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9th Jun '17 7:45:13 PM HeroGal2347
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** "In His Image", after murdering a woman on the subway platform, Alan Talbot returns to his home town with his fiancée, but discovers that nothing is the way he remembers it. Then he discovers [[spoiler: that he is really a robot created 8 days prior, and all his memories were a fiction of his creator Walter Ryder, who wanted to build a more perfect version of himself.]]

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** "In "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS4E103InHisImage In His Image", Image]]", after murdering a woman on the subway platform, Alan Talbot returns to his home town with his fiancée, but discovers that nothing is the way he remembers it. Then he discovers [[spoiler: that he is really a robot created 8 days prior, and all his memories were a fiction of his creator Walter Ryder, who wanted to build a more perfect version of himself.]]
5th Jun '17 3:11:05 PM KeithM
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** Intentionally invoked by the 10th, 11th, and War Doctors in [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]]. The Doctors use a memory erasure beam to force the members of UNIT and the Zygons impersonating them to forget if they're human or Zygon. This forces them to negotiate a peace treaty fair to both sides because none of them (with the exception of the two Osgoods, who keep quiet) know whether it will turn out they were really human or the alien imposters when they get their memories back.
29th May '17 6:00:49 PM VVK
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* [[BigBad Archaeon the Everchosen]] from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''; the bastard son of a Norscan Raider, Diedrick Kastner grew up to be a Witch Hunter and a devout servant of Sigmar. One day he read about a prophesied Chaos Lord who would destroy the world, and his search to find out who this mysterious "Archaeon" was drove him further and further to the brink. Finally, he confronted an Arch Lector who stated that Diedrick himself would become Archaeon. Diedrick snapped, killed the Lector, and fled to the north, where he embraced his destiny and became one of the most feared Warriors of Chaos.

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* [[BigBad [[AntiChrist Archaeon the Everchosen]] from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''; the bastard son of a Norscan Raider, Diedrick Kastner grew up to be a Witch Hunter and a devout servant of Sigmar. One day he read about a prophesied Chaos Lord who would destroy the world, and his search to find out who this mysterious "Archaeon" was drove him further and further to the brink. Finally, he confronted an Arch Lector who stated that Diedrick himself would become Archaeon. Diedrick snapped, killed the Lector, and fled to the north, where he embraced his destiny and became one of the most feared Warriors of Chaos.
29th May '17 5:56:26 PM VVK
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* One of the earliest examples in video games is ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Cloud, the protagonist, suffers from freaky headaches and weird disjointed flashbacks. It then transpires that he is a [[CloningBlues clone]] of the villain, Sephiroth, and has been acting under Sephiroth's MindControl for the game so far. Even more confusingly, when he recovers from his HeroicBSOD, he realizes he was never a clone to begin with (what he really is, is quite complicated, but it involves the way the SuperSoldiers are created, and how TheVirus contains the [[GeneticMemory genetic memories]] of those infected). Then a big reveal occurs where it is eventually revealed that [[spoiler:much of his memories were not his own, but were in fact partly borrowed from that of his dead best friend Zack.]] When he finally regains his [[FakeMemories true memories]], he finally [[CharacterDevelopment develops]] into a fully fledged person.
** The term "Clone" is a misnomer. In the original Japanese script, they were known as Sephiroth '''Copies''', not clones. They're not ''genetic'' copies, but rather people who were rounded up after the Neblihiem incident and injected with a shit-ton of Mako Energy and Jenova cells as part of an experiment.
** Same thing applies to the Sephiroth you keep following around, who turned out to be a more literal clone of the real Sephiroth who actually died after the events in Nibelheim.

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* One of the earliest examples in video games is ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Cloud, the protagonist, suffers from freaky headaches and weird disjointed flashbacks. It then transpires that he is a [[CloningBlues clone]] "[[CloningBlues clone]]" or "copy" of the villain, Sephiroth, and has been acting under Sephiroth's MindControl for the game so far. Even more confusingly, when he recovers from his HeroicBSOD, he realizes he was never a clone to begin with (what he really is, is quite complicated, but it involves the way the SuperSoldiers are created, and how TheVirus contains the [[GeneticMemory genetic memories]] of those infected). Then a big reveal occurs where it is eventually revealed that [[spoiler:much of his memories were not his own, but were in fact partly borrowed from that of his dead best friend Zack.]] When he finally regains his [[FakeMemories true memories]], he finally [[CharacterDevelopment develops]] into a fully fledged person.
** The term "Clone" is a misnomer. In the original Japanese script, they were known as Sephiroth '''Copies''', not clones. They're not ''genetic'' copies, but rather people who were rounded up after the Neblihiem incident and injected with a shit-ton of Mako Energy and Jenova cells as part of an experiment.
** Same thing applies to the Sephiroth you keep following around, who turned out to be a more literal clone of the real Sephiroth who actually died after the events in Nibelheim.
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20th May '17 7:25:10 PM AthenaBlue
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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E9JourneyToTheCentreOfTheTARDIS "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS"]], there is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] in Tricky, who is told by his superiors that he's an android. After he is proven to feel pain, the Doctor knows he is not only human, but the superiors' youngest biological brother. The brothers told him he was a robot after suffering a traumatic injury to [[{{Gaslighting}} gaslight]] him and get away with abusing him.

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E9JourneyToTheCentreOfTheTARDIS [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E10JourneyToTheCentreOfTheTARDIS "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS"]], there is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] in Tricky, who is told by his superiors that he's an android. After he is proven to feel pain, the Doctor knows he is not only human, but the superiors' youngest biological brother. The brothers told him he was a robot after suffering a traumatic injury to [[{{Gaslighting}} gaslight]] him and get away with abusing him.
20th May '17 7:24:33 PM AthenaBlue
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20th May '17 7:24:03 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'': Buzz Lightyear. Consider the implications of realizing that you're not a Space Ranger, not a human being, ''the universe you remember doesn't exist'': "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis YOU! ARE! A! TOOOOOOY!]]"

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* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'': Buzz Lightyear. Consider the implications of realizing that you're not a Space Ranger, not a human being, ''the universe you remember doesn't exist'': "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis YOU! ARE! A! TOOOOOOY!]]"
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-->'''Mater:''' Is that how you see me?
-->'''Finn [=McMissile=]:''' That's how everyone sees you, and that's the genius of it. Nobody realizes they're being fooled because they're too busy laughing ''at'' the fool.

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-->'''Mater:''' Is that how you see me?
-->'''Finn
me?\\
'''Finn
[=McMissile=]:''' That's how everyone sees you, and that's the genius of it. Nobody realizes they're being fooled because they're too busy laughing ''at'' the fool.



* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'': Buzz Lightyear. Consider the implications of realizing that you're not a Space Ranger, not a human being, ''the universe you remember doesn't exist'': "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis YOU! ARE! A! TOOOOOOY!]]"



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* ''{{Series/Arrow}}'' does this in season 3 with Sara's killer. Roy/Arsenal has been having bad dreams ever since that night; in the dreams, he kills Sara by throwing three arrows into her chest. Since Roy was injected a while back with a super-serum whose cure was experimental, there seems a possibility that the dreams are real. It turns out they aren't. In season 2, whilst under the effects of said super-serum, Roy blacked out and killed a cop. Those suppressed memories are resurfacing and mixing with his feelings of grief for Sara.
** Played straighter with the reveal of who actually killed Sara- it was Thea, drugged by Malcolm Merlyn. She's horrified and furious to discover what he made her do.
** Played with again in season 5. The villain Prometheus has decided to play massive mind-games with all of Team Arrow, starting with convincing Quentin Lance that he ''is'' Prometheus. Due to Quentin's previous animosity towards Oliver (both his daughter's got involved with Oliver and both have died [[spoiler: ''and'' come back to life]], and Oliver has ignored/twisted the law for years), plus his relapse into alcoholism, we almost believe it. Until he goes straight to Thea and tells her what's been happening, and she sets him straight.
*** Prometheus then tries to make Oliver into the villain by showing him his past brutality with a recreated crime scene. Oliver in season 1 had no problems killing anyone that got in his way. At this particular scene, he left a trail of largely unnecessary bodies about a mile long. The topper is when Prometheus dresses up his hostage (Felicity's current boyfriend and a good man) in his costume and sends him out for Oliver to kill. The fact that Oliver didn't realize the trick in time makes it all the more worse.
* Season 2 of ''Series/{{The Flash|2014}}'' gives us Zoom, from Earth-2, who murders cops left and right and nearly kills Barry a couple of times. Who is he? Well, his real name is Hunter Zolomon; but we know him better as Jay Garrick, the Flash of Earth-2, friend of Barry, Caitlyn's boyfriend, all around good guy. All the more shocking because his introduction comes on the heels of him murdering his own time remnant.
** The show pulls another one with The Man in the Mask, a prisoner of Zoom's who identity was a 'shocking secret' for about half the season. The season finale shows that, not only is he the ''real'' Jay Garrick, from Earth-3, but he's a doppel-ganger of '''Barry's dad'''. Who was just murdered by Zoom.

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* ''{{Series/Arrow}}'' does this in season 3 with Sara's killer. Roy/Arsenal One episode of ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' has been having bad dreams ever since that night; in Harry suffer a blow to the dreams, he kills Sara by throwing three arrows into her chest. Since Roy was injected a while back with a super-serum whose cure was experimental, there seems a possibility that the dreams are real. It turns out they aren't. In season 2, whilst under the effects of said super-serum, Roy blacked out and killed a cop. Those suppressed memories are resurfacing and mixing with his feelings of grief for Sara.
** Played straighter with the reveal of who actually killed Sara- it was Thea, drugged by Malcolm Merlyn. She's horrified and furious to discover what he made her do.
** Played with again
head, resulting in season 5. amnesia. The villain Prometheus has decided to play massive mind-games with all of Team Arrow, starting with convincing Quentin Lance result is that he ''is'' Prometheus. Due to Quentin's previous animosity towards Oliver (both becomes alarmed that his daughter's got involved with Oliver and both have died [[spoiler: ''and'' come family are aliens without realizing he is one as well. Crosses over into DramaticIrony.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': in "Spin the Bottle", everyone's memory is wiped
back to life]], and Oliver has ignored/twisted the law for years), plus age 17. Wesley, who at that age was head of his relapse into alcoholism, we almost believe it. Until he goes straight to Thea and tells her what's class at vampire-hunting school, reckons it's a test: they've been happening, and she sets him straight.
*** Prometheus then tries to make Oliver into the villain by showing him his past brutality
locked in this abandoned building with a recreated crime scene. Oliver in season 1 had no problems killing anyone that got in his way. At this particular scene, he left a trail of largely unnecessary bodies about a mile long. The topper is when Prometheus dresses up his hostage (Felicity's current boyfriend vampire, whom they must identify and a good man) in his costume and sends him out for Oliver to kill. The fact Angel (who at that Oliver didn't realize the trick in time makes it all the more worse.
* Season 2 of ''Series/{{The Flash|2014}}'' gives us Zoom, from Earth-2, who murders cops left and right and nearly kills Barry a couple of times. Who is he? Well, his real name is Hunter Zolomon; but we know him better as Jay Garrick, the Flash of Earth-2, friend of Barry, Caitlyn's boyfriend, all around good guy. All the more shocking because his introduction comes on the heels of him murdering his own time remnant.
** The show pulls another one with The Man in the Mask, a prisoner of Zoom's who identity
age was a 'shocking secret' for about half the season. The season finale shows that, not only is he the ''real'' Jay Garrick, from Earth-3, but he's living human), in a doppel-ganger of '''Barry's dad'''. Who was just murdered by Zoom.private moment, looks at a mirror ...



* ''Series/ThePrisoner'':
** Bizarrely enough, the MindScrew ending implies that this is the entire premise of the series.
** In the episode "The Schizoid Man", Number Six seems to have been mistaken for an agent trained to impersonate him. [[spoiler:Evidence mounts that in fact he is the impostor, and has forgotten his own identity. But in the end, the trope is subverted as he realizes that's what they want him to think.]]
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' did it at least three times:
** "Tin Man" (season 1): The SG-1 team seems to have been transferred into robot bodies by a lonely alien maintenance man. In the end, they find out that they weren't transferred, they were ''copied'', with the originals still alive.
** "Fragile Balance" (season 7): Jack O'Neill wakes up after an alien abduction to find himself in a body 30 years younger... and slowly dying. After convincing his colleagues of his identity and tracking down his abductor, he finds that he is actually a genetically damaged clone of the original O'Neill (still with the alien).
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' likes it even more:
** In "Michael" (Season 2), Lieutenant Michael Kenmore awakens in Atlantis' infirmary, unable to remember who he is. After being informed of who he is and that he barely survived terrible injuries from a raid deep in enemy territory, he is let out and undergoes psychiatric therapy (including periodic drug injections) for the strange nightmares he keeps having. He eventually discovers secret observation videos of himself in the infirmary, and is horrified to discover that he is actually a Wraith that was transformed into a human using an experimental genetic drug and then brainwashed.
** In "This Mortal Coil" (Season 4), Sheppard, [=McKay=], Ronon, Teyla, and, later, Dr. Weir find that they are replicator-made copies of themselves, and that the version of Atlantis they are in is also a copy. They come to take it remarkably well, especially [=McKay=]. Mostly because of [=McKay=]'s insight into the situation.
** In "The Kindred" (Season 4), Carson Beckett is found by the Team. The only problem: he's supposed to be dead. But he insists and is sure, that he is the real Beckett. Turns out he is a clone.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'':
** Happened in the episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" with Nurse Chapel's lost boyfriend.[[note]]In this case, the boyfriend knew all along that he's an android body containing the human's memories. What he ''doesn't'' realize until the end is that he's not "the same person", as demonstrated by his amoral and insane actions over the course of the episode.[[/note]]
** And with Rayna in "Requiem For Methuselah"
** Also happens to Kirk in "The Paradise Syndrome".
--->Behold the god who bleeds!
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** Happens to a damaged, amnesiac Data in the episode "Thine Own Self" when Data takes up a life in a pre-industrial village. The reveal is obviously not a shock to the audience, but a big one to Data.
** The episode "Eye of the Beholder" plays with this trope in all sorts of ways. It turned out that telepath who had died during ''Enterprise's'' construction had left a sort of 'psychic residue' which had imposed the dead woman's memories on empathic crew members unfortunate enough to wander into its proximity (it had caused one such crewman to commit suicide). Troi at one point actually screams in horror when she doesn't recognize her own reflection.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** "Whispers": We follow Miles O'Brien in flashback form as he seems to combat a station-wide conspiracy to sabotage peace talks amongst two alien factions; [[spoiler:turns out the O'Brien we're watching was actually a "replicant", sent by one of the alien factions and programmed to assassinate the leaders of the other faction. But the replicant O'Brien was too perfect and [[BecomingTheMask ended up acting just as the real one would.]]]]
** In the episode "Second Skin," Kira is kidnapped by the Cardassian Obsidian Order [[spoiler: as part of an anti-dissident setup]] and told she is actually Iliana Ghemor, a spy, who was implanted with false memories so even she would believe her cover story, sent to infiltrate the Bajoran resistance [[spoiler: subverted in that she is NOT Iliana Ghemor, but Iliana is a real person, who really did have false memories implanted so she could infiltrate the Bajoran resistance. It's all part of a trap to reveal that Iliana's father is part of the dissident movement as he decides to smuggle her off Cardassia when]] Kira's reaction is disbelief.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'':
** In "Course: Oblivion", the entire crew realized that they were in fact not the real Voyager crew. Several episodes earlier, a semi-sentient, planet-spanning, not-quite-lifeform on an inhospitable planet they visited to refill on deuterium had replicated the entire crew. Unbeknownst to the original crew, they eventually copied the entire ship, too, right down to the last bulkhead. They forgot they were copies and made warp drive modifications that were harmful to themselves, so they raced back to Voyager hoping to get more genetic samples to save themselves. They failed to get back before disintegrating completely, [[ShootTheShaggyDog dissipating just before they could contact Voyager]].
** PlayedForLaughs when the holographic Doctor is singing a duet on the holodeck. The holographic diva starts complaining about his tempo. "It's like singing with a computer!"
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'':
** "After Hours": Marcia White's shopping trip to a department store goes awry, as the people she talks to seem to transform into mannequins. In the end, we find out that [[spoiler: she ''is'' a mannequin, whose month posing as a human is up; the others were concerned because she was late getting back.]] Also used in the '80s remake.
** Also the episode "Four O'Clock": A self-righteous man goes around telling anyone who will listen that at precisely four o'clock he will, by sheer force of will, cause every evil person on the planet Earth to shrink to two feet tall. Four o'clock rolls around and the man finds ''himself'' shrunk to a height of two feet tall, much to his chagrin.
** "In His Image", after murdering a woman on the subway platform, Alan Talbot returns to his home town with his fiance, but discovers that nothing is the way he remembers it. Then he discovers [[spoiler: that he is really a robot created 8 days prior, and all his memories were a fiction of his creator Walter Ryder, who wanted to build a more perfect version of himself.]]
** "Five Characters in Search of an Exit" is also an example. A clown, a hobo, a dancer, a bagpiper and a major wake in a prison with smooth walls and an open top. They speculate for a long time about where they could be and at one point the major calls the place "Hell" but at the end it is revealed that [[spoiler:they're all toys that are to be donated to the less fortunate children during the Christmas season. Their prison is a donation bin]].

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* ''Series/ThePrisoner'':
** Bizarrely enough, the MindScrew ending implies that this is the entire premise of the series.
** In the
The ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' episode "The Schizoid Man", Number Six seems "Marta Complex" has Gob overhear a phone conversation Marta has with her mother where she says she no longer loves Gob and is in love with "Hermano". Gob asks Michael to have been mistaken find Hermano for an agent trained to impersonate him. [[spoiler:Evidence mounts At the end of the episode, Michael discovers that Hermano is [[spoiler:Spanish for "brother". Marta was telling her mother that she was in fact he is the impostor, and has forgotten his own identity. But in the end, the trope is subverted as he realizes that's what they want him to think.love with Michael, Gob's brother.]]
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' did it at least ''Franchise/{{Arrowverse}}'':
** ''{{Series/Arrow}}'' does this in season 3 with Sara's killer. Roy/Arsenal has been having bad dreams ever since that night; in the dreams, he kills Sara by throwing
three times:
** "Tin Man" (season 1): The SG-1 team
arrows into her chest. Since Roy was injected a while back with a super-serum whose cure was experimental, there seems to have been transferred into robot bodies by a lonely alien maintenance man. In possibility that the end, dreams are real. It turns out they find aren't. In season 2, whilst under the effects of said super-serum, Roy blacked out that they weren't transferred, they were ''copied'', and killed a cop. Those suppressed memories are resurfacing and mixing with his feelings of grief for Sara.
*** Played straighter
with the originals still alive.
** "Fragile Balance" (season 7): Jack O'Neill wakes up after an alien abduction to find himself in a body 30 years younger... and slowly dying. After convincing his colleagues
reveal of his identity and tracking down his abductor, he finds that he is who actually a genetically damaged clone of the original O'Neill (still with the alien).
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' likes
killed Sara- it even more:
** In "Michael" (Season 2), Lieutenant Michael Kenmore awakens in Atlantis' infirmary, unable to remember who he is. After being informed of who he is and that he barely survived terrible injuries from a raid deep in enemy territory, he is let out and undergoes psychiatric therapy (including periodic drug injections) for the strange nightmares he keeps having. He eventually discovers secret observation videos of himself in the infirmary, and is
was Thea, drugged by Malcolm Merlyn. She's horrified and furious to discover what he made her do.
*** Played with again in season 5. The villain Prometheus has decided to play massive mind-games with all of Team Arrow, starting with convincing Quentin Lance
that he is actually a Wraith that was transformed into a human using an experimental genetic drug and then brainwashed.
** In "This Mortal Coil" (Season 4), Sheppard, [=McKay=], Ronon, Teyla, and, later, Dr. Weir find that they are replicator-made copies of themselves, and that the version of Atlantis they are in is also a copy. They come to take it remarkably well, especially [=McKay=]. Mostly because of [=McKay=]'s insight into the situation.
** In "The Kindred" (Season 4), Carson Beckett is found by the Team. The only problem: he's supposed to be dead. But he insists and is sure, that he is the real Beckett. Turns out he is a clone.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'':
** Happened in the episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" with Nurse Chapel's lost boyfriend.[[note]]In this case, the boyfriend knew all along that he's an android body containing the human's memories. What he ''doesn't'' realize until the end is that he's not "the same person", as demonstrated by his amoral and insane actions over the course of the episode.[[/note]]
** And with Rayna in "Requiem For Methuselah"
** Also happens to Kirk in "The Paradise Syndrome".
--->Behold the god who bleeds!
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** Happens to a damaged, amnesiac Data in the episode "Thine Own Self" when Data takes up a life in a pre-industrial village. The reveal is obviously not a shock to the audience, but a big one to Data.
** The episode "Eye of the Beholder" plays with this trope in all sorts of ways. It turned out that telepath who had died during ''Enterprise's'' construction had left a sort of 'psychic residue' which had imposed the dead woman's memories on empathic crew members unfortunate enough to wander into its proximity (it had caused one such crewman to commit suicide). Troi at one point actually screams in horror when she doesn't recognize her own reflection.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** "Whispers": We follow Miles O'Brien in flashback form as he seems to combat a station-wide conspiracy to sabotage peace talks amongst two alien factions; [[spoiler:turns out the O'Brien we're watching was actually a "replicant", sent by one of the alien factions and programmed to assassinate the leaders of the other faction. But the replicant O'Brien was too perfect and [[BecomingTheMask ended up acting just as the real one would.]]]]
** In the episode "Second Skin," Kira is kidnapped by the Cardassian Obsidian Order [[spoiler: as part of an anti-dissident setup]] and told she is actually Iliana Ghemor, a spy, who was implanted with false memories so even she would believe her cover story, sent to infiltrate the Bajoran resistance [[spoiler: subverted in that she is NOT Iliana Ghemor, but Iliana is a real person, who really did have false memories implanted so she could infiltrate the Bajoran resistance. It's all part of a trap to reveal that Iliana's father is part of the dissident movement as he decides to smuggle her off Cardassia when]] Kira's reaction is disbelief.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'':
** In "Course: Oblivion", the entire crew realized that they were in fact not the real Voyager crew. Several episodes earlier, a semi-sentient, planet-spanning, not-quite-lifeform on an inhospitable planet they visited to refill on deuterium had replicated the entire crew. Unbeknownst to the original crew, they eventually copied the entire ship, too, right down to the last bulkhead. They forgot they were copies and made warp drive modifications that were harmful to themselves, so they raced back to Voyager hoping to get more genetic samples to save themselves. They failed to get back before disintegrating completely, [[ShootTheShaggyDog dissipating just before they could contact Voyager]].
** PlayedForLaughs when the holographic Doctor is singing a duet on the holodeck. The holographic diva starts complaining about his tempo. "It's like singing with a computer!"
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'':
** "After Hours": Marcia White's shopping trip to a department store goes awry, as the people she talks to seem to transform into mannequins. In the end, we find out that [[spoiler: she
''is'' a mannequin, whose month posing as a human is up; the others were concerned because she was late getting back.]] Also used in the '80s remake.
** Also the episode "Four O'Clock": A self-righteous man goes around telling anyone who will listen that at precisely four o'clock he will, by sheer force of will, cause every evil person on the planet Earth
Prometheus. Due to shrink to two feet tall. Four o'clock rolls around and the man finds ''himself'' shrunk to a height of two feet tall, much to Quentin's previous animosity towards Oliver (both his chagrin.
** "In His Image", after murdering a woman on the subway platform, Alan Talbot returns to his home town
daughter's got involved with his fiance, but discovers that nothing is the way he remembers it. Then he discovers Oliver and both have died [[spoiler: ''and'' come back to life]], and Oliver has ignored/twisted the law for years), plus his relapse into alcoholism, we almost believe it. Until he goes straight to Thea and tells her what's been happening, and she sets him straight.
*** Prometheus then tries to make Oliver into the villain by showing him his past brutality with a recreated crime scene. Oliver in season 1 had no problems killing anyone
that he is really a robot created 8 days prior, and all got in his memories were way. At this particular scene, he left a fiction trail of largely unnecessary bodies about a mile long. The topper is when Prometheus dresses up his creator Walter Ryder, who wanted to build a more perfect version of himself.]]
** "Five Characters in Search of an Exit" is also an example. A clown, a hobo, a dancer, a bagpiper
hostage (Felicity's current boyfriend and a major wake good man) in his costume and sends him out for Oliver to kill. The fact that Oliver didn't realize the trick in time makes it all the more worse.
** Season 2 of ''Series/{{The Flash|2014}}'' gives us Zoom, from Earth-2, who murders cops left and right and nearly kills Barry
a prison couple of times. Who is he? Well, his real name is Hunter Zolomon; but we know him better as Jay Garrick, the Flash of Earth-2, friend of Barry, Caitlyn's boyfriend, all around good guy. All the more shocking because his introduction comes on the heels of him murdering his own time remnant.
*** The show pulls another one
with smooth walls and an open top. They speculate The Man in the Mask, a prisoner of Zoom's whose identity was a 'shocking secret' for a long time about where they could be and at one point half the major calls the place "Hell" but at the end it is revealed that [[spoiler:they're all toys that are to be donated to the less fortunate children during the Christmas season. Their prison The season finale shows that not only is he the ''real'' Jay Garrick, from Earth-3, but he's a donation bin]].doppelganger of '''Barry's dad'''. Who was just murdered by Zoom.



* In one episode of ''Series/QuantumLeap'', Sam finds himself in the body of someone in a mansion where everyone thinks there's a vampire on the loose. After clearing up the situation, he finally gets around to looking in a mirror... and doesn't reflect. Literal Tomato "in the Mirror." This was hinted in the end of the previous episode, where we see the character Sam switched with actually had vampire fangs (played by Robert [=MacKenzie=], who bears a close resemblance to Creator/ChristopherLee).

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* In one episode of ''Series/QuantumLeap'', Sam finds ''Series/BeingHumanUS'', Sally Malick is first hunted by a ghost calling himself in the body of someone Reaper, who claims that it is his duty to destroy ghosts who, like Sally, have stayed on earth too long or who have become destructive in some way. Then the Reaper starts trying to recruit Sally to become a mansion where Reaper, and then starts destroying innocent ghosts, increasingly seeming like a psychopathic serial killer. Yet, for some reason, everyone thinks there's a vampire on seems to be blaming Sally for the loose. After clearing up killings, even though she is desperately trying to stop the situation, he finally gets Reaper. Until the reveal that [[JekyllAndHyde she is]] [[ImaginaryFriend the Reaper]].
* In the ''Series/BlackMirror'' episode "White Bear", the reason why Victoria is unable to remember who she is and what is going on
around to looking her is because [[spoiler:the White Bear employees are keeping her in an AmnesiaLoop, psychologically breaking her down through a TraumaCongaLine [[FateWorseThanDeath again and again]]. The reason why this is happening is because the little girl she saw in a mirror... photograph she thought was her daughter was actually her and her boyfriend's ''victim'', and she recorded the six year-old's torture and death at her boyfriend's hands]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** The Buffybot, in her premier in the episode "Intervention". Not only did she think that the real Buffy looked like ''her'', but [[spoiler:so did everyone else.]] Also parodied, in that the Buffybot is quite overtly a heavily {{Flanderized}} version of Buffy herself; [[spoiler:Buffy is, not entirely surprisingly or unreasonably, a bit pissed that her friends were completely unable to tell the difference. Especially since "s/he's a robot" as an immediate explanation for the MonsterOfTheWeek was almost a RunningGag for the season up to that point -- and ''everyone'' pegged April as a robot just a few episodes earlier.]]
** Dawn's among the last to learn that she's only six months old.
** A long sequence in "The Replacement" follows "real" Xander watching Xander doing various errands and "hypnotizing" people. This convinces the "real" Xander (and the viewers) that the other Xander is a robot or demon. Eventually, "real" Xander discovers that he is Xander's weaker points, and the other Xander is Xander's stronger points. The coin he's using to "hypnotize" is merely a nickel he found squashed by a train that he plays with in idle moments.
* Played for laughs in ''Series/ChappellesShow'', which had a sketch featuring a rabid member of the KKK who's blind so he
doesn't reflect. Literal Tomato "in the Mirror." This was hinted in the end of the previous episode, where we see the character Sam switched with actually had vampire fangs (played by Robert [=MacKenzie=], who bears a close resemblance to Creator/ChristopherLee).realize that he's black.



** The climax of the episode "Utopia" revolves round the revelation that the kindly human Professor Yana is, unbeknownst to him, the Tomato in the Mirror, a 'sleeper' personality and biological disguise created by [[spoiler:the Doctor's archenemy the Master, previously thought dead]]. His original personality and biology is contained, thanks to some AppliedPhlebotinum, in a pocket watch, and released when Yana is tempted into opening the watch.
** Before this we have the Doctor himself turned into a human teacher in 1913, through use of this pocket-watch-device. Of course the viewer knows who he really is, but the Doctor doesn't and once he finds out he's pretty shocked and doesn't want to go back.
** In "The Next Doctor" [[spoiler: the Doctor finds another person who claims to be the Doctor, who he takes to be a future version of himself. This other Doctor is investigating the place of a guy who died. It turns out the new "Doctor" is the guy that supposedly died - he'd had info about the Doctor overwritten over his mind.]]
** Turn Left's time-beetle on Donna's back counts, considering that, while the audience knew about it, Donna didn't, and anyone who stared at her back, knowing something invisible was there, was instantly met with Donna telling them off for acting so strange, only for her to find out there ''was'' something (horrifying, too) there.
** In "The Pandorica Opens" [[spoiler: we get Rory and the Roman Legion, who are actually Autons.]]
*** At the end of the episode, [[spoiler:the Doctor discovers that an alliance of all his historical opponents has joined forces to fight and imprison what they consider to be the most dangerous, monstrous and terrifying being to ever exist: him.]]
** In "The Almost People", we [[spoiler:have Amy]], who is in fact [[spoiler:a Ganger, with the real Amy in a medical-looking tube thing, and about to give birth]].
** [[spoiler:Doctor Edwin Bracewell]] in "Victory of the Daleks" believes he is an allied scientist who created a new form of unmanned weapon. He is actually [[spoiler:a bombed android created by the Daleks as part of their cover.]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Bracewell]]:''' But I created you!\\
'''Dalek:''' No. It is ''we'' who created ''you!''
** In "Asylum of the Daleks", [[spoiler:Oswin Oswald helps the Doctor from her crashed escape pod. When he finally reaches her, it turns out the Daleks had captured and converted her into a Dalek long ago. Her human body and escape pod were a delusion she used to forget what had happened]].
** In "Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS", there is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] in Tricky, [[spoiler: who is told by his superiors that he's a robot but after he is proven to feel pain the Doctor knows he is not only human but the superiors' youngest biological brother. The brothers told him he was a robot after suffering a traumatic injury to [[{{Gaslighting}} gaslight]] him and get away with abusing him.]]
* In ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive,'' a villain gives the HumongousMecha a virus, and it's spread to the base... and then to the Red Ranger, Mack, (aka [[FanNickname iMack]]) who turns out to be an android.
* In ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'': Justin notes that the other Rangers are acting odd, and finds out that they are really robots. At the end of the episode, it's revealed that Justin himself was a robot, who was programmed so that he didn't know he was a robot, and that the real Ranger team built them to help Zordon on Eltar. Lot of good that did...
* The ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Sleeper" has a seemingly human woman with a seemingly happy life (complete with job and husband) find out that she's actually an alien who will be "triggered" to wage a campaign of terror on Earth.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', the world is populated by almost entirely by androids, and one human [[MadScientist scientist]] who attempts to create an android with the transplanted memories of Quinn. It turns out that [[spoiler:the scientist actually died, and his memories have been transplanted into an android version of himself, without him actually knowing that.]]

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature "Human Nature"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E9TheFamilyOfBlood "The Family of Blood"]], the Doctor turned himself into a human teacher in 1913, through use of a device called a Chameleon Arch, which looks like a pocket watch. Of course the viewer knows who he really is, but the Doctor doesn't and once he finds out he's pretty shocked and doesn't want to go back.
** The climax of the episode "Utopia" [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E11Utopia "Utopia"]] revolves round the revelation that the kindly human Professor Yana is, unbeknownst to him, the Tomato in the Mirror, a 'sleeper' personality and biological disguise created by [[spoiler:the the Doctor's archenemy the Master, previously thought dead]].dead. His original personality and biology is contained, thanks to some AppliedPhlebotinum, in a pocket watch, and released when Yana is tempted into opening the watch.
** Before this we have the Doctor himself turned into a human teacher in 1913, through use of this pocket-watch-device. Of course the viewer knows who he really is, but the Doctor doesn't and once he finds out he's pretty shocked and doesn't want to go back.
** In "The Next Doctor" [[spoiler: the Doctor finds another person who claims to be the Doctor, who he takes to be a future version of himself. This other Doctor is investigating the place of a guy who died. It turns out the new "Doctor" is the guy that supposedly died - he'd had info about the Doctor overwritten over his mind.]]
** Turn Left's
[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E11TurnLeft "Turn Left"]]: The time-beetle on Donna's back counts, considering that, that while the audience knew about it, Donna didn't, and anyone who stared at her back, knowing something invisible was there, was instantly met with Donna telling them off for acting so strange, only for her to find out there ''was'' something (horrifying, too) there.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E14TheNextDoctor "The Next Doctor"]], the Doctor finds another person who claims to be the Doctor, who he takes to be a future version of himself. This other Doctor is investigating the place of a man who died. It turns out the new "Doctor" is the man who supposedly died -- he'd had info about the Doctor overwritten over his mind.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks "Victory of the Daleks"]]: Professor Edwin Bracewell believes he is an Allied scientist who created a new form of unmanned weapon. He is actually an android, powered by what is effectively a bomb, created by the Daleks as part of their cover.
-->'''Bracewell:''' But I created you!\\
'''Dalek:''' [[AC:No. It is ''we'' who created ''you!'']]
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens
"The Pandorica Opens" [[spoiler: Opens"]], we get Rory and the Roman Legion, who are actually Autons.]]
Autons.
*** At the end of the episode, [[spoiler:the the Doctor discovers that an alliance of all his historical opponents has joined forces to fight and imprison what they consider to be the most dangerous, monstrous and terrifying being to ever exist: him.]]
him.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E6TheAlmostPeople "The Almost People", People"]], we [[spoiler:have Amy]], have Amy, who is in fact [[spoiler:a Ganger, a Ganger avatar, with the real Amy in a medical-looking tube thing, and about to give birth]].
** [[spoiler:Doctor Edwin Bracewell]] in "Victory of the Daleks" believes he is an allied scientist who created a new form of unmanned weapon. He is actually [[spoiler:a bombed android created by the Daleks as part of their cover.]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Bracewell]]:''' But I created you!\\
'''Dalek:''' No. It is ''we'' who created ''you!''
birth.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum of the Daleks", [[spoiler:Oswin Daleks"]], Oswin Oswald helps the Doctor from her crashed escape pod. When he finally reaches her, it turns out the Daleks had captured and converted her into a Dalek long ago. Her human body and escape pod were a delusion she used to forget what had happened]].
happened.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E9JourneyToTheCentreOfTheTARDIS "Journey To The to the Centre Of The TARDIS", of the TARDIS"]], there is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] in Tricky, [[spoiler: who is told by his superiors that he's a robot but after an android. After he is proven to feel pain pain, the Doctor knows he is not only human human, but the superiors' youngest biological brother. The brothers told him he was a robot after suffering a traumatic injury to [[{{Gaslighting}} gaslight]] him and get away with abusing him.him.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E6Extremis "Extremis"]]: Over the course of the episode, the Doctor, Bill and Nardole discover they aren't the real deal, but in fact simulants in a computer simulation created by the villainous Prophets of Truth in preparation for invading Earth. The simulated Doctor manages to get a warning to the real Doctor before the Prophets can shut him down.
* ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'':
** In the episode "Omega" we find out [[spoiler:that Dr. Saunders is actually a former Doll, Whiskey.
]]
** Later, after seeing Senator Daniel Perrin investigating and campaigning into the Dollhouse, we find that Perrin's wife is [[spoiler:his handler, and he himself is a Doll. The whole purpose of his zealous investigation into Rossum Corporation's mind-wiping activities is so that he can discover evidence exonerating them at the end and place them above suspicion.]]
** PlayedForLaughs in a scene where a programmed Sierra (played by Creator/DichenLachman who is ethnic Tibetan on her mother's side) doesn't want to get her treatment from [[AsianAndNerdy Ivy]] because "I'm not comfortable with, uh, orientals."
* In ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive,'' a villain gives the HumongousMecha a virus, and it's spread to final episode of the base... and then to short-lived series ''Do No Harm'', [[spoiler: Jason, who has spent the Red Ranger, Mack, (aka [[FanNickname iMack]]) entire series trying to rid himself of his dubiously moral second persona, Ian- supposedly his long-dead twin brother- learns that, in fact, young Ian killed young Jason. HE is the double, invented by Ian. Worse, he learns this just as the doctor he thinks will be destroying Ian, but who turns out to be an android.
* In ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'': Justin notes
has actually double-crossed him, injects him/Ian with a chip that the other Rangers are acting odd, will eliminate him forever. Cue "Goodbye Jason" and finds out that they are really robots. At the end of the episode, it's series.]]
* The ''Series/FearItself'' episode "New Year's Day". A young woman wakes up during a ZombieApocalypse and tries to get to her friend's apartment. At episode's end, [[spoiler:it's
revealed that Justin himself was a robot, who was programmed so that he didn't know he was a robot, she committed suicide the previous night and that is now one of the real Ranger team built them to help Zordon on Eltar. Lot of good that did...
* The ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Sleeper" has a seemingly human woman with a seemingly happy life (complete with job and husband) find out that she's actually an alien who will be "triggered" to wage a campaign of terror on Earth.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', the world is populated by almost entirely by androids, and one human [[MadScientist scientist]] who attempts to create an android with the transplanted memories of Quinn. It turns out that [[spoiler:the scientist actually died, and his memories have been transplanted into an android version of himself, without him actually knowing that.
zombies.]]



* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': in "Spin the Bottle", everyone's memory is wiped back to age 17. Wesley, who at that age was head of his class at vampire-hunting school, reckons it's a test: they've been locked in this abandoned building with a vampire, whom they must identify and kill. Angel (who at that age was a living human), in a private moment, looks at a mirror ...
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** In "Road Kill", the MonsterOfTheWeek doesn't know she [[spoiler:actually is dead (and thus, a spirit haunting a stretch of highway)]] until the end of the episode.
** The MonsterOfTheWeek in "Heart" has no memory of her transformations into a werewolf, so she doesn't truly realize what she is until Sam traps her in her apartment and she awakens to see how she's torn the place up.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** This trope is played with in the episode "Out of Time", when Lister is apparently revealed to be a RidiculouslyHumanRobot. He is floored by the revelation, but gets no sympathy from Kryten, who points out that his emotions are only artificial. However, the moment the crew escapes the unreality pocket through which they were traveling at the time, he becomes human again. (In fact, as the other reality was false, he had never been anything but human.)
** Rimmer in various episodes. In "The Inquisitor", a copy of himself provides a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Reason I Suck Speech]]; in "Terrorform", it's through a speech delivered by [[spoiler:a living version of his self-loathing]]; and in "Rimmerworld" he is marooned on a planet with only [[spoiler:his clones]] for company.
* ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'':
** In the episode "Omega" we find out [[spoiler:that Dr. Saunders is actually a former Doll, Whiskey.]]
** Later, after seeing Senator Daniel Perrin investigating and campaigning into the Dollhouse, we find that Perrin's wife is [[spoiler:his handler, and he himself is a Doll. The whole purpose of his zealous investigation into Rossum Corporation's mind-wiping activities is so that he can discover evidence exonerating them at the end and place them above suspicion.]]
** PlayedForLaughs in a scene where a programmed Sierra (played by Creator/DichenLachman who is ethnic Tibetan on her mother's side) doesn't want to get her treatment from [[AsianAndNerdy Ivy]] because "I'm not comfortable with, uh, orientals."
* The ''Series/FearItself'' episode "New Year's Day". A young woman wakes up during a ZombieApocalypse and tries to get to her friend's apartment. At episode's end, [[spoiler:it's revealed she committed suicide the previous night and is now one of the zombies.]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** The Buffybot, in her premier in the episode "Intervention". Not only did she think that the real Buffy looked like ''her'', but [[spoiler:so did everyone else.]] Also parodied, in that the Buffybot is quite overtly a heavily {{Flanderized}} version of Buffy herself; [[spoiler:Buffy is, not entirely surprisingly or unreasonably, a bit pissed that her friends were completely unable to tell the difference. Especially since "s/he's a robot" as an immediate explanation for the MonsterOfTheWeek was almost a RunningGag for the season up to that point -- and ''everyone'' pegged April as a robot just a few episodes earlier.]]
** Dawn's among the last to learn that she's only six months old.
** A long sequence in "The Replacement" follows "real" Xander watching Xander doing various errands and "hypnotizing" people. This convinces the "real" Xander (and the viewers) that the other Xander is a robot or demon. Eventually, "real" Xander discovers that he is Xander's weaker points, and the other Xander is Xander's stronger points. The coin he's using to "hypnotize" is merely a nickel he found squashed by a train that he plays with in idle moments.

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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Weirdly inverted by Franchise/TheMuppets in "Spin the Bottle", everyone's memory is wiped back to age 17. Wesley, who at "Secrets of the Muppets" episode of ''Series/TheJimHensonHour''. You'd think the revelation that age was head of his class at vampire-hunting school, reckons it's a test: they've been locked in this abandoned building with a vampire, whom they must identify and kill. Angel (who at that age was a living human), in a private moment, looks at a mirror ...
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** In "Road Kill",
are only puppets would shock the MonsterOfTheWeek doesn't Muppets, but in fact they already know she [[spoiler:actually is dead (and thus, about it, and just find it intensely creepy (they avoid looking down and call anyone who uses "the P word" a spirit haunting a stretch of highway)]] until traitor). But at the end of the episode.
** The MonsterOfTheWeek in "Heart" has no memory of her transformations into a werewolf, so she doesn't truly
they look and realize what she is until Sam traps her in her apartment and she awakens to see how she's torn "There's nothing but floor down there!". Apparently they ''are'' real, which turns the place up.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** This trope is played with in
rest of the episode "Out of Time", when Lister is apparently revealed to be a RidiculouslyHumanRobot. He is floored by the revelation, but gets no sympathy from Kryten, who points out that his emotions are only artificial. However, the moment the crew escapes the unreality pocket through which they were traveling at the time, he becomes human again. (In fact, as the other reality was false, he had never been anything but human.)
** Rimmer in various episodes. In "The Inquisitor", a copy of himself provides a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Reason I Suck Speech]]; in "Terrorform", it's through a speech delivered by [[spoiler:a living version of his self-loathing]]; and in "Rimmerworld" he is marooned on a planet with only [[spoiler:his clones]] for company.
* ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'':
** In the episode "Omega" we find out [[spoiler:that Dr. Saunders is actually a former Doll, Whiskey.]]
** Later, after seeing Senator Daniel Perrin investigating and campaigning
into the Dollhouse, we find that Perrin's wife is [[spoiler:his handler, and he himself is a Doll. The whole purpose of his zealous investigation into Rossum Corporation's mind-wiping activities is so that he can discover evidence exonerating them at the end and place them above suspicion.]]
** PlayedForLaughs in a scene where a programmed Sierra (played by Creator/DichenLachman who is ethnic Tibetan on her mother's side) doesn't want to get her treatment from [[AsianAndNerdy Ivy]] because "I'm not comfortable with, uh, orientals."
* The ''Series/FearItself'' episode "New Year's Day". A young woman wakes up during a ZombieApocalypse and tries to get to her friend's apartment. At episode's end, [[spoiler:it's revealed she committed suicide the previous night and is now one of the zombies.]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** The Buffybot, in her premier in the episode "Intervention". Not only did she think that the real Buffy looked like ''her'', but [[spoiler:so did everyone else.]] Also parodied, in that the Buffybot is quite overtly a heavily {{Flanderized}} version of Buffy herself; [[spoiler:Buffy is, not entirely surprisingly or unreasonably,
a bit pissed that her friends were completely unable to tell the difference. Especially since "s/he's of a robot" as an immediate explanation for the MonsterOfTheWeek was almost a RunningGag for the season up to that point -- and ''everyone'' pegged April as a robot just a few episodes earlier.]]
** Dawn's among the last to learn that she's only six months old.
** A long sequence in "The Replacement" follows "real" Xander watching Xander doing various errands and "hypnotizing" people. This convinces the "real" Xander (and the viewers) that the other Xander is a robot or demon. Eventually, "real" Xander discovers that he is Xander's weaker points, and the other Xander is Xander's stronger points. The coin he's using to "hypnotize" is merely a nickel he found squashed by a train that he plays with in idle moments.
MindScrew.



* In the SuperSentai parody short [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD6gTrvuG0M "Rolling Bomber Special"]], Shingo Katori of {{SMAP}} fame plays the UnluckyEverydude who keeps getting attacked by the (fortunately very ineffective) Super Sentai "Freshmen", who think he's the destroyer of worlds they've been hunting all this while. It's not till he's 'activated' and [[BodyHorror robotic limbs start ripping out of his body]] that he realises ''they were right''.
* Played for laughs in ''Series/ChappellesShow'', which had a sketch featuring a rabid member of the KKK who's blind so he doesn't realize that he's black.
* ''Series/BeingHumanUS'', Sally Malick is first hunted by a ghost calling himself the Reaper, who claims that it is his duty to destroy ghosts who, like Sally, have stayed on earth too long or who have become destructive in some way. Then the Reaper starts trying to recruit Sally to become a Reaper, and then starts destroying innocent ghosts, increasingly seeming like a psychopathic serial killer. Yet, for some reason, everyone seems to be blaming Sally for the killings, even though she is desperately trying to stop the Reaper. Until the reveal that [[JekyllAndHyde she is]] [[ImaginaryFriend the Reaper]].



* One episode of ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' has Harry suffer a blow to the head, resulting in amnesia. The result is that he becomes alarmed that his family are aliens without realizing he is one as well. Crosses over into DramaticIrony.

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* One ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'':
** "Birthright": A senator gets into a car crash and gets caught up in an alien plot to [[HostileTerraforming poison the atmosphere so humans will die and aliens take over]]. It turns out he was one of the aliens, who got amnesia from the crash so that only his implanted human memories remained.
** Several other episodes where people find out they are really robots, clones, etc.
* In ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive,'' a villain gives the HumongousMecha a virus, and it's spread to the base... and then to the Red Ranger, Mack, (aka [[FanNickname iMack]]) who turns out to be an android.
* In ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'': Justin notes that the other Rangers are acting odd, and finds out that they are really robots. At the end of the episode, it's revealed that Justin himself was a robot, who was programmed so that he didn't know he was a robot, and that the real Ranger team built them to help Zordon on Eltar. Lot of good that did...
* ''Series/ThePrisoner'':
** Bizarrely enough, the MindScrew ending implies that this is the entire premise of the series.
** In the
episode of ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' has Harry suffer a blow "The Schizoid Man", Number Six seems to the head, resulting in amnesia. The result is have been mistaken for an agent trained to impersonate him. [[spoiler:Evidence mounts that he becomes alarmed that his family are aliens without realizing in fact he is one the impostor, and has forgotten his own identity. But in the end, the trope is subverted as well. Crosses over into DramaticIrony.he realizes that's what they want him to think.]]



'''Stephen:''' ''[sigh]'' I mean, I'm not going to get as upset as some actors do -- some actors say, "We do a bloody hard job of work, we're serious people, you know, it's a coal face, doing a play! How dare they call us luvvies!" I think that's a bit overdone. On the other hand, it's a bit tedious when the ''Daily Mail'' says "luvvie couple XYZ," or something....\\

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'''Stephen:''' ''[sigh]'' I mean, I'm not going to get as upset as some actors do -- some actors say, "We do a bloody hard job of work, we're serious people, you know, it's a coal face, doing a play! How dare they call us luvvies!" I think that's a bit overdone. On the other hand, it's a bit tedious when the ''Daily Mail'' says "luvvie couple XYZ," XYZ", or something....\\



* The ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' episode "Marta Complex" has Gob overhear a phone conversation Marta has with her mother where she says she no longer loves Gob and is in love with "Hermano". Gob asks Michael to find Hermano for him. At the end of the episode, Michael discovers that Hermano is [[spoiler:Spanish for "brother". Marta was telling her mother that she was in love with Michael, Gob's brother.]]
* Weirdly inverted by Franchise/TheMuppets in the "Secrets of the Muppets" episode of ''Series/TheJimHensonHour''. You'd think the revelation that they are only puppets would shock the Muppets, but in fact they already know about it, and just find it intensely creepy (they avoid looking down and call anyone who uses "the P word" a traitor). But at the end they look and and realize "There's nothing but floor down there!". Apparently they ''are'' real, which turns the rest of the episode into a bit of a MindScrew.
* In the final episode of the short-lived series, "Do No Harm" [[spoiler: Jason, who has spent the entire series trying to rid himself of his dubiously moral second persona, Ian- supposedly his long-dead twin brother- learns that, in fact, young Ian killed young Jason. HE is the double, invented by Ian. Worse, he learns this just as the doctor he thinks will be destroying Ian, but who has actually double-crossed him, injects him/Ian with a chip that will eliminate him forever. Cue "Goodbye Jason" and the end of the series.]]
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'':
** "Birthright": A senator gets into a car crash and gets caught up in an alien plot to [[HostileTerraforming poison the atmosphere so humans will die and aliens take over]]. It turns out he was one of the aliens, who got amnesia from the crash so that only his implanted human memories remained.
** Several other episodes where people find out they are really robots, clones, etc.
* ''Series/{{Salem}}'': Anne's a witch too.
* In the ''Series/BlackMirror'' episode "White Bear", the reason why Victoria is unable to remember who she is and what is going on around her is because [[spoiler:the White Bear employees are keeping her in an AmnesiaLoop, psychologically breaking her down through a TraumaCongaLine [[FateWorseThanDeath again and again]]. The reason why this is happening is because the little girl she saw in a photograph she thought was her daughter was actually her and her boyfriend's ''victim'', and she recorded the six year-old's torture and death at her boyfriend's hands]].

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* The ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' In one episode "Marta Complex" has Gob overhear of ''Series/QuantumLeap'', Sam finds himself in the body of someone in a phone conversation Marta has with her mother mansion where she says she no longer loves Gob everyone thinks there's a vampire on the loose. After clearing up the situation, he finally gets around to looking in a mirror... and is doesn't reflect. Literal Tomato "in the Mirror." This was hinted in love with "Hermano". Gob asks Michael to find Hermano for him. At the end of the previous episode, Michael discovers where we see the character Sam switched with actually had vampire fangs (played by Robert [=MacKenzie=], who bears a close resemblance to Creator/ChristopherLee).
* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** This trope is played with in the episode "Out of Time", when Lister is apparently revealed to be a RidiculouslyHumanRobot. He is floored by the revelation, but gets no sympathy from Kryten, who points out
that Hermano his emotions are only artificial. However, the moment the crew escapes the unreality pocket through which they were traveling at the time, he becomes human again. (In fact, as the other reality was false, he had never been anything but human.)
** Rimmer in various episodes. In "The Inquisitor", a copy of himself provides a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Reason I Suck Speech]]; in "Terrorform", it's through a speech delivered by [[spoiler:a living version of his self-loathing]]; and in "Rimmerworld" he
is [[spoiler:Spanish marooned on a planet with only [[spoiler:his clones]] for "brother". Marta was telling her mother company.
%%* ''Series/{{Salem}}'': Anne's a witch too.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', the world is populated almost entirely by androids, and one human [[MadScientist scientist]] who attempts to create an android with the transplanted memories of Quinn. It turns out
that she was in love with Michael, Gob's brother.[[spoiler:the scientist actually died, and his memories have been transplanted into an android version of himself, without him actually knowing that.]]
* Weirdly inverted ''Series/StargateSG1'' did it at least three times:
** "Tin Man" (season 1): The SG-1 team seems to have been transferred into robot bodies
by Franchise/TheMuppets in a lonely alien maintenance man. In the "Secrets of the Muppets" episode of ''Series/TheJimHensonHour''. You'd think the revelation end, they find out that they are only puppets would shock the Muppets, but in fact weren't transferred, they already know about it, and just were ''copied'', with the originals still alive.
** "Fragile Balance" (season 7): Jack O'Neill wakes up after an alien abduction to
find it intensely creepy (they avoid looking down and call anyone who uses "the P word" a traitor). But at the end they look and and realize "There's nothing but floor down there!". Apparently they ''are'' real, which turns the rest of the episode into a bit of a MindScrew.
* In the final episode of the short-lived series, "Do No Harm" [[spoiler: Jason, who has spent the entire series trying to rid
himself in a body 30 years younger... and slowly dying. After convincing his colleagues of his dubiously moral second persona, Ian- supposedly identity and tracking down his long-dead twin brother- learns that, in fact, young Ian killed young Jason. HE abductor, he finds that he is the double, invented by Ian. Worse, he learns this just as the doctor he thinks will be destroying Ian, but who has actually double-crossed him, injects him/Ian with a chip that will eliminate him forever. Cue "Goodbye Jason" and the end genetically damaged clone of the series.]]
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'':
** "Birthright": A senator gets into a car crash and gets caught up in an alien plot to [[HostileTerraforming poison
original O'Neill (still with the atmosphere so humans will die and aliens take over]]. It turns out he was one of the aliens, who got amnesia from the crash so that only his implanted human memories remained.
alien).
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' likes it even more:
** Several other episodes where people find out they are really robots, clones, etc.
* ''Series/{{Salem}}'': Anne's a witch too.
*
In the ''Series/BlackMirror'' episode "White Bear", the reason why Victoria is "Michael" (Season 2), Lieutenant Michael Kenmore awakens in Atlantis' infirmary, unable to remember who she he is. After being informed of who he is and what that he barely survived terrible injuries from a raid deep in enemy territory, he is going on around her let out and undergoes psychiatric therapy (including periodic drug injections) for the strange nightmares he keeps having. He eventually discovers secret observation videos of himself in the infirmary, and is horrified to discover that he is actually a Wraith that was transformed into a human using an experimental genetic drug and then brainwashed.
** In "This Mortal Coil" (Season 4), Sheppard, [=McKay=], Ronon, Teyla, and, later, Dr. Weir find that they are replicator-made copies of themselves, and that the version of Atlantis they are in is also a copy. They come to take it remarkably well, especially [=McKay=]. Mostly
because [[spoiler:the White Bear employees are keeping her in an AmnesiaLoop, psychologically breaking her down through a TraumaCongaLine [[FateWorseThanDeath again of [=McKay=]'s insight into the situation.
** In "The Kindred" (Season 4), Carson Beckett is found by the Team. The only problem: he's supposed to be dead. But he insists
and again]]. The reason why is sure, that he is the real Beckett. Turns out he is a clone.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'':
** Happened in the episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" with Nurse Chapel's lost boyfriend.[[note]]In
this is happening is because case, the little girl she saw boyfriend knew all along that he's an android body containing the human's memories. What he ''doesn't'' realize until the end is that he's not "the same person", as demonstrated by his amoral and insane actions over the course of the episode.[[/note]]
** And with Rayna in "Requiem For Methuselah"
** Also happens to Kirk in "The Paradise Syndrome".
--->Behold the god who bleeds!
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** Happens to a damaged, amnesiac Data in the episode "Thine Own Self" when Data takes up a life
in a photograph pre-industrial village. The reveal is obviously not a shock to the audience, but a big one to Data.
** The episode "Eye of the Beholder" plays with this trope in all sorts of ways. It turned out that telepath who had died during ''Enterprise's'' construction had left a sort of 'psychic residue' which had imposed the dead woman's memories on empathic crew members unfortunate enough to wander into its proximity (it had caused one such crewman to commit suicide). Troi at one point actually screams in horror when
she thought was doesn't recognize her daughter own reflection.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** "Whispers": We follow Miles O'Brien in flashback form as he seems to combat a station-wide conspiracy to sabotage peace talks amongst two alien factions; [[spoiler:turns out the O'Brien we're watching
was actually a "replicant", sent by one of the alien factions and programmed to assassinate the leaders of the other faction. But the replicant O'Brien was too perfect and [[BecomingTheMask ended up acting just as the real one would.]]]]
** In the episode "Second Skin," Kira is kidnapped by the Cardassian Obsidian Order [[spoiler: as part of an anti-dissident setup]] and told she is actually Iliana Ghemor, a spy, who was implanted with false memories so even she would believe
her cover story, sent to infiltrate the Bajoran resistance [[spoiler: subverted in that she is NOT Iliana Ghemor, but Iliana is a real person, who really did have false memories implanted so she could infiltrate the Bajoran resistance. It's all part of a trap to reveal that Iliana's father is part of the dissident movement as he decides to smuggle her off Cardassia when]] Kira's reaction is disbelief.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'':
** In "Course: Oblivion", the entire crew realized that they were in fact not the real Voyager crew. Several episodes earlier, a semi-sentient, planet-spanning, not-quite-lifeform on an inhospitable planet they visited to refill on deuterium had replicated the entire crew. Unbeknownst to the original crew, they eventually copied the entire ship, too, right down to the last bulkhead. They forgot they were copies
and made warp drive modifications that were harmful to themselves, so they raced back to Voyager hoping to get more genetic samples to save themselves. They failed to get back before disintegrating completely, [[ShootTheShaggyDog dissipating just before they could contact Voyager]].
** PlayedForLaughs when the holographic Doctor is singing a duet on the holodeck. The holographic diva starts complaining about his tempo. "It's like singing with a computer!"
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** In "Road Kill", the MonsterOfTheWeek doesn't know she [[spoiler:actually is dead (and thus, a spirit haunting a stretch of highway)]] until the end of the episode.
** The MonsterOfTheWeek in "Heart" has no memory of
her boyfriend's ''victim'', transformations into a werewolf, so she doesn't truly realize what she is until Sam traps her in her apartment and she recorded awakens to see how she's torn the six year-old's torture place up.
* In the ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' parody short [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD6gTrvuG0M "Rolling Bomber Special"]], Shingo Katori of {{SMAP}} fame plays the UnluckyEverydude who keeps getting attacked by the (fortunately very ineffective) Super Sentai "Freshmen", who think he's the destroyer of worlds they've been hunting all this while. It's not till he's 'activated'
and death [[BodyHorror robotic limbs start ripping out of his body]] that he realizes ''they were right''.
* The ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Sleeper" has a seemingly human woman with a seemingly happy life (complete with job and husband) find out that she's actually an alien who will be "triggered" to wage a campaign of terror on Earth.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'':
** "After Hours": Marcia White's shopping trip to a department store goes awry, as the people she talks to seem to transform into mannequins. In the end, we find out that [[spoiler: she ''is'' a mannequin, whose month posing as a human is up; the others were concerned because she was late getting back.]] Also used in the '80s remake.
** Also the episode "Four O'Clock": A self-righteous man goes around telling anyone who will listen that
at her boyfriend's hands]].precisely four o'clock he will, by sheer force of will, cause every evil person on the planet Earth to shrink to two feet tall. Four o'clock rolls around and the man finds ''himself'' shrunk to a height of two feet tall, much to his chagrin.
** "In His Image", after murdering a woman on the subway platform, Alan Talbot returns to his home town with his fiancée, but discovers that nothing is the way he remembers it. Then he discovers [[spoiler: that he is really a robot created 8 days prior, and all his memories were a fiction of his creator Walter Ryder, who wanted to build a more perfect version of himself.]]
** "Five Characters in Search of an Exit" is also an example. A clown, a hobo, a dancer, a bagpiper and a major wake in a prison with smooth walls and an open top. They speculate for a long time about where they could be and at one point the major calls the place "Hell" but at the end it is revealed that [[spoiler:they're all toys that are to be donated to the less fortunate children during the Christmas season. Their prison is a donation bin]].



--> ''I searched the old graveyard for an answer''
--> ''In the mossy headstones''
--> ''I found my name''
--> ''Ooh, I walk among the dead''

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--> ''I searched the old graveyard for an answer''
-->
answer''\\
''In the mossy headstones''
-->
headstones''\\
''I found my name''
-->
name''\\
''Ooh, I walk among the dead''
17th May '17 7:40:43 PM rodneyAnonymous
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[[caption-width-right:350:Wait a minute, Patrick... ''I'm'' the maniac!]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Wait [[caption-width-right:350:"Wait a minute, Patrick... ''I'm'' the maniac!]]
maniac!"]]
16th May '17 10:07:12 AM nombretomado
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* In the ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' fanfiction ''[[http://shachaai.dreamwidth.org/62117.html Afterburn]]'' by [[http://shachaai.dreamwidth.org/ shachaai]] it all looks like Fai was first abducted and then tortured, which resulted in his memory loss. Turns our he is actually [[CloningBlues a copy of the real Fai]] of that world whose heart has been poisoned by [[BigBad Ashura]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext to kill the thunderbirds]]. To do that he planned to kill him and give them his heart to eat, which is a practice with strong magic users in that world. Cue a lot of tears and ItsAllMyFault and Kurogane having to pound some sense into his head.

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* In the ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' fanfiction ''[[http://shachaai.dreamwidth.org/62117.html Afterburn]]'' by [[http://shachaai.dreamwidth.org/ shachaai]] it all looks like Fai was first abducted and then tortured, which resulted in his memory loss. Turns our he is actually [[CloningBlues a copy of the real Fai]] of that world whose heart has been poisoned by [[BigBad Ashura]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext to kill the thunderbirds]]. To do that he planned to kill him and give them his heart to eat, which is a practice with strong magic users in that world. Cue a lot of tears and ItsAllMyFault and Kurogane having to pound some sense into his head.
4th May '17 9:38:06 AM nngnna
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** And a BilingualBonus: his name "Al" is pronounced "Aru" in Japanese, which is identical to the verb 'aru', which means "to exist" ''as an inanimate object'' -- 'iru' is for living things that exist...

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** And a BilingualBonus: [[BilingualBonus bonus in the original language]]: his name "Al" is pronounced "Aru" in Japanese, which is identical to the verb 'aru', which means "to exist" ''as an inanimate object'' -- 'iru' is for living things that exist...
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