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17th Oct '17 4:29:17 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Series/MillionYenWomen'': Shin, who is having trouble getting his novels sold, is established quite early to hate Yuzu Hanaki, Japan's current best-selling author. Later, Ryuichi, a literary critic who loves Yuzu's work and hates Shin's, writes a review praising Yuzu's work and contrasting it to Shin's. After reading the review, Yuzu is shown asking Ryuichi who Shin is, indicating that Shin wasn't even on his radar up to that point.
2nd Oct '17 6:15:17 PM Linda58
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** Finally, Oliver considers Sebastian Blood a good ally, not knowing he's the murderous Brother Blood, another agent of Slade's.

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** Finally, Oliver considers Sebastian Blood a good ally, not knowing he's the murderous Brother Blood, another agent of Slade's. Laurel figured it out, [[CassandraTruth but no one believed her]] and Blood eventually discredited her so thoroughly that even she was left doubting herself.
27th Sep '17 8:32:05 AM MsZephy7
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* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Carolina is obsessed with proving that she is better than Texas and reclaiming her status as Number One on the leaderboard. Meanwhile, Texas doesn't really care about their one-sided rivalry and at times, even seems to pity Carolina, which only infuriates Carolina further.
16th Sep '17 4:26:48 PM nombretomado
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** Politicians won elections campaigning against it, political cartoons were circulated in Canadian newspapers depicting Canada or Britannia kicking Uncle Sam to the curb, etc. Meanwhile, most Americans weren't focused on Canada, caring much more about the Civil War, the conflicts with the Native Americans, and military interventions in Central America. There were only two times that the United States actually made any attempt toward annexing Canada: once during the WarOf1812, and once [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution before the US technically existed]]. After that, US expansion was uniformly aimed westward, not northward.

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** Politicians won elections campaigning against it, political cartoons were circulated in Canadian newspapers depicting Canada or Britannia kicking Uncle Sam to the curb, etc. Meanwhile, most Americans weren't focused on Canada, caring much more about the Civil War, the conflicts with the Native Americans, and military interventions in Central America. There were only two times that the United States actually made any attempt toward annexing Canada: once during the WarOf1812, UsefulNotes/WarOf1812, and once [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution before the US technically existed]]. After that, US expansion was uniformly aimed westward, not northward.
8th Sep '17 11:56:21 PM Robbyn
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'':
** The Monarch considers Dr. Venture his mortal arch-enemy and embarks on several attempts to kill him and his sons for no particular reason. Through most of the first season, the Ventures repeatedly undercut the Monarch's claims to be their most hated foe. By the end of the second season, however, their status as nemeses has become much more solidified, though Dr. Venture still doesn't really care for him.
** Henchman 21 is convinced that he is destined to destroy Brock Sampson, who almost always responds to 21's exposition with "Who are you again?"
* Leonardo Leonardo in ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'', whose plots against the clerks were always inadvertently defeated, even though they didn't realize (or, more likely, didn't care) he considered himself their sworn enemy. ("Well played, clerks, well played!")
* ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'': X the Eliminator started out as a villain hired to steal Birdman's crest. After years of failure, X becomes an obsessive stalker, initially unknown to Birdman.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'', the protagonists seem completely unable to recognize the show's ''only recurring villains'', Boris and Natasha. It helps that the villains are spies who deliberately try to stay covert, and they typically only meet the heroes face-to-face in disguise ([[PaperThinDisguise paper-thin]] or otherwise; doesn't matter too much when the heroes wouldn't recognize you if you were wearing no disguise at all.) Rocky occasionally remarks that he recognizes Boris' voice, but that's the closest they ever get to remembering the villains between episodes. This even continues into the movie!
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', Megatron has this towards Optimus Prime. He knows who he is, and might have a certain degree of respect for him, he just can't be bothered to learn Prime's name. Megatron saw the Autobots in general as his enemy rather than having a specific nemesis - not even Ultra Magnus as the Autobot leader. He never even calls them by their names unless he has to. It's only by the final episode that Megatron develops a very personal beef with Optimus for thwarting his plans, thus establishing the true rivalry they're famous for.
* When ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' Megatron creates a clone of Optimus Prime (which he controls by remote control) and tries to use it to infiltrate the Autobot base, this nearly gives him away. He calls the other Autobots by the wrong names (like addressing Ironhide as "Bumblebee") and acts like he barely knows them, causing them to quickly become suspicious.
* Billy Billions, from ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'', has spent a quarter of his life scheming and vowing revenge against Ben for the horrible crime of [[DisproportionateRetribution being more popular than him in grade school]]. After an attempt to send Ben to Dimension 12 ended up with him going there instead and spending five years in a wasteland, he returns to earth and claims that he is Ben's ArchEnemy and final destroyer. ''Ben never even knew he existed.''
* The original Hunter from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' wanted to kill Demona as revenge for slashing and scarring his face. During his final fight with Demona, Demona confesses that she doesn't even remember that act, that's how insignificant it was to her[[note]]She was hiding in a barn when the stableboy stumbled on her, slashing at him before fleeing into the night[[/note]]. The later Vinnie Grigori pursues Goliath throughout the episode "Vendettas", wanting revenge on Goliath and the Manhattan Clan for unknowingly causing a lot of trouble for Vinnie. He ends up shooting Goliath with a cream pie, then walking away with Goliath still having no idea who he is.


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* Billy Billions, from ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'', has spent a quarter of his life scheming and vowing revenge against Ben for the horrible crime of [[DisproportionateRetribution being more popular than him in grade school]]. After an attempt to send Ben to Dimension 12 ended up with him going there instead and spending five years in a wasteland, he returns to earth and claims that he is Ben's ArchEnemy and final destroyer. ''Ben never even knew he existed.''


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* Leonardo Leonardo in ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'', whose plots against the clerks were always inadvertently defeated, even though they didn't realize (or, more likely, didn't care) he considered himself their sworn enemy. ("Well played, clerks, well played!")


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* The original Hunter from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' wanted to kill Demona as revenge for slashing and scarring his face. During his final fight with Demona, Demona confesses that she doesn't even remember that act, that's how insignificant it was to her[[note]]She was hiding in a barn when the stableboy stumbled on her, slashing at him before fleeing into the night[[/note]]. The later Vinnie Grigori pursues Goliath throughout the episode "Vendettas", wanting revenge on Goliath and the Manhattan Clan for unknowingly causing a lot of trouble for Vinnie. He ends up shooting Goliath with a cream pie, then walking away with Goliath still having no idea who he is.
* ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'': X the Eliminator started out as a villain hired to steal Birdman's crest. After years of failure, X becomes an obsessive stalker, initially unknown to Birdman.


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* In ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'', the protagonists seem completely unable to recognize the show's ''only recurring villains'', Boris and Natasha. It helps that the villains are spies who deliberately try to stay covert, and they typically only meet the heroes face-to-face in disguise ([[PaperThinDisguise paper-thin]] or otherwise; doesn't matter too much when the heroes wouldn't recognize you if you were wearing no disguise at all.) Rocky occasionally remarks that he recognizes Boris' voice, but that's the closest they ever get to remembering the villains between episodes. This even continues into the movie!


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* In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPahkitewIsland'' Ella seems completely oblivious to how much Sugar despises her (because [[EvilCannotComprehendGood Sugar thinks Ella's sweet personality is a facade like hers]] and want steal her spotlight).
* When ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' Megatron creates a clone of Optimus Prime (which he controls by remote control) and tries to use it to infiltrate the Autobot base, this nearly gives him away. He calls the other Autobots by the wrong names (like addressing Ironhide as "Bumblebee") and acts like he barely knows them, causing them to quickly become suspicious.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', Megatron has this towards Optimus Prime. He knows who he is, and might have a certain degree of respect for him, he just can't be bothered to learn Prime's name. Megatron saw the Autobots in general as his enemy rather than having a specific nemesis - not even Ultra Magnus as the Autobot leader. He never even calls them by their names unless he has to. It's only by the final episode that Megatron develops a very personal beef with Optimus for thwarting his plans, thus establishing the true rivalry they're famous for.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'':
** The Monarch considers Dr. Venture his mortal arch-enemy and embarks on several attempts to kill him and his sons for no particular reason. Through most of the first season, the Ventures repeatedly undercut the Monarch's claims to be their most hated foe. By the end of the second season, however, their status as nemeses has become much more solidified, though Dr. Venture still doesn't really care for him.
** Henchman 21 is convinced that he is destined to destroy Brock Sampson, who almost always responds to 21's exposition with "Who are you again?"
8th Sep '17 2:13:58 PM Robbyn
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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' has Control Freak, he thinks he's an important villain, but the Titans don't think much of him. He even calls the Titans "my old arch-nemesis...es" the first time they meet. He is rather peeved when he's not put on the "list of notorious villains" and the ''Puppet King'' is.
-->'''Control Freak:''' They only fought him that one time! I'm a [[BreakingTheFourthWall recurring villain!]]
* Barry from ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'', who is annoyed at the titular hero for having 'stolen his superhero name' while the Tick doesn't take him very seriously at all (and considering the things the Tick ''does'' [[SeriousBusiness take seriously]], that's saying something).
* The Box Ghost from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Not quite enemies, but in "Who Shot Mr. Burns?", Mr. Burns is perpetually unable to remember his employee Homer Simpson. Eventually Homer breaks into Burns's office and [[RoomFullOfCrazy writes his name on every wall in giant letters]], then attacking Burns and shouting "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis MY! NAME! IS! HOMER! SIMPSON!"]] at him. Afterwards, Burns has this to say to his manservant:
--->'''Burns:''' Smithers, who was that cow just yelling at me?
** The situation is different when Homer changes his name:
--->'''Burns:''' Ah! Max Power! How's every little thing?\\
'''Homer:''' You remembered my name!\\
'''Burns:''' Well, who could forget the name of a magnetic individual like you? Keep up the good work, Max!
** Homer experiences the other side of this trope with Frank Grimes, who hates Homer's guts, while Homer thinks they're friends, but only in the first act. And then his son, who takes revenge on Homer, "How is old Grimey?"

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' has Control Freak, he thinks he's an important villain, but In the Titans don't think much ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Duke of him. He even calls Nuts", a red squirrel hates Jake because Jake never prints the Titans "my old arch-nemesis...es" the first time they meet. He is rather peeved when he's not put on the "list of notorious villains" and the ''Puppet King'' is.
-->'''Control Freak:''' They only fought him that one time! I'm a [[BreakingTheFourthWall recurring villain!]]
* Barry from ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'', who is annoyed at the titular hero for having 'stolen
squirrel's letters in his superhero name' advice column. The squirrel considers Jake his mortal enemy, while Jake has no idea the Tick squirrel even exists. [[spoiler:When the squirrel appears again in the season five episode "Princess Potluck", he is even more fixated on Jake, and Jake still doesn't take him very seriously at all (and considering know who he is.]]
-->'''Squirrel:''' You son-of-a-blee-blob! JAAAAKE!\\
'''Jake:''' Hey...you.
* ''ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars'': The Air Marshal considers Bucky to be his greatest enemy. Bucky considers
the things Air Marshal to be a minor speed-bump on the Tick ''does'' [[SeriousBusiness take seriously]], that's saying something).
* The Box Ghost from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Not quite enemies, but in "Who Shot Mr. Burns?", Mr. Burns is perpetually unable
path to remember his employee Homer Simpson. Eventually Homer breaks into Burns's office and [[RoomFullOfCrazy writes his name on every wall in giant letters]], then attacking Burns and shouting "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis MY! NAME! IS! HOMER! SIMPSON!"]] at him. Afterwards, Burns has this to say to his manservant:
--->'''Burns:''' Smithers, who was that cow just yelling at me?
** The situation is different when Homer changes his name:
--->'''Burns:''' Ah! Max Power! How's every little thing?\\
'''Homer:''' You remembered my name!\\
'''Burns:''' Well, who could forget the name of a magnetic individual like you? Keep up the good work, Max!
** Homer experiences the other side of this trope with Frank Grimes, who hates Homer's guts, while Homer thinks they're friends, but only in the first act. And then his son, who takes revenge on Homer, "How is old Grimey?"
taking down KOMPLEX.



* Mr. Turner to Mr. Dinkleburg in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''. In a few episodes, however, it's implied that Dinkleburg actually ''is'' aware of the rivalry, he's just a heck of a lot more subtle about it, preferring ConspicuousConsumption, with the added implication of ''"If you never had your son Timmy, you could of had all this money to spend too!"''
** This is more due to Flanderization than anything. In an early episode Timmy actually seems confused about his parents dislike of the Dinkleburgs even claiming that they are nice.
** In "Operation Dinkleberg" he [[spoiler:makes a big deal of acting like a supervillain for Mr. Turner, because he knows how much it means to his neighbor to think he's evil.]]

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%%* The Box Ghost from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''.
* Mr. Turner to Mr. Dinkleburg in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''. In On ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', the titular character thinks of Guy Graham as a few episodes, however, it's implied rival, particularly because Guy also has his sights set on Patti Mayonnaise. However, Guy is completely unaware that Dinkleburg actually ''is'' aware of the rivalry, he's just such a heck of a lot more subtle burden to Doug.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', when Duchess reveals herself to Bloo and talks
about it, preferring ConspicuousConsumption, her plan to [[NeverSayDie get rid of him]], it takes a while for him to figure out who she is and why she hates him. He's even apologetic when he does.
* Used in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode, "A Taste of Freedom" when Fry, Leela and Bender ready their secret weapon against the invading Decapodians.
-->'''Fry:''' You haven't won yet, Mervin! You didn't expect us to even ''go'' to a museum, much less steal this ancient heat-seeking missile.\\
'''Ambassador Mervin:''' I don't even know you.
* On ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold,'' [[{{Tsundere}} Helga]] is this to [[ParodySue Lila]], since [[TheHero Arnold]] has a crush on Lila while Helga has a crush on him. Her rivalry
with the added implication of ''"If you never had your son Timmy, you could of had all her sister [[ParentalFavoritism Olga]] falls into this money as well.
* Dr. Claw is so focused on ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' that he and most of his cohorts pay barely any attention
to spend too!"''
** This is more due to Flanderization than anything. In an early episode Timmy
[[SnoopingLittleKid the meaningless blonde girl who actually seems confused about his parents dislike of solves all the Dinkleburgs even claiming crimes]] (that is, [[HypercompetentSidekick Penny]]). Lampshaded in the [[WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget2015 2015 CGI version]], where Talon (the one member of MAD that they are nice.
** In "Operation Dinkleberg"
''does'' know who Penny is) sees her on his security camera and points her out to his uncle Claw, who in turn says that he [[spoiler:makes has no idea who she is or why Talon is suddenly so obsessed with low-value coins.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', the eponymous character considers Lucius
a big deal of acting like a supervillain for Mr. Turner, friend. This is because he knows how much it means to his neighbor to think he's evil.]]such a [[ThePollyanna pollyanna]] that he's completely unaware of just how much he is loathed by him.
* Dr. Destiny in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueS2E5And6OnlyADream Only a Dream]]". When the Justice League originally busted him, he was just another of [=LexCorp=]'s many {{mooks}}. He wants revenge for this. They have no idea who he is, or why he's so intent on killing them.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/WheresWaldo'' animated series, Waldo and Wizard Whitebeard are completely unaware of Odlaw's existence.
* Dr. Destiny in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueS2E5And6OnlyADream Only a Dream]]". When the Justice League originally busted him, he was just another of [=LexCorp=]'s many {{mooks}}. He wants revenge for this. They have no idea who he is, or why he's so intent on killing them.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' when Spidey unmasks Mysterio as Quentin Beck:
-->'''Beck''': So now you know, it's me.\\
'''Spider-Man''': Right, um, who are you again?\\
'''Beck''': You put me away!\\
'''Spider-Man''': Wow, really? Heh, cool!\\
'''Beck''': Don't pretend you've forgotten, I was the Chameleon's right hand man!\\
'''Spider-Man''': Oh right, on the boat! You were...dressed as the crewman!\\
'''Beck''': As the ''waiter!''
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', the eponymous character considers Lucius a friend. This is because he's such a [[ThePollyanna pollyanna]] that he's completely unaware of just how much he is loathed by him.
* The title characters of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' usually have no idea they're doing anything wrong with their outlandish projects, so they don't seem to understand why their older sister, Candace, is so dead-set on getting their mother to see them. They even ''help'' her sometimes, unaware that her goal is to get them grounded for as long as possible. The fact that their father and every member of their extended family ''except'' their mother is occasionally in on them probably has something to do with it.



* In ''WesternAnimation/MaxSteel'', minor villain Woody Barkowski claims he is Max's ArchEnemy. Max snarks that he barely qualifies as comic relief.
* In ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall,'' [[ExtravertedNerd Jason Funderberker]] seems unaware that he and [[SociallyAwkwardHero Wirt]] are both interested in [[GirlNextDoor Sara]], or else is really mellow about it.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in the final season of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' with the High Priestess of [[ReligionOfEvil the Cult of Aku]] who is Aku's unknown ''ally''. She's quick to claim that she's a trusted and highly valued follower of Aku, but in truth, the villain only visited her cult once and has since then completely forgotten about her. He spends most of the season utterly unaware of her scheme to kill Jack. [[spoiler:He does eventually remember her when her plan ends up benefiting him, though in a roundabout way.]]
* The title characters of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' usually have no idea they're doing anything wrong with their outlandish projects, so they don't seem to understand why their older sister, Candace, is so dead-set on getting their mother to see them. They even ''help'' her sometimes, unaware that her goal is to get them grounded for as long as possible. The fact that their father and every member of their extended family ''except'' their mother is occasionally in on them probably has something to do with it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Not quite enemies, but in "Who Shot Mr. Burns?", Mr. Burns is perpetually unable to remember his employee Homer Simpson. Eventually Homer breaks into Burns's office and [[RoomFullOfCrazy writes his name on every wall in giant letters]], then attacking Burns and shouting "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis MY! NAME! IS! HOMER! SIMPSON!"]] at him. Afterwards, Burns has this to say to his manservant:
--->'''Burns:''' Smithers, who was that cow just yelling at me?
** The situation is different when Homer changes his name:
--->'''Burns:''' Ah! Max Power! How's every little thing?\\
'''Homer:''' You remembered my name!\\
'''Burns:''' Well, who could forget the name of a magnetic individual like you? Keep up the good work, Max!
** Homer experiences the other side of this trope with Frank Grimes, who hates Homer's guts, while Homer thinks they're friends, but only in the first act. And then his son, who takes revenge on Homer, "How is old Grimey?"



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' when Spidey unmasks Mysterio as Quentin Beck:
-->'''Beck''': So now you know, it's me.\\
'''Spider-Man''': Right, um, who are you again?\\
'''Beck''': You put me away!\\
'''Spider-Man''': Wow, really? Heh, cool!\\
'''Beck''': Don't pretend you've forgotten, I was the Chameleon's right hand man!\\
'''Spider-Man''': Oh right, on the boat! You were...dressed as the crewman!\\
'''Beck''': As the ''waiter!''



* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', the titular character thinks of Guy Graham as a rival, particularly because Guy also has his sights set on Patti Mayonnaise. However, Guy is completely unaware that he's such a burden to Doug.
* On ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold,'' [[{{Tsundere}} Helga]] is this to [[ParodySue Lila]], since [[TheHero Arnold]] has a crush on Lila while Helga has a crush on him. Her rivalry with her sister [[ParentalFavoritism Olga]] falls into this as well.
* Used in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode, "A Taste of Freedom" when Fry, Leela and Bender ready their secret weapon against the invading Decapodians.
-->'''Fry:''' You haven't won yet, Mervin! You didn't expect us to even ''go'' to a museum, much less steal this ancient heat-seeking missile.\\
'''Ambassador Mervin:''' I don't even know you.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', when Duchess reveals herself to Bloo and talks about her plan to [[NeverSayDie get rid of him]], it takes a while for him to figure out who she is and why she hates him. He's even apologetic when he does.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Duke of Nuts", a red squirrel hates Jake because Jake never prints the squirrel's letters in his advice column. The squirrel considers Jake his mortal enemy, while Jake has no idea the squirrel even exists. [[spoiler:When the squirrel appears again in the season five episode "Princess Potluck", he is even more fixated on Jake, and Jake still doesn't know who he is.]]
-->'''Squirrel:''' You son-of-a-blee-blob! JAAAAKE!\\
'''Jake:''' Hey...you.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MaxSteel'', minor villain Woody Barkowski claims he is Max's ArchEnemy. Max snarks that he barely qualifies as comic relief.
* Dr. Claw is so focused on ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' that he and most of his cohorts pay barely any attention to [[SnoopingLittleKid the meaningless blonde girl who actually solves all the crimes]] (that is, [[HypercompetentSidekick Penny]]). Lampshaded in the [[WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget2015 2015 CGI version]], where Talon (the one member of MAD that ''does'' know who Penny is) sees her on his security camera and points her out to his uncle Claw, who in turn says that he has no idea who she is or why Talon is suddenly so obsessed with low-value coins.
* In ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall,'' [[ExtravertedNerd Jason Funderberker]] seems unaware that he and [[SociallyAwkwardHero Wirt]] are both interested in [[GirlNextDoor Sara]], or else is really mellow about it.



* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in the final season of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' with the High Priestess of [[ReligionOfEvil the Cult of Aku]] who is Aku's unknown ''ally''. She's quick to claim that she's a trusted and highly valued follower of Aku, but in truth, the villain only visited her cult once and has since then completely forgotten about her. He spends most of the season utterly unaware of her scheme to kill Jack. [[spoiler:He does eventually remember her when her plan ends up benefiting him, though in a roundabout way.]]
* ''ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars'': The Air Marshal considers Bucky to be his greatest enemy. Bucky considers the Air Marshal to be a minor speed-bump on the path to taking down KOMPLEX.

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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' has Control Freak, he thinks he's an important villain, but the final season Titans don't think much of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' with him. He even calls the High Priestess of [[ReligionOfEvil Titans "my old arch-nemesis...es" the Cult first time they meet. He is rather peeved when he's not put on the "list of Aku]] notorious villains" and the ''Puppet King'' is.
-->'''Control Freak:''' They only fought him that one time! I'm a [[BreakingTheFourthWall recurring villain!]]
* Barry from ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'',
who is Aku's unknown ''ally''. She's quick to claim that she's a trusted annoyed at the titular hero for having 'stolen his superhero name' while the Tick doesn't take him very seriously at all (and considering the things the Tick ''does'' [[SeriousBusiness take seriously]], that's saying something).
* In the ''WesternAnimation/WheresWaldo'' animated series, Waldo
and highly valued follower of Aku, but in truth, the villain only visited her cult once and has since then Wizard Whitebeard are completely forgotten about her. He spends most of the season utterly unaware of her scheme to kill Jack. [[spoiler:He does eventually remember her when her plan ends up benefiting him, though in a roundabout way.]]
* ''ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars'': The Air Marshal considers Bucky to be his greatest enemy. Bucky considers the Air Marshal to be a minor speed-bump on the path to taking down KOMPLEX.
Odlaw's existence.
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** In season 7, Harvey and Mike face off against a young up and coming attorney on a case. The man snaps on how he's finally going to show up Harvey and the man is intimidated by him. When Harvey states he has no idea who the guy is, the attorney stares at him and then snorts as he realizes Harvey is serious. He then relates how he and Harvey worked together at the District Attorney's office for ''three years'' and he was the one doing serious work while Harvey just did flashy stuff. Donna, of course, remembers the guy quite well, warning Harvey the man is out to show him up and Harvey is thrown how he could inspire hate from a guy without even knowing it.
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* For most of the first season of ''Series/TheFlash'' Barry is totally unaware that [[spoiler: ally Harrison Wells]] is actually [[spoiler: The Reverse Flash]] who's out to use Barry in a wild scheme to change history.

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* For most of the first season of ''Series/TheFlash'' ''Series/TheFlash2014'' Barry is totally unaware that [[spoiler: ally Harrison Wells]] is actually [[spoiler: The Reverse Flash]] who's out to use Barry in a wild scheme to change history.
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* ''Webcomic/MechagicalGirlLisaANT'': Lisa is [[TheDitz too oblivious to realize]] that Pink Flash is her enemy.
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* TNA had it's own unknown rival in the form of Pro Wrestling Syndicate, who it actually did acknowledge...after eight years, during a conflict with its much more known rival Global Force Wrestling. Though the Syndicate was very Tongue In Cheek on their own end, nowhere near as persistent or antagonistic as TNA was towards WWE.

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* TNA had it's its own unknown rival in the form of Pro Wrestling Syndicate, who it actually did acknowledge...after eight years, during a conflict with its much more known rival Global Force Wrestling. Though the Syndicate was very Tongue In Cheek on their own end, nowhere near as persistent or antagonistic as TNA was towards WWE.
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