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12th Aug '16 10:42:29 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has a very confusing example thanks to [[spoiler:the Zero Requiem plan devised by Lelouch and Suzaku. Short version: Suzaku [[FakingTheDead fakes his death]], takes on the identity of Zero, and kills Lelouch (the original Zero) to get rid of the source of the world's anger and suffering. Of course, most people didn't know Lelouch was Zero, and for those who did the implication of the final episode is that they catch on but go along with it.]]
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' case:

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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has a very confusing example thanks to [[spoiler:the Zero Requiem plan devised by Lelouch and Suzaku. Short version: Suzaku [[FakingTheDead fakes his death]], takes on the identity of Zero, and kills Lelouch (the original Zero) to get rid of the source of the world's anger and suffering. suffering and fill Lelouch's ThanatosGambit. Of course, most people didn't know Lelouch was Zero, and for those who did the implication of the final episode is that [[SecretKeeper they catch on but go along with it.it]].]]
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' case:has several cases:
12th Aug '16 10:33:00 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* Used interestingly in a ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' case. In either the late sixties or TheSeventies, a Japanese man named Yoshifusa Yabuchi went to live in Brazil, had a Brazilian family and became both friends and associates with Dickson Tanaka, a half-Japanese/half-Brazilian man. When Yoshifusa and his wife died, leaving a young son named Carlos behind, Dickson found out that Yoshifusa's older brother Yoshichika (the patriarch of a ''very'' rich family) had also perished in Japan just few days after learning of Yoshifusa's death. Upon realizing that the Yabuchis were a BigScrewedUpFamily, Dickson decided to make sure that [[LikeASonToMe his sort-of adoptive son Carlos]] wouldn't be cheated out of his dad's share of the ''massive'' inheritance; knowing that Yoshichika's relatives wouldn't remember how Yoshifusa looked like since they were extremely young when they left, Dickson took up Yoshifusa's identity and made Carlos pass as his bodyguard, so he could observe the family closer and keep Carlos safe. His gambit worked, but at a ''very'' high price: Yoshichika's greedy SmugSnake of widow, Machiko, tried to kill Dickson in the bath and, [[BadassGrandpa as a skilled martial artist]], he killed her in self-defense.

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* Used interestingly in a ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' case. In either case:
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the late sixties or TheSeventies, series took place a Japanese man named Yoshifusa Yabuchi went to live in Brazil, had a Brazilian family and became both friends and associates with Dickson Tanaka, a half-Japanese/half-Brazilian man. When Yoshifusa and his wife died, leaving a young son named Carlos behind, Dickson found out that Yoshifusa's older brother Yoshichika (the patriarch of a ''very'' rich family) had also perished in Japan just few days after learning of Yoshifusa's death. Upon realizing that the Yabuchis were a BigScrewedUpFamily, Dickson decided to make sure that [[LikeASonToMe his sort-of adoptive son Carlos]] wouldn't be cheated out of his dad's share of the ''massive'' inheritance; knowing that Yoshichika's relatives wouldn't remember how Yoshifusa looked like since they were extremely young when they left, Dickson took up Yoshifusa's identity and made Carlos pass as his bodyguard, so he could observe the family closer and keep Carlos safe. His gambit worked, but at a ''very'' high price: Yoshichika's greedy SmugSnake of widow, Machiko, tried to kill Dickson in the bath and, [[BadassGrandpa as being a skilled martial artist]], he killed her in self-defense.


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** Much later, an OfficeLady strangled her best friend to death. She created an alibi for herself by putting on the dead girl's ElegantGothicLolita dress plus a wig, then walking around in such an ensemble while "calling" the victim to her cellphone, and ''then'' returning to the crime scene to re-dress the corpse. Conan also found out the flaws in said plan and unmasked her.
10th Aug '16 6:32:31 PM sorako
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* [[spoiler:Yuno Gasai]] in ''Manga/MiraiNikki''. [[spoiler:The original Yuno is the third corpse in her house, which was revealed by Akise after he DNA-tested it with her umbilical cord that her orphanage held onto.]]
** Somewhat subverted, because it actually turns out that [[spoiler: she ''is'' Yuno. She is actually the Yuno from an AlternateUniverse; as in this universe, she and her world's Yuki were the last two left in the game and decided on a SuicidePact. Things went wrong and Yuno survived, leaving her as winner of the game and the new God of Time and Space; since she couldn't resurrect her world's Yuki, she instead used her powers to create this universe, killed this world's version of herself and took her place in the game, in order to be with Yuki once again. So Yuno has been, in a sense, impersonating ''herself''.]]

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* [[spoiler:Yuno Gasai]] in ''Manga/MiraiNikki''.''Manga/FutureDiary''. [[spoiler:The original Yuno is the third corpse in her house, which was revealed by Akise after he DNA-tested it with her umbilical cord that her orphanage held onto.]]
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]] Somewhat subverted, because it actually turns out that [[spoiler: she ''is'' Yuno. She is actually the Yuno from an AlternateUniverse; as in this universe, she and her world's Yuki were the last two left in the game and decided on a SuicidePact. Things went wrong and Yuno survived, leaving her as winner of the game and the new God of Time and Space; since she couldn't resurrect her world's Yuki, she instead used her powers to create this universe, killed this world's version of herself and took her place in the game, in order to be with Yuki once again. So Yuno has been, in a sense, impersonating ''herself''.]]
30th Jul '16 1:01:35 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/TakingLives''

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* ''Film/TakingLives''''Film/TakingLives'' features a SerialKiller who murders people who look like him, then assumes their identities.
19th Jul '16 4:13:54 PM DarkHunter
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* Char Aznable from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' is apparently one of these, but only in the AlternateContinuity manga ''Gundam: The Origin''. In it, we find out that the Char we know - "Casval Daikun", in hiding as "Edward Mass" - befriended [[TheRealRemingtonSteele a]] ''[[TheRealRemingtonSteele real]]'' [[TheRealRemingtonSteele Char Aznable]], a young man [[IdenticalStranger physically identical except for their eye colors]]. Due to a TwinSwitch and an assassination attempt by the Zabis, the "late" Edward assumed the identity of the late Char, using CoolShades and an equally CoolMask to help avoid suspicion. [[spoiler: He's found out quite later by his boss, LadyOfWar Kycilia, but she doesn't kill him on the spot and attempts to rope him in her own plans... which backfires ''massively'' when he '''blows her head off''' at the end of the series.]]

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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'':
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Char Aznable from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' is apparently one of these, but only in the AlternateContinuity manga ''Gundam: The Origin''. In it, we find out that the Char we know - "Casval Daikun", in hiding as "Edward Mass" - befriended [[TheRealRemingtonSteele a]] ''[[TheRealRemingtonSteele real]]'' [[TheRealRemingtonSteele Char Aznable]], a young man [[IdenticalStranger physically identical except for their eye colors]]. Due to a TwinSwitch and an assassination attempt by the Zabis, the "late" Edward assumed the identity of the late Char, using CoolShades and an equally CoolMask to help avoid suspicion. [[spoiler: He's found out quite later by his boss, LadyOfWar Kycilia, but she doesn't kill him on the spot and attempts to rope him in her own plans... which backfires ''massively'' when he '''blows her head off''' at the end of the series.]]


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* ''Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam'': Main protagonist Tobia Arronax does this after the Battle of Zeus' Wrath. Since he was declared an enemy of Jupiter, in order to live in Jovian society afterward he took on the identity of Curtis Rothko, who had died in a battle a few months previously. He gets his appearance altered (darker skin tone, black hair) and claims to have amnesia in order to fool those who knew the real Curtis.
12th Jul '16 9:54:15 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* In ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood'' [[spoiler:a man comes up to Daniel Plainview claiming to be his half-brother, with a letter as proof. Daniel believes the man until he notices some inconsistencies in his story. The man eventually confesses at gunpoint that he knew Daniel's real brother, who died of tuberculosis and assumed his identity. Daniel shoots the man shortly afterward.]]

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* In ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood'' [[spoiler:a man comes up to Daniel Plainview claiming to be his half-brother, with a letter as proof. Daniel believes the man until [[SpottingTheThread he notices some inconsistencies in his story. story]]. The man eventually confesses at gunpoint that he knew Daniel's real brother, who died of tuberculosis and half-brother, having met him when he was terminally ill with tuberculosis. Upon the brother's death, the man assumed his identity. Daniel shoots the man shortly afterward.]]
11th Jul '16 2:37:28 PM Da1tonTheGreat
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Contrast LostInCharacter, where a professional actor takes on a role and forgets their original self. If you don't just take the other person's identity, but also their appearance, it's ReplicantSnatching. If it's a temporary thing, a sort of masquerade where characters pretend the dead one is alive, it's an OfCorpseHesAlive situation, or the ElCidPloy. If you're a time traveler, and are doing this so [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong history stays on track]], it's YouWillBeBeethoven. If you're literally impersonating a dead person, that's FakingTheDead.

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Contrast LostInCharacter, where a professional actor takes on a role and forgets their original self. If you don't just take the other person's identity, but also their appearance, it's ReplicantSnatching. If it's a temporary thing, a sort of masquerade where characters pretend the dead one is alive, it's an OfCorpseHesAlive situation, or the ElCidPloy. If you're a time traveler, and are doing this so [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong history stays on track]], it's YouWillBeBeethoven. If you're literally impersonating a dead person, that's FakingTheDead.PlayingPossum.
11th Jul '16 2:35:33 PM Da1tonTheGreat
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Contrast LostInCharacter, where a professional actor takes on a role and forgets their original self. If you don't just take the other person's identity, but also their appearance, it's ReplicantSnatching. If it's a temporary thing, a sort of masquerade where characters pretend the dead one is alive, it's an OfCorpseHesAlive situation, or the ElCidPloy. If you're a time traveler, and are doing this so [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong history stays on track]], it's YouWillBeBeethoven.

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Contrast LostInCharacter, where a professional actor takes on a role and forgets their original self. If you don't just take the other person's identity, but also their appearance, it's ReplicantSnatching. If it's a temporary thing, a sort of masquerade where characters pretend the dead one is alive, it's an OfCorpseHesAlive situation, or the ElCidPloy. If you're a time traveler, and are doing this so [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong history stays on track]], it's YouWillBeBeethoven. If you're literally impersonating a dead person, that's FakingTheDead.
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.
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