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24th Aug '16 9:40:37 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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A SubTrope of FaceStealer. See also DeadPersonImpersonation and YouAreWhoYouEat.

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A SubTrope of FaceStealer. See also DeadPersonImpersonation DeadPersonImpersonation, KillAndReplace, and YouAreWhoYouEat.
1st May '16 5:47:57 AM erforce
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* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'':

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* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'':''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'':
14th Jan '16 4:02:42 PM Piando
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28th Nov '15 4:30:43 PM Berrenta
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Unfortunately, there's a problem. [[DemonicPossession Because you're a physical being,]] you can't [[BodySnatcher flat-out possess someone]]. Even if you can [[VoluntaryShapeShifting shape-shift]] into a perfect replica of a human, you can't just integrate yourself into normal human society, [[UndeadTaxExemption without any form of identity.]] Sooner or later you'll get the cops on your tail, and all ''they'' need to do is put you through a metal detector and it's Game Over. Even perfectly imitating a real individual will cause problems [[SpotTheImposter if the original]] [[BecauseImJonesy shows up]].

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Unfortunately, there's a problem. [[DemonicPossession Because you're a physical being,]] you can't [[BodySnatcher flat-out possess someone]]. Even if you can [[VoluntaryShapeShifting shape-shift]] into a perfect replica of a human, you can't just integrate yourself into normal human society, [[UndeadTaxExemption without any form of identity.]] Sooner or later you'll get the cops on your tail, and all ''they'' need to do is put you through a metal detector and it's Game Over. Even perfectly imitating a real individual will cause problems [[SpotTheImposter if the original]] [[BecauseImJonesy [[ConfrontingYourImposter shows up]].
15th Nov '15 11:29:00 AM nombretomado
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* In ''RomSpaceknight,'' Dire Wraiths don't ''have'' to kill the people they replace, but they prefer to for obvious reasons. Their preferred method is to [[NightmareFuel drill their tongue into the victim's brain to absorb his memories.]]

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* In ''RomSpaceknight,'' ''ComicBook/RomSpaceknight,'' Dire Wraiths don't ''have'' to kill the people they replace, but they prefer to for obvious reasons. Their preferred method is to [[NightmareFuel drill their tongue into the victim's brain to absorb his memories.]]
14th Oct '15 3:56:23 PM StFan
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* The Archaeologists in ''RequiemChevalierVampire'' are resurrected with no skin and have to spend most of their time floating in tanks; when one of them needs to venture outside their servants promptly flay some poor schmuck alive (with lots of screaming and thankfully some discretion shots) so the master can wear their skin.

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* The Archaeologists in ''RequiemChevalierVampire'' ''ComicBook/RequiemVampireKnight'' are resurrected with no skin and have to spend most of their time floating in tanks; when one of them needs to venture outside their servants promptly flay some poor schmuck alive (with lots of screaming and thankfully some discretion shots) so the master can wear their skin.
24th Aug '15 7:37:33 PM BattleMaster
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** Which leads to FridgeHorror when one considers 'Alice', the Pretender - whose alt mode was a human woman.

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** Which leads to FridgeHorror when one considers 'Alice', the Pretender - whose alt mode was a human woman. (She was actually an animatronic character from an amusement park.)
17th Aug '15 9:39:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* If ''InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'' fits anywhere, it's here.

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* If ''InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'' ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'' fits anywhere, it's here.
3rd Aug '15 4:40:45 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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See also DeadPersonImpersonation and YouAreWhoYouEat.

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A SubTrope of FaceStealer. See also DeadPersonImpersonation and YouAreWhoYouEat.



* In one of Creator/{{Aesop}}'s fables, a donkey found a lion's skin and dressed up in it to scare other animals. (This is the origin of the phrase AssInALionsSkin, and the inspiration for the scene in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' where Shift the ape dresses Puzzle the donkey in a lion's skin to [[GodGuise pass him off as Aslan]].)

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* Believe it or not, this trope might've originated with Creator/{{Aesop}}, although his characters didn't do the ReplicantSnatching themselves; the disguises (in this case, animal skins) were already lying around.
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In one of Creator/{{Aesop}}'s fables, "The [[AssInALionSkin Ass in the Lion's Skin]]", a donkey found a lion's skin and dressed up in it to scare other animals. (This is This worked for a while - [[ImpostorForgotOneDetail until the origin of the phrase AssInALionsSkin, and the inspiration for the scene other animals heard him braying]]. (Given a ShoutOut in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' where when Shift the ape dresses Puzzle the donkey in a lion's skin to [[GodGuise pass him off as Aslan]].)
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** Another fable has a wolf trying to infiltrate a flock of sheep (in order to eat them) by [[AWolfInSheepsClothing wearing a sheepskin]]. This plan ends up biting the wolf in the ass, though. In some versions, the wolf gets caught when he tries to bleat like a sheep but ends up howling. In other versions, the disguise [[GoneHorriblyRight works]] ''[[GoneHorriblyRight too]]'' [[GoneHorriblyRight well]], and [[IronicDeath the farmer decides to kill a sheep for food]] [[KarmicDeath and settles on the wolf]].
3rd Aug '15 4:30:28 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* In one of Creator/{{Aesop}}'s fables, a donkey found a lion's skin and dressed up in it to scare other animals. (This is the origin of the phrase AssInALionsSkin, and the inspiration for the scene in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' where Shift the ape dresses Puzzle the donkey in a lion's skin to [[GodGuise pass him off as Aslan]].)
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