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17th Mar '16 6:06:26 PM ObsidianFire
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At least, they ''would'' think this except they [[GenreSavvy aren't idiots]]. Inevitably the switch is discovered and the character executing it is embarrassed. And we all learn a valuable lesson - this character wants people to think he's smart, but he's really either a geek or an idiot. Usually the former for sympathetic ones, the latter for non-sympathetic ones.

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At least, they ''would'' think this except they [[GenreSavvy aren't idiots]].idiots. Inevitably the switch is discovered and the character executing it is embarrassed. And we all learn a valuable lesson - this character wants people to think he's smart, but he's really either a geek or an idiot. Usually the former for sympathetic ones, the latter for non-sympathetic ones.
27th Feb '16 9:43:38 PM Willbyr
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* In ''UruseiYatsura'' Ataru is shown hiding a girly mag inside one of his books.
* In ''KareKano'' Yukino is seen hiding a comedy book under a serious cover. Arima scolds her for putting up a front.

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* In ''UruseiYatsura'' ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' Ataru is shown hiding a girly mag inside one of his books.
* In ''KareKano'' ''Manga/KareKano'' Yukino is seen hiding a comedy book under a serious cover. Arima scolds her for putting up a front.
13th Nov '15 9:29:45 AM FF32
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* In the opening titles of ''{{Blackadder}} The Third'' Edmund uses a textbook to hide raunchy paperback novels, each of which just happens to have that week's episode title.

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* In the opening titles of ''{{Blackadder}} ''Series/{{Blackadder}} The Third'' Edmund uses a textbook to hide raunchy paperback novels, each of which just happens to have that week's episode title.
24th Jun '15 10:57:22 AM Greenygal
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* On a ''You Can't Do That On Television'' sketch, Adam hides a Spiderman comic book in his hymnal. In another sketch, two girls hide a tiny TV in a book to fool their mother.

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* On a ''You Can't Do That On Television'' ''YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' sketch, Adam hides a Spiderman comic book in his hymnal. In another sketch, two girls hide a tiny TV in a book to fool their mother.
13th May '15 6:43:32 PM nombretomado
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* In the miniseries "Midsummer's Nightmare" that led up to GrantMorrison's ''[[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]]'' run, Wally West, having lost his memory of being the Flash, was teaching high school and catches one of his students doing this.

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* In the miniseries "Midsummer's Nightmare" that led up to GrantMorrison's Creator/GrantMorrison's ''[[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]]'' run, Wally West, having lost his memory of being the Flash, was teaching high school and catches one of his students doing this.
21st Apr '15 6:40:37 PM nombretomado
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* Inverted in ''{{Chuck}}''. Since he knows his bedroom's under video surveillance, Chuck studies the Intersect plans he got from Orion behind a ''YTheLastMan'' collection.

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* Inverted in ''{{Chuck}}''.''{{Series/Chuck}}''. Since he knows his bedroom's under video surveillance, Chuck studies the Intersect plans he got from Orion behind a ''YTheLastMan'' collection.
2nd Apr '15 1:13:58 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''[[Film/BackToTheFuture Back To The Future Part II]]'' Biff hides a girly magazine within the cover of the [[TimelineAlteringMacGuffin sports almanac]]. Marty is, naturally, exasperated by this fact after he goes to a great deal of effort to retrieve it. Extra idiot points for Biff by hiding a girly magazine with the cover of a sports almanac that won't even exist for sixty years.
* [[SmugSnake Percy Wetmore]], of ''TheGreenMile'', reading a Tijuana Bible (a pornographic comic from the 30's and 40's, featuring icons of the day) behind a copy of the regulations for the mental hospital he wanted to transfer to. This scene is in the book, where he's explicitly reading a {{Popeye}} Tijuana Bible.

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* In ''[[Film/BackToTheFuture Back To The Future Part II]]'' ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' Biff hides a girly magazine within the cover of the [[TimelineAlteringMacGuffin sports almanac]]. Marty is, naturally, exasperated by this fact after he goes to a great deal of effort to retrieve it. Extra idiot points for Biff by hiding a girly magazine with the cover of a sports almanac that won't even exist for sixty years.
* [[SmugSnake Percy Wetmore]], of ''TheGreenMile'', ''Film/TheGreenMile'', reading a Tijuana Bible (a pornographic comic from the 30's and 40's, featuring icons of the day) behind a copy of the regulations for the mental hospital he wanted to transfer to. This scene is in the book, where he's explicitly reading a {{Popeye}} Tijuana Bible.



* In ''Lean On Me'' a guy hides an adult magazine in his test booklet which is promptly confiscated by his teacher. The guy immediately pulls out another one.

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* In ''Lean On Me'' ''Film/LeanOnMe'' a guy hides an adult magazine in his test booklet which is promptly confiscated by his teacher. The guy immediately pulls out another one.
11th Mar '15 4:46:15 PM Adeon
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* In ''ComicStrip/{{Foxtrot}}'' Paige puts fake ''Magazine/{{Cosmopolitan}}'' covers on her textbook to try and hide the fact that she's studying.
23rd Nov '14 2:23:11 AM gameboy2000
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* In ''Lean On Me'' a guy hides an adult magazine in his test booklet which is promptly confiscated by his teacher. The guy immediately pulls out another one.
15th Sep '14 9:32:05 PM Amahn
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* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' episode ''Shoeless Al'' has Bud hiding a Big-Uns in a large textbook, its pointed out by a lawyer who is staying with the family in order to catch Al lying in his frivolous lawsuit.
--> Bundy, I can spot a liar a mile away and I'll prove it. For instance, take your son there. Looks like he's reading, but if you'll notice, his eyes aren't moving. That usually denotes that he's looking at a picture. From the little beads of sweat on his forehead, I think it folds out. He should be heading upstairs any time now.
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