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Doppelgängers (二重の影) are a race of shapeshifters from YGGDRASIL.

Types of Doppelgängers

  • Doppelgänger: In terms of appearance, a doppelgänger has three fingers on each hand.
  • Greater Doppelgänger: Unlike a doppelgänger, a greater doppelgänger has four fingers on each hand.


Distinguishing a doppelgänger from a real person is difficult due to their shapeshifting abilities, but the original appearance of those from YGGDRASIL seems to be humanoid with thin claw-like hands. However, their faces resemble that of an egg with three holes in the place of its mouth and eyes.


Doppelgängers are looked upon as masters of shapeshifting. With the right skill, doppelgängers are capable of transforming their bodies to take on any form and skill if they wish. When taking on a form different from their original, doppelgängers can only copy up to level 40 abilities at most. Still, they are weaker even without the transformation ability. Nonetheless, the doppelgängers' more potent abilities are how it can freely make use of karma-restricted gear. That said, it cannot use magic items above legacy-class.[1]

When a Doppelgänger impersonates someone, people closer to the target will find it more difficult to see through their disguise. This is because they use a form of telepathy during their shapeshifting to read the surface thoughts of the people they are speaking to and those around them in order to extract information related to the target they are impersonating and then apply it to their impersonation act. According to Ainz, their ability is treated as some sort of psychic attack on a person.

Doppelgangers can even copy the clothing and equipment of their targets if they want to. However, they can only duplicate appearances and not the equipment’s abilities.[2]

In the Web Novel, by raising the level of the Doppelgänger race, it is possible to access more forms to transform into. However, if the character just invests one racial level for Doppelgänger, then that person will only have two forms, such as Narberal Gamma.[3]

Known Doppelgängers


  • Pandora's Actor is the only known male doppelgänger introduced in the Overlord series.[4]
  • Narberal Gamma is the only known female doppelgänger introduced in the Overlord series.[5]
  • Incidentally, doppelgängers will most likely out themselves when facing multiple people at once because each of them will have a different impression of the target.
  • Let alone doppelgängers, being shapeshifters, there are ones among demons like Demiurge who have a job class dedicated to it.
  • In YGGDRASIL, there is a spell that prevents doppelgãngers from transforming for a period of time.
  • While it is unclear if doppelgängers exist in the New World, however, there is a folk tale in the Re-Estize Kingdom of a monster that wore the skins of those it impersonated. The tale was used by mothers to scare their children when they were being restless at night. However, most adventurers agree that no such monster actually existed.[6]
  • In Overlord: The Undead Oh!, Mare Bello Fiore read in literature that people die when they meet their doppelgängers, making him wonder if they have a curse skill. Narberal Gamma clarifies that doppelgängers don't have such an ability, but, depending on the circumstances, doppelgängers will remove the target they are impersonating.[7]


  1. Overlord Volume 12 Chapter 3: Beginning the Counterattack
  2. Overlord Volume 13 Chapter 5: Ainz Dies
  3. Overlord First Half Chapter 23: First Request Part 5
  4. Overlord Volume 03 Chapter 4: Before the Death Match
  5. Overlord Volume 02 Chapter 4: Twin Swords of Slashing Death
  6. Overlord Volume 14 Chapter 4: Well-Prepared Traps
  7. Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 48


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