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24th Aug '16 1:10:33 AM sirsomeguy2
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* Early in ''VideoGame/Uncharted3DrakesDeception'', after Katherine Marlowe steals Drake's ring from our hero, Nate and Sully appear to get fatally shot by a disgruntled thug in front of her. After she leaves, assuming them to be dead and leaving the thug behind, it's revealed that the thug, Cutter, was working with Nate and Sully the whole time, and set up the act to throw their enemies off their tail with a fake ring, Nate still having the real deal. With them assumed dead, they could follow after them to the location they intend to use the ring.
21st Aug '16 2:30:27 AM foxley
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* The short-lived NBC show ''Players'' had a few of these.

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* The short-lived NBC show ''Players'' ''Series/{{Players}}'' had a few of these.



* 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.

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* A ''Series/{{Mash}}'' ''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.



* Series/{{Community}}: As revealed in the third season finale, [[spoiler: Star-Burns faked his death in a meth lab explosion]].

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* Series/{{Community}}: ''Series/{{Community}}'': As revealed in the third season finale, [[spoiler: Star-Burns faked his death in a meth lab explosion]].


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* ''Series/NCISNewOrleans'': In "Second Line", a navy reservist fakes his death in car crash to allow him desert with the proceeds of a crime he has committed.
15th Aug '16 6:03:34 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/ButtonMan'': Convinced that the Voices will never stop following him unless they think he's already dead, Harry arranges his own "death" by cutting of his finger to a Button Man that is required to confirm a kill. He later kills the other for real just to be sure he wouldn't talk either.
5th Aug '16 4:07:07 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', The Flood will try to pull this on you. Dropping dead to the ground only to jump to their feet moments later. It can be difficult to tell when they are genuinely dead due to this, and the only real way to ensure they are is to watch them for a moment or punch/pump them full of lead.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', The Flood Combat Forms will try to pull this on you. Dropping you in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', dropping dead to the ground only to jump to their feet moments later. It can be difficult to tell when they are genuinely dead due to this, and the only real way to ensure they are is to watch them for a moment or punch/pump them full of lead.
1st Aug '16 6:55:25 AM AdelePotter
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* At the climax of ''Film/{{Nerve}}'', [[spoiler:Vee and Ty stage an elaborate ruse where Ty shoots her (actually using blanks and fake blood), and Vee "dies," causing all the watchers to believe they're now accomplices to murder. They immediately log off of the app, crashing the servers and ending the titular game for good. Vee then reveals to Ian that she's okay, and that she and Ty were working together.]]
28th Jul '16 12:56:42 AM foxley
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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.]]

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* In Creator/LarryCorreia's Literature/TheGrimnoirChronicle, ''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.]]]]
* ''Literature/SimonArk'': In "The Gravesend Trumpet", two conspirators fake the death of the one of them, making it look like the work of an ancient curse. However, one of conspirators is planning to later murder the other, taking advantage of the fact that everyone already thinks they are dead.
21st Jul '16 3:16:51 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Batgirl|2000}}'', Batgirl once fakes the dead to get the villain to trust Robin, who's supposedly taken her down. That includes ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome staying still]]'' when Robin [[ShootYourMate shoots her]] on the villain's orders, who's DangerouslyGenreSavvy.

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* In an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Batgirl|2000}}'', Batgirl once fakes the dead to get the villain to trust Robin, who's supposedly taken her down. That includes ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome staying still]]'' when Robin [[ShootYourMate shoots her]] on the villain's orders, who's DangerouslyGenreSavvy.orders.



* Averted by the GenreSavvy MasterComputer of ''Film/ColossusTheForbinProject''. After learning of a plot to [[LogicBomb overload its system]], Colossus demands the immediate execution of the conspirators by FiringSquad. The computer then orders that the bodies be left in the view of its CCTV cameras for 24 hours, then cremated on the spot, to prevent any chance of the executions being faked.

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* Averted by the GenreSavvy MasterComputer of ''Film/ColossusTheForbinProject''. After learning of a plot to [[LogicBomb overload its system]], Colossus demands the immediate execution of the conspirators by FiringSquad. The computer then orders that the bodies be left in the view of its CCTV cameras for 24 hours, then cremated on the spot, to prevent any chance of the executions being faked.
20th Jul '16 1:29:19 AM foxley
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* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In "Test of Wills", the patriarch of a wealthy family fakes his own murder to see how his heirs react to his death. However, his charade ends up resulting in an actual murder.
18th Jul '16 5:54:22 PM Doug86
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* [[spoiler: Dumbledore]] and [[spoiler: Voldemort]] in ''AVeryPotterMusical'', only one of whose fake deaths is actually explained.

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* [[spoiler: Dumbledore]] and [[spoiler: Voldemort]] in ''AVeryPotterMusical'', ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'', only one of whose fake deaths is actually explained.
18th Jul '16 4:57:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* When [[ActionGirl Balsa]] in ''Anime/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit'' is hired to protect [[ShelteredAristocrat Prince Chagum]], her first step is to set fire to the Second Empress' palace, hoping the assassins will assume he died in the flames. [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy They aren't fooled for a second.]]

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* When [[ActionGirl Balsa]] in ''Anime/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit'' is hired to protect [[ShelteredAristocrat Prince Chagum]], her first step is to set fire to the Second Empress' palace, hoping the assassins will assume he died in the flames. [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy They aren't fooled for a second.]]
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