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* The title character in ''Film/TheStepfather'' series of movies looks and acts like an ordinary-bordering-on-ideal father figure, if you ignore the fact that his go-to solution for discovering that his latest family doesn't live up to his standards is to murder all of them and move on to the next one.
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* Peter and Paul in ''Film/FunnyGames'' look like a pair of clean-cut young men who want to borrow some eggs... until they unleash their more sadistic side to a hapless suburban family.
6th Jul '17 8:48:49 AM 64SuperNintendo
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* [[spoiler: Mr. Jefferson]] in ''VideoGame/LifeisStrange'' turns out to be the mastermind behind the darker events of Arcadia Bay in Episode 5. Fittingly, the player is led to initially assume that the clearly unhinged Nathan Prescott is the one pulling the strings. After all, he pulls a ''gun'' on Chloe in Episode 1 alone and is the one pumping drugs to students as part of the vortex club. Chloe's overly paranoid asshole step father David Madsen is also thrown into the ring as a possible suspect due to his abrasive behavior namely stalking students as you find out in his files, but no, [[spoiler: the seemingly good hearted "cool" teacher Mr Jefferson is the same guy behind the disappearance of Rachel Amber and Kate Marsh's attempted suicide/suicide, And illicit photography sessions with the aforementioned girls.]]

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* [[spoiler: Mr. Jefferson]] in ''VideoGame/LifeisStrange'' ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' turns out to be the mastermind behind the darker events of Arcadia Bay in Episode 5. Fittingly, the player is led to initially assume that the clearly unhinged Nathan Prescott is the one pulling the strings. After all, he pulls a ''gun'' on Chloe in Episode 1 alone and is the one pumping drugs to students as part of the vortex club. Chloe's overly paranoid asshole step father David Madsen is also thrown into the ring as a possible suspect due to his abrasive behavior namely stalking students as you find out in his files, but no, [[spoiler: the seemingly good hearted "cool" teacher Mr Jefferson is the same guy behind the disappearance of Rachel Amber and Kate Marsh's attempted suicide/suicide, And illicit photography sessions with the aforementioned girls.]]
4th Jun '17 6:32:08 AM ScrewySqrl
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This is TruthInTelevision. [[ParanoiaFuel Who knows? Maybe one of the tropers could just be this.]]

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The TropeNamer is a lazy Halloween costume: going in ordinary clothes to a costume party, then claiming, "I'm a serial killer. [[TitleDrop They look just like everybody else.]]"

This is TruthInTelevision. [[ParanoiaFuel Who knows? Maybe one of the tropers could just be this.]]
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11th May '17 11:49:32 AM alphamale2k14
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* [[spoiler: Mr. Jefferson]] in ''VideoGame/LifeisStrange'' turns out to be the mastermind behind the darker events of Arcadia Bay in Episode 5. Fittingly, the player is led to initially assume that the mentally unhinged Nathan Prescott is the one pulling the strings. After all, he pulls a ''gun'' on Chloe in Episode 1 alone. [[spoiler: And technically ''yes'', Nathan because of his aforementioned mental problems was easily manipulated into aiding Jefferson with his illicit photography sessions with Kate Marsh and Rachel Amber, but for the most part, it was all Jefferson's doing]].

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* [[spoiler: Mr. Jefferson]] in ''VideoGame/LifeisStrange'' turns out to be the mastermind behind the darker events of Arcadia Bay in Episode 5. Fittingly, the player is led to initially assume that the mentally clearly unhinged Nathan Prescott is the one pulling the strings. After all, he pulls a ''gun'' on Chloe in Episode 1 alone. alone and is the one pumping drugs to students as part of the vortex club. Chloe's overly paranoid asshole step father David Madsen is also thrown into the ring as a possible suspect due to his abrasive behavior namely stalking students as you find out in his files, but no, [[spoiler: And technically ''yes'', Nathan because of his aforementioned mental problems was easily manipulated into aiding the seemingly good hearted "cool" teacher Mr Jefferson with his is the same guy behind the disappearance of Rachel Amber and Kate Marsh's attempted suicide/suicide, And illicit photography sessions with Kate Marsh and Rachel Amber, but for the most part, it was all Jefferson's doing]].aforementioned girls.]]
6th May '17 11:49:27 AM AthenaBlue
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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. The fact that the demons and monsters can and will look like anyone else is very heavily used on the show.

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. In the series ''Series/AdamTwelve'', Reed and Malloy were helping a female officer conduct a rape-resistance class at a local college. When one of the attendees asked what would a rapist look like, the lady cop pointed to the pair of heroes and said, "Just like them. A man."
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryAsylum'': [[spoiler: Dr. Oliver Thredson]], a compassionate and upstanding psychiatrist who is [[spoiler: actually the infamous serial killer, Bloody Face]].
* In ''Series/TheAmericans'', Elizabeth, Phillip and their handler, Claudia are KGB operatives, but speak with flawless American accents.
* In the ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "Intersections In Real Time", Sheridan has been captured and is being tortured in a prison cell somewhere.
The fact TortureTechnician is a mild-looking bureaucrat who administers ElectricTorture and [[TamperingWithFoodAndDrink poisoned food]] likes it's just another day on the job. WordOfGod is that this was all intentional, as he wanted to remind his fans that not all evil men ''act'' evil. At the demons and monsters can end of the episode, we discover that [[spoiler:the government has a seemingly unlimited supply of these guys and will look simply swap them out until the prisoner breaks]].
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' contrasts the over the top antics of the AxeCrazy Salamanca clan with the ordinary looking members of Gus' criminal organization. The Salamancas rely on intimidation and crazy violence for their reputation. Gus prefers to blend in and appear to be extremely boring and affable. He also goes to great lengths to make sure that his underlings do not attract any unnecessary attention. Walt strides the line between these two extremes as he knows that he has to be as nondescript as possible but his pride and ego constantly prompt him to do things that will get him noticed. Further, [[spoiler: Todd is a heartless, casual sociopath who looks
like anyone else is very heavily used on one of the show.show's more boring or typical characters. While he looks like an ordinary man, after killing an innocent little boy his reaction is, "Shit happens."]]



--> '''Willow''': ''(in reference to a murderer)'' It could be anyone. It could be me! ...it's not, though.

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--> '''Willow''': -->'''Willow''': ''(in reference to a murderer)'' It could be anyone. It could be me! ...it's not, though.



* Two of ''Series/ColdCase'''s most notorious killers embodied this trope to a T. One, George Marks, was overweight, balding--and a rabid misogynist who kidnapped women by disguising himself as a cop, then forced them to strip to their underwear and run through the woods for hours before finally finishing them off with a gunshot to the chest. The other, John Smith, was incredibly average looking and well-mannered, easily tempting his victims to walk away with him. And, you know, his name was John Smith, which is probably the blandest name in human history.



* Two of ''Series/ColdCase'''s most notorious killers embodied this trope to a T. One, George Marks, was overweight, balding--and a rabid misogynist who kidnapped women by disguising himself as a cop, then forced them to strip to their underwear and run through the woods for hours before finally finishing them off with a gunshot to the chest. The other, John Smith, was incredibly average looking and well-mannered, easily tempting his victims to walk away with him. And, you know, his name was John Smith, which is probably the blandest name in human history.



* In ''Series/{{Graceland}}'', FBIAgent Paul Briggs has a confrontation with the always masked [[TheCartel cartel]] [[ProfessionalKiller hitman]] who years earlier forcibly addicted Briggs to heroin and killed a bunch of his fellow agents. In the aftermath of a GunStruggle, Briggs pulls the hood off the dead assassin... and [[AntiClimacticUnmasking sees the ordinary face of some guy he doesn't know]]. Briggs goes as far as to lampshade this trope and berate himself for having expected anything else. (Unknown to Briggs, the real assassin is still out there... and he's also a guy who Briggs doesn't know and looks just like everyone else.)



** All wessen, since most of the time humans cannot see their true form.

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** All wessen, Wesen, since most of the time humans cannot see their true form.form.
* A sketch from ''Series/KidsInTheHall'' features an ordinary-looking guy in pajamas and a robe having breakfast. When he begins his monologue revealing he's a mass murderer, it's a bit of a surprise.



* In the ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Pick Me Up", the [[EvilVersusEvil dueling serial killers]] Walker and Wheeler both look fairly inconspicuous as a young drifter and a middle-aged trucker, respectively. Walker discusses the trope proper:
-->'''Walker:''' Your genuinely dangerous individuals -- they almost never ''look'' crazy. They don't have any weird tattoos, they don't have any weird stitches on their face, funny-shaped heads. They are NOT predictable.



* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. The fact that the demons and monsters can and will look like anyone else is very heavily used on the show.
* Most of the accused on Canadian courtroom series ''Series/ThisIsWonderland''. Since most of the show was set in small claims courts or mental health court, most of them ''were'' normal people who had just made terrible mistakes or had been put in a terrible situation. This made the rare appearance of a genuine monster all the more startling.
* To an extent, BOB from ''Series/TwinPeaks''. He basically looks an extra from a bar scene - a denim-clad old man with stringy grey hair who smells like burnt motor oil. In fact, given that his entire presence in the show is basically a case of ThrowItIn, his appearance is mostly modeled on what the set dresser happened to be wearing the day he got accidentally caught in the shot. On the other hand, you probably couldn't have a conversation with him, since he mostly runs around snarling at people and hiding in the woods.
** This also applies to [[spoiler: Leland Palmer]], seemingly a perfectly normal [[spoiler: family man and lawyer]]... who is actually [[spoiler: a SerialKiller who has been raping his own daughter for years, under the DemonicPossession of the above BOB.]]
* Heroic variant: The Regents in ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' are not at all what Artie expected. However, they all look a little ''too'' ordinary...
** Some artifacts are a non-human version of this. Who would have suspected that the tip jar at a food truck was behind a mini-ZombieApocalypse?



** The vampire town in "Bad Blood."

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** The vampire town in "Bad Blood."Blood".



* Heroic variant: The Regents in ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' are not at all what Artie expected. However, they all look a little ''too'' ordinary...
** Some artifacts are a non-human version of this. Who would have suspected that the tip jar at a food truck was behind a mini-ZombieApocalypse?
* In the ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "Intersections In Real Time," Sheridan has been captured and is being tortured in a prison cell somewhere. The TortureTechnician is a mild-looking bureaucrat who administers ElectricTorture and [[TamperingWithFoodAndDrink poisoned food]] likes it's just another day on the job. WordOfGod is that this was all intentional, as he wanted to remind his fans that not all evil men ''act'' evil. At the end of the episode, we discover that [[spoiler:the government has a seemingly unlimited supply of these guys and will simply swap them out until the prisoner breaks]].
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' contrasts the over the top antics of the AxCrazy Salamanca clan with the ordinary looking members of Gus's criminal organization. The Salamancas rely on intimidation and crazy violence for their reputation. Gus prefers to blend in and appear to be extremely boring and affable. He also goes to great lengths to make sure that his underlings do not attract any unnecessary attention. Walt strides the line between these two extremes as he knows that he has to be as nondescript as possible but his pride and ego constantly prompt him to do things that will get him noticed. Further, [[spoiler: Todd is a heartless, casual sociopath who looks like one of the show's more boring or typical characters. While he looks like an ordinary man, after killing an innocent little boy his reaction is, "Shit happens."]]
* To an extent, BOB from ''Series/TwinPeaks''. He basically looks an extra from a bar scene - a denim-clad old man with stringy grey hair who smells like burnt motor oil. In fact, given that his entire presence in the show is basically a case of ThrowItIn, his appearance is mostly modeled on what the set dresser happened to be wearing the day he got accidentally caught in the shot. On the other hand, you probably couldn't have a conversation with him, since he mostly runs around snarling at people and hiding in the woods.
** This also applies to [[spoiler: Leland Palmer]], seemingly a perfectly normal [[spoiler: family man and lawyer]]... who is actually [[spoiler: a SerialKiller who has been raping his own daughter for years, under the DemonicPossession of the above BOB.]]
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryAsylum'': [[spoiler: Dr. Oliver Thredson]], a compassionate and upstanding psychiatrist who is [[spoiler: actually the infamous serial killer, Bloody Face]].
* In the series ''Series/AdamTwelve'', Reed and Malloy were helping a female officer conduct a rape-resistance class at a local college. When one of the attendees asked what would a rapist look like, the lady cop pointed to the pair of heroes and said, "Just like them. A man."
* Most of the accused on Canadian courtroom series ''Series/ThisIsWonderland''. Since most of the show was set in small claims courts or mental health court, most of them ''were'' normal people who had just made terrible mistakes or had been put in a terrible situation. This made the rare appearance of a genuine monster all the more startling.
* In the ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Pick Me Up", the [[EvilVersusEvil dueling serial killers]] Walker and Wheeler both look fairly inconspicuous as a young drifter and a middle-aged trucker, respectively. Walker discusses the trope proper:
-->'''Walker:''' Your genuinely dangerous individuals -- they almost never ''look'' crazy. They don't have any weird tattoos, they don't have any weird stitches on their face, funny-shaped heads. They are NOT predictable.
* In ''Series/{{Graceland}}'', FBIAgent Paul Briggs has a confrontation with the always masked [[TheCartel cartel]] [[ProfessionalKiller hitman]] who years earlier forcibly addicted Briggs to heroin and killed a bunch of his fellow agents. In the aftermath of a GunStruggle, Briggs pulls the hood off the dead assassin... and [[AntiClimacticUnmasking sees the ordinary face of some guy he doesn't know]]. Briggs goes as far as to lampshade this trope and berate himself for having expected anything else. (Unknown to Briggs, the real assassin is still out there... and he's also a guy who Briggs doesn't know and looks just like everyone else.)
* In ''Series/TheAmericans'', Elizabeth, Phillip and their handler, Claudia are KGB operatives, but speak with flawless American accents.
* A sketch from ''Series/KidsInTheHall'' features an ordinary-looking guy in pajamas and a robe having breakfast. When he begins his monologue revealing he's a mass murderer, it's a bit of a surprise.



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* This was used to great effect with the [[BigBad Fire Lord]] in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. You only ever get to see his silhouette against a wall of flames for most of the show's run, and when his face is finally revealed [[spoiler:he looks like a completely normal and even fairly handsome man]].



* This was used to great effect with the [[BigBad Fire Lord]] in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. You only ever get to see his silhouette against a wall of flames for most of the show's run, and when his face is finally revealed [[spoiler:he looks like a completely normal and even fairly handsome man]].
* ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'':

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* This was used to great effect with the [[BigBad Fire Lord]] in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. You only ever get to see his silhouette against a wall of flames for most of the show's run, and when his face is finally revealed [[spoiler:he looks like a completely normal and even fairly handsome man]].
* ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'':
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29th Apr '17 11:20:06 AM The08MetroidMan
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* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'' has [[spoiler: Pu'ray Zeh'lot]], who looks like a perfectly normal Khura'inese citizen despite being [[spoiler: a vigilante serial killer working for the SecretPolice to kill rebels, who had no qualms about attempting to kill a ''pregnant'' woman. In a twist, he's the case's AssholeVictim rather than murder, killed in self-defence by one of his targets]] but their face portrait looks so generic the player isn't likely to suspect much of them. They even [[spoiler: lived as a surrogate child to High Priest Inmee and his wife for ''years'', with them being none the wiser until the incident happened.]]





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* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'' has [[spoiler: Pu'ray Zeh'lot]], who looks like a perfectly normal Khura'inese citizen despite being [[spoiler: a vigilante serial killer working for the SecretPolice to kill rebels, who had no qualms about attempting to kill a ''pregnant'' woman. In a twist, he's the case's AssholeVictim rather than murder, killed in self-defence by one of his targets]] but their face portrait looks so generic the player isn't likely to suspect much of them. They even [[spoiler: lived as a surrogate child to High Priest Inmee and his wife for ''years'', with them being none the wiser until the incident happened.]]
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* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' invokes this in-universe with the [[OmnicidalManiac life-eating]] [[EldritchAbomination Dark-Side entity of intent]] Darth Nihilus, should the player-character choose to let his liberated servant Visas Marr remove his skull-like mask upon his death; if the player asks her what his face looked like, she will simply reply "A man. Nothing more."
22nd Apr '17 8:56:48 PM nombretomado
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* The majority of characters in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' are [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Ordinary High School Students]], meaning that oftentimes people who choose to play the game fit this trope in some way or another. This is particularly true in regards to v4, where there has been an increased focus on realism. Many, many characters in [[DevelopingDoomedCharacters pre-game]] come off as people who you could easily find at your school in real life, but once you get to in-game... well, it brings out the worst in people. [[BigBad Danya]] himself can fit as well, as aside from bearing scars from attempts on his life he's described as someone who wouldn't particularly stand out in a crowd; Bryan Calvert even says Danya looks like his father.

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* The majority of characters in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' are [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Ordinary High School Students]], meaning that oftentimes people who choose to play the game fit this trope in some way or another. This is particularly true in regards to v4, where there has been an increased focus on realism. Many, many characters in [[DevelopingDoomedCharacters pre-game]] come off as people who you could easily find at your school in real life, but once you get to in-game... well, it brings out the worst in people. [[BigBad Danya]] himself can fit as well, as aside from bearing scars from attempts on his life he's described as someone who wouldn't particularly stand out in a crowd; Bryan Calvert even says Danya looks like his father.
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