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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.''
27th Feb '16 6:45:59 AM PaulA
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** Powers uses a more extreme version in ''On Stranger Tides'', in which one of the occult conspirators dies on shipboard, before he can give the signal to delay a ritual that will erase the mind of the captive LoveInterest. The hero, a puppetteer by trade, has no choice but to convert the dead man's corpse into a marionette and make it nod and wave to the accomplice, who is watching via spyglass from shore.

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** Powers * Creator/TimPowers uses a more extreme version in ''On Stranger Tides'', ''Literature/OnStrangerTides'', in which one of the occult conspirators dies on shipboard, before he can give the signal to delay a ritual that will erase the mind of the captive LoveInterest. The hero, a puppetteer puppeteer by trade, has no choice but to convert the dead man's corpse into a marionette and make it nod and wave to the accomplice, who is watching via spyglass from shore.
5th Feb '16 8:15:37 AM Nohbody
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* In the short story "Hel's Half-Acre" by Creator/JohnHemry (under his Jack Campbell pen name), the famed general that commands the local human forces on the battlefield is ultimately revealed to have died long ago but wasn't reported due to a modified [[{{AI}} Armor Assistant]] that works in the PoweredArmor the human troops were wearing, has been acting in the general's place the entire time, based on studying the general's previous actions.
5th Feb '16 8:01:16 AM Nohbody
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--->'''John Matrix''' (to a stewardess): "Don't disturb my friend. He's [[BondOneLiner dead tired]]."

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--->'''John -->'''John Matrix''' (to a stewardess): "Don't disturb my friend. He's [[BondOneLiner dead tired]]."



* Creator/CharlieChaplin does the unconscious version in ''Film/ADogsLife'', as seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=GaTfd_99k6w#t=1710 here]].

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* Creator/CharlieChaplin does the unconscious version in ''Film/ADogsLife'', as seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=GaTfd_99k6w#t=1710 here]].here.]]



* ''Going Berserk'': John Candy's character gets handcuffed to another guy who dies of a heart attack in his girlfriend's apartment. John manages to get them to a bar to wait for his friend to get over with a hacksaw to cut him loose - while he's waiting, a friend of the dead guy spots him propped up in a chair and starts in with a long one-sided conversation. He's still at it over the end credits.

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* ''Going Berserk'': John Candy's Creator/JohnCandy's character gets handcuffed to another guy who dies of a heart attack in his girlfriend's apartment. John manages to get them to a bar to wait for his friend to get over with a hacksaw to cut him loose - while he's waiting, a friend of the dead guy spots him propped up in a chair and starts in with a long one-sided conversation. He's still at it over the end credits.



* In one story from ''Literature/ArabianNights'' the jester of a ruler dies from a fishbone in his throat; no less than three people try to shift the blame by getting rid of his body. When an innocent man is condemned to death for the alleged murder, all of them (in reverse order) confess what they did. [[spoiler: At the end, it turns out that he wasn't really dead, just unconscious.]]
** In a different version of the story, [[spoiler:he's really dead, but the sultan is so amused by ''everyone'' claiming to have killed him that he pardons all responsible, saying that this was the jester's last joke.]]
* Referenced in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'', where the philosophy of "the show must go on" is taken to truly ridiculous lengths; several characters allude to an incident some time ago in which a lead singer died in the {{Intermission}} but was made to finish out the show anyway.

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* In one story from ''Literature/ArabianNights'' the jester of a ruler dies from a fishbone in his throat; no less than three people try to shift the blame by getting rid of his body. When an innocent man is condemned to death for the alleged murder, all of them (in reverse order) confess what they did. [[spoiler: At the end, it turns out that he wasn't really dead, just unconscious.]] In a different version of the story, [[spoiler:he's really dead, but the sultan is so amused by ''everyone'' claiming to have killed him that he pardons all responsible, saying that this was the jester's last joke.]]
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** In a different version of the story, [[spoiler:he's really dead, but the sultan is so amused by ''everyone'' claiming to have killed him that he pardons all responsible, saying that this was the jester's last joke.]]
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Referenced in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'', where the philosophy of "the show must go on" is taken to truly ridiculous lengths; several characters allude to an incident some time ago in which a lead singer died in the {{Intermission}} but was made to finish out the show anyway.



** Also used in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment''. The Duchess who is the figurehead ruler of the country of Borogravia, where the book is set, is officially alive and well and continuing to reign. Main character Polly is fairly certain that the Duchess must really be dead because she always looks the same age in her portraits. In the end the truth of the situation [[TakesAThirdOption takes a third option]]. The duchess "is" physically dead, but is also spiritually alive, having been forced into a sort of reluctant godhood by the desperate prayers and beliefs of a population that has given up on its "actual" god ever helping them (or, in fact, being in any way sane).

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** Also used in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment''. ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'': The Duchess who is the figurehead ruler of the country of Borogravia, where the book is set, is officially alive and well and continuing to reign. Main character Polly is fairly certain that the Duchess must really be dead because she always looks the same age in her portraits. In the end the truth of the situation [[TakesAThirdOption takes a third option]]. The duchess "is" physically dead, but is also spiritually alive, having been forced into a sort of reluctant godhood by the desperate prayers and beliefs of a population that has given up on its "actual" god ever helping them (or, in fact, being in any way sane).



** A similar version is done in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, when Honor, having been captured and sent to a hellish prison, has the inmates take over. The Warden was naturally brutally murdered by the inmates that he'd been abusing the whole time, so Honor's crew use his holographic logs as a stand-in when they get visitors, including a messenger boat. This ends up getting turned on them, when the receiver of the message notes that the 'Warden' didn't send his play-by-post chess move, and moves in to investigate. Unfortunately for ''them'', [[CurbStompBattle Honor has commandeered a small fleet of her own by then]].

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** A similar version is done in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, when Honor, having been captured and sent to a hellish prison, has * In ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington Echoes of Honor]]'', the inmates take over.over the prison planet to which Honor Harrington had been sent, after capture in the previous book. The Warden was naturally brutally murdered by the inmates that he'd been abusing the whole time, so Honor's crew use his holographic logs as a stand-in when they get visitors, including a messenger boat. This ends up getting turned on them, when the receiver of the message notes that the 'Warden' didn't send his play-by-post chess move, and moves in to investigate. Unfortunately for ''them'', [[CurbStompBattle Honor has commandeered a small fleet of her own by then]].



** ''Series/{{CSI Miami}}'' had a pit crew member be burned to death during a race. The track doctor had an ambulance take the dead man to a hospital so he would be pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. The race track then would be able to maintain their claim that no one ''officially'' ever died on the race track. Horatio is not amused by this since they contaminated the crime scene and the body for such an absurd reason.

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** * ''Series/{{CSI Miami}}'' had a pit crew member be burned to death during a race. The track doctor had an ambulance take the dead man to a hospital so he would be pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. The race track then would be able to maintain their claim that no one ''officially'' ever died on the race track. Horatio is not amused by this since they contaminated the crime scene and the body for such an absurd reason.



* In a memorable episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', the team had to somehow convince a criminal that not only was his dead brother alive, but that he was ''driving a car''. He realizes it when he gets close enough to really look at his brother, [[spoiler:but by that point Gibbs has him in his crosshairs...]]

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* In a memorable an episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', the team had to somehow convince a criminal that not only was his dead brother alive, but that he was ''driving a car''. He realizes it when he gets close enough to really look at his brother, [[spoiler:but by that point Gibbs has him in his crosshairs...crosshairs.]]
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