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19th Jun '16 2:15:22 PM nombretomado
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** TimothyZahn's [[HandOfThrawn Hand of Thrawn Duology]] has a [[BigBadDuumvirate triumvirate of villains]] collectively contriving to make it look as if [[TheThrawnTrilogy Grand Admiral Thrawn]] has [[BackFromTheDead returned from the dead]]. One member handles supply, demand, and political fallout, one member composes tactics and strategy and expands on the triad's plans, and the third pulls off a very good acting job, aided by a massive subversion of WeWillNotUseStageMakeupInTheFuture. [[spoiler: The second also contributes to the script and gives details to the actor, because secretly he was ''very'' close to Thrawn. By which it's meant that he's a human clone with part of Thrawn's mind and some of his mannerisms. Ironically, this deception indirectly causes the heroes to thwart Thrawn's own contingency plan for his death, a clone of himself that would've activated just weeks later.]]

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** TimothyZahn's [[HandOfThrawn Hand of Thrawn Duology]] Creator/TimothyZahn's ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology has a [[BigBadDuumvirate triumvirate of villains]] collectively contriving to make it look as if [[TheThrawnTrilogy [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Grand Admiral Thrawn]] has [[BackFromTheDead returned from the dead]]. One member handles supply, demand, and political fallout, one member composes tactics and strategy and expands on the triad's plans, and the third pulls off a very good acting job, aided by a massive subversion of WeWillNotUseStageMakeupInTheFuture. [[spoiler: The second also contributes to the script and gives details to the actor, because secretly he was ''very'' close to Thrawn. By which it's meant that he's a human clone with part of Thrawn's mind and some of his mannerisms. Ironically, this deception indirectly causes the heroes to thwart Thrawn's own contingency plan for his death, a clone of himself that would've activated just weeks later.]]
12th Jun '16 5:29:51 PM nombretomado
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* Happens in the second volume of ''ComicBook/DarkAvengers'', where the team visits a BadFuture where the world is under the control of evil versions of 616 heroes. The real [[MsMarvel Carol Danvers]] has been dead for months, but some of the superhero factions do not know this. Taking advantage of the situation, Dark Comicbook/DoctorStrange dresses Moonstone in Carol's old [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]] uniform and forces her to assume the deceased heroine's identity.

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* Happens in the second volume of ''ComicBook/DarkAvengers'', where the team visits a BadFuture where the world is under the control of evil versions of 616 heroes. The real [[MsMarvel [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Carol Danvers]] has been dead for months, but some of the superhero factions do not know this. Taking advantage of the situation, Dark Comicbook/DoctorStrange dresses Moonstone in Carol's old [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]] uniform and forces her to assume the deceased heroine's identity.
7th Jun '16 4:06:07 PM Doug86
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* Before he first appeared on ''Series/DoctorWho'', Captain Jack Harkness, a 51st-century ex-Time Agent, took his name and identity from a UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo RAF American volunteer captain who was shot down when he was caught off guard in a training exercise in 1941. We don't find this out until the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' series 1 episode "Captain Jack Harkness," in which [[spoiler:Jack and Tosh travel back to 1941 Cardiff and meet the actual Captain Jack, whom Jack falls for, the night before the real Jack's death]].

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* Before he first appeared on ''Series/DoctorWho'', Captain Jack Harkness, a 51st-century ex-Time Agent, took his name and identity from a UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII RAF American volunteer captain who was shot down when he was caught off guard in a training exercise in 1941. We don't find this out until the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' series 1 episode "Captain Jack Harkness," in which [[spoiler:Jack and Tosh travel back to 1941 Cardiff and meet the actual Captain Jack, whom Jack falls for, the night before the real Jack's death]].



* ''Probably'' the case for [[spoiler: "Patrick Crawley"]] of ''Series/DowntonAbbey''. He has a horribly disfigured face from being wounded in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne and a ConvenientlyUnverifiableCoverStory [[spoiler: (he claims he was mistakenly believed dead after the sinking of the Titanic, was rescued but had amnesia, then lived in Canada for a while and picked up a Canadian accent because he didn't even remember he was English)]] but his story is contrived enough that he's probably just trying to con [[spoiler: the Crawleys into accepting him as a member of their wealthy family and heir to the estate]] and only Edith believes him.

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* ''Probably'' the case for [[spoiler: "Patrick Crawley"]] of ''Series/DowntonAbbey''. He has a horribly disfigured face from being wounded in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and a ConvenientlyUnverifiableCoverStory [[spoiler: (he claims he was mistakenly believed dead after the sinking of the Titanic, was rescued but had amnesia, then lived in Canada for a while and picked up a Canadian accent because he didn't even remember he was English)]] but his story is contrived enough that he's probably just trying to con [[spoiler: the Crawleys into accepting him as a member of their wealthy family and heir to the estate]] and only Edith believes him.
6th Jun '16 5:44:53 PM comicwriter
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* For his first few story arcs, the original Comicbook/{{Captain Mar-Vell}} posed as Walter Lawson, a human scientist that had accidentally been killed by Yon-Rogg.

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* For his first few story arcs, the original Comicbook/{{Captain {{Captain Mar-Vell}} posed as Walter Lawson, a human scientist that had accidentally been killed by Yon-Rogg.
6th Jun '16 5:36:46 PM comicwriter
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* For his first few story arcs, the original Comicbook/{{Captain Mar-Vell}} posed as Walter Lawson, a human scientist that had accidentally been killed by Yon-Rogg.
5th Jun '16 1:59:13 PM nombretomado
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* Happens twice in the ''PushingDaisies'' episode "Pigeon". First a criminal impersonates the man whose apartment he's just crashed a hijacked crop duster into. Then later, we discover that the same criminal has been part of a two-way impersonation: he promised to keep up his cellmate's letters to his sweetheart after the cellmate died, while in the meantime the sweetheart had also died, but made her daughter promise to keep up the letters.

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* Happens twice in the ''PushingDaisies'' ''Series/PushingDaisies'' episode "Pigeon". First a criminal impersonates the man whose apartment he's just crashed a hijacked crop duster into. Then later, we discover that the same criminal has been part of a two-way impersonation: he promised to keep up his cellmate's letters to his sweetheart after the cellmate died, while in the meantime the sweetheart had also died, but made her daughter promise to keep up the letters.
3rd Jun '16 9:07:37 AM cdrood
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* In ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'', Bond is already impersonating smuggler, Peter Franks, but Franks escapes custody. In order to preserve his cover, Bond kills Franks and plants his own ID on him giving him cred as the guy who killed James Bond. [[spoiler: Being a Bond film, it doesn't last as the BigBad turns out to be Bloefeld who knows who Bond is.]]
27th May '16 3:09:08 PM nighttrainfm
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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, skinned him, and then started impersonate Wells.]]

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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 then started impersonate Wells.has spent over a decade basically wearing his face.]]
19th May '16 5:09:15 AM yisfidri
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* Creator/NgaioMarsh used this in ''Literature/LightThickens''. During a performance of ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', [[spoiler:the leading man is decapitated before his last entrance, and then the murderer impersonates him during Macbeth's final scene, in order to give the impression that he is still alive and acting at that time.]]
11th May '16 1:50:41 PM erforce
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* In ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'', [[RobotGirl Cameron]] assumed the identity of [[spoiler: resistance fighter Allison Young]] after killing her, in an attempt to infiltrate John Connor's resistance. It is all but outright said that she failed, was captured, and reprogrammed by John. Several other terminators in the series have done the same thing, most notably the machines impersonating Greenway and Vick.

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* In ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'', ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', [[RobotGirl Cameron]] assumed the identity of [[spoiler: resistance fighter Allison Young]] after killing her, in an attempt to infiltrate John Connor's resistance. It is all but outright said that she failed, was captured, and reprogrammed by John. Several other terminators in the series have done the same thing, most notably the machines impersonating Greenway and Vick.
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