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  • This trope more or less sums up Jamie Madrox's power (triggered via physical impact), especially once he learned that his duplicates were independent and developed their own personalities the longer they remained separate from him. Only he doesn't stop with "at least one evil twin". Any personality trait can be literally embodied in one of his "dupes"; as well, he sent out dupes to master certain occupations and skills, which after the dupes are reabsorbed, he learns as well. (The latter is distinctly implied to be the cause of the former—though the "independent duplicate" problem had some prior precedents, but those had involved external factors interfering with Jamie's powers—it became a permanent issue after he had reabsorbed many of the dupes sent out to learn new abilities.)
    • Warning: Combining the 'master certain occupations' and the 'evil twin' problem is VERY BAD!
    • In the Earth X continuity, Madrox is an information broker, said to have a dupe in every major city on the planet. However, under dire circumstances and threat of starvation, Madrox is forced to eat one of his dupes, and falls victim to the curse of the Wendigo—which is passed to every duplicate around the world. The heroes of Earth are forced to Kill It with Fire to eradicate the threat of self-duplicating, flesh-eating monsters.
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    • At one point, Jamie is fighting a guy who claims to have "the strength of a hundred men". Jamie quips that in a second, so will he, then swarms the guy with a hundred dupes.
    • He appeared in X-Men cartoon (called Multiple Man) leading to this great one-liner when using his powers against Wolverine:
    Wolverine: What is this, a two-for-one sale?
    {Madrox creates ten more copies of himself}
    Madrox: No, more like a baker's dozen!
  • One The Avengers story had all the different models of Ultron sharing a consciousness.
    • Speaking of Ultron, in more recent years he's taken to creating entire armies of himself.
  • Fantastic Four: Happened to Ben Grimm once, when his exoskeleton began shedding larvae that turned into clone-Grimms. The problem? They were almost all Evil Twins. Reed was forced to trap Grimm and his duplicates in an alternate dimension while he looked for a solution. Ben, meanwhile, fought off his evil versions with the help of the few good clones he could find.
    • The Impossible Man is able to do this thanks to his shapeshifting ability.
  • The character Flashback, has a similar power—but he pulls his 'clones' from his own future.
    • One of Flashback's future selves gets killed during a battle with Alpha Flight. This causes the original to go into Villainous BSOD because he now knows HOW he's going to die but not WHEN, which causes him to become afraid of being pulled into the past (which apparently he cannot control) because that could be the time he dies.
    • Damian Tryp also falls into this category, even though he's only pulled two versions of himself into the past. Doesn't stop him from causing a hell of a lot of trouble for Madrox and his team.
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  • Loki has has this power since the first Avengers story, though he uses it more frequently in the movies.
  • When he attempted to get his powers back via the Terrigen Mists, Quicksilver acquired this instead.
  • A variation with X-23, herself an Opposite-Sex Clone of Wolverine: Laura lacks the ability to generate clones of herself, but the scientist heading the project to create her intended to mass produce her and sell the additional copies to the highest bidders. Laura's mother put a stop to this by sending her to destroy the embryos during her escape from the Facility while they were still in their test tubes. Later, the demon Blackheart actually succeeded in cloning her (and even worse, bonding these clones with a symbiote). During Laura's confrontation with her "sisters", she briefly mused on whether they were sentient beings with the same right to exist as she did, but decided that regardless they were a significant threat that needed to be destroyed.
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  • This was shown in Marvel's Lighter and Softer Marvel Age imprint when, via some contrived means involving the aforementioned Jamie Madrox, the Incredible Hulk ended up with his power (including the physical impact trigger), filling the city with hundreds of different-personality Hulks wreaking havoc, due to the majority of the Hulks (predictably) reacting to duplicates of themselves by hitting them. There was even a hopeless romantic Hulk.
  • In All-New, All-Different Marvel, there are at least three Spider-Men (Peter, Miguel and Miles) running around, although at least one interview implies that there's a fourth and he/she is the one in the current costume.
  • In Avengers Standoff, there are two Maria Hills running around, one who was rescued by the Unity Squad and one who is recruited the ANAD Avengers It's later revealed there are actually three of them - the real one is still in Pleasant Hill.
  • In One More Day, Doctor Strange casts a spell on Peter that allows him to talk to every noteworthy scientist, mystic, and healer in the Marvel universe at the same time, in an attempt to find a cure for Aunt May.
  • In The Clone Saga, the objective behind the Jackal's "Carrion Bomb" is to turn the entire world's population into clones of Peter Parker.
    • The Jackal himself uses entirely human clones of himself as minions.
  • In issue #4 of the second volume of Ms. Marvel (2014), Kamala uses Bruno's artificial "human" experiment in order to clone herself and perform all her responsibilities (school, superheroing, being an Avenger, her brother's wedding).
  • In Ghost Rider, Lucifer's re-entry to Earth split him into six hundred and sixty six different fragments.
  • The Sandman is capable of making clones of himself out of his sandy body. The drawback is that his different bodies can act out subconscious urges without him even being aware of it.
  • In The Tomb of Dracula, Deacon Frost has the power to create doppelgangers out of his victims.
  • Once Reed of the Ultimate Fantastic Four becomes The Maker, he becomes able to create false bodies from a hair-thin tendril.

DC Comics

  • Animal Man possesses the power to take on the abilities of any animals in his immediate vicinity. During the Grant Morrison run, in an arc where he was trapped in a cell with no animals nearby, he took on the attributes of a single-celled organism within his digestive system. Notably the ability to replicate himself through mitosis. Within ten seconds, he was able to outnumber his opponent.
  • New Batman villain White Rabbit is revealed in Batman The Dark Knight #7 to be the duplicate of Jaina "Jai" Hudson. Jaina's pretty smart about this: her "duplicate" has different skin tone, eye color, and hair color, and wears an incredibly distracting Playboy Bunny outfit. Even then, Batman nearly figured out the truth, but was thrown off when "White Rabbit" appeared while he was on a date with Jaina.
  • The Batman Beyond comic introduces a Legacy Character of Catwoman, who is actually Multiplex's daughter and inherited his powers. This gets tied into her cat theme by calling her duplicates her nine lives.
  • The Flash:
    • Bart Allen (formerly known as Impulse and Kid Flash) could produce avatars of himself which could travel through the timestream.
    • The rogue Mob Rule discovered his ability to duplicate when he was dismembered by his enemies and the severed body parts grew into new people. His duplicates are completely independent from him, developing new personalities, and eventually growing to hate the original.
  • Dr Bedlam (later Baron Bedlam) from New Gods is a disembodied intelligence who can possess a number of robot bodies.
  • Superman:
    • In Silver Age Superman comics, Superman employs a number of Robot Mes to cover for him to conceal his Secret Identity. Their intelligence varies from one story to the next, but it is tacitly accepted that they are not truly self-aware (and are, therefore, expendable). When occasional Phlebotinum causes one to become genuinely self-aware, it's a big problem and Hilarity Ensues. In the Bronze Age, the editors decided the robots were too much of a Deus ex Machina, so they start malfunctioning (officially due to increased pollution levels in Earth's atmosphere) and Superman stops using them.
    • A story had all the different models of Brainiac, whose mind not only inhabits every version of himself through the years (except the rebellious Brainiac 2/Vril Dox), but also an entire army of robotic drones.
    • The villain Riot's powers work the same way as Madrox, with the added ability to clone himself at will.
    • Alexander Luthor, Jr. can use his Reality Warper powers to create duplicates of himself that can exist independently of his main body.
  • Triplicate Girl from Legion of Super-Heroes can, of course, split herself into three. Sometimes they're color-coded orange, white, and purple, (all of them are real regardless, but the cool thing is that the combined TG has a tricolor costume which splits into three mono color ones) and sometimes one of them dies while they're separated, making her into Duo Damsel. In the Threeboot continuity, the original Triplicate Girl was the sole intelligent survivor of some sort of apocalypse on her homeworld and could split and reemerge any number of selves, but when she/they was/were contacted by the United Planets, she/they split off the Legion's Triplicate Girl, who can only split out to three and won't be reabsorbed by any of her home selves because she's become too different and it worries them.
    • The original/Retroboot Triplicate Girl lost one body fighting Computo, becoming Duo Damsel. Then, she sent one of herself back in time to help Karate Kid with a mission in the 21st century, and this "Una" was also killed. With only one body left, however, she discovered she'd become able to make unlimited copies of herself, and took the new name Duplicate Damsel.
    • The Persuader once used his Atomic Axe to cut open reality and allow alternate universe counterparts of himself and his teammates to join up as the Fatal Five Hundred.
  • Doctor Manhattan exhibits this ability in Watchmen, being intimate with his girlfriend Laurie with a copy of himself while a third is continuing to work in the lab.
  • Seven Deadly Brothers of the Great Ten is one guy who can split into seven copies, and each copy retains a certain skill-set from the original.
  • In the Teen Titans Go! story "Pieces of Me", Raven's "emoticlones" are let loose by accident, and several of them run amuck throughout the city.


  • In The Authority, the Engineer can create clones of herself. It got to the point where she makes herself into a literal army. There are instances in which she has sex with Jack Hawksmoor while giving a speech at United Nations, or destroying entire fleets of mooks while resuscitating a kid.
    • Her case is a little different, though, as she creates robots, not clones - all her other selves are still controlled by her.
  • In Dark Empire, Luke Skywalker is able to make one doppleganger to rescue his friends and help them escape the Big Bad while he stays behind to fight said Big Bad. The doppleganger dissolves into light soon after entering hyperspace. He never has this power again, and Leia refers to it as a Sith technique.
  • Wisp from Dreamkeepers has this as her power, splitting up parts of her personality as needed.
  • Gold Digger: Villainess Array has the ability to not only create multiple bodies, but also give them different skills/abilities (or even a different species). Her name comes from the side effect of this power: when she recalls the body, it's consciousness stays behind in her head. Fortunately, they're all pretty much of the same mind (they all love her boyfriend, for example), and if she needs the same ability again, she can re-create any of them when needed, so her mind only gets more crowded if she needs some new power/skill set.
  • Invincible has the Mauler Twins, who are apparently a super-strong villain/mercenary type and his clone, neither of whom knows which is which because the original's memories were duplicated along with his body. This results in them working together relatively peacefully aside from the constant dispute, because while the idea was for the clone to serve the original, their shared memories essentially make them equals. Eventually, one of them is killed and the other has his body half burned and tries again, resulting in the original lording it over the new, obviously unburned clone until he gets poisoned and the clone tries again and manages to restore the status quo with the argument becoming about which is the lower-generation clone but once more unsolvable.
    • Dupli-Kate from the same series is a heroic version. Her brother Multi-Paul is out there somewhere, as well. Also, she's not as dumb as any of the guys who send all their selves off to battle. Among other things, she normally keeps her real self far away from the fighting, so that even if all of her clones are killed she'll be completely safe.
  • In the Danish Mickey Mouse Comic Universe story All Of Me, Mickey uses Eega Beeva's copying gun to make a clone of himself so that he could help Minnie shopping and go to a video arcade with Goofy. Unluckily, the clone starts replicating himself on its own and soon enough, there's a dozen of Mickey clones that keep replicating. When it gets out of control, the clones steal the gun and try to replicate the whole Earth for themselves... from an airplane. It only results in a copied piece of land appearing in the middle of a river as a new island, which the clones decide to inhabit anyway, until there's so many of them that the island begins to sink under their weight. Eventually, Eega Beeva saves the clones by teleporting them all to a nice uninhabited planet he saw once, making sure to stop the cloning process first.
    • In "Too Many Goofs", Goofy gets a double due to a machine made by Doc Static. At first, Mickey thinks he's got two best friends now, but the Goofs only pay attention to each other. When Mickey tries to talk about it, they turn on each other for his sake until one of the Goofs agrees to leave. Ultimately, neither Goof can bare to separate from the other and when they bump into each other on reuniting, they fuse back into one as a flaw in the replicating process that conveniently solves the problem.
  • Ninja High School had Jeremy accidentally photocopy himself into 100 variations, each one with different aspects of his personality.
  • Dr. Positron in PS238. There are several Dr Positron androids, with slightly different personalities.
  • At the end of the first issue of The Sandman: Overture, Morpheus is summoned to a meeting of all the different facets of himself throughout the universe.
  • As fractured as Shade, the Changing Man is on the inside, it was probably badly advised for him to split up physically. After generating an Evil Clone who escaped and attempted to supplant the original, Shade stopped deliberately duplicating himself.
  • Minor Top 10 character Multi-Woman can make several versions of herself, each with a different superpower.
  • Legends of Zita the Spacegirl introduces Doppelganger, a small alien circus performer, who as his name suggests can make multiple copies of himself. As a bonus, each copy has a leotard with a unique symbol and/or color. (See Web Comics folder for another Zita example.)
  • In Pride High, this is Unison's power.
  • In Paperinik New Adventures, PK's new suit can generate "trididensomorphic holograms", which are in fact solid and can act on their own. The downside is that it consumes a lot of energy.
  • In Street Fighter Unlimited, Vega attacks the heroes with Doll-like clones of himself.
  • The P Smith of Buck Godot: Zap Gun for Hire have a cloning-based reproduction system. As a consequence, every individual is physically and genetically identical.
  • In Les Légendaires, Dark Shimy can use her elemental powers to produce a seemingly infinite amount of earth-based clones of herself in order to attack.
  • In the Archie Mega Man comic, Buster Rog G. can make three copies of himself.
  • In 1963, Crystal Man can grow separate clone-bodies of his crystal form.
  • In Sonic the Comic, Megatox is capable of splitting into smaller multiple bodies. He can also merge back to full size.


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