Someone needs to go on an adventure or otherwise leave their usual routine behind. However, whether it be because of a Secret Identity
, the Masquerade
, or whatever, nobody involved in that person's normal life can know that they're gone. Thus, the Substitute Self is needed: a robot double, a hologram, or just someone else in disguise to take a character's place.
Related to Identity Impersonator
, which is a temporary form of this done specifically to protect the Secret Identity
by having the substitute and the main character seen together. Sleeping Dummy
is a version of this for sleeping, which can be much less intricate because it doesn't have to act like the person.
- This was inspired by reading about some examples of this happening in Animorphs, but specifics are needed.
- The second The Santa Clause includes a robot Santa to replace the regular Santa- the robot then turns evil.