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Java: What the hell are you gonna do to me without your army?
Danton Black: [replicates himself] I am an army.
The Flash (2014), "Fastest Man Alive"
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The ability to make several copies of oneself, normally maintaining control over all copies. Usually comes implicitly with the ability to recombine said copies.

This power can be very potent. One can be effectively immortal if at least one of you survives, one gets the ability to distract, surround and hinder your opponent and if all the duplicates work from a single mind it all occurs with perfect coordination. This power is an opportunity for writers to show off the creative combat techniques and imaginative Mundane Utilities.

There may or may not be some idea of a central self, one copy who is the "proper" version for whatever reason: you have to kill that one to kill them all at once, one gives all of the commands, etc. The other copies, conversely, rarely count as persons in and of themselves; see also Cloning Blues. If they are counted as actual people, expect Which Me?.

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Possible side-effects include Literal Split Personality. May be used in a Doppelgänger Attack, a Breather Episode might go for Me's a Crowd. Not to be confused with I Am Legion. Power Perversion Potential means this naturally leads to Screw Yourself.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Dragon Ball has the Multi-Form Technique, developed by Tenshinhan, which splits the user into four bodies (though each body is only 1/4 the strength of the original). Krillin, Piccolo and others utilize the technique or variations of it throughout the series.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, Father creates all the homunculi from undesirable pieces of his own soul, although you wouldn't guess it because, with the exception of Pride, there isn't much family resemblance. He can also reabsorb them, but that's a very unpleasant process.
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 7: Steel Ball Run, the arc's Big Bad President Funny Valentine stand allows them to pull copies of themselves to fight and to remain effectively immortal (as all clones share the same memories) or of others to blow them up
  • My Hero Academia:
    • Ectoplasm, a U.A. teacher, can create clones by expelling said ectoplasm from his mouth which will then form into multiple clones. The clones can also combine into one giant sized Ectoplasm clone.
    • Twice can make copies of himself and other people as well, except he has no control over them and refuses to use his power on himself ever since his copies rebelled against him in the past, and has to wear a mask in order to prevent himself from splitting involuntarily.
  • My Monster Secret: This is a favorite technique of Akane's, most often used for dragging people around.
  • Naruto: There are various Ninjutsu that can do this, each using a different way, but the Kage Bunshin no Jutsu (Shadow Clone Technique) is the first to be introduced and arguably the most iconic one among them, not the least due to the protagonist tending to utterly spam it (first ever use resulted in around 2000 clones!) as part of his pre-Time Skip combat strategy.
    • After the time skip, he can make absurd numbers if he needs to. At one point, he makes one shadow clone for every leaf on a tree so that all of them can train on using a new technique at once. Thus, he can reduce needed to learn it from years to days.
  • Nico Robin has acquired to do the ability to do this during the Time Skip in One Piece.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica 's Kyouko Sakura's Rosso Fantasma is an attack able of this, but we never see it in action since it's a remainder of her wish and its results, and her subconscious locks it away. She gains access to it once she's a witch.
  • Uchi no Musume ni Te o Dasu na!: Clara can use her super speed to create physical copies of herself. The only time she's ever used it is during the "Amazing Eighth Wonder Vol.1", where she used her clones to gangbang her own mothernote .

    Asian Animation 
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    Comic Books 
  • Myriad from Amalgam Universe is an amalgam of Multiple Man and Triplicate Girl.
  • The Engineer from The Authority could do this, using nanotech to extrude copies of herself. Her main limitation was that she spread her consciousness throughout her duplicates and the more she created the harder it was for her to manage them all. It was never explicitly stated if she could have created autonomous duplicates.
  • The DCU:
    • Firestorm villain Multiplex, who gets this power as well as super strength.
    • Riot a Superman villain can duplicate himself, as well as can stick to walls.
    • There's a Steel villain called The Worm who can duplicate himself.
    • The "Silent Majority", a member of a throwaway team of American-themed super-powered government agents called the Force of July. His code-name came from a combination of his personality (laconic) and his powers.
    • Superboy villainess Swarm, has an insect theme and can duplicate herself.
    • There's Centipede, a Canadian super-agent who tracks Nelson in Dial H.
    • The Flash villain Mirror Master is notorious for this (If Mirror Master appears in any media you can expect him to do this), He can successfully achieve this effect with the clones being made of glass. He can also create duplicates of other people and heroes that are loyal to him, with the clones of heroes having the same powers,
    • Bizarro can do this, but only under the light of a blue sun. He used this ability to create his own versions of Superman's friends and enemies, including Lois Lane. This is how Bizarro World was populated.
    • Tetrad Force, the father of Superboy and the Ravers member D.C. Force, can split himself into four mentally linked copies and can be quite useful for getting things done at the Force family's home/farm/compound in Canada.
    • Minor Shazam villain Amoeba, has this ability.
    • Ten of Hearts, from the Justice League Unlimited tie-in comic can create ten clones of himself.
    • Yang Kei-Ying/Seven Deadly Brothers can split himself into seven clones, each of the seven is the master of a particular form of Wushu (or Kung Fu) such as the Crane style and the Tiger style.
    • Double Trouble from Infinity, Inc. can duplicate himself into two. The second clone eventually decided to kill the other and as a result the former disappeared as the two cannot exist alone.
    • Green Lantern villain Evil Star can create miniature duplicates of himself called Starlings from his Starband.
    • Luornu Durgo (AKA Duo Damsel, Triplicate Girl, Triad, or Duplicate Girl, depending on the continuity/series) of Legion of Super-Heroes can do this as a natural ability of her people. the Carggites. Some continuities give her a specific twist on this trope, such as the duplicates all have distinct personalities or the fact that she's the last of her species, so the entire population of Caragg are just a million duplicates of her.
    • Flash character Manuel Lago has a form of Regeneration where if a body part is chopped off, it will regrow into a full bodied clone of him. The clones formed a group called Mob Rule, wishing to gain their own free will.
    • Figment, a Batgirl (2011) villain can duplicate himself using a power suit.
    • Phalanx, a roman themed supervillain has this power.
    • Minor Catwoman villain called Repro is modelled after Billy Numerous of Teen Titans.
    • Hardware villain Reprise, can duplicate himself, as well as his weaponry.
  • Marvel Universe:
    • Jamie Madrox of the X-Men, aka Multiple Man, in the Marvel Universe. If he leaves his duplicates separated for too long, they start to become more independent and develop their own personalities. Sadly making a Me's a Crowd plot difficult for too long but an Evil Twin incredibly easy.
    • A Mutant called Clay who has similar duplicating abilities as Jamie Madrox was hired to assassinate the latter, in the series Madrox.
    • The french mutant Legion, (Not to be confused with the mutant with the exact same name) who's a member of the French Empire from Exiles has the same self-duplication mutant ability.
    • Sporr, is an Inhuman with this power.
    • Zamira, from Avengers Annual can create clones of herself, however these clones have a similar appearance and same personalities to people and or heroes she has met.
    • The Inhuman, Tusk can create miniature clones of himself that sprout out of his hunchback.
    • Another mutant named Sea Dog has the same cloning ability as Madrox and Legion. He is a member of the Crimson Pirates.
    • Flashback from Alpha Flight can summon alternate future versions of himself to fight for him, with the clones gaining an inverted color version of his costume. One of the alternate future versions that died turned out to be his inevitable future self, this caused him to become paranoid and eventually stopped wearing his costume to prevent this. He then had two children Malcolm and Jennifer Monroe who has the exact same powers.
    • X-Factor villain Timeshadow, can create several out of sync time duplicates of himself with each having their own independent thought.
    • Esteban Beach can create electromagnetic duplicates of himself and whatever he is touching.
    • Loki has this power since the first Avengers story, though he uses it more frequently in the movies.
    • Machine Man from Ultimate FF, being made of Gah Lak Tus nanomachines, is able to duplicate himself.
    • Clone Strike Force, from Spider-Man 2099 has this ability.
    • Janus from Alpha Flight can split into two beings.
    • Catherine Mora the somewhat Invisible Woman Expy from Supreme Power can split herself into two. She can also make the other one disappear making this a form of Teleportation.
  • Shakara: Phaze is an alien assassin who can summon an infinite amount of Alternate Universe counterparts of herself.
  • The astral drops from W.I.T.C.H. are perfect duplicates of the Guardians, only without powers. The problem is that there are not multiple astral drops that get summoned and dismissed, only one that is put in limbo when non-active, so they start developing their own personalities and feelings... And only Hay Lin treats her drop as an actual person (something they get called on).

    Film — Animated 
  • In Justice League: Doom, Flash villain Mirror Master can do this, with the clones being made of glass.
  • In the fourth Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf film, Mission Incredible: Adventures on the Dragon's Trail, Xiao Shen Long the dragon has the ability to duplicate himself.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • A cut scene from the script of Bruce Almighty featured Bruce creating an army of himself to beat up some thugs.
  • Penny from Sky High (2005), a film about a high school for superheroes, uses her power to make herself into her own one-woman Cheerleading team and Girl Posse.
  • Jamie Madrox/Multiple Man from X-Men: The Last Stand robbed seven banks at the exact same time. And served as decoy for the authorities.
  • Agent Smith from The Matrix Reloaded due to his ex-agent ability to hijack blue pills being accidently altered by neo, he had gained the ability to copy himself, overriding blue pills, red pills and even matrix programs over and over again like a computer virus, needless to say when he meets neo once again there are a lot more smiths than neos.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The 4400: In "The Great Leap Forward", Jed Gerrity develops the ability to self-duplicate after being exposed to promicin.
  • Alisha from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is an Inhuman who can create seemingly limitless copies of herself. Taking out the "real" Alisha will also take out the rest.
  • Arrowverse:
    • The Flash (2014):
      • Danton Black aka Multiplex is the villain of the week in the second episode. In this case, there is a single "controller", who must be taken down. During the climactic fight, Barry uses his Super Speed to locate the one Danton with beads of sweat on him from the exertion of controlling so many copies and slams him into a pillar, knocking out all the copies.
      • Speedsters with the Speed Force can travel in time to have another version of themselves assist them. It is called a time remnant, but it is a Dangerous Forbidden Technique, since the time remnant has his own autonomy the same memories and the identity of the original but cannot have his life. This was the case with the big bad of Season 3.
    • Supergirl (2015):
      • "Hostile Takeover": One of the alien henchmen can clone himself by literally splitting himself in half in which a clone will quickly grow.
      • "Ahimsa": An alien called a Kopy can duplicate himself.
  • Charmed (1998):
    • In a Season 1 episode, Prue casts a spell on herself to create two extra copies of her after Phoebe has a vision of her being stabbed. The two clones are also a Literal Split Personality, as one represents her neurotic, control-freak side, and the other her highly repressed sexual side. The real Prue is unaffected by the split and acts like normal.
    • Prue develops the power of Astral Projection in Season 2, but it's treated more like Self-Duplication (her astral-body is still on our plane, corporeal and can be seen by others).
  • Eli from Heroes, who could only be defeated if you took out the "true" him.
  • The Outer Limits (1995): In "The Joining", Captain Miles Davidow, a crew member of the Aphrodite facility on Venus, injected himself with the DNA of a Venusian creature in order to keep himself alive; he knew that he would otherwise die as the facility's oxygen supply was rapidly running out. The creatures reproduce by a very advanced form of mitosis, producing complete copies of themselves in the process. When he returns to Earth, Davidow begins to undergo mitosis in the same fashion. It first manifests itself in a form of a Healing Factor. When he cuts off one of his fingers, it regrows within hours. He eventually produces a full size, if unfinished, copy of himself. In order to prevent the risk of him infecting the general population, he is returned to Venus where he and five perfect copies man the Aphrodite facility in permanent exile.
  • Smallville:

    Literature 
  • In The Candy Shop War, one of the effects of the Sands Of Time is to split the wearer into three selves. It should be noted, however, that anything that affects one of the selves affects all of them. If one is injured, they are all injured. If one is under the affects of a magic candy, they all are. At the end of the hour, the selves recombine at the closest safe location to the average of their positions.
  • The Dresden Files: In Cold Days, Sharkface/He Who Walks Before has this power, and uses it during the battle for Demonreach.
  • The Machineries of Empire has the radiant force multiplier, a bomb that, for a time, creates kaleidoscope-like copies of anything in its area of effect. The heretics use it to get a drop on Cheris' forces in the first battle.
  • A possible Ur-Example is the 1943 French short story Les Sabines, by acclaimed writer Marcel Aymé. It deals with an ordinary French woman called Sabine who happens to have this gift (don't ask why), of the "a single mind controls all the bodies" variety. At first she only uses it to do all the housework at once, but, when she meets a charming stranger, she decides to permanently split herself; one of her bodies will remain by her husband's side while the other elopes with the fellow. And as she keeps meeting more potential lovers, she ends up spread thin with thousands of copies all over the world (and people are starting to notice that wherever they go the keep running into unexplained lookalike). Deciding to punish herself, she sends one more avatar to live a tough, rotten life in the slums. Eventually, a thug murders that double, causing all the Sabines to die together.
  • In Super Powereds, Julia can create multiple copies of herself with a Hive Mind. It's originally stated that all of her clones are equal, but then this is revealed to be false. There is an original. In fact, she frequently sends a clone to a party, while being the designated driver herself. This allows her to experience everything a clone does without her own body being affected by the negative consequences. She also claims to be a good Christian girl and a Technical Virgin, which doesn't stop her from using her doubles to have wild sex (including Twin Threesome Fantasies, of course) with guys. This way, she can maintain that her own body has never been penetrated, while also having plenty of experience and enjoyment.
  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob): The point of a Von Neumann probe is that it can make more of itself to spread across the galaxy. Bob hesitates before making his first batch, but soon has no choice but to go through with it. Each new clone has a slightly different part of the original Bob's personality emphasized, and chooses a new name for himself.
  • In the Wearing the Cape books, there are a variety of Redux-type superhumans. Examples include Platoon, who duplicates himself permanently on a regular basis (there are implied to be dozens of him), and the supervillain Flash Mob, who can make 20 or so temporary duplicates.

    Myth and Legend 
  • Korean folk hero Hong Gildong could do this by transforming straw dolls into doppelgangers of himself.
  • Pan, from Greek mythology, had the ability to split into multiple "Panes", each with its own name. Three of them, Agreos, Nominos and Aegipan, are described as having their own unique appearances, personalities and abilities.
  • Sun Wukong is sometimes attributed with this ability as one of the kung fu disciplines he learns ("Hair into Many", etc.).

    Pinball 
  • The backstory for Mad Daedalus briefly mentions Icarus, a clone of Daedalus that he created to serve as his assistant.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Champions and Mutants & Masterminds have this as the Duplication power.
  • In DCHeroes this was the Split power.
  • In Eclipse Phase, the ubiquity of Brain Uploading technology means that anyone can copy their mind-state and download it into a secondary body. This process is known as 'forking'. People can generate several types of forks - alpha forks are full, one-to-one copies of the primary ego. Beta forks are 'pruned' copies of the ego, usually with reduced skillsets and substantial memory loss, and are often created to perform a specific task. Delta forks are the most rudimentary type of fork, more like generic AIs with a personality template than full beings. When a fork's task is complete, it is usually merged back into the primary ego. However, depending on how long it's been since the fork was generated and how much the two minds have diverged, reintegration may be more difficult or even impossible. Up to a day of separation is acceptable, but at a week or more, substantial mental damage becomes a risk. The legality and morality of forking is disputed within the setting, and varies depending on which polity the characters are in - under some governments, forks are considered property, not sentient beings in their own right, or vice versa. Forking is a taboo subject in many places.
  • In Mage: The Awakening, the highly advanced "Manifold Presence" spell creates multiple temporary copies of the spellcaster. They can also be made autonomous and can potentially operate anywhere in the world, while sharing their sensory input with the caster.
  • The Selesnya Conclave from Magic: The Gathering has cards that have an ability called Populate which makes copies of Creature Tokens on the playing field.

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    Video Games 
  • In Destiny, Taken Psions can perform this, sometimes to the level of Me's a Crowd.
  • In Fire Emblem Fates, the Mechanist class has the Replicate skill that allows the user to create a copy of themself. A copy shares everything that the original has, including skills, current stats, current class, and inventory.
  • This is where Mega Man 3 boss Gemini Man gets his name. According to Super Adventure Rockman, he can have up to four clones alongside the original.
  • In Phantasy Star Online 2, Dark Falz Double does this to guard the Profound Darkness.
  • Impfinity, one of the Zombie Heroes from Plants vs. Zombies: Heroes is capable of creating several clones of himself via a device on his chest. His Signature Superpower "Triple Threat" spawns two Impfinity Clones in random lanes.
  • Ring Runner: Flight of the Sages has a caster ability called the Forked Path Catalyst, which creates two other copies of the caster. Rogues can create decoys, with physical presence that ranges from standard holograms to Hard Light.
  • Some of the zombie ponies can do this in Story of the Blanks.
  • Subverted in Super Mario RPG, Yaridovich is able to disguise into several identical Toads (sans the one pretending to be the elder. Whoever,his real form looks nothing like the Toad duplicates. Played straight into one of his special moves, being able to make an equally strong copy of himself with less HP.
  • Flandre Scarlet of the Touhou series can do this up to three times for her "Taboo - Four of a Kind" spell card attack. She does this as an improvement of the stock vampire "turn into a swarm of bats, then back into a person" ability.
    • Her sister Remilia enhanced the power in the opposite way - never more than one humanoid body, but has no limit to the number of bats she can exist as and can change back from any single bat.
  • Janus Cascade in Wild Arms 3 revealed his ability to make duplicate bodies of himself, in an attempt to escape death by the protagonist party. Unfortunately for him, he perished for good shortly thereafter.

    Webcomics 
  • Grrl Power: Harem has this power, on top of being a Hive Mind with teleportation powers. Any potential problems with the duplication are averted; each different body has a "different personality", but it's just a façade on Harem's part. In her words, "There's no 'this one' or 'that one', there's just ME." Having said that, she does personalize each different body with hairstyles, tattoos, piercings, and wardrobes for each copy. It also helps that she has incredible intelligence.
  • Paranatural: A "racist whale-frog" spirit that breaks into Max's house has this power. It can bring any reflection to life, and feeds by eating copies of itself.
    Max: Okay that's a little out of my comfort zone. Gonna call for some backup.
    Alt Text: A pragmatic ghost hunter would be happy with this turn of events, as the number of foes has decreased.
  • In Sombulus, Tenge Kaedermos has the ability to split into several autonomous copies of himself at will, as well as recombine himself magically. There seems to be no core copy or hivemind, though it is indicated that a copy will share the same level of energy as the original. The Morphids are another group have this ability as well, and can flood an area with hundreds of copies in a zombie-like horde. (Though in their case, it does not appear to be voluntary.)

    Web Original 
  • Troika of the Whateley Universe can split into three identical people, while OMAG can split into at least six people but the duplicates don't seem to have the autonomy that Troika's dupes do.
  • The Worm universe offers several examples:
    • The supervillain Oni Lee is a teleporter that leaves short-lived duplicates behind every time he jaunts. He uses this to great effect when combined with duplicated weaponry such as handguns or grenades.
    • The superhero Prism can split into three copies and remerge into any of the three to gain enhanced strength, speed, and durability.
    • Spree, a member of the villain team known as The Teeth, can spam vast hordes of duplicates ... that get dumber and dumber every second they're "alive".
    • Cape-turned-mercenary Satyrical has the ability to produce flesh clones that can shapeshift to look like whoever he wants them to.
  • Sebastian from The Platoon Of Power Squadron can multiply herself. She mostly uses her power to get off work and to have someone to play video games with. Unfortunately, after a certain number of copies they get a little unstable and less like herself. One of them even left to move in with her boyfriend due to constantly being treated like she's just a clone.
  • Manson Haight, a small-time paragang member from ASH, has the power to make one duplicate every day.
  • Flynt Coal from RWBY can create four copies of himself, typically to amplify his trumpet weapon.
  • Zahra Ghorbani from Heroes Save the World can make copies of herself, but they only remain for as long as they're in physical contact with her.

    Western Animation 
  • Ben 10:
    • Ditto from the original series could do this but if one of the copies was harmed it would affect everyone of them.
    • Echo Echo from Ben 10: Alien Force can also do this and every copy is independent of itself, meaning Ben can keep one of them as backup in case anything bad happens to the others.
    • In Ben 10: Omniverse we get to see Ditto's natural predator who can also self duplicate.
    • The new alien Slapback from Ben 10 (2016) Reboot can duplicate himself with each clone becoming heavier and stronger.
  • The Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Villain, Torque has this as his special ability, as bestowed upon him by Buzz's greater Arch-Enemy, Emperor Zurg.
  • In Danny Phantom, this is a rare power among ghosts. Vlad Plasmius can use it without difficulty. Danny himself spends most of the series trying to perfect it, and his evil future self (who incidentally absorbed Vlad's ghost half) has mastered it.
  • DCAU:
    • Superman villain Luminus managed to achieve this effect with the clones being made from hard light in Justice League.
    • Chronos managed to give the Dee Dee twins this power in Justice League Unlimited, which causes them to duplicate if they are struck.
    • Replay in Static Shock, a Former Child Star, who uses his copies to steal. They are shown to be separate individuals, but he has the ability to wipe them out from existence at will, thus keeping them in line.
  • Multi-Man of The Impossibles in Frankenstein Jr.'s backup cartoon can, as his name suggests, make multiple copies of himself.
  • This is the power of Loony Fan Sebastian in the Generator Rex episode "Rock My World".
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Too Many Pinkie Pies", Pinkie finds a magic pool that allows her to do this. She ends up cloning herself to be able to spend more time with her friends. Then things get worse.
  • He doesn't normally have this power, but in one episode, SpongeBob SquarePants uses this to demonstrate that a lucid dreamer can do anything they want in a dream. "I can make a million of me!"
  • In Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Hekapoo can create an army of clones of herself, but they'll disappear if the flames above their heads are blown out.
  • Billy Numerous in Teen Titans. A particularly skilled one too, since he's able to create literally dozens of clones near-instantaneously with no power loss. Yes, he's only about as strong as the average man, but when you suddenly have 30 of them, all sucker-punching you from every angle, he's a fairly formidable villain. However, he does have a "cap" of how many he can make (implied to be in the hundreds or so, admittedly), and trying to go further than that cap causes all his duplicates to come back together.
  • Lady Redundant Woman in WordGirl.
  • The Ring of Nine Dragons in Xiaolin Showdown allowed the user to duplicate him/herself, but cut his/her power into equal portions and leads to Literal Split Personality.
  • Dr. Simon Ecks from Young Justice. In a case of Adaptational Super Power Change can create clones of himself. If the main Simon is knocked out all of the clones will disappear.

     Real Life 
  • Certain species of plants, fungi, and bacteria have the power to form clonal colonies where a single ancestor can reproduce vegetatively, not sexually, to form a large population of clones. Sometimes these clones are interconnected through roots and runners to form a single massive organism that is practically immortal.
    • Most notable of these is Pando, a 100 acre large connected Quaking Aspen colony with 43,000 individuals estimated to be over 80,000 years old.
      • The cloning ability was actually used to overcome the effects of climate change where the post ice age west was inhospitable for Aspen seedlings. Without young aspens or conifers, which were both sensitive to the arid environment, to compete with, the clonal colonies came to predominate. Some estimate that in some places Aspen have not reproduced sexually for 10,000 years.
  • And when it comes to individual cells, there is of course mitosis in general, the form of cell division in which each daughter cell has a complete copy of the genetic code in the end. note  Though which of the genes get expressed after that, determining the individual cells' form and function, is another matter...


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