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14th Dec '17 4:39:04 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'''s Kisaragi Saemon is the reigning champion of this trope, due to being a MasterOfDisguise ''and'' a skilled Ninja. Of course the show being what it is, it eventually comes back to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard bite him in the ass]]... [[spoiler: when he impersonates the BigBad, whose power is ''coming {{back from the dead}}.]]

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* ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'''s Kisaragi Saemon is the reigning champion of this trope, due to being a MasterOfDisguise ''and'' a skilled Ninja. Of course the show being what it is, it eventually comes back to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard bite him in the ass]]... [[spoiler: when he impersonates the BigBad, whose power is ''coming {{back from the dead}}.dead}}''.]]
8th Dec '17 11:04:40 PM SSJMagus
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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has a very confusing example thanks to [[spoiler:the Zero Requiem plan devised by Lelouch and Suzaku. Short version: Suzaku [[FakingTheDead fakes his death]], takes on the identity of Zero, and kills Lelouch (the original Zero) to get rid of the source of the world's anger and suffering and fill Lelouch's ThanatosGambit. Of course, most people didn't know Lelouch was Zero, and for those who did the implication of the final episode is that [[SecretKeeper they catch on but go along with it]].]]

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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has a very confusing example thanks to [[spoiler:the Zero Requiem plan devised by Lelouch and Suzaku. Short version: Suzaku [[FakingTheDead fakes his death]], takes on the identity of Zero, and kills Lelouch (the original Zero) to get rid of the source of the world's anger and suffering and fill Lelouch's ThanatosGambit. Of course, most people didn't know Lelouch was Zero, and for those who did the implication of the final episode is that [[SecretKeeper they catch on but go along with it]]. For the world at large, Zero's all-concealing masked helmet and the fact that Suzaku is about the same height and (despite his [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower superhuman physical abilities]]) has a very similar build to Lelouch means that nobody will catch on.]]



*** In the anime, it's implied that [[spoiler: Obito]] imitated [[spoiler: Madara's]] voice as part of the impersonation, as when [[spoiler: the real Madara joins the fray, Tobi's voice switches back to the one he'd used earlier in the series]], albeit with a much more serious tone.

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*** In the anime, it's implied that [[spoiler: Obito]] imitated [[spoiler: Madara's]] voice as part of the impersonation, as when [[spoiler: the real Madara joins the fray, fray (resurrected as a zombie)]], Tobi's voice switches back to the one he'd used earlier in the series]], series, albeit with a much more serious tone.
8th Dec '17 9:09:37 PM Codefreak5
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** With the new Spy knife [[ShoutOut "Your]] [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Eternal Reward"]], this becomes the Spy's primary gameplay choice: The knife prevents the Spy from choosing a disguise. In return all backstabs become silent, make the body disappear, and [[KillAndReplace instantly disguise the Spy as the dead player]].

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** With the new Spy knife [[ShoutOut "Your]] [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Eternal Reward"]], this becomes the Spy's primary gameplay choice: The knife prevents the Spy from choosing a disguise. In return return, all backstabs become silent, make the body disappear, and [[KillAndReplace instantly disguise the Spy as the dead player]].
25th Nov '17 11:02:58 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'''s Kisaragi Saemon is the reigning champion of this trope, due to being a MasterOfDisguise ''and'' a skilled Ninja. Of course the show being what it is, it eventually comes back to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard bite him in the ass]].

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* ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'''s Kisaragi Saemon is the reigning champion of this trope, due to being a MasterOfDisguise ''and'' a skilled Ninja. Of course the show being what it is, it eventually comes back to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard bite him in the ass]].ass]]... [[spoiler: when he impersonates the BigBad, whose power is ''coming {{back from the dead}}.]]
12th Nov '17 7:26:20 PM foxley
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* ''Film/TheCaptiveHeart'' tells the story of a Czech concentration camp survivor, Capt Karel Hasek, who has to assume the identity of a dead British soldier named Geoff Mitchell and join British prisoners of war to avoid execution.
10th Nov '17 3:51:23 PM foxley
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* ''Series/{{Endeavour}}'': In "Trove", a successful local businessman turns out to be a case of this. As a private during WWII, he was on long range patrol with his commanding officer when the officer was killed. Seeing a chance to escape his unhappy life at home, he stole the captain's rank and identity.
2nd Nov '17 2:12:49 PM infernape612
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* This is the central problem of the fifth case in ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3''. It quickly becomes apparent that somebody has been turned into mulch by a hydraulic press, and it also quickly becomes apparent that the killer is attending the trial while piloting an [[HumongousMecha EXISAL mech]]. The big question is whether [[spoiler:Kaito Momota]] is dead and [[spoiler:Kokichi Oma]] is impersonating him or if it's the other way around. The answer? [[spoiler:Kaito's driving the mech.]]
31st Oct '17 11:47:12 PM rjd1922
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* [[spoiler:Shima-kun]] in ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}} After Story'', who took the identity of the person he was close to so he can complete his last wish after he died.



* A common strategy in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series. In the second game, [[spoiler:there was a witness who got into a car crash with her sister. Her sister died and her face was mangled by the accident, and when surgically reconstructing her face, they mistakenly used her sister's driver's license photo. She assumed her sister's identity to escape from the consequences of her actions, including the fact that she was responsible for the crash.]]
** Besides the above examples however, [[spoiler: Furio Tigre]] takes the cake. He not only took over the identity of the person he had ''just killed'', he [[spoiler: did so to stage a different crime scene in order to throw off the time of death and frame the waitress in the restaurant where the murder took place]]. He THEN [[spoiler: impersonates (badly, but the less-than-perceptive cast don't realize) the title character himself, to make sure said waitress is successfully tried due to his bad representation]].
*** This is ''inverted'' in the final case of ''Trials and Tribulations'', where [[spoiler: the ghost of Dahlia Hawthorne, being channeled by a spiritual technique where the channeler takes on the appearence of the one being channeled, pretends to be her still-living twin sister in order to frame Phoenix's sidekick Maya for murder.]]
** In the second ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'' game: [[spoiler:The president of Zheng Fa was assassinated 12 years prior to the game by his own BodyDouble (or rather, a hitman hired by the body double) who proceeded to rule the country in the president's place without anyone being the wiser, which kinda explains how the "brave" president everybody believed in is actually a DirtyCoward.]]
** This is used in ''Dual Destinies'' by [[spoiler:the phantom, a international spy who, for the entire game, was disguised as the already dead Detective Bobby Fulbright. Yup, the guy you took as the run-off-the-mill "explain the facts for you while having a silly personality" guy is actually an international spy/terrorist, and is the person behind most of the game's events, as well as the guy who bombed Courtroom No. 4, which the trailers and even the game events lead you into thinking Ted Tonate must have done, by rule of the series. This is probably the biggest and most "twisty" PlotTwist in the entire series.]]



* This is the modus operandi of a ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}''.



* In ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}}'', [[spoiler:the real Arcadius has been dead for years. The [[ArtificialHuman Prototype]] Alice Ashada took up his name after he died, a deception made easier by the fact that Arcadius always wore a mask and used a voice changer to conceal his identity. While [[CloneArmy many]] [[HiveMind other]] [[IAmLegion Prototypes]] have worn the mask of Arcadius since then, Alice considers herself the only real successor to Arcadius. Some of PACT’s higher-ups are aware of the deception and keep quiet about it, until Fontana exposes “Arcadius’s” secret to the galaxy at the end of the first game.]]


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* A common strategy in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series. In the second game, [[spoiler:there was a witness who got into a car crash with her sister. Her sister died and her face was mangled by the accident, and when surgically reconstructing her face, they mistakenly used her sister's driver's license photo. She assumed her sister's identity to escape from the consequences of her actions, including the fact that she was responsible for the crash.]]
** Besides the above examples however, [[spoiler: Furio Tigre]] takes the cake. He not only took over the identity of the person he had ''just killed'', he [[spoiler: did so to stage a different crime scene in order to throw off the time of death and frame the waitress in the restaurant where the murder took place]]. He THEN [[spoiler: impersonates (badly, but the less-than-perceptive cast don't realize) the title character himself, to make sure said waitress is successfully tried due to his bad representation]].
*** This is ''inverted'' in the final case of ''Trials and Tribulations'', where [[spoiler: the ghost of Dahlia Hawthorne, being channeled by a spiritual technique where the channeler takes on the appearence of the one being channeled, pretends to be her still-living twin sister in order to frame Phoenix's sidekick Maya for murder.]]
** In the second ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'' game: [[spoiler:The president of Zheng Fa was assassinated 12 years prior to the game by his own BodyDouble (or rather, a hitman hired by the body double) who proceeded to rule the country in the president's place without anyone being the wiser, which kinda explains how the "brave" president everybody believed in is actually a DirtyCoward.]]
** This is used in ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'' by [[spoiler:the phantom, a international spy who, for the entire game, was disguised as the already dead Detective Bobby Fulbright. Yup, the guy you took as the run-off-the-mill "explain the facts for you while having a silly personality" guy is actually an international spy/terrorist, and is the person behind most of the game's events, as well as the guy who bombed Courtroom No. 4, which the trailers and even the game events lead you into thinking Ted Tonate must have done, by rule of the series. This is probably the biggest and most "twisty" PlotTwist in the entire series.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}}'', [[spoiler:the real Arcadius has been dead for years. The [[ArtificialHuman Prototype]] Alice Ashada took up his name after he died, a deception made easier by the fact that Arcadius always wore a mask and used a voice changer to conceal his identity. While [[CloneArmy many]] [[HiveMind other]] [[IAmLegion Prototypes]] have worn the mask of Arcadius since then, Alice considers herself the only real successor to Arcadius. Some of PACT’s higher-ups are aware of the deception and keep quiet about it, until Fontana exposes “Arcadius’s” secret to the galaxy at the end of the first game.]]
* [[spoiler:Shima-kun]] in ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}} After Story'', who took the identity of the person he was close to so he can complete his last wish after he died.
* This is the modus operandi of a VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}.
27th Oct '17 10:14:23 PM Lindeun
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* For two arcs of ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', Doc took the identity of a former rival of his named Dr. [=McLuchador=], who died several years prior, in order to infiltrate King Radical's gang.
* In ''Webcomic/BloodBank'', the protagonist is introduced as One—part of the [[YouAreNumberSix number-name system]] imposed on many humans who work for the vampire overlords. It isn't until much later that the reader finds out [[spoiler: the original One died of plague as a child, and the protagonist assumed his identity to hide from powerful forces who wanted him dead]].
* In ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'', Dominic's [[spoiler:older brother Jacob]] makes his dramatic first appearance through this trope on poor [[spoiler:Vilrath]]. Apparently a magic glyph tattooed on one's skin continues working ''even if someone else is wearing it!'' Thankfully it is later confirmed that [[spoiler:Vilrath]] was in fact dead and the necromancer wasn't manipulating a still-living skinsuit. Squick.



* In ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'', Dominic's [[spoiler:older brother Jacob]] makes his dramatic first appearance through this trope on poor [[spoiler:Vilrath]]. Apparently a magic glyph tattooed on one's skin continues working ''even if someone else is wearing it!'' Thankfully it is later confirmed that [[spoiler:Vilrath]] was in fact dead and the necromancer wasn't manipulating a still-living skinsuit. Squick.
* For two arcs of ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', Doc took the identity of a former rival of his named Dr. [=McLuchador=], who died several years prior, in order to infiltrate King Radical's gang.
27th Oct '17 3:37:58 PM GlitteringFlowers
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** Decades before the series took place a Japanese man named Yoshifusa Yabuchi went to live in Brazil, had a Brazilian family and became both friends and associates with Dickson Tanaka, a half-Japanese/half-Brazilian man. When Yoshifusa and his wife died, leaving a young son named Carlos behind, Dickson found out that Yoshifusa's older brother Yoshichika (the patriarch of a ''very'' rich family) had also perished in Japan just after learning of Yoshifusa's death. Upon realizing that the Yabuchis were a BigScrewedUpFamily, Dickson decided to make sure that [[LikeASonToMe his sort-of adoptive son Carlos]] wouldn't be cheated out of his dad's share of the ''massive'' inheritance; knowing that Yoshichika's relatives wouldn't remember how Yoshifusa looked like since they were extremely young when they left, Dickson took up Yoshifusa's identity and made Carlos pass as his bodyguard, so he could observe the family closer and keep Carlos safe. His gambit worked, but at a ''very'' high price: Yoshichika's greedy SmugSnake of widow, Machiko, tried to kill Dickson in the bath and, [[BadassGrandpa being a skilled martial artist]], he killed her in self-defense.
** In an early case, a man killed his best friend [[FinancialAbuse to get his insurance money]]. Then he hid the friend's corpse and hired an actor [[BodyDouble to impersonate said friend.]] THEN, he hired Kogoro for the apparently easy work of following the actor around, tricking him into believing said actor was the friend... so when the body was found some days later, Kogoro became the provider of the "murderous best friend"'s alibi, [[BerserkButton much to his anger]]. Fortunately, Conan managed to find the mistakes within said plan (like the actor being a southpaw whereas the dead man wasn't) and reveal the tricks used.
** Much later, an OfficeLady strangled her best friend to death. She created an alibi for herself by putting on the dead girl's ElegantGothicLolita dress plus a wig, then walking around in such an ensemble while "calling" the victim to her cellphone, and ''then'' returning to the crime scene to re-dress the corpse. Conan also found out the flaws in said plan and unmasked her.

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** Decades before the series took place a Japanese man named Yoshifusa Yabuchi went to live in Brazil, had married a black Brazilian family lady and became both friends and associates with Dickson Tanaka, a half-Japanese/half-Brazilian man. When Yoshifusa and his wife died, leaving a young son named Carlos behind, Dickson found out that Yoshifusa's older brother Yoshichika (the patriarch of a ''very'' rich family) had also perished in Japan just after learning of Yoshifusa's death. Upon realizing Realizing that the remaining Yabuchis were a BigScrewedUpFamily, Dickson decided to make sure that [[LikeASonToMe his sort-of adoptive son Carlos]] wouldn't be cheated out of his dad's share of the ''massive'' inheritance; knowing that Yoshichika's relatives wouldn't remember how Yoshifusa looked like since they were extremely young when they left, Dickson took up Yoshifusa's identity and made Carlos pass as his bodyguard, so he could observe the family closer and keep Carlos safe. His gambit worked, but at a ''very'' high price: Yoshichika's greedy SmugSnake of widow, Machiko, tried to kill Dickson in the bath and, [[BadassGrandpa being a skilled martial artist]], he killed her in self-defense.
** In an early case, a man killed his best friend [[FinancialAbuse to get his insurance money]]. Then he hid the friend's corpse and hired an actor [[BodyDouble to impersonate said friend.]] THEN, he hired Kogoro for the apparently easy work of following the actor around, tricking him into believing said actor was the friend... so when the body was found some days later, [[UnwittingPawn Kogoro became the provider of the "murderous best friend"'s alibi, alibi]], [[BerserkButton much to his anger]]. Fortunately, Conan managed to find the mistakes within said plan (like the actor being a southpaw whereas the dead man wasn't) and reveal the tricks used.
** Much later, an OfficeLady strangled her best friend to death.death after a huge fight. She created an alibi for herself by putting on the dead girl's ElegantGothicLolita dress plus a wig, then walking around in such an ensemble while "calling" the victim to her cellphone, and ''then'' returning to the crime scene to re-dress the corpse. Conan also found out the flaws in said plan and unmasked her.


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* The plot of the ''otome'' game ''VisualNovel/ShallWeDateNinjaShadow'' is kickstarted when a verty girly-looking ninja chieftain is murdered. His twin younger sister, the PlayerCharacter, decides to invoke the trope and [[SweetPollyOliver disguise herself as him]] because he was about to join a VigilanteMan group to get support for their village, ''plus'' she wants to get revenge against the murderer.
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