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18th May '17 7:17:11 PM AFP
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* [[http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/18/528946937/dutch-king-reveals-secret-life-as-part-time-pilot-on-klm-airline?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20170518 Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands has had a part-time job as an airline pilot for KLM for over two decades.]] He has stated that most people don't recognize him when he's in uniform, and that when he gives the pre-flight safety briefings, most people don't even pay any attention to him.
16th May '17 4:21:28 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheTwelveKingdoms'', Shoryuu the Emperor of En does this a lot. He claims that listening to gossip in ''brothels'' is a good way to find out what's really going on. It seems to work.

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* In ''TheTwelveKingdoms'', ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'', Shoryuu the Emperor of En does this a lot. He claims that listening to gossip in ''brothels'' is a good way to find out what's really going on. It seems to work.
15th May '17 5:51:43 PM MasterFuzzy
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* Selethen invokes this trope in ''Literature/RangersApprentice,'' having his clerk pretend to be him and explaining that he feared that [[{{Ambadassador}} Princess Cassandra]] was part of a Skandian deception. If she is a true princess, she will see through his deception, and will call him out on it if she's honest, and go along with it if she's not.
10th May '17 2:55:10 PM wootzits
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* Queen Padme Amidala of ''Film/StarWars'' frequently disguises herself as one of her own handmaidens. (OK, in this case it's just so that the assassins will shoot the wrong woman, which proves to be entirely justified.)
** For the majority of ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', Padme is posing as one of her handmaidens while the visible Amidala is actually a decoy played by Creator/NataliePortman-look alike Creator/KeiraKnightley. This allows "Amidala" to send "her handmaiden" Padme with Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan to keep tabs on them, with no one the wiser until later on.
** In ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', the assassin who targets Padme at the beginning of the movie manages to kill off her decoy instead.
** It's not just Padme who does this kind of thing. In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', [[TheHero Luke]] goes to Dagobah to find the Jedi Master Yoda. After crash-landing in a swamp, he encounters a bizarre green muppet who [[StrangeSyntaxSpeaker talks funny]] and manages to annoy the ''poodoo'' out of Luke. Even after revealing that he knows Yoda and promising to take Luke to him, he still pushes the impatient Jedi-wannabe to the limit--before revealing that [[ActuallyIAmHim he is in fact Yoda]] and was [[SecretTestOfCharacter testing Luke]] the whole time.

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* Becomes a major part of the plot of ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood''.
* In ''Film/BachelorMother'', David Merlin, the "Son" in large department store Merlin and Son, insists to spunky store clerk Polly that Merlin's will take a return on a broken toy duck, without a receipt. To prove it, he takes the duck to customer service, while in disguise. He fails utterly, and he's about to be arrested for shoplifting when security figures out who he is.
* ''Film/{{Barbarella}}'': Barbarella is rescued by a knife-wielding prostitute who tries to come on to her. Later she's brought to the palace of the Black Queen, who Barbarella recognizes as her savior from before. The Black
Queen Padme Amidala of ''Film/StarWars'' frequently explains that she likes to go out in that get-up to mingle among her subjects and amuse herself.
* In ''Film/Cinderella2015'', [[spoiler:Kit, after becoming king,
disguises herself himself as one part of her own handmaidens. (OK, in this case it's the party looking for Cinderella, just to make sure the Grand Duke leaves no stone unturned]].
* Prince Akeem in ''Film/ComingToAmerica''. Unsatisfied with [[ExtremeDoormat how passive]] his [[ArrangedMarriage bride-to-be]] is, Akeem and his friend Semmi travel to New York, where they pose as working-class African college students,
so that the assassins he can find a woman who will shoot love him for who he is, rather than what he is. His cover is almost blown at a basketball game, when an immigrant from his home country passes him in the wrong woman, which proves to be entirely justified.)
** For
hallway and instantly recognizes him.
* In ''Film/FromHell'', [[spoiler:Albert Sickert]] is Prince Albert Victor Edward,
the majority grandson of ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', Padme is posing as one of her handmaidens while the visible Amidala is actually a decoy played by Creator/NataliePortman-look alike Creator/KeiraKnightley. This allows "Amidala" to send "her handmaiden" Padme with Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan to keep tabs on them, with no one the wiser until later on.
** In ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', the assassin who targets Padme at the beginning of the movie manages to kill off her decoy instead.
** It's not just Padme who does this kind of thing. In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', [[TheHero Luke]] goes to Dagobah to find the Jedi Master Yoda. After crash-landing in a swamp, he encounters a bizarre green muppet who [[StrangeSyntaxSpeaker talks funny]] and manages to annoy the ''poodoo'' out of Luke. Even after revealing that he knows Yoda and promising to take Luke to him, he still pushes the impatient Jedi-wannabe to the limit--before revealing that [[ActuallyIAmHim he is in fact Yoda]] and was [[SecretTestOfCharacter testing Luke]] the whole time.
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* He may be a toy store owner instead of a king, but Mr. Duncan from ''Film/HomeAlone2LostInNewYork'' fits the trope fairly well. He poses as an ordinary store employee while talking to Kevin, who doesn't wise up until he sees a portrait of Duncan, who has already disappeared.
* ''Film/AKidInKingArthursCourt'' had King Arthur posing as a peasant to save his daughter.
* In ''Film/TheKingsSpeech'', Duchess Elizabeth makes her first visit to Lionel Logue under an assumed name and without a retinue. When she finally has to reveal her identity to make Logue see the gravity of the situation, he is naturally taken aback.



* The twist at the end of the Franchise/SherlockHolmes movie ''Film/PursuitToAlgiers'' is that Holmes has disguised the about-to-be-crowned-king prince as a ship's deckhand and a cop as the prince to throw the prince's enemies off the trail. [[WeWouldHaveToldYouBut He doesn't tell Watson]] because he fears that Watson would give it away by treating the "deckhand" with the sort of respect he would normally show royalty.
* Subverted in Alexander Korda's ''Film/TheThiefOfBagdad'', in which the [[EvilChancellor vizier]] convinces the king to walk among his people dressed as a commoner--and then takes over the kingdom in his absence. He's gone for ''a day''. Easiest. Usurpation. Ever.
* In ''Film/TheKingsSpeech'', Duchess Elizabeth makes her first visit to Lionel Logue under an assumed name and without a retinue. When she finally has to reveal her identity to make Logue see the gravity of the situation, he is naturally taken aback.
* In ''Film/FromHell'', [[spoiler:Albert Sickert]] is Prince Albert Victor Edward, the grandson of Queen Victoria.



* ''Film/AKidInKingArthursCourt'' had King Arthur posing as a peasant to save his daughter.
* Becomes a major part of the plot of ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood''.
* Prince Akeem in ''Film/ComingToAmerica''. Unsatisfied with [[ExtremeDoormat how passive]] his [[ArrangedMarriage bride-to-be]] is, Akeem and his friend Semmi travel to New York, where they pose as working-class African college students, so that he can find a woman who will love him for who he is, rather than what he is. His cover is almost blown at a basketball game, when an immigrant from his home country passes him in the hallway and instantly recognizes him.

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* ''Film/AKidInKingArthursCourt'' had King Arthur Queen Padme Amidala of ''Film/StarWars'' frequently disguises herself as one of her own handmaidens. (OK, in this case it's just so that the assassins will shoot the wrong woman, which proves to be entirely justified.)
** For the majority of ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', Padme is
posing as one of her handmaidens while the visible Amidala is actually a peasant decoy played by Creator/NataliePortman-look alike Creator/KeiraKnightley. This allows "Amidala" to save his daughter.
* Becomes a major part
send "her handmaiden" Padme with Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan to keep tabs on them, with no one the wiser until later on.
** In ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', the assassin who targets Padme at the beginning
of the plot movie manages to kill off her decoy instead.
** It's not just Padme who does this kind
of ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood''.
* Prince Akeem
thing. In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', [[TheHero Luke]] goes to Dagobah to find the Jedi Master Yoda. After crash-landing in ''Film/ComingToAmerica''. Unsatisfied with [[ExtremeDoormat how passive]] his [[ArrangedMarriage bride-to-be]] is, Akeem a swamp, he encounters a bizarre green muppet who [[StrangeSyntaxSpeaker talks funny]] and his friend Semmi travel manages to New York, where they pose as working-class African college students, so annoy the ''poodoo'' out of Luke. Even after revealing that he can find knows Yoda and promising to take Luke to him, he still pushes the impatient Jedi-wannabe to the limit--before revealing that [[ActuallyIAmHim he is in fact Yoda]] and was [[SecretTestOfCharacter testing Luke]] the whole time.
* The twist at the end of the Franchise/SherlockHolmes movie ''Film/PursuitToAlgiers'' is that Holmes has disguised the about-to-be-crowned-king prince as
a woman who will love him ship's deckhand and a cop as the prince to throw the prince's enemies off the trail. [[WeWouldHaveToldYouBut He doesn't tell Watson]] because he fears that Watson would give it away by treating the "deckhand" with the sort of respect he would normally show royalty.
* Subverted in Alexander Korda's ''Film/TheThiefOfBagdad'', in which the [[EvilChancellor vizier]] convinces the king to walk among his people dressed as a commoner--and then takes over the kingdom in his absence. He's gone
for who he is, rather than what he is. His cover is almost blown at a basketball game, when an immigrant from his home country passes him in the hallway and instantly recognizes him.''a day''. Easiest. Usurpation. Ever.



* In ''Film/BachelorMother'', David Merlin, the "Son" in large department store Merlin and Son, insists to spunky store clerk Polly that Merlin's will take a return on a broken toy duck, without a receipt. To prove it, he takes the duck to customer service, while in disguise. He fails utterly, and he's about to be arrested for shoplifting when security figures out who he is.
* He may be a toy store owner instead of a king, but Mr. Duncan from ''Film/HomeAlone2LostInNewYork'' fits the trope fairly well. He poses as an ordinary store employee while talking to Kevin, who doesn't wise up until he sees a portrait of Duncan, who has already disappeared.
* In ''Film/Cinderella2015'', [[spoiler:Kit, after becoming king, disguises himself as part of the party looking for Cinderella, just to make sure the Grand Duke leaves no stone unturned]].
5th May '17 4:38:54 AM isoycrazy
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* Queen Elizabeth II did this recently, to enjoy a trip in a steam train.

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* Queen Elizabeth II II
** She
did this recently, to enjoy a trip in a steam train.


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* Queen Elizabeth II's mother, also Elizabeth, did this. As documented on the show ''Series/TheCrown2016'' she went on a holiday to stay with some friends in as far north Scotland as one can go. There, not dressed in any formal wear but suited for the cold windy days, she meets the owner of a neighboring castle and while he thinks she looks familiar cannot place where he might know her from. She doesn't inform him of the truth in order to maintain their developing friendship. She is only found out when Prime Minister Churchill sends an aide to bring her back early and he calls out her title in front of the man.
1st May '17 5:43:54 AM Derkhan
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* In ''Literature/TheMalazanBookOfTheFallen'', a highly competent but otherwise unassuming servant turns out to be [[spoiler: ''the Elder God of the sea'' in disguise, who decided to live among humans in an attempt to avert WhoWantsToLiveForever]].

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* In ''Literature/TheMalazanBookOfTheFallen'', a highly competent but otherwise unassuming servant turns out to be [[spoiler: ''the [[spoiler:''the Elder God of the sea'' Seas'' in disguise, disguise]], who decided to live among humans in an attempt to avert WhoWantsToLiveForever]].WhoWantsToLiveForever.


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* In ''Literature/TheSouthernReachTrilogy'', at the beginning of ''Authority'', it's revealed that the psychologist in ''Annihilation'' was [[spoiler:the director of the Southern Reach]].
20th Apr '17 1:26:22 PM isolato
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** While still Prince of Wales he also quite regularly travelled on the continent under alias "Baron Renfrew"[[note]]One of his actual subsidiary titles, though not widely known.[[/note]] which was a semi-subversion/PaperThinDisguise - it was an "official incognito" meant as a designation that he is travelling as a (noble) private person, not as a heir to the British throne, thus sparing him (and countries he visited) any official ceremonies, not a complete concealment of his identity.

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** While still Prince of Wales he also quite regularly travelled on the continent under alias "Baron Renfrew"[[note]]One of his actual subsidiary titles, though not widely known.[[/note]] which was a semi-subversion/PaperThinDisguise - it was an "official incognito" meant as a designation that he is travelling as a (noble) private person, not as a an heir to the British throne, thus sparing him (and countries he visited) any official ceremonies, not a complete concealment of his identity.
20th Apr '17 11:32:06 AM isolato
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** While still Prince of Wales he also quite regularly travelled on the continent under alias Baron Renfrew[[note]]One of his actual subsidiary titles, though not widely known.[[/note]] which was a semi-subversion/PaperThinDisguise - it was an "official incognito" meant as a designation that he is travelling as a (noble) private person, not as a heir to the British throne, thus sparing him (and countries he visited) any official ceremonies, not a complete concealment of his identity.

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** While still Prince of Wales he also quite regularly travelled on the continent under alias Baron Renfrew[[note]]One "Baron Renfrew"[[note]]One of his actual subsidiary titles, though not widely known.[[/note]] which was a semi-subversion/PaperThinDisguise - it was an "official incognito" meant as a designation that he is travelling as a (noble) private person, not as a heir to the British throne, thus sparing him (and countries he visited) any official ceremonies, not a complete concealment of his identity.
20th Apr '17 11:30:22 AM isolato
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** While still Prince of Wales he also quite regularly travelled on the continent under alias Baron Renfrew[[note]]One of his actual subsidiary titles, though not widely known.[[/note]] which was a semi-subversion/PaperThinDisguise - it was an "official incognito" meant as a designation that he is travelling as a (noble) private person, not as a heir to the British throne, thus sparing him (and countries he visited) any official ceremonies, not a complete concealment of his identity.
18th Mar '17 11:23:58 AM nombretomado
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** For the majority of ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', Padme is posing as one of her handmaidens while the visible Amidala is actually a decoy played by NataliePortman-look alike Creator/KeiraKnightley. This allows "Amidala" to send "her handmaiden" Padme with Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan to keep tabs on them, with no one the wiser until later on.

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** For the majority of ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', Padme is posing as one of her handmaidens while the visible Amidala is actually a decoy played by NataliePortman-look Creator/NataliePortman-look alike Creator/KeiraKnightley. This allows "Amidala" to send "her handmaiden" Padme with Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan to keep tabs on them, with no one the wiser until later on.
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