Alter ego  

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The Birth of Venus (detail), a 1486 painting by Sandro Botticelli
The Birth of Venus (detail), a 1486 painting by Sandro Botticelli

An alter ego (Latin, "the other I") is a second self, a second personality or persona within a person. It was created in the early 19th century when people first discovered schizophrenia. The term is commonly used in literature analysis and comparison to describe characters who are psychologically identical. The term and concept also frequently appear in popular fiction, such as in comic books, for the secret identity of a superhero, vigilante, or crimefighter. Related concepts include avatar, doppelgänger, impersonator, and split personality.

Alter egos in popular culture

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