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11th Feb '17 1:49:29 PM HeroGal2347
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* In ''Series/TheATeam'', Col. Decker is chasing the A-Team into a sporting goods store and loses them. Decker then sees a manniquin completely covered with winter gear and, well aware of how Hannibal Smith is a MasterOfDisguise, suspiciously walks around it. Meanwhile, the camera keeps on the manniquin as if to suggest it is Hannibal hiding in plain sight. Suddenly, Decker tackles it, only to learn that ''it is'' only a mannequin and the A-Team was really hiding in a nearby tent.

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* In ''Series/TheATeam'', ''Series/TheATeam'' episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS2E15TheBattleOfBelAir The Battle of Bel Air]]", Col. Decker is chasing the A-Team into a sporting goods store and loses them. Decker then sees a manniquin mannequin completely covered with winter gear and, well aware of how Hannibal Smith is a MasterOfDisguise, suspiciously walks around it. Meanwhile, the camera keeps on the manniquin mannequin as if to suggest it is Hannibal hiding in plain sight. Suddenly, Decker tackles it, only to learn that ''it is'' only a mannequin and the A-Team was really hiding in a nearby tent.
20th Nov '16 7:48:21 PM MarcInGA
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* In "Pimpernel Smith' (aka "Mr. V") Leslie Howard is in a room with the woman he has come to rescue when the Gestapo starts up the stairs. He asks the woman about other exits and she indicates that there is a fire escape outside the window. When the Gestapo men arrive they see a table moved away from the window and a tipped over vase. Some go out the window to chase them down while the others go back down the stairs to cut them off. When the are gone the camera slowly pans to a closet. The two poke their heads out and Howard said "I'm almost embarrassed to use that old trick. but it almost always works."
20th May '16 8:41:26 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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** Keiko Yukimura does something similar during the Maze Castle arc of ''YuYuHakusho'' with a scarf.

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** Keiko Yukimura does something similar during the Maze Castle arc of ''YuYuHakusho'' ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' with a scarf.
27th Mar '16 8:42:55 AM Viira
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8th Mar '16 2:41:39 AM pablo360
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Meanwhile, the main character is hiding somewhere less obvious, [[CeilingCling possibly on the ceiling]] waiting for either a chance to attack, or for the guard to decide that ItsProbablyNothing

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Meanwhile, the main character is hiding somewhere less obvious, [[CeilingCling possibly on the ceiling]] waiting for either a chance to attack, or for the guard to decide that ItsProbablyNothing
ItsProbablyNothing.



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31st Jan '16 10:26:48 PM SSJMagus
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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Blackwing the raven pulls this ploy on Qarr the imp, using a shed feather sticking out from behind a pillar.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Blackwing the raven pulls this ploy on Qarr the imp, using a shed feather sticking out from behind a pillar.
pillar. His success with the ploy is aided by the fact that Qarr is, as Blackwing notes, a moron.
31st Jan '16 10:25:27 PM SSJMagus
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The pursuer enters the room, looks around, then notices the obvious place to hide or sign of activity. Perhaps some furniture is covered with a dust sheet, or there's a window that shouldn't be open. Perhaps the [[AirVentPassageway air vent cover]] has been mysteriously removed. Either way it's obvious where the character is. And so the pursuer pulls the sheet or looks outside, and finds... no sign of anything.

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The pursuer enters the room, looks around, then notices the obvious place to hide or sign of activity. Perhaps some furniture is covered with a dust sheet, or there's a window that shouldn't be open. Perhaps the [[AirVentPassageway air vent cover]] has been mysteriously removed.removed or at least ajar. Either way it's obvious where the character is. And so the pursuer pulls the sheet or looks outside, and finds... no sign of anything.
8th Oct '15 6:54:00 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[{{Knightfall}} Knightsend]]'', ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} finds herself cornered in an office with a bunch of goons on her tail. To throw them off, she hurls a chair through the window and hides under the desk, causing her pursurers to think she's escaped outside.

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* In ''[[{{Knightfall}} ''[[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} Knightsend]]'', ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} finds herself cornered in an office with a bunch of goons on her tail. To throw them off, she hurls a chair through the window and hides under the desk, causing her pursurers to think she's escaped outside.
6th Sep '15 6:12:11 PM nombretomado
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* In the novel ''{{Neuromancer}}'', protagonist Case pulls one of these early on. Running to the end of a corridor while being pursued, he kicks one door open, leaving an attention-grabbing distraction. He then pops the latch of a side door as a less-obvious hiding place. [[spoiler: He freaks out and gives himself away soon after.]]

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* In the novel ''{{Neuromancer}}'', ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'', protagonist Case pulls one of these early on. Running to the end of a corridor while being pursued, he kicks one door open, leaving an attention-grabbing distraction. He then pops the latch of a side door as a less-obvious hiding place. [[spoiler: He freaks out and gives himself away soon after.]]
7th Jul '15 9:26:14 PM Adept
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* One episode of ''TanteiGakuenQ'' has a man breaking into Megu's home doing this. There's a twist - the decoy hiding place was revealed when Megu noticed that the plates in the china cabinet had been rearranged, something most people wouldn't notice within moments of entering their home, especially when they're worried about a break-in. The fact that the decoy hiding place would only be noticed by someone with a very good memory implied that the thief knew that one of the residents had a photographic memory, which a person robbing a random home wouldn't.

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* One episode of ''TanteiGakuenQ'' ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ'' has a man breaking into Megu's home doing this. There's a twist - the decoy hiding place was revealed when Megu noticed that the plates in the china cabinet had been rearranged, something most people wouldn't notice within moments of entering their home, especially when they're worried about a break-in. The fact that the decoy hiding place would only be noticed by someone with a very good memory implied that the thief knew that one of the residents had a photographic memory, which a person robbing a random home wouldn't.
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