History Main / DecoyLeader

20th Nov '17 10:31:52 PM PaulA
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* The Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures book ''Death and Diplomacy'' takes this a step further: even the real leader thinks that the decoy is the one in charge. Confusing things further, his people have set up a cunning double bluff where he's officially the leader, meaning that [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow everyone assumes he's the decoy]], and the "minor official" he consults with (the actual decoy) is the real leader. (In theory. When he learns the truth, the swiftness with which his people accept it leads him to suspect [[EverybodyKnewAlready that maybe they all knew apart from him all along]].) Complicated double-dealing and duplicity are this race's [[PlanetOfHats hat]].

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* The Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures book ''Death ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresDeathAndDiplomacy Death and Diplomacy'' Diplomacy]]'' takes this a step further: even the real leader thinks that the decoy is the one in charge. Confusing things further, his people have set up a cunning double bluff where he's officially the leader, meaning that [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow everyone assumes he's the decoy]], and the "minor official" he consults with (the actual decoy) is the real leader. (In theory. When he learns the truth, the swiftness with which his people accept it leads him to suspect [[EverybodyKnewAlready that maybe they all knew apart from him all along]].) Complicated double-dealing and duplicity are this race's [[PlanetOfHats hat]].
11th Nov '17 12:45:28 PM thatother1dude
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-->'''Zod''': You are the one they call "President"?
-->'''Guy''': I am.
-->'''Zod''': [snip] KneelBeforeZod.
-->'''Guy''': [kneels]
-->'''Zod''': You are not the President. No one who leads so many could possibly kneel so quickly.
-->'''President''': [Steps forward] They're protecting me. I'm the President.

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-->'''Zod''': You are the one they call "President"?
-->'''Guy''':
"President"?\\
'''Guy''':
I am.
-->'''Zod''': [snip] KneelBeforeZod.
-->'''Guy''': [kneels]
-->'''Zod''':
am.\\
'''Zod''': ... KneelBeforeZod.\\
'''Guy''': [kneels]\\
'''Zod''':
You are not the President. No one who leads so many could possibly kneel so quickly.
-->'''President''':
quickly.\\
'''President''':
[Steps forward] They're protecting me. I'm the President.
6th Apr '17 10:51:00 AM PrimeEvil
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* ''DoctorWho'': In "Day of the Daleks," the Controller of the Britain region serves as this to the Daleks--in fact, his whole family had served as this for generations. Interestingly, the Controller states that he doesn't necessarily ''like'' his masters, but feels that he doesn't see much choice in the matter. Also, as the Doctor later points out, "They would always have found ''someone''."
6th Apr '17 10:50:31 AM PrimeEvil
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* ''DoctorWho'': In "Day of the Daleks," the Controller of the Britain region serves as this to the Daleks--in fact, his whole family had served as this for generations. Interestingly, the Controller states that he doesn't necessarily ''like'' his masters, but feels that he doesn't see much choice in the matter. Also, as the Doctor later points out, "They would always have found ''someone''."
25th Jan '17 7:33:44 PM LadyNorbert
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* In ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', [[spoiler:"Gwynevere" is actually an illusion controlled by the Dark Sun Gwyndolin, the real Gwynevere having abandoned Anor Londo long ago to marry a foreign god. Even "her" sunlight is just an illusion that is dispelled if the player kills "Gwynevere".]]

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* In ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', [[spoiler:"Gwynevere" is actually an illusion controlled by the Dark Sun Gwyndolin, the real Gwynevere having abandoned Anor Londo long ago to marry a foreign god. Even "her" sunlight is just an illusion that which is dispelled if the player kills "Gwynevere".]]


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* Seen in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', but only if [[spoiler:the player joins the Dark Brotherhood and completes the quest chain. One of the final missions involves killing ''the Emperor himself'' by impersonating a famous chef and poisoning his soup. Of course, it turns out that the one who eats the soup is merely a decoy; the real Emperor is encountered later in the chain.]]
27th Dec '16 10:25:42 PM dalek955
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*''Webcomic/GenocideMan'': In the absence of Jacob and Dr. Fumiaki, Msaka assumes command of the Corvo Islanders, but immediately finds that Girii's [[TheEmpath empathy]] gives her effective veto power. Her solution is to abdicate and make Girii the leader instead... giving exactly the orders that the fearsome Msaka "advises" her to give.
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2nd Oct '16 4:12:33 PM Scistorm
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*One of the [[MultipleChoicePast various origins]] of TheJoker involved this. A criminal gang would hire a random smuck to dress up as the villainous Red Hood, and accompany them during heists. The police would assume that the supervillain is obviously the leader, and all the others are just hired Mooks, an assumption that the gang members would back up if they were ever caught. That way, they could get less severe prison sentences. If the "Red Hood" ever wanted out, they could just replace him with someone else, as the costume totally obscured the face. The scheme worked for a while, until they ran into Batman, and that crime's "Red Hood" was knocked into a vat of chemicals...
25th Sep '16 2:49:57 PM FordPrefect
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* In one ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' module, The Computer anticipates StraightForTheCommander and arranges for a decoy. As usual, it DidntThinkThisThrough:
--> '''Green-clearance Team Leader''': All right, men, let's go!
--> '''Bystander''': ''(eyeing "Blue"-clearance Executive Officer)'' Hey, why are you letting him order you around?
--> '''"Blue"-clearance Executive Officer''': Hey, yeah! ''*BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM*'' All right, men, let's go!
17th Sep '16 9:44:55 AM Drope
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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 may be missing or even dead but still "commands" because another is impersonating him or (as in the original) no one realizes that he's dead.

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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 may be missing or even dead but still "commands" because another is impersonating him or (as in the original) no one realizes that he's dead.
dead. Also compare with TheManInFrontOfTheMan, for when the TheManBehindTheMan poses as a supposed minion of the Decoy Leader.
1st Jul '16 8:37:46 PM FordPrefect
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* In ''Film/WildWildWest'', the first version of UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant we see is actually Artemus Gordon, but Jim West sees through the deception. Seconds later the real Grant arrives and chews them both out, suggesting he was unaware of what Gordon was doing. Note that both Gordon and Grant are played by the same actor. This gets repeated in a later scene where Loveless tries to kidnap the President and Gordon shows up disguised as Grant to buy the President time to escape. Unfortunately, before the President figures out that he's supposed to be leaving so that the imposter can be kidnapped, Loveless grabs them both. Gordon can't help but praise himself even when in-character, which is partly what causes West to realize he's not the President. The other reason? Gordon forgot to take off his Harvard ring. West is fully aware that Grant attended West Point.

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* In ''Film/WildWildWest'', the first version of UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant we see is actually Artemus Gordon, but Jim West sees through the deception. Seconds later the real Grant arrives and chews them both out, suggesting he was unaware of what Gordon was doing. Note that both Gordon and Grant are played by the same actor. This gets repeated in a later scene where Loveless tries to kidnap the President and Gordon shows up disguised as Grant to buy the President time to escape. Unfortunately, before the President figures out that he's supposed to be leaving so that the imposter can be kidnapped, Loveless grabs them both. Gordon can't help but [[ButHeSoundsHandsome praise himself himself]] even when in-character, which is partly what causes West to realize he's not the President. The other reason? Gordon forgot to take off his Harvard ring. West is fully aware that Grant attended West Point.



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