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** Subverted in the episode "Imitation Krabs", where [=SpongeBob=] can't distinguish between Mr. Krabs and Plankton's robotic replica of Krabs -- despite the fact that one is [[PaperThinDisguise clearly a robot]], complete with {{Robospeak}} (though [=SpongeBob=] did get weirded out by the Robot's "Metal Pants"). [=SpongeBob=] gives the two Krabs a series of questions he thinks only the real Mr. Krabs would know. However, in reality, the questions were poor choices for this exacts scenario;The first is a generic question that anyone who's been to the Krusty Krab can answer. (evident due to that fact that Robot Krabs answers it correctly) The second is not only generic, but Spongebob immediately stops before Mr. Krabs answers, after which he states the rest of he question. The third question is one that is so complicated that even the real Krabs can't answer.

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** Subverted in the episode "Imitation Krabs", where [=SpongeBob=] can't distinguish between Mr. Krabs and Plankton's robotic replica of Krabs -- despite the fact that one is [[PaperThinDisguise clearly a robot]], complete with {{Robospeak}} (though [=SpongeBob=] did get weirded out by the Robot's "Metal Pants"). [=SpongeBob=] gives the two Krabs a series of questions he thinks only the real Mr. Krabs would know. However, in reality, the questions were poor choices for this exacts scenario;The scenario. The first is a two are generic question questions that anyone who's been to the Krusty Krab can answer. (evident due to that fact that answer, as evidenced by Robot Krabs answers it correctly) The second is not only generic, but Spongebob immediately stops before Mr. Krabs answers, after which he states the rest of he question.answering both correctly. The third question is one that is so complicated that even the real Krabs can't answer.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/TangledTheSeries'' episode "Mirror, Mirror" features mirror duplicates replacing the main characters. Rapunzel gets suspicious when Shorty demonstrates proper table manners and otherwise lacks his CloudCuckooLander personality, while the others don't notice anything unusual. She's able to convince Eugene when they spy on "Shorty" and see him trick Lance into getting himself replaced. Rapunzel, Pascal, Eugene, and Cassandra then decide they have to ensure none of ''them'' have been replaced before they can figure out how to get their original friends back. Rapunzel [[spoiler:makes a model of Corona out of leftovers (because Eugene says she can always make something beautiful), then cements her identity by squashing Uncle Monty's model under her thumb]]. Pascal [[spoiler:applies his color-changing abilities to answer Rapunzel's questions]]. Eugene [[spoiler:demonstrates his trademark charm while answering Rapunzel's rapid-fire questions]]. Cassandra [[spoiler:gives up when Rapunzel challenges her to demonstrate her swordsmanship, attacking Rapunzel and Eugene instead]].
** Turns out to be subverted in the case of [[spoiler:Eugene. He'd been replaced much earlier in the episode and stolen Rapunzel's diary to perfect his illusion. He's revealed when he refers to Pascal as a chameleon instead of a frog.]] Which is actually well-foreshadowed: [[spoiler:not only is Eugene the most likely to look into a mirror, which is how the duplicates manage to switch, but his not noticing any difference in Shorty is because he was in on it, and he's the only one who was tested on knowledge- i.e. something he's able to find from another source- instead of skill- Rapunzel's artistry, Pascal's color-changing, and Cass's swordsmanship, which it's clear the duplicates can't, well, duplicate.]]


* The cartoon version of ''Series/PunkyBrewster'' had the episode "Double Your Punky". While Punky is at a school picnic, Glomer creates a clone of her from a photograph to keep him company. But this clone is obnoxious and she escapes. In his confusion, Glomer zaps the sweet Punky back into the photo and tosses it away. He retrieves it and brings her back but during a scuffle with the clone, nobody can tell who the real Punky is--nobody except her dog Brandon, who recognized her scent.

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* The cartoon version of ''Series/PunkyBrewster'' ''WesternAnimation/PunkyBrewster'' had the episode "Double Your Punky". While Punky is at a school picnic, Glomer creates a clone of her from a photograph to keep him company. But this clone is obnoxious and she escapes. In his confusion, Glomer zaps the sweet Punky back into the photo and tosses it away. He retrieves it and brings her back but during a scuffle with the clone, nobody can tell who the real Punky is--nobody except her dog Brandon, who recognized her scent.


* ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'' cartoon episode "No Reply" dealt with a jewel thief who has disguised himself as Music/PaulMcCartney. What tips him off is that when the boys are confronted by screaming female fans, the thief doesn't run.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'' cartoon episode "No Reply" dealt with a jewel thief who has disguised himself as Music/PaulMcCartney. What tips him off is that when the boys are confronted by [[GroupieBrigade screaming female fans, fans,]] the thief doesn't run.


** Subverted in the episode "Imitation Krabs", where [=SpongeBob=] can't distinguish between Mr. Krabs and Plankton's robotic replica of Krabs -- despite the fact that one is [[PaperThinDisguise clearly a robot]], complete with {{Robospeak}} (though [=SpongeBob=] did get weirded out by the Robot's "Metal Pants"). [=SpongeBob=] gives the two Krabs a series of questions he thinks only the real Mr. Krabs would know. The first two are generic questions that anyone who's been to the Krusty Krab can answer and Robot Krabs answers them both. The third question is one that is so complicated that even the real Krabs can't answer.

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** Subverted in the episode "Imitation Krabs", where [=SpongeBob=] can't distinguish between Mr. Krabs and Plankton's robotic replica of Krabs -- despite the fact that one is [[PaperThinDisguise clearly a robot]], complete with {{Robospeak}} (though [=SpongeBob=] did get weirded out by the Robot's "Metal Pants"). [=SpongeBob=] gives the two Krabs a series of questions he thinks only the real Mr. Krabs would know. The first two are generic However, in reality, the questions were poor choices for this exacts scenario;The first is a generic question that anyone who's been to the Krusty Krab can answer and answer. (evident due to that fact that Robot Krabs answers them both. it correctly) The second is not only generic, but Spongebob immediately stops before Mr. Krabs answers, after which he states the rest of he question. The third question is one that is so complicated that even the real Krabs can't answer.

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* Played with a ''lot'' in the fourth season of ''WesternAnimation/SheRaAndThePrincessesOfPower''. Double Trouble is a brilliant shapeshifter who prides themselves on perfectly mimicking their targets via their excellent judge of character and acting skills. As such, they pull this off a lot.
** During their introduction, they attempt to impersonate Scorpia, though Catra is immediately tipped off by 'Scorpia's' cocky demeanour and threatens Double Trouble to reveal themselves. Scorpia then shows up and believes Double Trouble is either her twin, or more likely, Hordak cloned her.
** Later in the same episode, Double Trouble 'auditions' for Catra by impersonating her and fighting Adora. The warrior is unable to tell the difference and Catra takes it as proof that Double Trouble is skilled enough to be useful to her and welcomes them on board.
** Double Trouble wrecks havoc on the Rebellion by transforming into various princesses and sabotaging their attempt to retake Dryl. When the princesses catch on, Double Trouble destroys Bow's tracker pad and the communication panel- the former they pour water on- and then exit the room as Mermista to create suspicion. When they're finally caught, they still succeed in their task: to drive Glimmer and Adora further apart and keeps the princesses distracted while the Horde [[spoiler:conquers Salinius]].


** Funnily enough, Darkwing tries the same ploy to infiltrate the Fearsome Five's HQ., using a Negaduck costume (minus his purple mask, again for audience benefit). He gets all the way up to the five -- WHO HAVE JUST RESOLVED TO KILL NEGADUCK FOR SCREWING THEM OUT OF THEIR SHARE OF THE CITY'S LOOT.

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** Funnily enough, Darkwing tries the same ploy to infiltrate the Fearsome Five's HQ., using a Negaduck costume (minus his purple mask, again for audience benefit). He gets all the way up to the five Five -- WHO HAVE JUST RESOLVED TO KILL NEGADUCK FOR SCREWING THEM OUT OF THEIR SHARE OF THE CITY'S LOOT.who have just resolved to kill Negaduck for screwing them out of their share of the city's loot.


* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' did this when Francine realizes that Stan assigned Bill (his double) to keep herself company while he dates the prom queen. She gets furious and pulls out Stan's gun, but can't tell them apart. One of them steps up apologizing and loves her, but Francine assumes the other Stan is the real one and shoots him thinking that Stan will never say something like this. It turns out the apologizing Stan was the real one and Bill was the one shot.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' did this a variation when Francine realizes that Stan assigned his body double Bill (his double) to keep herself her company while he Stan dates the prom queen. She gets furious and pulls out Stan's gun, with the intent of shooting the real Stan, but can't tell them apart. One of them steps up up, apologizing and saying that he loves her, but her - which convinces Francine assumes to shoot the other Stan one because she figures the one who stepped up is not the real one and shoots him Stan, thinking that Stan will he would never say something anything like this. It that. Then it turns out the one apologizing really ''was'' Stan was the real one and Bill was the one shot.she shot Bill.



** The first occurrence is with XANA himself impersonating Jérémie in "Ghost Channel". (Basically, it is a case of EvilCannotComprehendGood; XANA insists that Jérémie is too afraid to ever come to Lyoko, but the others know that he ''will'' if their lives are in danger. XANA's ignorance of how Jérémie would react led the others to realize it is him.)
** In "XANA's Kiss", when confronted with two Jérémies, Aelita can guess which one is genuine because the Clone had kissed her without permission, which the true Jérémie would not have dared to do. (Maybe XANA ''can'' comprehend good, just not very well...) Later in the same episode, Odd recognizes the real Yumi from the Clone impersonating her when the Clone doesn't insult him while the real Yumi calls him a pea-brain. (He knows it was her. Odd may be insulted a lot, but he knows that XANA would never call him a "pea-brain".)

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** The first occurrence is with XANA himself impersonating Jérémie in "Ghost Channel". (Basically, Basically, it is a case of EvilCannotComprehendGood; XANA insists believes that Jérémie is simply too afraid to ever come to Lyoko, but the others know that he ''will'' if their lives are in danger. XANA's ignorance of how Jérémie would react led the others to realize it is him.)
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** In "XANA's Kiss", when confronted with two Jérémies, Aelita can guess which one is genuine because the Clone had kissed her without permission, which the true Jérémie would not have dared to do. (Maybe XANA ''can'' comprehend good, just not very well...) Later in the same episode, Odd recognizes the real Yumi from the Clone impersonating her when the Clone doesn't insult him while the real Yumi calls him a pea-brain. (He knows it was her. pea-brain - Odd may be insulted a lot, but he knows that XANA would never call him a "pea-brain".)



** Both time that X.A.N.A. pretends to be Franz Hopper, he gets caught by two different people. In "Franz Hopper", it's Jérémie realizing about lines on Franz's ruined dairy. (The real Franz [[SayingTooMuch would not have known that.]]) In "Distant Memory", it's Aelita who realizes what's going on when X.A.N.A. calls "Skidbladnir" a funny name and no virtual take for Aelita's mom.
** Subverted in "Image Problem". The team is suspicious of Yumi's imposter, but no-one truly catch on until she actually becomes hostile. (Of course, it ''is'' the first time XANA has tried something like this.)

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** Both time times that X.A.N.A. pretends to be Franz Hopper, he gets caught by two different people. In "Franz Hopper", it's Jérémie realizing about thanks to lines on in Franz's ruined dairy. (The dairy (the real Franz [[SayingTooMuch would not have known that.]]) that]]). In "Distant Memory", it's Aelita who realizes what's going on when X.A.N.A. calls "Skidbladnir" a funny name and no virtual take for Aelita's mom.
** Subverted in "Image Problem". The team is suspicious of Yumi's imposter, but no-one truly catch catches on until she actually becomes hostile. (Of Of course, it ''is'' the first time XANA has tried something like this.)


** Subverted at the end of the "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMSZC3f0qf8 Michael Jackson vs. Michael Jackson]]" sketch.
--->'''Alien 1:''' How were we going to take over the world with a white Michael Jackson anyway?\\
'''Alien 2:''' Damn it! Damn it! Damn it!

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** Subverted at the end of the "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMSZC3f0qf8 Michael Jackson vs. Michael Jackson]]" sketch.
sketch. Music/MichaelJackson is confronted by another Michael Jackson, who looks like he did prior to his hair catching fire in 1984, and reveals that he was kidnapped by aliens from the hospital immediately after that incident and replaced by the bleached Michael Jackson as part of a ploy to take over the planet. The two fight each other for a bit before a kid gets hold of a gun and points it at them; the black Michael Jackson tells him that, to be safe, both of them will have to be shot. Another bystander immediately says that means he must be the real Michael Jackson, only for the kid to shoot them both.
--->'''Alien 1:''' Urgh, damn it! Damn it! Damn it! ''Years'' of planning ruined!\\
'''Alien 2:'''
How were we going to gonna take over the world with a white Michael Jackson anyway?\\
'''Alien 2:''' 1:''' Damn it! Damn it! Damn it!



* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'' when Hoop and his evil-identical-cousin are holding a gun on each other, with Stroker nearby. Stroker shoots one of the Hoops in the knee, causing the other one to exclaim "Good job, Stroker" before Stroker kneecaps him too. "Now we can figure out who's who at our leisure!" This being Stroker and Hoop, they still get it wrong (at least until they spot the evil one pursing his hands with an evil grin as they prepare to drive off)

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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'' when Hoop and his evil-identical-cousin are holding a gun on each other, with Stroker nearby. Stroker shoots one of the Hoops in the knee, causing the other one to exclaim "Good job, Stroker" before Stroker kneecaps him too. "Now we can figure out who's who at our leisure!" This being Stroker and Hoop, they still get it wrong (at least until they spot the evil one pursing his hands with an evil grin as they prepare to drive off)off).

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** In "Ladybug", the villain-of-the-day is a sentimonster created to pose as Ladybug. While she and the real Ladybug fight, Chat Noir shows up and can't tell who is who. Fake Ladybug tries to trick Chat Noir by telling him that she loves him and to listen to his heart, while the real Ladybug reminds him that [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay she's already privately told him that she's in love with someone else]] and to listen to his head. Of course, Chat Noir listens to his heart instead, though the real Ladybug is able to improvise a plan to goad out fake Ladybug's master, Mayura.


** Averted in the season 2 finale when Twilight Sparkle and the real Cadance crash the wedding that has [[spoiler:Queen Chrysalis]] posing as Cadance. The villain gives up the pretense, concluding that since Twilight Sparkle's previous voiced suspicions about the bride now have the real Cadance's support, everyone else will instantly put one and one together and realize who is imposter is.

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** Averted in the season 2 finale when Twilight Sparkle and the real Cadance crash the wedding that has [[spoiler:Queen Chrysalis]] posing as Cadance. The villain gives up the pretense, concluding that since Twilight Sparkle's previous voiced suspicions about the bride now have the real Cadance's support, everyone else will instantly put one and one together and realize who is imposter the impostor is.



* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Imitation Krabs", where [=SpongeBob=] can't distinguish between Mr. Krabs and Plankton's robotic replica of Krabs -- despite the fact that one is [[PaperThinDisguise clearly a robot]], complete with {{Robospeak}} (though [=SpongeBob=] did get weirded out by the Robot's "Metal Pants"). [=SpongeBob=] gives the two Krabs a series of questions he thinks only the real Mr. Krabs would know. The first two are generic questions that anyone who's been to the Krusty Krab can answer and Robot Krabs answers them both. The third question is one that is so complicated that even the real Krabs can't answer.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** Averted in the episode "I'm With Stupid", when the visiting starfish couple Marty and Janet call each other by name, Patrick immediately realizes they are not his parents. His actual parents are named Herb and Margie.
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Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Imitation Krabs", where [=SpongeBob=] can't distinguish between Mr. Krabs and Plankton's robotic replica of Krabs -- despite the fact that one is [[PaperThinDisguise clearly a robot]], complete with {{Robospeak}} (though [=SpongeBob=] did get weirded out by the Robot's "Metal Pants"). [=SpongeBob=] gives the two Krabs a series of questions he thinks only the real Mr. Krabs would know. The first two are generic questions that anyone who's been to the Krusty Krab can answer and Robot Krabs answers them both. The third question is one that is so complicated that even the real Krabs can't answer.


** "Operation: P.R.E.S.I.D.E.N.T.": The 4th Grade President and a robot replica thereof fight on a bus on its way to the City Hall (the real pres wants to cut down on school hours). One of them gets thrown off. Nigel stops at a city dump to slag the fake with an electromagnet and car crusher, while Hoagie takes the thrown-off real president to the Hall himself... except that the actual president was turned to his side by recurring villain Father, and school hours end up being extended to 8:25pm. In short, [[XanatosGambit it didn't matter who got to City Hall Father was guaranteed to win.]]

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** "Operation: P.R.E.S.I.D.E.N.T.": The 4th Grade President and a robot replica thereof fight on a bus on its way to the City Hall (the real pres wants to cut down on school hours). One of them gets thrown off. Nigel stops at a city dump to slag the fake with an electromagnet and car crusher, while Hoagie takes the thrown-off real president to the Hall himself... except that the actual president was turned to his side by recurring villain Father, and school hours end up being extended to 8:25pm. In short, [[XanatosGambit it didn't matter who got to City Hall Hall, Father was guaranteed to win.would've won either way.]]


* In an episode of the AnimatedAdaptation of ''ComicBook/RichieRich'', an imposter impersonates Dollar, the dog. In an attempt to determine who is who, they present both dogs with a bowl of dog food. The imposter forces himself to eat it, and is promptly exposed. What he didn't realize was that the real Dollar is much too spoiled to eat common dog food.

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* In an episode of the AnimatedAdaptation of ''ComicBook/RichieRich'', ''WesternAnimation/RichieRich'', an imposter impersonates Dollar, Dollar the dog.Dog. In an attempt to determine who is who, they present both dogs with a bowl of dog food. The imposter forces himself to eat it, and is promptly exposed. What he didn't realize was that the real Dollar is much too spoiled to eat common dog food.


* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Imitation Krabs", where [=SpongeBob=] can't distinguish between Mr. Krabs and Plankton's robotic replica of Krabs -- despite the fact that one is [[PaperThinDisguise clearly a robot]], complete with {{Robospeak}}, though [=SpongeBob=] did get weirded out by the Robot's "Metal Pants." [=SpongeBob=] gives the two Krabs a series of questions he thinks only the real Mr. Krabs would know. The first two are generic questions that anyone who's been to the Krusty Krab can answer and Robot Krabs answers them both. The third question is one that is so complicated that even the real Krabs can't answer.

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* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Imitation Krabs", where [=SpongeBob=] can't distinguish between Mr. Krabs and Plankton's robotic replica of Krabs -- despite the fact that one is [[PaperThinDisguise clearly a robot]], complete with {{Robospeak}}, though {{Robospeak}} (though [=SpongeBob=] did get weirded out by the Robot's "Metal Pants." Pants"). [=SpongeBob=] gives the two Krabs a series of questions he thinks only the real Mr. Krabs would know. The first two are generic questions that anyone who's been to the Krusty Krab can answer and Robot Krabs answers them both. The third question is one that is so complicated that even the real Krabs can't answer.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'':
** In the episode "Copycat," the titular akuma-victim looks exactly like Cat Noir and shares all his powers. While VoicesAreMental is in play, that seems to be for the audience's benefit, because no one else notices. The real Cat Noir reveals his identity to Ladybug by saying SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay. She later confuses them again, but this time she knows that each of their rings is displaying a different countdown.
** Chloe has been able to pass herself off as Ladybug more than once, despite having a different hairstyle (which is sometimes noticed, sometimes ignored). She's outed the first time when the real Ladybug shows up after she's been "unmasked" and the second time when Sabrina addresses her by her real name. But then when she struts into a film set in the full costume (wig included), ''no one'' mistakes her for the real thing, pegging her as Chloe immediately. (Interestingly enough, her akumatized form is 'Antibug,' which features an inverted color-scheme and powerset of the real deal, marking her as clearly distinct.)
** Reflekta's entire schtick is turning people into identical copies of herself, which fools Ladybug and Cat Noir a few times, but in time for the final confrontation, there's no one but the real one to fight.
** Likewise, the Sapotis (who are already ''two'' people akumatized together) multiply every time the eat, and Ladybug has to destroy the original akuma. The solution? Round them ''all'' up and keep snapping propellers off of hats until they find the right one.

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