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22nd Oct '17 7:41:42 AM Discar
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-->-- '''[[spoiler: Stan Pines]]''', ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''

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-->-- '''[[spoiler: Stan Pines]]''', ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''
9th Oct '17 9:54:52 AM Malady
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* In the ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fic ''SevenLittleKillers'', [[spoiler: America and Canada switch places repeatedly in the story.]] For example, in the hostage scene, [[spoiler: "America" kills Vietnam and Finland, while "Canada" protests.]] Their intention? Both of them are framing the other for the murders... but they're ''[[MindScrew working together]]'' to do it.

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* In the ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fic ''SevenLittleKillers'', ''Fanfic/SevenLittleKillers'', [[spoiler: America and Canada switch places repeatedly in the story.]] For example, in the hostage scene, [[spoiler: "America" kills Vietnam and Finland, while "Canada" protests.]] Their intention? Both of them are framing the other for the murders... but they're ''[[MindScrew working together]]'' to do it.
7th Oct '17 6:03:13 AM AnthonyMercer
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** Happened quite often on [[WesternAnimation/Rugrats the original show]], where the only way anyone could tell the two apart was [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics Lil's hairbow]].

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** Happened quite often on [[WesternAnimation/Rugrats [[WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}} the original show]], where the only way anyone could tell the two apart was [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics Lil's hairbow]].
7th Oct '17 6:02:57 AM AnthonyMercer
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** Happened quite often on ''[WesternAnimation/Rugrats the original show]'', where the only way anyone could tell the two apart was [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics Lil's hairbow]].

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** Happened quite often on ''[WesternAnimation/Rugrats [[WesternAnimation/Rugrats the original show]'', show]], where the only way anyone could tell the two apart was [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics Lil's hairbow]].
7th Oct '17 6:02:38 AM AnthonyMercer
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** Happened quite often on the original show, where the only way anyone could tell the two apart was [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics Lil's hairbow]].

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** Happened quite often on ''[WesternAnimation/Rugrats the original show, show]'', where the only way anyone could tell the two apart was [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics Lil's hairbow]].
1st Oct '17 3:36:27 PM hujwernoo
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-->-- '''Stan Pines''', ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''

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-->-- '''Stan Pines''', '''[[spoiler: Stan Pines]]''', ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''
21st Sep '17 3:46:56 PM margdean56
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* [[MeaningfulName Castor and Pollux]] from Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TheRollingStones'' took each other's places in one semester of high school. Instead of each being burdened with two time-consuming classes, they split it up to each take one class twice. TheAesop occurred in deep space, when the twin who'd taken history instead of advanced math had to spend all his leisure time playing catch-up in that essential spaceman's discipline.

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* [[MeaningfulName Castor and Pollux]] from Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TheRollingStones'' took each other's places in one semester of high school. Instead of each being burdened with two time-consuming classes, they split it up to each take one class twice. TheAesop AnAesop occurred in deep space, when the twin who'd taken history instead of advanced math had to spend all his leisure time playing catch-up in that essential spaceman's discipline.



* The Twin Switch plot was used in one of the Literature/HerculePoirot novels, more exactly [[spoiler: ''Elephants can remember'': the mentally broken Dorothea/Dolly fatally wounds her twin sister Margaret/Molly, and in her last words Molly convinces her husband to keep the secret of her death and make Dolly ([[SiblingTriangle who loved him]]) pass as her. He does, but some time later, he goes the MurderSuicide way on Dolly and himself.]]

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* The Twin Switch plot was used in one of the Literature/HerculePoirot novels, more exactly [[spoiler: ''Elephants can remember'': Can Remember'': the mentally broken Dorothea/Dolly fatally wounds her twin sister Margaret/Molly, and in her last words Molly convinces her husband to keep the secret of her death and make Dolly ([[SiblingTriangle who loved him]]) pass as her. He does, but some time later, he goes the MurderSuicide way on Dolly and himself.]]



* In the fifth book of the ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' series, Anne's House of Dreams, the titular Anne meets a woman named Leslie, whose past is a tragic one. To make it worse, her once cruel husband, Dick, is now a helpless, brain-damaged man after coming home from a sea voyage, forcing her to have to take care of him for 11 years. You learn later in the book that he has a cousin named George that he looks exactly the same as, however, because their parents had been two sets of twins who married one another...

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* In the fifth book of the ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' series, Anne's House of Dreams, the titular Anne meets a woman named Leslie, whose past is a tragic one. To make it worse, her once cruel husband, Dick, is now a helpless, brain-damaged man after coming home from a sea voyage, forcing her to have to take care of him for 11 years. You learn later in the book that he has a cousin named George that he looks exactly the same as, however, because their parents had been two sets of twins who married one another...



* Central to the resolution of one of the ''TheCatWho...'' mysteries by Lilian Jackson Braun. A couple has adult twin sons, David and Harley. One night, Harley and his wife Belle are murdered when someone breaks into their home. It's eventually revealed that it was actually ''David'' and Belle who were murdered; Harley and David's wife Jill, who were having an affair, had planned the whole thing so they could be together without anyone realizing. The twins' parents figured it out and were utterly destroyed - the mother had a stroke over it.
* In ''Literature/TheRomanMysteries'', Gauis poses as his twin brother Marcus (who has been shipwrecked), in order to convince the bankers who want to foreclose on Marcus's home that Marcus is in good health and should get more time to pay off his loan.
* In [[Literature/TheWolvesOfWilloughbyChase Dido And Pa]] by Joan Aiken, aristocratic siblings [[spoiler:Simon]] and [[spoiler:Sophie]] swap places so the latter can politely attend a meeting with an advisor while the former hunts wolves. It's never made quite clear whether the two are twins, and even if they were they [[HalfIdenticalTwins couldn't be identical]]. The ruse only works in any case so long as the person they're fooling isn't really paying attention, and [[spoiler:Sophie]] gets into hot water when her disguise is rumbled.

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* Central to the resolution of one of the ''TheCatWho...'' mysteries by Lilian Jackson Braun. A couple has adult twin sons, David and Harley. One night, Harley and his wife Belle are murdered when someone breaks into their home. It's eventually revealed that it was actually ''David'' and Belle who were murdered; Harley and David's wife Jill, who were having an affair, had planned the whole thing so they could be together without anyone realizing. The twins' parents figured it out and were utterly destroyed - -- the mother had a stroke over it.
* In ''Literature/TheRomanMysteries'', Gauis Gaius poses as his twin brother Marcus (who has been shipwrecked), in order to convince the bankers who want to foreclose on Marcus's home that Marcus is in good health and should get more time to pay off his loan.
* In [[Literature/TheWolvesOfWilloughbyChase ''[[Literature/TheWolvesOfWilloughbyChase Dido And Pa]] Pa]]'' by Joan Aiken, aristocratic siblings [[spoiler:Simon]] and [[spoiler:Sophie]] swap places so the latter can politely attend a meeting with an advisor while the former hunts wolves. It's never made quite clear whether the two are twins, and even if they were they [[HalfIdenticalTwins couldn't be identical]]. The ruse only works in any case so long as the person they're fooling isn't really paying attention, and [[spoiler:Sophie]] gets into hot water when her disguise is rumbled.



* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'' to get Charles Darnay out of prison. Sydney Carton (not actually his twin but a look alike) forces Charles' accusors to admit they can't identify him since he looks identical to Sydney.

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* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'' to get Charles Darnay out of prison. Sydney Carton (not actually his twin but a look alike) look-alike) forces Charles' accusors to admit they can't identify him since he looks identical to Sydney.



* In ''Literature/FalseColours'' by Creator/GeorgetteHeyer, protagonist Kit Fancot is persuaded by his mother to take the place of his missing twin, Lord Denville, at a very important social engagement. HilarityEnsues.

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* In ''Literature/FalseColours'' ''False Colours'' by Creator/GeorgetteHeyer, protagonist Kit Fancot is persuaded by his mother to take the place of his missing twin, Lord Denville, at a very important social engagement. HilarityEnsues.



* ''Literature/PrettyLittleLiars'' had a very plot important twin switch. Local Alpha Bitch Alison disapears and when a body is later found everyone assumes that it's her. Later books reveal that Alison had/has a twin named Courtney who was insitutionalized. The end of the second arc reveals that the Alison the liars knew was actually Courtney(whom Ali claims was violent and malicious),who pulled off a twin switch by herself and ended up getting Ali sent back to the mental hospital in her place(It should be noted that Ali is strongly implied to have purposely set her sister up to look crazy in the first place). Ali attempted to switch back by killing Courtney(it failed)so Courtney is buried under her sister's name.

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* ''Literature/PrettyLittleLiars'' had a very plot important twin switch. Local Alpha Bitch Alison disapears disappears and when a body is later found everyone assumes that it's her. Later books reveal that Alison had/has a twin named Courtney who was insitutionalized. institutionalized. The end of the second arc reveals that the Alison the liars knew was actually Courtney(whom Courtney (whom Ali claims was violent and malicious),who malicious), who pulled off a twin switch by herself and ended up getting Ali sent back to the mental hospital in her place(It place (it should be noted that Ali is strongly implied to have purposely set her sister up to look crazy in the first place). Ali attempted to switch back by killing Courtney(it Courtney (it failed)so Courtney is buried under her sister's name.
21st Sep '17 3:36:25 PM margdean56
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* ''ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK'' where he discovers he an IdenticalStranger. He uses this to his advantage: have the double talk to Sergeant Slipper whilst he is catapulting everyone with tomatoes (thus getting him out of trouble because Slipper claims "Dennis" was talking to him), making others around Beanotown think they've gone potty, and at the end the double ends up doing Dennis's washing up after he sneaks out after tea (he had told his double to wait outside whilst he went to check the coast was clear).

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* ''ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK'' where he discovers he has an IdenticalStranger. He uses this to his advantage: have the double talk to Sergeant Slipper whilst he is catapulting everyone with tomatoes (thus getting him out of trouble because Slipper claims "Dennis" was talking to him), making others around Beanotown think they've gone potty, and at the end the double ends up doing Dennis's washing up after he sneaks out after tea (he had told his double to wait outside whilst he went to check the coast was clear).
18th Sep '17 5:42:41 PM Titus88
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* Wrestling/{{WCW}} played this straight in at least one singles match between Mike Enos and Wrestling/ChavoGuerreroJr. Enos's tag partner, Dick Slater, switched with Enos despite having different hair and a significant size and age difference between the two. The referee did not notice.
2nd Sep '17 6:50:53 AM Siempie
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