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1st Dec '17 4:55:28 AM PinkCelebi
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** In ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndMoon'', on a more meta example [[spoiler:Ultra Necrozma was shown together with its other forms, though it's recognizable only in hindsight]].
29th Nov '17 8:09:30 AM Gaby007
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** When Rose Potter vanishes into thin air right after Voldemort's demise, Dumbledore immediately concludes her godfather Sirius hid her overseas in one of the many Potter estates and spends ten years searching for her. He realizes how wrong he was when Dorea Black - the Black Heiress, raised in Britain all along by Sirius' family - comes to Hogwarts.
* In ''Fanfic/TheUnchained'', when the Strawhats Pirates decide to disguise themselves on Sabaody Archipelago, they opt for a traveling circus, with Luffy pretending he's impersonating Straw-Hat himself, and Keimi putting a false zipper on her fin to avoid slavers and bounty hunters.
28th Nov '17 11:59:14 AM JoeMerl
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* During the Holocaust, writer Ida Cook helped Jews afford refugee status in Britain. At one point, this involved smuggling a diamond brooch out of Germany. Upon seeing how tacky the item in question looked, she just attached it to her cheap cardigan and let border guards assume that it was fake.

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* During the Holocaust, writer Ida Cook helped Jews afford refugee status in Britain. At one point, this involved smuggling a diamond brooch out of Germany. Upon seeing how tacky the item in question looked, she just attached it to her cheap cardigan and let border guards assume that it was fake. She and her sister Louise would wind up repeating that trick many times, and then just act offended if people ''did'' comment on the disparity between the clothes and expensive jewelry that they wore.
28th Nov '17 11:56:11 AM JoeMerl
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* During the Holocaust, writer Ida Cook helped Jews afford refugee status in Britain. At one point, this involved smuggling a diamond brooch out of Germany. Upon seeing how tacky the item in question looked, she just attached it to her cheap cardigan and let border guards assume that it was fake.
26th Nov '17 1:11:26 PM Nanuq
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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]].

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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" "Literature/ThePurloinedLetter" was even brought up]].
25th Nov '17 6:20:14 PM merotoker
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* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' himself is an example of this in the post-Crisis continuity; he doesn't wear a mask and everyone knows that he's an alien named Kal-El who lives in his Fortress of Solitude. Nobody bothers trying to figure out his SecretIdentity because it never occurs to them that he might ''have'' one.

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* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' himself is an example of this in the post-Crisis ComicBook/PostCrisis continuity; he doesn't wear a mask and everyone knows that he's an alien named Kal-El who lives in his Fortress of Solitude. Nobody bothers trying to figure out his SecretIdentity because it never occurs to them that he might ''have'' one.



* The "X marks the spot" moment in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''
** In same movie: The Holy Grail is hidden amongst a collection of many other cups. [[spoiler:Indy correctly picks it out by looking for the only cup that's not made of gold or studded in gems - after all, the son of a carpenter turned humble teacher would never have had a jeweled golden cup.]]

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* The "X marks the spot" moment in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''
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''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''. From the same movie: The Holy Grail is hidden amongst a collection of many other cups. [[spoiler:Indy correctly picks it out by looking for the only cup that's not made of gold or studded in gems - after all, the son of a carpenter turned humble teacher would never have had a jeweled golden cup.]]



* This is a natural part of ''Film/{{Transformers}}''. But by the third film, the general public is aware of their presence so the Autobots are less careful about transforming into their robot modes to fight. Played entirely straight with [[spoiler: Carly's car which is actually Soundwave.]]

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* This is a natural part of ''Film/{{Transformers}}''. But by the third film, the general public is aware of their presence so the Autobots are less careful about transforming into their robot modes to fight. Played entirely straight with [[spoiler: Carly's car which is actually Soundwave.]]Soundwave]].



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** The whole concept of hiding in plain sight is subverted in the later book ''Discworld/RaisingSteam'', where a footnote on the Battle of Koom Valley notes that a Troll general used FridgeLogic to get around the fact the Dwarfs always knew where to find an army of Trolls was that they'd scout for hidden Trolls in amongst the rocks and boulders. (([[NWordPrivileges Rocks]] hiding as rocks). Therefore he had the whole Troll army stand motionless out in the plain on the valley floor, while the Dwarfs would fruitlessly search for them in the foothills and boulder fields. We are told this worked perfectly until the morning mist lifted. Then both sides claimed each ambushed the other, simultaneously.

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** The whole concept of hiding in plain sight is subverted in the later book ''Discworld/RaisingSteam'', where a footnote on the Battle of Koom Valley notes that a Troll general used FridgeLogic to get around the fact the Dwarfs always knew where to find an army of Trolls was that they'd scout for hidden Trolls in amongst the rocks and boulders. (([[NWordPrivileges ([[NWordPrivileges Rocks]] hiding as rocks). Therefore he had the whole Troll army stand motionless out in the plain on the valley floor, while the Dwarfs would fruitlessly search for them in the foothills and boulder fields. We are told this worked perfectly until the morning mist lifted. Then both sides claimed each ambushed the other, simultaneously.



* The point of ''Literature/NellyTheMonsterSitter'' is that monster ''do'' exist among us, but they don't have babysitters to look after their needy children and therefore cannot leave their homes, which convinces Nelly to become one in her local area. She is amazed at how quickly the responses were after she put an advert in the local newspaper. It's also surprising that many of the monsters live in the suburban neighbourhoods of Nelly's local area.

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* The point of ''Literature/NellyTheMonsterSitter'' is that monster monsters ''do'' exist among us, but they don't have babysitters to look after their needy children and therefore cannot leave their homes, which convinces Nelly to become one in her local area. She is amazed at how quickly the responses were after she put an advert in the local newspaper. It's also surprising that many of the monsters live in the suburban neighbourhoods of Nelly's local area.



* In Creator/FritzLeiber's ''The Big Time'', a piece of equipment, the "Major Maintainer", seemingly vanishes from the extra-temporal Place. The characters know that it couldn't have been removed from the room, since it is the very machine whose presence maintains the Place's continued existence, but it's nowhere to be found even after they ransack the entire room. It turns out that [[spoiler:one of the characters had turned it inside-out, using one of the medical machines, and hid the resulting unrecognizable object among a gallery of equally abstract-looking alien art pieces.]]

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* In Creator/FritzLeiber's ''The Big Time'', a piece of equipment, the "Major Maintainer", seemingly vanishes from the extra-temporal Place. The characters know that it couldn't have been removed from the room, since it is the very machine whose presence maintains the Place's continued existence, but it's nowhere to be found even after they ransack the entire room. It turns out that [[spoiler:one of the characters had turned it inside-out, using one of the medical machines, and hid the resulting unrecognizable object among a gallery of equally abstract-looking alien art pieces.]]pieces]].



* On ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' an elderly criminal hid the money from a bank robbery by buying antiques and placing them around his house. To most people it looked just like 'old people furniture' and no one suspected that the items were worth tens of thousands of dollars.

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elderly criminal hid the money from a bank robbery by buying antiques and placing them around his house. To most people it looked just like 'old people furniture' and no one suspected that the items were worth tens of thousands of dollars.



* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'',

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* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':



* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' has Mimetic Armor (for [[PowerArmor Battle Armor]]) and the Chameleon Light Shield and Void Sig System (for Battlemechs). Both use a form of active camouflage to make the Mech or BA look nearly invisible while it's still, even in the middle of an open field, but are subject to InvisibilityFlicker while moving.

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* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' has Mimetic Armor (for [[PowerArmor [[PoweredArmor Battle Armor]]) and the Chameleon Light Shield and Void Sig System (for Battlemechs). Both use a form of active camouflage to make the Mech or BA look nearly invisible while it's still, even in the middle of an open field, but are subject to InvisibilityFlicker while moving.



* In ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3'', the FinalBoss is actually visible for most of the game and on many promotional artworks. [[spoiler: It is a post-Convergence Necromorph so large that [[ThatsNoMoon it is mistaken for Tau Volantis' moon]]. It's the first thing you see when you enter the system, and the only foreshadowing is the broken, jagged hole in its side]].

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* In ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3'', the FinalBoss is actually visible for most of the game and on many promotional artworks. [[spoiler: It is a post-Convergence Necromorph so large that [[ThatsNoMoon it is mistaken for Tau Volantis' moon]]. It's the first thing you see when you enter the system, and the only foreshadowing is the broken, jagged hole in its side]].side.]]



* 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''

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* 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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* 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.
* 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]].
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operation]]. Cobra Commander ''himself'', with the help of a virtual disguise even cuts ''TV promos'' for the company.



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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-alcoholic beer".

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** In "Lisa the Vegetarian" the entrance to Apu's secret garden on the roof of the Kwik-e-mart Kwik-E-Mart is a freezer compartment labeled "Non-alcoholic beer".



* 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.



* During World War II, MI5 spymasters would have their coded messages delivered between units by Girl Guides because they were BeneathSuspicion. It worked, too.

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* During World War II, MI5 MI-5 spymasters would have their coded messages delivered between units by Girl Guides because they were BeneathSuspicion. It worked, too.



* [[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--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.

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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]] {{Moon Logic|Puzzle}} 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.
10th Nov '17 4:16:49 PM intastiel
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* British television presenter and serial pedophile JimmySavile was incredibly talented at doing this, to the point where it was an open secret within British comedy circles but not much further out. At some point in 2000, he even said on HaveIGotNewsForYou that he was "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtUuOIXLawg feared in every girls' school in this country]]" to the laughter of the audience (but noticeably ''not'' the panellists).

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* British television presenter and serial pedophile JimmySavile Creator/JimmySavile was incredibly talented at doing this, to the point where it was his predilections were an open secret within British comedy circles but not much further out. At some point in In 2000, he even said [[SarcasticConfession said]] on HaveIGotNewsForYou ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou'' that he was "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtUuOIXLawg feared in every girls' school in this country]]" to the laughter of the audience (but noticeably ''not'' the panellists).
31st Oct '17 12:27:48 PM morenohijazo
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* ''VideoGame/TheWitness'': The [[spoiler: environmental puzzles]].

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* ''VideoGame/TheWitness'': The [[spoiler: environmental puzzles]].[[spoiler:environmental puzzles.]]
31st Oct '17 8:58:19 AM Sceptre
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*British television presenter and serial pedophile JimmySavile was incredibly talented at doing this, to the point where it was an open secret within British comedy circles but not much further out. At some point in 2000, he even said on HaveIGotNewsForYou that he was "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtUuOIXLawg feared in every girls' school in this country]]" to the laughter of the audience (but noticeably ''not'' the panellists).
15th Oct '17 8:29:33 PM PaulA
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* There's a Creator/JohnDicksonCarr story where a killer hides a glass knife by dropping it into a jug of water. This was referenced in a ''[[Literature/TheThreeInvestigators Three Investigators]]'' mystery where a glass statue is hidden in a swimming pool. Jupiter Jones figures it out by remembering the Carr story. It's also referenced in Creator/LarryNiven's "What Good is a Glass Dagger?", from ''Literature/TheMagicGoesAway'' series, in which a wizard also points out (fatally) that wizards can use non-magical weapons as well as magical ones.

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* There's a Creator/JohnDicksonCarr story where a killer hides a glass knife by dropping it into a jug of water. This was referenced in a ''[[Literature/TheThreeInvestigators Three Investigators]]'' mystery where a glass statue is hidden in a swimming pool. Jupiter Jones figures it out by remembering the Carr story. It's also referenced in Creator/LarryNiven's "What Good is a Glass Dagger?", from ''Literature/TheMagicGoesAway'' series, "Literature/WhatGoodIsAGlassDagger", in which a wizard also points out (fatally) that wizards can use non-magical weapons as well as magical ones.
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