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31st Jul '17 3:09:32 PM ShadowMan3
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* In ''VideoGame/Splatoon2'', Mr. Grizz in the Salmon Run mode is portrayed as just a bear statue with an antenna on it, as we never get to see who is ''really'' speaking through said statue.
28th Jul '17 9:27:27 PM Vox
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* In the ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' trilogy, no one has ever seen the BigBad living GodOfEvil Jupiter, not even the rats who worship him. He can see things anywhere through an extension of himself in [[FortuneTeller Madame Akkikuyu's]] CrystalBall.

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* In the ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' trilogy, no one has ever seen the BigBad living GodOfEvil Jupiter, not even the rats who worship him. He can see things anywhere through an extension of himself in [[FortuneTeller Madame Akkikuyu's]] CrystalBall. It turns out the reason he never lets his rat minions see him because [[spoiler:he's actually a monstrous ''[[CatsAreMean cat]]''.]]
15th Jul '17 3:17:27 AM JackG
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* The unseen head of SPECTRE in ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'', whose identity is concealed even from his own criminal executives. His face remained a mystery (to the audience at least) until ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''.

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* The unseen head of SPECTRE in ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'', whose identity is concealed even from his own criminal executives. His executives (but not his RightHandCat). The following film ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' had Blofeld's identity revealed to the audience, and he works among hundreds of mooks who see his face remained without a mystery (to the audience at least) until ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''.
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15th Jul '17 3:12:36 AM JackG
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* The unseen head of SPECTRE in ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'', whose identity is concealed even from his own criminal executives. His identity remained a mystery (to the audience at least) until ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''.

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* The unseen head of SPECTRE in ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'', whose identity is concealed even from his own criminal executives. His identity face remained a mystery (to the audience at least) until ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''.
15th Jul '17 3:12:18 AM JackG
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* The unseen head of SPECTRE in the early JamesBond films, but finally averted in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''.

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* The unseen head of SPECTRE in ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'', whose identity is concealed even from his own criminal executives. His identity remained a mystery (to the early JamesBond films, but finally averted in audience at least) until ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''.
15th Jul '17 3:09:52 AM JackG
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* The unseen head of SPECTRE in the early JamesBond films, but finally averted in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''.
15th Jun '17 10:26:18 AM DaibhidC
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* In the ''Literature/StarTrekNovelVerse Section 31'' novels, the eponymous organisation is run by a figure called Control, who only appears to the Directors, and even then only as a {{Sinister Silhouette|s}} generically-humanoid hologram with a disguised voice. It's generally believed by the Directors that one of them could eventually succeed to the position, but further research suggests that this has ''never'' happened. [[spoiler: Control is actually a three-hundred-year-old AI data monitoring programme that decided "report any suspicious activity to appropriate authorities" wasn't enough of a response.]]

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* In the ''Literature/StarTrekNovelVerse Section 31'' novels, the eponymous organisation is run by a figure called Control, who only appears to the Directors, and even then only as a {{Sinister Silhouette|s}} generically-humanoid hologram with a disguised voice. It's generally believed by the Directors that one of them could eventually succeed to the position, but further research suggests that this has ''never'' happened. [[spoiler: Control is actually a three-hundred-year-old AI data monitoring programme program that decided "report any suspicious activity to appropriate authorities" wasn't enough of a response.]]
15th Jun '17 10:25:39 AM DaibhidC
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* In the ''Literature/StarTrekNovelVerse Section 31'' novels, the eponymous organisation is run by a figure called Control, who only appears to the Directors, and even then only as a {{Sinister Silhouette|s}} generically-humanoid hologram with a disguised voice. It's generally believed by the Directors that one of them could eventually succeed to the position, but further research suggests that this has ''never'' happened. [[spoiler: Control is actually a three-hundred-year-old AI data monitoring programme that decided "report any suspicious activity to appropriate authorities" wasn't enough of a response.]]
10th Apr '17 6:49:55 PM eroock
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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 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.]] He might employ [[MouthOfSauron one trusted servant whose job is to relay the Boss's words.]]

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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 GreaterScopeVillain, The GodOfEvil, and villains which are MadeOfEvil, when the bad guy in question is TheUnseen.TheGhost. 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.]] He might employ [[MouthOfSauron one trusted servant whose job is to relay the Boss's words.]]



This trope [[OverlyLongGag (which is certainly not speaking to you now)]] is a SubTrope of TheUnseen, The PowersThatBe, and The {{Masquerade}} in combination. Like the first two, the character never makes an appearance with enough weight to establish whether he's real or not, but this is done ''deliberately'' either by his {{Mooks}} or the ManipulativeBastard himself. Sometimes, the ExactWords "no one sees the boss" are used, or some variation thereof like "no one knows what he looks like" or "he may or may not exist". Any information given will usually be ShroudedInMyth like, "I heard he was born after Cthulhu raped Beelzebub and the baby clawed his way out of the womb and ate both parents' souls". Before TheReveal (if there is one), any origin will be MultipleChoicePast.

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This trope [[OverlyLongGag (which is certainly not speaking to you now)]] is a SubTrope of TheUnseen, TheGhost, The PowersThatBe, and The {{Masquerade}} in combination. Like the first two, the character never makes an appearance with enough weight to establish whether he's real or not, but this is done ''deliberately'' either by his {{Mooks}} or the ManipulativeBastard himself. Sometimes, the ExactWords "no one sees the boss" are used, or some variation thereof like "no one knows what he looks like" or "he may or may not exist". Any information given will usually be ShroudedInMyth like, "I heard he was born after Cthulhu raped Beelzebub and the baby clawed his way out of the womb and ate both parents' souls". Before TheReveal (if there is one), any origin will be MultipleChoicePast.
30th Mar '17 8:33:03 AM Ccook1956
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** Similarly, the head honchos of ''WesternAnimation/CoolMcCool'' and ''[[{{Terrytoons}} James Hound]]'' are heard but never seen.


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* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' tries to talk to the U.S. President in "The Statue Of Liberty Caper," but the Commander-In-Chief is surrounded by Secret Service agents.
-->'''Danger Mouse:''' Uh...nice to have almost met you!
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