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28th Jun '16 12:13:24 AM PaulA
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* The LloydAlexander novel ''The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha'' has LaResistance perpetuate the myth that their greatest king is alive and fighting to frighten their oppressors. In reality, his daughter is in charge, and arguably accomplishing more than her father actually did.

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* The LloydAlexander Creator/LloydAlexander novel ''The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha'' has LaResistance perpetuate the myth that their greatest king is alive and fighting to frighten their oppressors. In reality, his daughter is in charge, and arguably accomplishing more than her father actually did.
26th Jun '16 2:50:21 PM nombretomado
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* A variant gets pulled at the end of the ''[[TheDresdenFiles Dresden Files]]'' book ''Blood Rites'', and spans several of the following books. As far as the world at large (and particularly the other Vampire Courts) are concerned, the White King still sits on his throne. In truth, however, he's a powerless marionette, dead in all by name, and being used as a hand-puppet by his daughter, Lara Raith. The deception loses importance over time, as Lara builds her own power-base and gains the respect of the vampiric community through ruthless competency, but for a while, the only think stopping the other families from pouncing on the perceived weakness of the Raith-clan was the illusion of Lord Raith's continued reign.

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* A variant gets pulled at the end of the ''[[TheDresdenFiles ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden Files]]'' book ''Blood Rites'', ''Literature/BloodRites'', and spans several of the following books. As far as the world at large (and particularly the other Vampire Courts) are concerned, the White King still sits on his throne. In truth, however, he's a powerless marionette, dead in all by name, and being used as a hand-puppet by his daughter, Lara Raith. The deception loses importance over time, as Lara builds her own power-base and gains the respect of the vampiric community through ruthless competency, but for a while, the only think stopping the other families from pouncing on the perceived weakness of the Raith-clan was the illusion of Lord Raith's continued reign.
26th May '16 12:52:12 PM Erpegis
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* Done by ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} while Franchise/{{Batman}} was "dead." Since it was Batman the villains feared, it had to look like the real thing was never gone, rather than a LegacyCharacter, so the costume was identical to (an earlier iteration of) the Batsuit, and even ''other heroes who knew Bats' identity'' thought Dick was Bruce. Not helping matters is that the villain Hush at the same time got plastic surgery and began impersonating Bruce Wayne, so even those who knew Batman was Bruce wouldn't have thought it unusual since "Bruce" was still running around. It's fortunate that Batman operates mostly in the shadows, though, because Dick Grayson is 4 inches shorter and 35 pounds lighter than Bruce Wayne.

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* Done by ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} while Franchise/{{Batman}} was "dead." Since it was Batman the villains feared, it had to look like the real thing was never gone, rather than a LegacyCharacter, so the costume was identical to (an earlier iteration of) the Batsuit, and even ''other heroes who knew Bats' identity'' thought Dick was Bruce. Not helping matters is that the villain Hush at the same time got plastic surgery and began impersonating Bruce Wayne, so even those who knew Batman was Bruce wouldn't have thought it unusual since "Bruce" was still running around. It's fortunate that Batman operates mostly in the shadows, though, because Dick Grayson is 4 inches is shorter and 35 pounds and lighter than Bruce Wayne.


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* It's an actual rule in Tattered Banners, a supplement for Beasts and Barbarians SavageWorlds setting.
16th May '16 9:16:40 AM Doug86
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''ConanTheBarbarian'' novel ''The Hour of the Dragon'', King Conan is struck down by sorcery before a battle and his advisers pull an ElCidPloy. Which fails, because the stand-in doesn't have Conan's battle experience and falls for a trap. (Conan himself asked them to strap him into his saddle so he could still lead the charge.)

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''ConanTheBarbarian'' ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' novel ''The Hour of the Dragon'', ''Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon'', King Conan is struck down by sorcery before a battle and his advisers pull an ElCidPloy. Which fails, because the stand-in doesn't have Conan's battle experience and falls for a trap. (Conan himself asked them to strap him into his saddle so he could still lead the charge.)
31st Mar '16 5:12:55 PM skteosk
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** In an episode of ''{{Series/Angel}}'', Wesley has to impersonate Angel when some thugs turn up at the hotel while the real Angel is off on a retreat.


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** In another episode, it is revealed that the mirror universe version of Sisko has been killed. Mirror-O'Brien borrows "our" Sisko to impersonate him for a while on the resistance's next mission.
17th Mar '16 4:53:53 AM FerrousFaucet
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* ''XenobladeChronicles'': As royalty, Melia's place of duty is leading the High Entia in a time of crisis. She is torn between her loyalty to her duties and her desire to continue the adventure with Shulk's party. She chooses to stay and lead her people, but her brother allows her to go, saying he will lead in her absence. The public will never know Melia is gone because he chooses a lookalike to make public appearances for Melia, and since she always wore a ceremonial mask in her public appearances anyway, nobody knows what her real face looks like, so she can rub elbows with the commoners.
24th Feb '16 9:49:42 PM Katsuhagi
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* The said could be said of Meer Campbell of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' - she was turned into a BodyDouble of the missing idol Lacus Clyne and used by Durandal to appease the citizens of the [=PLANT=]s and [=ZAFT=] soldiers, telling Meer (strongly implied to be a mentally-broken war orphan) that she would help keep the peace stable. It kinda works until Lacus not only decides to strike back, but to appear in public from now on.

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* The said same could be said of Meer Campbell of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' - she was turned into a BodyDouble of the missing idol Lacus Clyne and used by Durandal to appease the citizens of the [=PLANT=]s and [=ZAFT=] soldiers, telling Meer (strongly implied to be a mentally-broken war orphan) that she would help keep the peace stable. It kinda works until Lacus not only decides to strike back, but to appear in public from now on.
1st Jan '16 11:04:56 PM nombretomado
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* At least one incident in the SocietyForCreativeAnachronism 's yearly "Pennsics" war is a deliberate invocation of this trope. A new young fighter needed some loaner armor, so [[GenreSavvy his knight]], who was recovering from a hangover, deliberately lent him his own, and placed him at the center of the shield wall. Needless to say, the enemy concentrated their attacks on him, allowing the better fighters to maneuver around and win the battle.

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* At least one incident in the SocietyForCreativeAnachronism UsefulNotes/SocietyForCreativeAnachronism 's yearly "Pennsics" war is a deliberate invocation of this trope. A new young fighter needed some loaner armor, so [[GenreSavvy his knight]], who was recovering from a hangover, deliberately lent him his own, and placed him at the center of the shield wall. Needless to say, the enemy concentrated their attacks on him, allowing the better fighters to maneuver around and win the battle.
8th Dec '15 7:38:04 PM Zephyrious
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* This ''would'' have been the ending of ''Film/{{Terminator}}: Salvation'' if there hadn't been an InternetBackdraft when it leaked out.
21st Nov '15 7:30:18 AM eroock
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->''Give me your armor to put on my shoulders;''

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->''For breathing spells in war are very few.''
-->--'''Patroclus''', ''Literature/TheIliad''

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->''For breathing spells in war are very few.''
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