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  • In one episode of The Adventures of Mini-Goddess, Urd is babysitting some rats, and runs into a situation where she is asked to do three things at once. She however wants to play craps. She then makes two clones of herself, however all the clones wind up wanting to play craps as well. As you would expect, no actual work got done.
  • The hero of the manga Akumetsu is a terrorist clone army, and manages to make this ridiculously cool. His trademark mask blows his head off when he dies, concealing this slightly (slightly) from the authorities, and also transmits all the memories and consciousness of the dying member to his base in space, where they make a new copy. Kind of makes a cheat of the 'I'm willing to die to wipe out evil' thing.
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  • In Aldnoah.Zero, the Ortygia Kataphrakt have this ability, being able to constantly generate copies of itself so long as they are within a 30 meter radius.
  • In Angel Beats!, Kanade uses "Harmonics" to copy herself. But the copy is evil, and can also use Harmonics...
  • In Black Clover, Gauche can summon an alternate version of himself in combat thanks to his magic mirror.
  • In the Bleach anime, Jai can use his weapon to make multiple copies of himself.
  • In Busou Renkin, Moon Face's Busou Renkin, Satellite 30, allows him to create multiple versions of himself.
  • In Cells at Work!, Naive undergoes cell division after becoming activated.
  • Code:Breaker: Heike can split himself into 100 clones as a result of his light powers combining with his superior intelligence.
  • In Cross Ange, Embryo can create multiple copies of himself using Hysterica.
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  • In DARLING in the FRANXX, the True Enemy creates several copies of itself during the final battle.
  • In Date A Live, this is Kurumi's most frequently used power, which she uses to form a massive information network by spying on her targets.
  • Doraemon The Movie "Nobita and the Kingdom of Robots" has the titular character Doraemon fighting for his life in an arena. So what does he do? Fill the arena with clones so the opponent can't tell which one is the real one.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • This is a technique used originally by Tenshinhan, albeit in filler Piccolo, and, once Krillin, oddly enough, loves using it as well. Tenshinhan originally used it as a combat technique, but this became less useful as the character got stronger due to each clone having a fraction of the original's strength. Piccolo normally uses it for training purposes, allowing him to spar with himself.
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    • Subverted with the ninja Murasaki. He claims he can create four identical clones, each as strong as himself; in fact, he's one of a set of quintuplets.
    • Both the magician Babidi and his father Bibidi have the ability to split themselves into multiple copies, but doing so divides their power among all the copies.
    • During Fat Buu's fight with Kid Buu, Fat Buu's severed pieces reform as four copies of himself, all of which proceed to beat up Kid Buu.
    • Goku Black is able to summon endless copies of himself made of pinkish mist sfter using his ki scythe to make a tear in reality. They disperse with one hit, but reform almost instantly.
  • Future Card Buddyfight:
    • Demon Lord Asmodai can copy himself at will, and Tetsuya will often call multiple different versions of him.
    • This is how Death Tallica's effect is represented in the anime, by creating smaller versions of itself that intercept incoming attacks.
  • In Gatchaman Crowds, Utsutsu can produce clones at will. In gatchaman form, the clones lack her scarf.
  • In Gundam Build Divers, ZeroMaru can execute Bunshin no Jutsu, creating multiple copies of itself.
  • In High School D×D, Bennia has the power to clone herself. The clones she makes are easily distinguishable but because she's fast, enemies can't hit her clones anyway.
  • In Hunter × Hunter, Shaiapouf's Nen ability Beelzebub allows him to split his body into tiny sized pieces that allow him to scatter into multiple areas and scout ahead.
  • In Inu × Boku SS, Soushi tends to use his duplication abilities to help with chores or as part of battle strategy.
  • In InuYasha, filler villains the Four Ninja Demons are capable of creating clones of themselves.
  • In Jewelpet Twinkle, clones of Aqua pop up when he gets angry, and disappear when he calms down.
  • Funny Valentine of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Steel Ball Run can visit alternate dimensions and bring back copies of himself. Since the copies all have his exact same personality and memories, he can pass his Stand to any of them, and because there are infinite worlds, Valentine is almost invincible.
    • Steely Dan's Stand, The Lovers, can use dead tissue to make copies of itself.
  • In Katekyō Hitman Reborn!, Adelheid can use her ice powers to make copies of herself to fight for her.
  • In Kemurikusa, the Rinas are actually clones of Rinamu (who seems to be the "original" one). and it seems she has the ability of creating more. We actually never see her creating more Rinas though.
  • In Kill la Kill, Houka of the Elite Four gains the ability to make illusionary clones of himself once he upgrades to Probe Regalia MKII.
    • Nui also demonstrates this ability to make clones of herself during one of her fights with Ryuko.
  • In Knights of Sidonia, there are at least two Ochiais running around the Sidonia: one having possessed Kunato, and the other acting as Captain Kobayashi's right hand.
  • Shiro, a male-like Lunarian from Land of the Lustrous, is able to do this.
  • The manga adaptation of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords is all about this: Link is split up into 4 different Links (optimistic and childlike Red; aggressive and over-confident Blue; controlled and intelligent Vio(let); and the (perfectly regular) brave and virtuous green Link) plus one Shadow Link, who came from the Shadow Mirror and serves as an Evil Twin. The five Links superficially differ only by the color of their clothes (and hair, in Shadow Link's case). In the manga pages themselves, they also have their eyes drawn differently (Green: Normal and Clear; Red: Big and Wet; Blue: Smaller irises and Edgier; Vio: hyper focused and empty irises; Shadow: either empty or colorless irises), on the colored illustrations, however, their eyes are all the same as well. Oh, and they constantly bicker with each other.
  • Lupin III: Dragon of Doom implies that Genzai uses a ninja clone technique or body doubles, as he repeatedly "dies" only to reappear again unharmed.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!:
    • Negi attempts to make a single copy of himself using a traditional Japanese magic that animates a paper doll, with which he is unfamiliar. Eventually he succeeds, but all his previous (bungled) attempts also animate, and Hilarity Ensues as the small crowd of defective Negi-copies run around amongst his students, just as they decide to make him the object of a kissing competition. Later, in the manga storyline, Negi experiences the first day of the Mahora festival multiple times via a Time Travel device, and fails to entirely keep the secret of what he's doing from his students.
    • Kotarou and Kaede can use (the by-now mandatory) Ninja self-duplication techniques; Kaede notably starts off a beautiful Mundane Utility sequence by splitting herself into 14 copies in order to forage for edible wild plants really fast.
    • Haruna has used her Art Initiates Life artifact to create copies of herself to get her Doujin work done faster.
    • Negi has also learned how to make clones out of lightning. Actually, he could always do that—now they're actually convincing.
  • In Mahou Shoujo Site, Hachi is capable of multiplying herself seemingly indefinitely, creating an army of copies.
  • In Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers, Ultron makes many copies of his body to fight the Avengers and take over the world.
  • In Mob Psycho 100, Muraki's Ethereal Body power essentially results in this.
  • My Hero Academia has Twice, a supervillain with the power to duplicate people. However, he both plays the trope straight and subverts it: While he's fully capable of duplicating himself, he refuses to do it due to the fact that the last time he did it, the clones began killing one another and he sustained a near-lethal head injury. He's been driven to insanity ever since, to the point he's not sure whether he's himself or a clone anymore. It turns out he is the real one, and this realization is what helps him start cutting loose with his self-duplication again.
  • In My Monster Secret, one of Akane's powers is to multiply herself.
  • In Naruto, this is known as Kage Bunshin No Jutsu (Shadow Clone Technique), and the title character uses this as his primary battle technique. Other characters use similar techniques, but can't quite manage it on the same scale as Naruto himself, who can create upwards of a thousand copies of himself. Sadly, it rarely helps. In the Naruto world, Conservation of Ninjutsu applies to your own clones.
    • It sometimes helps a lot, but going up to Conservation of Ninjutsu levels means it's probably a distraction or temporary Red Shirt Army of himself. After the Time Skip, he shifts toward using small numbers of clones as decoys rather than a Zerg Rush of huge numbers of them. Clones to help him execute his big mojo attacks are very useful regularly.
    • As a side note, his clones can also function the same as Jamie Madrox from the aforementioned Marvel Universe in that any experience his clone has will be absorbed by Naruto upon dispersion, so he can learn new abilities faster, but he also absorbs any mental strain experienced. Thankfully, he doesn't have the Evil Twin problem in this case, but he does sometimes accidentally get into fights with himself before remembering he can just end the technique.
    • This is more a "conservation of chakra" issue. Each of the Naruto clones can still execute all of his techniques and retains all of his expertise (which, because Naruto is canonically an Idiot Hero, is not necessarily a lot, especially in the beginning) ... it's just that they're not as super-powered as he alone would be. Consider that Naruto is stated to have access to something near 100x the amount of chakra as his teacher Kakashi - who's fairly powerful himself - and boggle at the thought of it.
    • It's revealed in the Chunin Arc, that creating a '____ clone' requires expending a significant amount of chakra. It is implied that there are different levels of chakra required to create a clone. Up to six illusions that merely copy the caster can be used even when said ninja is on the verge of collapse. Creation of a complete clone involves dividing chakra evenly between the clones. Clones created using elements or physical objects (water, paper, etc.) cost less than creating them out of scratch, with the trade-off of needing to have enough of the element in question present (for example it's relatively easy to make water clones if you're near a river, but problematic if you're in the desert). The latest arc revealed that chakra is evenly transferred between clones, so a more recent strategy involves having a few clones store up chakra while the rest fight: when Naruto runs out of chakra, a clone dies, and Naruto gets his health fully restored. The limits of this haven't been completely tested, but it seems he can enter 'Sage Mode' indefinitely (barring the physical strain of the ability) and can spam his highest level techs while in that form.
    • White Zetsu is one of an army of 100,000 White Zetsu, and he can create copies of himself.
    • This is the whole point of Muu's splitting technique.
  • Ninin Ga Shinobuden has Onsokumaru attempt to use a cloning jutsu. He succeeds, but ends up locked in an "epic" battle with the clone. Who poofs out of existence anyway when the spell duration runs out.
  • In Nurse Witch Komugi, Komugi magically cosplays as Ken the Eagle from Science Ninja Team Gatchaman in a desperate bid to defeat her Transforming Mecha-controlling Ninja Maid enemy (who was cosplaying as Tekkaman)... and is soon joined by the rest of the Science Ninja Team, who are also cosplayed Komugis. Another Komugi later appears as The Professor. Her sidekick had no idea she could even do that, but Komugi plays it off like nothing at all.
  • Nico Robin from One Piece. Her Devil Fruit power (the "Flower-Flower" Fruit) lets her sprout replicas of her limbs and, Post-Time Skip, she has become able to create complete entire duplicates of herself.
    • Ikaros can make clones out of ink.
    • Emporio Ivankov possesses a technique called "Galaxy Wink", where he splits into copies of himself and they all wink the target into submission.
  • Dr. Genus from One-Punch Man created countless copies of himself to assist with research. They are actually his employees and he doesn't seem to care much about them.
    • Black Sperm can split into other cells.
  • In the Osomatsu-san episode "We Caught A Cold", Jyushimatsu somehow multiplies himself and then shrinks those copies down so they can enter the other brothers' bodies and cure their colds.
  • Konatsu the Kunoichi from Ranma ½ has a technique that allows him to do this. He creates at least three clones of himself which are coordinated with his true body. Given how this would be his most useful ability by far and the fact that it was never used in combat, it may be an illusion similar to Cologne's "Splitting Cat Hairs", or given how it seemed real, more likely simply not developed enough yet to be useful under pressure.
  • In Rave Master, "Closed Cocoon" Dorton has a secret technique, Cocoon Army, which can spawn many copies of himself, all with the same powers as him.
  • In Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars, Johann is revealed to have multiple clones of himself.
  • Mizore from Rosario + Vampire can create "ice clones" of herself and her friends, which seem to be able to operate independently, though they don't last long. They're quite fragile as well, so she doesn't use them as backup combatants.
  • In episode 23 of Sgt. Frog, Keroro tries to use the (malfunctioning) Kero-Ball to fix one of his Gundam model kits, but accidentally activates the "Copy" function instead, which results in hundreds of Keroro clones infesting the Hinata house and the base. He plans to use these clones to help him take over the planet, but they're all as lazy and goofy as he is and would rather slack off. What's worse, he later learns that unless he gets rid of the clones somehow, the Kero-Ball will overload and all the Keroros (including the original) will vanish.
  • However, this example above is directly lifted from the main plot of another series, Shichinin no Nana/Seven of Seven (one of the recurring characters in SoS is from Keroro, so it goes both ways). The seven Nanas, however, are all considered separate people, unlike many examples on this page. All we can say for the girl's love interest is, you poor lucky bastard, getting seven girls who all want you (and likely aren't afraid of sharing)...
  • Treated with much more seriousness in Komugi's parent series, The SoulTaker, with Kyosuke's sister Ruina having created various "Flickers" of her soul to throw off her pursuers. They all look different and a good chunk of them don't even know they're Flickers to begin with.
  • In Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, Blue Hunter can do this thanks to his Master of Illusion abilities.
  • Ryoko and Ryo-Ohki of the Tenchi Muyo! OVA can do this, but they've never done it in combat - Ryoko used hers for role-playing while Ryo-Ohki wanted carrots.
  • In That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Souei can cast off clones of himself that are constantly connected to him, which is definitely useful in his craft.
  • In The Death Mage Who Doesn't Want A Fourth Time, Vandalieu can use his [Out-Of-Body Experience] to create multiple Spiritual copies of himself.
  • In The Familiar of Zero, Viscount Jean-Jacques can create copies of himself with wind.
  • In The Rising of the Shield Hero, after Naofumi and Raphtalia ascend to godhood, they leave mortal copies of themselves behind to live normal lives alongside their friends.
    • Medea can break off fragments of her essence and reincarnate them in new-born women so as to wreak chaos and destruction.
  • In the Tiger & Bunny movie "Tiger & Bunny: The Rising", Kasha Graham can create illusions and use them to make copies of herself.
  • In Tokyo ESP, this is the Professor's favoured fighting tactic, which he performs with his illusion-casting powers.
  • In the last special chapter (after the finale) of To Love-Ru Darkness, Rito is the victim of another one of Lala's inventions (a cat robot that can make a clone of anything), getting a clone of himself every time he sneezes. Chasing the cat-robot, an entire army of Rito is created and naturally even his skills are multiplicated. Almost the entire female cast is stripped and groped.
  • In Toriko, Blob Monster Tokage can divide into smaller versions of itself.
    • Coco can make clones of himself out of poison.
  • In World Trigger, Wen So can use her trigger to multiply images of herself and fool her opponents.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Trueman can split himself into several copies.
  • In Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs, both Sagiri and Hibari can make clones of themselves, although only Hibari can make her clones with different outfits.

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