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People Share Creepy Stories Of Encounters With Doppelgangers

Updated April 15, 2021 41.4k votes 8.8k voters 238.6k views15 items

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A doppelganger is someone who looks almost identical to someone else even though they are not related to that person. It's eerie to come across someone with practically the same features and characteristics as yourself or another person you know, and doppelgangers are often seen as spooky. True doppelganger stories can be truly horrifying and often include interesting details about how people tried to interact with their lookalikes.

With over 7.5 billion humans in the world, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are plenty of people who look uncannily similar to each other. Just take the story behind the Three Identical Strangers documentary as an example - albeit a particularly strange one. Meeting a doppelganger can be a surreal experience - especially if they suddenly disappear without a trace.

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    Younger Mother Bringing The Groceries

    From Redditor /u/celestial_espirit:

    When I was about 16 or 17, I was really heavy into doing the oujia board. Other stuff happened but the doppelgangers were definitely the worst. The first one was my mom. I heard her come in, and my best friend was with me. My friend and I walked down to greet her. She looked like a younger version of my mom and was carrying groceries, so I tried calling out to her but she didn't respond and walked into my brother's room. Then I got a sick feeling. I called out to her, but she didn't respond still, so I followed her up. She was not there. When I walked back down, my real mom had come in and didn't know what was going on. She was also wearing a different outfit.

    The next one was my brother. My mom was talking to him on the phone, and he said he was on his way home. As soon as he hung up, my brother walked in the door. He talked to us for a little (Mom wanted him to take out the garbage or something) and then walked to the bathroom. He had been in the bathroom for like 15 minutes, and then I got the sick feeling again. I asked if he had fallen in or something. Then, my real brother walked in and was freaked out. My mom checked on him all night to make sure he was okay.

    Both times they had darker eyes, and it felt sort of like a dream but I was definitely awake, and other people witnessed it. 

    Is this creepy?
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    Doppelgangers That Refuse To Speak

    From Redditor /u/dond0ndon:

    Both times that my family experienced doppelgangers, the doppelgangers refused to respond when spoken to.

    The first was my sister's doppelganger who my brother told to go downstairs for lunch. She did not answer. When my brother walked downstairs, he instantly saw my actual sister wearing a different shirt. She couldn't have passed my brother so quickly because the staircase led directly to our dining area.

    The second was my own doppelganger who stood at my door at 12 pm, mute and staring at my sister, who was using the computer. I wasn't actually home until 4 pm later that day after school. My sister didn't know that until she asked me why I was just staring at her without emotion earlier around noon.

    Is this creepy?
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    A Missing Brother

    From Redditor /u/BobRoss0902:

    I am so f*cking weirded out right now, what the actual f*ck? I was sitting there on my computer when my brother walks in and sits down on his bed. He doesn't say anything (he is a quiet person so that is normal). I go to the bathroom, walk back in, and he's gone. Look outside, and the car that he had left in with my mom a few hours ago still isn't there. I go outside to see if anyone else is home that I could have mistook for him, nope, I am still home alone, what the hell?

    Is this creepy?
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    A Fast Food Joint Full Of Doppelgangers

    From Redditor /u/ShutterSpook:

    We had problems with doppelgangers at a fast food joint that I worked at. I had two separate sightings myself.


    My general manager comes by to tell me (in drive-thru) and the register person to clean the lobby, then goes to the restroom. So the register person and I come up with a plan and wait for her to come out. We see her walk out of the restroom, walk by us, and walk into the lobby. We go to catch her, and no one's there. We turn around, and she is walking out of the bathroom. We tell her what we saw, but she didn't believe us.


    Manager and I are in the prep area. One of the girls who is working up front walks back and right into the walk-in cooler. After about five minutes of waiting, the manager asks me to go check on her. I open the walk-in door. There is no one in there. As I am trying to explain this to my manager, the girl in question walks into the prep area from the front. Needless to say, the manager believed me, and finally believed what had happened in the first sighting.

    Is this creepy?