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6th Feb '16 8:34:08 PM nombretomado
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* One episode of ''{{Cheers}}'' has Norm create a fake alternate persona, "Anton Kreitzer" as a business partner so that he can forcefully get his workers to actually start working without changing his own personality. This ends up involving making a fake office for him (it leads into the alley) and even staging a conversation where Kreitzer yells at him while he defends the workers. At the end, one of them reveals that soon after the shouting session, he had gone into the office and discovered it to be fake. Just as it seems like he has everything worked out, he reveals his deduction that ''Norm'' is the fake personality. And the rest of the bar goes along with it:
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* One episode of ''{{Cheers}}'' ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' has Norm create a fake alternate persona, "Anton Kreitzer" as a business partner so that he can forcefully get his workers to actually start working without changing his own personality. This ends up involving making a fake office for him (it leads into the alley) and even staging a conversation where Kreitzer yells at him while he defends the workers. At the end, one of them reveals that soon after the shouting session, he had gone into the office and discovered it to be fake. Just as it seems like he has everything worked out, he reveals his deduction that ''Norm'' is the fake personality. And the rest of the bar goes along with it:
30th Dec '15 10:49:26 PM foxley
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* ''Series/SoAwkward'': In "Everybody Loves Clementine", the girls create a fictional student named 'Clementine Mustache' in order to avoid getting into trouble for overdue library. After enrolling her and creating an online presence for her, Clementine ends up becoming the most popular girl in school.
30th Dec '15 1:06:35 AM Anddrix
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* In Creator/ElliotSMaggin's ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' novels, ''Literature/LastSonOfKrypton'' and ''Literature/MiracleMonday'', SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor has enough personas to populate an entire imaginary country. He only has to establish their existence; after he's spread a couple of fanciful reports about his larger than life creations, people start imagining their own. Clark Kent is also treated as an Ernest: in ''Miracle Monday'', [[spoiler:when C.W. Saturn reveals Clark Kent to be Superman in disguise, the other characters mourn his death]].
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* In Creator/ElliotSMaggin's ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' novels, ''Literature/LastSonOfKrypton'' and ''Literature/MiracleMonday'', SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor ComicBook/LexLuthor has enough personas to populate an entire imaginary country. He only has to establish their existence; after he's spread a couple of fanciful reports about his larger than life creations, people start imagining their own. Clark Kent is also treated as an Ernest: in ''Miracle Monday'', [[spoiler:when C.W. Saturn reveals Clark Kent to be Superman in disguise, the other characters mourn his death]].
10th Nov '15 12:54:03 PM Morgenthaler
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* The 1994 film ''BlankCheck'' involved Preston creating the identity of "Mr. Macintosh", a reclusive billionaire, so that Preston could do anything he desired with his newly acquired money. * The Whoopi Goldberg movie ''TheAssociate'' is entirely based on such a ploy. When Laurel Ayres tries to get rid of her overly realistic nonexistent associate, she is promptly suspected of murder.
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* The 1994 film ''BlankCheck'' ''Film/BlankCheck'' involved Preston creating the identity of "Mr. Macintosh", a reclusive billionaire, so that Preston could do anything he desired with his newly acquired money. * The Whoopi Goldberg movie ''TheAssociate'' ''Film/TheAssociate'' is entirely based on such a ploy. When Laurel Ayres tries to get rid of her overly realistic nonexistent associate, she is promptly suspected of murder.

* Andy Dufresne in ''TheShawshankRedemption'' creates the fake person "Randall Stevens" as a cover for his money laundering for the warden. [[spoiler:When Andy breaks out of prison, he assumes Mr. Stevens's identity and takes all the money.]] * The movie ''WagTheDog'' had one of those. To make the entirely fake war in Albania more "real" Hollywood director Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman) creates the personality of a special operations soldier. A series of setbacks (including the fact that the person they used died before his staged return) forces them to explain his death. They even mount an elaborate viral memorial [[MemeticMutation "meme"]] by throwing tennis shoes in trees.
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* Andy Dufresne in ''TheShawshankRedemption'' ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' creates the fake person "Randall Stevens" as a cover for his money laundering for the warden. [[spoiler:When Andy breaks out of prison, he assumes Mr. Stevens's identity and takes all the money.]] * The movie ''WagTheDog'' ''Film/WagTheDog'' had one of those. To make the entirely fake war in Albania more "real" Hollywood director Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman) creates the personality of a special operations soldier. A series of setbacks (including the fact that the person they used died before his staged return) forces them to explain his death. They even mount an elaborate viral memorial [[MemeticMutation "meme"]] by throwing tennis shoes in trees.
9th Oct '15 7:44:51 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'', Merlin uses his shapeshifter gifts to create a plethora of fictional ''seijins'', the main purpose being to enable Merlin to act in places he shouldn't be seen because by Safehold's standards, he shouldn't be able to be there so quickly. There are at least five different identities he's using, and it [[UpToEleven multiplies]] when Owl starts to send its reports to Charisian spymaster, varying the style and writing to create CIA's worth of ''seijins''.
9th Oct '15 7:32:29 AM Kakai
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[[folder: Webcomic]] * In ''Webcomic/TheGlassScientists'', Jekyll pretends that [[JekyllAndHyde Hyde]] is his lab assistant who is simply never seen with his boss. It turns out that Jekyll's fellow Society members came to believe that the two are lovers. [[/folder]]
30th Sep '15 1:10:21 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''WagTheDog'': "Schumann". * In GordonKorman's ''The War with Mr. Wizzle'' (part of the {{MacDonald Hall}} series), Bruno, Boots and company invent a student named Gavin Gunhold, a star athlete, straight-A student, hugely popular, and all-around great guy, to mess with Mr. Wizzle's mind -- everyone knows him, but he's never around. Wizzle is convinced he does, of course, because his beloved computer has a file on him - entered by the students.
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* ''WagTheDog'': %%* ''Literature/WagTheDog'': "Schumann". * In GordonKorman's Creator/GordonKorman's ''The War with Mr. Wizzle'' (part of the {{MacDonald Hall}} series), Bruno, Boots and company invent a student named Gavin Gunhold, a star athlete, straight-A student, hugely popular, and all-around great guy, to mess with Mr. Wizzle's mind -- everyone knows him, but he's never around. Wizzle is convinced he does, of course, because his beloved computer has a file on him - entered by the students.

* In the ''SweetValleyHigh'' spinoff series ''Sweet Valley Twins,'' Elizabeth and Jessica invent a triplet, "Jennifer," to confuse a new girl at school. In the main series, chubby and unpopular Lois Waller invents a boyfriend who then mysteriously appears...
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* In the ''SweetValleyHigh'' ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'' spinoff series ''Sweet Valley Twins,'' Elizabeth and Jessica invent a triplet, "Jennifer," to confuse a new girl at school. In the main series, chubby and unpopular Lois Waller invents a boyfriend who then mysteriously appears...

* ''BimbosOfTheDeathSun'': In Sharon [=McCrumb's=] fannish murder mystery, several fans created the imaginary persona of "Chip Livingstone", who became very popular. When they had to admit the deception, a wake was promptly declared to mourn the lost Livingstone.
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* ''BimbosOfTheDeathSun'': ''Literature/BimbosOfTheDeathSun'': In Sharon [=McCrumb's=] fannish murder mystery, several fans created the imaginary persona of "Chip Livingstone", who became very popular. When they had to admit the deception, a wake was promptly declared to mourn the lost Livingstone.
30th Sep '15 12:29:58 PM Morgenthaler
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* In 1943 a ruse was conducted to trick the Germans into believing the invasion of southern Europe would start with Greece instead of Sicily. In [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Mincemeat Operation Mincemeat]], a homeless man's corpse was given the fictional identity of a Royal Marine named Major William Martin, his body was planted with fake documents detailing the planned invasion of Greece and he was dropped off near the Spanish coast. The Germans were completely taken in and redirected vital military units from Sicily to Greece, ensuring the success of the Sicilian Invasion. The subterfuge was extremely detailed; "Major Martin's" body was planted with fake letters from his 'fiancee' (one of the department secretaries contributed a photograph of herself) and 'Father', as well as facsimile concert stubs, restaurant receipts, an unpaid jeweler's invoice for an engagement ring, and other assorted pocket-clutter designed to tell a story of a slightly forgetful and occasionally careless man. This personality was concocted in order to provide an explanation of why the official document case was handcuffed to the body - which was necessary to ensure that body and case would wash up together, but not normal practice for military couriers. The story later became a book and a movie, under the name ''TheManWhoNeverWas''; more recently, a detailed investigative account was written by Ben [=MacIntyre=], which uncovered, among other things, the fact that someone had gone to the trouble of inserting a fake entry in an Inn's registration book, to make it appear that the equally fictional Father of "Martin" had been staying there during the period when one of the fake personal letters was written.
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* In 1943 a ruse was conducted to trick the Germans into believing the invasion of southern Europe would start with Greece instead of Sicily. In [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Mincemeat Operation Mincemeat]], a homeless man's corpse was given the fictional identity of a Royal Marine named Major William Martin, his body was planted with fake documents detailing the planned invasion of Greece and he was dropped off near the Spanish coast. The Germans were completely taken in and redirected vital military units from Sicily to Greece, ensuring the success of the Sicilian Invasion. The subterfuge was extremely detailed; "Major Martin's" body was planted with fake letters from his 'fiancee' (one of the department secretaries contributed a photograph of herself) and 'Father', as well as facsimile concert stubs, restaurant receipts, an unpaid jeweler's invoice for an engagement ring, and other assorted pocket-clutter designed to tell a story of a slightly forgetful and occasionally careless man. This personality was concocted in order to provide an explanation of why the official document case was handcuffed to the body - which was necessary to ensure that body and case would wash up together, but not normal practice for military couriers. The story later became a book and a movie, under the name ''TheManWhoNeverWas''; ''Film/TheManWhoNeverWas''; more recently, a detailed investigative account was written by Ben [=MacIntyre=], which uncovered, among other things, the fact that someone had gone to the trouble of inserting a fake entry in an Inn's registration book, to make it appear that the equally fictional Father of "Martin" had been staying there during the period when one of the fake personal letters was written.
6th Sep '15 3:45:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* In TheAnubisGates by Creator/TimPowers has as one of its characters ([[spoiler: or possibly more than one, depending on how you think of it]]) the poet William Ashbless. Ashbless was invented by Tim Powers and James Blaylock when they were at university students together, and appears in several works by both authors.
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* In TheAnubisGates Literature/TheAnubisGates by Creator/TimPowers has as one of its characters ([[spoiler: or possibly more than one, depending on how you think of it]]) the poet William Ashbless. Ashbless was invented by Tim Powers and James Blaylock when they were at university students together, and appears in several works by both authors.
20th Jul '15 6:05:28 AM MeleKalikimaka
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* Musician [[http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2015/07/17/423612001/can-you-have-an-album-on-itunes-if-you-dont-exist?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20150720 Lucia Cole]] had 64,000 Twitter followers, gave an interview, was endorsed by Shaquille O'Neal. But her label, Republic Records, said no one was signed with them under that name, and her digital album was made up of old Jessica Simpson recordings.
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