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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.
23rd Dec '16 6:03:40 PM Siggu
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* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' Melissa Foster claims that she has no identity papers because she recently fled an unnamed country that had exploded into civil war. [[spoiler:Of course by now you already know she's Dahlia Hawthorne so the lie is revealed quickly.]]

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* In There are two cases in the ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' trilogy. Fittingly, the two prosecutors that attempted to pass these stories as the truth are teacher and student:
** In "Turnabout Goodbyes", the elderly man that owns the boat rent shack supposedly forgot his name due to a bad case of amnesia, and lost his fingerprints in a chemical incident, so no fingerprint comparison could be done. This was planned by Manfred von Karma to cover the fact [[spoiler:he's Yanni Yogi, the defendant in the DL-6 incident, who had a good motive to kill Robert Hammond]].
** In "Turnabout Beginnings",
Melissa Foster claims that she has no identity papers because she recently fled an unnamed country that had exploded into civil war. [[spoiler:Of course by now you already know she's Dahlia Hawthorne so the lie is revealed quickly.]]quickly]].
16th Nov '16 3:49:51 AM bwburke94
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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.'' [[ParanoiaFuel Not exactly a comforting thought,]] [[UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin considering recent events.]]

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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.'' [[ParanoiaFuel Not exactly a comforting thought,]] [[UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin considering recent events.thought.]]



* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_Earthquake San Francisco Earthquake of 1906]] was used by numerous Chinese immigrants to get into the USA despite the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Exclusion_Act_(United_States) Chinese Exclusion Act].] And not only by Chinese.

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_Earthquake San Francisco Earthquake of 1906]] was used by numerous Chinese immigrants to get into the USA despite the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Exclusion_Act_(United_States) Chinese Exclusion Act].] Act]]. And not only by Chinese.
28th Aug '16 11:06:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* A related, somewhat ironic inversion: many Belorussians conscripted by the [[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 [[NazisWithGnarlyWeapons [[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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