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30th Jan '16 2:11:54 PM ZimFan89
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** Oliver Haddo from W. Somerset Maugham's ''The Magician'' is established to have had multiple identities; sometimes he faked his death and took on a new name, other times he outright possessed people. In all, he's been Karswell Trelawney (a double reference to M.R. James' ''Casting the Runes'' and Anthony Powell’s ''A Dance to the Music of Time''), Hjalmar Poelzig from Universal's ''The Black Cat'', Mocata from Creator/DennisWheatley's ''The Devil Rides Out'', Adrian Marcato from ''Film/RosemarysBaby'', Kosmo Gallion from ''Series/TheAvengers'', Charles Felton from Robert Irwin’s ''Satan Wants Me'' and finally [[spoiler:[[Series/HarryPotter Lord Voldemort]]]]. The linking factor is that most of these characetrs were based on Creator/AleisterCrowley.
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** Oliver Haddo from W. Somerset Maugham's ''The Magician'' is established to have had multiple identities; sometimes he faked his death and took on a new name, other times he outright possessed people. In all, he's been Karswell Trelawney (a double reference to M.R. James' ''Casting the Runes'' and Anthony Powell’s ''A Dance to the Music of Time''), Hjalmar Poelzig from Universal's ''The Black Cat'', Mocata from Creator/DennisWheatley's ''The Devil Rides Out'', Adrian Marcato from ''Film/RosemarysBaby'', Kosmo Gallion from ''Series/TheAvengers'', Charles Felton from Robert Irwin’s ''Satan Wants Me'' and finally [[spoiler:[[Series/HarryPotter [[spoiler:[[Franchise/HarryPotter Lord Voldemort]]]]. The linking factor is that most of these characetrs were based on Creator/AleisterCrowley.
1st Jan '16 6:32:38 PM bwburke94
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Spoiler tags are for spoilers, not jokes. Except for MAYBE "Jesus dies".
[[MST3KMantra Don't ask]] [[FridgeLogic how come many of these people have firmly established childhoods]].
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[[MST3KMantra Don't ask]] [[FridgeLogic how come many of these people have firmly established childhoods]].

* Dean Cain appeared on a season 7 episode of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' as Doctor Curtis Knox, an immortal who had been, among other people, UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte and UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper. Who is very likely Vandal Savage mentioned above under Comic Books. For added fun, Knox is dealt with by the ComicBook/MartianManhunter who's played by Phil Morris, the same guy who voiced Savage in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' animated series. [[spoiler:Which, in a very roundabout way, makes him TheDanza.]]
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* Dean Cain appeared on a season 7 episode of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' as Doctor Curtis Knox, an immortal who had been, among other people, UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte and UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper. Who is very likely Vandal Savage mentioned above under Comic Books. For added fun, Knox is dealt with by the ComicBook/MartianManhunter who's played by Phil Morris, the same guy who voiced Savage in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' animated series. [[spoiler:Which, Which, in a very roundabout way, makes him TheDanza.]]
17th Dec '15 12:48:05 AM Mad_Spy
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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', the Chee (Benevolent Alien Androids that are supremely powerful but physically incapable of violence) have had many identities over the centuries. When the Animorphs discover this they press for details, ''expecting'' a story about the Chee being key figures in history, [[SubvertedTrope but the androids actually made an effort to not affect human civilization]]. Erik helped build the pyramids, but he was a slave who quarried rocks, not their designer. He also claims to have coined the phrase "New Deal", but it was in a poker game while he was the White House butler, not as a Washington official. He also said he was Beetoven's helper or butler.
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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', the Chee (Benevolent Alien Androids that are supremely powerful but physically incapable of violence) have had many identities over the centuries. When the Animorphs discover this they press for details, ''expecting'' a story about the Chee being key figures in history, [[SubvertedTrope but the androids actually made an effort to not affect human civilization]]. Erik helped build the pyramids, but he was a slave who quarried rocks, not their designer. He also claims to have coined the phrase "New Deal", but it was in a poker game while he was the White House butler, not as a Washington official. He also said he was Beetoven's Beethoven's helper or butler.
18th Nov '15 5:53:19 PM MarkLungo
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* In ''Lillim'', the children of {{Lilith}} (the titular Lillim) have been masquerading as gods for centuries. And so [[Myth/NorseMythology Odin]] has been [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Set]], [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Zeus]], and [[Myth/MesopotamianMythology Enlil]]; Friga has been Hera and [[Myth/HinduMythology Kali]]; Cain is also known as Hod; and Loki (the protagonist and hero) has been Apollo, Prometheus, Gilgamesh, Horus, and [[spoiler:the serpent that tempted Eve.]]
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* In ''Lillim'', the children of {{Lilith}} UsefulNotes/{{Lilith}} (the titular Lillim) have been masquerading as gods for centuries. And so [[Myth/NorseMythology Odin]] has been [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Set]], [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Zeus]], and [[Myth/MesopotamianMythology Enlil]]; Friga has been Hera and [[Myth/HinduMythology Kali]]; Cain is also known as Hod; and Loki (the protagonist and hero) has been Apollo, Prometheus, Gilgamesh, Horus, and [[spoiler:the serpent that tempted Eve.]]

6th Nov '15 1:54:31 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''DraculaIIAscension'', when asked who he is, Dracula rattles off a long list of historical figures including UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}}, Gilles de Rais, and [[UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler Vlad Tepes]]. But his ''original identity'' was revealed as [[spoiler:[[TheLastDaysOfJudasIscariot Judas Iscariot]]]]. Seriously.
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* In ''DraculaIIAscension'', ''Film/DraculaIIAscension'', when asked who he is, Dracula rattles off a long list of historical figures including UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}}, Gilles de Rais, and [[UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler Vlad Tepes]]. But his ''original identity'' was revealed as [[spoiler:[[TheLastDaysOfJudasIscariot Judas Iscariot]]]].[[spoiler:Judas Iscariot]]. Seriously.

* TheManFromEarth has this with the main character, although he's usually a 'friend' or 'student', or otherwise indirectly involved with some historical figure. (And he points out even that doesn't happen very often, since he can only be in one place at a time and has to move on every 10 years or so to avoid any questions about why he's not aging.) He does turn out to be [[spoiler:{{Jesus}}]], though. [[UnwantedFalseFaith Bit of a misunderstanding]], that.
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* TheManFromEarth ''Film/TheManFromEarth'' has this with the main character, although he's usually a 'friend' or 'student', or otherwise indirectly involved with some historical figure. (And he points out even that doesn't happen very often, since he can only be in one place at a time and has to move on every 10 years or so to avoid any questions about why he's not aging.) He does turn out to be [[spoiler:{{Jesus}}]], though. [[UnwantedFalseFaith Bit of a misunderstanding]], that.
3rd Oct '15 11:40:23 AM nombretomado
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** Another interpretation is that it's related to Moorcock's "Eternal Champion" above, and on top of being all these figures, he was also the lead character of ''PathwaysIntoDarkness'' (possibly literally, as they're hinted to take place in the same universe, and the lead character is implied to be a military-grade cyborg), and Master Chief from ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' (more likely in a metaphorical/alternate incarnation sense, as they ''do not'' seem to take place in the same universe).
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** Another interpretation is that it's related to Moorcock's "Eternal Champion" above, and on top of being all these figures, he was also the lead character of ''PathwaysIntoDarkness'' ''VideoGame/PathwaysIntoDarkness'' (possibly literally, as they're hinted to take place in the same universe, and the lead character is implied to be a military-grade cyborg), and Master Chief from ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' (more likely in a metaphorical/alternate incarnation sense, as they ''do not'' seem to take place in the same universe).
21st Sep '15 9:53:10 PM Gideoncrawle
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* Flint, from the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Requiem For Methuselah," claims to have been Music/JohannesBrahms, Creator/WilliamShakespeare, Creator/LeonardoDaVinci, Myth/{{Merlin}}, Lazarus, UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat, [[Characters/BooksOfKings King Solomon]], and Methuselah, among others, in addition to "a hundred other names that you do not know". His birth name was Akharin, a Summerian soldier. In the (presumably non-canonical) Star Trek/Legion of Superheroes crossover comic series published by IDW, Flint also turns out to be the Trek universe doppleganger of the immortal DC Comics villain Vandal Savage (see Comics, above).
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* Flint, from the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Requiem For Methuselah," claims to have been Music/JohannesBrahms, Creator/WilliamShakespeare, Creator/LeonardoDaVinci, Myth/{{Merlin}}, Lazarus, UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat, [[Characters/BooksOfKings King Solomon]], and Methuselah, among others, in addition to "a hundred other names that you do not know". His birth name was Akharin, a Summerian Sumerian soldier. In the (presumably non-canonical) Star Trek/Legion of Superheroes crossover comic series published by IDW, Flint also turns out to be the Trek universe doppleganger of the immortal DC Comics villain Vandal Savage (see Comics, above).
21st Sep '15 5:58:52 PM nombretomado
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** FinalCrisis has revealed him to have been (and subsequently forgot that he was) ''[[Literature/BookOfGenesis Cain]]''. The biblical Cain. Who in DC continuity is now revered as the inventor of crime (being that he committed the first murder). This contradicts what had been established about [[spoiler: Cain]] in the [[ComicBook/TheSandman Sandman]] series (it might be a case of CanonDiscontinuity).
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** FinalCrisis ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' has revealed him to have been (and subsequently forgot that he was) ''[[Literature/BookOfGenesis Cain]]''. The biblical Cain. Who in DC continuity is now revered as the inventor of crime (being that he committed the first murder). This contradicts what had been established about [[spoiler: Cain]] in the [[ComicBook/TheSandman Sandman]] series (it might be a case of CanonDiscontinuity).
2nd Aug '15 10:33:39 PM SSJMagus
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* The immortals of ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' may not have been anyone particularly famous, but most of them did have a hand in major events over the centuries.
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* The immortals of ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' may not have been anyone particularly famous, famous (they try to avoid that on account of fame making it harder to cover up their immortality), but most of them did have a hand in major events over the centuries.
31st Jul '15 10:42:08 PM phoenix
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* The article '''''the Face Stealer''''', also part of the Wold Newton Universe, speculates that historical figure Alessandro Cagliostro/Joseph Balsamo (1743-1795) was actually an immortal. Having the ability to switch host bodies over the ages, while gaining partial memories of the new identity. The author speculates that some of his identities included an earlier Joseph Balsamo, Marius Rennepont, John Melmoth, the Count of Monteleone, revolutionary leader Francis II Rákóczi (1676-1735), occultist Count of St. Germain (c. 1712-1784), Abbot Faria, Edmond Dantes, Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo, guerrila leader Michele Pezza/Fra Diavolo (1771-1806), [[Literature/TheBlackCoats Colonel Michel Bozzo-Corona]], [[Literature/TheNarrativeOfArthurGordonPymOfNantucket Arthur Gordon Pym]], [[Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea Captain Nemo]], and [[TheMysteriousIsland Cyrus Smith]].
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* The article '''''the Face Stealer''''', also part of the Wold Newton Universe, speculates that historical figure Alessandro Cagliostro/Joseph Balsamo (1743-1795) was actually an immortal. Having the ability to switch host bodies over the ages, while gaining partial memories of the new identity. The author speculates that some of his identities included an earlier Joseph Balsamo, Marius Rennepont, John Melmoth, the Count of Monteleone, revolutionary leader Francis II Rákóczi (1676-1735), occultist Count of St. Germain (c. 1712-1784), Abbot Faria, Edmond Dantes, Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo, guerrila leader Michele Pezza/Fra Diavolo (1771-1806), [[Literature/TheBlackCoats Colonel Michel Bozzo-Corona]], [[Literature/TheNarrativeOfArthurGordonPymOfNantucket Arthur Gordon Pym]], [[Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea Captain Nemo]], and [[TheMysteriousIsland [[Literature/TheMysteriousIsland Cyrus Smith]].
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