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2nd May '17 3:43:05 PM BKelly95
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* In the 70's, Creator/DanAykroyd was asked to fill out a form for ''Who's Who''. As a joke, he made up a wife named Maureen Lewis and three children with her. Surprisingly, this information was published in the book without being verified. Aykroyd would later get married in 1982 to Donna Dixon, who does actually exist.
21st Apr '17 11:24:54 PM AnnoNimus
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* In one of the Rez short stories by WPKinsella, Silas and his friends invent Colin Moosefeathers as a joke by putting the name on a sign-up sheet for intramurals. They continue to sign "Colin" up for things until he's got a bona-fide student ID, at which point they start putting his name on credit card applications. Colin proves very generous to his friends, buying them many thoughtful gifts with his new credit cards, at least until investigations into his delinquent accounts necessitate his unfortunate demise. He even gets a funeral complete with gravestone.
15th Feb '17 7:15:01 AM tafelshrew
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* One of Andy Hamilton's claims during an episode of ''Series/WouldILieToYou'' was that he had spent part of a year at school doing the homework for just such a fictitious classmate, as part of a prank played on a new teacher. Lee's team carried on the gag by asking him whatever had happened to "Fisher" and making references to his supposed existence.

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* One of Andy Hamilton's claims during an episode of ''Series/WouldILieToYou'' was that he had spent part of a year at school doing the homework for just such a fictitious classmate, as part of a prank played on a new teacher. Lee's team carried on the gag by asking him whatever had happened to "Fisher" and making references to his supposed existence. Similarly, host Rob Brydon once claimed [[spoiler: truthfully]] that in the early years of his career he was too shy to haggle over pay as himself so he would call his employers pretending to be his (non-existent) agent and ask for a higher rate of pay for his "client". As with Andy Hamilton's claim, both teams treated the agent as a real person ("Did he take a cut?" "When you stopped using him, did you take him out to dinner and tell him you were letting him go?"), much to Rob's increasing annoyance.
19th Jan '17 11:01:16 AM Gosicrystal
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See also SnowballLie, which is a superset of this trope. Supertrope of FakeTwinGambit. When the Invented Individual 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}}.

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See also SnowballLie, which is a superset of this trope. Supertrope of FakeTwinGambit. When the Invented Individual 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.Invented Individual. 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}}.
30th Dec '16 6:40:24 PM eroock
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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}}.

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See also SnowballLie, which is a superset of this trope. Supertrope of FakeTwinGambit. When the InventedIndividual Invented Individual 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}}.
28th Dec '16 8:32:20 AM 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".

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* In ''Series/TheWire'', when [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG0aTzyz7GE Herc and Carver lose their a very expensive listening device, device]], hidden inside a tennis ball, ball. Since the thing cost $1,500, they try to cover up the loss by crediting their what information they did gain to a fake fictitious informant. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GJa1_u-VLE They have Herc's cousin Bernard pose as a confidential informant (Herc's cousin) named "Fuzzy Dunlop". Dunlop"]][[note]]"Dunlop" for the brand of tennis ball, "fuzzy" for the material on the surface of the tennis ball[[/note]]. When Carver hands the informant registration to Daniels, it's pretty obvious that Daniels isn't buying it.
-->'''Cedric Daniels:''' "Fuzzy Dunlop"?
-->'''Ellis Carver:''' This new generation with the names...


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* ''Series/LukeCage2016'': Luke Cage himself is one, as he's actually Carl Lucas, an escaped fugitive from Georgia. Misty Knight naturally finds it suspicious when her forensics friend Bailey informs her that the only evidence of a "Luke Cage" is in the form of his New York State-issued driver's license.
10th Dec '16 5:26:15 AM faduda
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masal_Bugduv Masal Bugduv]], a fictional Moldovan football prodigy created to satirise uncritical press coverage of the football transfer market.
14th Nov '16 9:50:26 PM foxley
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* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In "The Phantom Killer", a struggling writer created a fictitious agent to represent him. This lie keeps snowballing, and ends with the agent being accused of murder, at which point the writer is exposed and arrested.
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]]
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