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An index of tropes having to do with clones and cloning. Not to be confused with tropes about twins. Nor are these about characters who are merely similar to other characters. This index is about duplicate people. Also closely related to the Doppelgänger index.


Tropes involving cloning:

  • Ambiguous Clone Ending: It's left ambiguous whether the person is the real deal or a copied replacement.
  • Artificial Human: Any person who was created in a laboratory as a clone of another person is this trope by definition.
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  • Artificial Meat: Meat that was grown in a laboratory from cloned animal cells.
  • Capture and Replicate: When a kidnapped person is replaced with a clone to infiltrate their life.
  • Clone Army: An entire legion of soldiers who are all duplicates of another guy.
  • Clone by Conversion: A person gets transformed into a copy of someone else.
  • Clone Degeneration: Clones who rapidly decline in mental or physical health.
  • Clone Jesus: Someone makes a clone of Jesus.
  • Clones Are People, Too: Clones are regarded as real human beings worthy of equal rights, instead of just being expendable duplicates that can be easily replaced. Can also refer to clones being treated as unique individuals with their own personalities, as opposed to only being exact copies of someone else.
  • Cloning Blues: The clone is insecure about the fact that they are a duplicate of another person.
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  • Cloning Body Parts: Copying specific organs instead of a whole being.
  • Cloning Gambit: Someone creates a copy of themselves (or someone else) in order to fulfill some sort of plan.
  • Copied the Morals, Too: The clone doesn't just copy the appearance of someone, they also copy the original's personality (including their moral code). This is the downfall of many villains who create a clone of a hero.
  • Doppelgänger Gets Same Sentiment: A clone (among other possibilities) gets the same emotional reaction as their original.
  • Destructive Teleportation: A method of teleportation in which the original person/object is destroyed and then replaced by a perfect copy in another location.
  • Duplicate Divergence: A clone becomes different from their original over time.
  • Evil Knockoff: When the bad guys create an evil clone of a good guy to serve as their rival or antithesis.
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  • Evil Twin: Any villain who happens to be a clone of the hero would technically be their genetically identical sibling.
  • Expendable Clone: The life of a clone is worthless to their creator or master.
  • Literal Split Personality: When an individual person gets divided into two or more clones who each have different personality traits.
  • Me's a Crowd: Someone creates multiple clones of themselves.
  • Modified Clone: A mutant clone that was genetically engineered to be somewhat different from the original.
  • Only One Me Allowed Right Now: Where there's laws (physics or merely societal) that either disallows multiple clones to exist simultaneously, or cause problems when they do.
  • Opening a Can of Clones: Why should anyone care about what happens to these clones?
  • Opposite-Sex Clone: A clone who has a different biological sex from the person they are cloned from.
  • Screw Yourself: Someone has sex with their own clone or duplicate.
  • Self-Duplication: A character has the superpower to make copies of themselves at will.
  • Send in the Clones: The original guy was so great that we made many copies of him!
  • That Thing Is Not My Child!: Some people might have this reaction to learning that there's now a younger clone of themselves.
  • Twin Maker: Making a clone to replace a dead person.
  • Which Me?: Referring to one's clone or doppelganger by first-person pronouns.
  • You Cloned Hitler!: Someone makes a clone of Adolf Hitler.

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