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22nd Jul '17 12:11:43 PM DarkMask
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[[caption-width-right:285:'''Homer (as Ned):''' Relax, I'm fine! But when I do die, I don't want any autopsies!]]
19th Jul '17 10:25:28 PM FF32
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* A variation of this occurs in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' that's (so far) without any playing with the corpse. John doesn't know that Vriska is dead, and several characters have avoided telling him this. The fandom then took [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lwem5eWTsi1qh37a9o1_500.jpg the logical next step]].

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* A variation of this occurs in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' that's (so far) without any playing with the corpse. John doesn't know that Vriska is dead, and several characters have avoided telling him this. The fandom then took [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lwem5eWTsi1qh37a9o1_500.com/tumblr_lwem5eWTsi1qh37a9o1_1280.jpg the logical next step]].


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* In ''WebVideo/HalfInTheBag'', Mike and Jay try to pull this off with Mr. Plinkett's corpse in order to get a government settlement through his lawyer. As the body had already decomposed to a skeleton, said lawyer isn't fooled for a second.
5th Jul '17 7:48:07 AM Andyroid
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A serious version of this is the ElCidPloy. See also TheFunInFuneral. Compare MummiesAtTheDinnerTable and DeadPetSketch. The opposite situation, usually played seriously, is FakingTheDead. DeadPersonImpersonation is when a living person assumes the dead one's ID and doesn't bother with the body.

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A serious version of this is the ElCidPloy. See also TheFunInFuneral. Compare MummiesAtTheDinnerTable (which is about someone trying to convince ''themselves'' dead people are still alive) and DeadPetSketch. The opposite situation, usually played seriously, is FakingTheDead. DeadPersonImpersonation is when a living person assumes the dead one's ID and doesn't bother with the body.
23rd Jun '17 6:43:58 PM foxley
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* ''Literature/AnnaPigeon'': In ''Destroying Angel'', Anna and her friends do this with [[spoiler:the dude]]'s body to lure 'Mr Big' into an ambush; propping it up against one wall of a building and having one of the girls manipulate his arm so he seems to gesture 'Mr Big' to come to him, so 'Mr Big' will leave the safety of his plane.

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* ''Literature/AnnaPigeon'': In ''Destroying ''Destroyer Angel'', Anna and her friends do this with [[spoiler:the dude]]'s body to lure 'Mr Big' into an ambush; propping it up against one wall of a building and having one of the girls manipulate his arm so he seems to gesture 'Mr Big' to come to him, so 'Mr Big' will leave the safety of his plane.
19th Jun '17 1:30:23 AM foxley
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* ''Literature/AnnaPigeon'': In ''Destroying Angel'', Anna and her friends do this with [[spoiler:the dude]]'s body to lure 'Mr Big' into an ambush; propping it up against one wall of a building and having one of the girls manipulate his arm so he seems to gesture 'Mr Big' to come to him, so 'Mr Big' will leave the safety of his plane.
12th Jun '17 6:20:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2005-09-05 This strip]] of ''{{Concerned}}: The Half-Life and Death of Gordon Frohman''.
* See the first panel of [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=277 this]] ''VGCats'' strip.

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* [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2005-09-05 This strip]] of ''{{Concerned}}: ''Webcomic/{{Concerned}}: The Half-Life and Death of Gordon Frohman''.
* See the first panel of [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=277 this]] ''VGCats'' ''Webcomic/VGCats'' strip.



* In ''WillSaveWorldForGold'', Ardon does this with his "temporary" adventuring party, as part of a crazy scheme. He fooled his actual adventuring party for a while too.

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* In ''WillSaveWorldForGold'', ''Webcomic/WillSaveWorldForGold'', Ardon does this with his "temporary" adventuring party, as part of a crazy scheme. He fooled his actual adventuring party for a while too.
6th Jun '17 9:36:57 AM LovePsychothefirst
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* This is a plot point in ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia''. [[spoiler: The EvilOverlord Bizel has actually been dead the entire time. His ''wife'' has been pretending he's the one in charge while being the one actually running the show. When the main party finds that out, things end up taking an even darker turn than before.]]

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* This is a plot point in ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia''. [[spoiler: The EvilOverlord Bizel Balir has actually been dead the entire time. His ''wife'' has been pretending he's the one in charge while being the one actually running the show. When the main party finds that out, things end up taking an even darker turn than before.]]
6th Jun '17 9:36:19 AM LovePsychothefirst
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* This is a plot point in ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia''. [[spoiler: The EvilOverlord Bizel has actually been dead the entire time. His ''wife'' has been pretending he's the one in charge while being the one actually running the show. When the main party finds that out, things end up taking an even darker turn than before.]]
17th May '17 8:54:34 PM PaulA
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* In ''Literature/{{Puckoon}}'', the new border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Free State runs between a church and its associated graveyard, and the border guards refuse to let a funeral procession through unless everybody in it has valid passports -- including the fellow in the coffin. This results in a scene where three of the villagers take the deceased off to get a passport photo taken while attempting to avoid letting on to the photographer that he's deceased.
7th May '17 7:33:28 AM Kalaong
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->'''Larry Wilson''': Lomax told whoever he was talking to not to kill us while he's around.
->'''Richard Parker''': Yes, but Bernie's dead. He's not around anymore.
->'''Larry Wilson''': Yeah. ''I'' know that. ''You'' know that. ''Nobody else knows that.''

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->'''Larry Wilson''': Lomax told whoever he was talking to not to kill us while he's around.
->'''Richard
around.\\
'''Richard
Parker''': Yes, but Bernie's dead. He's not around anymore.
->'''Larry
anymore.\\
'''Larry
Wilson''': Yeah. ({{beat}}) ''I'' know that. ({{beat}}) ''You'' know that. ([[{{beat}} shakes head]]) ''Nobody else knows that.''



* The trope was [[TropeCodifier made famous]] by ''Film/WeekendAtBernies'', where a pair of losers find that their deceased boss has ordered a hit on them, to be carried out once he ditches them. Out of sheer audacity, they start hauling the corpse around to convince everyone he's still alive - not a difficult task, given how Bernie's neighbors are all shallow snobs. [[spoiler:Except the hitman actually killed their boss and [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot planned to leave peacefully]], so all they're doing is drawing attention to themselves, and freaking the hitman out...]] The same basic premise is used in its sequel; ''another'' [[ThoseTwoBadGuys two losers]] ''[[HollywoodVoodoo re-animate]]'' Bernie([[TheDeadCanDance partially]]) so he can wander all over the Virgin Islands while the first two losers try to use his body break into his safety deposit box.

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* The trope was [[TropeCodifier made famous]] by ''Film/WeekendAtBernies'', where a pair of losers find that their deceased boss has ordered a hit on them, to be carried out once he ditches them. Out of sheer audacity, they start hauling the corpse around to convince everyone he's still alive - not a difficult task, given how Bernie's neighbors are all shallow snobs. [[spoiler:Except the hitman actually killed their boss and [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot planned to leave peacefully]], so all they're doing is drawing attention to themselves, and freaking the hitman out...]] The same basic premise is used in its sequel; ''another'' [[ThoseTwoBadGuys two losers]] ''[[HollywoodVoodoo re-animate]]'' Bernie([[TheDeadCanDance partially]]) so he can wander all over the Virgin Islands while lead them to a buried treasure, just as the first two losers try decide to use haul his body to the Virgin Islands in an attempt to break into his safety deposit box.
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