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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': Abraham would NeverHurtAnInnocent, so when he faces Fox, he is careful to use a powerful but rare non-lethal item... at which point she dissolves into nothingness, because she's just a summon. Abraham sighs. The problem is that when he faces [[spoiler:Nanase in her Guardian form]], he assumes she's another summon, and therefore sees nothing wrong with immediately resorting to lethal force.


* The [[UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube GameCube]] version of ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception'' retcons Shao Kahn's apparent death at the beginning of ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance'' into this in order to explain his canonical [=GameCube=]-exclusive playable appearance.

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* The [[UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube GameCube]] version of ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception'' retcons Shao Kahn's apparent death at the beginning of ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance'' into this that being a clone in order to explain his canonical [=GameCube=]-exclusive playable appearance.appearance. (additionally, the other exclusive character, Goro, was then rescued by Kahn in the battlefield where he was left for dead - in the PS2 \ Xbox version, he only cameos in Konquest mode)


* This ends up becoming a plot point in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesHajimariNoKiseki'' where [[spoiler:clones of [[VideoGame/ZeroNoKiseki Arios MacLaine]], [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel McBurn, and Rufus Albarea]] are running around wrecking havoc while their true selves are trying to fix things. Both Rufus and Arios are even playable with Rufus being the BreakoutCharacter of the game.]]

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* This ends up becoming a plot point in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesHajimariNoKiseki'' where [[spoiler:clones of [[VideoGame/ZeroNoKiseki [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesZeroNoKiseki Arios MacLaine]], [=MacLaine=]]], [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel McBurn, and Rufus Albarea]] are running around wrecking havoc while their true selves are trying to fix things. Both Rufus and Arios All three are even actually playable with Rufus being the BreakoutCharacter of the game.]]


** In ''ZX Advent'', [[spoiler:Prometheus betrays and seemingly murders Master Albert for all the suffering he put him and his sister Pandora through in the penultimate level. After Grey/Ashe fight Prometheus and Pandora, however, it's revealed "Albert" was all along just a dummy body the real one worked through his entire time as both a member of the Sage Trinity and with all his interactions with his creations. There's actually {{Foreshadowing}} for this in one of the earlier levels, where Grey/Ashe are in a lab where they find Prometheus and Pandora's capsules (labelled DAN-001 and DAN-002), and then find another capsule further in labeled "Prototype" (DAN-000), which Albert reveals is ''his'' serial number and himself the genuine article.]]

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** In ''ZX Advent'', ''VideoGame/MegaManZXAdvent'', [[spoiler:Prometheus betrays and seemingly murders Master Albert for all the suffering he put him and his sister Pandora through in the penultimate level. After Grey/Ashe fight Prometheus and Pandora, however, it's revealed "Albert" was all along just a dummy body the real one worked through his entire time as both a member of the Sage Trinity and with all his interactions with his creations. There's actually {{Foreshadowing}} for this in one of the earlier levels, where Grey/Ashe are in a lab where they find Prometheus and Pandora's capsules (labelled DAN-001 and DAN-002), and then find another capsule further in labeled "Prototype" (DAN-000), which Albert reveals is ''his'' serial number and himself the genuine article.]]


* This ends up becoming a plot point in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfOrigins'' where [[spoiler:clones of [[VideoGame/ZeroNoKiseki Arios MacLaine]], [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel McBurn, and Rufus Albarea]] are running around wrecking havoc while their true selves are trying to fix things. Both Rufus and Arios are even playable with Rufus being the BreakoutCharacter of the game.]]

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* This ends up becoming a plot point in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfOrigins'' ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesHajimariNoKiseki'' where [[spoiler:clones of [[VideoGame/ZeroNoKiseki Arios MacLaine]], [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel McBurn, and Rufus Albarea]] are running around wrecking havoc while their true selves are trying to fix things. Both Rufus and Arios are even playable with Rufus being the BreakoutCharacter of the game.]]


* In the original NES ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'', you face off and kill the antagonist Jacquio. In ''Ninja Giaden II'' Jacquio makes a return. According to him, when you fought and killed "Jaquio" in the first game, you were just killing a puppet of his.

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* In the original NES ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'', you face off and kill the antagonist Jacquio. In ''Ninja Giaden II'' Jacquio makes a return. According to him, when you fought and killed "Jaquio" in the first game, you were just killing a puppet of his.

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* The late Music/MFDoom, appropriately enough, given he was styled after Doctor Doom, used to use stand-in performers, sometimes in secret, at his concerts.



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* Volume four of the political-drama manga ''The First President of Japan'' sees an AxCrazy Chinese general kill China's prime minister in a coup d'etat. He then finds an actor who looks and sounds enough like the Prime Minister to be the figurehead of state while the Chinese Army does the ''real'' leadership. The plan is foiled when a Japanese intelligence analyst superimposes the impersonator's face over that of the genuine article, and finds that the two don't ''quite'' line up.


** He has, of course, taken this to the natural conclusion of creating whole [[MesACrowd armies of Doombots]] as well as using it for impersonation.

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** He has, of course, taken this to the natural conclusion of creating whole [[MesACrowd armies of Doombots]] Doombots as well as using it for impersonation.


* Something similar was done in the Bronze Age with the Mad Hatter, whose appearances in the Silver Age were revealed as the result of an imposter, and the now-famous Jervis Tetch version was (re)introduced and explained in the Bronze Age.

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* Something similar was done in the Bronze Age with the Mad Hatter, whose appearances in the Silver Age were revealed as the result of an imposter, and the now-famous Jervis Tetch version was (re)introduced and explained in the Bronze Age.

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* ''ComicBook/BatmanThreeJokers'': The Joker's inconsistent characterization over the years is retconned as being the result of there actually being three separate Jokers. The EarlyInstallmentWeirdness serious Joker of the Golden Age is the ringleader of their operation, while his two underlings represent the two extremes that Joker has vacillated between in recent times - goofy Silver Age prankster for one, and psychotic MonsterClown for the other.
* Something similar was done in the Bronze Age with the Mad Hatter, whose appearances in the Silver Age were revealed as the result of an imposter, and the now-famous Jervis Tetch version was (re)introduced and explained in the Bronze Age.

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* This ends up becoming a plot point in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfOrigins'' where [[spoiler:clones of [[VideoGame/ZeroNoKiseki Arios MacLaine]], [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel McBurn, and Rufus Albarea]] are running around wrecking havoc while their true selves are trying to fix things. Both Rufus and Arios are even playable with Rufus being the BreakoutCharacter of the game.]]


* A fairly literal example from ''Big Bang Comics'' -- Ultiman hints that he has never actually met his archenemy Cortex, and that Cortex commits all his crimes by way of a series of robotic doubles. This isn't a secret on Cortex's part, and he tends to destroy the doubles himself by having them self-destruct upon their capture.
* In the fan-loved "Fragments of Autumn" issue of ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures, [[RobotGirl Lyla]] accidentally shot a policeman.Since droids were recently given legal rights,she was [[DeconstructedTrope put on trial for that,rather that just going through a check up]]. However it was revealed that the policeman was actually another robot and that the whole incident was staged by a corrupt politician.

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* A fairly literal example from ''Big Bang Comics'' ''ComicBook/BigBangComics'' -- Ultiman hints that he has never actually met his archenemy Cortex, and that Cortex commits all his crimes by way of a series of robotic doubles. This isn't a secret on Cortex's part, and he tends to destroy the doubles himself by having them self-destruct upon their capture.
* In the fan-loved "Fragments of Autumn" issue of ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures, [[RobotGirl Lyla]] accidentally shot a policeman. Since droids were recently given legal rights,she was [[DeconstructedTrope put on trial for that,rather that just going through a check up]]. However it was revealed that the policeman was actually another robot and that the whole incident was staged by a corrupt politician.


* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1942'': Wonder Woman uses her telepathy to know which "Blue Snowmen" are actually robots she can tear through without concern, instead of PoweredArmor since Byrna Brilyant made them identical to hide whether or not people are interacting with the real villain or not and help her maintain her SecretIdentity.

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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1942'': ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' [[ComicBook/WonderWoman1942 Vol 1]]: Wonder Woman uses her telepathy to know which "Blue Snowmen" are actually robots she can tear through without concern, instead of PoweredArmor since Byrna Brilyant made them identical to hide whether or not people are interacting with the real villain or not and help her maintain her SecretIdentity.
SecretIdentity. Others are never sure whether they're dealing with a robot or the real thing.

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