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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".
20th Apr '17 1:08:00 PM Bilorv
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* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' invokes this trope twice.

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* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' invokes this trope twice.several times.
** The very first episode has Sherlock and John chase down a cab because they believe the passenger is a murderer. He isn't, [[spoiler:but the driver is. Nobody ever looks at a cabbie]]. Gets a CallBack in season 2, when Sherlock catches a cab and despite his HyperAwareness, fails to realize that it's being driven [[spoiler:by Moriarty]].
** In ''The Great Game'', Sherlock barely glances at [[spoiler:Molly's boyfriend Jim, who turns out to be Moriarty]].



** Then done again in the very next episode, "The Sign of Three", where [[spoiler:the wedding photographer is the (attempted) murderer. His cover allowed him to go anywhere, not be in any pictures, and no one could describe his face since it was typically hidden by a camera]].
** The very first episode has Sherlock and John chase down a cab because they believe the passenger is a murderer. He isn't, [[spoiler:but the driver is. Nobody ever looks at a cabbie]]. Gets a CallBack in season 2, when Sherlock catches a cab and despite his HyperAwareness, fails to realize that it's being driven [[spoiler:by Moriarty]].

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** Then done again in the very next episode, "The ''The Sign of Three", Three'', where [[spoiler:the wedding photographer is the (attempted) murderer. His cover allowed him to go anywhere, not be in any pictures, and no one could describe his face since it was typically hidden by a camera]].
** The very first episode has Sherlock and John chase down a cab because they believe the passenger is a murderer. He isn't, [[spoiler:but the driver is. Nobody ever looks at a cabbie]]. Gets a CallBack in season 2, when Sherlock catches a cab and despite his HyperAwareness, fails to realize that it's being driven [[spoiler:by Moriarty]].
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30th Mar '17 9:39:38 PM azul120
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* In ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', it turns out this was Thomas' entire purpose as TheGenericGuy for being an intern; he was actually [[TheMole a spy for Russia]] sent to steal the park.
19th Mar '17 9:40:45 AM nombretomado
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** Likewise, many games in the NewWorldOfDarkness not only have abilities like Obfuscate, but a Merit that makes it harder for someone to find records of the individual or track them down. It goes by various names depending on the game line, among them "Occultation," "Hidden Life," and "Anonymity". Often, though, these Merits also apply penalties to situations where being known would be useful ("Who're you to throw your weight around? Don't know you from Adam...").

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** Likewise, many games in the NewWorldOfDarkness ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' not only have abilities like Obfuscate, but a Merit that makes it harder for someone to find records of the individual or track them down. It goes by various names depending on the game line, among them "Occultation," "Hidden Life," and "Anonymity". Often, though, these Merits also apply penalties to situations where being known would be useful ("Who're you to throw your weight around? Don't know you from Adam...").
15th Mar '17 3:03:08 PM Discar
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* In ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'', Elhokar (the king) survives an assassination attempt, and Kaladin (his bodyguard) needs to put him somewhere safe while he goes off to save someone else. He obviously can't stay in the palace; all the guards are suspect. For similar reasons, he can't go to the royal safehouse or even Kaladin's barracks, since those are the first places anyone will look. Where does he take him? [[spoiler:A little house in the slums, belonging to the mother of one of Kaladin's crippled subordinates. Said mother proceeds to treat her king like an uppity child, insisting he get a good night's sleep and eat breakfast before the guards come to escort him back]].
-->'''[[JewishMother The Nanha]]:''' I'm not going to have them come and get you and find you not properly fed! I'll not have people saying that, [[FantasticHonorifics Your Brightness]], no, I won't! Eat up. I've got soup cooking.

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* In ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'', ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'':
** ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'':
Elhokar (the king) survives an assassination attempt, and Kaladin (his bodyguard) needs to put him somewhere safe while he goes off to save someone else. He obviously can't stay in the palace; all the guards are suspect. For similar reasons, he can't go to the royal safehouse or even Kaladin's barracks, since those are the first places anyone will look. Where does he take him? [[spoiler:A little house in the slums, belonging to the mother of one of Kaladin's crippled subordinates. Said mother proceeds to treat her king like an uppity child, insisting he get a good night's sleep and eat breakfast before the guards come to escort him back]].
-->'''[[JewishMother --->'''[[JewishMother The Nanha]]:''' I'm not going to have them come and get you and find you not properly fed! I'll not have people saying that, [[FantasticHonorifics Your Brightness]], no, I won't! Eat up. I've got soup cooking.cooking.
** ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'': Discussed. Lift notices that nobody pays attention to street urchins and homeless people. It is the job of an Edgedancer to avert this, which is why their third Oath is "I will listen to those who have been ignored."



* ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' (a novella of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''). Discussed. Lift notices that nobody pays attention to street urchins and homeless people. It is the job of an Edgedancer to avert this, which is why their third Oath is "I will listen to those who have been ignored."
12th Mar '17 5:44:12 AM Dark_Lord_
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** According to Dobby, a proper House Elf is never noticed when doing his job. Because of this, Dobby knows stuff that really comes in handy for Harry. [[spoiler:Barty Crouch jr , disguised as Moody,]] even invokes this trope in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' by making Dobby do chores in the staffroom, while talking to the other teachers about how Harry could solve the second Triwizard Task. Dobby, who is fanatically loyal to Harry, overhears this and helps him to a solution, while no one ever suspects Dobby of helping him.

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** According to Dobby, Nearly Headless Nick, a proper House Elf is never noticed when doing his job. Because of this, House Elf Dobby knows stuff that really comes in handy for Harry. [[spoiler:Barty Crouch jr , disguised as Moody,]] even invokes this trope in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' by making Dobby do chores in the staffroom, while talking to the other teachers about how Harry could solve the second Triwizard Task. Dobby, who is fanatically loyal to Harry, overhears this and helps him to a solution, while no one ever suspects Dobby of helping him.
10th Mar '17 1:43:56 AM SilentStranger
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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.
8th Mar '17 2:41:51 PM Discar
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* Discussed in ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'', when Lift notices that nobody pays attention to street urchins and homeless people.

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* Discussed in ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'', when ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' (a novella of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''). Discussed. Lift notices that nobody pays attention to street urchins and homeless people.people. It is the job of an Edgedancer to avert this, which is why their third Oath is "I will listen to those who have been ignored."
3rd Mar '17 12:46:20 AM Dark_Lord_
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', presumably how a Secret Keeper can hide an entire house just by refusing to tell people where it is. I'm looking at you, [[spoiler:Peter Pettigrew.]]

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
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In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', presumably how ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', it is explained Harry's parents tried to hide their house from Voldemort with the use of the Fidelius Charm. Said charm magically hides a location using someone's mind as a hiding place; the so called Secret Keeper. The only way the location can be found, is when the Secret Keeper can hide an entire house just chooses to divulge the information. Harry's parents invoked this trope by refusing to tell people where it is. I'm looking at you, choosing the rather unassuming [[spoiler:Peter Pettigrew.]]Pettigrew]] as Secret Keeper, thinking Voldemort wouldn't possibly even consider to go after him. Unfortunately, said person willingly gave up the location to Voldemort.
** According to Dobby, a proper House Elf is never noticed when doing his job. Because of this, Dobby knows stuff that really comes in handy for Harry. [[spoiler:Barty Crouch jr , disguised as Moody,]] even invokes this trope in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' by making Dobby do chores in the staffroom, while talking to the other teachers about how Harry could solve the second Triwizard Task. Dobby, who is fanatically loyal to Harry, overhears this and helps him to a solution, while no one ever suspects Dobby of helping him.
3rd Mar '17 12:12:25 AM Dark_Lord_
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* The "Beggar Prince" book from ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Also the Thieves Guild uses beggars as spies

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* The "Beggar Prince" book from ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Also
''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 uses beggars as spiesquests.
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