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3rd May '17 4:07:10 PM cantab
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** In the very first revival episode, the Doctor is looking for a transmitter. "Round and massive, somewhere slap bang in the middle of London, a huge metal circular structure, like a dish, like a wheel, close to where we're standing. Must be completely invisible." Directly behind the Doctor in the scene: The ''London Eye''.
22nd Apr '17 10:12:18 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' episode ORB: The titular Orb is hidden as a normal paperweight on a shelf.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' episode ORB: A VillainOfTheWeek in the ''WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel'' segment of ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'' was a chameleon that stole art pieces and hid them in the attic of the very same museum he stole them from. When confronted by Secret, Chameleon explained that hiding in plain sight was his specialty and that he stole the art to blend with it. As it usually happens to chameleons in cartoons, [[spoiler:he wasn't able to hide in modern art pieces because there were too many colors]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'' has Big Byoo-tox combine this with RefugeInAudacity; he stands still in plain sight. And it works perfectly.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender:'' Happens with surprising frequency.
** Zuko and Iroh spend much of season 2 wandering through the Earth Kingdom appearing to all the world like ordinary refugees, even when they get to Ba Sing Se, which Iroh once laid siege to for over six hundred days.
** In Book 3, the Gaang hide in the Fire Nation by disguising themselves as ordinary citizens. Nobody notices the Gaang's different nationalities, or their differing eye-colours.
** And in "The Beach", none of the Fire Nation teens peg that the two moody teenagers they're talking to are members of the royal family, one of whom helped end a hundred year long war a few weeks before. Azula is actually puzzled and intrigued by this one.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'', a barbarian hero Fang idolizes comes to Udrogoth to slay a dragon.
The titular Orb only one around is hidden as Faffy, Dave's pet, so after failed attempts at using magic and teaching self-defense, Fang (who doesn't want her hero to see what a normal paperweight wimp her dragon is) sensibly tells Faffy to HIDE. The narrator says, "And what better place to hide, but in plain sight?" Faffy pretends to be a head mounted on the wall, a shelf.charade made difficult by his tendency to spit lightning.
* Cobra seems to ''live'' on this in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades''. The [[CoolCar truck]] the Joes swipe from them [[spoiler: can change its paint job to blend in with other cars]]. Their [[PredatoryBusiness store's]] shipping network [[spoiler: is a cover for their arms smuggling operation]].
** Cobra Commander ''himself'', with the help of a virtual disguise even cuts ''TV promos'' for the company.




* In the two-part series finale of ''Oh No! It's an Alien Invasion'', the kids find out where the Brainlings hid their parents. [[spoiler:They were shrunk down and hidden in Emperor Brainlius's belly bag, which he wears all the time.]]
* In the episode "Shiver and Shake, That Demon's a Snake" of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndScrappyDoo'', a key is found to a secret cache hidden inside a ship. It turns out the keyhole was out in the open all this time--it's part of the lock-shaped logo emblazoned on the side of the ship.



* Cobra seems to ''live'' on this in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades''. The [[CoolCar truck]] the Joes swipe from them [[spoiler: can change its paint job to blend in with other cars]]. Their [[PredatoryBusiness store's]] shipping network [[spoiler: is a cover for their arms smuggling operation]].
** Cobra Commander ''himself'', with the help of a virtual disguise even cuts ''TV promos'' for the company.

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* Cobra seems ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E06BloodSisters "Blood Sisters"]], a boxy, low-mobility GNK power droid, which are common as dirt in the Galaxy Far Far Away, serves as a Rebel courier holding top-secret information precisely because most people wouldn't expect it to ''live'' on this in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades''. hold something so valuable.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' episode ORB:
The [[CoolCar truck]] the Joes swipe from them [[spoiler: can change its paint job to blend in with other cars]]. Their [[PredatoryBusiness store's]] shipping network [[spoiler: titular Orb is hidden as a cover for their arms smuggling operation]].
** Cobra Commander ''himself'', with the help of
normal paperweight on a virtual disguise even cuts ''TV promos'' for the company.shelf.



* In ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'', a barbarian hero Fang idolizes comes to Udrogoth to slay a dragon. The only one around is Faffy, Dave's pet, so after failed attempts at using magic and teaching self-defense, Fang (who doesn't want her hero to see what a wimp her dragon is) sensibly tells Faffy to HIDE. The narrator says, "And what better place to hide, but in plain sight?" Faffy pretends to be a head mounted on the wall, a charade made difficult by his tendency to spit lightning.
* A VillainOfTheWeek in the ''WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel'' segment of ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'' was a chameleon that stole art pieces and hid them in the attic of the very same museum he stole them from. When confronted by Secret, Chameleon explained that hiding in plain sight was his specialty and that he stole the art to blend with it. As it usually happens to chameleons in cartoons, [[spoiler:he wasn't able to hide in modern art pieces because there were too many colors]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'' has Big Byoo-tox combine this with RefugeInAudacity; he stands still in plain sight. And it works perfectly.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender:'' Happens with surprising frequency.
** Zuko and Iroh spend much of season 2 wandering through the Earth Kingdom appearing to all the world like ordinary refugees, even when they get to Ba Sing Se, which Iroh once laid siege to for over six hundred days.
** In Book 3, the Gaang hide in the Fire Nation by disguising themselves as ordinary citizens. Nobody notices the Gaang's different nationalities, or their differing eye-colours.
** And in "The Beach", none of the Fire Nation teens peg that the two moody teenagers they're talking to are members of the royal family, one of whom helped end a hundred year long war a few weeks before. Azula is actually puzzled and intrigued by this one.
* In the two-part series finale of ''Oh No! It's an Alien Invasion'', the kids find out where the Brainlings hid their parents. [[spoiler:They were shrunk down and hidden in Emperor Brainlius's belly bag, which he wears all the time.]]
* In the episode "Shiver and Shake, That Demon's a Snake" of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndScrappyDoo'', a key is found to a secret cache hidden inside a ship. It turns out the keyhole was out in the open all this time--it's part of the lock-shaped logo emblazoned on the side of the ship.



* [[NightmareFuel The most successful serial killers tend to be amazingly talented at doing this]]. If you're curious about this (and have a strong stomach), go to Youtube and watch a video of somebody like Gacy or Dahmer being interviewed, and the most striking thing you'll notice about them is how dull and ordinary they seem, and how hard it would be to pick them out in a crowd.
* Research labs sometimes do this - there could be a lab that works on a highly dangerous virus in your city, located in an old building decorated with little fanfare, [[ParanoiaFuel and you would never know.]]

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* [[NightmareFuel The most successful serial killers tend to be amazingly talented at doing this]]. this.]] If you're curious about this (and have a strong stomach), go to Youtube Website/YouTube and watch a video of somebody like Gacy or Dahmer being interviewed, and the most striking thing you'll notice about them is how dull and ordinary they seem, and how hard it would be to pick them out in a crowd.
* Research labs sometimes do this - -- there could be a lab that works on a highly dangerous virus in your city, located in an old building decorated with little fanfare, [[ParanoiaFuel and you would never know.]]


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14th Apr '17 5:20:07 AM mistasofly
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** The "New Day Co-op." A large consorteum consisting of every major drug dealer in Baltimore. Hold meetings at a very large, and very public hotel conference room, with "Welcome New Day Co-Op" plastered on the main billboard of the hotel.

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** The "New Day Co-op." A large consorteum consisting of every major drug dealer in Baltimore. Hold meetings at a very large, and very public hotel conference room, with "Welcome New Day Co-Op" plastered on the main billboard of the hotel.
14th Apr '17 5:17:32 AM mistasofly
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** The "New Day Co-op." A large consorteum consisting of every major drug dealer in Baltimore. Hold meetings at a very large, and very public hotel conference room, with "Welcome New Day Co-Op" plastered on the main billboard of the hotel.
6th Apr '17 2:10:38 PM cherrychels
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** Littlefinger's bastard daughter Alayne is a pretty maid with brown hair [[spoiler: which she actually [[DyeOrDie keep dying]] since she's Sansa Stark and her auburn Tully hair scream her true identity.]]

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** Littlefinger's bastard daughter Alayne is a pretty maid with brown hair hair, [[spoiler: which she actually [[DyeOrDie keep keeps dying]] since she's really Sansa Stark and her trademark auburn Tully hair scream screams her true identity.]]



** The TARDIS itself. No-one ever expects or believes that the battered old blue police telephone box standing on the street corner could possibly be a majestic living time machine that can take the crew anywhere and anywhen in the universe.

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** The TARDIS itself. No-one ever expects or believes that the battered old blue police telephone box standing on the street corner could possibly be a majestic living time machine that can take the crew anywhere and anywhen anywhere in the universe.



* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': How did Ned Stark managed to [[spoiler: hide the last surviving child of Rhaegar Targaryen? By passing him as his own bastard son]].

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': How did Ned Stark managed to [[spoiler: hide his nephew Jon -- the son of his sister Lyanna and the last surviving child of Rhaegar Targaryen? By passing him off as his own bastard son]].son and raising him as part of the family]].
5th Apr '17 8:03:48 PM Enhas
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** Also, the implication that Higgins may in fact be Robin Masters.
31st Mar '17 3:55:14 PM nombretomado
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%%OsamaBinLaden was found and killed in a large compound a mile or so from Pakistan's MilitaryAcademy. Commented out to forestall discussion of whether he was so successfully hidden because they weren't looking%%

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%%OsamaBinLaden %% * UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden was found and killed in a large compound a mile or so from Pakistan's MilitaryAcademy. Commented out to forestall discussion of whether he was so successfully hidden because they weren't looking%%
15th Mar '17 5:39:42 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' (second book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): The Parshendi are a bigger, smarter version of the parshmen that everyone in the world uses as slaves. When the Parshendi go to war with the Alethi, they easily slip a few moles in among the slaves. We first hear about this in one of Navani's journals (seen early in the book, but written after the events of the novel), where she notes that [[DidntSeeThatComing they really should have seen it coming]].
-->'''Rlain:''' We choose a form based on what we need, the job required of us. Dullform, one of those forms, looks a lot like a parshman. Hiding among them is easy.\\
'''Navani:''' We account our parshmen with precision.\\
'''Rlain:''' Yes, and we are noticed--but rarely questioned. Who questions when you find an extra sphere lying on the ground? It's not something suspicious. It's merely fortune.
6th Mar '17 11:11:51 PM JMQwilleran
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* In ''Film/ANewHope'', this was the Rebels' plan to destroy the Death Star. The X-Wings would distract the turrets and TIE Fighters while the slower Y-Wings, unnoticed in the confusion of the X-Wing attack, made their way to the Trench to attack the exhaust port. Unfortunately, Darth Vader is wise to see through that plan and goes after the Y-Wings.

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* In ''Film/ANewHope'', this ''Film/ANewHope''
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was the Rebels' plan to destroy the Death Star. The X-Wings would distract the turrets and TIE Fighters while the slower Y-Wings, unnoticed in the confusion of the X-Wing attack, made their way to the Trench to attack the exhaust port. Unfortunately, Darth Vader is wise to see through that plan and goes after the Y-Wings.Y-Wings.
** Stated in later material as the reason that Luke Skywalker is hidden on Tatooine, despite it having been the home of his father, Anakin Skywalker, who is now Darth Vader, in a Galactic Empire of thousands upon thousands of worlds. As it's explained, even if Anakin ''did'' think to look, he'd avoid Tatooine because he'd come to hate the dustball that had been his homeworld. Indeed, as it turns out, he doesn't even have a clue until after Luke leaves Tatooine and starts exhibiting his Force powers.
3rd Mar '17 8:30:34 AM CyberTiger88
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Can overlap with FailedASpotCheck, ItWasWithYouAllAlong, PublicSecretMessage, ShaggySearchTechnique, or TakenForGranite.

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Can overlap with FailedASpotCheck, ItWasWithYouAllAlong, PublicSecretMessage, ShaggySearchTechnique, or TakenForGranite.
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