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** Horned toads (actually small spiky lizards) not only flip onto their backs and hold still and stiff to fool predatory snakes, they also flatten themselves and suck in their bellies to look like a dry, desiccated carcass whose innards have shriveled.
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* In ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'', [[spoiler:Alison fakes her death to get away from A, it's still not known how.]]
* In an episode of ''Series/HappyEndings'', Max mentions having done this.
-->'''Max:''' You sure you wanna do this, man? You could always fake your own death.
-->'''Dave''' No!
-->'''Max:''' I've done it, super easy. If you're ever in Newark, New Jersey, do not ask for a Joseph Reynolds. He's a ghost.
* Numerous people in ''Series/{{Alias}}'', so much that fans are suspicious of those who ''are'' supposedly KilledOffForReal.

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* In ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'', [[spoiler:Alison fakes her death to get away from A, it's still not known how.]]
* In an
The ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls'' episode of ''Series/HappyEndings'', "And the Big Opening" suggests Max mentions having done this.
-->'''Max:''' You sure you wanna do this, man? You could always fake your own death.
-->'''Dave''' No!
-->'''Max:''' I've done it, super easy. If you're ever in Newark, New Jersey, do not ask for a Joseph Reynolds. He's a ghost.
* Numerous people in ''Series/{{Alias}}'', so much that fans are suspicious of those who ''are'' supposedly KilledOffForReal.
tried to make her mother think she'd committed suicide two years earlier.



* Alex in ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''. (This was a slight variation, in that the bad guys really did shoot her, but the Feds let everyone think it killed her.)
** And she was then whisked away into [=WitSec=], not to be seen again for five seasons. [[HoYay Olivia's]] expression: made of pure TearJerker.
** The franchise has also used this ruse while LyingToThePerp, as when a rapist is accused of murder so he'll ''insist'' that he'd left his victim alive. Only after he's said this on tape do the cops reveal she didn't die from her injuries after all.
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'', Mulder fakes his own suicide at the end of season four, only to return several episodes into the next season.
* Captain Kirk on ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' in "Amok Time" (where he has apparently been killed by Spock, but we learn that Dr. [=McCoy=] has actually given him a shot to knock him out), and in "The Enterprise Incident" (where Spock uses the fictional Vulcan Death Grip on Kirk so he can return to a Romulan ship in disguise. However, Dr. [=McCoy=] mentions a danger that most characters don't think of when pulling this trick, "You're lucky they didn't do an autopsy on you.").
** In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Quark's life is put in danger twice because of other people doing this. Grand Nagus Zek named Quark his successor, and "died", to see if his son would use business smarts to undermine Quark and take the title, but instead he just tries to assassinate Quark. And Morn once faked his death and left 1000 bars of gold pressed latinum to Quark, but the latinum was from a heist, and his partners were coming for their share.
* ''Series/TheDresdenFiles'' uses this to throw a demon off the trail, so an ex-demon and his girlfriend can go into the High Council's witness protection program and live happily ever after.
** This particular death-fakery is done for all the reasons listed above, as Harry manages to get the demon in question arrested to boot.
* Done by George Senior on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''.
* ''Series/{{House}}'' does this when [[spoiler: he hires a hooker to die as a patient Kutner was advising under House's name. We figure this out at the end of the episode when House pretends to resuscitate her and she wakes up in an OhCrap moment.]]
** [[spoiler:House does this to ''himself'' in the series finale by switching dental records with a terminal patient.]]
* ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' did this several times, referring to the practice as 'pulling a cacklebladder'. Mickey pulled one in the premiere, and a later episode had CelebrityStar Richard Chamberlain pulling [[spoiler: a double-bluff cacklebladder, actually killing himself. It was ''then'' revealed to be a double double-bluff cacklebladder, and he really ''was'' alive. Damn.)]]
** It almost ended in tragedy in the second episode when Mickey shoots Danny in front of the mark using a blank, then the mark pulls out his gun and shoots Danny for real. It took some quick thinking to save Danny's life while making the mark believe that he had killed Danny and go into hiding.
* PC Nick Klein in ''Series/TheBill'' (The UK police drama).
* Stroker and his son do this in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'' to throw ninjas off their trail.
* This was done at least twice on ''Series/{{Monk}}'', the first in Mr. Monk Meets the Psychic, where Monk and the police pretend that the suspect killed his old girlfriend in order to get him to admit that he really killed his wife. More notably, in the Season 6 finale, [[spoiler:After Monk has been accused of murder, Stottlemeyer pretends to shoot Monk to death in order to keep him under the radar while he looks for the real murderer.]]
* [[spoiler: Tracy]] in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''
** Along with Kaylee in the pilot, as part of a mean-spirited joke played by Mal on Simon.[[note]]Although it wasn't clear that Kaylee was in on the joke--Mal lied while she was out of the room.[[/note]]
** Simon and River do this in order to get into the hospital for the episode "Ariel."
* This has been done in a final episode of a season of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' a couple of times. In season 3 witness protection faked Chloe's death by blowing up her house and burying her coffin. Lana Lang fakes her death in season 6 by substituting the body of one of her clones in place of herself.
* ''Series/WhiteCollar'': [[spoiler: Neal]], at the very end

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* Alex After the initial landing in ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''. (This was a slight variation, in ''[[Series/{{The100}} The 100]]'', the only remaining communication to the Ark is the medical telemetry from the wristbands they wear. Bellamy convinces/pressures them to remove the bands so that the bad guys people back on the Ark will think they are dead and not send anybody else down, thus leaving them free to [[TeenageWasteland do whatever they want]] from now on.
* Lampshaded in the Season 1 finale of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''; Garrett quips that it must be "the only tag team match between four dead guys". Namely: [[spoiler:Nick Fury let HYDRA believe they had killed him during their uprising and went into hiding. John Garrett had Ward feed S.H.I.E.L.D. false intelligence before they discovered Ward was a HYDRA mole. Mike Peterson had "died" in an explosion before HYDRA kidnapped him and made him into a cyborg. Phil Coulson
really did shoot her, ''did'' die but the Feds let everyone think it killed her.)
** And she
was then whisked away into [=WitSec=], not to be seen again for five seasons. [[HoYay Olivia's]] expression: made of pure TearJerker.
** The franchise has also used this ruse while LyingToThePerp, as when a rapist is accused of murder so he'll ''insist'' that he'd left his victim alive. Only after he's said this on tape do the cops reveal she didn't die from her injuries after all.
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'', Mulder fakes his own suicide at the end of season four, only to return several episodes into the next season.
* Captain Kirk on ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' in "Amok Time" (where he has apparently been killed
revived by Spock, but we learn that Dr. [=McCoy=] has actually given him a shot to knock him out), and in "The Enterprise Incident" (where Spock uses the fictional Vulcan Death Grip on Kirk so he can return to a Romulan ship in disguise. However, Dr. [=McCoy=] mentions a danger that most characters don't think of when pulling this trick, "You're lucky they didn't do an autopsy on you.").
** In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Quark's life is put in danger twice because of other people doing this. Grand Nagus Zek named Quark his successor, and "died", to see if his son would use business smarts to undermine Quark and take the title, but instead he just tries to assassinate Quark. And Morn once faked his death and left 1000 bars of gold pressed latinum to Quark, but the latinum was from a heist, and his partners were coming for their share.
* ''Series/TheDresdenFiles'' uses this to throw a demon off the trail, so an ex-demon and his girlfriend can go into the High Council's witness protection program and live happily ever after.
** This particular death-fakery is done for all the reasons listed above, as Harry manages to get the demon in question arrested to boot.
* Done by George Senior on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''.
* ''Series/{{House}}'' does this when [[spoiler: he hires a hooker to die as a patient Kutner was advising under House's name. We figure this out at the end of the episode when House pretends to resuscitate her and she wakes up in an OhCrap moment.
Project T.A.H.I.T.I.]]
** [[spoiler:House does * Happens a few times in ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' Both Moffett and Hawke use a trick that involves firing the ADF missiles at just the right time to make it appear that Airwolf has been blown up. Then they activate the "whisper mode" and ambush the opposition.
* Numerous people in ''Series/{{Alias}}'', so much that fans are suspicious of those who ''are'' supposedly KilledOffForReal.
%%* Done by George Senior on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''.
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', an entire ship of people was captured by the Shadows. The ones who agreed to serve them got
this to ''himself'' in (the others suffered a FateWorseThanDeath).
** Vir Cotto,
the series finale Centauri government's token nice guy, manages to free thousands of Narns from Centauri death camps by switching dental records sneaking them away and officially declaring them dead.
* Taken to a bizarre extreme on ''Series/{{Benson}}''. A businessman tries to have his way
with Denise in exchange for a terminal patient.]]
* ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' did this several times, referring to
deal with the practice as 'pulling a cacklebladder'. Mickey pulled one in state. After the premiere, date, the gang pretends she's been murdered to get him to confess. Benson plays a British detective (dressed as Franchise/SherlockHolmes), Pete plays Denise's biker brother, Katie plays a starry-eyed witness, and Miss Kraus plays a later episode had CelebrityStar Richard Chamberlain pulling [[spoiler: a double-bluff cacklebladder, actually killing himself. It was ''then'' revealed to be a double double-bluff cacklebladder, and he really ''was'' alive. Damn.)]]
** It almost ended in tragedy in the second episode when Mickey shoots Danny in front of the mark using a blank, then the mark pulls out his gun and shoots Danny for real. It took some quick thinking to save Danny's life while making the mark believe that he had killed Danny and go into hiding.
*
psychic. Oddly, it works.
%%*
PC Nick Klein in ''Series/TheBill'' (The UK police drama).
* Stroker and his son do this in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'' to throw ninjas off their trail.
* This was done at least twice on ''Series/{{Monk}}'', the first in Mr. Monk Meets the Psychic, where Monk and the police pretend that the suspect killed his old girlfriend in order to get him to admit that he really killed his wife. More notably, in the Season 6 finale, [[spoiler:After Monk has been accused of murder, Stottlemeyer pretends to shoot Monk to death in order to keep him under the radar while he looks for the real murderer.]]
* [[spoiler: Tracy]] in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''
** Along with Kaylee in the pilot, as part of a mean-spirited joke played by Mal on Simon.[[note]]Although it wasn't clear that Kaylee was in on the joke--Mal lied while she was out of the room.[[/note]]
** Simon and River do this in order to get into the hospital for the episode "Ariel."
* This has been done in a final episode of a season of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' a couple of times. In season 3 witness protection faked Chloe's death by blowing up her house and burying her coffin. Lana Lang fakes her death in season 6 by substituting the body of one of her clones in place of herself.
* ''Series/WhiteCollar'': [[spoiler: Neal]], at the very end
drama).



* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': When [[spoiler: Angela Petrelli]] poisoned [[spoiler: her husband Arthur]] in an attempt to kill him, [[spoiler: Arthur]] survived, though in a paralyzed state, where he telepathically gave commands out to his minions and planned his revenge.
** Later used by Sylar, with the unwilling help of of a shapeshifter, supposedly to throw Noah Bennet off of his scent. However, Noah pulls it apart in record time... and runs headlong into a sadistic ThePlan.

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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': When This crops up from time to time in ''Series/BurnNotice''. [[EvilMentor Larry Sizemore]] in particular may NeverLiveItDown; just about every time he shows up, someone ''[[RunningGag will]]'' say "What, dead Larry?" and his [[FunWithSubtitles subtitle]] is "Undead Spy".
** Actually WordOfGod states that Larry's RunningGag is that in a show where AnyoneCanDie, he doesn't despite how many instances he has gotten into where NoOneCouldSurviveThat. He seems to have been killed by Fiona by an explosion
[[spoiler: Angela Petrelli]] poisoned but a FreezeFrameBonus of a newspaper states two bodies were found where it was specifically mentioned that two guards were killed]].
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'', a woman fakes the deaths of herself and her young son in a desperate attempt to get away from her husband, who is as [[DomesticAbuse abusive]] as he is [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections well-connected]].
* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', Phoebe, Piper, Paige, and Leo faked their deaths to lead a normal life in the same house, raising the same kids, but with magical disguises and magically created ID. It didn't last too long.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' rival Gary does this to Sam as a Halloween prank where it looks like Sam accidentally scared him to death.
* In ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', [[spoiler:Orion]] did this to throw off those who were after him. Complete with explosion so the lack of a body wouldn't be too unusual.
** And [[spoiler:the Ring director (and some Mooks)]] did it to hide the fact that [[spoiler:Shaw]] had turned traitor, and also to gain some unwitting help from their enemy. This one used squibs, and they were quickly revealed to be alive.
** In the fourth season, one episode has Chuck figuring out the best way to draw out Casey's old team in order to find out more about his missing mother.
[[spoiler: The plan in question? To have Casey pretend to be dead, complete with the guy in a catatonic state to add authenticity to the "funeral".]]
* One season of the Glaswegian sitcom ''Series/CityLights'' opened with Willie and Tam at LoveableRogue Chancer's funeral. On their way to the pub, they were joined by Chancer, who was just trying to get out of paying the poll tax.
-->'''Willie''': This is the stupidest wake I've ever been to!
* In the PilotEpisode of ''Series/{{Columbo}}'', a psychiatrist murders his wife, then has his actress girlfriend pretend to be
her husband Arthur]] in an attempt order to kill him, set up his alibi. Columbo figures out what happened and starts trying to get the girlfriend to confess because he has no evidence that would stand up in court. A little later, Columbo calls the psychiatrist to the girlfriend's house, where she has drowned herself in the swimming pool. Columbo tell the psychiatrist that the girlfriend was his last chance of proving murder, so Columbo has lost. However, he continues, the psychiatrist has also lost because he lost the love of his life, the reason he committed murder in the first place. The psychiatrist laughs, and says that, hypothetically speaking, if he had committed murder it would have been for his wife's money, and the girl would have been a dupe who would have had to be disposed of eventually. Cue the girl revealing that she had faked her death at Columbo's instigation, and now that she knows what her boyfriend really thinks of her she is willing to confess and testify against him.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': As revealed in the third season finale,
[[spoiler: Arthur]] survived, though Star-Burns faked his death in a paralyzed state, where he telepathically gave commands out meth lab explosion]].
* For the last half of season six of ''Series/CriminalMinds'', [[spoiler:Prentiss]] was believed
to his minions be dead by the rest of the team except for [[spoiler:Hotch and planned his revenge.
** Later used by Sylar, with
JJ]], [[DeathFakedForYou who were the unwilling help ones who set it up that way]].
** When [[spoiler:Paget Brewster]] came back to the show a season later, there was quite a bit
of time spent on bringing her back from the dead and the team's anger over having been lied to. ''Especially'' Morgan, who thought he could have saved her.
* Both Catherine Willows and DB Russell in ''Series/{{CSI}}'' "Willows In The Wind", when a squad
of a shapeshifter, supposedly to throw Noah Bennet off hit men was after them.
* Done in the ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'' episode "The Murder of Mark Sloan". Mark realises that someone who wants him dead has rigged the gas tank
of his scent. However, Noah pulls it apart in record time... and runs headlong car to explode, so he blows up the car by throwing a match into a sadistic ThePlan.the leaking gasoline, hoping that the killer will get careless once they believe he's dead.



* On character in ''Series/EastEnders'' faked his death to find out how his girlfriend really felt about him.
* Despereaux the "master thief," in an episode of ''Series/{{Psych}}''. He's quite annoyed when the heroes find him.
-->'''Despereaux:''' Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a convincing body double? This one's too tall, this one's too fat...this one's just right, but he's an Eskimo!
* ''Series/KyleXY'', of all shows, recently used this: as part of a BatmanGambit to get Kyle into Cassidy's trust, [[spoiler:after having Kyle pretend to kill Jessi in self-defense for trying to kill Cassidy (it's complicated), Jessi slows her heartbeat down to two beats a minute. This is enough to fool Cassidy, who checks her pulse and declares her dead. She wakes up a few minutes after Kyle and Cassidy leave, completely unharmed.]]
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Locke's father fakes his death in order to avoid the wrath of some men from whom he stole money. Locke helps, after the fact.
* A ''Series/ThreesCompany'' episode has Jack doing this after he's threatened by a man who thinks he's trying to steal his girlfriend.
* The title character, in the first series of ''Series/TheFallAndRiseOfReginaldPerrin''.
* Done by Lytton in ''Series/DoctorWho''. 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.
** In the series six finale, [[spoiler: the Doctor himself pulls this off with the assistance of his time machine and a shapeshifting robot.]]

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* On character in ''Series/EastEnders'' faked his death to find out how his girlfriend really felt about him.
* Despereaux the "master thief," in an episode of ''Series/{{Psych}}''. He's quite annoyed when the heroes find him.
-->'''Despereaux:''' Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a convincing body double? This one's too tall, this one's too fat...this one's just right, but he's an Eskimo!
* ''Series/KyleXY'', of all shows, recently used this: as part of a BatmanGambit to get Kyle into Cassidy's trust, [[spoiler:after having Kyle pretend to kill Jessi in self-defense for trying to kill Cassidy (it's complicated), Jessi slows her heartbeat down to two beats a minute. This is enough to fool Cassidy, who checks her pulse and declares her dead. She wakes up a few minutes after Kyle and Cassidy leave, completely unharmed.]]
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Locke's father fakes his death in order to avoid the wrath of some men from whom he stole money. Locke helps, after the fact.
* A ''Series/ThreesCompany'' episode has Jack doing this after he's threatened by a man who thinks he's trying to steal his girlfriend.
* The title character, in the first series of ''Series/TheFallAndRiseOfReginaldPerrin''.
*
''Series/DoctorWho'':
**
Done by Lytton in ''Series/DoctorWho''.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.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E1DestinyOfTheDaleks "Destiny of the series six finale, [[spoiler: Daleks"]], Romana used her ability to stop her own hearts in order to escape from slavery by faking her own death. Earlier, she had been told that "the only way to escape the Doctor himself pulls this off with the assistance of his time machine and a shapeshifting robot.]]Daleks was to feign death."



** In "Destiny of the Daleks", Romana used her ability to stop her own hearts in order to escape from slavery by faking her own death. Earlier, she had been told that "the only way to escape the Daleks was to feign death."
* Being immortal, Captain Jack pulls this off a few times in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' to get the drop on enemies, most noticably on the villain of the first episode.
* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', Phoebe, Piper, Paige, and Leo faked their deaths to lead a normal life in the same house, raising the same kids, but with magical disguises and magically created ID. It didn't last too long.
* In the Flemish soap opera ''Series/{{Familie}}'', Bart accidentally got himself on a mafia familyís hit list during the 24th season. In order to save his family and himself, he faked his own death with the help of Faroud, his sister's partner who is a secret agent. Together they burned Bartís car and placed a death body inside of it. While his wife and 2 children and the rest of his family were mourning his death, Bart fled to Los Angeles to lay low. He eventually returned to his family roughly one and a half years later, in the mid-season finale of the 26th season. They were all in shock and disbelief when [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8GaZZnCApc&t=72s they found out that he was still alive]], as Faroud never told anyone.
* Happened in ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' a couple of times:
** Agent Fornell [[spoiler: faked his own suicide to find a mole in the FBI, and clear his own name.]]
** Agent Gibbs [[spoiler: faked being shot, as part of a sting against a crooked ATF agent.]]
* The short-lived NBC show ''Series/{{Players}}'' had a few of these.
* In ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle,'' Hal is recognized by a woman who thought he was dead. Years ago, he faked his death--involving blowing up a phone booth--to avoid repaying her the $400 he'd borrowed from her.
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', an entire ship of people was captured by the Shadows. The ones who agreed to serve them got this (the others suffered a FateWorseThanDeath).
** Vir Cotto, the Centauri government's token nice guy, manages to free thousands of Narns from Centauri death camps by sneaking them away and officially declaring them dead.
* The KoreanSeries ''Series/ShiningInheritance'' has the father, Go Pyung Joong, hiding after after a body found in a gas explosion is thought to be him. He did this to give his family the insurance money.

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** In "Destiny [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong "The Wedding of River Song"]], [[spoiler: the Daleks", Romana used her ability to stop her own hearts in order to escape from slavery by faking her own death. Earlier, she had been told that "the only way to escape the Daleks was to feign death."
* Being immortal, Captain Jack
Doctor himself pulls this off a few times in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' to get the drop on enemies, most noticably on the villain of the first episode.
* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', Phoebe, Piper, Paige, and Leo faked their deaths to lead a normal life in the same house, raising the same kids, but with magical disguises and magically created ID. It didn't last too long.
* In the Flemish soap opera ''Series/{{Familie}}'', Bart accidentally got himself on a mafia familyís hit list during the 24th season. In order to save his family and himself, he faked his own death
with the help of Faroud, his sister's partner who is a secret agent. Together they burned Bartís car and placed a death body inside of it. While his wife and 2 children and the rest assistance of his family were mourning his death, Bart fled to Los Angeles to lay low. He eventually returned to his family roughly one time machine and a half years later, in the mid-season finale of the 26th season. They were all in shock and disbelief when [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8GaZZnCApc&t=72s they found out that he was still alive]], as Faroud never told anyone.
* Happened in ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' a couple of times:
** Agent Fornell [[spoiler: faked his own suicide to find a mole in the FBI, and clear his own name.]]
** Agent Gibbs [[spoiler: faked being shot, as part of a sting against a crooked ATF agent.]]
* The short-lived NBC show ''Series/{{Players}}'' had a few of these.
* In ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle,'' Hal is recognized by a woman who thought he was dead. Years ago, he faked his death--involving blowing up a phone booth--to avoid repaying her the $400 he'd borrowed from her.
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', an entire ship of people was captured by the Shadows. The ones who agreed to serve them got this (the others suffered a FateWorseThanDeath).
** Vir Cotto, the Centauri government's token nice guy, manages to free thousands of Narns from Centauri death camps by sneaking them away and officially declaring them dead.
* The KoreanSeries ''Series/ShiningInheritance'' has the father, Go Pyung Joong, hiding after after a body found in a gas explosion is thought to be him. He did this to give his family the insurance money.
shapeshifting robot.]]



-->'''Alpha''' I kinda wanted you to think that.

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-->'''Alpha''' -->'''Alpha:''' I kinda wanted you to think that.



* This crops up from time to time in ''Series/BurnNotice''. [[EvilMentor Larry Sizemore]] in particular may NeverLiveItDown; just about every time he shows up, someone ''[[RunningGag will]]'' say "What, dead Larry?" and his [[FunWithSubtitles subtitle]] is "Undead Spy".
** Actually WordOfGod states that Larry's RunningGag is that in a show where AnyoneCanDie, he doesn't despite how many instances he has gotten into where NoOneCouldSurviveThat. He seems to have been killed by Fiona by an explosion [[spoiler: but a FreezeFrameBonus of a newspaper states two bodies were found where it was specifically mentioned that two guards were killed]].
* In ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', [[spoiler:Orion]] did this to throw off those who were after him. Complete with explosion so the lack of a body wouldn't be too unusual.
** And [[spoiler:the Ring director (and some Mooks)]] did it to hide the fact that [[spoiler:Shaw]] had turned traitor, and also to gain some unwitting help from their enemy. This one used squibs, and they were quickly revealed to be alive.
** In the fourth season, one episode has Chuck figuring out the best way to draw out Casey's old team in order to find out more about his missing mother. [[spoiler: The plan in question? To have Casey pretend to be dead, complete with the guy in a catatonic state to add authenticity to the "funeral".]]
* A ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode has Hawkeye mistakenly listed as dead. Frustrated with his lack of success in getting the Army bureaucracy to rectify the error and unable to get in touch with his father (who he learns received a letter informing him of his son's "demise"), he decides to allow himself to be transported home as a "cadaver"...before wounded arrive and he feels duty-bound to remain.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/MyNameIsEarl''. Earl had been in a relationship with a NaiveEverygirl after a hookup at a Halloween party. But, when things began to get too serious too fast, Earl faked his own death to avoid hurting her feelings. (Her current boyfriend got the idea from Earl and did it, too.) Later that episode, the woman in question faked her own death to get back at Earl for yelling at her about being an ExtremeDoormat. (Thus marking the point where she becomes more assertive than ever before.)
* Lois of ''Series/LoisAndClark'' had {{Superman}} freeze her using his superbreath as a ploy to get a villian.
** 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.]]
* In one episode of ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' Charlie and Mac fakes their deaths in an outrageously sloppy manner that seemingly couldn't fool anyone. It does anyway, [[spoiler:or so it seems. Turns out the others just pretend to be sad and throws a fake funeral to make fun of them.]]

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* This crops up from time to time in ''Series/BurnNotice''. [[EvilMentor Larry Sizemore]] in particular may NeverLiveItDown; just about every time he shows up, someone ''[[RunningGag will]]'' say "What, dead Larry?" and his [[FunWithSubtitles subtitle]] is "Undead Spy".
** Actually WordOfGod states that Larry's RunningGag is that in a show where AnyoneCanDie, he doesn't despite how many instances he has gotten into where NoOneCouldSurviveThat. He seems to have been killed by Fiona by an explosion [[spoiler: but a FreezeFrameBonus of a newspaper states two bodies were found where it was specifically mentioned that two guards were killed]].
* In ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', [[spoiler:Orion]] did
''Series/TheDresdenFiles'' uses this to throw a demon off those who the trail, so an ex-demon and his girlfriend can go into the High Council's witness protection program and live happily ever after.
** This particular death-fakery is done for all the reasons listed above, as Harry manages to get the demon in question arrested to boot.
* Fraser on ''Series/DueSouth'' in the episode "Dead Men Don't Throw Rice".
* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'': Had several, most of which
were after him. Complete with explosion so the lack of a body wouldn't be too unusual.
** And [[spoiler:the Ring director (and
played for laughs but some Mooks)]] did it to hide played for drama:
** During
the fact that [[spoiler:Shaw]] had turned traitor, and also to gain some unwitting help from their enemy. This one used squibs, and they were quickly revealed to be alive.
** In the fourth
first season, one an episode dealt with a man named Henry Flatt, a friend of Uncle Jesse's who staged his death rather than go to prison. A problem arises when the Hazzard Cemetery is going to be dug up, and Flatt asks for help because this means his grave will be opened and the ruse exposed.
** Early in the series' run, "The Ghost of the General Lee" sees Bo and Luke presumed drowned after a pair of car thieves steal the General Lee and drive it into a lake, and no bodies are found. When Boss tries to take advantage of the situation by declaring his antique watch stolen and then, after declaring them responsible, suing the Duke boys' estate to collect its worth (so he can foreclose on the Duke farm, natch), Bo and Luke decide to "stay dead" long enough come up with a ghostly scheme to scare Boss and Rosco into admitting the watch was never stolen.
** The Coy-and-Vance era episode "Ding Dong, the Boss is Dead," where Boss agrees to "die" to ensure that he will not be stalked by his old moonshining rival, "Big" Floyd Calloway (who was sent to prison on Boss' testimony for extortion). But matters are complicated when Calloway wants to pay his "respects" to Boss in person.
** Another Coy-and-Vance episode, "The Great Insurance Fraud,"
has Chuck figuring out a pair of con artists call Boss on his crooked insurance policies scheme when they stage a phony fatal car accident to collect the best way to draw out Casey's old team $100,000 survivor's payment. The catch is that they swerve the car off the road just as they're driving toward Coy and Vance, and Coy - who was driving the General Lee Ė is deeply upset because he thinks he caused the accident, where the driver of the other car died after being trapped in order his burning car.
* One character in ''Series/EastEnders'' faked his death
to find out more how his girlfriend really felt about him.
* On ''Series/{{Elementary}}'', [[spoiler:Mycroft Holmes]] is forced to fake
his missing mother. [[spoiler: The plan in question? To have Casey pretend to be dead, complete with death [[spoiler:as the guy in murder victim was a catatonic state mole and was going to add authenticity blow Mycroft's cover. In order to prevent this, the "funeral".NSA killed the mole and fakes Mycroft's death to throw off suspicion. Before he disappears in hiding, he tells Sherlock he loves him.]]
* A ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode has Hawkeye mistakenly listed as dead. Frustrated with his lack of success The title character, in getting the Army bureaucracy to rectify first series of ''Series/TheFallAndRiseOfReginaldPerrin''.
* In
the error and unable to get in touch with his father (who he learns received a letter informing him of his son's "demise"), he decides to allow Flemish soap opera ''Series/{{Familie}}'', Bart accidentally got himself on a mafia familyís hit list during the 24th season. In order to be transported home as a "cadaver"...before wounded arrive save his family and himself, he feels duty-bound to remain.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/MyNameIsEarl''. Earl had been in a relationship with a NaiveEverygirl after a hookup at a Halloween party. But, when things began to get too serious too fast, Earl
faked his own death to avoid hurting her feelings. (Her current boyfriend got with the idea from Earl help of Faroud, his sister's partner who is a secret agent. Together they burned Bartís car and did it, too.) Later that episode, the woman in question faked her own placed a death to get back at Earl for yelling at her about being an ExtremeDoormat. (Thus marking body inside of it. While his wife and 2 children and the point where rest of his family were mourning his death, Bart fled to Los Angeles to lay low. He eventually returned to his family roughly one and a half years later, in the mid-season finale of the 26th season. They were all in shock and disbelief when [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8GaZZnCApc&t=72s they found out that he was still alive]], as Faroud never told anyone.
* [[spoiler: Tracy]] in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''
** Along with Kaylee in the pilot, as part of a mean-spirited joke played by Mal on Simon.[[note]]Although it wasn't clear that Kaylee was in on the joke--Mal lied while
she becomes more assertive than ever before.)
* Lois of ''Series/LoisAndClark'' had {{Superman}} freeze her using his superbreath as a ploy to get a villian.
** In another episode, Clark
was forced to out of the room.[[/note]]
** Simon and River
do this after being shot by a mobster at point-blank range. Being in a room filled with people, if he didn't drop order to get into the ground and pretend to be dead, [[CoverBlowingSuperpower everyone would have realized he was Superman.]]
* In one
hospital for the episode "Ariel".
* Done on ''Series/GeneralHospital'' by Felicia Jones with the help
of ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' Charlie ''everyone in town'' in order to get local psycho Ryan Chamberlain to confess to his crimes--he had a VillainousCrush on her and Mac fakes their deaths in an outrageously sloppy manner since she was his weak spot, it was (rightly) assumed that seemingly couldn't fool anyone. It does anyway, [[spoiler:or so it seems. Turns out the others just pretend his despondency over losing her would cause him to be sad and throws a fake funeral to make fun of them.]]break down.



* Taken to a bizarre extreme on ''{{Benson}}''. A businessman tries to have his way with Denise in exchange for a deal with the state. After the date, the gang pretends she's been murdered to get him to confess. Benson plays a British detective (dressed as Franchise/SherlockHolmes), Pete plays Denise's biker brother, Katie plays a starry-eyed witness, and Miss Kraus plays a psychic. Oddly, it works.
* Jim Rockford of ''Series/TheRockfordFiles'' uses this several times throughout the series. Usually it is the "part of a con" variety, but he uses "one little mistake" once or twice as well.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'''s team of con artists protagonists are not at all above faking someone's death to further the con du jour. The audience is rarely warned ahead of time, which can create some suspense - "The Two Live Crew Job," one of the most dramatic examples, cuts directly from a bomb exploding in Sophie's apartment to her funeral, and it's not until after she's been eulogized and the coffin interred that it's made clear they're simply faking the death of her current public alias to try to flush out who tried to kill her.
** The final episode [[InMediasRes starts]] with a failed interrogation in which it seems like a failed heist has left the entire team but Ford dead. This is actually all part of the plan, so the team can get inside as part of the ''investigation'' of the first, fake heist. Complete with actual fake bodies in body bags, with realistic-looking fabricated heads!
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'':
** Cecil Fox, who was sentenced to death by hanging, sits up on the autopsy table and grabs Julia. He [[spoiler: had a tracheotomy tube and a helpful hangman who used a short rope]] so he would be seen to be hanged yet actually survive.
** [[spoiler:James Gillies.]] He made a deal with a dying person who was hanged instead of him, and he made his escape.
* Halfway through Season Six of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', [[spoiler: Crowley]] is seemingly killed off, but a few episodes before the season finale, it's revealed that he faked his death with help from [[spoiler: Castiel]] so that he could continue his plans under the Winchesters' noses.
* Happens a few times in ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' Both Moffett and Hawke use a trick that involves firing the ADF missiles at just the right time to make it appear that Airwolf has been blown up. Then they activate the "whisper mode" and ambush the opposition.
* Both Catherine Willows and DB Russell in ''Series/{{CSI}}'' "Willows In The Wind", when a squad of hit men was after them.

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* Taken to a bizarre extreme on ''{{Benson}}''. A businessman tries to have his way with Denise in exchange for a deal with the state. After the date, the gang pretends she's been murdered to get him to confess. Benson plays a British detective (dressed as Franchise/SherlockHolmes), Pete plays Denise's biker brother, Katie plays a starry-eyed witness, and Miss Kraus plays a psychic. Oddly, it works.
* Jim Rockford of ''Series/TheRockfordFiles'' uses this several times throughout the series. Usually it is the "part of a con" variety, but he uses "one little mistake" once or twice as well.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'''s team of con artists protagonists are not at all above faking someone's death to further the con du jour.
''Series/HappyDays'': The audience is rarely warned ahead of time, which can create some suspense - "The Two Live Crew Job," one of the most dramatic examples, cuts directly from a bomb exploding in Sophie's apartment to her funeral, and it's not until after she's been eulogized and the coffin interred that it's made clear they're simply faking the death of her current public alias to try to flush out who tried to kill her.
** The final
fifth-season, two-part episode [[InMediasRes starts]] with a failed interrogation in which it seems like a failed heist has left "Fonzie's Funeral" had the entire team Cunninghams stage a fake funeral for Fonzie to put him into protection. (Fonzie had gone to the police to turn in $100 bills found in a hearse he was repairing, but Ford dead. This local crime lord The Candyman -- wanted for [[CounterfeitCash counterfeiting]], extortion, money laundering and robbery -- finds out and sends his henchmen after him.) Fonzie is actually all part then declared "dead" to put him into hiding and allow the Cunninghams time to devise a plan to defeat the Candyman. Prior to the climatic scene, there is the [[TheFunInFuneral "hilarious visitation"]] featuring the series' regulars and memorable guests saying their "farewells," and "Fonzie's mother" (Fonzie in drag) comforting the survivors.
** "You have Fonzie's lips." "It runs in the family."
* In an episode of ''Series/HappyEndings'', Max mentions having done this.
-->'''Max:''' You sure you wanna do this, man? You could always fake your own death.
-->'''Dave''' No!
-->'''Max:''' I've done it, super easy. If you're ever in Newark, New Jersey, do not ask for a Joseph Reynolds. He's a ghost.
* Doris [=McGarrett=] did this years before the show started on ''Series/HawaiiFive0''. Her son (and the audience) only found out at the end
of the plan, so the team can get inside as part of the ''investigation'' of the first, fake heist. Complete with actual fake bodies in body bags, with realistic-looking fabricated heads!
second season.
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'':
** Cecil Fox, who was sentenced to death by hanging, sits up on the autopsy table and grabs Julia. He
''Series/{{Heroes}}'': When [[spoiler: had a tracheotomy tube and a helpful hangman who used a short rope]] so he would be seen to be hanged yet actually survive.
** [[spoiler:James Gillies.]] He made a deal with a dying person who was hanged instead of him, and he made his escape.
* Halfway through Season Six of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'',
Angela Petrelli]] poisoned [[spoiler: Crowley]] is seemingly killed off, but a few episodes before the season finale, it's revealed that he faked his death with help from her husband Arthur]] in an attempt to kill him, [[spoiler: Castiel]] so that Arthur]] survived, though in a paralyzed state, where he could continue telepathically gave commands out to his plans under minions and planned his revenge.
** Later used by Sylar, with
the Winchesters' noses.
* Happens
unwilling help of of a few times shapeshifter, supposedly to throw Noah Bennet off of his scent. However, Noah pulls it apart in ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' Both Moffett record time... and Hawke use runs headlong into a trick that involves firing the ADF missiles at just the right time to make it appear that Airwolf has been blown up. Then they activate the "whisper mode" and ambush the opposition.
* Both Catherine Willows and DB Russell in ''Series/{{CSI}}'' "Willows In The Wind", when a squad of hit men was after them.
sadistic ThePlan.



* Fraser on ''Series/DueSouth'' in the episode 'Dead Men Don't Throw Rice".

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* Fraser on ''Series/DueSouth'' in ''Series/{{House}}'' does this when [[spoiler: he hires a hooker to die as a patient Kutner was advising under House's name. We figure this out at the end of the episode 'Dead Men Don't Throw Rice".when House pretends to resuscitate her and she wakes up in an OhCrap moment.]]
** [[spoiler:House does this to ''himself'' in the series finale by switching dental records with a terminal patient.]]
* ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' did this several times, referring to the practice as 'pulling a cacklebladder'. Mickey pulled one in the premiere, and a later episode had CelebrityStar Richard Chamberlain pulling [[spoiler: a double-bluff cacklebladder, actually killing himself. It was ''then'' revealed to be a double double-bluff cacklebladder, and he really ''was'' alive. Damn.)]]
** It almost ended in tragedy in the second episode when Mickey shoots Danny in front of the mark using a blank, then the mark pulls out his gun and shoots Danny for real. It took some quick thinking to save Danny's life while making the mark believe that he had killed Danny and go into hiding.
* In one episode of ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' Charlie and Mac fakes their deaths in an outrageously sloppy manner that seemingly couldn't fool anyone. It does anyway, [[spoiler:or so it seems. Turns out the others just pretend to be sad and throws a fake funeral to make fun of them.]]
* Season 4 of ''Series/{{Justified}}'' centers on the mystery of Drew Thompson, a pilot and drug smuggler who three decades ago plummeted to his death after he jumped out of an airplane with a bag full of cocaine and his parachute malfunctioned. Raylan discovers that Drew faked his death and the dead man was actually Waldo Truth. Noone discovered the switch because Waldo was a [[AssholeVictim no-good lowlife and wife beater]] so his wife simply paid another man to pretend to be Waldo and kept collecting his government disability cheques. Drew faked his death because he witnessed mafia boss Theo Tonin kill a government informant and decided not to take his chances in Witness Protection. Before leaving he burned every photo of himself he could find which makes identifying him after 30 years quite a challenge. After making everyone think he was dead, he assumed a new identity and settled in Harlam. In the end Raylan discovers that Drew has been hiding as [[spoiler: Shelby, a longtime police officer and current Sheriff of Harlan County]].
* ''Series/KnightRider'' begins with the protagonist, Michael Long, being shot and left for dead. He is rescued, given MagicPlasticSurgery, and a new identity, Michael Knight. His FakingTheDead status is rarely mentioned after that except in an EasyAmnesia episode.
* ''Series/KyleXY'', of all shows, recently used this: as part of a BatmanGambit to get Kyle into Cassidy's trust, [[spoiler:after having Kyle pretend to kill Jessi in self-defense for trying to kill Cassidy (it's complicated), Jessi slows her heartbeat down to two beats a minute. This is enough to fool Cassidy, who checks her pulse and declares her dead. She wakes up a few minutes after Kyle and Cassidy leave, completely unharmed.]]
* Alex in ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''. (This was a slight variation, in that the bad guys really did shoot her, but the Feds let everyone think it killed her.)
** And she was then whisked away into [=WitSec=], not to be seen again for five seasons. [[HoYay Olivia's]] expression: made of pure TearJerker.
** The franchise has also used this ruse while LyingToThePerp, as when a rapist is accused of murder so he'll ''insist'' that he'd left his victim alive. Only after he's said this on tape do the cops reveal she didn't die from her injuries after all.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'''s team of con artists protagonists are not at all above faking someone's death to further the con du jour. The audience is rarely warned ahead of time, which can create some suspense - "The Two Live Crew Job," one of the most dramatic examples, cuts directly from a bomb exploding in Sophie's apartment to her funeral, and it's not until after she's been eulogized and the coffin interred that it's made clear they're simply faking the death of her current public alias to try to flush out who tried to kill her.
** The final episode [[InMediasRes starts]] with a failed interrogation in which it seems like a failed heist has left the entire team but Ford dead. This is actually all part of the plan, so the team can get inside as part of the ''investigation'' of the first, fake heist. Complete with actual fake bodies in body bags, with realistic-looking fabricated heads!
* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'': The first-season episode, "If I Should Wake Before I Die" is played as a straight drama, and sees Charles help an elderly woman, who had been virtually left for dead by her long-absent children, stage her own funeral to lure the fortune-seeking kids back to Walnut Grove for that coveted visit.
* Lois of ''Series/LoisAndClark'' had {{Superman}} freeze her using his superbreath as a ploy to get a villian.
** 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.]]
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Locke's father fakes his death in order to avoid the wrath of some men from whom he stole money. Locke helps, after the fact.
* In ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle,'' Hal is recognized by a woman who thought he was dead. Years ago, he faked his death--involving blowing up a phone booth--to avoid repaying her the $400 he'd borrowed from her.
* A ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode has Hawkeye mistakenly listed as dead. Frustrated with his lack of success in getting the Army bureaucracy to rectify the error and unable to get in touch with his father (who he learns received a letter informing him of his son's "demise"), he decides to allow himself to be transported home as a "cadaver"...before wounded arrive and he feels duty-bound to remain.
* In the fourth finale of ''Series/TheMentalist'', [[spoiler: Jane shoots Lisbon in order to deliver the body to Red John as a gift of friendship.]] At the same time, [[spoiler: Rigsby]]'s death is also faked with the use of a corpse from earlier in the episode.



* In accordance with the original Doyle canon (see Literature above), this trope appears in the ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' episode "The Reichenbach Fall".
* For the last half of season six of ''Series/CriminalMinds'', [[spoiler:Prentiss]] was believed to be dead by the rest of the team except for [[spoiler:Hotch and JJ]], [[DeathFakedForYou who were the ones who set it up that way]].
** When [[spoiler:Paget Brewster]] came back to the show a season later, there was quite a bit of time spent on bringing her back from the dead and the team's anger over having been lied to. ''Especially'' Morgan, who thought he could have saved her.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': As revealed in the third season finale, [[spoiler: Star-Burns faked his death in a meth lab explosion]].
* In the fourth finale of ''Series/TheMentalist'', [[spoiler: Jane shoots Lisbon in order to deliver the body to Red John as a gift of friendship.]] At the same time, [[spoiler: Rigsby]]'s death is also faked with the use of a corpse from earlier in the episode.
* Henry does this in an episode of ''Series/UnnaturalHistory''.
* Doris [=McGarrett=] did this years before the show started on ''Series/HawaiiFive0''. Her son (and the audience) only found out at the end of the second season.
* ''Series/HappyDays'': The fifth-season, two-part episode "Fonzie's Funeral" had the Cunninghams stage a fake funeral for Fonzie to put him into protection. (Fonzie had gone to the police to turn in $100 bills found in a hearse he was repairing, but local crime lord The Candyman -- wanted for [[CounterfeitCash counterfeiting]], extortion, money laundering and robbery -- finds out and sends his henchmen after him.) Fonzie is then declared "dead" to put him into hiding and allow the Cunninghams time to devise a plan to defeat the Candyman. Prior to the climatic scene, there is the [[TheFunInFuneral "hilarious visitation"]] featuring the series' regulars and memorable guests saying their "farewells," and "Fonzie's mother" (Fonzie in drag) comforting the survivors.
** "You have Fonzie's lips." "It runs in the family."
* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'': Had several, most of which were played for laughs but some played for drama:
** During the first season, an episode dealt with a man named Henry Flatt, a friend of Uncle Jesse's who staged his death rather than go to prison. A problem arises when the Hazzard Cemetery is going to be dug up, and Flatt asks for help because this means his grave will be opened and the ruse exposed.
** Early in the series' run, "The Ghost of the General Lee" sees Bo and Luke presumed drowned after a pair of car thieves steal the General Lee and drive it into a lake, and no bodies are found. When Boss tries to take advantage of the situation by declaring his antique watch stolen and then, after declaring them responsible, suing the Duke boys' estate to collect its worth (so he can foreclose on the Duke farm, natch), Bo and Luke decide to "stay dead" long enough come up with a ghostly scheme to scare Boss and Rosco into admitting the watch was never stolen.
** The Coy-and-Vance era episode "Ding Dong, the Boss is Dead," where Boss agrees to "die" to ensure that he will not be stalked by his old moonshining rival, "Big" Floyd Calloway (who was sent to prison on Boss' testimony for extortion). But matters are complicated when Calloway wants to pay his "respects" to Boss in person.
** Another Coy-and-Vance episode, "The Great Insurance Fraud," has a pair of con artists call Boss on his crooked insurance policies scheme when they stage a phony fatal car accident to collect the $100,000 survivor's payment. The catch is that they swerve the car off the road just as they're driving toward Coy and Vance, and Coy - who was driving the General Lee Ė is deeply upset because he thinks he caused the accident, where the driver of the other car died after being trapped in his burning car.
* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'': The first-season episode, "If I Should Wake Before I Die" is played as a straight drama, and sees Charles help an elderly woman, who had been virtually left for dead by her long-absent children, stage her own funeral to lure the fortune-seeking kids back to Walnut Grove for that coveted visit.
* In the ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' episode The Siege part 3, the expedition allows the Wraith to believe that Atlantis was destroyed via nuke. In reality, the expedition merely cloaked the city after weathering the blast under the city's shield.
* The ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls'' episode "And the Big Opening" suggests Max tried to make her mother think she'd committed suicide two years earlier.
* In the PilotEpisode of ''Series/{{Columbo}}'', a psychiatrist murders his wife, then has his actress girlfriend pretend to be her in order to set up his alibi. Columbo figures out what happened and starts trying to get the girlfriend to confess because he has no evidence that would stand up in court. A little later, Columbo calls the psychiatrist to the girlfriend's house, where she has drowned herself in the swimming pool. Columbo tell the psychiatrist that the girlfriend was his last chance of proving murder, so Columbo has lost. However, he continues, the psychiatrist has also lost because he lost the love of his life, the reason he committed murder in the first place. The psychiatrist laughs, and says that, hypothetically speaking, if he had committed murder it would have been for his wife's money, and the girl would have been a dupe who would have had to be disposed of eventually. Cue the girl revealing that she had faked her death at Columbo's instigation, and now that she knows what her boyfriend really thinks of her she is willing to confess and testify against him.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' rival Gary does this to Sam as a Halloween prank where it looks like Sam accidentally scared him to death.
* Season 4 of ''Series/{{Justified}}'' centers on the mystery of Drew Thompson, a pilot and drug smuggler who three decades ago plummeted to his death after he jumped out of an airplane with a bag full of cocaine and his parachute malfunctioned. Raylan discovers that Drew faked his death and the dead man was actually Waldo Truth. Noone discovered the switch because Waldo was a [[AssholeVictim no-good lowlife and wife beater]] so his wife simply paid another man to pretend to be Waldo and kept collecting his government disability cheques. Drew faked his death because he witnessed mafia boss Theo Tonin kill a government informant and decided not to take his chances in Witness Protection. Before leaving he burned every photo of himself he could find which makes identifying him after 30 years quite a challenge. After making everyone think he was dead, he assumed a new identity and settled in Harlam. In the end Raylan discovers that Drew has been hiding as [[spoiler: Shelby, a longtime police officer and current Sheriff of Harlan County]].
* One season of the Glaswegian sitcom ''Series/CityLights'' opened with Willie and Tam at LoveableRogue Chancer's funeral. On their way to the pub, they were joined by Chancer, who was just trying to get out of paying the poll tax.
-->'''Willie''': This is the stupidest wake I've ever been to!
* In the ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' episode ''The Reichenbach Fall'' [[spoiler:Sherlock]] fakes his death by [[spoiler:jumping off a tall building]] in order to [[spoiler: prevent [[ArchEnemy Moriarty's]] henchmen from killing his friends]].
* On ''Series/{{Elementary}}'', [[spoiler:Mycroft Holmes]] is forced to fake his death [[spoiler:as the murder victim was a mole and was going to blow Mycroft's cover. In order to prevent this, the NSA killed the mole and fakes Mycroft's death to throw off suspicion. Before he disappears in hiding, he tells Sherlock he loves him.]]
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'', a woman fakes the deaths of herself and her young son in a desperate attempt to get away from her husband, who is as [[DomesticAbuse abusive]] as he is [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections well-connected]].
* Lampshaded in the Season 1 finale of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''; Garrett quips that it must be "the only tag team match between four dead guys". Namely: [[spoiler:Nick Fury let HYDRA believe they had killed him during their uprising and went into hiding. John Garrett had Ward feed S.H.I.E.L.D. false intelligence before they discovered Ward was a HYDRA mole. Mike Peterson had "died" in an explosion before HYDRA kidnapped him and made him into a cyborg. Phil Coulson really ''did'' die but was revived by Project T.A.H.I.T.I.]]
* Used in ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' as a battle ploy, with the unintended side effect that [[spoiler: the 58th's fellow Marines believe it too, until West can convince them otherwise.]]
* Done in the ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'' episode "The Murder of Mark Sloan". Mark realises that someone who wants him dead has rigged the gas tank of his car to explode, so he blows up the car by throwing a match into the leaking gasoline, hoping that the killer will get careless once they believe he's dead.
* After the initial landing in ''[[Series/{{The100}} The 100]]'', the only remaining communication to the Ark is the medical telemetry from the wristbands they wear. Bellamy convinces/pressures them to remove the bands so that the people back on the Ark will think they are dead and not send anybody else down, thus leaving them free to [[TeenageWasteland do whatever they want]] from now on.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''
** After those involved with the [[SinisterSurveillance Machine]] caused the death of his friend Nathan Ingram in a suicide bombing, Finch faked his death to protect himself and his [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies fiance]]. It helped that a massive bomb blast over water makes it plausible there was NoBodyLeftBehind, and Finch was already an {{Unperson}}.
** In "Mors Praematura", the CIA fake the death of a terrorist informer ostensibly to protect him, but he discovers it's actually so he can be indefinitely detained for interrogation in a BlackSite.
* Brutus of the series ''Series/SunTrap'' fakes his own death twice in order to escape the financial hold of his money-grabbing ex-wife.
* Done on ''Series/GeneralHospital'' by Felicia Jones with the help of ''everyone in town'' in order to get local psycho Ryan Chamberlain to confess to his crimes--he had a VillainousCrush on her and since she was his weak spot, it was (rightly) assumed that his despondency over losing her would cause him to break down.
* ''Series/KnightRider'' begins with the protagonist, Michael Long, being shot and left for dead. He is rescued, given MagicPlasticSurgery, and a new identity, Michael Knight. His FakingTheDead status is rarely mentioned after that except in an EasyAmnesia episode.



* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': In "Dead Men are Dangerous", Mark Crayford starts his scheme of revenge against Steed by having himself declared dead and a death certificate issued in his name, so Steed will not suspect him.
* In ''Series/{{Powers}}'' Johnny Royale was presumed dead for a long time before the start of the series, but it turns out he's still alive.

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* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': In "Dead Men are Dangerous", Mark Crayford starts his scheme of revenge against Steed by having himself declared dead This was done at least twice on ''Series/{{Monk}}'', the first in "Mr. Monk Meets the Psychic", where Monk and a death certificate issued in his name, so Steed will not the police pretend that the suspect him.
* In ''Series/{{Powers}}'' Johnny Royale was presumed dead
killed his old girlfriend in order to get him to admit that he really killed his wife. More notably, in the Season 6 finale, [[spoiler:After Monk has been accused of murder, Stottlemeyer pretends to shoot Monk to death in order to keep him under the radar while he looks for a long time before the start of the series, but it turns out he's still alive.real murderer.]]


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* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'':
** Cecil Fox, who was sentenced to death by hanging, sits up on the autopsy table and grabs Julia. He [[spoiler: had a tracheotomy tube and a helpful hangman who used a short rope]] so he would be seen to be hanged yet actually survive.
** [[spoiler:James Gillies.]] He made a deal with a dying person who was hanged instead of him, and he made his escape.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/MyNameIsEarl''. Earl had been in a relationship with a NaiveEverygirl after a hookup at a Halloween party. But, when things began to get too serious too fast, Earl faked his own death to avoid hurting her feelings. (Her current boyfriend got the idea from Earl and did it, too.) Later that episode, the woman in question faked her own death to get back at Earl for yelling at her about being an ExtremeDoormat. (Thus marking the point where she becomes more assertive than ever before.)
* Happened in ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' a couple of times:
** Agent Fornell [[spoiler: faked his own suicide to find a mole in the FBI, and clear his own name.]]
** Agent Gibbs [[spoiler: faked being shot, as part of a sting against a crooked ATF agent.]]


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* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': In "Dead Men are Dangerous", Mark Crayford starts his scheme of revenge against Steed by having himself declared dead and a death certificate issued in his name, so Steed will not suspect him.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''
** After those involved with the [[SinisterSurveillance Machine]] caused the death of his friend Nathan Ingram in a suicide bombing, Finch faked his death to protect himself and his [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies fiance]]. It helped that a massive bomb blast over water makes it plausible there was NoBodyLeftBehind, and Finch was already an {{Unperson}}.
** In "Mors Praematura", the CIA fake the death of a terrorist informer ostensibly to protect him, but he discovers it's actually so he can be indefinitely detained for interrogation in a BlackSite.
%%* The short-lived NBC show ''Series/{{Players}}'' had a few of these.
* In ''Series/{{Powers}}'' Johnny Royale was presumed dead for a long time before the start of the series, but it turns out he's still alive.
* In ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'', [[spoiler:Alison fakes her death to get away from A, it's still not known how.]]
* Despereaux the "master thief", in an episode of ''Series/{{Psych}}''. He's quite annoyed when the heroes find him.
-->'''Despereaux:''' Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a convincing body double? This one's too tall, this one's too fat...this one's just right, but he's an Eskimo!
* Jim Rockford of ''Series/TheRockfordFiles'' uses this several times throughout the series. Usually it is the "part of a con" variety, but he uses "one little mistake" once or twice as well.
* In accordance with the original Doyle canon (see Literature above), this trope appears in the ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' episode "The Reichenbach Fall". [[spoiler:He did it to prevent [[ArchEnemy Moriarty's]] henchmen from killing his friends.]]
* The KoreanSeries ''Series/ShiningInheritance'' has the father, Go Pyung Joong, hiding after after a body found in a gas explosion is thought to be him. He did this to give his family the insurance money.
* This has been done in a final episode of a season of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' a couple of times. In season 3 witness protection faked Chloe's death by blowing up her house and burying her coffin. Lana Lang fakes her death in season 6 by substituting the body of one of her clones in place of herself.
* Used in ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' as a battle ploy, with the unintended side effect that [[spoiler: the 58th's fellow Marines believe it too, until West can convince them otherwise.]]
* In the ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' episode The Siege part 3, the expedition allows the Wraith to believe that Atlantis was destroyed via nuke. In reality, the expedition merely cloaked the city after weathering the blast under the city's shield.
* Captain Kirk on ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' in "Amok Time" (where he has apparently been killed by Spock, but we learn that Dr. [=McCoy=] has actually given him a shot to knock him out), and in "The Enterprise Incident" (where Spock uses the fictional Vulcan Death Grip on Kirk so he can return to a Romulan ship in disguise. However, Dr. [=McCoy=] mentions a danger that most characters don't think of when pulling this trick, "You're lucky they didn't do an autopsy on you.").
** In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Quark's life is put in danger twice because of other people doing this. Grand Nagus Zek named Quark his successor, and "died", to see if his son would use business smarts to undermine Quark and take the title, but instead he just tries to assassinate Quark. And Morn once faked his death and left 1000 bars of gold pressed latinum to Quark, but the latinum was from a heist, and his partners were coming for their share.
* Brutus of the series ''Series/SunTrap'' fakes his own death twice in order to escape the financial hold of his money-grabbing ex-wife.
* Halfway through Season Six of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', [[spoiler: Crowley]] is seemingly killed off, but a few episodes before the season finale, it's revealed that he faked his death with help from [[spoiler: Castiel]] so that he could continue his plans under the Winchesters' noses.
* A ''Series/ThreesCompany'' episode has Jack doing this after he's threatened by a man who thinks he's trying to steal his girlfriend.
* Being immortal, Captain Jack pulls this off a few times in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' to get the drop on enemies, most noticably on the villain of the first episode.
%%* Henry does this in an episode of ''Series/UnnaturalHistory''.
* ''Series/WhiteCollar'': [[spoiler: Neal]], at the very end.
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'', Mulder fakes his own suicide at the end of season four, only to return several episodes into the next season.


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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS4E15Deception "Deception"]], Obi-Wan fakes his own death so he can go undercover as his supposed killer to investigate a plot against the Chancellor.
* Stroker and his son do this in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'' to throw ninjas off their trail.
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* 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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*** Also, Blofeld uses MagicPlasticSurgery on a henchman to make Bond believe he'd succeeded in killing him.
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* In ''Literature/ChainLetter'', [[spoiler:Neil, Kipp, and Fran]] are presumed dead. In actuality, all three are alive due to one of them being The Caretaker and wanting to ensure everyone knows why he's doing what he's doing before he kills them.
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* In ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice Loki saves Thor from Kurst]] by [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaling him]], then is stabbed himself with 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.]]

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* In ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice Loki saves Thor from Kurst]] Kurse]] by [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaling him]], then is stabbed himself with [[LodgedBladeRecycling the same weapon.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.]]
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* Literature/{{BloodyJack}} This happens several times over the series.



* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''
** When Marco's father is targeted by the Yeerks for nearly discovering Zero-space, Marco has Erek and Mr. King, two of their android friends, use their holograms to impersonate him and his dad for when the Yeerks come to shoot them with their Dracon beams.
** 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.
** A major plot twist early in the series is Marco discovering that his mother was the host of Visser One, who faked her death when she left Earth to pursue other missions.
** Finally, Jake fakes the deaths of ''all'' the other Animorphs in order to sneak them on the Pool ship in his final [[ThePlan plan]].
* In ''Annals of Literature/TheBlackCompany'', [[spoiler: Raven]] pulls this -- [[spoiler: twice.]]
* ''Literature/{{BloodyJack}}'': This happens several times over the series.
* In ''The Leper of St. Giles'' by Creator/EllisPeters, Literature/BrotherCadfael discovers that a mourned crusader is still alive, but had his Saracen captors falsely report his death from battle-wounds. In reality, the unfortunate warrior had contracted leprosy and didn't want anyone to see or pity his disfigurements.
* In ''[[Literature/TheCasteelSeries Dark Angel]]'', [[spoiler:Troy Tatterton]] appears to have drowned. The next book in the series, ''Fallen Hearts'', reveals that [[spoiler:he had faked his death so that Heaven could marry her first love Logan, whom he believed was better for her]].



* This is how Arthur Conan Doyle brought Literature/SherlockHolmes back in "The Adventure of the Empty House" (1903) after previously attempting to permanently kill him off in "The Final Problem" (1893).
* David Gerrold's ''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr''. Colonel Ira Wallachstein, head of the covert Uncle Ira Group, is reportedly killed by an escaping Chtorran worm in the first novel of this sci-fi series. However he comes back "apparently suffering only a ''mild'' case of death" in the fourth book. It turns out his death was faked. [[ThePlan Given the way the Uncle Ira Group operates]], this is not particularly surprising.



* Happens in the Literature/XWingSeries time and time again. Mostly, it's the Rogues managing to escape death and taking advantage of everyone's assumptions until they can come back triumphant, but [[spoiler: Asyr Sei'lar instead goes back to her homeworld to fight her species' [[PlanetOfHats Hat]] of political treachery]], and then there's [[spoiler: Isard]]. The survival of the Rogues is believed by one minor Imperial character to be a fake - he believes that they really have died each time, and were replaced by clones.
** Another one from the same series is [[spoiler: [[BecomingTheMask Lara Notsil]]]], who helps take down ''Iron Fist'' [[DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent from the inside]] [[spoiler: after her true identity as a former Imperial Intelligence Agent is revealed]]. It seems at first that she's pulled a RedemptionEqualsDeath, but [[spoiler: a message to her LoveInterest from her squadron reveals that's she survived and took on a new identity]]. Luckily for her, [[spoiler: Wedge and Han send the message on to said love interest and mutually agree that she's died in battle, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments deciding that her contributions to Wraith Squadron far outweigh the mistakes she made as an Imperial and that she doesn't deserve to get executed for treason when she is clearly no longer that person anymore]]]].
** Another book in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse has a birdman who really wants to quit the criminal business and return to his homeworld, but he's fairly high up in the criminal syndicate Black Sun, and ResignationsNotAccepted something like that. His underlord even hints that if he tries, his world will suffer. In the same book, Darth Vader gives a character the terrible choice of betraying his friend, one of the last surviving Jedi, or having the plateau where his people live bombed from orbit. Both of them are eventually thought to have been caught in a nuclear blast, and both of them take advantage of being thought dead.
** Boba Fett spends a while doing this after escaping from the Sarlacc, complete with abandoning his trademark ship, ''Slave I''. Of course, because he's kind of an asshole, he ensures he still has transportation by humiliating a rival bounty hunter and stealing his ship.
* In ''Literature/TheLegendsongSaga'' Solen apparently downs himself after being caught out about taking Fay to Darkfall and accused of treason. He later turns up perfectly alive on Glynnís ship from Fomhika, having shed his Shadowman agent cover.
* Rowling is fond of this trope.
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', [[spoiler:Harry pretends to be dead after surviving yet another Killing Curse from Voldemort. He pretends to be dead until the height of the battle, during which he leaps into the fray to save Mrs. Weasley from being fried by old Voldie]].
** Janus Thickey disappeared leaving only a hasty OhCrap A Lethifold's Killing Me note. His family went into mourning until he was found living with the landlady of a local inn. It may be related that the hospital's ward for long term spell damage is named for him.
** As early as ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', she reveals that Peter Pettigrew was killed in a magical duel with Sirius Black, destroyed so utterly that only a single finger remained. Black was sent to Azkaban for the crime. Except [[spoiler:Pettigrew faked his death in order to frame Black, get him out of the way, and promote his master Voldemort's agenda.]]
* In ''The Leper of St. Giles'' by Creator/EllisPeters, Literature/BrotherCadfael discovers that a mourned crusader is still alive, but had his Saracen captors falsely report his death from battle-wounds. In reality, the unfortunate warrior had contracted leprosy and didn't want anyone to see or pity his disfigurements.
* A tactic employed in self-defense by [[spoiler: the Count]] in ''Literature/ANightInTheLonesomeOctober'' by Creator/RogerZelazny, to avert a potential assassination.
* In ''Literature/LesMiserables'', Jean Valjean fakes drowning in order to escape prison without being searched for.
* 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.]] ]]
* In ''Annals of Literature/TheBlackCompany'', [[spoiler: Raven]] pulls this -- [[spoiler: twice.]]

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* Happens in the Literature/XWingSeries time and time again. Mostly, it's the Rogues managing to escape death and taking advantage [[ConspiracyTheorist James]] of everyone's assumptions until they can come back triumphant, but [[spoiler: Asyr Sei'lar instead goes back to her homeworld to fight her species' [[PlanetOfHats Hat]] of political treachery]], and then there's [[spoiler: Isard]]. The survival of the Rogues is believed by one minor Imperial character to be a fake - he ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfSteveStollberg'' believes that they really have died each time, and were replaced by clones.
** Another one from the same series is [[spoiler: [[BecomingTheMask Lara Notsil]]]], who helps take down ''Iron Fist'' [[DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent from the inside]] [[spoiler: after her true identity as a former Imperial Intelligence Agent is revealed]]. It seems at first that she's pulled a RedemptionEqualsDeath, but [[spoiler: a message to her LoveInterest from her squadron reveals that's she survived and took on a new identity]]. Luckily for her, [[spoiler: Wedge and Han send the message on to said love interest and mutually agree that she's died in battle, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments deciding that her contributions to Wraith Squadron far outweigh the mistakes she made as an Imperial and that she doesn't deserve to get executed for treason when she is clearly no longer that person anymore]]]].
** Another book in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse has a birdman who really wants to quit the criminal business and return to
Mickey Mouse faked his homeworld, but he's fairly high up death, in the criminal syndicate Black Sun, and ResignationsNotAccepted something like that. His underlord even hints that if he tries, his world will suffer. In the same book, Darth Vader gives a character the terrible choice of betraying his friend, one spite of the last surviving Jedi, or having the plateau where his people live bombed from orbit. Both of them are eventually thought to have been caught in a nuclear blast, and both of them take advantage of being thought dead.
** Boba Fett spends a while doing this after escaping from the Sarlacc, complete with abandoning his trademark ship, ''Slave I''. Of course, because he's kind of an asshole, he ensures he still has transportation by humiliating a rival bounty hunter and stealing his ship.
* In ''Literature/TheLegendsongSaga'' Solen apparently downs himself after being caught out about taking Fay to Darkfall and accused of treason. He later turns up perfectly alive on Glynnís ship from Fomhika, having shed his Shadowman agent cover.
* Rowling is fond of this trope.
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', [[spoiler:Harry pretends to be dead after surviving yet another Killing Curse from Voldemort. He pretends to be dead until the height of the battle, during which he leaps into the fray to save Mrs. Weasley from being fried by old Voldie]].
** Janus Thickey disappeared leaving only a hasty OhCrap A Lethifold's Killing Me note. His family went into mourning until he was found living with the landlady of a local inn. It may be related
overwhelming evidence that the hospital's ward for long term spell damage is named for him.
** As early as ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', she reveals that Peter Pettigrew
he was killed in a magical duel with Sirius Black, destroyed so utterly that only a single finger remained. Black was sent to Azkaban for the crime. Except [[spoiler:Pettigrew faked his death in order to frame Black, get him out of the way, and promote his master Voldemort's agenda.]]
* In ''The Leper of St. Giles'' by Creator/EllisPeters, Literature/BrotherCadfael discovers that a mourned crusader is still alive, but had his Saracen captors falsely report his death from battle-wounds. In reality, the unfortunate warrior had contracted leprosy and didn't want anyone to see or pity his disfigurements.
* A tactic employed in self-defense by [[spoiler: the Count]] in ''Literature/ANightInTheLonesomeOctober'' by Creator/RogerZelazny, to avert a potential assassination.
* In ''Literature/LesMiserables'', Jean Valjean fakes drowning in order to escape prison without being searched for.
* 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.]] ]]
* In ''Annals of Literature/TheBlackCompany'', [[spoiler: Raven]] pulls this -- [[spoiler: twice.]]
drive-by-shooting.



* A favoured plot device of Creator/ChristopherPike - used in ''Falling'', [[spoiler: ''Chain Letter'' (Neal), ''Slumber Party'' (Nicole/Celeste)]], ''Weekend'' [[spoiler: (Bert)]], ''Gimme a Kiss'' [[spoiler: (Jane), ''Scavenger Hunt'' (Joe/Tom)]], ''Fall Into Darkness'' [[spoiler: (Ann)]].
* ''Literature/TheWestingGame'': [[spoiler: Windy Windkloppel did this ''twice'', once as Sam Westing, setting the plot of the book in motion, and once as Sandy [=McSouthers=] to pull himself out of the game.]]
* In ''Literature/SecondFoundation'', [[spoiler:the entire Second Foundation]] pulls this off.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''
** When Marco's father is targeted by the Yeerks for nearly discovering Zero-space, Marco has Erek and Mr. King, two of their android friends, use their holograms to impersonate him and his dad for when the Yeerks come to shoot them with their Dracon beams.
** 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.
** A major plot twist early in the series is Marco discovering that his mother was the host of Visser One, who faked her death when she left Earth to pursue other missions.
** Finally, Jake fakes the deaths of ''all'' the other Animorphs in order to sneak them on the Pool ship in his final [[ThePlan plan]].
* ''Untold Story'' by Monica Ali focuses on a fictional princess, based on Princess Diana, who fakes her own death and escapes abroad because she is convinced she's about to be assassinated by the Secret Service.

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* A favoured plot device of Creator/ChristopherPike - used Afafrenfere in ''Falling'', [[spoiler: ''Chain Letter'' (Neal), ''Slumber Party'' (Nicole/Celeste)]], ''Weekend'' [[spoiler: (Bert)]], ''Gimme a Kiss'' [[spoiler: (Jane), ''Scavenger Hunt'' (Joe/Tom)]], ''Fall Into Darkness'' [[spoiler: (Ann)]].
* ''Literature/TheWestingGame'': [[spoiler: Windy Windkloppel did this ''twice'', once as Sam Westing, setting the plot of the book in motion, and once as Sandy [=McSouthers=] to pull himself out of the game.]]
* In ''Literature/SecondFoundation'', [[spoiler:the entire Second Foundation]] pulls this off.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''
** When Marco's father is targeted by the Yeerks for nearly discovering Zero-space, Marco has Erek and Mr. King, two of their android friends, use their holograms to impersonate him
''Literature/CompanionsCodex'', when he and his dad for when companions are held prisoner by the Yeerks come to shoot them with their Dracon beams.
** 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
drow of it.
** A major plot twist early in the series is Marco discovering that his mother was the host of Visser One, who faked her death when she left Earth to pursue other missions.
** Finally, Jake fakes the deaths of ''all'' the other Animorphs in order to sneak them on the Pool ship
Q'Xorlarrin, hangs in his final [[ThePlan plan]].
* ''Untold Story'' by Monica Ali focuses on a fictional princess, based on Princess Diana, who fakes her own death
cage and escapes abroad because she is convinced she's about to be assassinated by plays dead, so that the Secret Service.drow will leave him alone. He is so good at it, that he even fools Entreri into thinking he's a goner.



* In the ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries'' Michael gets [[spoiler:Rosamund]] listed as officially dead so his father won't interfere with her love life.
* In the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'', this is called a "Death Spell". It's used to make people think someone is dead. Go figure.
* 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.



* In the historical novel ''Literature/WingsOfDawn'': [[spoiler: Lord Hawkwood]]. %% This entry was added automatically by FELH2. In case the wording doesn't make sense, rewrite it as you like, remove this comment and tell this troper.
* The ''Literature/StarTrekEnterpriseRelaunch'' novel ''The Good That Men Do'' {{retcon}}s the death of [[spoiler:Trip Tucker]] in the show into being this.
* In the ''Literature/StarTrekVoyagerRelaunch'' novels, [[spoiler: B'Elanna Torres]] does this in order to stay safe from enemies. [[spoiler: Her husband Tom]] is in on the deception, but [[spoiler:Harry Kim]] is not, and does not take it well when he finds out he was lied to.
* In ''[[Literature/TheInfernalDevices The Clockwork Angel]]'', [[spoiler: Tessa fakes her own suicide to prevent Mortmain from using her power.]]
* In the first ''Literature/WarriorCats'' book, Ravenpaw's death is faked in order to protect him from Tigerclaw, who had intended to silence him for [[HeKnowsTooMuch witnessing something he shouldn't have]].
* ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', [[spoiler:while posing as Michael Wayland, Valentine faked his own death to strengthen Jace]].
* Near the beginning of ''Price of the Stars'', Beka Rosselin-Metadi attracts the wrong sort of attention nosing about the death of her stateswoman mother and is obliged to (with the aid of an old family friend) stage a messy spaceship crash complete with organic material smeared among what was left of a malfunctioning lifepod. Her father General Jos Metadi[[note]](who was intimately familiar with the armed freighter he gave his youngest child, including the numerous off-the-book upgrades he made during his privateer days a generation and more ago)[[/note]] arrived to personally investigate the crash site and essentially dictated the findings which hinted at successfully subtle sabotage.

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* In Subverted in a Colin Forbes spy thriller. While investigating the historical novel ''Literature/WingsOfDawn'': [[spoiler: Lord Hawkwood]]. %% This entry was added automatically by FELH2. In case the wording doesn't make sense, rewrite it as you like, remove this comment and tell this troper.
* The ''Literature/StarTrekEnterpriseRelaunch'' novel ''The Good That Men Do'' {{retcon}}s the death
backgrounds of [[spoiler:Trip Tucker]] his colleagues in the show into being this.
* In
intelligence service, the ''Literature/StarTrekVoyagerRelaunch'' novels, [[spoiler: B'Elanna Torres]] does this protagonist finds an elderly woman living in order to stay safe from enemies. [[spoiler: Her a small village who was told by government agents that her soldier husband Tom]] is (apparently killed in a car accident just after WW2) had actually been sent on a deep cover mission behind the deception, but [[spoiler:Harry Kim]] is not, Iron Curtain. Actually the 'government agents' were KGB; her husband really was dead and does not take it well when he finds out he was lied to.
* In ''[[Literature/TheInfernalDevices The Clockwork Angel]]'', [[spoiler: Tessa fakes her own suicide to prevent Mortmain from using her power.]]
* In the first ''Literature/WarriorCats'' book, Ravenpaw's death is faked in order to protect him from Tigerclaw, who
had intended to silence him for [[HeKnowsTooMuch witnessing something he shouldn't have]].
* ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', [[spoiler:while posing as Michael Wayland, Valentine faked his own death to strengthen Jace]].
* Near the beginning of ''Price of the Stars'', Beka Rosselin-Metadi attracts the wrong sort of attention nosing about the death of her stateswoman mother and is obliged to (with the aid of an old family friend) stage a messy spaceship crash complete with organic material smeared among what was left of a malfunctioning lifepod. Her father General Jos Metadi[[note]](who was intimately familiar with the armed freighter he gave his youngest child, including the numerous off-the-book upgrades he made during his privateer days a generation and more ago)[[/note]] arrived to personally investigate the crash site and essentially dictated the findings which hinted at successfully subtle sabotage.
been replaced by TheMole.



* ''[[Literature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]'': [[spoiler: Aio is one of many guises worn by Tasio.]] He made this big show about fatal injury and FamousLastWords when it came time for his "death". [[spoiler: It was necessary in order to galvanize Eric into action.]]



* [[ConspiracyTheorist James]] of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfSteveStollberg'' believes that Mickey Mouse faked his death, in spite of the overwhelming evidence that he was killed in a drive-by-shooting.
* 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.
* The ''Literature/StarTrekColdEquations'' trilogy retcons [[spoiler: Noonien Soong]]'s death into this. In fact he [[spoiler: arranged for a BrainUploading into an android body]].
* Two of the ''Literature/ZacharyNixonJohnson'' books feature the antagonists faking their deaths:
** In ''The Doomsday Brunette'', [[spoiler:Foraa fakes her death after a failed assassination attempt in order to let some of the heat die down]].
** In ''The Flaxen Femme Fatale'', [[spoiler:Natasha fakes her death so that the government will stop trying to use her psi powers for nefarious purposes]].
* In ''[[Literature/TheCasteelSeries Dark Angel]]'', [[spoiler:Troy Tatterton]] appears to have drowned. The next book in the series, ''Fallen Hearts'', reveals that [[spoiler:he had faked his death so that Heaven could marry her first love Logan, whom he believed was better for her]].



* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': J.K. Rowling is fond of this trope.
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', [[spoiler:Harry pretends to be dead after surviving yet another Killing Curse from Voldemort. He pretends to be dead until the height of the battle, during which he leaps into the fray to save Mrs. Weasley from being fried by old Voldie]].
** Janus Thickey disappeared leaving only a hasty OhCrap A Lethifold's Killing Me note. His family went into mourning until he was found living with the landlady of a local inn. It may be related that the hospital's ward for long term spell damage is named for him.
** As early as ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', she reveals that Peter Pettigrew was killed in a magical duel with Sirius Black, destroyed so utterly that only a single finger remained. Black was sent to Azkaban for the crime. Except [[spoiler:Pettigrew faked his death in order to frame Black, get him out of the way, and promote his master Voldemort's agenda.]]
* In ''[[Literature/TheInfernalDevices The Clockwork Angel]]'', [[spoiler: Tessa fakes her own suicide to prevent Mortmain from using her power.]]
* 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.
* In the ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries'' Michael gets [[spoiler:Rosamund]] listed as officially dead so his father won't interfere with her love life.
* In ''Literature/TheLegendsongSaga'' Solen apparently downs himself after being caught out about taking Fay to Darkfall and accused of treason. He later turns up perfectly alive on Glynnís ship from Fomhika, having shed his Shadowman agent cover.
* ''[[Literature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]'': [[spoiler: Aio is one of many guises worn by Tasio.]] He made this big show about fatal injury and FamousLastWords when it came time for his "death". [[spoiler: It was necessary in order to galvanize Eric into action.]]
* In ''Literature/LesMiserables'', Jean Valjean fakes drowning in order to escape prison without being searched for.
* ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', [[spoiler:while posing as Michael Wayland, Valentine faked his own death to strengthen Jace]].
* A tactic employed in self-defense by [[spoiler: the Count]] in ''Literature/ANightInTheLonesomeOctober'' by Creator/RogerZelazny, to avert a potential assassination.
* A favoured plot device of Creator/ChristopherPike - used in ''Falling'', [[spoiler: ''Chain Letter'' (Neal), ''Slumber Party'' (Nicole/Celeste)]], ''Weekend'' [[spoiler: (Bert)]], ''Gimme a Kiss'' [[spoiler: (Jane), ''Scavenger Hunt'' (Joe/Tom)]], ''Fall Into Darkness'' [[spoiler: (Ann)]].
* Near the beginning of ''Price of the Stars'', Beka Rosselin-Metadi attracts the wrong sort of attention nosing about the death of her stateswoman mother and is obliged to (with the aid of an old family friend) stage a messy spaceship crash complete with organic material smeared among what was left of a malfunctioning lifepod. Her father General Jos Metadi[[note]](who was intimately familiar with the armed freighter he gave his youngest child, including the numerous off-the-book upgrades he made during his privateer days a generation and more ago)[[/note]] arrived to personally investigate the crash site and essentially dictated the findings which hinted at successfully subtle sabotage.
* 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.]] ]]
* In ''Literature/SecondFoundation'', [[spoiler:the entire Second Foundation]] pulls this off.
* ''Literature/ShadowPolice'': Very late in ''Who Killed Sherlock Holmes?'', the team realise that [[spoiler:the ghost of Sherlock Holmes]] actually faked their 'murder', and is the really the killer they are hunting.
* This is how Arthur Conan Doyle brought Literature/SherlockHolmes back in "The Adventure of the Empty House" (1903) after previously attempting to permanently kill him off in "The Final Problem" (1893).



* Afafrenfere in ''Literature/CompanionsCodex'', when he and his companions are held prisoner by the drow of Q'Xorlarrin, hangs in his cage and plays dead, so that the drow will leave him alone. He is so good at it, that he even fools Entreri into thinking he's a goner.
* ''Literature/ShadowPolice'': Very late in ''Who Killed Sherlock Holmes?'', the team realise that [[spoiler:the ghost of Sherlock Holmes]] actually faked their 'murder', and is the really the killer they are hunting.

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* Afafrenfere The ''Literature/StarTrekEnterpriseRelaunch'' novel ''The Good That Men Do'' {{retcon}}s the death of [[spoiler:Trip Tucker]] in ''Literature/CompanionsCodex'', the show into being this.
* In the ''Literature/StarTrekVoyagerRelaunch'' novels, [[spoiler: B'Elanna Torres]] does this in order to stay safe from enemies. [[spoiler: Her husband Tom]] is in on the deception, but [[spoiler:Harry Kim]] is not, and does not take it well
when he finds out he was lied to.
* The ''Literature/StarTrekColdEquations'' trilogy retcons [[spoiler: Noonien Soong]]'s death into this. In fact he [[spoiler: arranged for a BrainUploading into an android body]].
* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'':
** ''[[Literature/StarWarsAhsoka Ahsoka]]'': [[spoiler:Ahsoka
and his companions are held prisoner Rex did this after Order 66 by digging a fake grave, burying a clone trooper who had been killed earlier in the drow fighting there in at least some of Q'Xorlarrin, hangs in his cage Rex's armour, and plays dead, so placing a gravestone claiming that Rex was buried there, having [[MutualKill heroically taken down the drow will leave him alone. He 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.]]
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** Happens in the Literature/XWingSeries time and time again. Mostly, it's the Rogues managing to escape death and taking advantage of everyone's assumptions until they can come back triumphant, but [[spoiler: Asyr Sei'lar instead goes back to her homeworld to fight her species' [[PlanetOfHats Hat]] of political treachery]], and then there's [[spoiler: Isard]]. The survival of the Rogues
is so good at it, believed by one minor Imperial character to be a fake - he believes that he even fools Entreri into thinking they really have died each time, and were replaced by clones.
*** Another one from the same series is [[spoiler: [[BecomingTheMask Lara Notsil]]]], who helps take down ''Iron Fist'' [[DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent from the inside]] [[spoiler: after her true identity as a former Imperial Intelligence Agent is revealed]]. It seems at first that she's pulled a RedemptionEqualsDeath, but [[spoiler: a message to her LoveInterest from her squadron reveals that's she survived and took on a new identity]]. Luckily for her, [[spoiler: Wedge and Han send the message on to said love interest and mutually agree that she's died in battle, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments deciding that her contributions to Wraith Squadron far outweigh the mistakes she made as an Imperial and that she doesn't deserve to get executed for treason when she is clearly no longer that person anymore]]]].
** ''Literature/CoruscantNights'' has a birdman who really wants to quit the criminal business and return to his homeworld, but
he's a goner.
* ''Literature/ShadowPolice'': Very late
fairly high up in ''Who Killed Sherlock Holmes?'', the team realise criminal syndicate Black Sun, and ResignationsNotAccepted something like that. His underlord even hints that [[spoiler:the ghost if he tries, his world will suffer. In the same book, Darth Vader gives a character the terrible choice of Sherlock Holmes]] actually faked their 'murder', betraying his friend, one of the last surviving Jedi, or having the plateau where his people live bombed from orbit. Both of them are eventually thought to have been caught in a nuclear blast, and is both of them take advantage of being thought dead.
** Boba Fett spends a while doing this after escaping from
the really Sarlacc, complete with abandoning his trademark ship, ''Slave I''. Of course, because he's kind of an asshole, he ensures he still has transportation by humiliating a rival bounty hunter and stealing his ship.
* In
the killer they are hunting.''Literature/SwordOfTruth'', this is called a "Death Spell". It's used to make people think someone is dead. Go figure.


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* ''Untold Story'' by Monica Ali focuses on a fictional princess, based on Princess Diana, who fakes her own death and escapes abroad because she is convinced she's about to be assassinated by the Secret Service.
* David Gerrold's ''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr''. Colonel Ira Wallachstein, head of the covert Uncle Ira Group, is reportedly killed by an escaping Chtorran worm in the first novel of this sci-fi series. However he comes back "apparently suffering only a ''mild'' case of death" in the fourth book. It turns out his death was faked. [[ThePlan Given the way the Uncle Ira Group operates]], this is not particularly surprising.
* In the first ''Literature/WarriorCats'' book, Ravenpaw's death is faked in order to protect him from Tigerclaw, who had intended to silence him for [[HeKnowsTooMuch witnessing something he shouldn't have]].
* ''Literature/TheWestingGame'': [[spoiler: Windy Windkloppel did this ''twice'', once as Sam Westing, setting the plot of the book in motion, and once as Sandy [=McSouthers=] to pull himself out of the game.]]
* In the historical novel ''Literature/WingsOfDawn'': [[spoiler: Lord Hawkwood]]. %% This entry was added automatically by FELH2. In case the wording doesn't make sense, rewrite it as you like, remove this comment and tell this troper.


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* Two of the ''Literature/ZacharyNixonJohnson'' books feature the antagonists faking their deaths:
** In ''The Doomsday Brunette'', [[spoiler:Foraa fakes her death after a failed assassination attempt in order to let some of the heat die down]].
** In ''The Flaxen Femme Fatale'', [[spoiler:Natasha fakes her death so that the government will stop trying to use her psi powers for nefarious purposes]].
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* ''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.



* In ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'', [[spoiler:Alison fakes her death to get away from A, it's still not known how.]

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* In the Literature/{{Foundation}} series, the [[spoiler: entire Second Foundation]] pulls this off.

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* In the Literature/{{Foundation}} series, the [[spoiler: ''Literature/SecondFoundation'', [[spoiler:the entire Second Foundation]] pulls this off.
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