History Main / FakeKing

16th May '17 4:02:26 PM nombretomado
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* 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 ''TheTwelveKingdoms'', ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'', Princess Joei takes up the role to usurp Youko's rightful place as the sucessor of her sister Joukaku.
11th May '17 6:11:18 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* [[http://www.adventurers-comic.com/d/0253.html Parodied]] in ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}!'': Karn meets a chancellor and immediately defenestrates him, on the GenreSavvy assumption that he's been replaced by a monster. It turns out that was the real chancellor; the monster assigned to replace him was out sick.

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* [[http://www.adventurers-comic.com/d/0253.html Parodied]] in ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}!'': Karn meets a chancellor and immediately defenestrates him, on the GenreSavvy assumption that he's been replaced by a monster. It turns out that was the real chancellor; the monster assigned to replace him was out sick.
30th Mar '17 10:58:07 PM TheCuza
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* Teikun Ō from ''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.]]

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* Teikun Ō Ō/Di-Jun Huang, president of Zheng Fa, from ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth 2''. [[spoiler: The real Teikun president was assassinated years ago by a hitman and replaced hired by the president's own BodyDouble, who thought that since he was the one out there putting his ass on the line, he should have the power to go 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.it.]]
12th Feb '17 10:15:00 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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"Thus—the true kings died in secret—as you would have died tonight—and priests of the Serpent reigned in their stead, no man knowing."''''

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"Thus—the true kings died in secret—as you would have died tonight—and priests of the Serpent reigned in their stead, no man knowing."''''"''
10th Feb '17 8:26:27 PM Dravencour
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* Robert E. Howard's ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' story "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.

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* Robert E. Howard's ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' story "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.dwellers, all while doing her level best to break Taramis.
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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[[folder:Film]]

* 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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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]

* 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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