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The Top 7… Evil clones

5. Lord Starkiller

From: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

LucasArts’ follow-up to The Force Unleashed was sort of crap, but the actual premise wasn’t all that bad: Vader, in an attempt to revive his former apprentice, clones Starkiller (Galen Marek) in the cloning facility on Kamino (you know, that one cool part from Episode II). But cloning a Jedi isn’t as easy as cloning a Mandalorian, and Starkiller, again, goes AWOL, killing the other clones and breaking free. This, for the record, is the “good” clone.

Fair warning: we’re about to get into spoiler territory here, so if you’re planning on playing the Force Unleashed II anytime soon (which we don’t recommend) you might want to skip over this next paragraph.

Once Starkiller finally reaches the end of the horrible Vader boss battle he’s given a light and dark choice. If he chooses the dark choice he’s killed on the spot by a lightsaber to the back. “Um, bro, remember when I said we couldn’t actually make a perfect clone? Gotcha!” Vader chortles and a dark, evil version of Starkiller emerges. A loud “DUN DUN DUN” plays and the two evil Sith go and tie maidens to train tracks or whatever. In DLC released for the game, Lord Starkiller travels around the galaxy killing members of the Rebel Alliance, including Chewbacca and Han Solo, which is actually cooler than anything that happened during The Force Unleashed II. That’s actually why he made it on this list: in The Force Unleashed II’s case, the evil clone is actually far cooler than the good guy. 

4. Dark Samus

From: Metroid Prime series

More so than most of the other characters on this list, Samus Aran seems to have a real problem unwittingly leaving clones of herself just lying around. First (or chronologically last, whatever), a too-close encounter with the X Parasite created the SA-X, a powered-up clone that stalked her through Metroid Fusion. Then, in Zero Mission, she was confronted by a mirror version of herself as part of a test from her adoptive alien race, the Chozo. However, it was Samus’ contact with the radioactive substance Phazon in Metroid Prime that produced her real doppelganger, Dark Samus.

Where evil clones in other games tend to be one-off gimmicks, Dark Samus endured long enough to be the central villain in two of the three Metroid Prime games. Created when the seemingly dead Metroid Prime came into contact with Samus’ cast-off Phazon suit at the end of the first MP, Dark Samus wasn’t the most expressive shadow double, never saying much apart from occasional laugh- and scream-like noises. However, that didn’t stop her from going on an interplanetary crime spree in search of more Phazon, eventually culminating in the takeover of Samus’ Space Pirate enemies, the corruption by Phazon of a handful of planets and Samus’ fellow bounty hunters, and one final merging with a floating, Mother Brain-like supercomputer. Where other dark clones just want to bump off their originals, Dark Samus wanted to conquer, and she came awfully damn close – and may come back to do so again, if there’s ever a Metroid Prime 4.

3. Dark Prince of Persia

From: Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones

Like Samus, the Prince is no stranger to dealing with doubles of himself, having had to contend first with an evil, magic mirror-created Shadow Prince in his original series. It was the far more insidious Dark Prince (aka Sand Prince) from the rebooted Sands of Time trilogy, however, who really stood out as a formidable rival – partly because, for large chunks of the game, you are him.

Purportedly created through the Prince’s contact with the corrupting Sands of Time and his own mucking around with the timestream, the Dark Prince was actually an attempt to reconcile something of more direct concern to fans: the dramatic shift in tone between the happy-go-lucky Prince in the Sands of Time and the angry, brooding one in Warrior Within.  To that end, Yuri Lowenthal (who voiced the Prince in Sands of Time, but not Warrior Within) returned to help give him a somewhat softer edge, while his angry, vicious side manifested itself as the Dark Prince, a shockheaded wraith with a lust for power and a bladed whip permanently fused to one arm.

For most of the game, the two shared the same body, with the Dark Prince (normally just a smart-assed voice in the Prince’s head) occasionally taking over to swing across chasms and chain-decapitate enemies. At the very end, however, once the Prince was finally “free” of the Dark Prince, he manifested as a separate being and forced the Prince into a final battle, which may have taken place entirely in the Prince’s head. It was a sad inevitability that the Dark Prince would eventually turn against the real thing, but until then, his sardonic quips made for a nice counterbalance to the more good-natured Prince, and we were sad to see him go.

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55 comments

  • alex-odell - January 15, 2012 1:13 a.m.

    As soon as I saw this article I was thinking that Dark Link would be in here and I was right
  • Darkwun - January 11, 2012 2:49 p.m.

    Weird thing \bout when i faced Dark Link a second time was, i did th dungeons out of synch. I got what i needed from half completed dungeons to open the next one and just went and completed it in whatever order i liked. By time I faced Dark link all i did was literally thrustattack every single time and he ran into my sword! i have no idea if the two incidents are causal or correlative, but was a pretty anticlimactic fight either way! I struggled with him like hell thefirst time I played, it was the only time I struggled in a fight in the game!
  • Darkwun - January 11, 2012 2:38 p.m.

    I gotta add my retro throwback addition of Evil Adam from Body Harvest. The guy was a constant pain in the ass, and I only ever completed that game and defeated the bastard because of a glitch where I could shoot his mutated form from safety where he wouldn't attack me!
  • archnite - January 10, 2012 7:06 p.m.

    This is one of those lists that's kinda obvious going in but it was still pretty fun. And if Vader had an EViL clone the whole time why did he make a good one? LA Le Lu Le Lol.
  • rob619 - January 10, 2012 1:38 p.m.

    Metal Gear solid series, the home of tuff ass clones!
  • rocco-lawson-angelastro - January 10, 2012 8:02 a.m.

    wtf wheres kitana and mileena from mortal kombat
  • Asloveszuko - January 10, 2012 6:46 a.m.

    Maybe it's just me, but I didn't really care for the Dark Prince. He was annoyingly snarky. BUT I think the reason I really didn't like him was the fact that he slowly drained your life bar so you only had so much time to get to water, and if your health bar wasn't full or if you got hit by an enemy, you were screwed. Very annoying. His moves were awesome, and I loved swinging around with the chain, but you couldn't enjoy it becuase you had to worry about the stupid time limit!
  • deedob - January 10, 2012 4:45 a.m.

    Evil Lara came from the very first Tomb Raider (where she was also mute)... which is one of the reasons why they took the time to release Anniversary before doing Underworld, the direct sequel of Legends, which ended in a cliffhanger. Anniversary having been released just a year before Underworld, you'd think they didn't need a reason to explain for the third time where the clone came from...
  • deedob - January 10, 2012 4:41 a.m.

    Evil Lara clone is unexplained? The entire thing comes from the very first Tomb Raider. She comes from an Atlantean device in the last few levels where the clone merely acted as a puzzle. They revived the idea of the clone that was left over from that adventure, along with the villain from the same adventure: Natla. Ever wonder why they took the time to rerelease the original game (anniversay) instead of going straight to the sequel of Legends which ended in a cliffhanger? In case it's not obvious: it was to reintroduce Natla AND the clone technology.
  • thatgurl - January 10, 2012 1:35 a.m.

    " Most famously, his appearance as miniboss in the Water Temple of Ocarina of Time is memorable as a particularly tough fight within a notoriously difficult dungeon." Am I the only one who didn't the Water Temple wasn't hard, just tedious? And I'm speaking of the N64 version too.
  • pr0tostar - January 10, 2012 2:10 a.m.

    Alot of people had no idea how to get the key under the temple's central tower, and guessing from the map, would spend hours trying to find a way into a seemingly unaccessable room in the floor below it. Also supposedly there was a way to screw up the order of collecting the keys to where you couldn't progress, but it never happened to me. ....It was a hard dungeon.
  • 435 - January 10, 2012 12:44 a.m.

    Force Unleashed II gets such crap, but it is a fun and competent game. Short as hell, not worth sixty, but for twenty it's a good romp. And it's still a fxckton better than anything Lucas wrote.
  • quincytheodore - January 9, 2012 10:41 p.m.

    Liquid snake... Spoiler, for a game from fifteen years ago. Oh, I remember MGS1: Fell from Hind, got mangled in REX, fell from REX, crashed and burned, still alive. Then he got SARS or something. But that's not over, his arm got planted in Nero.. I mean Ocelot. Then... I don't know, haven't played MGS4... "runs away"
  • slimjim441 - January 9, 2012 11:35 p.m.

    Play MGS4. Now.
  • pr0tostar - January 10, 2012 2:15 a.m.

    15 years now... god I feel old. I have the original case sitting right here on my desk^^
  • Thequestion 121 - January 9, 2012 9:35 p.m.

    Great Top 7 article and I always find evil clones cool
  • clint-welding - January 9, 2012 7:25 p.m.

    awe.... no Metal Sonic?
  • CH3BURASHKA - January 9, 2012 6:29 p.m.

    Cool article; very original idea. Funny that half the list consists of Nintendo characters. Although he's not technically a clone, the scene in Max Payne in which Max fights Max (during the nightmare section) was pretty cool, and a neat twist on an already messed up portion of the game.
  • shawksta - January 9, 2012 4:53 p.m.

    Awesome list, agree with all entries! Cosmic Mario seems to be popping up, his giant self is a MAJOR pain in the ass in those levels, we probably will see it again, but then again, Metal Mario Randomly popped out of freakin nowhere in MK7 and became his own so who knows.

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