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* ''Webcomic/TheWaterPhoenixKing'': Multiple persons mistake the astro-quantum-quasi-religious-physicist-slash-transport-mogul-slash-mega-city-mayor Anthem for her plucky midget assistant. She doesn't have the temper to humor these unintended insults.
11th Jun '17 8:17:24 PM FrankLinegar
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'': NumberTwo Roronoa Zoro is occasionally mistaken for the captain of the Straw Hat pirates, due to his more serious nature and rather extreme fighting ability(which rivals the actual captain, though which of the two is stronger is a major debate among fans). This is an unusual case as the actual captain, Monkey D. Luffy, is the member of the crew to wear the straw hat the crew is named for.



* ''Manga/OnePiece'': NumberTwo Roronoa Zoro is occasionally mistaken for the captain of the Straw Hat pirates, due to his more serious nature and rather extreme fighting ability(which rivals the actual captain, though which of the two is stronger is a major debate among fans). This is an unusual case as the actual captain, Monkey D. Luffy, is the member of the crew to wear the straw hat the crew is named for.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'': NumberTwo Roronoa Zoro is occasionally mistaken for the captain of the Straw Hat pirates, due to his more serious nature and rather extreme fighting ability(which rivals the actual captain, though which of the two is stronger is a major debate among fans). This is an unusual case as the actual captain, Monkey D. Luffy, is the member of the crew to wear the straw hat the crew is named for.
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'': NumberTwo Roronoa Zoro is occasionally mistaken for the captain of the Straw Hat pirates, due to his more serious nature and rather extreme fighting ability(which rivals the actual captain, though which of the two is stronger is a major debate among fans). This is an unusual case as the actual captain, Monkey D. Luffy, is the member of the crew to wear the straw hat the crew is named for.
11th Jun '17 1:11:35 PM nombretomado
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* At the 2010 [[TheWorldCup FIFA World Cup]] draw, Netherlands manager Bert Van Marwijk asked a JFA representative if he had seen Japan's manager Takeshi Okada. The JFA representative was Takeshi Okada.

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* At the 2010 [[TheWorldCup [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup FIFA World Cup]] draw, Netherlands manager Bert Van Marwijk asked a JFA representative if he had seen Japan's manager Takeshi Okada. The JFA representative was Takeshi Okada.
28th May '17 9:08:05 PM storyyeller
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* ''Series/H2OJustAddWater'': When Zane hears there is a marine biologist doing a study in the area, he initially assumes Dr. Zenman's older male assistant to be the biologist.
15th May '17 2:07:49 PM AthenaBlue
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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Edward Elric becomes a State Alchemist, a position of authority in the military that comes with a compulsory title. Due to his stubbornness and determined personality, Ed is given the title "Fullmetal." His younger brother Alphonse, who has lost his body in a failed alchemy experiment and has his soul bound to a large metal suit of armor, is often mistaken for him due to the nickname. That, and no-one expects a [[ImprobableAge fifteen-year-old boy]] to be a famous alchemist and soldier, nor for the suit of armor accompanying him to be [[AnimatedArmor hosting the soul of his younger brother]]. ExpectingSomeoneTaller also comes into play here in these situations, and serves as Edward's BerserkButton.

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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Edward Elric becomes a State Alchemist, a position of authority in the military that comes with a compulsory title. Due to his stubbornness and determined personality, Ed is given the title "Fullmetal." "Fullmetal". His younger brother Alphonse, who has lost his body in a failed alchemy experiment and has his soul bound to a large metal suit of armor, is often mistaken for him due to the nickname. That, and no-one expects a [[ImprobableAge fifteen-year-old boy]] to be a famous alchemist and soldier, nor for the suit of armor accompanying him to be [[AnimatedArmor hosting the soul of his younger brother]]. ExpectingSomeoneTaller also comes into play here in these situations, and serves as Edward's Ed's BerserkButton.



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* In ''Film/MurderByDeath'', the butler announces the arrival of "Miss Jessica Marbles and nurse". The already arrived guests assume that the old woman in the wheelchair is Miss Jessica Marbles, when actually the younger woman is Jessica Marbles, who is now taking care of her old nurse, who is by this point, completely gaga.
* In ''Film/WaynesWorld2'', Wayne and Garth go to the local radio station to be interviewed by disc jockey Handsome Dan. The good-looking guy they first greet turns out to be Mr. Scream (the wacky voice guy), while Handsome Dan is... well, Harry Shearer.
* In ''Film/MeanGirls'', the two teachers read from some card that they have a new student, named Cady Heron, from Africa. At which point everyone in the class turns to the new black student, who replies that she's from Michigan. The actual Cady then speaks up.
* In ''Film/CitizenKane'', when Kane is buying the Inquirer, the editor of the paper mistakes Joseph Cotten's character for Kane.
* In one of the most dramatic moments in Muppet history, when Captain Smollet is about to be introduced in ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'', a horse carriage hurdles through the streets, and out steps a tall aggressive figure in a billowing trenchcoat. He then steps aside to reveal Kermit the Frog. ''Hey-Ho, everyone!''

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* In ''Film/MurderByDeath'', ''Film/AirAmerica''. Senator Davenport mistakes General Soong in his BlingOfWar for a bellhop. He is not amused and can't resist snarking about it later.
-->'''Senator:''' Why do I feel like I'm being kept out of
the butler announces loop?\\
'''General:''' ''(sarcastically)'' What do I know? I'm only boy for carrying luggage bags!
* In ''Film/{{Ali}}'', Muhammad Ali, travelling by plane to Zaire, is invited to
the arrival of "Miss Jessica Marbles cockpit. He finds two men, a white and nurse". a black one, and addresses the first one as the pilot. The already arrived guests assume man retorts "I'm just the copilot, ''he's'' the pilot!"
* When Mozart first meets the Emperor and the rest of the court in ''{{Theatre/Amadeus}}'', he bursts in enthusiastically and bows ... to Baron von Swieten. Von Swieten has to point to the ''actual'' Emperor playing Salieri's 'Welcome March' at the piano, much to Mozart's confusion.
* In ''Film/DasBoot'', U-96 arrives in Spain to resupply. The officers are invited aboard a freighter, where they are greeted by several Nazi officers. The 1WO, who is the only crewman
that bothers shaving and maintaining his uniform through the old woman film, is mistaken for the captain, who has an untamed beard and is in civilian wear. TruthInTelevision, though later in the wheelchair is Miss Jessica Marbles, when actually war most U-Boat captains would look like the younger woman is Jessica Marbles, who is now taking care of her old nurse, who is by this point, completely gaga.
* In ''Film/WaynesWorld2'', Wayne
1WO: young and Garth go to the local radio station to be interviewed by disc jockey Handsome Dan. The good-looking guy they first greet turns out to be Mr. Scream (the wacky voice guy), while Handsome Dan is... well, Harry Shearer.
* In ''Film/MeanGirls'', the two teachers read from some card that they have a new student, named Cady Heron, from Africa. At which point everyone
in the class turns to the new black student, who replies that she's from Michigan. The actual Cady then speaks up.
a fresh uniform.
* In ''Film/CitizenKane'', when Kane is buying the Inquirer, ''Inquirer'', the editor of the paper mistakes Joseph Cotten's character for Kane.
* ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'': When Dr. Strange meets the Ancient One, this happens. Interestingly, [[InvokedTrope it's not a natural slip-up]] and doesn't really seem to indicate any prejudice on Strange's part-- the real Ancient One in her fancy robe is not remotely less impressive than the false one, but the scene is very clearly staged to put the decoy front-and-center. (She then immediately dismisses him, too, so presumably he wasn't there for any other reason.) It seems to be done strictly for the purpose of starting Strange off on the wrong foot, the better to [[TricksterMentor keep him there for the majority of his education]].
*
In one ''Film/{{Elizabeth}}'', when Queen Elizabeth's court is assembled to welcome the arrival of the most dramatic moments in Muppet history, Duke of Anjou and his entourage, they see a richly attired man with an air of nobility approaching and they prepare to honor him. Meanwhile a shabbily dressed piper tootles his way right up to the queen, and when Captain Smollet is about to be introduced in ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'', a horse carriage hurdles through the streets, and out steps a tall aggressive figure in a billowing trenchcoat. He then steps aside guards start to reveal Kermit the Frog. ''Hey-Ho, everyone!''grab him, he reveals his goofy jokeó"No! Becauseó'''I''' am Anjou! Yes! '''I''' am Anjou!"



* In ''Film/MenInBlack'', K and J are sent to pick up an alien consultant, and meet a pasty-faced man with a dog:
-->'''J:''' Now that's the worst disguise ever. That guy's gotta be an alien.\\
'''Frank the Pug:''' You don't like it, you can kiss my furry little butt!

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* ''Film/KingKong2005'' has Ann Darrow mistake another character for Jack Driscoll, a writer she admires greatly. As she's describing how the man in front of her fits none of the stereotypes she had associated with him, [[RightBehindMe Jack snaps his book shut, revealing he's exactly who she'd been expecting.]]
* In ''Film/MenInBlack'', K and J are sent ''Film/LoverComeBack'', Doris Day is constantly thwarted by competitor Rock Hudson in her quest to pick up sign new advertising accounts. Rock is trying to land a new client, an alien consultant, and meet a pasty-faced man with a dog:
-->'''J:''' Now that's
eccentric misanthropic scientist. The scientist briefly leaves the worst disguise ever. That guy's gotta be an alien.\\
'''Frank
lab to get some supplies. Enter Doris Day, who immediately mistakes Rock for the Pug:''' You don't like it, you can kiss my furry little butt!scientist. He does not correct her. Hilarity ensues.



* In ''Film/{{Ali}}'', Muhammad Ali, travelling by plane to Zaire, is invited to the cockpit. He finds two men, a white and a black one, and addresses the first one as the pilot. The man retorts "I'm just the copilot, ''he's'' the pilot!"

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* In ''Film/{{Ali}}'', Muhammad Ali, travelling by plane to Zaire, is invited ''Film/MeanGirls'', the two teachers read from some card that they have a new student, named Cady Heron, from Africa. At which point everyone in the class turns to the cockpit. new black student, who replies that she's from Michigan. The actual Cady then speaks up.
* In ''Film/MenInBlack'', K and J are sent to pick up an alien consultant, and meet a pasty-faced man with a dog:
-->'''J:''' Now that's the worst disguise ever. That guy's gotta be an alien.\\
'''Frank the Pug:''' You don't like it, you can kiss my furry little butt!
* In one of the most dramatic moments in Muppet history, when Captain Smollet is about to be introduced in ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'', a horse carriage hurdles through the streets, and out steps a tall aggressive figure in a billowing trench coat.
He finds then steps aside to reveal Kermit the Frog. ''Hey-Ho, everyone!''
* In ''Film/MurderByDeath'', the butler announces the arrival of "Miss Jessica Marbles and nurse". The already arrived guests assume that the old woman in the wheelchair is Miss Jessica Marbles, when actually the younger woman is Jessica Marbles, who is now taking care of her old nurse, who is by this point, completely gaga.
* In ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'', on arriving at the von Trapp mansion, Maria mistakes the butler for the Captain. According to the real Maria von Trapp's autobiography, this ''actually happened'', making it a RealLife example as well.
* In ''Film/TrueBeliever'', Creator/RobertDowneyJr plays a recent law-school grad who is thrilled to be hired by his role model, a famous defense attorney, whom he has never met. He is so excited he goes to the courtroom where his new boss is working without even unpacking his bags. There are
two men, men at the defense's table, a white well-dressed man with short hair in an expensive suit, and a black one, scruffy man with a ponytail. Guess which one is the drug dealer, and addresses which one is the attorney.
* In ''Film/WaynesWorld2'', Wayne and Garth go to the local radio station to be interviewed by disc jockey Handsome Dan. The good-looking guy they
first one as the pilot. The man retorts "I'm just the copilot, ''he's'' the pilot!"greet turns out to be Mr. Scream (the wacky voice guy), while Handsome Dan is... well, Harry Shearer.



* In ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'', on arriving at the von Trapp mansion, Maria mistakes the butler for the Captain. According to the real Maria von Trapp's autobiography, this ''actually happened'', making it a RealLife example as well.
* ''Film/KingKong2005'' has Ann Darrow mistake another character for Jack Driscoll, a writer she admires greatly. As she's describing how the man in front of her fits none of the stereotypes she had associated with him, [[RightBehindMe Jack snaps his book shut, revealing he's exactly who she'd been expecting.]]
* In ''Film/TrueBeliever'', Creator/RobertDowneyJr plays a recent law-school grad who is thrilled to be hired by his role model, a famous defense attorney, whom he has never met. He is so excited he goes to the courtroom where his new boss is working without even unpacking his bags. There are two men at the defense's table, a well-dressed man with short hair in an expensive suit, and a scruffy man with a ponytail. Guess which one is the drug dealer, and which one is the attorney.
* In ''Film/LoverComeBack,'' Doris Day is constantly thwarted by competitor Rock Hudson in her quest to sign new advertising accounts. Rock is trying to land a new client, an eccentric misanthropic scientist. The scientist briefly leaves the lab to get some supplies. Enter Doris Day, who immediately mistakes Rock for the scientist. He does not correct her. Hilarity ensues.
* In ''Film/DasBoot'', U-96 arrives in Spain to resupply. The officers are invited aboard a freighter, where they are greeted by several Nazi officers. The 1WO, who is the only crewman that bothers shaving and maintaining his uniform through the film, is mistaken for the captain, who has an untamed beard and is in civilian wear. TruthInTelevision, though later in the war most U-Boat captains would look like the 1WO: young and in a fresh uniform.
* ''Film/AirAmerica''. Senator Davenport mistakes General Soong in his BlingOfWar for a bellhop. He is not amused and can't resist snarking about it later.
-->'''Senator:''' Why do I feel like I'm being kept out of the loop?\\
'''General:''' (sarcastically) What do I know? I'm only boy for carrying luggage bags!
* When Mozart first meets the Emperor and the rest of the court in ''{{Theatre/Amadeus}}'', he bursts in enthusiastically and bows ... to Baron von Swieten. Von Swieten has to point to the ''actual'' Emperor playing Salieri's 'Welcome March' at the piano, much to Mozart's confusion.
* In ''Film/{{Elizabeth}}'', when Queen Elizabeth's court is assembled to welcome the arrival of the Duke of Anjou and his entourage, they see a richly attired man with an air of nobility approaching and they prepare to honor him. Meanwhile a shabbily dressed piper tootles his way right up to the queen, and when the guards start to grab him, he reveals his goofy jokeó"No! Becauseó'''I''' am Anjou! Yes! '''I''' am Anjou!"
* When Dr. Strange meets the Ancient One in the [[Film/DoctorStrange2016 2016 film]], this happens. Interestingly, [[InvokedTrope it's not a natural slip-up]] and doesn't really seem to indicate any prejudice on Strange's part-- the real Ancient One in her fancy robe is not remotely less impressive than the false one, but the scene is very clearly staged to put the decoy front-and-center. (She then immediately dismisses him, too, so presumably he wasn't there for any other reason.) It seems to be done strictly for the purpose of starting Strange off on the wrong foot, the better to [[TricksterMentor keep him there for the majority of his education]].



** Happens in the story "Robot", where Sarah Jane, despite being a self-professed feminist, doesn't recognize a female director as the person in charge.
** In "Utopia", Professor Yana comes upon the trio (the Doctor, Martha and Jack). He knows the Doctor is male, but that's it, so for a brief moment, he stands between Jack and the Doctor, trying to decide which one is the Doctor until he gives up and simply asks Jack. The Doctor immediately corrects him, prompting an over-excited Yana to grab him and drag him away, much to the Doctor's amusement.

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** Happens in the story "Robot", [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot "Robot"]], where Sarah Jane, despite being a self-professed feminist, doesn't recognize a female director as the person in charge.
** In "Utopia", [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E11Utopia "Utopia"]], Professor Yana comes upon the trio (the Doctor, Martha and Jack). He knows the Doctor is male, but that's it, so for a brief moment, he stands between Jack and the Doctor, trying to decide which one is the Doctor until he gives up and simply asks Jack. The Doctor immediately corrects him, prompting an over-excited overexcited Yana to grab him and drag him away, much to the Doctor's amusement.



* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. In "The Perfect Mate", a metamorph who can change herself to become the perfect partner of any man mistakes Captain Picard for the alien ruler she's supposed to marry, due to Picard's natural air of authority. The matter is soon cleared up, but unfortunately this error causes her to start imprinting on Picard instead of her intended. The trope [[MistakenForServant is inverted]] earlier when a Ferengi merchant mistakes Picard for the man who arranges the ambassador's appointments.



* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. In "The Perfect Mate", a metamorph who can change herself to become the perfect partner of any man mistakes Captain Picard for the alien ruler she's supposed to marry, due to Picard's natural air of authority. The matter is soon cleared up, but unfortunately this error causes her to start imprinting on Picard instead of her intended. The trope [[MistakenForServant is inverted]] earlier when a Ferengi merchant mistakes Picard for the man who arranges the ambassador's appointments.



* Sasha Baron Cohen, playing Ali G, has been known to [[http://www.rollingstone.com/news/coverstory/sacha_baron_cohen_the_real_borat_finally_speaks/page/3 deliberately set up this trope to prevent interviewees from walking out on him:]]

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* Sasha Baron Cohen, playing Ali G, has been known to [[http://www.rollingstone.com/news/coverstory/sacha_baron_cohen_the_real_borat_finally_speaks/page/3 deliberately set up this trope to prevent interviewees from walking out on him:]]him]]:



* Just before TheWorldCup, Germany played Argentina in a friendly. Thomas Müller gave his debut in this match and was also invited to the press conference after the game. Argentina's coach Diego Maradona thought he was a ballboy or something like that and asked him to leave. Later he explained sheepishly that he didn't know that this guy was a player of the German squad. A few months later, Müller got his revenge, scoring one goal against Argentina in the quarterfinals of the World Cup and creating another, thereby ending Maradona's career as a manager.
* When a new accountant entered Standard Oil he told one of the lowly workers to move an exercise machine from his office. He was talking to [[http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/issues/2008-summer/standard-oil-company.asp John Davison Rockefeller.]]
* Sir James Murray, compiler of the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, made use of volunteer contributors. His most prolific contributor was one Doctor W.C. Minor. After several years of correspondence Murray finally finagled an in-person meeting with Dr. Minor, coming out to the hospital that Minor listed as his residence. It turned out that Dr. Minor was not an employee at this establishment, but a ''[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-obsessive-weirdos-who-made-world-better-place/ patient]]''[[note]]To be clear, he really was a Medical Doctor, though obviously he wasn't allowed to practice anymore[[/note]]: he'd been institutionalized for years after killing a man during a paranoia-induced breakdown. Murray's first meeting with Minor played out almost exactly like this trope: he was greeted by a doctor and a patient in the lobby of the asylum, and introduced himself to the doctor, thinking it was Minor.

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* Just before TheWorldCup, UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup, Germany played Argentina in a friendly. Thomas Müller gave his debut in this match and was also invited to the press conference after the game. Argentina's coach Diego Maradona thought he was a ballboy or something like that and asked him to leave. Later he explained sheepishly that he didn't know that this guy was a player of the German squad. A few months later, Müller got his revenge, scoring one goal against Argentina in the quarterfinals of the World Cup and creating another, thereby ending Maradona's career as a manager.
* When a new accountant entered Standard Oil he told one of the lowly workers to move an exercise machine from his office. He was talking to [[http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/issues/2008-summer/standard-oil-company.asp John Davison Rockefeller.]]
Rockefeller]].
* Sir James Murray, compiler of the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, made use of volunteer contributors. His most prolific contributor was one Doctor W.C. Minor. After several years of correspondence Murray finally finagled an in-person meeting with Dr. Minor, coming out to the hospital that Minor listed as his residence. It turned out that Dr. Minor was not an employee at this establishment, but a ''[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-obsessive-weirdos-who-made-world-better-place/ patient]]''[[note]]To be clear, he really was a Medical Doctor, medical doctor, though obviously he wasn't allowed to practice anymore[[/note]]: he'd been institutionalized for years after killing a man during a paranoia-induced breakdown. Murray's first meeting with Minor played out almost exactly like this trope: he was greeted by a doctor and a patient in the lobby of the asylum, and introduced himself to the doctor, thinking it was Minor.



* During the siege of Malaga in 1487, an old Moor named Ibrahim al-Garbi went to the Christian camp and asked to be brough before King Ferdinand II, claiming that he was defecting and wanted to share information on the defenses of the city. Since Ferdinand was asleep, he was brought to a different tent to wait for an audience, where he found Queen Isabella's handmaiden Beatriz de Bobadilla, playing chess with a distant relative of the monarchs, Alvaro of Portugal. Mistaking the couple for the royals, [[ISurrenderSuckers al-Garbi produced a knife from his robes]] that the guards had missed and stabbed Portugal and Bobadilla, before he was killed by guards alerted by Bobadilla's screams (Portugal was wounded on the head and Bobadilla was stabbed in the chest, but her [[PimpedOutDress thick dressing]] [[DidNotSeeThatComing saved her from injury]]). al-Garbi's body was later butchered and [[TakeThat thrown back into the city with a catapult]].

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* During the siege of Malaga in 1487, an old Moor named Ibrahim al-Garbi went to the Christian camp and asked to be brough brought before King Ferdinand II, claiming that he was defecting and wanted to share information on the defenses of the city. Since Ferdinand was asleep, he was brought to a different tent to wait for an audience, where he found Queen Isabella's handmaiden Beatriz de Bobadilla, playing chess with a distant relative of the monarchs, Alvaro of Portugal. Mistaking the couple for the royals, [[ISurrenderSuckers al-Garbi produced a knife from his robes]] that the guards had missed and stabbed Portugal and Bobadilla, before he was killed by guards alerted by Bobadilla's screams (Portugal was wounded on the head and Bobadilla was stabbed in the chest, but her [[PimpedOutDress thick dressing]] [[DidNotSeeThatComing saved her from injury]]). al-Garbi's Al-Garbi's body was later butchered and [[TakeThat thrown back into the city with a catapult]].
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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Edward Elric becomes a State Alchemist, a position of authority in the military that comes with a compulsory title. Due to his stubbornness and determined personality, Ed is given the title "Fullmetal." His younger brother Alphonse, who has lost his body in a failed alchemy experiment and has his soul bound to a large metal suit of armor, is often mistaken for him due to the nickname.
** That, and no-one expects a [[ImprobableAge fifteen-year-old boy]] to be a famous alchemist and soldier, nor for the suit of armor accompanying him to be [[AnimatedArmor hosting the soul of his younger brother]].
** ExpectingSomeoneTaller also comes into play here in these situations, and serves as Edward's BerserkButton.
* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' the agents greet a man with a quadruped robot by his side who they assume is the CEO of the company they're visiting. The man responds "No, I'm just an android" and it turns out that the robot is the CEO's body (since he likes the look).
* Happens constantly in ''Manga/ShinaDark''. Satan is an affable, likeable kind of guy, while people tremble in fear before his butler. His butler wears suits and black capes, whereas Satan prefers loose T-shirts.



* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Edward Elric becomes a State Alchemist, a position of authority in the military that comes with a compulsory title. Due to his stubbornness and determined personality, Ed is given the title "Fullmetal." His younger brother Alphonse, who has lost his body in a failed alchemy experiment and has his soul bound to a large metal suit of armor, is often mistaken for him due to the nickname. That, and no-one expects a [[ImprobableAge fifteen-year-old boy]] to be a famous alchemist and soldier, nor for the suit of armor accompanying him to be [[AnimatedArmor hosting the soul of his younger brother]]. ExpectingSomeoneTaller also comes into play here in these situations, and serves as Edward's BerserkButton.
* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' the agents greet a man with a quadruped robot by his side who they assume is the CEO of the company they're visiting. The man responds "No, I'm just an android" and it turns out that the robot is the CEO's body (since he likes the look).
* Happens constantly in ''Manga/ShinaDark''. Satan is an affable, likeable kind of guy, while people tremble in fear before his butler. His butler wears suits and black capes, whereas Satan prefers loose T-shirts.



* Played with in the ''Series/AbsolutePower'' episode "Spinning America", in which Charles is greeted at the American embassy by a young black woman, and tells her how impressed he is; he was expecting the American Ambassador to be an overweight middle-aged white guy. He is.
* In the ''Series/{{Allegiance}}'' episode "Strangers in a Strange Land", the operative charged with carrying out Black Dagger intentionally [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this by driving his cut-out man around Rome. Alex assumes the cut-out man is the operative and the operative is just a chauffeur. He doesn't realize his mistake until he finds the cut-out man, who has [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Outlived His Usefulness]].
* On ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'', strangers have assumed that Barney was the sheriff on more than one occasion, because Barney always wears his tie, cap, and sidearm, whereas Andy prefers to dress (and behave) more casually and never wears a gun.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. In "Through The Looking Glass" Cordelia becomes princess of the demon planet Pylea, but is told she must [[UnusualEuphemism com-shuck]] with the Groosalugg, recently summoned from the [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace scum pits of Ur]]. After an abortive escape attempt she resigns herself to mating with the hideous HornedHumanoid who slouches into her throne room with a sack over his shoulder, only for the real Groosalugg -- a handsome blue-eyed hero -- to stride inside and tell the demon to just leave his stuff anywhere.
* ''Series/BlakesSeven'' had a similar version, with the supposed SexSlave of the man the heroes captured being the ProfessionalKiller they were seeking.
* There's a ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' where Rebecca marches into her new boss's office and takes an older gentleman for the boss. Turns out that's his assistant, and her new boss is the many-years-her-junior executive who hit on her in the elevator on the way up.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Happens in the story "Robot", where Sarah Jane, despite being a self-professed feminist, doesn't recognize a female director as the person in charge.
** In "Utopia", Professor Yana comes upon the trio (the Doctor, Martha and Jack). He knows the Doctor is male, but that's it, so for a brief moment, he stands between Jack and the Doctor, trying to decide which one is the Doctor until he gives up and simply asks Jack. The Doctor immediately corrects him, prompting an over-excited Yana to grab him and drag him away, much to the Doctor's amusement.



* On ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', Niles goes to see Maris's plastic surgeon, Mel Karnovsky. The man he thinks is the doctor turns out to be the assistant, and Mel is a young woman.
* Done in ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' when the family meet Janice's new fiancee. A rather handsome black guy comes in and the family instantly take a liking to him. He followed by a white man who they assume to be the taxi driver bringing in his luggage. Janice comes into the room and goes...over to the white man kissing him much to the family's shock. The black guy was the taxi driver.



* On ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' when Vincent Price guess starred, there was a skit in which Fozzie and Gonzo stop at a castle and are greeted by Price, who lives there with his lovely assistant and a hideous beast. A hideous looking character (Uncle Deadly) appears and Fozzie assumes he's the beast. "Watch it! ''I'm'' the lovely assistant."
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Happens in the story "Robot", where Sarah Jane, despite being a self-professed feminist, doesn't recognize a female director as the person in charge.
** In "Utopia", Professor Yana comes upon the trio (the Doctor, Martha and Jack). He knows the Doctor is male, but that's it, so for a brief moment, he stands between Jack and the Doctor, trying to decide which one is the Doctor until he gives up and simply asks Jack. The Doctor immediately corrects him, prompting an over-excited Yana to grab him and drag him away, much to the Doctor's amusement.



* There's a ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' where Rebecca marches into her new boss's office and takes an older gentleman for the boss. Turns out that's his assistant, and her new boss is the many-years-her-junior executive who hit on her in the elevator on the way up.
* On ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', Niles goes to see Maris's plastic surgeon, Mel Karnovsky. The man he thinks is the doctor turns out to be the assistant, and Mel is a young woman.

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* There's a ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' where Rebecca marches into her new boss's office and takes an older gentleman On ''Series/HomeImprovement'', Tim is usually mistaken for the boss. Turns out that's his assistant, and her new boss Comedy Relief BumblingSidekick to Al. This is because Tim is remarkably accident prone, whereas Al is the many-years-her-junior executive who hit on her in the elevator on the way up.
model of careful professionalism. In fact, most viewers think that Tim's accidents are AllPartOfTheShow. The misunderstanding is common enough that Tim's declarations of "Al is my assistant. ''He'' assists ''me''," is practically a CatchPhrase.
* On ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', Niles goes ''Series/JudgingAmy'', as a woman comes into Amy's office, looking for her, she introduces herself to see Maris's plastic surgeon, Mel Karnovsky. The man he thinks is her law clerk. They all have a good laugh once the doctor turns out to be mistake is corrected, and the assistant, woman sheepishly admits, "It was either look like a racist (by assuming--correctly, ironically--that the white woman was the judge rather than the African-American law clerk), or look like a sexist, and Mel is I figured looking like a young woman.racist was worse."



* In ''Series/TheWestWing'', a badly hungover Josh had trouble telling Joey Lucas (Marlee Matlin) - who he expected to be a man - from her assistant Kenny. Josh gets a bit of slack, not just because he was hungover, but also because Kenny was doing all the talking, including the introduction "I'm Joey Lucas!". (Joey, it happens, is deaf, and Kenny was interpreting her sign language.)
* Played with in the ''Series/AbsolutePower'' episode "Spinning America", in which Charles is greeted at the American embassy by a young black woman, and tells her how impressed he is; he was expecting the American Ambassador to be an overweight middle-aged white guy. He is.

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* In ''Series/TheWestWing'', On ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' when Vincent Price guess starred, there was a badly hungover Josh had trouble telling Joey Lucas (Marlee Matlin) - skit in which Fozzie and Gonzo stop at a castle and are greeted by Price, who he expected to be a man - from her lives there with his lovely assistant Kenny. Josh gets and a bit of slack, not just because he was hungover, but also because Kenny was doing all hideous beast. A hideous looking character (Uncle Deadly) appears and Fozzie assumes he's the talking, including beast. "Watch it! ''I'm'' the introduction "I'm Joey Lucas!". (Joey, it happens, is deaf, and Kenny was interpreting her sign language.)
* Played with in the ''Series/AbsolutePower'' episode "Spinning America", in which Charles is greeted at the American embassy by a young black woman, and tells her how impressed he is; he was expecting the American Ambassador to be an overweight middle-aged white guy. He is.
lovely assistant."



* Done in ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' when the family meet Janice's new fiancee. A rather handsome black guy comes in and the family instantly take a liking to him. He followed by a white man who they assume to be the taxi driver bringing in his luggage. Janice comes into the room and goes...over to the white man kissing him much to the family's shock. The black guy was the taxi driver.
* On ''Series/HomeImprovement'', Tim is usually mistaken for the Comedy Relief BumblingSidekick to Al. This is because Tim is remarkably accident prone, whereas Al is the model of careful professionalism. In fact, most viewers think that Tim's accidents are AllPartOfTheShow. The misunderstanding is common enough that Tim's declarations of "Al is my assistant. ''He'' assists ''me''," is practically a CatchPhrase.



* On ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'', strangers have assumed that Barney was the sheriff on more than one occasion, because Barney always wears his tie, cap, and sidearm, whereas Andy prefers to dress (and behave) more casually and never wears a gun.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. In "Through The Looking Glass" Cordelia becomes princess of the demon planet Pylea, but is told she must [[UnusualEuphemism com-shuck]] with the Groosalugg, recently summoned from the [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace scum pits of Ur]]. After an abortive escape attempt she resigns herself to mating with the hideous HornedHumanoid who slouches into her throne room with a sack over his shoulder, only for the real Groosalugg -- a handsome blue-eyed hero -- to stride inside and tell the demon to just leave his stuff anywhere.
* On ''Series/JudgingAmy'', as a woman comes into Amy's office, looking for her, she introduces herself to her law clerk. They all have a good laugh once the mistake is corrected, and the woman sheepishly admits, "It was either look like a racist (by assuming--correctly, ironically--that the white woman was the judge rather than the African-American law clerk), or look like a sexist, and I figured looking like a racist was worse."
* In the ''Series/{{Allegiance}}'' episode "Strangers in a Strange Land", the operative charged with carrying out Black Dagger intentionally [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this by driving his cut-out man around Rome. Alex assumes the cut-out man is the operative and the operative is just a chauffeur. He doesn't realize his mistake until he finds the cut-out man, who has [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Outlived His Usefulness]].
* ''Series/BlakesSeven'' had a similar version, with the supposed SexSlave of the man the heroes captured being the ProfessionalKiller they were seeking.



* In ''Series/TheWestWing'', a badly hungover Josh had trouble telling Joey Lucas (Marlee Matlin) - who he expected to be a man - from her assistant Kenny. Josh gets a bit of slack, not just because he was hungover, but also because Kenny was doing all the talking, including the introduction "I'm Joey Lucas!". (Joey, it happens, is deaf, and Kenny was interpreting her sign language.)



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', but subverted in that their assessment is rather spot on in regards to Kif and Zapp's respectively competence levels.
-->'''Leela:''' You know, this might actually work. The Omicronians seem to have trouble telling one person from another.\\
'''Zapp Brannigan:''' True. At the negotiations, they thought Kif here was the statesman and I was a jabbering mental patient.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'': One episode features a company named Contempo Computers. Spacely and his rival Cosgwell want to do business with that company and all they know about their CEO is that he's a young and innovative man. At the company's headquarters, they meet a young man and a boy. The boy is the [[GradeSchoolCEO CEO of Contempo Computers]].



* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/MaryShelleysFrankenhole'', in a decidedly more racist example, does something similar when Thomas Jefferson (who wants the doctor to give him a... [[BiggusDickus certain operation]]) goes looking for a suitable black man. He seems to think the name is important and wants a very African-sounding black man. The man Frankenstein suggests is Barack Obama. Jefferson says he's perfect based on his name alone ("That one probably can't even speak English!"), and doesn't listen when Victor tries to explain who he is. When they get to the White House and Victor introduces the 44th president, Jefferson immediately shakes the hand of Obama's white bodyguard. He had moments before confused the real president with "the poop slave", saying he's out of a job thanks to the flush toilets.



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', but subverted in that their assessment is rather spot on in regards to Kif and Zapp's respectively competence levels.
-->'''Leela:''' You know, this might actually work. The Omicronians seem to have trouble telling one person from another.\\
'''Zapp Brannigan:''' True. At the negotiations, they thought Kif here was the statesman and I was a jabbering mental patient.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/MaryShelleysFrankenhole'', in a decidedly more racist example, does something similar when Thomas Jefferson (who wants the doctor to give him a... [[BiggusDickus certain operation]]) goes looking for a suitable black man. He seems to think the name is important and wants a very African-sounding black man. The man Frankenstein suggests is Barack Obama. Jefferson says he's perfect based on his name alone ("That one probably can't even speak English!"), and doesn't listen when Victor tries to explain who he is. When they get to the White House and Victor introduces the 44th president, Jefferson immediately shakes the hand of Obama's white bodyguard. He had moments before confused the real president with "the poop slave", saying he's out of a job thanks to the flush toilets.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'': One episode features a company named Contempo Computers. Spacely and his rival Cosgwell want to do business with that company and all they know about their CEO is that he's a young and innovative man. At the company's headquarters, they meet a young man and a boy. The boy is the [[GradeSchoolCEO CEO of Contempo Computers]].
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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', the elderly Impa tasks Link with visiting the Hateno Ancient Tech Lab to unlock further abilities for your Sheikah Slate. Upon reaching the Lab, a young girl named Purah directs you to a man named Symin in the back. But when Link show Symin the Sheikah Slate, you are quickly informed that Purah, who is Impa's sister, is the real director of the Hateno Ancient Tech Lab. This whole situation occurs because of Purah's embarrassment; thanks to a botched experiment, she had been [[FountainOfYouth regressed into a 6-year-old]], and she decided to pass off the average visitors to Symin so no one would know what state she was in. She only revealed herself to Link because the Sheikah Slate demonstrated that he was the [[TheChosenOne ancient Hylian Champion]]. However, you can read the diary of Paya, Impa's granddaughter, and discover that she has an "Auntie Purah," tipping you off to the ruse well beforehand.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', the elderly Impa tasks Link with visiting the Hateno Ancient Tech Lab to unlock further abilities for your Sheikah Slate. Upon reaching the Lab, a young girl named Purah directs you to a man named Symin in the back. But when Link show Symin the Sheikah Slate, you are quickly informed that Purah, who is Impa's sister, is the real director of the Hateno Ancient Tech Lab. This whole situation occurs because of Purah's embarrassment; thanks to a botched experiment, she had been [[FountainOfYouth regressed into a 6-year-old]], and she decided to pass off the average visitors to Symin so no one would know what state she was in. She only revealed herself to Link because the Sheikah Slate demonstrated that he was the [[TheChosenOne ancient Hylian Champion]]. However, you can read the diary of Paya, Impa's granddaughter, and discover that she has an "Auntie Purah," tipping you off to the ruse well beforehand.
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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', the elderly Impa tasks Link with visiting the Hateno Ancient Tech Lab to unlock further abilities for your Sheikah Slate. Upon reaching the Lab, a young girl named Purah directs you to a man named Symin in the back. But when Link show Symin the Sheikah Slate, you are quickly informed that Purah, who is Impa's sister, is the real director of the Hateno Ancient Tech Lab. This whole situation occurs because of Purah's embarrassment; thanks to a botched experiment, she had been [[FountainOfYouth regressed into a 6-year-old]], and she decided to pass off the average visitors to Symin so no one would know what state she was in. She only revealed herself to Link because the Sheikah Slate demonstrated that he was the [[TheChosenOne ancient Hylian Champion]].

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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', the elderly Impa tasks Link with visiting the Hateno Ancient Tech Lab to unlock further abilities for your Sheikah Slate. Upon reaching the Lab, a young girl named Purah directs you to a man named Symin in the back. But when Link show Symin the Sheikah Slate, you are quickly informed that Purah, who is Impa's sister, is the real director of the Hateno Ancient Tech Lab. This whole situation occurs because of Purah's embarrassment; thanks to a botched experiment, she had been [[FountainOfYouth regressed into a 6-year-old]], and she decided to pass off the average visitors to Symin so no one would know what state she was in. She only revealed herself to Link because the Sheikah Slate demonstrated that he was the [[TheChosenOne ancient Hylian Champion]]. However, you can read the diary of Paya, Impa's granddaughter, and discover that she has an "Auntie Purah," tipping you off to the ruse well beforehand.
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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', the elderly Impa tasks Link with visiting the Hateno Ancient Tech Lab to unlock further abilities for your Sheikah Slate. Upon reaching the Lab, a young girl named Purah directs you to a man named Symin in the back. But when Link show Symin the Sheikah Slate, you are quickly informed that Purah, who is Impa's sister, is the real director of the Hateno Ancient Tech Lab. This whole situation occurs because of Purah's embarrassment; thanks to a botched experiment, she had been [[FountainOfYouth regressed into a 6-year-old]], and she decided to pass off the average visitors to Symin so no one would know what state she was in. She only revealed herself to Link because the Sheikah Slate demonstrated that he was the [[TheChosenOne ancient Hylian Champion]].



* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'' in the 'Anarchist Future' setting. The fox-guy is meeting his new boss, a big-name diplomat, and his bodyguard. The people who enters are a short, sharp-looking kangaroo, and a huge, hulking bulldog. He greets the bulldog with a handshake, and has it returned with delight - the diplomat states that "You're the first one who hasn't tried to shake hands with my bodyguard!"

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* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'' in the 'Anarchist Future' setting. The fox-guy is meeting his new boss, a big-name diplomat, and his bodyguard. The people who enters enter are a short, sharp-looking kangaroo, and a huge, hulking bulldog. He greets the bulldog with a handshake, and has it returned with delight - the diplomat states that "You're the first one who hasn't tried to shake hands with my bodyguard!"
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