoiler: an infinite number of his past and future selves become ''the whole universe''.]]
* [[Webcomic/{{Suppression}} Cerene]] runs into this problem constantly, because there are three of her. And yes, it confuses all three of them. (Or at least the two we've seen so far)
* Happens in ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'' with alter egos from the main and "nega-verse"
-->'''Trudy''': (after her counterpart gets knocked out) I'VE BEEN HIT! Well, sort of.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' fan-comic ''Webcomic/The10Doctors'' as a comic that include 10 versions of the same man.
-->'''Fifth Doctor:''' That's the nicest thing I've ever said to myself.
* In [[http://www.fantasycomic.com/index.php?p=c661 this]] ''Webcomic/ChasingTheSunset'' strip, when Feiht is fighting "Evil Feiht" she becomes confused as to which one she is. In the next strip Ayne helps her to pull herself together.
* Happens a few times to Juni/Zero and its various neural clones in ''Webcomic/{{Unity}}'', with a key example being [[http://beesbuzz.biz/d/unity-multiplicity.php this strip]]; a few hundred rounds later, Zero is [[http://beesbuzz.biz/d/meat-18_mao_rou.php still figuring it out]].
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Los Hermanos of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' has this happen all the time. Since all his duplicates are ''him'' (they are all part of a mass-mind effect, and what one duplicate knows, they all know) he has no trouble keeping track, but his companions sometimes fall directly into this trope.
-->'''Bungie:''' "Bad news... um... ''you've'' been captured. I saw a couple of Tarot goons dragging... um... you... away toward their APC."
-->'''Los Hermanos:''' "Yes, I know... they've got a bag over my head, so I can't see where they are taking me. I'm a little roughed up, so not seriously hurt. They're probably taking me somewhere to torture me."
-->'''Bungie:''' (beat) "Right... sorry..."
* Jade Sinclair (Generator) and her creations in the WhateleyUniverse. Jade's creations aren't really inventions. They're objects populated by a psychic clone of herself, including the character Shroud, who is claiming to be her sister Jinn. Even Jade can't keep her pronouns straight when talking about her selves, to the point that it is a RunningGag.
* College!Phoenix, Hobo!Phoenix, and Lawyer!Phoenix in WebVideo/PhoenixWrightAceIdiot. "I traveled back in time to murder my younger self, blamed it on myself, and hired myself to defend myself. Then I prosecuted myself to insure myself the murder of myself would never be linked to myself."
* Alan Grant in ''Literature/{{Curveball}}'' can make several copies of himself in distant locations. Unfortunately, this didn't come with the ability to [[RequiredSecondaryPowers keep track of which clone is doing what]] -- he had to learn how to do that through experience. So, he always refers to his clones in the first-person singular, because to him, they are him.
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[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben10}}'' episode "Ben 10,000" when Ben meets his older self.
* Happens at the end of the TimeTravel episode of ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'', with Chicken complaining of his time-travel duplicate "I ate all the cereal, now there's none left for me!"
* [[WesternAnimation/CarlSquared "When face to face, I met myself at the door."]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'', Wallace starts referring to Hutch in the first person after he takes on his personality. For instance, when Lady Tottington rings the doorbell, we get this:
-->'''Wallace''' (transforming): I can't answer the door like this!
-->'''Hutch''' (walking towards door): Charmed. I'm Wallace.
-->'''Wallace''' (yelps): I already am!
* The ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Double Dipper" features a few instances of this joke among Dipper's photocopied duplicates. "Hey buddy, it's me, you."
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[[folder:Other]]
* Creator/TheFiresignTheater's audio play "AudioPlay/TheFurtherAdventuresOfNickDanger" features a flashback told by Catherwood the butler - twenty years earlier he surprises his bride Nancy with a time machine, intending to honeymoon in ancient Greece. He tries it on himself first and when he returns minutes later he's a shaky-voiced 1,000 year old codger, to her horror. Present-day Nick bursts in unexpectedly and uses the time machine to travel forward 20 years back to the present, taking the couple and shady character Rocky Rococo with him. Back in the present they're shocked at finding there's two of all of them - they fight with their other selves, except the two Catherwoods who enjoy having someone their own age to talk with.
* A fairly well-known T-shirt design reads: "I have gone to find myself. If I get back before I return, keep me here."
* In one episode of WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse, the titular character uses time-travel so that multiple copies of himself can all be in a band together, and base an entire song on this premise. Then they start fighting...
--> ''Listen, Steven and I have been talking, and Steven agrees....''
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