2. Liquid and Solidus Snake
From: Metal Gear Solid
evil clones go, the ones that threaten the world with thermonuclear war and
eradication rank as some of the worst. Don’t let the confusing minutiae of
which organization sent Who to kill Whom distract you. Dig deep into the
squirming, pulsing, fluid-spouting, piping-hot core of Metal Gear Solid, and
you’ll find a simple narrative thread: your twin brothers got into Dad’s
drawer, found his loaded .45, and they’re waving it around the house with the
safety turned off.
the Batman villains. Forget the Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Di-Do. Forget the unsubtle
references to colonoscopy and Titanic. Just focus on how awful Liquid and
Solidus are. Liquid (and his apparent crony Ocelot) gave you carpal tunnel from
jamming on the Circle button long before you ever got near a desk job. Solidus
is the core participant in a video game trolling that still has yet to be
surpassed after a decade.
if you’re British, we hope you can appreciate that while you had to deal with
yet another “we’re the villians” trope in MGS, having your elected leader be
the jerk who tries to destroy your homeland is arguably worse. Especially after
you’ve had to give a giant tank a proctology exam. These are horrible, horrible
people, and they came from the same petri dish as Snake.
From: The Legend of Zelda series
appearing as the final boss in Zelda II, Dark Link (or Shadow Link, as he was
originally introduced) is the quintessential dark clone distilled to its purist
form. We tend to take for granted that Link has the ability to eventually
subdue the ever reappearing evildoer Ganon – the hero always wins, after all –
but Dark Link is a different kind of enemy. He's undeniably Link's true equal,
perfectly matched and mirrored in every way.
with a ridiculously exploitable weakness in Zelda II (he's totally vulnerable
whilst jumping), Dark Link has gone on to appear multiple times within the
Zelda series and has become a huge fan-favorite as a recurring enemy. 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.
the genesis for the dark counterpart archetype in gaming, Dark Link also inspired
NegaScott from the Scott Pilgrim series, which highlights the psychological
aspect of confronting your evil self. Indeed, Dark Link serves as a reminder
not just to Scott Pilgrim but to all videogame lovers that even the most noble and courageous among us
still has a shadow lurking somewhere within.