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14th Dec '16 10:14:44 AM PixelKnight
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** Creator/AlanMoore gave Dan Dreiberg, aka Nite Owl, this background, and the [[WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys expensive toys]] that go with it. Although in contrast to the more usual ObfuscatingStupidity, his cover is that he's a harmless ''intellectual''. Played with in that, as a crimefighter, Nite Owl is decisive and confident, while Dan Dreiberg is nervous and impotent. (contrast with Rorschach, who is ''poor'' and a ''lunatic'', with no day job).

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** Creator/AlanMoore gave Dan Dreiberg, aka Nite Owl, this background, and the [[WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys expensive toys]] that go with it. Although in contrast to the more usual ObfuscatingStupidity, his cover is that he's a harmless ''intellectual''. Played with in that, as a crimefighter, Nite Owl is decisive and confident, while Dan Dreiberg is nervous and impotent. (contrast with Rorschach, who is ''poor'' and a ''lunatic'', with no day job).Poor Lunatic With No Day Job).
8th Dec '16 9:31:25 PM PaulA
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* Played straight in the TV-movie TheScarletPimpernel, and heavy emphasis is placed on the fact that it's very important his enemies don't see through the hero's cover.
-->'''Sir Percy:''' He came here tonight looking for the Scarlet Pimpernel. Let us pray he found a fool.

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* Played straight in the TV-movie TheScarletPimpernel, ''Film/{{The Scarlet Pimpernel|1982}}'', and heavy emphasis is placed on the fact that it's very important his enemies don't see through the hero's cover.
-->'''Sir Percy:''' He came here tonight was looking for the Scarlet Pimpernel. Let us I pray he found a fool.
8th Dec '16 9:00:30 AM Taskmaster123
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--'''Sir Percy''': He came here tonight looking for the Scarlet Pimpernel. Let us pray he found a fool.

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--'''Sir Percy''': -->'''Sir Percy:''' He came here tonight looking for the Scarlet Pimpernel. Let us pray he found a fool.
8th Dec '16 8:59:33 AM Taskmaster123
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* Played straight in the TV-movie TheScarletPimpernel, and heavy emphasis is placed on the fact that it's very important his enemies don't see through the hero's cover.
--'''Sir Percy''': He came here tonight looking for the Scarlet Pimpernel. Let us pray he found a fool.
3rd Nov '16 6:22:04 PM BattleMaster
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* Prince Adam from ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' is a feckless layabout ''Prince'' who is mysteriously never suspected to be the {{Big Damn Hero|es}} for precisely the reasons mentioned in the trope definition.

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* Prince Adam from ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' is a feckless layabout ''Prince'' who is mysteriously never suspected to be the {{Big Damn Hero|es}} for precisely the reasons mentioned in the trope definition.definition (also, everyone thinks he's a coward because he [[HenshinHero always disappears]] when the villains attack).
20th Oct '16 9:04:42 PM dmcreif
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* ''Film/IronMan'': In the movie, Tony Stark seemed to be more of a Rich Idiot ''with'' a day job, where he only had to pay attention as long as he didn't get bored. Naturally enough, ''that'' was almost his downfall. However, in the first movie at least, he is perhaps the world's most brilliant engineer, but only barely competent as a business manager. He delegates that part of his job to his [[TreacherousAdvisor trusted lifelong friend]] Obadiah Stane, and later his [[HypercompetentSidekick hypercompetent secretary]] Pepper Potts. At the end of the first film, he goes and renders the whole SecretIdentity trope irrelevant by revealing the truth at a press conference. By the time ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' rolls around, being a superhero ''is'' his day job.

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* ''Film/IronMan'': ''Film/IronMan1'': In the movie, Tony Stark seemed to be is more of a Rich Idiot ''with'' a day job, where he only had has to pay attention as long as he didn't doesn't get bored. Naturally enough, ''that'' was is almost his downfall. However, in the first movie at least, he is perhaps one of the world's most brilliant engineer, top engineers in the world, but only barely competent as a business manager. He delegates that part of his job to his [[TreacherousAdvisor trusted lifelong friend]] Obadiah Stane, and later his [[HypercompetentSidekick hypercompetent secretary]] Pepper Potts. At By the end of the first film, movie, he goes and renders the whole SecretIdentity trope irrelevant by revealing the truth at a press conference. By the time ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' rolls around, being a superhero ''is'' his day job.
13th Jul '16 6:57:16 PM PaulA
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* Invoked in one half-issue of ''TheFlash'', when the second Trickster speculates that his SecretIdentity is one of these--"I can tell he's one of those pretty boys under that mask. Probably has jet black hair. Dozens of girlfriends. Bet he lives in a mansion somewhere, too." He happens to be completely wrong, since the Flash at this point is a redheaded, HappilyMarried police mechanic. Doubled as a MythologyGag regarding Bruce Wayne, of course.

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* Invoked in one half-issue of ''TheFlash'', ''ComicBook/TheFlash'', when the second Trickster speculates that his SecretIdentity is one of these--"I can tell he's one of those pretty boys under that mask. Probably has jet black hair. Dozens of girlfriends. Bet he lives in a mansion somewhere, too." He happens to be completely wrong, since the Flash at this point is a redheaded, HappilyMarried police mechanic. Doubled as a MythologyGag regarding Bruce Wayne, of course.
13th Jul '16 2:53:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* Invoked in one half-issue of ''TheFlash'', when the second Trickster speculates that his SecretIdentity is one of these--"I can tell he's one of those pretty boys under that mask. Probably has jet black hair. Dozens of girlfriends. Bet he lives in a mansion somewhere, too." He happens to be completely wrong, since the Flash at this point is a [[RedheadedHero redheaded]], HappilyMarried police mechanic. Doubled as a MythologyGag regarding Bruce Wayne, of course.

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* Invoked in one half-issue of ''TheFlash'', when the second Trickster speculates that his SecretIdentity is one of these--"I can tell he's one of those pretty boys under that mask. Probably has jet black hair. Dozens of girlfriends. Bet he lives in a mansion somewhere, too." He happens to be completely wrong, since the Flash at this point is a [[RedheadedHero redheaded]], redheaded, HappilyMarried police mechanic. Doubled as a MythologyGag regarding Bruce Wayne, of course.
22nd May '16 6:06:30 PM lakingsif
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* Ariana Von Holmberg of Rashida Jones' ''Frenemy of the State'' offers a female twist on this character as an UpperClassTwit recruited by the CIA.

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* Ariana Von Holmberg of Rashida Jones' Creator/RashidaJones' ''Frenemy of the State'' offers a female twist on this character as an UpperClassTwit recruited by the CIA.
17th May '16 11:55:48 AM SteveMB
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** That said, his public guise is good enough to protect his identity from an attempt to reveal it:
--->'''Hugo Strange:''' I was set up! Bruce Wayne is Batman!\\
'''Two-Face:''' [[CassandraTruth That's absurd!]] I know Bruce Wayne. If he's Batman, [[AndImTheQueenOfSheba I'm the king of England]]!\\
'''Joker:''' And people say ''I'm'' crazy! ''[[EvilLaugh (laughs)]]''
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