Mes A Crowd: Video Games

  • Kirby Mass Attack revolves around the wizard Necrodius splitting Kirby into 10 weaker, smaller copies of itself. Kirby uses this splitting to his advantage to solve the countless puzzles of the game.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords saga. This was most likely done by Nintendo to keep fanboys from arguing about who gets to play as Link.
  • A powerup in the NES Ninja Gaiden allows Ryu to create up to two red doubles that follow his movements. They can also hang in the air and attack if you move right.
  • The Freedom Force villain Déjà Vu, who spoke in rhyme and could clone himself indefinitely until the original was knocked out (said original being easily detectable since he's the only one with a full life bar). The sequel, Freedom Force Vs The Third Reich featured the WWII era Japanese villain Red Sun who had a slight variation of this power: he couldn't clone himself indefinitely but the clones became stronger and regained health whenever one fell in battle, hence they had to be dealt with one at a time. This variation in powers was most likely a reaction to the fact that some players would grind Déjà Vu's clones for infinite prestige points.
  • Mega Man 3 had Gemini Man as a Robot Master, while Mega Man X4 gives us Split Mushroom. Axle the Red from Mega Man X5 could also do this, as well as Infinity Mijinion from Mega Man X6 and Flame Hyenard from Mega Man X7.
  • The latest issue of City of Heroes features a variation of this, as Villains have the option to find out if they can beat an 8 man team of themselves.
  • The Piece of Eden had this as one of the abilities it granted in both of the Assassin's Creed games.
    • Although they are apparently just illusions (that will stab you and the final boss, in the second game.)
  • The characters Aqua, Nisha, Poodle, and Salmon have this ability in Project Dimentia Bodhisattva.
  • Zeus does this in God of War 3.
  • In Dota 2, there is a hero called Phantom Lancer who can passively create clones on attacks. And he can throw spirit lances that create clones. And he can teleport... creating two clones for distraction. Don't forget the purchasable item and rune that clones its owner.
    • Also there is a hero called Meepo who's ultimate skill is a passive called "Divided we Stand." Every time you take a level in this skill a copy of meepo will appear. Unlike Phantom Lancer who's copies are all expendable and far weaker than the original, each Meepo clone (up to five Meepos total) is almost as powerful as the original, sharing most of his stats as well as whatever boots Meepo is wearing. Each Meepo can be controlled individually to collect experience and gold across the map, as well as serving as a teleporter pad for other Meepos to arrive at. The tradeoff for this is that if a single Meepo is slain, every Meepo on the map instantly drops dead and you get put out of the action for a while. Meepo is generally considered a lethal joke character and is rarely played due to his high difficulty.
  • In Heroes of Newerth, there's a special power up that clones you twice. You can also clone yourself by using an item, the Geometer's Bane, and some heroes can do it on their own.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • In Super Mario World, some Chargin' Chucks can split into three identical copies, which all then proceed to attack.
    • Several attacks from the Mario & Luigi series have 3-4 Marios and Luigis on the screen at once. Taken Up to Eleven in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team; while the Mario Bros. are in the Dream World, Luigi can multiply himself scores of times over, whether in order to explore areas (e.g. with a pillar of Luigis) or to fight enemies (e.g. with a big rolling ball of Luigis).
    • The Double Cherries of Super Mario 3D World make a copy of the player character for each one grabbed. Including Bowser.
  • In the tactical RPG Kartia: The Word of Fate for the PS1, the elf twins have this power, though it's only visibly used by the male one near the end of the game in Toxa's scenario.
  • Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City has a Ninja class; one of their moves lets them create a shadow clone to fill the usually-vacant sixth slot in the usual five-man party. However, they can use this to fill any empty slot... potentially resulting in a small army of fake!ninjas covering for the real one.
  • MARDEK Chapter 2, in which your first mission includes killing a guy who is "actually five blokes in one" or something like that. Magic theives.
  • One Desire Demon in Dragon Age: Origins can create illusory duplicates of itself.
  • Agent 47 of Hitman is a clone of himself, being 47th one. He ends up fighting a lot himselves and in some cases his clones are trying to assassinate him. Er, it's complicated. Anyhow, he's apparently the superior clone.
  • Mortal Kombat has Mileena, a clone of Kitana. Raised to replace the latter in the orginal, making a name for herself in the remake. Also, Kano gets this treatment in X, much to his chargin.
  • One of the three human civilizations in the Endless Space is the Horatio, after a beauty obsessed trillionaire discovered a Precursor cloning machine, and used it to build a massive Egopolis. Naturally, one of his faction traits is having higher population cap than normal...
  • In Kingdom Hearts, this is the ultimate plan of Xehanort, with the reason he created Organization XIII being so he could commit Grand Theft Me on the other twelve members.
  • Kingdom Rush gives us the Demon Legion, who can create an exact copy of itself with the same health as the original. Better put the hurt on them before they do so!
  • In Disney Princess Enchanted Journey, in the final battle, multiple mirages of Zara appear.
  • In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!, the playable body-double of Jack can create holographic decoys to attack enemies, as well as to draw enemy fire. Depending on how they're upgraded, they can function as Action Bombs, have a chance to be upgraded to Badass-tier or even count as a kill for the original so that he's revived when downed.
  • In Phantasy Star Universe, one of the NPC's Ethan encounters is a CAST named Lou. Later in the main story, Ethan works with Lou again, but she doesn't recognize him. It turns out Lou is a mass-produced CAST built and deployed by the government, and there are hundreds of her out there. Though you run into "Lou" a number of times in the game and its expansions, they are never the same individual. One mission even has you helping Lou rescue another Lou.
  • Tales of Maj'Eyal's 1.3 reworking of Temporal Wardens gave them a few abilities that involve calling on other timelines' versions of oneself for temporary aid.