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2nd Feb '16 5:53:28 PM DrFraud
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* In ''The Inspector General'' DannyKaye is mistaken for the title character by the officials of the town to be inspected, who spend much of the film alternately trying to charm him or kill him.

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* In one of the early ''Literature/PaddingtonBear'' books Paddington is mistaken for a restaurant critic and stuffs himself on what he thinks is free food. Fortunately for the Browns, the novelty of a bear eating in a restaurant attracts enough customers so that they don't have to pay for anything.
14th Jan '16 1:29:35 PM margdean56
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* In Graham Greene's ''Film/TheThirdMan'', the main character, an author of pulp westerns is mistaken for a far more literary writer whose name is similar to the protagonist's pen-name. The protagonist speaks at an event organised for the other writer without anyone working it out. Indeed his adoring readers are impressed by his daring disregard for writers like James Joyce. In fact, the protagonist hasn't even heard of them.
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* In Graham Greene's ''Film/TheThirdMan'', the main character, an author of pulp westerns westerns, is mistaken for a far more literary writer whose name is similar to the protagonist's pen-name. The protagonist speaks at an event organised for the other writer without anyone working it out. Indeed his adoring readers are impressed by his daring disregard for writers like James Joyce. In fact, the protagonist hasn't even heard of them.

* Played straight in ''Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'' when Huck stumbles into the Phelp's farm and gets mistaken for none other than Tom Sawyer, their nephew who's due for a visit. As expected [[HilarityEnsues he has to rely on a number of idiotic lies to save his skin]] when the real Tom pops up. The mild twist here is that Tom thinks it's a hoot and enthusiastically cooperates by pretending to be "Tom's" half-brother Sid.
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* Played straight in ''Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'' when Huck stumbles into the Phelp's Phelps' farm and gets mistaken for none other than Tom Sawyer, their nephew who's due for a visit. As expected [[HilarityEnsues he has to rely on a number of idiotic lies to save his skin]] when the real Tom pops up. The mild twist here is that Tom thinks it's a hoot and enthusiastically cooperates by pretending to be "Tom's" half-brother Sid.
14th Jan '16 1:27:02 PM margdean56
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Other times, the real guest will arrive partway through the episode, leaving the hero with a lot of 'splainin' to do -- especially if (as is often the case) a dead body has turned up in the mean time. In yet other cases, someone may not have the guest's best interests in mind, meaning the hero will then have to deal with attempts by the mistaken thief/killer/seducer(/all of the above?) on their person.
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Other times, the real guest will arrive partway through the episode, leaving the hero with a lot of 'splainin' to do -- especially if (as is often the case) a dead body has turned up in the mean time.meantime. In yet other cases, someone may not have the guest's best interests in mind, meaning the hero will then have to deal with attempts by the mistaken thief/killer/seducer(/all of the above?) on their person.
4th Oct '15 1:37:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/{{Flodder}}'': In the second movie, ''Flodder in Amerika'', upon arriving in America the Flodders are mistaken for a group of Russian doctors at the airport. They spend a day in the New York Plaza before the mix-up is revealed at a dinner part held in their name and they're unceremoniously thrown out.
30th Sep '15 10:04:42 PM PaulA
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* In the classic ''Literature/TheThirtyNineSteps'', Robert Donat's character is fleeing the police and enters a political rally to lose them. One problem - he runs onstage, and they mistake him for the speaker. He gives a stirring speech completely impromptu while consistently hiding his handcuffs, and he gets a ''standing ovation'' after he's done. CrowningMomentOfAwesome?
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* In the classic ''Literature/TheThirtyNineSteps'', ''Film/{{The 39 Steps|1935}}'', Robert Donat's character is fleeing the police and enters a political rally to lose them. One problem - he runs onstage, and they mistake him for the speaker. He gives a stirring speech completely impromptu while consistently hiding his handcuffs, and he gets a ''standing ovation'' after he's done. CrowningMomentOfAwesome?
12th Sep '15 2:47:58 PM Kitchen90
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* In ''Film/CarryOnRegardless'', Bert Handy (Sid James) is hired to hold a rich man's place in the waiting room queue at a hospital and is mistaken for a visiting diagnostician and invited to examine various patients.
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* In ''Film/CarryOnRegardless'', Bert Handy (Sid James) (SidJames) is hired to hold a rich man's place in the waiting room queue at a hospital and is mistaken for a visiting diagnostician and invited to examine various patients.
7th Sep '15 10:17:48 PM mlsmithca
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* In ''Film/CarryOn Regardless'', Bert Handy (Sid James) is hired to hold a rich man's place in the waiting room queue at a hospital and is mistaken for a visiting dignitary.
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* In ''Film/CarryOn Regardless'', ''Film/CarryOnRegardless'', Bert Handy (Sid James) is hired to hold a rich man's place in the waiting room queue at a hospital and is mistaken for a visiting dignitary.diagnostician and invited to examine various patients.
14th Mar '15 9:05:19 PM CRBWildcat
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* ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}} and the Pirate's Curse'': While at the Tan Line Temple, Shantae is mistaken for its missing princess. Funnily enough, [[spoiler:so do Sky, Rottytops, and Risky Boots. For added hilarity, the real Princess looks nothing like them.]]
21st Feb '15 11:56:48 PM FreeJaffa
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* In the Creator/LaurelAndHardy movie ''The Bullfighters'', Stan looks just like the famous bullfighter Don Sebastian.
28th Dec '14 10:51:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* Elizabeth for Calypso in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean: At World's End'', turning her into a LivingMacguffin for a brief round of pirate negotiations.
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* Elizabeth for Calypso in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean: At World's End'', ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'', turning her into a LivingMacguffin for a brief round of pirate negotiations.

* ''TheBluesBrothers'' end up playing a country & western venue, having turned up and claimed to be the "Good Ol' Boys" who were billed. The concert done, the real Good Ol' Boys turn up and HilarityEnsues.
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* ''TheBluesBrothers'' ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' end up playing a country & western venue, having turned up and claimed to be the "Good Ol' Boys" who were billed. The concert done, the real Good Ol' Boys turn up and HilarityEnsues.

* A really weird example shows up in ''[[Film/OceansEleven Ocean's Twelve]]'', where the cast invokes this trope; Creator/JuliaRoberts' character supposed looks exactly like Julia Roberts (InUniverse), and so they camouflage their museum heist as special guest star Julia Roberts visiting the museum. They are exposed by Creator/BruceWillis (AsHimself), who figures out that while she looks like Julia Roberts, she does not act like her. ** In ''Ocean's Thirteen'', they pull the fake critic stunt by getting one of their group to act like the hotel inspector so as to get the hotel management to focus attention on him, rather than the actual hotel reviewer. Then, to ensure a negative review, they proceed to treat the reviewer like crud. This involves dirtying his room, filling his room with a god-awful stench and giving him food poisoning. [[spoiler: At the end of the movie, they rig a slot machine for him, without his knowledge, as a form of recompense.]]
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* A really weird example shows up in ''[[Film/OceansEleven Ocean's Twelve]]'', ''Film/OceansTwelve'', where the cast invokes this trope; Creator/JuliaRoberts' character supposed looks exactly like Julia Roberts (InUniverse), and so they camouflage their museum heist as special guest star Julia Roberts visiting the museum. They are exposed by Creator/BruceWillis (AsHimself), who figures out that while she looks like Julia Roberts, she does not act like her. ** * In ''Ocean's Thirteen'', ''Film/OceansThirteen'', they pull the fake critic stunt by getting one of their group to act like the hotel inspector so as to get the hotel management to focus attention on him, rather than the actual hotel reviewer. Then, to ensure a negative review, they proceed to treat the reviewer like crud. This involves dirtying his room, filling his room with a god-awful stench and giving him food poisoning. [[spoiler: At the end of the movie, they rig a slot machine for him, without his knowledge, as a form of recompense.]]

* In ''OBrotherWhereArtThou'', the main characters being mistaken first for black people (at a Klan rally), then there's an inversion where they get recognized as now-famous musicians in an important part of the climax.
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* In ''OBrotherWhereArtThou'', ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou'', the main characters being mistaken first for black people (at a Klan rally), then there's an inversion where they get recognized as now-famous musicians in an important part of the climax.

* The 1990 environmental/business training film ''GrimeGoesGreen'' features a workplace whose owner (played by Creator/JohnCleese) is expecting a visit from PrinceCharles. He mistakes an environmental inspector for the Prince and is devastated by his negative review. [[spoiler: Also inverted, when Grime mistakes Prince Charles for an environmental inspector and shows off his environmental improvements.]]
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* The 1990 environmental/business training film ''GrimeGoesGreen'' ''Film/GrimeGoesGreen'' features a workplace whose owner (played by Creator/JohnCleese) is expecting a visit from PrinceCharles.Prince Charles. He mistakes an environmental inspector for the Prince and is devastated by his negative review. [[spoiler: Also inverted, when Grime mistakes Prince Charles for an environmental inspector and shows off his environmental improvements.]]
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