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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.

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.)

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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.


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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.
  • 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.
  • Pokémon: The First Movie: Mewtwo is Mew's evil clone. He does eventually do a Heel–Face Turn of sorts.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie had Metal Sonic act like this, that is until his final moments.

    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.
    • 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.
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    Film 
  • 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.

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    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 
  • 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.
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    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.
  • 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 
  • Darkwing Duck: Negaduck is Darkwing Duck's evil double from a Mirror Universe.
  • 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.
  • Rick and Morty: Evil Morty is, as the nickname implies, an evil version of the second titular character and the infinite multiverse versions of him.
  • In Bratz Kidz Sleepover Adventure, Saha goes to a carnival and finds a mirror contsining an evil clone of her that traps her inside and escapes, causing mischief.

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