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14th Aug '16 2:45:36 AM Euodiachloris
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** Davos Seaworth was a successful smuggler for years. For very many sound reasons: he's shrewd, a fountain of common sense and a fairly nifty reader of people. However, he's also Mr Average. Which definitely ''won't'' have hurt any. [[spoiler: This comes into play when Wyman Manderly fakes Davos' execution as part of his revenge plans against the Freys, Boltons and Lannisters. Davos is eminently swappable with a few inmates you have knocking about in prison. With only minimal props added for effect (and just to make sure you sell the whole shtick).]]

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** Davos Seaworth was a successful smuggler for years. For very many sound reasons: he's shrewd, loyal to his own, a fountain of common sense sense, workable advice and a fairly nifty reader of people. people -- traits that made him a Lord. However, he's also Mr Physiognomically Average. Which definitely ''won't'' have hurt being a smuggler any. [[spoiler: This comes into play when Wyman Manderly fakes Davos' execution as part of his revenge plans against the Freys, Boltons and Lannisters. Davos is eminently swappable with a few inmates you may have knocking about in prison. Whichever prison. With And, with only minimal props added for effect (and just to make sure you sell the whole shtick).]]
4th Aug '16 7:45:40 PM PaulA
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* [[OurDemonsAreDifferent The demon]] in ''[[Literature/TheWordAndTheVoid Running With The Demon]]'' is a bland looking man with smooth features, light blond hair, and pale blue eyes. He can sit down next to you, join your conversation, and everyone there will be convinced they know him; his name is just on the tip of their tongue, but they can't quite remember it. When he leaves, they forget all about him. Being a [[TheSoulless soulless]] BitchInSheepsClothing helps in this regard.

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* [[OurDemonsAreDifferent The demon]] in ''[[Literature/TheWordAndTheVoid Running With The Demon]]'' ''Literature/RunningWithTheDemon'' is a bland looking man with smooth features, light blond hair, and pale blue eyes. He can sit down next to you, join your conversation, and everyone there will be convinced they know him; his name is just on the tip of their tongue, but they can't quite remember it. When he leaves, they forget all about him. Being a [[TheSoulless soulless]] BitchInSheepsClothing helps in this regard.
25th Jul '16 2:27:15 AM WillBGood
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* The Mayor from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is just an average smiling politician, right? [[AffablyEvil Wrong.]]
** The episode 'Out of Sight' had a girl, Marcie Ross, who was so nondescript that no one noticed her. She was never called on in class or spoken to by her peers. Eventually, a combination of [[ArtMajorPhysics quantum mechanics]] and the fact that [[CrapsackWorld the school is built over a Hellmouth]] turned her invisible. When her existance is revealed, she is implied to have been living in the school air vents for months without being reported missing. Willow and Xander don't know who she is, despite having had ''three'' classes with her the previous year. Marcie's goal is revenge on those who ignored her, through revenge and mutilation. At the end of the episode, she is taken away by TheMenInBlack to a classroom of likewise invisible people, to be trained in espionage and assassination.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
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The Mayor from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is just an average smiling politician, right? [[AffablyEvil ''[[AffablyEvil Wrong.]]
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** The episode 'Out "Out of Sight' Mind, Out of Sight" had a girl, Marcie Ross, who was so nondescript that no one noticed her. She was never called on in class or spoken to by her peers. Eventually, a combination of [[ArtMajorPhysics quantum mechanics]] and the fact that [[CrapsackWorld the school is built over a Hellmouth]] turned her invisible. When her existance is revealed, she is implied to have been living in the school air vents for months without being reported missing. Willow and Xander don't know who she is, despite having had ''three'' classes with her the previous year. Marcie's goal is revenge on those who ignored her, through revenge and mutilation. At the end of the episode, she is taken away by TheMenInBlack to a classroom of likewise invisible people, to be trained in espionage and assassination.
22nd Jul '16 4:07:17 PM nighttrainfm
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** Several other ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' characters also exhibit the ability to become The Nondescript simply by dressing and standing inconspicuously (preferably in the shadows).
*** Granny Weatherwax did it in ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}''. Justified in that she's a witch.
*** Young Vetinari did it in ''Discworld/NightWatch''. Justified in that he's a self-taught expert in camouflage.


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** Witches such as Granny Weatherwax and Tiffany Aching can magically generate a personal PerceptionFilter - they don't become invisible, just part of the scenery.
** The young Vetinari manages this without magic in ''Discworld/NightWatch'', training himself to stand perfectly still and eschewing the usual Assassin jet-black for more drab colours.
18th Jul '16 10:55:25 PM Adept
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* MercedesLackey loves to have characters like this in her novels. They're usually thieves or assassins. At least one [[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Herald of Valdemar]] been picked out for "special training" specifically because he was so nondescript.

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* MercedesLackey Creator/MercedesLackey loves to have characters like this in her novels. They're usually thieves or assassins. At least one [[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Herald of Valdemar]] been picked out for "special training" specifically because he was so nondescript.



* ''RepairmanJack'' is described as a generic "Pale Male", a natural image he also carefully cultivates to prevent himself from being [=IDed=].
* A shapeshifting alien in ''{{Animorphs}}'' is trying to pass himself off as human. When the main characters see his morph, it is described as, "the kind of guy who would disappear instandly in a crowd. The kind of guy who would blend. The kind of guy [[TheLeader Jake]] might have become if Fate hadn't chosen a spectacularly odd path for him."

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* ''RepairmanJack'' ''Literature/RepairmanJack'' is described as a generic "Pale Male", a natural image he also carefully cultivates to prevent himself from being [=IDed=].
* A shapeshifting alien in ''{{Animorphs}}'' ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' is trying to pass himself off as human. When the main characters see his morph, it is described as, "the kind of guy who would disappear instandly in a crowd. The kind of guy who would blend. The kind of guy [[TheLeader Jake]] might have become if Fate hadn't chosen a spectacularly odd path for him."



* SueGrafton had a character like this who used his non-descript forgettableness to get into crime, specifically embezzling.

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* SueGrafton Creator/SueGrafton had a character like this who used his non-descript forgettableness to get into crime, specifically embezzling.



* Greystroke in MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm The January Dancer]]''.

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* Greystroke in MichaelFlynn's Creator/MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm The January Dancer]]''.



* At one point in JohnLeCarre's ''The Secret Pilgrim'', Ned is waiting for TheSpymaster [[Literature/TheQuestForKarla George Smiley]] at a train station and at several points thinks he sees him walking towards him to realize that it's actually another elderly, slightly annoyed looking older man. He then muses to himself that this probably helped Smiley in his chosen profession a great deal.

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* At one point in JohnLeCarre's Creator/JohnLeCarre's ''The Secret Pilgrim'', Ned is waiting for TheSpymaster [[Literature/TheQuestForKarla George Smiley]] at a train station and at several points thinks he sees him walking towards him to realize that it's actually another elderly, slightly annoyed looking older man. He then muses to himself that this probably helped Smiley in his chosen profession a great deal.



* In ''[[Literature/{{AlexRider}} the Alex Rider series]]'' John Crawley is described as having "the sort of face you forgot even while you were looking at it".

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* In ''[[Literature/{{AlexRider}} the Alex Rider series]]'' ''Literature/AlexRider'' series, John Crawley is described as having "the sort of face you forgot even while you were looking at it".
18th Jul '16 10:53:15 PM Adept
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** ''The Secret Adversary'' had one in [[spoiler: the Big Bad.]]
** Inverted in ''The Mysterious Affair at Styles'', where part of the murderer's ploy was built on the fact that the victim's husband Alfred Inglethorp, was not only easy to remember, but also easy to disguise as.

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** ''The ''[[Literature/TommyAndTuppence The Secret Adversary'' Adversary]]'' had one in [[spoiler: the Big Bad.]]
** Inverted in ''The Mysterious Affair at Styles'', ''Literature/TheMysteriousAffairAtStyles'', where part of the murderer's ploy was built on the fact that the victim's husband Alfred Inglethorp, was not only easy to remember, but also easy to disguise as.as.
** Carlotta Adams in ''Literature/LordEdgwareDies'' has an indistinct appearance that "could take on an alien character easily, but had recognisable character of its own".
9th Jul '16 5:02:08 PM Sugao
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* Sims with "Pudding Face" in ''VideoGame/TheSims3'' have facial features which are completely and utterly average,[[note]]CharacterCustomization sliders are all set to 0 value, making them neither positive nor negative,[[/note]] but nothing's stopping them from having an Eccentric, Flirtatious, or even Insane or Evil personality trait (or, potentially, ''all'' of these). Since the game occasionally makes Pudding Faces when it's creating new sims for "needed" positions around town, you could potentially end up with many identical sims around town after playing through a few in-game generations. Good luck keeping them all straight.
30th Jun '16 12:54:17 PM Euodiachloris
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** Davos Seaworth was a successful smuggler for years. For very many sound reasons: he's shrewd, a fountain of common sense and a fairly nifty reader of people. However, he's also Mr Average. Which definitely won't have hurt any. [[spoiler: This comes into play when Wyman Manderly fakes Davos' execution as part of his revenge plans against the Freys, Boltons and Lannisters. Davos is eminently swappable with a few you have knocking about in prison.]]

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** Davos Seaworth was a successful smuggler for years. For very many sound reasons: he's shrewd, a fountain of common sense and a fairly nifty reader of people. However, he's also Mr Average. Which definitely won't ''won't'' have hurt any. [[spoiler: This comes into play when Wyman Manderly fakes Davos' execution as part of his revenge plans against the Freys, Boltons and Lannisters. Davos is eminently swappable with a few inmates you have knocking about in prison.prison. With only minimal props added for effect (and just to make sure you sell the whole shtick).]]
30th Jun '16 12:39:44 PM Euodiachloris
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has few knocking about:


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** Davos Seaworth was a successful smuggler for years. For very many sound reasons: he's shrewd, a fountain of common sense and a fairly nifty reader of people. However, he's also Mr Average. Which definitely won't have hurt any. [[spoiler: This comes into play when Wyman Manderly fakes Davos' execution as part of his revenge plans against the Freys, Boltons and Lannisters. Davos is eminently swappable with a few you have knocking about in prison.]]
3rd Jun '16 1:19:12 AM Euodiachloris
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** A historical version of one shows up in ''The Hedge Knight''. Prince Daeron "the Drunkard" Targaryen carried a disguise with him at all times: he was sandy-haired, not particularly striking to look at (so much so, even violet eyes didn't stand out), of medium height and build, not particularly noteworthy in behavioural ticks (besides the getting drunk a lot thing)... and, thus, so unlike your standard Targaryen, you'd not have a clue unless you knew him personally. Which is why it took his own father going out to hunt for him to successfully find him, when he decided to get himself lost in various taverns, once... Guardsmen alone hadn't a hope in hell.

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** A historical version of one shows up in ''The Hedge Knight''. Prince Daeron "the Drunkard" Targaryen carried a disguise with him at all times: he was sandy-haired, not particularly striking to look at at, if not downright plain (so much so, even violet eyes didn't stand out), of medium height and build, not particularly noteworthy in behavioural ticks (besides the getting drunk a lot thing)... thing) and, thus, so unlike your standard Targaryen, PrettyBoy [[MysticalWhiteHair Targaryen]], you'd not have a clue unless you knew him personally. Which is why it took his own father going out to hunt for him to successfully find him, him when he decided to get himself lost in various taverns, once... Guardsmen alone hadn't a hope in hell.
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