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2nd Jan '17 11:43:59 PM TheSinful
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* At one point in the ''Fanfic/InfiniteLoops'', Naruto convinced his entire graduating class except Sasuke and Sakura to treat the academy like a deep cover mission and hide their skills. Shikamaru is somewhat lax in maintaining his cover because "If he's caught over something minor, people tend to stop looking."
7th Nov '16 10:17:10 PM Daefaroth
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** Similarly in ''Film/{{Blow}}'', when George is going through customs, he willingly opens the suitcase with the hidden compartment full of drugs, causing the guards to demand the other bag, which turns out to be full of women's underwear.

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** Similarly in * In ''Film/{{Blow}}'', when George is going through customs, he willingly opens the suitcase with the hidden compartment full of drugs, causing the guards to demand the other bag, which turns out to be full of women's underwear.
7th Oct '16 9:02:09 PM Goldfritha
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* In Creator/IlonaAndrews's ''One Fell Swoop'', inverted. A police officer can read aliens the riot act in public without breaking TheMasquerade because the patrol car makes all the humans concentrate on following the speed limit and otherwise not getting caught.
2nd Oct '16 2:51:05 AM eroock
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer does this to himself in "Mr Plow":
-->'''Insurance Agent:''' Now this place you were at, Moe's, is this a business of some sort?\\
'''Homer's Brain:''' Don't tell him you were at a bar! *gasp* But what else is open at night?\\
'''Homer:''' It's a pornography store. I was buying pornography.\\
'''Homer's Brain:''' Heh heh heh. I would'a never thought of that.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer does this to himself in "Mr Plow":
-->'''Insurance Agent:''' Now this place you were at, Moe's, is this a business of some sort?\\
'''Homer's Brain:''' Don't tell him you were at a bar! *gasp* But what else is open at night?\\
'''Homer:''' It's a pornography store. I was buying pornography.\\
'''Homer's Brain:''' Heh heh heh. I would'a never thought of that.
29th Sep '16 3:35:22 PM CapnAndy
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* ''FanFic/MyStupidReality'' also has a variation on the "Light buys porn in an attempt to look normal" scene:
-->'''Light''' (thinking): Slut, ''(page turn)'' slut, ''(page turn)'' slut, ''(page turn)'' not even 18, ''(page turn)'' slut, ''(page turn)'' whore, ''(page turn)'' gross, ''(page turn)'' eww, just eww. This just sucks.
16th Aug '16 10:51:54 PM PaulA
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** [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] when Miles and Co. are attempting to smuggle weapons to the Felicians past a blockade by the Oseran mercenaries. After Miles winds up capturing Captain Auson's own ship, Auson figures that Miles had to be smuggling something, particularly with the way that Miles was acting so cowed and meek in order to avoid suspicion. He wonders if Miles is smuggling the ship itself, then wonders who could possibly want such an old, outmoded transport.

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** [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in ''Literature/TheWarriorsApprentice'' when Miles and Co. are attempting to smuggle weapons to the Felicians past a blockade by the Oseran mercenaries. After Miles winds up capturing Captain Auson's own ship, Auson figures that Miles had to be smuggling something, particularly with the way that Miles was acting so cowed and meek in order to avoid suspicion. He wonders if Miles is smuggling the ship itself, then wonders who could possibly want such an old, outmoded transport.



** Miles tells a story about one of his Vorkosigan ancestor's who used the "smuggling bicycles" version of the trope to smuggle horses into a besieged city. Though we do not see the mission itself, Miles was telling the story because they were about to do the same thing with ''warships''.

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** In ''Literature/MirrorDance'', Miles tells a story about one of his Vorkosigan ancestor's ancestors who used the "smuggling bicycles" version of the trope to smuggle horses into a besieged city. Though we do not see the mission itself, Miles was telling the story because they were about to do the same thing with ''warships''.
8th Jul '16 2:08:21 PM Willbyr
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* Similarly, Madarame from ''{{Genshiken}}'' had some porn [=DVDs=] in a drawer to serve as a decoy to prevent the other club members from discovering something else in that drawer: [[spoiler:photos of Kasukabe cosplaying]].

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* Similarly, Madarame from ''{{Genshiken}}'' ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'' had some porn [=DVDs=] in a drawer to serve as a decoy to prevent the other club members from discovering something else in that drawer: [[spoiler:photos of Kasukabe cosplaying]].
24th Jun '16 11:18:41 AM dmcreif
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* [[http://www.cracked.com/personal-experiences-1370-5-insane-things-i-learned-about-drugs-as-undercover-agent.html This Cracked]] article talks about some of the methods drug smugglers use. One method of keeping the smugglers' cars from being noticed is to have a "heat" car go barreling down the highway at full speed and get pulled over for speeding. While the police are detaining that driver, the actual smuggler drives by undetected.
17th Apr '16 3:09:46 PM Goldfritha
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* In Creator/KurtBusiek's ''Comics/AstroCity'', downplayed. Marella Cowper, helping at the disaster scene, realizes that the people there think she has black market connections. Since she's really using the Honor Guard's teleportation system, she lets them.

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* In Creator/KurtBusiek's ''Comics/AstroCity'', ''ComicBook/AstroCity'', downplayed. Marella Cowper, helping at the disaster scene, realizes that the people there think she has black market connections. Since she's really using the Honor Guard's teleportation system, she lets them.
17th Apr '16 3:04:16 PM Goldfritha
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Infraction Distraction is when a conspicious but minor infraction -- possibly not even illegal but merely disreputable -- is made up or committed for the purposes of distracting authorities from something much more serious. (Usually a crime, but not always.) Not unlike a KansasCityShuffle, the guards in question know they're being tricked, but are wrong about what the trick is. If you actually confess, it's ConfessToALesserCrime, but you can also manufacture evidence against yourself or otherwise plant clues to the infraction, down to simply committing it. One common method is to plant an IncrediblyObviousTail -- to distract from the skilled and subtle tail. IncrediblyObviousBug can also be used, but is less common.

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Infraction Distraction is when a conspicious but minor infraction -- possibly not even illegal but merely disreputable -- is made up or committed for the purposes of distracting authorities from something much more serious. (Usually a crime, but not always.always; a character can pretend to be distilling moonshine to hide that he's training with his new superpowers, for instance.) Not unlike a KansasCityShuffle, the guards in question know they're being tricked, but are wrong about what the trick is. If you actually confess, it's ConfessToALesserCrime, but you can also manufacture evidence against yourself or otherwise plant clues to the infraction, down to simply committing it. One common method is to plant an IncrediblyObviousTail -- to distract from the skilled and subtle tail. IncrediblyObviousBug can also be used, but is less common.
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