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The Evil Knockoff is what happens when the Big Bad decides that he could finally beat that frustratingly tenacious hero if only he had... his own, personal, mindlessly loyal copy of the hero! This is based on the theory that there's something about the hero personally that makes them unbeatable. (Big Bads do tend to obsess about this stuff.)

For a character to be an Evil Knockoff, it must be a copy created at least partly for the purpose of defeating The Hero in combat, on the principle of fighting fire with fire.

In the least justified cases, the Big Bad produces an obviously mechanical copy with superficial visual resemblance to The Hero but little functional similarity; for example, a robot "copy" of a human ninja could rely on hidden machine guns and rocket launchers. This prompts the question of just what talismanic property of the hero's appearance is actually getting copied into "Mecha-Hero." The reason why is some absurd and never clearly articulated theory that "nothing can be as strong as the hero but the hero- or something that kinda looks like him!"


In more justified cases, the Big Bad knows strength when he sees it, and so makes sure the copy shares some basic capabilities or power source with the hero, or is an actual clone. If The Hero is already mechanical or otherwise manufactured (i.e. an engineered Super Soldier), the copy will usually be based on that hero's original blueprints or other stolen underlying technology, be reasonably close in appearance and capabilities, and fight in a nearly identical fashion, resulting in a battle of wits and spirit instead of the more usual Aesop that copies are never as good as the original.

Some villains don't stop with just one Evil Knockoff, and Send in the Clones to produce a small army of Evil Knockoffs. Thanks to Conservation of Ninjutsu, these clones are usually not quite as good as the original, but make up for that via sheer numbers.


Often a form of Mirror Character and Laser-Guided Tyke-Bomb. Sister Trope to Evil Twin (evil identical twin), Evil Counterpart (evil character with similar abilities and/or history who took another path), and Criminal Doppelgänger (evil Identical Stranger). Related to Mirror Boss (where a video game features a boss fight against an opponent with abilities similar to the player's) and Sixth Ranger Traitor (where a new recruit for the hero team turns out to be an enemy). Often, whole teams being cloned results in The Psycho Rangers. If the knockoff turns out to be the manifestation of the hero's inherent evil side, it's an Enemy Without. Contrast Psycho Prototype, where the hero is the "Good Knockoff". This may backfire on the bad guy if he Copied the Morals, Too, and the knockoff winds up inheriting the good guy's morality/heroic tendencies.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The Corpse Corps from Blood+ are clones of the Schiff. Well, clones of Moses, at least. Interesting in that the schiff themselves are vampire "knockoffs" who've become a Phlebotinum Rebel Secret Project Refugee Family.
  • Mazinger Z: In an episode Dr. Hell created a robotical doble of Kouji and sent it to the Photon Atomic Power Research Institute to wreak havoc and kill the heroes stealthily.
  • The Cloneblades from the Witchblade anime are an odd case, being clones of an artifact instead of a character.
    • Casual variant, as both Cloneblades and Excons/iWeapons are fruits of research which began when Dohji Industries and NSWF were allies and ended before they came to blows (i.e. catastrophe), so neither is created specifically for battle with each other or original. Also, Cloneblades are more imitation than copy, never showing any signs of being [semi]sentient/self-willed (unlike Witchblade). NSWF checked whether would-be wielder is physically and mentally ready for Cloneblades, but measured compatibility for Witchblade.
  • Guyver has Guyver II, who should have beaten the hero.. and would have had his control metal not been shattered from the outset. In fact, it's so unrealistic that Sho beat him so early that the most recent anime changed it around, making Guyver II the "boss" for the Cronos Japan opening arc. (This was, by the way, done with Yoshiki Takaya's appoval.)
    • There's also the female Guyver II from the Guyver: Out of Control OVA. She's the final opponent Sho faced and she pretty well beats the shit out of Sho from nearly start to finish. Only the Control Metal picking then and there to go haywire from extended use saved him from being either killed or enslaved by Kronos.
  • Getter Robo Armageddon (The Last Day Of The World) had Dr. Saotome unleash a horde of mass-produced copies of Getter Robo G, from the second season of the original series.
    • Not only that, Saotome and two other villains actually pilot a much more powerful Getter G near the end of the series and duel the heroes in a roughly evenly-matched battle.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • The MP-Evas are mass produced copies of the Evas. These copies are superior to the protagonists' units. They have infinite sources of power, flight and copies of the Artifact of Doom. Their opponent is Unit 02 armed with battery power, a combat knife, and a really angry German. Asuka fights formidably and hurts, maims and kills most of them. Unfortunately they get reactivated and ultimately she loses. Horribly.
    • However, all these copies are still inferior to Eva-01 the Super Prototype equipped with an even better "infinite" energy source, the Original Lance of Longinus, superior Flight Capability, and a person born to Pilot Eva. Of course, he doesn't even fight at all after having yet ANOTHER Mental Breakdown upon seeing Asuka and Eva-02's remains, so he spends the remainder of the series (or the remainder of the movie if you are watching End Of Evangelion) experiencing another Heroic BSoD.
    • To some extent, Unit-03/Bardiel is this to Unit-01 after becoming infected with the angel. Visually, 03 looks very similar to 01, but with a maroon colour scheme. 03 even breaks the wiring holding its jaws closed in a similar manner to when 01 becomes berserk.
  • In Demonbane, Doctor West created a knockoff copy of Demonbane, with all its magic... except Lemuria Impact.
  • Speed Racer X: Team Exelion built the Albatross, a car based upon the schematics of the Mach 5.
  • Towards the end of the first series of Vandread, the Harvesters produced copies of the Vandreads; after the first set of copies were destroyed, the mass-produced later versions didn't seem much of a threat in the Second Stage. The Evil Knockoff of the Cool Ship Nirvana in the Second Stage, however, unexpectedly turned out to be a Transforming Mecha that was in fact stronger than the original. (The copy of it shown at the final battle though was much weaker, though)
  • In Battle Angel Alita, Tiphares/Zalem eventually creates the AR/GR series, exact copies of Alita's cybernetic body complete with robotic chips for brains and her Panzer Kunst fighting style. Most of them get killed off (AR-2 was beheaded by Alita herself, but nearly killed her in the process. AR-10 was killed by Fury in a Taking You with Me, and Sechs killed all but two) but three of them go on to get their own character development, becoming their own individuals. One of them, Sechs (formerly AR-6), became a man and Alita's Spear Counterpart.
  • Barasuishou in Rozen Maiden was specifically created to defeat the real Rozen Maidens by Enju, the jealous apprentice of the maker of the original dolls. He eventually succeeds. Well, sort of.
  • One episode of the original Bubblegum Crisis OVA had Boomers dressed up like the Knight Sabers. Very powerful Boomers whose true forms take up at least 50% more volume than their disguises. (Standard fare for Boomers; at least they're consistent.)
  • The Dark Bring "Decalogue" from Rave Master is an Evil Knockoff of Haru's Ten Commandment's sword, with ten forms that match the forms of Haru's sword except for the last one.
    • The Dark Bring Pool creates these; it seals away (then drowns) anyone stupid enough to dive into its ominous purple water while producing a darker copy. The Hero Haru and Plue were victims of such power, but fortunately they were able to break free and stop their evil copies just in time to save Elie.
  • Amiba from Fist of the North Star, the second Hokuto Shinken pretender in the story, never actually trained in the style, but instead uses a variation he developed through pressure point experiments, which he dubs the "Amiba-style Hokuto Shinken". Needless to say, Kenshiro was not impressed.
  • In Naruto: Shippuden, Team Guy has to defeat copies of themselves in order to break a seal on a cave entrance. They are exact copies of the strengths and techniques of each team member. In true Team Guy style, the copies are defeated because the originals become stronger than they were when they started the fight, by sheer willpower.
  • In the 2001 Cyborg 009, Albert Heinrich/Cyborg 004 faces off against a robotic doppleganger. Having been manufactured after the cyborgs escaped, it's significantly stronger than him, resulting in a brutal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown until he finally does something the robot doesn't expect: save a bird's nest rather than try and avoid its attacks.
  • Afro-Droid from Afro Samurai was directly copied from all of Afro's skills, moves, and knowledge, but by virtue of being a robot, was faster and stronger. Afro could only beat him by using moves that surprised himself and Ninja-Ninja, his companion and possible sub-conscience. After the initial defeat, Afro-Droid came back with some new abilities hidden under the skin-like covering of his body: lasers, missiles, machine guns, flight, and an incredibly phallic and lampshaded front-mounted BFG.
  • Astro Boy has an inordinately high number of them. The first was an unstable copy created by a one-off enemy known as the Bronze Republic to prevent him from retrieving a spaceship component they stole. Then there's the 1980s version of Atlas (and the 2003 version to a lesser extent, but oddly enough not the original). Honorable mention goes to Astroboy Mk. II, who never actually met the real one & isn't evil so much as a Jerkass.
  • In Hellsing, all of Millennium's vampires are cheap knockoffs of Alucard. The only members of Millennium who aren't knockoffs, the Captain and Schrodinger, also end up being the only members of Millennium who have ever defeated Alucard.
  • Iron Kaiser to Mazinkaiser SKL, being said to be directly based on Mazinkaiser's design and having almost identical set of attacks.
  • The Brave Express Might Gaine has an episode where one of the villains decides to create a copy of Gaine, and succeeds in producing Black Gaine, who's exactly like Gaine with only some cosmetic differences. "Exactly" including his mind. Unfortunately he ends up being Too Cool to Live.
  • One of the monsters of the week in GaoGaiGar absorbs a bunch of spare parts and becomes an evil version of the title mecha. The battle ends with dueling Hell and Heavens.
    • In FINAL, a Brainwashed and Crazy clone of Mamoru uses a copy of GaoGaiGar to fight Guy in the improved GaoFighGar. Ends similarly to the above, but it's a massive Tear Jerker instead.
  • Doctor Slump: Obotchaman is a humanoid robot based on Arale's design that was build by the main villain Dr. Mashirito to destroy Arale. It fails because Obotchaman ends up being too well mannered and polite to be evil and falls in love with Arale.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Dragon Ball Z: In a broad sense: Dr. Gero creates the Androids (actually more like cyborgs) after he observes that armies of Mooks are of very little use against Goku and resolves to create a single fighter of immense personal power rather than mass-produced military machinery. The culmination of his research is Cell, so named because he uses cells stolen from Goku and the other protagonists (and the previous arc's antagonist) to mimic their abilities.
    • Dragon Ball GT has Hell Fighter 17, the machine mutant clone used to brainwash and fuse with the original Android 17. Trouble is, the scientists that made this happen should've known they couldn't trust each other or the resulting Super Android 17 not to pull a double cross.
    • In Dragon Ball Super, it's eventually theorized that Black Goku is a twisted clone of Goku created by Zamasu using the Super Dragon Balls, in order to both have a powerful ally and to spite Goku for, in his mind, humiliating him in their sparring match. The truth turns out to be worse: he's actually an alternate Zamasu who used his wish to switch bodies with an alternate Goku, then killed him.
  • Done quite a few times in the Gundam franchise:
    • In Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO, there's the GM Camouf, a Zaku modified to resemble a GM. The suit was designed to be used for a False Flag Operation and was modified so that it could fool the naked eye just enough. Including their own team.
    • In Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, there's the Bawoo fielded by Neo-Zeon. According to external sources, the suit is designed from the various Zeta Project MS, especially as the Bawoo doesn't have the usual curves the usual Zeon suits use. It can also transform into its own flight form, but separates into two parts instead of converting into a flight-capable form.
    • ∀ Gundam has a strange reversal: according to external sources, it was actually the Turn A that was reverse-engineered from the Turn X, in an attempt to copy its technology. The people who created the Turn A were terrified of the Turn X ever being used against them and wanted something that could put up a decent fight against it... making the Turn A a "Good Knockoff" of the Turn X. The two machines are shown to be dead even in combat capabilities, to the point that the series ends with them locked in an eternal stalemate, neither able to overpower the other.
    • In Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE, Alus' One-Eyes Army are comprised of knockoffs of other Gunpla, all but a handful already used in villainy, such as the Devil Army and the Windams. The only two that fit this trope would be the Alus Earthree and the Fake Nu Gundams.
  • In Great Mazinger, the Mikene are able to replicate and mass produce Great Mazinger itself and turned them loose on their foe. They usually show up in various Super Robot Wars installments when the original Great storyline is used.
  • In Claymore it is revealed that Youma and Claymrores are the Organizations attempts at recreating weapons equal tot he power of the Descendants of Dragons called the Asarakam.
  • In the manga version of My-Otome, Big Bad Sergay summons villainous clones of the HiME to fight against the Otome in his bid to Take Over the World. Their powers are equal to those of the originals, but their personalities are nearly polar opposites.
  • Pretty Cure:
    • In the Yes! Pretty Cure 5 movie, Big Bad Shadow creates mirror copies of the girls for the purpose of destroying them. Four of the five are killed by their own Good Counterpart while the last dies in a Heroic Sacrifice.
    • HeartCatch Pretty Cure! Dark Pretty Cure technically counts, since she seeks to kill Cure Moonlight exclusively to take her place, as well as the fact that she was created using Moonlight's DNA.
    • Done again near the end of Smile PreCure! when Joker creates the Bad End Precure. This time, however, none of the five are spared.
    • Pulled off again in HappinessCharge Pretty Cure! when Phantom tears off a part of Cure Lovely's shadow and wears it, becoming Cure UnLovely.
  • In the Sailor Moon anime, Zoisite transforms into a copy of Sailor Moon to lure out Tuxedo Mask. His copy of Sailor Moon had the white and red replaced with purple. In Sailor Moon: Another Story the Opposito are all evil doppelgängers of the Sailor Senshi.
  • Inverted and played straight simultaneously in Day Break Illusion. The Elemental Tarot cards were created from their Daemonia twins, which unfortunately allows the Daemonia card to manifest an evil copy of the Elemental card's current user. The evil cards can only be destroyed by their good version making a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • The second season of Future Card Buddyfight introduced the Inverse Omni Lords, which were created when Yamigedo absorbed power from the original Omni Lords. They generally have different stats and modified abilities from the originals and their color schemes are altered to include copious amounts of purple and/or Red and Black and Evil All Over. They were first foreshadowed in an arc that involved Time Travel and later, an entire Filler arc was dedicated to defeating them while Yamigedo itself powered up.
  • Zigzagged in Superior. Early on in the story, Sheila creates a clone named Copy to cover for her while she travels with Exa. Sheila ends up undergoing a gradual Heel–Face Turn and Copy turns out to be even more evil than Sheila used to be. Then Copy makes their own clone named Shadow, who also undergoes a Heel–Face Turn. Then it turns out that Sheila herself was a clone of the original Demon Queen, who is more Ax-Crazy than the other three put together, making the full pattern evil->good->evil->good.
  • An episode of Ronin Warriors features Red Torrent; an evil, poisonous version of the original Torrent armor.
  • Bakugan: New Vestroia: The second Mechanical Bakugan made by Professor Clay is a robotic replica of Hydranoid, named Hades, created using data collected from the former while he was captured by the Vexos, with its strength and abilities being based off his. Hydranoid is none too pleased when he hears about it, becoming the one to personally destroy his copy when they face off against each other.

    Asian Animation 
  • BoBoiBoy
    • In the middle of the original series 3rd season, Adu Du builds BoBoiBot, a robotic replica of the titular hero, who proves himself to be a more capable superhero than BoBoiBoy. After BoBoiBoy admits defeat, Adu Du uses BoBoiBot to extort the civilians, forcing BoBoiBoy to find a new way to defeat his knockoff.
    • In BoBoiBoy Galaxy, the episode "Copy and Paste" has the criminal Gijimo use the power spheras Copybot and Pastebot to produce pirated robotic copies of BoBoiBoy to attack him and his crew. The clones are mediocre in quality but make up for that with their sheer numbers, so the heroes finally aim their attacks to their production source as well, putting them and the criminal out of commission.
  • In episode 27 of Happy Heroes, a monster creates an evil clone of Happy S. that's barely distinguishable from the real one due to having a very slightly darker color scheme. An Impostor-Exposing Test backfires and convinces the rest of the Supermen and Doctor H. that the knockoff is the real Happy S., much to the actual Happy S.'s dismay.

    Card Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering:
    • Cards like Clone, Vesuvan Doppleganger, and The Mimeoplasm let you create this, though (because of rules regarding "legendary", or unique, cards), doing it to one of those caused both to die up until 2014, which tweaked it so that the only restriction on legendary creatures is that the same player can't control two copies of the same one. Also, the Scars of Mirrodin block went out of its way to make Phyrexian versions of old cards.
    • Sakashima the Imposter is a (somewhat clunky) workaround to the Legend Rule, though he has the ability to impersonate multiple creatures (sequentially), and so is arguably not an example.

    Comic Books 
  • The infamous Clone Saga in Spider-Man featured several of these. This was taken to its limits in one issue, where it ended with dozens of Spider-Man clones attacking our heroes.
  • In one Spidey Super Stories issue, Doctor Doom creates a villainous copy of Spider-Man called Web-Man. While he has the same abilities and powers as Spider-Man, he's a Dumb Muscle compared to the intelligent titular hero.
  • The Flash comics has Inertia, who was created to be the evil Thawne family member when Bart Allen (Impulse I/Kid Flash II) refused his heritage as a Thawne.
  • In several Bronze Age stories, Supergirl was cloned by some mad scientist or shady group who intended to create a duplicate who would get Supergirl out of their way and work for them.
  • In most Superman stories, Bizarro is a creation of Lex Luthor, intended to defeat Supes. For his part, Superman has pretty much never considered Bizarro evil so much as incredibly misguided. This is across all incarnations, from the confused Superman clone to the backwards denizen of Bizarro World.
  • Legion of Super-Heroes:
    • In the storyline The Great Darkness Saga, the servants of Darkseid are duplicates of Lydea Mallor (ancestor of Legion member Shadow Lass), Superman, a Guardian of the Universe, and Darkseid's sons Orion and Kalibak.
    • In the Postboot version of the same storyline, the same Big Bad has cloned minions of his son Orion, fellow New God Big Barda, and, Firestorm.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics):
      • The various comic versions of Sonic the Hedgehog usually feature Metal Sonic at some point- recently in the Archie comics, a robot duplicate of Scourge, Sonic's Mirror Universe counterpart was also created.
      • The original Robotnik created a series of robots called Auto-Automations, life-like robots that can fool virtually anyone. Tails fell in love with the Fiona Fox version while one of King Acorn allowed Robotnik to frame Sonic for Sally's apparent death and take over Knothole.
    • Sonic the Comic:
      • The comic renamed the Metal Sonic "Metallix" to be more distinctive, and explained his different appearance in Sonic CD versus Sonic and Knuckles as being due to there being a whole army of them, the Brotherhood of Metallix. Naturally, what with A.I. Is a Crapshoot, they ended up going rogue, usurping Robotnik and even attempting to erase him from history, they also created their own Evil Knockoffs of Porker and the Omni-Viewer creating the Porker Metallix and Pirate Omni-Viewer.
      • After the failure of the Sonic Metallix Robotnik created the Metallix Mark 3 which was modelled after Knuckles unlike the Brotherhood of Metallix the Metallix Mark 3 was loyal.
  • Evil robot Ultron from the Marvel Universe frequently tried making evil knockoffs (of sorts) to limited success. Both the Vision and Jocasta's thought patterns were based off those of The Avengers Wonder Man and The Wasp respectively, but both also quickly turned against him and would go on the become Avengers themselves, making them more-or-less good knockoffs of already good characters. Similarly, Alkhema was created with the thought patterns of Mockingbird and was arguably a successful Evil Knockoff as she was genuinely evil but ended up betraying him anyway. Even later on, Ultron planned to replace all organic life with evil knockoffs after he killed them all (he failed, of course).
    • It is also revealed that Ultron himself is a Evil Knockoff of his creator, Hank Pym, who used his own thought patterns in Ultron's programming process.
    • And again, in Spider-Man #520, Hydra reveals four Avengers knockoffs, using special gear to simulate their powers: The Hammer, with his electricity-manipulating hammer, as a counterpart of Thor; Karl, a man in powered armor styled after Iron Man (who refuses to call himself by his assigned codename, Tactical Force); The Militant, basically a terrorist version of Captain America; and Bowman, a counterpart to the (then-deceased) Hawkeye.
  • In a Deadpool story arc, North Korea attempted to create its own knock-off version of the X-Men. North Korean versions of Wolverine, Storm, Banshee, Colossus, Nightcrawler, and Sunfire were created by infusing prisoners with Deadpool's Healing Factor.
  • Match, the evil clone of Superboy in The DCU.
    • Superboy as well. Didn't work out.
  • The Black Lanterns in Blackest Night are evil (and in the cases of dead villains, eviler) knockoffs of the dead people chosen by the Black Lantern rings. The rings reanimate the corpses and simulate any powers and weapons they had in life and a twisted version of their original personalities specifically meant to provoke a strong emotional response from people, enabling the Black Lanterns to rip out their emotion filled hearts.
  • Not so much evil as unfriendly and impolite, but Obmoz in Zombo was created as a more powerful version of Zombo that would do as The Government commanded.
  • The many evil doppelgangers of Earth's greatest heroes in the Infinity War, created by the villainous Magus.
  • The Titanium Man was a KGB agent who had a suit of armor modeled specifically on Iron Man's specs (although inferior Soviet resources meant that the resulting armor ended up being more than eight feet tall). The Iron Monger was a later villain to do the same thing.
  • The Boys has one of the strangest examples of this trope. Black Noir is the Homelander's evil clone, designed and tasked to kill him should the need arise. While they look completely alike, Black Noir constantly wears a completely covering black outfit to hide this, and never speaks in public. Because the Homelander behaves himself for too long, Black Noir steals his costume and commits atrocities in his name, making sure he will hear of these things. This turns the Homelander from a superpowered asshole to a monster, as he starts to doubt his sanity and morality. Because the sanction still refuses to come, both Black Noir and the Homelander snap, and the latter starts a war between the government and the supers, while the former finally decides to kill the latter. As one character puts it, "[he] turned into a psychopath by mistake".
  • Played straight in a hilarious manner in a Groo the Wanderer story. The antagonist is a sorcerer who can conjure up any thing or being he can imagine (though they are very temporary). When facing Groo, he declares "The only thing that can defeat Groo... is Groo!" and conjures up an exact copy. Who directly proceeds to cutting of the sorcerer's head by accident and then disappearing.
  • This was M. Bison's evil plan in Malibu's Street Fighter.
  • In issues 3 and 5 of Justice League of America (2013), The JLA fights robot doubles of, not themselves, but the Justice League built by Professor Ivo.
  • The award-winning "Manhunter" arc (the Paul Kirk version that ran in early 1970's Detective Comics) had clones of Paul as the Council's security forces. A variant in that Paul was initially head of security and they were created to help him, but after he found out what the Council was up to, they did wind up on opposite sides.
  • In Ultimate X-Men, the Weapon X program looked for a mutant with a similar Healing Factor to Wolverine's after Wolvie went AWOL in hopes of recreating the adamantium-bonding process, and found Sabretooth.note  Lampshaded by Wolverine:
  • Brutaal, who was believed to be a brainwashed Superman in Earth 2, is revealed to be one in issue #26.
  • Thunderworld #1:
    • Sivana attempts to steal the power of Shazam by...creating a technological version of the Rock of Eternity that is twice the size of the original.
    • And then he creates his own version of the Marvel Family using his children.
  • Superlópez: The main enemy of the Supergroup created an entire group of clones meant to replace the heroes.
  • 2000 AD:
    • Nemesis the Warlock: Torquemada has a chamaeleonic alien creature which he names the Mimesis impersonate Nemesis and go on a rampage on Termight to turn the earthlings against Nemesis.
    • XTNCT: Father creates a group of clones to fight the dinosaurs who have turned against him. This backfires when they just team up with their counterparts to take down Father together.
    • Judge Dredd: There are a few of these: Judda,and the zombie Dredd created by The Mutant.
    • Rogue Trooper: The regened version of Gunnar brainwashed to kill Rogue.
  • Wonder Woman
    • Volume 1: The Duke of Deception creates his own version of Wonder Woman out of ectoplasm and her string of petty crimes are all blamed on the real one.
    • Volume 3: The villain Devastation is a woman molded from clay and given life and powers by Cronus and the Titans, as Cronus' answer to Athena, Aphrodite, Artemis, Demeter and Hestia doing the same to form Wonder Woman.
  • Dr. Viktor Frankenbeans, the main villain of the Madballs comic book published by defunct Marvel Comics subsidiary Star Comics, occasionally tried to defeat the Madballs by deliberately creating Madballs of his own. Such efforts resulted in creating a trio of animate bowling balls called the Badballs, the second series Madballs, the Super Madballs, and a female Madball named Madbelle. The second series Madballs and the Super Madballs, however, ended up turning against Frankenbeans and siding with the original Madballs.
  • In Infinity War, Big Bad Magnus creates an army of demonic versions of the Marvel heroes to distract and kill them. Most of them die by the end of the series, but two live on — Hellspawn, Daredevil's Evil Knockoff (who dies a little later during the Daredevil storyline Fall From Grace) and the Spider-Doppelganger, Spider-Man's Evil Knockoff who has a habit of not staying dead.
  • After the humans of Strikeforce: Morituri develop a process to create super-powered warriors, the alien Horde soon develop Super-Hordians, genetically mutated warriors with augmented abilities specifically for the purpose of defeating the Morituri.
  • In the IDW Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics, Slash (A frequently reused Evil Counterpart humanoid turtle across multiple continuities) was a mutant specifically created by StockGen to hunt down the Turtles.

    Comic Strips 
  • Modesty Blaise: The Russians use plastic surgery and extensive training to create a duplicate of Modesty in "The Double Agent".

    Fan Works 
  • In Perfection Is Overrated, the Big Bad, The Usurper, is trying to take over the world with the help of the SUEs, but they repeatedly lose against the Himes. In response, for his last stand against the heroes, he deploys the final two SUEs as references to the Copy Cat Sue archetype- Makoto Kagami, who can take the form of any canon character and chooses Mai, and Suzuka Harushiro who wields Haruka's power from the manga. Natsuki tells him he's a hypocrite for thinking the SUEs are superior when he's using ones who imitate the Himes' powers, and Makoto and Suzuka fall at the hands of the Himes.
  • In Digimon Adventure 02: The Story We Never Told, while BlackWarGreymon is obvious, there are other examples:
    • At one point Arukenimon lures the Digidestined into a trap by creating a Spire-born duplicate of Zudomon that they assume is Gomamon under the control of a Dark Spiral.
    • During the invasion of the real world, a group of Deadmon combine into a duplicate of WereGarurumon
    • After Oikawa temporarily takes control of Veemon, Hawkmon and Armadillomon, he is able to create copies of them even after the Digidestined have taken their partners back, although these copies cannot assume the Ultimate forms of the originals.
  • Examples from the Calvinverse:
  • Yognapped has Xephos, the clone made from Lewis's blood. He's a sadistic Blood Knight who, on his very first outing, reduces the population of Minecraftia by the thousands and pushes the world into an After the End state.
  • In the Pony POV Series:
    • Umbra Breeze, one half of the Big Bad Duumvirate of the Rumors arc, has a love of this. First, he creates a monstrous hound called Moon Howler as a twisted mockery of Blank Wolf/Blanky. On top of that, he sends three Shadows of Existence turned into these of the Crusaders themselves. One of his trump cards is an eviler knockoff of the Nightmares, and Nightmare Moon in particular, in the form of the Nightmare Forces. This even applies to his final form: while fighting Applejack, who's transformed into an Alicorn after fusing with Dark World Nightmare Mirror, he turns into a twisted mockery of an Alicorn with traits of AJ herself. Justified, as he's really Nyarlathotrot, the God of Corruption, so this trope is kind of his thing.
    • The Sirens' pendants are revealed to be this of the Elements of Chaos. They tried to get the originals which were forged into the Alicorn Amulet then corrupted by being used to seal away the power of Witch Queen Lilith, but it rejected them. So they brainwashed a bunch of mages to created artificial knock offs of them.
  • Ask The New Hope's Peak has Nine, a clone of Nagisa with the abilities of Izuru Kamukura, created by Maverick.
  • As an intentional bit of ironic punishment, Fire Agate in Rose Redemption AU had commissioned a vein of Rose Quartz in the likeness of Pink Diamond's disguised form with the intent of leading them to Earth and destroying it. It is through one of these quartzes that Rose was able to regain a body.
  • The Big Bad of Read The Fine Print creates this version of Doppelganger to be this. The twist here being it wasn't supposed to be Lara, but a knockoff of Nero. Amanda only decided to let the clone keep its 'kill Lara' objective because she thought the end result would be the same.
  • The Butcher from Undocumented Features is a very convincing and effective doppelganger of Gryphon, and kicks off the "Exile" plot.
  • In Hellsister Trilogy, Mordru procures a Supergirl evil duplicate to destroy the original Kara and the Legion of Super-Heroes.
  • In Gods and Monsters, Armitage's evil copy is her stolen body, animated by a mindless soldier program.
  • Avengers of the Multi-verse: In the Season 1 finale, Clash of Titans, the Cabal reveal their ultimate plan to destroy the Avengers involves this. Albedo creates an evil duplicate of Octus called Novex which, combined with Shego and Baron acting in Ilana and Lance's roles, is able to create a version of Titan called Goliath.
  • In Voice of the Condor: When Ambrosius' men steal the Golden Condor's hard drive, Ambrosius hooks it up to a mechanical computer in his orichalcum factory and forces the Condor's AI, Cibola to build him a variety of orichalcum devices. One of these is a copy of the Condor known as the "Dark Condor" for the Black Suns Malinche customizes it to use.
  • Cinders and Ashes: the Chronicles of Kamen Rider Dante plays with this trope. While Kamen Rider Dante was made first, then followed by his evil knockoff Malacoda, Malacoda's Malefik Driver came before Dante's Volcannik Driver. It's even lampshaded by Malacoda himself. Ironically, Malacoda is played straight, as his human form is an evil knockoff of Souta, to the point where some characters even refer to him as such, much to his chagrin.
  • Bleach: Ultimate Alien: Szayel manages to create Hollowified versions of Four Arms, Diamondhead, and Swampfire after obtaining DNA samples of these aliens via several incidents throughout Ben's time in Las Noches named Huecos Bracos, Diamante De La Muerte, and Fuego Podrida respectively. He gains Tetramand DNA from an arm Grimmjow ripped off, Petrosapien crystals from the fight between Ben and Barragan in the Oasis, and Methanosian DNA from arms sliced off by Aizen in the aftermath of the aforementioned fight. However, the creation of the Hollowfied aliens is currently unexplained.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Deadites in Army of Darkness are led by an evil knockoff of Ash who’s created when a tiny version of Ash climbs into his mouth and then sprouts out of his shoulder.
  • De Nomolos' evil plot in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey involved a pair of robot Bill and Teds assassinating and then replacing the originals. This also counts as an Inversion after Bill asks "How do you defeat a pair of evil robot usses?" You build a pair of good robot "usses"! (Hilariously, these do not look human at all.)
  • Godzilla:
  • An early example is the 1920's film Metropolis. In the film, slaves which toil to keep a city running find hope in the form of a woman called Maria, who leads them in rebellion. To counter this, the leaders of the city above create a robotic copy of Maria to take her place.
  • Slightly different in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The Big Bad only gathers the League so he can get samples of their powers, create multiple Evil Knockoffs, and sell them to the highest bidder - "an army of Hydes, invisible spies, vampire assassins" - together with Nemo's supertechnology.
  • Nuclear Man is the Evil Knockoff of Superman in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, created from his own DNA.
  • All of the major villains Iron Man fought in the first two movies have been knockoffs of Tony Stark's own designs. The Iron Monger was directly based off the Mk I, the "Hammeroids" were designed to compete, and Whiplash designed his tech to beat Stark at his own game.
  • Ant-Man has Yellowjacket, which is the result of Darren Cross taking the Ant-Man suit and weaponizing it with two pairs of mechanic limbs (two are flight boosters, fitting the wasp name, while the others are laser cannons).
  • Before the heroes confront Nicola in Bunraku, they each have to face off against an evil counterpart.
  • Stinger is a red copy of Bumblebee in Transformers: Age of Extinction, made by Kinetic Solutions Incorporated (KSI) as an attempt at producing military-controlled Autobots. Unsurprisingly, he sides with Galvatron. KSI's marketing claims that he is "Inspired by Bumblebee, but better in every way!", which incenses the real Bumblebee. Galvatron was an attempt to copy Optimus Prime, but due to Galvatron being possessed by Megatron KSI could only mimic Optimus' vehicle mode.
  • In Sinbad of the Seven Seas, Jaffar conjures up an evil doppelganger of Sinbad to fight him in a Mirror Match as a last resort.
  • Logan features its most dangerous antagonist in the form of X-24, a perfect clone of Logan, but without a mind or personality of his own beyond rage, which Rice and Pierce use as The Brute.
  • Superman IV: The Quest for Peace: Lex Luthor uses a stolen lock of Superman's hair to create Nuclear Man, a solar-powered knockoff of Superman.

  • Lone Wolf:
    • In book 19 of the series, Lone Wolf faces an Evil Knockoff of himself called Wolf's Bane.
    • A similar predicament happens to Grey Star in Book 3 of World of Lone Wolf.
    • In the backstory, the sun dragon Nyxator created the Lorestones, beautiful crystals filled with the power and wisdom of the god Kai. The demon Agarash the Damned, Naar's greatest champion of evil, slew Nyxator and crafted the Doomstones in mockery of the Lorestones.

  • In book eight of the H.I.V.E. Series, it turns out that the Furans have their own personal Otto Malpanse, named Zero. Except Zero has even finer control over electricity, allowing him to control others' minds. The copy comes dangerously close to winning out, defeated by a The Power of Friendship moment between Otto and HIVEmind. The clone mind rapes poor Laura so badly that the next time she sees Otto, she's terrified nearly out of her mind, and Nero gives her the option to go home.
  • The Star Wars Expanded Universe, specifically The Thrawn Trilogy, has Luuke Skywalker, an evil clone of Luke made from the hand he lost at Cloud City and wielding the same lightsaber. He was indeed mindless, and designed that way, as an extension of his master's will. Also, one of the main villains of this arc also proved to be a clone of a character we'd meet much later in a novel set during the prequel series, although he was very, very like the original. Zahn originally wanted to make this character a clone of Obi-Wan Kenobi, but Executive Meddling torpedoed it.
  • The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings has a variant example — Morgoth makes evil knockoffs of entire races, the Orcs from the Elves, the Trolls from the Ents, the Balrogs and dragons from the Maia, and presumably the Ringwraith's flying steeds from the Eagles. This is part of the limitations of his power: "The Dark Lord cannot make, he can only mock".
  • Mark Vorkosigan of the Vorkosigan Saga is a subversion.
  • In DoubleShot, the criminal organization The Union decides to take revenge on James Bond by turning one of their people into an exact copy of him through plastic surgery, and frame him for various crimes.
  • Journey to the West: A doppelganger of Sun Wukong was the Villain of the Week once, though rather than fighting, Sun had to find somebody who could tell them apart — and not even the gods could differentiate them.
  • In Woken Furies, Takeshi Kovac's personality from when he was a young sociopathic thug is sleeved into a new body and sent after his older Anti-Hero self. According to the law you can only have one personality walking around at the same time, so he doesn't have any choice but to kill his other self or face Real Death.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Super Sentai and its adaptation Power Rangers are no strangers to this trope; Almost every series has an episode in which the Big Bad creates bad Rangers.
    • The very first evil ranger that wasn't a duplicated or brainwashed preexisting ranger showed up in Choudenshi Bioman when the villains tricked a man who wanted to become the sixth Bioman into letting them turn him into an evil ranger called Magne Senshi. He was freed a from the villain's control in the same episode and didn't keep his powers.
    • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers did this a few times:
      • The most memorable instance of this trope is Rita Repulsa turning Tommy Oliver into her own evil Green Ranger, who nearly defeated the Power Rangers, but had a Heel–Face Turn and became the Trope Codifier and Trope Namer to the Sixth Ranger trope. His counterpart in Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger averts this trope with him being an Anti-Hero not in the employ of the villains.
      • Two of Rita's plans featured her turning a few of her Mooks into an evil team of Rangers who were defeated within the same episode.
      • Lord Zedd created his own team of Dark Rangers from a gang of nasty bullies. Their suits looked so bad, they actually resembled knockoffs.
      • In "Return of the Green Ranger" White Ranger Tommy was cloned and the clone became the Green Ranger.
      • In Blue Ranger Gone Bad, the villains turn a statue of Billy into an evil clone, including the ability to morph.
    • Subverted in Denji Sentai Megaranger. Near the end of the series, the villains create a team of evil rangers, the Jaden Sentai Nejiranger. But the suits these rangers wear are actually the prototypes to the Megarangers' suits. Power Rangers in Space plays this trope straight, by featuring the Trope Namer to the Psycho Rangers trope.
    • The Cyborg Rangers from Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue subvert this trope. They are mechanical copies of the rangers with all of their powers and weapons, but aren't created by the villains to destroy them. Rather, they are created by the government to replace the rangers as they think robots are more efficient than humans. But the Cyborg Rangers short circuit and start attacking , forcing the actual rangers to destroy them.
    • Power Rangers: Dino Thunder had an evil knockoff of the White Ranger after the original evil one did a Heel–Face Turn. Interesting to note is that the white ranger of Dino Thunder's source material, Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger, was an evil ranger for the majority of the series. The evil knockoff in Power Rangers was actually a way to utilize the footage of the White Ranger fighting against the others, despite already having his Heel–Face Turn.
    • Exclusive to Jungle Fury are the Spirit Rangers, senior members of the Rangers' order, with original suits and attacks based on the masters' own animal spirits. Naturally, the masters are freed from Brainwashing and the baddies now have eight rangers to deal with.
    • The villains in Dobutsu Sentai Zyuohger create their own evil ranger named Zyuoh The World. The main team of rangers consist of four beastmen who draw power from their own animal halves and one human who got his powers by having a beastmen voluntarily transfer his powers to him. The evil ranger is created by forcibly transferring the souls of three beastmen into one human.
    • Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger: One of the main villains is an evil ranger called Staceasar that looks like a purple version of Zenkaizer, except with with scarf and a helmet similar to Battle Japan instead of Akarenger.
  • Princess Ardala created several copies of the eponymous hero in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. One of them was to be sent to Earth to act as a spy; the others... were to be kept by Ardala for her own private purposes.
  • In an episode of The A-Team a villainous landowner hires some thugs to pretend to be the A-Team to terrorize his enemies, with a fake Hannibal, fake B.A., and a fake Face. It ends as well for him as you might imagine.
  • Get Smart: KAOS created Gropo the robot to destroy Hymie (who was created by KAOS in the first place, but changed sides).
  • In Primeval, Helen Cutter creates a clone of Nick Cutter in order to infiltrate the ARC. The real Nick almost gets his evil clone twin to turn, telling him he has free will. He fails. The clone however, whispers "Save yourself!" just as he sets off the bomb intended to destroy the ARC
  • Kreel creates two copies of Will in The Legend of William Tell. One dresses up in a cloak and kills people to sully his name, and later pretends to be his long lost brother. The other kidnaps Vara and nearly kills the team before Will manages to straighten things out.
  • In Beetleborgs the Shadowborg was an evil Beetleborg reverse-engineered from the Blue Stinger Borg's armor specifically created to destroy the heroes. The good guys had to create a good knockoff of Shadowborg, the White Blaster Beetleborg, to even the odds. Because of the rules governing the magic that created White Blaster, when Shadowborg was eventually defeated White Blaster's power vanished as well.
  • Subverted in Juukou B-Fighter, the Metal Heroes series which was where the original footage of Beetleborgs came from, by the original version of Shadowborg, Shadow/Black Beet. Originally created to defeat the B-Fighters by his master, he eventually starts to question his own existence and his loyalty starts to waver. Then, it is revealed that he is an actual clone of Takuya/Blue Beet and is eventually become obsessed with beating Takuya in order to prove his own existence and in order to gain immortality as he is dying due to being a short-lived clone who was only created to serve his purpose in defeating the B Fighters. He eventually ditch his master to fight for himself.
  • One episode of the classic Hawaii Five-O featured a criminal who put together a team of lookalikes of the Five-0 squad in order to con a businessman out of a large chunk of cash. The episode was also notable for showing what a Mission: Impossible-type operation would look like from the other side.
  • In the VR Troopers episode "Kaitlin Through the Looking Glass," Grimlord makes an evil duplicate of Kaitlin. The dupe eventually does a Heel–Face Turn, helps the heroes stop Grimlord, and then agrees to be reabsorbed into Kaitlin (it must be done or both will vanish.) The reabsorption process goes wonky though, giving Kaitlin the permanent extra superpower to split off Kaitlin Two at will.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Daleks construct an android version of the Doctor in "The Chase".
    • Parodied cleverly (with the help from a bit of Tomato Surprise) in the Short Trips and Sidesteps story "The Android Maker of Calderon IV", in which an android builder creates a completely perfect android duplicate of the Third Doctor as his life's work, as part of an incredibly convoluted villainous plot to get revenge on the Doctor and Sarah Jane. Then the real Doctor shows up with Sarah, but he's regenerated into the Fourth Doctor since then, making the robot useless.
  • In the Hercules: The Legendary Journeys episode "If I Had a Hammer...," Hephaestus brings a statue of Hercules to life. He has all of the strength and looks of Hercules, but none of the brains. Subverted in that he's not really evil, but rather childish and easily manipulated by Discord, who was using him to frame the real Hercules for murder.
  • Kamen Rider loves this trope. There's almost no Kamen Rider show that doesn't have an evil version of the main Rider, if not an Evil Counterpart, going all the way back to the Shocker Riders in the original series. Most of the time, it will be the main rider but with dark colors or Red and Black and Evil All Over. There have been some exceptions, like one show where the main Rider becomes the Evil Knockoff or another show where the colors were gold and white.
    • Kamen Rider Blade is an interesting series, as it features multiple subversions:
      • Isaka, the first Big Bad of the series created his own version of the Rider Systems the heroes of the show use. He even abducts the creator of the originals, forcing him to work on this new suit. Unfortunately for Isaka, he dies before he can see this suit in use. Ultimately, the suit falls in the hands of the good guys, being used by the fourth Rider.
      • Another villain creates cyborg-like creatures known as Trials. Two of which are created using DNA and combat data from two of the Kamen Riders, resulting in them using an identical fighting style.
      • The Movie features a trio of Riders who are knockoffs of the original Riders. They are not intended to be this trope, but rather the replacements of the originals, who, at the time of the movie, were temporarily unable to transform. However, this trio acts very antagonistic towards the originals, to the point of picking actual fights with them, resulting a subversion of this trope. One of them is even revealed to be a real villain
    • Kamen Rider Kabuto has one in the form of Kamen Rider Dark Kabuto. The villains of this series are an alien race known as the Worm, who are able to perfectly shapeshift into any human being they set their eyes on. One of these creatures managed to copy protagonist Souji Tendou and got in possession of a darker version of Tendou's suit.
    • Kamen Rider Necrom in Kamen Rider Ghost is an interesting example. He doesn't look physically identical to the heroes, but rather is using a knock off of their powers. Created by the Ganma, his suit is much more mechanical in nature than Ghost and Spectre's and his Ghost Eyecon is as well. Also, while the main Riders have no limit to how long they can remain transformed, Necrom's main weakness is his limited transformation time before he runs out of power. Even his intangibility is a knockoff, as, unlike Ghost who naturally has it, Necrom's comes from the metal his suit is made of.
    • This is the motif of every single Monster of the Week in Kamen Rider Zi-O. The villainous Time Jackers attempt to alter history by replacing previous Kamen Riders with "Another Riders"—monstrous copies of the originals created from corrupted humans. Zi-O has to defeat each one (usually with the power of the Rider they copied) in order to restore the timeline back to normal. By the end of the series, each and every lead Rider in the Kamen Rider franchise from 2000 to 2018, including Zi-O himself, has an Another Rider counterpart.
    • In Masked Rider, the unsuccessful localization by Saban, the episode "Mixed Doubles" had Count Dregon create evil clones of Dex's adoptive human family.
  • The Ultra Series likes this trope.
    • The shapeshifting Alien Zarab is the most iconic of these Evil Knockoffs, having debuted in the original Ultraman, where he turned himself into a lookalike of Ultraman to destroy Japan and battle the hero.
    • In one of the last episodes of Ultraseven, aliens called the Salome created a robot duplicate of Ultraseven to conquer Earth. The aliens also appear in the special Ultraman Zero vs Darklops Zero with more Robot Ultramen, as well as a doppelganger of occasional Ultraman ally Gomora called Mecha-Gomora.
    • Ultraman Ace foe Ace Killer resembles a demonic Ultraman and was created by Yapool for the specific purpose of destroying the hero by using the powers of the Ultramen. Ace Killer also appears in a few other series with new powers for any new heroes it is meant to destroy.
    • Alien Babalou from Ultraman Leo is another shapeshifting alien who, like Zarab, uses his powers to sow discord amongst Ultramen and humans. However, if his disguise is revealed he can still put up a strong fight.
    • Evil is a bit of a strong word for this guy, but in Episode of 31 of Ultraman Dyna, the alien brawler Gregorl-Man comes to Earth in hopes of getting the opportunity to battle Ultraman Dyna, and does so by transforming himself into a lookalike of the hero. However, Zelganoid from the finale can definitely be considered evil, being the result of the Spheres taking over the body of a robot duplicate of Dyna built as a replacement by humans.
    • Algyuros from Ultraman Gaia is a Silicon-Based Shapeshifter that normally resembles a mass of liquid metal. However to battle Anti-Hero Ultraman Agul, it transforms itself into a replica called Fake Agul. Later on, corrupted supercomputer Meemos transforms itself into a lookalike of Ultraman Gaia by using data on the hero.
    • In Ultraman Cosmos, the Big Bad Chaos Header transforms into Chaos Ultraman to battle the title hero several times ater managing to steal some of Cosmos' light from Musashi's Transformation Trinket. Episode 23 also featured a kaiju named Gelworm that transforms itself into a Cosmos lookalike when it manages to absorb some of Cosmos' DNA.
    • Ultraman Nexus Big Bad Dark Zagi was created by the aliens known only as the Visitors as their protector in imitation of Ultraman Nexus. Unfortunately, he went rogue and created the Space Beasts, using them to destroy his creators and then invade Earth, kickstarting the series.
  • The Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation episode "Mutant Reflections" had Dr. Quease create evil clones of the Turtles.

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    Tabletop Games 
  • In Monsterpocalypse, the monsters from the faction Ubercorp International are robot duplicates of monsters from other factions.
  • Near the end of the Paranoia adventure "Send in the Clones", the PCs discover that their adversary Teela O'Malley has been cloned multiple times. They end up facing an entire army of Teelas.

    Theme Parks 
  • In Shrek 4D at Universal Studios, Lord Farquaad's ghost brings a stone statue of Dragon to life and has it attack the protagonists.

    Video Games 
  • The Chaotic Blade of Doom from AdventureQuest Worlds is a Chaos Knockoff to Necrotic Blade of Doom, and the Necrotic Blade of Doom is evil to begin with.
  • During the Monkey White boss battle in Ape Escape 2, he doesn't fight Jimmy himself, instead the battle is with a giant robot knockoff of the protagonist that replicates nearly all of his gadgets, dubbed "Robo-Jimmy".
  • Sabata from Boktai was abducted at birth by Hel, infused with Dark Matter, and raised as a "Dark Boy" with the intent purpose of killing Solar Children. Turns out he's not such a bad guy, just a fatalist with some serious issues who changes sides and becomes The Lancer quite quickly once he decides he wants to fight fate. As for his resemblance, he also turns out to be Django's long-lost brother.
  • Sailor Moon has evil counterparts to the Inner senshi for basically every season/arc, the only group that fits as Evil Knockoffs is the Opposito Senshi from Sailor Moon: Another Story. Each Opposito has a corresponding power to her counterpart (dark water for Nabu to combat Mercury, for example) and they even have a unified uniform design. Their mission is specifically to take the power of the Ginzuishou and defeat their counterparts. In fact, if you show up without Mars at one point in the game when confronted by her Knockoff, Marduk calls Mars a coward.
  • Crash Fever:
    • Hastur tried to make a copy of Azathoth that was more controllable, but still retained the same power. This (failed) clone ended up as Ubbo-Sathla.
    • Sejo of Joseon made an entire army of clones out of data that Jeong Dojeon collected and sent him to help storm the Korean branch's headquarters.
    • Inverted; a version of Trebla from an alternate timeline thinks that the ORIGINAL Trebla is the knockoff and SHE'S the original.
    • Halloween!Kronecker from the Poisoned by Nightmares quest (maybe), as she reports the anarchy that went on after everyone was infected to the Queen of Hearts.
  • Cuphead: During the third phase of the battle with Djimmi the Great, he scans Cuphead and creates a giant wooden puppet version of him or a "Cuppet". It even mimics Cuphead and Mugman's Finger Gun ability!
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Dr. Eggman has created several robotic duplicates of Sonic, Metal Sonic from Sonic the Hedgehog CD being the most famous. He's never used more than one at the same time, though.
    • The infamously creepy Tails Doll in Sonic R is one to Tails. Emphasis on "knockoff" in this one, as the Doll is quite a shoddy creation compared to the Doctor's usual fare, being little more than just a floating generator with a poorly made Tails plushie dangling below it. One of the worst racers in the game with no combat ability, Tails Doll is more "Chinese bootleg" than "sophisticated robot copy".
    • On the other hand, Sonic Heroes implied that Metal Sonic had created an entire army of Shadow androids after usurping Eggman. When he took back his position, Eggman uses those Shadow androids in Shadow the Hedgehog for a couple of stages. He also convinced Shadow that he was an android as well, and Shadow, due to his amnesia, even accepted it in two of the endings. However, about seven to eight minutes into the final battle, Eggman admits to the Shadow you control that he had saved him from his apparent death in Sonic Adventure 2 and is the same ultimate lifeform that his grandfather, Professor Gerald Robotnik, created aboard the Ark 50 years ago.
    • The boss of Sonic Advance's Angel Island Zone at first appears to be Knuckles, except that his colors are somewhat off... Halfway through the fight, however, his fake skin peels away and he starts firing huge missiles out of his mouth, revealing him to actually be a robotic duplicate called Mecha Knuckles.
    • In Sonic Forces, it's revealed that the four previous villains working for Dr. Eggman are not the real versions, but rather virtual reality constructs created by the Phantom Ruby. This trope is technically zig-zagged since two of the replicas, Zavok and Metal Sonic, were already evil to begin with. Ironically, those are the only two you actually fight- the clones of Chaos and Shadow are dealt with in cutscenes.
  • Jon Irenicus in Baldur's Gate makes copies of the party members with his magic the first time you fight him. They're not much of a threat as they lack the skills and equipment of the Party and can only attack normally.
  • The Sloth Clones from Neopets. Unique in that they're clones of the villain that created them.
  • Metal Slug:
    • The final stage of Metal Slug 3 features a disturbing piece of Martian Organic Technology which is continuously pumping out clones of one of your captured comrades. Fortunately, each clone is just as much a One-Hit-Point Wonder as you are (well, actually they have 4 hit points, but they drop so much Heavy Machine Gun ammo that it doesn't help them stay alive any longer). Once you free your comrade from the machine, it starts producing zombies of him/her instead (and these are much tougher, and even have that nasty Blood Vomit attack).
    • In Metal Slug 5, the Ptolemaic Army uses Metal Slug tanks of their own. In fact, the first boss of the game is a giant Metal Slug.
  • F-Zero has Blood Falcon, a clone of Captain Falcon made by Black Shadow.
  • Fairune 2 has Prototype, a blue-skinned clone of Hope Girl fought as the Administrator's Tower boss.
  • Guilty Gear XX has Robo-Ky, a green-skinned robot copy of Ky Kiske.
  • Mortal Kombat has Mileena, a clone of Kitana created by Shang Tsung with Tarkatan DNA as a plus, making her one heck of a Butter Face.
  • Mega Man Zero inverts this by making the Zero you play as the knockoff, but the memory's real...the original Zero body is the mindless, Ax-Crazy one.
    • Hell, Mega Man X himself got cloned before Zero 1 and fought Zero to the death, and again in Zero 3. The twist is that Copy-X (the aforementioned knockoff) was never intended by his creator to be evil in the first place.
    • Depending on how you play Mega Man X2, you either fight Zero Brainwashed and Crazy and need to beat the sense back into him, or Zero dispatches a cheap knockoff clone of himself built by the X-Hunters.
    • Mega Man X6 has the Zero Nightmare, an Ax-Crazy copy of Zero created by Gate as a False Flag Operation to justify the existence of his Nightmare Investigators, as Zero is presumed dead since the events of X5 (he's not and joins X after X kills the copy).
    • And the original Evil Knockoff of Mega Man X is Zero. Bass is also this to Mega Man (Classic).
    • Prior to that, Mega Man (Classic) has also been cloned at least twice, once into triplets. In Powered Up, whatever character you play as also gets cloned.
    • In Mega Man 6, you even play as the Evil Knockoff, according to Mega Man Megamix. This makes the ensuing Mirror Match...interesting to say the least.
      • Keep in mind that Megamix isn't Canon game-wise. You still play as the real Mega Man (why else would you have Beat and Rush? Copy Mega wouldn't.)
    • All the copy chip generation reploids that appear in X8 and Mega Man X: Command Mission are basically evil knockoffs of X7 debutant Axl.
    • Rom Hack Rockman 4 Minus Infinity has Snatchman, which stands on the ceiling. After beating it once, it steals four of your weapons with the help of Dr. Wily's Stealing System.
    • Dr. Wily in general is fond of doing this to the Dr. Light series of Robot Masters. He uses Proto Man as the template for his Sniper Joe series of robots, several later Robot Masters are directly inspired by the ones he reprogrammed in Mega Man - some very strongly (like Heat Man for Fire Man), some simply thematically (like Quick Man for Elec Man). Finally, Mega Man and Rush themselves were copied to make Bass and Treble. Roll is the only one of the original DLN series to not be copied at any point by Wily.
  • This comes up a few times in the Metroid series.
    • In Metroid Prime, the Space Pirates make several weapon designs to emulate Samus's Chozo Power Suit. While they are supposed to be copies of her various beam weapons, they all act like the regular Power Beam, and an inferior version to boot. They also attempted to copy the Morph Ball, only to have it horribly mutilate the test subjects. Needless to say, they moved on.
    • Later in the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Dark Samus appears. It's actually Metroid Prime after it stole and fused with Samus's Phazon Suit as an Emergency Transformation, absorbing some of her DNA in the process. It has Phazon-based versions of several of Samus's attacks from the first Prime game. Ironically, Samus is the one who starts gaining traits closer to the knockoff, first in Corruption where Phazon corruption runs the risk of turning her into a second Dark Samus, then in Metroid Fusion she gets an infusion of Metroid DNA from a vaccine that makes her part-Metroid, just like Dark Samus. In Metroid Dread, she flat-out becomes what is effectively a humanoid Metroid like it.
    • The SA-X in Metroid Fusion is a bunch of X Parasites taking the form of Samus's Power Suit; when they infected her, she had to lose most of her Suit to be cured, so the SA-X has the upper hand for most of the game.
  • In Quest for Glory III, the Demon Wizard creates demonic copies of the Hero and three of his allies to distract them while he tries to open a gate to hell. The copy the Hero fights has better stats and enough health that it's impossible to get the upper hand. Fortunately, Harami shows up partway through to fight your copy for you, letting you get past it.
  • Inverted by Tales of the Abyss in almost every way conceivable: The Big Bad decides he'd rather have The Chosen One for himself, so he kidnaps and makes an inferior clone of said chosen one and sends the clone back as a stand in while grooming said chosen one into becoming his disciple. The Chosen One turns out to be a bit smarter than the Big Bad had intended and rebels against him... While the clone ends up surpassing both the original and the Big Bad himself, to the original's annoyance and the Big Bad's utter surprise.
  • The Riku Replica in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, though when you fight him in gameplay, he fits the other definition of "cheap".
    • And in 358/2 Days it seems that Xion, an imperfect Replica of Sora, was a failed Evil Knockoff.
      • Ooooh, that's a really complex one. Roxas is important to the Organization, because he can use the Keyblade, meaning that unlike the entire rest of the Goddamn Organization, he can actually contribute to its ultimate goal. But Roxas is kind of a wild card and the higher-ups don't like that, so Xion was created to siphon off Sora's memories from Roxas, and his ability to use the Keyblade, so that they could have someone they could control. So she's actually meant to be an Evil Knockoff of both of them, and no, that's not redundant.
  • The Big Bad in Dengeki Gakuen RPG: Cross of Venus sends out copies of various characters (none of which are of the playable characters) to act out his evil plans of Canon Defilement on the featured Light Novels (really). All of those fakers are bosses (in fact, it'd be easier to list which bosses are not clones) and while looking exactly like the genuine characters (except for the Minori and Kanzaki clones, who both have villainous eyes), they are also weaker than them (except for the Minori clone again, considering what kind of story Toradora is in the first place) as one of them admits after defeat.
  • In Endless Frontier, the Einst create copies of Haken and Excellen, and later even produce versions of the Personal Troopers.
  • Team Fortress 2 features the Robot Team, a team comprised of evil, robotic counterparts of the Mercs. Massive waves of them have to be fought off in "Mann vs. Machine" mode.
  • Knights of the Old Republic II features the HK-50s, which are the evil(er) knockoffs of HK-47. And HK-47 was pretty damn evil to start with.
    • It has to be said that for all their bragging, they lack the original's subtlety (and that's saying something) - the first one keeps dropping his facade so much you have to wonder how he managed to fool anyone long enough to do anything. Not to mention their combat skills are nowhere near the original's - after a bout of grandstanding, three of them are wiped out by T3-M4, a pintsized astromech droid. (Then again, T3 is that badass. Maybe they should've copied him instead.)
      • HK-47 himself is angry at these knockoffs. It's too bad the HK-50 factory never made it into the final game (without the use of the restoration Game Mod).
  • Shadow Mario in the Mario series, although he is really Bowser Jr. in disguise.
    • An earlier example comes from Super Mario RPG: the creature Belome is capable of making clones of your party in your second encounter with him.
    • Also, in Paper Mario, the Duplighost enemies could transform into your allies, and at one point in the game a mirror breaks, and it turns out that Mario and his allies' reflections were actually disguised enemies behind glass.
    • The second boss of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is a dream clone of Mario created by Antasma.
    • Metal Mario from Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart is also one.
  • In Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters, the Big Bad creates an army of clones of the main character. At first they're identical replicas, but later on you meet ones with heightened attributes. These include speed, strength, and carrying a huge flamethrower. Because they're really tiny, the ones that aren't destroyed are sold as toys, or are kept to keep Qwark company.
  • The golem Astaroth's Character Development in Soul Calibur from the third game onwards revolves around him discovering that he is just an Evil Knockoff of Rock the "White Giant". Astaroth dedicates himself to killing Rock so that he can be a truly unique being instead of just a cheap copy.
    • Soul Calibur was created to be a good knockoff of Soul Edge. However, since it was created using a piece of Soul Edge itself, it turned out to be just as bad in a different way in Soul Calibur IV, albeit not so much evil as draconian.
    • Not only that, Astaroth gets his own twin, who is a bright eyed idealist clockwork golem who matches Astaroth's moves but doesn't have the slightest bit of resemblance to him in appearance. She is tasked with bringing Astaroth back.
  • The Issue 17 update of City of Heroes, titled "Dark Mirror", revolves around this trope, with various dopplegangers for players to fight, of varying origins.
  • Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex has Cortex create a bigger, more violent version of Crash named, imaginatively, Crunch. Then Crunch joins Crash's side at the end of the game.
  • In Rayman, there's Bad/Dark Rayman, created by Mr. Dark.
  • Kojack in MadWorld is basically a copy of the player character Jack. It's not known how evil he is, he's just another participant in the Blood Sport that is Deathwatch. Jack certainly isn't Incorruptible Pure Pureness either, it's pretty much just the announcers who say Kojack is an Evil Knockoff of Jack.
  • Dragon Quest gives us the FooHero, FooFighter, FooPriest, and FooMage, knockoffs of the Hero, Warrior, Priest, and Mage classes.
  • In the international version of Final Fantasy X, there are a handful of sidebosses called the Dark Aeons, which are Palette Swaps of your original Aeons. They're also much harder.
    • Played with at the end of the game proper. Yu Yevon possesses each of the Aeons that you summon, transforming the into enemies identical to the aforementioned Dark Aeons (just not nearly as hard).
  • Fuga: Melodies of Steel, per additional info revealed in a supplementary artbook, has an example in the Tarascus, a tank similar in design to the Taranis, constructed by the Berman Empire under Shvein Hax's orders. It features the same trio of weapon types and similar attacks to the Taranis, and even has its own counterpart to the Taranis' Soul Cannon in the form of the Managarm, a Wave-Motion Gun that doesn't even need bio-energy to fuel it. To top it all off, the Tarascus' power source is the "heart" of the Vanargand, a Mechanical Abomination with god-like powers that the Taranis fought and defeated thousands of years ago.
  • The second boss of Ghostrunner, Hel, is a robot made by the Big Bad in an attempt to create a Cyber Ninja in imitation of the main character. She fights with a katana just like you, can parry your blows like you do to other enemies, and she can fire a Sword Beam, an ability you unlock soon after fighting her.
  • The supervillain Deja Vu in Freedom Force can make evil duplicates out of anyone he wants, so he chooses to make a bunch out of Minuteman (a Captain America expy). The knockoffs have the same powers but have Glowing Eyes of Doom.
  • Dark Link has appeared sporadically throughout The Legend of Zelda. His most memorable appearance was probably in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. He usually has similar sword play abilities compared to the main character, but a lack of magic and various items.
    • The Blight Ganons in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are gruesome Mechanical Abominations designed with nearly identical abilities to the Champions they were sent to kill so that Calamity Ganon could take over the Divine Beasts they piloted. Speaking of which, the form Calamity Ganon takes when Link finally faces him in Hyrule Castle is a giant cybernetic body with the abilities of all four Blight Ganons, while the form he takes when defeated in this phase is a giant boar called Dark Beast Ganon, making him an Evil Knockoff of the Divine Beasts.
  • In the adventure game Lighthouse: The Dark Being, after the titular villain stole the blueprints to Dr. Jeremiah Krick's portal device, the Dark Being created its own Steampunk version in the Parallel World it came from. And its first use was to kidnap Krick's infant daughter Mandy for labor in the Dark Being's lair. Understandably, when the player defeats the Dark Being and saves everyone, Krick decides to destroy his notes to prevent this trope from happening again.
  • In Kirby & the Amazing Mirror, Dark Meta Knight imprisons the real Meta Knight inside the Dimension Mirror and has Kirby split into four at the start of the game. Dark Meta Knight is disguised as the real one for his battle at Radish Ruins until the true Meta Knight reveals that he is an imposter.
    • In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, King Dedede ends up facing Shadow Dedede, who turns out to have been from the same world as the aforementioned Dark Meta Knight.
    • Kirby: Planet Robobot has yet another evil knockoff, this time an unstable genetic clone of Dedede made by the Haltmann Works Company to eliminate Kirby. It's more or less a blob of biomass capable of taking his shape and eventually splits into three smaller clones once it's taken enough abuse. Additionally, in the Meta Knightmare Returns mode, the place of the eponymous knight's mechanized self is taken by a fully robotic mass-production model. In addition to that, there are also genetic clones of Dark Matter and Queen Sectonia that are fought as bosses.
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising gives us Dark Pit, created when Pit shattered a soul-reflecting mirror (it breaking is why Dark Pit isn't a perfect copy). However, despite Pandora's wishes, he's definitely more of an Anti-Hero than a villain. Interestingly, a big part of Dark Pit's character arc involves him resenting his nature as a dark copy and taking his anger about it out on Pit.
    • Later in the game, the Aurum invaders create copies of enemies from the Underworld Forces and the Forces of Nature.
  • A notable ability of Chaos Sorcerer in Dawn of War II in Last Stand is to create demonic copies of his enemies - and sacrifice them to restore health if he needs to. Alternatively, he can trade these abilities for increased health and attack power as well as ability to heal himself by sacrificing energy.
  • In Super Robot Wars Z2, Anti-Spiral pilots a Palette Swap of the Gurren Lagann with Anti-Spiral Nia instead of the Grand Zamboa because Tengen Toppa wasn't in the game.
  • The Citadel DLC of Mass Effect 3 has the clone of Commander Shepard, created by Cerberus during Project Lazarus for the purpose of spare parts but who was awakened by Agent Brooks for the purpose of providing the ultimate weapon for Cerberus. S/he serves as the Big Bad of the DLC, attempting to kill Shepard in order to replace him/her. The clone even fights with the same abilities as Shepard.
  • There's Carla Radames, the Big Bad of Resident Evil 6. She originally was a scientist working for Derek Simmons, and created the C-Virus. However, after Ada Wong left him, Simmons became obsessed with having her back. Eventually, he decided to use the C-Virus to transform Carla in a perfect clone of Ada. It worked, or so he thought. While the cloning process was meant to replace Carla's memories with Ada's (albeit slightly altered to make her think she never left Simmons), it only managed to shut them away temporarily. When those memories returned (kind of, as she never really realised who she used to be, only that she was pissed off at Simmons), Carla began to plot Simmons' downfall. It nearly worked, but the part of her mind that remembered who she was made her contact Ada. When the two of them met, Carla injected herself with the C-Virus, making her mutated into a giant mess of grey goo, after which Ada killed her.
  • The two bosses of Mission 7 in Double Dragon Neon are dumb, Abobo-esque clones of Billy and Jimmy called "Bimmy and Jammy.", the former's name referencing a typo in the intro of Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones.
  • In Diablo III, during the second phase of the final battle, you not only have to face the Shadow of Diablo, but also the Shadow Clones of your character that it creates from time to time, which may or may not use the same major moves as you do.
  • Ultra Toukon Densetsu, being based on the Ultra Series, have Zarabs as reoccurring foes. They attack by shapeshifting into one of the three available player characters (Ultraman, Ultraseven, Ultraman Taro) and can execute exactly identical attacks to their counterparts. However, their health are relatively weaker than the players.
  • Persona 4: Arena Ultimax has Shadow Doppelgangers; copies of the main characters' true Shadow Selves created by the Big Bad to fight the heroes. All of them just melt into puddles of goo after being defeated.
  • Fukua from Skullgirls is a clone of Filia hellbent on "becoming" her. By the end of story, it looks like she's succeeded. It should be noted, however that she's a joke character (not in that sense, though) and her existence is non-canonical (her story mode happens inside a dream).
    • There's also Robo-Fortune, a robotic copy of Ms. Fortune. Originally created as an in-joke/reference to Robo-Ky from Guilty Gear, she proved popular enough to be turned into an actual playable character.
  • Toward the end of Maximo vs. Army of Zin, you have to fight Zin who are explicitly modeled after Maximo, some of which even wield a Hammer of Heroes knockoff.
  • In Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots, Calamitous' evil legion of Living Toys are backed up by robotic clones of SpongeBob SquarePants, Danny Phantom, his archnemesis Jimmy Neutron, Timmy Turner, and Tak who, beyond looking like those heroes, have zilch to do with them in abilities. The proposed explanation for this is that these robots are built from Master Models, figurines holding data from characters around the multiverse that Calamitous kidnapped and then dumped back home and mindwiped to keep his secret plans, uhh, secret (except that the first two were never seen captured at all during the storyline, though their previous clash two games ago might fill in for that). And considering what Master Models you collect in game, we have to question what makes him consider that Arnold is as worthy as Aang.
  • In RuneScape the Shadow-wielding Mahjarrat Sliske creates shadow duplicates of all but one of the team sent by Zamorak to retrieve the Stone of Jas. A MacGuffin Melee ensues.
  • In Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, Kaos, being a rogue Portal Master, summons shadowy black versions of the playable Skylanders as bosses throughout the game.
  • Soaring Machinariae:
    • For the second boss of the Tower of Desire, Iris has to fight a copy of Orchis. Orchis herself has to fight a fake Iris offscreen.
    • The Tower of Desire has mirrors that can endlessly summon weaker copies of Iris.
  • Space Channel 5: The penultimate boss fight is against Evila, a sinister robotic version of Ulala who is loyal to The Man Behind the Man, Chief Blank.
  • The fourth boss of Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser is a bigger version of Vulkaiser with a similar name and that attacks with knock-offs of our robot's four modules. The achievement for beating it compares it to a bootleg.
  • One of the enemies in Jackal is an evil version of the player's Jeep. It's colored grey and moves a lot faster but only has slow potato masher grenades as it's weapon.
  • In the last Medal of Honor Underground bonus mission, the player assembles the Panzerknacker which is a robot soldier. The rest of the mission has the two of you facing down mass produced Nazi Panzerknackers.
  • The fifth boss of Witch-Bot Meglilo is an evil copy of Meglilo named Meligro. Billiken, Meglilo's pet bird, is able to immediately out the impostor. How? As he is about to be sawed in half, the fake Meglilo tries to think of a way to save him instead of standing idly by and saying "Let's just wait and see what happens", as the real one would.
  • Nega-Toby from the Battleborn DLC "Toby's Friendship Raid" is an evil robot copy of Toby who insults him in a variety of ways, from calling him cute to mocking the fact that Toby constantly apologizes. The robot also reveals a number of embarrassing personal secrets of Toby's that the penguin would rather not have others hear. Nega-Toby is in essence a robotic personification of all Toby's insecurities.
  • South Park: The Fractured but Whole: Mitch Conner wanted to make an evil clone of the New Kid to do his bidding, but couldn't acquire enough of the New Kid's DNA to do so, so he just turned Kyle Schwartz into a giant mutant abomination instead. Cartman calls out this plan for being derivative of a ton of other superhero films which means that he's arguing with himself for ripping off other films.
  • The Super Smash Bros. series does this in every instalment of the series:
    • Super Smash Bros. 64 has the Fighting Polygon Team, a bunch of purple polyhedrons based on each of the 12 characters in the game, found in groups of 30 in the single player mode before Master Hand. Metal Mario and Giant Donkey Kong also appear as bosses.
    • Super Smash Bros. Melee started a tradition to have a mode dedicated fully to defeat enemies that copy the skeleton and basic moveset of some fighters under a number of conditions. This game had the Fighting Wire Frames, coming in male and female variations that copy Captain Falcon and Zelda respectively. Additionally, Metal Mario returns as a boss in Adventure mode, accompanied by a Metal Luigi if unlocked.
    • Super Smash Bros. Brawl has the Fighting Alloy Team, a group of metallic enemies coming in different colors: Red being based in Captain Falcon, blue based on Zelda, yellow based on Mario and green based on Kirby. Brawl's Adventure Mode, The Subspace Emissary, also has various copies of the playable cast made up of Shadow Bugs that the player fights with frequency. Addditionally, inside the Great Maze, the player requires to defeat dark copies of most playable characters to advance and fight Tabuu.
    • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U does this with a twist. It introduces the Fighting Mii Team, weaker versions of the three playable Mii Fighter classes as the enemies for its Multi-Man Mode. Rather than simply reusing any Mii Fighter already created by the player, they appear copying any Mii that's been created in the system playing. In a more straight example, the True Final Boss of Classic Mode, Master Core, does this on one of his forms, becoming a larger and pitch black version of the player's character.
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sees the Fighter Mii Team returning, but also sees Evil Knockoffs in the form of Puppet Fighters: Cloned bodies of the playable characters used by the Big Bad, Galeem, to place the spirits of the non-playable cast under his servitude. During his boss battle, he can also create Puppet Fighters made purely of light. And of course, Dharkon can do the same thing with Puppet Fighters made of darkness.
  • The video game adaptation of Shrek the Third has a level where you enter Stromboli's workshop to rescue Pinocchio. In it, you battle Stromboli's duplicates of him.
  • Trombone Champ, while primarily a rhythm parody game, has a narrative about music being fractured into "order" and "chaos" that can only be mended by the "Chaos"-aligned Trombone Champ winning a musical duel against an "Order"-aligned evil knockoff of a famous musician: Trazom, the inverted form of Mozart.

    Visual Novels 
  • In The Eden of Grisaia Yuuji gets his own artificially aged clone as a rival to fight at the end. The fight takes a really long time because Yuuji is badly injured but has more experience.

  • Parodied in Adventurers!. Khrima creates robot duplicates of all the heroes, and plans to kidnap the heroes and replace them with their doubles to fool each other, only to be informed of the holes in this plan: the duplicates only vaguely resemble the people they're replacing; he built a double of Evil Killer Death Spybot 5000, who is already a robot and already on their side; if all the adventurers are replaced by robots then when the trap is sprung the robots will be turning on each other; and, if they're kidnapped, then of course there's no need to trick them anyway.
  • Akuma's Comics: Doc Robot makes 4T, a Yellow Devil knock-off of Bass. Ultimately 4T proves inferior to the original due to his lack of experience, and is defeated by acid rain.
  • In It Sucks to Be Weegie!, Luigi ends up running into the one guy that might possibly suck more than he does; Waluigi. Hilarity Ensues.
  • MS Paint Masterpieces had Copy Mega Man, made by Dr. Wily to stop Mega Man and pre-loaded with all of the Robot Masters weapons. A logical move on Wily's part since Mega Man is, y'know, a robot he helped build. And honestly, it would have actually killed Mega Man if it weren't for outside intervention.
  • In Sluggy Freelance, Santa Clause creates Mecha-Easter Bunny to defeat Bun-bun. The only way he could be more evil than Bun-bun is to destroy Tokyo, which he does before he even appears on-panel.
  • In Sonichu, Robotnik and Giovanni make two Evil Knockoffs of Sonichu - Black Sonichu (later renamed "Blake") and Metal Sonichu. Metal Sonichu is defeated in his first appearance and Blake is an annoyance to Sonichu and the Chaotic Combo until his hidden away Heel–Face Turn after getting a girlfriend.
  • The concept is parodied in this Zebra Girl comic.
  • In Rusty and Co., the hipster vampire sets out to do this to Cube, by drawing out his evil side, and gets Madeline. (Would have worked between if she had more evil to draw out.)
  • Sonic the Comic – Online! has the new Metallix built by Grimer called "Neo Metallix" it is based on Metal Sonic's Neo Metal Sonic form.

    Web Original 
  • Atop the Fourth Wall has the mysterious Mechakara, who resembles Linkara with a robotic hand. His origins and motives are unknown and mostly he's just lurked in the background chuckling in a sinister fashion and occasionally making subtle attempts on Linkara's life and re-killing the original Spoony. Linkara apparently doesn't even know he exists. Later videos show that they finally met face to face and that Mechakara is an Alternate Universe version of Pollo the Robot Buddy. He's only using the Linkara guise (which could very well be his universe's Linkara's skin) so that he can steal the Magic Gun, an Empathic Weapon.
  • As related to the above, The Spoony Experiment has implemented this recently. At the end of Spoony's Final Fantasy VIII review, he is attacked by Squall, who was hired by Dr. Insano, ALL of whom are played by Noah Antwiler. At the end of this encounter, both Squall and Spoony are killed, and Linkara takes to reanimating Spoony through cloning. This Clone is now the main character of the Spoony Experiment. The Evil Knockoff comes in when a short while later, a Black Lantern ring falls into Linkara's hotel room while he's at the Chicago Comic Convention, and reanimates the soul of the Original Spoony One. This Black Lantern version fights Linkara briefly, is defeated, and joins Linkara in a single review. He is then promptly murdered by Mechakara and brought back as a Black Lantern again. Then, in the Final Fantasy X review, before the review truly begins, the Original Spoony bursts in on Clone Spoony, explaining that he came back to life as Spoony the White, and came to kill the clone to get his show back. Upon finding out that Clone Spoony was going to review Final Fantasy X, however, Spoony the White shot himself with the gun intended to kill the Clone. He then promptly returns as a Black Lantern Spoony, again. Given the convolution of this plot, it's hard to say if he's really the original, an Evil Knockoff, or if this is reversed from the get go.

    Western Animation 
  • Kim Possible once had Drakken create a small army of feral Kim "clones." This plan failed, spectacularly, but at least he learned an important lesson: "No clones."
  • The Powerpuff Girls (1998):
    • Utonium's college roommate Dick Hardly created his own Powerpuff Girls in "Knock It Off". The knockoffs failed because he cut back on the sugar in order to increase profits. Those girls then move on to destroy their creator, in one of the only permament deaths in the series.
    • Not to mention the Rowdyruff Boys, who were created to be copies of the Powerpuff Girls with a twist: being boys (made from "snips and snails and puppy-dog tails"), and naturally, being more violent.
  • The Futurama episode "I Dated a Robot" had an army of evil Lucy Liubots.
  • The J-Team from Jackie Chan Adventures had an identical team of evil knockoffs, until they did a Heel–Face Turn at the end of the episode.
  • In one "Teen Force" short on Space Stars, Uglor created an evil duplicate of Elektra.
  • Evil Emperor Zurg decides to make a team of evil, cloned rangers in an episode of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. Trouble is, he takes them from their cloning vats a bit early and ends up with a team of evil kid versions of team Lightyear. At the end of the episode, Zurg tries again, but waits too long and gets a team of senior citizens.
  • The episode of Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot in which the Legion Ex Machina reproduces Big Guy from his original blueprints — which is a plot point, since Big Guy's final design differed from those blueprints in some very important ways — the blueprint-secret weapon different from the finalized secret weapon.
    • There's also an episode where Donovan manufactured a line of Rusty-clone toys. In a subversion, they were perfectly docile. Then the Legion Ex Machina got a hold on one of the clones, and used it to control all of the clones. So, Big Guy and Rusty had to deal with an entire army of Evil Knockoffs.
  • In Gargoyles, Xanatos decides first to build a small army of cheap robotic copies of Goliath, then a suit of Powered Armor for himself that resembles Goliath's appearance, then has ordinary humans gene-spliced into knockoffs, and then just out-and-out clones him. None of these schemes work, and the clone plan backfires so spectacularly that he never tries again.
    • Though it's worth noting that having the red exo suit does allow Xanatos to almost hold his own against Goliath and other non-humans. Additionally, Thailog and Xanatos together probably could best the Manhattan Clan. Pity Thailog hates both his dads.
    • Part of the problem is that Xanatos' knockoffs have a nasty habit of turning good. Of the four gene-spliced humans, only one remains evil throughout the entire series. Of the six clones, only two choose to be evil.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
    • Metalhead in the 1987 cartoon series was created by Krang as a robotic double to counter the Turtles, though being given the personality of all four turtles made it chaotic and unpredictable. Donatello was able to reprogram it to their side, though it only showed up once more as a housecleaner that he had to shut down soon after.
    • Though unintentional, a release of mutagen by The Shredder in the 1987 series did result in creating a giant mutant turtle called Tokka.
  • The idea is lampooned in an episode of Action League NOW!, in which The Flesh is impersonated by RoboFlesh, who is indistinguishable from The Flesh aside from metal bolts covering his entire body. No one notices the bolts, and the evil mayor almost wins.
  • Dr. Claw once created an army of Inspector Gadget clones. Another episode had a M.A.D. Agent create a crude robotic duplicate of Gadget to frame him for crimes (complete with functional gadgets and a Robo Speak Don Adams voice). The spinoff series Gadget Boy & Heather also had one episode where Spydra created a copy of Gadget Boy named Bad Gadget Boy. Even Gadget and the Gadgetinis was not immune to this trope, having an evil clone of Gadget in one episode and a disguised M.A.D. Agent in another.
    • And now the 2015 CGI series has Talon create an evil clone of Penny. This franchise really loves this trope.
  • Aku does this to Jack in one episode of Samurai Jack. In this case, the clone is a physical manifestation of Jack's rage. After fighting to a standstill, the real Jack wins by refusing to fight and letting go of his rage which makes the clone vanish.
    Aku: Is there no fighting style that can defeat his ?! ... Yeeees... No fighting style can defeat his!
  • The Dark Lord Chuckles the Silly Piggy created a mechanical duplicate of Dave called Mecha-Dave in an episode of Dave the Barbarian.
  • Teen Titans (2003): After memorizing Cyborg's blueprints, Brother Blood not only made a whole bunch of evil Cyborgs, but went so far as to copy the designs onto himself, turning himself into an Evil Knockoff. With Cyborg's powers added on to his own original ones, "CyBlood" was nearly invincible. His defeat came because he was convinced Cyborg's ability to resist his mind control was somewhere in his tech, rather than his sheer determination.
  • In the old The Legend of Zelda (1989) episode "The Doppelganger", Ganon creates an Evil Knockoff of Zelda (complete with "evil"-color outfit). It has a couple of tells: it can't make the Triforce float, it casts no reflection, and its kisses were "colder than [Link] expected". Also, being a magic monster, it was destroyed by the energy blast from Link's sword (which had been previously shown to just sting actual people).
  • Vlad tried several times to clone Danny Phantom, including creating a younger Distaff Counterpart. The thing is, he succeeded in creating the perfect clone. All he needed was that one mid-morph DNA sample to finalize it.
  • In one episode of Aladdin: The Series, a chaos elemental learns that Aladdin has never lost. Not liking the predictability of a hero always winning, he makes a Bad Aladdin to fight him, complete with Bad Genie. Luckily, Good Aladdin figures out that Bad Aladdin wouldn't have freed his genie, so stealing the lamp works.
  • In the DC Animated Universe, Cadmus created a clone of Supergirl named Galatea. She wasn't very nice.
    • Like in the comic books, the DCAU version of Bizarro was created as a genetic clone of Superman gone awry.
    • In the finale of the Cadmus story arc, the Brainiac/Luthor hybrid generates robotic Evil Knockoffs of the Justice League. Or alternatively you could argue they're technically regular knockoffs of Alternate Universe Evil Twins, the Justice Lords.
  • In one of Doug's Quailman stories, Dr. Rubbersuit captures Quailman and splits him into his good and evil halves, planning to use the latter as a henchman. The evil Quailman escapes and proceeds to wreak havoc.
  • The Masters of the Universe character "Faker" is an evil palette-swap of He-Man himself, with blue skin, red hair and orange armor. Depending on which version of canon you accept, he's either a malformed clone (the comic book), or a magical creation of Skeletor (the animated series).
  • A She-Ra: Princess of Power episode featured a creature that, on the Horde's orders, copied She-Ra's strength and abilities but, fortunately, also copied her personality.
  • The title characters of Biker Mice from Mars occasionally dealt with evil copies of themselves.
    • In "Verminator", Vinnie's attempt to manipulate Dr. Karbunkle into making a replacement robot arm for Modo (who recently got his old one damaged because of a Life or Limb Decision) ends up inadvertently inspiring Dr. Karbunkle and Lawrence Limburger to create a robot duplicate of Vinnie known as the Verminator who is powered by Vinnie's brainwaves. To make things even more difficult for Modo and Throttle, Karbunkle made it so that any damage dealt to the Verminator would also affect Vinnie.
    • In "So Life Like", after failing to kill the Biker Mice by using Karbunkle's latest invention to bring comic strip and cartoon villains to life, Limburger gets the idea to instead create evil copies of the Biker Mice from drawings made by his goon Greasepit.
    • "Cycle Centaurs" had Dr. Karbunkle use DNA samples of the Biker Mice as well as scrapings from their bikes to create the Cycletaurs, who curiously didn't look anything like the Biker Mice, but were a trio of humanoid rodents on motorcycles just the same.
  • In the Phineas and Ferb episode "Cheer Up, Candace", Doofenshmirtz created robotic duplicates of Perry the Platypus to fight fire with fire.
  • The Real Ghostbusters actually managed to create their own evil knockoffs in "Citizen Ghost." Or, more accurately, Peter created them when he forgot to burn the old flightsuits, which were still covered in Stay-Puft's entrails; a flaw in the new Containment Unit further energized the suits.
  • The Transformers franchise has several examples of the evil Doppelgänger concept;
    • The idea first appeared as a remote-controlled (by Megatron) duplicate of Optimus Prime in The Transformers episode "A Prime Problem", while the more modern "evil black repaint" incarnation started in Beast Wars II with Black Lio Convoy.
    • Nemesis Prime also appears in Transformers: Armada (eventually proves to be part of or a projection by Sideways), and one Japan-only comic series (he goes on to make a Heel–Face Turn and become an Anti-Hero, partnered with Transformers: Energon Arcee.) Also, Transformers: Robots in Disguise has Scourge. Sadly, the name "Nemesis Prime" wouldn't be coined until Transformers: Armada a year later, so the only evil television Optimus Prime repaint to be a character in his own right winds up named after a G1 Decepticon he doesn't much resemble instead of the cooler name that later iterations of the concept would carry. (IDW Nemesis Prime isn't an example, though. A previous Autobot leader named Nova Prime took on the name went he went evil. Nova's not created from or in the likeness of Optimus.)
    • Nemesis Breaker in Transformers: Cybertron is based on Leobreaker, created from his dark thoughts by a Unicron-empowered Megatron. As Leobreaker can combine with Optimus, Nemesis Breaker can combine with Megatron. The Transformation Sequence even has everything change in the opposite order from Leobreaker's transformation.
    • Megatron did this a bunch with Dinobot in Beast Wars. Once he created an all-organic clone of Dinobot's raptor form, once he made a pack of unstable cyber-raptors, and finally he just out-and-out made Dinobot 2 from a blank stasis pod, a fragment of Rampage's spark, and samples from the original. However, the last clone does make a Heel–Face Turn at the end, when the original Dinobot's memories come back after Rampage's death.
    • In the final battle of Beast Wars sequel series Beast Machines, Megatron took this idea to the next level; requiring a new body for himself after he was reduced to a Spark stuck in a random diagnostic drone, but lacking the time to create a completely new form, he instead created a duplicate of Optimus's old Optimal Optimus body. This body lacked the gorilla beast mode of the original and had Megatron's own face on it, but it was still a devastatingly powerful foe for Optimus, while Megatron enjoyed the irony of defeating his enemy with Optimus's most powerful form.
    • After Optimus recovered the Star Saber in Transformers: Prime, Megatron took drastic steps to create his own Dark Star Saber to counter it. The Dark Star Saber shattered the original. The reforged Star Saber fares much better.
      • Earlier, Silas' efforts over the series researching the Transformers culminated in the creation of Nemesis Prime, a remote-controlled version of Optimus Prime.
  • In Ben 10: Omniverse, the Nemetrix is a knockoff of the Omnitrix created by Dr. Psychobos, Azmuth's Unknown Rival, using incomplete blueprints of the prototype Omnitrix provided by Malware. The Nemetrix can transform its bearer into non-sapient alien beings that are the predators of Ben's aliens. Khyber's pet wears the Nemetrix since sapient minds can't handle transforming into savage non-sapient creatures.
    • And that's to say nothing of the twenty-something other knockoff Omnitrices that pop up throughout the series, despite the fact that two or more Omnitrices meeting in-universe have a high chance of disrupting the very fabric of reality itself if they stay in close contact for too long. Interestingly, Ben actually uses one of the evil knockoff Omnitrices for an entire series after his original was destroyed. Granted, said evil knockoff had the added bonus of giving his forms a Super Mode, so "knockoff" may not be the appropriate word.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM). Robotnik had kidnapped Sally and replaced her with a robot double that was so convincing, it fooled almost everybody. Tails was the only one who realized something was off, and Sonic only began to catch as on as well after Tails had warned him. In the end, Sonic was able to trick Robotnik by switching Sally out with the very same robot.
  • In The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin, the antagonist group MAVO managed to raid the Trio's home while they were out, successfully stealing the blueprints to the heroes' airship. The result? The much more evil looking and combat read Eclipse.
  • In the Fangbone! episode "The Brothers Of Battle", Drool creates evil copies of Fangbone and Bill (Toothbreaker and Borb, respectively) to defeat Fangbone and Bill and steal his toe. They ultimately decide to betray him and use the toe themselves.
  • The New Adventures of Superman: Toyman constructs an evil Superman robot to frame Superman in "The Two Faces of Superman". This way, he has a "toy" with Super Strength and if anyone gets blamed, it will be the original.
  • The Fairly OddParents!: In the TV movie "Fairy Idol", Norm creates a clone of Timmy under the pretense that the clone can spend time with Cosmo and Wanda while the real one can have the day to himself. This turns out to be step #1 of Norm's Evil Plan, which involves making the clone act like a complete jerkass to Cosmo and Wanda until they can't take it anymore and quit their jobs. Becomes a Chekhov's Gunman upon the fairies quitting however, as once Jorgan comes to wipe Timmy's memory, he wipes the memories of the clone instead.
  • In Iron Man: The Animated Series, the two-part episode "Iron Man to the Second Power" had M.O.D.O.K. create a robotic duplicate of Iron Man in a plan to frame the hero for plaguing the world with the Dark water virus.
  • The Captain Planet and the Planeteers two-part episode "Mission to Save Earth" had Dr. Blight create polluting duplicates of the Planeteers' elemental rings, with Deforestation being the polluting equivalent of Earth, Super Radiation being the polluting equivalent of Fire, Smog being the polluting equivalent of Wind, Toxics being the polluting equivalent of Water, and Hate being the polluting equivalent of Heart. Arming herself and her fellow Eco-Villains Looten Plunder, Duke Nukem, Sly Sludge, and Verminous Skumm with the rings, they eventually use them to create an evil copy of Captain Planet called Captain Pollution.
  • Hanna-Barbera loved this trope. Snooper and Blabber and Secret Squirrel both had an episode with a mad scientist creating robot clones of the lead protagonist (Snooper and Secret Squirrel, respectively) to commit crimes. Other shows had some kind of bad guy disguise as the protagonist, including Yogi Bear, Breezly and Sneezly, Ricochet Rabbit, Squiddly Diddly, Scooby-Doo, Hong Kong Phooey, Richie Rich, Don Coyote and a few others.
  • Miraculous Ladybug:
    • It seems the heroes will always deal with an evil Ladybug once per season:
      • First, there's Antibug who, as her name implies, is an evil counterpart of Ladybug. She wields a Killer Yo-Yo like Ladybug and has similar powers, though in contrast to Ladybug's Lucky Charm, which gives her a seemingly innocuous item that can nonetheless be used to save the day, her Anti Charm simply summons a honkin' great sword.
      • In season 2, the villain Sandboy had the power to bring people's worst fears to life. Chat Noir's worst fear was an evil Ladybug that tried to kill him. Like Antibug above, she also summoned a similar gigantic sword with her Lucky Charm.
      • Season 3 features Mayura creating a Sentimonster that's an almost exact replica of Ladybug in order to fight the heroes. After defeating her, the real Ladybug realizes that the sentimonster is as sentient as a human being and may not be really evil, and hands her the amokized item, giving her free will. Moved by this act and proving that she wasn't evil, "Sentibug" then joins the heroes. Unfortunately, Mayura kills her when she undoes the amokization.
    • The villain Copycat is a perfect duplicate of Cat Noir, and even possesses his Cataclysm ability.
    • Volpina is a villain Hawk Moth based on his knowledge of the Fox Miraculous, and wields the same powers of illusion. Interestingly, though, a real heroic user of the Fox Miraculous wouldn't be introduced until the following season.
  • One episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has Queen Chrysalis create clones of the Mane Six from hunks of wood and photos of their cutie marks, creating copies with washed-out colors, messy manes, a few wrong details, and some serious attitude problems. Ironically the Mane Six never even becomes aware of them: the knockoffs' entire motive is simply getting free of Chrysalis and becoming too powerful to ever be ordered around again, their few minor run-ins with the real things are written off by them as simple bad moods, and the six of them get killed by the Tree of Harmony when they decide to attack it. After this Queen Chrysalis, whose sanity was already slipping when she created the evil copies, continues to carry around what's left of the Twilight clone for company.
  • The Challenge of the GoBots episode "Doppelganger" had Cy-Kill attempt to brainwash the Guardians using fully robotic duplicates of some of their members.
  • Ninjago has a filler episode in the second season, in which Lord Garmadon creates a set of evil copies of the four original ninja. They can only be identified from their good counterparts by their red glowing eyes, which they hide using cool sunglasses.
  • Inverted in Archie's Weird Mysteries when a group of aliens kidnap Reggie Mantle and make a robot clone of him for espionage. The alien's Bumbling Sidekick quite literally asks Reggie to describe himself and, thanks to the teen's raging ego, he in effect describes a Mary Sue version of him who is the perfect friend and the perfect person in every way (save for the time bomb in him, but he has no control over that). So much so when they are engaged in a niceness contest to determine which one is the clone, Reggie manages to win by whispering to the copy "if you were really the nicest, you'd let me win." The clone then punches him in the face to throw the contest, the aliens leave with the clone, and the time bomb goes off.
  • The Cow and Chicken episode "Bad Chicken" had the Red Guy (under the identity of the Copy Fairy) create an evil doppelgänger of Chicken. The Chicken copy is Deliberately Monochrome, has a flat body and an echo-y voice.


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Ace Killer

Now that Yapool has the Ultra Brothers crucified on Planet Golgotha after luring them there, he's had his latest creation, the deadly cyborg Ace Killer, steal their powers for his own. To prove Ace Killer's fearsome power and ability to emulate the Ultras with the techniques he stole, Yapool summons Ace Robot, a seemingly-perfect (albeit mechanical) duplicate of Ultraman Ace to serve as a test subject. Given that Ace Killer uses his stolen powers to effortlessly end the machine (all while Yapool pulls off some rather hammy evil gloating), how can the real Ace stand up to such a fearsome threat?

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