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11th Aug '16 9:49:57 PM PaulA
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* Averted in ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Brothers in Arms]]'' by Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold. Miles is kidnapped, replaced by his clone, and interrogated; at one point in the interrogation, he and the clone are briefly alone together. He considers trying to trick his captors into thinking that he's the clone, but rejects the idea when he realizes that he hasn't shaved since he was taken and is currently sporting several days more stubble than the clone is.

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* Averted in ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Brothers in Arms]]'' ''Literature/BrothersInArms'' by Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold. Miles is kidnapped, replaced by his clone, and interrogated; at one point in the interrogation, he and the clone are briefly alone together. He considers trying to trick his captors into thinking that he's the clone, but rejects the idea when he realizes that he hasn't shaved since he was taken and is currently sporting several days more stubble than the clone is.
7th Aug '16 6:05:29 AM ladyofthelibrary
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** The first occurrence was with XANA himself impersonating Jérémie in "Ghost Channel". (Basically, it was a case of EvilCannotComprehendGood; XANA insisted that Jérémie was too afraid to ever come to Lyoko, but the other knew that he ''would'' if their life was in danger. XANA's ignorance of how Jérémie would react led the others to realize it was him.)

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** The first occurrence was with XANA himself impersonating Jérémie in "Ghost Channel". (Basically, it was a case of EvilCannotComprehendGood; XANA insisted that Jérémie was too afraid to ever come to Lyoko, but the other knew that he ''would'' if their life was lives were in danger. XANA's ignorance of how Jérémie would react led the others to realize it was him.)


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** Oddly, while Martin misses the fact that "Chris" is wearing red instead of his signature green, he does notice and react to [[OutOfCharacterAlert "Chris" saying "Toodles" to close their conversation]].
21st Jul '16 6:29:09 AM YankeeJohn
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* On ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'' Grover and his family are being taken to safety from a vengeful mobster by Grover's old FBI buddy. He introduces them to a pair of agents on loan from the Hawaii field office. However, Grover notices that these men fail to have the tans that should come from spending time in Hawaii and that his "friend" has sold them out to the mobsters and has to escape.

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* On ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'' ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' Grover and his family are being taken to safety from a vengeful mobster by Grover's old FBI buddy. He introduces them to a pair of agents on loan from the Hawaii field office. However, Grover notices that these men fail to have the tans that should come from spending time in Hawaii and that his "friend" has sold them out to the mobsters and has to escape.
16th Jul '16 3:15:29 AM EDP
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*** In a ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' story he infiltrated the presidential palace of [[{{Ruritania}} Belgravia]] as Grigorji Grimka, the son of th president, who was collaborating after being nearly kidnapped by Belgravian rogues... Except Grigorji was an idiot who forgot to tell Paperinik he's in an ArrangedMarriage with a woman who is allergic to flowers (hence she spots him. Thankfully, she's a loyalist), he has two ''pet tigers'' (who promptly recognize the switch from his smell and attack), and [[spoiler:he's actually in love with one of his bodyguards, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero who he told about the switch, without knowing she's with the traitors]]]]. Also, in the same story, [[spoiler: president Nestor Grimka himself has been replaced by the traitors' leader because, [[PragmaticEvil as much as Belgravia is devoted to cause wars to sell weapons and possibly conquer the world he's not stupid enough to want his market destroyed]] and [[EvenEvilHasStandards draws the line at some kinds of crimes]], [[NiceJobBreakingItHero and when he sees the fake Grigorji coming to Belgravia he's convinced the rogues have his son hostage and gives up the information they need to proceed with their plan]].

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*** In a ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' story he infiltrated the presidential palace of [[{{Ruritania}} Belgravia]] as Grigorji Grimka, the son of th president, who was collaborating after being nearly kidnapped by Belgravian rogues... Except Grigorji was an idiot who forgot to tell Paperinik he's in an ArrangedMarriage with a woman who is allergic to flowers (hence she spots him. Thankfully, she's a loyalist), he has two ''pet tigers'' (who promptly recognize the switch from his smell and attack), and [[spoiler:he's actually in love with one of his bodyguards, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero who he told about the switch, without knowing she's with the traitors]]]]. Also, in the same story, [[spoiler: president Nestor Grimka himself has been replaced by the traitors' leader because, [[PragmaticEvil as much as Belgravia is devoted to cause wars to sell weapons and possibly conquer the world he's not stupid enough to want his market destroyed]] and [[EvenEvilHasStandards draws the line at some kinds of crimes]], [[NiceJobBreakingItHero and when he sees the fake Grigorji coming to Belgravia he's convinced the rogues have his son hostage and gives up the information they need to proceed with their plan]].plan]]]].
1st Jul '16 8:46:04 PM Duffan
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** He's also spotted a fake Officer Jenny on at least one occasion, specifically because he only went ga-ga over the real one. That is, he ''subconsciously'' knew the impostor, despite being physically identical to all the other Jennies out there, was in fact simply a well-disguised man.
26th Jun '16 5:42:04 PM ANTMuddle
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Typically, the situation will involve the impostor and the real person standing side-by-side, both claiming to be the real one, and the other heroes must use their wits to identify who is who, usually by finding a quality that the real person doesn't have (in comedic examples, a positive quality). Or the real person may ask that their friend [[KillUsBoth shoot both of them]] just to guarantee they get the imposter (and it's almost inevitable if the person has a [[HealingFactor super-healing power]]), which usually results in the heroes shooting the other one, because the impostor wouldn't be noble enough to suggest making the HeroicSacrifice. This is often parodied these days where the imposter suggests it, [[GenreSavvy knowing they'll assume the noble act to mark them out as the original]] -- and sometimes double-parodied when this ends up outing him as the fake since [[{{Jerkass}} the real person wouldn't be so noble]].

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Typically, the situation will involve the impostor and the real person standing side-by-side, both claiming to be the real one, and the other heroes must use their wits to identify who is who, usually by finding a quality that the real person faker doesn't have (in comedic examples, a positive quality). Or the real person may ask that their friend [[KillUsBoth shoot both of them]] just to guarantee they get the imposter (and it's almost inevitable if the person has a [[HealingFactor super-healing power]]), which usually results in the heroes shooting the other one, because the impostor wouldn't be noble enough to suggest making the HeroicSacrifice. This is often parodied these days where the imposter suggests it, [[GenreSavvy knowing they'll assume the noble act to mark them out as the original]] -- and sometimes double-parodied when this ends up outing him as the fake since [[{{Jerkass}} the real person wouldn't be so noble]].
26th Jun '16 2:06:56 AM EDP
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* [[Comicbook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse Mickey Mouse]] stories featuring [[MasterOfDisguise Miklos, the Grey Mouse]] elevated this trope to an art form, as Miklos can do a ''perfect'' Mickey Mouse impression, and looks just like him with grey fur (hence the nickname):
** In his debut in "Mickey's Dangerous Double" the police gets the both of them and promptly enlists Pluto, only to find him out of commission due [[ItMakesSenseInContext his crush on a mannequin dog]]. They quickly asks Minnie, who first tells the right one (that the reader can recognize from the clothes) but then changes her mind. Numerous other attempts follow (including one relying on Mickey loving a cake that give a stomacache to everyone else that ''should'' have worked, except O'Hara got them the wrong cake, resulting in a double stomacache) until they end in a rainwater tank, at which point the Grey Mouse is unmasked thanks to him using ''washable dye'';
** In "Mickey Mouse and the Grey Scourge", Mickey's friends are enlisted to try and spot the right one but they fail (with Minnie once again getting the real Mickey but getting convinced by Clarabelle it was the other), and are on the verge of a fight when Casey shows up with Pluto, who this time is ''not'' out of commission;
** In the 2014 story "Mickey Mouse and the Seven Boglins" Miklos has a more complex plan than usual, and for a while even ''Mickey'' is convinced of being the imposter (it helped he had been duped into taking fake vitamin pills that dyed his fur red and kept him unable to think straight), with the reader not being informed of which one is the fake until Minnie, once again, realizes the switch. This time, however, spotting the imposter is easy, as Minnie (who has evidently learned from the previous encounters) has tricked the fake into getting a tattoo and when comes the time to tell the right one she's quick to ask which one has it.

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* [[Comicbook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse Mickey Mouse]] Examples from the ComicBook/DisneyMouseAndDuckComics:
** Comicbook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse
stories featuring [[MasterOfDisguise Miklos, the Grey Mouse]] elevated this trope to an art form, as Miklos can do a ''perfect'' Mickey Mouse impression, and looks just like him with grey fur (hence the nickname):
** *** In his debut in "Mickey's Dangerous Double" the police gets the both of them and promptly enlists Pluto, only to find him out of commission due [[ItMakesSenseInContext his crush on a mannequin dog]]. They quickly asks Minnie, who first tells the right one (that the reader can recognize from the clothes) but then changes her mind. Numerous other attempts follow (including one relying on Mickey loving a cake that give a stomacache to everyone else that ''should'' have worked, except O'Hara got them the wrong cake, resulting in a double stomacache) until they end in a rainwater tank, at which point the Grey Mouse is unmasked thanks to him using ''washable dye'';
** *** In "Mickey Mouse and the Grey Scourge", Mickey's friends are enlisted to try and spot the right one but they fail (with Minnie once again getting the real Mickey but getting convinced by Clarabelle it was the other), and are on the verge of a fight when Casey shows up with Pluto, who this time is ''not'' out of commission;
** *** In the 2014 story "Mickey Mouse and the Seven Boglins" Miklos has a more complex plan than usual, and for a while even ''Mickey'' is convinced of being the imposter (it helped he had been duped into taking fake vitamin pills that dyed his fur red and kept him unable to think straight), with the reader not being informed of which one is the fake until Minnie, once again, realizes the switch. This time, however, spotting the imposter is easy, as Minnie (who has evidently learned from the previous encounters) has tricked the fake into getting a tattoo and when comes the time to tell the right one she's quick to ask which one has it.it.
** In the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse this trope usually involves Paperinik stories, as he is a MasterOfDisguise and some of his opponents are just as good-or, in one case, ''better'':
*** The disguise expert better than Paperinik is the Trasformista (that's Italian for [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Master of Disguise]]), whose modus operandi was to disguise himself as the target of his heist, walk in his home/business, and rob them blind. He was first arrested when he disguised himself as Donald, who he had heard was out of town, not knowing that ''Donald is actually Paperinik's SecretIdentity and he had said he would be out of town to cover for his absence while he surveilled the place as Paperinik'' (cue a bemused Paperinik fly in, arrest and unmask the fake, and leave).
*** In a ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' story he infiltrated the presidential palace of [[{{Ruritania}} Belgravia]] as Grigorji Grimka, the son of th president, who was collaborating after being nearly kidnapped by Belgravian rogues... Except Grigorji was an idiot who forgot to tell Paperinik he's in an ArrangedMarriage with a woman who is allergic to flowers (hence she spots him. Thankfully, she's a loyalist), he has two ''pet tigers'' (who promptly recognize the switch from his smell and attack), and [[spoiler:he's actually in love with one of his bodyguards, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero who he told about the switch, without knowing she's with the traitors]]]]. Also, in the same story, [[spoiler: president Nestor Grimka himself has been replaced by the traitors' leader because, [[PragmaticEvil as much as Belgravia is devoted to cause wars to sell weapons and possibly conquer the world he's not stupid enough to want his market destroyed]] and [[EvenEvilHasStandards draws the line at some kinds of crimes]], [[NiceJobBreakingItHero and when he sees the fake Grigorji coming to Belgravia he's convinced the rogues have his son hostage and gives up the information they need to proceed with their plan]].
21st Jun '16 11:44:11 PM PaulA
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* In "Literature/TheTwoBrothers", collected by Creator/TheBrothersGrimm, two identical twin brothers (with matching {{Loyal Animal Companion}}s) set out to seek their fortunes; one has no particular luck, while the other rescues a princess from a dragon and marries her. When the brothers are reunited at the end, they decide for a laugh to go together to the court and not tell anyone which is which. Even the princess can't tell the men apart, but she identifies her husband after taking a close look at their animal companions. (Her husband's animals are wearing neck decorations she gave them after they helped kill the dragon.)
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22nd May '16 1:52:17 AM Faolin
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** In "The Zygon Invasion" a group of UNIT mooks prove spectacularly bad at this. When attacking a church they know to be a stronghold of the titular shapeshifters, the whole squad finds it to be full of their family and loved ones (who shouldn't even be in the country). Their leader's "mother" proves unable to answer basic about his life, but he can't bring himself to shoot her and [[TooDumbToLive orders his men to disarm and follow her inside the building anyway.]] [[TotalPartyKill Three guesses what happens.]]

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** In "The Zygon Invasion" a group of UNIT mooks prove spectacularly bad at this. When attacking a church they know to be a stronghold of the titular shapeshifters, the whole squad finds it to be full of their family and loved ones (who shouldn't even be in the country). Their leader's "mother" proves unable to answer basic questions about his life, but he can't bring himself to shoot her and [[TooDumbToLive orders his men to disarm and follow her inside the building anyway.]] [[TotalPartyKill Three guesses what happens.]]
17th May '16 4:18:38 AM StarTropes
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** In another episode, Pikachu is surrounded by many ghostly illusions of Ash, with the real one lost among them. He settles the matter by shocking all of them, making them disappear until only the real Ash is left.



* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' did an {{Arc}} about shapeshifting imposters. However, the first episode in the arc ("The Adversary") was actually a subversion. A Founder traps the crew inside a ship it controls, then tries to pick off the crew one by one. The climax of the episode is O'Brien seeing two Odos, who demand he pick the real one. O'Brien shrugs, says "I've got better things to do than play 'choose the changeling'." and begins reprogramming the ship's computer -- which forces the imposter to reveal himself by attacking.

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' did an {{Arc}} about shapeshifting imposters. However, the first episode in the arc ("The Adversary") was actually a subversion. A Founder traps the crew inside a ship it controls, then tries to pick off the crew one by one. The climax of the episode is O'Brien seeing two Odos, who demand he pick the real one. O'Brien shrugs, says "I've got better things to do than play 'choose the changeling'." and has his assistant hold them both at gunpoint while he begins reprogramming the ship's computer -- which forces the imposter to reveal himself by attacking.
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