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13th Jul '16 3:00:19 PM TheBigBopper
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* ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'': Major Major Major Major has left explicit orders that no one is to be let in to his office while he is.

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* ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'': Major Major Major Major has left explicit orders that no one is to be let in to his office while he is.is occupying it.
13th Jul '16 2:56:24 PM TheBigBopper
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* "The Colonel" in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2''. Specifically, at one point you're directly asked if you've ever met him in person or know any name for him besides "The Colonel". Raiden can't give a good answer, and later it's because we learn that The Colonel is essentially an AI construct who was never a real person.

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* "The Colonel" in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2''. Specifically, at one point you're directly asked if you've ever met him in person or know any name for him besides "The Colonel". Raiden can't give a good answer, and later it's because we learn that [[spoiler: The Colonel is essentially an AI construct who was never a real person.person]].
31st May '16 2:28:37 PM SpocktorWho
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* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', this trope is the reason that Heaven is so screwed up. Apparently only four angels have ever actually seen God, which doesn't include Joshua, the only angel He seems to really ''talk'' to. As a result, half of the angels don't even believe God exists and some of them have decided that there's no point trying to obey their [[ParentalAbandonment errant father]] and that they might as well do [[TheHedonist whatever they want]]. The few who do believe in their Father and are loyal to Him express it [[WellDoneSonGuy in]] [[TheDutifulSon different]] [[OnlySaneEmployee ways]], and the whole situation eventually degenerates into an outright civil war.
29th Apr '16 7:28:47 PM TheWanderer
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* In ''Series/TheWire'', an international crime [[TheSyndicate syndicate]] is headed by a mysterious man known as "The Greek" who nobody outside the organization ever sees, regardless of how important their connection to the syndicate is. Instead, outsiders meet with The Greek's NumberTwo, a man called Spiros, usually at a run down little Greek diner with just a couple of booths and a little bar area. Everyone wonders who The Greek is, and no one suspects that he's [[HiddenIn PlainSight the little old man with a kindly appearance who sips coffee and reads the newspaper at the bar]], sitting just close enough to listen to Spiros and the people he talks with.

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* In ''Series/TheWire'', an international crime [[TheSyndicate syndicate]] is headed by a mysterious man known as "The Greek" who nobody outside the organization ever sees, regardless of how important their connection to the syndicate is. Instead, outsiders meet with The Greek's NumberTwo, a man called Spiros, usually at a run down little Greek diner with just a couple of booths and a little bar area. Everyone wonders who The Greek is, and no one suspects that he's [[HiddenIn PlainSight [[HiddenInPlainSight the little old man with a kindly appearance who sips coffee and reads the newspaper at the bar]], sitting just close enough to listen to Spiros and the people he talks with.
29th Apr '16 7:27:36 PM TheWanderer
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* In ''Series/TheWire'', an international crime [[TheSyndicate syndicate]] is headed by a mysterious man known as "The Greek" who nobody outside the organization ever sees, regardless of how important their connection to the syndicate is. Instead, outsiders meet with The Greek's NumberTwo, a man called Spiros, usually at a run down little Greek diner with just a couple of booths and a little bar area. Everyone wonders who The Greek is, and no one suspects that he's [[HiddenIn PlainSight the little old man with a kindly appearance who sips coffee and reads the newspaper at the bar]], sitting just close enough to listen to Spiros and the people he talks with.
23rd Apr '16 9:08:55 AM 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]].
2nd Apr '16 7:49:06 PM FordPrefect
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* Number One in ''Series/ThePrisoner'', until the final episode anyway. [[spoiler:[[MindScrewExcept not]]. [[GainaxEnding Maybe]].]]

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* Number One in ''Series/ThePrisoner'', until the final episode anyway. [[spoiler:[[MindScrewExcept [[spoiler:[[MindScrew Except not]]. [[GainaxEnding Maybe]].]]
2nd Apr '16 7:48:35 PM FordPrefect
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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 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.]]



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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.
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