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"The best thing about being me: there's so many of me!"
Agent Smith, The Matrix Reloaded

Through magic or super-technology, a character decides to get a large number of chores done via copying themself.

Expect the original to choose all of the fun things to do when assigning chores around. Sometimes the copies rebel or degrade, which results in either (1) at least one Evil Twin, or (2) copies continually being made to the point of risking exposing the Masquerade, or at least ruining the original's reputation.

These copies rarely count as persons in and of themselves. See Cloning Blues and Expendable Clone. If they are counted as people, expect Which Me?.

Compare with Doppelgänger Spin, Sorcerer's Apprentice Plot. Related to Gideon Ploy. Not to be confused with I Am Legion or Collective Identity. May be used in a Doppelgänger Attack. See also Literal Split Personality.

The superpower itself is Self-Duplication.



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  • An old Seattle Mariners commercial involved the Mariners cloning star player Ken Griffey Junior so that he could play every single baseball position at the same time.

    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes: At the end of episode 27, Big M. decides to make multiple clones of himself to take over Planet Xing. This doesn't work out because the clones start arguing over which one of them is in charge of the mission.

    Comic Strips 
  • Calvin and Hobbes
    • Bill Watterson had a storyline like this, where Calvin uses a "duplicator" to make copies of himself, who turn out to be disobedient jerkasses like the original. Eventually he gets fed up with the copies, and turns them into earthworms (but Calvin being Calvin, the clones aren't inclined to complain: they're all "Cool! Let's go gross someone out!"). This story appears in the collection Scientific Progress Goes Boink, which is apparently named after and based on this story.
    • Later, Calvin tried again for similar reasons, this time making a clone of only his "good side". However, when the Good Twin tries to become friends with Susie, the neighborhood girl (with no success whatsoever), Calvin tracks him down and argues with him, and when the duplicate is about to fight him, he spontaneously explodes. Turns out fighting doesn't count as "good".
  • In one Dream of the Rarebit Fiend strip, a man finds himself infinitely multiplied. He wakes up commenting on his dream, only for his duplicates to wake up in bed beside him and tell him to be quiet. He then wakes up for real.

    Fan Works 
  • In Past Sins, Nightmare Moon uses this twice, once to infiltrate the Royal Guard and once to Fight off several monsters from the Everfree Forest.
  • Exploited by Calvin in Calvin & Hobbes: The Series to outsmart Hobbes when the two of them are in a maze.
  • In Unnatural Disaster Taylor eventually learns to do this.
  • In The Infinite Loops, aside from the liberal use of shadow clones, there's the Mikasa glitch which is when a Loop spawns extra copies of the same Looper. Once such a glitched Loop is over the Looper will have the memories of all the copies. Doesn't stop some of them from deciding There Can Only Be One though. There's also "mini-me" Loops, where there's an Awake and an Unawake copy of the same character. Loopers tend to find these very annoying.
  • Princess Luna uses this trick in RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse several times, usually to allow herself to go incognito as several normal ponies.
  • In the Pony POV Series:
    • Alicorns are capable of creating Avatars of themselves, though of the known one who can play this straight is Luna, who's noted as being exceptionally skilled at making Avatars that can act independently of the original. Celestia can make ones that can act separately of herself, but aren't nearly as good.
    • Queen Libra (Alicorn!Rarity) from Dark World is capable of this flawlessly. This is because Libra is the Concept of the Mortal World, so she's literally the mortal universe itself.
    • Chrysalis can extend her control through her drones, who shapeshift into her and take her form. Though she's only been shown doing this once, and even then had to keep her attention divided between her and the body double.
    • The Scootaloo Army of Awesome is this as they're literally a several thousands strong Badass Army of Scootaloo, most of which are now angels. Not alternate universe versions of her, literally the same exact Scootaloo from different loops of Dark World collected by Nightmare Manacle.
  • Water Aerobics for the Aquaphobic: As a result of falling into the Spring of the Drowned Twins during a disastrous Hogwarts field trip to Jusenkyo, Fred and George are duplicated whenever they're hit by cold water, something they cheerfully exploit for making mayhem.
  • In a long gone Ranma/Sailor Moon story called Ten Of Two, Ranma is tasked to become the Senshi. Not a Senshi, but all of them. At the same time.
  • In Multiplicity, Ranma takes a year long training trip, in which he improves on the Splitting Cat Hairs technique and uses it to split himself into multiple solid versions of himself, all sharing one brain but acting independently.
  • Scoob and Shag: Ger's Ballyhoo power, "Stunt Double", lets him create a double of himself, though it's limited to a single clone and it's not very strong. Later on, once Gerald stops holding back, he creates enough clones to literally bury Shag.
  • DNMC: Konwhey's Semblance lets him turn a piece of himself (usually hair) into a duplicate of himself with its own will, personality, and appearance (to an extent for the latter).
  • The Miraculous Ladybug fanfic Manynette has an overworked Marinette Dupain-Cheng akumatized into being Manynette, a legion of Marinette copies, one for each of her responsibilities; serving as class president, helping with the family bakery, working on her fashion designs, caring for her friends, attending class and doing her chores, getting enough sleep, and being a superhero.


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  • Archipelago Exodus' Terrian Brogue has this power. Now that the ability has amplified to duplicating items he's holding on his person as well, he's taken a giant leap forward in terms of versatility and usefulness... and financial value.
  • In Radio City, Multiplayer is capable of creating up to fifteen clones of himself.
  • In Permaneo Spes, this is Antonio's power.
  • In Puella Magi Adfligo Systema, Aki can make magic clones of herself.
  • In Touhou: a Glimmer of an Outside World, Shinto Gods are able to split themselves indefinitely, something Suwako fully takes advantage of.
  • In Resonating Spirits, Nic King has the ability to make a clone puppet of himself.

  • In ZED, Zed starts the story with several doppelgängers. By the time Abraka appears, however, they have been condensed into one being.

  • Makuta Bitil's Mask of Power in BIONICLE allows him to summon past versions of himself to create this effect. His past selves are unable to retain memories of future events, and he is often stricken with random injuries that appear out of nowhere whenever he gets summoned by a future version of himself.

    Web Animation 
  • A Legend Of Zelda parody, Four Swords Misadventures, has Dark Link doing this — a lot. The first time, he even used the quote from Agent Smith before showing it off. In the latest episode, he uses this power to go on a one-man riot.
  • RWBY:
    • Blake Belladonna's Semblance "Shadow" allows her to create a temporary shadow clone that takes the hit while she dodges away. She bitterly says that it's a perfect Semblance for a coward. She can also push off the clones for a Double Jump, and with the help of Dust she can make her clones solid with elemental effects.
    • Sun Wukong's Semblance "Via Sun" allows him to create two light clones. Word of God is that Sun's Semblance was specifically designed to be the opposite of Blake's; Sun stays still while his clones move and fight for him.
    • Flynt Coal can split himself into four copies with his "Killer Quartet" Semblance. All four copies mirror each other's movements, so he primarily uses this to quadruple his attack power.
  • Every character in Back To The Moon (except for Jehanne) is a duplicate of Georges Méliès.
  • Dreamscape: Boru can create duplicates of himself.


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Asterix Live-Action Movie 1

Asterix and Obelix clone themselves and give the Roman soldiers a threat not to be trifled with.

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