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17th May '16 2:58:38 PM R1ck
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Not Film/JamesBond/[[Series/{{Alias}} Sydney Bristow]], although that's one for TheShipYard...

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Not Film/JamesBond/[[Series/{{Alias}} Sydney Bristow]], although that's one for TheShipYard...
15th Apr '16 3:44:32 AM morenohijazo
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* At one point in Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy, smuggler and information broker Talon Karrde is discreetly informed by an ally that the ally's ships will attack the Imperial shipyard at Bilbringi. In order to spy on the resulting chaos, Karrde arranges for his ships to take on a legitimate shipping contract to deliver parts to Bilbringi (a ruse which he uses several times, equally often for spying or sabotage). [[MeaningfulBackgroundEvent While there]], they also happen to record a mysterious but trivial detail that ultimately proves highly valuable to the New Republic.

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* At one point in Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy, ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'', smuggler and information broker Talon Karrde is discreetly informed by an ally that the ally's ships will attack the Imperial shipyard at Bilbringi. In order to spy on the resulting chaos, Karrde arranges for his ships to take on a legitimate shipping contract to deliver parts to Bilbringi (a ruse which he uses several times, equally often for spying or sabotage). [[MeaningfulBackgroundEvent While there]], they also happen to record a mysterious but trivial detail that ultimately proves highly valuable to the New Republic.



* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "Remembrance of the Daleks" has a variation. The Seventh Doctor encounters an antenna van that ''seems'' to be tracking who's paid their TV license fee, but is actually tracking alien (read: Dalek) energy signatures.

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* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E1RemembranceOfTheDaleks "Remembrance of the Daleks" Daleks"]] has a variation. The Seventh Doctor encounters an antenna van that ''seems'' to be tracking who's paid their TV license fee, but is actually tracking alien (read: Dalek) energy signatures.
15th Apr '16 3:10:19 AM morenohijazo
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* ''Manga/WaGaNaWaUmishi'': Disguised as a fishing boat. Allegedly from North Korea.



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13th Apr '16 4:13:18 AM morenohijazo
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* Free Traders can sometimes do this in {{Traveller}}.

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* Free Traders can sometimes do this in {{Traveller}}.
''{{Traveller}}''.



* The GLA Bomb truck can serve this purpose in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'', as it can be disguised as any vehicle (allied, hostile, or one of the neutrals that are there to be turned into ActionBombs by the Terrorist unit) and is only revealed when detonating, which doesn't have to be done manually. Even better against AI opponents, who don't react ''at all'' to the random passenger car that's running over their infantry one by one.

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* The GLA Bomb truck can serve this purpose in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'', as it can be disguised as any vehicle (allied, hostile, or one of the neutrals that are there to be turned into ActionBombs {{Action Bomb}}s by the Terrorist unit) and is only revealed when detonating, which doesn't have to be done manually. Even better against AI opponents, who don't react ''at all'' to the random passenger car that's running over their infantry one by one.



* ''TheSimpsons'' featured one with the letters F-B-I painted prominently on the side. (The letters stood for "Flowers By Irene".) Cue the line, "I wonder why that [moving van / florist's van / pizza delivery van / whatever] has been parked there for two weeks," or similar, whereupon the van instantly screeched away and was replaced by another (that was just as suspicious).
** "Homer the Father", a 2011 episode had a series of these, each of them having the initials of an American government agency [[IThoughtItMeant but standing for something completely different]] ([[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld CIA = Chinese Intelligence Agency]], [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys FBI = French Bureau of Investigation]], and [[Series/TheATeam ATF = A-Team of Finland]]).

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* ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The episode [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E4BartTheMurderer "Bart the Murderer"]]
featured one with the letters F-B-I painted prominently on the side. (The letters stood for "Flowers By Irene".) Cue the line, "I wonder why that [moving van / florist's van / pizza delivery van / whatever] has been parked there for two weeks," or similar, whereupon the van instantly screeched away and was replaced by another (that was just as suspicious).
** [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS22E12HomerTheFather "Homer the Father", Father"]], a 2011 episode had a series of these, each of them having the initials of an American government agency [[IThoughtItMeant but standing for something completely different]] ([[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld CIA = Chinese Intelligence Agency]], [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys FBI = French Bureau of Investigation]], and [[Series/TheATeam ATF = A-Team of Finland]]).



* GhengisKhan and probably every other ruler in the world used merchants as spies from time to time. As they are among the few people who will be traveling, it makes sense.

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* GhengisKhan UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan and probably every other ruler in the world used merchants as spies from time to time. As they are among the few people who will be traveling, it makes sense.
17th Sep '15 7:00:24 AM Chabal2
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* The GLA Bomb truck can serve this purpose in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'', as it can be disguised as any vehicle (allied, hostile, or one of the neutrals that are there to be turned into ActionBombs by the Terrorist unit) and is only revealed when detonating, which doesn't have to be done manually. Even better against AI opponents, who don't react ''at all'' to the random passenger car that's running over their infantry one by one.
9th Aug '15 1:09:57 PM Prfnoff
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* The second mission of ''AceCombat5'' has the player character and his squadron investigating a reconnaissance vessel that had launched [=UAVs=] near the Osean shoreline. Later in the game, the ''Andromeda'''s signal intercept capabilities play a key role in the plot.

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* The second mission of ''AceCombat5'' ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'' has the player character and his squadron investigating a reconnaissance vessel that had launched [=UAVs=] near the Osean shoreline. Later in the game, the ''Andromeda'''s signal intercept capabilities play a key role in the plot.
31st May '15 7:50:06 AM Hanz
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* The Imperial Agent of ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' is given a personal ship designed to look like a luxury cruiser but with the firepower of a heavy gunship.
6th Apr '15 11:26:20 PM nombretomado
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* The ''DoctorWho'' story "Remembrance of the Daleks" has a variation. The Seventh Doctor encounters an antenna van that ''seems'' to be tracking who's paid their TV license fee, but is actually tracking alien (read: Dalek) energy signatures.

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* The ''DoctorWho'' ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "Remembrance of the Daleks" has a variation. The Seventh Doctor encounters an antenna van that ''seems'' to be tracking who's paid their TV license fee, but is actually tracking alien (read: Dalek) energy signatures.
29th Nov '14 5:34:50 AM DDE
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** The USSR had at least ten types of these, such as the "Okean" and "Primorye" classes. Much of their commercial fishing fleet was, according to TheOtherWiki, also engaged in spying ops on the side. These "trawlers" frequently were used to spy on US carrier battle groups as that was the greatest threat to the Soviet Navy.

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** The USSR had at least ten types of these, such as the "Okean" and "Primorye" classes. Much of their commercial fishing fleet was, according to TheOtherWiki, also engaged in spying ops on the side. These "trawlers" frequently were used to spy on US carrier battle groups as that was the greatest threat to the Soviet Navy. It helped that all those ships were state-owned anyway.
** In 2013 the RussiansWithRustingRockets commissioned the first Project 18280 [=ElInt=] ship, which will rely on low-signature "stealth" tech rather than being BeneathSuspicion, and will likely spy on the US "missile shield", which the Russians refuse to believe to be [[BlatantLies designed to stop Iranian missiles]]. HereWeGoAgain, Cold War!
** Also, the Soviets outdid everyone in regards to size. In order to spy on US missile tests in the Pacific, they commissioned one Project 1941 Titan ship, the [[Franchise/MassEffect SSV]]-33 ''Ural'', which used the stretched hull of the Project 1144 Orlan nuclear-powered heavy cruiser (a.k.a. the [[ReportingNames Kirov battlecruiser]]), and was the '''single biggest Soviet surface ship ever'''. SoMuchForStealth.
12th Nov '14 12:43:51 PM HiddenWindshield
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* In ''Literature/TheBible'', when Joseph had become vizier of Egypt and his brothers came to buy grain, Joseph pretended he thought they were this. As they had earlier sold him for a slave one can see why.
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