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8th Sep '17 2:53:45 PM harostar
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* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', having a DoomedHometown is quite common and many became refugees due to Titan attacks. [[spoiler:Reiner and Bertolt claim to be from an isolated mountain village]]. Their story is only exposed as a lie when TheMole is uncovered and a connection is discovered.
** The twist is that [[spoiler:there was no doomed village; they were ChildSoldiers sent from the Marley Empire overseas to infiltrate the Walls.]]

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* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', having a DoomedHometown is quite common and many became refugees due to Titan attacks. [[spoiler:Reiner [[spoiler: Reiner, Bertolt, and Bertolt claim Annie infiltrate Wall Rose simply by claiming to be refugees from an isolated mountain village]]. Their story is village that was wiped out by Titans. Because many such villages were in fact destroyed during the fall of Wall Maria, no one questions their claims or pressures them for more information. It's only after Annie is exposed as a lie when TheMole is uncovered and a connection is discovered.
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the Female Titan that [[spoiler:there was no doomed village; they were ChildSoldiers sent the story begins to unravel, as claiming to be from the Marley Empire overseas to infiltrate same region provides a link between all three of them. In a twist, it turns out that their story was borrowed from the Walls.]]SoleSurvivor of one such village, a place so small and isolated no one could remember its name after the man killed himself]].
7th Sep '17 7:58:19 AM TheWanderer
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** In the fourth book, Jaime Lannister thinks to ask Osney Kettleblack, for the first time, who knighted him (since knighthood isn't valid unless it's conferred by a lord or another knight, and Kettleblack really doesn't seem competent enough for anyone to want to knight him), and the name that he comes up with is "Ser Robert Stone". Technically, it could be a real name, but since it's ridiculously common -- 'Stone' is a bastard surname given to any illegitimate child of a nobleman anywhere in the region, and Robert is the name of the king and war hero Robert Baratheon and was a ridiculously popular baby name in the years following his victory and coronation -- it's totally impossible to tell whether he's telling the truth or not. Jaime also muses that Kettleblack could have been [[LineOfSightName looking at the castle wall at the time]].

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** In the fourth book, third book Jaime Lannister thinks to ask Osney meets Ser Osmund Kettleblack, a former [[PrivateMilitaryContractors sellsword]] who has been promoted to the local PraetorianGuard despite there not being much evidence of his fighting ability. While questioning Osmund and trying to get a sense for the first time, man, Jaime asks who knighted him (since knighthood isn't valid unless it's conferred by a lord or another knight, and Kettleblack really doesn't seem competent enough for anyone to want to knight him), and the name that he Kettleblack comes up with is "Ser Robert Stone". Technically, it could be a real name, but since it's ridiculously common -- 'Stone' is a bastard surname given to any illegitimate child of a nobleman anywhere in the from a mountainous region, and Robert is a common name (even more so lately since it's the name of the king and war hero Robert Baratheon Baratheon, and thus was a ridiculously popular baby name in the years following his victory and coronation -- coronation) it's totally impossible to tell whether he's telling the truth or not. Just to add onto things, Kettleblack adds that "Ser Robert" has since died, making the story even more impossible to either verify or disprove. In his InnerMonologue Jaime also muses that Kettleblack could have been put the name together just by [[LineOfSightName thinking of the King and looking at the castle wall at stone walls of the time]].room they were standing in]].
19th Aug '17 9:40:22 PM TechPriest90
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** The discovery of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Chapman Anna Chapman]] (Anna Kushchyenko) and [[http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/19/us/russian-spies-united-states-declassified/index.html Richard and Cynthia Murphy]] (Vladimir and Lydia Guryev) should give you plenty of ParanoiaFuel for some time. [[SarcasmMode Have fun sleeping, sucker!]]
17th May '17 1:25:20 PM talltalltree
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* In ''Moth Girls'' by Anne Cassidy, Petra is believed to have been murdered by a serial killer years ago. She is actually still alive and doesn't want anyone to know this, so she assumes the identity of a friend's sister, who [[DeadPersonImpersonation died as a child]] - in Poland, where no one in her home country (the UK) will check.



* Subverted on ''Series/TheAmericans''. Philip and Elisabeth are Russian sleeper agents and as such much of their fictional past is composed of these types of events. However, the Russians are savvy enough to add elements that can be verified. While 'Philip' has no living relatives, 'Elisabeth' has an aunt living not far from them. The aunt is actually another Russian agent whose job is to provide their back stories with verification should anyone check up on them. She pretends to be slightly senile so people do not try to ask too many questions.

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* Subverted on ''Series/TheAmericans''. Philip and Elisabeth Elizabeth are Russian sleeper agents and as such much of their fictional past is composed of these types of events. However, the Russians are savvy enough to add elements that can be verified. While 'Philip' has no living relatives, 'Elisabeth' 'Elizabeth' has an aunt living not far from them. The aunt is actually another Russian agent whose job is to provide their back stories with verification should anyone check up on them. She pretends to be slightly senile so people do not try to ask too many questions.
16th May '17 7:08:38 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in the ''Symphony of the Sword'' subseries of ''UndocumentedFeatures'': [[Manga/RevolutionaryGirlUtena Utena Tenjou]] and those of her friends from [[Manga/MagicKnightRayearth Cephiro]] who make it to Midgard are given elaborately detailed and otherwise ''genuine'' identities by Gryphon and [=MegaZone=], who are for all practical purposes the legitimate government of Zeta Cygni.

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* Subverted in the ''Symphony of the Sword'' subseries of ''UndocumentedFeatures'': ''Fanfic/UndocumentedFeatures'': [[Manga/RevolutionaryGirlUtena Utena Tenjou]] and those of her friends from [[Manga/MagicKnightRayearth Cephiro]] who make it to Midgard are given elaborately detailed and otherwise ''genuine'' identities by Gryphon and [=MegaZone=], who are for all practical purposes the legitimate government of Zeta Cygni.
6th May '17 1:08:12 PM StrixObscuro
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* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', having a DoomedHometown is quite common and many became refugees due to Titan attacks. [[spoiler: Reiner and Bertolt claim to be from an isolated mountain village]]. Their story is only exposed as a lie when TheMole is uncovered and a connection is discovered.
** The twist is that [[spoiler: there was no doomed village; they were ChildSoldiers sent from the Marley Empire overseas to infiltrate the Walls.]]

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* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', having a DoomedHometown is quite common and many became refugees due to Titan attacks. [[spoiler: Reiner [[spoiler:Reiner and Bertolt claim to be from an isolated mountain village]]. Their story is only exposed as a lie when TheMole is uncovered and a connection is discovered.
** The twist is that [[spoiler: there [[spoiler:there was no doomed village; they were ChildSoldiers sent from the Marley Empire overseas to infiltrate the Walls.]]


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* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', this gets Xavin into trouble during ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion''. Since they are a Skrull and their homeworld was destroyed in a war with Majesdane, the other Runaways can't verify any of their claims about their past or motives, and thus when the Skrulls suddenly invade and swarm on the Runaways' location, Nico and Victor naturally assume that Xavin must have been some sort of deep-cover operative.
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6th May '17 12:28:29 PM ionicgash
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** The twist is that it wasn't a complete lie either. Their village ''had'' been overrun by titans [[spoiler: they just neglected to say that this happened ''outside'' the Walls, not in.]]

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** The twist is that it wasn't a complete lie either. Their village ''had'' been overrun by titans [[spoiler: there was no doomed village; they just neglected to say that this happened ''outside'' were ChildSoldiers sent from the Walls, not in.Marley Empire overseas to infiltrate the Walls.]]
27th Mar '17 9:50:43 AM hszmv1
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** In yet another episode, Martian Manhunter, the team telepath, has to help fight off the nightmares the VillainOfTheWeek is causing in his teammates. Each team member is connected to each other by a doorway, allowing them to help out psychically, for some reason, he never can enter Hawkgirl's mind because the door is blocked by SomeKindOfForcefield. This keeps it consistent with the later revelation that she's immune to telepathy, but the hint is hidden as it's placed at the climax of the villain's fight with Batman AND because Hawkgirl's nightmare has been allowed to persist for so long that she cannot focus on waking up, allowing the viewer to believe the problem isn't Hawkgirl being immune to telepathy, but the situation becoming so critical at this point, Martian Manhunter is struggling to get through to her.
20th Feb '17 8:38:50 AM lipranzer
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* In the movie ''Film/{{Mumford}}'', all of the people who Dr. Mumford claims he studied under to become a psychologist are dead, which makes Dr. Sheeler suspicious.
23rd Jan '17 7:46:21 PM KeithM
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* Averted on an episode of ''Series/CSICyber'' when they stumble on a hacker who has spent years creating and maintaining false identities that he then sells to people needing one so they have a pre-made background.
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