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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.
29th Mar '16 5:34:37 AM JackG
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. In "Blunt", John Reese is tailing this weeks' Number when two college girls returning from the showers pointedly eyeball him, and he realises [[MistakenForPervert just how conspicuous a middle-aged guy in a trenchcoat and camera phone looks in a women's dorm]].

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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. In "Blunt", John Reese is tailing this weeks' Number when two college girls returning from the showers pointedly eyeball him, and he realises [[MistakenForPervert [[AccidentalPervert just how conspicuous a middle-aged guy in a trenchcoat and camera phone looks in a women's dorm]].
29th Mar '16 5:30:59 AM JackG
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. In "Blunt", John Reese is tailing this weeks' Number to a college dormitory when two college girls returning from the showers pointedly eyeball him. The subsequent camera angle hilariously shows how creepy this middle-aged man with a trenchcoat and a camera phone looks slinking around the dorm rooms, voyeuristically peeking around corners.

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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. In "Blunt", John Reese is tailing this weeks' Number to a college dormitory when two college girls returning from the showers pointedly eyeball him. The subsequent camera angle hilariously shows him, and he realises [[MistakenForPervert just how creepy this conspicuous a middle-aged man with guy in a trenchcoat and a camera phone looks slinking around the dorm rooms, voyeuristically peeking around corners.in a women's dorm]].
29th Mar '16 5:26:15 AM JackG
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. In "Blunt", John Reese is tailing this weeks' Number to a college dormitory when two college girls returning from the showers pointedly eyeball him. The subsequent camera angle hilariously shows how creepy this middle-aged man with a trenchcoat and a camera phone looks slinking around the dorm rooms, voyeuristically peeking around corners.
24th Mar '16 3:03:50 PM KeithM
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** Occurs later when [[spoiler: Hunter and Bobbi have been disavowed]]. They easily spot the only guy in the bar dressed in a business suit who is not being particularly subtle about watching them, but in this case the intent was probably to remind them they were always going to be monitored.
27th Dec '15 8:27:04 PM nombretomado
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* Parodied in an episode of ''{{Psych}}'', when Shawn shows Gus a series of pictures of a very conspicuously half-hiding man following him.
* Commonly used in ''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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* Parodied in an episode of ''{{Psych}}'', ''Series/{{Psych}}'', when Shawn shows Gus a series of pictures of a very conspicuously half-hiding man following him.
* Commonly used in ''TheWire''.''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]].
20th Nov '15 3:20:44 PM WillKeaton
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* Seen in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003684 here]]. Seriously, how could you not notice ''that'' was following you?

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* Seen in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003684 here]]. here.]] Seriously, how could you not notice ''that'' was following you?
20th Nov '15 3:20:08 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' has this all over the place. Dexter, as an experienced serial killer, presumably has mad stalking skillz, but some of the tailing he does would be obvious to anyone--and he's usually stalking other seasoned killers, too. In one episode of season 8 for example, Dexter 'stalks' his victim by [[http://www.a-suivre.org/usa/IMG/jpg/dexter-traque-sa-proie.jpg standing behind a window and staring directly at him, in broad daylight, for hours, with a bright blue shirt]].

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* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' has this all over the place. Dexter, as an experienced serial killer, presumably has mad stalking skillz, but some of the tailing he does would be obvious to anyone--and he's usually stalking other seasoned killers, too. In one episode of season 8 for example, Dexter 'stalks' his victim by [[http://www.a-suivre.org/usa/IMG/jpg/dexter-traque-sa-proie.jpg standing behind a window and staring directly at him, in broad daylight, for hours, with a bright blue shirt]].shirt.]]
20th Nov '15 3:19:46 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Film/SherlockJr'': Buster, when the book said "Shadow your man closely", it didn't mean [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ech3Syf41LE ''that'' closely]].

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* ''Film/SherlockJr'': Buster, when the book said "Shadow your man closely", it didn't mean [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ech3Syf41LE ''that'' closely]].closely.]]
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