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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.
22nd Apr '16 9:29:04 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.
7th Apr '16 6:54:42 PM 69BookWorM69
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* The Doctor and Jamie do this in Episode 2 of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' seriel "The Faceless Ones".

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* The Doctor and Jamie do this in Episode 2 of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' seriel serial "The Faceless Ones".
7th Apr '16 6:53:00 PM 69BookWorM69
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* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': Murdoch employs a newspaper in this fashion while staking out the interaction 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 home.

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* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': Murdoch employs a newspaper in this fashion while staking out the interaction 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 home.there.
7th Apr '16 6:50:36 PM 69BookWorM69
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* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': Murdoch employs a newspaper in this fashion while staking out the interaction 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 home.
6th Mar '16 1:26:19 PM Kadorhal
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* One of [[WallaceAndGromit Gromit's]] favourite tricks. On one occasion, the headline of the newspaper he's hiding behind is "[[ShapedLikeItself Dog reads newspaper]]".
* The ''{{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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* One of [[WallaceAndGromit [[Franchise/WallaceAndGromit Gromit's]] favourite tricks. On one occasion, the headline of the newspaper he's hiding behind is "[[ShapedLikeItself Dog reads newspaper]]".
* The ''{{Popeye}}'' ''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.



* 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 SecretPolice ''want'' you to know.

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* 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 SecretPolice ''want'' secret police [[ParanoiaFuel want you to know.know it]].
28th Jan '16 1:55:50 PM LadyEvil
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* Harriet Tubman used this as a disguise for herself and escaping slaves. Someone reading a newspaper was seen as educated and not a slave on the run.
6th Jan '16 1:40:22 AM erforce
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* ''PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles'' has a character briefly hide his face behind a smut novel.
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'':
** A subversion is pulled on the audience, however; in the aerodrome we see someone facing the camera directly with his newspaper ostentatiously held up to cover his entire face. Ah-ha, the audience thinks, this is one of the Jones boys! Then, Indiana appears in the background and begins chatting with someone slumped casually against a pillar behind Mr. Newspaper, who turns out to be Henry Jones Sr,; Mr. Newspaper isn't involved at all.
** Five minutes later Henry does try to use it on the zeppelin. [[TheDragon Colonel Vogel]] isn't fooled for a second. Perhaps it would have worked better if he held it right side up.
** Also used successfully by Sallah, to disguise his fist.
* ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'': When Indiana Jones is on a seaplane about to leave for Asia, a man lowers the ''Life'' magazine he's reading and reveals his face, with ominous music to let the audience know he's a {{Villain}}. He later turns out to be a Nazi agent.

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* ''PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles'' ''Film/PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles'' has a character briefly hide his face behind a smut novel.
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'':
''Franchise/IndianaJones''
** A ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'': When Indiana Jones is on a seaplane about to leave for Asia, a man lowers the ''Life'' magazine he's reading and reveals his face, with ominous music to let the audience know he's a {{Villain}}. He later turns out to be a Nazi agent.
** In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', a
subversion is pulled on the audience, however; in the aerodrome we see someone facing the camera directly with his newspaper ostentatiously held up to cover his entire face. Ah-ha, the audience thinks, this is one of the Jones boys! Then, Indiana appears in the background and begins chatting with someone slumped casually against a pillar behind Mr. Newspaper, who turns out to be Henry Jones Sr,; Mr. Newspaper isn't involved at all.
** *** Five minutes later Henry does try to use it on the zeppelin. [[TheDragon Colonel Vogel]] isn't fooled for a second. Perhaps it would have worked better if he held it right side up.
** *** Also used successfully by Sallah, to disguise his fist.
* ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'': When Indiana Jones is on a seaplane about to leave for Asia, a man lowers the ''Life'' magazine he's reading and reveals his face, with ominous music to let the audience know he's a {{Villain}}. He later turns out to be a Nazi agent.
fist.



* Steve Martin's version of Clousseau tries this along with his partner in ''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 version of Clousseau tries this along with his partner in ''ThePinkPanther'' ''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.



* In the Creator/StanleyKubrick adaptation of ''Literature/{{Lolita}}'', Claire Quilty and his wife do this while spying on Humbert in a hotel lobby. Unlike the usual version of this trope, the camera is behind the newspaper and the man holding it, looking over Quilty's shoulder at Humbert, showing how he's unaware that he's being watched.

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* In the Creator/StanleyKubrick adaptation of ''Literature/{{Lolita}}'', ''Film/{{Lolita}}'', Claire Quilty and his wife do this while spying on Humbert in a hotel lobby. Unlike the usual version of this trope, the camera is behind the newspaper and the man holding it, looking over Quilty's shoulder at Humbert, showing how he's unaware that he's being watched.
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