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13th Oct '17 9:25:26 PM DrOO7
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* In ''The Choice'', the hero [[RaceForYourLove races]] to the heroine's childhood home to plead his case to her. He's admitted by the butler and spends a few minutes chatting with him and the cook before spotting her returning from her riding lesson with her parents. He asks them for her hand in marriage, only for them to reveal that they are the rising instructors and that the "butler" and "chef" are her parents. Usually for this tropes, he's been perfectly polite to them, likely earning him points.
8th Oct '17 1:29:27 PM nombretomado
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* Hyacinth does this at least twice to the owners of the stately homes she likes to visit on ''KeepingUpAppearances''.

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* Hyacinth does this at least twice to the owners of the stately homes she likes to visit on ''KeepingUpAppearances''.''Series/KeepingUpAppearances''.
4th Oct '17 2:57:25 AM BoukenDutch
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'': In the episode ''ARGGH! You For Real?'', Clyde and Lincoln are mistaken by a lady as members of the crew for the tv show ARGGH. They play along so they can enter the house and get a good view of the ghost hunting, but itís because of this they are able to see what is really going on behind the scenes.
19th Jul '17 3:46:02 PM HeroGal2347
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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'': In "Till Nephews Do Us Part", Scrooge mistakes [[MeaningfulName Millionaira]] Vanderbucks for a company president's secretary, not realizing that Millionaira is the president of the corporation (and the richest woman in the world to boot).

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'': ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'': In "Till Nephews Do Us Part", Scrooge mistakes [[MeaningfulName Millionaira]] Vanderbucks for a company president's secretary, not realizing that Millionaira is the president of the corporation (and the richest woman in the world to boot).
29th Jun '17 5:25:15 PM infernape612
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* An odd example occurs in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]''. Ike is consoling Jill after the death of her father, when a Daein woman from the region approaches them. She recognizes Jill as Shiharam's daughter, and assumes that Ike is her bodyguard. The woman immediately starts praising Jill's father and remarking about how cruel and heartless it was for the Crimean Army -which Ike is the general of- to kill him, leading to a very sad (and awkward) moment for Jill and Ike.
** Ike seems to be a magnet for these. Much earlier in the game, while he's running errands for the Apostle, a maid mistakes him for hired help and starts chatting him up, telling him about the [[FantasticRacism "Sub-Humans" (A racist term for the Laguz]] and clearly, though he doesn't say or do anything, earning his ire. An older maid comes along, recognizes Ike as Princess Elincia's bodyguard and escort, and proceeds to chew out the younger maid who [[OhCrap wonders if she's going to get sacked]]

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* An odd example occurs in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]''.''VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance''. Ike is consoling Jill after the death of her father, when a Daein woman from the region approaches them. She recognizes Jill as Shiharam's daughter, and assumes that Ike is her bodyguard. The woman immediately starts praising Jill's father and remarking about how cruel and heartless it was for the Crimean Army -which Ike is the general of- to kill him, leading to a very sad (and awkward) moment for Jill and Ike.
** Ike seems to be a magnet for these. Much earlier in the game, while he's running errands for the Apostle, a maid mistakes him for hired help and starts chatting him up, telling him about the [[FantasticRacism "Sub-Humans" (A "sub-humans" (a racist term for the Laguz]] and clearly, though he doesn't say or do anything, earning his ire. An older maid comes along, recognizes Ike as Princess Elincia's bodyguard and escort, and proceeds to chew out the younger maid who [[OhCrap wonders if she's going to get sacked]]sacked]].


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* A dramatic example in ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin''. Early on, [[spoiler:the Prince stumbles upon Shahdee attempting to kill a woman named Kaileena, kills the former, and assumes the latter is a servant of the Empress of Time. Turns out Kaileena ''is'' the Empress.]]
9th May '17 9:30:24 AM wuggles
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* Mellody Hobson, now chair of the board of Dreamworks Animation, spoke in a TED Talk about how she and her coworker (both of whom are black) were mistaken for the kitchen help when going to a meeting.
20th Apr '17 7:01:09 PM DesertDragon
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** This trope was inverted in the episode that introduces Kahn and his family. At first, Hank and the gang see two white men hauling furniture inside the house and think they're father and son. The gang tries to make nice with them until they explain that they're movers hired by the Asian family that's actually moving in.
20th Apr '17 6:54:39 PM DesertDragon
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** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'': ''All'' non-human Inquisitors are initially mistaken for some kind of hired help by the quartermaster early in the game: an elf is mistaken for a servant, dwarf for a [[{{Unobtanium}} lyrium]] dealer, and Qunari for a mercenary. Though for what it's worth, the Qunari Inquisitor ''is'' a mercenary and the dwarf was part of the illegal lyrium trade, but by that point in the game, they're the Herald of [[CrystalDragonJesus Andraste]].
20th Apr '17 5:06:25 PM DesertDragon
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* In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh4f9AYRCZY video]] where an American professor living in South Korea was interviewed from home discussing the impeachment of the nation's president, the interview is interrupted by his two young children wandering into the office, followed by their embarrassed mother shooing them out. It's a cute funny video, but half the comments assumed she was the professor's ''nanny'' rather than his wife. His being white and her being Korean made these assumptions [[EthnicMenialLabor all the more uncomfortable]]. After the video went viral, the family did several follow-up interviews clearing the air.

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* In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh4f9AYRCZY video]] where an American professor living in South Korea was is interviewed from home by BBC discussing the impeachment of the nation's president, the interview is interrupted by his two young children wandering into the office, followed by their embarrassed horrified mother shooing them out. It's a cute funny video, but half the comments assumed she was the professor's ''nanny'' rather than his wife. His being white and her being Korean made these assumptions [[EthnicMenialLabor all the more uncomfortable]]. After the video went viral, the family did several follow-up interviews clearing the air.
20th Apr '17 4:57:56 PM DesertDragon
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* In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh4f9AYRCZY video]] where an American professor living in South Korea was interviewed from home discussing the impeachment of the nation's president, the interview is interrupted by his two young children wandering into the office, followed by their embarrassed mother shooing them out. It's a cute funny video, but half the comments assumed she was the professor's ''nanny'' rather than his wife. His being white and her being Korean made these assumptions [[EthnicMenialLabor all the more uncomfortable]]. After the video went viral, the family did several follow-up interviews clearing the air.
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