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** He also does this to Craig in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E11ClosingTime "Closing Time"]], ''twice''. Once while Craig is trying to tell the lady at the shop that they aren't a couple, and again just before Sophie gets home. Poor Craig.

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** He also does this to Craig in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E11ClosingTime [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E12ClosingTime "Closing Time"]], ''twice''. Once while Craig is trying to tell the lady at the shop that they aren't a couple, and again just before Sophie gets home. Poor Craig.
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* ''Series/ThePretender'', on occasion. Perhaps most notably in a first season episode where Jarod meets a MagicalNativeAmerican (or one who likes to play up the trope, anyway) who does this, initially confounding Jarod. By the end of the episode, Jarod has picked up the skill from him.

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* ''Series/ThePretender'', on occasion. Perhaps most notably Michelle, a member of LaResistance (literally) in ''Series/AlloAllo'', frequently does this.
* In Green Arrow's own series ''{{Series/Arrow}}'', he does this
a first season lot, particularly after threatening villains.
** At one point he does it out of a moving car in the middle of an empty street.
** In the
episode where Jarod meets a MagicalNativeAmerican (or one who likes to play up [[Recap/ArrowS5E7Vigilante "Vigilante"]], the trope, anyway) who titular VigilanteMan manages to pull this off when he's ''tied to a pillar''.
* [[spoiler:The murdered copper]] in ''Series/AshesToAshes'' has a habit of this.
* In the finale of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' [[spoiler:Kara Thrace
does this in the middle of an open plain when Lee turns away for a moment, proving that she really was killed in Season 3 and is actually some kind of corporeal angel.]]
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Sheldon attempts to stay at Raj's apartment in order to avoid a bitter argument between Penny and Leonard. Unfortunately, when he enters, Raj was already in a severe argument regarding leaving for a wedding back in India (citing that he has something important to do for his university as his reason), as well as his parent's implication that he and Howard Wollowitz were a couple ("The closest thing we have to a daughter in law is that Jewish boy Howard"). When Raj turns and angrily asks Sheldon to back him up by telling them that they are just friends, Sheldon was already long gone (obviously because of wanting to run away from their argument).
* In ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'' (the TV series), Huntress is constantly doing
this, initially confounding Jarod. By especially to her FriendOnTheForce, Detective Reese. At one point, ''even Alfred did this to him'', prompting him to say something to the end effect of the episode, Jarod has picked up the skill from him."you've ''gotta'' be kidding me."



* In ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'' (the TV series), Huntress is constantly doing this, especially to her FriendOnTheForce, Detective Reese. At one point, ''even Alfred did this to him'', prompting him to say something to the effect of "you've ''gotta'' be kidding me."
* In an episode of ''Series/MurphyBrown'', someone asks a Deep Throat-like informant how he always manages to mysteriously appear out of the shadows, to which he offhandedly explains, "You just stand in a shadow, then step out."

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* Subverted in ''Series/BurnNotice'', where Michael explains that it do not involve spy magic, but quick feet and strong fingers, as he is seen hanging from the roof.
* Charlie does this in episode 1x02 of ''Series/ByAnyMeans''; disappearing when the DI he is talking to turns to look at the tied-up villain in the boot of a car Charlie has just delivered to him.
* Agent Gray, the CIA agent from ''Series/{{Castle}}''.
** Becket pulls one of these on Esposito in "Probable Cause".
* From ''Series/{{Chuck}}'':
-->'''Bryce:''' ''[steps out from behind a wall]'' Chuck.\\
'''Chuck:''' ''[startled]'' Aah! You-- What did I say about the entrances?!
** Casey used to love startling Chuck that way, too.
* In ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'' (the TV series), Huntress ''Series/{{Constantine}}'', the angel Manny often disappears while John is constantly doing this, especially still talking to her FriendOnTheForce, Detective Reese. At one point, ''even Alfred him, often to the confusion of [[BodySnatcher whoever Manny was taking over]].
* In ''Series/{{Crusade}}'', Galen, the resident techno-mage,
did this frequently. In an episode, another techno-mage did the same to him'', him, leading Galen to mutter "Now I know how it feels...".
* Horatio Caine on ''Series/CSIMiami'' also does this from time to time (mostly the Stealth Hi version), complete with ClickHello when he's sneaking up on the Perp of the Week. Apparently JerryBruckheimer didn't think the sunglasses routine and super-serious monotone fulfilled the show's {{Narm}} quota.
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'':
** During "[[Recap/Daredevil2015S1E4InTheBlood In the Blood]]", Ben Urich pulls it on Karen when he sits down behind her at an auction, then seemingly disappears into thin air just as she's about to ask him how he knew she was there.
** Throughout "[[Recap/Daredevil2015S1E12TheOnesWeLeaveBehind The Ones We Leave Behind]]", Ben gets subjected to this three times: Matt first jumps off a dumpster behind Ben while he's getting in his car,
prompting him Urich to say something "You like making an entrance, don't you?". Then Karen, waiting in a doorway, surprises him as he's returning to the effect of "you've ''gotta'' be kidding me."
* In an episode of ''Series/MurphyBrown'', someone asks a Deep Throat-like informant how he always manages to mysteriously appear out of the shadows,
his apartment, to which he offhandedly explains, "You says, exasperated, "Everybody's got to be sneaking out, tonight?" Lastly, at the end of the episode, Wilson Fisk breaks into Urich's apartment, then sits in a chair in a dimly lit corner and waits for Ben to come home. He's unnoticed until the camera pans and Fisk begins talking. This last one ends fatally for Ben.
** In "[[Recap/Daredevil2015S2E4PennyAndDime Penny and Dime]]", Karen pulls one on Matt and Foggy, using the distraction of Foggy pulling Matt into his office to tell him about a client to slip out unnoticed with the Punisher files. Later, Matt pulls one on Sgt. Brett Mahoney in a storage closet while Brett is answering a call on his radio. And in the final scene, Elektra pulls such an entrance on Matt.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Second Doctor was fond of this trope (did it to himself in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E1TheThreeDoctors "The Three Doctors"]]).
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E1RemembranceOfTheDaleks "Remembrance of the Daleks"]], the creepy schoolgirl vanishes more than once when someone turns their head away from her for a few seconds.
** The [[TheNthDoctor Eighth Doctor]] did it at least once.
** [[Creator/ChristopherEccleston The Ninth Doctor]] pulled this off very well in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E9TheEmptyChild "The Empty Child"]]. When Nancy and her fellow orphans sneak into a dining room while the home's residents are in a bomb-shelter(the ep takes place during the Blitz), Nancy starts a plate around and everyone takes a slice of beef. The Doctor was already sitting at the other end of the table, accepting the plate from the child ahead of him. ''No one'' notices him until he speaks. He later does it again when he follows Nancy to her hideout. She points out that people can't usually do that to her.
** For that matter, Nancy herself did it to the Doctor, appearing seemingly out of nowhere to tell him not to answer the phone in the TARDIS (which shouldn't have worked to begin with), and having vanished when he turned around again to question her further about the phone call.
** In the same two-parter, Jack disappeared very suddenly... and then, better yet, Rose and the Doctor managed not to notice that ''they'' were being teleported.
--->'''Jack:''' Most people notice they've been teleported... You guys are so sweet.
** The Eleventh Doctor has a tendency to Stealth Bye people without warning. The first time he does it is off the hospital roof in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour "The Eleventh Hour"]] to Amy and Rory -- ''both'' of whom were closer to the door than he was.
** He does it to Amy again in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow "The Beast Below"]]. He's in the middle of explaining that that time travel is like a nature documentary, they must only observe and ''[[BlatantLies never]]'' interfere, while the scanner pans over a crying child. Amy questions how hard it must be not to help people, only to realize the scanner now showing the Doctor outside, ''[[ChronicHeroSyndrome interfering...]]''
** He also does this to Craig in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E11ClosingTime "Closing Time"]], ''twice''. Once while Craig is trying to tell the lady at the shop that they aren't a couple, and again
just stand before Sophie gets home. Poor Craig.
** The Tenth and Eleventh Doctors sneak up on River Song [[RightBehindMe a couple of times]]. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead Once]] when she was telling another character about who the Doctor was and what she had seen him do, thus accidentally serving the Doctor some spoilers since those things were still in his future. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E5FleshAndStone The other time]] she was just mad at him for wandering off
in a shadow, then step out."crisis:
--->'''River:''' ''[...]'' if he's dead back there, I'll never forgive myself. And if he's alive, I'll never forgive him. And Doctor, you're standing right behind me aren't you?\\
'''The Doctor:''' Yeah.\\
'''River:''' ''[lovingly]'' I hate you.\\
'''The Doctor:''' You don't.
** A rather weird example in the ''Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures'' novel ''Vanishing Point''.
--->"How dare you?" It was a whisper colder than the wind outside, and it seemed somehow to fill the room. Vettul was back, just behind him. The way she seemed to just appear was uncanny. ''[...]'' And she swayed from the room, thump-''thump''ing on her twisted legs.



* Neatly subverted in the final episode of ''Series/FatherTed'' where a mysterious priest asks about Ted and then vanishes with a little music sting. Ten seconds later he re-appears with the comment "Sorry, I went over there. What did you say?"
* ''{{Series/Firefly}}''
** Played with a bit of a horror aspect in the episode "Bushwhacked". As Mal and Zoe are cleaning out the derelict's cargo bay, the feeling that something is ''wrong'' starts to overtake them. They look around the previously empty bay, and find that River has snuck up on them without warning, only this time, she's looking ''up''. The camera pans up, and cue the horror.
** [[spoiler:Mal pulls one of these on Jubal Early]] in "Objects in Space", [[spoiler:when Early climbs out on top of ''Serenity'' and starts for his ship, only to have Mal pop up behind him, rip off a witty one-liner, and hurl him into deep space. More easily justified, as it's ''space''.]]
** Early himself manages to pull it off on Kaylee earlier on, and exploits it for maximum terrifying effect. It helps that Early's appearance would have been completely shocking, since he was a complete stranger and they were in the middle of space (meaning that there would have been no obvious means of him getting on the ship at all).
** River pulls off a subtle one in "Safe" when she slips out of the store while Kaylee and Simon have their disagreement. If you watch closely, you can actually see her circling around Kaylee and then vanishing off-screen.
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'':
** Paris does it to Rory, prompting Rory's "God! You're like the pop-up book from hell!"
** Francine is also quite adept.
* David Karofsky from ''Series/{{Glee}}'' started a meme of ''Suddenly Karofsky'' due to his tendency to appear seemingly out of nowhere despite his big size and habit of wearing a distinctive red letterman's jacket. It was played for dramatic effect when he was bullying Kurt.
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'': Nick's mother Kelly makes a habit of doing, continually surprising with her appearances/disappearances in "Bad Teeth".
* Sylar from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' does this several times in the first season, both the quick disappearing act ''and'' the suddenly appearing from nowhere. Usually Sylar pops up just behind the protagonist's shoulder who only moments before had been looking around an empty room or empty plaza. Bennet and Peter actually speculate in the season finale that Sylar has the power to "hide in plain sight". Given that Sylar has assimilated an unknown number of superpowers, it's not that unlikely.
** About Bennet's "hide in plain sight" comment; guess who taps on his shoulder a second later?
** He does this in season four out of the back seat of a closed car, reappearing on ''the top of an apartment building'' about 100 feet away in less than ten seconds. The writer admits this is 100% OffscreenTeleportation.



* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'':
** In "The Blind Banker", John and Sarah are at the circus on a date and John is getting their reserved tickets when he is informed that there are three waiting for them, not the two John was expecting. John is confused - until Sherlock pops up out of nowhere behind them, explains that he called back to get the third ticket for himself, introduces himself to Sarah, and promptly walks off offscreen.
--->'''John:''' I've got two reserved for tonight.\\
'''Box Office Manager:''' What name is it?\\
'''John:''' Er... Holmes.\\
'''Box Office Manager:''' Actually, I have three in that name.\\
'''John:''' Oh, no. I think that's an error. He booked two.\\
'''Sherlock:''' ''[offscreen]'' And then I phoned back and got one for me as well. ''[slides onscreen; turns to Sarah]'' I'm Sherlock. ''[slides offscreen]''
** Done again in "The Sign of Three", when Sherlock vanishes from a park bench in the middle of a conversation with John, without John noticing.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'':
** Gibbs does this with the other agents (although he mainly does the Stealth Hi and not the Stealth Bye). It's usually played for a RightBehindMe moment. In one episode Abby puts bubble wrap on the floor across her door as an attempt to warn her when Gibbs is sneaking in. It works, but annoys Gibbs so much that he orders her to get rid of it.
** When Gibbs temporarily comes back from his TenMinuteRetirement, he finds Tony, who had been filling in as the team's leader, hiding behind a stairwell while the other agents are talking, eavesdropping with a speakerphone. He tells Gibbs that "you know exactly what I'm doing", and then attempts a Stealth Hi just like Gibbs did as soon as the opportunity arrives. He quickly finds out that Gibbs did not gain his information that way, causing him to remark, "I have much to learn still, master."
** Gibbs has a stealth bye pulled on him when he, Kate, and Tony visit Guantanamo. He's giving them orders while reading a newspaper, and they're down the hall arguing over who gets the bedroom with the bathtub. Naturally, Gibbs gets back at them by taking said room.
** One particularly memorable moment is, unfortunately, only implied: Abby thinks that Gibbs has forgotten her birthday, and says that she forgives him, prompting Gibbs to tell her to check her desk drawer for his gift, ''despite her having been in the office all day''.
** Charles "Chip" Sterling pulls one in his introduction. He attributes it to special shoes, which make him extremely quiet; he turns out to [[spoiler:be setting up Tony]], so his sneaking skill is appropriate.
** On one occasion Tony attempted to outfox Gibbs. When Gibbs failed to appear on cue, Tony was flummoxed, and ''then'' Gibbs showed.
** Tony and Tim experience a twofer in one episode. They are hiding behind the stairs, observing Gibbs in the bullpen when all of a sudden director Vance appears behind them to ask what they are doing. They make an excuse and watch as the director leaves. Just as Vance closes the door behind him, Gibbs appears right behind them telling them to go back to work.
** Happens to Vance after Gibbs and Fornell have been forced to work with their mutual ex-wife on a case, with the shared feeling among the three just one step below amicable. While focusing on his paperwork, Vance suggests that the three could form a permanent interagency task force; when he looks up, all three are gone.

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* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'':
** In "The Blind Banker", John
Subverted in the first episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', when Marshall and Sarah are Barney were talking, and Marshall suddenly noticed Barney had disappeared, naturally assuming that Barney was doing another one of his magic tricks(which he used to impress the ladies into bed). Barney pops his head from behind the bathroom doorway and remarks: "I'm taking a leak, dumbass!"
* ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'': [[BigBad Main villain]] Kanzaki Shirou does this in virtually every scene he's in. He pops in on one of the Riders, tells him to go kill the other Riders, and pops out. [[spoiler:Justified as he is utilising a PortalNetwork that connects all reflective surfaces. ]]
* This happened on ''Series/LasVegas'', of all places. James Caan's character, Ed Deline, is around a bend in a corridor, holding a gun to the head of someone on the floor. Another character, [=McCoy=], comes along and tells him that the police want him for murder. Ed looks up, and then [=McCoy=] turns
at the circus on a date approach of the police. When he, and John the camera, turn back, Ed is getting their reserved tickets gone. When the other character reviews the security tape, Ed actually waved through the camera at him, when he is informed wasn't looking. [=McCoy=] deletes the recording before we actually see Ed leave. It's implied, but never shown, that there are three waiting for them, not Ed escaped through the two John was expecting. John is confused - until Sherlock pops up out of nowhere fire doors behind them, explains that he called back to get him.
* On ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', [[ClassyCatBurglar Parker]] ran out on
the third ticket for himself, introduces himself to Sarah, and promptly walks off offscreen.
--->'''John:''' I've got two reserved for tonight.\\
'''Box Office Manager:''' What name is it?\\
'''John:''' Er... Holmes.\\
'''Box Office Manager:''' Actually, I have three in that name.\\
'''John:''' Oh, no. I think that's an error. He booked two.\\
'''Sherlock:''' ''[offscreen]'' And then I phoned back and got one for me as well. ''[slides onscreen; turns to Sarah]'' I'm Sherlock. ''[slides offscreen]''
** Done again in "The Sign of Three", when Sherlock vanishes from a park bench
group in the middle of a conversation with John, without John noticing.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'':
** Gibbs does this with the other agents (although he mainly does the Stealth Hi and not the Stealth Bye). It's usually played for a RightBehindMe moment. In one episode Abby puts bubble wrap on the floor across
"The Orphan Job", but tech guy Hardison, having experienced her door as an attempt to warn her when Gibbs is sneaking in. It works, but annoys Gibbs so much that he orders her to get rid of it.
** When Gibbs temporarily comes back from his TenMinuteRetirement, he finds Tony, who had been filling in as the team's leader, hiding behind a stairwell while the other agents are talking, eavesdropping with a speakerphone. He tells Gibbs that "you know exactly what I'm doing", and then attempts a Stealth Hi just like Gibbs did as soon as the opportunity arrives. He quickly finds out that Gibbs did not gain his information that way, causing him to remark, "I have much to learn still, master."
** Gibbs has
pulling a stealth bye pulled on him when he, Kate, and Tony visit Guantanamo. He's giving them orders while reading a newspaper, and they're earlier, tracked her down the hall arguing over who gets the bedroom with the bathtub. Naturally, Gibbs gets back at them by taking said room.
GPS device he sneaked into her shoe should she disappear again. She does this sort of thing ''all the time''.
** One particularly This is, in fact, a direction note for the series, as noted in the commentary. The audience almost never sees Parker entering or exiting from a room. She just walks into scene once everyone's there.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'''s Others are capable of this. A
memorable moment is, unfortunately, only implied: Abby thinks that Gibbs has forgotten her birthday, and says that example was Harper's appearance at the beginning of "The Other Woman". The audience was convinced this meant she forgives him, prompting Gibbs to tell her to check her desk drawer for his gift, ''despite her having been in the office all day''.
** Charles "Chip" Sterling pulls one in his introduction. He attributes it to special shoes, which make him extremely quiet; he turns out to [[spoiler:be setting up Tony]], so his sneaking skill is appropriate.
** On one occasion Tony attempted to outfox Gibbs. When Gibbs failed to appear on cue, Tony
was flummoxed, and ''then'' Gibbs showed.
** Tony and Tim experience a twofer in one episode. They are hiding behind the stairs, observing Gibbs in the bullpen when all of a sudden director Vance appears behind them to ask what they are doing. They make
actually an excuse and watch as the director leaves. Just as Vance closes the door behind him, Gibbs appears right behind them telling them to go back to work.
** Happens to Vance after Gibbs and Fornell have been forced to work with their mutual ex-wife on a case, with the shared feeling among the three just one step below amicable. While focusing on his paperwork, Vance suggests that the three could form a permanent interagency task force; when he looks up, all three are gone.
apparition, until this was [[WordOfGod officially debunked]].



* Agent [=LaRoche=] in ''Series/TheMentalist'' is good at sneaking up on people, a useful skill for him to have as an InternalAffairs investigator, since otherwise, the protagonists are likely to try to avoid him.
* Dang of Canadian ten sitcom ''Series/MrYoung'' tends to suddenly appear at random times, mostly when people [[SpeakOfTheDevil say his name]]. He's so good, he can even do this ''in outer space''. In fact, he's so amazing at this that he can do this in two places at the same time.
* In an episode of ''Series/MurphyBrown'', someone asks a Deep Throat-like informant how he always manages to mysteriously appear out of the shadows, to which he offhandedly explains, "You just stand in a shadow, then step out."
* Jessi's introduction on ''Series/MythBusters''.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'':
** Gibbs does this with the other agents (although he mainly does the Stealth Hi and not the Stealth Bye). It's usually played for a RightBehindMe moment. In one episode Abby puts bubble wrap on the floor across her door as an attempt to warn her when Gibbs is sneaking in. It works, but annoys Gibbs so much that he orders her to get rid of it.
** When Gibbs temporarily comes back from his TenMinuteRetirement, he finds Tony, who had been filling in as the team's leader, hiding behind a stairwell while the other agents are talking, eavesdropping with a speakerphone. He tells Gibbs that "you know exactly what I'm doing", and then attempts a Stealth Hi just like Gibbs did as soon as the opportunity arrives. He quickly finds out that Gibbs did not gain his information that way, causing him to remark, "I have much to learn still, master."
** Gibbs has a stealth bye pulled on him when he, Kate, and Tony visit Guantanamo. He's giving them orders while reading a newspaper, and they're down the hall arguing over who gets the bedroom with the bathtub. Naturally, Gibbs gets back at them by taking said room.
** One particularly memorable moment is, unfortunately, only implied: Abby thinks that Gibbs has forgotten her birthday, and says that she forgives him, prompting Gibbs to tell her to check her desk drawer for his gift, ''despite her having been in the office all day''.
** Charles "Chip" Sterling pulls one in his introduction. He attributes it to special shoes, which make him extremely quiet; he turns out to [[spoiler:be setting up Tony]], so his sneaking skill is appropriate.
** On one occasion Tony attempted to outfox Gibbs. When Gibbs failed to appear on cue, Tony was flummoxed, and ''then'' Gibbs showed.
** Tony and Tim experience a twofer in one episode. They are hiding behind the stairs, observing Gibbs in the bullpen when all of a sudden director Vance appears behind them to ask what they are doing. They make an excuse and watch as the director leaves. Just as Vance closes the door behind him, Gibbs appears right behind them telling them to go back to work.
** Happens to Vance after Gibbs and Fornell have been forced to work with their mutual ex-wife on a case, with the shared feeling among the three just one step below amicable. While focusing on his paperwork, Vance suggests that the three could form a permanent interagency task force; when he looks up, all three are gone.
* An episode of ''Series/Numb3rs'' featured a [[TheMenInBlack mysterious government agent]] checking up on the characters. He had a bad habit of surprising people with a "stealth hi" (his exits were normal), but in a subversion he was also disarmingly cheerful and helpful.
* Happened in ''Series/ThePalace'', of all things, with one of the king's senior advisors. Prince George is enjoying a nice bath, when he opens his eyes and jumps, startled. Not only has Sir Iain entered the room without a sound, but he's casually perched ''on the side of the tub''.
* Frank Lemmer from ''Series/ParkerLewisCantLose'' was quite good at the "bye" part, simply fading into thin air occasionally. At one time this failed when he tried to teleport out of an awkward situation with his current love interest and he just flickered a bit, with a strained facial expression.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'':
** John Reese does this a lot, as befits a mysterious vigilante, but in the episode "Judgement" we actually see him do so, sneaking off while Detective Fusco is still yakking away to him, until Fusco turns round and realises he's gone.
** Shaw is always sneaking up on Harold Finch, who being a ProperlyParanoid [[TheChessmaster hidden Chessmaster]] finds it rather annoying. We see her doing so in "4C".
--->'''Finch:''' Would it be too much to ask you to [[Literature/TheLeatherstockingTales snap a twig?]]\\
'''Shaw:''' ''[obviously suppressing a smile]'' Not my thing.
* ''Series/{{Pixelface}}'': In "Fool's Gold", Claireparker demonstrates she is an expert at this. Alexia spends most of the episode attempting to prove she is better, without success.
* ''Series/ThePretender'', on occasion. Perhaps most notably in a first season episode where Jarod meets a MagicalNativeAmerican (or one who likes to play up the trope, anyway) who does this, initially confounding Jarod. By the end of the episode, Jarod has picked up the skill from him.
* The eponymous Queen demonstrates her ability to do this in ''Series/QueenOfSwords''.
* The Devil does this a lot in ''Series/{{Reaper}}''.
* In ''Series/{{Revolution}}'', this is the standard method of BigDamnHeroes. In Episode 2-9, "Everyone Says I Love You", Monroe takes the time to lampshade it afterwards.
-->'''Monroe:''' I'm Batman.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''
** Ted occasionally does this unintentionally, as he puts it: "No one expects me to be anywhere." One episode exaggerates this to the point that he's able to spy on people for a newspaper because people simply don't pay attention to him.
** Dr. Cox manages to pull one off. Turk is sitting on a bench near the hospital's parking lot, enjoying a sandwich. A van passes in front of the screen and Dr. Cox is magically sitting next to him. Once he begins talking, Turk is understandably surprised to see him there.



* Subverted in ''Series/BurnNotice'', where Michael explains that it do not involve spy magic, but quick feet and strong fingers, as he is seen hanging from the roof.
* Sylar from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' does this several times in the first season, both the quick disappearing act ''and'' the suddenly appearing from nowhere. Usually Sylar pops up just behind the protagonist's shoulder who only moments before had been looking around an empty room or empty plaza. Bennet and Peter actually speculate in the season finale that Sylar has the power to "hide in plain sight". Given that Sylar has assimilated an unknown number of superpowers, it's not that unlikely.
** About Bennet's "hide in plain sight" comment; guess who taps on his shoulder a second later?
** He does this in season four out of the back seat of a closed car, reappearing on ''the top of an apartment building'' about 100 feet away in less than ten seconds. The writer admits this is 100% OffscreenTeleportation.
* Michelle, a member of LaResistance (literally) in ''Series/AlloAllo'', frequently does this.

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* Subverted in ''Series/BurnNotice'', where Michael ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'':
** In "The Blind Banker", John and Sarah are at the circus on a date and John is getting their reserved tickets when he is informed that there are three waiting for them, not the two John was expecting. John is confused - until Sherlock pops up out of nowhere behind them,
explains that it do not involve spy magic, but quick feet he called back to get the third ticket for himself, introduces himself to Sarah, and strong fingers, promptly walks off offscreen.
--->'''John:''' I've got two reserved for tonight.\\
'''Box Office Manager:''' What name is it?\\
'''John:''' Er... Holmes.\\
'''Box Office Manager:''' Actually, I have three in that name.\\
'''John:''' Oh, no. I think that's an error. He booked two.\\
'''Sherlock:''' ''[offscreen]'' And then I phoned back and got one for me
as he is seen hanging well. ''[slides onscreen; turns to Sarah]'' I'm Sherlock. ''[slides offscreen]''
** Done again in "The Sign of Three", when Sherlock vanishes
from the roof.
* Sylar from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' does this several times
a park bench in the first season, both the quick disappearing act ''and'' the suddenly appearing from nowhere. Usually Sylar pops up just behind the protagonist's shoulder who only moments before had been looking around an empty room or empty plaza. Bennet and Peter actually speculate in the season finale that Sylar has the power to "hide in plain sight". Given that Sylar has assimilated an unknown number of superpowers, it's not that unlikely.
** About Bennet's "hide in plain sight" comment; guess who taps on his shoulder a second later?
** He does this in season four out of the back seat
middle of a closed car, reappearing on ''the top of an apartment building'' about 100 feet away in less than ten seconds. The writer admits this is 100% OffscreenTeleportation.
* Michelle, a member of LaResistance (literally) in ''Series/AlloAllo'', frequently does this.
conversation with John, without John noticing.



* In Green Arrow's own series ''{{Series/Arrow}}'', he does this a lot, particularly after threatening villains.
** At one point he does it out of a moving car in the middle of an empty street.
** In the episode [[Recap/ArrowS5E7Vigilante "Vigilante"]], the titular VigilanteMan manages to pull this off when he's ''tied to a pillar''.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Second Doctor was fond of this trope (did it to himself in "The Three Doctors").
** In "Remembrance of the Daleks", the creepy schoolgirl vanishes more than once when someone turns their head away from her for a few seconds.
** The [[TheNthDoctor Eighth Doctor]] did it at least once.
** Christopher Eccleston pulled this off very well in "The Empty Child". When Nancy and her fellow orphans sneak into a dining room while the home's residents are in a bomb-shelter(the ep takes place during the Blitz), Nancy starts a plate around and everyone takes a slice of beef. The Doctor was already sitting at the other end of the table, accepting the plate from the child ahead of him. He later does it again when he follows Nancy to her hideout. She points out that people can't usually do that to her.
** For that matter, Nancy herself did it to the Doctor, appearing seemingly out of nowhere to tell him not to answer the phone in the TARDIS (which shouldn't have worked to begin with), and having vanished when he turned around again to question her further about the phone call.
** In the same two-parter, Jack disappeared very suddenly... and then, better yet, Rose and the Doctor managed not to notice that ''they'' were being teleported.
--->'''Jack:''' Most people notice they've been teleported... You guys are so sweet.
** A rather weird example in the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''Vanishing Point''.
--->"How dare you?" It was a whisper colder than the wind outside, and it seemed somehow to fill the room. Vettul was back, just behind him. The way she seemed to just appear was uncanny. ''[...]'' And she swayed from the room, thump-''thump''ing on her twisted legs.
** The Eleventh Doctor does this to Amy in "The Beast Below". He's in the middle of explaining that that time travel is like a nature documentary, they must only observe and ''[[BlatantLies never]]'' interfere, while the scanner pans over a crying child. Amy questions how hard it must be not to help people, only to realise the scanner now showing the Doctor outside, ''[[ChronicHeroSyndrome interfering...]]''
** He also does this to Craig in "Closing Time", ''twice''. Once while Craig is trying to tell the lady at the shop that they aren't a couple, and again just before Sophie gets home. Poor Craig.
** The Tenth and Eleventh Doctors sneak up on River Song a couple of times. Once when she was telling another character about who the doctor was and what she had seen him do, thus accidentally serving the Doctor some spoilers since those things were still in his future. The other time she was just mad at him for wandering off in a crisis:
--->'''River:''' ''[...]'' if he's dead back there, I'll never forgive myself. And if he's alive, I'll never forgive him. And Doctor, you're standing right behind me aren't you?\\
'''The Doctor:''' Yeah.\\
'''River:''' ''[lovingly]'' I hate you.\\
'''The Doctor:''' You don't.
* Neatly subverted in the final episode of ''Series/FatherTed'' where a mysterious priest asks about Ted and then vanishes with a little music sting. Ten seconds later he re-appears with the comment "Sorry, I went over there. What did you say?"
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'''s Others are capable of this. A memorable example was Harper's appearance at the beginning of "The Other Woman". The audience was convinced this meant she was actually an apparition, until this was [[WordOfGod officially debunked]].
* This happened on ''Series/LasVegas'', of all places. James Caan's character, Ed Deline, is around a bend in a corridor, holding a gun to the head of someone on the floor. Another character, [=McCoy=], comes along and tells him that the police want him for murder. Ed looks up, and then [=McCoy=] turns at the approach of the police. When he, and the camera, turn back, Ed is gone. When the other character reviews the security tape, Ed actually waved through the camera at him, when he wasn't looking. [=McCoy=] deletes the recording before we actually see Ed leave. It's implied, but never shown, that Ed escaped through the fire doors behind him.
* ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'': [[BigBad Main villain]] Kanzaki Shirou does this in virtually every scene he's in. He pops in on one of the Riders, tells him to go kill the other Riders, and pops out. [[spoiler:Justified as he is utilising a PortalNetwork that connects all reflective surfaces. ]]
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''
** Ted occasionally does this unintentionally, as he puts it: "No one expects me to be anywhere." One episode exaggerates this to the point that he's able to spy on people for a newspaper because people simply don't pay attention to him.
** Dr. Cox manages to pull one off. Turk is sitting on a bench near the hospital's parking lot, enjoying a sandwich. A van passes in front of the screen and Dr. Cox is magically sitting next to him. Once he begins talking, Turk is understandably surprised to see him there.
* Horatio Caine on ''Series/CSIMiami'' also does this from time to time (mostly the Stealth Hi version), complete with ClickHello when he's sneaking up on the Perp of the Week. Apparently JerryBruckheimer didn't think the sunglasses routine and super-serious monotone fulfilled the show's {{Narm}} quota.
* From ''Series/{{Chuck}}'':
-->'''Bryce:''' ''[steps out from behind a wall]'' Chuck.\\
'''Chuck:''' ''[startled]'' Aah! You-- What did I say about the entrances?!
** Casey used to love startling Chuck that way, too.
* ''{{Series/Firefly}}''
** Played with a bit of a horror aspect in the episode "Bushwhacked". As Mal and Zoe are cleaning out the derelict's cargo bay, the feeling that something is ''wrong'' starts to overtake them. They look around the previously empty bay, and find that River has snuck up on them without warning, only this time, she's looking ''up''. The camera pans up, and cue the horror.
** [[spoiler:Mal pulls one of these on Jubal Early]] in "Objects in Space", [[spoiler:when Early climbs out on top of ''Serenity'' and starts for his ship, only to have Mal pop up behind him, rip off a witty one-liner, and hurl him into deep space. More easily justified, as it's ''space''.]]
** Early himself manages to pull it off on Kaylee earlier on, and exploits it for maximum terrifying effect. It helps that Early's appearance would have been completely shocking, since he was a complete stranger and they were in the middle of space (meaning that there would have been no obvious means of him getting on the ship at all).
** River pulls off a subtle one in "Safe" when she slips out of the store while Kaylee and Simon have their disagreement. If you watch closely, you can actually see her circling around Kaylee and then vanishing off-screen.

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* In Green Arrow's own series ''{{Series/Arrow}}'', he A running gag in ''Series/{{Spooks}}'', despite the show otherwise taking itself quite seriously, is that every Director of a national intelligence agency knows how to do this. Harry in particular seems able to effortlessly break into any building, no matter how difficult it was for the rest of the team.
* On ''Series/StargateSG1'', Daniel in ascended form
does this a lot, particularly after threatening villains.
** At one point he does it out of a moving car in the middle of an empty street.
**
quite often. In the episode [[Recap/ArrowS5E7Vigilante "Vigilante"]], the titular VigilanteMan manages to pull fact, this off when he's ''tied to a pillar''.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Second Doctor was fond of this trope (did it to himself in "The Three Doctors").
** In "Remembrance of
is the Daleks", the creepy schoolgirl vanishes more than once when someone turns their head away from her for a few seconds.
** The [[TheNthDoctor Eighth Doctor]] did it at least once.
** Christopher Eccleston pulled this off very well
preferred entrance of most ascended beings. Particularly notable in "The Empty Child". When Nancy "Full Circle": Jack, Sam and her fellow orphans sneak into a dining room while the home's residents are in a bomb-shelter(the ep takes place during the Blitz), Nancy Jonas need Daniel to appear to help them out, so Jack starts a plate around and everyone takes a slice of beef. The Doctor was already sitting at looking round the other end of the table, accepting the plate from the child ahead of room calling out to him. He later does it again when he The camera follows Nancy to her hideout. She points out that people can't usually do that to her.
** For that matter, Nancy herself did it to the Doctor, appearing seemingly out of nowhere to tell him not to answer the phone in the TARDIS (which shouldn't have worked to begin with), and having vanished when he turned around again to question her further about the phone call.
** In the same two-parter, Jack disappeared very suddenly... and then, better yet, Rose and the Doctor managed not to notice that ''they'' were being teleported.
--->'''Jack:''' Most people notice they've been teleported... You guys are so sweet.
** A rather weird example in the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''Vanishing Point''.
--->"How dare you?" It was a whisper colder than the wind outside, and it seemed somehow to fill
him, panning round the room. Vettul was back, just behind him. The way she seemed to just appear was uncanny. ''[...]'' And she swayed from the room, thump-''thump''ing on her twisted legs.
** The Eleventh Doctor does this to Amy in "The Beast Below". He's in the middle of explaining that that time travel is like a nature documentary, they must only observe and ''[[BlatantLies never]]'' interfere, while the scanner pans over a crying child. Amy questions how hard
When it must be not to help people, only to realise the scanner now showing the Doctor outside, ''[[ChronicHeroSyndrome interfering...]]''
** He also does this to Craig in "Closing Time", ''twice''. Once while Craig is trying to tell the lady at the shop that they aren't a couple, and again just before Sophie
gets home. Poor Craig.
** The Tenth and Eleventh Doctors sneak up on River Song a couple of times. Once when she was telling another character about who the doctor was and what she had seen him do, thus accidentally serving the Doctor some spoilers since those things were still in his future. The other time she was just mad at him for wandering off in a crisis:
--->'''River:''' ''[...]'' if he's dead
back there, I'll never forgive myself. And if he's alive, I'll never forgive him. And Doctor, you're standing right behind me aren't you?\\
'''The Doctor:''' Yeah.\\
'''River:''' ''[lovingly]'' I hate you.\\
'''The Doctor:''' You don't.
* Neatly subverted in the final episode of ''Series/FatherTed'' where a mysterious priest asks about Ted and then vanishes with a little music sting. Ten seconds later he re-appears with the comment "Sorry, I went over there. What did you say?"
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'''s Others are capable of this. A memorable example was Harper's appearance at the beginning of "The Other Woman". The audience was convinced this meant she was actually an apparition, until this was [[WordOfGod officially debunked]].
* This happened on ''Series/LasVegas'', of all places. James Caan's character, Ed Deline, is around a bend in a corridor, holding a gun
to the head of someone on the floor. Another character, [=McCoy=], comes along and tells him that the police want him for murder. Ed looks up, and then [=McCoy=] turns at the approach of the police. When he, and the camera, turn back, Ed is gone. When the other character reviews the security tape, Ed actually waved through the camera at him, when he wasn't looking. [=McCoy=] deletes the recording before we actually see Ed leave. It's implied, but never shown, that Ed escaped through the fire doors behind him.
* ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'': [[BigBad Main villain]] Kanzaki Shirou does this in virtually every scene he's in. He pops in on one of the Riders, tells him to go kill the other Riders, and pops out. [[spoiler:Justified as he is utilising a PortalNetwork that connects all reflective surfaces. ]]
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''
** Ted occasionally does this unintentionally, as he puts it: "No one expects me to be anywhere." One episode exaggerates this to the point that he's able to spy on people for a newspaper because people simply don't pay attention to him.
** Dr. Cox manages to pull one off. Turk is sitting on a bench near the hospital's parking lot, enjoying a sandwich. A van passes
start, Daniel has appeared, ''standing right in front of Carter!'' Naturally, she doesn't notice him until he speaks.
* Done by Koloth in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' who sneaks into Odo's office. Odo, being
the screen and Dr. Cox is magically sitting next to him. Once he begins talking, Turk Chief of Security is understandably surprised to see him there.
* Horatio Caine on ''Series/CSIMiami'' also does this from time to time (mostly the Stealth Hi version), complete with ClickHello when he's sneaking up on the Perp of the Week. Apparently JerryBruckheimer
disturbed by this, especially since he didn't think hear the sunglasses routine and super-serious monotone fulfilled the show's {{Narm}} quota.
* From ''Series/{{Chuck}}'':
-->'''Bryce:''' ''[steps out from behind a wall]'' Chuck.\\
'''Chuck:''' ''[startled]'' Aah! You-- What did I say about the entrances?!
** Casey used to love startling Chuck
telltale sound of doors opening. When asked how he got in, Koloth simply introduces himself. When Odo persists that way, too.
* ''{{Series/Firefly}}''
** Played with a bit of a horror aspect in the episode "Bushwhacked". As Mal and Zoe are cleaning out the derelict's cargo bay, the feeling
this isn't an answer to his question, [[FamedInStory Koloth replies that something is ''wrong'' starts to overtake them. They look around the previously empty bay, and find it is]]. He later explains that River has snuck up on them without warning, only this time, she's looking ''up''. The camera pans up, and cue the horror.
** [[spoiler:Mal pulls one of these on Jubal Early]] in "Objects in Space", [[spoiler:when Early climbs out on top of ''Serenity'' and starts for his ship, only to have Mal pop up behind him, rip off
he's a witty one-liner, and hurl him into deep space. More easily justified, as it's ''space''.]]
** Early himself manages to
Klingon Dahar Master, implying that all Dahar Masters can pull it off on Kaylee earlier on, and exploits it for maximum terrifying effect. It helps that Early's appearance would have been completely shocking, since he was a complete stranger and they were in the middle of space (meaning that there would have been no obvious means of him getting on the ship at all).
** River pulls off a subtle one in "Safe" when she slips out of the store while Kaylee and Simon have their disagreement. If you watch closely, you can actually see her circling around Kaylee and then vanishing off-screen.
stunts like that.



* On ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', [[ClassyCatBurglar Parker]] ran out on the group in the middle of "The Orphan Job", but tech guy Hardison, having experienced her pulling a stealth bye earlier, tracked her down with the GPS device he sneaked into her shoe should she disappear again. She does this sort of thing ''all the time''.
** This is, in fact, a direction note for the series, as noted in the commentary. The audience almost never sees Parker entering or exiting from a room. She just walks into scene once everyone's there.
* On ''Series/StargateSG1'', Daniel in ascended form does this quite often. In fact, this is the preferred entrance of most ascended beings. Particularly notable in "Full Circle": Jack, Sam and Jonas need Daniel to appear to help them out, so Jack starts looking round the room calling out to him. The camera follows him, panning round the room. When it gets back to the start, Daniel has appeared, ''standing right in front of Carter!'' Naturally, she doesn't notice him until he speaks.
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'':
** Paris does it to Rory, prompting Rory's "God! You're like the pop-up book from hell!"
** Francine is also quite adept.
* Subverted in the first episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', when Marshall and Barney were talking, and Marshall suddenly noticed Barney had disappeared, naturally assuming that Barney was doing another one of his magic tricks(which he used to impress the ladies into bed). Barney pops his head from behind the bathroom doorway and remarks: "I'm taking a leak, dumbass!"
* The Devil does this a lot in ''Series/{{Reaper}}''.
* In the finale of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' [[spoiler:Kara Thrace does this in the middle of an open plain when Lee turns away for a moment, proving that she really was killed in Season 3 and is actually some kind of corporeal angel.]]

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* On ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', [[ClassyCatBurglar Parker]] ran out on the group ''Franchise/Survivor'': In "Worlds Apart" Mike did this to Carolyn and Sierra in the middle of "The Orphan Job", but tech guy Hardison, having experienced her pulling a stealth bye earlier, tracked her down with the GPS device he sneaked into her shoe should she disappear again. She does this sort of thing ''all the time''.
** This is,
episode, My Word is My Bond."
* In ''Series/TheThickOfIt'', Malcolm Tucker is able to sneak up on people
in fact, a direction note for the series, as noted in the commentary. The audience almost never sees Parker entering or exiting from a room. She just walks into scene once everyone's there.
* On ''Series/StargateSG1'', Daniel in ascended form does this quite often. In fact, this is the preferred entrance of most ascended beings. Particularly notable in "Full Circle": Jack, Sam and Jonas need Daniel to appear to help them out, so Jack starts looking round the room calling out to him. The camera follows him, panning round the room. When it gets back to the start, Daniel has appeared, ''standing right in front of Carter!'' Naturally, she doesn't notice him until he speaks.
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'':
** Paris does it to Rory, prompting Rory's "God! You're like the pop-up book from hell!"
** Francine is also quite adept.
* Subverted in the first episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', when Marshall and Barney were talking, and Marshall suddenly noticed Barney had disappeared, naturally assuming that Barney was doing another one of his magic tricks(which he used to impress the ladies into bed). Barney pops his head from behind the bathroom doorway and remarks:
glass-walled office. "I'm taking a leak, dumbass!"
shapeshifter!"
* The Devil does ''Series/TopGear''[='s=] resident DeadpanSnarker James May delivered one one of these during the Cheap Alfa Romeos Challenge:
-->'''Jeremy:''' I have been rescued ''[referring to the two women with him]'' and I haven't even broken down.\\
'''Richard:''' Well then you don't--\\
''[cut into James, who just arrived]''\\
'''James:''' Hello.
* In ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', vampires in general are experts at doing
this a lot in ''Series/{{Reaper}}''.
using their superspeed.
* In Rounding out the finale of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' [[spoiler:Kara Thrace does this in Creator/NathanFillion-related examples is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wI50whZEiHY a presentation at the middle of Spike TV 2010 VGAs]] where, [[spoiler:due to an open plain when Lee turns away optical illusion, Fillion seems to appear from nowhere on a stage. If you're ''looking'' for a moment, proving that she really was killed in Season 3 and is actually some kind of corporeal angel.it you can tell where he is.]]



* The eponymous Queen demonstrates her ability to do this in ''Series/QueenOfSwords''.
* Jessi's introduction on ''Series/MythBusters''.
* An episode of ''Series/Numb3rs'' featured a [[TheMenInBlack mysterious government agent]] checking up on the characters. He had a bad habit of surprising people with a "stealth hi" (his exits were normal), but in a subversion he was also disarmingly cheerful and helpful.
* [[spoiler:The murdered copper]] in ''Series/AshesToAshes'' has a habit of this.
* Agent Gray, the CIA agent from ''Series/{{Castle}}''.
** Becket pulls one of these on Esposito in "Probable Cause".
* Rounding out the Creator/NathanFillion-related examples is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wI50whZEiHY a presentation at the Spike TV 2010 VGAs]] where, [[spoiler:due to an optical illusion, Fillion seems to appear from nowhere on a stage. If you're ''looking'' for it you can tell where he is.]]
* Frank Lemmer from ''Series/ParkerLewisCantLose'' was quite good at the "bye" part, simply fading into thin air occasionally. At one time this failed when he tried to teleport out of an awkward situation with his current love interest and he just flickered a bit, with a strained facial expression.
* Agent [=LaRoche=] in ''Series/TheMentalist'' is good at sneaking up on people, a useful skill for him to have as an InternalAffairs investigator, since otherwise, the protagonists are likely to try to avoid him.
* In ''Series/TheThickOfIt'', Malcolm Tucker is able to sneak up on people in a glass-walled office. "I'm a shapeshifter!"
* In ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', vampires in general are experts at doing this using their superspeed.



* Happened in ''Series/ThePalace'', of all things, with one of the king's senior advisors. Prince George is enjoying a nice bath, when he opens his eyes and jumps, startled. Not only has Sir Iain entered the room without a sound, but he's casually perched ''on the side of the tub''.
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Sheldon attempts to stay at Raj's apartment in order to avoid a bitter argument between Penny and Leonard. Unfortunately, when he enters, Raj was already in a severe argument regarding leaving for a wedding back in India (citing that he has something important to do for his university as his reason), as well as his parent's implication that he and Howard Wollowitz were a couple ("The closest thing we have to a daughter in law is that Jewish boy Howard"). When Raj turns and angrily asks Sheldon to back him up by telling them that they are just friends, Sheldon was already long gone (obviously because of wanting to run away from their argument).
* A running gag in ''Series/{{Spooks}}'', despite the show otherwise taking itself quite seriously, is that every Director of a national intelligence agency knows how to do this. Harry in particular seems able to effortlessly break into any building, no matter how difficult it was for the rest of the team.
* David Karofsky from ''Series/{{Glee}}'' started a meme of ''Suddenly Karofsky'' due to his tendency to appear seemingly out of nowhere despite his big size and habit of wearing a distinctive red letterman's jacket. It was played for dramatic effect when he was bullying Kurt.
* Dang of Canadian ten sitcom ''MrYoung'' tends to suddenly appear at random times, mostly when people [[SpeakOfTheDevil say his name]]. He's so good, he can even do this ''in outer space''. In fact, he's so amazing at this that he can do this in two places at the same time.
* In ''Series/{{Crusade}}'', Galen, the resident techno-mage, did this frequently. In an episode, another techno-mage did the same to him, leading Galen to mutter "Now I know how it feels...".
* ''Series/{{Pixelface}}'': In "Fool's Gold", Claireparker demonstrates she is an expert at this. Alexia spends most of the episode attempting to prove she is better, without success.
* ''Series/TopGear''[='s=] resident DeadpanSnarker James May delivered one one of these during the Cheap Alfa Romeos Challenge:
-->'''Jeremy:''' I have been rescued ''[referring to the two women with him]'' and I haven't even broken down.\\
'''Richard:''' Well then you don't--\\
''[cut into James, who just arrived]''\\
'''James:''' Hello.
* In ''Series/{{Revolution}}'', this is the standard method of BigDamnHeroes. In Episode 2-9, "Everyone Says I Love You", Monroe takes the time to lampshade it afterwards.
-->'''Monroe:''' I'm Batman.
* Charlie does this in episode 1x02 of ''Series/ByAnyMeans''; disappearing when the DI he is talking to turns to look at the tied-up villain in the boot of a car Charlie has just delivered to him.
* Done by Koloth in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' who sneaks into Odo's office. Odo, being the Chief of Security is understandably disturbed by this, especially since he didn't hear the telltale sound of doors opening. When asked how he got in, Koloth simply introduces himself. When Odo persists that this isn't an answer to his question, [[FamedInStory Koloth replies that it is]]. He later explains that he's a Klingon Dahar Master, implying that all Dahar Masters can pull off stunts like that.
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'': Nick's mother Kelly makes a habit of doing, continually surprising with her appearances/disappearances in "Bad Teeth".
* Survivor. In "Worlds Apart" Mike did this to Carolyn and Sierra in the episode, My Word is My Bond."
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'':
** John Reese does this a lot, as befits a mysterious vigilante, but in the episode "Judgement" we actually see him do so, sneaking off while Detective Fusco is still yakking away to him, until Fusco turns round and realises he's gone.
** Shaw is always sneaking up on Harold Finch, who being a ProperlyParanoid [[TheChessmaster hidden Chessmaster]] finds it rather annoying. We see her doing so in "4C".
--->'''Finch:''' Would it be too much to ask you to [[Literature/TheLeatherstockingTales snap a twig?]]\\
'''Shaw:''' ''[obviously suppressing a smile]'' Not my thing.
* In ''Series/{{Constantine}}'', the angel Manny often disappears while John is still talking to him, often to the confusion of [[BodySnatcher whoever Manny was taking over]].
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'':
** During "[[Recap/Daredevil2015S1E4InTheBlood In the Blood]]", Ben Urich pulls it on Karen when he sits down behind her at an auction, then seemingly disappears into thin air just as she's about to ask him how he knew she was there.
** Throughout "[[Recap/Daredevil2015S1E12TheOnesWeLeaveBehind The Ones We Leave Behind]]", Ben gets subjected to this three times: Matt first jumps off a dumpster behind Ben while he's getting in his car, prompting Urich to say "You like making an entrance, don't you?". Then Karen, waiting in a doorway, surprises him as he's returning to his apartment, to which he says, exasperated, "Everybody's got to be sneaking out, tonight?" Lastly, at the end of the episode, Wilson Fisk breaks into Urich's apartment, then sits in a chair in a dimly lit corner and waits for Ben to come home. He's unnoticed until the camera pans and Fisk begins talking. This last one ends fatally for Ben.
** In "[[Recap/Daredevil2015S2E4PennyAndDime Penny and Dime]]", Karen pulls one on Matt and Foggy, using the distraction of Foggy pulling Matt into his office to tell him about a client to slip out unnoticed with the Punisher files. Later, Matt pulls one on Sgt. Brett Mahoney in a storage closet while Brett is answering a call on his radio. And in the final scene, Elektra pulls such an entrance on Matt.
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* Rounding out the Creator/NathanFillion-related examples is [[http://www.gametrailers.com/video/nathan-fillion-spike-tv-vga/708382 a presentation at the Spike TV 2010 VGAs]] where, [[spoiler:due to an optical illusion, Fillion seems to appear from nowhere on a stage. If you're ''looking'' for it you can tell where he is.]]

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* Rounding out the Creator/NathanFillion-related examples is [[http://www.gametrailers.com/video/nathan-fillion-spike-tv-vga/708382 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wI50whZEiHY a presentation at the Spike TV 2010 VGAs]] where, [[spoiler:due to an optical illusion, Fillion seems to appear from nowhere on a stage. If you're ''looking'' for it you can tell where he is.]]
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'':
**During "[[Recap/Daredevil2015S1E4InTheBlood In the Blood]]", Ben Urich pulls it on Karen when he sits down behind her at an auction, then seemingly disappears into thin air just as she's about to ask him how he knew she was there.
**Throughout "[[Recap/Daredevil2015S1E12TheOnesWeLeaveBehind The Ones We Leave Behind]]", Ben gets subjected to this three times: Matt first jumps off a dumpster behind Ben while he's getting in his car, prompting Urich to say "You like making an entrance, don't you?". Then Karen, waiting in a doorway, surprises him as he's returning to his apartment, to which he says, exasperated, "Everybody's got to be sneaking out, tonight?" Lastly, at the end of the episode, Wilson Fisk breaks into Urich's apartment, then sits in a chair in a dimly lit corner and waits for Ben to come home. He's unnoticed until the camera pans and Fisk begins talking. This last one ends fatally for Ben.
**In "[[Recap/Daredevil2015S2E4PennyAndDime Penny and Dime]]", Karen pulls one on Matt and Foggy, using the distraction of Foggy pulling Matt into his office to tell him about a client to slip out unnoticed with the Punisher files. Later, Matt pulls one on Sgt. Brett Mahoney in a storage closet while Brett is answering a call on his radio. And in the final scene, Elektra pulls such an entrance on Matt.
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* ''Fanfic/TheNewAdventuresOfInvaderZim'':
** Zim and his group pulls this on Dib in Episode 2.
** Norlock, as a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]], is capable of doing this. And does so, more than once.
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--->'''Finch:''' Would it be too much to ask you to snap a twig?\\

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--->'''Finch:''' Would it be too much to ask you to [[Literature/TheLeatherstockingTales snap a twig?\\twig?]]\\
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* Emelio, the butler of the ''MrDeeds'' remake, is another master of this. In addition to his ability to be standing in front of an elevator's doors both as they close, and as they ''open on another floor'', he can also instantly move from a stage balcony to the podium to deliver a badass line. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCA0Lpy671g One should not underestimate the sneakiness.]]

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* Emelio, the butler of the ''MrDeeds'' ''Film/MrDeeds'' remake, is another master of this. In addition to his ability to be standing in front of an elevator's doors both as they close, and as they ''open on another floor'', he can also instantly move from a stage balcony to the podium to deliver a badass line. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCA0Lpy671g One should not underestimate the sneakiness.]]
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** Superman does it intentionally to Batman by showing up suddenly more than once (such as the first issue of ''[[ComicBook/SupermanBatman Superman/Batman]]''), usually to Batman's annoyance, with Superman noting that he loves being able to surprise Batman like that.

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** Superman does it intentionally to Batman by showing up suddenly more than once (such as the first issue of ''[[ComicBook/SupermanBatman Superman/Batman]]''), ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman''), usually to Batman's annoyance, with Superman noting that he loves being able to surprise Batman like that.


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* In ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' story ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'', Big Barda ushers Superman and Wonder Woman into her house, turns around and finds Batman is already waiting inside.
-->'''Big Barda:''' Batman...? But... How... Where? WHEN did you get here? (muttering) Why do I even ask...?
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::: [[spoiler: However, this might be a subversion, as it's later revealed that Keichi was suffering from the (extreme) [[HatePlague paranoia-inducing disease]] that drives the plot. It's [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness unlikely]] that the cleaver was really a cleaver, though some fans [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation theorize]] she did carry one in another screen (for non-malicious reasons)]]

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::: [[spoiler: However, this might be a subversion, as it's later revealed that Keichi was suffering from the (extreme) [[HatePlague paranoia-inducing disease]] that drives the plot. It's [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness unlikely]] that the cleaver was really a cleaver, though some fans [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation theorize]] she did carry one in another screen (for non-malicious reasons)]]reasons).
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