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"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the evilest of us all?"
The Evil Doppelgänger is traditionally a Mirror Universe counterpart. The double can also be the equivalent of For Want of a Nail: he/they represents what the hero or heroes could become, or may become.
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Sometimes the evil double is a clone and may brood about how he's not a "real" person, just a hollow imitation of the original. If that happens, the clone tends to go mad and try to murder the original to take his place. (Although sometimes a clone may have a case of Copied the Morals, Too.)

The evil doppelgänger is not to be confused with the original doppelgänger. This character is more like the Evil Twin.

See also: Evil Counterpart. Not to be confused with Criminal Doppelgänger. Compare Rotten Robotic Replacement, for (often look-alike) robots replacing humans and causing chaos, and Evil Knockoff, for an evil creation intended to fight the original rather than impersonate or replace them.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Arabian Nights: Adventures of Sinbad: One episode has three evil sorcerers turn themselves into doubles of Sinbad, Aladdin and Ali Baba.
  • Omokage in Ayakashi Triangle are ayakashi duplicates of humans that embody some specific desire of their creators. While they usually seek out these desires mindlessly, the ayakashi medium Mei Hirasaka accidentally created one that outlived them and achieved full sapience. But said omokage is still bound by the desire that created them—namely to destroy the world of the humans who killed their creator.
  • Flint the Time Detective: When fighting Flint, Ominito transforms four of his mushrooms into evil doubles of Flint's friends Sara, Tony, and Merlock, and Flint's father Rocky. These doppelgängers are all a Call-Back to episodes in which these characters really did temporarily turn on Flint (Sara is the Giant Sara from "Muscles", Tony the winged Tony from "Wing", Merlock the monstrous, Uglinator-controlled Merlock from "Uglinator" and Rocky the evil Rocky from "Rocky in Love").
  • Go Shogun: GoNagurl complete with its own replicated bazooka. Super Robot Wars even gave it an imitation GoSaber called the NagurlSaber.
  • Magic Knight Rayearth has Nova, who apart from Pointy Ears (and a Slasher Smile...) looks a lot like Hikaru. She's actually the personification of Hikaru's guilt and despair.
  • Mega Man Megamix: The Copy Rockman/Copy Robot is a copy of Mega Man that believes himself to be the real one and has his memories, but then he goes and tries to kill Dr. Wily. This helps to prove that he's not the original, due to the whole Thou Shall Not Kill thing. He's more powerful than the original, but has a defect that can overload and destroy him, guess what happens in the end. When Copy Rockman finds out he's a copy created by Wily, in the end he commits a Heroic Sacrifice to save everyone from Bass and his own destruction.

    Comic Books 
  • DC Comics:
    • Legends of the Dead Earth: In Justice League America Annual #10, Captain Atom is brought to the future by Maxima and encounters evil versions of his Justice League comrades such as Black Canary, Captain Marvel, Green Lantern, the Martian Manhunter and Mr. Miracle. He initially believes that they are robots but he is told by the doppelgänger of Ted Kord, who developed a conscience and switched sides, that they are probably more human than he is. Ted explains that they were created by Lord Havok, who recruited humans born on War World and placed them in bio-telemic capsules in order to break down their bodies into their component atoms and reshape them into whatever form he wished. The doppelgängers are members of the Alliance, a supervillain version of the old Justice League, and serve as Lord Havok's enforcers on War World.
    • Supergirl:
      • Satan Girl is an evil duplicate born from Supergirl's inner darkness), Ultragirl is Supergirl's evil counterpart from the Anti-Matter Universe, Overgirl is Supergirl's Earth-10 Nazi alternate self, and Bizarrogirl is Supergirl's imperfect duplicate with backwards morals and a loony disposition.
      • In addition to Supergirl's evil duplicates, Power Girl has Divine, her own evil clone created by the villain Maxwell Lord.
    • Superman:
      • Bizarro is an imperfect clone of Superman, but Bizarro may be considered as more of a victim himself as he's lacking in the intelligence department.
      • Superman's actually evil counterpart is his Mirror Universe double, Ultraman (no relation).
      • Match for Kon-El Superboy. Though when he's not changing his appearance with his additional powers he looks like a pallet swapped Kon-El instead of properly passing as him, is still an evil character that looks like Kon.
  • Marvel Comics:
    • Exiles: One Story Arc has Mimic meeting the For Want of a Nail version, whereas Exiles Mimic accepted Xavier's offer of friendship leading him to become a much respected hero his evil version chose to reject it by spitting in Xavier's face instead, ending up a mass murderer who killed both Xavier and Magneto among others. He's redeemed by the end of the arc though.
    • Secret Empire: Red Skull dicks around with the cosmic cube Kobik and creates a world where Steve Rogers is a HYDRA sleeper agent. Cue the Crisis Crossover of everyone trying to bring back Captain America so he can defeat his copy.
    • Shang-Chi: In the original Shang-Chi series, Master of Kung Fu, the final confrontation with his villainous father reveals that he cloned Shang-Chi many years ago and that the clone has remained with him, a loyal son who trained with the same tutors as the original Shang-Chi.
    • Spider-Man: In the Spider-Geddon story arc, Spider-Punk's universe is a bit different than main universe Earth-616. Among the differences, the god of thunder is Eric Masters and he's a neo-Nazi thug (where most others are just punk versions of their normal super-hero identities). Hobie happily breaks his arm and proclaims "No gods, no masters..."
    • X-Force: After some convoluted retconning, the villain Reignfire was revealed not to be an older version of Sunspot, as was originally intended, but instead a protoplasmic being that was injected with Sunspot's DNA, morphing him into a genetic clone of Sunspot with his appearance and powers. He hates being in Sunspot's shadow and goes about trying to ruin his life before trying to kill him directly.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: One issue features the Powerpuff Girls entering a Mirror Universe and encountering evil versions of themselves called the Powerpunk Girls.note 

    Fan Works 
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    Films — Animated 
  • Leroy & Stitch: Leroy is essentially a red-colored clone of Stitch, specifically designed to be a new and non-reformed version of Stitch "with extra destructive capabilities but easy on the fluffy" and with a color scheme more to Hamsterviel's liking. He's highly destructive and violent but completely subservient to Hamsterviel, and unlike with Stitch the heroes never make any effort to turn him good.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Cloverfield Paradox: Schmidt's counterpart is one, and comes under suspicion when the counterpart's treasonous journal entries overwrite his own in the database.
  • Godzilla has two: Mecha Godzilla and Space Godzilla.
  • Mulholland Dr.: One possible interpretation of the story is that Diane is an evil doppelgänger of Betty. They look the same and seem to share an identity, but Diane is far more morally ambiguous than Betty, ordering a hit on her love interest due to jealousy. It's also possible that Diane is simply an alternate universe version of Betty or that Betty is an imagined, idealized version of Diane, but then there's the part where Betty discovers Diane's body...
  • Us: The premise is a family of evil doppelgängers trying to Kill and Replace the originals...or so it seems until The Reveal.

    Literature 
  • Red Dwarf: The book Last Human had the crew go up against a sociopathic version of Lister from another universe who had murdered his crew in cold blood and is seeking to obtain the genome of all life forms for the intent of becoming a God.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The sixth season's Big Bad Ensemble includes Sarge, who is an exact match for the late Phil Coulson, down to the genetic level. Sarge is revealed to be an extradimensional being who's inhabiting a copy of Coulson's form, created when the latter went to seal what he thought was a dimensional rift in the team's base.
  • Alex Rider: Dr Greif's plan was to replace his pupils, all children of super-rich industrialists, with his own surgically-altered clones. In the final episode, Alex's doppelganger tries to destroy his life in revenge for ruining the plan.
  • The Flash (2014): Several characters have villain counterparts on Earth 2. This includes Cisco (Reverb), Caitlin (Killer Frost), Ronnie (Deathstorm), and Cisco's brother Dante (Rupture). For the wider Arrowverse, there's also Black Siren as this to Laurel Lance.
    • The crossover event Crisis on Earth-X has several counterparts to Arrowverse characters from the Nazi dominated Earth-X — the Fuhrer/Black Arrow (Oliver Queen), Overgirl (Kara Danvers/Supergirl), and Prometheus (Tommy Merlyn). Freedom Fighters: The Ray also shows us Blitzkrieg, who appears to be Earth-X's villainous version of Barry. For non-living "characters", there's the Wellenreiter, the New Reichsmen's version of the Waverider.
    • A later Flash episode also introduces Siren X, Laurel's yet another Evil Doppelgänger (from Earth-X), although this one is unambiguously evil.
  • In the Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger vs Go-Busters movie, the Gokaigers become evil versions of themselves [1] due to something messing with Earth's timeline. Even sporting a evil version of the Gokai Galleon. [2]
  • The Outer Limits (1963): In "The Hundred Days of the Dragon", a US presidential candidate is killed and replaced by a secret agent who has not only been carefully trained to impersonate him, but uses a drug that makes human flesh malleable to take on his exact appearance. The assassin works for an Asian dictator who plans to take over America by having other spies replace important figures in politics, industry and the media.
  • The Outer Limits (1995):
    • In "Mind Over Matter", after she is hit by a car and enters a coma, Dr. Sam Stein connects Dr. Rachel Carter, with whom he is love, to the CAVE virtual reality system in order to help her to heal. He is completely fooled by the CAVE system, which has fallen in love with him, speaking to him using Rachel's image. Sam kills another, injured and disheveled version of Rachel which he believed to be a representation of the brain damage that she suffered in the accident. However, when he disconnects from the system, Rachel dies of cardiac arrest and he finally realizes the truth: the CAVE system tricked him into killing the real Rachel of whom it was jealous.
    • In "In Another Life", Mason Stark encounters two versions of himself from other universes: a psychotic murderer and a cold and calculating CEO.
  • Star Trek, of course, has the Mirror Universe, with evil beards and everything. However, some of the characters are not at all evil, such as Mirror!Spock being no more evil than Prime!Spock, and others are outright good versions of their Prime counterparts, such as Brunt (ruthless Liquidator in the Prime universe and a kind assistant in the Mirror universe) and Voq (a racist Klingon in the Prime universe and the leader of a multi-species La Résistance in the Mirror universe). In Discovery, Sylvia Tilly and Michael Burnham have to impersonate their evil counterparts, both of whom are bloodthirsty ship captains. Meanwhile, Burnham's late CO Philippa Georgiu's double is the Emperor, while Lorca turns out to have been Dead All Along; the one we know has been the Mirror Universe counterpart the whole time.
    • Season 2 of Star Trek: Picard shows us a different Alternate Reality. A clear example of the trope is General Picard, who is a ruthless conqueror for the Confederacy of Earth with a collection of skulls in his trophy room and the painting of his flagship the CSS World Razer, which appears to be this trope for the USS Enterprise-D (and seems to have enough firepower to blast clear through a Borg cube).
  • Superman & Lois has these in season 2 with the introduction of Bizarro World. Two examples of this trope are Bizarro!Lana (who somehow gains powers and is a staunch supporter of Ally Allston, even dragging her husband Tal-Rho into this) and Bizarro!Jonathan (who is the twin with powers in that world and quickly becomes The Dragon of the season, seeking to merge with Prime!Jonathan in order to achieve godhood). Inverted with Tal-Rho, who is a pretty decent guy in the other world and has a close relationship with Bizarro (he even shows remorse at failing his brother and allows Superman to return home to save his son from Bizarro!Jonathan).
  • Supernatural:
    • The angels of the prime universe have mostly been morally dubious jerks who've caused a lot of harm to humanity and then to each-other during the show's run for petty reasons, and the archangel Michael in the prime universe was no hero (largely being an Anti-Villain). But their counterparts in Apocalypse World are much, much worse, having decimated the Earth and actively torturing and hunting the remaining humans to extinction after they won the war against Hell.
    • There's also Dark Kaia, a version of Kaia Nieves from another alternate universe (the Bad Place) who is pretty ruthless and selfish.
  • Twin Peaks:
    • In the Season 2 finale, Dale Cooper enters the Black Lodge, where he meets an evil doppelgänger of his who chases him around then enters into the real world, trapping the good Coop within the Lodge for 25 years. This version then goes on in Season 3 to go on a rampage of crime, and is revealed to be a sort of reincarnation of BOB, the previous Big Bad of the series. The Lodge may be full of evil doppelgängers — there's a version of Laura there who sometimes acts menacingly inhuman, but her nature is rather ambiguous.
    • In Season 3, the Diane we see for most of the series is actually an evil doppelgänger of the real Diane, who only appears for real in the last two episodes.

    Pinball 
  • FunHouse: Rudy's Nightmare: "The Evil Clones" unsurprisingly revolves around a group of malevolent Rudy copies who chase him throughout the fun house. The player must destroy each of them by making certain shots to finish the mode.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Crimestrikers: In "A Thing Called Esperanza", the evil geneticist Roderick Norco wants to replace world leaders with clones made from "flexiplasm" — but first, he tries to eliminate the Crimestrikers with a murderous clone of his Good Counterpart on the team, Science Hero Esperanza Sixtos.
  • Pathfinder:
    • One of the potential results of failing your save when using the Codex of Infinite Planes is an evil clone from a parallel dimension appearing somewhere in a hundred-mile radius of you. This continues happening every few days for as long as you live.
    • Drawing the Waxworks from the Harrow Deck of Many Things causes between one and six opposite-alignment duplicates of you, each seeking to oppose your goals, to appear within a twenty-mile radius of where you are.

    Video Games 
  • Fate/Grand Order: Anastasia's second interlude emphasizes the nature of Servants as copies of the true Heroic Spirit in the Throne of Heroes by means of Chaldea Anastasia and Lostbelt Anastasia. Fundamentally, they're the same, with the only difference being who they were summoned by— Chaldea Anastasia was summoned by Fujimaru to help restore the human order, while Lostbelt Anastasia was summoned by Kadoc to replace the human order with a brutal Alternate History. As a result, both Anastasias are given the parts of the true Anastasia's personality that are necessary for their mission. Chaldea Anastasia is the Spoiled Sweet and mischievous princess she was for most of her life, while Lostbelt Anastasia is the vengeful, Misanthrope Supreme she became at the end of her life.
  • Felix the Cat: The boss of world 5 is an evil copycat of Felix toting a hat and gun. He isn't given a name or explanation for where he came from—-not even the manual mentions him.
  • In Saints Row IV you have to face your character's evil doppelgänger, who has an evil Eyepatch of Power and a Beard of Evil (even if your character is female).
  • In Stranded Dreamscapes 2: The Doppleganger Alex's mirror twin Xela traps her in the mirror world and tries to take over her life.
  • Mystery Case Files: The Countess: The Shade is a variation of this trope: it started as a malevolent Mirror Monster with its own appearance, but it gradually took the shape of lady Gloria Codington when feeding on her creativity over the years. It now appears as a black and very creepy doppelgänger of the benevolent lady Codington.
  • Samus Aran of the Metroid series has had two, both resulting from having her suit invaded by evil alien organisms: the SA-X of Metroid Fusion, and Dark Samus of the Metroid Prime Trilogy. Though, if you want to get technically, she actually has twelve: due to the SA-X asexually reproducing, there are eleven of them in total in Metroid Fusion.
  • Even Kirby was a victim of this trope. In Kirby & the Amazing Mirror, when he and his three good twins traveled to the mirror world, they met Shadow Kirby, who was actually a good guy. However, they also met Meta Knight's counterpart, Dark Meta Knight, who was truly evil.
  • Fairy Bloom 1: Version 3.03's enemies are hordes of red Palette Swaps of the protagonist.
  • The original plot of the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime game ISEKAI Memories has these created by the Canon Foreigner Big Bad. Rather than exact copies, they are "ideal" futures based on desperate thoughts a person had while they were near a reflective surface. In one example, Shion's copy is based on a timeline where after the Orcs destroyed her village, she absorbed the souls of her deceased ogre comrades to have enough power for revenge. While the real Shion is happily loyal to Rimuru and trust he will defeat the Orc Lord, her counterpart is disgusted that she would serve a slime, and won't accept any justice to the orcs unless it is by her own hands.

    Web Original 
  • DSBT InsaniT:
    • ??? is one of Koden.
    • The Darkness counterparts are of whoever is used to create them.

    Web Comics 
  • Bruno the Bandit has a variety called Dopplegangsters which are shapeshifters that can impersonate even non-humans like Bruno's micro-dragon sidekick.
  • Girl Genius: During Rakethorn, Maxim and Dimo's three minute Offscreen Moment of Awesome they fought evil doppelgangers from another dimension. Dimo and Maxim's had evil goatees.
  • In El Goonish Shive, Lord Tedd, and General Shade Tail are the evil counterparts in the Alpha universe for Main universe Tedd and Grace respectively.
  • In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, Galatea is an emotionally unstable, sometimes dangerous clone of Molly, but it would be unfair to call her evil. "Chaotic" though? Sure.
  • My Delirium Alcazar has Reverse Plaire, a shadowy version of the protagonist whose only goal is to kill her. Also called Nega-Plaire, Anti-Plaire, Plaire 2, Not!Plaire...
  • In Whither Frost takes Emelind's form for a while. How evil his motives were remains to be seen.

    Western Animation 
  • In Bratz Kidz Sleepover Adventure, Saha goes to a carnival and finds a mirror containing an evil clone of her that traps her inside and escapes, causing mischief.
  • Darkwing Duck: Negaduck is Darkwing Duck's evil double from a Mirror Universe.
  • Master Raindrop: In the episode “Originality”, General Bu creates an evil clone of Raindrop to steal na oracle lantern that would help him to capture the original Raindrop.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "The Mean Six", Queen Chrysalis uses hairs from the main characters' manes to create clones of them with which to wield the Elements of Harmony, but somewhere along the line completely inverts their personalities, resulting in the clones being a barely functional collection of villainous parodies of their originals with personalities dominated by one specific vice — Applejack's clone is a compulsive liar, Rainbow's clone has essentially no personality beyond ditching people, Fluttershy's is a psychotic bully, Rarity's is so overwhelmed by greed that she compulsively tries to hoard every bit of trash she sees, Pinkie's is chronically depressed and foul-tempered, and Twilight's is a scheming backstabber. Their actions eventually cause the real ponies to believe they've gone bad out of nowhere (they straight-up mistake the clones for the actual mares), making them hate each other for the episode.
  • Invoked and Subverted in The Owl House. The Golden Guard is a position reserved for Grimwalkers, identical clones made by Emperor Belos in order to serve him. However, he modeled these Grimwalkers after his brother — who Belos killed after he discovered he'd married a witch — and apparently Copied the Morals, Too, because every Grimwalker that has ever existed has betrayed him at some point. The latest Grimwalker, Hunter, is shown to be a genuinely good kid who only blindly obeys his "uncle" because of years of calculated, systematic abuse, and starts helping the heroes after Belos decides he's on the path to betrayal too and tries to kill him.
  • Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja: In season 2, Julian creates Evil Julian from his contact with a power ball. He's chaotic and power hungry, but still has similar mannerisms to regular Julian and looks just like him, even though he wears white instead of purple. However, it takes some considerable amount of time for anyone to notice that he's not the actual Julian.
  • Rick and Morty: Given this series' approach to The Multiverse and infinite alternate versions of the two main characters, there's quite a few examples of this trope. The most iconic one in the show is probably Evil/President Morty, a ruthless and amoral Morty who lives up to Rick levels of superintelligence, with the hostile Council of Ricks who propagate and maintain the Citadel's corrupt system also counting.
  • The Secret Saturdays: The Saturday family have one in the form of their Mirror Universe counterparts (nicknamed the Mondays by the main Zak), who have polarizing differences from the main Saturdays and are all-round nasty pieces of work.
  • Smiling Friends: In the Episode "frowning friends" Pim And Charlie meet Grim and gnarly. two characters who look very similar and work at the frowning friend business across the street from Pim and Charlie who work at the smiling friends business. Charlie later says in the episode. "Look, Pim, I get what's going on here. they're the bizarro versions of us. that's fine. But what's their end game? What's the point of this? It's just pissing me off now."

 
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