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A '''face dancer''' was a member of a race bred by the [[Bene Tleilax]]. Their standing in Tleilaxu society fell below that of [[Tleilaxu Master]], and their ability to mimic other individuals made them popular for numerous roles, including spies and assasins.
[[File:Facedancer.jpg|thumb|Tleilaxu Face Dancer as depicted in the Computer game Emperor: Battle for Dune]]
 
 
A '''Face Dancer''' was a member of a race bred by the [[Bene Tleilax]]. Their standing in Tleilaxu society fell below that of [[Tleilaxu Master]], and their ability to mimic other individuals made them popular for numerous roles, including spies and assassins.
 
   
 
== Physical Attributes ==
 
== Physical Attributes ==
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== Limitations ==
 
== Limitations ==
Face Dancers could generally mimic individuals to an almost perfect level of precision. As a result, the [[Bene Tleilax]] would often use them to infiltrate other organisations and governments. Ideally, the Bene Tleilax could replace almost whomever they wished with a Face Dancer and would often do so, with some of these impostors acting successfully for many years.
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Face Dancers could generally mimic individuals to an almost perfect level of precision. As a result, the [[Bene Tleilax]] would often use them to infiltrate other organisations and governments. Ideally, the Bene Tleilax could replace almost whomever they wished with a Face Dancer, and would often do so, with some of these impostors acting successfully for many years.
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However, the use of Face Dancers was not an infallible maneuvre. There were two significant limitations.
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The first limitation was that their pheromones could be detected by a [[Bene Gesserit]] adept. A Bene Gesserit Sister or [[Reverend Mother]] could detect them by a subtle but distinct odour emitted by their pheromones. Indeed, the Bene Tleilax generally were not aware that the Bene Gesserit had this ability and used it to their advantage. As a result, Face Dancers were not as effective as the Tleilaxu had hoped, when the Bene Gesserit were involved.
   
However, the use of Face Dancers was not an infallible manoeuvre. There were two significant limitations.
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By the time of the arrival of the [[Honored Matres]], the Tleilaxu had developed Face Dancer talents so perfectly, that even the Bene Gesserit had difficulty detecting them. These new Face Dancers were also capable (through a touching of foreheads) of acquiring some of the memories of those who had just died, so that when they were copying those dead individuals, they were also able to discover some of their secrets, and play their role as impostor even more convincingly.
   
The first limitation was that their pheromones could be detected by a [[Bene Gesserit]] adept. A Bene Gesserit Sister or [[Reverend Mother]] could detect them by a subtle but distinct odour emitted by their pheromones. Indeed, the Bene Tleilax generally were not aware that the Bene Gesserit had this ability and used it to their advantage. As a result, Face Dancers were not as effective as the Tleilaxu had hoped when the Bene Gesserit were involved.
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The second limitation in the use of Face Dancers was that at times, if a Face Dancer had been acting in a certain role for a long time, the Face Dancer would become delusional and start to believe that they were in fact the person they were mimmicking. When this happened, they would fall outside Bene Tleilax control and would need to be killed, often exposing the Tleilaxu infiltration in the process. This happened with the [[Rakian Priesthood|Rakian Chief Priest]] [[Hasmar Tuek]].
   
By the time of the arrival of the [[Honored Matres]], the Tleilaxu had developed Face Dancer talents so perfectly that even the Bene Gesserit had difficulty detecting them. These new Face Dancers were also capable (through a touching of foreheads) of acquiring some of the memories of those who had just died, so that when they were copying those dead individuals, they were also able to discover some of their secrets and play their role as impostor even more convincingly.
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== Miles Teg==
   
The second limitation in the use of Face Dancers was that at times, if a Face Dancer had been acting in a certain role for a long time, the Face Dancer would become delusional and start to believe that they were in fact the person they were mimicking. When this happened, they would fall outside Bene Tleilax control and would need to be killed, often exposing the Tleilaxu infiltration in the process. This happened with the [[Rakian Priesthood|Rakian Chief Priest]] [[Hasmar Tuek]].
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when [[Miles Teg]] was killed on the planet of the handels by his evil twin Kilometers Tog he is replaced by a Face daner named "L1C |\/|y n0b" pronouced Ballinger. no one ever finds out
   
== See also ==
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== Behind the Scences ==
*[[the Ones of Many Faces]]
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In the [[Frank Herbert]] novels, Tleilaxu Face Dancers first appeared in [[Dune Messiah (novel)|Dune Messiah]]. They regularly reappeared in the subsequent Dune novels.
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== Behind the Scenes ==
 
In the [[Frank Herbert]] novels, Tleilaxu Face Dancers first appeared in ''[[Dune Messiah (novel)|Dune Messiah]]''. They regularly reappeared in the subsequent Dune novels.
 
   
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