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1st Apr '17 2:48:17 AM JackG
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* In the third novel of the ''TheMilkweedTriptych'', Raybould Marsh barely escapes the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt by [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong traveling back in time]] to WorldWarTwo. Just before he time-jumps, his friend hurriedly gives him his billfold so he'll have some ready cash. Unfortunately the money and identity cards are all from 1963, so he's quickly detained by the police on suspicion of being a German spy with badly-forged documents. This turns out to be an advantage through, as the authorities release him the next day in a TrickAndFollowPloy. As Marsh ''is'' an intelligence agent, but a British one, he's able to escape their surveillance.

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* In the third novel of the ''TheMilkweedTriptych'', ''Literature/TheMilkweedTriptych'', Raybould Marsh barely escapes the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt by [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong traveling back in time]] to WorldWarTwo. Just before he time-jumps, his friend hurriedly gives him his billfold so he'll have some ready cash. Unfortunately the money and identity cards are all from 1963, so he's quickly detained by the police on suspicion of being a German spy with badly-forged documents. This turns out to be an advantage through, as the authorities release him the next day in a TrickAndFollowPloy. As Marsh ''is'' an intelligence agent, but a British one, he's able to escape their surveillance.
16th Mar '17 2:40:18 PM AthenaBlue
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** Sometimes the Doctor genuinely ''is'' a spy, working for himself, simply by virtue of being too nosy for the villain-of-the-week. Other times, such as in "The Brain of Morbius", the irate locals correctly identify him as a Time Lord but automatically assume he's there to steal their stuff because they're suspicious of Time Lords in general. The eponymous Morbius similarly assumes the Doc is there on behalf of the Time Lords to hunt him down and was just stumbling into the creepy castle as a ruse. Ironically it's suggested the Time Lords did dump the TARDIS there (without consulting the Doctor) and just trusted that the Doctor would sort everything out in his usual manner.

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** Sometimes the Doctor genuinely ''is'' a spy, working for himself, simply by virtue of being too nosy for the villain-of-the-week. Other times, such as in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E5TheBrainOfMorbius "The Brain of Morbius", Morbius"]], the irate locals correctly identify him as a Time Lord but automatically assume he's there to steal their stuff because they're suspicious of Time Lords in general. The eponymous Morbius similarly assumes the Doc Doctor is there on behalf of the Time Lords to hunt him down and was just stumbling into the creepy castle as a ruse. Ironically Ironically, it's suggested the Time Lords did dump the TARDIS there (without consulting the Doctor) and just trusted that the Doctor would sort everything out in his usual manner.
16th Mar '17 2:39:26 PM AthenaBlue
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* In an ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' story, Jughead accidentally travels back in time to UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar and is mistaken for a Confederate spy (one of the suggestions being that the S on his shirt stands for "Spy" or "South").
* Mortimer experiences this twice in the ''ComicBook/BlakeAndMortimer'' album ''The Time Trap'', the first when he automatically says he's English... in medieval France. In the second, he's flung into the dystopian future and is found by rebels.



* Mortimer experiences this twice in the ''ComicBook/BlakeAndMortimer'' album ''The Time Trap'', the first when he automatically says he's English... in medieval France. In the second, he's flung into the dystopian future and is found by rebels.
* In an ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' comic, Jughead accidentally travels back in time to UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar and is mistaken for a Confederate spy (one of the suggestions being that the S on his shirt stands for "Spy" or "South").



* In ''Film/SafetyNotGuaranteed'', this is happened for different reason: Kennetch is chased because ''he breaks into nuclear facilities'', for purpose to get ''something'' for his time machine.



* In ''Film/SafetyNotGuaranteed'', this is happened for different reason: Kennetch is chased because ''he breaks into nuclear facilities'', for purpose to get ''something'' for his time machine.



* PlayedForLaughs in an episode of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', in which an accident involving a microwave oven sends Cory back in time to a warped version of TheFifties. (It's AllJustADream.) Notably, they don't get suspicious for any of the reasons listed above, but because he doesn't buy into [=McCarthyist=] paranoia and isn't deathly afraid of a Soviet invasion like everyone else in town. He also has knowledge he shouldn't have, such as exactly what Sputnik is (i.e. a harmless metal ball with legs instead of a KillSat).
* In ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' Buck is effectively a time traveler, having awakened after 504 years into a future he doesn't yet understand. Matters aren't helped by the fact that he is awakened by the Draconians, Earth's enemies, who install a tracking device on Buck's space shuttle to learn how to get through Earth's defenses. Buck is subsequently accused by Earth of being a Draconian spy, setting up the ClearMyName plot that dominates the second half of the pilot movie. Most of the episodes in the first season have Buck utilized as a spy by the Earth Defense Directorate precisely ''because'' [[UnPerson he's not on the grid]]. Buck's [[LikeADuckTakesToWater frequently able to use his 20th century skills to throw 25th century opponents off guard.]]
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor and his companions sometimes fall prey to this.
** Such as when they go to Skaro in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks "Genesis of the Daleks"]], where they are mistaken for the Kaleds' deadly enemy the Thals (or their common enemies, the wild mutants that run around in the nuclear wasteland). Everyone being HumanAliens in this case did not help.
** Sometimes the Doctor genuinely ''is'' a spy, working for himself, simply by virtue of being too nosy for the villain-of-the-week. Other times, such as in "The Brain of Morbius", the irate locals correctly identify him as a Time Lord but automatically assume he's there to steal their stuff because they're suspicious of Time Lords in general. The eponymous Morbius similarly assumes the Doc is there on behalf of the Time Lords to hunt him down and was just stumbling into the creepy castle as a ruse. Ironically it's suggested the Time Lords did dump the TARDIS there (without consulting the Doctor) and just trusted that the Doctor would sort everything out in his usual manner.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E8ColdWar "Cold War"]], the Doctor and Clara end up on a Soviet nuclear sub. Naturally, the crew assumes they're Western spies, despite the TARDIS turning their speech into flawless Russian. This leads to an exchange where Clara says she doesn't even speak Russian . . . [[TranslatorMicrobes in Russian]].



* This happens to Gary in an early episode of ''Series/GoodnightSweetheart''. Knowing Himmler and Goebbels' hair colour is what did it; his claims to have seen it in a newsreel fall a bit flat because newsreels were monochrome. He decides to play it up and manages to convince his captors he ''is'' a spy, but a British one and not a German one as they'd assumed.
* This is the premise of the ''Series/{{K9}}'' episode "The Cambridge Spy": a [[LightningCanDoAnything lightning strike]] sends Jorjie back to Cambridge in 1963, she's arrested as a Russian spy, and K9 and Starkey have to travel back to rescue her.



* This happens to Gary in an early episode of ''Series/GoodnightSweetheart''. Knowing Himmler and Goebbels' hair colour is what did it; his claims to have seen it in a newsreel fall a bit flat because Newsreels were monochrome. He decides to play it up and manages to convince his captors he ''is'' a spy, but a British one and not a German one as they'd assumed.



%% Please see the discussion page before saying anything about Doctor Who.
* The Doctor and his companions in ''Series/DoctorWho'' sometimes fall prey to this.
** Such as when they go to Skaro in "Genesis of the Daleks," where they are mistaken for the Kaleds' deadly enemy the Thals (or their common enemies, the wild mutants that run around in the nuclear wasteland). Everyone being HumanAliens in this case did not help.
** Sometimes the Doctor genuinely ''is'' a spy, working for himself, simply by virtue of being too nosy for the villain-of-the-week. Other times, such as in "The Brain of Morbius", the irate locals correctly identify him as a Time Lord but automatically assume he's there to steal their stuff because they're suspicious of Time Lords in general. The eponymous Morbius similarly assumes the Doc is there on behalf of the Time Lords to hunt him down and was just stumbling into the creepy castle as a ruse. Ironically it's suggested the Time Lords did dump the TARDIS there (without consulting the Doctor) and just trusted that the Doctor would sort everything out in his usual manner.
** In "Cold War", the Doctor and Clara end up on a Soviet nuclear sub. Naturally, the crew assumes they're Western spies, despite the TARDIS turning their speech into flawless Russian. This leads to an exchange where Clara says she doesn't even speak Russian... [[TranslatorMicrobes in Russian]].
* This is the premise of the ''Series/{{K9}}'' episode "The Cambridge Spy": a [[LightningCanDoAnything lightning strike]] sends Jorjie back to Cambridge in 1963, she's arrested as a Russian spy, and K9 and Starkey have to travel back to rescue her.
* PlayedForLaughs in an episode of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', in which an accident involving a microwave oven sends Cory back in time to a warped version of TheFifties. (It's AllJustADream.) Notably, they don't get suspicious for any of the reasons listed above, but because he doesn't buy into [=McCarthyist=] paranoia and isn't deathly afraid of a Soviet invasion like everyone else in town. He also has knowledge he shouldn't have, such as exactly what Sputnik is (i.e. a harmless metal ball with legs instead of a KillSat).



* In ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' Buck is effectively a time traveler, having awakened after 504 years into a future he doesn't yet understand. Matters aren't helped by the fact that he is awakened by the Draconians, Earth's enemies, who install a tracking device on Buck's space shuttle to learn how to get through Earth's defenses. Buck is subsequently accused by Earth of being a Draconian spy, setting up the ClearMyName plot that dominates the second half of the pilot movie. Most of the episodes in the first season have Buck utilized as a spy by the Earth Defense Directorate precisely ''because'' [[UnPerson he's not on the grid]]. Buck's [[LikeADuckTakesToWater frequently able to use his 20th century skills to throw 25th century opponents off guard.]]
* In the Netflix series ''Travelers'' it is in fact the case that all of the Traveler's are spies. A rogue member tries to sell the US government information about how they've been infiltrated by this conspiracy but [[spoiler:forgot just how deeply that infiltration went]].

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* In ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' Buck is effectively a time traveler, having awakened after 504 years into a future he doesn't yet understand. Matters aren't helped by the fact that he is awakened by the Draconians, Earth's enemies, who install a tracking device on Buck's space shuttle to learn how to get through Earth's defenses. Buck is subsequently accused by Earth of being a Draconian spy, setting up the ClearMyName plot that dominates the second half of the pilot movie. Most of the episodes in the first season have Buck utilized as a spy by the Earth Defense Directorate precisely ''because'' [[UnPerson he's not on the grid]]. Buck's [[LikeADuckTakesToWater frequently able to use his 20th century skills to throw 25th century opponents off guard.]]
* In the Netflix series ''Travelers'' ''Series/{{Travelers}}'' it is in fact the case that all of the Traveler's Travelers are spies. A rogue member tries to sell the US government information about how they've been infiltrated by this conspiracy but [[spoiler:forgot just how deeply that infiltration went]].


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25th Dec '16 2:40:19 PM Game_Fan
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* In the Netflix series ''Travelers'' it is in fact the case that all of the Traveler's are spies. A rogue member tries to sell the US government information about how they've been infiltrated by this conspiracy but [[spoiler:forgot just how deeply that infiltration went]].
16th Dec '16 9:50:32 PM eowynjedi
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* Chekov and Uhura in ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', in the famous "Nu-cle-ar wessels" sequence. [[RuleOfFunny Somehow]] they don't realize that, if you want to get aboard an aircraft carrier in 1986, the guy with the prominent Russian accent ''probably'' shouldn't be your spokesperson. This doesn't cause them any problems in the end except for a bunch of strange looks, but when the inevitable transporter malfunction strands Chekov next to the reactor of aforementioned nuclear wessel he is assumed to be a Russian spy. His recitation of Name, (Starfleet) Rank, and Number do nothing to dispel this. One of his interogators ''does'' express some doubts, noting that while Chekov obviously is a Russkie, he's also "a retard or something" (that may be partly because he makes references to being a member of Starfleet and having a phaser).

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* Chekov and Uhura in ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', in the famous "Nu-cle-ar wessels" sequence. [[RuleOfFunny Somehow]] they don't realize that, if you want to get aboard an aircraft carrier in 1986, the guy with the prominent Russian accent ''probably'' shouldn't be your spokesperson. This doesn't cause them any problems in the end except for a bunch of strange looks, but when the inevitable transporter malfunction strands Chekov next to the reactor of aforementioned nuclear wessel he is assumed to be a Russian spy. His recitation of Name, (Starfleet) Rank, and Number do nothing to dispel this. One of his interogators ''does'' express some doubts, noting that while Chekov obviously is a Russkie, he's also "a retard or something" (that may be partly because he makes references to being a member of Starfleet Chekov's farfetched claims and having a phaser).{{Literal Mind}}edness.
25th May '16 10:59:08 AM NOYB
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** In "Cold War", the Doctor and Clara end up on a Soviet nuclear sub. Naturally, the crew assumes they're Western spies, despite the TARDIS turning their speech into flawless Russian. This leads to an exchange where Clara says she's not speaking Russian... [[TranslatorMicrobes in Russian]].

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** In "Cold War", the Doctor and Clara end up on a Soviet nuclear sub. Naturally, the crew assumes they're Western spies, despite the TARDIS turning their speech into flawless Russian. This leads to an exchange where Clara says she's not speaking she doesn't even speak Russian... [[TranslatorMicrobes in Russian]].
16th Apr '16 5:20:06 AM JackG
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** Sometimes the Doctor genuinely ''is'' a spy, working for himself, simply by virtue of being too nosy for the villain-of-the-week. Other times, such as in "The Brain of Morbius", the irate locals correctly identify him as a Time Lord but automatically assume he's there to steal their stuff because they're suspicious of Time Lords in general. The eponymous Morbius similarly assumes the Doc is there on behalf of the Time Lords to hunt him down and was just stumbling into the creepy castle as a ruse.

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** Sometimes the Doctor genuinely ''is'' a spy, working for himself, simply by virtue of being too nosy for the villain-of-the-week. Other times, such as in "The Brain of Morbius", the irate locals correctly identify him as a Time Lord but automatically assume he's there to steal their stuff because they're suspicious of Time Lords in general. The eponymous Morbius similarly assumes the Doc is there on behalf of the Time Lords to hunt him down and was just stumbling into the creepy castle as a ruse. Ironically it's suggested the Time Lords did dump the TARDIS there (without consulting the Doctor) and just trusted that the Doctor would sort everything out in his usual manner.
29th Mar '16 12:38:39 AM Menarker
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* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', Crono and his companions are identified as spies by a mysterious prophet who recently turned up in the Kingdom of Zeal in 12,000 B.C. and predicted various occurences, including their arrival. [[spoiler:The prophet himself turns out to be a time-traveled Magus, inverting the trope.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', Crono and his companions are identified as spies by a mysterious prophet who recently turned up in the Kingdom of Zeal in 12,000 B.C. and predicted various occurences, including their arrival. [[spoiler:The prophet himself turns out to be a time-traveled Magus, inverting the trope. That and it can be presumed that he avoids many of the mishaps of being thought as a spy despite his time-traveler status because he actually existed in that past time period and place(as a child) and thus knows the cultural details that the natives there would know.]]
25th Mar '16 7:17:20 AM Naram-Sin
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* Have goals which probably look incomprehFensible to other people, and therefore are likely to be taken as cover for something more sinister.

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* Have goals which probably look incomprehFensible incomprehensible to other people, and therefore are likely to be taken as cover for something more sinister.
15th Feb '16 7:02:44 AM MacronNotes
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* Have goals which probably look incomprehensible to other people, and therefore are likely to be taken as cover for something more sinister.

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* Have goals which probably look incomprehensible incomprehFensible to other people, and therefore are likely to be taken as cover for something more sinister.



* In ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' Buck is effectively a time traveler, having awakened after 504 years into a future he doesn't yet understand. Matters aren't helped by the fact that he is awakened by the Draconians, Earth's enemies, who install a tracking device on Buck's space shuttle to learn how to get through Earth's defenses. Buck is subsequently accused by Earth of being a Draconian spy, setting up the ClearMyName plot that dominates the second half of the pilot movie. Most of the episodes in the first season have Buck utilized as a spy by the Earth Defense Directorate precisely ''because'' [[UnPerson he's not on the grid]]. Buck's [[TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer frequently able to use his 20th century skills to throw 25th century opponents off guard.]]

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* In ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' Buck is effectively a time traveler, having awakened after 504 years into a future he doesn't yet understand. Matters aren't helped by the fact that he is awakened by the Draconians, Earth's enemies, who install a tracking device on Buck's space shuttle to learn how to get through Earth's defenses. Buck is subsequently accused by Earth of being a Draconian spy, setting up the ClearMyName plot that dominates the second half of the pilot movie. Most of the episodes in the first season have Buck utilized as a spy by the Earth Defense Directorate precisely ''because'' [[UnPerson he's not on the grid]]. Buck's [[TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer [[LikeADuckTakesToWater frequently able to use his 20th century skills to throw 25th century opponents off guard.]]
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