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23rd Mar '17 12:34:57 PM erforce
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* The entire town in ''Film/LittleSweetheart'' isn't just holding the IdiotBall, they're firmly grasping the IdiotBall. John Hurt's character, Robert Burger, practically has idiot ball hot glue gunned to him. His mistress, Dorothea, on the other hand, can tell that [[BigBad Thelma]] is not sweet, innocent, kind or anything but evil.


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* The entire town in ''Film/LittleSweetheart'' isn't just holding the IdiotBall, they're firmly grasping the IdiotBall. John Hurt's character, Robert Burger, practically has idiot ball hot glue gunned to him. His mistress, Dorothea, on the other hand, can tell that [[BigBad Thelma]] is not sweet, innocent, kind or anything but evil.
23rd Mar '17 12:34:30 PM erforce
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** Snob is particularly irritated by ''Film/DrillerKiller'''s lack of subtlety with regard to who the slasher is.

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** Snob is particularly irritated by ''Film/DrillerKiller'''s ''Film/TheDrillerKiller'''s lack of subtlety with regard to who the slasher is.



-->'''Kendall:''' ''[innocently]'' But I don't know the killer!"
-->'''Snob:''' Sure you do! It's '''[[DeanBitterman THE DEAN!]]'''

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-->'''Kendall:''' --->'''Kendall:''' ''[innocently]'' But I don't know the killer!"
-->'''Snob:''' --->'''Snob:''' Sure you do! It's '''[[DeanBitterman THE DEAN!]]'''
23rd Mar '17 12:33:47 PM erforce
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* ''Film/BatmanReturns'': Max Shreck retains public respectability even after his mayoral candidate, Oswald Cobblepot (The Penguin) is exposed as a criminal.
-->''[in a JustBetweenYouAndMe moment at a holiday costume party]''
-->'''Bruce Wayne:''' You almost made a monster the mayor of Gotham City.
-->'''Max Shreck:''' [[IAmTheNoun I am the]] ''[[IAmTheNoun light]]'' [[IAmTheNoun of this city]], and I am its mean, twisted soul. [[TheManBehindTheMan Does it really matter who's mayor?]]
** In the 1989 film, everyone in Gotham ''knows'' that Carl Grissom is the city's most notorious gangster, but District Attorney Harvey Dent just can't gather enough evidence to put him away. Ironically enough, ComicBook/TheJoker [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork takes care of that little problem]].

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* ''Film/BatmanReturns'': Max Shreck retains public respectability even after his mayoral candidate, Oswald Cobblepot (The Penguin) is exposed as a criminal.
-->''[in a JustBetweenYouAndMe moment at a holiday costume party]''
-->'''Bruce Wayne:''' You almost made a monster the mayor of Gotham City.
-->'''Max Shreck:''' [[IAmTheNoun I am the]] ''[[IAmTheNoun light]]'' [[IAmTheNoun of this city]], and I am its mean, twisted soul. [[TheManBehindTheMan Does it really matter who's mayor?]]
''Franchise/{{Batman}}''
** In the 1989 film, ''Film/{{Batman}}'' (1989), everyone in Gotham ''knows'' that Carl Grissom is the city's most notorious gangster, but District Attorney Harvey Dent just can't gather enough evidence to put him away. Ironically enough, ComicBook/TheJoker [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork takes care of that little problem]].



* ''Film/HarryPotter'': Tom Riddle comes across as completely creepy and obviously sinister in both ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' and ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', but he's completely trusted and well-liked by the teachers, especially by Slughorn. His creepiness in the films contrasts with the books, where he's stated and shown to be very charming as a young man and very good at presenting himself well.

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** Max Shreck in ''Film/BatmanReturns'' retains public respectability even after his mayoral candidate, Oswald Cobblepot (The Penguin) is exposed as a criminal.
--->''[in a JustBetweenYouAndMe moment at a holiday costume party]''
--->'''Bruce Wayne:''' You almost made a monster the mayor of Gotham City.
--->'''Max Shreck:''' [[IAmTheNoun I am the]] ''[[IAmTheNoun light]]'' [[IAmTheNoun of this city]], and I am its mean, twisted soul. [[TheManBehindTheMan Does it really matter who's mayor?]]
* ''Film/HarryPotter'': Tom Riddle comes across as completely creepy and obviously sinister in both ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' and ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', but he's completely trusted and well-liked by the teachers, especially by Slughorn. His creepiness in the films contrasts with the books, where he's stated and shown to be very charming as a young man and very good at presenting himself well.



* ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'': Reversed with Veil Sixclaw. Everyone except his foster-mother Bryony realises that he's a delinquent and guess that it was him when an Abbeydweller is nearly killed. Ironically, it's heavily implied that if they'd treated him as if he was normal, he'd have grown up okay. But then they ''are'' [[CarnivoreConfusion mice trying to raise a ferret]].

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* ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'': ''[[Literature/{{Redwall}} Outcast of Redwall]]'': Reversed with Veil Sixclaw. Everyone except his foster-mother Bryony realises that he's a delinquent and guess that it was him when an Abbeydweller is nearly killed. Ironically, it's heavily implied that if they'd treated him as if he was normal, he'd have grown up okay. But then they ''are'' [[CarnivoreConfusion mice trying to raise a ferret]].



* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': How anyone in Westeros could ever find it in themselves to trust Roose Bolton, lord of the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Dreadfort]], is, frankly, shocking. The man's sigil is a flayed man because he comes from a family with a long-standing tradition of skinning their enemies alive and wearing their skins in battle; he always speaks in a CreepyMonotone, is a PaleSkinnedBrunette with godsdamned CreepyBlueEyes ''and'' his favorite pastime is getting leeched. Granted, everyone finds him a little unsettling but still, he's relied upon to perform extremely important roles several times. [[spoiler:Trusting him never, ever turns out well.]]

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
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How anyone in Westeros could ever find it in themselves to trust Roose Bolton, lord of the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Dreadfort]], is, frankly, shocking. The man's sigil is a flayed man because he comes from a family with a long-standing tradition of skinning their enemies alive and wearing their skins in battle; he always speaks in a CreepyMonotone, is a PaleSkinnedBrunette with godsdamned CreepyBlueEyes ''and'' his favorite pastime is getting leeched. Granted, everyone finds him a little unsettling but still, he's relied upon to perform extremely important roles several times. [[spoiler:Trusting him never, ever turns out well.]]



* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': Teyrn Loghain was painfully obvious, though everyone trusts him because he placed the blame on the Grey Wardens and was also a national hero for freeing the kingdom from decades of foreign occupation. The former can also be said of Arl Howe.
** Arl Howe was voiced by Creator/TimCurry. Other than being voiced by Curry, though, you probably wouldn't be expecting him to be a bad guy. At first.

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* ''Franchise/DragonAge''
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''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': Teyrn Loghain was painfully obvious, though everyone trusts him because he placed the blame on the Grey Wardens and was also a national hero for freeing the kingdom from decades of foreign occupation. The former can also be said of Arl Howe.
** *** Arl Howe was voiced by Creator/TimCurry. Other than being voiced by Curry, though, you probably wouldn't be expecting him to be a bad guy. At first.



** Also Bartrand. Listening to him, you wonder why anyone works for him, why Varric hasn't abandoned him, and why Hawke and the rest of the group don't just shoot him on sight. [[spoiler:It would have saved them a lot of trouble.]]
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' gives us more than a few examples. Of note is The Illusive Man, who is [[PlayerCharacter Commander Shepard's]] boss in the second game, and ends up as one of the villains of the third game. It helps that his organization, Cerberus, was openly villainous in the first game. The only reason Shepard is working for him in the second game is that [[EnemyMine the Reapers are a much bigger threat to both of them.]]

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** *** Also Bartrand. Listening to him, you wonder why anyone works for him, why Varric hasn't abandoned him, and why Hawke and the rest of the group don't just shoot him on sight. [[spoiler:It would have saved them a lot of trouble.]]
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' gives us more than a few examples.
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Of note is The Illusive Man, who is [[PlayerCharacter Commander Shepard's]] boss in the [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 second game, game]], and ends up as one of the villains of the [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 third game.game]]. It helps that his organization, Cerberus, was openly villainous in the first game. The only reason Shepard is working for him in the second game is that [[EnemyMine the Reapers are a much bigger threat to both of them.]]



* The third line of dialogue from [[EvilChancellor Chancellor Cole]] in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks Zelda Spirit Tracks]]'' includes an ominous prediction while he stares at you with an insane evil smile. If you are still surprised when he shows himself as the BigBad of the game five minutes later, you should start getting worried.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''
** ''[[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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The third line of dialogue from [[EvilChancellor Chancellor Cole]] in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks Zelda Spirit Tracks]]'' includes an ominous prediction while he stares at you with an insane evil smile. If you are still surprised when he shows himself as the BigBad of the game five minutes later, you should start getting worried.



* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' 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]].



* WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob is particularly irritated by ''Driller Killer'''s lack of subtlety with regard to who the slasher is.
** A RunningGag in the ''Pieces'' review.

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* WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob ''WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob''
** Snob
is particularly irritated by ''Driller Killer'''s ''Film/DrillerKiller'''s lack of subtlety with regard to who the slasher is.
** A RunningGag in the ''Pieces'' ''Film/{{Pieces}}'' review.
16th Mar '17 1:04:24 PM morenohijazo
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* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': Comically inverted; Iznogoud looks, acts and ''is'' evil, he actually possesses almost all the defects required to be a villain, and the people of Baghdad are perfectly aware of his desire to overthrow the Caliph... but the Caliph himself never suspects a thing, instead seeing Iznogoud as a devoted, good, trustworthy friend. He even once admitted he often received anonymous letters trying to warn him about it, but never believed them. Ironically, the Caliph is the only person Iznogoud bothers acting good with.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': Comically inverted; Iznogoud looks, acts and ''is'' evil, he actually possesses almost all the defects required to be a villain, IS definitely ObviouslyEvil, and the people of Baghdad are perfectly aware of his desire to overthrow the Caliph... but the Caliph himself never suspects a thing, instead seeing Iznogoud as a devoted, good, trustworthy friend. He even once admitted he often received anonymous letters trying to warn him about it, but never believed them. Ironically, the Caliph is the only person Iznogoud bothers acting good with.
13th Mar '17 5:34:52 PM merotoker
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Subverted in the manga version; Asuka is always nice to all the NERV staff, but with Shinji, Rei, Toji and Kensuke she is her usual, bitchy self. She keeps up this act for a while until, during a party, she punches out Toji in front of Misato after he starts revealing all her past angry outbursts. Misato then admits that they always knew that Asuka was faking her more amiable personality, prompting her to go ballistic... on Shinji. And then there's Gendo Ikari, the TropeCodifier for ScaryShinyGlasses and ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive.

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Subverted in the manga version; Asuka is always nice to all the NERV staff, but with Shinji, Rei, Toji and Kensuke she is her usual, bitchy self. She keeps up this act for a while until, during a party, she punches out Toji in front of Misato after he starts revealing all her past angry outbursts. Misato then admits that they always knew that Asuka was faking her more amiable personality, prompting her to go ballistic... on Shinji. And then there's Gendo Ikari, the TropeCodifier for ScaryShinyGlasses and ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive.FingerTenting.



* An odd example: Mephisto Pheles of ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' seems to be playing with this. It's difficult to tell at this point, but his first entrance drew immediate suspicion. He [[VillainousFashionSense dressed extravagantly]], [[ManinWhite wore all white]], had [[LargeHam dramatic mannerisms]], and his looks made it obvious that he was a demon of some sort. Heck, even his [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast name]] [[LouisCypher is an obvious pun on that of a famous demon]]. But then this was subverted as it turned out that [[spoiler:a lot of people have demon blood in the series, and some of them are exorcists.]] Then it turns out that he is[[spoiler:another one of Satan's sons - the second eldest, actually. Then again, the main character is also a son of Satan. So, Mephisto could still go either way at this point.]] He plays loads of "tricks" on his students, such as [[spoiler:letting high-level demons on campus to challenge the potential exorcists (particularly [[AntiAntiChrist Rin]])]] [[TricksterMentor which, he implies, is for the purpose of making them all stronger.]] But then he may have...[[WildMassGuessing some other reasons.]] The fandom suspicion only mounts the more "tricks" he plays, but there's still too much evidence to support the idea that he may [[spoiler:genuinely want to bring peace to Assiah and Gehenna.]] He was in fact friends with Rin's adoptive [[BadassPreacher father]], and was [[spoiler:responsible for sealing Rin's demon soul inside the demon sword when Rin was born.]] Really, he is pretty much the most mysterious character in the series at this point. It's highly possible that he is a Devil In Plain Sight but he may very well be a subversion of the trope. The fandom will have to wait and see.

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* An odd example: Mephisto Pheles of ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' seems to be playing with this. It's difficult to tell at this point, but his first entrance drew immediate suspicion. He [[VillainousFashionSense dressed extravagantly]], [[ManinWhite wore all white]], had [[LargeHam dramatic mannerisms]], and his looks made it obvious that he was a demon of some sort. Heck, even his [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast name]] [[LouisCypher is an obvious pun on that of a famous demon]]. But then this was subverted as it turned out that [[spoiler:a lot of people have demon blood in the series, and some of them are exorcists.]] exorcists]]. Then it turns out that he is[[spoiler:another one of Satan's sons - the second eldest, actually. Then again, the main character is also a son of Satan. So, Mephisto could still go either way at this point.]] point]]. He plays loads of "tricks" on his students, such as [[spoiler:letting high-level demons on campus to challenge the potential exorcists (particularly [[AntiAntiChrist Rin]])]] [[TricksterMentor which, he implies, is for the purpose of making them all stronger.]] But then he may have...[[WildMassGuessing some other reasons.]] The fandom suspicion only mounts the more "tricks" he plays, but there's still too much evidence to support the idea that he may [[spoiler:genuinely want to bring peace to Assiah and Gehenna.]] Gehenna]]. He was in fact friends with Rin's adoptive [[BadassPreacher father]], and was [[spoiler:responsible for sealing Rin's demon soul inside the demon sword when Rin was born.]] born]]. Really, he is pretty much the most mysterious character in the series at this point. It's highly possible that he is a Devil In Plain Sight but he may very well be a subversion of the trope. The fandom will have to wait and see.



* Schneizel el Britannia from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' can be considered one of these. He may be one of Britannia's most prominent royal figures, but masks his true intentions with apparently conciliatory actions, making him appear to be a PrincelyYoungMan, managing to fool most everyone he comes across. Lelouch and Xingke are two notable exceptions. Of course, both have specific and personal reasons not to trust him. In addition, his father knows his real nature, and Suzaku just seems to [[spoiler: assume that he's planning on killing his father, now that Zero is dead. Which he was indeed considering.]]

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* Schneizel el Britannia from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' can be considered one of these. He may be one of Britannia's most prominent royal figures, but masks his true intentions with apparently conciliatory actions, making him appear to be a PrincelyYoungMan, managing to fool most everyone he comes across. Lelouch and Xingke are two notable exceptions. Of course, both have specific and personal reasons not to trust him. In addition, his father knows his real nature, and Suzaku just seems to [[spoiler: assume that he's planning on killing his father, now that Zero is dead. Which he was indeed considering.]] considering]].



* ''Comicbook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'': The title character commits ridiculously over-the-top mass murder and even he himself seems puzzled why he hasn't been caught. It is later revealed that the reason why Johnny doesn't get caught is that [[spoiler:he is a "waste-lock", a person created to watch over focal points of residue left over from negative human energy. This is revealed to him by none other than the Devil. It is implied, in the comic "I Feel Sick," that when the accumulated human waste acquires a mind of its own, it can allow a person to do whatever they want, even kill, without being caught. The doll tries to tempt Devi with this devil's deal.]]

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* ''Comicbook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'': The title character commits ridiculously over-the-top mass murder and even he himself seems puzzled why he hasn't been caught. It is later revealed that the reason why Johnny doesn't get caught is that [[spoiler:he is a "waste-lock", a person created to watch over focal points of residue left over from negative human energy. This is revealed to him by none other than the Devil. It is implied, in the comic "I Feel Sick," that when the accumulated human waste acquires a mind of its own, it can allow a person to do whatever they want, even kill, without being caught. The doll tries to tempt Devi with this devil's deal.]]deal]].



* Doctor Doom makes frequent attempts to take over the world that would be considered acts of war by real world standards, and most governments in the world just ignore him. No wonder he feels he better suited to rule the world. This may count as FridgeBrilliance though: maybe world leaders have gotten the clue that all Doom wants is to keep having his little tiff with Reed Richards, so they just lay low and let the ComicBook/FantasticFour deal with him to avoid getting targeted and devastated by Doom rather than just battered a bit in the crossfire.

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* Doctor Doom ComicBook/DoctorDoom makes frequent attempts to take over the world that would be considered acts of war by real world standards, and most governments in the world just ignore him. No wonder he feels he is better suited to rule the world. This may count as FridgeBrilliance though: maybe world leaders have gotten the clue that all Doom wants is to keep having his little tiff with Reed Richards, so they just lay low and let the ComicBook/FantasticFour deal with him to avoid getting targeted and devastated by Doom rather than just battered a bit in the crossfire.



* Before his HeelFaceTurn, Vathek of ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' was able to go around Heatherfield without nobody noticing, and that's with him looking like an ''ogre'' ({{Justified}} because he would go around with Cedric, [[MasterOfDisguise who knows how to disguise people]]. After becoming good and losing Cedric's support he has a much more difficult time getting around).

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* Before his HeelFaceTurn, Vathek of ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' was able to go around Heatherfield without nobody noticing, and that's with him looking like an ''ogre'' ({{Justified}} ({{Justified|Trope}} because he would go around with Cedric, [[MasterOfDisguise who knows how to disguise people]]. After becoming good and losing Cedric's support he has a much more difficult time getting around).



--> "We are Siamese if you please/We are Siamese if you don't please" as they try to knock off vases and get in the crib...
* Chester V from ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs2''.

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--> "We are Siamese if you please/We are Siamese if you don't please" as they try to knock off vases and get in the crib...
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Chester V from ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs2''.



** In the 1989 film, everyone in Gotham ''knows'' that Carl Grissom is the city's most notorious gangster, but District Attorney Harvey Dent just can't gather enough evidence to put him away. Ironically enough, TheJoker [[BigDamnVillains takes care of that little problem]].

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** In the 1989 film, everyone in Gotham ''knows'' that Carl Grissom is the city's most notorious gangster, but District Attorney Harvey Dent just can't gather enough evidence to put him away. Ironically enough, TheJoker [[BigDamnVillains ComicBook/TheJoker [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork takes care of that little problem]].



* ''Film/AmericanPsycho'': Patrick Bateman -- despite the fact that he [[SarcasticConfession directly tells his friends]] that he is a sadistic serial killer. Subverted [[TheEndingChangesEverything given the ending]], in that [[spoiler: Patrick Bateman may have never killed anyone, and he's actually no worse than the company he keeps.]] And while Patrick is by no means a nice person - he is homophobic, racist, misogynistic, and tries to kill someone [[ArsonMurderandJaywalking because their business card is nicer than his]] - his friends differ only in that they don't appear to be serial killers (though it would surprise no one if they were), making this less Devil in Plain Sight and more the [[HumansAreBastards Devil is Everyone]].

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* ''Film/AmericanPsycho'': Patrick Bateman -- despite the fact that he [[SarcasticConfession directly tells his friends]] that he is a sadistic serial killer. Subverted [[TheEndingChangesEverything given the ending]], in that [[spoiler: Patrick Bateman may have never killed anyone, and he's actually no worse than the company he keeps.]] keeps]]. And while Patrick is by no means a nice person - he is homophobic, racist, misogynistic, and tries to kill someone [[ArsonMurderandJaywalking because their business card is nicer than his]] - his friends differ only in that they don't appear to be serial killers (though it would surprise no one if they were), making this less Devil in Plain Sight and more the [[HumansAreBastards Devil is Everyone]].



* ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood'': The main character is clearly one of these, complete with the MeaningfulName of Daniel Plainview. How much better his enemies the Sundays are is up to debate. At least [[spoiler: until the bodies begin piling up.]]

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* ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood'': The main character is clearly one of these, complete with the MeaningfulName of Daniel Plainview. How much better his enemies the Sundays are is up to debate. At least [[spoiler: until the bodies begin piling up.]]up]].



* The remake of ''Film/TheOmen2006'' has this problem. Unlike [[Film/TheOmen1976 the original]], where [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon Damien's angelic look was a striking contrast to his infernal nature]], the new Damien is contantly frowning, glouting, generally creepy and has an "I-hate-you-all-and-hope-you-will-burn-for-all-eternity" look, just in case the marble statue in the third row might not catch up fast enough that he's the Antichrist.

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* The remake of ''Film/TheOmen2006'' has this problem. Unlike [[Film/TheOmen1976 the original]], where [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon Damien's angelic look was a striking contrast to his infernal nature]], the new Damien is contantly constantly frowning, glouting, generally creepy and has an "I-hate-you-all-and-hope-you-will-burn-for-all-eternity" look, just in case the marble statue in the third row might not catch up fast enough that he's the Antichrist.



* Smerdyakov in ''Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov'' is really just thought of as a scullion who has airs of intellectualism about him, and who carries [[StrawNihilist blasphemous notions about religion.]] He's also thought of as pathetic to others because he suffers from epileptic seizures. [[spoiler:The idea of him being the murderer is absurd to everyone in town for these reasons, yet he is.]] Only the protagonist seems to have any deep misgivings about him. I mean come on, he even flashes [[PsychoticSmirk Psychotic Smirks]] whenever given the chance.

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* Smerdyakov in ''Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov'' is really just thought of as a scullion who has airs of intellectualism about him, and who carries [[StrawNihilist blasphemous notions about religion.]] He's also thought of as pathetic to others because he suffers from epileptic seizures. [[spoiler:The idea of him being the murderer is absurd to everyone in town for these reasons, yet he is.]] Only the protagonist seems to have any deep misgivings about him. I mean come on, he even flashes [[PsychoticSmirk Psychotic Smirks]] {{Psychotic Smirk}}s whenever given the chance.



** Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish is obviously up to no good from the moment he appears in ''A Game Of Thrones''. He even flat-out tells Ned Stark not to trust him. When Ned does inexplicably trust him, cue backstab... to nobody's surprise, except Ned's. In the next two novels, where Littlefinger interacts with the Lannisters/the DeadlyDecadentCourt, mostly everyone seems to think that he is just some ambitious commoner who wants to be a lord, and, apart from the keeping-fairly-mum-about-it Varys, only Tyrion gets how much of a ruthless and dangerous backstabber he really is, [[spoiler: or so he thinks. Even Tyrion never imagined that Littlefinger was essentially the BigBad who deliberately engineered the civil war engulging the continent, and orchestrated the murder of [[TheGoodChancellor Jon Arryn]] that kicked off the plot. He still doesn't know that, in fact -- Baelish only confessed it in a MotiveRant to his hostage/protege Sansa Stark, adding that he is doing it for the sake of power, and is well on his way to becoming the most powerful man in the realm. He's probably holding stuff back from her, too.]]

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** Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish is obviously up to no good from the moment he appears in ''A Game Of Thrones''. He even flat-out tells Ned Stark not to trust him. When Ned does inexplicably trust him, cue backstab... to nobody's surprise, except Ned's. In the next two novels, where Littlefinger interacts with the Lannisters/the DeadlyDecadentCourt, mostly everyone seems to think that he is just some ambitious commoner who wants to be a lord, and, apart from the keeping-fairly-mum-about-it Varys, only Tyrion gets how much of a ruthless and dangerous backstabber he really is, [[spoiler: or so he thinks. Even Tyrion never imagined that Littlefinger was essentially the BigBad who deliberately engineered the civil war engulging engulfing the continent, and orchestrated the murder of [[TheGoodChancellor Jon Arryn]] that kicked off the plot. He still doesn't know that, in fact -- Baelish only confessed it in a MotiveRant to his hostage/protege Sansa Stark, adding that he is doing it for the sake of power, and is well on his way to becoming the most powerful man in the realm. He's probably holding stuff back from her, too.]]too]].



** Done again in Season 3 with [[spoiler: Miguel Prada, the local DA]], who only Dexter suspects of sinister urges. It turns out that [[spoiler: Dexter underestimates the degree of his sociopathy and has to kill him.]]

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** Done again in Season 3 with [[spoiler: Miguel Prada, the local DA]], who only Dexter suspects of sinister urges. It turns out that [[spoiler: Dexter underestimates the degree of his sociopathy and has to kill him.]]him]].



* ''{{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 fall for such an ''obvious'' RedHerring...yeah.]]
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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.



* Creator/PatrickWarburton played a [[CardCarryingVillain self-described evil businessman]] on a few ''Series/NewsRadio'' episodes. Despite his transparent and self-professed villainy, [[OnlySaneMan no one but Dave clues in that he's there to take over the station.]] At one point he leaves the room and can plainly be heard laughing maniacally in the next room; everyone but Dave assumes he's crying.
** He finally reveals the truth when their boss is about to go to jail and everyone is honestly shocked when Dave sighs that "it's all his evil plan. You know, the evil plan I've been warning you about for ''weeks?''"

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* Creator/PatrickWarburton played a [[CardCarryingVillain self-described evil businessman]] on a few ''Series/NewsRadio'' episodes. Despite his transparent and self-professed villainy, [[OnlySaneMan no one but Dave clues in that he's there to take over the station.]] At one point he leaves the room and can plainly be heard laughing maniacally in the next room; everyone but Dave assumes he's crying.
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crying. He finally reveals the truth when their boss is about to go to jail and everyone is honestly shocked when Dave sighs that "it's all his evil plan. You know, the evil plan I've been warning you about for ''weeks?''"



* [[spoiler:Michelle]] in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV''. From the [[spoiler:newly bought furniture]] to [[spoiler:her not really answering Niko's questions as to what she does]] to [[spoiler:her near-constant questions asking if Niko and friends are involved in crime]], it's pretty obvious that [[spoiler:she's really an undercover government agent]]...well, obvious to everyone except for the in-game characters. Although Niko does occasionally comment [[spoiler:"There's something strange about that girl..." right after they have sex.]]

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* [[spoiler:Michelle]] in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV''. From the [[spoiler:newly bought furniture]] to [[spoiler:her not really answering Niko's questions as to what she does]] to [[spoiler:her near-constant questions asking if Niko and friends are involved in crime]], it's pretty obvious that [[spoiler:she's really an undercover government agent]]...well, obvious to everyone except for the in-game characters. Although Niko does occasionally comment [[spoiler:"There's something strange about that girl..." right after they have sex.]]sex]].



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* ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries'': Ivy de Vil, Cruella's niece.
* Soundwave of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' definitely fits this troup in his premiere episode. Bulkhead spends half the episode trying to convince everyone else that the robot is evil. Guess who was right.

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* %%* ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries'': Ivy de Vil, Cruella's niece.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''
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Soundwave of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' definitely fits this troup qualifies in his premiere episode. Bulkhead spends half the episode trying to convince everyone else that the robot is evil. Guess who was right.



* The anonymous bunny in the ''WesternAnimation/RubyGloom'' episode "Bad Hare Day".
* A bunch of mind-bendingly cute animals from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Sweet 'N Sour''. Although it's not as if anybody didn't notice that they ''robbed banks'', but rather that everybody (sans the Girls) was mesmerised by their prettiness and fuzzyness and was willing to give away everything they demanded, that is money, gems and the city key of Townsville.

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* %%* The anonymous bunny in the ''WesternAnimation/RubyGloom'' episode "Bad Hare Day".
* [[CuteIsEvil A bunch of mind-bendingly cute animals animals]] from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Sweet 'N Sour''.Sour". Although it's not as if anybody didn't notice that they ''robbed banks'', but rather that everybody (sans the Girls) was mesmerised by their prettiness and fuzzyness and was willing to give away everything they demanded, that is money, gems and the city key of Townsville.



** Cartman. In many ways, this trope is averted: after all, most of the characters know just how horrible he is. That said, Stan and Kyle oftentimes get punished right alongside him, despite being [[OnlySaneMan generally good kids]] who are usually trying to ''stop'' whatever evil scheme he has going. This becomes especially painful (not to mention a DownerEnding) in "Toilet Paper," in which they're given much harsher punishments despite being genuinely apologetic--unlike Cartman, who only apologized [[WithFriendsLikeThese so they would get most of the blame.]]

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** Cartman. In many ways, this trope is averted: after all, most of the characters know just how horrible he is. That said, Stan and Kyle oftentimes get punished right alongside him, despite being [[OnlySaneMan generally good kids]] who are usually trying to ''stop'' whatever evil scheme he has going. This becomes especially painful (not to mention a DownerEnding) in "Toilet Paper," in which they're given much harsher punishments despite being genuinely apologetic--unlike Cartman, who only apologized [[WithFriendsLikeThese so they would get most of the blame.]]]] The best example, which is lampshaded, is the episode "Cartman's Incredible Gift". In the episode, Cartman pretends to have psychic powers and the police blindly listen to whatever he says, ignoring important evidence. Kyle suspects a disturbed man to be a vicious serial killer (he is) and tries to tell the police about him but they are completely blind to the killer's suspicious behavior and mannerisms and make no attempt to bring him in for questioning.



*** The best example, which is lampshaded, is the episode "Cartman's Incredible Gift". In the episode, Cartman pretends to have psychic powers and the police blindly listen to whatever he says, ignoring important evidence. Kyle suspects a disturbed man to be a vicious serial killer (he is) and tries to tell the police about him but they are completely blind to the killer's suspicious behavior and mannerisms and make no attempt to bring him in for questioning.



* 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 {{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 sabatoges 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]] is a more {{egregious}} 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 sabatoges sabotages his own team and blames others. He is found out, but most of the time they're the ones he eliminates.



** ZigZagged in the season two finale. Twilight Sparkle assumes Princess Cadence is evil, namely because she didn't respond to her SecretHandshake, and how she (Cadence) mistreats her friends. She tries to warn her friends, but they simply wave it off, and her last attempt causes them to leave her in disgust. [[spoiler:It isn't until Twilight arrives with the real Cadence that she is sorta proven right. But by then, the Changeling impersonating Cadence had already become too powerful to stop.]] In short, the show is subverting "BitchInSheepsClothing" by playing it [[spoiler:[[{{Shapeshifter}} literally]]]].
** [[AlphaBitch Diamond Tiara]] [[HeelFaceTurn was]] a [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] example. She mercilessly bullied the [[PowerTrio Cutie Mark Crusaders]], sometimes in the presence of adults, and [[KarmaHoudini seldom got punished for it]].

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** ZigZagged ZigZaggingTrope in the season two finale. Twilight Sparkle assumes Princess Cadence is evil, namely because she didn't respond to her SecretHandshake, and how she (Cadence) mistreats her friends. She tries to warn her friends, but they simply wave it off, and her last attempt causes them to leave her in disgust. [[spoiler:It isn't until Twilight arrives with the real Cadence that she is sorta proven right. But by then, the Changeling impersonating Cadence had already become too powerful to stop.]] In short, the show is subverting "BitchInSheepsClothing" by playing it [[spoiler:[[{{Shapeshifter}} [[spoiler:[[ShapeShifting literally]]]].
** [[AlphaBitch Diamond Tiara]] [[HeelFaceTurn was]] a [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] {{downplayed|Trope}} example. She mercilessly bullied the [[PowerTrio Cutie Mark Crusaders]], sometimes in the presence of adults, and [[KarmaHoudini seldom got punished for it]].



* ''Rick & Morty'' - Coach Feratu. Who knew?

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* %%* ''Rick & Morty'' - Coach Feratu. Who knew?
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** Also the fact [[StoryBreakerPower he's so strong there isn't much they can do about him,]] short of risking blowing up the universe. That it's Xelloss' eventual goal and Lina can do it may be part of the reason he likes hanging with her.

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** Also the fact [[StoryBreakerPower he's so strong there isn't much they can do about him,]] short of risking blowing up the universe. That it's Xelloss' Xellos' eventual goal and Lina can do it may be part of the reason he likes hanging with her.
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* Xelloss of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''. Even though the whole party knows he's a demon, no one seems to mind him much - and that's despite his gruesome KickTheDog record.

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* Xelloss Xellos of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''. Even though the whole party knows he's a demon, no one seems to mind him much - and that's despite his gruesome KickTheDog record.
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* ''BatmanReturns'': Max Shreck retains public respectability even after his mayoral candidate, Oswald Cobblepot (The Penguin) is exposed as a criminal.

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* ''BatmanReturns'': ''Film/BatmanReturns'': Max Shreck retains public respectability even after his mayoral candidate, Oswald Cobblepot (The Penguin) is exposed as a criminal.
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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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Someone who is so obviously up to no good that the one character who seems ''aware'' of it is shocked [[OnlySaneMan no one else seems to notice]]. Everyone else, especially those with a tendency to be [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter Horrible Judges of Character]], may just consider them a little quirky and wonder what the observant character's problem is.

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Someone Sometimes it really ''is'' the guy you least suspect. A Devil in Plain Sight is someone who is so obviously up to no good that the one character who seems ''aware'' of it is shocked [[OnlySaneMan no one else seems to notice]]. Everyone else, especially those with a tendency to be [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter Horrible Judges of Character]], may just consider them a little quirky and wonder what the observant character's problem is.
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