|The German term (literal translation of its parts: double goer) is commonly used to describe someone who could be or is the double of another person or a ghost with the appearance of a still-living person. Most video doppelgängers are enemies in games who use the same (but usually altered) graphics of a playable character. The hook of this gimmick is that you have to battle an opponent with access to most or all of a player's skills, though some have extra powers, because evil rarely plays fairly. Characters who share sprites or a model with a playable character is either colored very differently and behaves very differently is rarely considered a doppelgänger as much as they're just a palette swap. These battles are often called "Mirror Matches" when dealing with just one opponent (especially in fighting games).|
Examples of doppelgängers include the Doppelgängers from the Castlevania series, Doppel from Capt. Commando, the Shadow/Doppelgänger from Double Dragon II, Mirror Rick from Splatterhouse, Break from Streets of Rage 3, and the evil clones from Rushing Beat Ran/Brawl Brothers. Be sure to avoid Doppelgängers at all costs if seen in the Black Lodge, as it may take 25 years to fix the results.
|Related Terms: palette swap|
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