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24th Apr '16 5:52:54 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.
-->"And that's the thing: you know how people overlook children and servants?"\\
Montse nodded. It was like asking if she knew what ''breathing'' was.
20th Mar '16 12:18:22 PM Discar
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->'''Alejandro''': We're never going to get away with this. What will you do if [[BigBad Montero]] recognizes you?\\

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->'''Alejandro''': We're never going to get away with this. What will you do if [[BigBad Montero]] Montero recognizes you?\\
16th Mar '16 4:21:57 PM ObsidianFire
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* Frequently used in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. Servants, beggars and other people who go unnoticed are an important source of information, and are frequently secretly employed as spies. GenreSavvy characters make sure each member of their household is vetted for, and ensure potential outside observers are identified.

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* Frequently used in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. Servants, beggars and other people who go unnoticed are an important source of information, and are frequently secretly employed as spies. GenreSavvy Smart characters make sure each member of their household is vetted for, and ensure potential outside observers are identified.



* Mostly averted in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', where many Inquisitors use disguises to get around without raising suspicion (well, [[Literature/CiaphasCain those who don't go around like a grox in a ceramic shop]], at least), but due to a regrettable lack of imagination, many of them go around as [[IntrepidMerchant Rogue]] [[SpacePirate Traders]], and there's [[Literature/CiaphasCain one]] whose cover was a DumbBlonde GlamorousWartimeSinger. She was notably GenreSavvy enough to get an actual Rogue Trader to hang around and be suspicious.

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* Mostly averted in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', where many Inquisitors use disguises to get around without raising suspicion (well, [[Literature/CiaphasCain those who don't go around like a grox in a ceramic shop]], at least), but due to a regrettable lack of imagination, many of them go around as [[IntrepidMerchant Rogue]] [[SpacePirate Traders]], and there's [[Literature/CiaphasCain one]] whose cover was a DumbBlonde GlamorousWartimeSinger. She was notably GenreSavvy smart enough to get an actual Rogue Trader to hang around and be suspicious.
14th Jan '16 4:50:07 PM Bissek
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* Slightly inverted in the ''Series/{{Alias}}'' episode"Détente": Nadia is initially undercover as a maid. When they realize their current plan wont work, Nadia and Sydney instead dress up as debutantes to find an alternate way past the guards. Sloane protests this saying the guards already saw Nadia's face, only for her to dismiss his fears by saying "Nobody looks at the help." She's right.

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* Slightly inverted in the ''Series/{{Alias}}'' episode"Détente": episode "Détente": Nadia is initially undercover as a maid. When they realize their current plan wont work, Nadia and Sydney instead dress up as debutantes to find an alternate way past the guards. Sloane protests this saying the guards already saw Nadia's face, only for her to dismiss his fears by saying "Nobody looks at the help." She's right.right.
* Willy Armitage of ''Series/MissionImpossible'' routinely infiltrated the target location by disguising himself as a janitor or repairman.
10th Dec '15 8:10:06 AM Chabal2
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** 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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* Arthur's attempts at KingIncognito in ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'' run afoul of this: He and Hank are dressed as peasants, but [[InnocentlyInsensitive Arthur]] has trouble ''acting'' like one.
--> "Now, sire, imagine that we are at the door of the hut yonder, and the family are before us. Proceed, please—accost the head of the house."\\
The king unconsciously straightened up like a monument, and said, with frozen austerity:\\
"Varlet, bring a seat; and serve to me what cheer ye have."\\
"Ah, your grace, that is not well done."\\
"In what lacketh it?"\\
"These people do not call each other varlets."\\
"Nay, is that true?"\\
"Yes; only those above them call them so."\\
"Then must I try again. I will call him villein."\\
"No-no; for he may be a freeman."\\
"Ah—so. Then peradventure I should call him goodman."\\
"That would answer, your grace, but it would be still better if you said friend, or brother."\\
"Brother!—to dirt like that?"\\
"Ah, but we are pretending to be dirt like that, too."\\
"It is even true. I will say it. Brother, bring a seat, and thereto what cheer ye have, withal. Now 'tis right."\\
"Not quite, not wholly right. You have asked for one, not us—for one, not both; food for one, a seat for one."\\
The king looked puzzled—he wasn't a very heavy weight, intellectually. His head was an hour-glass; it could stow an idea, but it had to do it a grain at a time, not the whole idea at once.\\
"Would you have a seat also—and sit?"\\
"If I did not sit, the man would perceive that we were only pretending to be equals—and playing the deception pretty poorly, too."\\
"It is well and truly said! How wonderful is truth, come it in whatsoever unexpected form it may! Yes, he must bring out seats and food for both, and in serving us present not ewer and napkin with more show of respect to the one than to the other."
24th Nov '15 8:42:23 AM REV6Pilot
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TheNondescript may be this. May result in TheDogWasTheMastermind. Related to TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse.

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TheNondescript may be this. May result in TheDogWasTheMastermind. Related to TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse.
TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse and JanitorImpersonationInfiltration.
22nd Nov '15 3:37:58 AM foxley
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* ''Literature/BlackWidowers'':
** In "Out of Sight", the guest knows that the person who photographed sensitive documents he was carrying had to have been one of the people at his table at dinner. The spy turns out to be [[spoiler: the waiter, who he had completely forgotten about]]. Naturally, Henry is able to point this out.
** In "Season's Greetings", the person attempting to steal a Christmas card turns out to be [[spoiler: the mailman]]. Asimov acknowledged that this story owed a debt to Creator/GKChesterton's "The Invisible Man".
15th Oct '15 8:13:22 PM Josef5678
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* Repeatedly used in AgathaChristie novels. ''Death in the Clouds'' is notable since the murderer is [[spoiler:a dentist, but carried out the murder dressed as an airline steward since their clothes look similar.]]

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* Repeatedly used in AgathaChristie Creator/AgathaChristie novels. ''Death in the Clouds'' is notable since the murderer is [[spoiler:a dentist, but carried out the murder dressed as an airline steward since their clothes look similar.]]
3rd Oct '15 5:02:56 AM Gess
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** Londo Mollary devises a plan to smuggle a Narn prisoner Na'Toth from the Centauri palace (Narns and Centauri are for the most part mortal enemies). He dresses her up in face concealing Centauri gown and then [[RefugeInAudacity simply walks her through the palace passages as his concubine]], pretending to be a loud and rowdy drunkard. As he explains later, the Centauri nobles are conditioned to not pay attention to anything unseemly, so nobody gives them trouble,
23rd Aug '15 4:00:53 AM Veanne
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* The guardian witch in ''Webcomic/{{Whither}}''. At least one character still can't believe she's not harmless.
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