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So, what are all of the moves that are good in singles but not in doubles, and vice versa? For example, Muddy Water is good in doubles, but not singles.

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What kind of singles and what kind of doubles?
Depends on how good "good" is. Like in doubles protect is a amazing, but protect is also quite helpful in singles for pokemon such as clefable with wish. You may not count protect as "good" is singles be a use so few pokemon use it, but for them it is "good".
Gen 8 OU and Gen 8 Doubles OU
Oof I can think of some but surely not all everyone has a different opinion on using moves some might like a move in doubles and some might not
Well definitely moves that only work on allies, like Coaching or Helping Hand.
I might be able to program my computer to read files from https://www.smogon.com/forums/threads/gen-8-smogon-university-usage-statistics-discussion-thread.3657197/ and calculate how much more common each move is in one format compared to the other. Would you like that?
@sumwun sure. I got an answer from someone else, and I'm waiting to BA, so you can go ahead.

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Bad in singles, good in doubles

-Protection moves (depends)
- Follow Me/Rage Powder
- Me First (not available in gen 8 but still deserves a mention)
- After You
- Mat Block
- Trick Room and Tailwind are still good moves, however in double battles they are much better
- Fake Out is less valuable in singles than in doubles
- Rock Slide, Heat Wave, and Muddy Water are outclassed in singles, but aren't bad
- Snarl, Icy Wind, Bulldoze
- Skill Swap
- Psych Up
- Fling
- Aurora Veil, Light Screen, Reflect are less useful in singles than they are in doubles
- Safeguard
- Wide Guard
- Quick Guard
- Swagger
- Decorate
- Coaching
- Helping Hand
- Ally Switch
- Quash
- Feint

Good in singles, bad in doubles

-Toxic
-Stealth Rocks
- Sticky Web
- Spikes
- Toxic Spikes
- Defog, because its main purpose is to remove hazards
- Stone Edge is lesser seen in doubles due to the ubiquity of Rock Slide
- Hydro Pump/Scald are worse than Surf in doubles
- The poison type is pretty bad even in singles, but Sludge Bomb is garbage in doubles because Sludge Wave hits both opponents

Hope this helps! And if I missed anything, can you please tell me in the comments? Thank you

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Quash.
thank you