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7th May '18 7:59:54 PM immblueversion
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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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* In ''LightNovel/RakuinNoMonshou'' ''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.throne.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', the GreaterScopeVillain E.N.D. is touted as the master of the dark guild Tartaros, but is [[SealedEvilInACan sealed within a book]] carried by Mard Geer, his NumberTwo. However, the truth is that E.N.D. was sealed in his book all along, and Mard Geer merely used the book as a figure to rally the rest of the guild around, effectively passing his own orders off as the will of E.N.D. [[spoiler:Moreover, the book only contains E.N.D.'s demonic essence; his real identity is Natsu, the main character, who ironically ends up helping tear down the very dark guild he was presumed to have built without anyone the wiser.]]
3rd Feb '18 11:34:43 AM nombretomado
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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...

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* One of the [[MultipleChoicePast various origins]] of TheJoker ComicBook/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...
12th Jan '18 5:35:33 PM nombretomado
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* Used in ''Theatre/HenryVI'' by the Dauphin of France to test whether JoanOfArc could tell the difference. (She could.)

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* Used in ''Theatre/HenryVI'' by the Dauphin of France to test whether JoanOfArc UsefulNotes/JoanOfArc could tell the difference. (She could.)
7th Jan '18 7:44:44 PM bwburke94
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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. Also compare with TheManInFrontOfTheMan, for when the TheManBehindTheMan poses as a supposed minion of the Decoy Leader.

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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. Also compare with TheManInFrontOfTheMan, for when the TheManBehindTheMan poses as a supposed minion of the Decoy Leader.



* Creator/FrankMiller's ''Comicbook/TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain'' employs this.

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* %%* Creator/FrankMiller's ''Comicbook/TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain'' employs this.
18th Dec '17 1:15:40 PM Grey_Wolf_c
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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 be an obvious target for 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 be an obvious target for Tony Stark]]."explain" the explosions caused by Killian's supersoldiers loosing control of their powers by making them seem terrorist attacks]].
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.]]
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