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TV and movie characters with multiple personalities

Published 3:09 PM ET, Mon January 23, 2017
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Many films and TV shows feature characters with dissociative identity disorder. Mental health advocates have criticized many of them for sensationalizing a diagnosis, often in horror movies and thrillers, that affects many people. In "Split," an M. Night Shyamalan film, James McAvoy plays a murderous villain with 24 personalities. Click through our gallery to see more examples of characters with multiple personalities. Universal Pictures
Brad Pitt, left, is Edward Norton's alternate personality, Tyler Durden, who launches a destructive anarchist organization in "Fight Club." Fox 2000 Pictures,
Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho." He takes on the alternate personality of his mother after killing her. Paramount
Toni Collette played a suburban mother with multiple personalities in Showtime's "United States of Tara." Showtime
In the 1976 film "Sybil," Sally Field plays the title character, who has 16 personalities. Universal
The power of the ring created alter-ego Gollum from hobbit Smeagol, who argue between themselves in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" and other films in the franchise. New Line Productions
Jim Carrey, left, and Michael Bowman in "Me, Myself & Irene." Carrey plays a state trooper who develops a second personality, which interferes with his duties. 20th Century Fox
Halle Berry plays a dancer whose other personalities include a white Southern racist in "Frankie & Alice." Codeblack Films
John Cusack is one of 10 strangers, all mysteriously with the same birthday, who start being murdered one by one in "Identity." Suzanne Tenner/Columbia Pictures
Jason Flemyng is one of many actors who has played Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, seen here in "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen." Twentieth Century Fox
Liam Neeson voices both Good Cop and Bad Cop, whose head swivels around to reveal two faces, in "The Lego Movie." Warner Bros.
"Black Swan" features imagined scenes between Natalie Portman, who plays a ballerina, and a fellow dancer played by Mila Kunis. However, Portman's character also exhibits signs of a psychotic disorder, which is separate from dissociative identity disorder. Fox Searchlight Pictures
Joanne Woodward plays the title character, and her two other identities, in the 1957 film "The Three Faces of Eve." Archive Photos
In the French thriller "High Tension," Cécile De France plays a woman who seems to be trying to rescue her friend from a cold-blooded killer. Lions Gate
Robert De Niro's character discovers that he is the murderous Charlie in "Hide and Seek." Bailey, K.C/Twentieth Century Fox