History Main / DeadpersonImpersonation

28th Apr '16 3:33:52 PM Anicomicgeek
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** Batman himself has done this, but his "Matches Malone" persona was swiped from a real guy who got himself killed in his presence, and Bruce deciding to use the identity to spy on criminals.

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** Batman himself has done this, but as his "Matches Malone" persona was swiped from a real guy who got himself killed in his presence, and Bruce deciding to use the identity to spy on criminals.
26th Apr '16 12:51:15 PM Anicomicgeek
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* If memory serves, Franchise/{{Batman}}'s "Matches Malone" persona was swiped from a real guy who got himself killed in Bats's presence.

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* If memory serves, Franchise/{{Batman}}'s Franchise/{{Batman}}
** Batman himself has done this, but his
"Matches Malone" persona was swiped from a real guy who got himself killed in Bats's presence.his presence, and Bruce deciding to use the identity to spy on criminals.



** ''Batman'' villain Black Mask did this in the "War Games" arc, by adopting the identity of [[spoiler:Orpheus, who he just killed]] in a XanatosSpeedChess gambit to become Gotham's main crime lord.



* ''Batman'' villain Black Mask did this in the "War Games" arc, by adopting the identity of [[spoiler:Orpheus, who he just killed]] in a XanatosSpeedChess gambit to become Gotham's main crime lord.
25th Apr '16 7:55:37 AM MsChibi
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* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', L takes on the aliases of criminals he's sent to prison (and often to the death penalty), and the identities of two detectives he bested in [[NoodleIncident the Great Detective Wars]]. (Which is why he is actually the ''three'' greatest detectives in the world.) In ''LightNovel/AnotherNote'', Mello estimates the number of L's aliases to be somewhere in the triple digits.
25th Apr '16 7:52:32 AM MsChibi
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* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', after Ralph escapes from {{Prison}} in only a pair of briefs, he is taken in by an old woman (who is shown to be more than a little bit senile) when she catches him trying to steal her "Meals on Wheels". She let him pick out some of her late husband's old clothes, including his old coke-bottle glasses. When Ralph tries the glasses on, the old woman assumes he's her husband, and Ralph runs with it because now he doesn't have to worry about food or shelter. Later, when doubting karma, Earl puts on the clothes and uses the same tactic, and throws Ralph out of the house.
13th Apr '16 10:42:12 AM Jacob175
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* In the Postboot ''Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'' continuity, [[spoiler:the CorruptCorporateExecutive Leland [=McCauley=] is murdered by the immortal Franchise/{{Batman}} villain Ra's al-Ghul, who steals his identity and considerable fortune to further his plans.]]

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* In the Postboot ''Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'' ''Comicbook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' continuity, [[spoiler:the CorruptCorporateExecutive Leland [=McCauley=] is murdered by the immortal Franchise/{{Batman}} villain Ra's al-Ghul, who steals his identity and considerable fortune to further his plans.]]



* The modern version of the ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'' villain the Chameleon uses this. He studies, kidnaps and murders his victims before spending a day living that person's life. Quite a violent upgrade for a guy who used to simply [[MuggedForDisguise leave his victims tied up and gagged in their undies so that he could steal their clothes]].

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* The modern version of the ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'' ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' villain the Chameleon uses this. He studies, kidnaps and murders his victims before spending a day living that person's life. Quite a violent upgrade for a guy who used to simply [[MuggedForDisguise leave his victims tied up and gagged in their undies so that he could steal their clothes]].



* 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 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.]]



* ''TheLastDetective'' has an episode called ''Lofty'' concerning the death of a deranged beggar who is found to keep all of his World War II documentation in a cigar box, leading the police to at first think he is a particular soldier. It turns out that the soldier (who was tall and thus the original Lofty) was killed in battle and his friend, a ClassyCatBurglar and LoveableRogue before the war, had such serious PTSD that his mind was broken and he ended up as that beggar who everyone knew as Lofty. Just to note, the episode references the IronicNickname idea, in that someone nicknamed Lofty would actually be assumed to be short rather than otherwise.

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* ''TheLastDetective'' ''Series/TheLastDetective'' has an episode called ''Lofty'' concerning the death of a deranged beggar who is found to keep all of his World War II documentation in a cigar box, leading the police to at first think he is a particular soldier. It turns out that the soldier (who was tall and thus the original Lofty) was killed in battle and his friend, a ClassyCatBurglar and LoveableRogue before the war, had such serious PTSD that his mind was broken and he ended up as that beggar who everyone knew as Lofty. Just to note, the episode references the IronicNickname idea, in that someone nicknamed Lofty would actually be assumed to be short rather than otherwise.



* 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.



* Variation: In ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' version three, a character named Ken Lawson appears. It is revealed in his profile that he was Burton Harris from v2, except he was the ''real'' Burton Harris, and the one that died in the previous game was the real Ken Lawson, his best friend. Burton hadn't wanted to go on the school trip, and convinced Ken to go in his place. Due to the fact that they looked almost identical to each other, Ken was able to successfully pass himself off as Burton, only to be abducted and die in the game. Burton then took Ken's identity and moved across the country, trying to start up anti-SOTF movements in Ken's name. He never forgave himself for the identity-swap, not even when [[spoiler:he died by accidentally burying himself alive]].

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* Variation: In ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' version three, a character named Ken Lawson appears. It is revealed in his profile that he was Burton Harris from v2, except he was the ''real'' Burton Harris, and the one that died in the previous game was the real Ken Lawson, his best friend. Burton hadn't wanted to go on the school trip, and convinced Ken to go in his place. Due to the fact that they looked almost identical to each other, Ken was able to successfully pass himself off as Burton, only to be abducted and die in the game. Burton then took Ken's identity and moved across the country, trying to start up anti-SOTF movements in Ken's name. He never forgave himself for the identity-swap, not even when [[spoiler:he died by accidentally burying himself alive]].
10th Apr '16 9:52:25 PM SarcasmKid
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* An episode of ''[[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Law & Order: SVU]]'' involved a woman whose twin sister had been found murdered. It turned out that both girls had been mail-order brides, and the one they thought had been murdered had divorced her husband. The living woman then turned out to have assumed her sister's identity after the murder [[spoiler:because she was trying to buy freedom for ''another'' sister, who had also been put aside by her husband and then forced into prostitution]].

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* An episode In two episodes of ''[[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Law & Order: SVU]]'' SVU]]'':
** One episode
involved a woman whose twin sister had been found murdered. It turned out that both girls had been mail-order brides, and the one they thought had been murdered had divorced her husband. The living woman then turned out to have assumed her sister's identity after the murder [[spoiler:because she was trying to buy freedom for ''another'' sister, who had also been put aside by her husband and then forced into prostitution]].prostitution]].
** In another episode, a girl reunites with her family after being missing for several years and was thought to be dead, but the detectives discover the girl is an impostor because her tattoo doesn't match. The missing girl's older sister believes the impostor had something to do with the girl's disappearance and might know if she's alive or dead. [[spoiler: The trope is subverted, then played straight. The impostor never met the missing girl, but saw her photo on a website, realized they looked alike and tried to gain entry to her family to escape her father, who kept her in sexual captivity after lying about her mother being dead. After her father is arrested and she's reunited with her mother, the impostor girl felt the need to go back to the missing girl's family to tell them something... that the girl's other sister murdered her all those years ago. The other sister secretly threatened that she'd end up like the real girl. Even worse, their mother found out a few years after it happened but never said anything because she didn't want to lose another child.]]
29th Mar '16 8:42:13 AM Anicomicgeek
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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 died. 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}}'' 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 died.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.]]
5th Mar '16 10:05:31 PM MarcInGA
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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.]]
3rd Mar '16 9:03:06 AM Dimensio
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* A few examples occur in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3''. Geralt comes upon a public execution-by-burning of a doppler who had assumed the identity of a local leader of the [[ChurchMilitant Eternal Fire]] after the original died of a heart attack (apparently he was found out because he was too compassionate). In later quests, [[spoiler:Geralt enlists the help of a doppler to impersonate the recently deceased Temple guard commander in order to rescue a friend. Later, that doppler impersonates a notorious crime boss (assuming that Geralt killed said boss earlier) and turns his criminal enterprise toward legitimate business]].
2nd Mar '16 8:05:23 PM PaulA
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* Creator/JosephineTey's mystery novel ''Brat Farrar'' has an interesting use of this trope, as it's about a young man who starts off as the malicious version, passing himself off as a member of a wealthy family who disappeared as a child, but then [[TheyFightCrime turns detective]] when he realizes that the boy he's pretending to be died and anyone not believing his charade is likely to be the murderer.

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* Creator/JosephineTey's mystery novel ''Brat Farrar'' ''Literature/BratFarrar'' has an interesting use of this trope, as it's about a young man who starts off as the malicious version, passing himself off as a member of a wealthy family who disappeared as a child, but then [[TheyFightCrime turns detective]] when he realizes that the boy he's pretending to be died and anyone not believing his charade is likely to be the murderer.
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