Doppelgänger

doppelgangerdoppelgangersdoppelgängersdoublesdopplegangerdoubleapparitiondopplelooks just like himbeing reminiscent to Zero
A doppelgänger (, literally "double-goer") is a non-biologically related look-alike or double of a living person, sometimes portrayed as a ghostly or paranormal phenomenon and usually seen as a harbinger of bad luck.wikipedia
684 Related Articles

Look-alike

lookalikedoublecelebrity lookalike
A doppelgänger (, literally "double-goer") is a non-biologically related look-alike or double of a living person, sometimes portrayed as a ghostly or paranormal phenomenon and usually seen as a harbinger of bad luck.
A look-alike, double, or doppelgänger is a person, real or fictitious, who closely resembles another person—respectively, real or fictitious—in appearance.

Jean Paul

Jean Paul Friedrich RichterJean Paul RichterJean-Paul
The first known use, in the slightly different form Doppeltgänger, occurs in the novel Siebenkäs (1796) by Jean Paul, in which he explains his newly coined word by a footnote – while actually the word Doppelgänger also appears, but with a quite different meaning.
Siebenkäs' slightly supernatural theme, involving a Doppelgänger and pseudocide, stirred some controversy over its interpretation of the Resurrection, but these criticisms served only to draw awareness to the author.

Fetch (folklore)

fetchfetches
Francis Grose's, Provincial Glossary of 1787 used the term fetch instead, defined as the "apparition of a person living."
A fetch is a supernatural double or an apparition of a living person in Irish folklore.

Alter ego

alter-egodouble lifealter egos
However, the concept of alter egos and double spirits has appeared in the folklore, myths, religious concepts, and traditions of many cultures throughout human history.
Related concepts include avatar, doppelgänger, impersonator, and dissociative identity disorder (DID).

Siebenkäs

The first known use, in the slightly different form Doppeltgänger, occurs in the novel Siebenkäs (1796) by Jean Paul, in which he explains his newly coined word by a footnote – while actually the word Doppelgänger also appears, but with a quite different meaning.
Unhappily married, Siebenkäs goes to consult his friend, Leibgeber, who, in reality, is his alter ego, or Doppelgänger (a word of Jean Paul's own invention).

Vardøger

The Greek Princess presents an Egyptian view of the Trojan War in which a ka of Helen misleads Paris, helping to stop the war.. This is depicted in Euripides' play Helen. In Norse mythology, a vardøger is a ghostly double who is seen performing the person's actions in advance.
This bears a subtle difference from a doppelgänger, with a less sinister connotation.

Etiäinen

In Finnish mythology, this is called having an etiäinen, "a firstcomer".
One such haltija is called etiäinen—an image, doppelgänger, or just an impression that goes ahead of a person, doing things the person in question later does.

Evil twin

evilalternative versionsbears a strong physical resemblance to him
Other traditions and stories equate a doppelgänger with an evil twin.
In modern use, evil twin and one sense of the word doppelgänger have come to be virtually interchangeable.

The Double (Dostoevsky novel)

The DoubleThe Double: A Petersburg Poemnovella of the same name
Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel The Double (1846) presents the doppelgänger as an opposite personality who exploits the character failings of the protagonist to take over his life.
The motif of the novella is a doppelgänger (dvoynik).

Gothic fiction

Gothicgothic novelgothic horror
Clive Barker's story "Human Remains" in his Books of Blood is a doppelgänger tale, and the doppelgänger motif is a staple of Gothic fiction.
The novel also explores the motive of doppelgänger, the term coined by another German author (and supporter of Hoffmann), Jean Paul in his humorous novel Siebenkäs (1796–1797).

E. T. A. Hoffmann

HoffmannE.T.A. HoffmannE.T.A. Hoffman
This was one of E. T. A. Hoffmann's early novels.
The theme alludes to the work of Jean Paul, who invented the term Doppelgänger the previous decade, and continued to exact a powerful influence over Hoffmann, becoming one of his earliest admirers.

Syndrome of subjective doubles

Subjective doublesdoppelganger
Syndrome of subjective doubles
The syndrome of subjective doubles is a rare delusional misidentification syndrome in which a person experiences the delusion that he or she has a double or Doppelgänger with the same appearance, but usually with different character traits, that is leading a life of its own.

Books of Blood

short story of the same nameThe ForbiddenBooks of Blood, Vols. I-III
Clive Barker's story "Human Remains" in his Books of Blood is a doppelgänger tale, and the doppelgänger motif is a staple of Gothic fiction.
Over the next few weeks, he has the sense of being haunted by a doppelgänger.

Descent into Hell (novel)

Descent into Hell
Charles Williams' Descent into Hell (1939) has character Pauline Anstruther seeing her own doppelgänger all through her life.
Percy Bysshe Shelley's work Prometheus Unbound is also referenced repeatedly, regarding the appearance of a doppelgänger.

The Devil's Elixirs

Die Elixiere des Teufels
In The Devil's Elixir (1815), a man murders the brother and stepmother of his beloved princess, finds his doppelgänger has been sentenced to death for these crimes in his stead, and liberates him, only to have the doppelgänger murder the object of his affection.
The Count becomes his lunatic doppelgänger and crosses his path multiple times after Medardus abandons his ecclesiastical position, drifting throughout the world.

Charles Williams (British writer)

Charles WilliamsRomantic TheologyWilliams, Charles
Charles Williams' Descent into Hell (1939) has character Pauline Anstruther seeing her own doppelgänger all through her life.
– Generally thought to be Williams's best novel, Descent deals with various forms of selfishness, and how the cycle of sin brings about the necessity for redemptive acts. In it, an academic becomes so far removed from the world that he fetishises a woman to the extent that his perversion takes the form of a succubus. Other characters include a doppelgänger, the ghost of a suicidal Victorian labourer, and a playwright modelled in some ways on the author. Illustrates Williams's belief in the replacement of sin and substitutional love.

Autoscopy

heautoscopyautoscopia
Heautoscopy is a term used in psychiatry and neurology for the hallucination of "seeing one's own body at a distance".
Heautoscopy is considered a possible explanation for doppelgänger phenomena.

Paranormal

paranormal phenomenaparanormal activityparanormal research
A doppelgänger (, literally "double-goer") is a non-biologically related look-alike or double of a living person, sometimes portrayed as a ghostly or paranormal phenomenon and usually seen as a harbinger of bad luck.

Harbinger

Harbingersharbingers of doom
A doppelgänger (, literally "double-goer") is a non-biologically related look-alike or double of a living person, sometimes portrayed as a ghostly or paranormal phenomenon and usually seen as a harbinger of bad luck.

Loanword

loanwordsloan wordborrowed
The word doppelgänger is a loanword from the German Doppelgänger, a compound noun formed by combining the two nouns Doppel (double) and Gänger (walker or goer).

Neologism

neologismscoinedneologistic
The first known use, in the slightly different form Doppeltgänger, occurs in the novel Siebenkäs (1796) by Jean Paul, in which he explains his newly coined word by a footnote – while actually the word Doppelgänger also appears, but with a quite different meaning.

Note (typography)

footnotefootnotesendnote
The first known use, in the slightly different form Doppeltgänger, occurs in the novel Siebenkäs (1796) by Jean Paul, in which he explains his newly coined word by a footnote – while actually the word Doppelgänger also appears, but with a quite different meaning.

Noun

nounssubstantiveabstract noun
Like all nouns in German, the word is written with an initial capital letter.

Letter case

minusculemajusculelowercase
Like all nouns in German, the word is written with an initial capital letter.