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3rd Dec '17 1:07:51 PM StFan
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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', [[BiggerBad Tobi]] puts on the [[ObfuscatingStupidity happy go lucky Tobi persona]] even when he's far away from his partner Deidara when he's forced to flee.
* Anthy from ''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.

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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', [[BiggerBad Tobi]] puts on the [[ObfuscatingStupidity happy go lucky happy-go-lucky Tobi persona]] even when he's far away from his partner Deidara when he's forced to flee.
* Anthy from ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', full stop, not 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]] façade]] 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: [[spoiler when she has been acting as Mamiya with Mikage resulting in double "work" for her]] and there was absolutely no one no-one with her, no Utena not nor even Chu-chu.






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* That moment in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' when Hans smiles like he's quite taken with Anna, right after they first met. On the edge of a deserted market in the water under a boat when no one is watching.

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* That moment in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' when Hans smiles like he's quite taken with Anna, right after they first met. On the edge of a deserted market in the water under a boat when no one no-one is watching.
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* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward kept his ObfuscatingStupidity cover even when alone, or at least did nothing more suspicious than reading books - the local FriendlyGhost and GeniusLoci, Oreg, who can see ''everything'' that goes on in the castle, was surprised when Ward showed signs of intelligence while talking to him. Justified in that one of Ward's strategies is to keep his face looking stupid, which is easy to do - apparently, some expressions that look merely neutral on other people's faces look stupid on Ward, due to his brown, cow-like eyes.

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* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward kept his ObfuscatingStupidity cover even when alone, or at least did nothing more suspicious than reading books - -- the local FriendlyGhost and GeniusLoci, Oreg, who can see ''everything'' that goes on in the castle, was surprised when Ward showed signs of intelligence while talking to him. Justified in that one of Ward's strategies is to keep his face looking stupid, which is easy to do - -- apparently, some expressions that look merely neutral on other people's faces look stupid on Ward, due to his brown, cow-like eyes.



* In one Literature/LordPeterWimsey story, Lord Peter goes undercover to infiltrate a criminal gang. He stays in his cover personality even when alone, to ensure he doesn't accidentally slip out of it when he isn't.

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* In one Literature/LordPeterWimsey ''Literature/LordPeterWimsey'' story, Lord Peter goes undercover to infiltrate a criminal gang. He stays in his cover personality even when alone, to ensure he doesn't accidentally slip out of it when he isn't.






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* In season 2 of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', Maria Laguerta is scheming to get her superior fired by pretending to be her friend when she's having marital difficulties. However, when a fight between her superior and her fiance occurs while Laguerta is in the office, Laguerta curses to herself (before she's spotted by them). Given the later reveal that she orchestrated the fights between the two, this was perfectly according to her plan.

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* In season 2 of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', Maria Laguerta is scheming to get her superior fired by pretending to be her friend when she's having marital difficulties. However, when a fight between her superior and her fiance fiancé occurs while Laguerta is in the office, Laguerta curses to herself (before she's spotted by them). Given the later reveal that she orchestrated the fights between the two, this was perfectly according to her plan.



* In the first season of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'', Nina sniffs out a fake FBI agent at the hospital, tries to get his fingerprints but fails, and then takes Teri and Kim out of the hospital to a safehouse. In the finale, Nina is revealed to be a mole working for the bad guys. No one else noticed the fake FBI agent, so there was no one for her to impress.

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* In the first season of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'', ''Series/TwentyFour'', Nina sniffs out a fake FBI agent at the hospital, tries to get his fingerprints but fails, and then takes Teri and Kim out of the hospital to a safehouse. In the finale, Nina is revealed to be a mole working for the bad guys. No one No-one else noticed the fake FBI agent, so there was no one no-one for her to impress.






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* ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysofFOXHOUND'', a comic starring the QuirkyMiniBossSquad from the first ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', essentially had to do a retcon to turn Ocelot, the series' MagnificentBastard, into this. Early in the comic's run, Ocelot was clueless about [[AncientConspiracy the Patriots]], and while dangerous, was on occasion easily overpowered by his psychic/psycho teammate Mantis. Then ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' came out during the comic's run and revealed that Ocelot had been working for the Patriots at least since the 1960s. The comic's creator, Chris Doucette, had to change everything into Ocelot pretending that he knew less than he did in order to become TheMole to multiple sides on behalf of the Patriots.
* 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.

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* ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysofFOXHOUND'', ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'', a comic starring the QuirkyMiniBossSquad from the first ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', essentially had to do a retcon to turn Ocelot, the series' MagnificentBastard, into this. Early in the comic's run, Ocelot was clueless about [[AncientConspiracy the Patriots]], and while dangerous, was on occasion easily overpowered by his psychic/psycho teammate Mantis. Then ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' came out during the comic's run and revealed that Ocelot had been working for the Patriots at least since the 1960s. The comic's creator, Chris Doucette, had to change everything into Ocelot pretending that he knew less than he did in order to become TheMole to multiple sides on behalf of the Patriots.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', the High Priest of Hel maintained maintains the pretense that he was is 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 no-one can 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 ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' the Green Goblin spends the second-to-last episode cackling to himself and reciting lines from ''Theatre/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 ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', the Green Goblin spends the second-to-last episode cackling to himself and reciting lines from ''Theatre/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.






5th Nov '17 9:33:16 PM foxley
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E7TimeFlight Time-Flight]]", why the Master maintain his cover as Kalid, including the strange mystical chanting, while alone is anyone's guess.
29th Jul '17 4:55:45 AM RedScharlach
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* Bruce Willis/Halle Berry thriller ''Film/PerfectStranger'', Barry's character is snooping around Willis' apartment looking for evidence of who the killer is (unbeknownst to the audience, it's her). When she finds evidence that seems to indicate that it's Willis' character, she becomes visibly scared. Apparently this is because the ending was changed to make her character the killer, all logic be damned.

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* In the Bruce Willis/Halle Berry thriller ''Film/PerfectStranger'', Barry's Berry's character is snooping around Willis' apartment looking for evidence of who the killer is (unbeknownst to the audience, it's her). When she finds evidence that seems to indicate that it's Willis' character, she becomes visibly scared. Apparently this is because the ending was changed to make her character the killer, all logic be damned.



* In season 2 of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', Maria Laguerta is scheming to get her superior fired by pretending to be her friend when she's having marital difficulties. However, when a fight between her superior and her fiance occurs while Laguerta is in the office, Laguerta curses to herself (before shes spotted by them). Given the later reveal that she orchestrated the fights between the two, this was perfectly according to her plan.

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* In season 2 of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', Maria Laguerta is scheming to get her superior fired by pretending to be her friend when she's having marital difficulties. However, when a fight between her superior and her fiance occurs while Laguerta is in the office, Laguerta curses to herself (before shes she's spotted by them). Given the later reveal that she orchestrated the fights between the two, this was perfectly according to her plan.
1st Apr '17 7:11:08 PM jamespolk
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* [[spoiler:Renata Kleber, a.k.a. Marie Sanfon]] in ''[[Literature/ErastFandorin Murder on the Leviathan]]'' is a master of disguise who doesn't drop the act even in private and even in chapters told from her POV.

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* [[spoiler:Renata Renata Kleber, a.k.a. Marie Sanfon]] Sanfon in ''[[Literature/ErastFandorin Murder on the Leviathan]]'' ''Literature/MurderOnTheLeviathan'' is a master of disguise who doesn't drop the act even in private and even in chapters told from her POV.
17th Mar '17 7:18:56 AM hszmv1
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* A Rare heroic (Anti-Heroic?) version occurs in AvatarTheLastAirbender. When Iroh and Zuko are hiding as refugees, Iroh comments he can't find any spark rocks to start a fire to make tea. As a Firebender and in the privacy of his own home, this shouldn't be an issue. He still goes to the neighbor and borrows a set, rather than bend the fire. Of course, given that he had suspiciously warm tea at the start of the episode and Zuko berated him for doing such, it could be that Iroh learned his lesson. Turns out, he was ProperlyParanoid as well.
11th Mar '17 4:08:08 PM nombretomado
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* In ''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.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' the Green Goblin spends the second-to-last episode cackling to himself and reciting lines from ''AMidsummerNightsDream'' ''Theatre/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.
16th Jan '17 12:41:27 PM eroock
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A form of RedHerring and the opposite of {{Foreshadowing}}. Often a sign of a ShockingSwerve. Contrast RevealingHug, where Bob reveals himself to the audience even when there are other characters present, as well as ManchurianAgent, where the character does this because he doesn't realize he is the Mole.

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A form of RedHerring and the opposite of {{Foreshadowing}}. Often a sign of a ShockingSwerve. Contrast RevealingHug, where TraitorShot when Bob reveals himself to the audience immediately after the other character has left the room and RevealingHug where Bob reveals himself even when there are other characters present, as well as ManchurianAgent, where the character does this because he doesn't realize he is the Mole.
7th Aug '16 5:05:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/MastersOfHorror'': In the episode "Family", a happy couple move in next door to a SerialKiller who is later revealed to have murdered their daughter and everything was part of a plot to get revenge on him. However, despite their knowledge of his true nature they seem to take no caution whatsoever, still acting completely blissful and don't discuss their plan even when they're not in his presence.

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* ''Series/MastersOfHorror'': In the episode "Family", a happy couple move in next door to a SerialKiller VillainProtagonist who is later revealed to have murdered their daughter and everything was part of a plot to get revenge on him. However, despite their knowledge of his true nature they seem to take no caution whatsoever, still acting completely blissful and don't discuss their plan even when they're not in his presence.
7th Jun '16 7:36:00 AM wanderlustwarrior
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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 [[WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants 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 This frequently occurs when a character is that he did it to trick the audience Mole, and finding out the Mole's identity is a significant part of the plot (or [[RetCon because the writers didn't know yet that he was]] TheMole as they [[WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants 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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20th May '16 4:08:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/MastersOfHorror'': In the episode "Family", a happy couple move in next door to a SerialKiller who is later revealed to have murdered their daughter and everything was part of a plot to get revenge on him. However, despite their knowledge of his true nature they seem to take no caution whatsoever, still acting completely blissful and don't discuss their plan even when they're not in his presence.
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