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22nd Apr '18 4:25:02 PM nombretomado
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** Early in Walter Simonson's run on ''ComicBook/FantasticFour,'' he has the FF face a Doctor Doom who's wearing a new suit of armor -- and who claims that every single Doom they've fought for the past 25 years of real time (since the Lee/Kirby days) has been a Doombot. Since this retcon includes things like Doom's appearance in ''ComicBook/SecretWars'' and the entirety of Creator/JohnByrne's run (regarded as one of the definitive eras for Doom), everyone since has assumed he was lying or a deluded Doombot himself, as there have been other Doombots that thought themselves the original.

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** Early in Walter Simonson's run on ''ComicBook/FantasticFour,'' he has the FF face a Doctor Doom who's wearing a new suit of armor -- and who claims that every single Doom they've fought for the past 25 years of real time (since the Lee/Kirby days) has been a Doombot. Since this retcon includes things like Doom's appearance in ''ComicBook/SecretWars'' ''ComicBook/SecretWars1984'' and the entirety of Creator/JohnByrne's run (regarded as one of the definitive eras for Doom), everyone since has assumed he was lying or a deluded Doombot himself, as there have been other Doombots that thought themselves the original.
10th Apr '18 7:48:37 AM costanton11
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* In the finale to the fourth season of AgentsOfSHIELD, Simmons is seemingly killed, only to be revealed as an LMD.

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* In the finale to the fourth season of AgentsOfSHIELD, ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', Simmons is seemingly killed, only to be revealed as an LMD.
25th Mar '18 12:37:09 PM Vir
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** His huge assault on the Krusty Krab at the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'' ends with him giving Mr. Krabs his last penny and sulking near the Krusty Krab sign for 20 minutes. Mr. Krabs then finds that the Plankton outside was a robot and the real Plankton was inside the penny, which Mr. Krabs put in the wall safe with the formula.

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** His huge assault on the Krusty Krab at the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'' ends with him giving Mr. Krabs his last penny and sulking near the Krusty Krab sign for 20 minutes. Mr. Krabs then finds that the Plankton outside was a robot and the real Plankton was inside the penny, which Mr. Krabs put in the wall safe with the formula. Upon Krabs realizing he's been had, the robot does a victory dance.
24th Mar '18 10:22:19 PM Vir
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* On ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', several of Plankton's schemes to steal the Krabby Patty formula involve this:
** In "Frozen Face-Off", his plan to distract [=SpongeBob=] and Mr. Krabs with a ski race had him build a robot of himself to compete while the real Plankton snuck into the Krusty Krab uncontested.
** His huge assault on the Krusty Krab at the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'' ends with him giving Mr. Krabs his last penny and sulking near the Krusty Krab sign for 20 minutes. Mr. Krabs then finds that the Plankton outside was a robot and the real Plankton was inside the penny, which Mr. Krabs put in the wall safe with the formula.
** In "Plankton Retires", he reveals that his claim to retire was another plan to get the formula and that the Plankton at the retirement home was a robot to distract [=SpongeBob=] and Mr. Krabs while he breaks into the Krusty Krab. As it turns out, the [=SpongeBob=] and Mr. Krabs at the retirement home were ''also'' robots and the real ones were still at the Krusty Krab as well. The episode ends with the robots deciding to live their own lives instead of helping in Krabs and Plankton's pointless war, then they hang out together until they [[StuffBlowingUp explode]].
24th Mar '18 2:02:31 PM Vir
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** {{Inverted}} in a 2005 ''[[ComicBook/IncredibleHercules Hercules]]'' miniseries, where Herc was tasked with a modern version of his twelve labors for a reality television series. One of his new labors was to sneak into Latveria and run off with a Doombot, but it's suggested that Herc screwed up and grabbed the real Doom instead (he gets credit for succeeding anyhow).

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** {{Inverted}} {{Inverted|Trope}} in a 2005 ''[[ComicBook/IncredibleHercules Hercules]]'' miniseries, where Herc was tasked with a modern version of his twelve labors for a reality television series. One of his new labors was to sneak into Latveria and run off with a Doombot, but it's suggested that Herc screwed up and grabbed the real Doom instead (he gets credit for succeeding anyhow).



* Part of the Franchise/{{Godzilla}} series (more specifically ''[[Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzilla Godzilla VS Mechagodzilla]]'') has Anguirus being beaten up by what appears to be Godzilla, managing to scrape off a little bit of flesh and revealing some kind of shiny material underneath, but later ''another'' Godzilla shows up while the first one was attacking a refinery. The second Godzilla hits the first with his atomic breath, blowing off a large chunk of the first one's skin and revealing it to be a [[EvilKnockoff robotic doppleganger]]. The doppleganger sheds the disguise entirely, revealing it to be an alien-controlled [[EvilKnockoff Mechagodzilla]]. Mechagodzilla then [[CurbStompBattle unloads its weapons on Godzilla, utterly decimating him.]] [[SerialEscalation It doesn't help that Mechagodzilla seems to have a penchant for]] BeamSpam.

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* Part of the Franchise/{{Godzilla}} series (more specifically ''[[Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzilla Godzilla VS Mechagodzilla]]'') has Anguirus being beaten up by what appears to be Godzilla, managing to scrape off a little bit of flesh and revealing some kind of shiny material underneath, but later ''another'' Godzilla shows up while the first one was attacking a refinery. The second Godzilla hits the first with his atomic breath, blowing off a large chunk of the first one's skin and revealing it to be a [[EvilKnockoff robotic doppleganger]]. The doppleganger doppelganger sheds the disguise entirely, revealing it to be an alien-controlled [[EvilKnockoff Mechagodzilla]]. Mechagodzilla then [[CurbStompBattle unloads its weapons on Godzilla, utterly decimating him.]] [[SerialEscalation It doesn't help that Mechagodzilla seems to have a penchant for]] BeamSpam.BeamSpam.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}''. [[spoiler: In the final battle against Tighten, Megamind rescues Roxanne but is killed—only to be revealed as Minion wearing a holographic disguise.]]



* ''Webcomic/DragonBallMultiverse'': Pretty much any time something really bad happens to a Buu, there are more fragments of it lying about.

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* ''Webcomic/DragonBallMultiverse'': Pretty much any time anytime something really bad happens to a Buu, there are more fragments of it lying about.



** ''Challenge Of The Superfriends'' had another example of good guys using this trick. The Legion of Doom found out about a sealed away weapon that could act as a lethal death ray to the heroes and tricked Superman into breaking the vault open. (That's right, this episode suspended the show's NeverSayDie policy.) The Legion of Doom were apparently then able to decimate the heroes mercilessly, often in front of terrified citizens. When it seemed all the heroes had perished and the villains had achieved complete victory, Luthor saw no further need for the thing, and casually threw it away. A ''terrible'' mistake. A day later, the Superfriends reappeared, and after pulping the villains, revealed that they had been hiding in their satellite base (presumably a sort of precursor to the Watchtower) while using android duplicates created by Superman in the Fortress of Solitude to make the Legion believe they had been killed. Once Luthor threw it away, the Apache Chief went into the sewer in protective clothing and destroyed it, permanently. (Of course, [[FridgeLogic when you think about it]], the Legion of Doom should have been suspicious when they seemed to win so easily...)

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** ''Challenge Of The Superfriends'' had another example of good guys using this trick. The Legion of Doom found out about a sealed away weapon that could act as a lethal death ray to the heroes and tricked Superman into breaking the vault open. (That's right, this episode suspended the show's NeverSayDie policy.) The Legion of Doom were was apparently then able to decimate the heroes mercilessly, often in front of terrified citizens. When it seemed all the heroes had perished and the villains had achieved complete victory, Luthor saw no further need for the thing, and casually threw it away. A ''terrible'' mistake. A day later, the Superfriends reappeared, and after pulping the villains, revealed that they had been hiding in their satellite base (presumably a sort of precursor to the Watchtower) while using android duplicates created by Superman in the Fortress of Solitude to make the Legion believe they had been killed. Once Luthor threw it away, the Apache Chief went into the sewer in protective clothing and destroyed it, permanently. (Of course, [[FridgeLogic when you think about it]], the Legion of Doom should have been suspicious when they seemed to win so easily...)



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}''. [[spoiler: In the final battle against Tighten, Megamind rescues Roxanne but is killed—only to be revealed as Minion wearing a holographic disguise.]]



** The young T.O.Morrow seen was actually a robot, the real one was old man who's hooked on life support.

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** The young T.O.Morrow seen was actually a robot, the real one was an old man who's hooked on life support.



* Used and then inverted in the Season 7 finale of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''. Archer and his robot double [[spoiler:head off to confront Veronica Dean, and one is shot and left to drown in her pool - but due to the fact that Archer and Robot!Archer were wearing identical clothing, and only one Archer is in the scene, it's unclear which it is. When the police and ISIS shows up to the scene, the "real" Archer appears, claiming that the Archer in the pool is merely his robot double. However, when he tries to propose to Lana, he (Robot!Archer) malfunctions due to his programming not being able to understand love, and it's revealed that the Archer in the pool is, in fact, the real Archer]].

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* Used and then inverted in the Season 7 finale of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''. Archer and his robot double [[spoiler:head off to confront Veronica Dean, and one is shot and left to drown in her pool - but due to the fact that Archer and Robot!Archer were wearing identical clothing, and only one Archer is in the scene, it's unclear which it is. When the police and ISIS shows show up to the scene, the "real" Archer appears, claiming that the Archer in the pool is merely his robot double. However, when he tries to propose to Lana, he (Robot!Archer) malfunctions due to his programming not being able to understand love, and it's revealed that the Archer in the pool is, in fact, the real Archer]].
18th Mar '18 4:02:01 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Judge Death went missing after having ruled over all of Mega City One during "Necropolis". Dredd later encounters what appears to be Judge Death in a museum, but it's just a robot made in his image and not the real deal.
5th Mar '18 7:29:32 PM ThemJohns
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* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidV'' seems to have retconned ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' into this: [[spoiler: The Big Boss you kill in the first game is Venom Snake.]]
3rd Mar '18 11:31:04 AM FordPrefect
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** The name comes from Doombots which are used by writers in the Marvel Universe to explain how Doctor Doom rarely ever actually "loses" battles. This has been pulled so often, there's [[EpilepticTrees a fan theories]] that ''the real Doctor Doom has never appeared in a comic'', that ''there is no "real" Doctor Doom'', and that Doctor Doom does exist, but not in a true physical form. He might be an electromatic source of dark energy that makes the Doombots that he takes possession of until they get destroyed. Of course, that would mean he actually does lose all those battles, as well as making it not this trope but FightingAShadow. The latter an theory was explored in ''ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'', deconstructing it in the process and does it with such a BadassBoast, too.

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** The name comes from Doombots which are used by writers in the Marvel Universe to explain how Doctor Doom rarely ever actually "loses" battles. This has been pulled so often, there's there are [[EpilepticTrees a fan theories]] that ''the real Doctor Doom has never appeared in a comic'', that ''there is no "real" Doctor Doom'', and that Doctor Doom does exist, but not in a true physical form. He might be an electromatic electromagnetic source of dark energy that makes the Doombots that he and takes possession of them until they get destroyed. Of course, that would mean he actually does lose all those battles, as well as making it not this trope but FightingAShadow. The latter an theory was explored in ''ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'', deconstructing it in the process process, and does it with such a BadassBoast, too.
7th Feb '18 9:43:41 PM KBABZ
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* Good guys can use this trick too. As seen in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', Padme did this all the time as Queen of Naboo, disguising herself as one of the Queen's handmaidens while a bodyguard (Sabé) disguised herself as the Queen. And she was ''not'' the first Queen of Naboo to do this. Her head of security Captian Panaka designed the strategy, and it was used by her predecessor (and presumably, her successor).
* Padme uses the strategy again as a senator in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''; [[spoiler: sadly, her decoy must fulfill her true duty this time when an assassin strikes, and is killed taking a bullet meant for Padme.]]

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* Good guys can use this trick too. As seen Appears in ''Franchise/StarWars'', ironically only by the good guys:
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''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', Padme did this all the time as Queen of Naboo, disguising herself as one of the Queen's handmaidens while a bodyguard (Sabé) disguised herself as the Queen. And she was ''not'' the first Queen of Naboo to do this. Her head of security Captian Panaka designed the strategy, and it was used by her predecessor (and presumably, her successor).
* ** Padme uses the strategy again as a senator in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''; [[spoiler: sadly, her decoy must fulfill her true duty this time when an assassin strikes, and is killed taking a bullet meant for Padme.]]]]
** In ''Film/TheLastJedi'', [[spoiler:Luke uses an AstralProjection to face down Kylo Ren, cleverly avoiding interacting with him to maintain the illusion. Per the use of this trope, while Luke himself [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique dies after he uses it]], it's considered a victory as it completely distracted Kylo and allowed the Rebels to escape]].
28th Jan '18 3:59:40 PM nombretomado
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* American rapper {{MF Doom}} has been known to send impostors to concert events for which he is on the bill.

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* American rapper {{MF Music/{{MF Doom}} has been known to send impostors to concert events for which he is on the bill.
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