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  • In the Deathstalker series by Simon R. Green, Hazel D'Ark eventually learns to summon variants of herself from alternate universes. This goes horribly wrong when she's captured by the Blood Runners, who force her to summon those constantly, killing each one in hideous ways.
  • A teenage boy finds a duplicating device in William Sleator's The Duplicate, and uses it so he can go on a date and his grandmother's birthday party at the same time. Hilarity Ensues when his duplicate claims to be the original, and ends up going on the date while he gets the birthday party. Then the duplicate makes another duplicate, and things start getting complicated.
    • Even more so as it turns out that the alien device put an automatic time limit on any duplicates - not only do they become more erratic and homicidal but they self-terminate after a certain period of time regardless of whatever else they do.
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  • This is the key SF element in Brin's Kiln People. The original copies himself to a number of specialized golem bodies to perform various chores. Sometimes the copy isn't clean and it "goes Frankie" and takes a vacation instead of buying groceries.
  • Within the world of Who Censored Roger Rabbit?, all Toons can summon a "dupe" which will disappear in 24 hours. They're typically used for stunts and to allow for Amusing Injuries. The Roger Rabbit who comes to Eddie Valiant is a dupe of the original trying to solve his murder before he disappears.
  • Meow's A Crowd in Whispering Nickel Idols, in which the semi-divine litter of kittens known as the Luck of A-Lat appear to consist of five or six most of the time, but can fan out by the hundreds when there's a whole crowd of people to interact with and influence the temperaments of.
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  • In Philip K. Dick's short story Upon the Dull Earth, protagonist Rick watches his girlfriend Silvia get killed by giant supernatural angel-like creatures whom she has previously been able to summon through animal sacrifice. Rick is able to contact these creatures and bring Silvia back to life, despite their warnings that something might go wrong. Gradually, everyone Rick encounters turns into Silvia, including Rick himself by the end of the story.
  • A variation in The Duplicated Man by James Blish and Robert Lowndes, where the protagonist needs to be duplicated by an untested device that requires six different people, one for each duplicate to be created, hooked into the machine. Turns out while the MEMORIES are copied the personalities and appearances are affected by the subjective views of the various individuals. So one copy is actually a bit shorter and more cowardly than the original because that's how its creator perceived the original while another due to her hero worship was a physically and mentally perfected version of the original. So only one duplicate ended up looking more like a twin than simply like a close family member.
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  • Anaander Mianaai, The Emperor of The Radch in the Imperial Radch trilogy (Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Mercy and Ancillary Sword), is a thousands-strong demographic of herself, all genetic clones of each other and connected through a faster-than-light neural network that shares all thoughts and memories with each other. Then Mianaai disagrees with herself on a matter of governance, and things get complicated for the Radch.
  • In The Stainless Steel Rat Goes to Hell, an alternate dimension doubles anything that passes through it, dividing living beings into Hive Minded duplicates. The villain exploits this to run his criminal enterprise more efficiently, while a love interest duplicates herself to resolve a Love Triangle.
  • Done to horrific effect in the Spellsinger novels, where one villain throws an army of identical human women berserkers at the heroes. Every one of them is a duplicate of woman the heroes' main offensive magic-user is in love with. Just to show how much of a bastard he is, once the heroes have started killing the clones, he sends the real one out Brainwashed and Crazy, hoping they'll kill her by accident. They almost do.
  • In Armadillo Fists, going to a dop convention lets you meet all the possible versions of yourself from every existing universe.
  • The short story Vend U has a girl gain the ability to make copies of herself after being eaten by a living vending machine.
  • In the first Castle Perilous, Linda conjures up numerous doubles of Gene, Snowclaw, and Osmirik to fight the duplicate zombie soldiers and servants. This later becomes Linda's favourite tactic in every book thereafter.
  • In Jack Blank, Trea is able to divide herself into three; one is all-brains, one is all-brawn, and the third is all-randomly-decided-trait.
  • In Journey to the West, Sun Wukong is able to pull hairs from his body then blow on them with his magic to transform them into miniature versions of himself.
  • In Fate of the Jedi, Abeloth eventually turns out to be possessing multiple bodies at the same time, though they're never at the same place after the initial possession.
  • This is Julia's power in Super Powereds, and Chad's first opponent during their senior year's intramurals has the same power.
  • In Super Sales on Super Heroes, Andrea can create multiple copies of herself.
  • Several characters can do this in The Dark Age, although Jutsu does it to a more limited degree than others.
  • In Tales of the Otori, some tribe members can split in two, leaving behind a second-self as a distraction that will fade from existence when the user stops concentrating.
  • In The Rapture of the Nerds, cloud people can "fork" multiple instances of themselves with little trouble.
  • The Elenium: The Physical Goddess Aphrael can manifest in multiple locations simultaneously, which helps her maintain her Secret Identity as Sparhawk's daughter in the Tamuli. However, it takes a lot of concentration, so she lets one of her bodies relax or nap whenever possible.
  • In Welcome to Night Vale, this is how Josh's father Troy can be seen everywhere - he somehow made multiple copies of himself so he could be helpful to everyone.
  • In Where's Wally?, one of the lands is The Land of Wallies, which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin - a land full of identical clones of Wally.
  • In the Arcane Ascension series, Jonathan Teft is fond of using simulacrums, independent magical copies of himself.
  • In the Lorien Legacies, this turns out to be Caleb's unique power - his "twin brother" is actually a clone of himself.
  • In Ninja Slayer, Daedalus can create and control an army of avatars while connected to the cyber-world.
  • In The Bleeder, Death controls multiple clones of himself in order to deal with the millions of people dying everyday.
  • In The Guardians of Childhood, Toothiana's fairies are extensions of herself, enabling her to collect teeth from every child who has lost one.
  • In Mitosis, this is the power of the titular Mitosis. There's no "prime" copy, and any copy can make more with no difficulty, but each clone becomes weaker every time a new one is born.


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