Created By: KZN02 on November 14, 2012 Last Edited By: KZN02 on April 9, 2013
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Anti True Sight

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A way to counter True Sight is to be covered in material that cannot be penetrated by such vision. Another is being in an area full of something that interferes True Sight.

Commonly it's lead for X-Ray Vision, much like in Real Life, though it can be Applied Phlebotinum in other cases.

Contrast Kryptonite-Proof Suit. Compare No Sell. See also Poke in the Third Eye, Psychic Block Defense, and Interface Screw.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Naruto: In the Sasuke Retrieval Arc, Sasuke was put inside a coffin that had some sort of magical barrier surrounding it. This barrier made it difficult for Neji to see inside the coffin with his Byakugan.

Comic Books
  • Superman cannot use his X-Ray Vision to see through objects covered in lead or sufficiently dense materials.
  • Marvel Comics Secret Wars has most of Earth's mightiest heroes transported to an alien battleworld. Another transport holds many of Earth's most dangerous villains. Professor X tries using his psychic powers to identify which villains are aboard, but Enchantress mystically shields her party from Professor X's psychic powers.

Fanfics
  • In Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, against Moody's all-seeing Eye of Vance, Harry asks Flitwick for a charm to summon a large number of brightly colored ethereal object, then make them invisible. It works.

Film
  • In Predator, Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer camouflages himself (the first time by accident) from the titular creature by covering his body in mud. The cool mud blocks the heat his skin radiates thus making him seem invisible to the predator's thermo cam. In the sequel, DEA uses actual heat blocking suits, though in the end, the predator's True Sight is revealed to be a little bit "too true" for the good of the agents, since it has a whole lot of vision modes to choose from besides infrared.

Literature
  • According to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the True Cloak of Invisibility is this, providing an impenetrable defense against searches. However, this is inconsistent with earlier books, in which Dumbledore and Moody each, using different means, saw Harry while he was wearing it.
  • The Starcraft novelization Liberty's Crusade has Sarah Kerrigan remark that Arcturus Mengsk is really hard for her to read telepathically. As she puts it, title character Mike Liberty is "all surface," and Mengsk is "all depth." When she really works at reading him late in the book, she is horrified at what she finds.
  • In The Saga of the Noble Dead, Welstiel has a magical "ring of nothing" that shields him from all forms of magical inquiry and detection.

Multiple Media

Tabletop Games
  • Most detection spells in Dungeons & Dragons are blocked by a thin sheet of lead.
    • A Ring of X-Ray Vision allowed the wearer to see through varying thicknesses of most substances, but the user's view was blocked by lead, gold and platinum.
  • In Champions, X-Ray vision was blocked by lead. The more general N-Ray vision had to be defined as having a specific substance that blocked it. In 6th Edition a Sense with Penetrative works the same way.
  • Shadowrun: It is possible to create barriers that block out Astral Viewing and other magical means of searching, on top of alloys existing that block X-Ray and magnetic scans.

Toys

Video Games
  • Metroid Prime: Samus' thermal visor works poorly in superheated areas.
  • Batman: Arkham City: late-game enemy encounters and high-difficulty challenge rooms will occasionally have one or more foes amongst the pack carrying jammer systems that block Batman's "Detective Mode" vision.

Web Comics

Real Life
  • Stealth technology sometimes involves material that absorbs radar to prevent detection.
  • One of German Intelligence's few successes during the last war was to get the British to believe a rumour that U-Boats were routinely finished in a paint rendering that baffled both acoustic and radar detection, thus making their submarines harder to find when submerged. This was principally spread to additionally demoralise British sailors who suspected they were losing the war at sea. In reality Germany had no such paint. but the Admiralty took the story so seriously that it tied up British naval research establishments in attempting to replicate this miracle paint so as to reproduce it on British submarines. However, spurred on to meet a threat which in reality did not exist, the Royal Navy had limited success during the war using surface coatings that dampened and dispersed German sonar detection. (but not to the point where HM Submarines effectively became "invisible" - nowhere near, but it was a start). A German deception contributed to the actual creation of something that was originally intended only to be a a propaganda fable. It is possible this wartime research paved the way for more sophisticated post-war developments, that eventually found fruition in the latest-generation American stealth planes.

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  • November 14, 2012
    zarpaulus
  • November 14, 2012
    surgoshan
    • As the above example, Belkar of Order Of The Stick carries around a sheet of lead just in case someone tries to Detect Evil him.
  • November 15, 2012
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • In Champions, X-Ray vision was blocked by lead. The more general N-Ray vision had to be defined as having a specific substance that blocked it. In 6th Edition a Sense with Penetrative works the same way.
  • November 15, 2012
    Earnest
  • November 18, 2012
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Dungeons And Dragons. A Ring of X-Ray Vision allowed the wearer to see through varying thicknesses of most substances, but the user's view was blocked by lead, gold and platinum.
  • November 24, 2012
    Generality
    According to Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, the True Cloak of Invisibility is this, providing an impenetrable defense against searches. However, this is inconsistent with earlier books, in which Dumbledore and Moody each, using different means, saw Harry while he was wearing it.
  • December 7, 2012
    KZN02
    Compare No Sell.

    Literature:
    • The Starcraft novelization Liberty's Crusade has Sarah Kerrigan remark that Arcturus Mengsk is really hard for her to read telepathically. As she puts it, title character Mike Liberty is "all surface," and Mengsk is "all depth." When she really works at reading him late in the book, she is horrified at what she finds.
  • December 30, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^^ I'd think that both Dumbledore and Moody are adept enough at Wizarding to notice something that they can't notice, if you get my meaning. Kind of like hiding something from Superman by putting it in a big lead box. Sure, Superman can't see the object in question, but he can see a big lead box and surmise that something in there is being hidden from him. Plus the fact that it was Dumbledore who gave Harry the cloak in the first place so he'd be on the lookout for someone he couldn't see. (Dunno if that spoiler is neccessary TBH.)
  • January 3, 2013
    Xelloss08
    Literature:
    • In The Saga Of The Noble Dead, Welstiel has a magical "ring of nothing" that shields him from all forms of magical inquiry and detection.
  • January 20, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Comic BooksMarvel Comics Secret Wars has most of Earth's mightiest heroes transported to an alien battleworld. Another transport holds many of Earth's most dangerous villains. Professor X tries using his psychic powers to identify which villains are aboard, but Enchantress mystically shields her party from Professor X's psychic powers.
  • January 24, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Movies:
    • In Predator, Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer camouflages himself (the first time by accident) from the titular creature by covering his body in mud. The cool mud blocks the heat his skin radiates thus making him seem invisible to the predator's thermo cam. In the sequel, DEA uses actual heat blocking suits, though in the end, the predator's True Sight is revealed to be a little bit "too true" for the good of the agents, since it has a whole lot of vision modes to choose from besides infrared.
  • January 24, 2013
    toadking07
    Surprised there are so many examples of this, nice! I had only figured there would be Superman and his lead factor, but lots more examples are here.

    I think there are a number of creatures/beings in media that can't see certain colors. Having trouble finding examples but I know there are some...
  • January 24, 2013
    toadking07
    Apparently a number of beings can hid themselves from/using the force in the Star Wars universe. http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Force_stealth http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Jensaarai
  • January 25, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Anime & Manga:
    • Naruto: In the Sasuke Retrieval Arc, Sasuke was put inside a coffin that had some sort of magical barrier surrounding it. This barrier made it difficult for Neji to see inside the coffin with his Byakugan.
  • January 25, 2013
    JohnDiFool
    Bad title: I thought the trope was referring to true sight revealing the truth to someone (such as the sunglasses in They Live).
  • January 25, 2013
    KZN02
    So what about the new title now?
  • January 27, 2013
    Earnest
    Don't know why it took me this long to think of it: See also Poke In The Third Eye.
  • February 3, 2013
    LobsterMagnus
    • In Star Trek, it is at one point claimed that the brains of the Ferengi can't be read by the telepathic Betazoids. (There is one instance in TNG though, where Deanna Troi does exactly this.)
  • February 3, 2013
    KZN02
    That has something to do with detection, right?
  • February 3, 2013
    ekolis
    In the Space Empires games, there are Long Range Scanners which let you see what components are installed on an enemy ship. However, there are also Scanner Jammers which prevent enemy Long Range Scanners from scanning your ship.
  • February 4, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^^^ That sounds more like Psychic Block Defense than this trope to me. By the way, Psychic Block Defense should probably be mentioned in the description.
  • February 4, 2013
    Arivne
    Example deleted.
  • February 4, 2013
    KZN02
    I think we're getting into stealth or jamming technology now or something.
  • February 6, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    I had apparently accidentally used "True Vision" instead of True Sight in my Terminator example. I fixed it myself so that's what the edit was for.
  • March 26, 2013
    DunDun
    Not sure if these count.

    • Homestuck: There are screens that the cherubim use (in a different universe and in the future) to watch the Alpha Kids before the kids go into their game session, but as soon as Roxy, Hero of Void, enters the session, the cherubim's screens go black.
      • This "blackout" or Anti True Sight power is a passive ability of Heroes of Void, as the same end happened with the trolls' Hero of Void and Doc Scratch (the omniscient).
  • March 27, 2013
    marcoasalazarm
    Batman Arkham City : Late-game enemy encounters and high-difficulty challenge rooms will occasionally have one or more foes amongst the pack carrying jammer systems that block Batman's "Detective Mode" vision.
  • March 27, 2013
    VorpalAuroch
    Fanfic, Minor spoilers: In Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, against Moody's all-seeing Eye of Vance, Harry asks Flitwick for a charm to summon a large number of brightly colored ethereal object, then make them invisible. It works.
  • March 31, 2013
    marcoasalazarm
    Shadowrun: It is possible to create barriers that block out Astral Viewing and other magical means of searching, on top of alloys existing that block X-Ray and magnetic scans.
  • April 3, 2013
    AgProv
    Real Life: One of German Intelligence's few successes during the last war was to get the British to believe a rumour that U-Boats were routinely finished in a paint rendering that baffled both acoustic and radar detection, thus making their submarines harder to find when submerged. This was principally spread to additionally demoralise British sailors who suspected they were losing the war at sea. In reality Germany had no such paint. but the Admiralty took the story so seriously that it tied up British naval research establishments in attempting to replicate this miracle paint so as to reproduce it on British submarines. However, spurred on to meet a threat which in reality did not exist, the Royal Navy had limited success during the war using surface coatings that dampened and dispersed German sonar detection. (but not to the point where HM Submarines effectively became "invisible" - nowhere near, but it was a start). A German deception contributed to the actual creation of something that was originally intended only to be a a propaganda fable. It is possible this wartime research paved the way for more sophisticated post-war developments, that eventually found fruition in the latest-generation American stealth planes.
  • April 9, 2013
    KZN02
    Hmm, about to go, but do you guys thing this could have a better title?
  • April 9, 2013
    DunDun
    It's pretty clear what it is already. The only other name I can think of for this is... well, I really can't think of anything better than what it is.

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