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20th Sep '17 8:30:55 PM nanakiro
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* One of the branching paths in ''Webcomic/BardQuest'' has the Bard's party look for dragons to slay in their immediate vicinity. One is standing straight up in a forest clearing, but the Bard fails to see it.
20th Sep '17 5:51:36 AM IamTheCaligula
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* The true identity of the BigBad in ''Franchise/BlazBlue'' became an epic case of this. How well hidden in plain sight was it? Well, in the first game we're introduced to a shady captain from [[TheEmpire the NOL]]'s intelligence division, referred to as "Hazama," who is revealed to be possessed by an AxCrazy [[OurGhostsAreDifferent spectre]], identified as "Yuuki Terumi." In the second game, it's revealed that Terumi was the previous owner of [[AnimatedArmor Hakumen's armor,]] [[Myth/JapaneseMythology the Susanoo Unit,]] but that he abandoned it as it bound him to the will of the [[DeusEstMachina Master Unit: Amaterasu.]] Over the course of the second game, Hazama[=/=]Terumi also occasionally invokes the name Susanoo as an incantation.[[labelnote:example]]"In the name of Susanoo I command you! Awaken, Nox Nyctores, Ouroboros!"[[/labelnote]] Come the third game, Terumi becomes a playable character separate from Hazama and his [[FinishingMove Astral Drive]] turns him into a black, demonic version of Hakumen who [[SmugSuper gloats]] that he's "the one ''true'' Susanoo" or, alternatively, that he will show his opponent "the blade of god," before erasing them from existence with a swift slash... "Oh well," thought the fans, "maybe he still has a fragment of the Susanoo Unit's power from back when he used it," thought the fans, "he's having a pretty severe case of AGodAmI syndrome," thought the fans. Nope! By the third act of the fourth game, [[spoiler: Terumi rips Hakumen's soul out of the Susanoo Unit and reveals that he wasn't just its "previous" owner, he was its ''original'' owner. As in, Yuuki Terumi is the soul to the Susanoo Unit's body, not a maniac with delusions of godhood, but ''the'' [[PhysicalGod Takehaya Susanoo no Mikoto]]]]... It says quite a lot that [[spoiler: Susanoo]] ''still'' qualified as an UnexpectedCharacter despite all of that, well, the word "{{Foreshadowing}}" might not be applicable to something that's repeatedly stated straight to your face.

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* The true identity of the BigBad in ''Franchise/BlazBlue'' became an epic meta case of this. How well hidden in plain sight was it? Well, in the first game we're introduced to a shady captain from [[TheEmpire the NOL]]'s intelligence division, referred to as "Hazama," who is revealed to be possessed by an AxCrazy [[OurGhostsAreDifferent spectre]], identified as "Yuuki Terumi." In the second game, it's revealed that Terumi was the previous owner of [[AnimatedArmor Hakumen's armor,]] [[Myth/JapaneseMythology the Susanoo Unit,]] but that he abandoned it as it bound him to the will of the [[DeusEstMachina Master Unit: Amaterasu.]] Over the course of the second game, Hazama[=/=]Terumi also occasionally invokes the name Susanoo as an incantation.[[labelnote:example]]"In the name of Susanoo I command you! Awaken, Nox Nyctores, Ouroboros!"[[/labelnote]] Come the third game, Terumi becomes a playable character separate from Hazama and his [[FinishingMove Astral Drive]] turns him into a black, demonic version of Hakumen who [[SmugSuper gloats]] that he's "the one ''true'' Susanoo" or, alternatively, that he will show his opponent "the blade of god," before erasing them from existence with a swift slash... "Oh well," thought the fans, "maybe he still has a fragment of the Susanoo Unit's power from back when he used it," thought the fans, "he's having a pretty severe case of AGodAmI syndrome," thought the fans. Nope! By the third act of the fourth game, [[spoiler: Terumi rips Hakumen's soul out of the Susanoo Unit and reveals that he wasn't just its "previous" owner, he was its ''original'' owner. As in, Yuuki Terumi is the soul to the Susanoo Unit's body, not a maniac with delusions of godhood, but ''the'' [[PhysicalGod Takehaya Susanoo no Mikoto]]]]... It says quite a lot that [[spoiler: Susanoo]] ''still'' qualified as an UnexpectedCharacter despite all of that, well, the word "{{Foreshadowing}}" might not be applicable to something that's repeatedly stated straight to your face.
15th Sep '17 2:57:07 PM sampleman
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* "Literature/EntirelyPresentingYou": During one particular riot in which everyone's dressed like her alter ego Blank Face, Alexis slips through the crowd by simply wearing a different costume.

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* "Literature/EntirelyPresentingYou": ''Literature/EntirelyPresentingYou'': During one particular riot in which everyone's dressed like her alter ego Blank Face, Alexis slips through the crowd by simply wearing a different costume.
15th Sep '17 2:56:32 PM sampleman
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* "Literature/EntirelyPresentingYou": During one particular riot in which everyone's dressed like her alter ego Blank Face, Alexis slips through the crowd by simply wearing a different costume.
10th Sep '17 4:25:11 PM intastiel
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* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', Birgitte -- better known as Birgitte Silverbow, Hero of the Horn, eternally reincarnating LivingLegend of innumerable generations -- goes by her real name and does nothing to hide her [[ImprobableAimingSkills astoundingly good archery]]. On the rare occasion that someone draws the connection between her and ''the'' Birgitte, she pulls some {{sarcastic|confession}} variant on NeverHeardThatOneBefore.
30th Aug '17 3:11:20 PM IamTheCaligula
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* The true identity of the BigBad in ''Franchise/BlazBlue'' became an epic case of this. How well hidden in plain sight was it? Well, in the first game we're introduced to a shady captain from [[TheEmpire the NOL]]'s intelligence division, referred to as "Hazama," who is revealed to be possessed by an AxCrazy [[OurGhostsAreDifferent spectre]], identified as "Yuuki Terumi." In the second game, it's revealed that Terumi was the previous owner of [[AnimatedArmor Hakumen's armor,]] [[Myth/JapaneseMythology the Susanoo Unit,]] but that he abandoned it as it bound him to the will of the [[DeusEstMachina Master Unit: Amaterasu.]] Over the course of the second game, Hazama[=/=]Terumi also occasionally invokes the name Susanoo as an incantation.[[labelnote:example]]"In the name of Susanoo I command you! Awaken, Nox Nyctores, Ouroboros!"[[/labelnote]] Come the third game, Terumi becomes a playable character separate from Hazama and his [[FinishingMove Astral Drive]] turns him into a black, demonic version of Hakumen who [[SmugSuper gloats]] that he's "the one ''true'' Susanoo" or, alternatively, that he will show his opponent "the blade of god," before erasing them from existence with a swift slash... "Oh well," thought the fans, "maybe he still has a fragment of the Susanoo Unit's power from back when he used it," thought the fans, "he's having a pretty severe case of AGodAmI syndrome," thought the fans. Nope! By the third act of the fourth game, [[spoiler: Terumi rips Hakumen's soul out of the Susanoo Unit and reveals that he wasn't just its "previous" owner, he was its ''original'' owner. As in, Yuuki Terumi is the soul to the Susanoo Unit's body, not a maniac with delusions of godhood, but ''the'' [[PhysicalGod Takehaya Susanoo no Mikoto]]]]... It says quite a lot that [[spoiler: Susanoo]] ''still'' qualified as an UnexpectedCharacter despite all of that, well, the word "{{Foreshadowing}}" might not be applicable to something that's repeatedly stated straight to your face.
16th Aug '17 11:51:55 AM Gravidef
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puzzlehunt Puzzlehunts]], or "meta puzzles," often work this way. Ostensibly, each individual puzzle--such as a maze, a cryptic crossword, a word search, or some other game--has a commonplace solution. However, the ''true'' goal of the puzzle is to find the "meta-answer," which is hidden somewhere within the solved puzzle itself: for instance, solvers might have to read diagonally down the crossword answers to notice another phrase, or read the first letter of the first answer, second letter of the second, and so on. Truly difficult puzzles can veer into [[MoonLogicPuzzle Moon Logic]] territory, but the whole goal is that all of the information you need to find it is right in front of you--it's all a question of knowing how to look at it.
* Some Escape Games (real-life versions of similar online games) use these, often as the starting point of a particular puzzle. For instance, there might be something written on the back of couch cushions, or the amount of cash in a seemingly innocuous wallet could be a code that unlocks a safe.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puzzlehunt Puzzlehunts]], or "meta puzzles," often work this way. Ostensibly, each individual puzzle--such as a maze, a cryptic crossword, a word search, or some other game--has a commonplace solution. However, the ''true'' goal of the puzzle is to find the "meta-answer," which is hidden somewhere within the solved puzzle itself: for instance, solvers might have to read diagonally down the crossword answers to notice another phrase, or read the first letter of the first answer, second letter of the second, and so on. Truly difficult puzzles can veer into [[MoonLogicPuzzle Moon Logic]] territory, but territory--for instance, recognizing that the apparently decorative cars on a grid are actually symbols in Morse code--but the whole goal is that all of the information you need to find it is right in front of you--it's all a question of knowing how to look at it.
* Some Escape Games (real-life versions of similar online games) use these, often as the starting point of the room (most games basically follow a particular puzzle.LinkedListClueMethodology, so you have to solve one puzzle to get information or a key that will lead you to the next one). For instance, there might be something written on the back of couch cushions, or the amount of cash in a seemingly innocuous wallet could be a code that unlocks a safe.
16th Aug '17 11:13:29 AM Gravidef
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puzzlehunt Puzzlehunts]], or "meta puzzles," often work this way. Ostensibly, each individual puzzle--such as a maze, a cryptic crossword, a word search, or some other game--has a commonplace solution. However, the ''true'' goal of the puzzle is to find the "meta-answer," which is hidden somewhere within the solved puzzle itself: for instance, solvers might have to read diagonally down the crossword answers to notice another phrase, or read the first letter of the first answer, second letter of the second, and so on. Truly difficult puzzles can veer into [[MoonLogicPuzzle Moon Logic]] territory, but the whole goal is that all of the information you need to find it is right in front of you--it's all a question of knowing how to look at it.
* Some Escape Games (real-life versions of similar online games) use these, often as the starting point of a particular puzzle. For instance, there might be something written on the back of couch cushions, or the amount of cash in a seemingly innocuous wallet could be a code that unlocks a safe.
16th Aug '17 11:05:42 AM Gravidef
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* One RunningGag in ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes was Calvin's absolute hatred of taking baths. He would frequently hide in increasingly bizarre places, such as up the chimney, inside a vacuum cleaner bag, or on the roof just outside the window of his bedroom, to avoid them. However, in one instance, he decided to hide in a spot he knew his mother would ''never'' think to look for him--inside the bathtub itself.



* In ''NationalTreasureBookOfSecrets'', some of the most important clues to finding the legendary lost city of gold sought for centuries are hidden this way. Both U.S. Presidents and the rulers of England hide individual pieces of information inside the "resolute desks"--that is, a pair of enormous desks that are sitting in the middle of their private offices in the White House and Buckingham Palace, respectively. The current U.S. president conceals the titular Book of Secrets (a one-of-a-kind text that is passed from president to president) in a false shelf in the Library of Congress, using what would be the book's call number as the combination (which would be obvious to anyone who noticed the odd gap in the numbers on the books immediately surrounding that spot). But the biggest clue to the lost city, both literally and figuratively, is ''Mount Rushmore''--as in, the gigantic monument in South Dakota that millions of people visit every year.





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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', Jon, Odie, and Garfield visit a small seaside town and discover that Jon's ancestor "Long Jon," who owned a pet cat who's also one of Garfield's ancient relatives, was a pirate for the British during the Revolutionary War. But when Odie starts drooling on the pages of Long Jon's diary--which has been sitting on display in the local museum for centuries--secret writing appears that reveals that the "pirate" was actually a spy for the colonial rebels, capturing ships that were smuggling supplies to the British. The trope comes up again when the trio starts searching for evidence that would exonerate the pirate: a letter of commendation personally written by George Washington. Upon hearing that Long Jon gave his cat the letter to hide, Garfield quickly deduces that he would have placed it somewhere near and dear to his heart--a food dish, which has also been sitting inside the museum. Sure enough, the dish has a false bottom, and the missing note is tucked away inside of it.
13th Aug '17 5:33:03 AM gophergiggles
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* A similar trick involves using a fake name and fake phone number as a user name and password, respectively, and adding them to your phone's contacts list. Even someone who thinks to check will have to fish it out of the list of actual contacts, and that's assuming they are able to bypass the phone's own locking measures.


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* ''Creator/MarilynMonroe'' was able to do this by [[ClarkKenting changing her posture]]. She was once walking down the street with an interviewer. No one was noticing her, and the reporter was confused by this. She then said, "Want to see her?". She changed the way she walked and gestured, and suddenly people started noticing her.
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