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->''"People call me a backstabber. Hell, I'll stab you in the front if you want."''
-->-- '''Phantom''', ''VideoGame/DirtyBomb''

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. It is also wise to assume that [[ColdSniper snipers]] qualify here as well.

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 may 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. They're 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. StealthyColossus is this taken to its logical extreme.

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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}}.
** [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]] and Tim Drake also fit this, being two of his protégés.
* ''Comicbook/BlackWidow'' is a stealthy girl.
* ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}} is a flamboyant swashbuckler at heart, but when he needs to be sneaky he's ''very'' good at it. The fact that he can cling to walls and vanish into the shadows at will certainly helps, but beyond his powers there's the fact that he is quit good at moving in complete silence.

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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''.
-->"I fear you are underestimating the sneakiness, sir."
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF6E-4G4n_M Caesar's spy]] in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and Cleopatra'' appears to have a literal 'cloaking device' in his cloak, giving him the chameleon-like ability to blend with his background.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', Jerin's younger siblings report to him what they found in their newly arrived guest's luggage. They tell him not to worry, as they didn't get caught. He scolds them for it, but later uses their findings to convince his older sister that the guests can be trusted, as, if they had anything suspicious with them, the little sisters would have found it. As the grandmothers were spies, this runs in the family, and seems to be a kind of hobby.
* 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 ''Literature/{{Masques}}'' the protagonist Aralorn is a spy. She's also a shapeshifter who can become a mouse. That's her favourite form, and she knows all the subspecies, too, so she avoids MisplacedWildlife.
* In the ''Literature/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 Franchise/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 ''Literature/RangersApprentice''. Bonus points for showing/explaining stealth realistically.
* In ''Literature/WindAndSparks'' by Alexey Pehov elves are undisputed expert woodsmen. But plenty of humans can beat them in their own game. This includes two of the main characters: the NobleSavage scout Ga-Nor and ColdSniper archer Ness.
* In the McAuslan series, set in a Scottish regiment shortly after World War Two, the author describes a typical night exercise, in which men are dropped miles from a "home base" and have to sneak through an opposing unit. The trope is invoked by Lance-Corporal [=MacRae=], a former gamekeeper, and averted by nearly everyone else; the author notes that these exercises usually degenerated into an all-out brawl.
* In Emily St. John Mandel's ''Literature/StationEleven,'' the members of the prophet's doomsday cult specialize in this. They capture several members of the Traveling Symphony so quickly and silently that others mere feet away don't see it happen.
* In the [[Literature/JackRyan Ryanverse]], former Navy SEAL and CIA agent John Clark is one, having the codename "Snake", the one whose footsteps the enemy never hears. He demonstrates this by, during a training exercise, sneaking up to the observation post and "killing" the Marine general in charge and several CIA observers...and then waiting around for them to complain that he never showed up before revealing himself to them. He served as a mentor and inspiration to two other members of this list, Chavez from ''Film/ClearAndPresentDanger'' and Sam Fisher from ''VideoGame/SplinterCell''.

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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 ''Series/{{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: Mythology ]]

* Vampires are believed to be this. Creeping and stalking their potential prey, is essential for their survival as traditionally they have many weaknesses which can kill them.
* Big Foot, The Abominable Snowman and all Yeti kind. For a creature believed to be a lot bulkier and taller than the average man, these often [[GentleGiant Gentle Giants]] hide even in places where humans can go like forests and mountains. But so far their has been no clear evidence if these creatures actually exist at all.
* The Yuki-Onna can count too. With the appearance of just a Geisha or Kimono girl, it would be hard to tell if this creature was the monster or not? (even in the Western Regions). Some are even believed to be kind and caring, further adding difficulty to their identity, [[AnIcePerson but beware if you ever upset them.]]

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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 ]]

* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** Rogues have always been the designated stealth specialists of the character classes, though since third edition, any character can put ranks in the "move silently" and "hide" skills. Feats such as "[[HiddenInPlainSight Hide in Plain Sight]]" can make certain characters particularly stealthy.
** Some 4th Edition monsters have similar abilities. Most of these are "lurkers".
* ''TabletopGame/{{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'' gives this power to vampires through the discipline of Obfuscate. The Nosferatu rely on this discipline for survival, since they all [[LooksLikeOrlok look like Orlok]]. Consequently, they tend to become {{Knowledge Broker}}s and whisper mills, able to get in anywhere to dig up dirt.
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' has 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 40000}}'', 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 [[Characters/Warhammer40000ImperialGuard Imperial Guardsman]] [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Sly]] [[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.)
** Even da Orks have their own stealth experts - the Kommandos. [[LeeroyJenkins Yes]], [[BoisterousBruiser really]]. One of the most famous examples of this kind of Ork is Boss Snikrot of Armageddon, who is said to be better than ''most Eldar'' at sneakin' about. Because sneaky Orks [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy distinctly lack the aiming ability for one-shot sniping techniques]] and are often physically weaker than most of their kin, they tend to prefer to ThrowDownTheBomblet. Spookums from ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar II: Retribution'' is a Kommando Nob who specialises in grenades and explosives - [[CrazyAwesome imagine being a Guardsman at a fortified checkpoint or position, when suddenly an Ork jumps out of bush shouting at the top of his voice "I AM SNEAKY!" and showering the area around you with grenades and rockets]].
** 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: Theatre ]]

* Theatre/{{Mrs Hawking}} play series: The primary weapon in Mrs. Hawking's crime fighting arsenal is her stealth. She wears a black costume with a hood to pull down over her face to conceal herself in the dark. She regularly climbs into places where she cannot be detected.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* VideoGame/AmericasArmy has a couple missions where the goal is to be this.
* 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''.
* 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.
* Price and [=MacMillan=] during the ''All Ghillied Up'' mission in ''[[VideoGame/ModernWarfare Call of Duty: Modern Warfare]]''.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Commandos}}'' team.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has the Stalker archetype as well as the Concealment power pool.
* 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).
* ''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.
* Joe in ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'', of the "socially invisible" kind. He doesn't even bother lowering his voice when playing ThePeepingTom.
* Among the ''VideoGame/DirtyBomb'' playable mercenaries is Phantom, who provides the page image. He has a katana for lethal sneak attacks and can turn invisible for short durations thanks to his Refractive Armor.
* 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.
* 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.
* Rangers and Snipers can become invisible in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'', so that they can't be targeted by enemies until they perform an action.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' gives you the option to be this. Levelling up the stealth skill may take time, but is very useful whenever your trying to avoid the police, ambush someone, or prefer subtlety over strength in your missions and online.
* [[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.
* Agent 47 from the ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' series prides himself on killing his targets with little issues to hinder him.
* Kyle "Shadow" Simmons from ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance 2''.
* You can become one in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. [[StreetUrchin Mission usually is one as well.]] [[CatGirl Juhani]] can also cloak herself in the Force to remain unseen until she wants to attack. If you attack from stealth you get a massive stealth-attack bonus.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mabinogi}}'', the elf's hide skill could count as this.
* Master thief Kasumi Goto and assassin Thane Krios in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. Infiltrator!Shepard gets the [[InvisibilityCloak Tactical Cloak]] ability.
* Solid Snake and Big Boss from the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series are iconic examples of this trope. Though the specifics vary between games (and the playstyle of the person controlling them), generally they prefer infiltration and evasion to simply shooting everything that moves.
** [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2 Raiden]] is this to a lesser degree, though he's mostly abandoned the stealthy approach by the time of VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4 and VideoGame/MetalGearRising.
* Styx the intelligent goblin in ''VideoGame/OfOrcsAndMen'' and the spinoff stealth game ''VideoGame/StyxMasterOfShadows'' is this, though it is more fleshed out in ''Master Of Shadows'' due to the lead character Arkail in the first game ''Of Orcs And Men'' favors attacking head on a lot more. He is probability the first stealth expert in video game history that happens to be a goblin.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}''
** The Poison Type are generally based off animals who are well known for their stealth such as spiders or ambush predators. Bonus points for being used by various stealthy trainers most notably Janine and Koga.
** The Dark Type can also count due to using many underhanded moves and usually have thin and cunning appearances.
** The Electric Type would also fit, not notably strong but instead very fast their overall use is to paralyze and out-speed their opponents, [[KillerRabbit don't be fooled by how cute or flashy they may look.]]
** Team Plasma and the Shadow Triad are unlike the other villain teams in the series. They play this trope essentially well, being among the most elusive of all antagonists. But they all bow to [[BigBad Ghetsis]] knowing fully well, that he outclasses them all in both cunning and superiority.
* The Prince in ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheTwoThrones''.
* The Titular character of ''VideoGame/{{SlyCooper}}''.
* The Burger King in ''Sneak King''.
* Sam Fisher and his colleagues from ''VideoGame/SplinterCell''.
* Some classes in ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront''.
* The Scoundrel and Imperial Operative advanced classes 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. The Jedi Shadow and Sith Assassin can do the same, using the force to hide themselves from sight.
* The Spy in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.
* 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.
* 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).


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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.
* [[Webcomic/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]].

* ''Webcomic/{{XRS}}'' A military sci fi webcomic about a deadly new super-weapon. The XRS can stealthily bypass even the most powerful and advanced detections systems including Radar, Infrared, acoustic, and visual.
* ''DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' demonstrates that it [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_1352.php is possible to overdo it]].
* Bandit from ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'' is capable of sneaking up on just about anybody on the paintball field and good enough to even pull off the occasional StealthHiBye. Not only can he hide BehindAStick, but he manages to hide behind ''himself'' in [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2053.html this strip.]]

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Zuko (aka The Blue Spirit) has demonstrated a high level of stealth during the course of the series, sadly it didn't last too long.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** Amon and the Equalists used many forms of stealth, to back up how serious and ominous their goal is. However Amon himself looked and even sounded, underhanded and cunning to the point of making even [[HotBlooded Korra]] fear him.
** From Season 3, [[EvilCounterpart The Red Lotus]] have all proven to have a level of stealth, However [[BlowYouAway Zaheer]] and [[MakingASplash Ming-Hua]] seem to be on higher level of swift action, than brute force [[PlayingWithFire P'Li]] and [[MagmaMan Ghazan]] their theme even sounds [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwPCd1D2tZA stealthy.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGenerationOne'': Would you believe a giant alien robot can be one of these? Soundwave has a reputation for being able to sneak into all sorts of secret locations by hiding out as a 'harmless' tapedeck, though he's no slouch in getting into secret areas as a robot either. In one particularly humorous instance, he managed to remain undetected next to his Autobot nemesis Blaster...while ''inside'' Ironhide, another Autobot who had easily detected Decepticons in the past. Also counts as a StealthyColossus due to his robot mode size. More traditionally, Soundwave's most favored cassette, Ravage, is all kinds of sneaky, quiet, and hard to notice, thanks to the ability to nullify the sound of his footsteps and blend into shadows.
* ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'': Beck excels at being able to get around without being seen, [[HighlyVisibleNinja even in situations that ought to preclude stealth]].

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Animals such as flounder and octopuses can do this ([[LifeOrLimbDecision and make a cunning escape as well!]]). The aptly named mimic octopus can imitate 40 different species and change color, pattern, texture, and shape at will.
* Cats of 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 odors (and explains why they [[OutDamnedSpot groom so obsessively]]) and they also possess better night vision than virtually all other animals. 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.
* Bats, especially the smaller species, can fly fast enough to catch insects in flight. The ultrasonic quality of their echolocation means they can strike undetected in total darkness.
* Snakes are the reptilian equivalent of this. Snakes are both cunning and vicious strikers from the [[GoodAnimalsEvilAnimals darker side]] of the animal kingdom. Their methods of survival is similar to an assassin, in that they track their prey then kill it by any means necessary, using camouflage, intimidation and powerful venom in their hollow fangs.
* [[SlipperyAsAnEel Eels]] lie still in a rock until prey wanders by and then dart out and grab it. The green moray is visible to humans (sometimes; don't go putting your HandInTheHole underwater) but not all sea creatures have our level of color vision and might just think the non-moving eel is a piece of seaweed. Some eels have patterns that make them even harder to see than the green one.
* 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.
* The infamous [[UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain Jack the Ripper]]. Infamous for both the apparent surgical precision evident on his victims, and for never being apprehended. His identity remains unknown to this day.
* Spiders, especially tarantulas, are effective ambush predators for this reason. Using webbing to create traps and snares provides them versatile tools for hunting their prey. Even without webs, their impressive speed is the stuff of [[NightmareFuel nightmares]].
* [[JidaiGeki Ninjas]] were hired by the wealthy to commit assassinations and espionage. However, they probably spent less time skulking about in black stagehand costumes and more time HiddenInPlainSight in [[MasterOfDisguise disguise]] as [[BeneathSuspicion peasants or servants]].
* The Tasselled Wobbegong is this among sharks. This incredibly patient creature camouflages on the sea floor waiting for its victim, then strikes mercilessly. When all else fails it hides within other areas then uses it's tail to attract fish similar to a decoy.
* Foxes are the canine equivalent of this. While most dogs use teamwork and brute force to hunt, foxes however hide and scout their terrain and are especially effective at night. Their skills of purging prey had put many generations of farmers in a state of paranoia, but do not threat they tend to shy away from us humans.
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