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2nd Mar '18 7:47:12 AM dmcreif
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* There are many disputes over whether or not Homer, the Greek historian who told the tales of ''TheIliad'' and ''TheOdyssey'', was a real person. Due to various inconsistencies in ''The Odyssey'', some historians believe Homer was invented to give the cobbled together tale a source of origin.
24th Feb '18 1:22:56 AM LinTaylor
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* ''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.

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* ''Literature/BimbosOfTheDeathSun'': In Sharon [=McCrumb's=] fannish murder mystery, several fans created the imaginary persona of "Chip Livingstone", who became very popular. When However, after a famous author was murdered, the police declared Livingstone the top suspect because of his well-documented hatred of the man. This forces the conspirators to publicly confess, not wanting to taint the investigation (they add that the hatred of the author was just a character quirk they had invented and didn't reflect their individual feelings). The confession prompts one girl (who tearfully says she dumped her boyfriend for Livingstone) to admit cut all ties with the deception, fandom, and a wake was promptly declared to mourn the lost Livingstone.BigNameFan.
29th Jan '18 4:42:07 PM Unknownlight
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* Similar to the fictional student is the fake building once created on the UBC campus in [[StargateCity Vancouver]]. Students in the psychology and sociology programs inserted a non-existent building into the campus maps and records; the hoax remained undetected until the next semester when instructors assigned classrooms in the fictitious building were unable to find it, despite the alleged location of the building being in clear view of the front of the campus' primary administrative building.

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* Similar to the fictional student is the fake building once created on the UBC campus in [[StargateCity Vancouver]].UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}}. Students in the psychology and sociology programs inserted a non-existent building into the campus maps and records; the hoax remained undetected until the next semester when instructors assigned classrooms in the fictitious building were unable to find it, despite the alleged location of the building being in clear view of the front of the campus' primary administrative building.
12th Jan '18 3:09:28 AM foxley
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* ''Series/{{Vera}}'': In "Protected", a property management firm is running a scam where they are renting out derelict flats to nonexistent tenants and charging the council for the rent.



* ''Series/{{Vera}}'': In "Protected", a property management firm is running a scam where they are renting out derelict flats to nonexistent tenants and charging the council for the rent.
12th Jan '18 3:06:56 AM foxley
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* ''Series/{{Vera}}'': In "Protected", a property management firm is running a scam where they are renting out derelict flats to nonexistent tenants and charging the council for the rent.
25th Oct '17 10:18:51 PM marcoasalazarm
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* Michael does this in an episode of ''Series/BurnNotice'', inventing a fake hostage who has gone missing, to throw the hostage-takers into a paranoid frenzy. Naturally, he has to keep constructing [[SnowballLie more and more lies]] about this person to distract them long enough to save the ''real'' hostages.

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* Michael does this in an episode of ''Series/BurnNotice'', inventing a fake hostage who has gone missing, missing and is now [[DieHardOnAnX supposedly sabotaging the hostage-takers' plans from the shadows]], to throw the said hostage-takers into a paranoid frenzy. Naturally, he has to keep constructing [[SnowballLie more and more lies]] about this person to distract them long enough to save the ''real'' hostages.
25th Oct '17 6:31:17 PM DrFraud
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* Jack Lemmon in ''Irma La Douce'' creates a fake British nobleman to serve as a wealthy "client" for Shirley [=MacLaine=] so that she won't have sex with anyone but him. When he grows tired of the deception he throws the costume into the Seine and is arrested for murder.

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* Jack Lemmon in In ''Irma La Douce'' creates Nestor Patou (Jack Lemmon)creates a fake British nobleman to serve as a wealthy "client" for Shirley [=MacLaine=] Irma (Shirley [=MacLaine=]) so that she won't have sex with anyone but him. When he grows tired of the deception he throws the costume into the Seine and is arrested for murder.



* In the 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.

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* In the Creator/AlPacino film ''Film/{{S1m0ne}}'', Pacino played plays a bitter film director who created creates a beautiful fictional actress through an advanced computer/holographic technology. Simone quickly became becomes 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 ''Film/MeetJohnDoe'' Ann Mitchell (Barbara Stanwyck), who's being fired by the newspaper she works for, prints a phony letter from a "John Doe" who threatens to commit suicide as a protest. After the paper rehires her they get John Willoughby (Creator/GaryCooper) to portray him.
8th Oct '17 7:24:08 PM foxley
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* ''ComicBook/TheMazeAgency'' #16 involves a mysterious, reclusive author of a series of best-selling romance novels named Desiree Brandywine. It turns out that Desiree Brandywine is a pseudonym for a group of writers from one particular publishing house. Bored a company retreat, they took turns writing chapters in a deliberately trashy romance novel. The novel was published and became a surprise hit, so they kept writing. Then someone starts murdering members of the writing group...
13th Sep '17 12:37:20 AM PaulA
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* The ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' story "A Case of Identity" features one of literature's most vicious uses of an Invented Individual. A young woman pleads with Holmes to find her bridegroom, who never showed at the church on their wedding day. Holmes, examining the situation, is disgusted to find that [[spoiler:the so-called bridegroom is actually the girl's stepfather, who disguised himself to woo his stepdaughter and extract a promise of fidelity from her. This was to keep her from marrying for real, so that he and the girl's mother -- ''who was in on the plan'' -- wouldn't lose their control over the money she inherited from her biological father. He made her promise to wait for the fake groom no matter how long it took, then made him "disappear". Holmes was so pissed off at the stepfather that [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he chased him out of the apartment with a bull-whip]].]]

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* The ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' story "A Case of Identity" features one of literature's most vicious uses of an Invented Individual. A young woman pleads with Holmes to find her bridegroom, who never showed at the church on their wedding day. Holmes, examining the situation, is disgusted to find that [[spoiler:the so-called bridegroom is actually the girl's stepfather, who disguised himself to woo his stepdaughter and extract a promise of fidelity from her. This was to keep her from marrying for real, so that he and the girl's mother -- ''who was in on the plan'' -- wouldn't lose their control over the money she inherited from her biological father. He made her promise to wait for the fake groom no matter how long it took, then made him "disappear". Holmes was so pissed off at the stepfather that [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he chased him out of the apartment with a bull-whip]].]]



** The ''Literature/XWingSeries'' features a complicated example spanning the three Wraith Squadron novels. As part of an EscalatingWar of pranks, someone starts hiding a life-sized toy Ewok in surprising places, who is dubbed "Lieutenant Kettch" and given a little flight suit to serve as a sort of mascot. Then in another prank when the squadron disguises themselves as {{Space Pirate}}s with the help of altered communications systems, someone hacks Wedge's comm to make him sound like an Ewok speaking Basic -- and Warlord Zsinj's intelligence network picks up on this. When Zsinj meets the "Hawk-Bats" to discuss hiring them, he asks about this Ewok pilot of theirs, and the Wraiths improvise a story based on their squadmate Piggy, a [[PigMan Gamorrean]] who escaped from an illegal medical program that boosted his intelligence and altered his behavior. Unbeknownst to the Wraiths, Zsinj is the one behind these experiments, asks his team if there were any Ewok test subjects who escaped, and then orders his scientists to make more. So by the end of the trilogy, a Wraith escaping Zsinj's flagship nearly flips out when she meets a talking Ewok who claims to be trained as a pilot. [[FunnyMoments And Wedge was forced to fly in a battle in a matte black flightsuit with a toy Ewok in his lap rigged up like a puppet, to maintain the façade.]]

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** The ''Literature/XWingSeries'' features a complicated example spanning the three Wraith Squadron novels. As part of an EscalatingWar of pranks, someone starts hiding a life-sized toy Ewok in surprising places, who is dubbed "Lieutenant Kettch" and given a little flight suit to serve as a sort of mascot. Then in another prank when the squadron disguises themselves as {{Space Pirate}}s with the help of altered communications systems, someone hacks Wedge's comm to make him sound like an Ewok speaking Basic -- and Warlord Zsinj's intelligence network picks up on this. When Zsinj meets the "Hawk-Bats" to discuss hiring them, he asks about this Ewok pilot of theirs, and the Wraiths improvise a story based on their squadmate Piggy, a [[PigMan Gamorrean]] who escaped from an illegal medical program that boosted his intelligence and altered his behavior. Unbeknownst to the Wraiths, Zsinj is the one behind these experiments, asks his team if there were any Ewok test subjects who escaped, and then orders his scientists to make more. So by the end of the trilogy, a Wraith escaping Zsinj's flagship nearly flips out when she meets a talking Ewok who claims to be trained as a pilot. [[FunnyMoments And Wedge was forced to fly in a battle in a matte black flightsuit with a toy Ewok in his lap rigged up like a puppet, to maintain the façade.]]
13th Sep '17 12:36:01 AM PaulA
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* Creator/PoulAnderson's short story "Sam Hall" details the effects of an Ernest on a repressive autocratic government during a rebellion (the Ernest created by a rebel sympathizer within the government). At one point several high-ranking Party officials are sacked due to their personal relationships with the eponymous Ernest.
* The ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' story "A Case of Identity" features one of literature's most vicious uses of an Ernest-type character. A young woman pleads with Holmes to find her bridegroom, who never showed at the church on their wedding day. Holmes, examining the situation, is disgusted to find that [[spoiler:the so-called bridegroom is actually the girl's stepfather, who disguised himself to woo his stepdaughter and extract a promise of fidelity from her. This was to keep her from marrying for real, so that he and the girl's mother -- ''who was in on the plan'' -- wouldn't lose their control over the money she inherited from her biological father. He made her promise to wait for the fake groom no matter how long it took, then made him "disappear". Holmes was so pissed off at the stepfather that [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he chased him out of the apartment with a bull-whip]].]]

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* Creator/PoulAnderson's short story "Sam Hall" details the effects of an Ernest Invented Individual on a repressive autocratic government during a rebellion (the Ernest Invented Individual created by a rebel sympathizer within the government). At one point several high-ranking Party officials are sacked due to their personal relationships with the eponymous Ernest.
entirely fictional Sam Hall.
* The ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' story "A Case of Identity" features one of literature's most vicious uses of an Ernest-type character.Invented Individual. A young woman pleads with Holmes to find her bridegroom, who never showed at the church on their wedding day. Holmes, examining the situation, is disgusted to find that [[spoiler:the so-called bridegroom is actually the girl's stepfather, who disguised himself to woo his stepdaughter and extract a promise of fidelity from her. This was to keep her from marrying for real, so that he and the girl's mother -- ''who was in on the plan'' -- wouldn't lose their control over the money she inherited from her biological father. He made her promise to wait for the fake groom no matter how long it took, then made him "disappear". Holmes was so pissed off at the stepfather that [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he chased him out of the apartment with a bull-whip]].]]



* In Creator/ElliotSMaggin's ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' novels, ''Literature/LastSonOfKrypton'' and ''Literature/MiracleMonday'', 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]].

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* In Creator/ElliotSMaggin's ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' novels, ''Literature/LastSonOfKrypton'' and ''Literature/MiracleMonday'', 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: Invented Individual: 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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