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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 ''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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* 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 they found out that he was still alive, as Faroud never told anyone.

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* 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, alive]], as Faroud never told anyone.
1st Jan '17 9:40:19 PM Qwerty011
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* 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. 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 they found out that he was still alive, as Faroud never told anyone.

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* 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.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 they found out that he was still alive, as Faroud never told anyone.
1st Jan '17 9:36:58 PM Qwerty011
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* 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. 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 they found out that he was still alive, as Faroud never told anyone.
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* In ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlOfKrypton'' story arc, Franchise/{{Superman}}, Franchise/{{Batman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman stage Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'s death so Comicbook/{{Darkseid}} -who had previously kidnapped her and brainwashed- leaves her alone.

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

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* In the ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow?'', {{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} fakes his death by exposure by gold kryptonite (removing his powers) and walking to his death into the frozen Antarctic. In reality, [[spoiler:he became Jordan Elliot, a regular working class guy]].
* In ''Comicbook/SupermanBatman: The Supergirl of Krypton'' ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlOfKrypton'' story arc, Franchise/{{Superman}}, Franchise/{{Batman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman stage Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'s death so Comicbook/{{Darkseid}} -who had previously kidnapped her and brainwashed- leaves her alone.
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* ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'': A few years before the story begins, TheHero, the Red Knight, faked his death to get his family off his scent after he ran away from home. It's why he's going by "Red Knight" rather than his given name.



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

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* In ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'', [[spoiler:Alison fakes her death to get away from A, it's still not known how]]how.]
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* In ''{{Film/Headhunters}}'' [[spoiler: Roger]] survives a car collision, but convinces his attacker that he's dead to chase him more effectively.
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