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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 For Want of a Nail 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 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, and 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 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.


    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.
  • 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 The 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 Books 
  • In Hero Squared the "normal" Milo is quite annoyed with the Superhero version of himself from another universe (Captain Valor), and vice versa. Valor is less-than-impressed with Milo's selfishness and complete failure to make anything of his life, whilst Milo resents Valor's smug self-righteousness and over-simplified view of the world and how it works.
  • The Authority: while crossing over to a Gender Flipped Alternate Universe to talk to their counterparts, Jack Hawksmoor's equivalent is visibly pregnant. When asked about how he feels to see himself female and pregnant, he responds that he doesn't want to find out who the father is.
  • Marvel Comics: In the Identity Wars miniseries Deadpool, Spider-Man and the Hulk cross over into an alternate dimension. Spider-Man's alternate version is a Well-Intentioned Extremist, which annoys Spidey. Deadpool gets along famously with his alternate until he discovers that alt-Deadpool isn't Wade Wilson, it's Victor Von Doom. Alt-Wade Wilson is a Big Bad who Deadpool takes down. Bruce Banner discovers that he can't turn into the Hulk in this dimension and is overjoyed, until that gets reversed. Then alt-Hulk and Hulk duke it out.
    • One nice example involving Deadpool has him inventing an imaginary version of himself (aka, he willed himself into having a split personality) while trapped inside a room for over 800 years (long story). Why did he do this? To have someone to play hangman with of course. His plan fails when the imaginary Deadpool turns out to be a genius and starts totally kicking Deadpool's ass in the game.
    • When Gwenpool pulls different versions of herself from the timeline (as a metacommentary on her inconsistent personality) in Gwenpool Strikes Back , the other Gwens are embarrassed by the Gwenpool from Rocket Raccoon and Groot.
  • In one Disney comic, Donald Duck's friends and family force him to spend 24 hours with a duplicate of himself, to show him how annoying he is.
  • Loki:
    • In Loki: Agent of Asgard, Old Loki has nothing but contempt for the new, younger Loki who is on a quest to redeem themself and escape their role as the villain of the tale. When the two finally meet face to face, they mock younger Loki and reveal that they'll never stop being the villain Because Destiny Says So. Let's just say Old Loki doesn't take well what happens later.
    • Similarly, in Young Avengers, Loki is haunted by kid Loki who constantly annoys them by mocking their wicked schemes, deconstructing their motives, and spouting bad puns.
    • When reintroduced in Thor (2014) the jerk does a Loki trademark Me's a Crowd with the twist of all copies being different versions of themself. It literally devolves into a Loki fight over how much the others suck ("I'm beginning to hate myself.").
  • In one of the Judge Dredd stories, Dredd's arch-enemy Judge Death escapes from confinement and goes back to Deadworld to restrategize, but a mistake by the dimension-travel scientist sends both Death and the scientist back in time as well. When the two Judge Deaths run into each other, the past one initially runs his claw through the future one's chest. He's ultimately glad after Dredd takes his alternate self back to the future, because he really didn't want to deal with another him.
    • Downplayed in the 2021 story "Trinity", a one-shot from 2000 AD #2262, where Dredd encounters and must briefly team up with parallel versions of himself representing the 1995 and 2012 film adaptations. Being all Dredds, they get some snide commentary on each other in; their first meeting has 2012!Dredd jeering at the fanciful designs of Dredd and 1995!Dredd's uniforms, which causes the original to mock 2012!Dredd's visibly body armor-inspired outfit in turn. Dredd mocks his counterparts for not having the advanced super-tech of his world, and neither Dredd nor 2012!Dredd think highly of 1995!Dredd's "Double-Whammy" Lawmaker round, nor his willingness to use his helmet as a decoy to apprehend the perp they're after. However, the biggest bone of contention is between Dredd and 2012!Dredd due to the latter's standard policy being to execute any lawbreakers. Dredd feels 2012!Dredd is too harsh, whilst 2012!Dredd in return calls his counterpart out as too soft.
  • In the Post Crisis continuity, Power Girl rather disliked Supergirl for several reasons: she felt Kara's existence made hers redundant, their powers went haywire when they got closer, and Kara's early attitude was bratty (because of Kryptonite poisoning, but neither of them knew that in the time). Although Kara attempted to make amends, they hardly got along. However it's Power Girl who makes Supergirl feel upset in the Post-Flashpoint universe, since Kara feels she's a wreck compared with her alternate adult self.
  • Fantastic Four: Present and Future Valeria Richards don't seem to be getting along with each other.
  • One issue of Astro City features a comic book editor who publishes fictionalized stories about the local supers. The heroine Nightingale pays him an irate visit to complain about his insinuations of a lesbian relationship between her and her sidekick Sunbird, and then the villain Glowworm beats the crap out of him for depicting him as a white supremacist (which particularly offends him since he's actually black under the Power Glow. He decides to switch to stories about cosmic entities who (he thinks) are above caring what humans say about them. It turns out that they are Not So Above It All; one day, his office building vanishes with him in it.
  • In The Sandman: Overture, the many different "aspects" of Dream are gathered together and immediately start arguing about whether they count as one person or many people. Two Dreams have this side conversation:
    Dream 1: Am I always like this?
    Dream 2: Like what?
    Dream 1: Self-satisfied. Irritating. Self-possessed, and unwilling to concede center stage to anyone but myself.
    Dream 2: I believe so, yes. In my experience.
    Dream 1: Ah. Fascinating.
  • In Issue 12 of the Invader Zim (Oni) comic, Zim and Dib are accidentally slingshotted into a Bad Future where Zim has conquered the world and declared himself Emperor. Present Zim is naturally thrilled by this, but as Emperor Zim is somewhat more mature and competent, he finds his past self to be an idiot and acts dismissive towards him. This leads to the insulted Present Zim teaming up with Dib to defeat Emperor Zim and escape back to their own time.
    • This is also a big part of the Battle Void arc (Issues 46-49), which features a Pocket Dimension full of numerous alternate counterparts of the same person (namely Zim). They're all convinced that they're the best version, and are constantly butting heads. It also turns out that the whole place is secretly run by an Ax-Crazy counterpart of Dib, who is horrified when he realizes this; the other Dib, meanwhile, views the main one as an idiot, so acts dismissively towards him even before they come into conflict.
  • In PS238, some of the characters go to a universe much like theirs, but where metahumans don't exist. Victor, the genius scion of a supervillain family, is horrified to discover that his alternate self is a child pop star. (And this, right after mocking someone who likes Justin Bieber.) Similarly, Zodon not only has to deal with his counterpart hugging him, but getting Cecil's Star Trek reference without even an ounce of shame.
  • Waverider from Armageddon 2001 initially had a bad relationship with the leader of the Linear Men when it was revealed that he is the Matthew Ryder that ended up living the life Waverider had lived (or would have lived in the new timeline) and so ended up killing the other Matthew Ryder. This, of course, had the effect of causing Waverider, Superman, and the Linear Men to be trapped in a Nullsphere with no way to escape...until Waverider used the energy from Hunter's eye beam to alter time so that the other Matthew Ryder would not be killed in the first place. Both Matthew Ryders made their amends with each other and Waverider became a new member of the Linear Men.
  • Mr Block of Black Science uses his access to transdimensional travel to contact his other selves and negotiate trades. One such trade goes south when both Blocks are equally intractable about their terms.
  • Gravity Falls: Lost Legends: One of the stories has Mabel get stuck in a pocket dimension full of alternate versions of herself. Mabel grows frustrated with the other Mabels' poor attention spans, self-absorption and short-sightedness, which leads to a Jerkass Realization.
  • When Heroes Reborn started, its version of the Avengers had a version of Thor that was The Berserker, but the post-Rob Liefeld issues revealed that this wasn't the real Thor and when the real Knight in Shining Armor Thor did show up, neither really liked the other.
  • The DC Comics Crisis Crossover War of the Gods was about a fight between the Greek and Roman gods over who was the true Olympian Pantheon, with Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel as their champions. (Even though the Big Red Cheese gets his half his powers from the Greeks, and only a third from the Romans.) The fallout from the later Crisis Crossover Genesis would reveal that this was a Literal Split Personality that lasted millenia; the Greek gods created autonomous aspects of themselves to watch over the proto-Romans, and they diverged considerably.
  • Zenith: Zenith takes an instant dislike to his alternate universe self, Vertex, finding him to be smug and irritating. Ironically, our Zenith is the one who’s a self-centered prick, while Vertex is nothing but polite, friendly, and heroic. In other words, he’s everything Zenith isn’t.

    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".

    Fan Works 
  • A Crown of Stars: In the first chapter Shinji and Asuka meet their future selves. Asuka found her older self quite irritating. Subverted with her counterpart of the “The Way out Is Through” universe. Rather annoying her, that timeline’s Asuka unsettled her… a lot.
  • In Amazing Fantasy, Mistress Sinister's main problem with Mr. Sinister is that he allows his obsession with the Summers-Grey genes and fights with the X-Men get in the way of advancing research.
  • The Second Try: Discussed. Asuka thinks her younger self would hate her if she saw what she has become. Shinji argues she is being too hard on herself, and he mentions his younger self would surely be shocked.
  • In the Supergirl fanfic Hellsister Trilogy, Lex Luthor of Earth-One can't stand his Earth-Two counterpart; as far as he's concerned, the other Luthor is an ingrate who hasn't gone through his same losses and is unable to appreciate how lucky he is.
    "Listen now to Luthor of Earth-One," said Brainiac, whose face resembled nothing less than a metallic death's-head. "He shall be our field commander. We have the worlds within our grasp. It is our time, now."
    "Wait one bloody second!", said one attendee, an older man with red hair. "Who appointed that second-rate lab-rat our spokesman?"
    Lex Luthor of Earth-One turned, his warsuit primed for action. He recognized the voice. It was his Earth-Two counterpart, the older Luthor who had fought that Earth's Superman. His Man of Steel was dead now, killed in the Crisis. He had never lost his hair. He had never lost a wife or son. On top of that, he had even worked with the Earth-One Luthor, in a joint effort against the two Supermen.
    The man was a damned ingrate, and Lex was fully in favor of wiping him out with an energy bolt.
  • The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic I Forgot I Was There plays this for serious drama: Twilight accidentally brings her reflection to life, and both Twilights severely resent each other from the very beginning. Their petty competition is the main focus of the fic.
  • Calvin and Hobbes: The Series has an episode wherein The Prankster Socrates is cloned, and he quickly finds his clone to be very irritating.
  • Happens with Maya and Miho meet in The Dimensionhoppers (technically they are counterparts of each other).
  • In the Star Trek (2009) fanfic Written in the Stars, Fem-Kirk gets the spirit of her counterpart stuck inside her head. Hilarity regarding the subject of Spock ensues.
    Kirk: Well, excuse me, Miss Know-It-All.
    Kirk Prime: That's Mrs. Know-It-All to you. Recall I'm a married woman.
    Kirk: How could I forget? Your husband's a true Mr. Know-It-All.
    Kirk Prime: It's fun having my sense of humour thrown back at me. If a little annoying.
    Kirk: Just shut up!
  • In Forgiveness is the Attribute of the Strong, a My Hero Academia fanfiction, young All for One travels forward in time and meets his adult self. It's mutual hate at first sight.
  • The Infinite Loops:
    • This is how Classic Spyro and Legend's Spryo tend to act around each other. They've gotten better about it... mostly.
    • Tends to happen a lot when a looper hears about their baseline self's less-than-stellar behavior, since they've often matured over time but the baseline hasn't. For example, the looping version of Diamond Tiara has long since outgrown her childish bullying antics and befriended the CMC, so hearing how her baseline non-looping self pulled some particularly low trick on them really gets to her. Twilight Sparkle isn't too impressed with her past self on most occasions, either, thanks to Show Twilight being an Idiot Hero.
    • This can be particularly horrifying for a Looper if their baseline self is evil, either because they're a villain who underwent a Heel–Face Turn during the Loops, or — more rarely, but not unheard of — a hero whose baseline self underwent a Face–Heel Turn during an Expansion. The latter was the case with James Ironwood, whose canon actions after Volume 7 were so horrible that his Looping self underwent a Heroic BSoD after experiencing the Expansion loop, and no longer considers the two of them to even be the same person.
  • Though it happens off screen, the backstory timeline for The Bridge shows an encounter between two different incarnations of Godzilla. While it is subverted in the sense they aren't the exact same individual, they do have the same powers, similar appearance; and the same title. One is the grown up Godzilla Junior from the Heisei series, who is a Gentle Giant unless defending what he cares for and goes out of his way to protect humanity. The other is the revived 1954 Godzilla, a Chaotic Evil monstrosity who kills everything in his path. When they met it was this trope turned violent and cranked Up to Eleven. Take a wild guess how their encounter went. With some aid from Anguirus and Gamera, Junior killed his predecessor.
  • In The Two Sides of Daring Do, AK Yearling gets annoyed and jealous of her clone who is stronger and a better fighter than her and can get through ancient traps more easily. It gets to the point where she gives up and decides her clone deserves to be the real Daring Do. They make peace at the end, when they acknowledge they each deserve to live, and the clone needs her help to survive in the real world which is a lot different than the idealized world of the Daring Do novels.
  • Pony POV Series:
    • During a Vision Quest, Applejack meets her counterpart Orangejack, and they argue and briefly fight. Applejack is annoyed that Orangejack abandoned the farm to become a business pony, and got a loving husband and children out of it. Orangejack is annoyed that Applejack stayed on the farm and basically did nothing with her life except being a farmer, and got to become a hero and have lots of friends. They make peace when they realize they are similar with how they feel about their loved ones.
    • Diamond Tiara's mother Golden Tiara gets shown a vision of her alternate universe counterpart Spoiled Rich. Golden Tiara is first comically horrified by Spoiled Rich's botched nose job, then is angered and disgusted by how vain and selfish Spoiled Rich is and how horribly she treats her daughter. The being who showed her the vision then summons duplicates of both Spoiled Rich and Golden Tiara's insane persona Screwball. Golden Tiara beats both of them into submission while vowing to never become like either of them.
  • Aftermath of the Games: Puppy Spike and Dragon Spike can't stand each other. Every time they interact, it leads to an argument, whether it's over the benefits of each other's species, who was cuter as an infant, or whose crush is prettier.
  • Broken Bow: When Armani and Selene first meet each other, they immediately get into a fight. However, once matters are straightened out, they get along well enough.
  • An interesting example of this occurs from both perspectives in cutflowers' Hannah Montana "Amiss" trilogy (Looking at a world where Miley was unable to undo the wish she made that she would be Hannah all the time); Miley attempted to make friends with the Lilly Truscott of her new world, but alt-Lilly ended up blackmailing her out of ten million dollars. The fic begins when the 'original' Lilly is able to make her own wish to join Miley in the other world, and is horrified at how shallow her other self is, having left her family and ruined her friendship with Oliver just to be rich, to the extent that Lilly privately reflects that she would kill her other self if they ever met. Back in the original world, alt-Lilly is initially annoyed at having to rebuild her reputation from scratch and feels that her other self wasted too many opportunities to establish Lola as an independent celebrity rather than just Hannah's eccentric friend, but over time she undergoes a Heel Realization as she realises what she did to Miley.
  • An odd variation of this occurs in "Lucifer Reacts to Supernatural", which looks at Lucifer and Ella Lopez (Lucifer (2016)) watching the fourth season onwards of Supernatural together, with Lucifer often commenting that he truly hates his fictional counterpart for such acts as manipulating Nick (Lucifer's vessel in the show) into saying "Yes" by basically using the murder of Nick's wife and child.
  • In the Once Upon a Time/Descendants crossover "Villains and Happy Endings", Regina makes her contempt for Grimhilde clear, to the extent that Evie and the other 'Villain Kids' briefly wonder if Regina's Evie's future self rather than her mother's counterpart given that Cora sounds more like Grimhilde than Regina does.
  • When the Turtles, April, Casey and Karai of the 2012 series are transported to the reality of the 2003 series in "TMNT Turtles together and forever", 2012 Karai makes it clear to the 2003 turtles that she doesn't share her counterpart's veneration of the Shredder, displeased that her counterpart is still loyal to his memory even after his near-destruction of reality.
  • "The Apocalypse is here" is a large-scale crossover between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Buffy the Vampire Slayer which features a range of doppelgangers coming to the main universe after an attack by Apocalypse disrupts the dimensional barriers. When Steve Rogers and Tony Stark meet Johnny Storm (Fantastic Four (2005)), Tony observes that the young man is essentially Rogers with Tony's attitude, Steve reflecting that they would not have gotten along if Rogers had been like Johnny.
  • When Maleficent meets her Descendants counterpart in "Maleficent and Descendants: A mother's love", she is disgusted at the pettiness of her counterpart's motives and the way she treated Mal, as she would give anything to have a daughter and her other self was cruel to the child she did have out of nothing but a desire for revenge over a relatively minor slight.
  • Used to chilling extent in the Wicked fanfic The Land of What Might-Have-Been, when Elphaba and others find themselves in an alternate universe where the key divergence is that the Elphaba of this reality was subjected to a complex surgery that gave her a normal appearance, but at the cost of driving her utterly insane, fixated on the idea that she only became 'good' when she became beautiful, and thus determined to force others to become beautiful even if that means corrupting their minds. While Elphaba and the Empress are basically at war from the moment they learn that the other exists, Glinda and Dorothy are disturbed to realise what happened to them in this new world but Glinda accepts it and Dorothy ends up killing her insane counterpart in their final confrontation. As for Dorothy's companions, Fiyero's counterpart dies before he learns the full nature of their current situation and the Cowardly Lion actually ends up forming a fairly positive bond with his counterpart; only Boq's relationship with his other self can be easily defined as 'annoyance', as Doctor Kiln observes the various ways in which the Tin Woodman has missed so many chances to be better in his past, even as he encourages his other self to try and improve now.
  • RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse: Crisis on Two Equestrias has the Lunaverse Trixie and Twilight Sparkle run into their show counterparts. L-Trixie thinks her show counterpart is an obnoxious ham, show-Trixie in turn thinks she's a pampered layabout who could use some exercise. Show-Twilight is initially not too hostile to her Lunaverse counterpart, until she insults Clover the Clever, but L-Twilight thinks she's just as bad as her (L-Twilight having become a fugitive for mild misuse of illegal magic) on account of the "Want-It, Need-It" incident. They do, eventually, get over this. After nearly being killed by a equicidal alicorn created by their bickering.
  • Infinity Crisis:
    • In Different Strokes, when Slade of the Arrowverse confronts his Earth-51 counterpart, the two quickly get on each other's nerves, Earth-51 Slade dismissing his counterpart as unable to understand his full potential and Slade angry that his other self is only in the game for the money without any interest in something more despite them both having lost their families. It is also suggested that Oliver would have a similar reaction to his counterpart, as Earth-51 Slade muses that his version of Green Arrow would be "cracking stupid jokes and going on liberal rants" during a fight.
    • A minor example in Legacy of Lightning: Team Flash disagree with Barry-Blue's request to deal with his Reverse-Flash on his own, but respect his right to handle his problems his way.
    • A more serious example occurs in Counterpart Conferences, when a variation of the DC Animated Universe Joker kills his Earth-51 counterpart, denouncing the other Joker as having lost his way as he is no longer a 'true' Joker but just an intimidating thug.
    • Later in Counterpart Conferences, while Regina of Once Upon a Time doesn't directly meet her Descendants counterpart, she reflects that she knows what type of person the Queen is, and advises Evie to focus on being herself rather than trying to be a legacy for her mother.
    • In the same chapter, Morgan Le Fay has altered her appearance (to now look like Elizabeth Hurley in Runaways (2017)) as she wanted to rid herself of the memories of her "weaker half" (having previously split herself from her old 'disguise' of Lena Luthor in Of Kryptonians and Queens).
    • Also in Counterpart Conferences, the DCAU Batman meets and is disgusted by his Earth-99 counterpart and how far he's fallen. He gives him a prolonged "The Reason You Suck" Speech, before beating him in a fight and sending him to the Phantom Zone.
    • In Chapter 8 of Counterpart Conferences, three versions of Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl (from Earth-1, Earth-2, and Earth 167) meet each other and immediately butt heads over differing attitudes towards superheroing, though they later reconcile as they realize that they have more in common than not. In the same chapter, Merlin (from the BBC series) and Nimue (from Cursed) also meet and discuss each other's counterparts across the multiverse.
  • In the Marvel/Ultimate Marvel crossover Avenging the Ultimate, while neither expressly state it, it is clear that 616-Steve Rogers disapproves of his more hardline Ultimate counterpart, informing his other self that Spider-Man is one of the best people he knows even if Ultimate Cap dismissed him as another foolish child.
    • Also applies by proxy for 616-Hank Pym, who quickly becomes annoyed at how the Ultimates act as though he's automatically as bad as his counterpart just because they're both Hank Pym.
  • In the Invader Zim fanfic When Gamers Collide, a couple of random accidents in their respective universes cause the version of Gaz from the original cartoon and the one from the continuation comics and movie to meet in a Pocket Dimension. At first, they get along pretty well, but since the comic/movie version has had more Character Development, she grows to be disgusted by the show version's general attitude, while the show Gaz comes to see her counterpart as being soft and wimpy. This leads to an argument that ends with the two coming to blows.
    • In Season 2 Episode 7 of The New Adventures of Invader Zim (by the same author as the above), Dib, Zim, Tak, and their respective teams are accidentally transported to a Mirror Universe and meet their counterparts there, and none of them are pleased. Dib and the twins are morally disgusted by their counterparts' supervillain natures, while Zim and Tak are similarly disgusted by their counterparts being friendly and trying to help Earth instead of conquering it. Furthermore, Tenn is offended by her counterpart's laziness, while Nyx is furious at her counterpart being a bland corporate drone.
  • In Destiny is a Hazy Thing, Naruto gets a glimpse at his canon life and is appalled by how reckless and idiotic his alternate self is, declaring that he should have died dozens of times and only got by on pure luck.
  • In the penultimate chapter of Eternal Fantasy, Harry uses a magic device that gives him a glimpse of his life without the transition. He sees a fat Dudley bullying him, a fully human Hermione ragging on him for allegedly cheating at Quidditch, and himself and Draco fighting to the death. Harry's outright horrified and insists the magic device (which could change the world back to canon) go away and never show him such things again.
  • Fate/Harem Antics: Jeanne Alter hates the original Jeanne d'Arc for being a goody two shoes. Since Saber looks like and acts similar to the original Jeanne, Jeanne Alter becomes obsessed with destroying her.
  • In Better Than You, Transformers: Animated Shockwave ends up in The Transformers universe, and is forced to spend the entire day with his G1 counterpart. The two repeatedly butt heads with each other, although they seem to have developed some level of respect for each other by the end.
  • In the Gravity Falls Flipside AU, there's a story called "Double Backflip-side" in which a Stanford Pines from another dimension ends up in the Flipside one, and the main Ford actually ends up calling him out for his treatment of Stan (link here:
  • In the Kirby story, Are You a Friend, Too?, for the most part, the main characters get along fairly well with their Kirby: Right Back at Ya! counterparts, except for Dedede. Video Game!Dedede thinks of his counterpart as a moronic oaf who reminds him way too much of his past self, while Anime!Dedede gets pissed when Video Game!Dedede insults him and can't understand his friendship with Kirby.
  • In the Switcheroo AU page "Extras", canon!Pearl finds Switcharoo!Pearl unnerving. Averted with the Spinels, who get along just fine.
  • A Different Kind of War: The casts of several of Parcasious' Fate/stay night fics are pulled into another world by a mysterious entity and ordered to go to war. To motivate them, the entity kills one version of Shirou Emiya to make an example of him and to demonstrate that if a Shirou dies, his world and everyone from it is erased from existence. Several of the Shirous, especially the ones from The Vasto of White and The Holy Man of the Church Creek, see no way out and lead their factions in war, determined to survive. The casts of Fate: Kill are among the only ones trying to make alliances with other casts, welcoming the casts of Fate: Sword Order and then the original Fate/stay night when they arrive later. When the original Shirou learns what is going on, he is infuriated that any version of himself would just give up and start killing others just to survive instead of working together to try to beat the entity or at least Take a Third Option.

    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. This is taken Up to Eleven 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 enemies.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The movie Deconstructing Harry, where fictionalized characters closely resemble real people but with negative characterization. Anger ensues.
  • 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.
  • 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. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Looper: Upon meeting his younger self, Old Joe seems to hold Joe in nothing but contempt.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex. One of the symptoms sufferers from the Atlantis Complex show is a Split Personality. As Artemis's case worsens, he develops another personality called Orion. While Artemis is an eerily mature Deadpan Snarker, Orion is a mix between a poet and a Hormone-Addled Teenager, who constantly talks about his (and Artemis's) undying love for Holly. Artemis can see and hear everything Orion does, and hates all of it.
  • Animorphs: "The Seperation". Mean Rachel is totally annoyed by Nice Rachel.
  • In the Everworld series both the Greek and Roman pantheons exist, and they can't stand each other. Especially Neptune and Poseidon who are engaged in an eternal turf war for control of the oceans, and Atlantis in particular.
  • A similar situation exists in The Heroes of Olympus. Mostly the gods are content to let their Roman personalities take over when talking to Romans, but when Greeks and Romans start interacting with them at the same time they get splitting (almost literally) headaches. The most extreme example is Athena; an old grudge with the Romans means she seriously resents having to become the Chickified Minerva.
  • A Chronicles of Echo episode narrated by Max had a mention that in a less pleasant stage of his life he was ready to choke the version of "Sir Max" living in the city rumours.
  • The first half of Robert A. Heinlein's By His Bootstraps consists of the interaction between the protagonist Bob Wilson and some of his past and future selves, due to a very convoluted Time Travel plot. The scene is retold several times, each from the point of view of a different version of Bob — who consistently thinks his past selves are idiots and his future selves are arrogant pricks. It comes to blows eventually. And this would be the man who rules the Earth in the future? Diktor, the future dictator Bob considers a jerk and tries to double-cross, is Bob himself.
  • Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor: There is a great deal of in-universe material about Luke Skywalker, who after all is Famed in Story. He hates all of it, particularly the portrayal of him, which is often infallible and leads to some people he meets assuming he should be just listened to - he wants them to argue sometimes, point out things he hasn't seen, and so on.
  • In The Tin Woodman Of Oz, the Tin Woodman returns to the (now empty) tinworker's house and finds his original, flesh-and-blood head. They have a conversation and find they don't like each other.
  • Pact stars Distaff Counterparts Blake and Rose Thorburn, the same person born as a different gender. They're very different from one another-where Blake is impulsive and favors the Indy Ploy (with the usual result being Didn't Think This Through) Rose is more meticulous, favors summoning Others to do her bidding, and is quicker to escalate to ruthless levels of force. Naturally, they don't get along-which causes a lot of problems, because they need to work together in order to survive the many enemies which their family has made over the past seven generations, and because they're both trained manipulators who have a tendency of lashing out violently when backed into a corner.
  • Emily the Strange: Stranger and Stranger: Both Emilys even call each other 'Other Me' and they definitely annoy each other. Eventually becomes Evil Me Scares Me.
  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob): There are a few Bobs that just can't be around others (such as Mario), as well as some odd companions who like to annoy each other (Riker and Homer, Calvin and Goku).
  • In the short story "Random Quest" by John Wyndham, Colin Trafford never actually meets his Alternate Universe counterpart as they have switched places but but he soon comes to hate everything about him. First and foremost, there is his treatment of his wife Ottilie, whom he routinely neglects and emotionally abuses. He also dislikes the propensity for brutality that his counterpart displays in his writing.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Babylon 5: When Dr. Franklin takes a leave of absence to work out his addiction to stims, he embarks on a spiritual exercise inspired by Australian Aboriginals called a "walkabout", where on the premise that he has lost "himself", he wanders until he runs into himself, and can have a lengthy conversation working out their differences and subsequently reunite with himself again. A few episodes later, he gets stabbed in Downbelow, and as he lies bleeding on the verge of death he literally sees "himself"—and that self gives him a "Reason You Suck" Speech chastising him sternly for always running away from his problems, with this "walkabout" being one more example of that. He later remarks to Garibaldi that he did indeed "run into himself", and found he didn't like him very much.
  • Buffyverse:
    • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
      • In "Doppelgangland, Vamp Willow thought that the regular Willow was too wimpy, and regular Willow thought Vamp Willow was too skanky and evil.
        Willow: It's horrible. That's me as a vampire? I'm so evil, and skanky... and I think I'm kinda gay.
        Buffy: Willow, just remember, a vampire's personality has nothing to do with the person it was.
        Angel: Well, actually—(Buffy glares at him) ...that's a good point.
      • In "The Replacement", the Xander who seems to the audience to be regular Xander is annoyed at the suave, confident Xander, but it is ultimately revealed that they are both the "real" Xander, just split into two distinct forms. One Xander is assertive, self-confident and suave, the other is panicky and self-critical.
    • When Angelus returns on Angel we eventually discover how annoying the vampire with a soul is to his alter ego. The fact Angelus had to endure rescuing puppies and listening to Barry Manilow completely drives him up the wall, much to Faith's amusement.
  • In the Season 2 finale of Continuum, Alec travels back in time to save his girlfriend's life. In Season 3, the Alec of the new timeline inherits his father's company and learns said girlfriend has a secret past. New Timeline Alec sees Original Alec as a naive romantic fool; Original Alec sees New Timeline Alec as a power-hungry sellout. They end up trying to kill each other.
  • Doctor Who can play this trope straight or avert it, depending on the story. Many multi-Doctor stories feature current and past regenerations bickering with each other. As a show primarily about time travel, there are plenty of examples of this trope between different incarnations of The Doctor, The Master and other supporting characters, which can be found in its own folder above.
  • On Dollhouse, Topher imprints his personality onto Victor. The two bond a bit fanboying over how hot Bennett is, but when they actually meet the two quickly get on each other's nerves, talking over each other.
  • In The Flash (2014), some characters end up facing their doubles from parallel Earths. Not all of them get along, such as Cisco/Vibe from Earth 1 not getting along too well with his evil double Cisco/Reverb from Earth 2, and Caitlin from Earth 1 disliking her Evil Is Sexy version from Earth 2, calling herself Killer Frost. There's also Harrison Wells from Earth 2, who tries to help Cisco and Caitlin find a double to replace him, and ends up disliking several versions of himself from other worlds, including "H.R." from Earth 19. When Harry and H.R. meet up later, Harry is downright hostile, annoyed that there's a version of him that's not a brilliant scientist. He's dumbfounded that Team Flash chooses to keep H.R., even though the latter does prove his worth in the same episode with a totally non-scientific observation that everyone else missed.
  • On Friends, Rachel dates Russ, a guy who's remarkably like Ross. Ross finds him completely annoying, being totally unaware that he's basically criticizing himself.
  • Fringe:
    • Walter and Olivia do not like their counterparts in the alternate universe. Walter doesn't like Walternate, because basically, Walternate was hellbent on destroying our universe (and also reminds Walter of how succesful Walter could have been, had he not been institutionalized). Walternate doesn't like Walter because Walter kidnapped his son and caused significant damage to the alternate universe. Olivia doesn't like Fauxlivia because Fauxlivia basically took over her life, committed several murders and slept with Peter, while she was forcibly implanted with Fauxlivia's memories and thought she was her, and Fauxlivia is annoyed with Olivia because Olivia's general demeanor is not as upbeat as Fauxlivia's.
    • Both versions of Agent Lincoln Lee, on the other hand, really get along. The main difference between their personalities is that "main" universe Lee is an introvert and a bit nerdy while "alternate" Lee is an extravert and more confident. They have fun trying to compare their early lives to see what made them turn out so different.
    • There is a lot of variations on this on Fringe due to characters meeting their counterparts. One episode involved hunting down a serial killer with the help of his alternate counterpart (who happened to be an expert criminal profiler). The episode hinged on the For Want of a Nail divergence between the two men.
  • Living With Yourself has Miles and clone!Miles hating each other for different reasons. Miles hates his clone for being too perfect, while clone!Miles hates original Miles because he has nothing but memories of Miles, which are not his own. This eventually results in both Miles attacking each other which is largely Played for Laughs until the real Miles kills his clone and has a My God, What Have I Done? reaction and has to resuscitate him and the two seemingly bury the hatchet... before the perfect clone points out that the original Miles is gaining weight. Miles angrily yells at him ruining the moment.
  • Loki (2021): The protagonist Loki, having watched years of Character Development of his main timeline self in minutes and then getting even more himself, including falling in love for the first time, looks embarassed and annoyed watching a bunch of Loki Variants backstab each other for a pointless throne.
  • Kaamelott: A minor example, where Perceval somehow manages to clone himself with Merlin's magic. The Stinger has him introduce the clone to Arthur saying "But for some reason, he's a real dumbass."
  • This is referenced in Murder, She Wrote where fictionalized characters closely resemble real people but with negative characterization. Anger ensues.
    • A similar plotline in an episode of The Father Dowling Mysteries, in which a novelist adapts one of Father Dowling's cases as a book. Dowling's Expy is depicted as a brawling Irish stereotype, while the nun standing in for the normally tomboyish Sister Stevie repeatedly faints at the sight of blood. Sister Stevie describes her as "a wimp in a wimple".
  • McGee, of NCIS, wrote a novel somewhat based on people he knew. As each member of the team learned about how their counterpart was portrayed, they took offense at the idea. Tim made it very clear that the fictional versions weren't the same, but almost everyone said methinks thou doth protest too much. Except Gibbs, who didn't mind because "Special Agent Tibbs" was awesomeness incarnate, did not have sex with cadavers, and was not shipped with the counterpart of another agent because McGee thought they'd make a nice couple.
  • The Outer Limits (1995): In "In Another Life", both the project manager and killer versions of Mason Stark dislike the Eigenphase Industries CEO Mason.
  • Parallax: Comes up most promenantly with Ben's best friend Francis, who early on cannot stand his counterpart. This is partially out of jealousy that his counterpart is considerably more outgoing than he is, partially out of seeing running into other selves as "like looking at a mirror, only it talks back", and mostly because Francis 'Thief' is at least initially a cheerful thief and liar.
  • Red Dwarf:
    • In "Parallel Universe", Cat is pretty excited to meet his alternate dimension counterpart as he thinks it will be a female cat person - it turns out to be a male dog person.
      • Rimmer, contrarily, came to hate his counterpart because they were too much alike - she displayed the same creepy sexual behavior Lister called male-Rimmer on earlier in the episode - only directed toward him.
    • This happens to Rimmer several times. When he has Holly make a copy of himself, they hate each other so much that Lister is forced to delete the duplicate. After being stranded on a terraforming world and creating some clones for company, they build their society around his weaselly, petty, and cowardly traits and throw him in the dungeon for not being awful enough. When he meets his parallel-universe self Ace Rimmer, Rimmer resents him for being so brave, competent, and handsome (and thereby countering Rimmer's belief that he couldn't help but turn out to be such a smeghead). The disgust is mutual, and after Ace leaves for more dimensional exploration a text-over states that he never finds a Rimmer as loathsome as this one.
  • Subverted in a Saturday Night Live Weekend Update segment featuring a point/counterpoint argument between Jerry Seinfeld As Himself and Jimmy Fallon as a second Jerry Seinfeld. At first Jerry 1 is visibly irritated by the second Jerry (who disagrees with him about the merits of The Gap), but the two quickly become delighted with each other and end the segment by adjourning to catch a movie.
    Jerry Seinfeld: You're funny!
    Jerry Seinfeld 2: So are you! So are you!
    Colin Quinn: Hey, uh, fellas, you seem to have found a lot of common ground. Perhaps in the future we shouldn't have a person debate himself.
    Jerry Seinfeld: But—but he makes a good point!
    Jerry Seinfeld 2: I like what this guy has to say!
  • Inverted and then played straight in Seinfeld when Jerry falls for his Distaff Counterpart, Jeannie Steinman. He's initially obsessed with her because her personality and interests are indistinguishable from his ("I've been waiting for me to come along and now I've swept myself off my feet!"), but, shortly after impulsively proposing to her, realizes that his own characteristics severely grate on him after long exposure. It's resolved in the following episode when they both blurt out that they hate each other at the same time, in what Jerry speculates may be the first truly mutual breakup in history.
    Jerry: All of a sudden it hit me, I realized what the problem is: I can't be with someone like me. I hate myself!
  • A constant on Sliders. Every member of the team has met at least one (or five) alternate versions of themselves on different Earths who they can't stand. They range from a Quinn who's a corrupt "mathalete" to an Arturo who tries to take his double's place to a ditzy Wade to an arrogant Rembrandt and more. And that's not counting the versions who are flat-out evil.
  • Stargate:
    • In the Stargate Atlantis episode "McKay and Mrs. Miller", an alternate universe version of Rodney McKay appears. This version is charming, extraverted and socially skilled. The regular Rodney ends up disliking him because everyone seems to like him better. At the end of the episode Teyla, Sheppard, and Ronan reveal that they weren't terribly fond of the alt-universe Rodney, either. Interestingly, "Rod" actually envies Rodney, claiming that the latter doesn't care what people think about him, while the former is too socially-conscious to do that.
    • In an episode of Stargate Universe, Doctor Rush gets sent back in time through "a freak of physics" and warns everyone that the very risky plan they were about to attempt was going to fail miserably. The non-time-travelling Rush (who's been very vocal about the risks inherent in the plan) is very smug about this, to the point of completely disregarding time-travelling Rush's ordeal. Time-travelling Rush is not impressed.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series:
    • The premise of "The Enemy Within" involves Kirk being duplicated, with his personality split between the two bodies. Naturally, each of his halves despises the other.
    • The ultimate example of this trope comes in "The Alternative Factor". The prime universe version of Lazarus despises his alternate-universe self and wants him dead, even if he destroys all of reality in the process. For his part, the alternate Lazarus was perfectly happy to live in harmony with his counterpart until said counterpart became obsessed with destroying him.
  • Star Trek: Voyager:
    • In "Author, Author", this happens to every character when they see the Doctor's holoplay "Photons Be Free", since he portrays them as anti-holographic racists. He relents and changes the characters to not be so obviously stand-ins for his real life friends after Tom "revises" the program to paint the Doctor as an arrogant and unethical Jerkass so he sees how offensive his first draft was.
    • There was surprisingly little argument in "Deadlock", because each Captain Janeway knew what the other would do in their situation, though there was an argument about being More Hero Than Thou. The conflict comes in "Endgame", when Captain Janeway meets her future self Admiral Janeway, due to their different experiences and agendas.
    • This happens when the Emergency Medical Hologram meets his identical-looking creator Dr Zimmerman (or a diagnostic program based on him, in an earlier episode). Of course, it doesn't help that Zimmerman is a Dr. Jerk who regards the EMH Mark One as an embarrassing failure.
    • In one episode, B'Elanna is split into two separate people: a Klingon and a human. The Human B'Elanna is weak and fearful, while the Klingon B'Elanna is hyper-aggressive. Neither likes the other, but in the end, the Klingon version is killed, while the human one is told that her body needs both sets of genes in order to survive, so she ends up being reintegrated.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation:
    • In "Hollow Pursuits", the main characters are offended by Lt. Barclay's versions of them in his fantasy holodeck adventure. Troi tells them to relax and just take them as amusing homages, until she happens upon her alternate self — a soppy "goddess" in love with Barclay. Riker immediately seizes the opportunity for an Ironic Echo.
    • In "Galaxy's Child", Geordi is excited to finally meet Dr. Leah Brahms, the designer of the Galaxy class engineering systems seen as a hologram in the earlier episode "Booby Trap", as she's here for an inspection. During her visit, she encounters her holographic self, repeating that episode's closing lines "Every time you look at this engine, you're looking at me. Every time you touch it, it's me." She feels understandably violated, and at that point, nothing La Forge could say would convince her that he didn't do more than collaborate with her holo-self.
    • "Second Chances" is basically an entire episode of this trope, alternating between Future Me Scares Me and I Hate Past Me. Riker discovers that a transporter accident duplicated him seven or eight years ago, he got out, the other him was stranded on a planet they were surveying, and despite all of this, both men are equally William T. Riker. Riker is annoyed by the youthful attitudes and social difficulties of the other. The other Riker chafes at seeing the man who had the career he should have had and who gave up the woman he still loves (Troi).
    • In "Time Squared", the Enterprise picks up a shuttlecraft carrying an alternate Picard from six hours in the future, in a timeline where the Enterprise was destroyed and everyone else was killed. The present-timeline Picard becomes frustrated with his future self and the possible fate that future Picard represents, and it's made worse by the fact that future Picard's mind is jumbled by the time change and he cannot communicate clearly.
  • On Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, after Weyoun clone #5 is killed in a Teleporter Accident (at least, they never proved that it wasn't an accident), Weyoun 6 defects to The Federation. Weyoun 7 is pissed at him for betraying the Dominion and shaming the Weyoun line.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise, episode "In a Mirror, Darkly". In the Mirror Universe, evil Archer comes across a database listing the achievements of his alternate self as a famous captain, diplomat and explorer. As Archer is still only Number Two on Enterprise he's furious, and as he lapses into insanity and paranoia is taunted by hallucinations of this alternate Archer, goading him into a reckless grab for power and fame. Hoshi makes it clear that she doesn't want to know anything about her own alt-self, clearly finding the idea of another "her" disturbing.
  • Star Trek: Discovery revisits the Mirror Universe. While few characters actually encounter their doubles, Tilly is visibly uncomfortable with playing the part of her Evil Doppelgänger, who is a mass-murdering psychopath. Ditto for Burnham, when she's forced to play an her equally-terrible double nearly 24/7. In the one case, where a character encounters his double, Prime Voq's personality finally reawakens in Tyler's body, causing him to attack Mirror Voq for the perceived betrayal of Klingon values.


    Tabletop Games 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • In Portal 2's Perpetual Testing Initative DLC, Cave Johnson is annoyed by most of his alt-universe counterparts, calling them 'backwater universe yokels' and developing a rivalry with Dark Cave.
    • Though the latter case is inverted later on:
      Cave Prime: [laughs] Oh, Dark Cave, you are the only one around here who gets me.
  • In the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable games, Nanoha and Fate are shown to get along really well with Stern and Levi, their Material duplicates, despite the fact that their copies have completely opposite personalities from them. Hayate and Lord Dearche on the other hand... hoo-boy. Before becoming allies, Hayate considered her Card-Carrying Villain of a twin to be an utter pest while Lord Dearche completely despises Hayate's very being. After becoming allies however, Hayate tries to connect with her duplicate much like Nanoha and Fate did, while Lord Dearche... still hates everything related to Hayate, so Hayate alternates between trying to become friends with her and outright Trolling her.
  • Dragon Ball Z video games tend to have Future Trunks displaying varying degrees of annoyance with his main timeline counterpart, mainly due to the fact that Kid Trunks is something of a Spoiled Brat (while Future Trunks, who grew up in an After the End hellhole, is well-mannered and pragmatic). Usually though, Present Trunks manages to do something that wins his other self's respect; in the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai games it's Kid Trunks achieving Super Saiyan at a young age, while in Dragon Ball Xenoverse it's GT Trunks coming to the Future Warrior's aid during the Super 17 Saga.
    • Note that this doesn't actually come up in the DBZ anime, as Future Trunks only interacts with his other self when the latter is a newborn baby...though he does pull on Future Trunks' hair. It's averted in Dragon Ball Super when they actually get to meet for real and get along just fine.
  • The Journeyman Project 2: Buried In Time: After you, Agent 5, acquire a copy of Arthur from Amarax Station, you can jump back to that same place and retrace your steps along the same path. Along the way, Arthur apparently has a problem with how his original self sounds.
    Your Arthur: You know how the things you hate most in others are the things you hate in yourself? Well, this guy's beginning to get on my nerves.
  • In Captain Morgane and the Golden Turtle, adult Morgane talks to a younger version of herself, and neither of them is particularly impressed. Young Morgane had hoped to grow up prettier and adult Morgane thinks her younger self is a brat.
    Young Morgane: If I'm honest, I'm a little disappointed.
    Adult Morgane: I don't ever remember myself being this obnoxious.
  • In Mass Effect 2, Commander Shepard, who by this point is Famed in Story because of the events of the first game, is told about a VI (an artificial not-all-that-intelligence, much like a computerized personal assistant) modeled after him/her. In the third game, s/he can actually find one and it promptly begins throwing out dialogue tangentially related to Shepard's imported reputation, boasting that it can predict the real Shepard's responses with 7% accuracy. If anything, the real Shepard is horrified that it might be that high.
    • Likewise in Mass Effect 3: Citadel, the clone of Shepard is roundly mocked for not being Shepard both dramatically (s/he doesn't really understand the concept of a team) and comically (s/he co-opts Shepard's catchphrase "I should go", to the latter's consternation).
  • Whenever there are two versions of Bowser in a Mario RPG, expect this trope to come into play. Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time mixes this trope with My Future Self and Me when Baby Bowser and adult Bowser meet, but Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam plays it more straight with Paper Bowser and "regular" Bowser. The Kameks from the two worlds also find each others' laugh to be annoying (even though it's completely identical).
  • In Chrono Cross, you spend a lot of time hopping between Home World and Other World, where everyone's lives went slightly or entirely differently. You can bring along party members to meet their other selves, and sometimes they are not impressed — pirate captain Fargo, for instance, is disgusted by the embittered gambling hall operator Fargo.
  • During the prologue of LEGO Dimensions, the Batman from the DC Comics universe runs into the Batman from The LEGO Movie. They almost immediately get into a Sissy Fight with each other.
  • World of Warcraft: Everything your "Future You" says in the quest "Mysteries of the Infinite" is a direct attack on the player. Never mind the fact that you're both wearing the same kind of equipment... and that the NPC comments on your "old gear." Of course, you can later get revenge of sorts when you get to repeat the quest at level 80 and be the "Future You" for now "Past You." Past you also comments on how much better your gear has gotten.... despite visually wearing the same gear. (Especially if you go back in the future wearing equipment that your past self not only has not yet acquired, but cannot wear at his or her level.)
  • Tales of the Abyss has a very interesting and spoiler filled take on the trope: Asch the Bloody is the original Luke fon Fabre and sees his replica as this trope because he doesn't accept him as his own person.
  • The Nightmare Sequence in Episode 5 of Life Is Strange has a guilt trip part where an Alternate Self of Max delivers a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to herself. It isn't made clear if this is an actual alternate self, or just Max's own subconscious guilt, however.
  • In Prey, January ranges from dismissive to outright hostile towards its alternative counterparts, especially December. This also verges on I Hate Past Me as all the Operators including January were created by Morgan Yu who was suffering from a repeating case of amnesia and came up with mutually-contradictory plans after every reset. January just appears to be the most recent version.
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart: Dr. Nefarious does not get along well with his vastly more competent alternate universe self, Emperor Nefarious, seeing him as an arrogant Jerkass who's never had to face a real challenge. Emperor Nefarious gladly returns the favor, scorning Dr. Nefarious as a pathetic loser. They're both right about each other.

    Visual Novels 
  • 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.
    • 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)
  • 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.

    Web Animation 

  • 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.
  • The Ten Doctors: Taken Up to Eleven (so to speak). Four and especially Six are good at pissing off all the others. (Two and Seven find themselves getting along better than expected, though.)
  • 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.
  • 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!"
  • Some random doppelgängers in Realm of Owls smile perpetually, which annoys Vayandil greatly.

    Web Original 
  • 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: 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.

    Western Animation 
  • A very dark version appears in Adventure Time. Lemongrab has obvious self-esteem issues and appears to harbor a lot of self-loathing. He later meets an exact clone of himself, and they start off as very close friends, for over a year. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, Lemongrab begins to grow annoyed by his counterpart, and this frustration soon spirals into full-blown loathing. He later tortures and devours his clone, much to the horror of everyone who witnesses this.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, the Gaang attend a play about themselves only to find that everyone has been extraordinarily Flanderized. Everyone is angry and embarrassed except for Toph (who's played by a huge beefy actor) and Sokka, once he corrals the actor backstage and offers suggestions to "improve" the show's humor.
  • One episode in The Flintstones had Fred wrongfully take the credit for a heroic act, only to have Wilma find out the truth and confront him with her disgust, ending with "I just hope you can live with yourself!" Suddenly, Fred is bothered by a duplicate of himself, who's even more annoying than he is, eating his food, telling bad jokes, and pulling nasty tricks like giving him an exploding cigar. After only a short time, Fred admits he can't live with himself, tells the duplicate to scram, and then confesses to everyone that Barney is the actual hero.
  • Batman Beyond:
    • Terry takes Bruce to see Batman: The Musical for his birthday. Terry finds the jolly, musical Batman to be great fun. Bruce is... not impressed.
    • This version of Bruce is also quite annoyed when he meets the younger version of himself in an episode of Justice League Unlimited and sees the younger Batman hang a criminal over the edge of a building. "I can't believe I was ever this green," says the elder version. He takes his cane and moves towards the crook, threateningly. "This is how you interrogate a perp."
  • The Ben 10 episode "Ben 10,000" sees a mutual form of this. Ben is brought several years into the future to team up with an older version of himself. The problem is that while Present Ben is his usual immature but good-humoured self, Future Ben has unlocked many more aliens and better commands the Omnitrix, but has also become a loner who's Married to the Job and is now constantly brusque to the point of rudeness. So Present Ben sees Future Ben as a humourless jackass and Future Ben sees Present Ben as an irresponsible punk. Eventually they learn to get along, and it turns out Future Gwen's reasons for bringing Present Ben in was to get Future Ben to unclench a little.
  • Code Lyoko, oh so many times.
    • The most notable is in Triple Trouble, when Odd is split into three. They fight over who gets to go to lunch, and who has to go to PE class. They also ruin a joke by inadvertently repeating it.
    • Another example is in X.A.N.A.'s Kiss. Odd complains to the clone he's fighting, telling it that if it's going to keep changing form, it should turn into a wimp next time. Its next form: Odd. In Revelation, another Polymorphic clone pulls a similar move on Ulrich, this time for strategy rather than mockery.
  • Towards the end of the Looney Tunes episode Duck Amuck, the frame shifts, leaving Daffy's top half on the bottom and bottom half on the top... inadvertently cloning Daffy. The two Daffys quickly start arguing with each other:
    Bottom Daffy: Now what?!
    Top Daffy: What are you doing down there?
    Bottom Daffy: Down here? What are you doing up there? [to audience] Down here—
    [top Daffy snatches Bottom Daffy into the top frame, which then re-centers]
    Daffy Prime: Listen, bub, if you wasn't me, I'd smack you right in the puss!
    Daffy Clone: Don't let that bother ya, Jack!
    Daffy Prime: [winding up a punch] Okay, buddy, you asked for it!
    [Daffy Clone gets erased just before Daffy throws his punch, making him miss wildly]
  • Futurama:
    • The main characters travel to an alternate dimension where the characters meet their counterparts and find them annoying despite being almost identical. Except for Bender, who being an egomaniac gets along with his counterpart just fine. The others eventually warm up to their duplicates, too.
    • Then there was that time they went to the end of the universe and looked across to see their alternate, cowboy hat-wearing selves. Bender got tired of his alternate self flaunting the hat and decided to leave.
    • In Bender's Big Score:
      • Fry is jealous of Lars' romance with Leela, not realizing that Lars is an older version of himself from another timeline. Or something; it's confusing.
      • And even Bender proves he's not immune to this trope. Seconds after meeting himself, and apparently agreeing to a course of action, the second Bender arbitrarily decides to try and murder his future-self.
    • Professor Farnsworth often finds his young clone Cubert annoying.
  • Weird variation in South Park: a giant dragon summoned by overuse of the word "shit" has Cartman's voice - when it's defeated, Cartman says "What a lame voice..."
  • In Teen Titans, a character named nosyarG kciD, nicknamed Larry, (an Expy of Bat Mite, a Great Gazoo from the comic books who idolizes Batman), who is Robin from an alternate dimension, comes to try to help Robin heal his broken arm, but Robin doesn't quite enjoy this encounter. His double is massively incompetent, which doesn't help smooth things over.
  • In an episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Pinkie Pie makes copies of herself. Her duplicates are obliviously and single-mindedly focused on having fun, to the exclusion of all else — an accusation frequently leveled at Pinkie herself — and it turns out to annoy Pinkie just as much as it does everyone else.
  • Phineas and Ferb: The whole premise of the made-for-TV movie is that the main cast travels to another dimension. While Doofenshmirtz is initially on good terms with his alternate dimension counterpart, it doesn't take long for Doof-2 to realize that Doof-1 is absolutely clueless and after having the Otherdimensionator built decides he wants nothing to do with him.
    "One of me is fine, but eh, I can be really annoying en masse. I admit it."
    • In one episode, Candace ended up splitting into two halves thanks to one of her brother's inventions; one was obsessed with Jeremy, and the other was obsessed with busting her brothers. They ended up singing an entire song about how they dislike each other (though most of the hate comes from Busting Candace).
  • An episode of Rugrats dealt with twins Phil and Lil wanting to be less like each other, and thus adopting the mannerisms of Chuckie and Angelica, respectively. Chuckie became exasperated with Phil's constant over-cautiousness, while Angelica was not at all amused with Lil's new aggressive persona. In the end, both Phil and Lil went back to being themselves.
  • In an episode of Steven Universe, Steven uses a time-traveling device to create several time copies of himself for a band. They get along at first, but have a disagreement when the original starts trying to designate each copy as a specific role ("the funny one", "the smart one", etc), and calls them annoying. They eventually start a fight that goes through at least four different areas in spacetime and gathers many more clones.
  • In an episode of The Smurfs, an accident with magic causes both Papa Smurf and Gargamel to each split into two separate "twins" of themselves. The two Papa Smurfs try to find a cure to recombine, but they can't get along or cooperate with each other, and cause even more accidents, eventually blowing up their lab; eventually, they decide they have to work on it separately, and draw straws, the loser leaving the village. (The other smurfs decide to help out, half of them leaving with the one who leaves.) Meanwhile, the two Gargamels fare even worse, hating each other to the point of getting into fist fights. When the two Papa Smurfs eventually do find the cure, it turns out the reason both pairs didn't like each other, simply put, was that they were too similar, the Too Much Alike Trope clearly applying in both cases.
  • Two Danger Mouse instances:
    • "Four Heads Are Better Than Two" is a zig-zag in that DM is paired with a robot duplicate of Penfold while Penfold is paired with a robot duplicate of DM, both as an experiment from Colonel K. Trouble is, the androids are more trouble with their peripheral partners than DM and Penfold are to themselves.
    • "The Good, The Bad And The Motionless" has DM facing his evil alter-ego, a red-colored version of himself with a trident, devil horns and a devil tail. He sets out playing mind games with DM until our hero figures things out and beats the hell out of his devil clone within the mystic amphitheater of Stonehenge.
    DM: I'm not going to be pushed around by two percent of me. Come down and put 'em up! (balls up his fists)
    Evil DM: What? A fair fight? You have to be joking! (evil laugh)
  • In the Gravity Falls episode "Double Dipper," Dipper makes about ten clones of himself in order to pull off an extremely elaborate plan to dance with Wendy. In an amusing Aversion, they all get along really well at first. Their inevitable revolt only comes because Dipper gets enough Character Development to abandon their plan, and even then they're weirdly nice about it.
    Dippy Fresh: Dude, take a chill-pill! They grow on trees here.
    Dipper: You stay out of this, Dippy Fresh!
  • In Gargoyles, the Archmage engages in a Stable Time Loop to save himself from his apparent death and acquire ultimate magical power, thus for a while there are two of him at the same time. While it might have made sense for the two to stay together and combine their powers for an even greater advantage over their enemies...the Archmage's arrogance is of a brand that doesn't get along with itself. Despite having just been him not more than 24 hours previous (by his perspective), the "older" Archmage is annoyed and impatient with his past self, criticizing and patronizing him relentlessly throughout their interactions. When the "younger" Archmage achieves the same knowledge and power as his future self, he leaves to fulfill his part in the time loop, and the elder couldn't be happier to see him gone.
    Archmage: Finally. I thought he'd never leave.
  • Rick and Morty:
    • Rick's ability to travel through alternate universes and the general trend of the various versions of him pissing off those in power has resulted in thousands of his alternate selves forming the Council of Ricks, a governing body meant to police themselves. The protagonist Rick hates these Ricks, as they're people who hated government that essentially Became Their Own Antithesis.
    • "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez" has Beth and Jerry go to alien marriage counseling which shows couples how the other sees them... by creating a monster out of each partner's perception of the other. Then they show how to make their relationship work and have the monsters love each other. Beth and Jerry's monsters are a giant insect and a spineless worm—and worse, they're codependent, which allowed them to escape! The only way they could stop them is creating a Goddess Beth to kill them. It should come as no surprise that Beth and Jerry divorce for a season before getting back together only after some Character Development.
    • The plot of "Rest and Ricklaxation" has Rick and Morty get split into two halves by a detoxifying machine at an alien spa. The machine separates toxic parts of the user's own personality into a separate person (or rather, the parts of their personalities that they see as toxic in themselves), so it's only natural that the "purified" Rick and Morty butt heads with their toxic halves.
    • In the season 4 finale, "Star Mort: Rickturn of the Jerri," it is revealed that Rick really did end up cloning Beth at the end of "The ABC's of Beth." While one Beth stayed at home, without knowing of the other, the other Beth went into space to travel the universe like her father. When Space!Beth returns and encounters Home!Beth, the two butt heads right away, The former seeing the other as weak, and the latter seeing the other as just like their father. They eventually set aside their differences and get along by the end of the episode, however.
  • Kaeloo: In the episode "Let's Play Astronauts", the main four go to an Alternate Universe where Kaeloo's transformation happens in reverse, Mr. Cat and Quack Quack have each other's personalities and Stumpy is a genius. While Kaeloo, Quack Quack and Mr. Cat hit it off with the other counterparts, Stumpy's math-loving, comic-book hating counterpart annoys him to no end.
  • Attempted to be invoked by Mung against Gazpacho in Chowder, who after moving in with the catering company following an argument with his mother becomes a nuisance, by feeding him a Multi-Rye Sandwich, which will make a clone that will annoy him to leave. It fails, and Chowder tries to salvage by feeding Gazpacho and his clone more sandwiches, filling the kitchen with a herd of Gazpacho clones.
  • In Star Trek: Lower Decks, Boimler has this reaction after being cloned by the transporter. It doesn't help that "William" gets to keep his dream job on the Titan while the original Boimler is sent back to the Cerritos.


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