Someone who is ''very'' good at remaining hidden. Security cameras? No problem. Camouflage? Got it covered. Usually they will have some sort of tranquilizers or equipment to jam electronics. In a wartime setting you will often find one of these. These people have stealth down to an art form, normally outclassing anyone in real life.

This ability often enables them to infiltrate areas while dressed in [[HighlyVisibleNinja a ridiculously conspicuous costume,]] rather than using camouflage like a [[strike:normal]] sane human being. If done too much, it make break the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief. Some stealth experts are also [[MasterOfDisguise Masters Of Disguise]], although they do not use this skill as often as the audience might expect.

Often capable of StealthHiBye and OffscreenTeleportation. Compare TheSneakyGuy, who might or might not use stealth. {{Ninja}}s are Stealth Experts, [[HighlyVisibleNinja or not]].

Contrast the stealth expert's mortal enemy, TheAnticipator.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime ]]

* Laffitte from ''Manga/OnePiece'' is capable sneaking into Mariejois with three Warlords of the Sea on the grounds...''while wearing tap shoes.''
* While ''Character/LupinIII'' often gets into buildings via disguise, he is also an accomplished second story-man. He can sneak in in a black SpyCatsuit, or cause enough distractions that his bright yellow tie and bright red jacket aren't noticed.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Franchise/{{Batman}}.
** [[{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]] and Tim Drake also fit this, being two of his protégés.
* ''Comicbook/BlackWidow'' is a stealthy girl.

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[[folder: Fan Fiction ]]

* In ''Literature/{{Revelations}}'', Túrante has perfect stealth. In the backstory, she used her vampire powers of SuperSpeed and SuperSenses to spy on the characters of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' and to secretly aid them.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Invisible Boy of ''Film/MysteryMen'' is great at being invisible - as long as nobody's looking at him.
* In TheFilmOfTheBook ''Film/ClearAndPresentDanger'' the sniper Chavez was so good, in a controlled test he was able to sneak up on his instructor, using a cheeseburger wrapper as a decoy.
-->'''Sergeant Major:''' Soldier, how did you get so close to me?\\
'''Chavez:''' Sniper approached the instructor by being a sneaky bastard, Sergeant Major!
* Batman in [[Film/{{Batman}} most of his]] [[Film/TheDarkKnight movie adaptations]].
** This is shown subtly in Film/TheDarkKnightSaga. Whenever Batman is onscreen, the sound of his footsteps is simply not heard. Even at the end of Film/TheDarkKnight, [[spoiler:when Batman has been shot and most likely has an injured leg, and the area is silent enough to hear his ''cape'' flutter, there is only one set of footsteps--from Gordon's young son running down the steps]].
* The butler from the Adam Sandler movie ''Film/MrDeeds''.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The High-Elves in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' were capable of moving silently and unseen in the woods. Hobbits were also capable of great stealth, or so it seemed to a [[HypocriticalHumour big, clumsy human.]]
* The ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' [[{{Animorphism}} naturally excel at this]]. Flies, fleas and even roaches are among their most common morphs.
* Corvin Wergard, a private detective from Creator/JamesHSchmitz's ''Literature/FederationOfTheHub'' series, is an expert at lockpicking and staying hidden.
* In the ''XWingSeries'', Tyria Sarkin is brought into [[BadassCrew Wraith Squadron]] largely for her training in "silent movement in difficult terrain".
** Force-Sensitives, in much of the StarWarsExpandedUniverse, are capable of this using the Force. Tyria herself is Force-Sensitive, though weakly so (her daughter, Jesmin, inherits both her Force sensitivity and her stealth skills - her son Doran, on the other side, only inherited the Force sensitivity).
** [[BigBad Borborygmus Gog]] in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' has some aspects of this, due to being a [[ShapeShifter Shi'ido]].
* In the StarTrekNovelVerse, Garak. His identity in the Obsidian Order was "Agent Regnar" (a Regnar being a small animal capable of changing colour and texture so as to blend into its surroundings). Garak achieves his stealth through a meditative technique that allows him to "blend" his personal energy signatures into the background energy fields. It's hinted that all Cardassians could in theory learn the technique - if they were paying attention and weren't conditioned into ignoring the deeper realities of life around them. This is an important plot point in ''Literature/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineAStitchInTime''.
* ''Radio/TheShadow''
* The key ability of ''GauntsGhosts'', with the scouts being even better at it. Oan Mkoll is their scouts' chief and is thus an expert among {{Stealth Expert}}s.
* Ajatasutra, Narses personal henchman and HitmanWithAHeart in Literature/BelisariusSeries.
* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' Lord Vetinari was so much of one at the Assassins' Guild School that he failed his classes in stealth ''for nonattendance'' despite being there the whole time.
* Every single member of ranger corps from RangersApprentice. Bonus points for showing/explaining stealth realistically.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Some of the hiders in the ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' "How Not to be Seen" sketch.
* Kari Byron manages to fool a heat-detecting motion sensor [[CrazyAwesome using a bedsheet]] in ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}''.
* Sqweegel from ''{{CSI}}''. This creepy serial killer in full-body latex suit can and will live inside the houses of his victims, without the victims noticing him.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* In ''Music/TheProtomen'', the band member the Nightwalker is described as this.

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[[folder: Religion ]]

* {{Jesus}}, in the canonical Gospels, would occasionally slip away from the crowds he taught to pray to God alone. Being able to escape the notice of thousands of people (while being quite popular) definitely qualifies him.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* Rogues in ''DungeonsAndDragons'' are the designated stealth specialists, though any character can put ranks in the "move silently" and "hide" skills. Furthermore, the Ranger class and some "prestige classes" get the "[[HiddenInPlainSight Hide in plain sight]]" ability.
** In the 4th Edition, several rogue utility powers allow things similar to Hide in Plain Sight, and the Cunning Stalker build is a master of this with ranged weapons, capable of breaking stealth, striking, and then going back into "stealth mode"... if an enemy is close by.
** Some 4th Edition monsters have similar abilities. Most of these are "lurkers".
* ''{{Exalted}}'' tends to have various splats with Stealth as a Favored Ability. Among the Solars, they're the Night Castes. Not only do they have Charms that allow them to go utterly unnoticed, but their Caste ability gives them the power to mute their [[BattleAura Anima Banner]], meaning they can do some tremendous things without lighting up like a Christmas tree like other Exalts.
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' has this as the main gimmick of the Nosferatu clan. Due to their [[LooksLikeOrlok unfortunate appearance]] and their talents in the Discipline of Obfuscate, they often serve as {{Knowledge Broker}}s and whisper mills, able to get in anywhere to dig up dirt.
** ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' passes the gimmick on to the Mekhet, who have [[PsychicPowers Auspex]] in addition to Obfuscate, meaning they can get in anywhere and dig up anything. The Nosfertau still have Obfuscate, but now it's more about being the monster lurking in the darkness.
* The "Stealth" special rule in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40k}}'', logically enough, represents a modicum of stealth training and allows the unit to make better use of cover, therefore gaining improved Cover saves against shooting. "Infiltrate", on the other hand, is a more comprehensive rule that lets the unit set up on the battlefield after the enemy's units, representing it sneaking into the perfect position to counter the enemy's strategy. It can even set up outside of it's army usual setup zone, as long as it remains 18" away from an enemy (or 12" if it's out of sight, such as behind a building).
** A more powerful form of Infiltrate exists, beloved of true Stealth Experts such as {{Imperial Guard}}sman [[Franchise/{{Rambo}} Marbo]] and certain [[BugWar Tyranid scouts]]. This rule functions exactly the same as its more common counterpart -- except that the minimum distance it must stay away from enemies while setting up is a mere '''2"'''. (For scale, a grenade has an 8" range.)
** On the tactical level, this is the shtick of [[FourStarBadass Lord Castellan Ursakar E. Creed]]. Not content to merely sneak up on enemies, he sneaks ''tanks'' up on enemies. Any one unit in his army may, after everything else is set up, make an immediate move, representing that he has fooled the enemy into thinking the unit was in one position, while all along they were in their new location. {{Fanon}} takes this UpToEleven, giving him the ability to hide anything, even [[TankGoodness superheavy tanks]], [[BehindAStick behind lampposts]], [[MirrorScare in someone's bathroom while they aren't looking]], or [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou behind Internet users' monitors]], and, as his crowning achievement, disguising a tank ''as a [[ItMakesSenseInContext therapist]]''.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Sam Fisher and his colleagues from ''VideoGame/SplinterCell''.
* Garrett, from ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}''. The Keepers who trained him specialize in stealth as well. Indeed, the first game shows him being recruited because he actually managed to spot (and attempt to pickpocket) his soon-to-be mentor in a crowd.
* Solid Snake from the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series is definitely one of these.
** As is his father, Big Boss.
* Cyrus in ''[[VideoGame/DawnofWar Dawn Of War 2]]''. The fact that he and his scouts can be cloaked and sent in and plant extremely powerful traps and explosives almost makes him a GameBreaker with the right upgrades (using him in one mission is also the only way to avoid killing marines who are loyal, but think you've turned traitor, thus assuring you get the GoldenEnding).
* Master thief Kasumi Goto and assassin Thane Krios in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. Infiltrator!Shepard gets the [[InvisibilityCloak Tactical Cloak]] ability.
* The Spy in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.
* The titular Assassins of ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed''.
** Unlike your typical example, Assassins are also quite adept at hiding in plain sight, blending into crowds of random people with ease.
* Batman, in the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries''.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Commandos}}'' team.
* Rogues in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' get a Stealth score. Maxed out, they can enter stealth any time, which prevents enemies from seeing you until you attack. The expansion pack also gives a prestige class called the Shadow, which lets you stay near invisible all the time.
* Rangers and Snipers can become invisible in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'', so that they can't be targeted by enemies until they perform an action.
* Rogues in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' have the ability to go into "stealth" mode (which translates to very limited aggro radii in [=PvE and invisibility in PvP=]). They gain several ambush moves, as well as the ability to pick pocket. They get even more stealth related abilities if they specialize in the subtly talent tree (e.g. the ability to teleport straight behind enemies).
* ''CityOfHeroes'' has the Stalker archetype as well as the Concealment power pool.
* ''[VideoGame/DeusEx'': JC Denton can be this or an OneManArmy (Or a hybrid), depending on the upgrades the player has chosen.
** Ditto for [[VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution Adam Jensen]], whose silent takedown ability means you don't even need weapons.
* Price and [=MacMillan=] during the ''All Ghillied Up'' mission in ''[[VideoGame/ModernWarfare Call of Duty: Modern Warfare]]''.
* [[SuperSoldiers SPARTAN-IIs]] are [[GameplayAndStorySegregation said to be this]] in the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' universe, and some Elites are as well.
** SPARTAN-[=IIIs=] are part this. Instead of the super-expensive MJOLNIR PoweredArmor, they are handed out the much cheaper (and unshielded) Semi-Powered Infiltration armor that gives them some stealth capability, although that becomes useless if the Covenant uses active sensors.
* You can become one in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''.
** The Smuggler and Imperial Agent from ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' have stealth as one of their class abilities and can also BackStab opponents, though the Smuggler uses a [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter scattershot]] instead of a knife.
* Some classes in ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront''.
* The Burger King in ''Sneak King''.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mabinogi}}'', the elf's hide skill could count as this.
* Kyle "Shadow" Simmons from ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance 2''.
* Joe in ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'', of the "socially invisible" kind. He doesn't even bother lowering his voice when playing ThePeepingTom.
* The sneak skill in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' allows you to move undetected, while running and wearing heavy armour. A high level perk means you can vanish into thin air by crouching. And all of that is without using illusion magic that can make you invisible and silent.
* Zer0, the assassin character in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}''. His playstyle encourages either [[ColdSniper picking off foes from a distance]] or sneaking close enough to stab them in the back, then [[{{Invisibility}} vanishing]] with the help of a decoy hologram.

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[[folder: Visual Novels ]]

* Surprisingly, Sakazaki Yuuya in ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'', despite being an enormous and pure white fantail pigeon. [[spoiler: It's probably because he is a spy.]] He can move silently if he wishes and sneak around other birds undetected. In ''Holiday Star'' he watches Albert at Sakuya's mansion for three days and is undetected despite security and the fact that Albert himself [[spoiler: is an assassin and]] was tasked to keep an eye out for stealthy white things. A page in [[http://mangafox.me/manga/hatoful_kareshi/c011/4.html the manga]] suggests he's more visible to humans.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* There was a strip in Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily where Solid Snake, THE master of Tactical Espionage Action, gets out-stealthed by another Brawler... specifically, Mr. Game-And-Watch, who is two-dimensional and completely black, allowing him to literally become one with the shadows.
* [[SweetBroAndHellaJeff Hella Jeff]] seems to have a great knack for hiding in vents and behind store shelves to observe Sweet Bro's shenanigans.
* The ''{{Webcomic/Niels}}'' webcomic by {{Creator/Humon}} brings us Agent 250, dubbed "The Stealth Monster" by Niels's men. A couple of strips reference his ability to go undetected and either [[http://humon.deviantart.com/art/Stealth-Monster-215692752 catch mooks by surprise]] or [[http://humon.deviantart.com/art/Annoying-Ghost-288717948 mess with buildings]].

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Animals such as flounder and octopuses can do this ([[LifeOrLimbDecision and make a cunning escape as well!]])
* Cats (all sizes) are essentially made for this trope. They have mottled coats to blend in with foliage, padded paws to muffle the sound of their footsteps, antibacterial saliva which kills odours (and explains why they [[OutDamnedSpot groom so obsessively]]) and they also possess ''night vision''. It gets even better: they have a distinct gait which minimizes their profile (one side first, then the other), hypersensitive hearing and smell, and whiskers which act as feelers in the dark.
** Some cat owners attach bells to their cats in order to know where they are. This, of course, also negates the cat's stealth factor... until they learn to muffle the bell with their paw.
** Well, mostly these bells are to tell the birds where the cat is...
** When threatened, cats try to scare the enemy away by pretending to be another animal fitting this trope - a snake. They arch their backs, flatten their ears, open their mouths, and hiss. Most animals instinctively fear snakes and may think twice about tangling with something that may or may not be one.
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* Between long-range night vision, pinpoint-accurate hearing and specialized feathers that muffle the sounds of flight, owls could be described as the airborne equivalent of cats.

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