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22nd Jun '16 1:50:58 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs'': [[spoiler:Kaji]] faked his own death to throw SEELE off his trail while he worked on exposing them.
10th Jun '16 3:24:12 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* Part of the backstory of ''Anime/CodeGeass'': Lelouch and Nunnally Lamperouge are in fact disgraced royalty who faked their own deaths in order to hide in exile in Area 11 (formerly Japan). It gets used a few more times in the series, with [[spoiler:Zero declared dead at the start of R2, Nunnally, Sayoko and Guilford presumed dead after FLEIJA detonated, [[BrokenPedestal Marianne]] revealed to have hidden in another character's body, and Suzaku "dying" in the final battle to take up the mantle of Zero]]. Despite all of that, Word of God says [[spoiler: Lelouch is genuinely dead in the end]].

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* Part of the backstory of ''Anime/CodeGeass'': Lelouch and Nunnally Lamperouge are in fact disgraced royalty who faked their own deaths in order to hide in exile in Area 11 (formerly Japan). It gets used a few more times in the series, with [[spoiler:Zero declared dead at the start of R2, Nunnally, Sayoko and Guilford presumed dead after FLEIJA detonated, [[BrokenPedestal Marianne]] revealed to have hidden in another character's body, and Suzaku "dying" in the final battle to take up the mantle of Zero]]. Despite all of that, Word of God WordOfGod says [[spoiler: Lelouch is genuinely dead in the end]].



* In volume 30 of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', {{Captain Ersatz}}es of famous detectives were invited to an abandoned mansion and, being observed by surveillance cameras, fake killing each other off and/or dying via various ignoble means to deduced who the real killer was in order to PullTheThread on her.

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* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
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In a case from volume 30 of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', 30, {{Captain Ersatz}}es of famous detectives were invited to an abandoned mansion and, being observed by surveillance cameras, fake killing each other off and/or dying via various ignoble means to deduced who the real killer was in order to PullTheThread on her.her.
** In a filler case, [[spoiler: a desperate woman stuck with an abusive fiancè asked her friends and neighbors for help to fake her death and get away, and they agreed. But in an horrible subversion, they didn't count on said abusive fiancè finding out about the plan, [[IfICantHaveYou killing the girl]] and then trying to use Kogoro as an UnwittingPawn to put the blame on the friends.]]



** [[spoiler:A SchoolNewspaperNewshound named Maya is found apparently bludgeoned to death by the murderer from the BoardingSchool case because, unbeknownst to herelf, she has crucial information that could ruin his plans. It turns out Maya survived the attack, but the Q class pretended that she had died so she wouldn't be targeted again; she's hospitalized and in recovery, and this is revealed once the case is solved.]]

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** [[spoiler:A SchoolNewspaperNewshound named Maya is found apparently bludgeoned to death by the murderer from the BoardingSchool case because, unbeknownst to herelf, herself, she has crucial information that could ruin his plans. It turns out Maya survived the attack, but the Q class pretended that she had died so she wouldn't be targeted again; she's hospitalized and in recovery, and this is revealed once the case is solved.]]



** [[spoiler:A CEO who was going to be on a business flight that crashed but gave her ticket to someone else at the last minute chose not to come forward and admit she didn't die in the plane crash, because her life insurance policy was large enough to keep her failing company solvent. Unfortunately, when she tried to see her family one last time disguised as a PhonyPsychic, her sons thought she was a con artist in cahoots with their [[EvilUncle Evil Aunt]] and [[MatriCide murdered]] [[SelfMadeOrphan her]] [[KnightTemplarBigBrother to protect their little sister]].]]

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** [[spoiler:A CEO who was going to be on a business flight that crashed but gave her ticket to someone else at the last minute chose not to come forward and admit she didn't die in the plane crash, because her life insurance policy was large enough to keep her failing company solvent. Unfortunately, when she tried to see her family one last time disguised as a PhonyPsychic, her LockedOutofTheLoop sons thought she was a con artist in cahoots with their [[EvilUncle Evil Aunt]] Aunt]]... and [[MatriCide murdered]] [[SelfMadeOrphan her]] [[KnightTemplarBigBrother to protect their little sister]].]]
6th Jun '16 11:32:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* Cao Cao spreads rumours of his death in ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' in order to set up an ambush for Lu Bu. Invoked/subverted by Zhuge Liang, [[spoiler: who uses the fear of this (and a rather lifelike carving of himself) to keep Sima Yi from pursuing the Shu army when it retreats [[ThanatosGambit upon his death.]] ]]

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* Cao Cao spreads rumours of his death in ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' ''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 the {{Foundation}} series, the [[spoiler: entire Second Foundation]] pulls this off.

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* In the {{Foundation}} Literature/{{Foundation}} series, the [[spoiler: entire Second Foundation]] pulls this off.
2nd Jun '16 3:46:31 PM Eagal
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* 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.
19th May '16 7:59:01 PM nombretomado
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''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.)

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''MyNameIsEarl''.''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.)
15th May '16 4:17:42 PM Goldfritha
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* In Creator/LarryCorreia's Literature/TheGrimnoirChronicle, both Browning and Lance were pretending to have died in the backstory, Browning from a heart attack, Lance in the attack that killed his wife and their baby. [[spoiler:Faye uses it later.]]
14th May '16 5:35:42 PM CountDorku
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** 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.
5th May '16 10:21:24 AM AshlynNyx
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* 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]].
30th Apr '16 10:40:01 PM foxley
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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 Series/PrettyLittleLiars, ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'', [[spoiler:Alison fakes her death to get away from A, it's still not known how]]



* ''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.

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* ''HappyDays'': ''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.


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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.
25th Apr '16 7:52:34 AM Tron80
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->'''Sevarius:''' I was particularly proud of my death scene.
->'''Xanatos:''' Frankly, Sevarius, I thought you overplayed the part.

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->'''Sevarius:''' I was particularly proud of my death scene.
->'''Xanatos:'''
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'''Xanatos:'''
Frankly, Sevarius, I thought you overplayed the part.



* In ''[[Fanfic/ASongOfIceAndFiresThatWerentAllMyFault A Song of Ice and Fires That Weren't All My fault]]'', Harry does this for [[spoiler:the Targaryens]] after assassins try to kill them.

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* In ''[[Fanfic/ASongOfIceAndFiresThatWerentAllMyFault A Song of Ice and Fires That Weren't All My fault]]'', ''Fanfic/ASongOfIceAndFiresThatWerentAllMyFault'', Harry does this for [[spoiler:the Targaryens]] after assassins try to kill them.


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