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19th Aug '17 6:27:22 PM jormis29
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* ''The Assignment'' (1997). The protagonist, a naval officer with an uncanny resemblance to Carlos the Jackal, begins to take on the nature of the violent, charismatic terrorist after being trained to copy his methodology (as part of a plot to frame Carlos as a CIA informant so he'll be murdered by the KGB). The final scene shows him going to burn a spider with his cigarette as Carlos did in the opening scene, but he stops at the last second.

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* ''The Assignment'' ''Film/TheAssignment'' (1997). The protagonist, a naval officer with an uncanny resemblance to Carlos the Jackal, begins to take on the nature of the violent, charismatic terrorist after being trained to copy his methodology (as part of a plot to frame Carlos as a CIA informant so he'll be murdered by the KGB). The final scene shows him going to burn a spider with his cigarette as Carlos did in the opening scene, but he stops at the last second.
14th Aug '17 9:16:00 PM PaulA
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* In the classic SF story "Private Eye" by C.L. Moore and Creator/HenryKuttner, the main character radically changes his identity in order to give himself an alibi for a murder he is planning. Since the police have chronoscopes in the future, he needs to play the role to the hilt. At the end he realizes he liked his new identity better.

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* In the classic SF story "Private Eye" by C.L. Moore Creator/CLMoore and Creator/HenryKuttner, the main character radically changes his identity in order to give himself an alibi for a murder he is planning. Since the police have chronoscopes in the future, he needs to play the role to the hilt. At the end he realizes he liked his new identity better.
26th Jul '17 12:47:00 PM Piterpicher
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* This is what the documentary ''Film/{{Kumare}}'' is all about. Vikram Gandhi ([[MahatmaGandhi no relation]]), raised in New Jersey in a family faithfully devoted to 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. 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 ''Film/{{Kumare}}'' is all about. Vikram Gandhi ([[MahatmaGandhi ([[UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi no relation]]), raised in New Jersey in a family faithfully devoted to 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. Most of his students stuck with him. There are still people who understand what he did and believe in Kumare's teachings.
26th Jul '17 11:48:06 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', a wizard sets up a ScoobyDooHoax, masquerading as the guardian spirit of a Nordic burial ground to scare away people from the nearby village while he loots the place clean. When he comes across a locked door, he spends over six months scouring the whole tomb looking for the key but can't find it. His failure drives him insane and he becomes convinced that he really ''is'' the guardian spirit of the tomb. [[spoiler:The innkeeper in the village had the key all along, and he happily gives it to you as a reward for dealing with that pesky spirit that's been scaring everyone]].
** It's theorized by some (and arguably implied) that the tomb, and maybe draugr barrows in general, actually began changing him. In addition, the ''Elder Scrolls'' universe has a concept called "mantling", wherein you can become a figure -- from a hero to a god -- simply by doing what that person would/should do. It's discussed in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', where it's mentioned that whether or not you ''are'' the [[TheChosenOne Nerevarine]] at the start, if you do the stuff the Nerevarine is supposed to do you ''will'' be him by the end.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Both played straight and inverted thanks to the act of "Mantling." Essentially, to mantle someone, one must become so like them that there ceases to be a functional difference between the two entities; it seems that at this point the universe itself ceases to distinguish between the two, and they become one entity. Several famous examples:
*** One theory behind [[FounderOfTheKingdom Tiber Septim]]'s [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascension]] as the [[DeityOfHumanOrigin deity Talos]] is that Septim effectively "mantled" Lorkhan, the [[GodIsDead "dead" creator god]] of Mundus, the mortal plane. Between possessing the [[HumongousMecha Numidium]] and the Mantella (an unimaginably powerful soul gem said to hold the soul of Zurin Arctus/Wulfharth Ash-King/the Underking, all possible [[GodInHumanForm Shezarrines]]), Septim found a way to claim Lorkhan's station in the universe.
*** Whether or not [[PlayerCharacter the Nerevarine]] in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' is actually the TheChosenOne reincarnation of the original Nerevar, if he/she does the things the Nerevarine is prophesied to do, he/she ''will'' be the Nerevarine.
*** The [[PlayerCharacter Champion of Cyrodiil]] and [[spoiler:Sheogorath, [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[MadGod Madness]]]] in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'''s ''Shivering Isles'' expansion. The Champion of Cyrodiil [[spoiler:was given the mantle of Sheogorath at the end of the Greymarch]]. The exact nature of this mantling is difficult to understand in full. Rather than acting like [[spoiler: Sheogorath]] until the universe effectively combined the two entities, Jyggalag surrendered the Mantle, or role, of [[spoiler: Sheogorath]] to the mortal Champion of Cyrodiil. Several hundred years later, the new Sheogorath looks and acts just as their predecessor; regardless of whatever their race or gender was prior to taking the mantle.
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In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', a wizard sets up a ScoobyDooHoax, masquerading as the guardian spirit of a Nordic burial ground to scare away people from the nearby village while he loots the place clean. When he comes across a locked door, he spends over six months scouring the whole tomb looking for the key but can't find it. His failure drives him insane and he becomes convinced that he really ''is'' the guardian spirit of the tomb. [[spoiler:The innkeeper in the village had the key all along, and he happily gives it to you as a reward for dealing with that pesky spirit that's been scaring everyone]].
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everyone]]. It's theorized by some (and arguably implied) that the tomb, and maybe draugr barrows in general, actually began changing him. In addition, the ''Elder Scrolls'' universe has a concept called "mantling", wherein you can become a figure -- from a hero to a god -- simply by doing what that person would/should do. It's discussed in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', where it's mentioned that whether or not you ''are'' the [[TheChosenOne Nerevarine]] at the start, if you do the stuff the Nerevarine is supposed to do you ''will'' be him by the end.him.
16th Jul '17 5:21:08 AM Avignon
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* One of the big themes of ''Film/{{Clueless}}''. While many of Cher's actions require the pretense of alterism, she does genuinely grow alteristic and is very humbled by the experience whether it be success or mishap.

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* One of the big themes of ''Film/{{Clueless}}''. While many of Cher's actions require the pretense of alterism, altruism, she does genuinely grow alteristic altruistic and is very humbled by the experience whether it be success or mishap.
11th Jul '17 7:49:33 AM Doug86
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* Occurs in reverse in Creator/CSLewis ''TheGreatDivorce''. A man who keeps trying to emotionally manipulate his love interest slowly becomes "The Tragedian", a false personality given to hackneyed dramatic gestures]and his real, honest (if average) personality gradually shrinks away to nothing. Ironically, she loved him as he was.

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* Occurs in reverse in Creator/CSLewis ''TheGreatDivorce''. ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce''. A man who keeps trying to emotionally manipulate his love interest slowly becomes "The Tragedian", a false personality given to hackneyed dramatic gestures]and gestures, and his real, honest (if average) personality gradually shrinks away to nothing. Ironically, she loved him as he was.
4th Jul '17 10:55:35 PM Nadim
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** Inverted with the red head Red Skull. His red head is actually his real face and his human one is actually a mask he wore that resembled his original look. It is implied that his red head is a result of using the {{Super Soldier}} serum that[[GoneHorriblyWrong|went horribly wrong]] due to it being unstable at the time.
* Invoked with Steve Rogers who was commercialized in films and theaters as the American USO Captain America and later became the real deal.

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** Inverted with the red head Red Skull. His red head is actually his real face and his human one is actually a mask he wore that resembled his original look. It is implied that his red head is a result of using the {{Super Soldier}} serum that[[GoneHorriblyWrong|went horribly wrong]] which permanently turned his head red due to it being unstable at the time.
* ** Invoked with Steve Rogers who was commercialized in films and theaters as the American USO Captain America and later became the real deal.
4th Jul '17 10:50:14 PM Nadim
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* ''Film/{{Captain America The First Avenger}}'':
** Inverted with the red head Red Skull. His red head is actually his real face and his human one is actually a mask he wore that resembled his original look. It is implied that his red head is a result of using the {{Super Soldier}} serum that[[GoneHorriblyWrong|went horribly wrong]] due to it being unstable at the time.
* Invoked with Steve Rogers who was commercialized in films and theaters as the American USO Captain America and later became the real deal.
25th Jun '17 6:00:05 PM racnor
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*''Fanfic/LulusBizarreRebellion'': [[spoiler:Shirley]] started out being manipulated into the role of Zero by Lelouch as nothing more than a figurehead with powerful stand, with Lelouch literally dictating her speeches by writing on the inside of her mask with his stand. Then, when she accidentally [[spoiler:gets her father killed]] she retreats into the Zero persona to deal with it, becoming more loyal to the role than to Lelouch and developing her own planning skills.
15th Jun '17 11:23:42 AM JoeMerl
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* {{Discussed}} in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' TV movie "Is It Fall Yet?," when Daria's mom forces her to work as a counselor at a day-camp for children.

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* {{Discussed}} in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' TV movie "Is "[[Recap/DariaTVM1 Is It Fall Yet?," Yet?]]," when Daria's mom forces her to work as a counselor at a day-camp for children.
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