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3rd Jul '16 10:44:47 AM LorienTheYounger
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** Assuming, of course, that they didn't notice that Chancellor Palpatine and Darth Sidious are played by the same person. Even though Ian McDiarmid is not credited as Sidious, his hood does not cover the lower half of his face and they clearly have the same voice. Nevertheless, there actually ''were'' people who were shocked at the reveal that Palpatine was Sidious at the time of the movie's release in 2005.

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** Assuming, of course, that they didn't notice that Chancellor Palpatine and Darth Sidious are played by the same person. Even though Ian McDiarmid [=McDiarmid=] is not credited as Sidious, his hood does not cover the lower half of his face and they clearly have the same voice. Nevertheless, there actually ''were'' people who were shocked at the reveal that Palpatine was Sidious at the time of the movie's release in 2005.
3rd Jul '16 10:44:01 AM LorienTheYounger
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** Assuming, of course, that they didn't notice that Chancellor Palpatine and Darth Sidious are played by the same person. Even though Ian McDiarmid is not credited as Sidious, his hood does not cover the lower half of his face and they clearly have the same voice. Nevertheless, there actually ''were'' people who were shocked at the reveal that Palpatine was Sidious at the time of the movie's release in 2005.
18th Apr '16 9:14:15 AM LookielouE1705
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* The photo at the top of the page is from Creator/AlfredHitchcock's film ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'', and is actually one of the more complicated uses of this trope. It's true that Eve is working for the villain, [[spoiler:but she turns out to be a double agent who is actually working for the US government, and she tries to balance betraying Roger with keeping him safe]].

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* The photo at the top of the page is An example from Creator/AlfredHitchcock's film ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'', and ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'' is actually one of the more complicated uses of this trope. It's true that Eve is working for the villain, [[spoiler:but she turns out to be a double agent who is actually working for the US government, and she tries to balance betraying Roger with keeping him safe]].
17th Apr '16 6:01:43 AM aye_amber
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* [[BrunoMars Bruno Mars]] describes one in song about a manipulative girlfriend in the song ''Grenade''.

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* [[BrunoMars Bruno Mars]] Music/BrunoMars describes one in song about a manipulative girlfriend in the song ''Grenade''.



* MichaelJackson's music video of ''Thriller'' ends with such a shot of Michael himself.

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* MichaelJackson's Music/MichaelJackson's music video of ''Thriller'' ends with such a shot of Michael himself.
2nd Apr '16 8:48:20 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'', season 7, FBI analyst Sean Hillinger is set up as a potential bad guy from the very first time the audience is introduced to him. A dozen [[TraitorShot Traitor shots]], a KickTheDog moment and a few episodes later, it is revealed that Hillinger is indeed TheMole.

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* In ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'', ''Series/TwentyFour 24'', season 7, FBI analyst Sean Hillinger is set up as a potential bad guy from the very first time the audience is introduced to him. A dozen [[TraitorShot Traitor shots]], a KickTheDog moment and a few episodes later, it is revealed that Hillinger is indeed TheMole.



* A common staple in BBC soap series ''{{Eastenders}}''. A kids' sketch show [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] it by having a third character show up and proclaim: "You're doing that thing where you say something you don't mean, and then you look awkward, and the theme music starts playing!", the three argue, and in a second take the music started playing again and the third character caught the first.

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* A common staple in BBC soap series ''{{Eastenders}}''.''Series/EastEnders''. A kids' sketch show [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] it by having a third character show up and proclaim: "You're doing that thing where you say something you don't mean, and then you look awkward, and the theme music starts playing!", the three argue, and in a second take the music started playing again and the third character caught the first.
17th Mar '16 2:21:51 PM rjd1922
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This trope is so common that a director can set up a RedHerring traitor just by giving them a few TraitorShot moments, and then ''not'' making them evil. It also appears in [[Creator/RogerEbert Ebert's]] ''Bigger Little Movie Glossary'' under the heading "Unmotivated Close-up."

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This trope is so common that a director can set up a RedHerring traitor RedHerringMole just by giving them a few TraitorShot moments, and then ''not'' making them evil. It also appears in [[Creator/RogerEbert Ebert's]] ''Bigger Little Movie Glossary'' under the heading "Unmotivated Close-up."
12th Mar '16 11:16:13 AM StFan
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* ''StarWars: Episode I''. During Qui-Gon's funeral, Mace Windu confirms that Darth Maul was a Sith. Yoda states that "Always two there are: a master and an apprentice," and Mace wonders which one Maul was. The camera then [[AnswerCut cuts and focuses]] directly on Chancellor Palpatine. Given that this was a ''prequel'' for one of the most popular and financially successful movies ''ever'' (and also that the actor playing Palpatine was the same actor who'd played him in ''ReturnOfTheJedi''), this was not so much "a reveal the hidden traitor" shot as a "fanservice for everyone on the planet, who already knows ''exactly'' who the traitor is" shot.
** However, in the context of the movie the audience is technically ''not'' supposed to know who Palpatine really is. The original 1977-1983 had him referred to simply as "The Emperor" (or occasionally "My Master" by Darth Vader), never as Palpatine or even as his black-robed, Sith Lord alter ego, Darth Sidious. The original Kenner action figure also doesn't list his real name, although George Lucas's screenplay for ''ReturnOfTheJedi'' and novelization (ghostwritten by Lucas) certainly do. And of course, younger viewers who watch the films on video in (in-universe) chronological order and have not been exposed to any of TheMerch or the ExpandedUniverse will not have a clue as to Palpatine's true identity until they see ''RevengeOfTheSith''.

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* ''StarWars: Episode I''.During the Empress episode in ''WebVideo/VaguelyRecallingJoJo'', Nena is shown doing this, because she plans on killing Joseph.
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** ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''.
During Qui-Gon's funeral, Mace Windu confirms that Darth Maul was a Sith. Yoda states that "Always two there are: a master and an apprentice," and Mace wonders which one Maul was. The camera then [[AnswerCut cuts and focuses]] directly on Chancellor Palpatine. Given that this was a ''prequel'' for one of the most popular and financially successful movies ''ever'' (and also that the actor playing Palpatine was the same actor who'd played him in ''ReturnOfTheJedi''), this was not so much "a reveal the hidden traitor" shot as a "fanservice for everyone on the planet, who already knows ''exactly'' who the traitor is" shot.
** However, in the context of the movie the audience is technically ''not'' supposed to know who Palpatine really is. The original 1977-1983 had him referred to simply as "The Emperor" (or occasionally "My Master" by Darth Vader), never as Palpatine or even as his black-robed, Sith Lord alter ego, Darth Sidious. The original Kenner action figure also doesn't list his real name, although George Lucas's screenplay for ''ReturnOfTheJedi'' ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' and novelization (ghostwritten by Lucas) certainly do. And of course, younger viewers who watch the films on video in (in-universe) chronological order and have not been exposed to any of TheMerch or the ExpandedUniverse will not have a clue as to Palpatine's true identity until they see ''RevengeOfTheSith''.''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.



* In {{V-2009}}, ''every single scene'' featuring Anna ends with this. It's been long since established that she's the villain, but just in case anyone forgot...
* In the third season of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' [[FaceHeelTurn newly evil]] [[FallenHero Morgana]] has at least five of these an episode, some of which will be [[RevealingHug revealing hugs]] with the characters [[TheMole she's planning]] [[DisproportionateRetribution on destroying.]]
** At first it seems absurd just how [[DevilInPlainSight obvious she's being]], but no one notices her blatantly inappropriate reactions to good/bad news. [[spoiler:Until Gwen sees her [[PsychoticSmirk smiling]] about her being sentenced to [[KillItWithFire burn at the stake]].]]
* CoronationStreet uses this so much with Tracy Barlow's smug smirks whenever no one is looking that it'll make you want to punch the writers.

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* In {{V-2009}}, ''Series/{{V 2009}}'', ''every single scene'' featuring Anna ends with this. It's been long since established that she's the villain, but just in case anyone forgot...
* In the third season of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' [[FaceHeelTurn newly evil]] [[FallenHero Morgana]] has at least five of these an episode, some of which will be [[RevealingHug revealing hugs]] with the characters [[TheMole she's planning]] [[DisproportionateRetribution on destroying.]]
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]] At first it seems absurd just how [[DevilInPlainSight obvious she's being]], but no one no-one notices her blatantly inappropriate reactions to good/bad news. [[spoiler:Until Gwen sees her [[PsychoticSmirk smiling]] about her being sentenced to [[KillItWithFire burn at the stake]].]]
* CoronationStreet ''Series/CoronationStreet'' uses this so much with Tracy Barlow's smug smirks whenever no one is looking that it'll make you want to punch the writers.



* Series/SleepyHollow:
** [[spoiler: Captain Irving]], who otherwise shows no signs of being involved in the larger conspiracy and treats FishOutOfTemporalWater Ichabod Crane as a madman for most of the pilot, gets one of these while looking over deceased Sheriff Corbin's office. [[spoiler: Seems to be {{Foreshadowing}} for a future [[TheReveal reveal]] about his complicity]].

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''Series/SleepyHollow'': [[spoiler: Captain Irving]], who otherwise shows no signs of being involved in the larger conspiracy and treats FishOutOfTemporalWater Ichabod Crane as a madman for most of the pilot, gets one of these while looking over deceased Sheriff Corbin's office. [[spoiler: Seems to be {{Foreshadowing}} for a future [[TheReveal reveal]] about his complicity]].



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* [[spoiler: Kor]] from ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade'' is given a handful of these some time before his status as a villain - and the game's BigBad - is revealed.

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* [[spoiler: Kor]] from ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade'' is given a handful of these some time before his status as a villain - and the game's BigBad - -- is revealed.



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* During the Empress episode in ''WebVideo/VaguelyRecallingJoJo'', Nena is shown doing this, because she plans on killing Joseph.
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23rd Feb '16 5:46:30 PM Monolaf317
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* In the VideoGame/{{Mario}} fangame ''VideoGame/MarioTheMusicBox'', look for anything out of the ordinary to spot the traitor, including GlamourFailure, hidden eyes, {{psychotic smirk}}s and/or slasher smiles, and ScaryShinyGlasses.
22nd Feb '16 6:20:41 AM Willbyr
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[[caption-width-right:350:What a [[RevealingHug warm hug]]! ... Don't trust her for a minute. [[spoiler:Don't worry, this one's actually a subversion.]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:What a [[RevealingHug warm hug]]! ... Don't trust her for a minute. [[spoiler:Don't worry, this one's actually a subversion.]]]]



* ''{{Naruto}}'' has a variation early on. It's aimed at [[EvilerThanThou another, smaller-time villain]] as a DeathGlare, but [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/4439/421317-kabuto_super.jpg this]] still clues us in that [[TheMole Kabuto]] is not the MauveShirt he sells himself as.
* In ''MaiHime'', very little seems to be out of the ordinary in how Shiho reacts to news of [[spoiler:Takumi going missing from his hospital room]], but then Yuuichi mentions that Mai must be worried, and the last shot before the scene transitions is Shiho glaring angrily. [[spoiler:Shiho then goes out and destroys Akira's Child, killing Takumi, out of spite toward Mai]].

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* ''{{Naruto}}'' ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has a variation early on. It's aimed at [[EvilerThanThou another, smaller-time villain]] as a DeathGlare, but [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/4439/421317-kabuto_super.jpg this]] still clues us in that [[TheMole Kabuto]] is not the MauveShirt he sells himself as.
* In ''MaiHime'', ''Anime/MaiHime'', very little seems to be out of the ordinary in how Shiho reacts to news of [[spoiler:Takumi going missing from his hospital room]], but then Yuuichi mentions that Mai must be worried, and the last shot before the scene transitions is Shiho glaring angrily. [[spoiler:Shiho then goes out and destroys Akira's Child, killing Takumi, out of spite toward Mai]].
19th Feb '16 11:57:11 PM Geoduck
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* Parodied in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'', where the EvilTwin who has taken Hoop's place slips into this mode for a second.. but does it where the other protagonists can easily see him, and they immediately call him out on it.
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