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9th Oct '17 1:22:12 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Named for the TV series ''Series/RemingtonSteele'', whose premise had P.I. Laura Holt concoct a fictitious male employer to head her detective agency and thus appease chauvinist expectations of potential customers- only for an anonymous rogue to hijack the identity (and thus the agency) himself.

See also InventedIndividual. Result of the same motivation as the LegacyCharacter. Contrast with DeadPersonImpersonation.

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Named for the TV series ''Series/RemingtonSteele'', whose premise had P.I. Laura Holt concoct a fictitious male employer to head her detective agency and thus appease chauvinist expectations of potential customers- customers -- only for an anonymous rogue to hijack the identity (and thus the agency) himself.

See also InventedIndividual.InventedIndividual and FakeRealTurn. Result of the same motivation as the LegacyCharacter. Contrast with DeadPersonImpersonation.
10th Sep '17 12:33:14 AM DrFraud
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* In ''Film/IrmaLaDouce'', the protagonist (a French cop) had impersonated a QuintessentialBritishGentleman, and was ultimately jailed for murdering his alter-ego. He's unexpectedly freed at the end when unexpectedly, a real person who looks and acts exactly like his fake identity shows up.

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* In ''Film/IrmaLaDouce'', the protagonist (a French cop) had impersonated ''Irma La Douce'' Nestor Patou impersonates a QuintessentialBritishGentleman, QuintessentialBritishGentleman and was is ultimately jailed for murdering his alter-ego. He's unexpectedly freed at the end when unexpectedly, a real person who looks and acts exactly like his fake identity shows up.
20th Aug '17 12:05:56 AM foxley
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* ''Series/{{Motive}}'': In "Fallen", the VictimOfTheWeek is a graffiti artist who claims to be a famous anonymous street artist known as 'Contagion', so he can sell out and make money out of Contagion's name and fame. For much of the investigation, the detectives are working on the assumption that the victim was Contagion, until one of the suspects turns out to be the real Contagion.
11th Aug '17 12:31:29 PM TheNicestGuy
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', Dr. Venture's family "abduct" him, and while he's bound and blindfolded they adopt some false personae as his kidnappers. One of these is simply a talking toy bear named Ted (a parody of [[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTeddyRuxpin Teddy Ruxpin]]). In a later episode it's seen that Hank and Dermott have kept the Ted fiction going. Dr. Venture has now befriended Ted (although he's never seen him), and they take advantage of his long phone "conversations" to sneak out of the house. When Dr. Venture finds that he can't get Ted on the phone any more (because they just couldn't keep it up), he concludes that Ted is in trouble and goes looking for him. He takes Sgt. Hatred, who was in on the original abduction but doesn't piece together that this is the same Ted. When Hatred finally figures it out, he's about to confess to Dr. Venture that Ted doesn't exist, when the real Ted suddenly appears. It's actually the toy's voice actor, coincidentally just escaped from a mental institution where he had been since he cracked and became LostInCharacter. Unlike the classic form of this trope, Ted never reappears.
4th Aug '17 5:37:04 PM azbyc15243
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* ''LightNovel/TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign'' has an example similar to Mad-Eye Moody from ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Aoi Meinokawa is the GirlOfTheWeek in the seventh volume. Kyousuke seeks her help in summoning an entity capable of permanently killing his nemesis, [[EldritchAbomination the White Queen]]. It turns out that the White Queen had actually taken the place of Aoi from the beginning, and (similar to Moody) deliberately helped out Kyousuke to further her own plans. This is a somewhat unusual example, because Aoi is an ArtificialHuman originally designed to resemble the White Queen, so no disguise was necessary - the White Queen only had to get the real one out of the way and copy her behavior. [[spoiler:But it turns out that Kyousuke had actually figured out the deception before the Queen revealed herself, and was merely playing along]]. At the end of the volume, the real Aoi is found alive, having been dismembered and dumped in a lake.
30th Jul '17 7:08:49 PM Kayube
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* Daniel Pinkwater’s ''Young Adult Novel'' contains a variant: the Wild Dada Ducks, a group of schoolboys, amuse themselves by writing chapters from an imaginary novel called “Kevin Shapiro, Boy Orphan” (which contains many examples of DeathByNewberryMedal). When they find out their school has a real Kevin Shapiro, they embark on a new project — to make him the most popular kid in school. Shapiro isn’t too happy with their helpful meddling, and concocts plans of his own…
* ''LightNovel/TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign'' has an example similar to Mad-Eye Moody from ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Aoi Meinokawa is the GirlOfTheWeek in the seventh volume. Kyousuke seeks her help in summoning an entity capable of permanently killing his nemesis, [[EldritchAbomination the White Queen]]. It turns out that the White Queen had actually taken the place of Aoi from the beginning, and (similar to Moody) deliberately helped out Kyousuke to further her own plans. This is a somewhat unusual example, because Aoi is an ArtificialHuman originally designed to resemble the White Queen, so no disguise was necessary - the White Queen only had to get the real one out of the way and copy her behavior. [[spoiler:But it turns out that Kyousuke had actually figured out the deception before the Queen revealed herself, and was merely playing along]].

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* Daniel Pinkwater’s ''Young Adult Novel'' contains a variant: the Wild Dada Ducks, a group of schoolboys, amuse themselves by writing chapters from an imaginary novel called “Kevin Shapiro, Boy Orphan” (which contains many examples of DeathByNewberryMedal).DeathByNewberyMedal). When they find out their school has a real Kevin Shapiro, they embark on a new project — to make him the most popular kid in school. Shapiro isn’t too happy with their helpful meddling, and concocts plans of his own…
* ''LightNovel/TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign'' has an example similar to Mad-Eye Moody from ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Aoi Meinokawa is the GirlOfTheWeek in the seventh volume. Kyousuke seeks her help in summoning an entity capable of permanently killing his nemesis, [[EldritchAbomination the White Queen]]. It turns out that the White Queen had actually taken the place of Aoi from the beginning, and (similar to Moody) deliberately helped out Kyousuke to further her own plans. This is a somewhat unusual example, because Aoi is an ArtificialHuman originally designed to resemble the White Queen, so no disguise was necessary - the White Queen only had to get the real one out of the way and copy her behavior. [[spoiler:But it turns out that Kyousuke had actually figured out the deception before the Queen revealed herself, and was merely playing along]].
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30th Jul '17 7:02:00 PM azbyc15243
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Mad-Eye Moody, the [[HighTurnoverRate DADA teacher]] in Harry's [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire fourth year]], turns out to be an impostor who's been keeping the real Moody alive in his own BagOfHolding. Early into [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix book five]], Harry finds himself in the strange position of meeting someone he thought he'd known for a year for the first time.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Mad-Eye Moody, the [[HighTurnoverRate DADA Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher]] in Harry's [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire fourth year]], turns out to be an impostor who's been keeping the real Moody alive in his own BagOfHolding. Early into [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix book five]], Harry finds himself in the strange position of meeting someone he thought he'd known for a year for the first time.


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* ''LightNovel/TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign'' has an example similar to Mad-Eye Moody from ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Aoi Meinokawa is the GirlOfTheWeek in the seventh volume. Kyousuke seeks her help in summoning an entity capable of permanently killing his nemesis, [[EldritchAbomination the White Queen]]. It turns out that the White Queen had actually taken the place of Aoi from the beginning, and (similar to Moody) deliberately helped out Kyousuke to further her own plans. This is a somewhat unusual example, because Aoi is an ArtificialHuman originally designed to resemble the White Queen, so no disguise was necessary - the White Queen only had to get the real one out of the way and copy her behavior. [[spoiler:But it turns out that Kyousuke had actually figured out the deception before the Queen revealed herself, and was merely playing along]].
27th May '17 5:32:13 PM PaulA
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* ''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest'' sees a character pretending to be his own fictitious younger brother called [[InventedIndividual Ernest]] only to have a woman fall in love with his Ernest persona and also have someone else turn up pretending to be [[InventedIndividual Ernest]].
27th May '17 5:29:52 PM PaulA
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* The end of ''IrmaLaDouce'' is much like the ''Avatar'' short mentioned below. Throughout, the protagonist (a French cop) had impersonated a QuintessentialBritishGentleman, and was ultimately jailed for murdering his alter-ego. He's unexpectedly freed at the end when unexpectedly, a real person who looks and acts exactly like his fake identity shows up.

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* The end of ''IrmaLaDouce'' is much like the ''Avatar'' short mentioned below. Throughout, In ''Film/IrmaLaDouce'', the protagonist (a French cop) had impersonated a QuintessentialBritishGentleman, and was ultimately jailed for murdering his alter-ego. He's unexpectedly freed at the end when unexpectedly, a real person who looks and acts exactly like his fake identity shows up.
21st Mar '17 4:38:48 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', a mysterious new criminal named [[AwesomeMcCoolName Red X]] appears and seeks to partner with the Titans' enemy Slade. He turns out to be an alias of [[spoiler:Robin]], used in a ploy to [[spoiler:investigate and/or capture Slade]]. In later episodes, the Red X costume is stolen by an unknown thief, essentially identical to the persona being portrayed by [[spoiler:Robin]]. It's never revealed who stole the Red X suit, although WordOfGod is that he was not any previously-introduced character.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', a mysterious new criminal named [[AwesomeMcCoolName Red X]] appears and seeks to partner with the Titans' enemy Slade. He turns out to be an alias of [[spoiler:Robin]], used in a ploy to [[spoiler:investigate and/or capture Slade]]. In later episodes, the Red X costume is stolen by an unknown thief, essentially identical to the persona being portrayed by [[spoiler:Robin]]. [[RiddleForTheAges It's never revealed who stole the Red X suit, suit]], although WordOfGod is that he was not any previously-introduced character.
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