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19th Apr '18 3:33:55 PM margdean56
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* According to Arrianus, this happened to UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat, as he met with Darius's mother Strateira, who began to address Alexander's companion Hephaistion as Alexander. One of her subordinates corrected her. It seems they were ExpectingSomeoneTaller. (Don't feel too bad, though; [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments he too is Alexander]].)

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* According to Arrianus, this happened to UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat, as he met with Darius's mother Strateira, Stateira, who began to address Alexander's companion Hephaistion as Alexander. One of her subordinates corrected her. It seems they were ExpectingSomeoneTaller. (Don't feel too bad, though; [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments he too is Alexander]].)



** This may have been another deliberate snub as well; losing to their [[WorthyOpponent traditional French rivals]] was preferable to losing to a bunch of colonial hicks. If it was, Washington repaid it along with Cornwallis' snub by directing O'Hara in turn to surrender to his own second-in-command, Benjamin Lincoln.
* Just before 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.

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** This may have been another deliberate snub as well; snub; losing to their [[WorthyOpponent traditional French rivals]] was preferable to losing to a bunch of colonial hicks. If it was, Washington repaid it along with Cornwallis' snub by directing O'Hara in turn to surrender to his own second-in-command, Benjamin Lincoln.
* Just before UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup, Germany played Argentina in a friendly. Thomas Müller gave made 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.



* During the siege of Malaga in 1487, an old Moor named Ibrahim al-Garbi went to the Christian camp and asked to be 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 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 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]] clothing]] [[DidNotSeeThatComing saved her from injury]]). Al-Garbi's body was later butchered and [[TakeThat thrown back into the city with a catapult]].
19th Apr '18 3:29:11 PM margdean56
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* ''Literature/TheDarkSideOfTheSun'' by Terry Pratchett features [[EncyclopediaExposita several quotes]] from and descriptions of the works of Charles Sub-Lunar, who amongst his many accomplishments translated the Joker language - or co-deciphered, the work traditionally being attributed to "a poet and a mad computer". The main character, Dom, keeps running into (but not speaking to) "a thickset Earthman with a face crisscrossed with dueling scars and a small battered Class One robot", and is told this is Sub-Lunar. Much later, when he mentions the "poet and mad computer" line, he's told "Yes, although he's not really mad. I don't know who the poet was. His servant is quite fascinating too, with all those scars."

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* ''Literature/TheDarkSideOfTheSun'' by Terry Pratchett features [[EncyclopediaExposita several quotes]] from and descriptions of the works of Charles Sub-Lunar, who amongst his many accomplishments translated the Joker language - or language--or co-deciphered, the work traditionally being attributed to "a poet and a mad computer". The main character, Dom, keeps running into (but not speaking to) "a thickset Earthman with a face crisscrossed with dueling scars and a small battered Class One robot", and is told this is Sub-Lunar. Much later, when he mentions the "poet and mad computer" line, he's told "Yes, although he's not really mad. I don't know who the poet was. His servant is quite fascinating too, with all those scars."



** In the prequel ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'' novella "The Sworn Sword", Dunk is sent to meet Lady Rohanne Webber, who he knows to be widowed multiple times (and rumored to have [[BlackWidow murdered her husbands]]) and who has a terrible reputation for cruelty. As a prank, Dunk is introduced to one of Lady Weber's attendants and is told that she is Lady Webber, and he believes it, because the elderly and [[{{gonk}} unpleasant looking]] woman jives with his assumptions of what Lady Webber would look like. He then learns that a pretty young [[HeroesWantRedheads redheaded]] woman practicing archery nearby is Lady Webber, and that she is not nearly as bad as her reputation suggests.

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** In the prequel ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'' novella "The Sworn Sword", Dunk is sent to meet Lady Rohanne Webber, who he knows to be widowed multiple times (and rumored to have [[BlackWidow murdered her husbands]]) and who has a terrible reputation for cruelty. As a prank, Dunk is introduced to one of Lady Weber's Webber's attendants and is told that she is Lady Webber, and he believes it, because the elderly and [[{{gonk}} unpleasant looking]] woman jives jibes with his assumptions of about what Lady Webber would look like. He then learns that a pretty young [[HeroesWantRedheads redheaded]] woman practicing archery nearby is Lady Webber, and that she is not nearly as bad as her reputation suggests.
19th Apr '18 3:24:42 PM margdean56
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* ''The Scandal of Literature/FatherBrown'' by Creator/GKChesterton uses this trope; there's a beautiful rich American woman in a small town in Mexico. She is married to a respectable businessman named Potter, but had been linked to a fiery poet named Rudel Romanes. She is constantly in the company of a short, stooped hairy man with a bushy beard man, and is constantly being followed by a tall, darkly handsome man. There is also a journalist, who determines to write an expose of the whole mess, assuming that the short man is Potter and the tall man is Romanes. After she flees the hotel with the tall man, Father Brown explains that in fact, it was the other way 'round. The tall handsome man is her husband,and the old man is the poet. As he explains to the journalist, "You see, you are so incurably romantic that your whole case was founded on the idea that a man looking like a young god couldn't be called Potter."
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', the protagonist catches a glimpse of a tall, haughty and quite skinny looking lady who she takes to be Lady Margolotta, a famous vampire, who is accompanied by a shorter, and less imposing woman she takes to be her assistant. The protagonist only figures it out after she has a rant about Lady Margolotta to the 'assistant'.

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* ''The Scandal of Literature/FatherBrown'' by Creator/GKChesterton uses this trope; there's a beautiful rich American woman in a small town in Mexico. She is married to a respectable businessman named Potter, but had been linked to a fiery poet named Rudel Romanes. She is constantly in the company of a short, stooped hairy man with a bushy beard man, beard, and is constantly being followed by a tall, darkly handsome man. There is also a journalist, who determines to write an expose exposé of the whole mess, assuming that the short man is Potter and the tall man is Romanes. After she flees the hotel with the tall man, Father Brown explains that in fact, it was the other way 'round. The tall handsome man is her husband,and the old man is the poet. As he explains to the journalist, "You see, you are so incurably romantic that your whole case was founded on the idea that a man looking like a young god couldn't be called Potter."
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', the protagonist catches a glimpse of a tall, haughty and quite skinny looking lady who she takes to be Lady Margolotta, a famous vampire, who is accompanied by a shorter, and less imposing woman she takes to be her assistant. The protagonist only figures it out after she has delivers a rant about Lady Margolotta to the 'assistant'.
19th Apr '18 3:22:06 PM margdean56
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* When ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} first moves to Bludhaven, he notes that his landlady has a sexy Irish accent, but hasn't seen her face because it was always blocked by something when they spoke previously. Later on he's outside and overhears the accent again when passing a redheaded Caucasian woman talking to an Asian woman. He tells the redhead that he's finally glad to be able to meet her face to face, and she starts laughing. Turns out the Asian -Chinese- woman is his landlady. She was adopted and raised in Ireland. The ladies get a good laugh out of the mistake.

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* When ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} first moves to Bludhaven, he notes that his landlady has a sexy Irish accent, but he hasn't seen her face because it was always blocked by something when they spoke previously. Later on he's outside and overhears the accent again when passing a redheaded Caucasian woman talking to an Asian woman. He tells the redhead that he's finally glad to be able to meet her face to face, and she starts laughing. Turns out the Asian -Chinese- woman Asian--Chinese--woman is his landlady. She was adopted and raised in Ireland. The ladies get a good laugh out of the mistake.
2nd Apr '18 7:37:21 AM Lloigor
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', but subverted in that their assessment is rather spot on in regards to Kif and Zapp's respectively competence levels.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', but subverted in that their assessment is rather spot on in regards to Kif and Zapp's respectively respective competence levels.



* ''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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* ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'': One episode features a company named Contempo Computers. Spacely and his rival Cosgwell Cogswell 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]].
25th Mar '18 11:39:05 PM snichols1973
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* This is the purpose for the character of Leopold in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': a gruff, angry man who comes in to Springfield Elementary School on at least two occasions to yell and rant about how the fun stops now and this is one principal/teacher you're not gonna SCREW with! Everyone's scared that ''he'' will be the new, no-nonsense authority figure...until he steps aside, introducing the more innocuous person (like Ned Flanders or Marge Simpson) who will really be taking over.

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* This is the purpose for the character of Leopold in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': a gruff, angry man who comes in to Springfield Elementary School on at least two occasions to yell and rant about how the fun stops now and this is one principal/teacher you're not gonna SCREW with! Everyone's scared that ''he'' will be the new, no-nonsense authority figure...until he steps aside, gently and politely introducing the more innocuous person (like Ned Flanders or Marge Simpson) who will really be taking over.
4th Mar '18 5:48:06 PM darkemyst
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* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' [[spoiler:Andronicus]] sees Agatha wearing her trilobite brooch and assumes she's the servant of the Heterodyne's rather than 'The' Heterodyne.
20th Feb '18 4:39:39 PM ButterTub
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* 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."

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* On ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' when Vincent Price guess starred, there was a skit in which Fozzie and Gonzo stop are staying at a "summer cottage" castle and are greeted visited by Price, who lives there is traveling with his lovely beautiful 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 beautiful assistant."
20th Feb '18 4:33:54 PM ButterTub
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* 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 then steps aside to reveal Kermit the Frog. ''Hey-Ho, everyone!''

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* 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 then steps aside to reveal Kermit the Frog. ''Hey-Ho, ''Hi-Ho, everyone!''
7th Feb '18 11:34:59 AM darkemyst
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* Ryuu and Shirayuki run into people confusing him for her assistant rather often in ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' due to the fact that she became his assistant when he was still twelve. Even after she's no longer his assistant on paper and is a pharmacist in her own right they still get this reaction since no-one expects a young teenager to be a pharmacist and it doesn't help that he usually is content to fade into the background since he doesn't really like attention.
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