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25th Mar '17 6:53:11 AM Bissek
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* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''. Despite being a trained professional, Sousake Sagara fails completely in his attempts to covertly follow Kaname Chidori to guard her from kidnappers, as his [[NoSocialSkills nature]] makes him competent on the battlefield but knowing nothing about how to act like an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent. Such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb9SmBszsdg jumping from a freaking train.]] While it's moving. "I wanted to get off at this station, it had nothing to do with you."

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* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''. Despite being a trained professional, Sousake Sosuke Sagara fails completely in his attempts to covertly follow Kaname Chidori to guard her from kidnappers, as his [[NoSocialSkills nature]] makes him competent on the battlefield but knowing nothing about how to act like an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent. Such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb9SmBszsdg jumping from a freaking train.]] While it's moving. "I wanted to get off at this station, it had nothing to do with you.""
** The novels would later go on to state that Sosuke's ''real'' job is to be the obvious bodyguard, so that anyone going after Kaname will focus on him and miss Wraith.
14th Feb '17 9:36:56 PM DanaO
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** On the other side of the coin, it's possible to go back over the whole thing and see that Doppel (on her own initiative and primarily to watch her teammates screw up the job) is successfully tagging along on ''every one'' of these ostentatious dates.
12th Nov '16 4:58:17 PM nombretomado
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* ''[=McQ=]'' (1974). JohnWayne (following directly behind in a conspicuous [[CoolCar green Pontiac Firebird Trans Am]]) tails a Bureau of Narcotics van carrying $2 million worth of confiscated drugs to the top secret location where the drugs are to be burned.

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* ''[=McQ=]'' (1974). JohnWayne Creator/JohnWayne (following directly behind in a conspicuous [[CoolCar green Pontiac Firebird Trans Am]]) tails a Bureau of Narcotics van carrying $2 million worth of confiscated drugs to the top secret location where the drugs are to be burned.
29th Oct '16 8:50:49 PM JapaneseTeeth
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* ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'': Kimihito goes on a date with Miia in order to flush out someone who had sent him a threatening letter. They are followed by a member of MON whose job it is to watch for the perpetrator. Who does MON choose as their stealth operative? [[GentleGiant Tionishia]], the 8-foot-tall ogre girl. The next time they attempt it, they make a much more sensible choice and have [[{{Cyclops}} Manako]] watch from the roof of a nearby building.
28th Sep '16 10:31:19 PM dmcreif
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* Subverted in ''Film/TheManFromUNCLE2015''. Napoleon Solo is going through CheckpointCharlie and notices KGB agent Illya Kuryakin watching him. However this is a distraction so the border guard who's searching Solo's luggage can slip a TrackingDevice inside.

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* Subverted in ''Film/TheManFromUNCLE2015''. Napoleon Solo is going through CheckpointCharlie and notices KGB agent Illya Kuryakin watching him. However this is a distraction so the border guard who's searching Solo's luggage can slip a TrackingDevice inside.



* Commonly used in ''Series/TheWire''. Sitting in a parked car [[NoPeripheralVision 20 feet away]] with a [[PaperThinDisguise pair of binoculars]] [[PoliceAreUseless and a partner]]. 5 guys on a roof with the world's biggest camera... Notably one of the few times they try to tail someone in a car he catches on almost immediately, and turns around to drive slowly past them [[FingerWag wagging his finger]].

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* Commonly used in ''Series/TheWire''. Sitting in a parked car [[NoPeripheralVision 20 feet away]] with a [[PaperThinDisguise pair of binoculars]] [[PoliceAreUseless and a partner]]. 5 guys on a roof with the world's biggest camera... long-lens cameras... Notably one of the few times they try to tail someone Avon Barksdale in a car he catches on almost immediately, and turns around to drive slowly past them Daniels while [[FingerWag wagging his finger]].
21st Sep '16 10:01:04 PM Odacon_Spy
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** Justified in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'', because the British and Russian agents tail each other as a matter of course, and no secret is made of it.

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** Justified in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'', because the Turkish and Bulgarian agents (spying for the British and Russian agents the Russians, respectively) tail each other as a matter of course, and no secret is made of it.
29th Jul '16 11:22:15 PM Lullaby22
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** Played with when Hunter and Bobbi are tailing Ward in "The Writing On The Wall": Hunter is dressed in the most unsubtle, over-the-top cowboy costume possible. He blends in so badly that he might as well wear a sign saying "I am a spy"...but it's ''Bobbi'' that Ward catches on to, because she hadn't turned the page in her book for a suspiciously long time.
26th Jun '16 2:33:25 PM nombretomado
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* In one of the ''DresdenFiles'' books, a magic version of this is employed. Harry has [[FriendOnTheForce Murphy]] grab [[SummonMagic Binder's]] head and slam it on the table, under the guise of PoliceBrutality, but he immediately realizes it was an excuse to [[SympatheticMagic grab a bit of his hair to track him]], so he drives off a bit, shaves and bathes in a river. [[spoiler: Which is why Harry '''also''' [[MugglesDoItBetter hired a mundane P.I. to tail him]], who reports that indeed the target was much less cautious after doing that (though he can't understand why).]]

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* In one of the ''DresdenFiles'' books, a book from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', a magic version of this is employed. Harry has [[FriendOnTheForce Murphy]] grab [[SummonMagic Binder's]] head and slam it on the table, under the guise of PoliceBrutality, but he immediately realizes it was an excuse to [[SympatheticMagic grab a bit of his hair to track him]], so he drives off a bit, shaves and bathes in a river. [[spoiler: Which is why Harry '''also''' [[MugglesDoItBetter hired a mundane P.I. to tail him]], who reports that indeed the target was much less cautious after doing that (though he can't understand why).]]
19th Jun '16 2:25:52 PM nombretomado
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* There are multiple versions of this in TheThrawnTrilogy. In ''Dark Force Rising'', a bounty hunter gets Mara's attention with a tail who was wearing something unusual. In ''Heir to the Empire'', Han Solo met with an old smuggling contact, who snidely noticed that Wedge Antilles, seated at a nearby table, was the most obvious backup ever. After the smuggler left, we see that that was the point, and the other backup, the commando Page, was unnoticed. Even later in the same novel an Imperial tail is actually described as being very good at what he does; problem is, he's tailing a '''Jedi''' who senses him easily.

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* There are multiple versions of this in TheThrawnTrilogy.Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy. In ''Dark Force Rising'', a bounty hunter gets Mara's attention with a tail who was wearing something unusual. In ''Heir to the Empire'', Han Solo met with an old smuggling contact, who snidely noticed that Wedge Antilles, seated at a nearby table, was the most obvious backup ever. After the smuggler left, we see that that was the point, and the other backup, the commando Page, was unnoticed. Even later in the same novel an Imperial tail is actually described as being very good at what he does; problem is, he's tailing a '''Jedi''' who senses him easily.
8th May '16 6:02:07 AM JackG
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* Averted in ''Literature/TheFourthProtocol'' with the MI-5 Watcher team. One man they're following has had training in counter-surveillance and tries various methods to shake a tail, but the Watchers have him in a 'box' so that he'll always travel in the direction of a Watcher, no matter which way he goes.
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