History Main / NoOneSeesTheBoss

8th Nov '15 8:43:34 PM 43110
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This trope [[RunningGag (that is, the trope that is not me)]] is often used in conjunction with MysteriousEmployer, TheDon, The BigBad, The BiggerBad, The GodOfEvil, and villains which are MadeOfEvil, when the bad guy in question is TheUnseen. Supposedly, the guy exists, and [[WeAreEverywhere almost every person you see acts as his eyes and ears]]. At the same time, [[ShadowDictator no one has any idea who he is or what he looks like]], or even if "he" is really a [[PowersThatBe "they"]]. There are also the examples where [[{{Masquerade}} the Boss may want people to think he doesn't exist at all.]]
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This trope [[RunningGag (that is, the trope that is not me)]] is often used in conjunction with MysteriousEmployer, TheDon, The BigBad, The BiggerBad, GreaterScopeVillain, The GodOfEvil, and villains which are MadeOfEvil, when the bad guy in question is TheUnseen. Supposedly, the guy exists, and [[WeAreEverywhere almost every person you see acts as his eyes and ears]]. At the same time, [[ShadowDictator no one has any idea who he is or what he looks like]], or even if "he" is really a [[PowersThatBe "they"]]. There are also the examples where [[{{Masquerade}} the Boss may want people to think he doesn't exist at all.]]
7th Sep '15 4:49:34 AM DaibhidC
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* Another ''Pyramid'' article, [[http://www.sjgames.com/pyramid/sample.html?id=2177 "A Fistful of Tunes You Can Whistle"]] for ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Literature/{{Discworld}}'', is set in a SpaghettiWestern style town run by the barking mad Varozag family. The head of the family is never seen, but "Don Dominguo orders it!" is the standard justification for their odder demands. The article suggests that an actual encounter with the Don could serve as the climax of a scenario -- live or stuffed.
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* Another ''Pyramid'' article, [[http://www.sjgames.com/pyramid/sample.html?id=2177 "A Fistful of Tunes You Can Whistle"]] for ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Literature/{{Discworld}}'', ''TabletopGame/DiscworldRoleplayingGame'', is set in a SpaghettiWestern style town run by the barking mad Varozag family. The head of the family is never seen, but "Don Dominguo orders it!" is the standard justification for their odder demands. The article suggests that an actual encounter with the Don could serve as the climax of a scenario -- live or stuffed.
7th Jul '15 7:16:30 PM nombretomado
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* Up until the very end of Season 5, Jacob in ''{{Lost}}'' appears to give some sort of orders but is never seen. When Locke demands in Season 3 that Ben take him to see Jacob, it turns out that Jacob apparently doesn't exist at all... or does he?
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* Up until the very end of Season 5, Jacob in ''{{Lost}}'' ''Series/{{Lost}}'' appears to give some sort of orders but is never seen. When Locke demands in Season 3 that Ben take him to see Jacob, it turns out that Jacob apparently doesn't exist at all... or does he?
6th Jul '15 7:04:10 PM HyperEmerson
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* ''Manga/{{Arachnid}}'' has this secret international organization of bug-themed assassins which is managed by front man Suzume Bachi. Its members believe he is in fact the boss, but he states the real boss is already overseeing the Arachnid Hunt game inside the Ouran High School. We soon learn that the boss is the local StudentCouncilPresident, a creepy young girl named Sara. However, [[spoiler:it turns out neither she nor the one she is revealed to be a servant of are really the boss. As the story goes on, there are no more clues of who the boss might be]].
3rd Jul '15 5:45:03 PM Odacon_Spy
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* Number One in ''Series/ThePrisoner''.
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* Number One in ''Series/ThePrisoner''.''Series/ThePrisoner'', until the final episode anyway. [[spoiler:[[MindScrewExcept not]]. [[GainaxEnding Maybe]].]]

* In one episode of ''Series/MissionImpossible'', the IMF infiltrate a conspiracy of sons of former Nazi leaders intent on establishing Fourth Reich, allegedly lead by a bedridden official from Hitler's original Third Reich, whose bed is obscured by a curtain and who always gives orders through his [[TheDragon Dragon]]. [[spoiler: When it turns out the leader is just a dummy and a series of tape recordings, Rollin poses as the official (claiming to be recovering from his illness) in order to drive a wedge between the the dragon, who knows the man doesn't exist and that Rollin can only be an impostor, and the rest of the conspiracy, who do not, and believe that the dragon is irrationally attacking their beloved leader.]]
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* In one episode of ''Series/MissionImpossible'', the IMF infiltrate a conspiracy of sons of former Nazi leaders intent on establishing Fourth Reich, allegedly lead by a bedridden official from Hitler's original Third Reich, whose bed is obscured by a curtain and who always gives orders through his [[TheDragon Dragon]]. [[spoiler: When it turns out the leader is just a dummy and a series of tape recordings, Rollin poses as the official (claiming to be recovering from his illness) in order to drive a wedge between the the dragon, who knows the man doesn't exist and that Rollin can only be an impostor, and the rest of the conspiracy, who do not, and believe that the dragon is irrationally attacking their beloved leader.]]
13th May '15 5:28:51 PM intastiel
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* Count Hassildor of Skingrad in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' is famously reclusive, unusually LongLived, rumoured to be a [[BenevolentMageRuler powerful sorcerer]], and [[HundredPercentAdorationRating well-loved by his subjects]] despite his isolation. His affairs are managed by his stewards, who are quick to remind people that he doesn't take visitors. When the player persists in requesting a meeting, it's revealed that the Count is actually [[spoiler:a vampire, but a good guy and a conscientious ruler nonetheless]].
18th Mar '15 5:52:50 PM BrokenEye
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* In one episode of ''Series/MissionImpossible'', the IMF infiltrate a conspiracy of sons of former Nazi leaders intent on establishing Fourth Reich, allegedly lead by a bedridden official from Hitler's original Third Reich, whose bed is obscured by a curtain and who always gives orders through his [[TheDragon Dragon]]. When it turns out the leader is just a dummy and a series of tape recordings, Rollin poses as the official (claiming to be recovering from his illness) in order to drive a wedge between the TheDragon, who knows the man doesn't exist, and the rest of the conspiracy, who do not, and believe that TheDragon is irrationally attacking their beloved leader.
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* In one episode of ''Series/MissionImpossible'', the IMF infiltrate a conspiracy of sons of former Nazi leaders intent on establishing Fourth Reich, allegedly lead by a bedridden official from Hitler's original Third Reich, whose bed is obscured by a curtain and who always gives orders through his [[TheDragon Dragon]]. [[spoiler: When it turns out the leader is just a dummy and a series of tape recordings, Rollin poses as the official (claiming to be recovering from his illness) in order to drive a wedge between the TheDragon, the dragon, who knows the man doesn't exist, exist and that Rollin can only be an impostor, and the rest of the conspiracy, who do not, and believe that TheDragon the dragon is irrationally attacking their beloved leader.]]
18th Mar '15 5:51:07 PM BrokenEye
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* In one episode of ''Series/MissionImpossible'', the IMF infiltrate a conspiracy of sons of former Nazi leaders intent on establishing Fourth Reich, allegedly lead by a bedridden official from Hitler's original Third Reich, whose bed is obscured by a curtain and who always gives orders through his [[TheDragon second in command]]. When it turns out the leader is just a dummy and a series of tape recordings, the IMF take advantage of the situation by
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* In one episode of ''Series/MissionImpossible'', the IMF infiltrate a conspiracy of sons of former Nazi leaders intent on establishing Fourth Reich, allegedly lead by a bedridden official from Hitler's original Third Reich, whose bed is obscured by a curtain and who always gives orders through his [[TheDragon second in command]]. Dragon]]. When it turns out the leader is just a dummy and a series of tape recordings, Rollin poses as the IMF take advantage official (claiming to be recovering from his illness) in order to drive a wedge between the TheDragon, who knows the man doesn't exist, and the rest of the situation by conspiracy, who do not, and believe that TheDragon is irrationally attacking their beloved leader.
18th Mar '15 5:48:42 PM BrokenEye
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* In one episode of ''Series/MissionImpossible'', the IMF infiltrate a conspiracy of sons of former Nazi leaders intent on establishing Fourth Reich, allegedly lead by a bedridden official from Hitler's original Third Reich, whose bed is obscured by a curtain and who always gives orders through his [[TheDragon second in command]]. When it turns out the leader is just a dummy and a series of tape recordings, the IMF take advantage of the situation by
28th Feb '15 7:58:44 PM Seanette
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* In ''Literature/{{Nightfall}}'', Mondior, leader of the Apostles of the Flame cult, turns out to be fictitious (similarly to Adam Selene, he's seen in video simulations only). His "spokesman", Folimun, is the real leader of the group.
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