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8th Jul '16 6:08:14 AM Quanyails
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has Duffman, whose actor – or at least one of them – openly admits he has no distinct personality our of his costume anymore and cringes to be called by his real name (Larry Duffman).

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has Duffman, whose actor – or actor-–or at least one of them – openly them–-openly admits he has no distinct personality our out of his costume anymore and cringes to be called by his real name (Larry Duffman).
8th Jul '16 6:00:46 AM Quanyails
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29th Jun '16 2:49:49 PM Viira
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* In ''VideoGame/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', the BigBad is the phantom, an international spy who's spent so much time impersonating people that he's completley forgotten his originial identiy.

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* In ''VideoGame/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', the BigBad is the phantom, an international spy who's spent so much time impersonating people that he's completley forgotten his originial identiy.
8th May '16 4:01:32 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* This can be a problem with less mature cosplayers at {{Fan Convention}}s and the like; one may become so absorbed in acting out the character they're dressed as that they go to harmful lengths to imitate the character, such as stalking and harassing cosplayers dressed as the character's love interests, often without those cosplayers' consent. It gets worse if the character is AxCrazy or [[{{Yandere}} unhealthily obsessed with said love interests]].
20th Apr '16 11:33:37 PM Tamfang
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** Another example, this time overlapping with BecomingTheMask, was when Faith switches bodies with Buffy and then impersonates her for several days. She becomes so enamored with Buffy's heroic lifestyle ([[TrueCompanions with loving family and friends looking up to her]]), that when she has the chance to skip town free and clear she instead comes back to save innocent hostages from a group of vampires [[IronicEcho "because]] [[BorrowedCatchphrase it's wrong"]]. When Buffy-in-Faith's-body shows up to confront her afterwards, all Faith's own self-loathing comes pouring out in their fight; she beats the crap out of her former body while screaming that she's dirt, trash, and evil. Buffy is able to switch their body's back, but is so shaken by what she just witnessed that she doesn't pursue Faith when she immediately flees.

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** Another example, this time overlapping with BecomingTheMask, was when Faith switches bodies with Buffy and then impersonates her for several days. She becomes so enamored with Buffy's heroic lifestyle ([[TrueCompanions with loving family and friends looking up to her]]), that when she has the chance to skip town free and clear she instead comes back to save innocent hostages from a group of vampires [[IronicEcho "because]] [[BorrowedCatchphrase it's wrong"]]. When Buffy-in-Faith's-body shows up to confront her afterwards, all Faith's own self-loathing comes pouring out in their fight; she beats the crap out of her former body while screaming that she's dirt, trash, and evil. Buffy is able to switch their body's bodies back, but is so shaken by what she just witnessed that she doesn't pursue Faith when she immediately flees.



** Parodied in "Documentary Making: Redux", wherein Jeff is reluctantly cast as the Dean for a short commercial for Greendale and is forced to wear a bald cap over his natural hair. The shoot is only supposed to be for one day, but thanks in part to Jeff's own efforts to try and get out of it it ends up going for almost two weeks -- all of which time Jeff is forced to wear his Dean's costume. Over this time Jeff gradually begins to take on several of the Dean's character traits and becomes convinced that he's actually a bald man who "only dreamed of having hair".

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** Parodied in "Documentary Making: Redux", wherein Jeff is reluctantly cast as the Dean for a short commercial for Greendale and is forced to wear a bald cap over his natural hair. The shoot is only supposed to be for one day, but thanks in part to Jeff's own efforts to try and get out of it it ends up going for almost two weeks -- – all of which time Jeff is forced to wear his Dean's costume. Over this time Jeff gradually begins to take on several of the Dean's character traits and becomes convinced that he's actually a bald man who "only dreamed of having hair".



* An odd example with Jeremy Brett as ''Series/SherlockHolmes;'' he became ill ''while'' obsessing over the character - realizing that he was manic depressive allowed him to start overcoming his obsession to the point where he could enjoy playing Holmes. He died eleven years after ''Series/SherlockHolmes'' first aired, and had quit the series entirely the year before his death.

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* An odd example with Jeremy Brett as ''Series/SherlockHolmes;'' he became ill ''while'' obsessing over the character - – realizing that he was manic depressive allowed him to start overcoming his obsession to the point where he could enjoy playing Holmes. He died eleven years after ''Series/SherlockHolmes'' first aired, and had quit the series entirely the year before his death.



* On ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'', a well-paying job requires Johnny Fever to play an obnoxious, boisterous host of a televised disco dance show, to the point he actually does begin to lose himself, and becomes frightened this vile character will become him. Twice as interesting for the fact that Johnny Caravella already plays a role as Doctor Johnny Fever - but it is a role he likes. His best friend Gordon Sims tried to lose himself in the role of Venus Flytrap, to escape from the memories of his time in Vietnam. They catch up with him anyway.
* In an episode of the 1970s British TV series ''Series/{{Colditz}}'', an officer in the World War 2 German prisoner of war camp simulates insanity so that he will be repatriated to Britain, the plan being that he will then reveal himself as sane and return to action. His simulation succeeds only too well - at the end of the episode, the prisoners in Colditz receive a letter from the officer's wife relating that he actually went insane and is now confined to a mental institution. The escape committee then decides that no other prisoner in Colditz is to attempt that ploy.

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* On ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'', a well-paying job requires Johnny Fever to play an obnoxious, boisterous host of a televised disco dance show, to the point he actually does begin to lose himself, and becomes frightened this vile character will become him. Twice as interesting for the fact that Johnny Caravella already plays a role as Doctor Johnny Fever - – but it is a role he likes. His best friend Gordon Sims tried to lose himself in the role of Venus Flytrap, to escape from the memories of his time in Vietnam. They catch up with him anyway.
* In an episode of the 1970s British TV series ''Series/{{Colditz}}'', an officer in the World War 2 German prisoner of war camp simulates insanity so that he will be repatriated to Britain, the plan being that he will then reveal himself as sane and return to action. His simulation succeeds only too well - – at the end of the episode, the prisoners in Colditz receive a letter from the officer's wife relating that he actually went insane and is now confined to a mental institution. The escape committee then decides that no other prisoner in Colditz is to attempt that ploy.



--->'''Colonel''': This is a type of '[[{{RPG}} role-playing game]]'. The point is that you play out your part - and I expect you to turn in a perfect performance!

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--->'''Colonel''': This is a type of '[[{{RPG}} role-playing game]]'. The point is that you play out your part - – and I expect you to turn in a perfect performance!



* In ''Recap/TheFiveishDoctorsReboot'', several of the ex-Doctors are portrayed in this way as part of their copious AdamWesting. Creator/PeterDavison, for instance, is well aware that he isn't actually the Doctor but seems to think that he can actually use the TARDIS to travel in time, and Creator/TomBaker is portrayed [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation ambiguously]] (via a FakeShemp) - he's either convinced he is the Doctor for real, or he ''actually is'' the Doctor for real.

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* In ''Recap/TheFiveishDoctorsReboot'', several of the ex-Doctors are portrayed in this way as part of their copious AdamWesting. Creator/PeterDavison, for instance, is well aware that he isn't actually the Doctor but seems to think that he can actually use the TARDIS to travel in time, and Creator/TomBaker is portrayed [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation ambiguously]] (via a FakeShemp) - – he's either convinced he is the Doctor for real, or he ''actually is'' the Doctor for real.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has Duffman, whose actor - or at least one of them - openly admits he has no distinct personality our of his costume anymore and cringes to be called by his real name (Larry Duffman).

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has Duffman, whose actor - – or at least one of them - – openly admits he has no distinct personality our of his costume anymore and cringes to be called by his real name (Larry Duffman).



* Combined with the substance abuse issues he had at the time, Music/DavidBowie was noted to at least be worried about this happening with some of his stage personas, particularly the unsettling and unpleasant Thin White Duke from Music/StationToStation, which in turn derived from his appearance in Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth. This led to him moving away from adopting full characters on stage at around the same time as he pulled himself out of his addiction. Later in life, Bowie has stated that he's afraid his Ziggy Stardust character will come back into his mind and drive him completely insane.

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* Combined with the substance abuse issues he had at the time, Music/DavidBowie was noted to at least be worried about this happening with some of his stage personas, particularly the unsettling and unpleasant Thin White Duke from Music/StationToStation, which in turn derived from his appearance in Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth. This led to him moving away from adopting full characters on stage at around the same time as he pulled himself out of his addiction. Later in life, Bowie has stated that he's said he was afraid that his Ziggy Stardust character will would come back into his mind and drive him completely insane.



* Creator/PeterSellers. Directors often described him as [[FunnyCharacterBoringActor "not having any real personality of his own"]]. At one point during an interview, after demonstrating a wide variety of voices and character types, the interviewer asked if he was now speaking in his real voice. After some hesitation, he replied with a confused "I don't know." When Sellers was the guest on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', unlike any other guest on the series, he never appeared on-screen out of character. During the "five minutes to showtime" intro, he's Inspector Clouseau from ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther''. This appearance is the source of his famous "There is no me. I do not exist." quote.
* Actors who played the Doctor from ''Series/DoctorWho'' have been prone to this, as the Doctor is said to be one of [[BrownNote those]] characters (much like SherlockHolmes) who just gets into an actor's head and erodes their identity, and prolonged exposure is extremely dangerous - most Doctors only play the character for short runs as a protective measure against this. A couple, however, slipped into this:

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* Creator/PeterSellers. Directors often described him as [[FunnyCharacterBoringActor "not having any real personality of his own"]]. At one point during an interview, after demonstrating a wide variety of voices and character types, the interviewer asked if he was now speaking in his real voice. After some hesitation, he replied with a confused "I don't know." When Sellers was the guest on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', unlike any other guest on the series, he never appeared on-screen out of character. During the "five minutes to showtime" intro, he's Inspector Clouseau from ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther''. This appearance is the source of his famous quote, "There is no me. I do not exist." quote.
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* Actors who played the Doctor from ''Series/DoctorWho'' have been prone to this, as the Doctor is said to be one of [[BrownNote those]] characters (much like SherlockHolmes) who just gets into an actor's head and erodes their identity, and prolonged exposure is extremely dangerous - – most Doctors only play the character for short runs as a protective measure against this. A couple, however, slipped into this:



* Creator/DanielDayLewis dropped out of doing theatre when he appeared in a production of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' and had a breakdown in the scene where he confronted his father's ghost. He later admitted that he projected his own estranged father, the poet Cecil Day-Lewis into his performance and actually believed he had seen ''his'' father's ghost.

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* Creator/DanielDayLewis dropped out of doing theatre when he appeared in a production of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' and had a breakdown in the scene where he confronted his father's ghost. He later admitted that he projected his own estranged father, the poet Cecil Day-Lewis Day-Lewis, into his performance and actually believed he had seen ''his'' father's ghost.
1st Apr '16 10:31:25 AM rjd1922
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* In ''VideoGame/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', the BigBad is The Phantom, an international spy who's spent so much time impersonating people that he's completley forgotten his originial identiy.

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* In ''VideoGame/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', the BigBad is The Phantom, the phantom, an international spy who's spent so much time impersonating people that he's completley forgotten his originial identiy.
11th Feb '16 1:56:26 AM JulianLapostat
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* Rumours abounded that Creator/HeathLedger's [[Film/TheDarkKnight take]] on SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker was at least in part responsible for his death. The Joker's psyche certainly is unsettling, to say the least. His co-stars seem to debunk this theory as they said he seemed really relaxed between takes and on stage, and in no way exhibited behavior that supports this theory. Likewise, at the time of Ledger's death, he was working on another film, Creator/TerryGilliam's ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDrParnassus'' which was a comic performance and far less stressful.

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* Rumours abounded that Creator/HeathLedger's [[Film/TheDarkKnight take]] on SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker was at least in part responsible for his death. The Joker's psyche certainly is unsettling, to say the least. His co-stars seem to debunk this theory as they said he seemed really relaxed between takes and on stage, and in no way exhibited behavior that supports this theory. Likewise, at the time of Ledger's death, he was working on another film, Creator/TerryGilliam's ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDrParnassus'' ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'' which was a comic performance and far less stressful.
10th Feb '16 1:43:20 AM JulianLapostat
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* Rumours abounded that Creator/HeathLedger's [[Film/TheDarkKnight take]] on SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker was at least in part responsible for his death. The Joker's psyche certainly is unsettling, to say the least. His co-stars seem to debunk this theory as they said he seemed really relaxed between takes and on stage, and in no way exhibited behavior that supports this theory.

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* Rumours abounded that Creator/HeathLedger's [[Film/TheDarkKnight take]] on SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker was at least in part responsible for his death. The Joker's psyche certainly is unsettling, to say the least. His co-stars seem to debunk this theory as they said he seemed really relaxed between takes and on stage, and in no way exhibited behavior that supports this theory. Likewise, at the time of Ledger's death, he was working on another film, Creator/TerryGilliam's ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDrParnassus'' which was a comic performance and far less stressful.



* Combined with the substance abuse issues he had at the time, Music/DavidBowie was noted to at least be worried about this happening with some of his stage personas, particularly the unsettling and unpleasant Thin White Duke. This led to him moving away from adopting full characters on stage at around the same time as he pulled himself out of his addiction. To this day, Bowie has stated that he's afraid his Ziggy Stardust character will come back into his mind and drive him completely insane.
** The same thing nearly happened to Music/AliceCooper as his alcoholism spiraled out of control in the 1970s. A stay in a sanitarium pulled him out of it.

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* Combined with the substance abuse issues he had at the time, Music/DavidBowie was noted to at least be worried about this happening with some of his stage personas, particularly the unsettling and unpleasant Thin White Duke.Duke from Music/StationToStation, which in turn derived from his appearance in Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth. This led to him moving away from adopting full characters on stage at around the same time as he pulled himself out of his addiction. To this day, Later in life, Bowie has stated that he's afraid his Ziggy Stardust character will come back into his mind and drive him completely insane.
** * The same thing nearly happened to Music/AliceCooper as his alcoholism spiraled out of control in the 1970s. A stay in a sanitarium pulled him out of it.


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* Creator/DanielDayLewis dropped out of doing theatre when he appeared in a production of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' and had a breakdown in the scene where he confronted his father's ghost. He later admitted that he projected his own estranged father, the poet Cecil Day-Lewis into his performance and actually believed he had seen ''his'' father's ghost.
8th Feb '16 7:17:28 PM Paranoia
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* ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' had a FemmeFatale character who turned out to be this; she was auditioning for a part when the storm happened, and her power made her become that character. Unfortunately for everyone involved, this also means she exerts a degree of MindControl, compelling the men she gets involved with to fall into the roles of her recurring story.

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* ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' had a FemmeFatale character who turned out to be this; she was auditioning for a part when the storm happened, and her power made her become that character. Unfortunately for everyone involved, this also means she subconsciously exerts a degree of MindControl, compelling the men she gets involved with to fall into the roles of her recurring story.story: first as her secret lover, then her savior from her abusive ex-, finally becoming her abusive ex- for the next guy in the cycle to save her from.
8th Feb '16 7:15:23 PM Paranoia
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* ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' had a FemmeFatale character who turned out to be this; she was auditioning for a part when the storm happened, and her power made her become that character.

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* ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' had a FemmeFatale character who turned out to be this; she was auditioning for a part when the storm happened, and her power made her become that character. Unfortunately for everyone involved, this also means she exerts a degree of MindControl, compelling the men she gets involved with to fall into the roles of her recurring story.
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