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* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'': Liquid Snake is believed to have survived death by supernaturally possessing Revolver Ocelot via a transplanted hand; in actuality, Ocelot himself intentionally conditioned himself to merely believe and act like this was the case.



* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' did this when, [[spoiler: after Slade is killed, some dust on his mask causes Robin to believe that Slade has come back. Robin nearly kills himself trying to find Slade, until Robin realizes that Slade is a hallucination]]. On the other hand, the episode does foreshadow that [[DeathIsCheap he's back.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' did this when, [[spoiler: after Slade is killed, some dust on his mask causes Robin to believe that Slade has come back. Robin nearly kills himself trying to find Slade, until Robin realizes that Slade is a hallucination]]. On the other hand, the episode does foreshadow that [[DeathIsCheap he's back.he would eventually return for real.]]


Named for the song "Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)" by TheOffspring.

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Named for the song "Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)" by TheOffspring.
Music/TheOffspring.


* Season 15 of [[Machinima/RedVsBlue]] revolves around this: The KilledOffForReal Alpha!Church is thought to have sent a holographic message out to the Blood Gulch crew, who end up caught in the seasons adventures seeking him out, only for it to turn out being recycled audio from a distress call about the toilet being clogged some time ''in'' Blood Gulch.

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* Season 15 of [[Machinima/RedVsBlue]] Machinima/RedVsBlue revolves around this: The KilledOffForReal Alpha!Church is thought to have sent a holographic message out to the Blood Gulch crew, who end up caught in the seasons adventures seeking him out, only for it to turn out being recycled audio from a distress call about the toilet being clogged some time ''in'' Blood Gulch.

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* Season 15 of [[Machinima/RedVsBlue]] revolves around this: The KilledOffForReal Alpha!Church is thought to have sent a holographic message out to the Blood Gulch crew, who end up caught in the seasons adventures seeking him out, only for it to turn out being recycled audio from a distress call about the toilet being clogged some time ''in'' Blood Gulch.

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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'': Hydraxon's been dead for a millennium by the time we see him. [[spoiler: He's actually a copy with FakeMemories.]]

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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'': ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'': Hydraxon's been dead for a millennium by the time we see him. [[spoiler: He's actually a copy with FakeMemories.]]


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* In the novel ''Dúnmharú ar an Dart'' (''Murder on the [[Main/FunWithAcronyms DART]]''), the protagonist witnesses a man dying on a train in Ireland, and then sees him walking around in Greece. [[spoiler: It turns out to be the guy's twin brother]].

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* In the novel ''Dúnmharú ''D�nmhar� ar an Dart'' (''Murder on the [[Main/FunWithAcronyms DART]]''), the protagonist witnesses a man dying on a train in Ireland, and then sees him walking around in Greece. [[spoiler: It turns out to be the guy's twin brother]].



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Incidentally, this exact line is used in the video games StubbsTheZombie and VideoGame/DragonQuestVI as well as in ''[[Film/IronMan Iron Man 2]]'', though none are examples of this trope.

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Incidentally, this exact line is used in the video games StubbsTheZombie ''VideoGame/StubbsTheZombie'' and VideoGame/DragonQuestVI ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVI'' as well as in ''[[Film/IronMan Iron Man 2]]'', ''Film/IronMan2'', though none are examples of this trope.


* This happens to FRanchise/SpiderMan all the time. Someone he's lost, like Gwen Stacy or Uncle Ben, will apparently turn up alive and well. It's never true, and it's usually a deliberate scheme by some villain. Frequently, a [[CloningBlues clone]] is involved. Usually the clone dies, but at least one Gwen Stacy clone is, as far as anyone knows, still alive somewhere in the MarvelUniverse.

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* This happens to FRanchise/SpiderMan Franchise/SpiderMan all the time. Someone he's lost, like Gwen Stacy or Uncle Ben, will apparently turn up alive and well. It's never true, and it's usually a deliberate scheme by some villain. Frequently, a [[CloningBlues clone]] is involved. Usually the clone dies, but at least one Gwen Stacy clone is, as far as anyone knows, still alive somewhere in the MarvelUniverse.



* Subverted in ''BatmanUnderTheRedHood''. Bruce definitely knows [[spoiler:Jason Todd]] died and is buried on the Wayne property. He exhumes the grave site to find the body resting in the casket. [[spoiler:But he immediately discovers ''then'' that they had just buried a dummy of Jason and that the possibility that Red Hood is Jason Todd gains even more credence. Ra's al Ghul revealed that he has dug up Jason's grave and placed a dummy in his place.]]

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* Subverted in ''BatmanUnderTheRedHood''.''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood''. Bruce definitely knows [[spoiler:Jason Todd]] died and is buried on the Wayne property. He exhumes the grave site to find the body resting in the casket. [[spoiler:But he immediately discovers ''then'' that they had just buried a dummy of Jason and that the possibility that Red Hood is Jason Todd gains even more credence. Ra's al Ghul revealed that he has dug up Jason's grave and placed a dummy in his place.]]


* ''Nobody'', in the comics or out, believed ComicBook/CaptainAmerica was dead for a long while after it happened. Wolverine wasn't convinced till he smelled the corpse. Since then, at least three apparent "returns of Cap" have occurred -- one a simple deception, one the wrong Cap, and one the real Cap but from the past. The heroes are always dismayed to find out the truth. However, the real Cap did come back during ''

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* ''Nobody'', in the comics or out, believed ComicBook/CaptainAmerica was dead for a long while after it happened. Wolverine wasn't convinced till he smelled the corpse. Since then, at least three apparent "returns of Cap" have occurred -- one a simple deception, one the wrong Cap, and one the real Cap but from the past. The heroes are always dismayed to find out the truth. However, the real Cap did come back during ''''ComicBook/DarkReign''


* ''SinCity'' has a mild subversion. Marv's first encounter with Goldie's identical sister has him assuming first that it's her, but then he puts it down to his habit of hallucinations.
* Famously done in the ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'' comics, after his much publicised death. Naturally everyone [[GenreSavvy already knew]] that [[SortingAlgorithmOfDeadness no one stays dead in comics]], much less Superman, and so weren't surprised when his grave turned up empty and people started reporting sightings of Superman-like figures... all four of them, with two of them claiming to be the real deal back from the dead.
** Though in something of a subversion, [[spoiler: none of the four actually was him. While Superman did, in fact, die, a combination of circumstances that could not possibly be duplicated allowed him to actually return from the dead.]]
* ''Nobody'', in the comics or out, believed CaptainAmerica was dead for a long while after it happened. Wolverine wasn't convinced till he smelled the corpse. Since then, at least three apparent "returns of Cap" have occurred -- one a simple deception, one the wrong Cap, and one the real Cap but from the past. The heroes are always dismayed to find out the truth.
* This happens to {{Spider-Man}} all the time. Someone he's lost, like Gwen Stacy or Uncle Ben, will apparently turn up alive and well. It's never true, and it's usually a deliberate scheme by some villain. Frequently, a [[CloningBlues clone]] is involved. Usually the clone dies, but at least one Gwen Stacy clone is, as far as anyone knows, still alive somewhere in the MarvelUniverse.
* {{Bionicle}}: Hydraxon's been dead for a millennium by the time we see him. [[spoiler: He's actually a copy with FakeMemories.]]

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* ''SinCity'' ''ComicBook/SinCity'' has a mild subversion. Marv's first encounter with Goldie's identical sister has him assuming first that it's her, but then he puts it down to his habit of hallucinations.
* Famously done in the ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'' ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comics, after his much publicised death. Naturally everyone [[GenreSavvy already knew]] that [[SortingAlgorithmOfDeadness no one stays dead in comics]], much less Superman, and so weren't surprised when his grave turned up empty and people started reporting sightings of Superman-like figures... all four of them, with two of them claiming to be the real deal back from the dead.
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dead. Though in something of a subversion, [[spoiler: none of the four actually was him. While Superman did, in fact, die, a combination of circumstances that could not possibly be duplicated allowed him to actually return from the dead.]]
* ''Nobody'', in the comics or out, believed CaptainAmerica ComicBook/CaptainAmerica was dead for a long while after it happened. Wolverine wasn't convinced till he smelled the corpse. Since then, at least three apparent "returns of Cap" have occurred -- one a simple deception, one the wrong Cap, and one the real Cap but from the past. The heroes are always dismayed to find out the truth.
truth. However, the real Cap did come back during ''
* This happens to {{Spider-Man}} FRanchise/SpiderMan all the time. Someone he's lost, like Gwen Stacy or Uncle Ben, will apparently turn up alive and well. It's never true, and it's usually a deliberate scheme by some villain. Frequently, a [[CloningBlues clone]] is involved. Usually the clone dies, but at least one Gwen Stacy clone is, as far as anyone knows, still alive somewhere in the MarvelUniverse.
* {{Bionicle}}: ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'': Hydraxon's been dead for a millennium by the time we see him. [[spoiler: He's actually a copy with FakeMemories.]]



* ''Series/{{CSI Miami}}'' did this in its sixth season; [[spoiler: Tim Speedle, who died in the third season premiere during a firefight, is believed to be alive by his friend Eric Delko, and is helping him with a case he's working on. This belief is strengthened when he finds that Speed's credit card had been used for the past two weeks. Unfortunately for Delko, it turns out he was hallucinating Speed's presence at the crime scene due to brain damage he'd received and is still recovering from, and the credit card charges were caused by an unscrupulous lab technician who stole and copied it.]]

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* ''Series/{{CSI Miami}}'' ''Series/CSIMiami'' did this in its sixth season; [[spoiler: Tim Speedle, who died in the third season premiere during a firefight, is believed to be alive by his friend Eric Delko, and is helping him with a case he's working on. This belief is strengthened when he finds that Speed's credit card had been used for the past two weeks. Unfortunately for Delko, it turns out he was hallucinating Speed's presence at the crime scene due to brain damage he'd received and is still recovering from, and the credit card charges were caused by an unscrupulous lab technician who stole and copied it.]]


* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'', Bruce is led to believe that the Joker, long dead, has come back to life, even though he watched the Joker die.... The truth turns out to be much worse.
** Terry says he's pretty spry for someone who must be Bruce's age by now. This turns out to be a clue.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'', Bruce is led to believe that the Joker, long dead, has come back to life, even though he watched the Joker die.... The truth turns out to be much worse.
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worse. Terry says he's pretty spry for someone who must be Bruce's age by now. This turns out to be a clue.
* Subverted in ''BatmanUnderTheRedHood''. Bruce definitely knows [[spoiler:Jason Todd]] died and is buried on the Wayne property. He exhumes the grave site to find the body resting in the casket. [[spoiler:But he immediately discovers ''then'' that they had just buried a dummy of Jason and that the possibility that Red Hood is Jason Todd gains even more credence. Ra's al Ghul revealed that he has dug up Jason's grave and placed a dummy in his place.]]



* This is the entire set-up of ''SilentHill2''. The evidence is of the hallucinatory variety in this case.

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* This is the entire set-up of ''SilentHill2''.''VideoGame/SilentHill2''. The evidence is of the hallucinatory variety in this case.



* Subverted in ''BatmanUnderTheRedHood''. Bruce definitely knows [[spoiler:Jason Todd]] died and is buried on the Wayne property. He exhumes the grave site to find the body resting in the casket. [[spoiler:But he immediately discovers ''then'' that they had just buried a dummy of Jason and that the possibility that Red Hood is Jason Todd gains even more credence.]]
** [[spoiler:Ra's al Ghul revealed that he has dug up Jason's grave and placed a dummy in his place.]]

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* Subverted in ''BatmanUnderTheRedHood''. Bruce definitely knows [[spoiler:Jason Todd]] died and is buried on the Wayne property. He exhumes the grave site to find the body resting in the casket. [[spoiler:But he immediately discovers ''then'' that they had just buried a dummy of Jason and that the possibility that Red Hood is Jason Todd gains even more credence.]]
** [[spoiler:Ra's al Ghul revealed that he has dug up Jason's grave and placed a dummy in his place.]]


* In ''FinalFantasyVII: Crisis Core'', [[spoiler: Angeal]] is definitely dead, and Zack even had to watch him die - but that didn't stop Zack from getting his hopes up when he showed up later. It turned out to be a copy [[spoiler: which had been made from his former boss...and dies]].

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* In ''FinalFantasyVII: Crisis Core'', ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', [[spoiler: Angeal]] is definitely dead, and Zack even had to watch him die - but that didn't stop Zack from getting his hopes up when he showed up later. It turned out to be a copy [[spoiler: which had been made from his former boss...and dies]].


** Terry says he's pretty spry for someone who must be Bruce's age by now.

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** Terry says he's pretty spry for someone who must be Bruce's age by now.
now. This turns out to be a clue.


** Also Cordelia's apparent coma awakening in the same season. She seemed very much alive until the phone call about her having never awakened came at the end.



* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Cordelia wakes up from her season-long coma in order to save the Fang Gang from a threat they didn't even know was around. However, the episode [[BittersweetEnding ends]] with Angel getting a phone call from [[spoiler: the hospital, saying that Cordelia passed without ever waking from her coma]]. The exact nature of what happened is never revealed, but it was certainly more than a hallucination.

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* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Cordelia wakes up from her season-long coma in order to save the Fang Gang from a threat they didn't even know was around. However, the episode [[BittersweetEnding ends]] with Angel getting a phone call from [[spoiler: the hospital, saying that Cordelia passed without ever waking from her coma]]. The exact nature of what happened is never revealed, but it was certainly more than a hallucination.


* ''{{CSI Miami}}'' did this in its sixth season; [[spoiler: Tim Speedle, who died in the third season premiere during a firefight, is believed to be alive by his friend Eric Delko, and is helping him with a case he's working on. This belief is strengthened when he finds that Speed's credit card had been used for the past two weeks. Unfortunately for Delko, it turns out he was hallucinating Speed's presence at the crime scene due to brain damage he'd received and is still recovering from, and the credit card charges were caused by an unscrupulous lab technician who stole and copied it.]]
* In one episode of ''{{Monk}}'', his wife, who was killed in a car bombing, seems to return alive, saying she managed to escape the attack, just after his OCD started to improve. She turns out to be an impostor. [[spoiler: And when she dies in a gunfight between Stottlemeyer and her employer, you see all of his progress evaporate in a very sad ResetButton.]]

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* ''{{CSI ''Series/{{CSI Miami}}'' did this in its sixth season; [[spoiler: Tim Speedle, who died in the third season premiere during a firefight, is believed to be alive by his friend Eric Delko, and is helping him with a case he's working on. This belief is strengthened when he finds that Speed's credit card had been used for the past two weeks. Unfortunately for Delko, it turns out he was hallucinating Speed's presence at the crime scene due to brain damage he'd received and is still recovering from, and the credit card charges were caused by an unscrupulous lab technician who stole and copied it.]]
* In one episode of ''{{Monk}}'', ''Series/{{Monk}}'', his wife, who was killed in a car bombing, seems to return alive, saying she managed to escape the attack, just after his OCD started to improve. She turns out to be an impostor. [[spoiler: And when she dies in a gunfight between Stottlemeyer and her employer, you see all of his progress evaporate in a very sad ResetButton.]]



* ''VeronicaMars'': It wasn't an intentional scam, but the apparent appearance of Logan Echolls' dead mother turning out to be his sister using her credit cards had much the same effect.
* ''{{Eureka}}'' uses this multiple times

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* ''VeronicaMars'': ''Series/VeronicaMars'': It wasn't an intentional scam, but the apparent appearance of Logan Echolls' dead mother turning out to be his sister using her credit cards had much the same effect.
* ''{{Eureka}}'' ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' uses this multiple times



* On ''{{Scrubs}}'', [[spoiler:Doctor Cox spends most of an episode hallucinating that his late, beloved brother-in-law never died and is still alive and hanging around]]. It was especially effective because it was not revealed to the audience that [[spoiler:Ben]] was actually dead until the end of the episode. Up until then the mentions of a recent death seemed to refer to a patient that Cox had put into JD's care. In a sense, we all shared in Cox's denial for most of the episode. It's foreshadowed in that [[spoiler:Ben isn't wearing his camera for most of the episode after previously stating that he'd wear/carry it until the day he died.]]

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* On ''{{Scrubs}}'', ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
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[[spoiler:Doctor Cox spends most of an episode hallucinating that his late, beloved brother-in-law never died and is still alive and hanging around]]. It was especially effective because it was not revealed to the audience that [[spoiler:Ben]] was actually dead until the end of the episode. Up until then the mentions of a recent death seemed to refer to a patient that Cox had put into JD's care. In a sense, we all shared in Cox's denial for most of the episode. It's foreshadowed in that [[spoiler:Ben isn't wearing his camera for most of the episode after previously stating that he'd wear/carry it until the day he died.]]

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