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26th Mar '16 11:33:36 PM SSJMagus
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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', the High Priest of Hel maintained the pretense that he was simply Durkon turned into a vampire, rather than [[DemonicPossession a separate character possessing Durkon's vampirized body]] (primarily by copying Durkon's accent) even no one could actually hear him. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0908.html Panel 5 of this strip, for example]]. Given [[MediumAwareness the nature of the comic]], maintaining his cover to ''the readers'' could be a valid in-universe motivation.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', the High Priest of Hel maintained the pretense that he was simply Durkon turned into a vampire, rather than [[DemonicPossession a separate character possessing Durkon's vampirized body]] (primarily by copying Durkon's accent) even when no one could actually hear him. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0908.html Panel 5 of this strip, for example]]. Given [[MediumAwareness the nature of the comic]], maintaining his cover to ''the readers'' could be a valid in-universe motivation.
7th Jan '16 10:15:18 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' the Green Goblin spends the second-to-last episode cackling to himself and reciting lines from ''AMidsummerNightsDream'' (and [[RhymesOnADime rhyming]] even when he isn't). This would make sense if the Goblin was insane, as in most continuities, or [[spoiler:Harry, who is mysteriously absent from his school play at this very moment]], but in the next episode we learn that neither is the case here.

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* In ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' the Green Goblin spends the second-to-last episode cackling to himself and reciting lines from ''AMidsummerNightsDream'' (and [[RhymesOnADime rhyming]] even when he isn't). This would make sense if the Goblin was insane, as in most continuities, or [[spoiler:Harry, who is mysteriously absent from his school play at this very moment]], but in the next episode we learn that neither is the case here.
27th Dec '15 3:41:35 PM thatother1dude
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', ISIS is being infiltrated by an enemy agent going by Conway Stern. At one point when he believes himself to be alone, he mutters to himself, "Conway, what have you gotten yourself into?" His last line in the episode was, in fact, him saying that it was not his real name. Granted, he was pretty damn good spy and knew he was in a ''spy'' agency so he probably ''was'' being listened to.

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', ISIS is being infiltrated by an enemy agent going by Conway Stern. At one point when he believes himself to be alone, he mutters to himself, "Conway, what have you gotten yourself into?" His last line in the episode was, in fact, him saying that it was not his real name. Granted, Then he was pretty damn good spy [[TheBusCameBack came back years later]], and knew he was in a ''spy'' agency so he probably ''was'' being listened to.it turns out "Conway" ''[[SubvertedTrope was]]'' [[RealNameAsAnAlias his real name]].
27th Dec '15 3:38:52 PM thatother1dude
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* Played with by Littlefinger in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', who suggests staying in character at all times, in case someone unexpectedly enters a room.

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* Played with {{Invoked|Trope}} by Littlefinger in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', who suggests staying in character at all times, in case someone unexpectedly enters a room.
27th Dec '15 3:36:19 PM thatother1dude
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Undercover When Alone is what happens when, in order to maintain the surprise for the audience, a character continues a façade of some sort even when there is no one to see him. The only explanation is that he did it to trick the audience (or [[RetCon because the writers didn't know yet that he was]] TheMole as they [[WritingTheSeatOfYourPants hadn't written that far ahead). This frequently occurs when a character is the Mole, and finding out the Mole's identity is a significant part of the plot.

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Undercover When Alone is what happens when, in order to maintain the surprise for the audience, a character continues a façade of some sort even when there is no one to see him. The only explanation is that he did it to trick the audience (or [[RetCon because the writers didn't know yet that he was]] TheMole as they [[WritingTheSeatOfYourPants [[WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants hadn't written that far ahead).ahead]]). This frequently occurs when a character is the Mole, and finding out the Mole's identity is a significant part of the plot.
27th Dec '15 3:36:07 PM thatother1dude
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Undercover When Alone is what happens when, in order to maintain the surprise for the audience, a character continues a façade of some sort even when there is no one to see him. The only explanation is that he did it to trick the audience (or [[RetCon because the writers didn't know yet that he was]] TheMole as they hadn't written that far ahead). This frequently occurs when a character is the Mole, and finding out the Mole's identity is a significant part of the plot.

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Undercover When Alone is what happens when, in order to maintain the surprise for the audience, a character continues a façade of some sort even when there is no one to see him. The only explanation is that he did it to trick the audience (or [[RetCon because the writers didn't know yet that he was]] TheMole as they [[WritingTheSeatOfYourPants hadn't written that far ahead). This frequently occurs when a character is the Mole, and finding out the Mole's identity is a significant part of the plot.
8th Nov '15 8:15:16 PM nombretomado
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* Anthy from ''RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', full stop, not only does she fools Utena and the Student Council, but even [[spoiler: Akio himself, whom she has absolutely nothing to hide from]] gets fed up by her constant [[DissonantSerenity facade]] at one point. Every time she is shown alone she act the exact same way, at some point she is in her bed wondering why she's been so tired lately [[spoiler: when she has been acting as Mamiya with Mikage resulting in double "work" for her]] and there was absolutely no one with her, no Utena not even Chu-chu.

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* Anthy from ''RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', full stop, not only does she fools Utena and the Student Council, but even [[spoiler: Akio himself, whom she has absolutely nothing to hide from]] gets fed up by her constant [[DissonantSerenity facade]] at one point. Every time she is shown alone she act the exact same way, at some point she is in her bed wondering why she's been so tired lately [[spoiler: when she has been acting as Mamiya with Mikage resulting in double "work" for her]] and there was absolutely no one with her, no Utena not even Chu-chu.
7th Oct '15 5:45:37 PM SSJMagus
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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', the High Priest of Hel maintained the pretense that he was simply Durkon turned into a vampire, rather than [[DemonicPossession a separate character possessing Durkon's vampirized body]] (primarily by copying Durkon's accent) even no one could actually hear him. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0908.html Panel 5 of this strip, for example]]. Given [[MediumAwareness the nature of the comic]], maintaining his cover to ''the readers'' could be a valid in-universe motivation.
7th Oct '15 5:34:57 PM SSJMagus
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* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', [[AffablyEvil Knox]] acts puzzled when a large sarcophagus gets delivered to his lab. Turns out he not only knew it was coming, he ordered it, for it contained the essence of his god.

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* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', [[AffablyEvil Knox]] acts puzzled when a large sarcophagus gets delivered to his lab. Turns out he not only knew it was coming, he ordered it, for it contained the essence of his god. Given the nature of his employer, this was presumably for the benefit of any surveillance cameras (or more supernatural forms of monitoring) that might be watching him even while alone.
22nd Aug '15 8:45:18 PM nombretomado
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* In ''MobileSuitGundamWing'', this begins to happen to Lady Une when her [[FanNickname Saint Une]] [[BitchInSheepsClothing persona]] seeps into her personal time, but is a sign that she is BecomingTheMask.

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* In ''MobileSuitGundamWing'', ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', this begins to happen to Lady Une when her [[FanNickname Saint Une]] [[BitchInSheepsClothing persona]] seeps into her personal time, but is a sign that she is BecomingTheMask.
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