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Although casting twins on TV are rarely incidental, this is a specific non-comedic use of identical twins who tend to speak, move, and act in tandem just enough to weird out the audience. Usually relegated to villainous or morally ambiguous characters. They may even display an intense, very intimate fondness for each other.

Especially creepy versions may show what amounts to a psychic affinity with each other, being able to finish one another's sentences or divine what the other is thinking/doing when not present. 

See also Synchronization, Finishing Each Other's Sentences, Creepy Child, Emotionless Girl, Incest, Twincest, Twin Telepathy, Brother-Sister Incest, Ho Yay. Not the same as Evil Twin.

Half-Identical Twins can sometimes make this category, especially when they try to look like each other (or switch off with the other twin), and trick people.

Examples of Creepy Twins include:



Advertising

  • Seen in one of the Verizon "Dead Zone" ads. They Speak in Unison and try to be creepy, but because the guy has a Verizon phone...


Anime and Manga

  • Pictured above: Hansel and Gretel from Black Lagoon take this trope to a whole new level. While initially they are fairly distinctive (one is a boy, and one a girl) despite similar looks and personalities, it is later revealed that they swap the roles of 'boy' and 'girl' around as they please; Hansel wears his sister's clothes, a long-haired wig (both the twins actually have short hair), carries her weapon, and takes on her voice and personality, while Gretel does the same with Hansel's personality. The twins' gender is never actually revealed, which just adds to the confusion. Not to mention they just love killing people, just because they can. They also like to "play" with their victims. Is it surprising that everybody in the anime compares them to the twins from The Shining? In the manga, "Gretel" even sings the tune that plays over The Shining's end credits.
    • They also actively practice Twincest and were made to work as underage porn stars in snuff films. It's highly suggested that they just... broke... as a survival mechanism.
    • Not to mention their disturbing optimism which centers around the deaths of others, which they cling to even as they die themselves.
  • The twin girls Xia Yu Fang and Xia Yu Lan from Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid
  • Another anime example in Aim for the Top 2! Diebuster with the Serpentine twins.
  • The Hitachiin twins, Kaoru and Hikaru, from Ouran High School Host Club finish each other's sentences and use (implied) Twincest as their schtick. They're played for laughs.
    • Don't forget, sometimes they also speak and move in unison as well.
    • In the anime, they also have a pair of (female) twin maids who do the exact same thing. They're just like the brothers, only they can get away with being in the changing room with Haruhi. 
  • Code Geass has Charles Vi Brittainia and his brother, V.V. although they don't look it, since one has stopped aging after becoming immortal.
  • In Dragon Drive a Villain of the Week is a pair of male and female twin children who seem unnaturally sadistic because of being spoiled brats, but turn out to be possessed.
  • Luki and Noki from DOGS Bullets and Carnage, who are also enfantes terribles.
  • Jasdero and Devit in D.Gray-man, who prefer to be referred to collectively as Jasdevi. They can also combine into one person. They also hang perilously over the Uncanny Valley. They also use Wonder Twin Powers. And have Prehensile Hair.
  • The Liebert twins, Nina and Johan from Monster, at least when they were children. Nina has since grown up to be a hardworking and productive member of society, while Johan has grown up to be a sociopathic manipulator and mass murderer who has been compared to Adolf Hitler and the devil himself.
  • Those creepy Bount twins in Bleach
  • Belphegor and Rasiel from Katekyo Hitman Reborn. Also, the Bloody Twins Jiji and Djidji.
  • 0010+ and 0010- in Cyborg 009. A small subversion, since the twins are * full-grown adults* and not children/teens as usual.
  • The Watahiko children in Mushishi. While not actually twins, they pretty much look the same, and share a single mind. Or more accurately drones/appendages of a single entity. The real Watahiko is a sentient fungus.
  • The Sonozaki twins in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.
    • Though they're not really creepy as a pair, they each have their own distinct creepiness.
      • Only Shion is actually creepy. Mion is more of a snarky Kuudere.
      • Actually, that's really Mion.
      • No, it really is Shion. We're lead to believe it's Mion in the second story arc, but in the fifth story arc it's revealed that Shion is the culprit. It should be noted that Mion is the only character of the core group not to be shown under the effects of the Hinamizawa Syndrome. Of course, to make things with these twins all the more confusing, it is true that in the games it's revealed that as children they often switched places. However the older twin was the next head of the family and was eventually branded as such; on the day of the branding, the one originally born Shion was mistaken as Mion, so they actually ended up switching their birth names. 
      • So From a Certain Point of View, it really is Mion who is the creepy one.
  • Sae and Yumi from Asatte no Houkou.
  • Hisui and Kohaku from Tsukihime. Though they are faithful maids of the main character, it's as if they were hiding something...
    • Only Kohaku fits here: contrary to her cheerful demenor is in fact almost completely emotionally dead due to being repeatedly raped by Makihisa Tohno and later SHIKI Tohno since she was 8 years old, something that caused her to hold a twisted grudge against the entire Tohno family. Despite her stiff behavior, Hisui is honest to a fault and completely loyal to Shiki, not to mention she actually has suffered quite a bit due to all the horrible crap that her twin sister had to go through.
  • Lili and Maril. They know too much, and behave suspiciously even after they help Roji fight some evil spirits.
  • The twin hair stylists of the salon Yuno went to scared the heck out of her.
  • Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, with the vampire twins Subaru and Kamui who are running away from a psychotic Seishiro for poorly explained reasons, and the "cursed twins," Fai and Yuui. When the latter twin became convinced that he killed his brother thanks to Big Bad's Mind Rape, he took his brother's name and became the series's biggest angst muffin. 
  • XxxHolic: Moro and Maru, Yuuko's two assistants at the shop. It's revealed early on that they have no souls, and later, that they keep the shop grounded between dimensions.
  • Deadman Wonderland: Ichi and Hajime, who at first seemed to be a single, creepy Forgery kid with a lollipop.
  • Loveless: Yoji and Natsuo, who, despite not being actual twins, certainly fit aspects of this trope and usually act like one mind.
  • Kakurenbo: Inmu and Yanku. They never speak, have glowing red eyes and act together a lot. They seem to have supernatural qualities without being supernatural, such having a strong sense of smell and being real fast. Also, you don't even know who's who - it may be believed Inmu is the one in red, but that's never been verified.
  • Mairu and Kururi Orihara from Durarara. Usually they're harmless, if weird. Usually. Please don't provoke them.
  • Sakon and Ukon from Naruto take this to exteme levels. They usually share Sakon's body.
  • Nene and Nono Motoe in Blood C.
  • Souya and Shirase aka (the cute boys who work as Sanetoshi's assistants) in Mawaru Penguindrum.


Comic Books

  • The series Kabuki featured twin assassins collectively named Siamese -- former Siamese twins joined at the shoulder, and given cybernetic arms when surgically separated. They're portrayed in a fairly creepy fashion; although they do get a sympathetic scene at one point in the series, it's somewhat negated by the fact that the left-handed one is busy sewing all her stuffed animals' mouths shut at the time.
  • Fenris (the collective name of Andreas and Andrea von Strucker) had superpowers, but only when in contact with each other. As such, they were often found holding hands. As if that weren't enough, Andrea died, so Andreas had her skin tanned and made into a leather grip for his sword so that he could maintain his powers. Ick.
    • Later, Andrea was resurrected, so Andreas had the skin flayed from his arm and given to her. Those crazy kids.
  • At one time, Deadpool fought against two Britney Spears-esque twin sisters called "Mercy Sisters". They didn't finish each other's sentences, but they sure were creepy.


Film

  • One of the most famous examples in the Western world would be the creepy sisters from Stanley Kubrick's film version of The Shining (though their ages are stated as different in the film -- 8 and 10 years -- they look identical and are actually played by twins). They were based on a photo of a set of twins taken by Diane Arbus.
  • Another well-known example from Western movies: "The Twins" from the Matrix trilogy. Although, quite frankly, they'd be creepy even if there was just one of them.
  • The Twins Wendell and Darlene in The Hamiltons, who also engage in Twincest.
  • The twin sprites whose singing summons Mothra in the various Godzilla and Mothra movies (their spoken dialogue switches back and forth from speaking-in-unison to finishing-each-other's-sentences).
    • Later subverted in the Rebirth of Mothra movies, in which they're turned into an Odd Couple of an emotional twin, and an intellectual twin.
    • The original twins weren't creepy at all, but very sweet. Their odd speech patterns were explained by the fact that they were really communicating by telepathy.
  • Dead Ringers, creepy twin surgeons played by one actor (Jeremy Irons) and a boatload of FX.
  • In some instances, the creepy twin effect is caused by a split brain situation, where each twin has half of the same brain. Some examples include the film Slapstick Of Another Kind, and the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. It also occurs in the novel The Singers of Time due to a set of conjoined twins sharing one brain at birth, who are then separated.
  • The Nicolas Cage remake of The Wicker Man features a pair of creepy old female twins.[1]
  • The main characters of a creepy Japanese film called Wool 100%. They're at least 60 years old, live in an isolated junk-filled mansion, and still dress the same as when they were teens (one wears only blue kimonos, the other green western dresses). Them coming to terms with their It's All Junk - filled house starts when a little girl suddenly materializes from a ball of red yarn.
  • In Hellraiser Inferno there were the Wire Twin Cenobites, who also appeared as elderly human sisters.
    • Who were infinitely creepier than the bondage model cenobite versions.
    • There were also the Siamese Twins Cenobites from Hellraiser: Bloodline, who were fused at the head and only ever emitted growling noises.
  • There were two silent vampire twins in Hammer Horror's Vampire Circus.
  • Mu-rong Yin and Mu-rong Yang in Ashes of Time, brother and sister, apparently. They are very hard to tell apart, one time a character realizes only in the middle of the conversation that he's talking to the other twin. Both ask the same hitman to kill the respective other. Turns out they are two personalities in one body, eternally fighting
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince has creepy twins in the background. They are not in the book. The movie adds them on to build a darksome atmosphere.
  • Troma's War has creepy Siamese twins, joined at the head, one with a high-pitched voice, the other with a low-pitched voice.
  • The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T features a pair of roller-skating twins who share a conjoined beard, with which they attempt to strangle the protagonists.
  • The eels Flotsam and Jetsam from The Little Mermaid fall under this trope. True, they may or may not be twins, (One eel looks pretty much like another.) but the scene where they talk Ariel into going with them to see Ursula is pretty creepy.
    • It should also be noted that one of them is blind in his left eye, and the other in his right.
  • Another Disney example: Si and Am from Lady and the Tramp. Is that song stuck in your head yet?
  • Killers in the Slasher Movie Just Before Dawn turn out to be a pair of hillbilly twins.


Literature

  • The Duumvirate is already terror-inducing, so when they pull this off it only gets worse.
  • The mages Beltira and Belkira from David Eddings' Belgariad have a tendency for finishing each other's sentences (This was retconned in the prequels, where they play a much larger role and speak and act normally). However, there is a slight difference between them, as Belkira would allow himself some ironic comments Beltira would never say. (Although they're good guys.)
  • In Frank Herbert's Dune series, Leto and Ghanima most definitely apply.
  • The Otter Clan Mage twins in The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness. Pale-skinned, pale-haired, white-eyed children, referred to not as "The Mages," but as "The Mage."
  • Cora and Clarice from Gormenghast. They're also a little sad and pathetic, but still, creepy. 
  • Ruby and Garnet in Jacqueline Wilson's Double Act, who are nice girls really, engage in creepy-twin behaviour to freak out their dad's new girlfriend.
  • José Arcadio Segundo and Aureliano Segundo from One Hundred Years of Solitude used to cultivate the Creepy Twins image and pull Twin Switches as kids. Once, when their mom served them some lemonade, one of the kids tasted it and the other boy, who had not drank still, said it was unsweetened. Subverted, as they grow up to be Different As Night and Day (with José Arcadio Segundo as a taciturn Shell-Shocked Veteran and Arcadio Segundo as a Boisterous Bruiser) until their deaths
  • While not so much creepy as a pair of Bratty Half Pints, Marilyn and Carolyn Arnold made life hell for The Baby Sitters Club. They got better once people began treating them as individuals.
  • SamnEric. While not too creepy initially, they form a super-close bond out of survival and by the end of the book they're basically one entity.
  • The Weasley twins from Harry Potter. They're harmless but unsettling, and sometimes take turns speaking to the point that they switch speakers at least five times a sentence. They're also not beyond pulling dangerous pranks on people, though mostly if they think their target deserves it. In the films, they're definitely kinda creepy. Synchronized Cheshire Cat Grins!

 [Meanwhile, the Weasley twins are taking bets on the champions’ survival:]

FRED (OR GEORGE): Three lads!

GEORGE (OR FRED): One lady!

FRED (OR GEORGE): Four go down—

GEORGE (OR FRED): —but do four come up?

    • The Carrow siblings aren't twins, but they are physically similar (squat, short). They also share a creepy wheezing laugh and are sadistic Death Eaters. And then in Deathly Hallows they become teachers at Hogwarts, teaching anti-Muggle propaganda and forcing kids to use the Cruciatus Curse against one another as punishment.
  • The Twins in the Inheritance Cycle.
  • Jane and Alec in Twilight.
  • In the Disgaea novels it is revealed that Laharl got twin cousins Shas and Kira. They are small unpleasant buggers that try to kill him. 
  • Lucas and Claus from Agota Kristof's The Notebook, The Proof, And The Third Lie are like this mixed in with a case of Troubling Unchildlike Behavior.
  • Perdina and Voile Tricante in Burying the Shadow always struck Rayojini as being more than a little odd as all they seem to do is stay in their room and read strange poetry. Creepiness factor upped by them being women in their mid-twenties.
  • Emmeline and Adeline March in The Thirteenth Tale who speak their own twin language and don't realize that other people are real.


Live Action TV

  • The twins in the British comedy The League of Gentlemen who leave a man tied to a scarecrow, so they have someone to talk to. Their names are Chloe and Radclyffe Denton, they are implied to have Psychic Powers and Offscreen Teleportation, and they are deceptively monstrous.
    • Spaced featured a pair of spooky twins in its first episode, but they were dropped after the writers discovered that The League Of Gentlemen has used the idea just before them.
  • The Krievens twins in The X-Files episode "Eve".
    • Actually, the girls weren't twins. They were clones, continuing unethical work of genetically modified children. 
  • The Dedek twins' roles in the short lived Four Kings creeped out many on Television Without Pity.
  • An episode of Smallville featured mutant twins, referred to by the leader of their trio as the "Wonder Twins" for yet another comic book Mythology Gag. Not only did the two have identical grotesque appearances and Igor-like mannerisms, use their power by touching, and finish each other's sentences (to the chagrin of their leader), but they also shared pain.
  • In Joan of Arcadia's season one finale, God appears to Joan as a pair of twins (or does he?). It is pretty effing creepy.
  • The English twins on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody are always repeating each other.
  • Sam and David Camden from Seventh Heaven. They often finish each other's sentences and speak in unison. 
  • The scene where Boomer confronts her naked clones in the Season One finale of Battlestar Galactica Reimagined was this, writ large.
  • Gem and Gemma from Power Rangers RPM border on this at times. They don't seem capable of any facial expression other than a delighted grin, don't seem capable of speaking without the other to help, and have a slightly disconcerting fondness for explosives.
  • A Shout-Out to Kubrick in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, when Dee sees The Shining twins. Whether the building is haunted in addition to everything else wrong with it or she's hallucinating from Charlie's cocktail of coping substances isn't made clear.
  • Jekyll: Claire and Tom's twin kids are mostly normal throughout the series, but at the end, it's strongly implied that they've inherited the Hyde personality from Tom... and may in fact represent the divide rather than keep it lurking within themselves. Such as when they get bored and "switch" while confined in cells the size of beer kegs.
  • Doctor Who has played with the trope a couple of times:
    • In "The Eleventh Hour" Amy and Rory encounter a woman holding hands with two little girls. Although not twins, the girls look very similar and are dressed identically. The creepiness comes from the fact that all three of them are actually a single alien "multiform", who gets confused and starts talking out of the wrong mouths with the wrong voices.
    • Lampshaded in "Night Terrors". While searching an apartment building for a "scared kid", Amy encounters a pair of twin girls. She later asks the Doctor "I found scary kids, does that count?"
  • The Salamanca Twins in Breaking Bad


Tabletop Games


Video Games

  • Zorn and Thorn from Final Fantasy IX are extremely annoying examples of this trope, as they are nearly identical in appearance (with the exception of their colors) and constantly repeat what the other twin says (only in reverse with the case of Thorn). It turns out though that they aren't twins at all, but are really one grotesque and horrific monster that somehow poses as Creepy Twins.
  • Alexia and Alfred Ashford in Resident Evil Code Veronica, who are seen at one point in a home video tearing the wings off a dragonfly and feeding it to ants. Let's not also forget that Alfred misses his sister so bad from her being in cryo freeze that he dresses up as her, and honestly believes he IS her, until he's caught half-way between identities and looks in the mirror. Think less Wholesome Crossdresser, more Psycho
  • Any of the Twins enemies in Persona 3. It's that rattling sound they make, and the fact that they're skewered together.
  • Fatal Frame 2. That is all.
  • The King of Fighters XI has the Ikari Warriors encounter a pair of these in their ending.
  • Valkyrie Profile Covenant of the Plume has Mireille and Mischka, a pair of twins who enjoy slaughtering people, are part of a mercenary group and display very good fighting skill despite being only twelve.
  • Kuon... oh god Kuon.
  • The Twin monster from Silent Hill 4.
  • Pokémon Black and White gave us the Subway Bosses, Ingo and Emmet (Nobori and Kudari). Yet they are somehow very adorable, along with being creepy...
  • Jaryn and Kerith, the Glitterati twins from Dance Central 2.
  • The twins Martha and Lindsay from Catherine, with their odd speech and unsettling amount of knowledge about the nightmares. Ina variation for the trope they're old ladies.


Music

  • In Vocaloid, we have a few instances where twins Rin and Len Kagamine follow this trope to a T. Especially in Trick or Treat where they trick Miku to play with them and eventually eat her.
  • In the video for Oomph!'s "Augen Auf" (Hide and Seek), the group of Enfant Terribles includes two identical twin girls who are perfectly syncronized.
  • Evelyn Evelyn aren't evil, but their songs, particularly the dual Creepy Monotone in "The Tragic Events of September", are pretty scary.
  • The Mavericks' music video "Here Comes the Rain".
  • The Gorillaz music video for "Rock the House" contains a pair in the beginning.
  • The ghosts of Bonnie St Johnstone's children in the Murder Ballad which bears her name. "Mother, when we were thine / Around our necks you pulled the twine ..."


Web Comics

  • The Unity from Terror Island are three pieces (red, blue, and yellow) from the same game, and speak in riddles, unison, or both, depending on what the authors feel like doing.
  • The Viper twins in The Beast Legion are a duo that are both creepy as well as ruthless & it can be clearly seen on this page
  • This Dewey Defeats Tarzan strip features twin girls who are creepy even to their mother, and a reference to The Shining.


Web Original

  • thingOne and thingTwo from The Motley Two don't really embody this trope (they finish each other's sentences, but it's annoying rather than creepy), but when they face Tetras, against whom they hold a grudge, they decide to invoke this trope for sake of creeping her out.
  • Sokara and Setesh Vu Noi in The Gungan Council are insanely creepy in the way their minds are linked.


Western Animation

  • The relentlessly bizarre Dead Baby Comedy Wonder Showzen has a pair of characters literally called the Creepy Twins.
  • A creepy parody: "The Delightful Children from Down the Lane" in Codename: Kids Next Door are not identical, and there are five of them, but their manner of speech and behavior are dead on for this trope. One episode also featured their cousins, The Interesting Twins From Beneath The Mountain.
  • Sherri and Terri, the purple-haired twins of The Simpsons fame, have only occasional creepy moments.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Princess Azula's teachers Lo and Li are of the rare elderly variety. They were once quite beautiful, though.
  • The Shining's twins make an appearance in an episode of Family Guy -- and are promptly blown up by Stewie with a missile launcher.
  • The unoriginally-named Cobra operatives Xamot and Tomax from G.I. Joe, though, admittedly, originally these weren't meant to be their actual names.
    • They're even creepier in G.I. Joe: Renegades where they are depicted as Cult leaders who brainwash their followers. 
  • Superjail has The Twins, who would've been creepy even if there had only been one of them.
  • The 1977 children's film, Raggedy Ann and Andy A Musical Adventure features a wide variety of bizarre and deranged characters. Among the most aggravating are a naked pair of dolls that constantly spew over the top and irrelevant musical numbers while making unsettling faces. While they're probably meant to be cute and entertaining, they end up becoming profoundly disturbing.
  • Jana and Jason are the villains of Tenko and the Guardians of the Magic who turn into a big snake when combining their gems.
  • Más y Menos from the TV adaptation of Teen Titans. They're actually good guys, but when Brother Blood had them under mind control, they definitely fit this trope.
  • Invasion America has Simon and Sonia, a pair of genetically-engineered Half-Human Hybrid assassins, complete with psychic link. What made them creepy before Sonia's Heel Face Turn was that half the time, they didn't even speak to each other. They just shared looks, and you could tell by their expressions that they were communicating through thought. Simon, definitely the scarier of the two, also had a habit of torturing Sonia through their link as well.
  • The Dee Dees in Batman Beyond The Return Of Joker are pretty creepy with their evil Raggedy Ann looks complete with manic Joker-grins most of the time.

Real Life

  • Stewart and Cyril Marcus, the inspiration for David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers.
  • Lynx and Lamb, also known as Prussian Blue. Two white supremacist folk-singing girls. They've become less creepy as they've got older, though - they seem to have become rather less extreme in their views (presumably on account of being old enough to actually make up their own minds), and have started singing about subjects other than white supremacy. Their mother, however, remains a eerily cheerful Nazi.
  • June and Jennifer Gibbons, the famous "Silent Twins" of Haverfordwest, Wales. They were elective mutes who wrote novels and diaries and committed several crimes. They have been celebrated in songs, films, and theatrical plays. June's book Pepsi-Cola Addict sometimes turns up on eBay.
  • Henrik and Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks are two of the top players in the NHL who, up until the 2011 All-Star Game, had never played on opposing teams in their entire careers since they were kids. Most people trace the source of their success to their ability to work together with Henrik generally known as the playmaker and Daniel as the scorer, though Henrik is no slouch when it comes to scoring either.
  • Freda and Greta Chaplin -- definitely creepy.
  • Poto and Cabengo -- not really creepy, but rather adorable.
  • Jedward normally are perfectly nice, if slightly annoying, twins, but the fact that they are oddly in-sync with each other and act similarly can creep some people out.
  • The Kray brothers were the most notorious figures in 1960s British gangland, inspiring the Pirahna Brothers in Monty Python and somewhat less humorously in several gangster movies, most notably The Krays (naturally) and Performance.
  • One episode of Intervention featured a set of twins, Sonia and Julia, who were extremely codependent and anorexic. They were obsessive of each other, dressed nearly identically, measured each other's food, and slept in the same bed. Combined with both showing nearly zero emotion throughout the episode, they came off as extremely creepy overall.
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