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3rd Apr '18 6:25:04 AM jormis29
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* In the ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' special "Episode of Bardock", Bardock mistakes Chilled for Frieza.

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* In the ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' special "Episode ''[[Anime/DragonBallEpisodeOfBardock Episode of Bardock", Bardock]]'', Bardock mistakes Chilled for Frieza.
26th Feb '18 10:51:46 AM EDP
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* Enrico the Mole, from the Italian comic strip ''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.

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* Enrico the Mole, La Talpa, from the Italian comic strip ''ComicBook/LupoAlberto'', ''LupocAlberto'', [[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.strip, while Enrico eventually admitted he now ''knows'' that Alberto isn't Beppe, he's just using it as a nickname.
16th Dec '17 10:05:21 PM Kartoonkid95
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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': In "The American Dad After School Special", Stan develops anorexia and sees a therapist who believes he's a teenage girl ([[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped because, after all,]] [[SarcasmMode they're the only ones who can be anorexic]]).
16th Dec '17 3:34:42 AM Chabal2
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* A drunk goes up to a lady in a bar, thinking she looks just like his wife. After rebuffing him with increasing rudeness, the drunk coments that not only does she look like his wife, she sounds just like her too.
15th Dec '17 4:16:38 PM sgamer82
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* 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]]''.

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* In ''Manga/KongouBanchou'', ''Manga/KongohBancho'', [[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]]''.
30th Nov '17 12:50:43 PM RedScharlach
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* In the western ''Film/QuigleyDownUnder'', Crazy Cora keeps calling Matthew Quigley 'Roy'. (Roy turns out to be [[spoiler:Crazy Cora's first husband, who left her after she accidently killed their child.]]) Which is what made it so significant [[spoiler:when she called him by his full name in the final moments of the film]].

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* In the western ''Film/QuigleyDownUnder'', Crazy Cora keeps calling Matthew Quigley 'Roy'. (Roy turns out to be [[spoiler:Crazy Cora's first husband, who left her after she accidently accidentally killed their child.]]) Which is what made it so significant [[spoiler:when she called him by his full name in the final moments of the film]].



* 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}}'', 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 Bizarro-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.



* ''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 revealed by Ben that Paul and Ben got their coats and phones mixed up when coming out of a night club in Soho.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', the two main protagonists, Fei and Elly [[spoiler:have been re-incarnating since the dawn of "history" 10,000~ years before the start of the game]]. As such there are several characters (such as [[BigBad Krelian]]) who are functionally immortal who [[spoiler:knew their previous incarnations]]. Emerelda was [[spoiler:also created by one of their past incarnations as a ReplacementGoldfish for the child Elly was incapable of having at that point in history]]. Emerelda refers to Fei as "Kim" [[spoiler:because she actually believes that Fei is Kim]] and is a legitimate case of this trope in action. Krelian meanwhile [[spoiler:knows full well that these are seperate people from the ones he was friends with 500 years ago, but calls them Lacan and Sophia anyway because its his way of keeping their memory alive]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', the two main protagonists, Fei and Elly [[spoiler:have been re-incarnating reincarnating since the dawn of "history" 10,000~ "history", 10,000 years before the start of the game]]. As such there are several characters (such as [[BigBad Krelian]]) who are functionally immortal who [[spoiler:knew their previous incarnations]]. Emerelda was [[spoiler:also created by one of their past incarnations as a ReplacementGoldfish for the child Elly was incapable of having at that point in history]]. Emerelda refers to Fei as "Kim" [[spoiler:because she actually believes that Fei is Kim]] and is a legitimate case of this trope in action. Krelian meanwhile [[spoiler:knows full well that these are seperate separate people from the ones he was friends with 500 years ago, but calls them Lacan and Sophia anyway because its his way of keeping their memory alive]].
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]].
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