History Main / DeadpersonImpersonation

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.
14th Nov '16 10:10:10 PM Random888
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* After the Russian Revolution and murder of the Romanov family, it was rumored that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anastasia_Romanov Grand Duchess Anastasia]] had somehow survived and/or escaped. For years, many people disputed this, and several claimed to be her, the most notorious impostor being [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Anderson Anna Anderson.]] After several DNA tests, the remains of all four Grand Duchesses have been confirmed found, thereby proving that none escaped.

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* After the Russian Revolution and murder of the Romanov family, it was rumored that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anastasia_Romanov Grand Duchess Anastasia]] had [[DidAnastasiaSurvive somehow survived and/or escaped.escaped]]. For years, many people disputed this, and several claimed to be her, the most notorious impostor being [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Anderson Anna Anderson.]] After several DNA tests, the remains of all four Grand Duchesses have been confirmed found, thereby proving that none escaped.
9th Nov '16 9:49:26 PM MikeW
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** It turns out, this was the reason for her murder: The real Odette had conspired to kill her grandmother for her inheritance with her cousin. When he ranted on it to the lookalike, her shock made him realize she wasn't the real Odette.


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** A major twist of season four is that [[spoiler: Zelena murdered the real Marion and has been using a charm to assume her appearance the entire season.]]
30th Oct '16 9:06:44 PM TheCuza
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** In the second ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'' game: [[spoiler:The president of Zheng Fa was assassinated 12 years prior to the game by his own BodyBouble (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.]]

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** In the second ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'' game: [[spoiler:The president of Zheng Fa was assassinated 12 years prior to the game by his own BodyBouble 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.]]
30th Oct '16 9:06:25 PM TheCuza
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** In the second ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'' game: [[spoiler:The BodyDouble,who killed the real president of Zheng Fa,and ''[[ParanoiaFuel became the ruler of an entire country]]'',which kinda explains how the "brave" president everybody believed in is actually a DirtyCoward.]]

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** In the second ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'' game: [[spoiler:The BodyDouble,who killed the real president of Zheng Fa,and ''[[ParanoiaFuel became Fa was assassinated 12 years prior to the ruler of an entire country]]'',which game by his own BodyBouble (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.]]
15th Oct '16 9:31:28 AM mhnospa
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** Also, there was a plot where a man murders his female relative, but nobody realises that she is dead because his mistress has plastic surgery to make her look exactly like the dead woman. The makers of the show liked this plot so much they used it TWICE! (s3e12 and s5e9). And, the second time, the mistress impersonates the murderer's SISTER!
4th Oct '16 9:36:24 PM Premonition45
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* Happens with Principal Skinner in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', who is actually Armin Tamzarian. There is an episode where "Skinner" is revealed to be an old war buddy of the real Sergeant Seymour Skinner (voiced by Creator/MartinSheen, which is [[ActorAllusion funny]] because he was in ''Film/ApocalypseNow''), and assumed the sergeant's identity to keep Skinner's mother Agnes from being alone after her real son was thought to have died in the war. When the real Skinner moves in, people start missing the "old" Skinner (even his mother, who preferred the easily domineered Armin over the naturally independent Seymour), culminating in Seymour being driven out of town and a judge giving Armin Skinner's identity. [[StatusQuoIsGod And it]] [[SnapBack never comes]] [[NegativeContinuity up again]].

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* Happens with Principal Skinner in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', who is actually Armin Tamzarian. There is an In the episode where "The Principal and the Pauper", "Skinner" is revealed to be an old war buddy of the real Sergeant Seymour Skinner (voiced by Creator/MartinSheen, which is [[ActorAllusion funny]] because he was in ''Film/ApocalypseNow''), and assumed the sergeant's identity to keep Skinner's mother Agnes from being alone after her real son was thought to have died in the war. When the real Skinner moves in, people start missing the "old" Skinner (even his mother, who preferred the easily domineered Armin over the naturally independent Seymour), culminating in Seymour being driven out of town and a judge giving Armin Skinner's identity. [[StatusQuoIsGod And it]] [[SnapBack never comes]] [[NegativeContinuity up again]].
4th Oct '16 5:34:49 AM TroperDoper
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[[caption-width-right:300:A literal example.]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:A [[caption-width-right:350:A literal example.]]
4th Oct '16 5:32:11 AM TroperDoper
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[[caption-width-right:300:A literal example.]]
26th Sep '16 7:08:00 PM PaulA
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* In Damon Knight's novel "Beyond the Barrier" there is a triple. As part of a long game plan [[spoiler: a dangerous creature called a Zug implants himself in the human hunting it. Controlling the hunter, the Zug goes back in time and finds a crashed bomber with its crew dead. It selects the body that most resembles its host and takes all of its ID, then disposes of the body. It goes on to live that persons life, unaware of the deception, until it gets the chance to use it in the far distant future.]]

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* In Damon Knight's Creator/DamonKnight's novel "Beyond ''Beyond the Barrier" Barrier'' there is a triple. As part of a long game plan [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a dangerous creature called a Zug implants himself in the human hunting it. Controlling the hunter, the Zug goes back in time and finds a crashed bomber with its crew dead. It selects the body that most resembles its host and takes all of its ID, then disposes of the body. It goes on to live that persons person's life, unaware of the deception, until it gets the chance to use it in the far distant future.]]]]
* The version where a murderer briefly impersonates his victim is parodied in "Literature/TheMacbethMurderMystery" by Creator/JamesThurber. [[spoiler:According to the final explanation, the true murderer of King Duncan was Lady Macbeth's father, who was ambitious for his daughter. Hearing someone coming, he hid in the bed to make whoever-it-was think Duncan was still alive. It was Lady Macbeth, who later remarks that Duncan "resembled my father as he slept"]].
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