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Often TruthInTelevision. See also Wiki/TVTropes's handy [[JustForFun/HowToPullOffABavarianFireDrill how to]] guide on how to pull off one of these.

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Often TruthInTelevision. See also Wiki/TVTropes's Wiki/TVTropes' handy [[JustForFun/HowToPullOffABavarianFireDrill how to]] guide on how to pull off one of these.
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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' when Preed tries to bully the guard to the slave pens by pretending to be a slave trader. The guard shows he's smart and not just DumbMuscle by pointing out all the flaws in the masquerade, forcing Preed's companion to knock him out. Preed hangs a final lampshade on the subversion with the comment, "A smart guard. Didn't see ''that'' coming."

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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' when Preed tries to bully the guard to the slave pens by pretending to be a slave trader. The guard shows he's smart and not just DumbMuscle by pointing out all the flaws in the masquerade, forcing Preed's companion to knock him out. Preed hangs a final lampshade on the subversion with the comment, "A smart guard. Didn't see ''that'' coming."
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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' when Preed tries to bully the guard to the slave pens by pretending to be a slave trader. The guard shows he's smart and not just DumbMuscle by pointing out all the flaws in the masquerade, forcing Preed's companion to knock him out. Preed hangs a final lampshade on the subversion with the comment, "A smart guard. Didn't see ''that'' coming."



[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Jake Blues in ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' buys time to get away from a gig gone bad by [[RefugeInAudacity flashing a pack of cigarettes]] like a badge and claiming to be a [[ItMakesSenseInContext union representative]].
* The Dutch UsefulNotes/WW2 epic ''Film/SoldierOfOrange'' features one of the ballsier examples, when a Dutch Resistance member is able to infiltrate a German officer's party in a ''[[RefugeInAudacity British Royal Navy officer's uniform]]'', because it looks similar enough to a Kriegsmarine one "...at a distance". At one point, he bluffs his way right through a German roadblock by looking the guards in the eyes sternly. [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy They are left wondering about the meaning of that strange, crown-like emblem on his hat]].

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* Jake Blues in ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' buys time to get away from a gig gone bad by [[RefugeInAudacity flashing a pack of cigarettes]] like a badge and claiming to be a [[ItMakesSenseInContext union representative]].
* The Dutch UsefulNotes/WW2 epic ''Film/SoldierOfOrange'' features one of the ballsier examples, when a Dutch Resistance member
In ''Film/{{Accepted}}'', Bartelbee is able to infiltrate sneak into a German officer's college frat party in by wearing a ''[[RefugeInAudacity British Royal Navy officer's uniform]]'', because it looks similar suit and pretending to know the fraternity’s members.
* In ''Film/TheBeastMaster 2'', an atom bomb big
enough to destroy the world is stolen by the main villain. He steals a Kriegsmarine one "...at a distance". At one point, he bluffs his way general's uniform, security papers and memories, then walks right through a German roadblock by looking in to the guards in secure military base, being allowed past the eyes sternly. [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy They are left wondering about gate and all the meaning of way up to the bomb itself before being so much as questioned ''despite'' the fact that strange, crown-like emblem on he has a leather patch fixed over half his hat]].face.



* A recurring gag in Creator/BusterKeaton films is for Keaton's character to start acting like a traffic cop.



* In the remake of ''Film/OceansEleven'':
** Rusty Ryan pulls this, rescuing Basher from arrest by barging onto the scene and acting like a detective, taking charge of the arrest and getting rid of the officer by ordering him to go find someone who didn't exist.
--->'''Rusty:''' Go find Griggs, tell him I need to talk to him.\\
'''Officer:''' Who?\\
'''Rusty:''' JUST FIND HIM, ALL RIGHT?
** A number of team members [[spoiler:posed as the SWAT team sent to secure Benedict's vault, faked an assault on the intruders, then trooped out of the casino in plain view, concealing the money in their equipment and ammo bags]].
* Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger pulled this in ''Film/JingleAllTheWay'', showing a fake badge and ordering cops around during the raid on Santas' counterfeit toy factory.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** In ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'', Bond donned a lab coat, grabbed a clipboard and masqueraded as "Klaus Hergesheimer, G Section" (whom he had met earlier) to explore the secret installation where the KillSat was being created.
** In ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', Bond attempts (and succeeds) to masquerade as the villain, Scaramanga, to a Thai entrepreneur--by ''pasting a third nipple on himself'' and hanging out proudly by the pool. He's gambling on the idea that that the entrepreneur and Scaramanga have never met in person, and that the entrepreneur would only know Scaramanga by his identifying physical oddity. The plan works, [[spoiler:but then Bond gets found out and used for practice by a Thai krabi krabong school. Turns out, Scaramanga was ''right there'']].
** ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'': The bad guys have kidnapped and killed an elderly official from Russia's Atomic Energy Authority, planning to replace him to aid their theft of plutonium. Bond kills and replaces their replacement (fooling the bad guys into getting him transport), and successfully bluffs his way into the nuclear disarmament site that is going to be robbed. [[spoiler:The subversion comes from the fact that Dr. Christmas Jones, the film's GirlOfTheWeek, saw straight through it and let Bond through while she grabbed security. She arrives just as Bond is trying to foil TheDragon's real theft]].
* In the 1987 film ''Film/TheSecretOfMySuccess'', whiz kid business school graduate [[Creator/MichaelJFox Brantley Foster]] is given a charity mailroom job by his uncle when the company he was supposed to go to work for goes under on his first day. He becomes a mid-level executive in his uncle's company simply by taking over an unoccupied office, requisitioning supplies, and getting a secretary from the company pool. He plays the part so well that no one catches on to what he's doing. It helps that his mailroom job lets him go anywhere in the building unnoticed, talk to almost anyone, and observe the workings of the corporation in a way that the other executives can't.



* A version of this is pulled in the movie ''Film/{{Hackers}}'', where the male lead talks a guard on night watch at the local TV station into handing over the number to the modem by claiming to work in accounting. Words like "[[SatiatingSandwich BLT]] drive" are exchanged.
* Mildly in ''Film/{{Heat}}'', where [=McCauley=] merely needs to look and sound like he belongs in order not to be challenged by the hotel staff. And also done right at the beginning of the film to steal an ambulance.
* Done effectively in ''Film/MidnightRun''.

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* A version of this is pulled in In ''Literature/BlackSunday'', [[ShellShockedVeteran Lander]] uses the movie ''Film/{{Hackers}}'', where confusion caused by an engine fire to get his own ground crew to load the male lead talks a guard bomb he intends to use on night watch at the local TV station into handing over SuperBowl crowd onto the number to base of the modem Goodyear Blimp.
* Jake Blues in ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' buys time to get away from a gig gone bad
by [[RefugeInAudacity flashing a pack of cigarettes]] like a badge and claiming to work in accounting. Words like "[[SatiatingSandwich BLT]] drive" are exchanged.
* Mildly in ''Film/{{Heat}}'', where [=McCauley=] merely needs to look and sound like he belongs in order not to
be challenged by the hotel staff. And also done right at the beginning of the film to steal an ambulance.
* Done effectively in ''Film/MidnightRun''.
a [[ItMakesSenseInContext union representative]].



* In ''The Paper'', Creator/MichaelKeaton claims (and demonstrates!) that all you need to get into any building in the world is a clipboard and a confident wave.
* ''Film/TheYesMen'' is a documentary of a group of activists who went around the world pulling off stunts like these, getting to hold speeches at all sorts of institutes, universities, and getting on news broadcasts. Selection of topics their Straw Man alter egos supported are recycling "human waste" into food in the third world, and reinstating slavery for the benefit of the clothing industry.
* In ''Film/RaceToWitchMountain'', Dr. Friedman pulls one of these on the people studying the spaceship to get them to leave.
* In ''The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer'', the titular character managed to successfully become part of an advertising agency by going in with a clipboard, looking like he knew what he was doing and saying he was with "efficiency", and everyone perfectly buys it!

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* In ''The Paper'', Creator/MichaelKeaton claims (and demonstrates!) that all you need Charlie of ''Film/TheDeal2008'' manages to get into any building in keep the world is a clipboard and a confident wave.
* ''Film/TheYesMen'' is a documentary of a group of activists who went around the world pulling off stunts
film production constantly moving forward by acting like these, getting he knows the exact right next step and alternately banding everyone together to hold speeches at all sorts of institutes, universities, act as one and getting on news broadcasts. Selection of topics their Straw Man alter egos supported are recycling "human waste" into food in the third world, and reinstating slavery for the benefit of the clothing industry.
* In ''Film/RaceToWitchMountain'', Dr. Friedman pulls one of these on the people studying the spaceship to get
them to leave.
* In ''The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer'', the titular character managed to successfully become part of an advertising agency by going in with a clipboard, looking like he knew what he was doing and saying he was with "efficiency", and everyone perfectly buys it!
fight each other.



* In ''Film/PitchBlack'', Riddick's captor lets the other crash survivors believe he's the equivalent of a federal marshal, but is a drug-addicted mercenary, out to collect the price on Riddick's head.
* In ''Film/{{Taken}}'', [[TheDeterminator Bryan]] [[ImplacableMan Mills]] blusters his way into the office of an Albanian white slavery ring by claiming to be a policeman--and once inside, [[RefugeInAudacity demanding bribe money from them to keep the police off their backs.]]
* In ''Film/{{Fletch}}'', Fletch often pulls off bluffs like this.
* In ''Film/{{Accepted}}'', Bartelbee is able to sneak into a college frat party by wearing a suit and pretending to know the fraternity’s members.
* Dewey Finn conducts a Bavarian Fire Drill for most of ''Film/SchoolOfRock''.
* In ''Film/TheLastSamurai'', the guards stationed around Katsumoto's house have this routine pulled on them by interpreter Simon Graham, who convinces them that Creator/TomCruise is the [[CrowningMomentOfFunny President of the United States]].
-->'''Algren:''' The President of the United States?
-->'''Simon Graham:''' Sorry. I think I'm going to be sick.
* In ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', Scotty and [[TheMcCoy McCoy]], who are trying to build a giant water tank, barge into a Plexiglas manufacturer on an "invited tour" which the manager knows nothing about, prompting Scotty to go on a tirade, demanding to see the owners until the manager offers to conduct their tour personally. They pull ''another one'' later in the film, using a fake medical emergency to get past two guards at a hospital.
--> '''Leonard [=McCoy=]:''' This woman has acute post-prandial upper abdominal distension!
--> (''The guards let them in.'')
--> '''James T. Kirk:''' What did you say she's got?
--> '''Leonard [=McCoy=]:''' Cramps.
* Accidentally invoked and taken to its ultimate extreme in Israeli comedy film ''Te'alat Blaumilch'' (translation: ''The Blaumilch Canal''; English title: ''The Big Dig'') in which a lunatic escapes from an asylum and starts digging up a [[spoiler:major road. When it comes to official notice, he is given every assistance possible, despite numerous complaints. HilarityEnsues, especially when they reach the sea]].
* The 1941 film ''Film/TheyMetInBombay'', starring Creator/ClarkGable, had his character, dressed as a British officer, ordering soldiers he finds on the street to follow him. Eventually he is sent by the British army into battle against the Japanese. His performance is such that he is awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions, at which point they find out that not only is he not in the army at all, he's a notorious jewel thief who disguised himself as an officer as part of a scam.



* In ''Film/TheBeastMaster 2'', an atom bomb big enough to destroy the world is stolen by the main villain. He steals a general's uniform, security papers and memories, then walks right in to the secure military base, being allowed past the gate and all the way up to the bomb itself before being so much as questioned ''despite'' the fact that he has a leather patch fixed over half his face.

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%%* In ''Film/{{Fletch}}'', Fletch often pulls off bluffs like this.
* In ''Film/TheBeastMaster 2'', an atom bomb big enough to destroy ''Film/{{Flightplan}}'', this is how [[spoiler:the kidnapper pulls off the world girl's disappearance without anyone noticing]].
* A version of this
is stolen pulled in the movie ''Film/{{Hackers}}'', where the male lead talks a guard on night watch at the local TV station into handing over the number to the modem by claiming to work in accounting. Words like "[[SatiatingSandwich BLT]] drive" are exchanged.
* Mildly in ''Film/{{Heat}}'', where [=McCauley=] merely needs to look and sound like he belongs in order not to be challenged
by the main villain. He steals a general's uniform, security papers and memories, then walks hotel staff. And also done right in to at the secure military base, being allowed past beginning of the gate and all the way up film to the bomb itself before being so much as questioned ''despite'' the fact that he has a leather patch fixed over half his face.steal an ambulance.



* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** In ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'', Bond donned a lab coat, grabbed a clipboard and masqueraded as "Klaus Hergesheimer, G Section" (whom he had met earlier) to explore the secret installation where the KillSat was being created.
** In ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', Bond attempts (and succeeds) to masquerade as the villain, Scaramanga, to a Thai entrepreneur--by ''pasting a third nipple on himself'' and hanging out proudly by the pool. He's gambling on the idea that that the entrepreneur and Scaramanga have never met in person, and that the entrepreneur would only know Scaramanga by his identifying physical oddity. The plan works, [[spoiler:but then Bond gets found out and used for practice by a Thai krabi krabong school. Turns out, Scaramanga was ''right there'']].
** ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'': The bad guys have kidnapped and killed an elderly official from Russia's Atomic Energy Authority, planning to replace him to aid their theft of plutonium. Bond kills and replaces their replacement (fooling the bad guys into getting him transport), and successfully bluffs his way into the nuclear disarmament site that is going to be robbed. [[spoiler:The subversion comes from the fact that Dr. Christmas Jones, the film's GirlOfTheWeek, saw straight through it and let Bond through while she grabbed security. She arrives just as Bond is trying to foil TheDragon's real theft]].
* Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger pulled this in ''Film/JingleAllTheWay'', showing a fake badge and ordering cops around during the raid on Santas' counterfeit toy factory.
* A recurring gag in Creator/BusterKeaton films is for Keaton's character to start acting like a traffic cop.
* In ''Film/TheLastSamurai'', the guards stationed around Katsumoto's house have this routine pulled on them by interpreter Simon Graham, who convinces them that Creator/TomCruise is the [[CrowningMomentOfFunny President of the United States]].
-->'''Algren:''' The President of the United States?\\
'''Simon Graham:''' Sorry. I think I'm going to be sick.



* In ''Film/{{Flightplan}}'', this is how [[spoiler:the kidnapper pulls off the girl's disappearance without anyone noticing]].
* Charlie of ''{{Film/TheDeal|2008}}'' manages to keep the film production constantly moving forward by acting like he knows the exact right next step and alternately banding everyone together to act as one and getting them to fight each other.

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%%* Done effectively in ''Film/MidnightRun''.
* In ''Film/{{Flightplan}}'', this is how [[spoiler:the kidnapper the remake of ''Film/OceansEleven'':
** Rusty Ryan
pulls off this, rescuing Basher from arrest by barging onto the girl's disappearance without anyone noticing]].
* Charlie
scene and acting like a detective, taking charge of ''{{Film/TheDeal|2008}}'' manages the arrest and getting rid of the officer by ordering him to go find someone who didn't exist.
--->'''Rusty:''' Go find Griggs, tell him I need to talk to him.\\
'''Officer:''' Who?\\
'''Rusty:''' JUST FIND HIM, ALL RIGHT?
** A number of team members [[spoiler:posed as the SWAT team sent to secure Benedict's vault, faked an assault on the intruders, then trooped out of the casino in plain view, concealing the money in their equipment and ammo bags]].
* In ''The Paper'', Creator/MichaelKeaton claims (and demonstrates!) that all you need to get into any building in the world is a clipboard and a confident wave.
* In ''Film/PitchBlack'', Riddick's captor lets the other crash survivors believe he's the equivalent of a federal marshal, but is a drug-addicted mercenary, out to collect the price on Riddick's head.
* In ''Film/RaceToWitchMountain'', Dr. Friedman pulls one of these on the people studying the spaceship to get them to leave.
* In ''The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer'', the titular character managed to successfully become part of an advertising agency by going in with a clipboard, looking like he knew what he was doing and saying he was with "efficiency", and everyone perfectly buys it!
%%* Dewey Finn conducts a Bavarian Fire Drill for most of ''Film/SchoolOfRock''.
* In the 1987 film ''Film/TheSecretOfMySuccess'', whiz kid business school graduate [[Creator/MichaelJFox Brantley Foster]] is given a charity mailroom job by his uncle when the company he was supposed to go to work for goes under on his first day. He becomes a mid-level executive in his uncle's company simply by taking over an unoccupied office, requisitioning supplies, and getting a secretary from the company pool. He plays the part so well that no one catches on to what he's doing. It helps that his mailroom job lets him go anywhere in the building unnoticed, talk to almost anyone, and observe the workings of the corporation in a way that the other executives can't.
* The Dutch UsefulNotes/WW2 epic ''Film/SoldierOfOrange'' features one of the ballsier examples, when a Dutch Resistance member is able to infiltrate a German officer's party in a ''[[RefugeInAudacity British Royal Navy officer's uniform]]'', because it looks similar enough to a Kriegsmarine one "...at a distance". At one point, he bluffs his way right through a German roadblock by looking the guards in the eyes sternly. [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy They are left wondering about the meaning of that strange, crown-like emblem on his hat]].
* In ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', Scotty and [[TheMcCoy McCoy]], who are trying to build a giant water tank, barge into a Plexiglas manufacturer on an "invited tour" which the manager knows nothing about, prompting Scotty to go on a tirade, demanding to see the owners until the manager offers to conduct their tour personally. They pull ''another one'' later in the film, using a fake medical emergency to get past two guards at a hospital.
--> '''Leonard [=McCoy=]:''' This woman has acute post-prandial upper abdominal distension!
--> (''The guards let them in.'')
--> '''James T. Kirk:''' What did you say she's got?
--> '''Leonard [=McCoy=]:''' Cramps.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': In ''Film/ANewHope'', when some Stormtroopers are breaking into the control room they're hiding in, C-3PO and R2-D2 simply hide in a nearby closet: when the troopers discover them, 3PO claims they were locked in by the intruders.
* In ''Film/{{Taken}}'', [[TheDeterminator Bryan]] [[ImplacableMan Mills]] blusters his way into the office of an Albanian white slavery ring by claiming to be a policeman -- and once inside, [[RefugeInAudacity demanding bribe money from them
to keep the police off their backs.]]
* Accidentally invoked and taken to its ultimate extreme in Israeli comedy
film production constantly moving forward by acting like ''Te'alat Blaumilch'' (translation: ''The Blaumilch Canal''; English title: ''The Big Dig'') in which a lunatic escapes from an asylum and starts digging up a [[spoiler:major road. When it comes to official notice, he knows is given every assistance possible, despite numerous complaints. HilarityEnsues, especially when they reach the exact right next step and alternately banding everyone together sea]].
* The 1941 film ''Film/TheyMetInBombay'', starring Creator/ClarkGable, had his character, dressed as a British officer, ordering soldiers he finds on the street
to act follow him. Eventually he is sent by the British army into battle against the Japanese. His performance is such that he is awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions, at which point they find out that not only is he not in the army at all, he's a notorious jewel thief who disguised himself as one and getting them to fight each other.an officer as part of a scam.



* In ''Film/ANewHope'', when some Stormtroopers are breaking into the control room they're hiding in, C-3PO and R2-D2 simply hide in a nearby closet: when the Troopers open up, 3PO claims they were locked in by the intruders.
* In ''Literature/BlackSunday'', [[ShellShockedVeteran Lander]] uses the confusion caused by an engine fire to get his own ground crew to load the bomb he intends to use on the SuperBowl crowd onto the base of the Goodyear Blimp.

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* In ''Film/ANewHope'', when some Stormtroopers ''Film/TheYesMen'' is a documentary of a group of activists who went around the world pulling off stunts like these, getting to hold speeches at all sorts of institutes, universities, and getting on news broadcasts. Selection of topics their Straw Man alter egos supported are breaking recycling "human waste" into food in the control room they're hiding in, C-3PO third world, and R2-D2 simply hide in a nearby closet: when reinstating slavery for the Troopers open up, 3PO claims they were locked in by the intruders.
* In ''Literature/BlackSunday'', [[ShellShockedVeteran Lander]] uses the confusion caused by an engine fire to get his own ground crew to load the bomb he intends to use on the SuperBowl crowd onto the base
benefit of the Goodyear Blimp.clothing industry.
20th May '17 10:37:51 PM Vir
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'', Shrek gets into the Fairy Godmother's factory by claiming to be from "the Union".
-->'''Shrek:''' We represent the workers in all magical industries, both evil and benign. Have you been feeling oppressed or degraded lately?
-->'''Secretary Elf:''' ''[perking up]'' Um, maybe...

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'', ''WesternAnimation/Shrek2'', Shrek gets into the Fairy Godmother's factory by claiming to be from "the Union".
-->'''Shrek:''' We represent the workers in all magical industries, both evil and benign. Have you been feeling oppressed or degraded lately?
-->'''Secretary
lately?\\
'''Secretary
Elf:''' ''[perking up]'' Um, maybe...
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* The 1941 film ''They Met in Bombay'', starring Clark Gable, had his character, dressed as a British officer, ordering soldiers he finds on the street to follow him. Eventually he is sent by the British army into battle against the Japanese. His performance is such that he is awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions, at which point they find out that not only is he not in the army at all, he's a notorious jewel thief who disguised himself as an officer as part of a scam.

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* The 1941 film ''They Met in Bombay'', ''Film/TheyMetInBombay'', starring Clark Gable, Creator/ClarkGable, had his character, dressed as a British officer, ordering soldiers he finds on the street to follow him. Eventually he is sent by the British army into battle against the Japanese. His performance is such that he is awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions, at which point they find out that not only is he not in the army at all, he's a notorious jewel thief who disguised himself as an officer as part of a scam.
9th May '17 6:22:00 AM trixus
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* ''Comicbook/{{Blacksad}}'' always carries a fake badge so he can pass as any federal agent simply by sweet talking and quick flashing of it, he tears it up in the third volume after it stops working.
29th Apr '17 1:31:30 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': Mr. Conklin places himself in charge practically ''everywhere'' he goes. This is in spite of the fact that his authority as principal is really only good at Madison High School. The "Thanksgiving Show" is a good example. Mr. Conklin arrives at Mrs. Davis' house and quickly puts himself in command, ordering about the others in the setup of the dining room table.
* Happens more or less OnceAnEpisode in the BBC version of ''Series/RobinHood'', yet no one ever catches on.

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* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': Mr. Conklin places himself in charge practically ''everywhere'' he goes. This is in spite of standard operating procedure for both the fact that his authority as principal is really only good at Madison High School. The "Thanksgiving Show" is a good example. Mr. Conklin arrives at Mrs. Davis' house and quickly puts himself in command, ordering about the others in the setup of the dining room table.
* Happens more or less OnceAnEpisode in the BBC version of ''Series/RobinHood'', yet no one ever catches on.
bad guys on ''Series/TwentyFour''.



* This is standard operating procedure for both the good and bad guys on ''Series/TwentyFour''.



* ''Series/ICarly'': Spencer pulls this off to get to the vault containing the severed head of a company's founder.



* In the fourth season of ''Series/BabylonFive'', the rescue of Sheridan from Clark's goons involved Garibaldi donning his old Earth Force uniform and walking into the prison under the pretense of being sent (off the record, of course) to interrogate Sheridan. This only works because Garibaldi was the one who ''captured'' Sheridan in the first place, and the guard recognizes him from the news reports. It doesn't work so well on the next set of guards, though, as the guard Garibaldi tries to bluff [[SpannerInTheWorks doesn't watch TV]]. As a result, Garibaldi and his two partners (Dr. Franklin and Lyta) have to take that pair of guards out using more physical methods.
* Take this trope, mix it with DeadPersonImpersonation and throw in a dash of TemptingFate and you have ''Series/{{Banshee}}''.
* In one episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Howard "borrows" a robot from NASA. When Penny questions him about it, he says that "the trick is to carry it out to your car like you own it".
* ''Series/BostonLegal'': A client suspected of murder has had candid photos taken of her and posted online by a teenager. Brad gets into the kid's house by telling his mom that he is ''not'' allowed to say he's from the FBI, and holding up his wallet without opening it.
-->"I'm investigating a potential crime. Now, if I had the authority to reveal I was with the FBI, I would say so. But until certain clearances are satisfied, I'm not officially at liberty to tell you anything. Now, as far as you're concerned, you never heard me say that I'm with the FBI, which, for the record, of course I'm not. I need to speak with your son immediately. I think you would like to arrange that before others speak with him. I'm sure you know what I mean."
* Chris Morris plays with this trope a lot. One of his shows, ''Series/BrassEye'', was largely based around convincing B-list celebrities and politicians to star in absurd [=PSAs=] by first preying on their egos and self importance and then acting like it's a deadly serious campaign and somehow managing to keep a straight face while they read from an increasingly-bizarre script he hands them.
-->"Genetically, pedophiles have more genes in common with crabs than they do with you and me... there's no real evidence for it, but it is scientific fact!"
* Played hilariously in an episode of ''Series/BreakingBad'', "Cornered", where Jesse is working with Mike to try and case a group of meth-addicted dealers who acquired a stolen shipment of Blue Meth. He gets turned away when he approaches their door as a buyer, so he goes back to the car and gets out a shovel, he starts digging a hole in the dealers' front yard, and one of the addicts comes out and asks what he's doing, Jesse says that he's digging a hole, which the addict doesn't question. Jesse then asks if the addict can take over digging for him, which the addict does, no question, and then Jesse asks if he can use their bathroom while he waits, and he gains access. Jesse's only explanation for how that worked: "I know meth-heads."



* ''Series/CandidCamera'':
** One CandidCameraPrank involved having a man dressed as a police officer stand with a flimsy white barrier gate. When somebody came up, he would inform them that [[RefugeInAudacity Delaware was closed today]], but that they could go to New Jersey if they wanted. ''It worked''. One dupe, upon being informed that Delaware was closed, replied, "Good." This prank was repeated with the State of Texas being "closed", and in Great Britain with the "closing" of various counties.
** Many of the pranks, in fact, featured whoever was pulling the prank pretending to be a public official of some sort, trying to enforce some outrageous law or rule and seeing just how people would react. These have included trying to fine people for walking too fast and telling them that they have to sort their recycling into six different bins.
* In ''Series/TheCityHunter'', the hero's sidekick Shik Jong barges into the conference hall control room and starts ordering the staff around. They follow the orders for quite a while before someone notices his ID is fake.
* An episode of ''Series/TheCloser'' centered around finding a man who had interfered with a murder investigation by pretending to be the lead detective in charge of collecting evidence and interviewing suspects. Notably, he not only fooled the suspects, he initially fooled the other cops, including the assistant chief. It helped that [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} he believed he was a cop]].
** Especially funny in this case as the man identified himself as "Detective [[ComicStrip/DickTracy Richard Tracy]]".
--->'''Johnson:''' [[TranquilFury Do you mean to tell me you gave all the evidence over to a Detective DICK Tracy]]?\\
''[both detectives have an OhCrap expression]''
* Jeff Winger on ''Series/{{Community}}'' uses this frequently. The plot of the series is kicked off when he creates a study group by convincing his classmates that he is a "board-certified Spanish tutor". That's nothing compared to what he was doing before the series began. Namely, successfully pretending to be a board-certified lawyer ''for years''.
* One episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' had the team brushing up against an FBI team investigating a possible human trafficking ring after one of their agents was murdered in the field. It eventually turns out that the "FBI agents" are actually ''mental patients'' united by a shared, Don Quixote-like delusion (but their actions ''do'' lead to breaking up a trafficking ring).
* Zoey Woodbine (Creator/AliciaWitt) on ''Series/{{Cybill}}'' was good at these. In a similar instance to the above ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' example, she once passed as a teacher at her own school, ''and even received a paycheck''.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheDistrict'', a rapist working at a shop that repaired Metro Police cars used access to official cars and a police uniform to get close enough to intended victims to capture them for the assault. This didn't do any favors for the ''real'' MPD (particularly one officer who bore a superficial resemblance to witness descriptions of their attacker) when news stories about the rapist mentioned his MO. Sergeant Brander even wound up being shot by a panicking motorist stopped for a traffic violation, [[spoiler:though he was wearing a bulletproof vest under his uniform shirt at the time, so he wasn't harmed]].



** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E8TheReignOfTerror The Reign of Terror]]", the Doctor uses the uniform of a French official to gain access to the jail where his companions are held, order around the jailor and bluff his way into a meeting with Robespierre.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E4AliensOfLondon Aliens of London]]", he gets out of being held at gunpoint by a room full of armed soldiers by using this--when a scream sounds from another room he yells, "Defense plan Delta! Come on!" and runs out of the room, and they all instinctively follow his orders, even though he's presented no identification at all. Of course, we later learn they're UNIT soldiers, so presumably he learned the correct code during his time [[ContinuityNod working for them]].
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E3SilverNemesis Silver Nemesis]]", the TARDIS arrives in the present day on the grounds of a castle and the Doctor approaches the little old lady he sees confidently, telling Ace, "Act like we own the place...always works. We own the place." Ace has to point out that the woman they're approaching really does own the place--and the place is Windsor Castle.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E2TheShakespeareCode The Shakespeare Code]]", he tells Martha something similar to allay her concerns about walking around Elizabethan London: "Just walk around like you own the place, always works for me."
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric The Curse of Fenric]]", the Doctor types out his own letter of authorization and forges the signatures of the head of the secret service and the Prime Minister (at the same time, no less, with a pen in each hand) in front of the person he's bluffing, and then hands them to him. They are accepted without question.
** Assisted in the revival seasons by a new sample of AppliedPhlebotinum known as Psychic Paper, which the reader sees as whatever form of credentials they think the Doctor needs...unless the viewer happens to be psychic enough to see through the illusion, like everyone working for Torchwood, or intelligent enough, like Creator/WilliamShakespeare. Also, lies too big will break it, as seen in "[[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol A Christmas Carol]]", when it refuses to say he's "widely acknowledged as a [[BlatantLies mature and responsible adult]]". Furthermore, it appears it needs the target to have some semblance of imagination, as it [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E9Flatline failed on the grumpy old work supervisor]].
--->'''Rose:''' This is psychic paper. It says whatever you want it to.
--->'''Jack:''' How'd you know?
--->'''Rose:''' Well, first, I have a friend who uses this all the time. Second, you just handed me a piece of paper that says you're single and work out.
** Inverted in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight Midnight]]". The Doctor does his usual thing with psychic paper, bluffing his way into the cabin and generally making it clear that he knows what he's doing...which leads the passengers to suspect he has something to do with the alien. The more he tries to take control of the situation, the more suspicious of him everyone becomes.
** Used in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames The War Games]]" to get into a military prison. One of the most impressive uses in the series--the Doctor has been convicted of espionage in wartime and has escaped from prison. He is not in uniform, or even a proper suit, and he has a gaping HOLE in the knee of his trousers, and yet he managed to bluff the prison commander for a solid chunk of time just by knowing what to say and shouting loudly.
** Companions on occasion have been known to engage in this, with Clara Oswald bluffing her way through commanding a group of soldiers in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E12NightmareInSilver Nightmare in Silver]]" and later squaring off against several Cybermen by [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E12DeathInHeaven fire-drilling her way through an impersonation of the Doctor himself]].
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Phoebe gets ahold of a police badge and starts flashing it around at people for the lulz (she explains her lack of an uniform to go with the badge as her being an undercover cop). At the end of the episode, the owner of the badge turns up...and they end up going out on a date.

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** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E8TheReignOfTerror The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E8TheReignOfTerror "The Reign of Terror]]", Terror"]], the Doctor uses the uniform of a French official to gain access to the jail where his companions are held, order around the jailor and bluff his way into a meeting with Robespierre.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E4AliensOfLondon Aliens of London]]", he gets out of being held at gunpoint by Used in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames "The War Games"]] to get into a room full of armed soldiers by using this--when a scream sounds from another room he yells, "Defense plan Delta! Come on!" and runs out military prison. One of the room, most impressive uses in the series -- the Doctor has been convicted of espionage in wartime and they all instinctively follow his orders, has escaped from prison. He is not in uniform, or even though he's presented no identification at all. Of course, we later learn they're UNIT soldiers, so presumably a proper suit, and he learned has a gaping HOLE in the correct code during knee of his trousers, and yet he managed to bluff the prison commander for a solid chunk of time [[ContinuityNod working for them]].
just by knowing what to say and shouting loudly.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E3SilverNemesis Silver Nemesis]]", [[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E3SilverNemesis "Silver Nemesis"]], the TARDIS arrives in the present day on the grounds of a castle and the Doctor approaches the little old lady he sees confidently, telling Ace, "Act like we own the place...place... always works. We own the place." Ace has to point out that the woman they're approaching really does own the place--and place -- and the place is Windsor Castle.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E2TheShakespeareCode The Shakespeare Code]]", he tells Martha something similar to allay her concerns about walking around Elizabethan London: "Just walk around like you own the place, always works for me."
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric The
[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric "The Curse of Fenric]]", Fenric"]], the Doctor types out his own letter of authorization and forges the signatures of the head of the secret service and the Prime Minister (at the same time, no less, with a pen in each hand) in front of the person he's bluffing, and then hands them to him. They are accepted without question.
** Assisted in the revival seasons new series by a new sample kind of AppliedPhlebotinum known as Psychic Paper, psychic paper, which the reader sees as whatever form of credentials they think the Doctor needs...needs... unless the viewer happens to be psychic enough to see through the illusion, like everyone working for Torchwood, or intelligent enough, like Creator/WilliamShakespeare. Also, lies too big will break it, as seen in "[[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol A [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol "A Christmas Carol]]", Carol"]], when it refuses to say he's "widely acknowledged as a [[BlatantLies mature and responsible adult]]". Furthermore, it appears it needs the target to have some semblance of imagination, as it [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E9Flatline failed on the grumpy old work supervisor]].
--->'''Rose:''' This is psychic paper. It says whatever you want it to.
--->'''Jack:'''
to.\\
'''Jack:'''
How'd you know?
--->'''Rose:'''
know?\\
'''Rose:'''
Well, first, I have a friend who uses this all the time. Second, you just handed me a piece of paper that says you're single and work out.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E4AliensOfLondon "Aliens of London"]], he gets out of being held at gunpoint by a room full of armed soldiers by using this -- when a scream sounds from another room he yells, "Defence plan Delta! Come on!" and runs out of the room, and they all instinctively follow his orders, even though he's presented no identification at all. Of course, we later learn they're UNIT soldiers, so presumably he learned the correct code during his time [[ContinuityNod working for them]].
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E2TheShakespeareCode "The Shakespeare Code"]], he tells Martha something similar to allay her concerns about walking around Elizabethan London: "Just walk around like you own the place, always works for me."
** Inverted in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight Midnight]]". [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight "Midnight"]]. The Doctor does his usual thing with psychic paper, thing, bluffing his way into the cabin and generally making it clear that he knows what he's doing...doing... which leads the passengers to suspect he has something to do with the alien. The more he tries to take control of the situation, the more suspicious of him everyone becomes.
** Used in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames The War Games]]" to get into a military prison. One of the most impressive uses in the series--the Doctor has been convicted of espionage in wartime and has escaped from prison. He is not in uniform, or even a proper suit, and he has a gaping HOLE in the knee of his trousers, and yet he managed to bluff the prison commander for a solid chunk of time just by knowing what to say and shouting loudly.
** Companions on occasion have been known to engage in this, with Clara Oswald bluffing her way through commanding a group of soldiers in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E12NightmareInSilver Nightmare [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E12NightmareInSilver "Nightmare in Silver]]" Silver"]] and later squaring off against several Cybermen by [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E12DeathInHeaven fire-drilling her way through an impersonation of the Doctor himself]].
* On ''Series/DontTrustTheBInApartment23'', Chloe takes over the offices of ''People'' magazine by barging in, saying she's the new supervising editor, and acting intimidating.
-->'''Chloe:''' It's easy. You've just gotta walk in, fire the first person who asks you a question, fire the second person who asks you a question, [[FauxSymbolism then gaze meaningfully out the window]] [[RefugeInVulgarity and draw a peen on the board]].
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** Simon does this twice: once when he "impersonates" a doctor (he really is a doctor, but not at that hospital) in "Ariel" (he even catches a rookie doctor's mistake and intervenes to save the patient's life), and in [[Film/{{Serenity}} the movie]] when he disguises himself as an imperious ObstructiveBureaucrat to get into the Academy.
** Subverted in the same episode as the rest of the crew prepares to perform a BFD to gain entrance to a hospital: getting paramedic uniforms, ID cards, learning the terminology, etc...only to be let in without so much as a second glance. To make matters even funnier, Jayne, determined to put his effort in learning a script to use, recites a sentence of medical jargon no one asked for. The security guards' expressions are priceless.
** Earlier, in "Jaynestown", Simon is forced into this role by Mal because he looks like a respectable person with a lot of money to spend at the mud farm. He doesn't do very well, but the foreman isn't bright enough to be suspicious.
--->'''Simon:''' Savings. Excellent, that's -- because as I said before, I'll be needing quite a bit of it... I--I'm a buyer.\\
''[...]''\\
'''Wash:''' What happened to Simon? [[SarcasmMode Who is this diabolical master of disguise]]?
* Played straight and then subverted in an episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}''. Daphne learns that one of Niles's female patients, Heather, has fallen in love with him, so she and Roz go to Heather's office to see what they can find out about her. Roz fools Heather's assistant by claiming to be from corporate, but then pushes her luck by trying the same tactic on Heather.
-->'''Heather:''' ''[suspiciously]'' How could you have "flown in" from corporate? Corporate's downstairs.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Phoebe gets ahold of a police badge and starts flashing it around at people for the lulz (she explains her lack of an uniform to go with the badge as her being an undercover cop). At the end of the episode, the owner of the badge turns up... and they end up going out on a date.



* ''Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'': Subverted in the third-season episode "Game Plan". Joe pretends to be a hotel maintenance man to get into a room where Frank and the BigBad are talking. Joe puts on a phony redneck accent, pushes right into the room past Frank and shoves his cap into Frank's hands (the cap containing a note warning Frank of a federal raid) and proceeds to completely confuse the BigBad with pseudo-technical-babble about the AC being on the fritz (taking the thermostat apart with his screwdriver as he does so)...until Frank blows it out of the water by showing the BigBad the note, then pulling a gun on Joe. The federal agents eventually find Joe [[BoundAndGagged tied up and gagged]] in the apartment's closet.



* ''Series/HomicideHunter''. When Joe Kenda arrives at the hospital to speak with a victim, the doctor tells him that he can't, as she's resting. As Kenda is leaving, a nurse idly greets ''him'' as "Doctor". He realizes that as longs as he acts as if he belongs there, no one will question him. With this, he finds his way to the victim's room. At this point, his tactic backfires ''spectacularly'' when the young woman wakes up screaming in pain from her injuries and the responding nurses assume he's done something to her.
* In the Season 1 finale of ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'', [[IntrepidReporter Lucas Goodwin]] manages to find out [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold Rachel Posner]]'s location from another D.C. prostitute by convincing her that he's an undercover vice detective. He plays "John" long enough to get her to offer him sex for money, then threatens to arrest her for prostitution if she doesn't tell him what he wants to know. He doesn't even have to show any credentials, as he ''also'' convinces her that he can't publicly show his badge unless he's making an arrest; because he shows up with a copy of Rachel's mugshot, though, the woman assumes that he has to be the real deal.



* ''Series/ICarly'': Spencer pulls this off to get to the vault containing the severed head of a company's founder.



* One episode of ''Series/TheKicks'' features the team trying to steal a prized jersey from their rival team at the tail end of an escalating prank war. They infiltrate the rival school by having Mirabelle wear one of the school's uniforms and pretending to be a tour guide. Even though Mirabelle isn't a Pinewood student, no one questions the uniform. In order to keep away witnesses, they put up a couple of "Maintenance in Progress" signs in front of the area, counting on the Pinewood students to obey without question, given that they attend school in a strict, regimented environment. It works... almost. One student ignores the sign and catches them in the act.



** In "[[Recap/LeverageS02E05TheThreeDaysOfTheHunterJob The Three Days Of The Hunter Job]]" he is caught on an army base. After staying in character, he gets Elliot to send him data on his interrogator and proceeds to own their next conversation by calling up data that unnerves the skilled interrogator.
* Done in ''Series/LosSimuladores'', mostly by Ravenna.

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** In "[[Recap/LeverageS02E05TheThreeDaysOfTheHunterJob The Three Days Of The of the Hunter Job]]" he is caught on an army base. After staying in character, he gets Elliot to send him data on his interrogator and proceeds to own their next conversation by calling up data that unnerves the skilled interrogator.
* Done Penne from ''Series/LifeSupport'' advised viewers wanting to avoid lines for concert tickets to wear fake Ticketek shirts and tell everyone the tour was cancelled.
* ''Series/TheMentalist'':
** This is one of the favorite manipulation methods of Patrick Jane. When trespassing, he easily convinced the police that he was the homeowner and that the homeowner was the trespasser, or at least had them seriously confused.
** Another example was being trapped
in ''Series/LosSimuladores'', mostly by Ravenna.a room with a known killer. He holds his cell phone like a gun and talks just like a law enforcement officer holding a gun, confusing the killer enough that he's able to get the door open and let the people actually holding guns enter.



* "Jack of All Trades" from the fifth season of ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' features a criminal who is basically a master of this. He can fake his way into any job simply by turning up the charm. When he's finally captured for the first time, he escapes from jail by pretending to be an attorney.
* ''Series/TheOfficeUS'':
** Pam bluffs her way to getting promoted to office administrator by claiming the paperwork got lost and taking advantage of the fact that most of the office's committees consist of one person each, all of which are good friends with her.
** Nellie does the same thing in Season Eight, sitting down at Andy's desk and getting his manager job by asserting it is now hers.
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': Mr. Conklin places himself in charge practically ''everywhere'' he goes. This is in spite of the fact that his authority as principal is really only good at Madison High School. The "Thanksgiving Show" is a good example. Mr. Conklin arrives at Mrs. Davis' house and quickly puts himself in command, ordering about the others in the setup of the dining room table.
* Used by Dominic Hargan in his intro scene in ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury''. His cover is blown by appearance of an old friend, who happens to run the place.
* Inverted on ''Series/{{Primeval}}'', when Danny (then just a cop) starts helping the team fight dinosaurs. ''They'' all know he's not a member of the team, but ''he'' doesn't seem to know it. Eventually, they give up and put him on the roster.



** Or the time he managed to convince multiple people at a comic convention that he was George Takei's personal assistant. Including George Takei himself.

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** Or the time he managed to convince multiple people at a comic convention that he was George Takei's Creator/GeorgeTakei's personal assistant. Including George Takei himself.



* Used by Dominic Hargan in his intro scene in ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury''. His cover is blown by appearance of an old friend, who happens to run the place.

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* Used by Dominic Hargan This is basically the entire plot of ''Series/TheRiches''. A family of travelers find a rich couple dying in a car accident (because some of ''their'' enemies ran the couple off the road), and decide to steal their identities. The rich husband was a lawyer, while the traveler husband only has experience in the law in ''avoiding'' it. But he manages to fool everyone at his intro scene new job. In one particularly memorable instance, he gets himself a position as guest speaker at a local law college. He brings in ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury''. His cover a big bag of mini-cookies, tells them "[[SarcasticConfession I know nothing about law]]," and starts asking them questions, giving them cookies when they give him answers that sound good. He coasts through the rest of the first season on the knowledge gained from that class.
* Happens more or less OnceAnEpisode in the BBC version of ''Series/RobinHood'', yet no one ever catches on.
* In ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', Sabrina turns a classmate invisible to help with his magic act, but then loses track of him. Upon realizing that [[PowerPerversionPotential the first place that an invisible teenage boy would go
is blown the girls' locker room]], Sabrina runs into the room and yells to all of the girls to keep their clothes on; there's a gas leak and everyone must evacuate. The girls all leave without question.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', J.D. dons a lab coat to look more "official". The Janitor decides to wear one as well, just to mess with him. When the Janitor sits with J.D. in the cafeteria, a woman comes up to ask a question. The Janitor explains that the janitors at Sacred Heart wear lab coats as well, leading to the woman complimenting both the Janitor and J.D. on the great job they do.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'':
** Parodied with Kramer's alter ego, Dr. Von Nostrand.
-->'''Series/{{Seinfeld}}:''' He's not fooling anyone.
** But another time Kramer ended up with a "job" at [=Brant/Leland=], taking meetings and writing reports, even though he didn't get paid. Eventually they had to "fire" him for incompetence.
--->'''Leland:''' I'm sorry. There's just no way that we could keep you on.\\
'''Kramer:''' I don't even really work here!\\
'''Leland:''' That's what makes this so difficult.
** In another episode, George wasn't sure whether he was hired at a firm or not, so he just went in while the boss was out of town and pretended to work on the Pensky file in an empty office.
** Hilariously subverted in at least two episodes of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''
by appearance of an old friend, who Kramer. In one episode, he wanders into a law firm's building to use the bathroom and ends up getting swept into a meeting. Everyone assumes he works there, and he ends up doing just that for several days before being called into a meeting where he gets "fired" for his shoddy performance. Also happens to run when he gets a job as a seat filler at the place.Tony Awards, where he inadvertently ends up getting caught in the crowd heading to the stage to accept an award, resulting in him attending several showbiz parties while brandishing an unearned Tony award. In neither case was he trying to get his own way or manipulate people, he was the one just going with the flow, which is exactly the sort of behavior required by ''others'' for the trope to work.



* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'':
** Sherlock is prone to these to get himself into places he isn't supposed to be, but the absolute apex has to be "The Hounds of Baskerville". Sherlock gets himself and John into a top-secret military base using Mycroft's government ID, but it's John who pulls rank on the Corporal and uses his military background to deflect the man's suspicion.
** Moriarty managed to pass as a taxi driver to drive Sherlock to a location and Sherlock doesn't notice until he gets out of the cab and attempts to pay the fare. "No Charge".
** The funniest example would be in "The Sign of Three", where Sherlock walks into a heavily-guarded location by [[PaperThinDisguise only wearing the hat to a uniform]] and marching behind a line of soldiers. That place? [[spoiler:Buckingham Palace's guard quarters.]]
%%* Done in ''Series/LosSimuladores'', mostly by Ravenna.



* The entire premise of ''Series/{{Suits}}'' is that Mike, a genius college dropout, has successfully convinced the entirety of the New York business elite that he is a Harvard-educated lawyer with only his boss Harvey's word as a vouchsafe. In addition to this first deception, this is a trademark of Mike's. He gets information from a witness by implying that he works for the Department of Justice, he's gotten onto a booked tour of Harvard by pretending to work for the Dean's office, and he's crashed a party full of Harvard graduates, getting himself into the official Class of 2011 group photo, despite having never gone to the school. Deconstructed later, when, every time someone gets supicious and tries to dig deeper, Mike and the others have to scramble to fake some more evidence or divert attention. [[spoiler:This eventually lands Mike in prison and puts the whole firm under review]].



--->'''Police Officer:''' Hold it!
--->'''Dean:''' Whoa, whoa, whoa, guys. False alarm. I tripped the system.
--->'''Officer:''' Who are you?
--->'''Dean:''' I'm the boss's kid.
--->'''Officer:''' You're Mr. Yamashiro's kid?

to:

--->'''Police Officer:''' Hold it!
--->'''Dean:'''
it!\\
'''Dean:'''
Whoa, whoa, whoa, guys. False alarm. I tripped the system.
--->'''Officer:'''
system.\\
'''Officer:'''
Who are you?
--->'''Dean:'''
you?\\
'''Dean:'''
I'm the boss's kid.
--->'''Officer:'''
kid.\\
'''Officer:'''
You're Mr. Yamashiro's kid?



** The ploy broke down hilariously in the Season 8 episode "LARP and The Real Girl" where Sam and Dean attempt to infiltrate a group of people who were engaging in medieval role-play by impersonating FBI agents. Two players immediately called them out on it...because their [=IDs=] were out of date. They then assumed the brothers were members of an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT role-play group which met on a different day and told them what they wanted to know anyway. Later, when Dean ''really'' needs info, he admits he isn't a real agent...but he does have a real gun, so they better cooperate.

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** The ploy broke down hilariously in the Season 8 episode "LARP and The Real Girl" where Sam and Dean attempt to infiltrate a group of people who were engaging in medieval role-play by impersonating FBI agents. Two players immediately called them out on it... because their [=IDs=] were out of date. They then assumed the brothers were members of an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT role-play group which met on a different day and told them what they wanted to know anyway. Later, when Dean ''really'' needs info, he admits he isn't a real agent... but he does have a real gun, so they better cooperate. cooperate.



* In ''Series/TriggerHappyTV'', [=DomJoly=] frequently uses this to comic effect, pretending to be a traffic warden, scout, spy and park warden. More than once while standing in front of a ten foot high picture of himself reading "DO NOT TRUST THIS MAN".
* ''Series/UnbreakableKimmySchmidt'': Titus's advice to Kimmy is that the key to making it in New York is to act like you belong. This method (and some French-sounding gibberish) gets the two of them a table at a fancy restaurant and, apparently, [[NoodleIncident allowed Titus to briefly play Gordon on]] ''Series/SesameStreet''.
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'': Keith Mars got in serious trouble for doing this, since impersonating government officers is illegal. His daughter gets away with it on multiple occasions, however.



* An episode of ''Series/TheCloser'' centered around finding a man who had interfered with a murder investigation by pretending to be the lead detective in charge of collecting evidence and interviewing suspects. Notably, he not only fooled the suspects, he initially fooled the other cops, including the assistant chief. It helped that [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} he believed he was a cop]].
** Especially funny in this case as the man identified himself as "Detective [[ComicStrip/DickTracy Richard Tracy]]".
--->'''Johnson:''' [[TranquilFury Do you mean to tell me you gave all the evidence over to a Detective DICK Tracy]]?
--->''[both detectives have an OhCrap expression]''



* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** Simon does this twice: once when he "impersonates" a doctor (he really is a doctor, but not at that hospital) in "Ariel" (he even catches a rookie doctor's mistake and intervenes to save the patient's life), and in [[Film/{{Serenity}} the movie]] when he disguises himself as an imperious ObstructiveBureaucrat to get into the Academy.
** Subverted in the same episode as the rest of the crew prepares to perform a BFD to gain entrance to a hospital: getting paramedic uniforms, ID cards, learning the terminology, etc...only to be let in without so much as a second glance. To make matters even funnier, Jayne, determined to put his effort in learning a script to use, recites a sentence of medical jargon no one asked for. The security guards' expressions are priceless.
** Earlier, in "Jaynestown", Simon is forced into this role by Mal because he looks like a respectable person with a lot of money to spend at the mud farm. He doesn't do very well, but the foreman isn't bright enough to be suspicious.
--->'''Simon:''' Savings. Excellent, that's--because as I said before, I'll be needing quite a bit of it...I--I'm a buyer.
--->''[...]''
--->'''Wash:''' What happened to Simon? [[SarcasmMode Who is this diabolical master of disguise]]?
* ''Series/TheMentalist'':
** This is one of the favorite manipulation methods of Patrick Jane. When trespassing, he easily convinced the police that he was the homeowner and that the homeowner was the trespasser, or at least had them seriously confused.
** Another example was being trapped in a room with a known killer. He holds his cell phone like a gun and talks just like a law enforcement officer holding a gun, confusing the killer enough that he's able to get the door open and let the people actually holding guns enter.
* Zoey Woodbine (Creator/AliciaWitt) on ''Series/{{Cybill}}'' was good at these. In a similar instance to the above ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' example, she once passed as a teacher at her own school, ''and even received a paycheck''.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'':
** Parodied with Kramer's alter ego, Dr. Von Nostrand.
-->'''Series/{{Seinfeld}}:''' He's not fooling anyone.
** But another time Kramer ended up with a "job" at [=Brant/Leland=], taking meetings and writing reports, even though he didn't get paid. Eventually they had to "fire" him for incompetence.
--->'''Leland:''' I'm sorry. There's just no way that we could keep you on.
--->'''Kramer:''' I don't even really work here!
--->'''Leland:''' That's what makes this so difficult.
** In another episode, George wasn't sure whether he was hired at a firm or not, so he just went in while the boss was out of town and pretended to work on the Pensky file in an empty office.
** Hilariously subverted in at least two episodes of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' by Kramer. In one episode, he wanders into a law firm's building to use the bathroom and ends up getting swept into a meeting. Everyone assumes he works there, and he ends up doing just that for several days before being called into a meeting where he gets "fired" for his shoddy performance. Also happens when he gets a job as a seat filler at the Tony Awards, where he inadvertently ends up getting caught in the crowd heading to the stage to accept an award, resulting in him attending several showbiz parties while brandishing an unearned Tony award. In neither case was he trying to get his own way or manipulate people, he was the one just going with the flow, which is exactly the sort of behavior required by ''others'' for the trope to work.
* In the fourth season of ''Series/BabylonFive'', the rescue of Sheridan from Clark's goons involved Garibaldi donning his old Earth Force uniform and walking into the prison under the pretense of being sent (off the record, of course) to interrogate Sheridan. This only works because Garibaldi was the one who ''captured'' Sheridan in the first place, and the guard recognizes him from the news reports. It doesn't work so well on the next set of guards, though, as the guard Garibaldi tries to bluff [[SpannerInTheWorks doesn't watch TV]]. As a result, Garibaldi and his two partners (Dr. Franklin and Lyta) have to take that pair of guards out using more physical methods.
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'': Keith Mars got in serious trouble for doing this, since impersonating government officers is illegal. His daughter gets away with it on multiple occasions, however.
* In ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', Sabrina turns a classmate invisible to help with his magic act, but then loses track of him. Upon realizing that [[PowerPerversionPotential the first place that an invisible teenage boy would go is the girls' locker room]], Sabrina runs into the room and yells to all of the girls to keep their clothes on; there's a gas leak and everyone must evacuate. The girls all leave without question.
* ''Series/CandidCamera'':
** One CandidCameraPrank involved having a man dressed as a police officer stand with a flimsy white barrier gate. When somebody came up, he would inform them that [[RefugeInAudacity Delaware was closed today]], but that they could go to New Jersey if they wanted. ''It worked''. One dupe, upon being informed that Delaware was closed, replied, "Good." This prank was repeated with the State of Texas being "closed", and in Great Britain with the "closing" of various counties.
** Many of the pranks on, in fact, featured whoever was pulling the prank pretending to be a public official of some sort, trying to enforce some outrageous law or rule and seeing just how people would react. These have included trying to fine people for walking too fast and telling them that they have to sort their recycling into six different bins.
* ''Series/TheOfficeUS'':
** Pam bluffs her way to getting promoted to office administrator by claiming the paperwork got lost and taking advantage of the fact that most of the office's committees consist of one person each, all of which are good friends with her.
** Nellie does the same thing in Season Eight, sitting down at Andy's desk and getting his manager job by asserting it is now hers.
* In ''Series/TriggerHappyTV'', [=DomJoly=] frequently uses this to comic effect, pretending to be a traffic warden, scout, spy and park warden. More than once while standing in front of a ten foot high picture of himself reading "DO NOT TRUST THIS MAN".
* Jeff Winger on ''Series/{{Community}}'' uses this frequently. The plot of the series is kicked off when he creates a study group by convincing his classmates that he is a "board-certified Spanish tutor". That's nothing compared to what he was doing before the series began. Namely, successfully pretending to be a board-certified lawyer ''for years''.
* In one episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Howard "borrows" a robot from NASA. When Penny questions him about it, he says that "the trick is to carry it out to your car like you own it".
* Penne from ''Series/LifeSupport'' advised viewers wanting to avoid lines for concert tickets to wear fake Ticketek shirts and tell everyone the tour was cancelled.
* Chris Morris plays with this trope a lot. One of his shows, ''Series/BrassEye'', was largely based around convincing B-list celebrities and politicians to star in absurd PSA's by first off preying on their egos and self importance and then acting like it's a deadly serious campaign and somehow managing to keep a straight face while they read from an increasingly-bizarre script he hands them.
-->"Genetically, pedophiles have more genes in common with crabs than they do with you and me...there's no real evidence for it, but it is scientific fact!"
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'':
** Sherlock is prone to these to get himself into places he isn't supposed to be, but the absolute apex has to be "The Hounds of Baskerville". Sherlock gets himself and John into a top-secret military base using Mycroft's government ID, but it's John who pulls rank on the Corporal and uses his military background to deflect the man's suspicion.
** Moriarty managed to pass as a taxi driver to drive Sherlock to a location and Sherlock doesn't notice until he gets out of the cab and attempts to pay the fare. "No Charge".
** The funniest example would be in "The Sign of Three", where Sherlock walks into a heavily-guarded location by [[PaperThinDisguise only wearing the hat to a uniform]] and marching behind a line of soldiers. That place? [[spoiler:Buckingham Palace's guard quarters.]]



* ''Series/BostonLegal'': A client suspected of murder has had candid photos taken of her and posted online by a teenager. Brad gets into the kid's house by telling his mom that he is ''not'' allowed to say he's from the FBI, and holding up his wallet without opening it.
-->"I'm investigating a potential crime. Now, if I had the authority to reveal I was with the FBI, I would say so. But until certain clearances are satisfied, I'm not officially at liberty to tell you anything. Now, as far as you're concerned, you never heard me say that I'm with the FBI, which, for the record, of course I'm not. I need to speak with your son immediately. I think you would like to arrange that before others speak with him. I'm sure you know what I mean."
* In ''Series/TheCityHunter'', the hero's sidekick Shik Jong barges into the conference hall control room and starts ordering the staff around. They follow the orders for quite a while before someone notices his ID is fake.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', J.D. dons a lab coat to look more "official". The Janitor decides to wear one as well, just to mess with him. When the Janitor sits with J.D. in the cafeteria, a woman comes up to ask a question. The Janitor explains that the janitors at Sacred Heart wear lab coats as well, leading to the woman complimenting both the Janitor and J.D. on the great job they do.
* This is basically the entire plot of ''Series/TheRiches''. A family of travelers find a rich couple dying in a car accident (because some of ''their'' enemies ran the couple off the road), and decide to steal their identities. The rich husband was a lawyer, while the traveler husband only has experience in the law in ''avoiding'' it. But he manages to fool everyone at his new job. In one particularly memorable instance, he gets himself a position as guest speaker at a local law college. He brings in a big bag of mini-cookies, tells them "[[SarcasticConfession I know nothing about law]]," and starts asking them questions, giving them cookies when they give him answers that sound good. He coasts through the rest of the first season on the knowledge gained from that class.
* On ''Series/DontTrustTheBInApartment23'', Chloe takes over the offices of ''People'' magazine by barging in, saying she's the new supervising editor, and acting intimidating.
-->'''Chloe:''' It's easy. You've just gotta walk in, fire the first person who asks you a question, fire the second person who asks you a question, [[FauxSymbolism then gaze meaningfully out the window]] [[RefugeInVulgarity and draw a peen on the board]].
* The entire premise of ''Series/{{Suits}}'' is that Mike, a genius college dropout, has successfully convinced the entirety of the New York business elite that he is a Harvard-educated lawyer with only his boss Harvey's word as a vouchsafe. In addition to this first deception, this is a trademark of Mike's. He gets information from a witness by implying that he works for the Department of Justice, he's gotten onto a booked tour of Harvard by pretending to work for the Dean's office, and he's crashed a party full of Harvard graduates, getting himself into the official Class of 2011 group photo, despite having never gone to the school. Deconstructed later, when, every time someone gets supicious and tries to dig deeper, Mike and the others have to scramble to fake some more evidence or divert attention. [[spoiler:This eventually lands Mike in prison and puts the whole firm under review]].
* One episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' had the team brushing up against an FBI team investigating a possible human trafficking ring after one of their agents was murdered in the field. It eventually turns out that the "FBI agents" are actually ''mental patients'' united by a shared, Don Quixote-like delusion (but their actions ''do'' lead to breaking up a trafficking ring).
* Inverted on ''Series/{{Primeval}}'', when Danny (then just a cop) starts helping the team fight dinosaurs. ''They'' all know he's not a member of the team, but ''he'' doesn't seem to know it. Eventually, they give up and put him on the roster.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheDistrict'', a rapist working at a shop that repaired Metro Police cars used access to official cars and a police uniform to get close enough to intended victims to capture them for the assault. This didn't do any favors for the ''real'' MPD (particularly one officer who bore a superficial resemblance to witness descriptions of their attacker) when news stories about the rapist mentioned his MO. Sergeant Brander even wound up being shot by a panicking motorist stopped for a traffic violation, [[spoiler:though he was wearing a bulletproof vest under his uniform shirt at the time, so he wasn't harmed]].
* Take this trope, mix it with DeadPersonImpersonation and throw in a dash of TemptingFate and you have ''Series/{{Banshee}}''.



* ''Series/BreakingBad'': In "Cornered", Jesse wants to [[spoiler:entice some meth heads, who have stolen some Blue Sky, out of their home]]. How does he do this? He [[spoiler:grabs a shovel and starts digging outside. One of the meth heads comes outside and asks what he's doing. Jesse tells him he's digging and asks him to take over, leaving the house open and unguarded]].
* ''Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'': Subverted in the third-season episode "Game Plan". Joe pretends to be a hotel maintenance man to get into a room where Frank and the BigBad are talking. Joe puts on a phony redneck accent, pushes right into the room past Frank and shoves his cap into Frank's hands (the cap containing a note warning Frank of a federal raid) and proceeds to completely confuse the BigBad with pseudo-technical-babble about the AC being on the fritz (taking the thermostat apart with his screwdriver as he does so)...until Frank blows it out of the water by showing the BigBad the note, then pulling a gun on Joe. The federal agents eventually find Joe [[BoundAndGagged tied up and gagged]] in the apartment's closet.
* In the Season 1 finale of ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'', [[IntrepidReporter Lucas Goodwin]] manages to find out [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold Rachel Posner]]'s location from another D.C. prostitute by convincing her that he's an undercover vice detective. He plays "John" long enough to get her to offer him sex for money, then threatens to arrest her for prostitution if she doesn't tell him what he wants to know. He doesn't even have to show any credentials, as he ''also'' convinces her that he can't publicly show his badge unless he's making an arrest; because he shows up with a copy of Rachel's mugshot, though, the woman assumes that he has to be the real deal.
* Played straight and then subverted in an episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}''. Daphne learns that one of Niles's female patients, Heather, has fallen in love with him, so she and Roz go to Heather's office to see what they can find out about her. Roz fools Heather's assistant by claiming to be from corporate, but then pushes her luck by trying the same tactic on Heather.
-->'''Heather:''' ''[suspiciously]'' How could you have "flown in" from corporate? Corporate's downstairs.
* ''Series/UnbreakableKimmySchmidt'': Titus's advice to Kimmy is that the key to making it in New York is to act like you belong. This method (and some French-sounding gibberish) gets the two of them a table at a fancy restaurant and, apparently, [[NoodleIncident allowed Titus to briefly play Gordon on]] ''Series/SesameStreet''.
* "Jack of All Trades" from the fifth season of ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' features a criminal who is basically a master of this. He can fake his way into any job simply by turning up the charm. When he's finally captured for the first time, he escapes from jail by pretending to be an attorney.
* One episode of ''Series/TheKicks'' features the team trying to steal a prized jersey from their rival team at the tail end of an escalating prank war. They infiltrate the rival school by having Mirabelle wear one of the school's uniforms and pretending to be a tour guide. Even though Mirabelle isn't a Pinewood student, no one questions the uniform. In order to keep away witnesses, they put up a couple of "Maintainence in Progress" signs in front of the area, counting on the Pinewood students to obey without question, given that they attend school in a strict, regimented environment. It works...almost. One student ignores the sign and catches them in the act.
* Played hilariously in an episode of ''Series/BreakingBad'' where Jesse is working with Mike to try and case a group of meth-addicted dealers who acquired a stolen shipment of Blue Meth. He gets turned away when he approaches their door as a buyer, so he goes back to the car and gets out a shovel, he starts digging a hole in the dealers' front yard, and one of the addicts comes out and asks what he's doing, Jesse says that he's digging a hole, which the addict doesn't question. Jesse then asks if the addict can take over digging for him, which the addict does, no question, and then Jesse asks if he can use their bathroom while he waits, and he gains access. Jesse's only explanation for how that worked: "I know meth-heads."
* ''Series/HomicideHunter''. When Joe Kenda arrives at the hospital to speak with a victim, the doctor tells him that he can't, as she's resting. As Kenda is leaving, a nurse idly greets ''him'' as "Doctor". He realizes that as longs as he acts as if he belongs there, no one will question him. With this, he finds his way to the victim's room. At this point, his tactic backfires ''spectacularly'' when the young woman wakes up screaming in pain from her injuries and the responding nurses assume he's done something to her.
28th Apr '17 1:59:31 PM ironballs16
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* A story of a kid trying to do this with Steam on an online chat client (and winding up [[EpicFail losing his own account]]) [[http://games.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/31/1655259 is recounted in this Slashdot article]].

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* A story of a kid trying to do this with Steam on an online chat client (and winding up [[EpicFail [[OutGambitted losing his own account]]) [[http://games.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/31/1655259 is recounted in this Slashdot article]].
23rd Apr '17 6:36:44 AM TheWildWestPyro
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* In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', Indy manages to get away with hurling a Gestapo officer out of a zeppelin by wearing a ticket taker's outfit and flatly telling all of the passengers, "No ticket." [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Everyone immediately pulls out their tickets and frantically wave them at him]].
** Earlier in the film, he attempts to bluff his way into the nazi-occupied castle by saying he's a scottish lord here to view the tapestries. He tries ordering the butler away with an irate and impatient attitude, but unfortunately the butler isn't buying it for a second, so Indy just has to knock him out.

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* In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', Indy manages to get away with beating up and hurling a Gestapo suspicious SS officer out of a zeppelin by wearing a ticket taker's outfit and flatly telling all of the passengers, "No ticket." ticket" in English, without bothering to mimic a German accent. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Everyone immediately pulls out their tickets and frantically wave them at him]].
him]] lest they be the next one.
** Earlier in the film, he attempts to bluff his way into the nazi-occupied castle by saying he's a scottish Scottish lord here to view interested in viewing the tapestries. He tries ordering the butler away with an irate and impatient attitude, but unfortunately the butler isn't buying it for a second, so Indy just has to knock him out.
22nd Apr '17 12:50:09 AM aescula
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* [[WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain]] has an inversion of this as a staple.

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* [[WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain]] ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' has an inversion of this as a staple.
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