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A character encounters an "alternate" version of themselves that they greatly dislike. The alternate can be a work of fiction existing only on a written page or Show Within a Show, or a Doppelgänger of some sort (Clone, Reincarnation, Time Travel, Alternate Universe, etc). The alternate version may be a thinly veiled caricature that exaggerates negative qualities or emphasizes neutral or even positive traits in ways the original dislikes, or invents traits whole cloth that are highly out of character. Or maybe they're just Too Much Alike. The original is likely to become very angry at the author or the alternate for the real (or perceived) insult.

The "original" may find that their alternate version is really annoying, and (if not a fictional creation) the alternate may likewise find the original embarrassing. On the other hand, the alternate may be a much more successful or well developed individual who angers the original by outshining them. Expect at least one of them to say "I Resemble That Remark!", "Do I Really Sound Like That?" and/or "Why didn't anyone tell me this makes me look fat?" Can result in Hypocritical Humor if they're annoyed at a fault their other self possesses, unaware they have that flaw themselves.

Compare Future Me Scares Me, Evil Me Scares Me and I Hate Past Me. Often is a key plot element in Meet Your Early-Installment Weirdness.


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    Doctor Who 
Across TV, audio and literature, Doctor Who has a long history of featuring several incarnations of the Doctor (plus the Master and companions) taking an instant dislike to an earlier, later or alternate version of themselves.
  • Doctor Who itself:
    • "The Three Doctors" (featuring the first three Doctors), "The Five Doctors" (featuring the first five Doctors), "Cold Fusion" (featuring the Fifth and Seventh Doctors) and "The Two Doctors" (featuring the Second and Sixth Doctors) all had them fighting and bickering amongst themselves, with "The Three Doctors" being particularly nasty. The Doctor never got along with himself until a mini-episode featured the Tenth Doctor meeting the Fifth Doctor, who the Tenth Doctor eventually said was his "favourite". It's somewhat fitting that the Fifth Doctor is the only one who's ever totally gotten along with the others, as the Fifth Doctor is the only one who lacked the arrogance and utter-self-assuredness that permeated all the other regenerations to varying degrees.
    • Averted in "The Almost People" when the Doctor encounters his Ganger copy, whom he helps to ease through the memories of all his past regenerations at once. And then the two of them start doing everything in tandem, to their delight.
    • "The Day of the Doctor":
      • Played much straighter:
        War Doctor: You're my future selves?
        10th and 11th Doctors: YES!
        War Doctor: Am I having a midlife crisis?
      • As well as:
        11th Doctor: I demand to be incarcerated in the Tower of London, along with my co-conspirators, Sand Shoes and Granddad.
        War Doctor: [indignant] Granddad?!
        10th Doctor: They're not sand shoes!
        War Doctor: [glances at 10's feet] Yes, they are.
      • It should be noted, however, that not all of the Doctor's relationships are quite so turbulent. Excluding the very touchy subject of the Time War, Ten and Eleven get along rather swimmingly and are in practically perfect sync, they both come to respect War as "the Doctor on the day it wasn't possible to get it right" and offer to press the button with him so he won't have to do it alone which he is clearly and deeply grateful for (though they do figure out another way, between the three of them), and while he finds the dafter behaviour a bit exasperating, he finds them to be utterly extraordinary. Likewise, even the ones that bicker constantly like the Second and Third have been shown to praise each other and work together under the right circumstance.
    • Double subverted in the series' only televised multi-Master episode, "The Doctor Falls". Harold Saxon and Missy get along well enough, apart from one or two minor quips, only to end up murdering one another once they actually start being honest about their respective agendas.
    • "Twice Upon a Time" initially has the First Doctor uncertain about the Twelfth's identity, and is later outright horrified when he learns that his future self is considered "the Doctor of War", before the Twelfth's manipulation of time to save a British captain in the First World War assures him that the "Doctor of War" is not the man who revels in conflict, but the man who steps in and does what he can to limit that conflict.
    • "Fugitive of the Judoon": When Thirteen and Ruth are both aware that they are incarnations of the Doctor, they immediately start taking potshots at each other's fashion sense, try to order each other about during a hostile situation, and generally get very annoyed with each other. The fact that, unlike any other multi-Doctor meetup ever seen, neither of the two have any memory of ever being the other, does not help the situation, giving them even less reason to trust each other.
  • Doctor Who Expanded Universe:
    • In The Eight Doctors, the Eighth Doctor visits his previous seven selves, with mixed results; the first three Doctors are particularly hostile towards the Eighth as they resent him giving them advice given his current amnesiac state, the Fourth being more accepting of his future self can be attributed to the Eighth saving his life, the Fifth is generally cooperative despite being frustrated at the Eighth's initial arrival mid-crisis, the Sixth is annoyed at first but soon falls into a comfortable working dynamic with his successor, and the Seventh has a comfortable conversation even as the Eighth is awkward about talking to his predecessor so close to the Seventh Doctor's death.
    • The Sixth and Seventh Doctors bicker when they interact in "Project Lazarus", with the Sixth Doctor teasing his future self, but this is tweaked when the Seventh Doctor realises that the Sixth is actually a clone of his predecessor.
    • In "The Wrong Doctors", an Older and Wiser Sixth Doctor teams up with a younger version of himself (pre-Character Development), and finds said younger version to be unbearably arrogant and completely full of himself and likewise, the younger Sixth Doctor doesn't care much for his calmer and more reserved older self. The two incarnations of Mel don't get along, to the point where one punched the other out! (although it should be noted that the younger Mel was essentially being brainwashed and her mental energy used by an external attacker that compromised her mental state).
    • In "The Shadow of the Scourge", the Doctor states that inside of his mind sometimes other regenerations (both future and past) show up in "dire times" but all they can do is turn up their noses at the way he runs things. This is presumably true of all Doctors.
    • Sometimes, however, the current regeneration doesn't take well to being criticised: in "Timewyrm: Revelation", by the same writer as "Shadow of the Scourge", Seventh imprisons Fifth in his mind, metaphorically silencing his conscience, until Ace sets him free.
    • In "The Light at the End", this is subverted for the most part; the Second and Third Doctors don't get along as usual, but the Sixth finds the Seventh to be charming company and the Fourth and Eighth work very well together.
    • In the first multi-Master audio adventure, "The Two Masters", Crispy Master really hates his bald incarnation and calls him "my great enemy", which the Seventh Doctor takes offence to. He goes so far as to actively search for the Doctor to enlist him in a revenge plot against his later, hairless incarnation. This is particularly twisted when it turns out that the bald incarnation and the burned incarnation have actually swapped bodies, with the bald-in-burned Master trying to confront his younger self in his body to get his own form back rather than being trapped in his current husk. It's also revealed that Baldy was actually responsible for his current state, attacking his own past self as part of a plan to 'prove his loyalty' to a cult bent on erasing the universe; Baldy later claims that "the Cult fogged my mind" to defend himself, but his attitude suggests that he always knew what he was doing, and he either considers his past self an idiot or reasoned that he was just setting up a situation he knew he would survive anyway. Eventually, the two Masters restore themselves to their real bodies and work together to destroy the Cult and remake the universe themselves, but the Doctor draws their attention to their inability to work together to give himself the chance to undo their plan. Even when actively cooperating, Crispy despises Baldy for being, in his view, a giggling idiot more obsessed with cracking jokes than just killing people now, while Baldy regards his past self as a kill-stealing grump, and would rather be with any of his other incarnations.
    • The New Series Adventures novel Silhouette has a psychic shapeshifter who learns how his victim sees themselves and transforms into someone they'd identify with. When he tries it on the Doctor, he discovers the Time Lord has twelve distinct self-images, and doesn't seem to like any of them much.
    • "Day of the Master" has the Eric Roberts, War Master and "Missy" incarnations working together. However, it's only Missy who irritates the others, mainly by constantly flirting at the "Deathworm" version and trying (very badly) to imitate his host's American accent, but also by being the most completely unhinged of the three. By contrast, the War and Roberts Master get along fairly well, with the War Master basically taking charge of the trio, although they all work together in the end to grant another version of themselves- the one who will become the Bald Master, between Roberts and the War Master- a full regeneration cycle.
    • The audio Masterful brings together nine different incarnations of the Master, and naturally they all set about bickering with and backstabbing each other. Among other things, the Parker Master is horrified by all of his future selves, the Jacobi Master condescends to everyone, everybody is irritated by Missy's apparent insanity, and the Simm Master brought them all together just to extend his own lifespan after he accidentally doomed the entire universe.
    • In the audio "Daughter of the Gods", the First and Second Doctors have a particularly hostile encounter, although this is due to the First Doctor being angry at the Second for telling him that their interaction is the result of the Second's companions changing history so that the last three months of the First Doctor's life should never have happened, and restoring reality will also kill the First Doctor's companion Katarina.
    • The audio "Thin Time" ends with the Fifth Doctor, currently travelling alone, having just thwarted an invasion from another dimension in Victorian London when he is visited by the Eleventh Doctor, currently in his "retirement" ("The Snowmen"). The two Doctors have a civil enough conversation about recent events, with the Eleventh treating the Fifth to breakfast at the Ritz, but seeing his future self so bitter and alone prompts the Fifth to return to his companions (who he left behind to recover from recent traumatic experiences) because he explicitly states that he doesn't want to turn out like the Eleventh.
    • In the Four Doctors comics event, the Twelfth Doctor refers to his previous selves as "incarcerations", while the Eleventh regards him as something that shouldn't exist, given that as far as he knows, he's living his last life. The Tenth isn't particularly impressed with either, and everyone takes potshots at each other over their TARDIS - Ten gets mocked for keeping Nine's design, Eleven's is criticized, and Twelve's gets mistaken for the Master's. However, all of them (save an understandably rather bemused Nine) adore Jenny and are utterly delighted to see their daughter.
    • In Titan Comics' Missy miniseries, Missy and the Delgado Master travel up and down their timeline, encountering their other selves, though only a few encounters are seen in full. The Delgado Master is not exactly thrilled by the cannibal Simm Master from "The End of Time", and is disappointed in Missy for working with the Doctor, but likes the Dhawan Master for making the Doctor kneel, even if he refuses to let his future self show him up. Missy, meanwhile, sees the Delgado Master as a child, albeit a brilliant child, and while she describes the cannibal Simm Master as their "emo phase", needs to remind herself that she's better than that. The Simm Master just sees them both as food, not caring about the paradox eating the Delgado Master would cause.
  • Fanfic:
    • Broken Faith” takes the Doctors’ usual issues with each other to a greater extreme when the Tenth Doctor realises that his attachment to Rose was basically the result of him ‘inheriting’ the Ninth’s post-Time War psychological trauma; when Martha later meets the first nine Doctors when the Tenth makes telepathic contact with her, the Ninth's persona remains silent because the Doctor is trying to re-evaluate how he feels about his predecessor. In “The Legacy of Gallifrey”, the Ninth and Tenth Doctors actually fight because the Ninth briefly joins forces with Rassilon, Omega, Davros and the Valeyard to try and save Gallifrey and Skaro despite the dangers of their enemies' plan, the younger Doctor still consumed by his post-War trauma where the Tenth has been able to move past his more extreme issues.
    • Basically defied in "Eight by Thirteen", when the Thirteenth Doctor meets the Eighth; the older Doctor tells her past self "the planner [Seven] would get a lecture, the rainbow [Six] would get a high-five, and the scarf [Four] would get some therapy", but affirms that she's missed being the Eighth Doctor and feels that he genuinely deserves a hug.
    • Fear and Freedom is an interesting case, in that the meeting between the Sixth and First Doctors is very brief; the main focus is in the manner their respective companions view the Doctor at different stages of his life.
    • The Ten Doctors has all Ten Doctors (and an eleventh, a halfway regeneration projected by the Second Doctor to help him out, and a twelfth, the Valeyard, who's behind almost all of it) predictably, and inevitably, squabbling. Some get on better than others: 9 and 10 immediately start arguing when they run into each other on the Eye of Orion but otherwise get on rather well ( 9 makes a spirited attempt to kill 10 when he's turned into Dalek Tor, though this is more an attempt at a Mercy Kill), 3 thinks 9's jury-rigged power arrangement for the TARDIS and his and 10's plan to jumpstart the TARDIS' is brilliant, in his fine tinkering tradition, while 7 thinks it's an explosion waiting to happen, 6 and 9 get on fairly well given their respective personalities, 6 and 7 absolutely do not get on, 2 and 3 likewise (2 and 7 get on like gangbusters, however), 4's ego exasperates all of the others, with 10 giving him a brief "Reason You Suck" Speech about his flaws at the end... then delightedly praising him for the good parts and as "my finest hour", while 8 (this being before the revelation of the War Doctor) gets a slammed door from 9 and sympathy from 10. 10 and 5 get on very well, as is canon. 1, meanwhile, is exasperated by the lot of them, but somewhat fond of 10 in a grandfatherly sort of way, and despite his curmudgeonly and reserved nature, he outright erupts at 9 ("HOW DARE YOU? HOW DARE YOU?!") when 9 is apparently willing to let Rose die to kill Dalek Tor (and none of the others are particularly pleased by this, either). 10, meanwhile, spends the first part having a bit of a breakdown, but glomps onto all of the others because he's so lonely.
      • It actually becomes a plot point when they do a mental mind-meld to fight a Battle in the Centre of the Mind with 10's Dalek brainwashing, and initially have significant trouble working together.


    Anime & Manga 
  • In Aruosumente, the Sage is a mirror image of Legna, but with his calm demeanor and constant questioning of Legna's motives and reasoning, while giving away no clues or answers, he annoys Legna a lot. Legna claims that if the Sage has nothing constructive to say, he might as well not say anything at all.
  • Ayakashi Triangle:
    • Suzu eventually discovers she's a Split Personality, the original spending most of her time dormant. Kanade, as she's eventually known, often gets rather irritated with her front-row view of Suzu's rampant libido.
    • When Matsuri is seemingly split into male and female halves, both irately argue the other is just a fake. They pretty quickly ended up wrestling each other over it (mostly naked, not that either cares).
  • Crimson Spell has the protagonist, Vald, and his Superpowered Evil Side. Human Vald is terrified of his alternate self at first, but after a while, he just finds his demon form irritating. Demon Vald takes notice and starts actively trying to be a nuisance. When they meet face-to-face, they immediately snipe at each other, with the human form calling his demon self a pervert and the demon form calling the human a prissy idiot, and get into a Cock Fight over their Love Interest.
  • Fairy Tail: When the main cast goes to the alternate universe of Edolas, they often get annoyed by their counterparts. Nastu dislikes his for being a coward, while Erza dislikes hers for being a villain. Out of all of them, Gajeel was the only one who instantly became friends with his counterpart, liking him for being a snazzy dresser and for being brave enough to oppose the tyrannical kingdom despite not having any powers or fighting skills. They manage to make peace with their counterparts in the end.
  • Sousuke in Full Metal Panic! finds Al very annoying, but what he finds even more annoying is when someone points out that Al's neural network is a copy of Sousuke's own brain.
    Tessa: Al is how you might have turned out if you had been raised in a different environment.
    Sousuke: That's a horrible thing to say.
  • In one OVA of Slayers, Lina and Naga face a man who'd obtained a sealed weapon forged by a magician: a magic mirror that created a doppelganger of anyone it reflected with a perfectly opposite personality. While the opposites were too pacifistic to fight, they did drive Lina and Naga into near insanity. In the light novels it is made even worse, as after defeating the enemy they desperately tried numerous methods to destroy the artifact, only for each attempt to result in more doppelgangers. There is supposedly a town somewhere in the Slayers universe whose population is made up completely of these Lina and Naga clones.

    Comic Strips 
  • Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes has had this problem, because he takes It's All About Me so far that it becomes "it's all about this me."
    • In one story arc, Calvin makes a clone of himself to do his chores for him, but the clone blows him off and goes to play instead. When Hobbes comments that "he's a clone of you, all right", Calvin responds "What do you mean? This guy's a total jerk!"
    • When he makes a copy of only his good side, it works out at first because this one is willing to do all the work, but eventually they come to blows over whether they should be nice to Susie, whom the good side openly admits to having a crush on.
    • And when Calvin travels to the future to get his completed homework from his future self, three different versions of him end up fighting over which of them should have done the homework. Averted with Hobbes in the same story, as his egotism is of a sort that gets along with itself. "You're right, as always, Hobbes."
    • As Bill Watterson stated in his commentary on the first duplicator arc: "I think we all would be horrified to meet a double of ourselves and find out what everybody else already knows about us."
  • In Dilbert, Dogbert founds a consulting company staffed by clones of himself. Being the conman that he is, he ends up having to dissolve it when every single one of his clones embezzles from him, noting it as the end of his "journey of self-discovery".

    Films — Animation 
  • Odd example in The Emperor's New Groove: The movie begins In Medias Res, with Kuzco as a llama alone and depressed in the jungle; his voiceover then begins to narrate How We Got Here, often reminding us that he did nothing wrong and this is everybody else's fault. By the time we reach this scene again, actual-character-Kuzco has had enough Character Development that he tells narrator-Kuzco to shut up, and there's no more voiceover for the rest of the movie.
  • Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans:
    • The 2003 and 2013 Teen Titans teams do not get along, mostly the Robins. The 2003 team is annoyed that their 2013 counterparts are so stupid and immature, while their 2013 counterparts are annoyed that they are so uptight.
    • The 2003 and 2013 Trigons also argue, with 2003 Trigon ordering his 2013 counterpart around.
  • Turtles Forever:
    • This is the 2003 Turtles's (especially Raphael and except for Michelangelo) reaction towards the '80s Turtles, who are much sillier and less serious in comparison. Exaggerated with the Mirage Turtles, whose immediate reaction to seeing both versions is Kill-on-Sight.
      2003 Raphael: It's like having five Mikeys now!
    • 2003 Shredder also views his '80s counterpart to be a bumbling fool who isn't worth dealing with. On the flip side, '80s Shredder was initially overjoyed to have found a competent counterpart who could help to finally rid him of his hated least, up until he sees just how monstrous the 2003 Shredder can be.
  • Toy Story 2:
    • Buzz is annoyed when a duplicate toy of himself is as deluded as he was in the first movie.
    • Stinky Pete hates his Woody's Roundup self.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Avengers: Endgame:
    • Although nowhere close to Nebula's I Hate Past Me, Present-Day enlightened Steve is annoyed by his uptight past self. When Past Steve says "I can do this all day!", Present Steve exasperatedly says, "I know, I know".
    • Tony Stark implies this when telling Scott Lang to give his past self a heart attack as a distraction.
  • In Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, the two actually get on pretty well with their "future selves," before discovering that they're actually evil robot doubles. Evil Bill and Evil Ted proceed to kill them, alienate their girlfriends and try to create a future that is most non-non-heinous.
    Bill: That other me is a dick!
    Ted: Yeah.
  • In the sci-fi thriller Coherence, different timelines cross due to a Temporal Paradox caused by a comet passing earth. This allows characters to meet their counterparts from other realities. One of the characters is shown to be extremely hostile towards his alternate versions, up to the point where he picks a fight with one.
  • The movie Deconstructing Harry, where fictionalized characters closely resemble real people but with negative characterization. Anger ensues.
  • The Flash (2023): Prime timeline Barry is repeatedly annoyed by the immaturity of the Barry Allen who exists in the timeline where Nora Allen wasn't murdered. However, the things that matured Prime Barry (his mother's murder, his father's imprisonment, being basically an orphan, gaining super powers) never happened to this Barry. Instead, he's goofy, carefree, untraumatized, and not particularly concerned with what's going on around him. However Alternate Barry points out that his other self has been pretty annoying as well.
    Prime Barry: You just walk around thinking that you’re so funny and so cool. And it's embarrassing, because you're not any of those things!
    Alternate Barry: Hey, screw you, man! I've done nothing but everything you've asked. You made me get struck by lightning! I phased naked through the floor! And I terrified Mrs. Johannson. Now I'm probably gonna have to move! You won't even tell me why you're here! But will you at least tell me why you're being so mean to me... for no reason?!
  • In Last Action Hero, Jack Slater, the character played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the ''Jack Slater'' film series, comes into the real world, meets the real Arnold Schwarzenegger, and can't stand him.
  • Looper: Upon meeting his younger self, Old Joe seems to hold Joe in nothing but contempt.
  • Smosh: The Movie: Jenna Marbles has basically been bunking with a version of herself in a YouTube video after being trapped there forever and they don't get along very well.
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home averts this: All three Peter Parkers get along incredibly well and commiserate over their experiences, with the closest thing to bickering being Peter Two snapping at Peter One for attempting to explain what the Avengers are while the three of them are in the middle of a dangerous fight with the Sinister Syndicate.

  • Daniel Amos: The Doppelgänger liner notes include a short story where the narrator sees himself from the outside—without realizing that it is himself—and gets so angry at his own flaws that he tries to attack himself.
  • Taylor Swift's video for "Look What You Made Me Do" ends with a brief sequence of fifteen different versions of Swift bickering.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Blackbirds RPG: The Allmother is a malevolent Deity of Human Origin who kills people and replaces them with "orphans," doppelgangers of the original person who all possess the Allmother's personality and act as the Allmother believes that person should have acted. Unfortunately for her, these doppelgangers also possess free will and the same ironclad certainty that they should be the only one making decisions, leading to them mostly plotting against each other rather than actually advancing the Allmother's schemes. Since they all have the exact same skills, experience, and personality, they also find themselves unable to make much headway against each other due to being stuck in a perfectly even match.
  • The Infinite Worlds setting has Otto Skorzeny, leader of ISWAT. In his timeline of birth, he was a hero of the multicultural and multidenominational Republican Alliance. Out in the Infinite Worlds, most Otto Skorzenys are Nazis, like the one from our timeline, and killing his other selves is one of his favorite hobbies.
  • Paranoia has an entire secret society (the Sy-B-LNG Rivals) made up of clones who want to assassinate their active-duty counterparts. Hey, if they're gonna be stuck living in a deathtrap anyway, they at least want to hurry up and do something interesting while they're at it.
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! game, Warrior Dai Grepher has several potential futures, among them Good (embodied by Knight Day Grepher) and Evil (embodied by Dark Lucious). As seen in the card Different Dimension Encounter (where both Knight Day Grepher and Dark Lucious confront each other) each clearly doesn't like the revelation that this opposing counterpart exists.

    Visual Novels 
  • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony has this in the post-game “Ultimate Talent Development Plan” mode. One possible event while playing Byakuya Togami’s route is running into the Ultimate Imposter, who just so happens to like impersonating Togami. Issue #1. Togami takes his family name very seriously. Issue #2. And Imposter is almost 300 pounds. Issue #3.
  • In Fate/stay night, Even though he is unaware of his true identity, Shirou has enormous problems getting along with his future self, Archer (Counter Guardian EMIYA), on a purely instinctual level (although the great personality differences may have something to do with it too). The future version, on the other hand, has some very well thought-out reasons for despising the other.
    • In the crossover with Fate/Prototype in the Hanafuda minigame, Prototype Gilgamesh gets annoyed with his Stay Night counterpart and calls him inelegant.
    • Ironically, the same thing comes up again in Fate/Grand Order between EMIYA and his Alter self for the very same reasons. Specifically, EMIYA Alter despises the fact that EMIYA has become less of an asshole and isn't as hardened anymore. On a lighter note, EMIYA doesn't actually give his Alter counterpart much mind beyond the fact that he wishes he came up with modifying his swords to be more like guns first.
    • In the All the Statesmen! event of Fate/Grand Order, the protagonist gets a chance to meet a darker version of their alternate self in the parody manga Learning with Manga! FGO. Despite presumably going through the same thing, the prime protagonist goes from getting annoyed about just how psychotically crazy their alternate self (called 'Nameless Master') is to reaching a breaking point when they realize just how abusive the Nameless Master is in treating their Servants (read: low levelled and weak, ignored for the sake of collecting the more rare Servants, to no avail).

    Web Animation 
  • How It Should Have Ended has the title character of The Amazing Spider-Man get irritated with the whiny Spidey from the 2000s Spider-Man Trilogy.
  • Red vs. Blue:
    • While exploring Caboose's mind as a ghost, Church encounters Caboose's mental image of Church and is incredibly annoyed by him.
    • Later, Epsilon-Church remarks that Alpha-Church and the Director are each "kind of a dick". This, despite literally being a copy of them.
  • RWBY Chibi had Ruby dreaming of encountering the original Ruby, though the "annoys" part only occurs when regular Ruby squeezes the Chibi one until she nearly passes out.
  • Sonic Villains: Discussed in the Q&A video where the Eggman from the modern games is asked why he foregone recruiting the Eggman and Robotnik variants of the other worlds and instead went for other villains from those worlds; given what happened with his younger self and Eggman Nega, the not-so-good doctor isn't in any hurry to repeat those experiences.

  • In Ask Frisk and Company, Chara does not get along with any alternate Charas (Charae?). They and Man Who Speaks in Hands Chara mutually believe that the other's plans are stupid. With the Ask Drunk Chara crossover, this is mostly because of AFAC Chara's serious issues with the concept of redemption clashing with Drunk Chara's status as The Atoner. It's downplayed with the two Gasters, as they're worried about the other being a 'Badster', but for the most part they get along. It's entirely averted with Frisk and their alternate selves.
  • Dragon Ball Multiverse: Bra from U16 and Bra from U18 find each others lives (an incredibly powerful and dedicated warrior, and a irresponsible teen uninterested in training) a total waste.
  • El Goonish Shive:
  • Gunnerkrigg Court: In "Loup's Trick", it turns out that Loup's actions have resulted in two Annies, one of whom returned to the Court after one night in the Forest, and one who spent six months there. Forest Annie isn't happy to learn that there's another version of her who took her place in the Court, and Court Annie gives a smug smirk to her alternate when it's revealed that she managed to bond more with their father in Forest Annie's absence.
  • In Kate Beaton's Hark! A Vagrant normal Watson is displeased to learn of Stupid Watson, the Flanderized version of himself that Sherlock Holmes is now partners with. He's even less pleased to find out about Gay Watson.
    "How many blasted Watsons can there be?"
  • Alternate timelines and time travel are a big part of Homestuck, add that to a cast of traumatized teenagers forced to view their personalities again and again, and you have a recipe for fun:
    • Dirk later grows to really hate his Auto-Responder (AR), an artificial intelligence cloned from his own brain and which has in the meantime developed in his own weird way. (Into a Troll, mostly.) Though unusually, what Dirk hates about him isn't that he's so different from him, but rather that AR is really an exaggerated version of himself, putting all of his personality flaws into perfect view.
    • Defied in the case of Davesprite. Considering how much the rest of the cast tend to get smacked in the face with irony whenever they try to change the timeline for the better, it's notable that the future Dave's motivation for prototyping himself with the present Dave's sprite - to give himself a sprite "that doesn't make me want to flog myself with my own brainstem" (as opposed to Calsprite) - was an unmitigated success.note 
    • Breezy, happy-go-lucky Jade surprisingly gets the worst out of the Beta kids when it comes to other selves. She absolutely loses it after being exposed to Jadesprite's moping for only a few minutes. The fact that she acts very similarly to Karkat annoys her too, but it does cement the burgeoning friendship between her and Karkat.
    • Though each is only slightly "alternate", Karkat hates versions of himself from different points of his own timeline. (The best example is a fifteen-minute conversation between versions of Karkat who are literally fifteen minutes apart; in other words, by the end of the conversation "past" Karkat literally is "future" Karkat, and then proceeds to have the exact same argument from the other side.)
    • Vriska is subject to this as well. She declares her alternate self, who was killed by Terezi and has been hanging in the afterlife since, to be a "FUCKING LOSER!!!!!!!!" in huge text. Vriska harshly berates her alternate self when she meets her, which drives her to tears, made worse by Meenah breaking up with alterate Vriska. The bittersweet joke for the reader comes from how mentally balanced and nice alternate Vriska is, and how badly shafted she gets in favour of mainline jerkass Vriska.
    • Rose also hates Jasprosesprite^2, a flashing chatty Cheshire Cat version of her who fused with the ghost of her cat. Her reaction to her cat self is bonking on her head with her velvet pillow while saying "Kill. Me."
  • In The Order of the Stick, Haley's mental representations argue amongst each other during her time with aphasia.
  • Some random doppelgängers in Realm of Owls smile perpetually, which annoys Vayandil greatly.
  • In Relativity, after a light speed travel accident Irina winds up living in an Alternate Universe, and resents that she's being treated like a copy of her Alternate Self, while her alternate self has to deal with watching her ex-wife treat Irina as her replacement.
  • In Schlock Mercenary, amorphs ran into a problem with the TV version of them:
    Schlock: The TV-me is putting me-me out of a job. [...] Maybe we can kill another TV network. Is there still money in that?
  • Sluggy Freelance features an access to a potentially infinite number of alternative dimensions, so there are opportunities for this.
    • In "Torg Goes to Hell", Zoë and Riff accidentally rescue the wrong Torg from another dimension — one who speaks only Portuguese. When their Torg returns, he tries to communicate with this alternative version of himself using a phrase book, but only comes up with sentences in the lines of (according to Babelfish) "For the Mondays, I am a shoe." Eventually, the "Portuguese" Torg swipes the phrasebook from his hands and tries himself:
      Portuguese Torg: Are.... you... a... a... embezzle?
      Torg: Embezzle? Embezzle means to steal from a company or boss! I'm a freelance web designer, so I don't have a boss! Why?
      Bun-bun: The word is pronounced "Imbecile".
      Portuguese Torg: Ahh!
    • In "That Which Redeems", Torg encounters another version of himself who turns out to be a complete jerk, to the point of not going to his girlfriend's, or possibly wife's, funeral, on the basis that he can get any woman now that he's a big "hero"- as well as that he was brought as a Replacement Goldfish for that universe's Torg. In response to this, "our" Torg clubs him over the head with a serving-tray.
    • In "4U City Red", Riff meets an old grumpy alternative-dimension-version of himself that's basically the same as he, except older and grumpier. They really annoy each other, especially the young one the old one, though there is some grudging respect by the end at least.
    • Spoilerrific example in "Oceans Unmoving". Bun-bun's Arch-Enemy, during his time as a Space Pirate in Timeless Space, is Captain Blacksoul — a mysterious cloaked figure who wants something from him. It turns out that Blacksoul is also Bun-bun, controlling a flying robot disguised in a robe. This "future" Bun-bun has been tossed into Timeless Space a second time and due to amnesia can't remember how he got out the previous time, so he wants to follow himself out. He won't reveal who he is because he knows that he'd attack anyone approaching him and claiming to be him. There's also a bit of a misunderstanding where past Bun-bun thinks Blacksoul wants to kill him to get his ship back when he really just wants to hang around to see what happens. In the end, he's so annoyed at his other self's persistence not to be followed around by Blacksoul that he gives him the concussion because of which he doesn't remember it all. Bun-bun wants to have everything his way and doesn't listen to explanations; two people like that with conflicting goals can't possibly get along.
      "There's only so much of him anyone can take!"
  • The Ten Doctors: Four and especially Six are good at pissing off all the others. (Two and Seven find themselves getting along better than expected, though.)
  • Unsounded: Khert Sette finds the Sette the reader is familiar with to be an annoying weak crybaby, and is furious a version of herself smells like the shipbuilders she despises, since her contemporary version was born to and raised by their descendants.

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  • There was a battle between Courtney Love's 2 twitter feeds. The first one was the official feed managed by a ghost writer, the other was a private feed under a Nom De Plume. Courtney got enraged when the official feed started publishing polite things, and she published not-so-polite things about the official feed on her private feed.
  • SF Debris: Whenever Parody Janeway comes face to face with herself, she gets annoyed...and aroused.

    Web Videos 
  • The Annoying Orange web episode "More Annoying Orange" reveals that even the Annoying Orange himself finds his own antics annoying when used against him. Said web episode involves the titular character meeting another orange very similar to himself, complete with being annoying.
  • Discussed in Allison Pregler's reviews of Charmed (1998): "Phoebe hates her old self, by the way, which must be terribly confusing for someone as self-involved as she is."
  • In Dragon Ball Z Abridged during the Cell arc, Cell is made from the DNA of the Earth's strongest fighters and can mimic their energy signatures. Once when Cell was powering up, Vegeta could sense his own energy signature and it was stronger than his own, leading him to threaten to kill himself. Later on when Cell and Vegeta both say at the same time how much they hate Goku, they both become enraged that they are agreeing with each other.
    "Is that me? Is that me stronger than me?! I'll f**ing kill me!?"
  • Epic Rap Battles of History's "James Bond vs. Austin Powers" gets interrupted halfway through by Sean Connery's Bond, who then proceeds to rip a new one against Bond, who had been rapping the entire time.
  • Nyanners of VShojo: During an Among Us stream, Nyanners plays with a bunch of clones that she apparently made beforehand, and naturally, she grows more ruthless and annoyed with them as time goes on.


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Skeletor Remembers Keldor

After enduring some abuse from Motherboard, Skeletor discovers that damage to his head uncovered memories lost to him in Hordak's service, directly from a mental manifestation of his past self.

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