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14th Apr '16 1:56:11 AM Medinoc
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** The same ploy was used in an episode of ''Series/DiagnosisMurder''.
12th Apr '16 9:01:21 AM Gravidef
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* Creator/AgathaChristie loved this trope, and often lampshaded it. Some examples:
** In ''The ABC Murders,'' the mastermind behind the titular crimes [[spoiler: is the brother of the "C" victim, with that particular death as his goal all along; he deliberately murdered three other people with matching initials to create the illusion of a nutty serial killer and thus disguise his motives]].
** In "Miss Marple Tells a Story," the culprit behind a murder turns out to be [[spoiler: a woman disguised as a chambermaid; Miss Marple herself points out that no one really notices maids, so even eyewitnesses who saw the woman enter the victim's room wouldn't be able to provide an accurate description]].
** In "At the Bells and Motley," one of the Harley Quinn stories, a group of clever antique thieves disguise themselves as a married couple and furnish their new home with their spoils; when the husband mysteriously "vanishes," the distraught wife immediately sells the house, including the furniture, to an overseas buyer. No one questions her actions, because they're totally in line with those of a grieving widow.
** In "The Sign in the Sky," another Harley Quinn story, the murderer [[spoiler: insists on winding all the clocks in his mansion himself; on the day of the crime, he secretly places the clocks back an extra ten minutes, then goes about his day, thus creating an alibi for himself at the supposed time of the murder.]]
** In ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'', [[spoiler: Justice Wargrave disguises himself as his own corpse, then secretly moves about the mansion when no one is watching, figuring that the dead are above suspicion]].
** But Christie's MostTriumphantExample might be in ''The Murder of Roger Ackroyd'', the novel that established her as a master of the crime genre. Who is the murderer? [[spoiler: ''The man narrating the novel!'']]
2nd Apr '16 9:20:10 PM Particleman
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**Another episode had JD making a valiant effort at hiding in a similar manner by posing and holding still with some lifesize cadboard cutouts of himself. It doesn't work.
29th Mar '16 5:08:43 AM Ea4g
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[ClarkKenting Which one of these people is Superman?]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[ClarkKenting [[caption-width-right:350:[[SarcasmMode Which one of these people is Superman?]]]]
16th Mar '16 11:45:17 PM merotoker
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* The Fanfic/{{Dangerverse}} has a textbook example of this: [[spoiler:Rather than fleeing to America or the Continent, the Pack--which includes two of the most famous children in the British wizarding world and the only man to ever escape from Azkaban--sets up shop in London. When the fic was discussed on Podcast/PotterFicWeekly, "The Purloined Letter" was even brought up.]]
* In ''FanFic/DirtySympathy'', Daryan never figures out that Apollo is the one that Klavier was cheating on him ''for.'' Apollo is Klavier's opponent in court, was invited to their concert and was one [[spoiler: who accused him of killing [=LeTouse=].]]

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* The Fanfic/{{Dangerverse}} has a textbook example of this: [[spoiler:Rather than fleeing to America or the Continent, the Pack--which includes two of the most famous children in the British wizarding world and the only man to ever escape from Azkaban--sets up shop in London. When the fic was discussed on Podcast/PotterFicWeekly, "The Purloined Letter" was even brought up.]]
up]].
* In ''FanFic/DirtySympathy'', Daryan never figures out that Apollo is the one that Klavier was cheating on him ''for.'' Apollo is Klavier's opponent in court, was invited to their concert and was one [[spoiler: who accused him of killing [=LeTouse=].]] [=LeTouse=]]].



* In ''Film/MenInBlackII'', the Light of Zartha was [[spoiler: J's {{Love Interest|s}} all along.]]

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* In ''Film/MenInBlackII'', the Light of Zartha was [[spoiler: J's {{Love Interest|s}} all along.]]along]].



* Marvin Acme's LostWillAndTestament in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''. It was [[spoiler:printed in disappearing-reappearing ink in the paper Roger used to write his love letter to Jessica.]]
* The Continuum Transfunctioner in ''Film/DudeWheresMyCar'', disguised as [[spoiler:a Rubik's Cube.]]
* ''Film/{{Candleshoe}}'': [[spoiler: The pirate treasure is disguised as a bronze statue of a treasure chest.]]

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* Marvin Acme's LostWillAndTestament in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''. It was [[spoiler:printed in disappearing-reappearing ink in the paper Roger used to write his love letter to Jessica.]]
Jessica]].
* The Continuum Transfunctioner in ''Film/DudeWheresMyCar'', disguised as [[spoiler:a Rubik's Cube.]]
Cube]].
* ''Film/{{Candleshoe}}'': [[spoiler: The pirate treasure is disguised as a bronze statue of a treasure chest.]]chest]].



* In ''[[JudgeDee The Haunted Monastery]]'', a missing girl is hidden as [[spoiler:one of the statues in a diorama showing the Taoist Hells. She's immobilized and covered with plaster, but manages to move just enough for a spear to make her bleed.]]
* There is a mention in the VorkosiganSaga of a retainer of the Vorkosigan family who did the smuggling gag with pack horses. Miles uses that historical example to come up with a plan to smuggle used spaceships to a station that needs to augment its warfleet in ''Mirror Dance''.
* Creator/{{Raymond Chandler}}'s ''[[PhilipMarlowe Farewell, My Lovely]]'' contains a case where Moose Malloy is looking for his red-haired sweetheart Velma, who either died or skipped town while he was in prison after being framed. [[spoiler:Come the finale, it's revealed that Mrs. Grayle (Marlowe's employer for his second, seemingly irrelevant case) is actually a disguised Velma, and was responsible for framing Moose, murdering Lin Marriott, and attacking Marlowe previously; in other words, ''the book's damsel in distress was actually the villain disguised as the moll.'']]

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* In ''[[JudgeDee ''[[Literature/JudgeDee The Haunted Monastery]]'', a missing girl is hidden as [[spoiler:one of the statues in a diorama showing the Taoist Hells. She's immobilized and covered with plaster, but manages to move just enough for a spear to make her bleed.]]
bleed]].
* There is a mention in the VorkosiganSaga Literature/VorkosiganSaga of a retainer of the Vorkosigan family who did the smuggling gag with pack horses. Miles uses that historical example to come up with a plan to smuggle used spaceships to a station that needs to augment its warfleet in ''Mirror Dance''.
* Creator/{{Raymond Chandler}}'s ''[[PhilipMarlowe ''[[Literature/PhilipMarlowe Farewell, My Lovely]]'' contains a case where Moose Malloy is looking for his red-haired sweetheart Velma, who either died or skipped town while he was in prison after being framed. [[spoiler:Come the finale, it's revealed that Mrs. Grayle (Marlowe's employer for his second, seemingly irrelevant case) is actually a disguised Velma, and was responsible for framing Moose, murdering Lin Marriott, and attacking Marlowe previously; in other words, ''the book's damsel in distress was actually the villain disguised as the moll.'']]



* In ''{{Warehouse 13}}'', the Regents have a pattern of doing this. For example, their secret vault is hidden in a grocery store:

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* In ''{{Warehouse ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'', the Regents have a pattern of doing this. For example, their secret vault is hidden in a grocery store:



** In the third game, [[spoiler:the asari goddess Athame and all the miracles, interventions and gifts of knowledge turns out were actually caused by the Protheans when the asari were still a primitive race, to the point that their ancient artworks of Athame ''look'' Prothean, with the more modern stuff shaped more in the asari likeness. Their interventions include teaching them how to farm, saving their planet from a meteor shower and alien invasion, genetically modifying them to use biotic powers naturally, and finally leaving them a fully functional and intact Prothean beacon, which is how the asari have been thousands of years more advanced than the entire galaxy. Where did they keep the beacon? Inside the statue of Athame in the temple on their home planet.]]

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** In the third game, [[spoiler:the asari goddess Athame and all the miracles, interventions and gifts of knowledge turns out were actually caused by the Protheans when the asari were still a primitive race, to the point that their ancient artworks of Athame ''look'' Prothean, with the more modern stuff shaped more in the asari likeness. Their interventions include teaching them how to farm, saving their planet from a meteor shower and alien invasion, genetically modifying them to use biotic powers naturally, and finally leaving them a fully functional and intact Prothean beacon, which is how the asari have been thousands of years more advanced than the entire galaxy. Where did they keep the beacon? Inside the statue of Athame in the temple on their home planet.]]planet]].



** In ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', Team Flare just passes themselves off as something of a harmless fashion cult, hiding just how extremist their real goal is, [[spoiler: and the entrance to their base is a coffee shop only a few feet away from the dead center of Lumiose City.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', Team Flare just passes themselves off as something of a harmless fashion cult, hiding just how extremist their real goal is, [[spoiler: and the entrance to their base is a coffee shop only a few feet away from the dead center of Lumiose City.]]City]].



* ''VideoGame/TheDesolateHope: Do you want to know where the much sought after Sample 217 is? [[spoiler: Right in the background of Amos room, visible whenever you come in. It's in the cylinder case connected to Amos; you see it clearly at the end of the game.]]

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* ''VideoGame/TheDesolateHope: VideoGame/TheDesolateHope: Do you want to know where the much sought after Sample 217 is? [[spoiler: Right in the background of Amos room, visible whenever you come in. It's in the cylinder case connected to Amos; you see it clearly at the end of the game.]]



* ''VideoGame/TheWitness'': The [[spoiler: environmental puzzles.]]

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* ''VideoGame/TheWitness'': The [[spoiler: environmental puzzles.]]puzzles]].



* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': [[spoiler: Master Payne's circus, in which the actors play famous sparks of the past, is a cover for minor sparks. At one point they take it up a notch by having Agatha hide with them and play ''her mother'' on stage.]]

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': [[spoiler: Master Payne's circus, in which the actors play famous sparks of the past, is a cover for minor sparks. At one point they take it up a notch by having Agatha hide with them and play ''her mother'' on stage.]]stage]].



* ''Webcomic/TheWotch'': [[spoiler: Faustus is a true magician who pretends to just be a stage magician.]]
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'': The Ruby of Dwarven Might from the Arcane Crown of Power. It's [[spoiler: the big red gem on Mordekai's belt''.

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* ''Webcomic/TheWotch'': [[spoiler: Faustus is a true magician who pretends to just be a stage magician.]]
magician]].
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'': The Ruby of Dwarven Might from the Arcane Crown of Power. It's [[spoiler: the big red gem on Mordekai's belt''.belt]].
13th Mar '16 8:14:47 PM ImmortalFaust
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* Early in ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'', the cast go past a new edition to their old neighborhood: a vaguely humanoid statue that's apparently a piece of modern art. [[spoiler:It's actually an alien robot.]]

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* Early in ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'', the cast go past a new edition addition to their old neighborhood: a vaguely humanoid statue that's apparently a piece of modern art. [[spoiler:It's actually an alien robot.]]
23rd Feb '16 5:33:29 PM jjeffrey01
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** In "Lisa the Vegetarian" the entrance to Apu's secret garden on the roof of the Kwik-e-mart is a freezer compartment labeled "Non-alcholic beer".

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** In "Lisa the Vegetarian" the entrance to Apu's secret garden on the roof of the Kwik-e-mart is a freezer compartment labeled "Non-alcholic "Non-alcoholic beer".
23rd Feb '16 5:32:28 PM jjeffrey01
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** In "Lisa the Vegetarian" the entrance to Apu's secret garden on the roof of the Kwik-e-mart is a freezer compartment label "Non-alcholic beer".

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** In "Lisa the Vegetarian" the entrance to Apu's secret garden on the roof of the Kwik-e-mart is a freezer compartment label labeled "Non-alcholic beer".
23rd Feb '16 5:32:01 PM jjeffrey01
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**In "Lisa the Vegetarian" the entrance to Apu's secret garden on the roof of the Kwik-e-mart is a freezer compartment label "Non-alcholic beer".
20th Feb '16 7:43:36 PM GrammarNavi
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* The narrator of ''Born Again'' accidentally opens an anniversary card that acknowledges that her parents had sex before marriage. Knowing she'll get in trouble for seeing it and that her mother regularly searches her room, she hides it on her desk, under a newspaper. She says she saw MacGyver do it.

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* The narrator of ''Born Again'' accidentally opens an anniversary card that acknowledges that her parents had sex before marriage. Knowing she'll get in trouble for seeing it and that her mother regularly searches her room, she hides it on her desk, under a newspaper. She says she saw MacGyver Series/MacGyver do it.
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