Created By: irontoof44 on June 1, 2011

Inconspicious Infamous Person

No one recognizes John "Unstoppable Rage" Smith until it's too late.

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Needs More Examples. Badly.

The problem with having a character of really bad fame in your premise is that everyone else would normally run away when they see him. This is where this trope comes into play - people who meet said character suddenly catch the Idiot Ball and do not recognize him even by his most well-known traits, usually until it's too late.



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
  • {{Durarara!!}} - Despite Shizuo's fame as the strongest fighter in Ikebukuro, random thugs never recognize him, even though he should clearly stand out in his Limited Wardrobe bartender outfit.
  • One Piece - Most characters, even Marines who really should know better, do not see the connection between the main character being a world-famous pirate known as Straw Hat Luffy and the fact that he wears a straw hat all the time. It always takes them seeing his Devil Fruit powers to realize who he is.
Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • June 1, 2011
    If the character isn't recognised because their reputation doesn't include an accurate description of them, it's Expecting Someone Taller. If this is meant to be about attacking someone much stronger than expected because they weren't recognised, it's Mugging The Monster.
  • June 1, 2011
    The title is very misleading, but I think this is a trope I haven't seen anywhere else. 'Famous person should be recognizable, but goes unrecognized.'

    That seems like a fairly basic trope though, so it's not unlikely that it already exists.
  • June 1, 2011
    We have Overt Operative for when this applies to spies (and noting how a "world famous spy" is an oxymoron) but nothing else it seems. This would be a sister or super trope.
  • June 1, 2011
    Muuta in The Cat Returns; one would think they'd recognize instantly the cat who commited the greatest crime in a century -- eating all the fish in the Cat Kingdom and running away. Even The Baron shows impressed for a moment.
  • June 1, 2011
    • Slayers. People (especially bandits) usually run into troubles in two moves: first, fail to recognize infamous Lina Inverse, second, once they are informed who she is, they scream in panic one of nicknames she doesn't approve. It's like a clockwork.
  • June 2, 2011
  • June 2, 2011
    In The Three Amigos, patrons of a bar don't recognize the killers they were told to look out for, because they thought the titular Amigos were them, earlier.
  • August 9, 2011
    You wouldn't recognize me bumping this... /darts away.
  • August 9, 2011
    In the 100th episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, early in the episode she comes across a vampire who had never heard of a vampire slayer.
  • August 9, 2011
    Sort of zigzagged in Dragon Age 2. Predictably, a lot of people recognize you instantly as the Champion, but that doesn't stop thugs from attacking you in the street, or people trying to give you quests with the explanation, "they won't let us near them, but they won't have a problem with you!".