History Main / FakingTheDead

16th Jul '17 9:17:46 AM nombretomado
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* Subverted in a Colin Forbes spy thriller. While investigating the backgrounds of his colleagues in the intelligence service, the protagonist finds an elderly woman living in a small village who was told by government agents that her soldier husband (apparently killed in a car accident just after WW2) had actually been sent on a deep cover mission behind the Iron Curtain. Actually the 'government agents' were KGB; her husband really was dead and had been replaced by TheMole.

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* Subverted in a Colin Forbes spy thriller. While investigating the backgrounds of his colleagues in the intelligence service, the protagonist finds an elderly woman living in a small village who was told by government agents that her soldier husband (apparently killed in a car accident just after WW2) [=WW2=]) had actually been sent on a deep cover mission behind the Iron Curtain. Actually the 'government agents' were KGB; her husband really was dead and had been replaced by TheMole.
28th Jun '17 5:03:39 PM TheWanderer
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* In ''Film/TheNegotiator'', Roman, the hostage negotiator-turned-taker, pretends to shoot one of the hostages in order to convince the police to take him seriously so that he can figure out who framed him via computer files.]] It's also used [[spoiler: at the end, when Saban shoots Roman and he falls to the ground, motionless and with blood pooling on the floor. He convinces Frost he wants a cut of the money at stake in order to get him to spill the beans about setting Roman up.

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* In ''Film/TheNegotiator'', Roman, the hostage negotiator-turned-taker, pretends to shoot one of the hostages in order to convince the police to take him seriously so that he can figure out who framed him via computer files.]] It's also used [[spoiler: at [[spoiler:at the end, when Saban shoots Roman and he falls to the ground, motionless and with blood pooling on the floor. He Saban convinces Frost he wants a cut of the money at stake in order to get him to spill the beans catch Frost in an EngineeredPublicConfession about setting how Frost set Roman up.up]].
27th Jun '17 10:58:23 PM Mhazard
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DeathFakedForYou, PlayingPossum and FakeKillScare are [[SubTrope subtropes]]. The [[InvertedTrope inverse]] is OfCorpseHesAlive (a "live" person is actually dead).

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DeathFakedForYou, PlayingPossum and FakeKillScare are [[SubTrope subtropes]]. The [[InvertedTrope inverse]] is OfCorpseHesAlive (a "live" person is actually dead).
dead) and ElCidPloy (a faction pretending their leader as alive).
27th Jun '17 5:35:46 PM ectostar
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* To [[TrickedOutTime prevent a Time Paradox.]]

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* To [[TrickedOutTime prevent a Time Paradox.]]Paradox]].



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* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': [[spoiler:Kaji,]] after being warned about his impending termination by [[spoiler:the letter Shinji gave him.]] A bulletproof vest, some blood packs and a bit of PlayingPossum allow him to live through his encounter with the hitman sent after him. He's even helped by the incompetence of his would-be killer who walks away without checking his body.

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* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': [[spoiler:Kaji,]] [[spoiler:Kaji]], after being warned about his impending termination by [[spoiler:the letter Shinji gave him.]] A bulletproof vest, some blood packs and a bit of PlayingPossum allow him to live through his encounter with the hitman sent after him. He's even helped by the incompetence of his would-be killer who walks away without checking his body.



* In ''Film/{{Contamination}}'' we have [[spoiler:Hamilton]] stage a wreck of his private plane several months before the film begins, so that he can focus on [[spoiler:cultivating and distrubiting the evil alien's eggs.]]

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* In ''Film/{{Contamination}}'' we have [[spoiler:Hamilton]] stage a wreck of his private plane several months before the film begins, so that he can focus on [[spoiler:cultivating and distrubiting distributing the evil alien's eggs.]]



** David killed a red-tailed hawk that stumbled into his path, but believed he had killed Tobias, who is [[ShapeshifterModelock trapped in red-tail hawk morph.]] Even though this wasn't intentional on the heroes' part, they're quick to play it up and take advantage of it.

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** David killed a red-tailed hawk that stumbled into his path, but believed he had killed Tobias, who is [[ShapeshifterModelock trapped in red-tail hawk morph.]] morph]]. Even though this wasn't intentional on the heroes' part, they're quick to play it up and take advantage of it.



* Cao Cao spreads rumours of his death in ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' in order to set up an ambush for Lu Bu. Invoked/subverted by Zhuge Liang, [[spoiler: who uses the fear of this (and a rather lifelike carving of himself) to keep Sima Yi from pursuing the Shu army when it retreats [[ThanatosGambit upon his death.]] ]]

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* Cao Cao spreads rumours of his death in ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' in order to set up an ambush for Lu Bu. Invoked/subverted by Zhuge Liang, [[spoiler: who uses the fear of this (and a rather lifelike carving of himself) to keep Sima Yi from pursuing the Shu army when it retreats [[ThanatosGambit upon his death.]] death]].]]



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** In another episode, Clark was forced to do this after being shot by a mobster at point-blank range. Being in a room filled with people, if he didn't drop to the ground and pretend to be dead, [[CoverBlowingSuperpower everyone would have realized he was Superman.]]

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** In another episode, Clark was forced to do this after being shot by a mobster at point-blank range. Being in a room filled with people, if he didn't drop to the ground and pretend to be dead, [[CoverBlowingSuperpower everyone would have realized he was Superman.]]Superman]].



** In the Novacom arc, Connie's friend Robert Mitchel [[spoiler: who is secretly trying to stop the bad guys from taking over the world,]] fakes his death to make sure the bad guys won't actually try to kill him [[spoiler: like they did to another person who found out their plans.]]

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** In the Novacom arc, Connie's friend Robert Mitchel [[spoiler: who is secretly trying to stop the bad guys from taking over the world,]] world]], fakes his death to make sure the bad guys won't actually try to kill him [[spoiler: like they did to another person who found out their plans.]]



* In ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'', Guybrush Threepwood needs to convince a local inkeeper that he is a member of the Goodsoup family and then feign death in order to cash in his life insurance policy (which only requires him to present his death certificate, regardless of whether or not he's actually alive) and gain admission to the Goodsoup family crypt, which technically isn't the cleverest way to go about doing either of those. His means of faking his death aren't that clever either: [[spoiler:he mixes medicine with alcohol and passes out. [[NonStandardGameOver And then the credits roll.]] [[FissionMailed Okay, not the REAL credits.]]]]

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* In ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'', Guybrush Threepwood needs to convince a local inkeeper that he is a member of the Goodsoup family and then feign death in order to cash in his life insurance policy (which only requires him to present his death certificate, regardless of whether or not he's actually alive) and gain admission to the Goodsoup family crypt, which technically isn't the cleverest way to go about doing either of those. His means of faking his death aren't that clever either: [[spoiler:he mixes medicine with alcohol and passes out. [[NonStandardGameOver And then the credits roll.]] roll]]. [[FissionMailed Okay, not the REAL credits.]]]]credits]].]]



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** A CutawayGag shows Peter faking his death up to the point where he's in a coffin and being buried while his family and friends mourn him. Inside the coffin that's being covered with dirt, Peter says to himself, [[AnnoyingLaugh "Hehehe.]] [[WhatAnIdiot No dentist appointment for this guy."]]

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** A CutawayGag shows Peter faking his death up to the point where he's in a coffin and being buried while his family and friends mourn him. Inside the coffin that's being covered with dirt, Peter says to himself, [[AnnoyingLaugh "Hehehe.]] "Hehehe]]. [[WhatAnIdiot No dentist appointment for this guy."]]guy]]."
6th Jun '17 12:53:00 PM AthenaBlue
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'''BEWARE OF SPOILERS.''' YouHaveBeenWarned.

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'''BEWARE OF UNMARKED SPOILERS.''' YouHaveBeenWarned.



* In the ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow?'', Franchise/{{Superman}} fakes his death by exposure by gold kryptonite (removing his powers) and walking to his death into the frozen Antarctic. In reality, [[spoiler:he became Jordan Elliot, a regular working class guy]].
* In ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'' story arc, Franchise/{{Superman}}, Franchise/{{Batman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman stage Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'s death so Comicbook/{{Darkseid}} -who had previously kidnapped her and brainwashed- leaves her alone.

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* In the ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow?'', Franchise/{{Superman}} fakes his death by exposure by gold kryptonite (removing his powers) and walking to his death into the frozen Antarctic. In reality, [[spoiler:he became Jordan Elliot, a regular working class guy]].
* In ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'' story arc, Franchise/{{Superman}}, Franchise/{{Batman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman stage Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'s death so Comicbook/{{Darkseid}} -who had previously kidnapped her and brainwashed- leaves her alone.
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* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' does this a few times. Once, he goes into a nose-dive while flying so his pursuers think he's been hit.

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* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' In one ''Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey'' arc, Cheshire tied up Lady Shiva and stuffed her in the trunk of a car that had been wired to explode, hoping that the police would find the charred body of an Asian woman and assume it was Cheshire that had been killed. Fortunately, the heroes were able to rescue Shiva before the bomb could go off.
* In the Comicbook/{{New 52}} version of ''Comicbook/GreenArrow'', it turns out that Henry Queen faked his death, and then became the masked figure that tortured Ollie on the island, to force his son to become the Arrow. Ollie's reaction is that his dad is a lunatic, and the Henry Queen he remembers is still dead.
* The Comicbook/GreenLantern Corps believes that Kyle Rayner pulled a HeroicSacrifice to stop Relic at the end of the ''Comicbook/LightsOut'' storyline. In fact, he survived, but what he saw at the Source Wall and what it means for his own White Lantern powers and those of the other Corps means he's not ready to return.
* In DC Comics' ''[[ComicBook/LegendsDC Legends]]'', Doctor Bedlam fakes his own death while posing as Magno-Man in order to disgrace Captain Marvel for killing him by using his magic lightning bolt to transform back into Billy Batson. It's still rather traumatic for him to go through, though.
* In ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'' story arc, Franchise/{{Superman}}, Franchise/{{Batman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman stage Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'s death so Comicbook/{{Darkseid}} -who had previously kidnapped her and brainwashed- leaves her alone.
* In the ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow?'', Franchise/{{Superman}} fakes his death by exposure by gold kryptonite (removing his powers) and walking to his death into the frozen Antarctic. In reality, [[spoiler:he became Jordan Elliot, a regular working class guy]].

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* ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} once faked his death after it seemed that someone knew his secret identity. He ended up using the dead body of his EvilKnockoff Hellspawn, created during [[ComicBook/InfinityGauntlet Infinity War]] and was altered by a mutagenic virus.
* In ''ComicBook/FearItself'', ComicBook/BuckyBarnes, the current ComicBook/CaptainAmerica had apparently been killed off while fighting Sin, the Red Skull's daughter. However, as revealed in a post-series epilogue, Bucky did survive the brutal attack and his death was faked by both ComicBook/BlackWidow and ComicBook/NickFury in order to convince Steve Rogers to become Captain America once more, as well as to allow Bucky to deal with remaining Winter Soldier-esque sleeper agents without any trouble. How? A well-placed Life Model Decoy and the Infinity Formula did the trick.
* At the end of ''ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet'' Thanos
does this a few times. Once, when everyone believes that he goes into died due to a nose-dive while flying so thermonuclear bomb on his pursuers think he's been hit.belt. He used the opportunity to... [[CallToAgriculture become a farmer.]]



* This seems to be the MO to ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' supervillain Hobgoblin, Roderick Kingsley - set up some poor schmuck as the Hobgoblin and let him run around as him for awhile; if he dies, no skin off Roderick's back.
** Carnage can do this as well, slipping a piece of the symbiote over a dead body to make someone think that he's dead, just so he can slip away or get in and gut someone. Of course, it doesn't work all the time, as it didn't fool Franchise/{{Batman}} when he did it then. Of course, he was aiming for SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.



** In ''X-Men Noir'', [[spoiler:Jean Grey]] fakes her death by killing [[spoiler:Anne-Marie Rankin]], cutting off/out any distinguishing facial features, and dyeing her hair. She them assumes her identity by dyeing her own hair. Why? She wanted out of the X-Men, essentially - and to collect her trust fund, of course.

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** In ''X-Men Noir'', [[spoiler:Jean Grey]] Jean Grey fakes her death by killing [[spoiler:Anne-Marie Rankin]], Anne-Marie Rankin, cutting off/out any distinguishing facial features, and dyeing her hair. She them assumes her identity by dyeing her own hair. Why? She wanted out of the X-Men, essentially - and to collect her trust fund, of course.



* In ''ComicBook/FearItself'', [[spoiler:ComicBook/BuckyBarnes, the current ComicBook/CaptainAmerica]] had apparently been killed off while fighting Sin, the Red Skull's daughter. However, as revealed in a post-series epilogue, [[spoiler:Bucky did survive the brutal attack and his death was faked by both ComicBook/BlackWidow and ComicBook/NickFury in order to convince Steve Rogers to become Captain America once more, as well as to allow Bucky to deal with remaining Winter Soldier-esque sleeper agents without any trouble. How? A well-placed Life Model Decoy and the Infinity Formula did the trick.]]
* This seems to be the MO to ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' supervillain Hobgoblin, Roderick Kingsley - set up some poor schmuck as the Hobgoblin and let him run around as him for awhile; if he dies, no skin off Roderick's back.
** Carnage can do this as well, slipping a piece of the symbiote over a dead body to make someone think that he's dead, just so he can slip away or get in and gut someone. Of course, it doesn't work all the time, as it didn't fool Franchise/{{Batman}} when he did it then. Of course, he was aiming for SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'', Wesley's father faked his own death so he could set his son on the path to succeeding him and becoming one of the most powerful supervillains in the world.
* In ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'', Amy, Tails, Johnny, and the Kintobor Computer use this to stop [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Super Sonic]] trying to kill them: Amy had the Kintobor Computer remotely fly their plane.

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* In ''ComicBook/FearItself'', [[spoiler:ComicBook/BuckyBarnes, ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'': After the current ComicBook/CaptainAmerica]] had Black Moon loses a massive battle against the Empire and both [[BigBad Haazheel]] and [[TheDragon Greldinard]] are apparently been killed off off, it turns out that the whole thing was a diversionary tactic so that they could lay low for a while fighting Sin, the Red Skull's daughter. However, as revealed in a post-series epilogue, [[spoiler:Bucky did survive the brutal attack and his death was faked by both ComicBook/BlackWidow and ComicBook/NickFury in order to convince Steve Rogers to become Captain America once more, as well as to allow Bucky to deal with remaining Winter Soldier-esque sleeper agents rebuild their forces without any trouble. How? A well-placed Life Model Decoy and the Infinity Formula did Emperor recognizing the trick.]]
* This seems to be the MO to ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' supervillain Hobgoblin, Roderick Kingsley - set up some poor schmuck as the Hobgoblin and let him run around as him for awhile; if he dies, no skin off Roderick's back.
** Carnage can do
urgency of nipping this as well, slipping a piece of threat in the symbiote over a dead body to make someone bud.
* ''ComicBook/ButtonMan'': Convinced that the Voices will never stop following him unless they
think that he's already dead, just so he can slip away or get in and gut someone. Of course, it doesn't work all the time, as it didn't fool Franchise/{{Batman}} when he did it then. Of course, he was aiming for SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'', Wesley's father faked
Harry arranges his own death so he could set "death" by cutting of his son on finger to a Button Man that is required to confirm a kill. He later kills the path other for real just to succeeding him and becoming one of be sure he wouldn't talk either.
* ComicBook/{{Diabolik}} does it once in a while, starting with
the third issue (Eva had a man executed while wearing [[LatexPerfection a mask with his face]]). While they work with most powerful supervillains in people, [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Ginko]] tends to see through these schemes with ease (indeed, he saw through the world.
* In ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'', Amy, Tails, Johnny,
very first ''a single instant before the victim died''), and the Kintobor Computer use this it takes a lot to stop [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Super Sonic]] trying to kill them: Amy had the Kintobor Computer remotely fly their plane.fool him (such as fooling a ''DNA test'').



* In one ''Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey'' arc, Cheshire tied up Lady Shiva and stuffed her in the trunk of a car that had been wired to explode, hoping that the police would find the charred body of an Asian woman and assume it was Cheshire that had been killed. Fortunately, the heroes were able to rescue Shiva before the bomb could go off.
* In DC Comics' ''[[ComicBook/LegendsDC Legends]]'', Doctor Bedlam fakes his own death while posing as Magno-Man in order to disgrace Captain Marvel for killing him by using his magic lightning bolt to transform back into Billy Batson. It's still rather traumatic for him to go through, though.
* The Comicbook/GreenLantern Corps believes that Kyle Rayner pulled a HeroicSacrifice to stop Relic at the end of the ''Comicbook/LightsOut'' storyline. In fact, he survived, but what he saw at the Source Wall and what it means for his own White Lantern powers and those of the other Corps means he's not ready to return.
* ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} once faked his death after it seemed that someone knew his secret identity. He ended up using the dead body of his EvilKnockoff Hellspawn, created during [[ComicBook/InfinityGauntlet Infinity War]] and was altered by a mutagenic virus.
* In the Comicbook/{{New 52}} version of ''Comicbook/GreenArrow'', it turns out that Henry Queen faked his death, and then became the masked figure that tortured Ollie on the island, to force his son to become the Arrow. Ollie's reaction is that his dad is a lunatic, and the Henry Queen he remembers is still dead.
* At the end of ''ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet'' Thanos does this when everyone believes that he died due to a thermonuclear bomb on his belt. He used the opportunity to... [[CallToAgriculture become a farmer.]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Swordquest}}'', Lady Wyla throws the BigBad off the trail of her infant children by jumping into the ocean with two jars wrapped in swaddling cloths in full view of his guards.



* ''ComicBook/ButtonMan'': Convinced that the Voices will never stop following him unless they think he's already dead, Harry arranges his own "death" by cutting of his finger to a Button Man that is required to confirm a kill. He later kills the other for real just to be sure he wouldn't talk either.
* ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'': After the Black Moon loses a massive battle against the Empire and both [[BigBad Haazheel]] and [[TheDragon Greldinard]] are apparently killed off, it turns out that the whole thing was a diversionary tactic so that they could lay low for a while and rebuild their forces without the Emperor recognizing the urgency of nipping this threat in the bud.
* ComicBook/{{Diabolik}} does it once in a while, starting with the third issue (Eva had a man executed while wearing [[LatexPerfection a mask with his face]]). While they work with most people, [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Ginko]] tends to see through these schemes with ease (indeed, he saw through the very first ''a single instant before the victim died''), and it takes a lot to fool him (such as fooling a ''DNA test'').

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* ''ComicBook/ButtonMan'': Convinced that In ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'', Amy, Tails, Johnny, and the Voices will never Kintobor Computer use this to stop following him unless they [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Super Sonic]] trying to kill them: Amy had the Kintobor Computer remotely fly their plane.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Swordquest}}'', Lady Wyla throws the BigBad off the trail of her infant children by jumping into the ocean with two jars wrapped in swaddling cloths in full view of his guards.
* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' does this a few times. Once, he goes into a nose-dive while flying so his pursuers
think he's already dead, Harry arranges been hit.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'', Wesley's father faked
his own "death" by cutting of his finger to a Button Man that is required to confirm a kill. He later kills the other for real just to be sure death so he wouldn't talk either.
* ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'': After the Black Moon loses a massive battle against the Empire and both [[BigBad Haazheel]] and [[TheDragon Greldinard]] are apparently killed off, it turns out that the whole thing was a diversionary tactic so that they
could lay low for a while set his son on the path to succeeding him and rebuild their forces without becoming one of the Emperor recognizing the urgency of nipping this threat most powerful supervillains in the bud.
* ComicBook/{{Diabolik}} does it once in a while, starting with the third issue (Eva had a man executed while wearing [[LatexPerfection a mask with his face]]). While they work with most people, [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Ginko]] tends to see through these schemes with ease (indeed, he saw through the very first ''a single instant before the victim died''), and it takes a lot to fool him (such as fooling a ''DNA test'').
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* A ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' comic showed a couple feigning death to get some guests who'd overstayed their welcome to leave.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2005&addr=051230 When Jon asked Lisa if she already had plans for New Year's Eve]] she screamed and fell down. Jon told her she had faked her death "last year".
* Dexter Sr. in ''[[ComicStrip/TheKChronicles The Knight Life]]'' faked his death in order to sell his rap albums.
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* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'': Nemo pretends to be dead in order to get flushed down the toilet and back to sea. [[spoiler:Not only does it almost not work, it happens just as Marlin arrives, leading him to think his son really is dead.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'': Nemo pretends to be dead in order to get flushed down the toilet and back to sea. [[spoiler:Not only does it almost not work, it happens just as Marlin arrives, leading him to think his son really is dead.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'': Nemo pretends Inverted in ''Anime/JinrohTheWolfBrigade'' where a witness to a government scandal is killed off to guarantee she'll never be dead in order to get flushed down found by the toilet and back opposition. As long as they believe she's still out there somewhere, they can't move against the protagonist's unit.
%%* Such an incident leads
to sea. [[spoiler:Not only does it almost not work, it happens just as Marlin arrives, leading him to think his son really is dead.]]most of the plot of ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}''.



* Such an incident leads to most of the plot of ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}''.



* Inverted in ''Anime/JinrohTheWolfBrigade'' where a witness to a government scandal is killed off to guarantee she'll never be found by the opposition. As long as they believe she's still out there somewhere, they can't move against the protagonist's unit.



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* A benevolent example in ''Film/TheDragonPainter''. Tatsu's love for Ume-ko and their happy marriage has ruined his ability to paint. So she fakes her suicide.
* This is the setup for ''Film/DoubleJeopardy''. A husband frames his wife for his murder so that he can run off with his wife's friend and the life insurance money while evading his creditors. When confronted, the husband has the audacity to claim that he intended to fake his suicide. That may have been believable, except for the blood, knife, and the radio message claiming his wife was trying to kill him.

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* A benevolent example Subverted in ''Film/TheDragonPainter''. Tatsu's love for Ume-ko and ''Film/{{The Art of War}}'' (2000). At the end of the movie, the protagonists fake their happy marriage has ruined deaths and meet up in a French village. As they walk off arm in arm, [[TheEndOrIsIt an unknown man takes their photograph]].
* It's part of the profession of the titular pair in ''Film/TheBrothersBloom''. They're con-men.
* In ''Film/{{Bullitt}}'', the police investigation ultimately uncovers a mobster's plot to fake
his ability own death and escape scot-free. [[spoiler:Johnny Ross embezzles money from TheMafia, then cuts a deal with a senator to paint. So she fakes her suicide.
* This is
[[TheStoolPigeon testify against the setup Mafia]] in exchange for ''Film/DoubleJeopardy''. A husband frames a pardon and witness protection. Ross then tricks an innocent man into going to San Francisco in his wife place, where he's killed by the mob hitmen sent to silence Ross.]]
* Averted by the MasterComputer of ''Film/ColossusTheForbinProject''. After learning of a plot to [[LogicBomb overload its system]], Colossus demands the immediate execution of the conspirators by FiringSquad. The computer then orders that the bodies be left in the view of its CCTV cameras
for 24 hours, then cremated on the spot, to prevent any chance of the executions being faked.
* In the opening scenes of ''Film/{{Commando}}'', we see the members of Matrix's unit killed by Cooke. Turns out one of them, Bennett, faked
his murder death (with the help of Arius' organization) so General Kirby would lead them to Matrix.
* In ''Film/{{Contamination}}'' we have [[spoiler:Hamilton]] stage a wreck of his private plane several months before the film begins,
so that he can run off with his wife's friend focus on [[spoiler:cultivating and distrubiting the life insurance money while evading his creditors. When confronted, the husband has the audacity to claim that he intended to fake his suicide. That may have been believable, except for the blood, knife, and the radio message claiming his wife was trying to kill him.evil alien's eggs.]]



* This is the setup for ''Film/DoubleJeopardy''. A husband frames his wife for his murder so that he can run off with his wife's friend and the life insurance money while evading his creditors. When confronted, the husband has the audacity to claim that he intended to fake his suicide. That may have been believable, except for the blood, knife, and the radio message claiming his wife was trying to kill him.
* A benevolent example in ''Film/TheDragonPainter''. Tatsu's love for Ume-ko and their happy marriage has ruined his ability to paint. So she fakes her suicide.
* In ''Film/EasyMoney'', [[spoiler: Rodney Dangerfield's mother-in-law fakes her own death to trick him into changing his lifestyle in compliance with the terms of her will]].
* The Australian movie ''The Empty Beach'' (1985) has PrivateEye Cliff Hardy hired by the wife of a businessman who's disappeared, apparently after some criminal associates gave him CementShoes. However Hardy's investigation makes the criminals believe this trope is in play, and they start to turn on each other, [[FemmeFatale which was her intention all along]]. At the end of the movie she reveals that her husband really is alive and living overseas, and offers to hire Hardy to find him for real. Annoyed over how he's been manipulated, Hardy just walks off.
* The movie ''Film/{{Eraser}}'' is about a federal agent who fakes people's deaths for the Witness Protection Program.
* ''Film/ExtremePrejudice'' (1987). A govt. black ops team is made up of people who supposedly died in action or training accidents. Unfortunately they go up against a sheriff in the United States who can access military records -- this is something of a FridgeLogic moment, as a more plausible means of establishing deniability would be to have the ex-soldiers [[RogueAgent fired under trumped-up disciplinary charges]].
* In ''Film/{{FX}}'', the protagonist is a Hollywood special effects expert, Rollie Tyler, hired by the FBI to fake the death of a mob informant. The whole thing seems to go horribly wrong and the hero is then wanted for really murdering the guy. It's eventually revealed as a double bluff by the government agents and mobster who want to make off with stolen mob money. Rollie subsequently uses his skills to fake his own death twice.
* The villain's master plan in Bruceploitation film ''Game of Death 2''.
* In ''Film/{{Gilda}}'', Balin Mundson (Gilda's husband) takes off in his plane and leaves it to crash into the ocean while he secretly gets picked up by a boat.
* ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater'' reveals that Laurie Strode [[ContinuityReboot faked her death]] after the events of ''Film/HalloweenII1981'' to escape her evil, murderous brother.
* In ''{{Film/Headhunters}}'' [[spoiler: Roger]] survives a car collision, but convinces his attacker that he's dead to chase him more effectively.
* ''Film/TheIllusionist'' does this with a very convincing temporary FauxDeath.



* The movie ''Film/{{Eraser}}'' is about a federal agent who fakes people's deaths for the Witness Protection Program.
* In ''Film/RedDragon'', [[spoiler: Dolarhyde fakes his own death using the body of a man he shot to make his blind girlfriend think he shot himself]].

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* The movie ''Film/{{Eraser}}'' is about a federal agent who fakes people's deaths for Jackie Chan playing the Witness Protection Program.
* In ''Film/RedDragon'', [[spoiler: Dolarhyde
villain in ''Killer Meteors'' fakes his own death using early on, and then later reveals to the body of a man he shot to make his blind girlfriend think he shot himself]].hero (played by Jimmy Wang Yu) "You didn't see me die, you only saw me fall over". Makes perfect sense.



* In ''Film/{{Gilda}}'', Balin Mundson (Gilda's husband) takes off in his plane and leaves it to crash into the ocean while he secretly gets picked up by a boat.
* [[spoiler:Both Robert Redford ''and'' Paul Newman]] in ''Film/TheSting''.

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* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** In ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice Loki saves Thor from Kurse]] by [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaling him]], then is stabbed himself with [[LodgedBladeRecycling the same weapon]]. Loki seemingly dies from his injuries. At the end, however, it is revealed that he survived (whether he was really injured at all is debatable - this ''is'' Loki we're talking about, after all), and sneaked into Asgard disguised as a soldier to tell Odin about his son's "death", then usurped the throne - at the end, Odin is revealed to be Loki in disguise.]]
** During ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', [[spoiler:ComicBook/NickFury is the assassination target of [[TheManBehindTheMan Alexander Pierce]], first by being assaulted on the streets of Washington DC and later sniped by the Winter Soldier while hiding out at [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Steve Rogers's]] apartment. The second attack seemingly fells Fury but it turns out to be a ploy by the loyal agents of SHIELD to make it seem like Fury had perished and the assailants' plot had succeeded.]]
* In ''Film/{{Gilda}}'', Balin Mundson (Gilda's husband) takes ''Film/TheNegotiator'', Roman, the hostage negotiator-turned-taker, pretends to shoot one of the hostages in order to convince the police to take him seriously so that he can figure out who framed him via computer files.]] It's also used [[spoiler: at the end, when Saban shoots Roman and he falls to the ground, motionless and with blood pooling on the floor. He convinces Frost he wants a cut of the money at stake in order to get him to spill the beans about setting Roman up.
* At the climax of ''Film/{{Nerve}}'', Vee and Ty stage an elaborate ruse where Ty shoots her (actually using blanks and fake blood), and Vee "dies", causing all the watchers to believe they're now accomplices to murder. They immediately log
off in of the app, crashing the servers and ending the titular game for good. Vee then reveals to Ian that she's okay, and that she and Ty were working together.
* In ''Film/NowYouSeeMe'', Jack Wilder's death is faked with the assistance of the other Horsemen.
* At the climax of ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'', Oscar fakes
his plane death by tricking [[spoiler: Theodora]] into destroying a hot air balloon she and leaves the rest of Emerald City believed he was on, so that he can appear to come back as an incorporeal PersonOfMassDestruction using fireworks and a video projector. The Wicked Witches, unfamiliar with the technology available in Oscar's world, [[ClarkesThirdLaw believe it to crash into be genuine magic]] and quickly flee the ocean while he secretly gets picked up city.
* In ''Film/ThePrestige'', [[spoiler: Angier pulls this with the help of a cloning machine: He fakes his own death and frames Borden for his murder.]]
* In ''Film/PumaMan'' our titular hero has this as his super power! He uses it to get Kobras off his back. ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' had a field day with this.
-->'''Vadinho:''' You've succeeded! They think you're dead, and now they will leave you alone.\\
'''Mike:''' To be left alone—the goal of every great hero!
* In ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'', this is done [[spoiler:by the Lady]] to gain an advantage on Herod, who cannot be beaten in a straight fight
by a boat.
* [[spoiler:Both Robert Redford ''and'' Paul Newman]] in ''Film/TheSting''.
anyone except for Cort, who is handcuffed most of the time and unwilling to kill except to save his own life.



* Jackie Chan playing the villain in ''Killer Meteors'' fakes his own death early on, and then later reveals to the hero (played by Jimmy Wang Yu) "You didn't see me die, you only saw me fall over". Makes perfect sense.
* The villain's master plan in Bruceploitation film ''Game of Death 2''.

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* Jackie Chan playing Early on in ''Film/{{RED 2}}'', Marvin stages his death in a car explosion, then plays his corpse at his own funeral. According to Frank, this isn't the villain in ''Killer Meteors'' first time he's done something like this.
* In ''Film/RedDragon'', [[spoiler: Dolarhyde
fakes his own death early on, and then later reveals using the body of a man he shot to make his blind girlfriend think he shot himself]].
* In ''Film/RevengeOfThePinkPanther'', Inspector Clouseau is targeted for assassination. After one of the (unsuccessful) attempts leads
to the hero (played by Jimmy Wang Yu) "You didn't see me die, you only saw me fall over". Makes perfect sense.
* The villain's master plan
public mistakenly thinking he's been killed, Clouseau decides to maintain the ruse in Bruceploitation film ''Game of Death 2''.order to find out who's behind the plot.



* In ''Film/{{Species}}'', Sil pulls off a complex one. It involves a car, lots of gasoline, a live victim and her cut-off fingertip for the autopsy.
* [[spoiler:Both Robert Redford ''and'' Paul Newman]] in ''Film/TheSting''.
* ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' has [[spoiler: the Autobots]] doing this when they realize that [[spoiler: Sentinel's demand for them to leave Earth in exchange for peace]] was a trap. What they do is [[spoiler: send up the ship with no one in it, so when Starscream destroys the ship, everyone including the Decepticons believe they are dead, allowing them to take on the Decepticons by surprise.]]
* In ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'', it's part of [[DirtyCop Dean Keaton's]] {{Backstory}} (and one of the reasons Agent Kujan [[InspectorJavert has such a hard on for him]]). He was [[NeverFoundtheBody presumed dead long enough]] to dodge a murder rap. And while he was dead, every witness against him [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident died under suspicious circumstances]]. The interesting part is that Keaton claims to have lived in the same city under the same name ever since, and that Internal Affairs just dropped the ball and had him declared dead for no good reason.



** ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'': [[spoiler:Kayla Silverfox conspires with William Stryker to win Logan's heart and then fake her death in exchange for her abducted sister's safety.]]
** ''Film/TheWolverine'': [[spoiler:Ichirō Yashida is carried away in the middle of the night after passing away shortly after Logan arrives in Japan. The climax of the film shows that he's still alive, although just barely, and he attempts to steal Logan's HealingFactor to prolong his own life.]]
* In ''Film/ThePrestige'', [[spoiler: Angier pulls this with the help of a cloning machine: He fakes his own death and frames Borden for his murder.]]
* In ''Film/RevengeOfThePinkPanther'', Inspector Clouseau is targeted for assassination. After one of the (unsuccessful) attempts leads to the public mistakenly thinking he's been killed, Clouseau decides to maintain the ruse in order to find out who's behind the plot.
* In ''Film/TheNegotiator'', [[spoiler: Roman, the hostage negotiator-turned-taker, pretends to shoot one of the hostages in order to convince the police to take him seriously so that he can figure out who framed him via computer files.]] It's also used [[spoiler: at the end, when Saban shoots Roman and he falls to the ground, motionless and with blood pooling on the floor. He convinces Frost he wants a cut of the money at stake in order to get him to spill the beans about setting Roman up.]]
* It's part of the profession of the titular pair in ''Film/TheBrothersBloom''. They're con-men.
* ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater'' reveals that Laurie Strode [[ContinuityReboot faked her death]] after the events of ''Film/HalloweenII1981'' to escape her evil, murderous brother.
* In ''Film/{{Bullitt}}'', the police investigation ultimately uncovers a mobster's plot to fake his own death and escape scot-free. [[spoiler:Johnny Ross embezzles money from TheMafia, then cuts a deal with a senator to [[TheStoolPigeon testify against the Mafia]] in exchange for a pardon and witness protection. Ross then tricks an innocent man into going to San Fransisco in his place, where he's killed by the mob hitmen sent to silence Ross.]]
* ''Film/ExtremePrejudice'' (1987). A govt black ops team is made up of people who supposedly died in action or training accidents. Unfortunately they go up against a sheriff in the United States who can access military records -- this is something of a FridgeLogic moment, as a more plausible means of establishing deniablity would be to have the ex-soldiers [[RogueAgent fired under trumped-up disciplinary charges]].
* In ''Film/EasyMoney'', [[spoiler: Rodney Dangerfield's mother-in-law fakes her own death to trick him into changing his lifestyle in compliance with the terms of her will]].
* In ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'', this is done [[spoiler:by the Lady]] to gain an advantage on Herod, who cannot be beaten in a straight fight by anyone except for Cort, who is handcuffed most of the time and unwilling to kill except to save his own life.
* In ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'', it's part of [[DirtyCop Dean Keaton's]] {{Backstory}} (and one of the reasons Agent Kujan [[InspectorJavert has such a hard on for him]]). He was [[NeverFoundtheBody presumed dead long enough]] to dodge a murder rap. And while he was dead, every witness against him [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident died under suspicious circumstances]]. The interesting part is that Keaton claims to have lived in the same city under the same name ever since, and that Internal Affairs just dropped the ball and had him declared dead for no good reason.
* ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' has [[spoiler: the Autobots]] doing this when they realize that [[spoiler: Sentinel's demand for them to leave Earth in exchange for peace]] was a trap. What they do is [[spoiler: send up the ship with no one in it, so when Starscream destroys the ship, everyone including the Decepticons believe they are dead, allowing them to take on the Decepticons by surprise.]]
* At the climax of ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'', Oscar fakes his death by tricking [[spoiler: Theodora]] into destroying a hot air balloon she and the rest of the Emerald City believed he was on, so that he can appear to come back as an incorporeal PersonOfMassDestruction using fireworks and a video projector. The Wicked Witches, unfamiliar with the technology available in Oscar's world, [[ClarkesThirdLaw believe it to be genuine magic]] and quickly flee the city.
* ''Film/TheIllusionist'' does this with a very convincing temporary FauxDeath.
* In ''Film/NowYouSeeMe'', [[spoiler:Jack Wilder's death is faked with the assistance of the other Horsemen.]]
* Early on in ''Film/{{RED 2}}'', Marvin stages his death in a car explosion, then plays his corpse at his own funeral. According to Frank, this isn't the first time he's done something like this.
* In ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice Loki saves Thor from Kurse]] by [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaling him]], then is stabbed himself with [[LodgedBladeRecycling the same weapon]]. Loki seemingly dies from his injuries. At the end, however, it is revealed that he survived (whether he was really injured at all is debateable - this ''is'' Loki we're talking about, after all), and sneaked into Asgard disguised as a soldier to tell Odin about his son's "death", then usurped the throne - at the end, Odin is revealed to be Loki in disguise.]]
* During ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', [[spoiler:ComicBook/NickFury is the assassination target of [[TheManBehindTheMan Alexander Pierce]], first by being assaulted on the streets of Washington DC and later sniped by the Winter Soldier while hiding out at [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Steve Rogers's]] apartment. The second attack seemingly fells Fury but it turns out to be a ploy by the loyal agents of SHIELD to make it seem like Fury had perished and the assailants' plot had succeeded.]]
* Averted by the MasterComputer of ''Film/ColossusTheForbinProject''. After learning of a plot to [[LogicBomb overload its system]], Colossus demands the immediate execution of the conspirators by FiringSquad. The computer then orders that the bodies be left in the view of its CCTV cameras for 24 hours, then cremated on the spot, to prevent any chance of the executions being faked.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{The Art of War}}'' (2000). At the end of the movie, the protagonists fake their deaths and meet up in a French village. As they walk off arm in arm, [[TheEndOrIsIt an unknown man takes their photograph]].
* In ''Film/PumaMan'' our titular hero has this as his super power! He uses it to get Kobras off his back. ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' had a field day with this.
-->'''Vadinho:''' You've succeeded! They think you're dead, and now they will leave you alone.\\
'''Mike:''' To be left alone—the goal of every great hero!
* In ''Film/{{Contamination}}'' we have [[spoiler:Hamilton]] stage a wreck of his private plane several months before the film begins, so that he can focus on [[spoiler:cultivating and distrubiting the evil alien's eggs.]]
* In ''Film/{{Species}}'', Sil pulls off a complex one. It involves a car, lots of gasoline, a live victim and her cut-off finger tip for the autopsy.
* The Australian movie ''The Empty Beach'' (1985) has PrivateEye Cliff Hardy hired by the wife of a businessman who's disappeared, apparently after some criminal associates gave him CementShoes. However Hardy's investigation makes the criminals believe this trope is in play, and they start to turn on each other, [[FemmeFatale which was her intention all along]]. At the end of the movie she reveals that her husband really is alive and living overseas, and offers to hire Hardy to find him for real. Annoyed over how he's been manipulated, Hardy just walks off.
* At the climax of ''Film/{{Nerve}}'', [[spoiler:Vee and Ty stage an elaborate ruse where Ty shoots her (actually using blanks and fake blood), and Vee "dies," causing all the watchers to believe they're now accomplices to murder. They immediately log off of the app, crashing the servers and ending the titular game for good. Vee then reveals to Ian that she's okay, and that she and Ty were working together.]]
* In the opening scenes of ''Film/{{Commando}}'', we see the members of Matrix's unit killed by Cooke. Turns out one of them, Bennett, faked his death (with the help of Arius's organization) so General Kirby would lead them to Matrix.
* In ''{{Film/Headhunters}}'' [[spoiler: Roger]] survives a car collision, but convinces his attacker that he's dead to chase him more effectively.
* In ''Film/{{FX}}'', the protagonist is a Hollywood special effects expert, Rollie Tyler, hired by the FBI to fake the death of a mob informant. The whole thing seems to go horribly wrong and the hero is then wanted for really murdering the guy. It's eventually revealed as a double bluff by the government agents and mobster who want to make off with stolen mob money. Rollie subsequently uses his skills to fake his own death twice.

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** ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'': [[spoiler:Kayla Kayla Silverfox conspires with William Stryker to win Logan's heart and then fake her death in exchange for her abducted sister's safety.]]
safety.
** ''Film/TheWolverine'': [[spoiler:Ichirō Ichirō Yashida is carried away in the middle of the night after passing away shortly after Logan arrives in Japan. The climax of the film shows that he's still alive, although just barely, and he attempts to steal Logan's HealingFactor to prolong his own life.]]
* In ''Film/ThePrestige'', [[spoiler: Angier pulls this with the help of a cloning machine: He fakes his own death and frames Borden for his murder.]]
* In ''Film/RevengeOfThePinkPanther'', Inspector Clouseau is targeted for assassination. After one of the (unsuccessful) attempts leads to the public mistakenly thinking he's been killed, Clouseau decides to maintain the ruse in order to find out who's behind the plot.
* In ''Film/TheNegotiator'', [[spoiler: Roman, the hostage negotiator-turned-taker, pretends to shoot one of the hostages in order to convince the police to take him seriously so that he can figure out who framed him via computer files.]] It's also used [[spoiler: at the end, when Saban shoots Roman and he falls to the ground, motionless and with blood pooling on the floor. He convinces Frost he wants a cut of the money at stake in order to get him to spill the beans about setting Roman up.]]
* It's part of the profession of the titular pair in ''Film/TheBrothersBloom''. They're con-men.
* ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater'' reveals that Laurie Strode [[ContinuityReboot faked her death]] after the events of ''Film/HalloweenII1981'' to escape her evil, murderous brother.
* In ''Film/{{Bullitt}}'', the police investigation ultimately uncovers a mobster's plot to fake his own death and escape scot-free. [[spoiler:Johnny Ross embezzles money from TheMafia, then cuts a deal with a senator to [[TheStoolPigeon testify against the Mafia]] in exchange for a pardon and witness protection. Ross then tricks an innocent man into going to San Fransisco in his place, where he's killed by the mob hitmen sent to silence Ross.]]
* ''Film/ExtremePrejudice'' (1987). A govt black ops team is made up of people who supposedly died in action or training accidents. Unfortunately they go up against a sheriff in the United States who can access military records -- this is something of a FridgeLogic moment, as a more plausible means of establishing deniablity would be to have the ex-soldiers [[RogueAgent fired under trumped-up disciplinary charges]].
* In ''Film/EasyMoney'', [[spoiler: Rodney Dangerfield's mother-in-law fakes her own death to trick him into changing his lifestyle in compliance with the terms of her will]].
* In ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'', this is done [[spoiler:by the Lady]] to gain an advantage on Herod, who cannot be beaten in a straight fight by anyone except for Cort, who is handcuffed most of the time and unwilling to kill except to save his own life.
* In ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'', it's part of [[DirtyCop Dean Keaton's]] {{Backstory}} (and one of the reasons Agent Kujan [[InspectorJavert has such a hard on for him]]). He was [[NeverFoundtheBody presumed dead long enough]] to dodge a murder rap. And while he was dead, every witness against him [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident died under suspicious circumstances]]. The interesting part is that Keaton claims to have lived in the same city under the same name ever since, and that Internal Affairs just dropped the ball and had him declared dead for no good reason.
* ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' has [[spoiler: the Autobots]] doing this when they realize that [[spoiler: Sentinel's demand for them to leave Earth in exchange for peace]] was a trap. What they do is [[spoiler: send up the ship with no one in it, so when Starscream destroys the ship, everyone including the Decepticons believe they are dead, allowing them to take on the Decepticons by surprise.]]
* At the climax of ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'', Oscar fakes his death by tricking [[spoiler: Theodora]] into destroying a hot air balloon she and the rest of the Emerald City believed he was on, so that he can appear to come back as an incorporeal PersonOfMassDestruction using fireworks and a video projector. The Wicked Witches, unfamiliar with the technology available in Oscar's world, [[ClarkesThirdLaw believe it to be genuine magic]] and quickly flee the city.
* ''Film/TheIllusionist'' does this with a very convincing temporary FauxDeath.
* In ''Film/NowYouSeeMe'', [[spoiler:Jack Wilder's death is faked with the assistance of the other Horsemen.]]
* Early on in ''Film/{{RED 2}}'', Marvin stages his death in a car explosion, then plays his corpse at his own funeral. According to Frank, this isn't the first time he's done something like this.
* In ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice Loki saves Thor from Kurse]] by [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaling him]], then is stabbed himself with [[LodgedBladeRecycling the same weapon]]. Loki seemingly dies from his injuries. At the end, however, it is revealed that he survived (whether he was really injured at all is debateable - this ''is'' Loki we're talking about, after all), and sneaked into Asgard disguised as a soldier to tell Odin about his son's "death", then usurped the throne - at the end, Odin is revealed to be Loki in disguise.]]
* During ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', [[spoiler:ComicBook/NickFury is the assassination target of [[TheManBehindTheMan Alexander Pierce]], first by being assaulted on the streets of Washington DC and later sniped by the Winter Soldier while hiding out at [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Steve Rogers's]] apartment. The second attack seemingly fells Fury but it turns out to be a ploy by the loyal agents of SHIELD to make it seem like Fury had perished and the assailants' plot had succeeded.]]
* Averted by the MasterComputer of ''Film/ColossusTheForbinProject''. After learning of a plot to [[LogicBomb overload its system]], Colossus demands the immediate execution of the conspirators by FiringSquad. The computer then orders that the bodies be left in the view of its CCTV cameras for 24 hours, then cremated on the spot, to prevent any chance of the executions being faked.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{The Art of War}}'' (2000). At the end of the movie, the protagonists fake their deaths and meet up in a French village. As they walk off arm in arm, [[TheEndOrIsIt an unknown man takes their photograph]].
* In ''Film/PumaMan'' our titular hero has this as his super power! He uses it to get Kobras off his back. ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' had a field day with this.
-->'''Vadinho:''' You've succeeded! They think you're dead, and now they will leave you alone.\\
'''Mike:''' To be left alone—the goal of every great hero!
* In ''Film/{{Contamination}}'' we have [[spoiler:Hamilton]] stage a wreck of his private plane several months before the film begins, so that he can focus on [[spoiler:cultivating and distrubiting the evil alien's eggs.]]
* In ''Film/{{Species}}'', Sil pulls off a complex one. It involves a car, lots of gasoline, a live victim and her cut-off finger tip for the autopsy.
* The Australian movie ''The Empty Beach'' (1985) has PrivateEye Cliff Hardy hired by the wife of a businessman who's disappeared, apparently after some criminal associates gave him CementShoes. However Hardy's investigation makes the criminals believe this trope is in play, and they start to turn on each other, [[FemmeFatale which was her intention all along]]. At the end of the movie she reveals that her husband really is alive and living overseas, and offers to hire Hardy to find him for real. Annoyed over how he's been manipulated, Hardy just walks off.
* At the climax of ''Film/{{Nerve}}'', [[spoiler:Vee and Ty stage an elaborate ruse where Ty shoots her (actually using blanks and fake blood), and Vee "dies," causing all the watchers to believe they're now accomplices to murder. They immediately log off of the app, crashing the servers and ending the titular game for good. Vee then reveals to Ian that she's okay, and that she and Ty were working together.]]
* In the opening scenes of ''Film/{{Commando}}'', we see the members of Matrix's unit killed by Cooke. Turns out one of them, Bennett, faked his death (with the help of Arius's organization) so General Kirby would lead them to Matrix.
* In ''{{Film/Headhunters}}'' [[spoiler: Roger]] survives a car collision, but convinces his attacker that he's dead to chase him more effectively.
* In ''Film/{{FX}}'', the protagonist is a Hollywood special effects expert, Rollie Tyler, hired by the FBI to fake the death of a mob informant. The whole thing seems to go horribly wrong and the hero is then wanted for really murdering the guy. It's eventually revealed as a double bluff by the government agents and mobster who want to make off with stolen mob money. Rollie subsequently uses his skills to fake his own death twice.



* [[Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn Huckleberry Finn]] does this to escape from his drunken and abusive father.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''

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* [[Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'': Huckleberry Finn]] Finn does this to escape from his drunken and abusive father.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'':



* In ''Annals of Literature/TheBlackCompany'', [[spoiler: Raven]] pulls this -- [[spoiler: twice.]]

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* In ''Annals of Literature/TheBlackCompany'', [[spoiler: Raven]] Raven pulls this -- [[spoiler: twice.]]



** ''[[Literature/StarWarsAhsoka Ahsoka]]'': [[spoiler:Ahsoka and Rex did this after Order 66 by digging a fake grave, burying a clone trooper who had been killed earlier in the fighting there in at least some of Rex's armour, and placing a gravestone claiming that Rex was buried there, having [[MutualKill heroically taken down the treacherous Ahsoka Tano at the cost of his own life]]. Ahsoka also leaves her first pair of lightsabers atop the grave to sell the deception.]]

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** ''[[Literature/StarWarsAhsoka Ahsoka]]'': [[spoiler:Ahsoka Ahsoka and Rex did this on Mandalore after Order 66 by digging a fake grave, burying a clone trooper who had been killed earlier in the fighting there in at least some of Rex's armour, and placing a gravestone claiming that Rex was buried there, having [[MutualKill heroically taken down the treacherous Ahsoka Tano at the cost of his own life]]. Ahsoka also leaves her first pair of lightsabers atop the grave to sell the deception.]]



* ''Literature/TheWitchlands'': Merik is presumed dead after an assassin blows up his ship, and he choses not to correct this assumption to give himself more freedom of movement.

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* ''Literature/TheWitchlands'': In ''Windwitch'', Merik is presumed dead after an assassin blows up his ship, and he choses not to correct this assumption to give himself more freedom of movement.



** Done by Lytton. His unit comes under fire (with weapons that kill you outright without any obvious damage) and everyone falls down. After the attackers move on, he gets back up, uninjured, and leaves.

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** %%** Done by Lytton. His unit comes under fire (with weapons that kill you outright without any obvious damage) and everyone falls down. After the attackers move on, he gets back up, uninjured, and leaves. %% Someone please put down the serial this is from, so it can be uncommented. %%



** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E2DayOfTheMoon Day of the Moon]]", Amy and Rory do this with the help of Canton Everett Delaware III to get back to the Doctor.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong "The Wedding of River Song"]], [[spoiler: the Doctor himself pulls this off with the assistance of his time machine and a shapeshifting robot.]]

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** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E2DayOfTheMoon Day [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E2DayOfTheMoon "Day of the Moon]]", Moon"]], Amy and Rory do this with the help of Canton Everett Delaware III to get back to the Doctor.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong "The Wedding of River Song"]], [[spoiler: the Doctor himself pulls this off with the assistance of his time machine and a shapeshifting robot.]]



-->'''Echo:''' I thought we lost you in Reno.
-->'''Alpha:''' I kinda wanted you to think that.

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-->'''Echo:''' I thought we lost you in Reno.
-->'''Alpha:'''
Reno.\\
'''Alpha:'''
I kinda wanted you to think that.



[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2005&addr=051230 When Jon asked Lisa if she already had plans for New Year's Eve]] she screamed and fell down. Jon told her she had faked her death "last year".
* A ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' comic showed a couple feigning death to get some guests who'd overstayed their welcome to leave.
* Dexter Sr. in ''[[ComicStrip/TheKChronicles The Knight Life]]'' faked his death in order to sell his rap albums.

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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
[[folder:Other]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2005&addr=051230 When Jon asked Lisa if she already had plans Martin Gardner (renowned recreational mathematician - yes, it's a real job) did this to the character Dr. Matrix in his column in ''Magazine/ScientificAmerican''. Dr. Matrix, an agent for New Year's Eve]] she screamed and fell down. Jon told her she had faked her death "last year".
* A ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' comic showed a couple feigning death to get some guests who'd overstayed their welcome to leave.
* Dexter Sr. in ''[[ComicStrip/TheKChronicles The Knight Life]]'' faked his death
the CIA, was disguised as an Arab named Abdul Abulbul Amir in order to sell assassinate a KGB agent named Ivan Skavinsky Skavar. They dueled on the shores of the Black Sea, and fired simultaneously; Ivan died instantly, but "Abdul" was only knocked out, and the CIA paid two natives to confirm his rap albums.death.
* Dr. William Griffin in ''WebVideo/KateModern''.
* Parodied in ''WebAnimation/TheSpiderCliffMysteries''. After surviving an explosion, Barlow suggests doing this. Crystal tells him it's a stupid idea.
* Dumbledore and Voldemort in ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'', only one of whose fake deaths is actually explained.
* Lear Dunham in ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints''. Rare variation in that the faked death is part of backstory, not a depicted event.






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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[spoiler: Coil]] successfully pulls this off, staging a public death [[spoiler:in his masked identity]] to allow his plans to go forward [[spoiler:with his civilian identity taking a position of power]].

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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[spoiler: Coil]] Coil successfully pulls this off, staging a public death [[spoiler:in in his masked identity]] identity to allow his plans to go forward [[spoiler:with with his civilian identity taking a position of power]].power.



** Professor Ivo was apparently presumed dead prior to the episode "Schooled."

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** Professor Ivo was apparently presumed dead prior to the episode "Schooled." "Schooled".



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* Martin Gardner (renowned recreational mathematician - yes, it's a real job) did this to the character Dr. Matrix in his column in Scientific American. Dr. Matrix, an agent for the CIA, was disguised as an Arab named Abdul Abulbul Amir in order to assassinate a KGB agent named Ivan Skavinsky Skavar. They dueled on the shores of the Black Sea, and fired simultaneously; Ivan died instantly, but "Abdul" was only knocked out, and the CIA paid two natives to confirm his death.
* [[spoiler: Dr. William Griffin]] in ''WebVideo/KateModern''
* Parodied in ''WebAnimation/TheSpiderCliffMysteries''. After surviving an explosion, Barlow suggests doing this. Crystal tells him it's a stupid idea.
* [[spoiler: Dumbledore]] and [[spoiler: Voldemort]] in ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'', only one of whose fake deaths is actually explained.
* [[spoiler: Lear Dunham]] in ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints''. Rare variation in that [[spoiler: the faked death is part of backstory, not a depicted event.]]
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* Martin Gardner (renowned recreational mathematician - yes, it's a real job) did this to the character Dr. Matrix in his column in Scientific American. Dr. Matrix, an agent for the CIA, was disguised as an Arab named Abdul Abulbul Amir in order to assassinate a KGB agent named Ivan Skavinsky Skavar. They dueled on the shores of the Black Sea, and fired simultaneously; Ivan died instantly, but "Abdul" was only knocked out, and the CIA paid two natives to confirm his death.
* [[spoiler: Dr. William Griffin]] in ''WebVideo/KateModern''
* Parodied in ''WebAnimation/TheSpiderCliffMysteries''. After surviving an explosion, Barlow suggests doing this. Crystal tells him it's a stupid idea.
* [[spoiler: Dumbledore]] and [[spoiler: Voldemort]] in ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'', only one of whose fake deaths is actually explained.
* [[spoiler: Lear Dunham]] in ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints''. Rare variation in that [[spoiler: the faked death is part of backstory, not a depicted event.]]
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* Solid Snake fakes his own death in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'', in order to escape being witch-hunted as a terrorist. Interestingly enough, he does this by dressing up the corpse of his [[EvilTwin identical twin]] and presenting him to the authorities. Thus, later in the game, when the body is exhumed for a DNA test, it passes as genuine.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'', Snake carries a CyanidePill he can use to fake his death in front of enemies. "Dying" will fool every enemy and boss ''once'', and popping back to life in front of them will scare them enough that you can get a cheap hit in; the only boss this doesn't work on is the one that taught you this trick.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', there is the corpse camo and the Big Boss mask to complete it that allows Snake to play dead which can fool even the machines.

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* ''VideoGame/MetalGear'':
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Solid Snake fakes his own death in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'', in order to escape being witch-hunted as a terrorist. Interestingly enough, he does this by dressing up the corpse of his [[EvilTwin identical twin]] and presenting him to the authorities. Thus, later in the game, when the body is exhumed for a DNA test, it passes as genuine.
* ** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'', Snake carries a CyanidePill he can use to fake his death in front of enemies. "Dying" will fool every enemy and boss ''once'', and popping back to life in front of them will scare them enough that you can get a cheap hit in; the only boss this doesn't work on is the one that taught you this trick.
* ** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', there is the corpse camo and the Big Boss mask to complete it that allows Snake to play dead which can fool even the machines.



** [[spoiler:The Black Knight]], although they NeverFoundTheBody. Still, they [[DroppedABridgeOnHim dropped a]] [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] ''[[DroppedABridgeOnHim tower]]'' on him; NoOneCouldSurviveThat!
** [[spoiler:Prince Zephiel]] is poisoned in an assassination attempt by [[spoiler:his father, King Desmond]], but survives. He arranges a fake funeral and stabs his would-be murderer to death when [[spoiler:Desmond]] approached the coffin to view the body. The exact details of this incident are revealed in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fuuin no Tsurugi,]]'' but they are mentioned in the epilogue of ''[[{{Prequel}} Rekka no Ken]]'' suggesting that they happened around that time (15 years after the events of ''Rekka no Ken''; five years before ''Fūin no Tsurugi'').
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' [[spoiler: Khan Basilio pretends to be dead after attacking [[TheEmperor Walhart]], and then shows up alive in a BigDamnHeroes against Validar and Co.]] Somewhat subverted in that [[spoiler: this is how Basilio ''actually'' died in the BadFuture, but after Lucina aka "Marth" explained this "detail", he "fixed" it in the present.]]
** Subverted with [[spoiler: Emmeryn]] if you play her Paralogue. [[spoiler: She isn't actually faking the dead; she survived her HeroicSuicide but was left with massive TraumaInducedAmnesia, so she can't remember what she had done until said HeroicSuicide. (It ''is'' speculated in fandom that she MAY have intended to play the trope straight, but yeah.)]]

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** [[spoiler:The Black Knight]], Knight]] from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance'' is revealed to have done this in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'', although they NeverFoundTheBody. Still, they [[DroppedABridgeOnHim dropped a]] [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] ''[[DroppedABridgeOnHim tower]]'' on him; NoOneCouldSurviveThat!
** [[spoiler:Prince Zephiel]] is poisoned in an assassination attempt by [[spoiler:his father, King Desmond]], but survives. He arranges a fake funeral and stabs his would-be murderer to death when [[spoiler:Desmond]] approached the coffin to view the body. The exact details of this incident are revealed in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fuuin no Tsurugi,]]'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade'' but they are mentioned in the epilogue of ''[[{{Prequel}} Rekka no Ken]]'' {{Prequel}} ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'', suggesting that they happened around that time (15 (fifteen years after the events of ''Rekka no Ken''; ''The Blazing Blade'' and five years before ''Fūin no Tsurugi'').
''The Binding Blade'').
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' [[spoiler: Khan Basilio ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'':
*** [[spoiler:Khan Basilio]]
pretends to be dead after attacking [[TheEmperor Walhart]], and then shows up alive in a BigDamnHeroes moment against Validar [[spoiler:Validar and Co.]] co]]. Somewhat subverted in that [[spoiler: this [[spoiler:this is how Basilio ''actually'' died in the BadFuture, but after Lucina aka "Marth" explained this "detail", he "fixed" it in the present.]]
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present]].
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Subverted with [[spoiler: Emmeryn]] [[spoiler:Emmeryn]] if you play her Paralogue. [[spoiler: She isn't actually faking the dead; she survived her HeroicSuicide but was left with massive TraumaInducedAmnesia, so she can't remember what she had done until anything from her life before said HeroicSuicide. (It ''is'' speculated in fandom that she MAY have intended to play the trope straight, but yeah.)]]
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* ''VideoGame/Persona5'': In order to avoid the BadEnding where he's murdered, the Protagonist exploits a phone equipped with the Metaverse app to remotely send his assassin into a section of his interrogator's [[MentalWorld Palace]] that looks like the real world and is inhabited by a mental projection of the main character. The assassin kills the projection, leaving the real Protagonist and his team free to track his would-be killer back to his employers.

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* ''VideoGame/Persona5'': In order to avoid the BadEnding where he's murdered, the Protagonist exploits [[spoiler:exploits a phone equipped with the Metaverse app to remotely send his assassin into a section of his interrogator's [[MentalWorld Palace]] that looks like the real world and is inhabited by a mental projection of the main character. The assassin kills the projection, projection]], leaving the real Protagonist and his team free to track his would-be killer back to his employers.
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': In order to avoid the BadEnding where he's murdered, the Protagonist exploits a phone modified to remotely send his assassin into the MentalWorld of the Palace that looks like the real world and is inhabited by a mental projection of the main character instead of the real one. The assassin kills the projection, leaving the real Protagonist free to track his would be killer back to the assassin's employers.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': ''VideoGame/Persona5'': In order to avoid the BadEnding where he's murdered, the Protagonist exploits a phone modified equipped with the Metaverse app to remotely send his assassin into the MentalWorld a section of the Palace his interrogator's [[MentalWorld Palace]] that looks like the real world and is inhabited by a mental projection of the main character instead of the real one. character. The assassin kills the projection, leaving the real Protagonist and his team free to track his would be would-be killer back to the assassin's his employers.
23rd May '17 1:33:23 PM HighCrate
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* ComicBook/{{Diabolik}} does it once in a while, starting with the third issue (Eva had a man executed while wearing [[LatexPerfection a mask with his face]]). While they work with most people, [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Ginko]] tends to [[GenreSavvy see through these schemes with ease]] (indeed, he saw through the very first ''a single instant before the victim died''), and it takes a lot to fool him (such as fooling a ''DNA test'').

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* ComicBook/{{Diabolik}} does it once in a while, starting with the third issue (Eva had a man executed while wearing [[LatexPerfection a mask with his face]]). While they work with most people, [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Ginko]] tends to [[GenreSavvy see through these schemes with ease]] ease (indeed, he saw through the very first ''a single instant before the victim died''), and it takes a lot to fool him (such as fooling a ''DNA test'').
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* In the sequel to ''Literature/{{Ishmael}}'', it's revealed that the titular teacher faked his own death so that his pupil would apply what he had learned.

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* In the sequel to ''Literature/{{Ishmael}}'', ''Literature/{{Ishmael|1992}}'', it's revealed that the titular teacher faked his own death so that his pupil would apply what he had learned.
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