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24th Sep '16 8:16:53 PM JamesAustin
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* The 1980s detective series ''Series/RemingtonSteele''. TheMole (PierceBrosnan) initially [[TheRealRemingtonSteele impersonates the fictitious Steele]] as a place to hide, but eventually settles into the role, even marrying the woman who ''created'' the persona in the first place.

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* The 1980s detective series ''Series/RemingtonSteele''. TheMole (PierceBrosnan) (Creator/PierceBrosnan) initially [[TheRealRemingtonSteele impersonates the fictitious Steele]] as a place to hide, but eventually settles into the role, even marrying the woman who ''created'' the persona in the first place.
15th Sep '16 9:58:29 PM Cakeman
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** In "Donnie Fatso", Homer goes undercover to investigate Fat Tony, since he's been sentenced to ten years for trying to bribe a city official and will get a reduced sentence if he does the FBI that particular favor. However, he eventually grows to sympathize Fat Tony and eventually saves him from being shot, though he dies from a heart attack anyway and he is later replaced by a character whose essentially a duplicate of him, though he's fit instead of fat at first.
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13th Sep '16 11:18:18 PM PaulA
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** Whether Peter is worried about the possibility, this occurs to him throughout the ''Shadow'' series. Contrasting the sadistic boy in Ender's Game to the non-aggressive Hegemon in ''Shadow of a Giant'' displays how Locke's persona changes Peter Wiggin.

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** Whether Peter is worried about the possibility, this occurs to him throughout the ''Shadow'' ''Literature/EndersShadow'' series. Contrasting the sadistic boy in Ender's Game ''Ender's Game'' to the non-aggressive Hegemon in ''Shadow of a Giant'' ''Literature/ShadowOfTheGiant'' displays how Locke's persona changes Peter Wiggin.
10th Sep '16 1:19:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* This is what the documentary ''[[http://www.kumaremovie.com/ Kumare]]'' is all about. Vikram Gandhi ([[MahatmaGandhi no relation]]), raised in New Jersey in a family faithfully devoted to {{Hinduism}}, became a "guru" himself, for a film about why people believe in them. [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vikram-gandhi/kumare-the-time-i-became-_b_1612564.html He explains his rationale here.]] With two assistants as "devotees", he even created a false [[http://www.kumare.org/about/ website]] for publicity. Then he just started appearing around Phoenix and Tucson, giving guest lessons in yoga studios. Sure enough, people flocked to hear him, many saying [[http://www.mbird.com/2014/04/kumare-the-true-story-of-a-false-false-prophet/ they really got something out of his teachings]], especially about becoming "your ideal self" and that we are all our own gurus with the ability to transform our lives. He dropped hints all along that he was a fake. Months into this journey, Vikram realized that he actually had transcended, in a way -- he ''was'' Kumare -- his own ideal self. By living a lie, he had made it true -- and the students really had changed their lives for the better. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Most of his students stuck with him]]. There are still people who understand what he did and believe in Kumare's teachings.

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* This is what the documentary ''[[http://www.kumaremovie.com/ Kumare]]'' is all about. Vikram Gandhi ([[MahatmaGandhi no relation]]), raised in New Jersey in a family faithfully devoted to {{Hinduism}}, UsefulNotes/{{Hinduism}}, became a "guru" himself, for a film about why people believe in them. [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vikram-gandhi/kumare-the-time-i-became-_b_1612564.html He explains his rationale here.]] With two assistants as "devotees", he even created a false [[http://www.kumare.org/about/ website]] for publicity. Then he just started appearing around Phoenix and Tucson, giving guest lessons in yoga studios. Sure enough, people flocked to hear him, many saying [[http://www.mbird.com/2014/04/kumare-the-true-story-of-a-false-false-prophet/ they really got something out of his teachings]], especially about becoming "your ideal self" and that we are all our own gurus with the ability to transform our lives. He dropped hints all along that he was a fake. Months into this journey, Vikram realized that he actually had transcended, in a way -- he ''was'' Kumare -- his own ideal self. By living a lie, he had made it true -- and the students really had changed their lives for the better. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Most of his students stuck with him]]. There are still people who understand what he did and believe in Kumare's teachings.
3rd Sep '16 10:57:21 PM Thecommander236
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* For many, this is the case when they start an activity whether it be acting, playing sports, doing a job, or anything really. Over time, as you become more experienced at something, you feel more confident and sure of yourself. You'll end up using lingo and adopt mannerisms that you earlier found ridiculous or annoying. Militaries and sports teams rely on this. Indoctrination starts by faking it or miming others until you become what is needed for your role. Sometimes this is a good thing, sometimes it's bad, but it seems to be a staple of the human psyche. The causes can vary from person to person but wanting to belong to something special is a common motivation to change.
3rd Sep '16 10:49:04 PM Thecommander236
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* A problem for people who operate in paramilitary and guerilla units is how hard it can be to go back to normal life from being a fighter. Once you've had to pretend to be tough to get the mission done, you'll find that you really do have it in you to be tough. This may sound nice up until that moment when you discover that you are becoming more inclined to stab people in the face when you ''not'' on duty.

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* A problem for people who operate in paramilitary and guerilla units is how hard it can be to go back to normal life from being a fighter. Once you've had to pretend to be tough to get the mission done, you'll find that you really do have it in you to be tough. This may sound nice up until that moment when you discover that you are becoming more inclined to stab people in the face when you are ''not'' on duty.
3rd Sep '16 10:46:54 PM Thecommander236
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* A softer version of this trope is that spies and other undercover operatives often grow to enjoy the activities of their cover job. Many of the maintain links with it even after their mission has ended. It helps that a cover job is many times one they had an interest in anyway. Several retired spies who were "cultural attaches" became genuine proponents of cultural exchanges for example.

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* A softer version of this trope is that spies and other undercover operatives often grow to enjoy the activities of their cover job. Many of the them maintain links with it even after their mission has ended. It helps that a cover job is many times one they had an interest in anyway. Several retired spies who were "cultural attaches" became genuine proponents of cultural exchanges for example.
3rd Sep '16 10:25:10 PM Thecommander236
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* In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' a wizard sets up a ScoobyDooHoax, masquerading as the guardian spirit of a Nordic burial ground to keep superstitious locals from discovering that he's attempting to loot the tomb. After six month of failing to solve a puzzle-locked door, he goes insane and becomes convinced he's an actual guardian spirit.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' a wizard sets up a ScoobyDooHoax, masquerading as the guardian spirit of a Nordic burial ground to keep superstitious locals from discovering that he's attempting to loot the tomb. After six month months of failing to solve a puzzle-locked door, he goes insane and becomes convinced he's an actual guardian spirit.
3rd Sep '16 10:22:58 PM Thecommander236
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', Alex Mercer is [[spoiler:quite explicitly dead and gone. However, the corpse was subsumed and reanimated by the Blacklight virus, which imitated him so completely, so perfectly, that TheVirus believes it ''is'' Alex Mercer. Even after it finds out the AwfulTruth, "Mercer" is changed by the experience, evolving from monster that Mercer was as a human, to a rampaging sociopath with occasional flashes of heroism, to a SociopathicHero, given that he protects New York from being nuked when it would have been far easier for him to simply do nothing and save himself.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', Alex Mercer is [[spoiler:quite explicitly dead and gone. However, the corpse was subsumed and reanimated by the Blacklight virus, which imitated him so completely, so perfectly, that TheVirus believes it ''is'' Alex Mercer. Even after it finds out the AwfulTruth, "Mercer" is changed by the experience, evolving from the monster that Mercer was as a human, to a rampaging sociopath with occasional flashes of heroism, to a SociopathicHero, given that he protects New York from being nuked when it would have been far easier for him to simply do nothing and save himself.]]
1st Sep '16 12:15:04 PM Gamermaster
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** Hilariously, [[BitchInSheepsClothing her little sister]] has the same problem, [[SiblingYinYang just in reverse]].
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