History Main / ThoroughlyMistakenIdentity

5th Nov '17 11:52:41 AM Sharlee
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Compare AccidentalMisnaming. Contrast NapoleonDelusion. Not to be confused with RecognitionFailure, MistakenIdentity, SustainedMisunderstanding or WrongfullyAttributed.

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Compare AccidentalMisnaming. Contrast NapoleonDelusion.NapoleonDelusion, DrPsychPatient. Not to be confused with RecognitionFailure, MistakenIdentity, SustainedMisunderstanding or WrongfullyAttributed.
13th Sep '17 10:14:24 AM Oecchi
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* In the fourth season of ''WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman'', [=BoJack=]'s mother Beatrice has succumbed to dementia and seems to believe that [=BoJack=] is a maid named Henrietta. The second-to-last episode of the season, "Time's Arrow", reveals that [[spoiler:she and her husband Butterscotch did have a maid named Henrietta, who Butterscotch had an affair with, resulting in the birth of [=BoJack=]'s long-lost half-sister Hollyhock]].
7th Mar '17 9:23:11 PM TroperBeDoper
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* The Desert Princess stage from ''{{VideoGame/Shantae}}'' has the senile adviser mistake Shantae (And then Sky, Risky Boots and Rottytops), all svelte attractive women (Not to mention the last two are purple and a zombie) for the rotund, fish-faced actual princess. According to her, this happens a lot.
16th Jan '17 7:54:07 PM ultimomant
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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': In "Resistance", an old man named Caylem thinks that Janeway is his daughter Ralkana, even though she lacks his species' [[RubberForeheadAliens features]]. It is later revealed that his wife and daughter are dead. When Caylem is mortally wounded, Janeway [[LetThemDieHappy pretends to be Ralkana and assures him that his wife is safe and forgave him for abandoning her]].
11th Nov '16 4:30:22 AM StFan
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}, [[spoiler: from the True Lab onward, Asriel refers to you as whatever you named the fallen human as--which turns out to not be the player character's name, but actually the name of the original Fallen Child that Asriel befriended long ago. Asriel was projecting them onto you in a desperate attempt to not have to say goodbye again. He eventually realizes that you're not his old friend, but only after beating you to a billionth of a hit point in a desperate bid to kill you and make you reset so he can keep playing with you.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}, [[spoiler: from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', [[spoiler:from the True Lab onward, Asriel refers to you as whatever you named the fallen human as--which as -- which turns out to not be the player character's name, but actually the name of the original Fallen Child that Asriel befriended long ago. Asriel was is projecting them onto you in a desperate attempt to not have to say goodbye again. He eventually realizes that you're not his old friend, but only after beating you to a billionth of a hit point in a desperate bid to kill you and make you reset so he can keep playing with you.]]
3rd Nov '16 5:54:18 AM kundoo
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* In one episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' a homeless woman convinces herself that [=DiNozzo=] Sr is her father. Over the course of the episode it gets revealed that the woman's father is long dead, and that the woman herself is suffering dementia as a result of a inoperable malignant brain tumor. At the end of the episode Sr [[TearJerker walks into the hospital room that she's likely to die in in the very near future and plays along with her delusion]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming so she could die believing that she'd finally reconciled with the father she hadn't spoken to in over a decade]].


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* In one episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' a homeless woman convinces herself that [=DiNozzo=] Sr is her father. Over the course of the episode it gets revealed that the woman's father is long dead, and that the woman herself is suffering dementia as a result of a inoperable malignant brain tumor. At the end of the episode Sr [[TearJerker walks into the hospital room that she's likely to die in in the very near future and plays along with her delusion]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming so she could die believing that she'd finally reconciled with the father she hadn't spoken to in over a decade]].
7th Oct '16 5:30:07 AM MeleKalikimaka
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Principal and the Pauper", returning soldier Armin Tamzarian visits Ma Skinner to deliver news of her son, his commander, being taken prisoner by Vietcong. She instead mistakes him for her son and he moves in, eventually becoming a school principal to honor his commander's dream. Judging from her behavior, she actually knows he's not her real son, but puts on the charade anyway. When the real Skinner returns and moves in, she doesn't like him as much.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Principal and the Pauper", returning soldier Armin Tamzarian visits Ma Skinner to deliver news of her son, his commander, being taken prisoner by Vietcong. She instead mistakes him for her son and he moves in, eventually becoming a school principal to honor his commander's dream. Judging from her behavior, she actually knows he's not her real son, but puts on the charade anyway. When the real Skinner returns and moves in, she doesn't like him as much.much.
** In "A Fish Called Selma", Abe visits the DMV and refers to both of Marge's sisters as "Marge".
1st Oct '16 8:39:48 PM treehugger0369
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}, [[spoiler: from the True Lab onward, Asriel refers to you as whatever you named the fallen human as--which turns out to not be the player character's name, but actually the name of the original Fallen Child that Asriel befriended long ago. Asriel was projecting them onto you in a desperate attempt to not have to say goodbye again. He eventually realizes that you're not his old friend, but only after beating you to a billionth of a hit point in a desperate bid to kill you and make you reset so he can keep playing with you.]]
9th Sep '16 5:35:26 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Anime/DevilMayCryTheAnimatedSeries'' episode 8, a man named Ernest mistakes Dante for his childhood friend Anthony, and won't believe Dante when he says he's never heard of him.
12th Aug '16 9:52:08 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}''
** Under [[AIIsACrapshoot a different definition of senility]], 343 Guilty Spark in the first game, ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', doesn't seem to see a difference between Master Chief and his long-extinct creators, talking to Master Chief as if they've met before and referring to past conversations they've never had. The [[{{Precursors}} matter of who his creators]] ''[[{{Precursors}} are]]'' is one of the many hints across the lore of a connection between the two.
** It's made explicit by the end of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', where Guilty Spark comes out and ''says'' [[spoiler:that humans ''are'' the [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]], or at least their direct descendants]]. This does not, however, stop him from going AxCrazy when he realizes that in order to save the galaxy from the Flood, [[spoiler:Master Chief is planning on destroying "his" Halo ''again'']].
* A drunken [[BoisterousBruiser Oghren]] from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' can do this to the player character, mistaking them for [[spoiler: his ex-wife's lover]] Hespith and insisting that he won't let "some kind of [[UnusualEuphemism moss-biting poetess]]" march into the [[PlayerCharacter Warden's]] camp.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}''
''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** Under [[AIIsACrapshoot a different definition of senility]], 343 Guilty Spark in the first game, ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', doesn't seem to see a difference between Master Chief and his long-extinct creators, talking to Master Chief as if they've met before and referring to past conversations they've never had. The [[{{Precursors}} matter of who his creators]] ''[[{{Precursors}} are]]'' is one of the many first hints across the lore of many indicating a connection between the two.
them and humanity.
** It's made explicit ''Literature/HaloSilentium'' expands on this a bit by the end of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', where implying that Guilty Spark comes out and ''says'' [[spoiler:that humans ''are'' was, for whatever reason, [[spoiler:under the [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]], or at least their direct descendants]]. This does not, however, stop him from going AxCrazy when he realizes momentary impression that in order to save the galaxy from the Flood, [[spoiler:Master Chief is planning on destroying "his" Halo ''again'']].
* A drunken [[BoisterousBruiser Oghren]] from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' can do this to
was his actual creator, the player character, mistaking them for [[spoiler: his ex-wife's lover]] Hespith and insisting that he won't let "some kind of [[UnusualEuphemism moss-biting poetess]]" march into the [[PlayerCharacter Warden's]] camp.[=IsoDidact=], whom Guilty Spark hasn't seen in about 100,000 years]].
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