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Cloning

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This article is about the process of genetic duplication. For the glitch, see cloning glitches.
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Cloning is a process that creates a genetic duplicate of a being that is or was alive.

In the anime

The Poké Balls in which Mewtwo contained its cloning targets

Cloning has appeared a few times in the anime. Its most prominent appearance is in Mewtwo Strikes Back.

In The Uncut Story Of Mewtwo's Origin, Dr. Fuji creates an enhanced clone of Mew as requested by Giovanni in exchange for funding his primary project, a (failed) attempt to clone his dead daughter Amber, and three test clones of the Kanto starter Pokémon.

In Mewtwo Strikes Back, Mewtwo itself makes clones (Japanese: コピーポケモン Copy Pokémon) of various Pokémon belonging to the Trainers who have come to New Island. Mewtwo captures the target Pokémon in special Poké Balls—even those currently in their Poké Balls can be caught by these—then sends these Balls through a special cloning machine. All of Mewtwo's clones appear to have been created fully-grown, unlike Fuji's clones. All cloned Pokémon—excluding Mewtwo—appear identical to a normal Pokémon of their species, though a few of the clones have multiple black horizontal marks on their bodies.

Mewtwo's clones are also featured in Mewtwo Returns.

Cloning also plays a role in Genesect and the Legend Awakened, in which both another Mewtwo and a group of Genesect were cloned, the former from Mew's DNA by an unknown group and the latter from fossils by Team Plasma.

Cloned Pokémon seen in the anime

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Mewtwo
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Bulbasaurtwo
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Charmandertwo
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Squirtletwo
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Pikachutwo
Venusaur Clone.png
Venusaurtwo
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Charizardtwo
Blastoise Clone.png
Blastoisetwo
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Meowthtwo
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Psyduck
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Vulpix
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Gyarados
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Seadra
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Nidoqueen
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Golduck
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Tentacruel
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Vaporeon
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Pidgeot
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Scyther
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Hitmonlee
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Sandslash
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Dewgong
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Rhyhorn
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Wigglytuff
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Vileplume
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Ninetales
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Rapidash

Trivia

Baby clone Nidoqueen and Rhyhorn
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  • In an interview with @Gamer magazine, Junichi Masuda and Ken Sugimori revealed that there was originally going to be a Pokémon based on Dolly, the first cloned sheep, but was deemed "too controversial."
  • In the anime, cloned Pokémon appear to be fertile, even those that would normally not be. Baby Rhyhorn and Nidoqueen (not Nidoran♀) are seen in Mewtwo Returns.