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28th Aug '16 4:40:54 AM totoofze47
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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. [[spoiler:Except the hitman actually killed their boss, and all they're doing is drawing attention to themselves, and freaking the hitman out...]]
** No discussion would be complete without mentioning ''[[{{Sequelitis}} the sequel]]''. Yes. They made a sequel. With HollywoodVoodoo and a TreasureHunt. The series maintains a fanbase to this day (The Smirk is iconic) simply because it's SoBadItsGood.

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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. [[spoiler:Except the hitman actually killed their boss, and all they're doing is drawing attention to themselves, and freaking the hitman out...]]
** No discussion would be complete without mentioning ''[[{{Sequelitis}} the sequel]]''. Yes. They made a sequel. With HollywoodVoodoo and a TreasureHunt.
]] The series maintains a fanbase to this day (The Smirk same basic premise is iconic) simply because it's SoBadItsGood.used in its sequel.
18th Aug '16 2:13:18 PM Tre
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* A variant of the posed-dead-soldiers is used in the SciFiChannel's miniseries adaptation of ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''. Unusually, the White Knight who sets them up is a CloudCuckoolander who ''talks'' to his skeletal "allies", and praises their courage when they stand fast in the face of the enemy bombardment.

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* A variant of the posed-dead-soldiers is used in the SciFiChannel's Creator/{{Syfy}} miniseries adaptation of ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''. Unusually, the White Knight who sets them up is a CloudCuckoolander who ''talks'' to his skeletal "allies", and praises their courage when they stand fast in the face of the enemy bombardment.
16th Jun '16 11:44:11 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the first episode of ''SlackerCats'' a family has a reward for the return of their cat - who got run over so Buckley and Eddie have Dooper live inside the corpse and pretend to be the cat so they can have the money. Except the only way to rescue Dooper was to have him pretend to be dead which leads to TheFunInFuneral.

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* In the first episode of ''SlackerCats'' ''WesternAnimation/SlackerCats'' a family has a reward for the return of their cat - who got run over so Buckley and Eddie have Dooper live inside the corpse and pretend to be the cat so they can have the money. Except the only way to rescue Dooper was to have him pretend to be dead which leads to TheFunInFuneral.



* ''{{Stoked}}!'': In "A Prank Too Far", Bummer pretends to be dead in order to teach the groms a lesson. The groms then lug Bummer's 'corpse' around to convince an investor that he is still 'alive'.

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* ''{{Stoked}}!'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Stoked}}'': In "A Prank Too Far", Bummer pretends to be dead in order to teach the groms a lesson. The groms then lug Bummer's 'corpse' around to convince an investor that he is still 'alive'.
16th May '16 9:23:02 AM rjd1922
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* Done in comedic manner in ''Literature/MagicalGirlHunters'', puppeting the dead body of a MagicalGirl to get the eponymous Hunters into a complex. Includes a {{Shoutout}} to ''Franchise/StarWars'' when they bluff their way past a set of guards, using ventriloquism to have the magical girl say they're prisoners being transported to cell block 1138.
* In WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's review of ''BabyGeniuses2'', he falls into a coma after watching said film. {{Brentalfloss}} and Creator/UncleYo puppeteer the Critic at a convention in order to convince people that he is still normal, but it is mostly PlayedForLaughs, with them not even bothering to try and hide the fact that something is up. Strangely, the Critic's fans don't question it. Subverted when we find out [[spoiler:that he never actually fell into a coma. He was only pretending in order to get a discount on his hotel room. He then invites his puppeteers [[AndZoidberg And]] TeamFourStar to read ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey''.]]

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* Done in comedic manner in ''Literature/MagicalGirlHunters'', puppeting the dead body of a MagicalGirl to get the eponymous Hunters into a complex. Includes a {{Shoutout}} ShoutOut to ''Franchise/StarWars'' when they bluff their way past a set of guards, using ventriloquism to have the magical girl say they're prisoners being transported to cell block 1138.
* In WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's review of ''BabyGeniuses2'', ''Superbabies: Film/BabyGeniuses 2'', he falls into a coma after watching said film. {{Brentalfloss}} Music/{{Brentalfloss}} and Creator/UncleYo puppeteer the Critic at a convention in order to convince people that he is still normal, but it is mostly PlayedForLaughs, with them not even bothering to try and hide the fact that something is up. Strangely, the Critic's fans don't question it. Subverted when we find out [[spoiler:that he never actually fell into a coma. He was only pretending in order to get a discount on his hotel room. He then invites his puppeteers [[AndZoidberg And]] and TeamFourStar to read ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey''.]]
9th May '16 4:38:39 PM maxwellsilver
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** In the [[HalloweenEpisode Treehouse of Horror X]] segment "I Know What You Diddily-Iddily-Did", after running down Ned Flanders during a foggy night, Homer "puppeteers" him just long enough to convince Maude that he's 1) alive and 2) having a heart attack.

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** In the [[HalloweenEpisode Treehouse of Horror X]] segment "I Know What You Diddily-Iddily-Did", after running Marge runs down Ned Flanders during a foggy night, Homer "puppeteers" him just long enough to convince Maude that he's 1) alive 2) doesn't want an autopsy and 2) 3) having a heart attack.



* A skit on ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' played with it in mocking ''HannahMontana'', when Miley gets shot by a LoonyFan and yet her friends insisted on dragging her corpse around to keep up the charade. It [[BlackComedy didn't go well.]]

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* A skit on ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' played with it in mocking ''HannahMontana'', ''Series/HannahMontana'', when Miley gets shot by a LoonyFan and yet her friends insisted on dragging her corpse around to keep up the charade. It [[BlackComedy didn't go well.]]



* This is an example of TruthInTelevision. The death of Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang was kept secret for two months by his prime minister. The Emperor died on a journey in the middle of a blazing summer, so the minister hid the stench of the fast decomposing body by surrounding the imperial carriage with carts full of rotting fish. It was an indication of how feared the Emperor and his prime minister were that not one person questioned the driving arrangements (or they didn't care).

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* This is an example of TruthInTelevision. The death of Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang was kept secret for two months by his prime minister. The Emperor died on a journey in the middle of a blazing summer, so the minister hid the stench of the fast decomposing body by surrounding the imperial carriage with carts full of rotting fish. It was an indication of how feared the Emperor and his prime minister were that not one person questioned the driving arrangements (or they didn't care).



* In the early days of photography, when exposures took so long that few ''living'' people could sit still long enough for a portrait photo, it wasn't unusual for corpses to be posed in lifelike positions and photographed to give the mourners something to remember a person by.
** This was mostly done because of how expensive photography was, and taking a shot of the recently departed would be the only picture to remember them by.

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* In the early days of photography, when exposures took so long that few ''living'' people could sit still long enough for a portrait photo, it wasn't unusual for corpses to be posed in lifelike positions and photographed to give the mourners something to remember a person by.
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by. This was mostly done because of how expensive photography was, and taking a shot of the recently departed would be the only picture to remember them by.



* In TheWarOnTerror, it was revealed in late July 2015 that ''two'' separate Afghan militant commanders--Mullah Omar of the Taliban, and Jalaludin Haqqani of the Haqqani Network, had been dead for at least a year. The revelation about Mullah Omar was especially significant because Taliban leadership had been in the habit of issuing written communiques in his name for years.

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* In TheWarOnTerror, it was revealed in late July 2015 that ''two'' separate Afghan militant commanders--Mullah commanders -- Mullah Omar of the Taliban, and Jalaludin Haqqani of the Haqqani Network, Network -- had been dead for at least a year. The revelation about Mullah Omar was especially significant because Taliban leadership had been in the habit of issuing written communiques in his name for years.
7th May '16 12:59:50 AM foxley
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* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': In "The Lion and the Unicorn", Steed has to go to extreme lengths in order to convince the Unicorn's gang that he is still alive (after being accidentally shot by one of his own men) in order to prevent a gang war and recover a hostage the Unicorn's gang is holding.
4th May '16 10:12:44 AM Wildstar93
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* A non-death example in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' Book 1: When Korra, Tenzin, and Lin get attacked and knocked out by [[spoiler:Hiroshi Sato]] and the Equalists, Bolin and Mako come to rescue them. But they get caught while trying to sneak away with the unconscious others, and Bolin chats it up with [[spoiler:Hiroshi]], waving Tenzin's arms around as if he was still awake.
23rd Apr '16 2:23:26 PM nombretomado
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* In one episode of ''FatherTed'', Father Jack takes an extra large (and accidental) dose of Dreamy Sleepy Nighty Snoozy Snooze (a bran-based chocolate-flavoured sleeping aid banned in most European countries), preventing him from playing as the star player in the Annual All-Priests Over-75 Football Challenge Match (Against Rugged Island). In response to this [[LampshadeHanging completely ludicrous situation]], Ted concocts a plan involving a remote-controlled wheelchair and a pair of fake arms.

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* In one episode of ''FatherTed'', ''Series/FatherTed'', Father Jack takes an extra large (and accidental) dose of Dreamy Sleepy Nighty Snoozy Snooze (a bran-based chocolate-flavoured sleeping aid banned in most European countries), preventing him from playing as the star player in the Annual All-Priests Over-75 Football Challenge Match (Against Rugged Island). In response to this [[LampshadeHanging completely ludicrous situation]], Ted concocts a plan involving a remote-controlled wheelchair and a pair of fake arms.



* On Series/{{Life}}, the detectives use this trick to convince a suspect that the accomplice he tried to murder is still alive by propping up the corpse in the back of their car. The guy buys it hook, line, and sinker, immediately spilling his guts in an attempt to get the cops to offer ''him'' a deal instead of the other guy.

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* On Series/{{Life}}, ''Series/{{Life}}'', the detectives use this trick to convince a suspect that the accomplice he tried to murder is still alive by propping up the corpse in the back of their car. The guy buys it hook, line, and sinker, immediately spilling his guts in an attempt to get the cops to offer ''him'' a deal instead of the other guy.
27th Mar '16 10:02:35 PM Mhazard
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Cue all sorts of wacky hijinks: the corpse is dragged around, impersonated (either bodily or through {{ventriloquism}}), [[DeadGuyPuppet made to move by strings]], [[VoodooZombie zombifying]] [[TheUndead them]] and [[DeadMansChest stored away in the most unlikely places]]. This goes on until such time as it's convenient to reveal that the victim is really dead (and that they died in circumstances that absolutely did not involve the protagonist in any way), or when the corpse is accidentally discovered.

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Cue all sorts of wacky hijinks: the corpse is dragged around, impersonated (either bodily or through {{ventriloquism}}), [[DeadGuyPuppet made to move by strings]], [[VoodooZombie zombifying]] [[TheUndead [[AnimateDead them]] and [[DeadMansChest stored away in the most unlikely places]]. This goes on until such time as it's convenient to reveal that the victim is really dead (and that they died in circumstances that absolutely did not involve the protagonist in any way), or when the corpse is accidentally discovered.
23rd Mar '16 3:43:15 AM Kalaong
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->'''Larry Wilson''': Yeah. I know that. You know that. Nobody else knows that.

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->'''Larry Wilson''': Yeah. I ''I'' know that. You ''You'' know that. Nobody ''Nobody else knows that.''
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