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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."
18th Mar '16 11:41:31 PM Hossmeister
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4th Mar '16 2:47:00 AM foxley
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* ''Series/TheDoctorBlakeMysteries'': "The Price of Love" involves a scam where [[spoiler:the army wives]] create a series of fake employee to allow them claim an extra salaries. This spirals out of control when the police need to talk to one of the fake employees. When they are not able to find her, it becomes a missing person case.
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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* 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.
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