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5th Jul '16 8:05:00 PM MCanter89
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[[caption-width-right:350:"Either you kill [[Series/PartyOfFive them]] or I kill you."]]

In your world, SantaClaus, TheGrimReaper, the Tooth Fairy, or any popular mythical figure actually exists, but something happens which causes them not to be able to actually do their magical duty. Perhaps they fall [[WesternAnimation/TheYearWithoutASantaClaus sick]], possibly they've been [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas kidnapped]], maybe they've [[Film/TheSantaClause died in an accident]] or perhaps the legend wishes to teach someone a [[GodForADay lesson in humility.]] Maybe it's a case of SomeoneHasToDoIt and there is only one who can step in when DeathTakesAHoliday. Who'll step in? You, of course! SubbingForSanta is when the protagonist of a story takes [[GodJob the mantle of a mythical being and takes over their job]], even if it's just temporary.

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[[caption-width-right:350:"Either you kill [[Series/PartyOfFive [[Series/DawsonsCreek them]] or I kill you."]]

In your world, SantaClaus, TheGrimReaper, the Tooth Fairy, or any popular mythical figure actually exists, but something happens which causes them not to be able to actually do their magical duty. Perhaps they fall [[WesternAnimation/TheYearWithoutASantaClaus sick]], possibly they've been [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas kidnapped]], maybe they've [[Film/TheSantaClause died in an accident]] or perhaps the legend wishes to teach someone a [[GodForADay lesson in humility.]] humility]]. Maybe it's a case of SomeoneHasToDoIt and there is only one who can step in when DeathTakesAHoliday. Who'll step in? You, of course! SubbingForSanta is when the protagonist of a story takes [[GodJob the mantle of a mythical being and takes over their job]], even if it's just temporary.
7th Aug '15 10:43:11 AM CaptainTedium
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* The ''WesternAnimation/BumpInTheNight'' Christmas special "Twas the Night Before Bumpy" features a rare example of this being done accidentally. Mr. Bumpy steals Santa's bag of presents purely for his own personal gain (he later learns the importance of giving), but during his escape from the North Pole's elves, he ends up accidentally dropping the presents down everyone's chimneys. He even put on a Santa hat before he left.
10th May '15 7:01:53 PM WillKeaton
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* Snow Miser and Heat Miser are forced to fill in for Santa after their older brother North Wind breaks his back in ''A Miser Brothers Christmas'', a sequel of sorts to WesternAnimation/TheYearWithoutASantaClaus.

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* Snow Miser and Heat Miser are forced to fill in for Santa after their older brother North Wind breaks his back in ''A Miser Brothers Christmas'', a sequel of sorts to WesternAnimation/TheYearWithoutASantaClaus.''WesternAnimation/TheYearWithoutASantaClaus.''
5th May '15 4:00:52 PM nombretomado
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* Sometimes in GreekMythology, a tragic hero or demi-god like Heracles would temporarily take the mantle of another god. Like Hercules being tricked into holding up the sky by Atlas or Phaeton taking the chariot reigns from his father, Helios. While Atlas was never indisposed, Hercules needed a god to pick the apples of the Hesperides because as part mortal he couldn't. So Herc offered to switch places temporarily with Atlas. Herc had to think quickly when Atlas almost bailed on him.

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* Sometimes in GreekMythology, Myth/GreekMythology, a tragic hero or demi-god like Heracles would temporarily take the mantle of another god. Like Hercules being tricked into holding up the sky by Atlas or Phaeton taking the chariot reigns from his father, Helios. While Atlas was never indisposed, Hercules needed a god to pick the apples of the Hesperides because as part mortal he couldn't. So Herc offered to switch places temporarily with Atlas. Herc had to think quickly when Atlas almost bailed on him.
26th Dec '14 4:55:28 PM mcgrew
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* In ''How Murray Saved Christmas'' by Mike Reiss & David Catrow, deli owner Murray reluctantly fills in when a Jack-in-the-Boxer knocks Santa out cold.

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* In ''How Murray Saved Christmas'' by Mike Reiss & David Catrow, deli owner Murray reluctantly fills in when a Jack-in-the-Boxer [[ExtendoBoxingGlove Jack-in-the-Boxer]] knocks Santa out cold.
26th Dec '14 4:42:10 PM mcgrew
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* In ''How Murray Saved Christmas'' (Mike Reiss & David Catrow), deli owner Murray reluctantly fills in when a Jack-in-the-Boxer’s knocks Santa out cold.

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* In ''How Murray Saved Christmas'' (Mike by Mike Reiss & David Catrow), Catrow, deli owner Murray reluctantly fills in when a Jack-in-the-Boxer’s Jack-in-the-Boxer knocks Santa out cold.
26th Dec '14 4:40:34 PM mcgrew
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* In ''Literature/ColdDays'' from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', [[spoiler:the Erlking]] allows Harry to defeat him so that Harry can lead the [[spoiler:Wild Hunt]] against the Outsiders.

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* In ''Literature/ColdDays'' from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', [[spoiler:the Erlking]] allows Harry to defeat him so that Harry can lead the [[spoiler:Wild Hunt]] against the Outsiders. Outsiders.
* In ''How Murray Saved Christmas'' (Mike Reiss & David Catrow), deli owner Murray reluctantly fills in when a Jack-in-the-Boxer’s knocks Santa out cold.
10th Dec '14 7:22:02 PM NegiSpongie
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* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron'' brings his friends to the North Pole and zaps Santa with his invention, scrambling his atoms. After being told Christmas has to be called off, Jimmy (who doesn't believe in Santa) offers to deliver all the toys with his rocket, claiming that if a mere mortal can succeed in delivering all the toys in one night, it's proof that Santa doesn't exist. He fails before he can get to Retroville, and Santa, who has gotten better, steps in at the last moment to finish the job.
9th Dec '14 4:45:56 AM Retro7
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* ''WesternAnimation/HowMurraySavedChristmas'': Murray is coaxed into it after one of the elves accidentally knocks out Santa and he's the only one capable enough to do the job.
2nd Dec '14 9:57:22 PM ReniferErop
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' Christmas episode "When Santas Collide", Rudy takes over for Santa #8 (due to the amount of Santas that kids draw near Christmas, [=ChalkZone=] has eight santas) after he gets frozen solid, and has to deliver presents along with Snap to various areas of [=ChalkZone=].
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