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24th Aug '16 2:36:55 AM Adept
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* In the AlPacino film ''Film/{{S1m0ne}}'', Pacino played a bitter film director who created a beautiful fictional actress through an advanced computer/holographic technology. Simone quickly became immensely popular, leaving her "discoverer" behind in the dust and forcing him to kill her off... only to become a suspect in her disappearance and presumed murder.

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* In the AlPacino Creator/AlPacino film ''Film/{{S1m0ne}}'', Pacino played a bitter film director who created a beautiful fictional actress through an advanced computer/holographic technology. Simone quickly became immensely popular, leaving her "discoverer" behind in the dust and forcing him to kill her off... only to become a suspect in her disappearance and presumed murder.



* In ''PlanescapeTorment'', you can on multiple occasions refer to your 'friend' Adahn, and sometimes pretend to be him (such as when people ask your name. For instance, you can tell the Dustmen at the monument that Adahn is grieving over a recent death of a loved one, and they'll pray for him. Do this often enough, and Adahn will show up with the money he owes you. This is because [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve the world is shaped by belief]].

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* In ''PlanescapeTorment'', ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', you can on multiple occasions refer to your 'friend' Adahn, and sometimes pretend to be him (such as when people ask your name. For instance, you can tell the Dustmen at the monument that Adahn is grieving over a recent death of a loved one, and they'll pray for him. Do this often enough, and Adahn will show up with the money he owes you. This is because [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve the world is shaped by belief]].
11th Aug '16 11:03:03 PM wentesur
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* Several cases in Manga/TheKindaichiCaseFiles use this element with different purposes.
** Scape goat:[[spoiler: Opera House Murder Case has the killer created a fake guest named Kagetsu for this purpose. Since the character never existed (and "Kagetsu" also stated not to enter the room), he didn't have an alibi during the first murder.]]
** Hiding Identity:[[spoiler: At least there are two known cases with different tweak; One case involve murder of a family member with the fake character created by ''the killer'' while another one has ''the victim'' creating another identity which was used by the killer in the scheme. The second one overlaps with SecretIdentity]]
11th Aug '16 6:33:30 PM foxley
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* ''Series/SoAwkward'': In "Everybody Loves Clementine", Lily invents a student called [[LineOfSightName Clementine Mustache]] in an attempt to avoid getting into trouble with the ScaryLibrarian. After inserting the fictitious student into the school records, the lie spirals out of control (mostly due to Jas' efforts) and Clementine wins the talent show and an essay competition. The girls have to invent an unlikely death for Clementine to be rid of her.
27th Jul '16 12:57:21 PM Willbyr
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* In ''UruseiYatsura'', Ataru's classmates decide to humiliate him in public by sending him a note from a fictional girl asking for a date. Ataru, being girl-crazy, doesn't notice that the note is signed "Kumino Otoko" which, beside being a proper Japanese female name, can also be read as "Men of the Class". Ataru gets saved from the humiliation when his beloved Lum shows up in disguise as the non-existent Miss Kumino.\\

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* In ''UruseiYatsura'', ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'', Ataru's classmates decide to humiliate him in public by sending him a note from a fictional girl asking for a date. Ataru, being girl-crazy, doesn't notice that the note is signed "Kumino Otoko" which, beside being a proper Japanese female name, can also be read as "Men of the Class". Ataru gets saved from the humiliation when his beloved Lum shows up in disguise as the non-existent Miss Kumino.\\
18th Jul '16 7:36:18 PM Merlyn_LeRoy
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See also SnowballLie, which is a superset of this trope. Supertrope of FakeTwinGambit. When the InventedIndividual also happens to fit the name and/or description of someone who ''does'' exist, they're TheRealRemingtonSteele. A PenName is a real life type of InventedIndividual. Not to be confused with InventedInvalid; an ill person made up as an excuse to visit and duck out of responsibility. Contrast {{Unperson}}.

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See also SnowballLie, which is a superset of this trope. Supertrope of FakeTwinGambit. When the InventedIndividual also happens to fit the name and/or description of someone who ''does'' exist, they're TheRealRemingtonSteele. A PenName is a real life type of InventedIndividual. Not to be confused with InventedInvalid; an ill person made up as an excuse to visit and duck out of responsibility. See also GirlfriendInCanada. Contrast {{Unperson}}.
15th Jul '16 12:56:22 PM dmcreif
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* In ''Series/TheWire'', when Herc and Carver lose their listening device, hidden inside a tennis ball, they try to cover up the loss by crediting their information to a fake informant (Herc's cousin) named "Fuzzy Dunlop".
8th Jul '16 6:57:58 PM Doug86
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Pujol_Garcia Joan Pujol Garcia]], known to the British as agent Garbo, and to the Nazis as Arabel, was a [[WorldWarII WWII]] spy... well, sorta. You see, he never did any 'real' espionage. With the aid of his British handler, Tomás Harris, he made up an almost entirely fictitious spy ring with 27 fake people and one real one (Joan). Joan tried to get hired by the British, 3 times in fact. This didn't work so he went to the Nazis to (supposedly) work for them and became agent Arabel. He then gave the Nazis useful but publicly available information, thereby gaining their trust, and while there were some mistakes, they weren't noticed. And then he was finally able to get hired by the British as what is known as a "walk-in" (basically someone who goes to a country, embassy or the like and asks to be a spy for them). Before he did that, they thought his information was legit (they intercepted at least some of it) and launched a spy hunt. After they hired him, he was used to [[FeedTheMole feed the Nazis information]], as he'd wanted from the start. Sometimes they needed to give legit information for trust reasons, which was done with care; for example, one of his imaginary spies 'sent him' useful information, but due to an 'unfortunate and entirely coincidental' mail mishap, it arrived too late for the Nazis to use it. Or, in the case of the true location for freakin' ''D-Day'', due to finding out entirely too late. Agent Arabel even got an Iron Cross, second class (which requires the Führer's personal authorization) for his contribution to the war effort, which would have been been bestowed upon him personally by Hitler himself if it wouldn't have blown his cover. One of his fictitious subordinates was too well placed, so they killed him and put his name in the obituary of a British newspaper. He told the Nazis of the 'tragedy', who then proceeded to ''send the imaginary widow flowers''. Said imaginary spy was replaced by his imaginary wife. His cover lasted so long that Hitler died not knowing his favored spy Agent Arabel was a double agent, let alone disloyal from the start. You can read about this amazing tale (including some of the fake spies) in several places, one of which is [[https://www.mi5.gov.uk/home/mi5-history/world-war-ii/agent-garbo.html here]].

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Pujol_Garcia Joan Pujol Garcia]], known to the British as agent Garbo, and to the Nazis as Arabel, was a [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII WWII]] spy... well, sorta. You see, he never did any 'real' espionage. With the aid of his British handler, Tomás Harris, he made up an almost entirely fictitious spy ring with 27 fake people and one real one (Joan). Joan tried to get hired by the British, 3 times in fact. This didn't work so he went to the Nazis to (supposedly) work for them and became agent Arabel. He then gave the Nazis useful but publicly available information, thereby gaining their trust, and while there were some mistakes, they weren't noticed. And then he was finally able to get hired by the British as what is known as a "walk-in" (basically someone who goes to a country, embassy or the like and asks to be a spy for them). Before he did that, they thought his information was legit (they intercepted at least some of it) and launched a spy hunt. After they hired him, he was used to [[FeedTheMole feed the Nazis information]], as he'd wanted from the start. Sometimes they needed to give legit information for trust reasons, which was done with care; for example, one of his imaginary spies 'sent him' useful information, but due to an 'unfortunate and entirely coincidental' mail mishap, it arrived too late for the Nazis to use it. Or, in the case of the true location for freakin' ''D-Day'', due to finding out entirely too late. Agent Arabel even got an Iron Cross, second class (which requires the Führer's personal authorization) for his contribution to the war effort, which would have been been bestowed upon him personally by Hitler himself if it wouldn't have blown his cover. One of his fictitious subordinates was too well placed, so they killed him and put his name in the obituary of a British newspaper. He told the Nazis of the 'tragedy', who then proceeded to ''send the imaginary widow flowers''. Said imaginary spy was replaced by his imaginary wife. His cover lasted so long that Hitler died not knowing his favored spy Agent Arabel was a double agent, let alone disloyal from the start. You can read about this amazing tale (including some of the fake spies) in several places, one of which is [[https://www.mi5.gov.uk/home/mi5-history/world-war-ii/agent-garbo.html here]].
17th Jun '16 1:35:04 AM PaulA
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Trope previously named for OscarWilde's play, ''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest'', whose plot revolves around two of these: Algernon Moncrieff pretends he has a sickly friend in the country called Bunbury, in order to have an excuse to dash off at a moment's notice. His best friend Jack Worthing, meanwhile, has been pretending to be his own (nonexistent) rakehell younger brother Ernest (no "a," but still pronounced as "earnest") to allow him to indulge in the fleshpots of London whenever he visits the city. As Ernest he courts Algy's cousin Gwendolen, who claims to have always dreamt of marrying a man named "Ernest". Meanwhile, Algy pretends to be Ernest in order to woo Jack's nubile ward Cecily, who also is enraptured with the name. HilarityEnsues. Just to top things off, the 2002 film adaptation ends with a funeral for the late but nonexistent Mr. Bunbury under the closing credits.

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Trope previously named for OscarWilde's Creator/OscarWilde's play, ''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest'', whose plot revolves around two of these: Algernon Moncrieff pretends he has a sickly friend in the country called Bunbury, in order to have an excuse to dash off at a moment's notice. His best friend Jack Worthing, meanwhile, has been pretending to be his own (nonexistent) rakehell younger brother Ernest (no "a," but still pronounced as "earnest") to allow him to indulge in the fleshpots of London whenever he visits the city. As Ernest he courts Algy's cousin Gwendolen, who claims to have always dreamt of marrying a man named "Ernest". Meanwhile, Algy pretends to be Ernest in order to woo Jack's nubile ward Cecily, who also is enraptured with the name. HilarityEnsues. Just to top things off, the 2002 film adaptation ends with a funeral for the late but nonexistent Mr. Bunbury under the closing credits.
27th Mar '16 8:30:29 AM bwburke94
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* [[http://www.deadspin.com/5976517/manti-teos-dead-girlfriend-the-most-heartbreaking-and-inspirational-story-of-the-college-football-season-is-a-hoax Lennay Kekua]], "dead girlfriend" of Notre Dame football linebacker Mante Te'o.

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* [[http://www.deadspin.com/5976517/manti-teos-dead-girlfriend-the-most-heartbreaking-and-inspirational-story-of-the-college-football-season-is-a-hoax Lennay Kekua]], "dead girlfriend" of former [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball Notre Dame football linebacker Mante Te'o.linebacker]] Manti Te'o, was invented by an acquaintance of Te'o's.
26th Mar '16 8:43:47 AM nombretomado
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* ''JustShootMe'' had [[LineOfSightName Barry Toastman]], who replaced someone Finch fired just [[ZanyScheme so that Finch could make him up]] so that he could get a Managerial parking spot. Downplayed in that he only exists to a small group of people and Elliot finds out pretty quick and starts to try and prove his non-existence. Finch then quickly kills him off.

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* ''JustShootMe'' ''Series/JustShootMe'' had [[LineOfSightName Barry Toastman]], who replaced someone Finch fired just [[ZanyScheme so that Finch could make him up]] so that he could get a Managerial parking spot. Downplayed in that he only exists to a small group of people and Elliot finds out pretty quick and starts to try and prove his non-existence. Finch then quickly kills him off.



* In ''{{Coupling}},'' there are several instances of people pretending to be other people, and having it blow up. The occasion that hews closest to this trope is when one of the girls talks about how she used to pretend to be twins when she went on vacation: "And I could get away with anything when I was my crazy sister Jane!" "But... ''you're'' Jane." "It kind of stuck. Long story."

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* In ''{{Coupling}},'' ''Series/{{Coupling}},'' there are several instances of people pretending to be other people, and having it blow up. The occasion that hews closest to this trope is when one of the girls talks about how she used to pretend to be twins when she went on vacation: "And I could get away with anything when I was my crazy sister Jane!" "But... ''you're'' Jane." "It kind of stuck. Long story."
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