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* In the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "Damage", Dana is both mentally unstable and experiencing the collective memories of the previous Slayers, so she mistakes Spike for the man who murdered her family and tortured her, even though Spike doesn't look anything like him, and seeks revenge. Spike eventually convinces her she has the wrong guy, but she decides to kill him anyway for the crimes he ''is'' guilty of before Angel rescues him.
* ''Series/RaisingHope'' has ''Cloris Leachman'' as Maw Maw, who thinks her great-grandson Jimmy is her dead husband. Traumatizing Frenching and ass-slapping ensue.

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* In the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "Damage", Dana is both mentally unstable and experiencing the collective memories of the previous Slayers, so she mistakes Spike for the man who murdered her family and tortured her, even though Spike doesn't look anything like him, him (the man was fat, ugly, and had black hair, while Spike is slim, handsome, and blond), and seeks revenge. Spike eventually convinces her she has the wrong guy, but she decides to kill him anyway for the crimes he ''is'' guilty of before Angel rescues him.
* ''Series/RaisingHope'' has ''Cloris Leachman'' ''Creator/ClorisLeachman'' as Maw Maw, who thinks her great-grandson Jimmy is her dead husband. Traumatizing Frenching and ass-slapping ensue.


* ''Fanfic/BitterRepercussions'': Mistaken identity caused the elderly Graypool to accidentally reveal to Tigerstar that two [=RiverClan=] warriors were [=ThunderClan]-born. She mistook him for the deceased-but-similarly-looking Oakheart. Graypool realized her error too late.

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* ''Fanfic/BitterRepercussions'': Mistaken identity caused the elderly Graypool to accidentally reveal to Tigerstar that two [=RiverClan=] warriors were [=ThunderClan]-born.[=ThunderClan=]-born. She mistook him for the deceased-but-similarly-looking Oakheart. Graypool realized her error too late.


* An episode of ''Series/CSINewYork'' drew upon a story from Real Life below. Two girls were in an auto accident. One was killed, while the other survived, albeit badly injured. However, the survivor was later murdered in the hospital. [[spoiler: It turns out her killer was her own mother, who, like everyone else, believed her identity to be that of the other girl, whom she blamed for the accident. Her mother kills her in a misguided act of revenge, believing her to be someone else.]]

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* An episode of ''Series/CSINewYork'' ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' drew upon a story from Real Life below. Two girls were in an auto accident. One was killed, while the other survived, albeit badly injured. However, the survivor was later murdered in the hospital. [[spoiler: It turns out her killer was her own mother, who, like everyone else, believed her identity to be that of the other girl, whom she blamed for the accident. Her mother kills her in a misguided act of revenge, believing her to be someone else.]]


** In ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', Old Mrs Gammage has been going to the same pub for decades. Now deaf, blind and senile, she's completely failed to realize it's become an undead hangout. The "monsters" are too nice to tell her the truth, so when we see her she's cheerfully calling a bogeyman "Charlie", and asking about his plumbing business.
** In ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky'', old Mr. Weavall keeps calling Tiffany "Mary" after his daughter, who died years ago. He eventually wises up, though, hinting his use of this trope is less senility and more wishful thinking.

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** In ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', ''Literature/FeetOfClay'', Old Mrs Gammage has been going to the same pub for decades. Now deaf, blind and senile, she's completely failed to realize it's become an undead hangout. The "monsters" are too nice to tell her the truth, so when we see her she's cheerfully calling a bogeyman "Charlie", and asking about his plumbing business.
** In ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky'', ''Literature/AHatFullOfSky'', old Mr. Weavall keeps calling Tiffany "Mary" after his daughter, who died years ago. He eventually wises up, though, hinting his use of this trope is less senility and more wishful thinking.


* The player in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' is approached by someone is certain that they recognize you, so certain that they suspect you of being on drugs when you don't recognize them. The only clue that they might actually know who you were is that [[StoryAndGameplaySegregation if you let her phone other friends about you, you lose Masquerade points]]. An alternate interpretation is that the PC only denies knowing the person because they don't wish to associate with their old life now that their vampire form demands a very different lifestyle. The game does make the point that people who associate with vampires often meet misfortune of one kind or another.

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* The In ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', the player in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' is approached recognized by someone is certain that a friend of theirs from before they recognize you, so certain that were embraced. However, because the player is now an immortal vampire required by vampiric laws to cut themselves off of everyone they suspect you of being on drugs when you don't recognize them. The only clue that knew as a human, they might actually can't let ''her'' know who you were is that [[StoryAndGameplaySegregation if you let her phone other friends about you, you lose it's really them without getting a Masquerade points]]. An alternate interpretation is that violation. To avoid this, she can be KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade, or they can pretend she comes across as this trope to them--thereby convincing her she simply mistook the PC only denies knowing the person because they don't wish for her missing friend, and causing her to associate dejectedly apologize and leave without reporting her encounter with their old life now that their vampire form demands a very different lifestyle. The game does make the point that people who associate with vampires often meet misfortune of one kind or another.player to anyone.

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* ''Fanfic/BitterRepercussions'': Mistaken identity caused the elderly Graypool to accidentally reveal to Tigerstar that two [=RiverClan=] warriors were [=ThunderClan]-born. She mistook him for the deceased-but-similarly-looking Oakheart. Graypool realized her error too late.


* In the Madonna/SeanPenn movie ''Film/ShanghaiSurprise'', when Penn's character, Glendon, goes to a fancy restaurant he's mistaken by all and sundry for another character named Phil -- who is never mentioned before or after this scene, nor is Glendon's resemblance. Nonetheless, the fact that Glendon looks like and is mistaken for Phil is a vital plot point without which the movie makes no sense (it's the reason Glendon was picked for the mission, it's how he gets an entree with a lady named China Doll, etc.).

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* In the Madonna/SeanPenn Music/{{Madonna}}[=/=]Creator/SeanPenn movie ''Film/ShanghaiSurprise'', when Penn's character, Glendon, goes to a fancy restaurant he's mistaken by all and sundry for another character named Phil -- who is never mentioned before or after this scene, nor is Glendon's resemblance. Nonetheless, the fact that Glendon looks like and is mistaken for Phil is a vital plot point without which the movie makes no sense (it's the reason Glendon was picked for the mission, it's how he gets an entree with a lady named China Doll, etc.).


* ''Series/GetKrackin'': In the final episode of season 2, Indigenous actress (and temporary host) Miranda Tapsell is continually mistaken for being Deborah Mailman (a completely Indigenous actress).

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* ''Series/GetKrackin'': In the final episode of season 2, Indigenous actress (and temporary host) Miranda Tapsell is continually mistaken for being Deborah Mailman (a completely different Indigenous actress).

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* ''Series/GetKrackin'': In the final episode of season 2, Indigenous actress (and temporary host) Miranda Tapsell is continually mistaken for being Deborah Mailman (a completely Indigenous actress).


HilarityEnsues. Or else a horrific depiction of how far gone this person is.

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HilarityEnsues. Or else a horrific depiction of how far gone this person truly is.


* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': In "Resistance", an old man named Caylem thinks that Janeway is his daughter Ralkana, even though she lacks his species' [[RubberForeheadAliens features]]. It is later revealed that his wife and daughter are dead. When Caylem is mortally wounded, Janeway [[LetThemDieHappy pretends to be Ralkana and assures him that his wife is safe and forgave him for abandoning her]].

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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': In "Resistance", an old man named Caylem thinks that Janeway is his daughter Ralkana, even though she lacks his species' [[RubberForeheadAliens features]]. It is later revealed that his wife and daughter are dead.dead; his wife died in prison twelve years ago and his daughter died when they attempted to rescue her and Caylem ran away in fear. When Caylem is mortally wounded, Janeway [[LetThemDieHappy pretends to be Ralkana and assures him that his wife is safe and forgave him for abandoning her]].



** Stan's grandfather constantly calls him "Billy". But then again, ''his'' grandfather called him Billy.

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** Stan's grandfather constantly calls him "Billy". But then again, ''his'' grandfather called him Billy.Billy when his ghost briefly appeared.

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* ''Series/MidnightCaller'': In "Old Friends," one old man is convinced that it's 1945, and Jack is his friend Duncan Ingleheart who was wounded in Normandy.


* In ''Manga/StarBlazers'', Queen Starsha initially mistakes Nova for her own sister Astra, who died in the first episode. (She's not the only one to notice the resemblance, which is very strong, but unexplained.)

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* In ''Manga/StarBlazers'', ''Anime/StarBlazers'', Queen Starsha initially mistakes Nova for her own sister Astra, who died in the first episode. (She's not the only one to notice the resemblance, which is very strong, but unexplained.)


* In ''VideoGame/BendyAndTheInkMachine'' Chapter 4, Henry Stein meets Bertrum Piedmont, a one-time big shot engineer that Joey Drew hired to build an amusement park based off his studio's cartoons. Bertrum worked with Joey at least long enough to be insulted when Joey [[DoNotCallMePaul called him "Bertie"]] in front of people from Wall Street, to build several attractions for the park (one of which he personally had been working on for at least a month), and to harbor a grudge against Joey over the way things ended. Yet on meeting Henry, Bertrum addresses him as "Mister Drew" in the middle of a combination BadassBoast and TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and attacks him to get revenge. (Insanity is the most reasonable explanation: we don't know if Henry resembles Joey, but Bertrum was the only one to mix the two up. Besides which, we also know that, unlike Joey, Henry doesn't [[EvilCripple use a wheelchair.]])
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': Absolutely ''[[TearJerker heartbreakingly]]'' done with [[DarkIsNotEvil The Fair Lady]]. She is completely blind, in massive amounts of pain, and the only person who ''even speaks her language'' is her sister, Quelaag. The player can understand her using the Old Witch's Ring, but you are a HeroicMime and can't talk back, so she therefore assumes that you must be Quelaag. Unfortunately, Quelaag is dead. Because [[ButThouMust you killed her]] during a BossFight, likely without even knowing she was anything more than just another random monster. ''YouBastard''.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'' gives us the Wight Knight, who thinks that a princess is his lover from many years ago. [[spoiler:Said knight has been dead for god knows how long, and only recently had been raised. His lover, and even his hometown, has been dead for a very long time -- but the princess eventually plays along after hearing his plight, allowing his spirit to rest in peace.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** Under [[AIIsACrapshoot a different definition of senility]], 343 Guilty Spark in the first game, ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', doesn't seem to see a difference between Master Chief and his long-extinct creators, talking to Master Chief as if they've met before and referring to past conversations they've never had. The [[{{Precursors}} matter of who his creators]] ''[[{{Precursors}} are]]'' is one of the first hints of many indicating a connection between them and humanity.
** ''Literature/HaloSilentium'' expands on this a bit by implying that Guilty Spark was, for whatever reason, [[spoiler:under the momentary impression that the Chief was his actual creator, the [=IsoDidact=], whom Guilty Spark hasn't seen in about 100,000 years]].



* In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'', the player is mistaken for the Teller Of Places's dead lover, until the player is able to convince her that she is wrong.



* The player in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' is approached by someone is certain that they recognize you, so certain that they suspect you of being on drugs when you don't recognize them. The only clue that they might actually know who you were is that [[StoryAndGameplaySegregation if you let her phone other friends about you, you lose Masquerade points]]. An alternate interpretation is that the PC only denies knowing the person because they don't wish to associate with their old life now that their vampire form demands a very different lifestyle. The game does make the point that people who associate with vampires often meet misfortune of one kind or another.
* In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'', the player is mistaken for the Teller Of Places's dead lover, until the player is able to convince her that she is wrong.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', the two main protagonists, Fei and Elly [[spoiler:have been reincarnating since the dawn of "history", 10,000 years before the start of the game]]. As such there are several characters (such as [[BigBad Krelian]]) who are functionally immortal who [[spoiler:knew their previous incarnations]]. Emerelda was [[spoiler:also created by one of their past incarnations as a ReplacementGoldfish for the child Elly was incapable of having at that point in history]]. Emerelda refers to Fei as "Kim" [[spoiler:because she actually believes that Fei is Kim]] and is a legitimate case of this trope in action. Krelian meanwhile [[spoiler:knows full well that these are separate people from the ones he was friends with 500 years ago, but calls them Lacan and Sophia anyway because its his way of keeping their memory alive]].



* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** Under [[AIIsACrapshoot a different definition of senility]], 343 Guilty Spark in the first game, ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', doesn't seem to see a difference between Master Chief and his long-extinct creators, talking to Master Chief as if they've met before and referring to past conversations they've never had. The [[{{Precursors}} matter of who his creators]] ''[[{{Precursors}} are]]'' is one of the first hints of many indicating a connection between them and humanity.
** ''Literature/HaloSilentium'' expands on this a bit by implying that Guilty Spark was, for whatever reason, [[spoiler:under the momentary impression that the Chief was his actual creator, the [=IsoDidact=], whom Guilty Spark hasn't seen in about 100,000 years]].

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** Under [[AIIsACrapshoot a different definition of senility]], 343 Guilty Spark in
The Desert Princess stage from ''{{VideoGame/Shantae}}'' has the first game, ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', doesn't seem to see a difference between Master Chief senile adviser mistake Shantae (And then Sky, Risky Boots and his long-extinct creators, talking Rottytops), all svelte attractive women (Not to Master Chief as if they've met before mention the last two are purple and referring to past conversations they've never had. The [[{{Precursors}} matter of who his creators]] ''[[{{Precursors}} are]]'' is one of a zombie) for the first hints of many indicating a connection between them and humanity.
** ''Literature/HaloSilentium'' expands on this a bit by implying that Guilty Spark was, for whatever reason, [[spoiler:under the momentary impression that the Chief was his
rotund, fish-faced actual creator, the [=IsoDidact=], whom Guilty Spark hasn't seen in about 100,000 years]].princess. According to her, this happens a lot.



* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': Absolutely ''[[TearJerker heartbreakingly]]'' done with [[DarkIsNotEvil The Fair Lady]]. She is completely blind, in massive amounts of pain, and the only person who ''even speaks her language'' is her sister, Quelaag. The player can understand her using the Old Witch's Ring, but you are a HeroicMime and can't talk back, so she therefore assumes that you must be Quelaag. Unfortunately, Quelaag is dead. Because [[ButThouMust you killed her]] during a BossFight, likely without even knowing she was anything more than just another random monster. ''YouBastard''.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'' gives us the Wight Knight, who thinks that a princess is his lover from many years ago. [[spoiler:Said knight has been dead for god knows how long, and only recently had been raised. His lover, and even his hometown, has been dead for a very long time -- but the princess eventually plays along after hearing his plight, allowing his spirit to rest in peace.]]



* The Desert Princess stage from ''{{VideoGame/Shantae}}'' has the senile adviser mistake Shantae (And then Sky, Risky Boots and Rottytops), all svelte attractive women (Not to mention the last two are purple and a zombie) for the rotund, fish-faced actual princess. According to her, this happens a lot.

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* The Desert Princess stage from ''{{VideoGame/Shantae}}'' has player in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' is approached by someone is certain that they recognize you, so certain that they suspect you of being on drugs when you don't recognize them. The only clue that they might actually know who you were is that [[StoryAndGameplaySegregation if you let her phone other friends about you, you lose Masquerade points]]. An alternate interpretation is that the senile adviser mistake Shantae (And then Sky, Risky Boots PC only denies knowing the person because they don't wish to associate with their old life now that their vampire form demands a very different lifestyle. The game does make the point that people who associate with vampires often meet misfortune of one kind or another.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', the two main protagonists, Fei
and Rottytops), all svelte attractive women (Not to mention Elly [[spoiler:have been reincarnating since the last two dawn of "history", 10,000 years before the start of the game]]. As such there are purple and several characters (such as [[BigBad Krelian]]) who are functionally immortal who [[spoiler:knew their previous incarnations]]. Emerelda was [[spoiler:also created by one of their past incarnations as a zombie) ReplacementGoldfish for the rotund, fish-faced actual princess. According child Elly was incapable of having at that point in history]]. Emerelda refers to her, Fei as "Kim" [[spoiler:because she actually believes that Fei is Kim]] and is a legitimate case of this happens a lot. trope in action. Krelian meanwhile [[spoiler:knows full well that these are separate people from the ones he was friends with 500 years ago, but calls them Lacan and Sophia anyway because its his way of keeping their memory alive]].


* In one episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' a homeless woman convinces herself that [=DiNozzo=] Sr is her father. Over the course of the episode it gets revealed that the woman's father is long dead, and that the woman herself is suffering dementia as a result of a inoperable malignant brain tumor. At the end of the episode Sr [[TearJerker walks into the hospital room that she's likely to die in in the very near future and plays along with her delusion]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming so she could die believing that she'd finally reconciled with the father she hadn't spoken to in over a decade]].

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* In one episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' a homeless woman convinces herself that [=DiNozzo=] Sr is her father. Over the course of the episode it gets revealed that the woman's father is long dead, and that the woman herself is suffering dementia as a result of a inoperable malignant brain tumor. At the end of the episode Sr [[TearJerker walks into the hospital room that she's likely to die in in the very near future and plays along with her delusion]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming delusion so she could die believing that she'd finally reconciled with the father she hadn't spoken to in over a decade]].decade.



** When UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli visited a nursing home, one man confused him with Joe Louis. When one of Ali's handlers started to protest, Ali [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming insisted on going along with it because it made the man so happy]].

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** When UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli visited a nursing home, one man confused him with Joe Louis. When one of Ali's handlers started to protest, Ali [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming insisted on going along with it because it made the man so happy]].happy.

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