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16th Jul '16 4:55:00 PM DrFraud
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* Nathsn Ausubel's ''A Treasury of Jewish Folklore'' includes an anecdote about Rabbi Meier Primishlaner. According to the rabbi, one day he shooed a ragged-looking traveler out of the local synagogue, only to be told by his father later on that he'd turned away the prophet Elijah.



* ''Series/TheMessengers'': Vera, Erin, Joshua, Peter and Raul. They themselves don't know what this at first.

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* ''Series/TheMessengers'': Vera, Erin, Joshua, Peter and Raul. They themselves don't know what this at first.



24th Jun '16 11:56:23 AM TotemicHero
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* In the music video for "Centuries" by Music/FallOutBoy, a robed and hooded man secretly hands four Roman prisoners each a piece of leather, bits of string, or a small stone, respectively. Forced into public gladiator combat, the prisoners assemble the pieces into a sling, which they use to kill a raging barbarian fighting them. The end of the music video has the man cast off his robe to reveal a pair of angelic wings.
14th Jun '16 7:26:50 AM nighttrainfm
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* In the finale of ''Series/AshesToAshes'', [[spoiler: Gene Hunt is revealed as a deceased human who, although having no conscious knowledge of it, has acted as a guide and protector of the other cops stumbling across him in cop purgatory. He fully and knowingly takes up the mantle by series' end]].

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* In the finale of ''Series/AshesToAshes'', [[spoiler: Gene Hunt is revealed as a deceased human who, although having no conscious knowledge of it, has acted as a guide and protector of the other cops stumbling across him in cop purgatory. He fully and knowingly takes up the mantle by series' end]].end.]]
11th Jun '16 4:19:03 PM Doug86
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* {{Inverted}} [[ParanoiaFuel in the most disturbing way]] in ''CthulhuMythos''. A recurring character, Nyarlathotep, often appears as a likeable (if somewhat... off) stranger to the main characters. The problem is that Nyarlathotep is an EldritchAbomination (more powerful than Cthulhu, at that), and his hobby is "screwing with people's lives".

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* {{Inverted}} [[ParanoiaFuel in the most disturbing way]] in ''CthulhuMythos''.the Franchise/CthulhuMythos. A recurring character, Nyarlathotep, often appears as a likeable (if somewhat... off) stranger to the main characters. The problem is that Nyarlathotep is an EldritchAbomination (more powerful than Cthulhu, at that), and his hobby is "screwing with people's lives".
9th Jun '16 7:51:51 PM MadCat221
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* An in-universe example occurs in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', where until the moment they absorbed Mirmulnir's soul and gained the ability to use the Thu'um, the [[CrystalDragonJesus Dragonborn]] spent most of their life believing themselves to be (and actually being) merely a normal person. Even afterwards, they are as much in their dark about their true nature as everyone else until the Greybeards explain it to them.

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* An in-universe example occurs in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', where until the moment they absorbed Mirmulnir's soul and gained the [[SecondHourSuperpower ability to use the Thu'um, Thu'um]], the [[CrystalDragonJesus Dragonborn]] spent most of their life believing themselves to be (and actually being) merely a normal person. Even afterwards, they are as much in their dark about their true nature as everyone else until the Greybeards explain it to them.
7th May '16 9:22:55 PM dclark
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** Jesus himself used a figurative version of this as AnAesop once: On Judgement Day, he separates the "sheep" (those to be saved) and the "goats" (those to be destroyed). He tells the sheep that they're being saved because hey fed him when he was hungry, clothed him when he was naked, sheltered him when he was homeless, visited him in prison, etc. The sheep, confused, say they never remember doing any of this, and he explains that they did these things for the least of his followers- [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and as far as he's concerned, that's just as good as doing it for him]]. The goats get just the opposite; seeing his followers in the same desperate situations and ignoring them is considered just as bad as ignoring Jesus himself in that situation.
29th Apr '16 1:13:25 PM justanid
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->''Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.''
-->-- '''[[Literature/TheBible Hebrews 13:2, KJV]]'''

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->''Be ->''"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.''
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-->-- '''[[Literature/TheBible ''[[Literature/TheBible Hebrews 13:2, KJV]]'''
13:2 (KJV)]]''



See also GodWasMyCopilot, where the supernatural aspect is revealed after a long period of appearing normal.

Compare KingIncognito. SubTrope of SecretIdentity. Also compare DamselErrant and ManicPixieDreamGirl. SuperTrope to GodWasMyCopilot and LouisCypher.

If the ''angel'' [[IThoughtItMeant is unaware that they are an angel]], it falls under IAmWho

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See also GodWasMyCopilot, where the supernatural aspect is revealed after a long period of appearing normal.

Compare KingIncognito.
SubTrope of SecretIdentity. Also compare DamselErrant and ManicPixieDreamGirl.SecretIdentity. SuperTrope to GodWasMyCopilot and LouisCypher.

If Compare DamselErrant, KingIncognito, and ManicPixieDreamGirl. Contrast with IAmWho if the ''angel'' [[IThoughtItMeant is unaware that they are an angel]], it falls under IAmWho
angel]]. See also GodWasMyCopilot, where the supernatural aspect is revealed after a long period of appearing normal.
24th Apr '16 5:27:55 AM MJTR
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* The music video for ''[[Music/WithinTemptation Within Temptations's]] song "Utopia" follows an old man in a suit wandering through a city. As he walks, he encounters prostitution, drug trade, theft and other crimes, but is only a passive witness. Near the end, he stands next to a mother and her child next to a busy street, when the kid drops and then stoops down to pick up a toy. The man grabs him and pulls him up just in time to keep him from being killed by a speeding truck and instantly disappears thereafter.
10th Mar '16 2:21:17 PM Willbyr
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* In a somewhat... different example of this trope, [[spoiler: Rei Ayanami]] of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is implied - but never outright stated - to be a somewhat different breed of "Angel". And while you are chewing on that and that infamous ending and movie sequel, somehow Anno manages to sneak in a little piece of information that [[spoiler: everybody is an angel, since humanity descended from the second angel, Lilith, just like all the other angels descend from Adam.]]
** In the Director's Cut version of Episode 24, Kaworu Nagisa spills the beans more explicitly. [[spoiler: He states that Rei Ayanami is the same as him, and that they have "both taken the forms of the Lilin (humans) on this planet". Kaworu is revealed to be the 17th Angel, and the Seele monoliths state that he is the vessel of the soul of Adam, the first Angel. Misato in End of Evangelion finds out that human life comes from an Angel called Lilith, just like Adam. Putting two and two together, Rei, the only one of her series of clones to have a soul, was an Angel with Lilith's soul.]]
* ''BlackButler:'' [[spoiler:Angela Blanc]] turns out to be this. So is [[spoiler: Ash Landers.]] They are also both very [[spoiler:evil]] and perverse.

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''
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In a somewhat... different example of this trope, [[spoiler: Rei [[spoiler:Rei Ayanami]] of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is implied - but never outright stated - to be a somewhat different breed of "Angel". And while you are chewing on that and that infamous ending and movie sequel, somehow Anno manages to sneak in a little piece of information that [[spoiler: everybody [[spoiler:everybody is an angel, Angel, since humanity descended from the second angel, Angel, Lilith, just like all the other angels Angels descend from Adam.]]
** In the Director's Cut version of Episode 24, Kaworu Nagisa spills the beans more explicitly. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He states that Rei Ayanami is the same as him, and that they have "both taken the forms of the Lilin (humans) on this planet". Kaworu is revealed to be the 17th Angel, and the Seele SEELE monoliths state that he is the vessel of the soul of Adam, the first Angel. Misato in End ''End of Evangelion Evangelion'' finds out that human life comes from an Angel called Lilith, just like Adam. Putting two and two together, Rei, the only one of her series of clones to have a soul, was an Angel with Lilith's soul.]]
* ''BlackButler:'' ''Manga/BlackButler:'' [[spoiler:Angela Blanc]] turns out to be this. So is [[spoiler: Ash Landers.]] They are also both very [[spoiler:evil]] and perverse.
8th Jan '16 10:42:40 AM tromag
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** Specifically, they are said to be three apostles who were promised by Christ that they'd be allowed to live and remain on earth until the SecondComing. This means you ''could'', at any point, run into any or all of these immortal apostles, without knowing who they are.
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