Stealth Situation
When brute force just won't cut it.

(permanent link) added: 2013-01-20 14:13:33 sponsor: Imoo57 (last reply: 2014-09-18 16:52:55)

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A character decides that the best alternative to charging at an obstacle head on like a bull in a china shop. Is to put on some dark colored clothes (Or not change their appearance at all.) and sneak their way around it instead.

This is strictly a situational trope and mostly applies to characters who aren't normally stealthy.

Compare Blatant Burglar, Classy Cat-Burglar, Ninja, Spy Catsuit, Stealth-Based Game, Stealth Clothes. Contrast: With Catlike Tread,More Dakka


Anime & Manga

Comic Books
  • Batman. Batman himself and the rest of the Bat Family. Catwoman more especially. Also, The League Of Assasins led by Ras Al Ghul.
  • Hack Slash. Cassie dons a ski mask to eavesdrop on two police officers in "The Revenge of Evil Ernie", She does so again with Vlad (Vlad is dressed normally) to inspect a morgue in "Tub Club".
  • X-Men. Shadowcat,Nightcrawler,Gambit and Psyclocke are practically made of this. Storm used to engage in these and Wolverine as well at times.

Live-Action TV
  • Dexter. Dexter does this whenever he searches his would-be victim's house for evidence of their crimes and that they really are the "monsters" he thought them to be.

Video Games
  • Jedi Knight II:Jedi Outcast A rather jarring example happens in Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast: When Kyle finds himself stranded inside an Imperial base, he decides that it's time for stealth, and the mission objectives demand that you make your way through the level without being spotted (otherwise you get a Game Over). That Kyle is, at that point, a badass Jedi with a lightsaber and enough Force powers to kill the entire garrison before they can sound the alarms is never brought up.

Western Animation
  • All Grown Up!
    • In "The Finster Who Stole Christmas", Tommy, Chucky, Dil, Phil and Lil dress in Blatant Burglar outfits with ski masks to steal the tree that Chucky accidentally stole from Chucky's own house without alerting his father to return it.
    • Angelica and Chucky dress in dark garb covering all but their faces when they break into Tommy's house to steal embarrassing photos of Kimi in "Petition This!".
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender. Zuko whenever he's in his Blue Spirit alter ego. Katara and Zuko in "The Southern Raiders". Katara and Aang in "The Painted Lady".
  • The Batman. Barbara Gordon and Pamela Isley do this at a plant testing facility in "Batgirl Begins Part 1".
  • Futurama episode "A Head In The Polls". In a Shout-Out to the Watergate scandal, Leela and Fry dress in Blatant Burglar outfits to steal back Bender's body from President Nixon. They bring Bender's head with them but for obvious reasons he doesn't dress like them barring a cap.
  • Jacob Two-Two. This happens a lot in this show. Renee in "The Staffroom of Doom", Jacob, Buford, Noah and Emma in "The Daily Crown", The Library Ninjas in "The Mystery Of Malty Macguffin", Noah and Emma in "The Doubtful Double Agent", The Library Ninjas and Jacob himself in "The Bookworm Brouhaha", Jacob, Buford and Rennee in "The Puzzling Portable"
  • The Simpsons. Bart wears a ninja outfit to sneak out of his house and saw off the head of the Jebbediah statue. Bart and Lisa in "Apocalypse Cow" try to steal back Bart's marriage proposal cow for Cletus.
  • X-Men: Evolution. Wolverine sneaks into the institute in a ninja outfit to test the security system.
  • What's New, Scooby-Doo?. The two corporate spies and Trudy Lowe in "Recipe For Disaster".

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