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22nd Dec '16 4:46:10 PM StarTropes
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* An episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' takes place aboard the USNS ''Chimera'', a naval "black ship" disguised as an ordinary tramp steamer. Its mission is confidentially revealed to be collecting microbial samples for potential bio-warfare research--and then ''that'' turns out to be a smokescreen. Its ''real'' mission is to recover an old Soviet nuclear warhead before Russian privateers do.
1st Dec '16 1:51:33 PM GuyIncog
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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GSF_Explorer Hughes Glomar Explorer]], built under the cover of being a mineral exploration ship, was actually used by the CIA in an attempt to salvage a sunken Soviet missile submarine. During the mission, the ship was even shadowed by a Soviet "fishing trawler" of the kind mentioned above.

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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GSF_Explorer Hughes Glomar Explorer]], built under the cover of being a mineral exploration ship, was actually used by the CIA in an attempt to salvage a sunken Soviet missile submarine. During the mission, In a double example of this trope, the ship was even shadowed during its mission by a Soviet "fishing trawler" of the kind mentioned above.
1st Dec '16 1:49:53 PM GuyIncog
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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GSF_Explorer Hughes Glomar Explorer]], built under the cover of being a mineral exploration ship, was actually used by the CIA in an attempt to salvage a sunken Soviet missile submarine. During the mission, the ship was even shadowed by a Soviet "fishing trawler" of the kind mentioned above.
7th Aug '16 9:05:35 PM Moopsball
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* ''Your'' ship in ''VideoGame/SunlessSea''. Most of your early-game income will be from collecting port reports and picking up information packets from spies for the Admiralty. You can even try to set up your own spy networks in a few ports.
29th Jun '16 1:54:50 PM Protagonist506
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Has nothing to do with [[IThoughtItMeant romance between spies]].
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.
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