History Main / FakeKing

18th Jul '16 4:56:29 AM Morgenthaler
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For some reason, the usurper never takes the advice of the EvilOverlordList item quoted above and resorts to [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just killing the king]] to really complicate the matter. Although in some rare occasions, a DangerouslyGenreSavvy fake king might actually [[TheKingslayer murder the real king]] and [[KillAndReplace replace the real one]].

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For some reason, the usurper never takes the advice of the EvilOverlordList item quoted above and resorts to [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just killing the king]] to really complicate the matter. Although in some rare occasions, a DangerouslyGenreSavvy particularly cunning fake king might actually [[TheKingslayer murder the real king]] and [[KillAndReplace replace the real one]].
30th Jun '16 7:35:28 PM nombretomado
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* Shows up in the ''Adventures'' arc of {{Bionicle}} where Makuta swaps places with Turaga Dume, ruler of Metru Nui in order to perform a crucial part of his EvilPlan.

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* Shows up in the ''Adventures'' arc of {{Bionicle}} Toys/{{Bionicle}} where Makuta swaps places with Turaga Dume, ruler of Metru Nui in order to perform a crucial part of his EvilPlan.
16th May '16 11:46:22 AM Doug86
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* Robert E. Howard's ''ConanTheBarbarian'' story "A Witch Shall Be Born" has Queen Taramis of Khauran replaced by her EvilTwin sister Salome. Salome treats the kingdom's farmers like slaves and excessively taxes city dwellers.

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* Robert E. Howard's ''ConanTheBarbarian'' ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' story "A Witch Shall Be Born" "Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn" has Queen Taramis of Khauran replaced by her EvilTwin sister Salome. Salome treats the kingdom's farmers like slaves and excessively taxes city dwellers.
8th Apr '16 2:07:52 AM Mhazard
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Rarely seen in the same country as the EvilChancellor and rarely a FinalBoss -- though they can be a significant one -- a good, often beloved ruler or other authority figure has been replaced by a doppelganger of some kind with horribly evil intentions. The FakeKing exploits the country's people and resources to further his nefarious agenda. He often isn't very subtle, but you don't get much in the way of disobedience except from the heroes; everyone else just remarks on how the king is acting funny or has changed. The replacement usually happens before the story starts. It could be seen as the lazy way to become a VillainWithGoodPublicity, or for the EvilTwin to star in a TyrantTakesTheHelm story. Many RolePlayingGames use this setup and the inevitable exposure of the usurper and [[RightfulKingReturns restoration of the real king]] as a rather forgettable FetchQuest. For some reason, the usurper never takes the advice of the EvilOverlordList item quoted above and resorts to [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just killing the king]] to really complicate the matter. Although in some rare occasion, a DangerouslyGenreSavvy fake king might actually [[TheKingslayer murder the real king]] and [[KillAndReplace replace the real one]].

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Rarely seen in the same country as the EvilChancellor and rarely a FinalBoss -- though they can be a significant one -- a good, often beloved ruler or other authority figure has been replaced by a doppelganger of some kind with horribly evil intentions. The FakeKing exploits the country's people and resources to further his nefarious agenda. He often isn't very subtle, but you don't get much in the way of disobedience except from the heroes; everyone else just remarks on how the king is acting funny or has changed. The replacement usually happens before the story starts. It could be seen as the lazy way to become a VillainWithGoodPublicity, or for the EvilTwin to star in a TyrantTakesTheHelm story. Many RolePlayingGames use this setup and the inevitable exposure of the usurper and [[RightfulKingReturns restoration of the real king]] as a rather forgettable FetchQuest.

For some reason, the usurper never takes the advice of the EvilOverlordList item quoted above and resorts to [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just killing the king]] to really complicate the matter. Although in some rare occasion, occasions, a DangerouslyGenreSavvy fake king might actually [[TheKingslayer murder the real king]] and [[KillAndReplace replace the real one]].
8th Apr '16 2:07:37 AM Mhazard
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Rarely seen in the same country as the EvilChancellor and rarely a FinalBoss -- though they can be a significant one -- a good, often beloved ruler or other authority figure has been replaced by a doppelganger of some kind with horribly evil intentions. The FakeKing exploits the country's people and resources to further his nefarious agenda. He often isn't very subtle, but you don't get much in the way of disobedience except from the heroes; everyone else just remarks on how the king is acting funny or has changed. The replacement usually happens before the story starts. It could be seen as the lazy way to become a VillainWithGoodPublicity, or for the EvilTwin to star in a TyrantTakesTheHelm story. Many RolePlayingGames use this setup and the inevitable exposure of the usurper and [[RightfulKingReturns restoration of the real king]] as a rather forgettable FetchQuest. (For some reason, the usurper never takes the advice of the EvilOverlordList item quoted above and resorts to [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just killing the king]] to really complicate the matter.)

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Rarely seen in the same country as the EvilChancellor and rarely a FinalBoss -- though they can be a significant one -- a good, often beloved ruler or other authority figure has been replaced by a doppelganger of some kind with horribly evil intentions. The FakeKing exploits the country's people and resources to further his nefarious agenda. He often isn't very subtle, but you don't get much in the way of disobedience except from the heroes; everyone else just remarks on how the king is acting funny or has changed. The replacement usually happens before the story starts. It could be seen as the lazy way to become a VillainWithGoodPublicity, or for the EvilTwin to star in a TyrantTakesTheHelm story. Many RolePlayingGames use this setup and the inevitable exposure of the usurper and [[RightfulKingReturns restoration of the real king]] as a rather forgettable FetchQuest. (For For some reason, the usurper never takes the advice of the EvilOverlordList item quoted above and resorts to [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just killing the king]] to really complicate the matter.)
matter. Although in some rare occasion, a DangerouslyGenreSavvy fake king might actually [[TheKingslayer murder the real king]] and [[KillAndReplace replace the real one]].
23rd Jan '16 8:57:21 PM Willbyr
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* Teikun Ō from ''AceAttorneyInvestigations 2''. [[spoiler: The real Teikun was assassinated years ago by a hitman and replaced with a fake. The fake and his comrades planned to then kill the hitman, which led to the BigBad of the game killing the fake to repay the hitman for saving his life as a child.]]

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* Teikun Ō from ''AceAttorneyInvestigations ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth 2''. [[spoiler: The real Teikun was assassinated years ago by a hitman and replaced with a fake. The fake and his comrades planned to then kill the hitman, which led to the BigBad of the game killing the fake to repay the hitman for saving his life as a child.]]
2nd Dec '15 2:37:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Dave}}'' centers on an inversion of this plot: a bastard President goes into a coma and a look-alike is asked to stand in for him -- a look-alike who makes a much better president.
* The novel and movie ''ThePrisonerOfZenda'', on which ''{{Dave}}'' was based, also uses an inversion, where the hero impersonates his identical cousin the King of {{Ruritania}} while the latter is imprisoned by TheEvilPrince. He is a much better person and leader than the real king, who is dissolute and incompetent, but he ultimately helps restore the real king to the throne. (Although at several points he debates allowing the villains to kill the real king before foiling their schemes -- but mostly because he's in love with the king's fiancee.)
* ''GIJoeRetaliation'' picks up where the original film left off, with Zartan impersonating [[spoiler: the President of the United States]]. He does a good job hiding his identity from the public, while keeping the real [[spoiler: President]] locked up in a room guarded by disguised Cobra agents. What makes it even more scary is that while he never does too much to arouse suspicion, this version of Zartan is clearly a lunatic psychopath who gets his kicks out of creating mayhem, suffering, and destruction. One really has to wonder if Cobra Commander was the only thing keeping him in check while he was under cover.
* ''TheGreatRace'' takes time out from the actual race to send up ''ThePrisonerOfZenda''. The villain, Professor Fate, gets to be the one who looks just like the king-to-be.

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* ''{{Dave}}'' ''Film/{{Dave}}'' centers on an inversion of this plot: a bastard President goes into a coma and a look-alike is asked to stand in for him -- a look-alike who makes a much better president.
* The novel and movie ''ThePrisonerOfZenda'', ''Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda'', on which ''{{Dave}}'' ''Dave'' was based, also uses an inversion, where the hero impersonates his identical cousin the King of {{Ruritania}} while the latter is imprisoned by TheEvilPrince. He is a much better person and leader than the real king, who is dissolute and incompetent, but he ultimately helps restore the real king to the throne. (Although at several points he debates allowing the villains to kill the real king before foiling their schemes -- but mostly because he's in love with the king's fiancee.)
* ''GIJoeRetaliation'' ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'' picks up where the original film left off, with Zartan impersonating [[spoiler: the President of the United States]]. He does a good job hiding his identity from the public, while keeping the real [[spoiler: President]] locked up in a room guarded by disguised Cobra agents. What makes it even more scary is that while he never does too much to arouse suspicion, this version of Zartan is clearly a lunatic psychopath who gets his kicks out of creating mayhem, suffering, and destruction. One really has to wonder if Cobra Commander was the only thing keeping him in check while he was under cover.
* ''TheGreatRace'' ''Film/TheGreatRace'' takes time out from the actual race to send up ''ThePrisonerOfZenda''.''Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda''. The villain, Professor Fate, gets to be the one who looks just like the king-to-be.
15th Nov '15 10:17:27 AM nombretomado
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* Happens in ''RomancingSaGa: Minstrel Song'', and was working fairly well thanks to the leader in question's rampant {{Lawful Stupid}}ness. While others comment on his strange behavior, only his daughter realizes that he's been replaced and recruits the heroes to help her; seems everyone else was just so ''used'' to him being a {{Jerkass}} with MoralMyopia that his declaring war on an ally just because he doesn't like the way she's protecting her [[CosmicKeystone Fatestone]] didn't seem ''too'' out of character...

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* Happens in ''RomancingSaGa: ''VideoGame/RomancingSaGa: Minstrel Song'', and was working fairly well thanks to the leader in question's rampant {{Lawful Stupid}}ness. While others comment on his strange behavior, only his daughter realizes that he's been replaced and recruits the heroes to help her; seems everyone else was just so ''used'' to him being a {{Jerkass}} with MoralMyopia that his declaring war on an ally just because he doesn't like the way she's protecting her [[CosmicKeystone Fatestone]] didn't seem ''too'' out of character...
14th Nov '15 1:44:27 PM Prfnoff
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* ''BreathOfFireII'' features a variation on this. [[CloudCuckoolander Tapeta]] is the prince of Fort Nageur; unfortunately, he's shiftless, irresponsible and a hopeless romantic, and he's been abroad for quite some time (much of it spent [[BalefulPolymorph transformed into an even]] ''[[BalefulPolymorph bigger]]'' [[BalefulPolymorph frog]]). By the time he comes back as part of Ryu's party, an impostor has taken his place: said impostor claims that Tapeta is impersonating ''him'' and has him arrested.
** And the kicker? The people of Fort Nageur ''knew'' that Tapeta was the real deal; they just ''didn't care'', on the grounds they were probably better off with the phony.

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* ''BreathOfFireII'' ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'' features a variation on this. [[CloudCuckoolander Tapeta]] is the prince of Fort Nageur; unfortunately, he's shiftless, irresponsible and a hopeless romantic, and he's been abroad for quite some time (much of it spent [[BalefulPolymorph transformed into an even]] ''[[BalefulPolymorph bigger]]'' [[BalefulPolymorph frog]]). By the time he comes back as part of Ryu's party, an impostor has taken his place: said impostor claims that Tapeta is impersonating ''him'' and has him arrested.
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arrested. And the kicker? The people of Fort Nageur ''knew'' that Tapeta was the real deal; they just ''didn't care'', on the grounds they were probably better off with the phony.



* The appropriately named False King in DemonsSouls

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* The appropriately named False King in DemonsSouls''VideoGame/DemonsSouls''.



** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'' did it with the king of Samanao, who'd been replaced by a troll in disguise. The headmistress of Zipangu is actually the Orochi.

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** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'' did it with the king of Samanao, who'd been replaced by a troll in disguise. The headmistress of Zipangu is actually the Orochi.{{Orochi}}.
5th Nov '15 2:56:21 PM StFan
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* In ''TheWarlord'', Deimos used an IdenticalStranger to usurp Travis Morgan's position as Warlord of Skartaris.

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* In ''TheWarlord'', ''ComicBook/TheWarlord'', Deimos used an IdenticalStranger to usurp Travis Morgan's position as Warlord of Skartaris.



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