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26th Dec '17 9:53:52 PM somestrangecircus
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* In [[VideoGame/TelltalesGameOfThrones the Telltale Game of Thrones series]], Mira's fellow handmaiden Sera claims to be a member of a house that has allegedly been extinct for almost two hundred years in order to hide the fact that she's actually the illegitimate daughter of one of Lady Olenna's former handmaidens. The lord that she ends up betrothed to will question Mira about Sera's parentage, and the player gets the choice of backing up Sera's lie in order to secure her marriage and future or revealing the truth to Tarwick and driving him to break off their engagement.

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* In [[VideoGame/TelltalesGameOfThrones the Telltale Game of Thrones series]], Mira's fellow handmaiden Sera claims to be a member of a house that has allegedly been extinct for almost two hundred years in order to hide the fact that she's actually the illegitimate daughter of one of Lady Olenna's former handmaidens. The Tarwick, the lord that she ends up betrothed to to, will question Mira about Sera's parentage, and the player gets the choice of backing up Sera's lie in order to secure her marriage and future or revealing the truth to Tarwick and driving him to break off their engagement.
26th Dec '17 9:53:12 PM somestrangecircus
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* In [[VideoGame/TelltalesGameOfThrones the Telltale ''Game of Thrones'' series]], Mira's fellow handmaiden Sera claims to be a member of a house that has allegedly been extinct for almost two hundred years in order to hide the fact that she's actually the illegitimate daughter of one of Lady Olenna's former handmaidens. The lord that she ends up betrothed to will question Mira about Sera's parentage, and the player gets the choice of backing up Sera's lie in order to secure her marriage and future or revealing the truth to Tarwick and driving him to break off their engagement.

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* In [[VideoGame/TelltalesGameOfThrones the Telltale ''Game Game of Thrones'' Thrones series]], Mira's fellow handmaiden Sera claims to be a member of a house that has allegedly been extinct for almost two hundred years in order to hide the fact that she's actually the illegitimate daughter of one of Lady Olenna's former handmaidens. The lord that she ends up betrothed to will question Mira about Sera's parentage, and the player gets the choice of backing up Sera's lie in order to secure her marriage and future or revealing the truth to Tarwick and driving him to break off their engagement.
26th Dec '17 9:52:22 PM somestrangecircus
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* In [[VideoGame/TelltalesGameOfThrones the Telltale ''Game of Thrones'' series]], Mira's fellow handmaiden Sera claims to be a member of a house that has allegedly been extinct for almost two hundred years in order to hide the fact that she's actually the illegitimate daughter of one of Lady Olenna's former handmaidens. The lord that she ends up betrothed to will question Mira about Sera's parentage, and the player gets the choice of backing up Sera's lie in order to secure her marriage and future or revealing the truth to Tarwick and driving him to break off their engagement.
9th Dec '17 6:08:38 AM MCanter89
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* In ''Franchise/SentouYouseiYukikaze'', the [=JAM=] have seeded the Faery Air Force copies of FAF personnel, most of whom were pilots who were shot down and ejected, and thus spent several hours out of contact until they were picked up by SAR crews.

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* In ''Franchise/SentouYouseiYukikaze'', the [=JAM=] JAM have seeded the Faery Air Force copies of FAF personnel, most of whom were pilots who were shot down and ejected, and thus spent several hours out of contact until they were picked up by SAR crews.



** [[spoiler: used by Eren after the four-year TimeSkip when he infiltrates Marley. He claims to be a ReturningWarVet named Kruger so traumatized by his PTSD that he can only remember his name (or alias in this case). The hospital he is staying at is full of PTSD-suffering War Vets who have not had any fmaily to come and claim them, so his story is accepted rather easily.]]

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** [[spoiler: used [[spoiler:Used by Eren after the four-year TimeSkip when he infiltrates Marley. He claims to be a ReturningWarVet named Kruger so traumatized by his PTSD that he can only remember his name (or alias in this case). The hospital he is staying at is full of PTSD-suffering War Vets who have not had any fmaily to come and claim them, so his story is accepted rather easily.]]



* In ''Literature/MakingHistory'', an [=SS=] doctor's wife uses this to get herself and her son to the United States. She and her son assume the identities of a mother and son murdered at Auschwitz and make their way from Germany to the [=US=], to a brother-in-law of the dead woman, who had never met his real sister-in-law or nephew, so had no reason to think they weren't who they claimed to be. [[spoiler:Thus, Marthe and Axel Bauer become Hannah and Leo Zuckerman.]]
* 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.

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* In ''Literature/MakingHistory'', an [=SS=] SS doctor's wife uses this to get herself and her son to the United States. She and her son assume the identities of a mother and son murdered at Auschwitz and make their way from Germany to the [=US=], US, to a brother-in-law of the dead woman, who had never met his real sister-in-law or nephew, so had no reason to think they weren't who they claimed to be. [[spoiler:Thus, Marthe and Axel Bauer become Hannah and Leo Zuckerman.]]
* 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.



** Also subverted in the finale of season two: [[spoiler: it turns out that the children of sleeper agents are being used to infiltrate American government positions as they would be full American citizens and have genuine histories that could be verified to give them security clearance.]]

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** Also subverted in the finale of season two: [[spoiler: it [[spoiler:it turns out that the children of sleeper agents are being used to infiltrate American government positions as they would be full American citizens and have genuine histories that could be verified to give them security clearance.]]



* ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'' has [[spoiler: Pops, the squadron mechanic]], whom Captain Bartlett had vouched for as a member of his squadron in [[VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar the Belkan War]] when he was recovered after being shot down in the biggest air battle of the war. Thing is, that squadron's headquarters had been destroyed in a bombing raid and [[spoiler: Pops was actually a defecting Belkan ace pilot]].

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* ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'' has [[spoiler: Pops, [[spoiler:Pops, the squadron mechanic]], whom Captain Bartlett had vouched for as a member of his squadron in [[VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar the Belkan War]] when he was recovered after being shot down in the biggest air battle of the war. Thing is, that squadron's headquarters had been destroyed in a bombing raid and [[spoiler: Pops [[spoiler:Pops was actually a defecting Belkan ace pilot]].



** This was further verified by the book written based on the files and notes given by the KGB defector Aleksandr Vasily Mitrokhin (which was subsequently condensed into a two-part volume, The Mitrokhin Archive). From Mitrokhin's notes, it is clear that that a specific section of the [[UsefulNotes/MoscowCentre KGB, the First Chief Directorate's Department S (Illegals Division)]] was tasked with building cover stories for infiltrating agents to establish themselves - [[TheInfiltration and therefore spy, or sabotage, effectively for the Soviet Union]] - much like how it was shown (albeit in a dramatized form) in the movie ''Film/{{Salt}}''. The notes indicate that the stories were so well fabricated that there may be many sleeper agents ''still active in the world today.'' [[ParanoiaFuel Not exactly a comforting thought.]]

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** This was further verified by the book written based on the files and notes given by the KGB defector Aleksandr Vasily Mitrokhin (which was subsequently condensed into a two-part volume, The Mitrokhin Archive). From Mitrokhin's notes, it is clear that that a specific section of the [[UsefulNotes/MoscowCentre KGB, the First Chief Directorate's Department S (Illegals Division)]] was tasked with building cover stories for infiltrating agents to establish themselves - [[TheInfiltration and therefore spy, or sabotage, effectively for the Soviet Union]] - much like how it was shown (albeit in a dramatized form) in the movie ''Film/{{Salt}}''. The notes indicate that the stories were so well fabricated that there may be many sleeper agents ''still active in the world today.'' today''. [[ParanoiaFuel Not exactly a comforting thought.]]



* A related, somewhat ironic inversion: many Belorussians conscripted by the [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons German occupation]] after 1941 were captured in the West by the Allies (they were notoriously unreliable even in the SS), but since the United States did not practically recognize 'Belorussian' as a distinct ethnic group (as opposed to 'French', 'German', 'Russian', etc.) they were typically classified 'Polish' for convenience, due to cultural similarities. This became a problem when some learned the Polish government-in-exile would have them imprisoned as liabilities or rebels against the pre-war government of Polish-annexed West Belarus.

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* A related, somewhat ironic inversion: many Belorussians conscripted by the [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons German occupation]] after 1941 were captured in the West by the Allies (they were notoriously unreliable even in the SS), but since the United States did not practically recognize 'Belorussian' as a distinct ethnic group (as opposed to 'French', 'German', 'Russian', etc.) ), they were typically classified 'Polish' for convenience, due to cultural similarities. This became a problem when some learned the Polish government-in-exile would have them imprisoned as liabilities or rebels against the pre-war government of Polish-annexed West Belarus.



* Today, many U.S. government agencies that require documentation will make allowances for anyone from New Orleans or Haiti. So, y'know, if you needed a fake background...
* This trope is the reason that those who are applying for Top Secret security clearance in the US not only have to provide documentation but also a large number of of references, including every past employer and all former teachers. Simply having a history on paper is not enough, there must be someone who can verify it.
* In Jutland during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII there were seven villages with the same name, so the Danish resistance would use them for false papers, knowing the Germans would seldom be bothered checking through the files of seven different village records.

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* Today, Today many U.S. government agencies that require documentation will make allowances for anyone from New Orleans or Haiti. So, y'know, if you needed a fake background...
* This trope is the reason that those who are applying for Top Secret security clearance in the US not only have to provide documentation but also a large number of of references, including every past employer and all former teachers. Simply having a history on paper is not enough, enough; there must be someone who can verify it.
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* In Jutland during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, there were seven villages with the same name, so the Danish resistance would use them for false papers, knowing the Germans would seldom be bothered checking through the files of seven different village records.



5th Nov '17 5:41:18 PM Thesedaysthosedays
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When this trope fails, you may have a IAmOneOfThoseToo situation on your hands. Compare AppealToObscurity.

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When this trope fails, you may have a IAmOneOfThoseToo situation on your hands. Compare AppealToObscurity.AppealToObscurity, which is similarly about a story which has the property that, even given the truth of the story, we'd still be unsurprised that there is little evidence of it.
5th Nov '17 5:37:47 PM Thesedaysthosedays
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When this trope fails, you may have a IAmOneOfThoseToo situation on your hands.

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When this trope fails, you may have a IAmOneOfThoseToo situation on your hands. Compare AppealToObscurity.
2nd Nov '17 8:39:02 PM PaulA
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* One ''Literature/CaptainFuture'' novel featured the Captain trying to pass off as a pirate from a ship which was destroyed. There is a minor problem when he meets with a guy who really served on that ship, but he manages to convince those around him that it's because the real pirate was a gunner -- and he was a mechanic, so they had no interaction.

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* One Thee ''Literature/CaptainFuture'' novel ''Outlaw World'' featured the Captain trying to pass off as a pirate from a ship which was destroyed. There is a minor problem when he meets with a guy who really served on that ship, but he manages to convince those around him that it's because the real pirate was a gunner -- and he was a mechanic, so they had no interaction.
12th Oct '17 6:25:04 PM KhaosKyuubi
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** [[spoiler: used by Eren after the four-year TimeSkip when he infiltrates Marley. He claims to be a ReturningWarVet named Kruger so traumatized by his PTSD that he can only remember his name (or alias in this case). The hospital he is staying at is full of {TSD-suffering War Vets who have not had any fmaily to come and claim them, so his story is accepted rather easily.]]

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** [[spoiler: used by Eren after the four-year TimeSkip when he infiltrates Marley. He claims to be a ReturningWarVet named Kruger so traumatized by his PTSD that he can only remember his name (or alias in this case). The hospital he is staying at is full of {TSD-suffering PTSD-suffering War Vets who have not had any fmaily to come and claim them, so his story is accepted rather easily.]]
12th Oct '17 6:24:30 PM KhaosKyuubi
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* In ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'', Elsie uses her supposed status as illegitimate daughter of Keima's father to convince his mother to let her live with them. Since his father is pretty much never home, there was no way to really confirm the story, though the fact that he couldn't prove it false outright does raise some interesting questions.

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* In ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'', Elsie uses her supposed status as the illegitimate daughter of Keima's father to convince his mother to let her live with them. Since his father is pretty much never home, there was no way to really confirm the story, though the fact that he couldn't prove it false outright does raise some interesting questions.


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** [[spoiler: used by Eren after the four-year TimeSkip when he infiltrates Marley. He claims to be a ReturningWarVet named Kruger so traumatized by his PTSD that he can only remember his name (or alias in this case). The hospital he is staying at is full of {TSD-suffering War Vets who have not had any fmaily to come and claim them, so his story is accepted rather easily.]]
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.
** The twist is
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]].
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