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6th Dec '16 3:38:49 PM dmcreif
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* Such an instance happens in ''Series/TheWire''. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOFv9fZIn3U Cedric Daniels and his wife attend a fundraiser]]. Cedric goes to the kitchen, where the chauffeurs are conversing and watching a baseball game. They mistake him for a fellow driver. Day-Day, Senator Davis' driver, openly fantasizes about robbing the house.
-->'''Day-Day:''' Damien Price. But I usually go by Day-Day.
-->'''Cedric Daniels:''' Cedric Daniels, but I usually go by Lieutenant.
4th Dec '16 12:54:53 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'', the Magician Humphrey was mistaken for an assistant by one of the supplicants--it doesn't help that by then he looks like a shrunken gnome, and he plays along for a good while.
** Also, King Roogna from the same series, whose talent was manipulating the magic of living things. In the middle of preparing for a battle, the protagonist came across a man in old clothes messing around with a cherry tree (he was turning them into [[IncrediblyLamePun cherry bombs]]), and assumed he was a gardener...

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* In ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'', the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'':
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Magician Humphrey was mistaken for an assistant by one of the supplicants--it doesn't help that by then he looks like a shrunken gnome, and he plays along for a good while.
** Also, King Roogna from the same series, whose talent was manipulating the magic of living things. In the middle of preparing for a battle, the protagonist came across a man in old clothes messing around with a cherry tree (he was turning them into [[IncrediblyLamePun cherry bombs]]), and assumed he was a gardener...
4th Dec '16 12:54:17 PM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** In the novella "The Hedge Knight", Dunk is confused with a stableboy by [[SmugSnake a pompous prince]]. And that bald kid that Dunk thinks is a runaway stableboy? Turns out to be said pompous prince's little brother.
** In the main series, Ramsay Snow deliberately impersonates his dead [[TheIgor Igor]], Reek, to avoid Starks' justice and later escape captivity from Theon Greyjoy. This ends badly for [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter Theon]], whom Ramsay captures and breaks into becoming a replacement Reek.

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* Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** In the novella "The Hedge Knight", Dunk is confused with a stableboy by [[SmugSnake a pompous prince]]. And that bald kid that Dunk thinks is a runaway stableboy? Turns out to be said pompous prince's little brother.
** In the main series,
''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Ramsay Snow deliberately impersonates his dead [[TheIgor Igor]], Reek, to avoid Starks' justice and later escape captivity from Theon Greyjoy. This ends badly for [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter Theon]], whom Ramsay captures and breaks into becoming a replacement Reek.Reek.
* ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'': In the novella "The Hedge Knight", Dunk is confused with a stableboy by [[SmugSnake a pompous prince]]. And that bald kid that Dunk thinks is a runaway stableboy? Turns out to be said pompous prince's little brother.



* ''Tales of the Frog Princess: The Dragon Princess'' - Lord Eduardo mistakes Princess Millie's cousin Lord Francis and her best friend, Princess Zoe, for her servants because of their simple traveling clothes. The next morning, Ed still doesn't believe that Zoe is a princess, and, though her father really is a prince, Zoe doesn't dare mention that she's Princess of the Vampires. Eduardo insults her. [[ShipTease This]] [[EveryoneCanSeeIt infuriates]] [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther Francis.]]

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* ''Tales of the Frog Princess: ''Literature/TalesOfTheFrogPrincess: The Dragon Princess'' - Lord Eduardo mistakes Princess Millie's cousin Lord Francis and her best friend, Princess Zoe, for her servants because of their simple traveling clothes. The next morning, Ed still doesn't believe that Zoe is a princess, and, though her father really is a prince, Zoe doesn't dare mention that she's Princess of the Vampires. Eduardo insults her. [[ShipTease This]] [[EveryoneCanSeeIt infuriates]] [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther Francis.]]
4th Dec '16 12:52:46 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the 1951 movie ''The Mating Season'', a young bride mistakes her new working class mother-in-law for 'help'. Ouch. Fortunately the mother-in-law thinks it's an understandable mistake, but the girl is both humiliated and furious at her husband for 'playing along'.

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* In the 1951 movie ''The Mating Season'', ''Film/TheMatingSeason'', a young bride mistakes her new working class mother-in-law for 'help'. Ouch. Fortunately the mother-in-law thinks it's an understandable mistake, but the girl is both humiliated and furious at her husband for 'playing along'.



* In ''[[Film/MenInBlack Men In Black 3]]'' when Agent J arrives in 1969, he is able to steal a car from guest arriving at a hotel, posing as the hotel's valet.
* ''Film/ReturnOfThePinkPanther'' - Clouseau walks into a hotel, where a man asks to take his hat, coat, and bag - and promptly leaves with them.

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* In ''[[Film/MenInBlack Men In Black 3]]'' ''Film/MenInBlack3'' when Agent J arrives in 1969, he is able to steal a car from guest arriving at a hotel, posing as the hotel's valet.
* ''Film/ReturnOfThePinkPanther'' ''Film/TheReturnOfThePinkPanther'' - Clouseau walks into a hotel, where a man asks to take his hat, coat, and bag - and promptly leaves with them.



* In ''BabysittersClub'', Mallory's BlackBestFriend Jessi was mistaken by Mal's little sister for a maid. Turned into an {{Aesop}} when Mal explains that the only time her sister had seen black people in their predominantly white neighborhood was when a cleaning service sent two black ladies to the house.

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* In ''BabysittersClub'', ''Literature/TheBabysittersClub'', Mallory's BlackBestFriend Jessi was mistaken by Mal's little sister for a maid. Turned into an {{Aesop}} when Mal explains that the only time her sister had seen black people in their predominantly white neighborhood was when a cleaning service sent two black ladies to the house.
4th Dec '16 12:51:53 PM Morgenthaler
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** 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 [[BadAss 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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** 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 [[BadAss Ike]] 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]]
1st Dec '16 10:04:41 PM DesertDragon
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* ''Series/RuPaulsDragRace'' star Trixie Mattel may have a [[http://logosrupaulsdragrace.wikia.com/wiki/Trixie_Mattel?file=Trixie_Mattel.jpg distinctive drag aesthetic]] that is UncannyValleyMakeup incarnate, but as Brian Firkus, he looks like an [[https://alienandrogyny.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/b4rvojociaaigsj.jpg extremely average young man]]. He recounted how a few of his fellow Season 7 queens mistook him for a member of the crew and ordered him around when they saw him out of drag for the first time since he looks completely different when he isn't Trixie.

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* ''Series/RuPaulsDragRace'' star Trixie Mattel may have a [[http://logosrupaulsdragrace.wikia.com/wiki/Trixie_Mattel?file=Trixie_Mattel.jpg distinctive drag aesthetic]] style]] that is UncannyValleyMakeup incarnate, but as Brian Firkus, he looks like an [[https://alienandrogyny.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/b4rvojociaaigsj.jpg extremely average young man]]. He recounted how a few of his fellow Season 7 queens mistook him for a member of the crew and ordered him around when they saw him out of drag for the first time time, since he looks completely different when he isn't Trixie.
1st Dec '16 10:02:15 PM DesertDragon
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* ''Series/RuPaulsDragRace'' star Trixie Mattel may have a [[http://logosrupaulsdragrace.wikia.com/wiki/Trixie_Mattel?file=Trixie_Mattel.jpg distinctive drag aesthetic]] that is UncannyValleyMakeup incarnate, but as Brian Firkus, he looks like an [[https://alienandrogyny.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/b4rvojociaaigsj.jpg extremely average young man]]. He recounted how a few of his fellow Season 7 queens mistook him for a member of the crew and ordered him around when they saw him out of drag for the first time since he looks completely different when he isn't Trixie.
30th Nov '16 5:35:02 PM TimberRidge
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* Over the course of the ''Literature/VillageTales'' series, [[SupremeChef Teddy Gates]], the sweet, ditzy Celebrated Hipsta Chef, has thrown only a few people out of his gastropub-hotel. One was a homophobic rapper (whose money he refunded by tossing banknotes into the breeze and watching as the rapper's entourage scrambled for them. The other two were two (Continental) Members of the European Parliament who saw three men in whites by the door and imperiously ordered them to take the [=MEP=]s' bags and make it snappy: the three being Rector, the Nawab of Hubli, and the Duke of Taunton, fresh off the cricket pitch. [[TheVicar The Rector]] being [[GoodShepherd the Rector]], he started to do so without a qualm, forcing His Highness and His Grace to do likewise: until the two [=MEP=]s began complaining, in French, of sloppy British workers, and especially that "lascar." The Duke being an {{Omniglot}} and the Nawab having done French at Eton, an ActuallyIAmHim reveal follows, and Teddy arrives on the scene just in time to go ballistic. (The Duke begs him not to give the two in charge: he'd rather the Home Secretary bar them from the UK than have them hanging about on police bail.)
26th Nov '16 12:06:32 PM Werevampiwolf
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** It's even possible for this to happen if a shopper happens to be wearing a nametag (or even a novelty t-shirt with a humorous nametag printed on it), even when the clothes do not resemble the actual uniform in any way.
2nd Nov '16 4:47:55 PM Xtifr
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* Reversed in S. P. Somtow's ''The Shattered Horse'' in which the playmate and servant of the child Astyanax is mistaken for the young heir to the throne of Troy and tossed over the wall to his death; in the novel Astyanax himself survives to adulthood.

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* Reversed in S. P. Somtow's Creator/SPSomtow's ''The Shattered Horse'' in which the playmate and servant of the child Astyanax is mistaken for the young heir to the throne of Troy and tossed over the wall to his death; in the novel Astyanax himself survives to adulthood.
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