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18th Feb '18 11:52:52 AM nombretomado
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* Repeatedly averted in the ''RepairmanJack'' novels, in which Jack expends considerable thought and effort on establishing false identities, through which to obtain credit cards and other conveniences, while remaining off the grid of officialdom. When he ''does'' consider becoming a fully-documented citizen, because Gia wants him to legally marry her [[spoiler: before their baby comes]], the logistics of setting up a sufficiently solid identity for himself are so complex, Jack suspects it'll use up nearly all the gold he's been hoarding from his hired-vigilante work - and as the series begins, he's received UndisclosedFunds for fighting ''terrorists'' for the British government, and gets paid that ''again'' for the job that jump-starts the plot.

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* Repeatedly averted in the ''RepairmanJack'' ''Literature/RepairmanJack'' novels, in which Jack expends considerable thought and effort on establishing false identities, through which to obtain credit cards and other conveniences, while remaining off the grid of officialdom. When he ''does'' consider becoming a fully-documented citizen, because Gia wants him to legally marry her [[spoiler: before their baby comes]], the logistics of setting up a sufficiently solid identity for himself are so complex, Jack suspects it'll use up nearly all the gold he's been hoarding from his hired-vigilante work - and as the series begins, he's received UndisclosedFunds for fighting ''terrorists'' for the British government, and gets paid that ''again'' for the job that jump-starts the plot.
16th Feb '18 10:36:52 AM ultimomant
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', Sunset Shimmer and Twilight Sparkle were ponies sent to the human world in human forms. They were both able to join a high school without any documentation.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'', the Sirens were also able to join the school. They presumably used their MindControlMusic to make authority figures look the other way.
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* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' has a crash-landed Andalite posing as a college math teacher. His lack of contact with others (like getting out of sight to morph/demorph every two hours) is handwaved as being a loner.

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crash-landed Andalite posing poses as a college math teacher. His lack of contact with others (like getting out of sight to morph/demorph every two hours) is handwaved as being a loner.



* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', Sunset Shimmer and Twilight Sparkle were ponies sent to the human world in human forms. They were both able to join a high school without any documentation.



* In ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', Star Butterfly is a princess from another dimension. Star's parents enroll her into Echo Creek Academy and arrange for her to live with the Diaz family by giving her principal (and presumably anyone else with authority to ask) treasure and jewels to look the other way.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', Star Butterfly is a princess from another dimension. Star's parents enroll her into Echo Creek Academy and arrange for her to live with the Diaz family by giving her principal (and presumably anyone else with authority to ask) treasure gold and jewels to look the other way.
4th Feb '18 1:43:16 PM MikeW
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* On ''Series/TheMagicians'', Alice's parents have been using magic to keep control of their huge and lavishly expensive mansion. When magic is taken away, the IRS hits them with a bill for 30 years of unpaid taxes.
24th Jan '18 9:37:35 AM Nintendoman01
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*** In the Season 10 comics, Spike states that it would be a challenge for him to get a job, pointing out that he has no social security number, can't work daytime shifts, and has a hundred years ago in his resume; he explains that most vampires support themselves by [[RobbingTheDead robbing their kills]]. Xander suggests he get a job as a consultant for the S.F.P.D.'s supernatural crimes unit, which Spike confesses isn't a bad idea.

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*** In the Season 10 comics, Spike states that it would be a challenge for him to get a job, pointing out that he has no social security number, can't work daytime shifts, and has a hundred years ago year gape in his resume; he explains that most vampires support themselves by [[RobbingTheDead robbing their kills]]. Xander suggests he get a job as a consultant for the S.F.P.D.'s supernatural crimes unit, which Spike confesses isn't a bad idea.
23rd Jan '18 10:15:47 PM Nintendoman01
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*** In the Season 10 comics, Spike states that it would be a challenge for him to get a job, pointing out that he has no social security number, can't work daytime shifts, and has a hundred years ago in his resume; he explains that most vampires support themselves by [[RobbingTheDead robbing their kills]]. Xander suggests he get a job as a consultant for the S.F.P.D.'s supernatural crimes unit, which Spike confesses isn't a bad idea.
14th Jan '18 9:25:24 PM KZN02
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*** Teddy, who is a being from beyond the TV, also manages to slip into society quite easily (well, at least [[spoiler:he ''looks'' very human underneath that bear layer]]), despite lacking any ID, and any attempts at scanning his body with X-rays or similar medical equipment automatically fails.

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*** Teddy, Teddie, who is a being from beyond the TV, also manages to slip into society quite easily (well, at least [[spoiler:he ''looks'' very human underneath that bear layer]]), despite lacking any ID, and any attempts at scanning his body with X-rays or similar medical equipment automatically fails.fails. The only time this is an issue is in ''[[UpdatedRerelease Golden]]'' where he uses [[RollerbladeGood roller blades]] instead of a motor bike most of the other Investigation Team acquires after getting licenses.
26th Nov '17 7:26:07 PM ProfessorDetective
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Historically this can be a justified trope. Prior to the twentieth century records tended to be sparse, difficult to retrieve, and even more difficult to verify. Without some overriding need justifying such efforts or a dissenting witness, identities and origins had to be taken at face value. If a character has been around for this time passing themself off as a descendant and then 'dying' and inheriting it several times see MyGrandsonMyself. (Note this has its own logistical issues.)

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Historically this can be a justified trope. Prior to the twentieth century twentieth-century, records tended to be sparse, difficult to retrieve, and even more difficult to verify. Without some overriding need justifying such efforts or a dissenting witness, identities and origins had to be taken at face value. If a character has been around for this time passing themself off as a descendant and then 'dying' and inheriting it several times see MyGrandsonMyself. (Note this has its own logistical issues.)



* Explored in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' through Yuki and Ryoko. The two girls can manipulate information, and did so to construct identities for themselves in order to blend in to human society. However, when Haruhi is investigating [[spoiler:Ryoko's disappearance, she is justifiably suspicious of the sparse paper trail Ryoko left behind, such as not giving a new address, parents paying cash up front for an apartment, parents untraceable, and so on.]] Why ''[[AliensInCardiff Canada]]''?

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* Explored in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' through Yuki and Ryoko. The two girls can manipulate information, information and did so to construct identities for themselves in order to blend in to into human society. However, when Haruhi is investigating [[spoiler:Ryoko's disappearance, she is justifiably suspicious of the sparse paper trail Ryoko left behind, such as not giving a new address, parents paying cash up front for an apartment, parents untraceable, and so on.]] Why ''[[AliensInCardiff Canada]]''?



** In ''Anime/SailorMoon R'', [[KidFromTheFuture Chibi-Usa]] pulls off joining Usagi's family through brainwashing. In the next season, the paper trail is somehow faked well enough that she can enroll into school.

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** In ''Anime/SailorMoon R'', [[KidFromTheFuture Chibi-Usa]] pulls off joining Usagi's family through brainwashing. In the next season, the paper trail is somehow faked well enough that she can enroll into in school.



** OL finally averts with when he's given Theymyscrian citzenship and diplomatic passport.

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** OL finally averts with when he's given Theymyscrian citzenship citizenship and a diplomatic passport.



* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Wizards and muggles generally live in two separate societies, but in the times when the two worlds must interact this trope can come into play. Wizard children born to magical parents are presumably never registered to receive birth certificates given wizards' general ignorance of muggle custom, yet Ron receives a driver's license in Deathly Hallows. Muggle-borns could cause problems as well, given that at the age of eleven they suddenly disappear from the muggle society for ten months out of the year. The Ministry of Magic maintains a staff of "Obliviators", wizards and witches who specialize in memory charms. Usually their job is to cover up public displays of magic or appearances by magical beings. However, it is quite reasonable to imagine that they also perform the necessary manipulations of muggle authorities to manage children who seemingly drop out of sight. At one point the Ministry even arranges to have the ''president'' of a foreign country "forget" to call the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and reschedules for them to do so the following day, thus showing the extent of their reach. It's also possible that getting these kinds of things taken care of is part of the reason the two governments work together at all.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Wizards and muggles generally live in two separate societies, but in the times when the two worlds must interact this trope can come into play. Wizard children born to magical parents are presumably never registered to receive birth certificates given wizards' general ignorance of muggle custom, yet Ron receives a driver's license in Deathly Hallows. Muggle-borns could cause problems as well, given that at the age of eleven they suddenly disappear from the muggle society for ten months out of the year. The Ministry of Magic maintains a staff of "Obliviators", wizards and witches who specialize in memory charms. Usually Usually, their job is to cover up public displays of magic or appearances by magical beings. However, it is quite reasonable to imagine that they also perform the necessary manipulations of muggle authorities to manage children who seemingly drop out of sight. At one point the Ministry even arranges to have the ''president'' of a foreign country "forget" to call the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and reschedules for them to do so the following day, thus showing the extent of their reach. It's also possible that getting these kinds of things taken care of is part of the reason the two governments work together at all.



* Averted in ''Literature/TheSistersGrimm''. The ever afters (all characters from fairy tales) are immortal (age only if they want to, can be killed but need a bit more than a normal human). Even though non-humans (e.g. the Three Little Pigs) can appear human, most are unemployed and hide in Ferryport or [[spoiler:an underground village in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity Central Park]] because they do not have official papers. [[LaserGuidedAmnesia For those slip ups there is always memory dust.]]

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* Averted in ''Literature/TheSistersGrimm''. The ever afters ever-alfers (all characters from fairy tales) are immortal (age only if they want to, can be killed but need a bit more than a normal human). Even though non-humans (e.g. the Three Little Pigs) can appear human, most are unemployed and hide in Ferryport or [[spoiler:an underground village in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity Central Park]] because they do not have official papers. [[LaserGuidedAmnesia For those slip ups there is always memory dust.]]



** ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' also takes into account that characters will likely look [[YearInsideHourOutside a little different]] due to their time in Faerie, if they're not presumed dead. There's a Merit called New Identity that runs from 1 dot (a forged driver's license that ''might'' pass inspection when you're pulled over) to 4 dots (a well-constructed identity that would take some deep probing by a federal agency to dismantle).

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** ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' also takes into account that characters will likely look [[YearInsideHourOutside a little different]] due to their time in Faerie, Faerie if they're not presumed dead. There's a Merit called New Identity that runs from 1 dot (a forged driver's license that ''might'' pass inspection when you're pulled over) to 4 dots (a well-constructed identity that would take some deep probing by a federal agency to dismantle).



** He should take a page from [[TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} Strahd]], of Ravenloft fame. Strahd has for almost a dozen generations taken a wife, had a son named Strahd who looks just like him, and passed from the world just in time for his adult son to take over his realm. You may wonder why no one catches on, but the peasants do know of the 'Devil Strahd' and perhaps [[WorldHalfEmpty the setting]] [[CrapsackWorld helps him out]] [[FisherKing for its own]] [[GeniusLoci reasons]].
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' campaign ''The Fungi from Yuggoth'', adventure "Castle Dark". Baron Hauptmann transfers his mind into a new body every few decades and assumes the victim's identity, then kills his old body (with the victim's mind in it) and produces a will that transfers his property to his "heir". He gets away with it for two reasons: as a Baron he's the highest authority in the local area, and the local peasants are too scared of him to protest.
* In the ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' module Ryoko Owari there is [[spoiler:a foreign mage hidden in the city who 'rebirths' himself every so often. After the first few generations he realized he was becoming inbred and modified the spell with the 'donated' sexual organs of a female. He also raised a fanatic slave to run his business and take care of his young body when he's reborn.]]

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** He should take a page from [[TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} Strahd]], of Ravenloft fame. Strahd has for almost a dozen generations taken a wife, had a son named Strahd who looks just like him, him and passed from the world just in time for his adult son to take over his realm. You may wonder why no one catches on, but the peasants do know of the 'Devil Strahd' and perhaps [[WorldHalfEmpty the setting]] [[CrapsackWorld helps him out]] [[FisherKing for its own]] [[GeniusLoci reasons]].
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' campaign ''The Fungi from Yuggoth'', adventure "Castle Dark". Baron Hauptmann transfers his mind into a new body every few decades and assumes the victim's identity, then kills his old body (with the victim's mind in it) and produces a will that transfers his property to his "heir". He gets away with it for two reasons: as a Baron Baron, he's the highest authority in the local area, and the local peasants are too scared of him to protest.
* In the ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' module Ryoko Owari there is [[spoiler:a foreign mage hidden in the city who 'rebirths' himself every so often. After the first few generations generations, he realized he was becoming inbred and modified the spell with the 'donated' sexual organs of a female. He also raised a fanatic slave to run his business and take care of his young body when he's reborn.]]



* ''Theatre/YouCantTakeItWithYou'' presents Martin Vanderhoff (or Grampa, as he's usually referred to in the play). Throughout the play he is hounded by an IRS agent for not having paid his income taxes (Martin doesn't believe in it). This plot is resolved when the agent discovers that Martin Vanderhoff has been legally dead for years and therefore cannot owe taxes. [[spoiler: Martin Vanderhoff and his family had a man living with them for years whom they never learned the name of (it was impolite to ask after a while), and when he died, they decided to give him Martin's name for the death certificate (since it was such a nice name and all). Thus, according to the government's records, Martin Vanderhoff was dead and therefore exempt from owing taxes.]]

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* ''Theatre/YouCantTakeItWithYou'' presents Martin Vanderhoff (or Grampa, as he's usually referred to in the play). Throughout the play play, he is hounded by an IRS agent for not having paid his income taxes (Martin doesn't believe in it). This plot is resolved when the agent discovers that Martin Vanderhoff has been legally dead for years and therefore cannot owe taxes. [[spoiler: Martin Vanderhoff and his family had a man living with them for years whom they never learned the name of (it was impolite to ask after a while), and when he died, they decided to give him Martin's name for the death certificate (since it was such a nice name and all). Thus, according to the government's records, Martin Vanderhoff was dead and therefore exempt from owing taxes.]]



*** Marie in ''[[UpdatedRerelease Golden]]'' somehow is even worse than Teddie in logistic department; with her previously living in a place between conscious and unconscious, even less social skill than the previous attendants of the Velvet Room, without identity and memory, [[spoiler:said memory turns out to be a part of AnthropomorphicPersonification of mankind's desire shaped like a Japanese Goddess tasked to be the garbage bin for the fog her fellow aspects expelled after they were defeated, and disappeared after you kick said Japanese Goddess' ass in final boss fight]]. Cue a year later, and she becomes a weather forecaster on TV, a quite famous one at that. [[spoiler: Probably justified as after the final battle, said Goddess and her aspects fused with Marie, and she gained their powers. When you can do things such as ''change the weather on a cheerful whim'', you likely don't need to worry about little things such as establishing a paper identity.]]

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*** Marie in ''[[UpdatedRerelease Golden]]'' somehow is even worse than Teddie in logistic department; with her previously living in a place between conscious and unconscious, even less social skill than the previous attendants of the Velvet Room, without identity and memory, [[spoiler:said memory turns out to be a part of AnthropomorphicPersonification of mankind's desire shaped like a Japanese Goddess tasked to be the garbage bin for the fog her fellow aspects expelled after they were defeated, and disappeared after you kick said Japanese Goddess' ass in final boss fight]]. Cue a year later, and she becomes a weather forecaster on TV, a quite famous one at that. [[spoiler: Probably justified as after the final battle, said Goddess and her aspects fused with Marie, and she gained their powers. When you can do things such as ''change the weather on a cheerful whim'', you likely don't need to worry about little things such as establishing a paper identity.]]



** Averted in that [[spoiler: high level wizards in the Mages Guild are aware of his status. Instead of owing money, he trades favors to the Mages Guild in exchange for them concealing his secret. Eventually the Player Character is let in on the secret by Hassildor himself.]]

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** Averted in that [[spoiler: high level high-level wizards in the Mages Guild are aware of his status. Instead of owing money, he trades favors to the Mages Guild in exchange for them concealing his secret. Eventually Eventually, the Player Character is let in on the secret by Hassildor himself.]]



* In ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' Ash and Em's new identities are justified by the RetGone, but how Rumi and Cassiel get enrolled in the local high school is a bit of a mystery, and how Rumi's brother Vash gets employment in the local med centre as secretary is similarly unexplained. Possibly justified in Cassiel and Vash's case as they are both still in heaven's good graces but Rumi is on [[FallenAngel semi-permanent suspension]].

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' Ash and Em's new identities are justified by the RetGone, but how Rumi and Cassiel get enrolled in the local high school is a bit of a mystery, and how Rumi's brother Vash gets employment in the local med centre center as secretary is similarly unexplained. Possibly justified in Cassiel and Vash's case as they are both still in heaven's good graces but Rumi is on [[FallenAngel semi-permanent suspension]].



* ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'': Apparently the Knipl Award committee does no background checks at all on their grant recipients, because in the ''same year'' their three winners were a mutant shapeshifter, a battle android, and a weregerbil.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'': Apparently the Knipl Award committee does no background checks at all on their grant recipients, because in the ''same year'' their three winners were a mutant shapeshifter, a battle android, and a weregerbil.were-gerbil.



* In ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'', Bud and Brandi are able to acquire modern birth certificates and social security numbers despite being immortal clay golems who predate most known civilizations. However, it is made believable in that it was done by Jin, who has been playing political manipulator in multiple countries for over a thousand years, and probably has more than enough contacts to make someone exist (or cease to exist).

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* In ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'', Bud and Brandi are able to acquire modern birth certificates and social security numbers despite being immortal clay golems who predate most known civilizations. However, it is made believable in that it was done by Jin, who has been playing political manipulator in multiple countries for over a thousand years, years and probably has more than enough contacts to make someone exist (or cease to exist).



* In the last episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Terra is seen going to high school , despite the fact that she is [[spoiler:supposed to be dead, a criminal, and (as of her origin story in the tie-in comic), an illegal immigrant]].

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* In the last episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Terra is seen going to high school , school, despite the fact that she is [[spoiler:supposed to be dead, a criminal, and (as of her origin story in the tie-in comic), an illegal immigrant]].
22nd Nov '17 1:18:08 AM konekootome
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* Averted in ''FanFic/{{crawlersout}}'', despite being a time traveler in the 1930s Harry still has to make sure she pays her taxes to not draw government attention to herself.
24th Oct '17 7:58:55 PM ImpudentInfidel
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*** This is part of why the Ventrue are in charge of the Camiarilla; they have all the business and government influence necessary to handle this kind of problem.
4th Oct '17 11:32:59 AM thatother1dude
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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. Sari Sumdac quickly loses any say in how her father's company is run because there's no proof she legally exists. [[spoiler:Since she was born from a Cybertronian protoform and Issac's DNA, he had no way to claim her as his actual daughter, instead just raising her himself.]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', Sunset Shimmer and Twilight Sparkle were ponies sent to the human world in human forms. They were both able to join a high school without any documentation. This led many fans to 'conclude' Sunset pulled a KillAndReplace on her original human counterpart.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', Sunset Shimmer and Twilight Sparkle were ponies sent to the human world in human forms. They were both able to join a high school without any documentation. This led many fans to 'conclude' Sunset pulled a KillAndReplace on her original human counterpart.



* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', Pearl at one point mentions how she doesn't have a driver's license since she's an alien who's been on Earth for over 5,000 years. A throwaway line also makes explicit that [[InterspeciesRomance Greg and Rose]] never technically married, making Steven a HeroicBastard.
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