The phrase pied piper is used to refer to "a person who induces others to follow or imitate him or her, especially by means of false or extravagant promises." Does it have synonyms?

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    Variegated flautist.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jun 22, 2018 at 11:46
  • It reminds me of Ivan Susanin (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Susanin)
    – Enguroo
    Commented Jun 22, 2018 at 11:47
  • Are you looking for a yes/no answer (without presenting synonyms), or are you looking for the synonyms themselves? If the latter, please edit your question to explain what quality the term pied piper lacks and which you're trying to find in a synonym.
    – Lawrence
    Commented Jun 22, 2018 at 12:12
  • It has synonyms, metaphors, allusions and comparisons to present days. What has your research revealed?
    – lbf
    Commented Jun 22, 2018 at 12:41
  • AKA a false prophet, or even a used-car salesman.
    – Egox
    Commented Jun 22, 2018 at 15:18

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Definitely a different connotation, but "siren" could be a synonym here, in that it also uses an analogy to a mythological creature to refer to someone who lures people under false pretences. Of course, "siren" has a sexual connotation that "pied piper" lacks; both refer to a seduction of sorts, but "siren" is much more closely related to ideas of beauty and lust.



: one who tricks: such as a : a dishonest person who defrauds others by trickery b : a person (such as a stage magician) skilled in the use of tricks and illusion c : a cunning or deceptive character appearing in various forms in the folklore of many cultures

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