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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.
8th Jun '17 4:13:51 PM SilentStranger
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* 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]].
** Also done in season 4 when they're hired to be undercover at a ''HellsKitchen''-expy to protect the Albanian ambassador who is dining there that night [[spoiler: which AGAIN turns out to be a scam, this time on behalf of Malory who faked a bomb threat so she could get a table at the exclusive restaurant. The Albanian ambassador gets killed anyway, by the ''star chef'', having been paid off by Russian cyborgs Katya and Barry]]
8th Jun '17 4:07:01 PM SilentStranger
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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.
7th Jun '17 5:22:43 AM longWriter
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* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'': The protagonists don't want to attract attention to themselves, so they disguise themselves as commoners driving a few wagons. One of their number, who goes by the name Silk, actually makes a point of making money by using these wagons to transport common goods like turnips and wool, even though the group doesn't really need the money, and they're mostly taking the goods on to avert suspicion.
5th Jun '17 7:56:49 PM Caps-luna
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* While some smugglers dabble with customized or even custom built highly stealthy platforms, the vast majority use standard vehicles. After all that black speedboat cut down to a low profile is going to scream guilty, while a tugboat can enter a harbor without suspicion and earn some legitimate money while maintaining its cover.
4th Jun '17 9:47:37 PM azul120
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TheNondescript may be this. May result in TheDogWasTheMastermind. Related to TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse and JanitorImpersonationInfiltration.

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TheNondescript may be this. May result in TheDogWasTheMastermind. Related to TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse and JanitorImpersonationInfiltration.
JanitorImpersonationInfiltration. BeneathSuspicion is a subtrope, but should not be confused with this trope.


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30th May '17 1:00:27 PM NNinja
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* In ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma'' this is [[spoiler: how Delta avoids suspicion. Everyone ignores him because everyone thinks that he's blind and deaf guy in a wheelchair.]]
21st May '17 8:17:26 PM GentlemensDame883
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*** [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening Mage]] has a [[PrestigeClass Legacy]] (the Blank Badges) with an ability that turns Occultation into effective dots of Status in any mundane group. The net effect is that nobody knows who the character is but they're clearly ''someone'' important, allowing for all kinds of [[BavarianFireDrill social engineering fun]]. There's also the "Incognito Presence" Mind spell.

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*** [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening Mage]] has a [[PrestigeClass Legacy]] (the Blank Badges) with an ability that turns Occultation into effective dots of Status in any mundane group. The net effect is that nobody knows who the character is but they're clearly ''someone'' important, allowing for all kinds of [[BavarianFireDrill social engineering fun]]. There's also the "Incognito Presence" Mind spell. One Prime spell allows a Mage to hide his Aura and look just like a Muggle to foes relying on magic-detecting abilities to spot Mages.
14th May '17 6:26:41 AM Kakai
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* Lampshaded in ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', when Pilar outlines why she and Monsterrat are the best choices to aid imprisoned Melodía.

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* Lampshaded in ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', when Pilar outlines why she and Monsterrat Montserrat are the best choices to aid imprisoned Melodía.


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* In ''Literature/TheMachineriesOfEmpire'', drones can go anywhere and spy on everything because people underestimate how smart they are and therefore don't pay any attention to them whatsoever.
20th Apr '17 2:33:39 PM TheSinful
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* In ''[[https://www.tthfanfic.org/story.php?no=30534 The Passing of the Shades of Black]]'', it's explained multiple times to prospective agents of [[Film/MenInBlack MIB]] that everything about them, from their suits to their cars, is to keep people from noticing them. At one point Agent L informs [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Xander]] aka Agent A that the company cars will be replaced in roughly ten years because at that point an 80s car will be unusual enough to notice.
* Sasuke has trouble achieving this in the ''Fanfic/FirstTrySeries'' because, ironically enough, he felt learning to pass as a servant or peasant was beneath him.
* A number of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' stories have Zero gaining information from guards or servants as nobles never pay any attention to them.
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* The ''[[http://nift.firedrake.org/EEmpress.htm Evil Empress Guide]]'' remarks on having extra bodyguards dressed as eunuchs and handmaidens so that visiting parties will ignore them like "so much furniture".
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