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15th Jul '17 3:54:43 PM nombretomado
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_of_Strategic_Services Office of Strategic Services]] was the WorldWarII forerunner to the modern Central Intelligence Agency.

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_of_Strategic_Services Office of Strategic Services]] was the WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII forerunner to the modern Central Intelligence Agency.
30th Jun '17 1:42:40 PM Shieldage
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* The Wiki/SCPFoundation. Even knowing that it stands for "Secure, Contain, Protect" doesn't give an insight into their work of dealing with bizarre reality-defying objects, many with lethal potential ranging from a person's slow, hideous death to reducing the Earth to gravel. Their reports include many other blandly-named terrors, some carried out by the Foundation to prevent worse things, such as the [[NothingIsScarier mysterious]] but horiffic "Procedure 110-Montauk" that reads as a version of the Prometheus Curse with the SCP in the role of the eagle targeting a girl between █ and ██ years old, because the first six innocent victims have already released their Evil SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan, generally through their death or going for too long without being 'reset', so the seventh could spell the end of the world.

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* The Wiki/SCPFoundation. Even knowing that it stands for "Secure, Contain, Protect" doesn't give an insight into their work of dealing with bizarre reality-defying objects, many with lethal potential ranging from a person's slow, hideous death to reducing the Earth to gravel. Their reports include many other blandly-named terrors, some carried out by the Foundation to prevent worse things, such as the [[NothingIsScarier mysterious]] but horiffic "Procedure 110-Montauk" that reads as a version of the Prometheus Curse with the SCP Foundation in the role of the eagle targeting a girl between █ and ██ years old, because the first six innocent victims have already released their Evil SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan, generally through their death or going for too long without being 'reset', 'forcibly reset', so the seventh could spell the end of the world.
30th Jun '17 1:40:48 PM Shieldage
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* The Wiki/SCPFoundation. Even knowing that it stands for "Secure, Contain, Protect" doesn't give an insight into their work of dealing with bizarre reality-defying objects, many with lethal potential ranging from a person's slow, hideous death to reducing the Earth to gravel. Their reports include many other blandly-named terrors, some carried out by the Foundation to prevent worse things, such as the [[NothingIsScarier mysterious]] but horiffic "Procedure 110-Montauk" that reads as a version of the Prometheus Curse with the SCP in the role of the eagle targeting a girl between █ and ██ years old, because they failed to keep the first six victims alive and the seventh could spell the end of the world.

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* The Wiki/SCPFoundation. Even knowing that it stands for "Secure, Contain, Protect" doesn't give an insight into their work of dealing with bizarre reality-defying objects, many with lethal potential ranging from a person's slow, hideous death to reducing the Earth to gravel. Their reports include many other blandly-named terrors, some carried out by the Foundation to prevent worse things, such as the [[NothingIsScarier mysterious]] but horiffic "Procedure 110-Montauk" that reads as a version of the Prometheus Curse with the SCP in the role of the eagle targeting a girl between █ and ██ years old, because they failed to keep the first six innocent victims alive and have already released their Evil SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan, generally through their death or going for too long without being 'reset', so the seventh could spell the end of the world.
30th Jun '17 1:07:01 PM Shieldage
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* The Wiki/SCPFoundation. Even knowing that it stands for "Secure, Contain, Protect" doesn't give an insight into their work of dealing with bizarre reality-defying objects, many with lethal potential ranging from a person's slow, hideous death to reducing the Earth to gravel. Their reports include many other blandly-named terrors, some carried out by the Foundation to prevent worse things, such as the [[NothingIsScarier mysterious]] but horrific "Procedure 110-Montauk" done to a girl between █ and ██ years old.

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* The Wiki/SCPFoundation. Even knowing that it stands for "Secure, Contain, Protect" doesn't give an insight into their work of dealing with bizarre reality-defying objects, many with lethal potential ranging from a person's slow, hideous death to reducing the Earth to gravel. Their reports include many other blandly-named terrors, some carried out by the Foundation to prevent worse things, such as the [[NothingIsScarier mysterious]] but horrific horiffic "Procedure 110-Montauk" done to that reads as a version of the Prometheus Curse with the SCP in the role of the eagle targeting a girl between █ and ██ years old.
old, because they failed to keep the first six victims alive and the seventh could spell the end of the world.
2nd May '17 4:15:37 PM AthenaBlue
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* In all versions of Franchise/GhostInTheShell, the heroes work for the blandly named Public Security Section Nine. It's also shown that there are other Sections in Public Security with different specializations from Section Nine.

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* In all versions of Franchise/GhostInTheShell, ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'', the heroes work for the blandly named Public Security Section Nine. It's also shown that there are other Sections in Public Security with different specializations from Section Nine.
Nine.

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* Throughout the first ''Film/IronMan1'' movie, we're told about Agent Coulson's work at the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division in a way that makes them seem like government bureaucrats. It's only at the end that it's first referred to by its more common Marvel name, SHIELD.
* In the prologue of ''Film/MenInBlack'', Agent K flashes an ID at a pair of Border Patrol officers, identifying himself and his partner as being from "INS, Division Six" so that he can talk to an [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Illegal Alien]] in private. {{Subverted}}, because one of the Border Patrol agents, a moment later, states "There ''is'' no Division Six" before following after K to see what he's up to. Just in time to end up CoveredInGunge and experiencing LaserGuidedAmnesia.
* The first ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movie features Sector 7, a secret government organization which researches Cybertronian technology, and which for some reason also has [[SigilSpam custom vehicles and uniforms]], exactly the [[MildlyMilitary sort of thing]] you'd expect a [[OvertAgent secret organization to avoid]].



* The [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Ankh-Morpork]] government department whose job is to deal with situations that Lord Vetinari would like ... dealt with ... are simply called "the clerks". Only when they need to be distinguished from the normal sort of clerks in the Palace are they called "the dark clerks".
** There's also Mr John "Not-A-Vampire-At-All" Smith, who tries just a little too hard not to draw attention to himself.
* Literature/LiadenUniverse: the organization behind most of the plot is called the Department of the Interior.
* The evil, world-threatening group in ''Literature/ThatHideousStrength'' is named the "National Institute for Coordinated Experiments" (NICE).

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': The [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Ankh-Morpork]] Ankh-Morpork government department whose job is to deal with situations that Lord Vetinari would like ... dealt with ... are simply called "the clerks". Only when they need to be distinguished from the normal sort of clerks in the Palace are they called "the dark clerks".
** There's also Mr Mr. John "Not-A-Vampire-At-All" Smith, who tries just a little too hard not to draw attention to himself.
* Literature/LiadenUniverse: ''Literature/LiadenUniverse'': the organization behind most of the plot is called the Department of the Interior.
* The evil, world-threatening group in ''Literature/ThatHideousStrength'' is named the "National Institute for Coordinated Experiments" (NICE).
Interior.




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* In the prologue of ''Film/MenInBlack'', Agent K flashes an ID at a pair of Border Patrol officers, identifying himself and his partner as being from "INS, Division Six" so that he can talk to an [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Illegal Alien]] in private. {{Subverted}}, because one of the Border Patrol agents, a moment later, states "There ''is'' no Division Six" before following after K to see what he's up to. Just in time to end up CoveredInGunge and experiencing LaserGuidedAmnesia.
* The first ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movie features Sector 7, a secret government organization which researches Cybertronian technology, and which for some reason also has [[SigilSpam custom vehicles and uniforms]], exactly the [[MildlyMilitary sort of thing]] you'd expect a [[OvertAgent secret organization to avoid]].
* Throughout the first ''Film/IronMan1'' movie, we're told about Agent Coulson's work at the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division in a way that makes them seem like government bureaucrats. It's only at the end that it's first referred to by its more common Marvel name, SHIELD.

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\n[[AC:{{Film}}]]\n* In the prologue of ''Film/MenInBlack'', Agent K flashes an ID at a pair of Border Patrol officers, identifying himself and his partner as being from "INS, Division Six" so that he can talk to an [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Illegal Alien]] in private. {{Subverted}}, because one of the Border Patrol agents, a moment later, states "There ''is'' no Division Six" before following after K to see what he's up to. Just in time to end up CoveredInGunge and experiencing LaserGuidedAmnesia.\n* The first ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movie features Sector 7, a secret government organization which researches Cybertronian technology, and which evil, world-threatening group in ''Literature/ThatHideousStrength'' is named the "National Institute for some reason also has [[SigilSpam custom vehicles and uniforms]], exactly the [[MildlyMilitary sort of thing]] you'd expect a [[OvertAgent secret organization to avoid]].
* Throughout the first ''Film/IronMan1'' movie, we're told about Agent Coulson's work at the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division in a way that makes them seem like government bureaucrats. It's only at the end that it's first referred to by its more common Marvel name, SHIELD.
Coordinated Experiments" (NICE).



* Inverted by ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'', where the main character works for the Metropolitan Police Department's Special Investigations Unit[[note]]full name: Special Circumstances and Incidents Investigation Division[[/note]], which certainly sounds important, but is treated poorly by other divisions who see it as the dumping ground for all the freaks and weirdos in the PD. This is mainly because SI's job (investigating incidents relating to the [[TimeStandsStill time-warping]] [[MonsterOfTheWeek Roidmudes]]) is seen as a SnipeHunt by "regular" cops when it actually makes them one of humanity's only lines of defense against the monsters.



* Inverted by ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'', where the main character works for the Metropolitan Police Department's Special Investigations Unit[[note]]full name: Special Circumstances and Incidents Investigation Division[[/note]], which certainly sounds important, but is treated poorly by other divisions who see it as the dumping ground for all the freaks and weirdos in the PD. This is mainly because SI's job (investigating incidents relating to the [[TimeStandsStill time-warping]] [[MonsterOfTheWeek Roidmudes]]) is seen as a SnipeHunt by "regular" cops when it actually makes them one of humanity's only lines of defense against the monsters.

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* Inverted by ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'', where the main character works for the Metropolitan Police Department's Special Investigations Unit[[note]]full name: Special Circumstances and Incidents Investigation Division[[/note]], which certainly sounds important, but is treated poorly by other divisions who see it as the dumping ground for all the freaks and weirdos in the PD. This is mainly because SI's job (investigating incidents relating to the [[TimeStandsStill time-warping]] [[MonsterOfTheWeek Roidmudes]]) is seen as a SnipeHunt by "regular" cops when it actually makes them one of humanity's only lines of defense against the monsters.
30th Aug '16 11:07:32 PM erforce
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* Throughout the first ''Film/IronMan'' movie, we're told about Agent Coulson's work at the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division in a way that makes them seem like government bureaucrats. It's only at the end that it's first referred to by its more common Marvel name, SHIELD.

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* Throughout the first ''Film/IronMan'' ''Film/IronMan1'' movie, we're told about Agent Coulson's work at the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division in a way that makes them seem like government bureaucrats. It's only at the end that it's first referred to by its more common Marvel name, SHIELD.
13th May '16 8:53:29 AM AgProv
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** There's also Mr John "Not-A-Vampire-At-All" Smith, who tries just a little too hard not to draw attention to himself.
5th Jan '16 11:20:34 PM PaulA
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* In the ''Literature/DiogenesClub'' short story "Kentish Glory in the Secret of Drearcliff Grange School", lepidoptery enthusiast Amy suggests that her classmates' detective organisation be called the Moth Club. When her friends ask what kind of name that is for a secret society, she says it's one that would cause most people to instantly lose interest.

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* In the ''Literature/DiogenesClub'' short story "Kentish Glory in the Secret of Drearcliff Grange School", ''Literature/TheSecretsOfDrearcliffGrangeSchool'', lepidoptery enthusiast Amy suggests that her classmates' detective organisation be called the Moth Club. When her friends ask what kind of name that is for a secret society, she says it's one that would cause most people to instantly lose interest.
11th Nov '15 5:11:37 PM nombretomado
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* In ''RiversOfLondon'' the department of the London Police that enforces law in the magical community is merely mentioned as being "The Economic and Specialist Crime Team, Unit 9", no mention of VaginaDentata, BodyHorror, or throwing {{fireballs}} at all.

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* In ''RiversOfLondon'' ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'' the department of the London Police that enforces law in the magical community is merely mentioned as being "The Economic and Specialist Crime Team, Unit 9", no mention of VaginaDentata, BodyHorror, or throwing {{fireballs}} at all.
7th Oct '15 11:03:25 AM IchigoMontoya
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When something is generally implied to be ''more'' important or special because someone went out of their way to make the name as uninteresting and nondescriptive as possible. This might be because they want to [[CovertGroupWithMundaneFront avoid drawing attention to the unit]], hiding it in the sea of boring names for various unimportant agencies, or just because the sort of BadAss who works there finds the bravado-filled names of many [[BadAssArmy elite units]] to be [[ConsummateProfessional distasteful]]. For various reasons, very common in many modern Western armed forces.

A savvy character might try to [[RefugeInAudacity bluff his way]] past an obstacle by identifying themselves as a member of some completely fictional agency, as long as the name is intimidatingly vague enough to make the other person [[YouDontWantToKnow think better than to investigate.]]

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When something is generally implied to be ''more'' important or special because someone went out of their way to make the name as uninteresting and nondescriptive as possible. This might be because they want to [[CovertGroupWithMundaneFront avoid drawing attention to the unit]], hiding it in the sea of boring names for various unimportant agencies, or just because the sort of BadAss badass who works there finds the bravado-filled names of many [[BadAssArmy [[BadassArmy elite units]] to be [[ConsummateProfessional distasteful]]. For various reasons, very common in many modern Western armed forces.

A savvy character might try to [[RefugeInAudacity bluff his way]] past an obstacle by identifying themselves as a member of some completely fictional agency, as long as the name is intimidatingly vague enough to make the other person [[YouDontWantToKnow think better than to investigate.]]
investigate]].



A SuperTrope to {{Room101}} and TheGroup; Related to MaximumFunChamber. Often overlaps with CovertGroupWithMundaneFront, CovertGroup and NoSuchAgency. For individual characters with names less interesting than the role, see SpecialPersonNormalName.

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A SuperTrope to {{Room101}} {{Room 101}} and TheGroup; Related to MaximumFunChamber. Often overlaps with CovertGroupWithMundaneFront, CovertGroup and NoSuchAgency. For individual characters with names less interesting than the role, see SpecialPersonNormalName.
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