History Main / NewspaperThinDisguise

3rd Nov '16 5:04:46 PM PlatinumGlitchMint
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* Subverted in an episode of ''EdEddNEddy'' where the Eds are spying on the cul-da-sac kids. In one scene, Eddy is seen leaning against a street pole holding a newspaper over his face as some neighbor kids walk by. Once they pass, the "newspaper Eddy" turns out to be a cardboard cut-out that falls over as the real Eddy [[BehindAStick pops out from behind the street pole with a pair of binoculars.]]
25th Sep '16 11:40:21 PM foxley
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* ''Series/AgentCarter''. Javis sits down next to two men reading newspapers at a shoeshine stand. One turns out to be Howard Stark, the other is Creator/StanLee doing his requisite CreatorCameo.

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* ''Series/AgentCarter''. Javis Jarvis sits down next to two men reading newspapers at a shoeshine stand. One turns out to be Howard Stark, the other is Creator/StanLee doing his requisite CreatorCameo.CreatorCameo.
* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In "Incident in Lot 7", a suspect eavesdropping on Jessica's conversation in the studio canteen hides behind a menu.
4th Sep '16 10:38:46 PM erforce
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* Steve Martin's version of Clousseau tries this along with his partner in ''Film/ThePinkPanther'' -- while tailing a suspect. It works the first couple of times, but the next time they try it, Clousseau trips down the stairs to the subway station.

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* Steve Martin's Creator/SteveMartin's version of Clousseau tries this along with his partner in ''Film/ThePinkPanther'' ''Film/ThePinkPanther2006'' -- while tailing a suspect. It works the first couple of times, but the next time they try it, Clousseau trips down the stairs to the subway station.
7th Jul '16 6:17:48 AM JackG
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* ''Series/AgentCarter''. Javis sits down next to two men reading newspapers at a shoeshine stand. One turns out to be Howard Stark, the other is Creator/StanLee doing his requisite {{cameo}}.

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* ''Series/AgentCarter''. Javis sits down next to two men reading newspapers at a shoeshine stand. One turns out to be Howard Stark, the other is Creator/StanLee doing his requisite {{cameo}}.CreatorCameo.
7th Jul '16 6:15:28 AM JackG
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* ''Series/AgentCarter''. Javis sits down next to two men behind newspapers at a shoeshine stand. One turns out to be Howard Stark, the other is Creator/StanLee doing his requisite {{cameo}}.

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* ''Series/AgentCarter''. Javis sits down next to two men behind reading newspapers at a shoeshine stand. One turns out to be Howard Stark, the other is Creator/StanLee doing his requisite {{cameo}}.
7th Jul '16 6:14:49 AM JackG
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* ''Series/AgentCarter''. Javis sits down next to two men behind newspapers at a shoeshine stand. One turns out to be Howard Stark, the other is Creator/StanLee doing his requisite {{cameo}}.
1st Jun '16 10:47:53 AM 69BookWorM69
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* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': Murdoch employs a newspaper in this fashion while staking out the intersection of Carlton and Parliament in "Murdoch on the Corner". Constable Crabtree has been flamboyantly spending new-found money per Murdoch's instructions, and Murdoch drops his paper to urge Crabtree to go home so they can wait for the killer to follow him there.

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* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': ''Series/MurdochMysteries'':
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Murdoch employs a newspaper in this fashion while staking out the intersection of Carlton and Parliament in "Murdoch on the Corner". Constable Crabtree has been flamboyantly spending new-found money per Murdoch's instructions, and Murdoch drops his paper to urge Crabtree to go home so they can wait for the killer to follow him there.there.
** Brackenreid hastily grabs a newspaper from the station's front desk in one of his efforts to hide from temperance crusader Miss Hamilton in "Murdoch Au Naturel".
22nd Apr '16 9:44:32 AM CorahsUncle
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* ''{{Manga/Hanayamata}}'': Included in the montage of Naru's distressed father endeavors is him peeking through a hole in a newspaper at Naru fiddling with her cellphone in the living room. He is normally a background character and gets to start episode 6 of anime with narration of his puzzled worries over inexplicable recent change in behavior he sees (his schoolgirl heroine daughter is in the process of "graduating" from ShrinkingViolet actually).

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* ''{{Manga/Hanayamata}}'': ''Manga/{{Hanayamata}}'': Included in the montage of Naru's distressed father endeavors is him peeking through a hole in a newspaper at Naru fiddling with her cellphone in the living room. He is normally a background character and gets to start episode 6 of anime with narration of his puzzled worries over inexplicable recent change in behavior he sees (his schoolgirl heroine daughter is in the process of "graduating" from ShrinkingViolet actually).



** Played straight in a later episode, in which Bender finds himself pursued by the New New York police (on whose radar he has fallen due to a previous crime), who attempt to cover their tracks by reading [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial the "Non-Police News"]] before finally giving up the act and arresting Bender. [[spoiler: He gets off clean, which was quite lucky for him--he was carrying data for the Robot Mafia and had just given it to another robot on the street to complete his delivery.]]

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** Played straight in a later episode, in which Bender finds himself pursued by the New New York police (on whose radar he has fallen due to a previous crime), who attempt to cover their tracks by reading [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial the "Non-Police News"]] before finally giving up the act and arresting Bender. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He gets off clean, which was quite lucky for him--he was carrying data for the Robot Mafia and had just given it to another robot on the street to complete his delivery.]]



** In the episode "Amending Fences" Twilight Sparkle and Minuette stalk Moondancer using this method. Later in the episode we can see [[spoiler:[[ArcVillain Starlight Glimmer]]]] hiding behind a resteurant menu.

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** In the episode "Amending Fences" Fences", Twilight Sparkle and Minuette stalk Moondancer using this method. Later in the episode we can see [[spoiler:[[ArcVillain Starlight Glimmer]]]] hiding behind a resteurant menu.



* The ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' cartoon "Olive's Sweepstake Ticket." Popeye hides behind a newspaper as he walks, trying to pluck said ticket from a woman's backside.

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* The ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' cartoon "Olive's Sweepstake Ticket." Ticket": Popeye hides behind a newspaper as he walks, trying to pluck said ticket from a woman's backside.backside.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleRascals'' short "The Case of the Puzzled Pals": Buckwheat, Darla, Porky and Pete hide behind newspapers as they watch Spanky at a store across the street. Porky is also wearing a false beard.



* As it happens the SecretPolice in many countries actually ''invert'' this: If you walk into a cafe and someone is very obviously reading a newspaper and peering over at you every now and then, it's probably because you're being watched, and the secret police [[ParanoiaFuel want you to know it]].

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* As it happens happens, the SecretPolice in many countries actually ''invert'' this: If you walk into a cafe and someone is very obviously reading a newspaper and peering over at you every now and then, it's probably because you're being watched, and the secret police [[ParanoiaFuel want you to know it]].



22nd Apr '16 9:32:53 AM JackG
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* Undercover FBI agent Film/DonnieBrasco would read newspapers so he could listen in on what his fellow Mafiosi were saying, without distracting himself with conversation.
22nd Apr '16 9:30:32 AM JackG
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. The episode "/" starts with ADayInTheLifeOf Root instead of our main protagonists Harold Finch and John Reese. While she's walking through the park with this week's [[VictimOfTheWeek Number]], Root suddenly walks over to a man reading a newspaper and pulls it down, revealing Harold Finch.

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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. The episode "/" starts with ADayInTheLifeOf ADayInTheLife of Root instead of our main protagonists Harold Finch and John Reese. Reese. While she's walking through the park with this week's [[VictimOfTheWeek Number]], Root suddenly walks over to a man reading a newspaper and pulls it down, revealing Harold Finch.
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