There’s a running gag on the Internet wherein a photograph of both Waldo of ‘Where’s Waldo?’ fame, (known to international Spoilerites as Wally) and the elusive Carmen Sandiego is circulated, explaining their dual absences as a secret relationship.  It’s actually pretty clever, as these things go, but it does raise the question of how they found one another.  There are any number of characters who are excellent at keeping themselves hidden (the announcer from ‘M*A*S*H’, f’rinstance) but the stealthiest is always in the eye of the beholder, even if that eye can’t see them, leading us to today’s undetectable query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would be willing to vote for one of the many incarnations of Lyle “Invisible Kid” Norg, except that one’s dead, one’s a jerkface and I’ve never liked the third one’s uniform, asking: Which fictional character is the stealthiest of them all?


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  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    Probably someone like Dream of the Endless. You really only ever catch him out of the corner of your eye, and you can never quite remember him. Descriptions of him vary wildly, and people are hard pressed to speak about when they see him.

  2. Sand People. Every time we see them, they sneak up on somebody and as we well know, in Star Wars, each creature’s race or culture is 100% defined how they first appear.

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