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Of course, characters attempting to do this run the risk of the pursuer deciding to use conventional means to separate them from the crowd (like posing as a "common" kidnapper or using a gun instead of a LaserSword) or eschewing collateral damage / breaching the masquerade and trusting people's WeirdnessCensor to convince them it was something mundane after the fact (if they even care). In the absolute worst case, the pursuer may decide to eliminate the characters and uphold the masquerade by the simple expedient of [[LeaveNoSurvivors killing everyone]].

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Of course, characters attempting to do this run the risk of the pursuer deciding to use conventional means to separate them from the crowd (like posing as a "common" kidnapper or using a gun instead of a LaserSword) LaserBlade) or eschewing collateral damage / breaching the masquerade and trusting people's WeirdnessCensor to convince them it was something mundane after the fact (if they even care). In the absolute worst case, the pursuer may decide to eliminate the characters and uphold the masquerade by the simple expedient of [[LeaveNoSurvivors killing everyone]].



{{Truth in Television}} to a large extent. If a person in danger can escape to a location with many bystanders, a criminal will think twice before continuing pursuit in a place with so many potential witnesses. It is also much easier to summon help in such a place.

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{{Truth in Television}} TruthInTelevision to a large extent. If a person in danger can escape to a location with many bystanders, a criminal will think twice before continuing pursuit in a place with so many potential witnesses. It is also much easier to summon help in such a place.


* In ''Creator/NorthByNorthwest'', the protagonist takes refuge in an auction, and makes a disturbance in order to be escorted out by security.

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* In ''Creator/NorthByNorthwest'', ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'', the protagonist takes refuge in an auction, and makes a disturbance in order to be escorted out by security.

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''Literature/TheWellOfMoments''. Jasmine's competitor Klausen wants to team up with her to find the Well and split the profits, and won't take no for an answer. Jasmine stages a loud impromptu "break-up", accusing him of cheating repeatedly over the course of their long fictitious relationship, in front of a whole café. The hipster clientele stare daggers at Klausen until he slinks away.


* ''Series/SplinterCell'' was going to use this as a game mechanic using the idea of social stealth where Sam would blend in with a crowd and use people rather than darkness as pockets of cover. The idea was eventually scrapped for a more traditional hide in the dark cover shooter system.

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* ''Series/SplinterCell'' ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' was going to use this as a game mechanic using the idea of social stealth where Sam would blend in with a crowd and use people rather than darkness as pockets of cover. The idea was eventually scrapped for a more traditional hide in the dark cover shooter system.



* In {{Literature/Worm}}, the Undersider's exploit Armmaster's obsession with reputation by trying to make him look bad in front of the crowd, causing him to hesitate while attacking.

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* In {{Literature/Worm}}, ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the Undersider's Undersiders exploit Armmaster's obsession with reputation by trying to make him look bad in front of the crowd, causing him to hesitate while attacking.

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* ''Series/SplinterCell'' was going to use this as a game mechanic using the idea of social stealth where Sam would blend in with a crowd and use people rather than darkness as pockets of cover. The idea was eventually scrapped for a more traditional hide in the dark cover shooter system.

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* Defied in ''Film/HardcoreHenry''. Henry tries to lose the thugs chasing him in crowds, but they simply open fire on him in broad daylight, not caring if they hit any bystanders. Bonus points for the thug who blasts the bus Henry is on with a flame thrower.


* At one point during ''Film/TheSaint'', Simon Templar escapes the Russian gangsters who are chasing him simply by entering a crowded shopping center. He doesn't hide, doesn't run... he just surrounds himself by witnesses. They ''still'' would have tried to kill him, though, without any hesitation--but they decided it was too much of a hassle.

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* At one point during ''Film/TheSaint'', ''Film/TheSaint1997'', Simon Templar escapes the Russian gangsters who are chasing him simply by entering a crowded shopping center. He doesn't hide, doesn't run... he just surrounds himself by witnesses. They ''still'' would have tried to kill him, though, without any hesitation--but they decided it was too much of a hassle.


* At one point during ''Film/TheSaint'', Simon Templar escapes the Russian gangsters who are chasing him simply by entering a crowded shopping center. He doesn't hide, doesn't run... he just surrounds himself by witnesses.

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* At one point during ''Film/TheSaint'', Simon Templar escapes the Russian gangsters who are chasing him simply by entering a crowded shopping center. He doesn't hide, doesn't run... he just surrounds himself by witnesses. They ''still'' would have tried to kill him, though, without any hesitation--but they decided it was too much of a hassle.


* In ''Film/LicenceToKill'', after Bond "resigns" and escapes to the street, M stops a guard from shooting because they can't risk hitting a civilian.



** In ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', two thugs attempt to capture Q in a ski lift, but are foiled when a bunch of tourists get on. Q is able to slip away once the lift stops.

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** In ''Film/LicenceToKill'', after Bond "resigns" and escapes to the street, M stops a guard from shooting because they can't risk hitting a civilian.
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''Film/{{Spectre}}'', where the bad guy Bond is chasing flees into a crowd, knowing it will deter Bond from killing him. Later, two thugs attempt to capture Q in a ski lift, but are foiled when a bunch of tourists get on. Q is able to slip away once the lift stops.


* In ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', two thugs attempt to capture Q in a ski lift, but are foiled when a bunch of tourists get on. Q is able to slip away once the lift stops. This is a likely reference to a similar sequence in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', when Bond is stalked through a ski resort by the bad guys, but they are deterred from harming him because of the crowd.
* ''Film/{{Moonraker}}''. Jaws, TheDragon, is about to strangle Manuela, the tertiary BondGirl when he's interrupted by a group of Carnival revelers. Even more fortunate for her, the distraction lasts long enough for Bond to arrive and rescue her, and another group of partiers saves both of their lives when they not only stop Jaws, they sweep him along with them, away from the couple.

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In ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', two thugs attempt to capture Q in a ski lift, but are foiled when a bunch of tourists get on. Q is able to slip away once the lift stops.
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This is a likely reference to a similar sequence in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', when Bond is stalked through a ski resort by the bad guys, but they are deterred from harming him because of the crowd.
* ** ''Film/{{Moonraker}}''. Jaws, TheDragon, is about to strangle Manuela, the tertiary BondGirl when he's interrupted by a group of Carnival revelers. Even more fortunate for her, the distraction lasts long enough for Bond to arrive and rescue her, and another group of partiers saves both of their lives when they not only stop Jaws, they sweep him along with them, away from the couple.


* A CrowningMomentOfFunny in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', where Seras manages to prevent a meeting between Hellsing and Iscariot in an art gallery from degenerating into bloody violence by impersonating a guide and leading a tourist group into the room. In the same episode, a villainous character tries taking out Alucard and Seras by reporting them as terrorists and having several SWAT teams ambush them under observation by the press. That...does not work quite so well. Alucard simply massacres the SWAT members.

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* A CrowningMomentOfFunny in In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', where Seras manages to prevent a meeting between Hellsing and Iscariot in an art gallery from degenerating into bloody violence by impersonating a guide and leading a tourist group into the room. In the same episode, a villainous character tries taking out Alucard and Seras by reporting them as terrorists and having several SWAT teams ambush them under observation by the press. That...does not work quite so well. Alucard simply massacres the SWAT members.


* ''Series/GetSmart'': Max is doing battle with a KAOS agent in his apartment when his aunt and uncle, who don't know he's in the spy business, show up. Max makes the KAOS agent play along that they're business colleagues, and the KAOS agent takes the opportunity to just leave.



* Used regularly by Series/{{Chuck}} when villains enter the Buy More.



* ''Series/GetSmart'': Max is doing battle with a KAOS agent in his apartment when his aunt and uncle, who don't know he's in the spy business, show up. Max makes the KAOS agent play along that they're business colleagues, and the KAOS agent takes the opportunity to just leave.
* Used regularly by Series/{{Chuck}} when villains enter the Buy More.



* In an episode of ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'', Cameron and a pro-Skynet female Terminator are fighting to the death in a lift when an innocent human family get in. The two Terminators wordlessly break off the fight until the humans have left.

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* In an episode of ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'', ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', Cameron and a pro-Skynet female Terminator are fighting to the death in a lift when an innocent human family get in. The two Terminators wordlessly break off the fight until the humans have left.


Characters who seek Safety In Muggles manage to avoid being harmed, captured or killed because their pursuer is unwilling to break TheMasquerade in front of a large number of {{Muggle}} witnesses. This can swing in a villain or hero's favor, turning a sure win into a stalemate, or possibly even a win for whoever can manipulate the crowd of bystanders to unwittingly helping their cause. Even causing a scene to get themselves (or their pursuer) arrested can count, since being under the custody of muggle law enforcement (incompetent or corrupt as it may be) can deter immediate harm.

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Characters who seek Safety In in Muggles manage to avoid being harmed, captured or killed because their pursuer is unwilling to break TheMasquerade in front of a large number of {{Muggle}} witnesses. This can swing in a villain or hero's favor, turning a sure win into a stalemate, or possibly even a win for whoever can manipulate the crowd of bystanders to unwittingly helping their cause. Even causing a scene to get themselves (or their pursuer) arrested can count, since being under the custody of muggle law enforcement (incompetent or corrupt as it may be) can deter immediate harm.

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* In an episode of ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'', Cameron and a pro-Skynet female Terminator are fighting to the death in a lift when an innocent human family get in. The two Terminators wordlessly break off the fight until the humans have left.

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* In ''Literature/ShamanBlues'', Witkacy feels safe openly defying [[DaChief Gardiasz]] on the street in muggle part of the world, because he knows that the man won't kidnap him or use his magic on him in public. He's proven right, as Gardiasz just sends him a DeathGlare and drives away.

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