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7th Aug '17 5:22:11 AM Caswin
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* Variation in the 1989 ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie, where following the death of Carl Grissom, boss of Gotham City's extensive underworld, the cover story is that he's disappeared somewhere else, and one of his old underlings tries to publicly claim that Grissom left him in charge of all his businesses until he comes back. A gathering of reporters are, collectively, skeptical of this, while supporting character Knox starts to ask if they can prove this, but rolls his eyes almost as he says it and is already sure they have that arranged. As a representative starts to go through the motions, claiming that they have witnesses to the signing, ''that's'' when the Joker (who, in fact, saw Grissom die because he's the one who pulled the trigger) turns up with a point-sharp feather pen...
-->'''Joker:''' It is legitimate! I saw it. I was there. I saw it all! He reached up with his dead hand... and signed it in his own blood. And he did it... with this pen. Hello, Vinnie. It's your uncle Bingo. ''Time to pay the check!''

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* Variation in the 1989 ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie, where following the death of Carl Grissom, boss of Gotham City's extensive underworld, the cover story is that he's disappeared somewhere else, and one of his old underlings tries to publicly claim that Grissom left him in charge of all his businesses until he comes back. A gathering of reporters are, collectively, skeptical of this, while supporting character Knox starts to ask if they can prove this, it all, but rolls his eyes almost as he says it and is already sure they have that arranged. As a representative starts to go through the motions, claiming that they have witnesses to the signing, ''that's'' when the Joker (who, in fact, saw Grissom die because he's the one who pulled the trigger) turns up with a point-sharp feather pen...
-->'''Joker:''' It is legitimate! I saw it. I was there. I saw it all! He reached up with his dead hand... and signed it in his own blood. And he did it... [[ThePenIsMightier with this pen. Hello, Vinnie. It's your uncle Bingo. ''Time to pay the check!''pen...]]
7th Aug '17 5:18:55 AM Caswin
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* Variation in the 1989 ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie, where following the death of Carl Grissom, boss of Gotham City's extensive underworld, the cover story is that he's disappeared somewhere else, and one of his old underlings tries to publicly claim that Grissom left him in charge of all his businesses until he comes back. Reporter Knox starts to ask if they can prove this, but rolls his eyes almost as he says it and is already sure they have that arranged. As a representative starts to go through the motions, claiming that they have witnesses to the signing, ''that's'' when the Joker (who, in fact, saw Grissom die because he's the one who pulled the trigger) turns up with a point-sharp feather pen...

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* Variation in the 1989 ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie, where following the death of Carl Grissom, boss of Gotham City's extensive underworld, the cover story is that he's disappeared somewhere else, and one of his old underlings tries to publicly claim that Grissom left him in charge of all his businesses until he comes back. Reporter A gathering of reporters are, collectively, skeptical of this, while supporting character Knox starts to ask if they can prove this, but rolls his eyes almost as he says it and is already sure they have that arranged. As a representative starts to go through the motions, claiming that they have witnesses to the signing, ''that's'' when the Joker (who, in fact, saw Grissom die because he's the one who pulled the trigger) turns up with a point-sharp feather pen...
7th Aug '17 5:14:04 AM Caswin
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* Variation in the 1989 ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie, where following the death of Carl Grissom, boss of Gotham City's extensive underworld, the cover story is that he's disappeared somewhere else, and one of his old underlings tries to publicly claim that Grissom left him in charge of all his businesses until he comes back. Reporter Knox starts to ask if they can prove this, but rolls his eyes almost as he says it and is already sure they have that arranged. As a representative starts to go through the motions, claiming that they have witnesses to the signing, ''that's'' when the Joker (who, in fact, saw Grissom die because he's the one who pulled the trigger) turns up with a point-sharp feather pen...
-->'''Joker:''' It is legitimate! I saw it. I was there. I saw it all! He reached up with his dead hand... and signed it in his own blood. And he did it... with this pen. Hello, Vinnie. It's your uncle Bingo. ''Time to pay the check!''
25th Jul '17 3:46:50 PM Jake
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* Lampshaded in ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad.'' When being told the story of how the old Baron of Genua died, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg both make the assumption that the one now in control, the Duc, has control because of a will discovered shortly after the Baron's death with the ink still wet.

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* Lampshaded in ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad.'' When being told the story of how the old Baron of Genua died, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg both make the assumption that the one now in control, the Duc, has control because of a will discovered shortly after the Baron's death with the ink still wet. [[spoiler: They're not far off the mark, but the Duc is actually a PuppetKing being controlled by someone else entirely.]]
8th Jun '17 8:12:35 PM PaulA
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* In ''Skinny Dip'' by Creator/CarlHiaasen, Mick Stranahan forges a will in the name of presumed-dead Joey Perrone, leaving $13 million to her husband, as a ploy to find out just how greedy he really is. Joey would never have lavished such money on her scumbag of a husband as long as she was alive, which she happens to still be.

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* In ''Skinny Dip'' ''Literature/SkinnyDip'' by Creator/CarlHiaasen, Mick Stranahan forges a will in the name of presumed-dead Joey Perrone, leaving $13 million to her husband, as a ploy to find out just how greedy he really is. Joey would never have lavished such money on her scumbag of a husband as long as she was alive, which she happens to still be.
5th Jun '17 5:35:22 PM HighCrate
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* Lampshaded in ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad.'' When being told the story of how the old Baron of Genua died, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg both make the GenreSavvy assumption that the one now in control, the Duc, has control because of a will discovered shortly after the Baron's death with the ink still wet.

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* Lampshaded in ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad.'' When being told the story of how the old Baron of Genua died, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg both make the GenreSavvy assumption that the one now in control, the Duc, has control because of a will discovered shortly after the Baron's death with the ink still wet.
17th Jan '17 3:54:19 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Portrayed sympathetically when, as he is dying, King Robert dictates his will for Eddard Stark to write. Robert says "to my son, Joffrey", but Ned replaces this with "to my rightful heir", as he has learned that Joffrey is not actually Robert's son but wishes to spare his dying friend the truth.
26th Oct '16 1:04:49 PM Jacob175
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* One of the late game plot points of ''VideoGame/AnotherCode'' is the revelation that one of the two Edwards brothers attempted this to gain access to the family fortune after their father died. [[spoiler:This act ultimately leads to the breaking point between them and ends up with one of them dead.]]



* Since one way of imperial succession in XVIII century Russia was will written by a reigning emperor, pretenders were known to show up with documents like these. Princess Tarakanova is the most well known one, claiming to be an illegitimate daughter of the late Empress Elizabeth and sporting a convincing enough will that supposedly legitimized her birth.

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* Since one way of imperial succession in XVIII century Russia was a will written by a reigning emperor, pretenders were known to show up with documents like these. Princess Tarakanova is the most well known one, claiming to be an illegitimate daughter of the late Empress Elizabeth and sporting a convincing enough will that supposedly legitimized her birth.
18th Sep '16 2:06:40 PM kazokuhouou
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* The Forger in ''VideoGame/TownOfSalem'' does this as his primary role, where he can change up to three wills per game to spread false information or make it a LostWillAndTestament, in order to protect the Mafia.
10th Sep '16 6:40:11 AM Chabal2
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* ''Literature/JudgeDee'': A complicated case in "The Chinese Maze Murders": On the death of a great court official, his will gave a good deal to his second wife and her son. His first son challenged the will and produced a "real" one that disinherited the widow for adultery, claiming her son was from an affair. The son left only an ornate painting by the official to the widow, which she presented to every magistrate when they took up residence every few years, along with her story. Finally Dee is able to crack the code and discover the secret of the painting, the true will (in which the official begs the reader to have some mercy for his misguided son), and the just-killed corpse of a kidnapped woman (unrelated to the will case, the murderer is [[spoiler:a PsychoLesbian and an artist who figured out the painting's secret and used the hiding place to keep her victim away]]). The son bursts into tears when the real will is read out in public, but since he plotted to [[spoiler:betray the city to barbarian hordes and rule as a satellite kingdom]], the posthumous plea probably won't have much effect on his sentence.
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