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21st Feb '17 5:23:44 PM nombretomado
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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII,'' Cloud, rendered mentally unstable by experimentation and trauma, and with little self-esteem before that point, takes on the life story of his best friend, Zack. In the original, it was portrayed as Cloud finally snapping for good - in the remade scene in ''CrisisCore'', it was portrayed as a conscious decision to live in Zack's honour. Either way, Cloud ends up genuinely believing that he was in Soldier, and the illusion comes apart in the [[HeroicBSOD most painful way possible]] later on.

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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII,'' Cloud, rendered mentally unstable by experimentation and trauma, and with little self-esteem before that point, takes on the life story of his best friend, Zack. In the original, it was portrayed as Cloud finally snapping for good - in the remade scene in ''CrisisCore'', ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', it was portrayed as a conscious decision to live in Zack's honour. Either way, Cloud ends up genuinely believing that he was in Soldier, and the illusion comes apart in the [[HeroicBSOD most painful way possible]] later on.
14th Feb '17 3:15:58 PM StFan
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-->'''Torg''': "I er.. Timetravelled from before you killed me! And I'm ''not'' looking forward to it!"\\
'''Everybody else''': "..Time travel's confusing."

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-->'''Torg''': "I er.. -->'''Torg:''' I er... Timetravelled from before you killed me! And I'm ''not'' looking forward to it!"\\
it!\\
'''Everybody else''': "..else:''' ...Time travel's confusing."



* In ''Literature/{{Hitherby Dragons}}'', [[http://imago.hitherby.com/2007/01/the-cougar/ The Cougar]], The Bureau replaces people with agents meant to hunt down bad children.
--> ''This isnít your life. This isnít who you really are.''
--> ''You are not this Pa.''
* Jane resorts to this in the penultimate episode of ''WebSeries/TheVeronicaExclusive'' to goad Veronica into speaking to her, by logging into a long-dead Heather Chandler's account and using it to message and call Veronica. Even she admits this is far from her classiest move.

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* In ''Literature/{{Hitherby Dragons}}'', ''Literature/HitherbyDragons'', [[http://imago.hitherby.com/2007/01/the-cougar/ The Cougar]], The Bureau replaces people with agents meant to hunt down bad children.
--> ''This -->''This isnít your life. This isnít isn't who you really are.\\
You are not this Pa.
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--> ''You are not this Pa.''
* Jane resorts to this in the penultimate episode of ''WebSeries/TheVeronicaExclusive'' ''WebVideo/TheVeronicaExclusive'' to goad Veronica into speaking to her, by logging into a long-dead Heather Chandler's account and using it to message and call Veronica. Even she admits this is far from her classiest move.
29th Jan '17 7:09:51 PM justanid
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28th Jan '17 2:02:09 PM StFan
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* For his first few story arcs, the original {{Captain Mar-Vell}} posed as Walter Lawson, a human scientist that had accidentally been killed by Yon-Rogg.
* In the ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' comics, it's revealed that [[spoiler: Shepherd Book]] did this some time before joining Serenity's crew.

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* For his first few story arcs, the original {{Captain Mar-Vell}} ComicBook/CaptainMarVell posed as Walter Lawson, a human scientist that had accidentally been killed by Yon-Rogg.
* In the ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' comics, it's revealed that [[spoiler: Shepherd Book]] did this some time before joining Serenity's crew.



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* ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'' also has this: [[spoiler: When Alex Danvers confronts Hank Henshaw about the death of her father, Jeremiah Danvers, he tells her the truth: He isn't Hank Henshaw. The real Hank Henshaw was hunting an alien refugee and died in a mad quest to kill him. The alien, [[ComicBook/MartianManhunter J'onn J'onzz]], swore to Jeremiah, who died protecting J'onn, to protect his daughters and started impersonating the real Henshaw.]]

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* ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'' ''Series/{{Supergirl|2015}}'' also has this: [[spoiler: When Alex Danvers confronts Hank Henshaw about the death of her father, Jeremiah Danvers, he tells her the truth: He isn't Hank Henshaw. The real Hank Henshaw was hunting an alien refugee and died in a mad quest to kill him. The alien, [[ComicBook/MartianManhunter J'onn J'onzz]], swore to Jeremiah, who died protecting J'onn, to protect his daughters and started impersonating the real Henshaw.]]
22nd Jan '17 6:00:11 PM nighttrainfm
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** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', fugitive [[spoiler:Thom Rainier]] had been pretending to be [[spoiler:Warden-Constable Blackwall]] for almost four years by the time you meet him. [[spoiler:Rainier was a Orlesian army captain who took a bribe to assassinate an ally of Empress Celene. When he and his showed up to do the job, Rainier told his men to leave no survivors, unaware that the target's family was there as well. Rainier abandoned his men and went into hiding, where he eventually met the real Blackwall, who recruited Rainer to the Grey Wardens. Before Rainier could perform his Joining, however, the real Blackwall died fighting darkspawn. Since Rainier had no proof that he didn't just kill Blackwall, he assumed his identity and went into hiding again.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', fugitive [[spoiler:Thom Rainier]] had been pretending to be [[spoiler:Warden-Constable Blackwall]] for almost four years by the time you meet him. [[spoiler:Rainier was a Orlesian army captain who took a bribe to assassinate an ally of Empress Celene. When he and his showed up to do the job, Rainier told his men to leave no survivors, unaware that the target's family was there as well. Rainier abandoned his men and went into hiding, where he eventually met the real Blackwall, who recruited Rainer to the Grey Wardens. Before Rainier could perform his Joining, however, the real Blackwall died fighting darkspawn. Since Rainier had no proof (as far as he knew) that he didn't just kill Blackwall, he assumed his identity and went into hiding again.]]
21st Jan '17 2:13:26 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Hunter}}'': The episode "Fire Man" features a pyromaniac former Vietnam War soldier who, in order to hide his arsonous activities from the cops, poses as one of his deceased buddies because they looked so similar.
17th Jan '17 8:34:24 PM FuzzyBoots
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* In ''Film/TheVisitation'', Brandon Nichols got his identity by killing the real Brandon Nichols. And that wasn't even his original identity.


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* ''Literature/TheVisitation'' has Brandon Nichols, who murdered the real Brandon to hide his true identity as Jason Cantwell.
1st Jan '17 2:03:50 PM Anicomicgeek
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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'' has this as part of the arc for the first season: [[spoiler: [[BigBad Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash]] killed the real Harrison Wells, sci-fi skinned him, and has spent over a decade basically wearing his face.]]

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* Franchise/{{Arrowverse}}:
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''Series/TheFlash2014'' has this as part of the arc for the first season: [[spoiler: [[BigBad Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash]] killed the real Harrison Wells, sci-fi skinned him, and has spent over a decade basically wearing his face.]]
** Part of season 5 of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' sees [[spoiler:Laurel's Earth-2 counterpart pulling this on her.
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10th Dec '16 8:31:13 AM Pamina
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*In Puccini's opera ''Gianni Schicchi'' Buoso Donati has died. His relatives find his will, and discover that he has disinherited them. They bring in Gianni Schicchi to impersonate Buoso so that the will gets changed. [[spoiler:Gianni gives each relative the property that they desired, but then he takes the best part of Buoso's estate for himself! And Buoso's relatives can't do anything about it, because they would have to admit they were part of the conspiracy as well!]]
23rd Nov '16 6:05:17 PM AdelePotter
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* Jane resorts to this in the penultimate episode of ''WebSeries/TheVeronicaExclusive'' to goad Veronica into speaking to her, by logging into a long-dead Heather Chandler's account and using it to message and call Veronica. Even she admits this is far from her classiest move.
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