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4th Apr '16 12:00:49 AM Pichu-kun
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** [[spoiler:Natsumi]] mistakes her parents for killing her grandmother, mistakes her [[spoiler:mother]] for killing her [[spoiler:father]] and mistakes her mom for attempting to kill ''[[OffingTheOffspring her]]''. In reality [[spoiler:Natsumi]] isn't [[UnreliableNarrator remembering the memories correctly]] due to [[spoiler:having a high level of [[HatePlague Hinamizawa Syndrome]] and [[spoiler:''she'' actually [[SelfmadeOrphan killed her entire family]].]]

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** [[spoiler:Natsumi]] mistakes her parents for killing her grandmother, mistakes her [[spoiler:mother]] for killing her [[spoiler:father]] and mistakes her mom for attempting to kill ''[[OffingTheOffspring her]]''. In reality [[spoiler:Natsumi]] isn't [[UnreliableNarrator remembering the memories correctly]] due to [[spoiler:having a high level of [[HatePlague Hinamizawa Syndrome]] and [[spoiler:''she'' ''she'' actually [[SelfmadeOrphan killed her entire family]].]]
3rd Apr '16 11:59:28 PM Pichu-kun
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* This is a plot point in ''Anime/DeathParade''. Decim must convince the people who arrive in purgatory to play his games so he can judge them. He happens to create a lot of mannequins and showing people them hanged upside down from a distance makes them look like corpses. This causes people to fear for their lives (not recognizing they're already dead) and play along.

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* This is a plot point in ''Anime/DeathParade''. Decim must convince the people who arrive in purgatory to play his games so he can judge them. He happens to create a lot of mannequins mannequins, and showing people them hanged upside down from a distance makes them look like corpses. This causes people to fear for their lives (not recognizing they're already dead) and play along.



* Justified in [[VideoGame/ChzoMythos 5 Days A Stranger]], in that the character mistaken for the murder did in fact commit the murder. Granted that it was actually due to a case of DemonicPossession.
** May or may not be justified in 7 Days a Skeptic. Taken as a standalone game, 7DAS appears to play this straight but 6 Days a Sacrifice implies that what we saw then might not have been what actually happened.

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* Justified in [[VideoGame/ChzoMythos 5 Days A Stranger]], in that the character mistaken for the murder did in fact commit the murder. Granted that it was actually due to a case of DemonicPossession. \n** May This may or may not be justified in 7 ''7 Days a Skeptic. A Skeptic''. Taken as a standalone game, 7DAS appears to play this straight but 6 ''6 Days a Sacrifice A Sacrifice'' implies that what we saw then might not have been what actually happened.



** Keiichi thinks tat Rena and Mion are out to kill him in [[spoiler:Onikakushi-hen]]. They make threatening remarks, reference another student's similar behaviour before "transferring", creepily show up at his house at night, and even try to inject him with a drug implied to be the same one used to murder Tomitake. [[BatterUp What happens afterwards]]... [[spoiler:Of course, this was all in Keiichi's head, exacerbated by an extreme case of {{Hate Plague}}. The things said by Rena and Mion were all either misunderstood or [[UnreliableNarrator made up entirely by Keiichi's decaying sanity]].]]

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** Keiichi thinks tat that Rena and Mion are out to kill him in [[spoiler:Onikakushi-hen]].[[spoiler:''Onikakushi-hen'']]. They make threatening remarks, reference another student's similar behaviour before "transferring", creepily show up at his house at night, and even try to inject him with a drug implied to be the same one used to murder Tomitake. [[BatterUp What happens afterwards]]... [[spoiler:Of course, this was all in Keiichi's head, exacerbated by an extreme case of {{Hate Plague}}. The things said by Rena and Mion were all either misunderstood or [[UnreliableNarrator made up entirely by Keiichi's decaying sanity]].]]
6th Mar '16 11:34:30 PM Pichu-kun
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** [Keiichi himself hat Rena and Mion are out to kill him in [[spoiler:Onikakushi-hen]]. They make threatening remarks, reference another student's similar behaviour before "transferring", creepily show up at his house at night, and even try to inject him with a drug implied to be the same one used to murder Tomitake. [[BatterUp What happens afterwards]]... [[spoiler:Of course, this was all in Keiichi's head, exacerbated by an extreme case of {{Hate Plague}}. The things said by Rena and Mion were all either misunderstood or [[UnreliableNarrator made up entirely by Keiichi's decaying sanity]].]]

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** [Keiichi himself hat Keiichi thinks tat Rena and Mion are out to kill him in [[spoiler:Onikakushi-hen]]. They make threatening remarks, reference another student's similar behaviour before "transferring", creepily show up at his house at night, and even try to inject him with a drug implied to be the same one used to murder Tomitake. [[BatterUp What happens afterwards]]... [[spoiler:Of course, this was all in Keiichi's head, exacerbated by an extreme case of {{Hate Plague}}. The things said by Rena and Mion were all either misunderstood or [[UnreliableNarrator made up entirely by Keiichi's decaying sanity]].]]
6th Mar '16 11:27:13 PM Pichu-kun
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* Happens in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', with [[spoiler:Satoko believing that Keiichi murdered Rika in the climax of ''Tatarigoroshi-hen'', after Keiichi, while Satoko is absent, finds Rika's body, drops the hatchet he's carrying into her blood in shock, ''[[WhatAnIdiot picks the hatchet back up]]''...at which point Satoko returns. Also happens with Shion believing that the [[{{Yakuza}} rest of the Sonozaki family]] is responsible for Satoshi's disappearance.]]
** [[spoiler:Keiichi himself believes that Rena and Mion are out to kill him in the first arc. They make threatening remarks, reference another student's similar behaviour before "transferring", creepily show up at his house at night, and even try to inject him with a drug implied to be the same one used to murder Tomitake. [[BatterUp What happens afterwards]]... Of course, this was all in Keiichi's head, exacerbated by an extreme case of {{Hate Plague}}. The things said by Rena and Mion were all either misunderstood or [[UnreliableNarrator made up entirely by Keiichi's decaying sanity]].]]
* In ''DeadmanWonderland'', Ganta is framed for murder [[spoiler:slaughtering his entire class]] and is sentenced to death in a {{kangaroo court}} [[spoiler:his lawyer is actually head of the prison he goes to]]. Although [[spoiler:Ganta ''can'' kill people the way his classmates were murdered, his powers weren't activated until just after the slaughter]].

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* Happens in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', with [[spoiler:Satoko believing that Keiichi murdered Rika in the climax of ''Tatarigoroshi-hen'', after Keiichi, while Satoko is absent, finds Rika's body, drops the hatchet he's carrying into her blood in shock, ''[[WhatAnIdiot picks the hatchet back up]]''...at which point Satoko returns. Also happens with Shion believing that the [[{{Yakuza}} rest of the Sonozaki family]] is responsible for Satoshi's disappearance.]]
** [[spoiler:Keiichi himself believes that Rena and Mion are out to kill him in the first arc. They make threatening remarks, reference another student's similar behaviour before "transferring", creepily show up at his house at night, and even try to inject him with a drug implied to be the same one used to murder Tomitake. [[BatterUp What happens afterwards]]... Of course, this was all in Keiichi's head, exacerbated by an extreme case of {{Hate Plague}}. The things said by Rena and Mion were all either misunderstood or [[UnreliableNarrator made up entirely by Keiichi's decaying sanity]].]]
* In ''DeadmanWonderland'', ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'', Ganta is framed for the murder of [[spoiler:slaughtering his entire class]] and is sentenced to death in a {{kangaroo court}} [[spoiler:his lawyer is actually head of the prison he goes to]]. Although [[spoiler:Ganta ''can'' kill people the way his classmates were murdered, his powers weren't activated until just after the slaughter]].



* This happens to Jun in ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}''. Everyone thinks [[JerkAss Jun]] pushed [[spoiler:Waku]] off into the sea but the truth is [[spoiler:the kids die after they pilot the mecha. Waku just happened to die right when Jun playfully pushed him. He would have fallen anyway]].
* This is a plot point in ''Anime/DeathParade''. Decim must convince the people who arrive in purgatory to play his games so he can judge them. He happens to create a lot of mannequins and showing people them, hanged upside down, from a distance makes them look like corpses. This causes people to fear for their lives and play along.

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* This happens to Jun in ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}''. Everyone thinks [[JerkAss Jun]] pushed [[spoiler:Waku]] off the mecha into the sea but the truth is [[spoiler:the kids die after they pilot the mecha. Waku just happened to die right when Jun playfully pushed him. He would have fallen anyway]].
* This is a plot point in ''Anime/DeathParade''. Decim must convince the people who arrive in purgatory to play his games so he can judge them. He happens to create a lot of mannequins and showing people them, them hanged upside down, down from a distance makes them look like corpses. This causes people to fear for their lives (not recognizing they're already dead) and play along.



* In Chapter 7 of ''PaperMario'', [[TheHero Mario]] drops in on Mayor Penguin to find his body on the ground. His wife comes in, freaks out, and comes to wild conclusions that pit Mario as the murderer, and he suddenly finds himself being grilled by the local police officer to the protests of whichever partner is currently active. Ironically, Watt ([[KidAppealCharacter the youngest of the group]]) is the only one to consider pointing out the lack of incriminating evidence. [[spoiler:It turns out that Mayor Penguin was only knocked out by a present he planned on giving to Herringway the whole time.]]

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* In Chapter 7 of ''PaperMario'', ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', [[TheHero Mario]] drops in on Mayor Penguin to find his body on the ground. His wife comes in, freaks out, and comes to wild conclusions that pit Mario as the murderer, and he suddenly finds himself being grilled by the local police officer to the protests of whichever partner is currently active. Ironically, Watt ([[KidAppealCharacter the youngest of the group]]) is the only one to consider pointing out the lack of incriminating evidence. [[spoiler:It turns out that Mayor Penguin was only knocked out by a present he planned on giving to Herringway the whole time.]]


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* Used repeatedly in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' due to PoorCommunicationKills and [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness delusional characters]]:
** In two different arcs Shion accuses her {{yakuza}} family (including her twin sister) of murdering her crush Satoshi. This causes her to kill multiple people. [[spoiler:In reality Satoshi is alive, albeit in a coma for reasons unrelated to the Sonozaki clan. Shion's family had no issues with Satoshi.]]
** [[spoiler:Satoko]] believes that [[spoiler:Keiichi]] murdered [[spoiler:Rika]] in the climax of ''Tatarigoroshi-hen'', after [[spoiler:Keiichi]], while [[spoiler:Satoko]] is absent, finds [[spoiler:Rika's]] body, drops the hatchet he's carrying into her blood in shock, and then ''[[WhatAnIdiot picks the hatchet back up]]''... at which point [[spoiler:Satoko]] returns.
** [Keiichi himself hat Rena and Mion are out to kill him in [[spoiler:Onikakushi-hen]]. They make threatening remarks, reference another student's similar behaviour before "transferring", creepily show up at his house at night, and even try to inject him with a drug implied to be the same one used to murder Tomitake. [[BatterUp What happens afterwards]]... [[spoiler:Of course, this was all in Keiichi's head, exacerbated by an extreme case of {{Hate Plague}}. The things said by Rena and Mion were all either misunderstood or [[UnreliableNarrator made up entirely by Keiichi's decaying sanity]].]]
** [[spoiler:Natsumi]] mistakes her parents for killing her grandmother, mistakes her [[spoiler:mother]] for killing her [[spoiler:father]] and mistakes her mom for attempting to kill ''[[OffingTheOffspring her]]''. In reality [[spoiler:Natsumi]] isn't [[UnreliableNarrator remembering the memories correctly]] due to [[spoiler:having a high level of [[HatePlague Hinamizawa Syndrome]] and [[spoiler:''she'' actually [[SelfmadeOrphan killed her entire family]].]]
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23rd Nov '15 4:46:18 AM foxley
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* ''Literature/BlackWidowers'': In "Nothing Like Murder", the guest is a Russian writer with a less than perfect grasp of English who is convinced that he overheard two men plotting a murder on a college campus. It is up to Henry to determine what he really heard.
14th Nov '15 8:52:16 PM Winner1
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* PlayedForDrama in ''Film/PsychoII''. Mary finds herself holding a knife against Norman Bates in self-defense when she assumes he's reverted back to his psychotic ways. However, when the police arrive on the scene they mistake ''her'' for a murderer [[spoiler: and shoot her dead on the spot.]]
6th Nov '15 8:17:31 PM nombretomado
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In addition, a coincidental series of completely innocent accidents and [[StabTheSalad happenings]] occur that seem to support that fear, often [[RearWindowInvestigation witnessed through a window]] in a direct homage/parody of the Hitchcock classic ''RearWindow''.

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In addition, a coincidental series of completely innocent accidents and [[StabTheSalad happenings]] occur that seem to support that fear, often [[RearWindowInvestigation witnessed through a window]] in a direct homage/parody of the Hitchcock classic ''RearWindow''.''Film/RearWindow''.



** In yet another episode, Elmyra's brother (who has been watching ''RearWindow'') believes his neighbor is a murderer when he thinks he spots parallels between the movie and said neighbor.

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** In yet another episode, Elmyra's brother (who has been watching ''RearWindow'') ''Film/RearWindow'') believes his neighbor is a murderer when he thinks he spots parallels between the movie and said neighbor.
31st Oct '15 8:46:19 PM nombretomado
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* Happens to David Warrant from ''QuantumAndWoody'', whom Quantum believes engineered the accident that transformed himself and Woody and granted them super powers. In reality, David was trying to shut down the reactor and ''prevent'' the accident.

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* Happens to David Warrant from ''QuantumAndWoody'', ''ComicBook/QuantumAndWoody'', whom Quantum believes engineered the accident that transformed himself and Woody and granted them super powers. In reality, David was trying to shut down the reactor and ''prevent'' the accident.
24th Oct '15 6:23:42 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheClevelandShow'' where he thought Holt had killed his mother. He was actually trying to bury his blowup sex doll.

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* ''TheClevelandShow'' ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'' where he thought Holt had killed his mother. He was actually trying to bury his blowup sex doll.
7th Oct '15 10:44:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the second season ''Series/Series/{{Wings}}'' episode "Murder She Roast", Brian sees a woman who resembles Fay on an ''AmericasMostWanted''-like show.

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* In the second season ''Series/Series/{{Wings}}'' episode "Murder She Roast", Brian sees a woman who resembles Fay on an ''AmericasMostWanted''-like ''Series/AmericasMostWanted''-like show.



* Ted and Melody on ''HeyDude'' came back to the ranch after being sent home sick and discovered what they thought was an elaborate plot to murder Mr. Ernst. They had missed his announcement that he had written the play, which the other employees were rehearsing.
* Another ''RearWindow'' knock-off was one of the subplots of ''That70sShow'' Halloween episode.
* The first episode of ''ILoveLucy'' (1951) was titled "Lucy Thinks Ricky Is Trying to Murder Her".
* On ''{{Newhart}}'', Dick is suspected of murdering Joanna after he writes a murder-mystery novel with characters based on himself and people he knows.

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* Ted and Melody on ''HeyDude'' ''Series/HeyDude'' came back to the ranch after being sent home sick and discovered what they thought was an elaborate plot to murder Mr. Ernst. They had missed his announcement that he had written the play, which the other employees were rehearsing.
* Another ''RearWindow'' ''Film/RearWindow'' knock-off was one of the subplots of ''That70sShow'' ''Series/That70sShow'' Halloween episode.
* The first episode of ''ILoveLucy'' ''Series/ILoveLucy'' (1951) was titled "Lucy Thinks Ricky Is Trying to Murder Her".
* On ''{{Newhart}}'', ''Series/{{Newhart}}'', Dick is suspected of murdering Joanna after he writes a murder-mystery novel with characters based on himself and people he knows.



* In ''ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', the gang suspects that Mac is a serial killer due to his suspicious behavior. In reality, he's just dating a transsexual.
* ''KenanAndKel'' mistook Kenan's boss Chris as a mob hitman.

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* In ''ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', the gang suspects that Mac is a serial killer due to his suspicious behavior. In reality, he's just dating a transsexual.
* ''KenanAndKel'' ''Series/KenanAndKel'' mistook Kenan's boss Chris as a mob hitman.



* P.J. and Gabe of ''GoodLuckCharlie'' misinterpret their next door neighbor Mrs. Dabney's outburst at her soap operas, and her attempts to get rid of a bad smell and a large, heavy trunk as evidence that she murdered her husband. It was just her husbands old anatomy skeleton from his teaching job.
* An episode of ''TheWayansBros'' had Grandma Ellington dating a new beau, Fred, thanks to Shawn and Marlon playing matchmaker to get her out of their hair. Everything is fine until the gang gets together to watch their favorite crime show, "Unsolved Violent Crimes", an ''AmericasMostWanted''-esque program hosted by Creator/AdamWest. It featured a serial killer who preyed on old women with a poison-filled Mexican dish. The police sketch of the killer looked exactly like Fred. Everyone is convinced that Grandma is in danger. Later, Fred and Grandma have a dinner date and guess what he's cooking? A big dish of HilarityEnsues.
* When Nikki breaks her leg at Prof. Oglevee's apartment on ''TheParkers'', she decides to convalesce there and becomes even more annoying. He gives her a pair of binoculars which she uses to spy on the neighbors. She sees a man strangling a woman and then sees him carrying a suspicious bundle out of his apartment. The killer sees her and decides to come after her. In the end, [[spoiler: it was all a set-up by the Professor with an actor friend of his to teach Nikki a lesson about spying]].
* In one episode of ''MyFamily'', a patient of Ben's is under sedation in the dental chair and confesses to murdering his wife. Susan, who has recently developed an obsession with ''InspectorMorse'', appoints herself as detective and breaks into the man's house to find evidence. When she discovers his wife is still alive, Susan admits she knew it wasn't true but wanted it to be because of her love for TV crime dramas. The man turns out to have made it up because ''he'' is a huge fan of ''ATouchOfFrost''.

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* P.J. and Gabe of ''GoodLuckCharlie'' ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'' misinterpret their next door neighbor Mrs. Dabney's outburst at her soap operas, and her attempts to get rid of a bad smell and a large, heavy trunk as evidence that she murdered her husband. It was just her husbands old anatomy skeleton from his teaching job.
* An episode of ''TheWayansBros'' ''Series/TheWayansBros'' had Grandma Ellington dating a new beau, Fred, thanks to Shawn and Marlon playing matchmaker to get her out of their hair. Everything is fine until the gang gets together to watch their favorite crime show, "Unsolved Violent Crimes", an ''AmericasMostWanted''-esque program hosted by Creator/AdamWest. It featured a serial killer who preyed on old women with a poison-filled Mexican dish. The police sketch of the killer looked exactly like Fred. Everyone is convinced that Grandma is in danger. Later, Fred and Grandma have a dinner date and guess what he's cooking? A big dish of HilarityEnsues.
* When Nikki breaks her leg at Prof. Oglevee's apartment on ''TheParkers'', ''Series/TheParkers'', she decides to convalesce there and becomes even more annoying. He gives her a pair of binoculars which she uses to spy on the neighbors. She sees a man strangling a woman and then sees him carrying a suspicious bundle out of his apartment. The killer sees her and decides to come after her. In the end, [[spoiler: it was all a set-up by the Professor with an actor friend of his to teach Nikki a lesson about spying]].
* In one episode of ''MyFamily'', ''Series/MyFamily'', a patient of Ben's is under sedation in the dental chair and confesses to murdering his wife. Susan, who has recently developed an obsession with ''InspectorMorse'', appoints herself as detective and breaks into the man's house to find evidence. When she discovers his wife is still alive, Susan admits she knew it wasn't true but wanted it to be because of her love for TV crime dramas. The man turns out to have made it up because ''he'' is a huge fan of ''ATouchOfFrost''.
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