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* A variant is used in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''. Link is shocked to discover that a room at the Stock Pot Inn has already been reserved for him. Turns out there's a Goron also named Link[[note]][[HelloInsertNameHere or whatever you named the hero]][[/note]] who made the reservation. You just happened to arrive before he did. Steal his room at your peril, [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential 'cause you can find him outside shivering in the cold later if do]]. Remember that this is the festival season, and all the hotels were booked solid a long time ago. The Goron doesn't get angry if you steal his room, though: if you do so, his VerbalTic makes him say his name as "Link-goro!". The receptionist doesn't understand him and sends him away saying there's no reservation under that name. In the [[VideoGameRemake 3DS remake]], the receptionist remembers that a Goron made the reservation, and you can't steal the room until you have the Goron Mask.
* Subverted in ''VisualNovel/HotelDuskRoom215''. Protagonist Kyle Hyde books a room at Hotel Dusk, and when he signs his name the receptionist asks "Really? Is that really your name?" After a little bit, it's revealed someone with the same name stayed at the hotel the year before. Naturally, Kyle gets suspicious.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOpsII'' has a variation in versions of the ending where [[spoiler:Alex Mason survives Panama]]. David Mason checks in with Woods at the Vault, only to be asked by the guard out front "another Mason?" David immediately assumes something's wrong and tells him to secure the building, enters Woods' room, and finds nothing out of the ordinary other than a new guest who turns out to be [[spoiler:his long-thought-dead father]].
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* A variant is used in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''. Link is shocked to discover that a room at the Stock Pot Inn has already been reserved for him. Turns out there's a Goron also named Link[[note]][[HelloInsertNameHere or whatever you named the hero]][[/note]] who made the reservation. You just happened to arrive before he did. Steal his room at your peril, [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential 'cause you can find him outside shivering in the cold later if do]]. Remember that this is the festival season, and all the hotels were booked solid a long time ago. The Goron doesn't get angry if you steal his room, though: if you do so, his VerbalTic makes him say his name as "Link-goro!". The receptionist doesn't understand him and sends him away saying there's no reservation under that name. In the [[VideoGameRemake 3DS remake]], the receptionist remembers that a Goron made the reservation, and you can't steal the room until you have the Goron Mask.
* Subverted in ''VisualNovel/HotelDuskRoom215''. Protagonist Kyle Hyde books a room at Hotel Dusk, and when he signs his name the receptionist asks "Really? Is that really your name?" After a little bit, it's revealed someone with the same name stayed at the hotel the year before. Naturally, Kyle gets suspicious.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOpsII'' has a variation in versions of the ending where [[spoiler:Alex Mason survives Panama]]. David Mason checks in with Woods at the Vault, only to be asked by the guard out front "another Mason?" David immediately assumes something's wrong and tells him to secure the building, enters Woods' room, and finds nothing out of the ordinary other than a new guest who turns out to be [[spoiler:his long-thought-dead father]].
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* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOpsII'' has a variation in versions of the ending where [[spoiler:Alex Mason survives Panama]]. David Mason checks in with Woods at the Vault, only to be asked by the guard out front "another Mason?" David immediately assumes something's wrong and tells him to secure the building, enters Woods' room, and finds nothing out of the ordinary other than a new guest who turns out to be [[spoiler:his long-thought-dead father]].


* In the ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' storyline "Swiftly I Glide", Tip, Nick, Unity and Dr Lee are infiltrating an Anasigma base, something that turns out to be easier than they expected because the base was expecting an inspection team. They manage to blag their way through this, quite well until:

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* In the ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' storyline "Swiftly I Glide", Tip, Nick, Unity and Dr Lee are infiltrating an Anasigma base, something that turns out to be easier than they expected because the base was expecting an inspection team. They manage to blag their way through this, this quite well well, until:

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* Happens on occasion in ''Series/DoctorWho'', since the Doctor's ''modus operandi'' in a new situation is to act like the most important person in the room and let everyone else figure out who that would be.


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* In the ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' storyline "Swiftly I Glide", Tip, Nick, Unity and Dr Lee are infiltrating an Anasigma base, something that turns out to be easier than they expected because the base was expecting an inspection team. They manage to blag their way through this, quite well until:
-->'''Gail''': We have a little problem.\\
'''Tip''': Don't worry, the Anasigma inspection team is trained to handle the most unlikely disasters. So what's the problem?\\
'''Gail''': The Anasigma inspection team is at the gate.\\
'''Unity''': What about the most likely disasters?\\
'''Tip''': Those, not so much.
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* In ''Film/FromParisWithLove'', the assistant to the American representative at the conference gets this, even though he's the real guy. The person who used his ID before was [[spoiler:his fiancée, the terrorist who tries to blow the conference up]].

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* In ''Film/FromParisWithLove'', the assistant to the American representative at the conference gets this, stopped at the checkpoint for being already checked in, even though he's the real guy. The person who used his ID before was [[spoiler:his fiancée, the terrorist who tries to blow the conference up]].



* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Synchrony", Mulder is helping a scientist who's much older future self has travelled back in time to prevent his past self from causing the terrible future he came from (though the scientist is understandably very sceptical about the whole story). When Mulder and the scientist goes to investigate the laboratory the scientist works at, the scientist checks in at security via a hand-print scanner, and the guard tells him that he has already logged in some time ago. The scientist is of course confused by this, but Mulder quickly puts two and two together and realizes the man's future self is already in the building.

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* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Synchrony", Mulder is helping a scientist who's whose much older future self has travelled back in time to prevent his past self from causing the terrible future he came from (though the scientist is understandably very sceptical about the whole story). When Mulder and the scientist goes to investigate the laboratory the scientist works at, the scientist checks in at security via a hand-print scanner, and the guard tells him that he has already logged in some time ago. The scientist is of course confused by this, but Mulder quickly puts two and two together and realizes the man's future self is already in the building.


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* In ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'', Lupin disguises himself as Zenigata, and insists that Gustav (Cagliostro's Captain of the Guard) was foolish for not recognizing the previous Inspector Zenigata as The Wolf in disguise.
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* In ''Film/The6thDay'', Adam Gibson uses a finger from a dead clone to gain entrance. He is discovered when a new clone with the same fingerprint tries to check in.

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* In ''Film/The6thDay'', Adam Gibson uses [[BorrowedBiometricBypass a finger from a dead clone clone]] to gain entrance. He is discovered when a new clone with the same fingerprint tries to check in.



* In ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'', Lupin disguises himself as Zenigata, and insists that Gustav (Cagliostro's Captain of the Guard) was foolish for not recognizing the previous Inspector Zenigata as The Wolf in disguise.



* In the ''Literature/OutlanderLeander'' series, Leander enters the city of Cerna, sneaks out, and later attempts to re-enter from the other side. In this particular case there was no impostor; he tried to check himself in twice.

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* In the ''Literature/OutlanderLeander'' series, Leander enters the city of Cerna, sneaks out without checking out, and later attempts to re-enter from the other side. In this particular case there was no impostor; he tried to check himself in twice.

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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/BountyHamster''. While Marion is impersonating a famous hotel critic as part of a ZanyScheme, the real critic turns up at the front desk, demanding his usual room...but the steward is away from the desk at that precise moment, so Marion grabs the critic, stuffs him in a cupboard, and nails the door shut.

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** In the Episode "Roads to Vegas," Brian wins tickets to see Celine Dion in Vegas, and takes Stewie along. However, their attempt to get to Vegas via teleportation results in copies of them appearing in Vegas. The copies of them have no trouble checking into the hotel and going to the Celine Dion concert, but the original's efforts fail because they've "already checked in to the hotel" and their tickets to the concert were already scanned.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' episode "Satisfaction" the renegade Speedy (original Roy, soon to be Arsenal) has gone to one of Green Arrow's secret bases to get the equipment he needs to kill Lex Luthor. The base uses a retinal scanner to verify authorized users. Soon after Green Arrow and Red Arrow (clone Roy) arrive looking for him. Upon scanning Red Arrow's eye the computer says "Error. Red Arrow already inside. Security breach. Lockout." Green Arrow is able to override the lockout, but this is how they find out where Speedy is.


* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Synchrony", Mulder is helping a scientist who's much older future self has travelled back in time to prevent his past self from causing the terrible future he came from (though the scientist is understandably very sceptical about the whole story). When Mulder and the scientist goes to investigate the laboratory the scientist works at, the scientist checks in at security via a hand-print scanner, and the guard tells him that he has already logged in some time ago. The scientist is of course confused by this, but Mulder quickly puts two and two together.

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* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Synchrony", Mulder is helping a scientist who's much older future self has travelled back in time to prevent his past self from causing the terrible future he came from (though the scientist is understandably very sceptical about the whole story). When Mulder and the scientist goes to investigate the laboratory the scientist works at, the scientist checks in at security via a hand-print scanner, and the guard tells him that he has already logged in some time ago. The scientist is of course confused by this, but Mulder quickly puts two and two together.together and realizes the man's future self is already in the building.

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* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Synchrony", Mulder is helping a scientist who's much older future self has travelled back in time to prevent his past self from causing the terrible future he came from (though the scientist is understandably very sceptical about the whole story). When Mulder and the scientist goes to investigate the laboratory the scientist works at, the scientist checks in at security via a hand-print scanner, and the guard tells him that he has already logged in some time ago. The scientist is of course confused by this, but Mulder quickly puts two and two together.


* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Meg's getting married, Neil Goldman isn't invited but wants in. Chris is checking at the door. After giving his real name and being rejected, Neil says he's Chris, who immediately switches places without question. When Chris gives Neil his name, he's told Chris has already checked in.

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Meg's getting married, Neil Goldman isn't invited but wants in. Chris is checking at the door. After giving his real name and being rejected, Neil says he's Chris, who immediately switches places without question. When Chris gives Neil his name, he's told Chris has already checked in.in.
** Another episode includes a slight variant. Peter impersonates Mel Gibson to gain access to Gibson's vacant reserved hotel room, but when checking out he is overheard by members of Gibson's entourage who are there to check ''in'' for him. A chase scene results.


* A comedy variant: On ''MadAboutYou'', Jaimie was going back to school, but Paul had forgotten to send in her registration forms. So he, Ira and Jaimie's friend Fran stealth sign her up for all the classes she wanted on the last day of registration, getting signatures from the teachers of the classes in question, and all had to get photo [=IDs=] taken, claiming they were Jaimie Buckman.

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* A comedy variant: On ''MadAboutYou'', ''Series/MadAboutYou'', Jaimie was going back to school, but Paul had forgotten to send in her registration forms. So he, Ira and Jaimie's friend Fran stealth sign her up for all the classes she wanted on the last day of registration, getting signatures from the teachers of the classes in question, and all had to get photo [=IDs=] taken, claiming they were Jaimie Buckman.


* Subverted in ''HotelDuskRoom215''. Protagonist Kyle Hyde books a room at Hotel Dusk, and when he signs his name the receptionist asks "Really? Is that really your name?" After a little bit, it's revealed someone with the same name stayed at the hotel the year before. Naturally, Kyle gets suspicious.

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* Subverted in ''HotelDuskRoom215''.''VisualNovel/HotelDuskRoom215''. Protagonist Kyle Hyde books a room at Hotel Dusk, and when he signs his name the receptionist asks "Really? Is that really your name?" After a little bit, it's revealed someone with the same name stayed at the hotel the year before. Naturally, Kyle gets suspicious.


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