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12th Nov '17 12:37:40 PM SpockHeavy
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**Revealed to be a subversion in later chapters: The Party is aware that the proles form the bulk of the population, and they're GenreSavvy enough to know that if they keep proles ignorant by promoting a lifestyle of booze, gambling, and cheap pornography while giving them the impression that they can get away with things Party members can't, [[IgnoranceIsBliss the proles will never pose a threat.]] And just to be totally sure, [[spoiler:they have Thought Police spies embedded within the prole population.]]
28th Oct '17 5:45:30 AM darkemyst
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* Unfortunately this house elf trait applies to the way Sirius views Kreacher's absence during the Christmas holiday in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''. Sirius' lack of wanting to track down where in the house Kreacher has gone to is at least partially motivated by how vile, argumentative and rude he is and the way he has been contributing to Sirius going stir crazy while being stuck under house arrest in a house he loathes. [[spoiler: This leads directly to Sirius' death as Kreacher took a 'get out' meaning out of the room to meaning out of the house and gave Bellatrix and Narcissa everything Voldemort needed to lure out both Harry and Sirius]].

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* ** Unfortunately this house elf trait applies to the way Sirius views Kreacher's absence during the Christmas holiday in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''. Sirius' lack of wanting to track down where in the house Kreacher has gone to is at least partially motivated by how vile, argumentative and rude he is and the way he has been contributing to Sirius going stir crazy while being stuck under house arrest in a house he loathes. [[spoiler: This leads directly to Sirius' death as Kreacher took a 'get out' meaning out of the room to meaning out of the house and gave Bellatrix and Narcissa everything Voldemort needed to lure out both Harry and Sirius]].
28th Oct '17 5:45:07 AM darkemyst
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* Unfortunately this house elf trait applies to the way Sirius views Kreacher's absence during the Christmas holiday in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''. Sirius' lack of wanting to track down where in the house Kreacher has gone to is at least partially motivated by how vile, argumentative and rude he is and the way he has been contributing to Sirius going stir crazy while being stuck under house arrest in a house he loathes. [[spoiler: This leads directly to Sirius' death as Kreacher took a 'get out' meaning out of the room to meaning out of the house and gave Bellatrix and Narcissa everything Voldemort needed to lure out both Harry and Sirius]].
4th Oct '17 10:15:25 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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This trope appears in many settings, with its use generally depending on the values of the time period. In a class-stratified society, it is literally unthinkable for an aristocrat to even consider [[KingIncognito pretending to be a commoner]] simply for the sake of honor, so the idea never even occurs to anybody to look for a commoner. Contrast a modern setting, where rather than a whole underclass, usually certain peripheral professions will be utilized for this. In either case, the SelectiveObliviousness of characters can become a plot point if a GenreSavvy character declares that EveryoneIsASuspect in hope of keeping others from failing to notice those usually Beneath Notice.

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This trope appears in many settings, with its use generally depending on the values of the time period. In a class-stratified society, it is literally unthinkable for an aristocrat to even consider [[KingIncognito pretending to be a commoner]] simply for the sake of honor, so the idea never even occurs to anybody to look for a commoner. Contrast a modern setting, where rather than a whole underclass, usually certain peripheral professions will be utilized for this. In either case, the SelectiveObliviousness of characters can become a plot point if a GenreSavvy character declares that EveryoneIsASuspect in hope of keeping others from failing to notice those usually Beneath Notice.
23rd Sep '17 1:34:23 PM DaibhidC
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*** In ''Discworld/TheThiefOfTime'', one of his students reflects that the best way for a monk to become invisible is to stand on a street corner holding a begging bowl. [Paraphrased]

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*** In ''Discworld/TheThiefOfTime'', ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', one of his students reflects that the best way for a monk to become invisible is to stand on a street corner holding a begging bowl. [Paraphrased]
23rd Sep '17 1:34:04 PM DaibhidC
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* In ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', Auriental society is so rigid that costume changes to a lower class entirely confuse pursuers.
** Likewise a large part of Lu Tze's success as a History Monk is attributable to the fact that no matter how heavily guarded the evil lair, a harmless old man sweeping up is just part of the scenery.
** The best way for a monk to become invisible is to stand on a street corner holding a begging bowl. [Paraphrased]
** In ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', Rincewind is able to evade pursuit by dressing as a peasant with a really big hat so nobility won't look at him. He also runs into an examination room and screams at the guards to go away when they come in (the exams being a very important part of Agatean society).

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* In ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', Auriental society is so rigid that costume changes to a lower class entirely confuse pursuers.
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** Likewise a A large part of Lu Tze's success as a History Monk is attributable to the fact that no matter how heavily guarded the evil lair, a harmless old man sweeping up is just part of the scenery.
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*** In ''Discworld/TheThiefOfTime'', one of his students reflects that the
best way for a monk to become invisible is to stand on a street corner holding a begging bowl. [Paraphrased]
*** In ''Discworld/NightWatch'', Vimes questions how the History Monks can be a secret organisation when they dance through the streets of Ankh-Morpork banging drums, and Lu-Tze replies that you'd be amazed how hard people work to avoid noticing loony monks banging drums.
** In ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', Auriental society is so rigid that costume changes to a lower class entirely confuse pursuers. Rincewind is able to evade pursuit by dressing as a peasant with a really big hat so nobility won't look at him.hat. He also runs into an examination room and screams at the guards to go away when they come in (the exams being a very important part of Agatean society).
15th Sep '17 2:08:06 AM jormis29
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* Subverted in ''RecessSchoolsOut'' when TJ and Principal Prickley disguise themselves as two of Benedict's faceless mooks. It doesnt work because TJ is 10 years old and Prickley well into his 60's, making it obvious that they arent supposed to be there.
* In season 7 of ''{{Archer}}'', the cast is hired to help protect a valuable set of emeralds at a charity benefit, which they do undercover, half as high society guests and the others as waiters. It doesnt go very well because the characters are more interested in standing around and sniping bitterly at eachother or gossiping, but they dont blow their cover. Not that it matters because the benefit is hijacked by a group of armed robbers looking for the jewels [[spoiler: later revealed to be part of an insurance scam by the lawyer who hired the cast]].

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* Subverted in ''RecessSchoolsOut'' ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut'' when TJ and Principal Prickley disguise themselves as two of Benedict's faceless mooks. It doesnt work because TJ is 10 years old and Prickley well into his 60's, making it obvious that they arent supposed to be there.
* In season 7 of ''{{Archer}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', the cast is hired to help protect a valuable set of emeralds at a charity benefit, which they do undercover, half as high society guests and the others as waiters. It doesnt go very well because the characters are more interested in standing around and sniping bitterly at eachother or gossiping, but they dont blow their cover. Not that it matters because the benefit is hijacked by a group of armed robbers looking for the jewels [[spoiler: later revealed to be part of an insurance scam by the lawyer who hired the cast]].
28th Aug '17 6:37:59 AM BeerBaron
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* The "Beggar Prince" book from ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' tells the tale of Wheedle, who asked a god for the power to become wealthy. To do so, he gained the power to be afflicted with any disease he wanted, the power to make people feel pity for him whenever they see him and the power to make people disregard his presence as unimportant. The last power causes many people to talk about their most important secrets in Wheedle's presence, as they disregard him as something unimportant. The book closes with the tip that whenever you need to know something about a city, the beggars are probably your best source of information. This was actually implemented in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', where beggars are your source of information for multiple Thieves Guild quests.

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* The "Beggar Prince" book from In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, the in-game book ''Beggar Prince'' tells the tale of Wheedle, a beggar who asked a god Namira, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of the [[DarkIsNotEvil Ancient Darkness]] (associated with [[NightmareFetishist all things revolting]], [[NatureIsNotNice decay]], and [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalism]]) for the power to become wealthy. To do so, he gained She granted his wish, "[[BlessedWithSuck blessing]]" him with the power to be afflicted with any disease he wanted, the power to make people feel pity for him whenever they see him him, and the power to make people disregard his presence as unimportant. The last power causes many people to talk about their most important secrets in Wheedle's presence, as they disregard him as something unimportant. The book closes with the tip that whenever you need to know something about a city, the beggars are probably your best source of information. This was actually implemented in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', where beggars are your source of information for multiple Thieves Guild ThievesGuild quests.
10th Aug '17 6:34:45 PM PaulA
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* In StephenKing's ''TheEyesOfTheDragon'', this is evil sorceror Randall Flagg's favorite trick to avoid detection when he's skulking around the castle. He mentions that making yourself truly invisible with magic is basically impossible, like many other standard forms of magic you see in fairy tales like easy shapeshifting, but it's perfectly simple to "shade" yourself. This spell makes any guards or passing servants ignore the caster, like they would any other random background static of daily life.

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* In StephenKing's ''TheEyesOfTheDragon'', Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheEyesOfTheDragon'', this is evil sorceror Randall Flagg's favorite trick to avoid detection when he's skulking around the castle. He mentions that making yourself truly invisible with magic is basically impossible, like many other standard forms of magic you see in fairy tales like easy shapeshifting, but it's perfectly simple to "shade" yourself. This spell makes any guards or passing servants ignore the caster, like they would any other random background static of daily life.
5th Jul '17 6:56:36 PM TheDocCC
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* The proletariat, or proles, in ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' fall under this trope. Briefly: the novel takes place in the most oppressive police state imaginable, where even ''thinking'' unorthodox thoughts is treason. The whole Party - or ruling caste - is under intense, unending scrutiny. The proles, who are powerless nobodies, are considered too inconsequential to even worry about. Winston and Julia, the protagonist and deuteragonist, consider invoking this trope to evade the Thought Police.
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