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Saturday, March 4th, 2017 10:16 AM

LIVE POLL: Intriguing Multiple Personality Characters

Multiple personality driven stories and characters often result in fantastic movies and interesting TV series. Sometimes, the creative story lines of how a character acquired their particular set of multiple personalities is even more intriguing than the multiple personalities themselves. In addition, characters with multiple personalities are a juicy opportunity to demonstrate an actors' or actresses' range of acting talent.

Which movie or television character with literal or figurative multiple personalities is the most multi-facetedly intriguing?

Spoiler Alert: Character identities as MPD could reveal movie or TV series plot twists.

Live Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/TlBfUEFYuNs/


See the partial list of movie and television split personality characters here: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls033246020/

This poll suggestion has been converted from character to image driven poll. See the partial list of movie and television split personality characters here: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls047738602/

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Intriguing Movie and TV Split Personality Characters

Movies and TV series with multiple personality driven stories often have interesting plot twists. Equally intriguing is how each character acquired their particular set of personalities. More often than not, it is a clinical condition known as dissociative identity disorder. Regardless of the cause, it is a juicy opportunity for an actor or actress to demonstrate their range of acting talent.

Which movie or television character portrayal with literal or figurative multiple personalities is the most multi-facetedly intriguing?

See the partial list of movie and television split personality characters here: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls047738602/

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7 years ago

The proper term is dissociative identity disorder.

Aaron should not be on this list, as his "other" personality was all an act and not due to mental illness.
Patrick Bateman did not have more than one personality. Just one crazy one who killed because he liked it, not a whole separate personality. A double life is not the same as a dual personality. Same with Regina Mills and Francis Dolarhyde.
I have both seen the film and read of the book of Shutter Island and it was DiCaprio's character who had DID.

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Robert Elliott - Dressed to Kill
Bae Soo-Mi - A Tale of Two Sisters/Anna - The Uninvited (Uninvited is the American remake of Sisters)
I don't know who (haven't seen it) - Frailty
 Alma - Persona
Stanley Ipkiss - The Mask

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https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Dissociative-Disorders

... The symptoms of dissociative disorders depend on the type of disorder that has been diagnosed. There are three types of dissociative disorders defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM):

... Dissociative identity disorder. Formerly known as multiple personality disorder, this disorder is characterized by alternating between multiple identities. A person may feel like one or more voices are trying to take control in their head. Often these identities may have unique names, characteristics, mannerisms and voices. People with DID will experience gaps in memory of every day events, personal information and trauma. Women are more likely to be diagnosed, as they more frequently present with acute dissociative symptoms. Men are more likely to deny symptoms and trauma histories, and commonly exhibit more violent behavior, rather than amnesia or fugue states. This can lead to elevated false negative diagnosis. ...

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Thanks, the opening paragraph only states that multiple personalities be involved in the story line. They can be both real or faked. I will remove the MPD term in the spoiler to avoid any confusion or so not to be misleading.

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7 years ago

Sorry, I was a bit unclear. this originally started as a poll about MPD and forgot to remove "Disorder". It is now more about multiple personalities being used to develop an interesting character. As well as, the use of multiple personality as a plot device or plot twist. Plus, the creative vehicles writers use to accomplish this. Multiple personalities in this case can be psychological or be caused by any one of a number different plot devices: software, computer chips, enchanted masks, potions, chemical formulas, etc. or just plain faking it. So, I tried to include lots of options outside the run of the mill, DID.

I thought this would be covered withing the scope of the question: Which movie or television character with literal or figurative multiple personalities is the most multi-facetedly intriguing?

Thanks, I have seen all these movies plus the ones you suggested. I was fuzzy on the details from Shutter Island  and American Psycho, plus the plot summaries were no help. I can understand the weaknesses of the characters you have pointed out. I have removed Patrick Bateman, as a result. Regina Millls and Francis Dolorhyde are both listed on their wikias and wikipedia as multiple personality characters. I added in Bae-S00-Mi, Stanley Ipkiss and Fenton.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Fictional_characters_with_multiple_personalities
http://hannibal.wikia.com/wiki/Francis_Dolarhyde
http://villains.wikia.com/wiki/Regina_Mills

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I just read this -- after I left a note about Tom Stall and Mr. Brooks. 

After reading this, Tom Stall still doesn't fit but Mr. Brooks does.

In the poll itself, however, under some of the characters, you note that some characters may not have D.I.D. and go on to offer a different possible diagnosis. Even if you are qualified to diagnose, I'd steer clear of that (for a few reasons, including that it implies that the other characters without notes suffer from D.I.D.) and simply include a brief note in the introduction that is closer to your explanation above (that the characters do not necessarily have dissociative identity disorder, or any psychiatric diagnosis, but rather collectively include some representations of people with certain diagnoses but also some whose alter egos are plot devices.). 

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PS: Intriguing Multiple Personality Characters

Multiple personality driven stories and characters often result in fantastic movies and interesting TV series. Sometimes, the creative story lines of how a character acquired their particular set of multiple personalities is even more intriguing than the multiple personalities themselves. In addition, characters with multiple personalities are a juicy opportunity to demonstrate an actors' or actresses' range of acting talent.

Which movie or television character with literal or figurative multiple personalities is the most multi-facetedly intriguing?

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6 years ago

Uh, Elliot Anderson in Mr. Robot? My personal favorite, besides maybe Norman Bates in the Psycho prequel Bates Motel. Also, Caitlin Snow (alter ego Killer Frost) in CW's The Flash. The Flash also had an episode with a pretty good AID character named Frankie Kane as well.

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6 years ago

urbanemovies,

Sadly, IMDb will not support character based polls after December 5, 2017. Please recreate this poll as an image based poll if you wish for your polls suggestion to still be considered.

For more details, please read this thread.
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/changes-to-imdb-characters

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Thanks for the update.

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6 years ago

Multiple personality driven stories and characters often result in fantastic movies and interesting TV series
Posted 9 months ago (March 4 2017)
by urbanemovies
Joined on February 3, 2017
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/people/shawn_longway

urbanemovies
IMDb member since December 2011
http://www.imdb.com/user/ur29755297/
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"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" Alternate (2007)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1015431/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1015431/reference
Original Air Date: 25 September 2007 (Season 9, Episode 1)
Cynthia Nixon ...  Janis Donovan (No Character page)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1015431/plotsummary
Cynthia Nixon turns in a powerful performance
as a woman with multiple personalities

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1015431/reviews
Nixon's The One As SVU's Prize Pest
Author: Michael Daly
http://www.imdb.com/user/ur0381820/
This episode brings out the inadvertent humor that adds charm to the series
as Nixon dons several guises,
first as a lawyer reporting a child is being abused,
then as a waif holed up in Central Park,
then as a bitchy broad who tells off her own lawyer

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1015431/quotes
Dr. George Huang: Tell me about her alters.
Detective Olivia Benson: So far we've seen Dr. Young, a little girl, and a mean Russian.
Det. Elliot Stabler: And I bet she does a great Christopher Walken too.

Hashi Horowitz: She has five documented personalities.
Judge Walter Bradley: Should we swear them all in separately?
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Cynthia Nixon
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0633223/
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0633223/reference
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Most Popular Titles With Plot Matching "Multiple Personality" - 125 titles
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Displaying 4 results for "Multiple Personality"
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Keywords
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multiple-personality-disorder (138 titles) 
multiple-personalities (11 titles) 
multiple-characters-voiced-by-same-person (22 titles) 

Most Popular Titles With Plot Matching "dissociative identity disorder"  - 35 titles.
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http://www.imdb.com/find?q=dissociative-identity-disorder&s=kw
Keywords
dissociative-identity-disorder (65 titles)



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Thanks for the info

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5 years ago

This poll suggestion has been converted from character to image driven poll. See the partial list of movie and television split personality characters here: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls047738602/

update
Intriguing Movie and TV Split Personality Characters

Movies and TV series with multiple personality driven stories often have interesting plot twists. Equally intriguing is how each character acquired their particular set of personalities. More often than not, it is a clinical condition known as dissociative identity disorder. Regardless of the cause, it is a juicy opportunity for an actor or actress to demonstrate their range of acting talent.

Which movie or television character portrayal with literal or figurative multiple personalities is the most multi-facetedly intriguing?

See the partial list of movie and television split personality characters here: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls047738602/

HONORABLE MENTIONS (mostly non-DID splits, remakes and character duplications)

Boris Karloff Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde

John Malkovich Mary Reilly Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde

Paul Massie The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde

John Barrymore Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde

Fredric March Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde

The Incredible Hulk Bruce Banner / The Incredible Hulk

Eric Bana Hulk Bruce Banner / The Incredible Hulk

Eddie Murphy The Nutty Professor Sherman Klump / Buddy Love

Vince Vaughn Psycho Norman Bates / Mother

Rebecca De Mornay Never Talk to Strangers Dr. Sarah Taylor

Soo-jung Lim, Geun-young Moon A Tale of Two Sisters Soo-mi Bae / Soo-yeon Bae / Eun-joo Bae

Edward Norton Primal Fear Aaron / Roy

Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis Black Swan
Nina Sayers (The Swan Queen) / Lily's doppelgänger (The Black Swan) * may be paranoid schizophrenia, rather than dissociative identity disorder

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5 years ago

The list link on your initial post doesn't work. Looks like you re-did the list but maybe you have to get Dan or Peter to update the list link...?

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This poll suggestion has been converted from character to image driven poll. See the partial list of movie and television split personality characters here: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls047738602/

More Honorable Mentions

Linda Hamilton Separate Lives Lauren Porter / Lena

Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis Tully Marlo Moreau / Tully
* character may have Postpartum Psychosis rather than Dissociative Identity Disorder


15 Split Personality Movies That Went to the Big Screen (Together)
Top 10 Dissociative Identity Disorder/Multiple Personality Movies

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5 years ago

Thanks, but this is really intended to be more of movie character poll, I will try to be more clear in the question. The only reason television is mentioned is accommodate the extended TV movie, Sybil (1976) which ran 3 hours and 18 minutes over two nights when it originally aired in 1976. IMDb classifies it as a TV Mini-Series. It contains probably the most famous split personalty of them all, Sybill / Peggy / Vicky / Vanessa / Marcia / Ruthie / Mary /Nancy / Clara / Helen / Marjorie / Sybil Ann / Mike / Sid

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4 years ago

Intriguing Multiple Personality Characters

Which movie* character portrayal with split multiple personalities is the most multi-facetedly intriguing? *theatrical, television or streaming

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3 years ago

Tom Stall / Joey Cusack (#10) doesn't have any pathology that in any way is close to dissociative identity disorder. He just changed his name when he moved far away to escape a violent past and the dangerous mob figures with whom he had been involved. 

Mr. Brooks (#7) also doesn't have dissociative identity disorder, although he's much more pathological than Tom Stall in many ways. Marshall is not another personality coexisting with Mr.Brooks as much as the personification of Mr. Brooks' violent side (perhaps like Dexter's "dark passenger" or Walter White's "Heisenberg") or perhaps even the personification of voices if he suffers from some kind of psychosis. The film doesn't make it clear except that few of the typical symptoms and characteristics of what used to be known as multiple personality disorder is there with Mr. Brooks -- or perhaps the filmmaker confuses D.I.D. with some psychotic illness such as schizophrenia and presents features of both. Although he fits way more than Tom Stall, Mr. Brooks is not a clear-cut case like 'Split' and some of the other characters and movies on the list. 

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Hi Urb, I reassessed and changed the above after reading one your early posts -- it's posted as a response to that earlier post of yours. 

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FYC: Tara Gregson/T/Alice/Buck/Gimme/Shoshana/Chicken/Bryce from United States of Tara