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1st Mar '16 12:55:50 PM SSJMagus
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* An interesting variation in ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Starfighters of Adumar]]'': General Wedge Antilles arranges for [[{{Redshirts}} a couple of fighters in each squadron]] of his allied force to have identity transponders that can switch between their real details (Adumari pilots gain prestige from downing more experienced foes, so this information is readily available even to the enemy) and one picked from the [[AcePilot top thirty or so pilots in the force]]. Likewise the genuine best pilots could switch their [=IDs=] for nobodies. In addition to general misdirection and confusion ("How'd that guy end up on the opposite end of the battlefield?"), he hopes the [[ProudWarriorRace honor-obsessed Cartaanese pilots]] will go haring off after the decoy aces, allowing the alliance's best shooters time to line up.

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* An interesting variation in ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Starfighters of Adumar]]'': General Wedge Antilles arranges for [[{{Redshirts}} a couple of fighters in each squadron]] of his allied force to have identity transponders that can switch between their real details (Adumari pilots gain prestige from downing more experienced foes, so this information is readily available even to the enemy) and one picked from the [[AcePilot top thirty or so pilots in the force]]. Likewise the genuine best pilots could switch their [=IDs=] for nobodies. In addition to general misdirection and confusion ("How'd that guy end up on the opposite end of the battlefield?"), he hopes the [[ProudWarriorRace honor-obsessed Cartaanese pilots]] will go haring off after the decoy aces, aces (who would ideally be good at evading even if they were bad shots), allowing the alliance's best shooters time to line up.up. He also exploited the relatively primitive Adumari sensors by having a squadron of fighters fly in tight formation and all broadcast the same ID, so that [[ActuallyFourMooks they'd appear to be a single large bomber or command ship until the enemy got into visual range]], while at the same time having the command ships and bombers broadcast multiple [=IDs=] so they would appear to be fighter squadrons without any prestigious aces (or with them, in the case of the well-shielded and heavily-armed command ships), thus allowing the bombers to more easily reach their targets.
19th Feb '16 8:20:14 AM Hanz
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* In ''Film/IronMan3'' [[spoiler:"The Mandarin" is actually a washed up vice-addled British actor named Trevor Slattery hired by Aldrich Killian, the real villain, to get at Tony Stark]].

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* In ''Film/IronMan3'' [[spoiler:"The Mandarin" is actually a washed up vice-addled British actor named Trevor Slattery hired by Aldrich Killian, the real villain, to get at be an obvious target for Tony Stark]].
29th Dec '15 7:47:28 AM Anddrix
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* One might consider SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom doing this by proxy of [[ActuallyADoombot Doombots]], whilst he can do research or fight the ComicBook/FantasticFour for MacGuffin they "lead" the country.

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* One might consider SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom Doctor Doom doing this by proxy of [[ActuallyADoombot Doombots]], whilst he can do research or fight the ComicBook/FantasticFour for MacGuffin they "lead" the country.
29th Oct '15 9:18:31 PM JamaicanCastle
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* An interesting variation in ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Starfighters of Adumar]]'': General Wedge Antilles arranges for [[{{Redshirts}} a couple of fighters in each squadron]] of his allied force to have identity transponders that can switch between their real details (Adumari pilots gain prestige from downing more experienced foes, so this information is readily available even to the enemy) and one picked from the [[AcePilot top thirty or so pilots in the force]]. Likewise the genuine best pilots could switch their [=IDs=] for nobodies. In addition to general misdirection and confusion ("How'd that guy end up on the opposite end of the battlefield?"), he hopes the [[ProudWarriorRace honor-obsessed Cartaanese pilots]] will go haring off after the decoy aces, allowing the alliance's best shooters time to line up.
8th Jul '15 2:44:28 PM Chariset
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Compare PuppetKing, where the actual legal leader has become purely a tool for somebody else. The logical extreme of this trope is the ElCidPloy, where the leader is actually ''dead'' but continues to hold the authority he held when living because the fact of his death has been concealed.

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Compare PuppetKing, where the actual legal leader has become purely a tool for somebody else. The logical extreme of this trope is the ElCidPloy, where the real leader is actually ''dead'' may be missing or even dead but continues to hold the authority he held when living still "commands" because another is impersonating him or (as in the fact of his death has been concealed.
original) no one realizes that he's dead.



* During the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kulikovo battle of Kulikovo field]] in 1380 prince of Moscow Dmitry "of Don" gave his recognizable bright armour, banner and the horse to a young warrior, while Dmitry donned simple armour and fought as an ordinary footman. The obvious explanation that Dmitry was hiding in a safer place is often contested -- he went to the "big" (central) regiment, where the fighting was expected to be (and was) the most brutal.[[note]]The usual tactics against tartar cavalry was basically this: the small front regiment slows them down, the big central regiment stops and ties them down, then mounted regiments hit from flanks. 2/3 losses for the central regiment were not uncommon.[[/note]] The decoy boyarin was killed, Dmitry was wounded, trampled and left for dead, but ultimately survived. His exact motifs are still debated.

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* During the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kulikovo battle of Kulikovo field]] in 1380 prince of Moscow Dmitry "of Don" gave his recognizable bright armour, banner and the horse to a young warrior, while Dmitry donned simple armour and fought as an ordinary footman. The obvious explanation that Dmitry was hiding in a safer place is often contested -- he went to the "big" (central) regiment, where the fighting was expected to be (and was) the most brutal.[[note]]The usual tactics against tartar cavalry was basically this: the small front regiment slows them down, the big central regiment stops and ties them down, then mounted regiments hit from flanks. 2/3 losses for the central regiment were not uncommon.[[/note]] The decoy boyarin was killed, Dmitry was wounded, trampled and left for dead, but ultimately survived. His exact motifs motives are still debated.
8th Jul '15 2:39:51 PM Chariset
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Compare PuppetKing, where the actual legal leader has become purely a tool for somebody else. An ElCidPloy is another way of making your leader appear to be somewhere they aren't, with the difference being that they're actually dead.

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Compare PuppetKing, where the actual legal leader has become purely a tool for somebody else. An ElCidPloy The logical extreme of this trope is another way of making your the ElCidPloy, where the leader appear to be somewhere they aren't, with the difference being that they're is actually dead.
''dead'' but continues to hold the authority he held when living because the fact of his death has been concealed.



** In ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', Queen Amidala operates as the [[KingIncognito Queen Incognito]] Padme -- which is her real name -- and throughout the movie has a decoy-bodyguard, Sabe, who replaces her. Both happen to be [[ActionGirl handy with a blaster.]]

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** In ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', Queen Amidala operates as the [[KingIncognito Queen Incognito]] Padme -- which is her real name -- and throughout the movie has a decoy-bodyguard, Sabe, who replaces her. Both happen to be [[ActionGirl handy with a blaster.]]]] Helping the deception along is the fact that the Queen of Naboo always wears heavy ceremonial makeup.
16th Jun '15 10:46:56 AM MadCat221
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* In ''Film/IronMan3'' [[spoiler:"The Mandarin" is actually a washed up drunken British actor named Trevor Slattery hired by Aldrich Killian, the real villain, to get at Tony Stark]].

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* In ''Film/IronMan3'' [[spoiler:"The Mandarin" is actually a washed up drunken vice-addled British actor named Trevor Slattery hired by Aldrich Killian, the real villain, to get at Tony Stark]].
5th May '15 3:10:48 AM jormis29
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* In the ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' episode, "Exit Strategy", the [[spoiler: SaddamHussein on trial]] clams to be this, alleging that the real [[spoiler: Saddam]] has [[spoiler: a scar on his head and [[JustForPun "I'm No-Scar...]] [[RunningGag Dot Com]]!"]]

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* In the ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' episode, "Exit Strategy", the [[spoiler: SaddamHussein UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein on trial]] clams to be this, alleging that the real [[spoiler: Saddam]] has [[spoiler: a scar on his head and [[JustForPun "I'm No-Scar...]] [[RunningGag Dot Com]]!"]]
5th Apr '15 11:34:46 PM TSBasilisk
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* In ''LightNovel/RakuinNoMonshou'' this was Fedom's plan when Prince Gil was shot. Orba would take over the Prince's spot in the Empire and eventually become Emperor, with Fedom manipulating him to become the power behind the throne.
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4th Apr '15 4:38:07 PM Morgenthaler
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* At the end of ''The Eagle Has Landed'' the protagonist appears to successfully assassinate Winston Churchill before being shot. [[spoiler: However it turns out he was an impersonator and the real Churchill [[ShaggyDogStory was at the Tehran conference all along]]. It was noted that if he had spoke, it would have blown it.]]

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* At the end of ''The Eagle Has Landed'' ''Film/TheEagleHasLanded'' the protagonist appears to successfully assassinate Winston Churchill before being shot. [[spoiler: However it turns out he was an impersonator and the real Churchill [[ShaggyDogStory was at the Tehran conference all along]]. It was noted that if he had spoke, it would have blown it.]]
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