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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]].
7th Aug '16 4:37:17 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* ''Series/EastEnders'' In an episode aired on 18th July 2016, Ian gets a phone call from the hospital to say his half-brother, Ben has been involved in a fight and is in a critical condition. At the hospital, Ian and Phil are told by a doctor that Ben has died. Phil sort of breaks down, leading to Phil and Ian identifying "Ben's" body. In a shock twist, [[spoiler: it turns out to be Paul's body, Ben's boyfriend.]] Phil and Ian come out of the morgue, with Phil yelling "that ain't my son!" Later, it's reveal by Ben that Paul and Ben got their coats and phones mixed up when coming out of a night club in Soho.



* ''Series/EastEnders'' In an episode aired on 18th July 2016, Ian gets a phone call from the hospital to say his half-brother, Ben has been involved in a fight and is in a critical condition. At the hospital, Ian and Phil are told by a doctor that Ben has died. Phil sort of breaks down, leading to Phil and Ian identifying "Ben's" body. In a shock twist, [[spoiler: it turns out to be Paul's body, Ben's boyfriend.]] Phil and Ian come out of the morgue, with Phil yelling "that ain't my son!" Later, it's reveal by Ben that Paul and Ben got their coats and phones mixed up when coming out of a night club in Soho.

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* ''Series/EastEnders'' In an episode aired on 18th July 2016, Ian gets a phone call from the hospital to say his half-brother, Ben has been involved in a fight and is in a critical condition. At the hospital, Ian and Phil are told by a doctor that Ben has died. Phil sort of breaks down, leading to Phil and Ian identifying "Ben's" body. In a shock twist, [[spoiler: it turns out to be Paul's body, Ben's boyfriend.]] Phil and Ian come out of the morgue, with Phil yelling "that ain't my son!" Later, it's reveal by Ben that Paul and Ben got their coats and phones mixed up when coming out of a night club in Soho.
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* ''Series/EastEnders'' In an episode aired on 18th July 2016, Ian gets a phone call from the hospital to say his half-brother, Ben has been involved in a fight and is in a critical condition. At the hospital, Ian and Phil are told by a doctor that Ben has died. Phil sort of breaks down, leading to Phil and Ian to identify "Ben's" body. In a shock twist, [[spoiler: it turns out to be Paul's body, Ben's boyfriend.]] Phil and Ian come out of the morgue, with Phil yelling "that ain't my son!" Later, it's reveal by Ben that Paul and Ben got their coats and phones mixed up when coming out of a night club in Soho.

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* ''Series/EastEnders'' In an episode aired on 18th July 2016, Ian gets a phone call from the hospital to say his half-brother, Ben has been involved in a fight and is in a critical condition. At the hospital, Ian and Phil are told by a doctor that Ben has died. Phil sort of breaks down, leading to Phil and Ian to identify identifying "Ben's" body. In a shock twist, [[spoiler: it turns out to be Paul's body, Ben's boyfriend.]] Phil and Ian come out of the morgue, with Phil yelling "that ain't my son!" Later, it's reveal by Ben that Paul and Ben got their coats and phones mixed up when coming out of a night club in Soho.
5th Aug '16 6:02:14 PM Lou_NightOwl
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* ''Series/Eastenders'' In an episode aired on 18th July 2016, Ian gets a phone call from the hospital to say his half-brother, Ben has been involved in a fight and in a critical condition. At the hospital, Ian and Phil are told by a doctor that Ben has died. Phil sort of breaks down, leading to Phil and Ian identifying "Ben's" body. In a shock twist, [[spoiler: it turns out to be Paul's dead body, Ben's boyfriend who has died.]] Later, it's reveal by Ben that Paul and Ben got their coats mixed up when heading out of a night club in Soho.

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* ''Series/Eastenders'' ''Series/EastEnders'' In an episode aired on 18th July 2016, Ian gets a phone call from the hospital to say his half-brother, Ben has been involved in a fight and is in a critical condition. At the hospital, Ian and Phil are told by a doctor that Ben has died. Phil sort of breaks down, leading to Phil and Ian identifying to identify "Ben's" body. In a shock twist, [[spoiler: it turns out to be Paul's dead body, Ben's boyfriend who has died.boyfriend.]] Phil and Ian come out of the morgue, with Phil yelling "that ain't my son!" Later, it's reveal by Ben that Paul and Ben got their coats and phones mixed up when heading coming out of a night club in Soho.
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* ''Series/Eastenders'' In an episode aired on 18th July 2016, Ian gets a phone call from the hospital to say his half-brother, Ben has been involved in a fight and in a critical condition. At the hospital, Ian and Phil are told by a doctor that Ben has died. Phil sort of breaks down, leading to Phil and Ian identifying "Ben's" body. In a shock twist, [[spoiler: it turns out to be Paul's dead body, Ben's boyfriend who has died.]] Later, it's reveal by Ben that Paul and Ben got their coats mixed up when heading out of a night club in Soho.
27th Jul '16 3:16:18 PM Bissek
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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]].
25th Jul '16 7:27:48 PM rjd1922
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** The last time UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler visited the old and senile president Paul von Hindenburg the day before the latter died, the latter believed he was Kaiser Wilhelm II. He called Hitler "Your Majesty" when he first walked into the room. The Kaiser (under whom Hindenburg had served as general) had been in exile since the end of World War I. Hitler had just passed a law that would give him absolute power after Hindenburg died. Everybody knows what happened after that...

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** The last time UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler visited the old and senile president Paul von Hindenburg the day before the latter Hindenburg died, the latter believed he was Kaiser Wilhelm II. He called Hitler "Your Majesty" when he first walked into the room. The Kaiser (under whom Hindenburg had served as general) had been in exile since the end of World War I. Hitler had just passed a law that would give him absolute power after Hindenburg died. Everybody knows what happened after that...
10th Jul '16 11:21:24 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': Absolutely ''[[TearJerker hearbreakingly]]'' done with the [[DarkIsNotEvil Daughter Of Chaos]]. She is completely blind, in massive amounts of pain, and the only person who ''even speaks her language'' is her sister, Quelaag. The player can understand her using the Old Witch's Ring, but you are a HeroicMime and can't talk back, so she therefore assumes that you must be Quelaag. Unfortunately, Quelaag is dead. Because [[ButThouMust you killed her]] during a BossFight, likely without even knowing she was anything more than just another random monster. ''YouBastard''.

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* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': Absolutely ''[[TearJerker hearbreakingly]]'' done with the [[DarkIsNotEvil Daughter Of Chaos]].The Fair Lady]]. She is completely blind, in massive amounts of pain, and the only person who ''even speaks her language'' is her sister, Quelaag. The player can understand her using the Old Witch's Ring, but you are a HeroicMime and can't talk back, so she therefore assumes that you must be Quelaag. Unfortunately, Quelaag is dead. Because [[ButThouMust you killed her]] during a BossFight, likely without even knowing she was anything more than just another random monster. ''YouBastard''.



* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'': "Keith, Meg, I'll need you to take over the Wet Noodle when I'm gone!"]] [[spoiler: That's actually an act.]]

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* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'': "Keith, Meg, I'll need you to take over the Wet Noodle when I'm gone!"]] gone!" [[spoiler: That's actually [[ObfuscatingInsanity an act.act]].]]
29th Jun '16 4:28:56 PM StFan
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* ''Manga/InuYasha'': 'My name is NOT Kikyo. It's Kagome. KAH. GOH. MAY.' (Kikyo is Inu-Yasha's ex-girlfriend, Kagome being her reincarnation.)

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* ''Manga/InuYasha'': 'My "My name is NOT Kikyo. It's Kagome. KAH. GOH. MAY.' " (Kikyo is Inu-Yasha's ex-girlfriend, Kagome being her reincarnation.)



* ''Manga/GlobalGarden'' is an interesting case in that the girl had latent magical powers that were turning her into a boy to grant her mother's wish without the girl be aware tha she was doing it.
** Something similar to this happened in SecretPlotDeep, where the main male character's twin sister died in an accident, and his parents were so shaken up about it that they started believing he was his sister. Apparently, they got rid of all the photos of him and forgot he existed. To keep them content, he cross-dressed when at home. [[{{Hentai}} This leads to transvestite sex with a girl from school. And a female teacher.]]
* In ''Manga/KongouBanchou'', [[DeceptivelyHumanRobots Machine Banchou]] mistakes little Tsukimi for "Dr. Tsukina", whose orders supersede all others, and she unintentionally alters his personality by giving him suggestions on how to be cooler. This is played for NightmareFuel when she realizes the one thing she can't make him do is [[spoiler:not kill Kongou.]]
** Also an unusual case of it, as, being a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin machine]], it is frequently pointed out that Machine Banchou identifies people with speech and retina recognition devices instead of, [[FridgeLogic you know]], ''[[DittoAliens looking at them]]''.
* In ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', Isumi's mother (Hatsuho) and grandmother (Kokonoe) think they're going to meet the Sanzenin's new butler (Hayate). Kokonoe sees Hatsuho and immediately thinks that Hatsuho is their butler who just happens to look like her daughter. She then realizes who it is and both wonder where the butler went.
** Hayate was actually visiting, he was standing off to the side during the conversation.

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* ''Manga/GlobalGarden'' is an interesting case in that the girl had has latent magical powers that were are turning her into a boy to grant her mother's wish without the girl be being aware tha that she was is doing it.
** * Something similar to this happened in SecretPlotDeep, ''Secret Plot Deep'', where the main male character's twin sister died in an accident, and his parents were so shaken up about it that they started believing he was his sister. Apparently, they got rid of all the photos of him and forgot he existed. To keep them content, he cross-dressed when at home. [[{{Hentai}} This leads to transvestite sex with a girl from school. And a female teacher.]]
* In ''Manga/KongouBanchou'', [[DeceptivelyHumanRobots Machine Banchou]] mistakes little Tsukimi for "Dr. Tsukina", whose orders supersede all others, and she unintentionally alters his personality by giving him suggestions on how to be cooler. This is played for NightmareFuel when she realizes the one thing she can't make him do is [[spoiler:not kill Kongou.]]
**
]] Also an unusual case of it, as, being a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin machine]], it is frequently pointed out that Machine Banchou identifies people with speech and retina recognition devices instead of, [[FridgeLogic you know]], ''[[DittoAliens looking at them]]''.
* In ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', Isumi's mother (Hatsuho) and grandmother (Kokonoe) think they're going to meet the Sanzenin's new butler (Hayate). Kokonoe sees Hatsuho and immediately thinks that Hatsuho is their butler who just happens to look like her daughter. She then realizes who it is and both wonder where the butler went.
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went. Hayate was is actually visiting, he was is standing off to the side during the conversation.



* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' has Serpico's mother succumb to dementia. Their final encounter is when she no longer recognises him, believing him to be his father, and has [[spoiler: been accused of heresy and witchcraft and Serpico must burn her at the stake]]

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* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' has Serpico's mother succumb to dementia. Their final encounter is when she no longer recognises recognizes him, believing him to be his father, and has [[spoiler: been accused of heresy and witchcraft and Serpico must burn her at the stake]]



* ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' has what appears to be an explicit tribute to ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' by not only using this trope, but also reusing the name "Dave".

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* ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' has what appears to be an explicit tribute to ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' by not only using this trope, but also reusing the name "Dave".



* Enrico the Mole, from the Italian comic strip ''LupoAlberto'', [[BlindMistake has addressed the eponymous protagonist as "Beppe"]] ever since his first appearance. As years went by, Alberto went from his initial bemusement to desperate frustration and eventually to wry resignation. The real "Beppe" (supposedly a friend of Enrico's) has never actually appeared in the strip.
* At one point in ''Comicbook/SuicideSquad'', a mentally-unstable Comicbook/{{Deadshot}} starts seeing his boss Amanda Waller, his team leader Rick Flag, and a senator Flag wants dead as his mother, his brother, and his father respectively. He relives his worst memory through them and gets it "right" this time...which involves shooting his "father" before his "brother" can do it himself. Deadshot's family history is pretty screwed up.

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* Enrico the Mole, from the Italian comic strip ''LupoAlberto'', ''ComicBook/LupoAlberto'', [[BlindMistake has addressed the eponymous protagonist as "Beppe"]] ever since his first appearance. As years went by, Alberto went from his initial bemusement to desperate frustration and eventually to wry resignation. The real "Beppe" (supposedly a friend of Enrico's) has never actually appeared in the strip.
* At one point in ''Comicbook/SuicideSquad'', ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad'', a mentally-unstable Comicbook/{{Deadshot}} ComicBook/{{Deadshot}} starts seeing his boss Amanda Waller, his team leader Rick Flag, and a senator Flag wants dead as his mother, his brother, and his father respectively. He relives his worst memory through them and gets it "right" this time... which involves shooting his "father" before his "brother" can do it himself. Deadshot's family history is pretty screwed up.



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* In ''Film/BatteriesNotIncluded'', the elderly and possibly senile Faye persists in addressing one of the other characters by the name of her (dead) son.
** And in a heartbreaking scene in the end, when said character decides to play along for once and pretends that he is her son, [[spoiler: (because he set the house on fire, and is trying to save her)]] it causes her to break through her denial and realize the horrible truth...

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* In ''Film/BatteriesNotIncluded'', the elderly and possibly senile Faye persists in addressing one of the other characters by the name of her (dead) son.
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son. And in a heartbreaking scene in the end, when said character decides to play along for once and pretends that he is her son, [[spoiler: (because [[spoiler:(because he set the house on fire, and is trying to save her)]] it causes her to break through her denial and realize the horrible truth...truth....



* In the Madonna/SeanPenn movie ''ShanghaiSurprise'', when Penn's character, Glendon, goes to a fancy restaurant he's mistaken by all and sundry for another character named Phil -- who is never mentioned before or after this scene, nor is Glendon's resemblance. Nonetheless, the fact that Glendon looks like and is mistaken for Phil is a vital plot point without which the movie makes no sense (it's the reason Glendon was picked for the mission, it's how he gets an entree with a lady named China Doll, etc.).
* The film ''Film/{{Spider}}'' is told [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness from the perspective of its protagonist, a paranoid schizophrenic]] who has been released from a mental hospital. We see him reliving his childhood where it's revealed that [[spoiler: he killed a woman who he was convinced had replaced his mother, who murdered her in conjunction with his father. He is, of course, [[SelfMadeOrphan wrong]].]]

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* In the Madonna/SeanPenn movie ''ShanghaiSurprise'', ''Film/ShanghaiSurprise'', when Penn's character, Glendon, goes to a fancy restaurant he's mistaken by all and sundry for another character named Phil -- who is never mentioned before or after this scene, nor is Glendon's resemblance. Nonetheless, the fact that Glendon looks like and is mistaken for Phil is a vital plot point without which the movie makes no sense (it's the reason Glendon was picked for the mission, it's how he gets an entree with a lady named China Doll, etc.).
* The film ''Film/{{Spider}}'' is told [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness from the perspective of its protagonist, a paranoid schizophrenic]] who has been released from a mental hospital. We see him reliving his childhood where it's revealed that [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he killed a woman who he was convinced had replaced his mother, who murdered her in conjunction with his father. He is, of course, [[SelfMadeOrphan wrong]].]]



-->'''Charles:''' How do you do - my name is Charles.
-->'''Old Madman:''' Don't be ridiculous, Charles died twenty years ago.
-->'''Charles:''' Must be a different Charles, I think.
-->'''Old Madman:''' Are you telling me I don't know my own brother?

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-->'''Charles:''' How do you do - -- my name is Charles.
-->'''Old
Charles.\\
'''Old
Madman:''' Don't be ridiculous, Charles died twenty years ago.
-->'''Charles:'''
ago.\\
'''Charles:'''
Must be a different Charles, I think.
-->'''Old
think.\\
'''Old
Madman:''' Are you telling me I don't know my own brother?



-->"You know, I don't know how I ever recognized you. Yankel, what has become of you?"
-->"I've been trying to tell you. I'm not Yankel."
-->"Oy, you've gone and changed your name as well!"

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-->"You know, I don't know how I ever recognized you. Yankel, what has become of you?"
-->"I've
you?"\\
"I've
been trying to tell you. I'm not Yankel."
-->"Oy,
"\\
"Oy,
you've gone and changed your name as well!"



* In a ''Literature/{{Hoka}}'' story by Creator/PoulAnderson and Creator/GordonRDickson, the Hoka Franchise/SherlockHolmes persists in calling Alex Jones "Watson" -- the real, which is to say Hoka, Watson is not there, and he can't avoid the pattern.
** The Hoka stories are a particular variation on this trope. The basic premise of the Hoka stories is that the Hokas (a highly intelligent race that just happen to resemble teddy bears) have trouble distinguishing fact from fiction, so whenever they come across a human novel they end up acting it out and HilarityEnsues. It's never entirely clear when they do so whether they are conscious of the fact that it's just a re-enactment.

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* In a ''Literature/{{Hoka}}'' story by Creator/PoulAnderson and Creator/GordonRDickson, the Hoka Franchise/SherlockHolmes persists in calling Alex Jones "Watson" -- the real, which is to say Hoka, Watson is not there, and he can't avoid the pattern.
** The Hoka stories are
pattern. This is a particular variation on this trope. The basic premise of the Hoka ''Hoka'' stories is that the Hokas (a highly intelligent race that just happen to resemble teddy bears) have trouble distinguishing fact from fiction, so whenever they come across a human novel they end up acting it out and HilarityEnsues. It's never entirely clear when they do so whether they are conscious of the fact that it's just a re-enactment.



* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', Old Mrs Gammage has been going to the same pub for decades. Now deaf, blind and senile, she's completely failed to realize it's become an undead hangout. The "monsters" are too nice to tell her the truth, so when we see her she's cheerfully calling a bogeyman "Charlie", and asking about his plumbing business.

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* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** In
''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', Old Mrs Gammage has been going to the same pub for decades. Now deaf, blind and senile, she's completely failed to realize it's become an undead hangout. The "monsters" are too nice to tell her the truth, so when we see her she's cheerfully calling a bogeyman "Charlie", and asking about his plumbing business.



* In the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "Damage", Dana is both mentally unstable and experiencing the collective memories of the previous Slayers, so she mistakes Spike for the man who murdered her family and tortured her, even though Spike doesn't look anything like him, and seeks revenge. Spike eventually convinces her she has the wrong guy, but she decides to kill him anyway for the crimes he ''is'' guilty of before Angel rescues him.



* In one episode of {{Series/Justified}} Arlo mistakenly calls Boyd "Raylan." This is used to show that the elderly Arlo's mind is slipping as Boyd and Raylan are Bizzaro-like foils in the series. Raylan, Arlo's estranged, biological son, is a U.S. Marshal. Boyd, who Arlo treats like a son, is a career criminal and a series-long antagonist for Raylan.

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* In one episode of {{Series/Justified}} ''Series/{{Justified}}'', Arlo mistakenly calls Boyd "Raylan." This is used to show that the elderly Arlo's mind is slipping as Boyd and Raylan are Bizzaro-like foils in the series. Raylan, Arlo's estranged, biological son, is a U.S. Marshal. Boyd, who Arlo treats like a son, is a career criminal and a series-long antagonist for Raylan.



* One episode of ''Series/SpittingImage'' had UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan meeting UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev, but failing to recognize him, causing him to wonder what kept UsefulNotes/LeonidBrezhnev so long?



* In the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "Damage", Dana is both mentally unstable and experiencing the collective memories of the previous Slayers, so she mistakes Spike for the man who murdered her family and tortured her, even though Spike doesn't look anything like him, and seeks revenge. Spike eventually convinces her she has the wrong guy, but she decides to kill him anyway for the crimes he ''is'' guilty of before Angel rescues him.



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-->Please, say my name
-->Remember who I am
-->You will find me in the world of yesterday
-->You drift away again, too far from where I am
-->When you ask me who I am.

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-->Please, -->''Please, say my name
-->Remember
name\\
Remember
who I am
-->You
am\\
You
will find me in the world of yesterday
-->You
yesterday\\
You
drift away again, too far from where I am
-->When
am\\
When
you ask me who I am.''



* One episode of ''Series/SpittingImage'' had UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan meeting UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev, but failing to recognize him, causing him to wonder what kept UsefulNotes/LeonidBrezhnev so long?



* [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney "Keith, Meg, I'll need you to take over the Wet Noodle when I'm gone!"]] [[spoiler: That's actually an act.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', Anju's grandmother mistakes Link for her son, Anju's dead father. [[spoiler: This is an act too.]]
** Then again, the Legend of Zelda timeline(s) are so screwy that goddesses know how many Links there have actually ''been.''
** Mistaking Link might be a genuine accident, but she definitely uses this to trick her daughter into thinking she's senile as Anju is a terrible cook.
* Not quite a character, but in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', when you meet Raine's and Genis's mother, the poor woman has deluded herself into thinking that she's still pregnant with Genis and carries around a doll that she treats as baby Raine. When the real Raine and Genis appear, she refuses to believe they're who they say they are, and she orders them out of the house.
** What makes her especially deluded is that given the difference in her two children's ages, Raine would've been ten or eleven when their mother was still pregnant with Genis.

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* [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney "Keith, Meg, I'll need you to take over the Wet Noodle when I'm gone!"]] [[spoiler: That's actually an act.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', Anju's grandmother mistakes Link for her son, Anju's dead father. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This is an act too.]]
**
]] Then again, the Legend ''Legend of Zelda Zelda'' timeline(s) are so screwy that goddesses know how many Links there have actually ''been.''
**
'' Mistaking Link might be a genuine accident, but she definitely uses this to trick her daughter into thinking she's senile as Anju is a terrible cook.
* Not quite a character, but in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', when you meet Raine's and Genis's mother, the poor woman has deluded herself into thinking that she's still pregnant with Genis and carries around a doll that she treats as baby Raine. When the real Raine and Genis appear, she refuses to believe they're who they say they are, and she orders them out of the house.
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house. What makes her especially deluded is that given the difference in her two children's ages, Raine would've been ten or eleven when their mother was still pregnant with Genis.



* Under [[AIIsACrapshoot a different definition of senility]], 343 Guilty Spark in the first ''VideoGame/{{Halo|Combat Evolved}}'' game 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'']].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}''
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Under [[AIIsACrapshoot a different definition of senility]], 343 Guilty Spark in the first ''VideoGame/{{Halo|Combat Evolved}}'' game game, ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', doesn't seem to see a difference between Master Chief and his long extinct 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 [[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 [[spoiler:Master Chief is planning on destroying "his" Halo ''again'']].



* ''StreetFighter'''s [[FatIdiot Rufus]] does this [[UpToEleven so often]] that it's practically a character trait. He mistakes anyone blonde or wearing a gi for his [[UnknownRival assumed nemesis]] Ken Masters, who is both blonde ''and'' wears a gi. If the character's female Rufus simply assumes Ken is cross dressing or somehow making himself look smaller to fool him.

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* ''StreetFighter'''s ''Franchise/StreetFighter'''s [[FatIdiot Rufus]] does this [[UpToEleven so often]] that it's practically a character trait. He mistakes anyone blonde blond or wearing a gi for his [[UnknownRival assumed nemesis]] Ken Masters, who is both blonde blond ''and'' wears a gi. If the character's female female, Rufus simply assumes Ken is cross dressing cross-dressing or somehow making himself look smaller to fool him.



* ''DragonQuestIX'' gives us the Wight Knight, who thinks that a princess is his lover from many years ago. [[spoiler:Said knight has been dead for god knows how long, and only recently had been raised. His lover, and even his hometown, has been dead for a very long time - but the princess eventually plays along after hearing his plight, allowing his spirit to rest in peace.]]

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* ''DragonQuestIX'' ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'' gives us the Wight Knight, who thinks that a princess is his lover from many years ago. [[spoiler:Said knight has been dead for god knows how long, and only recently had been raised. His lover, and even his hometown, has been dead for a very long time - -- but the princess eventually plays along after hearing his plight, allowing his spirit to rest in peace.]]



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* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'': "Keith, Meg, I'll need you to take over the Wet Noodle when I'm gone!"]] [[spoiler: That's actually an act.]]
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* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', the witch [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/03-43.html calls the kidnapped children Hansel and Gretel]]. They explain that they are really Anna and Klaus. Later revelations show that her own children had been Hansel and Gretel and that [[spoiler: she's made the same 'mistake' with other pairs of children who didn't get off as lucky as Anna and Klaus.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', the witch [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/03-43.html calls the kidnapped children Hansel and Gretel]]. They explain that they are really Anna and Klaus. Later revelations show that her own children had been Hansel and Gretel and that [[spoiler: she's [[spoiler:she's made the same 'mistake' "mistake" with other pairs of children who didn't get off as lucky as Anna and Klaus.]]



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* All ''WesternAnimation/MrMagoo'' cartoons.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Stan's grandfather constantly calls him "Billy".
** But then again, ''his'' grandfather called him Billy.
** In "Dances With Smurfs" some idiot murdered the 9-year-old morning announcer after he mistook him for the middle-aged man his wife was cheating on him with.
* Professor Farnsworth from ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' has done this at least once. In the episode "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles" He drives to Florida,(He was trying to catch his escaped gargoyle) then he stops at a cafeteria (It's implied he had been here before). He walks up to the counter and calls the cashier "Mavis" and says "surprised to see me back so soon" but then the cashier (Whose actual named Wanda) explains that "Mavis" had died years ago.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
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Stan's grandfather constantly calls him "Billy".
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"Billy". But then again, ''his'' grandfather called him Billy.
** In "Dances With Smurfs" with Smurfs", some idiot murdered the 9-year-old morning announcer after he mistook him for the middle-aged man his wife was cheating on him with.
* Professor Farnsworth from ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has done this at least once. In the episode "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles" He Hurdles", he drives to Florida,(He was Florida (he is trying to catch his escaped gargoyle) then he stops at a cafeteria (It's (it's implied he had been here before). He walks up to the counter and calls the cashier "Mavis" and says "surprised to see me back so soon" but then the cashier (Whose (who's actual named Wanda) explains that "Mavis" had died years ago.



* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Abracadaver" the zombie of Al Lusion mistakes Blossom for the little girl who accidentally killed him.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Abracadaver" "Abracadaver", the zombie of Al Lusion mistakes Blossom for the little girl who accidentally killed him.



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* In 2006, Taylor University students Whitney Cerak and Laura Van Ryn were among the victims of a severe automobile accident. Whitney survived; Laura did not. Due to the placement of a purse at the crash site, each girl was identified as the other, and the error was only discovered five weeks later when Whitney had sufficiently recovered from her head trauma.

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* In 2006, Taylor University students Whitney Cerak and Laura Van Ryn were among the victims of a severe automobile accident. Whitney survived; Laura did not. Due to the placement of a purse at the crash site, each girl was identified as the other, and the error was only discovered five weeks later when Whitney had sufficiently recovered from her head trauma. (This likely was the inspiration of a ''Series/{{House}}'' episode with a similar mistaken-identity plot.)
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