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11th Aug '17 1:18:25 AM PaulA
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* In Creator/MichaelKurland's ''The Unicorn Girl'', Michael visits a universe where most of the people literally ''cannot see'' naked people, which leads to much confusion when some naked thieves begin to steal from people at a dinner party. Michael watches dumbfounded as his hosts are robbed right in front of his eyes, and when he tries to point it out, he ends up getting blamed for the crime himself. Fortunately, he realizes there's an obvious way to escape...

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* In Creator/MichaelKurland's ''The Unicorn Girl'', ''Literature/TheUnicornGirl'', Michael visits a universe where most of the people literally ''cannot see'' naked people, which leads to much confusion when some naked thieves begin to steal from people at a dinner party. Michael watches dumbfounded as his hosts are robbed right in front of his eyes, and when he tries to point it out, he ends up getting blamed for the crime himself. Fortunately, he realizes there's an obvious way to escape...
2nd Aug '17 11:35:38 AM Kissinger113
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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': Suzy Johnson, Jeremy's clingy, CreepyChild little sister.
** [[JustifiedTrope Mostly justified]] in that she doesn't appear overtly sinister and does nightmarishly good job in keeping the veneer from slipping.

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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': Suzy Johnson, Jeremy's clingy, CreepyChild little sister.
** [[JustifiedTrope Mostly justified]] in that she doesn't appear overtly sinister and
sister. She does a nightmarishly good job in keeping the veneer her façade of a sweet, innocent little girl from slipping.
2nd Aug '17 11:31:27 AM Kissinger113
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**[[JustifiedTrope Mostly justified]] in that she doesn't appear overtly sinister and does nightmarishly good job in keeping the veneer from slipping.
31st Jul '17 9:54:04 PM Abodos
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** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' gives us Ganondorf. Despite the various red flags this guy gives off (has a constant smug grin, spiky armor, is the ''King of Thieves'') the King of Hyrule places all his trust in this guy...which will lead to Hyrule's downfall and Ganondorf's ascension to power as the [[CardCarryingVillain Great King of Evil]].

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** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' gives us Ganondorf. Despite the various red flags this guy gives off (has a constant smug grin, spiky armor, is known to be causing trouble for the various races of Hyrule, is the ''King of Thieves'') the King of Hyrule places all his trust in this guy...which will lead to Hyrule's downfall and Ganondorf's ascension to power as the [[CardCarryingVillain Great King of Evil]].
8th Jul '17 7:42:15 PM jnv11
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Compare with ItWasHereISwear, NotSoImaginaryFriend, MamaDidntRaiseNoCriminal, MistakenForAnImposter. Contrast TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse and MostDefinitelyNotAVillain. For when the Devil In Plain Sight is actually the big D-man himself, see LouisCypher. Often crosses over with ObviouslyEvil.

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Compare with ItWasHereISwear, NotSoImaginaryFriend, MamaDidntRaiseNoCriminal, MistakenForAnImposter. Contrast TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse, FaceOfAThug, and MostDefinitelyNotAVillain. For when the Devil In Plain Sight is actually the big D-man himself, see LouisCypher. Often crosses over with ObviouslyEvil.
23rd Jun '17 10:49:31 AM bobwolf
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* ''Film/WonderWoman'': It's easy to suspect that a monster like Ludendorff is Ares, [[spoiler: and that's just what Ares wants Diana to think. In reality, his true identity is in even plainer sight, that of Sir Patrick Morgan, a British officer who appears to be an old man who needs a cane to walk. And Steve's superior.]]
25th May '17 10:26:40 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'': Laurence Dominic. In episode 5, he tries to kill Echo. In episode 9, [[spoiler:he is revealed to be the mole. Note that at the time of the episode's airing, the [[WMG/{{Dollhouse}} Dollhouse WMG page]] had [[strike:eight different guesses]] eight guesses as to the identity of the mole, only one of which was a repeat, and yet no one had bothered to guess that it was Dominic. Because we're too GenreSavvy to fall for such an ''obvious'' RedHerring...yeah]]. And then it turns out he wasn't so much a "devil;" he saw himself as protecting the Dollhouse AND protecting the world from the technology it used. His negative convictions turned out to be right. Nobody important in the House figured that out until too late.

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* ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'': Laurence Dominic. In episode 5, he tries to kill Echo. In episode 9, [[spoiler:he is revealed to be the mole. Note that at the time of the episode's airing, the [[WMG/{{Dollhouse}} Dollhouse WMG page]] had [[strike:eight different guesses]] eight guesses as to the identity of the mole, only one of which was a repeat, and yet no one had bothered to guess that it was Dominic. Because we're too GenreSavvy to we won't fall for such an ''obvious'' RedHerring...yeah]]. And then it turns out he wasn't so much a "devil;" he saw himself as protecting the Dollhouse AND protecting the world from the technology it used. His negative convictions turned out to be right. Nobody important in the House figured that out until too late.



** Also ironically, [[GenreSavvy attentive]] fans will spot him the moment they see his face. (See that mysterious [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI blonde]] [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII man]]/[[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne old man/little boy]]/[[VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsKingAbaddon scholar]]/[[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney young woman]]?) On a more meta-note, the [[OncePerEpisode designated]] Chaos Heroes will usually have [[{{Jerkass}} surly attitudes]] and [[CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority hate on The Man]] while Law Heroes are often [[NiceGuy polite]] and [[LawfulGood kind]] ([[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope at first]]). [[VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2 Note that exceptions do occur]]...

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** Also ironically, [[GenreSavvy attentive]] attentive fans will spot him the moment they see his face. (See that mysterious [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI blonde]] [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII man]]/[[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne old man/little boy]]/[[VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsKingAbaddon scholar]]/[[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney young woman]]?) On a more meta-note, the [[OncePerEpisode designated]] Chaos Heroes will usually have [[{{Jerkass}} surly attitudes]] and [[CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority hate on The Man]] while Law Heroes are often [[NiceGuy polite]] and [[LawfulGood kind]] ([[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope at first]]). [[VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2 Note that exceptions do occur]]...



* On ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama,'' [[AlphaBitch Heather]] in the first season; most of the characters actually figure this out pretty quickly, but [[ContractualGenreBlindness somehow keep falling for her schemes anyway]]. Season three's [[VillainSue Alejandro]] is a more JustForFun/{{egregious}} example--he lasts until nearly the end of the season before Cody and Sierra, the last "good" contestants, figure him out, while everyone else (save Heather, [[GenreSavvy Noah]] and [[JerkAss Duncan]]) somehow ignore the fact that [[LoveMakesYouDumb every girl he hits on (at least one of whom was spoken for) would be immediately eliminated]], or question how he had [[KeepingSecretsSucks Tyler]] reveal [[YourCheatingHeart Duncan and Gwen's affair]] in order to win a challenge. Then there's Scott in season 4 who sabotages his own team and blames others. He is found out, but most of the time they're the ones he eliminates.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama,'' [[AlphaBitch Heather]] in the first season; most of the characters actually figure this out pretty quickly, but [[ContractualGenreBlindness somehow keep falling for her schemes anyway]]. Season three's [[VillainSue Alejandro]] Alejandro is a more JustForFun/{{egregious}} example--he lasts until nearly the end of the season before Cody and Sierra, the last "good" contestants, figure him out, while everyone else (save Heather, [[GenreSavvy Noah]] Noah and [[JerkAss Duncan]]) somehow ignore the fact that [[LoveMakesYouDumb every girl he hits on (at least one of whom was spoken for) would be immediately eliminated]], or question how he had [[KeepingSecretsSucks Tyler]] reveal [[YourCheatingHeart Duncan and Gwen's affair]] in order to win a challenge. Then there's Scott in season 4 who sabotages his own team and blames others. He is found out, but most of the time they're the ones he eliminates.
25th May '17 3:34:58 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Littlefinger is obviously (and openly) up to no good, but people rely on him anyway. George Martin has noted this as perhaps the biggest adaptational change since in the books Littlefinger is much more affable, subtle about his desires, and a VillainWithGoodPublicity to everyone except Tyrion (and even Tyrion can't put his finger on Littlefinger's goal).

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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Littlefinger is obviously (and openly) up to no good, but people rely on him anyway. George Martin has noted this as perhaps the biggest adaptational change since in the books Littlefinger is much more affable, subtle about his desires, and a VillainWithGoodPublicity to everyone except Tyrion (and even Tyrion can't put his finger on Littlefinger's goal).goal).
** Among the Northern lords, Roose Bolton sticks out like a sore thumb. While every other Northern lord has a beard, he is almost clean-shaven (before Season 4, anyway). They have rough Northern English accents, he has a vague upper-class Irish accent. They are brash and in-your-face, he is cold and subtle. They suggest a quick death, he suggests flaying people alive for information. The man's sigil is a flayed man and he shows absolutely zero emotion or sympathy while giving Robb nightmarish news.
27th Apr '17 6:24:21 AM Lheticus
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** [[JustForPun Love makes you stupid, Evil?]]
23rd Apr '17 7:42:51 PM Mdumas43073
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