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14th Mar '17 7:33:12 PM Goldfritha
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Somebody is reading something, but doesn't want anyone else to know what it is. It could be rather inappropriate for clique rank, like a jock reading a girly magazine. It could be inappropriate to read anywhere outside a bedroom, like a magazine with naked women in it. Heck, maybe it's just a comic book, and for the sake of impressing people, it's prudent to pretend to read [[SmallReferencePools (insert well-known intelligent-sounding book here)]] instead... or maybe they're supposed to be paying attention in school and just don't want to.

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Somebody is reading something, but doesn't want anyone else to know what it is. It could be rather inappropriate for clique rank, like a jock reading a girly magazine. It could be inappropriate to read anywhere outside a bedroom, like a magazine with naked women in it. Heck, maybe it's just a comic book, and for the sake of impressing people, it's prudent to pretend to read [[SmallReferencePools (insert well-known intelligent-sounding book here)]] instead... or maybe they're supposed to be paying attention in school and just don't want to.
to. Sometimes, for children particularly, the problem is that people with authority to stop the character will assert that the book is hard, whether for reading level or subject matter, for the character.
22nd Aug '16 4:26:33 PM nombretomado
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* Princess Arissa from TheElenium hides a book of erotic poetry inside the cover of a religious textbook. No one is surprised.

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* Princess Arissa from TheElenium ''Literature/TheElenium'' hides a book of erotic poetry inside the cover of a religious textbook. No one is surprised.
10th Jul '16 11:13:11 AM anza_sb
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* In ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' Kayano uses a library book to hide the "Puddings of the World" book she's actually reading.
9th Jul '16 8:19:04 AM Willbyr
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9th Jul '16 8:18:52 AM Willbyr
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* The normal intent of this trope is inverted in ''Manga/DeathNote'', where Light uses a porn magazine to divert attention from an ArtifactOfDoom.

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* ''Manga/DeathNote'':
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The normal intent of this trope is inverted in ''Manga/DeathNote'', where when Light uses a porn magazine to divert attention from an ArtifactOfDoom.
11th Jun '16 1:55:31 PM Morgenthaler
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* This happens in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode where Martin and Bart are tutoring each other - Bart hides a comic in his schoolbook - Martin hides a schoolbook in his comic book.
** Another episode has Moe Szyzlak hiding his poetry magazine behind a copy of ''{{Playboy}}''. In church.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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This happens in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' the episode where Martin and Bart are tutoring each other - Bart hides a comic in his schoolbook - Martin hides a schoolbook in his comic book.
** Another episode has Moe Szyzlak hiding his poetry magazine behind a copy of ''{{Playboy}}''.''Magazine/{{Playboy}}''. In church.
11th Jun '16 4:47:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* One sketch of ''NotTheNineOClockNews'' had the inverse of the usual: a man bought a Daily Mail and "Hot Chicks XXX", then hid that he was reading the Mail by hiding it in the porn.

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* One sketch of ''NotTheNineOClockNews'' ''Series/NotTheNineOClockNews'' had the inverse of the usual: a man bought a Daily Mail and "Hot Chicks XXX", then hid that he was reading the Mail by hiding it in the porn.



* Inverted in ''{{Series/Chuck}}''. Since he knows his bedroom's under video surveillance, Chuck studies the Intersect plans he got from Orion behind a ''YTheLastMan'' collection.
* An episode of ''MyWifeAndKids'' had Junior locking himself in the bathroom with magazines for hours at a time. Although his parents seem to think he is actually pleasuring himself with cookbooks and ''Field & Stream'', it's implied he is hiding porn magazines in them.

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* Inverted in ''{{Series/Chuck}}''. Since he knows his bedroom's under video surveillance, Chuck studies the Intersect plans he got from Orion behind a ''YTheLastMan'' ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'' collection.
* An episode of ''MyWifeAndKids'' ''Series/MyWifeAndKids'' had Junior locking himself in the bathroom with magazines for hours at a time. Although his parents seem to think he is actually pleasuring himself with cookbooks and ''Field & Stream'', it's implied he is hiding porn magazines in them.



* The earliest opening credits for ''HomeAndAway'' had Stephen pulling a fake cover from a book Frank was reading.

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* The earliest opening credits for ''HomeAndAway'' ''Series/HomeAndAway'' had Stephen pulling a fake cover from a book Frank was reading.



* On a ''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.

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* On a ''YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' ''Series/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.
11th Jun '16 4:46:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/VarsityBlues'' the replacement quarterback Mox is reading ''SlaughterhouseFive'' by Kurt Vonnegut hidden inside the team play-book on the sidelines.

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* In ''Film/VarsityBlues'' the replacement quarterback Mox is reading ''SlaughterhouseFive'' ''Literature/SlaughterhouseFive'' by Kurt Vonnegut hidden inside the team play-book on the sidelines.
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.
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