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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })A doppelganger, shapeshifter (in a speculative fiction setting) or an identical twin for more mundane stories seeks to kill the original and take their place. If they're quick and quiet, nobody will suspect a thing until it's too late.
If the murderer is a full-on Shapeshifter, this technique may well be employed iteratively to pierce increasing layers of security. Just kill and replace the hapless guard, then the sergeant, then his lieutenant superior...
Tends to be caused by the Cloning Blues. Fantasy cousin of Twinmaker.note Although either can appear in either genre, and in practice the two tend to be used for wildly different tones. Kill and Replace is generally a horror trope, while Twinmaker, if played for horror at all, is usually of a more philosophical bent, trying to determine how the seemingly identical victim and copy are related, and by extension what it means to exist as an individual.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })Compare Dead Person Impersonation, Mugged for Disguise and Dressing as the Enemy, where the victim at least gets to live, albeit knocked out and half-naked. If the victim is kept alive but restrained, see Capture and Replicate. Contrast Klingon Promotion, where one kills to assume the victim's job. Extreme versions of the Fake King plot tend toward this route as well. One of many reasons you might consider Killing Your Alternate Self. If it's revealed to have already happened, the victim may be an Impersonation-Exclusive Character.
Don't confuse with Replaced with Replica, which involves inanimate objects. Contrast Copied the Morals, Too, where the replacement has at least some of the same personality or moral code that he original did.
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In the Adventure Time episode "Three Buckets", a jealousy-driven Fern attempts to do this to Finn.
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In Twig, the Bad Seeds are clones of children of powerful figures that replace them when fully grown and trained, at which point they carry out a Murder-Suicide. The real children are sold to the Mad Scientist black market, where they are presumably used for spare parts.
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The T-1000 does this several times in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, it being his standard M.O. to kill a victim and copy their appearance/voice: John Connor's foster mother, a security guard in the insane asylum where Sarah Connor was being held and, very nearly, Sarah herself and partially succeeds with Sarah in the climax, but John sees through it. Also used partially in the first film, where the T-101 kills and impersonates the voice of a cop as well as Sarah's mom. In Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, the T-X does this to Kate's fiancé Scott Mason. When she brings up that the T-X took his form, the T-101 immediately tells her that Scott is dead.
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A very similar plot on an episode of SVU, although the woman did not kill her sister, but did assume her identity as a means of hiding from the man who had.
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In Empire from the Ashes, Dahak destroyed our original Moon and took its place.
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Wonder Woman (1987): Doctor Psycho kills Matthew Fallon and dumps his corpse in the Hudson River, then uses his psychic abilities to pretend to be Fallon in order to hide from the authorities and prey on Leslie Anderson.
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In Danball Senki, Yoshimitsu Kaidou was killed towards the end of episode 24 after he fired Eiji from the Innovators. When Rina tries to kill him in episode 27, it's revealed to the audience that Kaidou was killed and replaced with an android replica of him instead. Jin catches on around episode 38, but the culprit turned out to be Lex.
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In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Voldemort's pet snake Nagini kills Bathilda Bagshot and animates her body from inside her corpse as a trap for Harry & Co.
The Polyjuice potion is a less heinous form of this. It's used to replace someone, but whoever you're impersonating has to be alive when you take their hair or other part, so you have to keep them alive if you want to look like them for more than an hour. In practice, it's Capture And Replace.
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Envy demons in Dragon Age fixate on targets of high status and study them at length, so that when they eventually take their form and leave the original to rot in a ditch somewhere, few will think to question their actions — and those that do wouldn't dare. The one encountered in Dragon Age: Inquisition is a subversion. The original Lord Seeker Lucius allowed the demon to replace him so he could join a cult of Omnicidal Maniacs, having lost his mind when he learned the Dark Secret of the Seekers. Since Envy Demons are never satisfied for long, being reflections of envy, it is not content with its current form and has chosen a new target: the Inquisitor.
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In RASL, traveling to another universe will subsume the version of you that exists there, effectively killing them as you take their place.
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Kandra do this in Mistborn, though in an odd variation, they are bound by Thou Shalt Not Kill — their employers must provide the corpse. Whether or not they participate in the Cold-Blooded Torture that generally goes on first (in order to root out any secrets necessary to make the impersonation successful) isn't mentioned. In the second book one kandra does this to another, which is naturally highly effective as the kandra almost never display their real personality or appearance anyway. In this case the kandra does the killing itself, believing the rule only applies to humans (his superiors end up disagreeing vehemently).
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The Phantoms in Kamen Rider Wizard are born when Gates, humans with magical potential, fall into a Despair Event Horizon and die. The Phantom is able to assume the Gate's form and moves on to acquire more Gates and release the Phantom within them.
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The title creature in The Thing (1982) is a cross between Kill And Replace and Puppeteer Parasite. It infects a host, slowly replacing them from the inside out until none of the original remains becoming just the form of a new "colony" of Thing cells.
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Apocalypse had Tsuyoi, a friend of Namor's, killed so that he could steal the man's identity in order to get close to the Submariner.
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Pulled off for the bulk of the second season of Alias, beginning with the episode "Phase One", where Francie is murdered and replaced by Allison Doren, a women genetically altered to look identical to her. For the second half of the season Allison spies on Sydney, kills Diane Dixon, uses Will to steal CIA secrets then frames him as the real clone, only to be caught out by coffee-flavoured ice-cream. Used again without the 'kill' part in season 5, when oft-recurring villain Anna Espinosa is morphed into a clone of Sydney using the same technique, which allows her to kill Renée and track down Vaughan before the real Sydney catches up to her and shoots her right in the head.
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In Demon Spawn, Nightflame's plan is to destroy Supergirl's soul and take over her body.
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Black Man. A Super Soldier ditches a spacecraft in the ocean and goes on a killing rampage on Earth. No one can figure out how he escaped the crash before the response team arrived. Until a weighed-down body is found under the sea, and the investigators are belatedly informed that a member of the response team has been missing for some time.
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Parodied in an episode of The Simpsons, where the family sets up a dummy of Homer outside to find out who would want to kill him. After several of Homer's enemies beat on it, Homer himself destroys the dummy, proclaiming "Once I kill you, everyone will think I'm the real Homer!".
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In Fringe, Charlie Francis is murdered offscreen by a shapeshifter, who proceeds to impersonate him for several episodes. This happens to several other side characters at varying points, including a US Senator.
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In Bloodborne, a Choir Doctor murders Iosekfa and impersonates her once you entered Cathedral Ward, and she turns the real Iosefka along with people sent to the clinic into Celestial Emissaries.
At the end of the game, if you refuse Gehrman's offer of a Mercy Kill at the end of the game, he doesn't take no for an answer and initiates a boss battle so he can kill you anyway. Kill him, and you take his place as the host of the Hunter's Dream (which Gehrman considers a Fate Worse than Death, hence why he's trying to kill you to save you from it). Or if you have consumed three Thirds of Umbilical Cord, after killing Gehrman you get to initiate another boss battle against the Moon Presence, the Eldritch Abomination that created the Dream. Kill it, and you take it's place, becoming a baby Eldritch Abomination.
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The modus operandi of the X parasites in Metroid Fusion. They infect a host and multiply at an alarming rate, eventually killing the host while consuming its body and absorbing their DNA. Using this, they can mimic their former host perfectly. This happened to several lifeforms, including scientists, in the BSL research station the game takes place in. The threat of the X applying the trope to a galactic scale is what prompts Samus to go to the research station and wipe them all out.
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In Heroes, Sylar the super serial killer is also doing this now that he's a shapeshifter. There's also an incredibly messed-up inversion of this trope: after he murders Nathan in the Volume 4 finale, Angela and Noah convince Matt to use his mental powers to force him to become Nathan. Kill And Replacement Goldfish, basically.
James Martin (the shapeshifter Sylar stole his power from) played it straight and inverted it. He killed and replaced one of Danko's soldiers, then when he impersonated Sylar, Sylar killed him and used his still-morphed body to fake his death.
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The Akuma from D.Gray-Man do this when they kill the person who called them back to life and take their form.
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In Naruto, Orochimaru manipulated the Fourth Kazekage into sending his shinobi to attack Konoha. Orochimaru then killed the Kazekage and used his appearance to get close to the Third Hokage. Orochimaru and his men also infiltrated the Chunin Exam by killing three of the applicants and stealing their identities.
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The Outer Limits (1963) episode "The Hundred Days of the Dragon". An Asian government kills a U.S. Presidential candidate and replaces him with an imposter whose face has been molded to match the candidate's by use of a chemical.
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The Outer Limits (1995):
"A Special Edition" had a talk show host interview a man who claimed to know of a conspiracy which replaced prominent figures with clones loyal to the creators. At the end of the episode, the "conspiracy nut" is killed, at which point the shocked host sees a duplicate of himself wearing the same clothes. The final scene is a report by the clone who dismisses the claims of the "nut" who has "killed himself".
The reveal of "Something About Harry" was that the mysterious tenant at a teenager's (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) house, who was going around killing people around town, was in fact a government agent who had been hunting these types of aliens. In a further reveal, it turns out that the boy's mother (who had been skeptical of the whole thing), not the agent, had in fact been impersonated by another one of these aliens.
In "Skin Deep", Sid Camden uses a prototype image enhancer developed by Veil-Tech, the company where he works as an accountant, to imitate his handsome co-worker Chad Warner. While the genuine article is out of town for a few days, Sid gets him fired and receives $50,000 which was meant for Chad. Having heard rumors that Sid had clandestinely gotten hold of one of the image enhancers, Chad confronts him in his apartment and swears that he will get to the bottom of it. The only thing that stops him from beating Sid up is a lack of proof. However, this changes when Chad loses patience with Sid's taunting and pushes him. As he falls, he lands on the image enhancer and the Chad image activates. The two men fight briefly until Sid gains the upper hand and beats Chad to death by repeatedly hitting him over the head with a candlestick. After burying Chad's body, Sid leaves a message for his best (and only) friend Deb Clement on her answering machine saying that he intends to jump off a bridge. Sid takes over Chad's life after faking his own death. After two weeks, it transpires that Chad did not win the $50,000 in a bet as Sid thought but had received it on loan from an underwriter named Alan. Alan and his accomplice Grant confront Sid and demand the money, which they should have received the day before. Sid attempts to prove to them that he is the wrong guy by showing them the image enhancer. However, they think that he is taking out a gun and Alan stabs him in the stomach.
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The Sweet Valley High book The Evil Twin was about a psychotic woman, Margo, who happened to look just like the Wakefield twins. She planned to kill Elizabeth and take her place. Then, in Return of the Evil Twin, Margo turned out to have a twin, Nora, also psychotic. This time Margo and Nora planned to take over the lives of both twins, but their plans went awry when they argued over who got to become Jessica.
Another book was based around a woman trying to abduct Alice Wakefield, "steal" her face by way of impossible technology and then kill and replace her as revenge for being bullied by Alice and her friends when they were at school.
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Archipelago: After the main villain camp declares him AWOL, shapeshifter Han offs recently-deposed Arc Villain Vaniji and impersonates him so he can (re)join the Raven's forces without drawing suspicion.
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Hawaii Five-0 episode "Labyrinth". As part of a kidnap plot, a woman has plastic surgery to look like a wealthy socialite. She then murders and disposes of the victim and tries to take her place.
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A favoured tactic of the Mysterons in Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, as lampshaded in the Opening Narration.
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Batman Black and White: In "Fortunes", a woman murders her identical twin sister and takes her place, planning to collect on her own life insurance.
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In Angel Sanctuary, Arachne is actually an older brother of Kurai (His true name is never revealed) when he discovered his reason for existence was to act as a decoy for the true heir, he faked his death and killed the true Arachne and took his identity. His transvestism is part hiding his true identity, part he actually liked it.
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The original MechWarrior 2 had players do this as part of one of the campaigns. Piloting an identical 'Mech, the player had to kill the enemy patrol 'Mech and take its place to get near to the actual target, the facility it was guarding, without blowing their cover (which happened to many, many trigger-happy players).
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This is implied in Triage X when Detectives Tatara and Suzue find out that one of their own is not a police officer. The real detective was possibly killed by Syringe agents in order to insert their own agent and pose as a police officer.
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Bimbos of the Death Sun has a Red Herring scene where someone starts screaming bloody murder; it turns out to be a game of Dungeons & Dragons where one player murdered another just before his wedding and used a shapeshifting amulet to take his place.
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Future Diary:
Minene kills a rookie police officer named Natsuko and steals her identity. This later comes back to bite her in the ass when it turns out Natsuko managed to swallow her name tag so that her body could later be identified.
It's later revealed Yuno did this to the alternate world version of herself. After she won the Survival Game in her own world and couldn't revive Yukiteru, Yuno went back in time, killed this timeline's version of herself and took her place, all in order to just be with Yukiteru again.
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Supernatural:
In season 7, this is the favored tactic of the Leviathan.
Kill and replace is also a go-to tactic for many of the numerous shapeshifters encountered throughout the series.
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The Fox Sister: It's the Kumiho's modus operandi. She apparently researches and watches people she intends to copy, collecting an album full of photos for reference.
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In Impostor, Dr. Spencer Olham is accused of being an alien biorobot who has killed and replaced the scientist. They plan to prove themselves right by cutting him open to look for a biological bomb. He escapes and spends the rest of the movie trying to prove them wrong. They're right. Both he and his wife have been killed and replaced with the dopplegangers taking on the originals' memories. When he finds out the truth, the bomb in his chest explodes.
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In Super Monday Night Combat, former MNC announcer Mickey Cantor has escaped from prison and his exact whereabouts are unknown. Rumors abound, including one that killed and (with the aid of plastic surgery) replaced the Pope.
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Changelings in Charby the Vampirate absorb whomever or whatever they are changing into.
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The malevolent alien entity of Final Fantasy VII, Jenova. During a Great Offscreen War, Jenova used its shapeshifting abilities to get closer to its targets, harvesting them into monsters with the same ability. Needless to say, civilization collapsed. Fortunately, the Cetra were able to contain Jenova before it could consume the whole planet via this method.
Also, Nibelheim was re-populated with Shin-Ra actors after Sephiroth (a rogue Shin-Ra Spec-Ops) had his 'little incident'.
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The plot of the sample mini-campaign in the Savage Worlds pulp genre supplement Thrilling Tales relies on another "kidnap and replace" version of this. In this case the shapeshifting effect is ultimately temporary and only a living original can be copied again.
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In the Season 4 finale of Van Helsing (2016), Dracula kills the President and then takes on her appearance in order to infiltrate the vampire-free safe zone.
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In The Vision of Escaflowne, a shape-shifter does this to a hypnotist in order to infiltrate a prison and extract information from Hitomi and Co., who are imprisoned. He does this again later, this time to a Zaibach Guymelef pilot... who just happens to be one of Dilandau's subordinates. It backfires. HORRIBLY.
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In Claymore, the shapeshifting Youma occasionally do this to continue hunting humans in secret. This is a lie spread by the Organization to hide the Youma's true nature. They are actually parasites born from the flesh of two captured dragon people that jump to new human hosts after burning out their previous hosts. The Youma aren't replacing anyone. They just inflict terrible mutations and Horror Hunger on unlucky humans.
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A common tactic of the shape-changers in The Riddle Master Trilogy.
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The Roidmude, a race of android-like beings from Kamen Rider Drive, like the previously mentioned Worm, are also able to fully copy both the appearance and the memories of their victims. Most of them also try to dispatch their victim. Others, however, intentionally keep the victim alive to learn more about their emotions, as understanding emotions evolves a Roidmude to the next level.
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Westworld: Some important people have already been offed and replaced with host duplicates, most notably Charlotte Hale.
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Part of Zarda's "new beginning" in Supreme Power involves her killing a woman named Claire and assuming her identity.
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Uncanny X-Men (2013): Or "Drug and Replace in this case: Mystique has taken over Dazzler's role within S.H.I.E.L.D. without them knowing it. She's been locked up and kept sedated so Mystique can use her blood.
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In the Adam Strange: Planet Heist miniseries a Durlan kills Doc of the Omega Men and takes his place, waiting for the right time to strike.
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Young Bond: Dr. Perseus Friend in By Royal Command takes over the appearance of one Graf Otto von Schlick by first burning him badly as he has been in the past, and then having him killed in a burn ward where they both are taken. The switch is complete after the plastic surgery meant for the Graf is done on him.
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In Captain America: Civil War, part of Helmut Zemo's plan to destroy the Avengers involves him killing a psychiatrist and stealing the man's identity.
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Discussed in Collateral when the police wrongly assume that cabbie Max Durocher is the Professional Killer they are looking for, not Vincent (who has forced Max to pose as him). They think that the hitman has selected a cab driver who looks like himself, then killed him for his identity and vehicle.
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In Ira Levin's The Stepford Wives and its 1975 film adaptation (though not in the 2004 remake), the Men's Association in Stepford is doing this to their wives, replacing them with docile robot servants who won't threaten their status by doing such "uppity" things like getting jobs or showing interest in the women's movement.
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And then during the Superior Spider-Man comic series. Previously, Dr. Octopus had swapped bodies with Spider-Man, leaving the hero to die trapped in Ock's broken body and leaving the villain in a healthy, heroic body with no one realizing anything. Doc Ock uses his new life to constantly try to prove himself a superior Spider-Man, all while wrestling with the remnants of Peter's mind that take issue with how Otto's running things. In the end of the series, Otto realizes Parker was better than him and lets him take control of his body once more.
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Exalted: The Lunars have the ability to become any creature by ritualistically stalking it, killing it, and drinking its heart's blood. This same quality applies to humans, but only that particular human. Lunars do have access to shapeshifting Knacks, however, that allow them to refine the process, such as assuming the person's fate as well as their appearance, allowing them to change their clothing and hairstyle as they wish, and even being able to turn into the person temporarily by just taking a small sip of their blood (or, at higher levels, just by having sex with them).
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In Detective Comics #833-834, written by Paul Dini, The Joker killed a goth stage magician named Loxias and assumed his identity, planning to murder the audience at one of his shows.
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In the New 52 Blue Beetle series, Paco becomes Blood Beetle when the Scarab fragment inside him takes control of his body to carry out its Scarab Replacement Protocol on Blue Beetle.
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In John Dies at the End, the main characters gradually learn that part of the reason so much weirdness is going on around them is because Korrok, the ruler of another dimension is preparing an invasion of our dimension by killing people and inserting copies of them from its own dimension to take their place. These copies tend to be pretty bad at pretending to be normal, however, because the dimensions are so different from each other that they have trouble playing their role. There is one notable exception however; the copy of Dave, one of the two main characters is so good that he slides seamlessly into the original's life after replacing him. This particular copy is so good that it turns out to be a case of Copied the Morals, Too, and it actually works against Korrok and helps defeat him.
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Screamers has a plot of self-improving robots developed to fight a war getting more and more advanced until they Kill All Humans regardless of their side. In order to infiltrate the bunkers where the human soldiers are holed up, They Look Like Us Now and so this trope comes into play. Just as he's about to escape the planet, Colonel Hendricksson is attacked by a human Screamer, his best friend who proceeds to taunt Hendricksson with dialogue they exchanged at the start of the movie, implying that he'd been replaced by a Killer Robot before the events of the film even started. Averted in Screamers: The Hunting however, where the characters barely have time to say This Cannot Be! as No One Could Survive That! before their former buddy is chewing on their face.
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Dungeons & Dragons
This happens in any adventure in which a doppelganger monster appears, because killing people and replacing them is their modus operandi.
Also used by Sivak draconians in the Dragonlance setting.
Mystara Monstrous Compendium Appendix supplement. A Randara chooses a human victim that has the respect of and power over other humans. It uses ESP to read the victim's mind, then kills and eats the victim. It then takes the victim's shape and takes their place in society, using their victim's prestige to obtain more human prey.
3rd Edition Creature Collection. The Skin Devil kills a victim, removes a two inch square patch of skin and uses it to grow an outer skin to match the victim's.
3.5 also gives us the epic spell Demise Unseen, which simultaneously snuffs out a target's life and immediately animates their body as a ghoul under the caster's complete control. The victim's allies don't notice the change immediately, though they get a new save to realize something's up each time they interact with the ghoul.
Visages found in the Libris Mortis are well suited to this. It gets a very large bonus to disguise and bluff to assume the identify of something it killed, as well as being good at the skills of its victim, but it can't use its foes' abilities though.
As of Xanathar's Guide to Everything for 5th Edition, Bards of the College of Whispers are able to magically disguise themselves as a recent kill and even learn the things that person knew for the duration of the spell.
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The female Dire Wraiths (enemies of ROM: Space Knight and uglier version of the Skrull aliens) did this, helped by using their drill-like tongues to eat the victim's brains and gain their memories.
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In Fallout 4, the Institute kidnaps people from the Commonwealth and replaces them with synths. This has resulted in most people becoming incredibly paranoid, with some even willing to kill people they know if they suspect they have been replaced. In the Far Harbor DLC, the Vault Dweller can become complicit in such a scheme, replacing the Knight Templar cult leader with one who's more inclined to get along with his neighbors.
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Mystique does this several times (most notably to Henry Gyrich and Senator Robert Kelly) in the X-Men Film Series. (Though in Kelly's case, this was more of a Dead Person Impersonation; he died in a completely unrelated accident, and Mystique only stole his identity after the fact).
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Parasyte: The anime/manga in a nutshell. The parasytes take over people's lives and influential job positions.
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In Smallville, Bizarro tries to do this to Clark, and ended up having a month of his life when the latter got locked up in the Fortress. Brainiac did something similar to Kara, but when Clark accuses him of killing her, he says it is "much worse".
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Code Name: Gravedigger: In Men of War #21, the Nazis use Magic Plastic Surgery to create doubles of all the spotters manning the watchtowers near Atlantic City, including Gravedigger's childhood friend Rupert Johnson. The kill all the spotters and replace them with doubles to allow an invasion force to land unnoticed. Additionally, they plan to kill Johnson, replace him with his double, and then have the double assassinate Gravedigger.
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Call of Cthulhu features a spell that allows its caster to take on the semblance of a recently deceased person...by ritually consuming the corpse over the course of several days.
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Founders use this tactic to infiltrate and sow chaos among "solids", though not all of their replacements involve killing the original (General Martok turned up alive a season later). One Founder told Captain Sisko that they had been able to completely disrupt and drive Earth into rampant paranoia with just 4 shapeshifters on a planet of billions.
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[PROTOTYPE].
You approach your target (an officer or some other guy with what you need) and tear him apart while extracting not only his appearance (including clothes) but also his memories. And there is a stealth version, where you kill your victim and step forwards into their disintegrating body. If no military personnel see you in the exact moment, they won't even notice the change. Makes stealth missions quite easy, and with a bit of patience you can wipe out an entire military base this way without ever raising the alarm. All that's left is a pile of discarded weapons. What's really ridiculous is you can do a stealth kill in a crowded Manhattan sidewalk on a Web of Intrigue target and nobody bats an eye at it.
Near the end of the game, Cross is taken out this way and impersonated by The Dragon, the Supreme Hunter.
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Dune had Bene Tleilax Face Dancers, shape-shifters who absorb their victim's memories and physical identity and then kill them. This is far from being the creepiest aspect of the Bene Tleilax. It plays a major role in the plot against Paul in Dune Messiah, the attacks on Leto II and the Ixian Embassy in God-Emperor of Dune and several infiltrations in Heretics of Dune.
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X-Men:
Excalibur:
Courtney Ross was murdered and replaced by her other-dimensional double Sat-Yr-9.
The Warwolves occasionally replaced the human they had drained the life essence of by wearing their skins and duplicating their voices. They usually saved the intact skins of their victims to blend in with the population to aid in their hunt for prey and/or finding their assigned targets.
Mystique sometimes does this, though she often just ties them up or knocks them unconscious instead. For instance, the 1993 Sabretooth mini-series revealed that she had killed and assumed the identity of a female German operative named Leni Zauber during the Cold War; it was in this guise that she had sex with Sabretooth and conceived Graydon Creed.
Mister Sinister did this to Kate Kildare, the team's PR specialist.
Apocalypse had Tsuyoi, a friend of Namor's, killed so that he could steal the man's identity in order to get close to the Submariner.
Extermination saw Cable killed by his time-traveling teenaged self. "Kid Cable" has since taken up residence on Earth-616.
X-Factor (2006): An evil alternate Reed Richards from an Mirror Universe tries to kill and replace the real Reed, and then he tries to ally himself with Doctor Doom.
Uncanny X-Men (2013): Or "Drug and Replace in this case: Mystique has taken over Dazzler's role within S.H.I.E.L.D. without them knowing it. She's been locked up and kept sedated so Mystique can use her blood.
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Mass Effect 2,
Morinth can kill and replace her mother Samara.
Also, in the Lair of the Shadow Broker, Liara replaces the current Shadow Broker after killing him, though this has less to do with physical similarity (since nobody alive has ever seen the Broker) and more with similar styles of work and strict secrecy, making it impossible for the Broker's agents to notice the change. Since it wasn't pre-planned, however (or so she claims), this partly falls into the You Kill It, You Bought It category.
The same thing happened to the previous Shadow Broker, whom the Yahg killed and replaced. It is heavily implied that the Yahg's predecessor wasn't the original Shadow Broker either.
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Victorious: This seems to be Ponnie's plan, who intends to impersonate Tori so that she can attend Hollywood Arts. Being a kid's show, this isn't explicitly stated, but it's clear Ponnie intends to do something nasty to get rid of Tori.
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The Breen-controlled androids in Star Trek: Cold Equations book two, which take on the forms of Siro Kinshal and Esperanza Piñiero.
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Lost in Space (2018) revealed that its Gender Flipped version of Dr. Smith is prone to this. How bad is this trait? She isn't even really a case of Gender Flip as her real name is June Harris and she pulled this on the real Zachary Smith, leaving him for dead and assuming his identity. Note that she's not a doppelganger, shapeshifter, identical twin, or any of the other stuff described in the intro. It's just that the other colonists on the planet they crashed on ever actually met the real Dr. Smith, so they have no way of knowing that Dr. Smith couldn't possibly be her.
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Happens to the third Ant-Man in Secret Avengers. He's killed during a mission and the bad guys send a Life Model Decoy back in his place to infiltrate the Avengers.
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The second season episode of Mega Man, "Bro Bots", involved a plot by Dr. Wily to replace the city's officials with robotic duplicates.
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The Flash (2014): It's revealed late in the first season that Dr. Harrison Wells was murdered more than a decade earlier by Eobard Thawne, aka the Reverse-Flash, so that Thawne could take on Wells' appearance and identity as part of his plan. Later on, he learns how to "replace, but not kill".
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In Scream 4, Jill, this film's Ghostface killer, stages her killing spree and tries to kill her cousin Sidney with the intent of acquiring the same 15 Minutes of Fame that Sidney got from surviving the events of the last three films. This is also the main theme of the story on a meta level (as befits a franchise dripping in Postmodernism); the film was heavily satirizing remakes and reboots of popular horror films, and in the end, Ghostface's plot amounts to the remake (Jill, presented as the new version of Sidney before The Reveal) trying to kill and replace the original. Sidney's Bond One-Liner to Ghostface at the end makes it apparent.
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In Mega Man X: Command Mission, it's revealed near the end of the game that Spider was actually Colonel Redips the entire time. Since the game implies that he was well known throughout Giga City prior to the events of the game, and thus wasn't just an identity that Redips cooked up to infiltrate the group, this trope is most likely in effect.
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Mystara Monstrous Compendium Appendix supplement. A Randara chooses a human victim that has the respect of and power over other humans. It uses ESP to read the victim's mind, then kills and eats the victim. It then takes the victim's shape and takes their place in society, using their victim's prestige to obtain more human prey.
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Rick and Morty (Oni): Summer of Dimension C-132 attempts to do this to a popular alternate version of herself, though thankfully she doesn't succeed.
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Batman:
Jane Doe in the Batman universe is an insane serial killer who has this as her MO — she kills people and wears their skins, honestly believing herself to be that person, until she is either found out or breaks out of the identity to find another victim.
In Detective Comics #833-834, written by Paul Dini, The Joker killed a goth stage magician named Loxias and assumed his identity, planning to murder the audience at one of his shows.
Batman Black and White: In "Fortunes", a woman murders her identical twin sister and takes her place, planning to collect on her own life insurance.
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Star Trek:
Star Trek: The Next Generation: One episode had a Monster of the Week who was described as a "coalescent organism", a shapeshifter that preyed on other lifeforms by eating all their biomass and then assuming their forms to be beneath suspicion before it repeats the process. Interestingly, the two people suspected of being the coalescent turn out to be innocent, and it's revealed to have taken the shape of a dog.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Founders use this tactic to infiltrate and sow chaos among "solids", though not all of their replacements involve killing the original (General Martok turned up alive a season later). One Founder told Captain Sisko that they had been able to completely disrupt and drive Earth into rampant paranoia with just 4 shapeshifters on a planet of billions.
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This trope appears multiple times in the Kamen Rider franchise, where entire enemy species have this as their modus operandi.
The Worm in Kamen Rider Kabuto do this. They also take their victims' memories and can use them to Shapeshifter Guilt Trip their enemies. Note that they occasionally do the "replace" before they're done with the killing, as seen in one episode where a Worm victim manages to survive and the heroes have to Spot the Impostor.
The Phantoms in Kamen Rider Wizard are born when Gates, humans with magical potential, fall into a Despair Event Horizon and die. The Phantom is able to assume the Gate's form and moves on to acquire more Gates and release the Phantom within them.
The Roidmude, a race of android-like beings from Kamen Rider Drive, like the previously mentioned Worm, are also able to fully copy both the appearance and the memories of their victims. Most of them also try to dispatch their victim. Others, however, intentionally keep the victim alive to learn more about their emotions, as understanding emotions evolves a Roidmude to the next level.
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In G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Cobra Commander plans to have Master of Disguise Zartan murder the president and take his place. Semi-subverted in Retaliation. Zartan only replaces the President, but doesn't kill him. He was needed for retinal scanning to authorize the Cobra football.
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In Final Fantasy IV this was done to the king of Baron before the events of the game start (although naturally the game never used the word "kill").
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In The King of Fighters 2000, Zero kills Ling and, being the Master of Disguise that he is, assumes his appearance to orchestrate the destruction of South Town by way of the Zero Cannon while also creating a Ling clone to take over the original's role and further his plans.
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Done at two points in MW. Early on, Michio kills his boss' daughter and then assumes her identity as part of a complex plot to frame her for a robbery, leaving her father disgraced. He later does this to his own wife once he realizes She Knows Too Much.
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The doppleganger's standard M.O in The World's End.
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An episode of Boogiepop Phantom has two cops discussing an urban legend about a being called Manticore. At the end, Cop A wonders, just how did Cop B know so much about the Manticore? Cop B shows him.
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Lost plays this a little differently with the Man in Black who cannot kill any of the Candidates himself creating a plan that will result in John Locke's death at the hands (literally) of Ben Linus and allow the Man in Black to take on his form.
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Two examples from Monk:
In the episode "Mr. Monk and The Airplane", a man has an affair with a woman who is a dead ringer for his wife. He plans a trip with the wife, the mistress/lookalike kills the wife at the airport and the husband dumps the body. The mistress then takes the wife's seat on the plane, essentially giving them an 'alibi' by making it seem like the man and his wife were on the plane together.
In the episode "Mr. Monk Goes To Vegas", a man and his mistress (once again, a lookalike for his wife) kill the man's wife while descending on an elevator (that the mistress was hiding up above). The mistress takes the place of the wife for a few moments, only to pretend that the wife died when her scarf got caught and strangled her on a return ascension.
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Subverted in The Cleveland Show. In an episode it's revealed that the real Cleveland Jr. was killed by a spy who has replaced him, doing so to get close to Tim the Bear. This explains why his appearance is different from Family Guy, though this is never brought up again and Tim is never killed, so it was just a Bizarro Episode.
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In Sailor Moon, a Brainwashed and Crazy Mamoru disintegrates Motoki's friend Endou, and then brainwashes Motoki into thinking Mamoru's the same friend. In an interesting variant, Mamoru in no way tries to disguise himself to look like the friend. He only needed an excuse to hang around and befriend Usagi so as to try to steal the Silver Crystal from her, and Usagi herself had no idea what the owner's friends look like (the owner's girlfriend, on the other hand, did realize Mamoru and the friend weren't the same person, but she thought he was just another friend who happened to have the same name).
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The Snatchers from Snatcher has this as their primary MO.
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One episode of Law & Order had a woman on trial for killing her sister; it was revealed midway throughout the trial that she was, in fact, the 'dead' sister, having switched identities with her to avoid some mobsters.
A very similar plot on an episode of SVU, although the woman did not kill her sister, but did assume her identity as a means of hiding from the man who had.
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The episode "Citizen Ghost" of The Real Ghostbusters has ghosts that take the form of the original Ghostbusters, in their original uniforms no less, trying to kill them.
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The Worm in Kamen Rider Kabuto do this. They also take their victims' memories and can use them to Shapeshifter Guilt Trip their enemies. Note that they occasionally do the "replace" before they're done with the killing, as seen in one episode where a Worm victim manages to survive and the heroes have to Spot the Impostor.
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Batman: The Animated Series:
In the two part episode "Heart of Steel", the evil computer HARDAC decided that humans were too dangerous due to their imperfections and began replacing them. While it was planning on killing its victims once it had extracted all the information it could, they are ultimately rescued before it can do so.
A follow-up episode "His Silicon Soul" featured HARDAC's final creation, a robotic duplicate of Bruce Wayne/Batman activating long after its initial defeat. The duplicate lacked a complete memory file, and thus believed itself to be the REAL one Batman until it learned otherwise. It then began trying to carry on HARDAC's mission by eliminating Batman and replacing him. Turns out, HARDAC did too good a job copying Bruce Wayne's mind, and the robotic duplicate can't handle the guilt of thinking it actually killed a human being (Batman was actually ok though) and self-terminated).
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In Animorphs, David rips Rachel and Jake's critically injured cousin Saddler out of life support, hides his body, and morphs him so he can have a temporary home. He tries to downplay his horrible deed by saying that Saddler would have died anyway even with medical attention (his condition was that bad). It doesn't work. From that point on, both the narrative and the Animorphs lose all sympathy for David and don't see him as anything but a villain.
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In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, Bobby Fullbright is killed long before he meets Phoenix, Apollo, and Athena by a spy only known as the phantom. The killer snatches Fullbright's identity shortly afterward.
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Subverted in Wicked City. A demonic spider woman apparently kills the Aloof Dark-Haired Girl that Taki Renzaburou has been trying to seduce for the last three months. She takes the woman's form and invites him over to her place so she can obtain his sperm. However, she later admits that she just rendered the woman unconscious instead of killing her.
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Excalibur:
Courtney Ross was murdered and replaced by her other-dimensional double Sat-Yr-9.
The Warwolves occasionally replaced the human they had drained the life essence of by wearing their skins and duplicating their voices. They usually saved the intact skins of their victims to blend in with the population to aid in their hunt for prey and/or finding their assigned targets.
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Dragon Ball Super: Zamasu did this in an alternate timeline by using the Super Dragon Balls to switch bodies with Goku before killing him. By the time he arrives on Future Trunks' Earth, he's come to insisting that he's the real Son Goku and has adopted many of his mannerisms and combat techniques. The people of Earth, however, simply call him Goku Black.
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In The Law of Ueki, Anon eats Robert Haydn and impersonates him.
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Traffic Department 2192 has a heroic version. The primary antagonist faction are Alien Invaders who've wiped out countless societies. One of those societies, a species of Shapeshifting Silicon-Based Life, isn't completely gone, and seeks to replace the invaders' emperor and redeem the invaders from within.
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One of the bonus characters in Citadels is a Witch, who is a counterpart to the Assassin. But instead of merely killing the other player and terminating their turn, the Witch can assume the role of her target and using their unique skill and taking their bonuses.
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Sliders: Kromaggs have an array of Psychic Powers, one of which allows them to make humans think they're someone else. This has been used a few times to infiltrate human ranks as one of their own, who's actuall lying dead in a ditch somewhere, likely with his eyes missing.
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This has happened to Spider-Man several times:
During the story arc Kraven's Last Hunt, Kraven the Hunter seemingly kills Spider-Man, and then proceeds to use the costume of the hero to prove himself a better vigilante. Spider-Man is revealed alive as he had been merely drugged, and confronts Kraven before the villain commits suicide.
And then during the Superior Spider-Man comic series. Previously, Dr. Octopus had swapped bodies with Spider-Man, leaving the hero to die trapped in Ock's broken body and leaving the villain in a healthy, heroic body with no one realizing anything. Doc Ock uses his new life to constantly try to prove himself a superior Spider-Man, all while wrestling with the remnants of Peter's mind that take issue with how Otto's running things. In the end of the series, Otto realizes Parker was better than him and lets him take control of his body once more.
Chameleon does this as well. Similar to Jane Doe, he kidnaps and kills people and then spends a day living their lives.
Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy: When Peter rejects Ben's offers and Ben sics the villains after him, Peter realizes why Ben kept the brown hair — he had every intention of replacing Peter if he didn't join him.
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In The Visit, two kids are sent to stay with their grandparents while their mother is on vacation. In reality, the people they're staying with are not their grandparents, but two escaped mental hospital patients who had killed the grandparents and taken their places.
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Ditto has gained, over the generations, abilities that allow it to instantly transform into an enemy. If it gets to make the first move, whatever Pokèmon your opponent was using is now yours to use.
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Extermination saw Cable killed by his time-traveling teenaged self. "Kid Cable" has since taken up residence on Earth-616.
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Futurama: In "The Late Phillip J. Fry", after the Professor, Fry, and Bender travel get stuck in the future, they keep going forward in time until the universe loops over, TWICE. When they finally arrive in 3010, the new universe is 10 feet lower than the previous, and they crash on top of their duplicates, killing them and taking their place. Bender is shown burying the bodies at the end.
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Don't forget Hannah Montana (only it was her identical looking cousin). Geez, Writers for Disney shows apparently love this trope.
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A variation in Darths & Droids: a character kills another and takes his place, and conveniently the dead character turns out to be a shapeshifter, and this is assumed to be a new shape. (The dead character is a green-skinned alien named Han Solo. The character who takes his place is a human who looks like Harrison Ford called Greedo. Don't ask who shot first...)
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One woman in Black Science uses dimension-hopping to find a version of herself with a happy family life, then murder her clone and step into that life.
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The Foxhound Unit from Metal Gear Solid is known to utilize this tactic, most notably when Ocelot "accidentally" kills DARPA cheif Donald Anderson then has Decoy Octopus impersonate the dead man, and Liquid Snake taking on the identity of the murdered Master Millar throughout most of the game.
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Star Wars: The Old Republic: In the Imperial Agent storyline, you meet one of your contacts on the Planet Voss who turns out to be another Imperial operative impersonating a local tea shop owner. While the fate of the original is never mentioned, given how the Sith Empire operates, he's probably dead. The spy then underwent surgeries to alter his appearance so that he looked like a member of the Voss species, and the tea shop owner specifically. He even steals the original's family, raising his children and everything.
In the Sith Warrior storyline you're sent by your master to kill the son of a Sith Lord rebelling against the Empire in order to wound him. When you defeat him and his mother in combat, they come up with a plan to send you to kill the Lord instead and allow his son to masquerade as him while faking his death to please your master. And in true Sith fashion, the son sends an assassin after you if you go through with it in order to protect his secret (in addition to the fact that you likely slept with his mother practically in front of him).
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C°ntinuum: roleplaying in The Yet. Narcissists will sometimes use the Cuckoo technique. They pretend to be the elders (older version) of young spanners (time travelers) and lure the spanners to a remote location in order to kill them. One of the narcissists then takes the place of the murdered spanner. Narcissists have taken over entire corners (groups of spanners) using this technique.
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In the Citadel DLC of Mass Effect 3, the main villain is a clone of Shepard who is attempting to do this to the original. However their attitude and ways would have been so inaccurate the Shepard VI which is highly regarded as being seven percent accurate would have done a better job. Shepard even claims that Conrad Verner would do a better job. This is referenced consistently, showing what exactly makes Shepard, Shepard.
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The Executioner. In "Panic in Philly", Mack Bolan kills a Professional Killer who's been sent after him, then uses that man's identity to infiltrate a Mafia family. Not only that, he dresses the body in his notorious blacksuit and pretends it's him. Thanks to the use of Magic Plastic Surgery by both Bolan and the mob's hitmen, it's not necessary for the two to look like each other.
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Happened in Oglaf where shapeshifters infiltrated the kingdom's court. The joke being, they ended up killing a fellow shapeshifter due to Flock of Wolves.
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In Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star, this turns out to be a major part of the backstory. Not only did Hitori bleach his feathers and live under a different name, as revealed in the first game, he also is specifically impersonating a fellow king quail with naturally pale feathers who he befriended and tricked into committing suicide, coldly insulting the original Kazuaki Nanaki and walking away when it came time for Hitori to uphold his own side of their suicide pact.
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Werewolves have a particular gruesome variant in the "Skin Thief" facet, which requires them to skin the subject alive and then don the skin, using their shapeshifting to adapt their bone structure and muscles to it.
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This happened in the backstory of Jade Empire to your Old Master and Parental Substitute. Master Li is not your real master. He murdered and impersonated the Spirit Monk who saved you as a child, raising and training you into a weapon against his brothers, the Emperor and Death's Hand, all as part of a decades long Xanatos Gambit to destroy them and take the power of the Water Dragon for himself.
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Chronicles of Darkness has multiples variants of this power:
One of the generic "Dread Powers" offered to the Storyteller for antagonists (as well as for Spirit-Claimed, among other things), "Skin Taker", allows the user to kill a victim and merge with their corpse, thus taking their face and form.
Werewolves have a particular gruesome variant in the "Skin Thief" facet, which requires them to skin the subject alive and then don the skin, using their shapeshifting to adapt their bone structure and muscles to it.
Played with regarding Changelings, who from people's perspective often seem to show up, kill humans who look exactly like their human form, and then assume these humans' identity. The twist is that they are the real people, who were captured and reshaped into what they are by The Fair Folk; the "humans" they kill actually are magic duplicates left behind so nobody would miss them, and they are just trying to take their old lives back.
A particularly creepy variant with Demons, who actually are doing this when they buy someone's soul through a Deal with the Devil. When you sell your soul to one, you are actually giving him the right to "collect" the payment whenever he wishes, at which point he will have you erased from existence, leaving only your identity which he converts into a new human form for himself.
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In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, Kira kills Shinobu's husband/Hayato's father Kosaku and steals his identity in order to hide from Josuke. Made heartbreaking after Kira is finally killed, as Hayato can't bring himself to tell his mom that her husband is dead or that the man she's loved recently was an impostor.
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Game of Thrones. Thanks to her training with the Faceless Men (who use the faces of dead people as a magical glamour to conceal their identity) Arya Stark is more than capable of doing this. She uses it to wipe out a large part of House Frey, and drops a strong hint to her sister Sansa that she'd have no problem doing it to her.
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In chapter 8 of Naruto: the Secret Songs of the Ninja, Naruto, Kakashi and their new teammate Keiji henge into 3 Sound ninjas they killed to infiltrate Orochimaru's base, getting Sakura in by pretending she's a prisoner.
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The Magnus Archives: This is the M.O. of the Not-Them. The twist is that the form they shapeshift into actually looks completely different from the original, but they alter records and memories to match their new appearance.
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In the movie Krull, a shapeshifter kills one of the hero's companions and takes his victim's place to get close to the hero and kill him.
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In Young Justice, this is said to be the standard procedure of Project Cadmus. Though of the three Cadmus clones seen so far, two of them explicitly didn't have the original killed.
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Subverted by Chameleon Boy (Reep Daggle) of the Legion of Super-Heroes, also a Durlan. As a Legionnaire with the power to duplicate any being or object, he has been known to replace people in infiltration missions. However, Legionnaires have a strict Thou Shall Not Kill policy for their members.
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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles:
Several individuals relevant to the timeline are murdered by T-888 infiltrator models whose outer flesh Skynet can shape into perfect copies of anyone in the 21st century.
Cromartie loses his initial outer flesh and uses plastic surgery to impersonate & kill George Lazlo.
The T-1001 model is a slightly more advanced "liquid metal" version who murders a wealthy couple, impersonates the wife, and starts running their company while raising their daughter.
Cameron's original purpose was to impersonate a future resistance fighter named Allison. Though not outright stated, it is implied that Allison was an intimate of John Connor, and Cameron's purpose was to get close to him and assassinate him. After questioning Allison about her past, Cameron breaks her neck.
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In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Frankendoodle", SpongeBob's living-drawing duplicate goes crazy after nearly being erased, and tries to take SpongeBob's place.
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In Warhammer 40,000, the Imperium’s shapeshifting Callidus assassins often kill people and steal their identities in order to infiltrate enemy organizations and get close enough to kill their actual targets. One Night Lords short story has a Callidus assassin infiltrating the entourage of a secessionist planetary governor and killing him in the middle of a New Era Speech while disguised as one of his bodyguards.
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Team Fortress 2
It's possible when playing as a Spy to kill the player you are disguised as. In fact, you even get an achievement for it!
One of the Spy's knives, the "Your Eternal Reward," silently kills the enemy, phases their corpse out of existence, and disguises him as the victim instantaneously. It also doesn't give normal kill notifications and spoofs various other effects, so keep a close eye on that Medic of yours.
Strangely inverted with the Spy watch, the "Dead Ringer". You can't see when an enemy Spy pulls it out, but when he does, and you shoot him, the Spy instantly "dies", turning invisible and leaving behind a fake corpse (with a fake kill notification!). This leaves the Spy free to escape from a bad situation or go assassinate another target.
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Brawl in the Family gives us a non-lethal version to explain why the Pikachu in Brawl has goggles just like the Pichu from Melee.
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Indirectly happened in the finale of Blackadder The Third: thanks to Prince George and Edmund Blackadder swapping places so George could avoid a duel with the Duke of Wellington, Wellington becomes outraged when, after the duel (in which Blackadder's spared by a cigarillo case blocking the cannon shot), George claims he's the real Prince Regent, and promptly shoots him. It should be noted Blackadder, intelligence wise anyway, is an improvement on George.
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Doctor Who:
This was the Autons' plan in "Spearhead from Space": creating plastic duplicates of prominent public figures in order to replace them.
"Aliens of London"/"World War Three": The Slitheen adapt their victims' skin into suits which they use to masquerade in their place.
This may or may not have happened to recurring character Osgood. Following the events of "The Day of the Doctor", there were two Osgoods running around: the original, and a Zygon duplicate, neither of whom would reveal which was the original. In "Death in Heaven", one of them is killed by Missy, but once again it is not revealed which one. Following "The Zygon Inversion", another Zygon duplicates Osgood's appearance, meaning there are once again two Osgoods, at least one of whom is a Zygon.
"Spyfall": The mid-story cliffhanger involves The Reveal that this happened to the real O. The "O" the Doctor and company have been dealing with is actually the Master, who murdered the real O and stole his identity on his first day at MI6, using a Tissue Compression Eliminator and keeping his body in a matchbox in his pocket, which he shows to the Doctor.
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The Bug does this to Edgar in Men in Black by skinning him and donning his "nice new Edgar suit".
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Our Man Flint. Just before Flint leaves on his mission he discovers that three ZOWIE guards have been killed and replaced by Galaxy agents who have been changed to look like the victims by plastic surgery.
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Played with regarding Changelings, who from people's perspective often seem to show up, kill humans who look exactly like their human form, and then assume these humans' identity. The twist is that they are the real people, who were captured and reshaped into what they are by The Fair Folk; the "humans" they kill actually are magic duplicates left behind so nobody would miss them, and they are just trying to take their old lives back.
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Person of Interest featured a serial killer that did this. The Machine gave all of the various victims. Things very nearly end badly when he tries to replace Harold.
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One of Yuri's plots in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 Yuri's Revenge involves replacing world leaders with clones.
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During the story arc Kraven's Last Hunt, Kraven the Hunter seemingly kills Spider-Man, and then proceeds to use the costume of the hero to prove himself a better vigilante. Spider-Man is revealed alive as he had been merely drugged, and confronts Kraven before the villain commits suicide.
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None Too Holy has the Pijavica, who kills Sister Viola and masquerades as her so it'll be easier for her to get to Aleksandar.
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CSI:
In "Pirates of the Third Reich," a man killed his twin brother, took on his identity and kept his corpse on ice to fake his own death after he killed Lady Heather's daughter.
The "Dick & Jane Killer" Nate Haskell turns out to have done this - "Nate Haskell" was the name of his first victim, a traveling salesman who he killed and stole his identity from. The killer's real name was "Warner Thorpe".
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In The Mad Magician, Gallico murders Ormond in a fit of rage, and then uses his Master of Disguise abilities yo impersonate Ormond so no one will know he is dead. However, after he murders his ex-wife Claire while disguised as Ormond, he has to abandon the Ormond identity as the police now want Ormond for Claire's murder. He then murders The Great Rinaldi and assumes his identity; even performing magic shows in Rinaldi's stead.
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Superman:
One story sees an assassin magically altered to look like Jimmy Olsen, intent on killing the real deal and taking his identity for his boss. When Bibbo proves to be a Spanner in the Works and helps Jimmy fight the killer off, things get inverted when the assassin commits suicide, forcing Jimmy to take on the killer's identity and find out why he was made a target.
In Demon Spawn, Nightflame's plan is to destroy Supergirl's soul and take over her body.
Subverted in The Unknown Supergirl: Lesla-Lar replaces Supergirl after getting rid of her; but rather than killing Kara, Lesla dumps her into an alien city after brainwashing her into believing she's Lesla herself.
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Eighth Doctor Adventures:
One story arc contains a kind of inversion, where the copy is killed in order to have them replace the dead original. Sort of. So... Fitz gets separated from the rest of the characters, taken to the future against his will, for lack of anything better to do joins up with this group where if a member dies, they use this biomass stuff which is turned into the person based on what the other members remember about him or her. Unfortunately, the process is imperfect and anyway there is all kinds of other weirdness, so when Fitz turns up again, you wouldn't even believe he and the new version were brothers just looking at them, acts somewhat differently although some characters mention that he seems familiar, and has almost none of his memories. So they use the "remembering" process to turn the messed-up copy of Fitz into almost the same person Fitz was before. Fitz could be happier with this arrangement.
Also done with a whole different twist: a Creepy Child is traveling across The Multiverse, giving people's unhappy Alternate Universe counterparts the opportunity to replace happier versions of themselves, thoroughly subverting Expendable Alternate Universe along the way.
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Wild Cards. Third generation swarmlings could kill people and change their own shape to take their place.
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Treskton in The Nameless Mod is a being created through the countless misspellings and mispronunciations of Trestkon's name and seeks to kill Trestkon, then take his place.
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X-Factor (2006): An evil alternate Reed Richards from an Mirror Universe tries to kill and replace the real Reed, and then he tries to ally himself with Doctor Doom.
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Operatives in Brink activate their 'Disguise' ability by scanning an enemy's corpse, then taking on that character's appearance.
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Ninetails in Ōkami murders a priestess and takes her place. The priestess' ghost eventually finds the heroine Amaterasu and reveals the truth, though not before Ninetails murders another heroine who is attempting to discover Ninetails' stronghold.
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Gold Digger (series): The Gaoblin are an interstellar race who have killed and replaced four entire species: the trolls, the elves, the Atlanteans, and the Kryn. The "new" versions did such a thorough job, and continued the originals' culture so well, that the change had been lost to history for millennia.
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One story sees an assassin magically altered to look like Jimmy Olsen, intent on killing the real deal and taking his identity for his boss. When Bibbo proves to be a Spanner in the Works and helps Jimmy fight the killer off, things get inverted when the assassin commits suicide, forcing Jimmy to take on the killer's identity and find out why he was made a target.
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A mundane version occurs in Firefox. Clint Eastwood's character is infiltrated into the Soviet Union posing as a known heroin smuggler. He meets up with La Résistance and it told to swop clothes with another man (apparently the smuggler he's posing as) who to his horror in then beaten to death. However this doesn't fool the KGB for long.
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In Bioshock Rapture it's revealed that the character that players of the game know as "Frank Fontaine" actually murdered the real Frank Fontaine in order to take over his fishing business and gain access to Rapture. Though "Fontaine's" real first name is indeed "Frank" (which he lampshades), his real last name is never revealed (it's even mentioned that only a handful of of people in the world know it).
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A similar incident happened in Big Time Rush.
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Futureworld, the sequel to Westworld. Clones are programmed with the knowledge of their original and ordered to kill them and take their places.
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Doopliss the Duplighost in Chapter 4 of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, after being (supposedly) defeated by Mario, takes Mario's appearance and name and tries to erase Mario himself.
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In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, the faction of pale, eerie enemies called "those who slither in the dark" (known to themselves as Agarthans) possess magic that allows them to completely copy the appearance of normal people, at the apparent cost of their target's life. It becomes Paranoia Fuel when Flayn is kidnapped by them and experimented on, and later Byleth's father is murdered by them. Depending on the story path chosen, the player might never even directly confront them despite all the misery they've inflicted on the other characters.
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This is what Holographic Retro intended to do with the Calvin clone in Calvin and Hobbes: The Series.
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Attempted by Faith in Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the season 4 episode "This Year's Girl" - using a device from the Mayor, she switches bodies with Buffy, leaves 'Faith' in custody and plans to skip the country using her new face. Only a fortuitous news report about vampires holding a church full of people hostage and the music of impending redemption stop her getting away with it.
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Diabolik's original modus operandi was to kill the man he was going to replace and then make a mask with his face. Nowadays he prefers kidnapping, but will resort to it again if he doesn't have the means to hold the victim.
Among the many replacements, Walter Dorian deserves a special place for three reasons: Diabolik entered the series with his identity; as they looked completely identical, Diabolik did not need a mask; Walter Dorian survived but was held prisoner by a third party for completely unrelated reasons, and was not amused when he got free and was told what had happened.
Another victim who deserves a special place is George Caron, the secretary to the Minister of Justice and Eva's earliest known Stalker with a Crush, as it was Eva who came up with the idea: Diabolik had been arrested, tried and sentenced to death, so Eva, who had just become his lover, managed to swap the two with the intention of a drugged-up Caron getting executed in Diabolik's place and Diabolik marrying her with his identity. They would have got away with it, had Ginko, who was witnessing the execution to make sure Diabolik died, not noticed that 'Diabolik' was acting like a drugged person and realized the switch just as the executioner released the guillotine's blade...
Subverted with the Minister of Justice: as part of his most elaborate plan to fake his death yet, Diabolik kidnapped and replaced him and had the Minister arrested while disguised as Diabolik, with the intention of having him executed in his place. Thankfully, Ginko noticed the switch in time to save him...
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Force 10 from Navarone. Two of the Chetnik soldiers have their faces masked to hide the Facial Horror of their flamethrower burns. Our heroes kill them and go to steal their uniforms, only to find their faces are completely normal. Turns out they've just killed two Partisan spies who replaced the originals. Oops!
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The Chill adventure Veil of Flesh had the Ganabe monster, which gains power by murdering human beings and takes the form of its latest victim. The monsters in the adventure took the form of Secret Service agents and police officers in a plot to assume the form of the leaders of France, Great Britain, the Soviet Union and the U.S.
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Ace Attorney:
Happens accidentally in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All. In the second case, it's found out that when Ini and Mimi Miney got in a car accident, Ini died. Mimi, scarred with the burns, is accidentally reconstructed through plastic surgery to look like her sister. Mimi takes advantage of this so that she can forget the horrible life she had beforehand.
In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, Bobby Fullbright is killed long before he meets Phoenix, Apollo, and Athena by a spy only known as the phantom. The killer snatches Fullbright's identity shortly afterward.
In Ace Attorney Investigations 2, the president of Zheng Fa was assassinated 12 years before the events of the game by a hitman hired by the president's own Body Double, who proceeded to take his place.
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Star Wars Legends: Galaxy of Fear: The Planet Plague: Another case of Capture and Replace. The real Doctor Kavafi was imprisoned for months so a villainous Shi'ido could replace him but still call on what he knew.
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A particularly creepy variant with Demons, who actually are doing this when they buy someone's soul through a Deal with the Devil. When you sell your soul to one, you are actually giving him the right to "collect" the payment whenever he wishes, at which point he will have you erased from existence, leaving only your identity which he converts into a new human form for himself.
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Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy: When Peter rejects Ben's offers and Ben sics the villains after him, Peter realizes why Ben kept the brown hair — he had every intention of replacing Peter if he didn't join him.
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Family Guy:
Parodied in the episode "Fresh Heir" where Peter's hairless albino twin brother escapes from the shed and kills Peter offscreen to take his place among the family, but Peter's alive again after the commercial break.
In the episode "A House Full of Peters", Meg meets her Russian double, then is promptly sniped in the head and her double takes her place and drops her accent like nothing happened.
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This forms part of Moriarty's plan in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, with plastic surgery involved for the "replace" part.
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In the X-Men episode "The Cure," Mystique poses as a scientist named Dr. Adler. When she's later asked if Dr. Adler is just a fake identity she concocted, Mystique says "He was real enough...until he met Apocalypse."
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The Culture: Horza, the main character in Consider Phlebas is a member of a human subspecies called Changers, who have biological faculties that allow them to take on the appearance of other humanoids (although it takes a lot of concentration and food to complete a change). Horza in particular has been trained as a spy, so he also keenly observes his targets so that when he kills and replaces them he copies not only their appearance but their personality and mannerisms. Sadly, his otherwise perfect cover is blown twice when an enemy spy shows up.
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The final stages of the original Baldur's Gate were beset by doppelgangers who killed prominent people in and around Baldur's Gate and assumed their identities to support the Iron Throne.
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Sherlock Holmes: One of the many, many Epileptic Trees regarding The Final Problem states that Moriarty killed Holmes at Reichenbach Falls and then took his place. How did Watson not pick up on this? The same reason Valley of Fear doesn't quite gel with previous accounts: Moriarty totally befuddled his wits. And where did all the subsequent short stories come from? Well, it turns out that Holmes' usual schtick was actually a pretty appealing way for Moriarty to use all that brainpower. Just ever-so-slightly more evil about it. (Sad part? There are a lot of Holmesian scholars crazier than this.)
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Standard M.O. of Undine infiltrators (better know as Species 8472 of Star Trek: Voyager) in Star Trek Online, as The Iconians were performing a False Flag Operation towards the race and pissed them off enough to invade the other quadrants. On three separate occasions in-game they've killed members of Starfleet or the Federation diplomatic corps, and the Gorn Hegemony leadership in the backstory was infested with them. The infiltration problem was discovered when they tried it on KDF officer Ja'rod, son of Torg, but underestimated his badassery.
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The Creepypasta "Psychosis" is about a man who slowly comes to think that everyone has been kidnapped and replaced by some Eldritch Abomination, and now they're coming to do the same to him. The story doesn't make it 100% clear if he's right or if he's just going insane, but leans pretty heavily towards the latter. At the very end of the story it is revealed that he is in fact wrong, and nobody has been kidnapped and replaced. Puppeteer Parasites don't need to kidnap anyone.
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Thunderball. SPECTRE uses plastic surgery to alter one of their henchmen, Angelo, to look like French military pilot Francois Derval. Angelo studies Derval for two years so he can pass for him, then murders him and takes his place aboard a NATO bomber with two nuclear bombs aboard. He kills the rest of the crew, flies the plane to the Bahamas and ditches it in the ocean so SPECTRE can steal the bombs.
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Mystique sometimes does this, though she often just ties them up or knocks them unconscious instead. For instance, the 1993 Sabretooth mini-series revealed that she had killed and assumed the identity of a female German operative named Leni Zauber during the Cold War; it was in this guise that she had sex with Sabretooth and conceived Graydon Creed.
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In Star Trek: Nemesis, Shinzon's backstory was he was a clone of Captain Picard who was created by the Romulans to kill and replace Picard, serving as a mole in the Federation. However, the mission was scrapped, and Shinzon was sent to the mines of Remus.
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In The Last Starfighter, an alien Zandozan assassin does this to a local law enforcement officer in order to blend in with the human population. After we see this we realize that the other Zandozan we saw in human form earlier must have done it to some unlucky human off screen.
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This is part of one of Gomez's conspiracy theories in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines (read it here).
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In Ace Attorney Investigations 2, the president of Zheng Fa was assassinated 12 years before the events of the game by a hitman hired by the president's own Body Double, who proceeded to take his place.
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The Wrong Reflection: Defied. In chapter 5 the possibility of Dal Kanril Eleya, a Klingon-Cardassian Alliance officer from the mirror universe, replacing Captain Kanril Eleya a la "Mirror, Mirror" is brought up and immediately discarded. Eleya has prominent scars that her counterpart doesn't, is a centimeter taller,* a function of childhood nutrition in part, not just genetics and her counterpart was raised mostly Cardassian and her thought patterns are different enough to be a giveaway to Chief Corpsman Watkins, an empath.
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A unique variant in The Button. Dr. Manhattan revives the pre-Flashpoint Professor Zoom and merges him with the New 52 incarnation — except the former's memories and powers have overwritten the latter's, essentially meaning Eobard Thawne unwittingly manages to pull this with himself.
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It comes up in the Virgin story Love and War, where it's revealed the Seventh Doctor triggered his previous incarnation's regeneration as he felt the time had come for him to appear, as he was more ruthless and thought himself better suited to fight the evil of the Universe.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation: One episode had a Monster of the Week who was described as a "coalescent organism", a shapeshifter that preyed on other lifeforms by eating all their biomass and then assuming their forms to be beneath suspicion before it repeats the process. Interestingly, the two people suspected of being the coalescent turn out to be innocent, and it's revealed to have taken the shape of a dog.
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