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20th Mar '17 5:32:02 PM eroock
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* In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' episode "[[Recap/SherlockS03E03HisLastVow His Last Vow]]", the real Mary Morstan was stillborn and buried decades ago. The woman who John married took her identity to escape her old life as a trained assassin. Leads to BecomingTheMask with forgiveness and acceptance from John.
17th Mar '17 2:44:26 PM NNinja
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** [[{{Meganekko}} Adrian Andrews]] never changes her identity, but models [[TheStoic her hard-boiled, no-nonsense personality]] after her "[[LesYay mentor]]" Celeste Inpax as a coping mechanism after the latter [[DrivenToSuicide commits suicide]]. When she reappears in the third game, she's reverted to what seems to be her genuine personality--[[GenkiGirl upbeat]] and [[CuteClumsyGirl slightly bumbling]].
13th Mar '17 3:38:23 AM secretfan14
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** [[{{Meganekko}} Adrian Andrews]] never changes her identity, but models [[TheStoic her hard-boiled, no-nonsense personality]] after her "[[LesYay mentor]]" Celeste Inpax as a coping mechanism after the latter [[DrivenToSuicide commits suicide]]. When she reappears in the third game, she's reverted to what seems to be her genuine personality--[[GenkiGirl upbeat]] and [[{{Dojikko}} slightly bumbling]].

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** [[{{Meganekko}} Adrian Andrews]] never changes her identity, but models [[TheStoic her hard-boiled, no-nonsense personality]] after her "[[LesYay mentor]]" Celeste Inpax as a coping mechanism after the latter [[DrivenToSuicide commits suicide]]. When she reappears in the third game, she's reverted to what seems to be her genuine personality--[[GenkiGirl upbeat]] and [[{{Dojikko}} [[CuteClumsyGirl slightly bumbling]].
12th Mar '17 11:13:04 AM nombretomado
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* In ''Manga/{{Vagabond}}'', a highly fictionalised telling of the life of MiyamotoMusashi, Musashi's childhood friend Matahachi finds a certificate of swordsmanship on the body of a samurai who had been kind to him earlier. He decides at first to deliver the certificate to the samurai's family, but soon finds it easier to pass himself off as the samurai instead and live off the dead samurai's reputation. [[spoiler:Later, it turns out that the samurai was only delivering said certificate to Sasaki Kojiro, the arch-rival of Musashi. Since the real Kojiro is still out there, (and is becoming more famous by the day) and Matahachi is using his name, this eventually causes Matahachi some problems.]]

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* In ''Manga/{{Vagabond}}'', a highly fictionalised telling of the life of MiyamotoMusashi, UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi, Musashi's childhood friend Matahachi finds a certificate of swordsmanship on the body of a samurai who had been kind to him earlier. He decides at first to deliver the certificate to the samurai's family, but soon finds it easier to pass himself off as the samurai instead and live off the dead samurai's reputation. [[spoiler:Later, it turns out that the samurai was only delivering said certificate to Sasaki Kojiro, the arch-rival of Musashi. Since the real Kojiro is still out there, (and is becoming more famous by the day) and Matahachi is using his name, this eventually causes Matahachi some problems.]]
25th Feb '17 7:51:17 AM Kate
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* Creator/AgathaChristie did it at least twice, both in [[spoiler: A Murder Is Announced]] and [[spoiler: A Holiday For Murder.]]

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* Creator/AgathaChristie did it at least twice, both in [[spoiler: A Murder Is Announced]] Announced (the dead woman was in line to inherit a fortune, which she would gladly have shared with her sister, but unfortunately she dies of an unexpected illness before the will comes into effect, so her sister decides to switch places and claim that she herself is the one who died)]] and [[spoiler: A Holiday For Murder.]]
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.]]
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