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Basic Trope: Two of the same character fight each other. May or may not have ties to the story.

  • Straight: Two identical Alices exist for some reason. They fight.
  • Exaggerated: It's very common to see fights breaking out between the exact same person.
  • Downplayed: Alice faces another trainee using her moves, and they look pretty similar but it's clear this other girl has a life of her own.
  • Justified:
    • One of the Alices is her Evil Twin from the Mirror Universe.
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    • One of the Alices is a clone deliberately designed by the Big Bad to defeat the other Alice since all their Elite Mooks are incapable.
    • One of the Alices is Future!Alice from 20 Minutes into the Future who has had to travel back to stop her past self from screwing up by whatever means necessary.
  • Inverted: Screw Yourself.
  • Subverted: One Alice turns out to actually be Carol wearing an Alice mask.
  • Double Subverted: So does the other.
  • Parodied: Alice beats up somebody wearing a Paper Thin Alice disguise. They do a Fearful Symmetry anyway.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • The two Alices get along quite well.
    • Or Alice fights against a completely different person that has no significant similarity to herself.
  • Enforced: "People like to use their character for a fighting game, let's just make them able to do that."
  • Lampshaded: "Seems there's a clone of Alice running around. Bet you ten bucks they get into a fight."
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  • Invoked: "Hey Alice, I made a clone with your moves."
  • Exploited: Alice decides to clone herself in order to better understand her fighting style and improve it.
  • Defied: When Alice finds out they're making a clone of her with all her fighting abilities, she decides to kill her before they finish her development.
  • Discussed: "I can't help but wonder why it's like fighting yourself in these games, I mean, it's a bit unnerving."
  • Conversed: "Man, Alice is so broken, it's common to see her fight herself."
  • Deconstructed: The two Alices get into a Fearful Symmetry match, ending in a Double Knockout. Repeatedly.
  • Reconstructed: One Alice catches on after the second or so round, and makes a backwards move that causes the other Alice to stumble over a curb that wasn't present on the first Alice's side. With the symmetry broken, the match proceeds.

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