History Main / FakeKing

18th Jan '17 6:12:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* In some CthulhuMythos fiction, the Veiled King (who was only briefly mentioned in Creator/HPLovecraft's own ''Literature/TheDreamQuestOfUnknownKadath'') has the following backstory: the proper king was decadent and had shown disrespect to gods and went to openly mock them. He returned, wearing veil forever. In reality he has been replaced by a race of beings, who enforced harsh but reasonably fair laws. The exiles from the society are secretly captured and used for their breeding program (which, Cthulhu Mythos being what it is, involves mosquito men and semi-sentient grubs).

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* In some CthulhuMythos Franchise/CthulhuMythos fiction, the Veiled King (who was only briefly mentioned in Creator/HPLovecraft's own ''Literature/TheDreamQuestOfUnknownKadath'') has the following backstory: the proper king was decadent and had shown disrespect to gods and went to openly mock them. He returned, wearing veil forever. In reality he has been replaced by a race of beings, who enforced harsh but reasonably fair laws. The exiles from the society are secretly captured and used for their breeding program (which, Cthulhu Mythos being what it is, involves mosquito men and semi-sentient grubs).
28th Nov '16 7:19:50 PM BigKlingy
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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', [[spoiler: the King Garon who started the war with Hoshido is actually a BlobMonster impersonating him]], though this is only explicitly revealed on the ''Conquest'' route. Played with in that [[spoiler: unlike most examples, the real king is DeadAllAlong, the monster imposter is possessing his corpse.]]
23rd Nov '16 2:01:06 PM BillyMT
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** The sequel, ''VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue'' and ''[[VideoGameRemake Eternal Blue Complete]]'' take it up a level with a fake ''Goddess''. [[spoiler: The real Goddess Althena gave up her mortality and died as a human centuries before the game takes place.]]

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** The sequel, ''VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue'' and ''[[VideoGameRemake Eternal Blue Complete]]'' take it up a level with a fake ''Goddess''. [[spoiler: The real Goddess Althena gave up her mortality immortality and died as a human centuries before the game takes place.]]
28th Oct '16 9:52:42 AM eroock
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->''My noble half-brother whose throne I usurped will be killed, not kept anonymously imprisoned in a forgotten cell of my dungeon.''

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->''My ->''"My noble half-brother whose throne I usurped will be killed, not kept anonymously imprisoned in a forgotten cell of my dungeon.''"''
24th Oct '16 8:30:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* Many adaptations of ''Film/TheManInTheIronMask'' involve an inversion of this plot -- an evil king being replaced by his secret good twin.
* ''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 ''Literature/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.)
* ''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.
* ''Film/TheGreatRace'' takes time out from the actual race to send up ''Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda''. The villain, Professor Fate, gets to be the one who looks just like the king-to-be.

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* Many adaptations of ''Film/TheManInTheIronMask'' involve an inversion of this plot
[[folder:Films -- an evil king being replaced by his secret good twin.
* ''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 ''Literature/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.)
* ''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.
* ''Film/TheGreatRace'' takes time out from the actual race to send up ''Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda''. The villain, Professor Fate, gets to be the one who looks just like the king-to-be.
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* In ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'', the mad scientist Rotwang replaces leader-of-the-people Maria with a robot.

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* In ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'', the mad scientist Rotwang replaces leader-of-the-people Maria with a robot.


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* Many adaptations of ''Film/TheManInTheIronMask'' involve an inversion of this plot -- an evil king being replaced by his secret good twin.
* ''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 ''Literature/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.)
* ''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.
* ''Film/TheGreatRace'' takes time out from the actual race to send up ''Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda''. The villain, Professor Fate, gets to be the one who looks just like the king-to-be.
* In ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'', the mad scientist Rotwang replaces leader-of-the-people Maria with a robot.

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1st Sep '16 6:27:20 PM nombretomado
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* In ''VideoGame/EndlessFrontier'', the heroes don't encounter a FakeKing, but learn that a war between Formido Heim and Elfetale was cause by one of these. King Stahl of Formido Heim had discovered technology to travel to [[AnotherDimension different dimensions]], proceed to make use of it. Unforunately, the first world he visted was inhabited by the Einst, one of the {{Big Bad}}s of the VideoGame/SuperRobotWars games. The Einst presumedly killed him and created an EvilKnockoff in its place. Said knockoff returned to the EndlessFrontier and declared war in order to fulfill the Einst's goals. It wasn't until ten years into the war that leaders of the Orchestra Army, Formido Heim's main force, realized the true nature of their "king". The army rebelled and eliminated the fake, and sued for peace, while not telling the world why the war happened.

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* In ''VideoGame/EndlessFrontier'', the heroes don't encounter a FakeKing, but learn that a war between Formido Heim and Elfetale was cause by one of these. King Stahl of Formido Heim had discovered technology to travel to [[AnotherDimension different dimensions]], proceed to make use of it. Unforunately, the first world he visted visited was inhabited by the Einst, one of the {{Big Bad}}s of the VideoGame/SuperRobotWars games. The Einst presumedly presumably killed him and created an EvilKnockoff in its place. Said knockoff returned to the EndlessFrontier Endless Frontier and declared war in order to fulfill the Einst's goals. It wasn't until ten years into the war that leaders of the Orchestra Army, Formido Heim's main force, realized the true nature of their "king". The army rebelled and eliminated the fake, and sued for peace, while not telling the world why the war happened.
16th Aug '16 9:27:03 PM DevastatorIIC
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* In the ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'' universe, the head of one successor state, Hanse Davion, was replaced by a brainwashed double organized by an enemy successor state in [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Operation_Doppelganger Operation Doppelganger]].
4th Aug '16 2:41:58 AM PaulA
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* Terry Brooks' MagicKingdomOfLandover novel ''The Black Unicorn'' has this exact plot, but puts a fresh take on it by telling the story from the real king's point-of-view.

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* Terry Brooks' MagicKingdomOfLandover novel ''The Black Unicorn'' ''Literature/TheBlackUnicorn'' has this exact plot, but puts a fresh take on it by telling the story from the real king's point-of-view.
25th Jul '16 1:24:55 PM Willbyr
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* In ''OnePiece'', Mr. 2 Bon Clay impersonates the king to get everyone in Alabasta to fight. Only one kid notices this, and he's too injured by Baroque Works to tell anyone.
* In TheTwelveKingdoms, Princess Joei takes up the role to usurp Youko's rightful place as the sucessor of her sister Joukaku.

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* In ''OnePiece'', ''Manga/OnePiece'', Mr. 2 Bon Clay impersonates the king to get everyone in Alabasta to fight. Only one kid notices this, and he's too injured by Baroque Works to tell anyone.
* In TheTwelveKingdoms, ''TheTwelveKingdoms'', Princess Joei takes up the role to usurp Youko's rightful place as the sucessor of her sister Joukaku.
25th Jul '16 1:18:48 PM Eggy0
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', the season 2 [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 two-parter]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 finale]] provides us with Princess Cadance acting snobby and demanding in the first part (which is nothing like what Twilight remembers her to be), and the truth behind her behavior in the second part. As it turns out in the second part, [[spoiler:the real Princess Cadance was imprisoned and subsequently replaced by Queen Chrysalis who saw her wedding as an opportunity to weaken Canterlot's defenses so she could conquer it with ease.]]
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