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* Parodied, then played straight in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. Hotohori needs to leave the Imperial Capital to help Miaka and the group, but since he's TheEmperor he just can't go and step out. Chichiri offers to help and morphs into Hotohori with his MasterOfDisguise powers... but the ''extremely'' vain [[PrettyBoy Hotohori]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments is displeased because Chichiri can't flawlessly recreate his beauty]]. He ''does'' accept the offer after this hilarious moment, and as he goes off to give Miaka aid... poor Chichiri is bored as heck in the Court.

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* Parodied, then played straight in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. Hotohori needs to leave the Imperial Capital to help Miaka and the group, but since he's TheEmperor he just can't go and step out. Chichiri offers to help and morphs into Hotohori with his MasterOfDisguise powers... but the ''extremely'' vain [[PrettyBoy Hotohori]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments is displeased because Chichiri can't flawlessly recreate his beauty]].beauty. He ''does'' accept the offer after this hilarious moment, and as he goes off to give Miaka aid... poor Chichiri is bored as heck in the Court.

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* In ''VideoGame/SakuraWars2ThouShaltNotDie'', Keigo Kyogoku employs a body double [[spoiler:to commit suicide when his coup fails at the end of chapter 8, allowing Kyogoku to summon Musashi as part of his evil plan]].

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* UsefulNotes/JosephStalin also said to have at least four body doubles, and one of them, Felix Dadaev, came forward after the fall of the Soviet Union to tell his story.


* A very specific topical joke, which only worked in the period between Saddam Hussein being ousted from power and finally captured: His lieutenants gather together all his body doubles for a briefing. "The good news is that the Americans have not found our leader. The bad news is, they ''have'' found his arm..."

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* A very specific topical joke, which only worked in the period between Saddam Hussein being dictator has been ousted from power power, and finally captured: is now on the run. His lieutenants gather together all his body doubles for a briefing. "The good news is that the Americans our enemies have not found our leader. The bad news is, they ''have'' found his arm..."


* A joke told during UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror, in the period between Saddam Hussein being ousted and captured: His lieutanents gather together all his body doubles for a briefing. "The good news is that the Americans have not found our leader. The bad news is, they ''have'' found his arm..."

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* A joke told during UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror, very specific topical joke, which only worked in the period between Saddam Hussein being ousted from power and finally captured: His lieutanents lieutenants gather together all his body doubles for a briefing. "The good news is that the Americans have not found our leader. The bad news is, they ''have'' found his arm..."

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* A joke told during UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror, in the period between Saddam Hussein being ousted and captured: His lieutanents gather together all his body doubles for a briefing. "The good news is that the Americans have not found our leader. The bad news is, they ''have'' found his arm..."
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** In Manga/{{Amakusa 1637}}, the plot heavily leans on lead female Natsuki becoming one of these fora local swordsman, Shirou. [[spoiler: Yes, she's one for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amakusa_Shiro THAT Shiro]]. Who in this story, is actually dead.]]

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** In Manga/{{Amakusa 1637}}, the plot heavily leans on lead female Natsuki becoming one of these fora for a local swordsman, Shirou. [[spoiler: Yes, she's one for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amakusa_Shiro THAT Shiro]]. Who in this story, is actually dead.]]


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* In ''Manga/SleepyPrincessInTheDemonCastle'', Princess Syalis recruits Bussy the succubus as her body double after noticing how much they resemble each other. The training includes all of the princess's usual activities, like slaughtering ghost shrouds and even attacking high-ranking demons. The rememblance is strong enough to even fool [[spoiler: Syalis's mother, Queen Aurora Nem Lis Goodereste]] during an excursion to the human capital.

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* In Sengoku-Era Japan, it wasn't uncommon for a Daimyō to have a ''Kagemusha'' (影武者 ''Shadow Warrior'') to keep order in their castles while out on a campaign. Often Kagemusha were trusted retainers to their lords who would take the fall in a siege.


* The premise of the [[Creator/DCComics DC]] character The ComicBook/HumanTarget was that he was one of these. The ''Vertigo'' series played with it by having him literally disappear into each persona he adopted, having to be broken out of the new personality with psychological triggers.

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* The premise of the [[Creator/DCComics DC]] character The ComicBook/HumanTarget was that he was one of these.ComicBook/HumanTarget; if you fear assassination and offer the right money (or at least the right thrill), Christopher Chance will assume your identity and deal with the threat personally. The ''Vertigo'' series played with it by having him literally disappear into each persona he adopted, having to be broken out of the new personality with psychological triggers.

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**Interestingly, [[=DePalma=] came up with the basic idea for this movie while working with an actual body double: for Angie Dickinson in the infamous shower scene in ''Film/DressedToKill''.


** In "Triple Threat," a wealthy real-estate developer is killed during a party with his wife (Leslie Bipp) in attendance. It turns out the developer had hired a body double for protection and that was the man who was murdered. The ironic part is that his wife was behind it with her triplet sisters, each taking turns pretending to be just one woman to sucker the guy in and unaware that he was still alive until the end.

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** In "Triple Threat," a wealthy real-estate developer is killed during a party with his wife (Leslie Bipp) in attendance. It turns out the developer had hired a body double for protection and that was the man who was murdered. The ironic part is that his wife was behind it with her triplet sisters, each taking turns pretending to be just one woman woman[[note]]to the point that when the 'primary' triplet proved infertile, one of her sisters impersonated her in the marriage bed until she conceived and bore a child[[/note]] to sucker the guy in and unaware that he was still alive until the end.


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* a variant in the ''Series/ForeverKnight'' episode ''Dying for Fame''. The main plot involves a rock singer being stalked by an obsessed fan. Near the end of the ep, Rebecca is BoundAndGagged and hidden in a closet by one of her backup singers, so she can impersonate Rebecca on stage (that night's concert was on tape) and be the star herself. Unfortunately, that turns out to be the night Rebecca's obsessed fan is in the audience and pulls out a semi-machine gun.


* Played with (in both versions) at the beginning of ''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund''. In both cases a tall, voluptuous, raven-haired beauty in [[TheVamp vampish]] attire is initially introduced as the Princess of Vampires. Of course when [[LegalJailbait Mina Tepes]] makes her first actual public appearance, her [[BattleButler aide]] Vera becomes completely useless as a decoy.

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* Played with (in both versions) at the beginning of ''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund''. In both cases a tall, voluptuous, raven-haired beauty in [[TheVamp vampish]] attire is initially introduced as the Princess of Vampires. Of course when [[LegalJailbait [[Really700YearsOld Mina Tepes]] makes her first actual public appearance, her [[BattleButler aide]] Vera becomes completely useless as a decoy.



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* [[http://www.toccionline.com/creations/the_real_hussein/ The Real Hussein]], a parody of [[{{Music/Eminem}} Eminems]] "The Real Slim Shady" highlights UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein's use of these.

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* [[http://www.toccionline.com/creations/the_real_hussein/ The Real Hussein]], a parody of [[{{Music/Eminem}} Eminems]] {{Music/Eminem}}'s "The Real Slim Shady" highlights UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein's use of these.



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* In ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations 2'', [[spoiler:the BodyDouble of the President of Zheng Fa, conspiring with Blaise Debeste, Patricia Roland, and Sirhan Dogen, kills the true president and takes his place. The truth is not discovered until after the double himself is murdered, twelve years later]].

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* In ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations 2'', [[spoiler:the BodyDouble of the President of Zheng Fa, conspiring with Blaise Debeste, Debeste and Patricia Roland, and hires ProfessionalKiller Sirhan Dogen, kills Dogen to kill the true president and takes his place. The truth is not discovered until after the double himself is murdered, twelve years later]].


** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' [[spoiler:this is the endgame twist. The player character in ''The Phantom Pain'' is not Naked Snake who was the protagonist in the previous prequels (including ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVGroundZeroes Ground Zeroes]]''), but rather an MSF Medic (the same one who extracted the bomb from Paz in the closing sequence of ''Ground Zeroes'') who become his double. While Naked Snake builds up the nation of Outer Heaven off-screen, Venom lead the Diamond Dogs in order to build up his legend in your own way, in addition to seeking retribution the events of ''Ground Zeroes''. By the end, Naked Snake acknowledges that Venom is just as worthy of the title as he is, and it turns out that Venom did become the Big Boss of the original ''VideoGame/MetalGear1'', whereas Naked Snake is the Big Boss in ''Videogame/MetalGear2SolidSnake''.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' [[spoiler:this is the endgame twist. The player character in ''The Phantom Pain'' is not Naked Snake who was the protagonist in the previous prequels (including ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVGroundZeroes Ground Zeroes]]''), but rather an MSF Medic (the same one who extracted the bomb from Paz in the closing sequence of ''Ground Zeroes'') who become his double. While Naked Snake builds up the nation of Outer Heaven off-screen, Venom lead the Diamond Dogs in order to build up his legend in your own way, in addition to seeking retribution for the events of ''Ground Zeroes''. By the end, Naked Snake acknowledges that Venom is just as worthy of the title as he is, and it turns out that Venom did become the Big Boss of the original ''VideoGame/MetalGear1'', whereas Naked Snake is the Big Boss in ''Videogame/MetalGear2SolidSnake''.]]


* An early episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'' sees Joey getting cast in an Creator/AlPacino movie ans Pacino's butt double. He gets past his initial disappointment only to get fired for "overacting" when he's supposed to just stand still in the shower.

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* An early episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'' sees Joey getting cast in an Creator/AlPacino movie ans Pacino's butt double. He gets past his initial disappointment only to get fired for "overacting" when he's supposed to just stand still in the shower.

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