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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!
23rd Mar '17 10:02:27 AM Bissek
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* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': In one episode, [[spoiler:the errand boy]] is actually the boss, but nobody realises because the real boss was around, but is now [[spoiler:in a coma]].

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* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': In one episode, [[spoiler:the errand boy]] is actually the boss, but nobody realises because the real boss was around, but is now [[spoiler:in a coma]]. Another episode centers around a street gang whose leader only communicates with one lieutenant via email, [[spoiler:because the lieutenant murdered him and has been emailing himself to become the gang's de facto leader.]]



* In one episode of ''Series/MissionImpossible'', the IMF infiltrate a conspiracy of sons of former Nazi leaders intent on establishing a 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 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 a 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 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.]]
22nd Mar '17 9:16:10 PM StrixObscuro
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* In ''ComicBook/TheGoon'' no one sees Labrazio, as he conducts all his business through the Goon. [[spoiler: Because the Goon killed him years ago.]]

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* In ''ComicBook/TheGoon'' no one sees Labrazio, as he conducts all his business through the Goon. [[spoiler: Because [[spoiler:Because the Goon killed him years ago.]]]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', the 1900's gang called the Sinners were run by a mysterious pair whom only the Maneater ever saw. This is because the bosses were [[spoiler:Dale and Stacey Yorkes, Gert's time-travelling criminal parents]]. This creates some serious problems when Chase and Xavin try to join the Sinners.
22nd Mar '17 7:49:09 PM TudorRose
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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.
9th Mar '17 9:58:10 AM BeerBaron
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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]].
* By ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', two of the Tribunal gods, Vivec and Almalexia, have been forced into this. They ''used'' to walk amongst the people doing miracles, but now the war against Dagoth Ur has forces them into seclusion to conserve strength, only communicating directly with a select few high-ranking Temple officials (and in Almalexia's case her personal guard). The third Tribunal god, Sotha Sil already ''was'' reclusive, and has gone so far into seclusion that even Temple officials can admit they don't actually have any contact with him (they don't even know ''where'' he is, as his Clockwork City is hidden).

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]''
*** By the time of the game, the [[PhysicalGod Tribunal]] were forced into this after [[BigBad Dagoth Ur]] cut them off from their [[CosmicKeystone source of power]]. Previously, Vivec and Almalexia walked and worked among their people, offering guidance and performing miracles. Now, they remain almost exclusively in their temples, communicating with only a few high ranking Temple officials and personal guards. The third Tribunal god, Sotha Sil, was reclusive to begin with and has gone so far into seclusion that even Temple officials can admit they don't actually have any contact with him (they don't even know ''where'' he is, as his Clockwork City is hidden).
*** While most of the ThievesGuild hideouts are [[OpenSecret Open Secrets]], the actual Guild Master stays well hidden. You'll only find out where he hides out once you've risen to a high rank in the Guild. Justified, since he is a high priority target for the rival [[TheSyndicate Cammona]] [[TheMafia Tong]].
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Count Hassildor of Skingrad in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' 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]].
* By ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', two of the Tribunal gods, Vivec and Almalexia, have been forced into this. They ''used'' to walk amongst the people doing miracles, but now the war against Dagoth Ur has forces them into seclusion to conserve strength, only communicating directly with a select few high-ranking Temple officials (and in Almalexia's case her personal guard). The third Tribunal god, Sotha Sil already ''was'' reclusive, and has gone so far into seclusion that even Temple officials can admit they don't actually have any contact with him (they don't even know ''where'' he is, as his Clockwork City is hidden).
nonetheless]].
9th Mar '17 2:31:51 AM Korodzik
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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.]]

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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.]]
15th Oct '16 7:21:32 PM ReddishGuy1
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* Talzo's boss in ''Webcomic/KirbyAdventure'' so far hasn't been revealed. The only part of him we do see are a pair of [[RedEyesTakeWarning glowing red eyes]].

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* Talzo's boss in ''Webcomic/KirbyAdventure'' so far hasn't been revealed. The only part stays hidden in the shadows for most of him we do see are a pair the comic and makes very few appearances, with our heroes not even becoming aware of [[RedEyesTakeWarning glowing red eyes]].his existence until much later on. He is eventually revealed to be [[spoiler:Miracle Matter.]]
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