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16th Apr '17 8:41:19 PM nombretomado
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* One could argue some of Palpatines scenes ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'' come of as this. It's treason, then?

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* One could argue some of Palpatines Palpatine's scenes ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'' ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' come of as this. It's treason, then?
12th Apr '17 7:15:36 AM 4fterthought
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* ''WesternAnimation/ToadPatrol'': After supposedly giving directions to the Toad Patrol, Orpheus does this, complete with an EvilLaugh.
8th Apr '17 4:25:06 PM nombretomado
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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.

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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''), ''Film/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.
23rd Feb '17 1:37:05 AM WillyFourEyes
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* Minor case in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha A's'' with Admiral Gil Graham. The close-up of his discomfited expression after a conversation with Chrono is the first hint that he's up to something. Later on, it turns out that he is responsible for the actions of the masked men who keep screwing things up for Team Nanoha.

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* Minor case in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha A's'' ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' with Admiral Gil Graham. The close-up of his discomfited expression after a conversation with Chrono is the first hint that he's up to something. Later on, it turns out that he is responsible for the actions of the [[MalevolentMaskedMan masked men men]] who keep screwing things up for Team Nanoha.



* In ''Anime/MaiOtome'', Tomoe is given one of these after everyone finds out about Erstin's snake-bite injury during their [[HorribleCampingTrip "survival exam" expedition]]. After expressing her concern, Tomoe turns around and gives an evil smirk...[[DevilInPlainSight while Chie is still looking in her direction, albeit not at her face]]. [[spoiler:Even though she actually confesses to (and brags about) doing it in a later episode, the [[ImprobableHairstyle hairstyle]] in the silhouette of the person that entered the tent the previous night only makes it more obvious that she was the perpetrator, even before the Traitor Shot.]]
* [[Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena Anthy Himemiya]] gets one in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWkg1slJDR4 first ending theme]] (around :46).

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* In ''Anime/MaiOtome'', Tomoe is given one of these after everyone finds out about Erstin's snake-bite injury during their [[HorribleCampingTrip "survival exam" expedition]]. After expressing her concern, Tomoe turns around and gives an evil smirk...[[DevilInPlainSight while Chie is still looking in her direction, albeit not at her face]]. [[spoiler:Even though she actually confesses to (and brags about) doing it in a later episode, the [[ImprobableHairstyle hairstyle]] in the silhouette of the person that entered the tent the previous night to sabotage Erstin's emergency signal beacon only makes it more obvious that she was the perpetrator, even before the Traitor Shot.]]
* [[Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena Anthy Himemiya]] Himemiya gets one in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWkg1slJDR4 first ending theme]] of ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' (around :46).



* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' anime episode #311. After [[spoiler:Michel]] defeats a hollow and makes Kon (Karakurizer) look weak, Kon walks away in dejection. As he does so, [[spoiler:Michel]] has a nasty smile, because it's all part of his nefarious plot!
* ''Manga/FushigiYugi''. Just when it looks like all the Suzaku Senshi are gathered and all is right with the world, we see an ominous closeup of Chiriko playing his flute. Anyone who's seen the intro knows he is not Chiriko, but Amiboshi, a Seiryu Senshi.
* ''[[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid]]'' has several with [[ObviouslyEvil Vincent Bruno]]. Not only does he look suspiciously menacing when we're first introduced to him without the protagonists present, he also offers up a self-satisfied smirk just after they do meet him.

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' anime episode #311. #311: After [[spoiler:Michel]] defeats a hollow and makes Kon (Karakurizer) look weak, Kon walks away in dejection. As he does so, [[spoiler:Michel]] has a nasty smile, because it's all part of his nefarious plot!
* ''Manga/FushigiYugi''. Just In ''Manga/FushigiYugi'', just when it looks like all the Suzaku Senshi are gathered and all is right with the world, we see an ominous closeup of Chiriko playing his flute. Anyone who's seen the intro knows he is not Chiriko, but Amiboshi, a Seiryu Senshi.
* ''[[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid]]'' has several with [[ObviouslyEvil Vincent Bruno]]. Not only does he look suspiciously menacing when we're he's first introduced to him without the protagonists present, he also offers up a self-satisfied smirk just after they do meet him.



** ''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.

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** ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. ''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.



* An example from Creator/AlfredHitchcock's film ''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]].

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* An example from Creator/AlfredHitchcock's film ''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 {{double agent}} who is actually working for the US government, and she tries to balance betraying Roger with keeping him safe]].



* ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow''. Two of Joe's guides look at each other while standing under Joe's plane and sinister music plays.

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* ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow''. Two In ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow'', two of Joe's guides look at each other while standing under Joe's plane and sinister music plays.



* To go along with the StarWars example above, the novel ''Literature/{{Shatterpoint}}'', set during the Clone Wars, features a short scene at the very end where Mace Windu, Yoda, and Chancellor Palpatine are discussing the novel's events. Chief among them is the realization that [[WarIsHell the nature of galaxy-wide war]] is having a corrupting influence on the Jedi, causing some of them to fall to the Dark Side and the others to be uncertain and less able to see the future. Mace wonders aloud if anyone could have predicted that kind of reaction and Palpatine pauses for a second before saying "Yes... who indeed?"

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* To go along with the StarWars ''Franchise/StarWars'' example above, the novel ''Literature/{{Shatterpoint}}'', set during the Clone Wars, features a short scene at the very end where Mace Windu, Yoda, and Chancellor Palpatine are discussing the novel's events. Chief among them is the realization that [[WarIsHell the nature of galaxy-wide war]] is having a corrupting influence on the Jedi, causing some of them to fall to the Dark Side and the others to be uncertain and less able to see the future. Mace wonders aloud if anyone could have predicted that kind of reaction and Palpatine pauses for a second before saying "Yes... who indeed?"



* In TheBible, we have the incident at the Last Supper where Jesus makes a special point of expressing affection and friendship for Judas Iscariot with a hug and a kiss. This is either a superb example of redemptive forgiveness, or else a subtle way of making Judas feel like an utter heel for what was, inevitably, to come next. There is also a clasic Traitor Shot when St Peter makes the SuspiciouslySpecificDenial that he would ''ever'' betray or deny Jesus.

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* In TheBible, we have ''Literature/TheBible'', there's the incident at the Last Supper where Jesus makes a special point of expressing affection and friendship for Judas Iscariot with a hug and a kiss. This is either a superb example of redemptive forgiveness, or else a subtle way of making Judas feel like an utter heel for what was, inevitably, to come next. There is also a clasic classic Traitor Shot when St St. Peter makes the SuspiciouslySpecificDenial that he would ''ever'' betray or deny Jesus.



* In the first chapter of ''Quintessence - The Blighted Venom'', after Reivier supposedly 'saves' his wife Serai from the Aerian soldiers and everyone eats their dinner happily, a Traitor Shot of Serai with HiddenEyes and a PsychoticSmirk was shown.
* In the very ''first'' cutscene of the ''Rolling Thunder''-[[SerialNumbersFiledOff esque]] game ''Code Name: Viper'', your superior officer gets a bizarre sinister facial expression as he says "Good bye, Mister Smith." It turns out he's the BigBad.

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* In the first chapter of ''Quintessence ''VideoGame/{{Quintessence}} - The Blighted Venom'', after Reivier supposedly 'saves' his wife Serai from the Aerian soldiers and everyone eats their dinner happily, a Traitor Shot of Serai with HiddenEyes and a PsychoticSmirk was shown.
* In the very ''first'' cutscene of the ''Rolling Thunder''-[[SerialNumbersFiledOff ''VideoGame/RollingThunder''-[[SerialNumbersFiledOff esque]] game ''Code Name: Viper'', ''VideoGame/CodeNameViper'', your superior officer gets a bizarre sinister facial expression as he says "Good bye, Mister Smith." It turns out he's the BigBad.
4th Feb '17 1:36:41 AM Arivne
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So, you've got this character, Alice. Seems like a nice enough person, interacts pleasantly with the heroes, maybe offers them some help or advice. And then the heroes leave the room, or just turn their backs. The camera however, hangs around watching Alice for a few seconds. And sure enough, as soon as no one's watching, Alice starts [[CheshireCatGrin looking shifty]], or even [[SlasherSmile downright evil]]. This is the TraitorShot, a close-up on a character for no apparent reason, which is practically a guarantee that at some point, that person will betray the heroes in some way.

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So, you've got this character, Alice. Seems like a nice enough person, interacts pleasantly with the heroes, maybe offers them some help or advice. And then the heroes leave the room, or just turn their backs. The camera however, hangs around watching Alice for a few seconds. And sure enough, as soon as no one's watching, Alice starts [[CheshireCatGrin looking shifty]], or even [[SlasherSmile downright evil]]. This is the TraitorShot, Traitor Shot, a close-up on a character for no apparent reason, which is practically a guarantee that at some point, that person will betray the heroes in some way.



This trope is so common that a director can set up a 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."

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This trope is so common that a director can set up a RedHerringMole just by giving them a few TraitorShot Traitor Shot 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."



* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' uses this very effectively early on. In the ''Cotton Drifting'' Chapter, closeups are used in the first episode to make identical twins [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Mion and Shion]] ''[[CreepyTwins both]]'' look suspicious to the audience, although one of them is completely innocent. Also applied to Mion and Rena in the ''Spirited Away by the Demon'' Chapter, with HiddenEyes combined with dangerous smiles to tip off the audience before Keiichi has any reason to suspect them. [[spoiler: This turns out to be a subversion, as Mion and Rena really were harmless, and every TraitorShot they were given was a product of [[UnreliableNarrator Keiichi]]'s [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness escalating paranoia]], which wasn't explicitly revealed until episode 25, a full 24 episodes after the series started treating the two girls suspiciously.]]

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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' uses this very effectively early on. In the ''Cotton Drifting'' Chapter, closeups are used in the first episode to make identical twins [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Mion and Shion]] ''[[CreepyTwins both]]'' look suspicious to the audience, although one of them is completely innocent. Also applied to Mion and Rena in the ''Spirited Away by the Demon'' Chapter, with HiddenEyes combined with dangerous smiles to tip off the audience before Keiichi has any reason to suspect them. [[spoiler: This turns out to be a subversion, as Mion and Rena really were harmless, and every TraitorShot Traitor Shot they were given was a product of [[UnreliableNarrator Keiichi]]'s [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness escalating paranoia]], which wasn't explicitly revealed until episode 25, a full 24 episodes after the series started treating the two girls suspiciously.]]



* In ''Anime/MaiOtome'', Tomoe is given one of these after everyone finds out about Erstin's snake-bite injury during their [[HorribleCampingTrip "survival exam" expedition]]. After expressing her concern, Tomoe turns around and gives an evil smirk...[[DevilInPlainSight while Chie is still looking in her direction, albeit not at her face]]. [[spoiler:Even though she actually confesses to (and brags about) doing it in a later episode, the [[ImprobableHairstyle hairstyle]] in the silhouette of the person that entered the tent the previous night only makes it more obvious that she was the perpetrator, even before the TraitorShot.]]

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* In ''Anime/MaiOtome'', Tomoe is given one of these after everyone finds out about Erstin's snake-bite injury during their [[HorribleCampingTrip "survival exam" expedition]]. After expressing her concern, Tomoe turns around and gives an evil smirk...[[DevilInPlainSight while Chie is still looking in her direction, albeit not at her face]]. [[spoiler:Even though she actually confesses to (and brags about) doing it in a later episode, the [[ImprobableHairstyle hairstyle]] in the silhouette of the person that entered the tent the previous night only makes it more obvious that she was the perpetrator, even before the TraitorShot.Traitor Shot.]]



* In Franchise/ArchieComics' ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' tie-in storyline, Mayor Bullyani, the man in charge of the city, had a malicious TraitorShot expression in literally every other panel in which he appeared (even when the main characters should have been able to see his villainous expression-not so much on the subtlety there, guy). [[SubvertedTrope Strangely]], nothing ever came of it and he betrayed no one.

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* In Franchise/ArchieComics' ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' tie-in storyline, Mayor Bullyani, the man in charge of the city, had a malicious TraitorShot Traitor Shot expression in literally every other panel in which he appeared (even when the main characters should have been able to see his villainous expression-not so much on the subtlety there, guy). [[SubvertedTrope Strangely]], nothing ever came of it and he betrayed no one.



* 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'', 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]], Shots, a KickTheDog moment and a few episodes later, it is revealed that Hillinger is indeed TheMole.



* In the ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "The Illusion of Truth," a human journalist comes to the station - then in rebellion against Earth - to record a news segment that he ''swears'' won't be [[TwistingTheWords biased propaganda]] (hint: he's lying). Every time somebody says or does something that could look bad taken out of context, the reporter's camera gets a TraitorShot.

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* In the ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "The Illusion of Truth," a human journalist comes to the station - then in rebellion against Earth - to record a news segment that he ''swears'' won't be [[TwistingTheWords biased propaganda]] (hint: he's lying). Every time somebody says or does something that could look bad taken out of context, the reporter's camera gets a TraitorShot.Traitor Shot.
18th Dec '16 2:04:20 PM IlGreven
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* Subverted in the first episode of ''{{Series/Firefly}}'', where Simon is [[RedHerring lovingly showered]] with these in the first half of the episode, but TheMole turns out to be another passenger who came onto the ship at the same time, and spent the episode [[BeneathSuspicion being inconspicuous and sharing other peoples' shots]].

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* Subverted in the first episode of ''{{Series/Firefly}}'', where Simon is [[RedHerring lovingly showered]] with these in the first half of the episode, but TheMole turns out to be another passenger who came onto the ship at the same time, and spent the episode [[BeneathSuspicion being inconspicuous and sharing other peoples' shots]].shots]]...including right in front of Simon in his very first traitor shot.
14th Nov '16 4:53:31 AM Argon2
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* [=DeathlyTaco=]'s [[TheAbridgedSeries abridged]] version of ''Anime/Danganronpa3'' lampshades each of the many, many times [[spoiler:Chisa]] has one.
-->"Hm, interesting time to have her anxiously look back at the camera. ''[[SarcasmMode I wonder who the traitor will end up being.]]''
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3rd Nov '16 9:35:50 PM nombretomado
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* In both ''{{Hoodwinked}}'' movies.

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* In both ''{{Hoodwinked}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'' movies.
29th Oct '16 5:50:44 PM nombretomado
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* In ''HarkAVagrant'', [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=50 Richard III]] pulls a textbook Traitor Shot while preparing for party times. ([[DontExplainTheJoke And by "Party Times"]], [[{{Metaphorgotten}} he means "stabbing his nephews"]]).

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* In ''HarkAVagrant'', ''Webcomic/HarkAVagrant'', [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=50 Richard III]] pulls a textbook Traitor Shot while preparing for party times. ([[DontExplainTheJoke And by "Party Times"]], [[{{Metaphorgotten}} he means "stabbing his nephews"]]).
24th Oct '16 3:39:11 AM AgProv
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* In TheBible, we have the incident at the Last Supper where Jesus makes a special point of expressing affection and friendship for Judas Iscariot with a hug and a kiss. This is either a superb example of redemptive forgiveness, or else a subtle way of making Judas feel like an utter heel for what was, inevitably, to come next. There is also a clasic Traitor Shot when St Peter makes TheSuspiciouslySpecificDenial that he would ''ever'' betray or deny Jesus.

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* In TheBible, we have the incident at the Last Supper where Jesus makes a special point of expressing affection and friendship for Judas Iscariot with a hug and a kiss. This is either a superb example of redemptive forgiveness, or else a subtle way of making Judas feel like an utter heel for what was, inevitably, to come next. There is also a clasic Traitor Shot when St Peter makes TheSuspiciouslySpecificDenial the SuspiciouslySpecificDenial that he would ''ever'' betray or deny Jesus.
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