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* In ''Film/AVeryBradySequel'', Jan tries to show off her imaginary boyfriend, George Glass, by carrying a mannequin into the cafe. It falls apart more easily than she expects, resulting in onlookers reacting to the date as a performance arts piece.
-->'''Jan:''' ''(embarrassed)'' Oh George, [[AccidentalPun pull yourself together]]!


Frequently observed as an aspect of living in a CityOfWeirdos. Occasionally, characters might intentionally invoke the trope as a way of maintaining the {{Masquerade}}, but in most cases people don't need any "help" to dismiss the weird stuff.

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Frequently observed as an aspect of living in a CityOfWeirdos. Occasionally, characters might intentionally invoke the trope as a way of maintaining the {{Masquerade}}, but in most cases cases, people don't need any "help" to dismiss the weird stuff.



* Used briefly in ''Anime/TurnAGundam''. When Queen Dianna unseals The Dark History, huge holograms showing the wars of past eras pop up in cities across the Moon, causing confusion and panic in the citizens. Except for the FatBastard leader of the GoldfishPoopGang, who just glances at the holograms and goes "Eh, most be some sort of movie-promotion." His team eventually manages to convince him otherwise...
* A [[Anime/DigimonAdventure first season]] episode of ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' uses this, when one of the kids falls into the river and his digimon has to save him and the crowd from an evil squid-digimon.

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* Used briefly in ''Anime/TurnAGundam''. When Queen Dianna unseals The Dark History, huge holograms showing the wars of past eras pop up in cities across the Moon, causing confusion and panic in the citizens. Except for the FatBastard leader of the GoldfishPoopGang, who just glances at the holograms and goes "Eh, most must be some sort of movie-promotion." His team eventually manages to convince him otherwise...
* A [[Anime/DigimonAdventure first season]] episode of ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' uses this, when one of the kids falls into the river and his digimon Digimon has to save him and the crowd from an evil squid-digimon.squid-Digimon.



** [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]]: The TARDIS is flown in by helicopter to the middle of London, attracting huge crowds. Osgood tells Kate that their cover story is English conjuror Creator/DerrenBrown, "again".

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** [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]]: The TARDIS is flown in by helicopter to the middle of London, attracting huge crowds. Osgood tells Kate that their cover story is English conjuror Creator/DerrenBrown, "again"."[[NoodleIncident again]]".



* In one ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' cartoon, the police refuse to help Uncle Scrooge get Film/KingKong off his money bin. Instead they give him "one hour to remove that unauthorized balloon ad or whatever it is."

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* In one ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' cartoon, the police refuse to help Uncle Scrooge get Film/KingKong off his money bin. Instead Instead, they give him "one hour to remove that unauthorized balloon ad or whatever it is."

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* In ''Film/LastActionHero'', some of the characters from the "Jack Slater" film universe have escaped into the real world, including Jack himself, who's played by Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger. Jack and an old villain wind up having a fight at the premiere of the latest Slater film, and the real Arnold remarks that he didn't know the producers were planning a stunt. He is impressed by the quality of his "lookalike", though.
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Frequently observed as an aspect of living in a CityOfWeirdos. Occasionally, characters might intentionally invoke the trope as a way of maintaining TheMasquerade, but in most cases people don't need any "help" to dismiss the weird stuff.

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Frequently observed as an aspect of living in a CityOfWeirdos. Occasionally, characters might intentionally invoke the trope as a way of maintaining TheMasquerade, the {{Masquerade}}, but in most cases people don't need any "help" to dismiss the weird stuff.


* Franchise/WonderWoman provoked what may have been the first comic book appearance of this trope in ''Sensation Comics'' #2 (1942). Stealing a car from some Axis agents, they start shooting at her. As Wonder Woman deflects the bullets of one bad guy's tommy gun (with one hand) while driving off, the other says "I saw her on the stage! Let her go, she's probably doing some publicity stunt!" Which shows you how they lost the war. Makes more sense than most since Wonder Woman's first public appearance, in the previous story, ''was'' on the stage, showing off her "Bullets and Bracelets" trick.

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* Franchise/WonderWoman provoked what may have been the first comic book appearance of this trope in ''Sensation Comics'' ''ComicBook/SensationComics'' #2 (1942). Stealing a car from some Axis agents, they start shooting at her. As Wonder Woman deflects the bullets of one bad guy's tommy gun (with one hand) while driving off, the other says "I saw her on the stage! Let her go, she's probably doing some publicity stunt!" Which shows you how they lost the war. Makes more sense than most since Wonder Woman's first public appearance, in the previous story, ''was'' on the stage, showing off her "Bullets and Bracelets" trick.

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* In ''ComicBook/TheTransformers'' during the Starscream Triumphant story, Scorponok and the Dinobots go to Tokyo to fight Starscream. They're immediately mistaken for props for a new monster movie, much to Grimlock's irritation.

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*Josh's initial reaction to the town's hotel being haunted in Literature/AToZMysteries is this. His friends are quick to point out the owner of the hotel's lack of humor.


* In one ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' cartoon, the police refuse to help Uncle Scrooge get Film/KingKong off his money bin. Instead they give him "one hour to remove that unauthorized balloon ad or whatever it is."

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* In one ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' cartoon, the police refuse to help Uncle Scrooge get Film/KingKong off his money bin. Instead they give him "one hour to remove that unauthorized balloon ad or whatever it is."


* In ''Comicbook/UncannyXMen'' #200, a rumor spreads throughout Paris that Creator/GeorgeLucas is filming a big budget sci-fi movie in the city after a crowd witnesses Comicbook/RachelSummers using her powers. As a BrickJoke, when Sentinels attack New York in ''Uncanny X-Men'' #202, a confused civilian can be heard asking if George Lucas is shooting a movie.

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* In ''Comicbook/UncannyXMen'' #200, a rumor spreads throughout Paris that Creator/GeorgeLucas is filming a big budget sci-fi movie in the city after a crowd witnesses Comicbook/RachelSummers using her powers. As a BrickJoke, when Sentinels attack New York San Francisco in ''Uncanny X-Men'' #202, a confused civilian can be heard asking if George Lucas is shooting a movie.

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* In ''Comicbook/UncannyXMen'' #200, a rumor spreads throughout Paris that Creator/GeorgeLucas is filming a big budget sci-fi movie in the city after a crowd witnesses Comicbook/RachelSummers using her powers. As a BrickJoke, when Sentinels attack New York in ''Uncanny X-Men'' #202, a confused civilian can be heard asking if George Lucas is shooting a movie.


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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E6TheBellsOfSaintJohn "The Bells of Saint John"]]: The TARDIS appears in front of a crowd, and the Doctor collects money in a fez from civilians who think it is some sort of magic trick.
** [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]]: The TARDIS is flown in by helicopter to the middle of London, attracting huge crowds. Osgood tells Kate that their cover story is English conjuror Creator/DerrenBrown, "again".



* ''Series/DoctorWho'' examples:
** In "Day of the Doctor", the TARDIS is dropped by helicopter in the middle of London, attracting huge crowds. Osgood tells Kate that their cover story is English conjuror Creator/DerrenBrown, "again."
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E7TheBellsOfStJohn The Bells of St John]]", the TARDIS appears in front of a crowd and he collects money in a fez from civilians who think it is some sort of magic trick.



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* Franchise/WonderWoman provoked what may have been the first comic book appearance of this trope, in one of her earliest adventures. Stealing a car from some Axis agents, they start shooting at her. As Wonder Woman deflects the bullets of one bad guy's tommy gun (with one hand) while driving off, the other says "I saw her on the stage! Let her go, she's probably doing some publicity stunt!" Which shows you how they lost the war. Makes more sense than most since Wonder Woman's first public appearance, in the previous story, ''was'' on the stage, showing off her "Bullets and Bracelets" trick.[[note]]''Sensation Comics'' #2 (1942)[[/note]]

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* Franchise/WonderWoman provoked what may have been the first comic book appearance of this trope, trope in one of her earliest adventures.''Sensation Comics'' #2 (1942). Stealing a car from some Axis agents, they start shooting at her. As Wonder Woman deflects the bullets of one bad guy's tommy gun (with one hand) while driving off, the other says "I saw her on the stage! Let her go, she's probably doing some publicity stunt!" Which shows you how they lost the war. Makes more sense than most since Wonder Woman's first public appearance, in the previous story, ''was'' on the stage, showing off her "Bullets and Bracelets" trick.[[note]]''Sensation Comics'' #2 (1942)[[/note]]



** After the first appearance (and then disappearance) of ComicBook/{{Galactus}}, this is J. Jonah Jameson's theory of the event. A bystander remarks, however, "''I've'' learned that the best thing to do is read Jameson's editorials and then believe exactly the ''opposite''!"[[note]]''Fantastic Four'' #50 (1966)[[/note]]
** One bystander reacts to the first appearance of Comicbook/MsMarvel by saying "It's an act! A publicity stunt! Like that gag at the World Trade Center with the styrofoam Film/KingKong!" Ms. Marvel's thought balloon lampshades the trope a bit: "Can she believe that? Are people really so cynical -- or is such an attitude peculiar to New York?"[[note]]''Ms. Marvel'' #1 (1977)[[/note]]
** Occasionally, even the hero, who should know better, puts forth the theory. {{Comicbook/Thor}}, in an early story, had already seen plenty of weird stuff by the time he saw a bank float into the sky, only to say "What's happening below? Some kind of advertising stunt?" [[note]]''Journey Into Mystery'' #91 (1963)[[/note]]
* Stan Lee was using this trope as early as 1952, in the story "Skull-Face" (excerpted [[http://bullyscomics.blogspot.com/search/label/Skull-Face here]] by Bully the Little Stuffed Bull). It's the story of an inventive publicist for a horror movie called ''Skull-Face''. His plan is to "make the ''whole world'' 'Skull-Face' conscious!" And it works! [[GoneHorriblyRight A little too well]], actually, as the publicity campaign somehow revives or creates the "real" Skull-Face (perhaps in a variant of GodsNeedPrayerBadly?) Skull-Face attacks the publicist, who calls the police... who, knowing him, dismiss the call: "That guy'll do ''anything'' to get in the papers! Forget it!"[[note]]''Mystery Tales'' #6 (1952)[[/note]]

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** After the first appearance (and then disappearance) of ComicBook/{{Galactus}}, ComicBook/{{Galactus}} in ''Fantastic Four'' #50 (1966), this is J. Jonah Jameson's theory of the event. A bystander remarks, however, "''I've'' learned that the best thing to do is read Jameson's editorials and then believe exactly the ''opposite''!"[[note]]''Fantastic Four'' #50 (1966)[[/note]]
''opposite''!"
** One bystander reacts to the first appearance of Comicbook/MsMarvel in ''Ms. Marvel'' #1 (1977) by saying "It's an act! A publicity stunt! Like that gag at the World Trade Center with the styrofoam Film/KingKong!" Ms. Marvel's thought balloon lampshades the trope a bit: "Can she believe that? Are people really so cynical -- or is such an attitude peculiar to New York?"[[note]]''Ms. Marvel'' #1 (1977)[[/note]]
York?"
** Occasionally, even the hero, who should know better, puts forth the theory. {{Comicbook/Thor}}, in an early story, ''Journey into Mystery'' #91 (1963), had already seen plenty of weird stuff by the time he saw a bank float into the sky, only to say "What's happening below? Some kind of advertising stunt?" [[note]]''Journey Into Mystery'' #91 (1963)[[/note]]
stunt?"
* Stan Lee was using this trope as early as 1952, 1952 in ''Mystery Tales'' #6, in the story "Skull-Face" (excerpted [[http://bullyscomics.blogspot.com/search/label/Skull-Face here]] by Bully the Little Stuffed Bull). It's the story of an inventive publicist for a horror movie called ''Skull-Face''. His plan is to "make the ''whole world'' 'Skull-Face' conscious!" And it works! [[GoneHorriblyRight A little too well]], actually, as the publicity campaign somehow revives or creates the "real" Skull-Face (perhaps in a variant of GodsNeedPrayerBadly?) Skull-Face attacks the publicist, who calls the police... who, knowing him, dismiss the call: "That guy'll do ''anything'' to get in the papers! Forget it!"[[note]]''Mystery Tales'' #6 (1952)[[/note]]it!"



* One ComicBook/MartianManhunter story involved a gigantic bear menacing the city. An unimpressed bystander says [[http://bullyscomics.blogspot.com/2013/06/bear-attack-month-day-12-manhunters.html "Relax... It's probably a publicity stunt for the circus!"]][[note]]''Detective Comics'' #306 (August 1962)[[/note]]

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* One A ComicBook/MartianManhunter story in ''Detective Comics'' #306 (August 1962) involved a gigantic bear menacing the city. An unimpressed bystander says [[http://bullyscomics.blogspot.com/2013/06/bear-attack-month-day-12-manhunters.html "Relax... It's probably a publicity stunt for the circus!"]][[note]]''Detective Comics'' #306 (August 1962)[[/note]]circus!"]]

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* This is what Vernon Dursley thinks in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' when he sees wizards running in wizard dress while celebrating the defeat of [[BigBad Voldemort]].
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* Invoked in ''Worlds Finest'' [[http://www.the-isb.com/?p=20 #186]], where Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/{{Batman}} travel back in time to Colonial New England (ItMakesSenseInContext), then pass off their superhero costumes as actors promoting an upcoming theater company.

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* Invoked in ''Worlds Finest'' [[http://www.the-isb.com/?p=20 #186]], #186,]] where Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/{{Batman}} travel back in time to Colonial New England (ItMakesSenseInContext), then pass off their superhero costumes as actors promoting an upcoming theater company.


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