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21st Dec '16 5:13:45 AM StarTropes
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** So is the guy from ''Literature/{{Shatterpoint}}'' who delivers a report on events from Haruun Kal. He's so nondescript that Mace Windu immediately pegs him for a spy.
17th Dec '16 8:32:02 AM gemmabeta2
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._B._Cooper Dan freaking Cooper]] ([[BeamMeUpScotty whose alias was most certainly not D.B.]]). It's possible that he didn't survive landing, but looking at [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f3/DBCooper.jpg his composite sketch]] it seems much more likely that they didn't catch him because ''he could be any living (and caucasian, male, and adult) human being.''

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._B._Cooper Dan freaking Cooper]] ([[BeamMeUpScotty whose alias was most certainly not D.B.]]). It's possible that he didn't survive landing, but looking at [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f3/DBCooper.jpg his composite sketch]] it seems much more likely that they didn't catch him because ''he could be any living (and caucasian, male, and adult) human being.'''' One of the more plausible theories on why the police never managed to catch him? Cooper simply went back to work on Monday as if nothing happened, considering no one was reported missing in the area the week of the hijacking.
29th Nov '16 6:14:57 PM Bissek
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* In the Creator/TimDorsey novel ''Orange Crush'', there's a minor character named Joe Blow, who is totally average in both appearance and habits. So average that he is the perfect barometer to predict who the population as a whole will vote for, resulting in him getting stalked by the media every election cycle.
25th Nov '16 8:45:05 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, 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) and, thus, so unlike your standard 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 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, 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 getting-drunk-a-lot thing shared with many a lot thing) bar-fly) and, thus, so unlike your standard [[TheBeautifulElite standard]] 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 when he decided to get himself lost in various taverns, once... Guardsmen alone hadn't a hope in hell.
13th Nov '16 4:50:55 PM __Vano
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This can be used to help the reader/viewer/player to imagine the character as themselves, resulting in a FeaturelessProtagonist. When it's aided by magic or scientific {{Phlebotinum}} it usually involves a PerceptionFilter. Related to HeWhoMustNotBeSeen. Compare TheSpook, SuspectIsHatless, BeneathSuspicion. Occasionally TheMenInBlack achieve this.

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This can be used to help the reader/viewer/player to imagine the character as themselves, resulting in a FeaturelessProtagonist. When it's aided by magic or scientific {{Phlebotinum}} it usually involves a PerceptionFilter. Related to HeWhoMustNotBeSeen. Compare TheSpook, SuspectIsHatless, BeneathSuspicion.BeneathSuspicion and BeneathNotice. Occasionally TheMenInBlack achieve this.
21st Oct '16 4:52:04 AM Gravityman
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** Gouda started out as one of these, a staid bureaucrat who was unnoticed by his co-workers, and when the protagonists look into his past, they find out that his colleagues only remember him for being totally unmemorable. This all changed one day when his face was badly disfigured in an accident, an event which he believes changed his "ghost" (his soul) and transformed him into a Machiavellian schemer. He decided to leave his face like that because it most certainly left more of an impression than his old one.

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** Gouda started out as one of these, a staid bureaucrat who was unnoticed by his co-workers, and when the protagonists look into his past, they find out that his colleagues only remember him for being totally unmemorable. This all changed one day when his face was badly disfigured in an accident, an event which he believes changed his "ghost" (his soul) and transformed him into a Machiavellian schemer. He Despite the amount of prosthetics and advanced surgery available in this period, he decided to leave his face like that because it most certainly left more of an impression than his old one.
21st Oct '16 4:50:44 AM Gravityman
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** Gouda started out as one of these, a staid bureaucrat who was unnoticed by his co-workers, and when the protagonists look into his past, they find out that his colleagues only remember him for being totally unmemorable. This all changed one day when his face was badly disfigured in an accident, an event which he believes changed his "ghost" (his soul) and transformed him into a Machiavellian schemer.

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** Gouda started out as one of these, a staid bureaucrat who was unnoticed by his co-workers, and when the protagonists look into his past, they find out that his colleagues only remember him for being totally unmemorable. This all changed one day when his face was badly disfigured in an accident, an event which he believes changed his "ghost" (his soul) and transformed him into a Machiavellian schemer. He decided to leave his face like that because it most certainly left more of an impression than his old one.
20th Oct '16 9:31:45 PM Andyroid
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* Blandon from ''Anime/YoKaiWatch'' is a ninja-like yokai that can blend in anywhere. Humans he inspirits become incredibly plain and unnoticeable.
24th Sep '16 4:49:35 PM LarryMullen
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* In ''Fanfic/TheStoryToEndAllStories'', Sherlock says they should be looking for someone who fits this description.
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).]]
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