Meaning of will the real — please stand up in English:

will the real — please stand up

phrase

informal
  • Used rhetorically to indicate that the specified person should clarify their position or reveal their true character.

    ‘he was so different from the unhappy man of a week ago—would the real Jack Lawrence please stand up?’
    • ‘We're going to ask the question, will the real Republican Party please stand up.’
    • ‘Now, as he unwraps his directorial debut, will the real Edward Norton please stand up?’
    • ‘Will the real John Wayne please stand up?’