The Fake Guy Actually Exists
A nonexistant person made up by a character is revealed to actually exist
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A Comedy Trope where a character decides to tell a lie about a person who doesn't exist. This could be for a variety of reasons, such as deflecting blame from themselves or getting out of something, but then, to the character's surprise, the person he or she just made up turns out to actually exist.


Examples

Film
  • A Very Brady Sequel. In one of her many attempts to outshine Marcia, Jan invents her perfect boyfriend, naming him George Glass... which Marcia doesn't fall for. Fast-forward to the Brady family in Hawaii, searching for Carol, where Jan bumps into, who else, a boy named George Glass.
  • In the movie Johnny English, Johnny uses Line-of-Sight Name to make up a completely absurd description of an alleged thief. In The Stinger, a person fitting that description exactly appears.
  • In Monty Python's Life of Brian, a centurian dismisses the idea that Brain's father is a Roman named Naughtius Maximus, thinking it's a joke name like Sillius Soddus or Biggus Dickus. Pilate interrupts, pointing out that one of his best friends from Rome is called Biggus Dickus, and he has a wife called Incontinentia Buttocks.

Live-Action Television
  • In an episode of The IT Crowd, Roy gets caught in a disabled bathroom at a theater and pretends to be disabled so he won't get in trouble. He tells the theater staff and police that his wheelchair was stolen by a bearded, red-haired man with glasses. Later, the police see a man matching that description leaving the theater and quietly take him away.
  • The finale of Seinfeld saw a judge named "Arthur Vandalay" appear. For much of the series, that was a name George used to create either an imaginary company or a ficticious reference. He assumed that such a name as "a good sign".

Western Animation
  • In a Dudley Do-Right cartoon, Snidely Whiplash passed off a crate of dynamite and TNT as a birthday cake for "Tippecanoe N. Tyler". Sure enough, a "pathetic little man" shows up and says "I understand you're throwing a party for me".
  • For many years on King of the Hill, Dale Gribble often relied on an alias named "Rusty Shackleford" to avoid lawsuits, which, according to him, could be used since he said the child was very sickly and died. However, the real Rusty not only lived, but actually appeared and wanted Dale to sign an affadavit since Dale's rampant use of his name messed up his life.
  • In SpongeBob SquarePants, Mr. Krabs makes up the name "Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen" and tells Spongebob that a valuable hat in Spongebob's posession used to belong to Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen, who was Number 1 at everything, as a way of making Spongebob get rid of the hat. It is later revealed to the surprise of Krabs that Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen actually was a real person who actually was number one at everything.
  • The Simpsons
    • In one episode Bart prank calls Moe's tavern and asks to speak to 'Hugh Jass'. One of the patrons has that name, answers the phone and spoils the prank.
    • In a Treehouse of Horror Fairy Tale Episode, Bart and Lisa (after a run-in with a troll and the Three Bears) come across the witch from Hansel and Gretel, who proceeds to fatten up Bart and make Lisa do housework. The kids accuse her for not having any friends, but the witch claims to have a boyfriend named George Cauldron (the Cauldron part being an obvious Line-of-Sight Name). Afterwards, Homer arrives and confronts the witch, who attempts to put him in the oven, but gets distracted by a ringing doorbell, leaving Homer to shove her into the oven. Then the person at the door enters the house, introducing himself as George Cauldron.

Video Games
  • In Lego City Undercover, the Chase McCain is conducting a High-Altitude Interrogation, demanding to know who a robber works for. The robber initially claims that he works for "George, um.... Far...tar...benson...bury". At the thief begins to slip off of the ledge, he admits that he works for Rex Fury, the villain of the game. At the end of the cutscene, two men meet in the background, which leads to this exchange:
    George? George Fartarbensonbury
    Hey! Long time no see, Dave!
    • Chase reacts to this with incredulity.
  • In Planescape: Torment, the main character is an amnesiac who begins the game not knowing his own name, so he can choose to introduce himself using the alias 'Adahn' in conversation. Do this enough times and you will eventually meet a man named Adahn in a tavern; Planescape is set in a world where belief and reality are intertwined, and if enough people start believing in a man named Adahn, he is summoned into existence.


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