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10th Dec '16 8:38:14 AM Pamina
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* In Puccini's opera ''Gianni Schiocchi'', a comedy that revolves around a {{Dead Person Impersonation}}, the real Buoso Donati's corpse is usually just hidden away. But Woody Allen's 2008 Los Angeles Opera production had the characters disguise the corpse as a panhandler and seat it on the doorstep of the house instead and as the doctor and notary came and went from the house, they both obliviously gave it money!

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* In Puccini's opera ''Gianni Schiocchi'', Schicchi'', a comedy that revolves around a {{Dead Person Impersonation}}, the real Buoso Donati's corpse is usually just hidden away. But Woody Allen's 2008 Los Angeles Opera production had the characters disguise the corpse as a panhandler and seat it on the doorstep of the house instead and as the doctor and notary came and went from the house, they both obliviously gave it money!
10th Dec '16 8:37:43 AM Pamina
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* In {{Puccini}}'s opera ''Gianni Schicchi'' Buoso Donati has died. His relatives find his will, and discover that he has disinherited them. They bring in Gianni Schicchi to impersonate Buoso so that the will gets changed. [[spoiler: Gianni gives each relative the property that they desired, but then he takes the best part of Buoso's estate for himself! And Buoso's relatives can't do anything about it, because they would have to admit they were part of the conspiracy as well!]]

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* In {{Puccini}}'s Puccini's opera ''Gianni Schicchi'' Schiocchi'', a comedy that revolves around a {{Dead Person Impersonation}}, the real Buoso Donati has died. His relatives find his will, Donati's corpse is usually just hidden away. But Woody Allen's 2008 Los Angeles Opera production had the characters disguise the corpse as a panhandler and discover that he has disinherited them. They bring in Gianni Schicchi to impersonate Buoso so that seat it on the will gets changed. [[spoiler: Gianni gives each relative the property that they desired, but then he takes the best part of Buoso's estate for himself! And Buoso's relatives can't do anything about it, because they would have to admit they were part doorstep of the conspiracy house instead and as well!]]the doctor and notary came and went from the house, they both obliviously gave it money!
25th Nov '16 11:53:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'': Used by the musketeers during the siege of La Rochelle to escape from a (previously damaged and deserted) minor fort in which they had gathered to eat, drink and plot: they and their valets set the corpses around the fort, so as to be visible to the advancing enemy party; while their enemies were shooting, they slink away at leisurely pace. In the scene, Athos is particularly BadAss.

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* ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'': Used by the musketeers during the siege of La Rochelle to escape from a (previously damaged and deserted) minor fort in which they had gathered to eat, drink and plot: they and their valets set the corpses around the fort, so as to be visible to the advancing enemy party; while their enemies were shooting, they slink away at leisurely pace. In the scene, Athos is particularly BadAss.badass.
5th Oct '16 1:58:01 PM StFan
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* Used in the Mickey Mouse short ''WesternAnimation/WorkinStiff'', when Goofy oversleeps and Mickey and Donald have to get him through his job interview by controlling him like a puppet.

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* Used in the Mickey Mouse ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse2013'' short ''WesternAnimation/WorkinStiff'', "[[Recap/MickeyMouseS2E15WorkinStiff Workin' Stiff]]", when Goofy oversleeps and Mickey and Donald have to get him through his job interview by controlling him like a puppet.



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27th Sep '16 11:50:28 PM foxley
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* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In "Tinker, Tailor, Liar, Thief", in attempting to cover up a murder, an MI-5 agent is forced to push the body out of a hotel window to make it look like he'd jumped.
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.
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