History Main / AbsenceOfEvidence

15th Sep '17 8:40:26 AM ClintEastwood
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* In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "The Nagus", one of the things that tips Odo off that Zek is not dead is the absence of his bodyguard Mairhar'du (from a species known for their absolute devotion to their masters) at his funeral.

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* In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "The Nagus", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS01E11TheNagus}} The Nagus]]", one of the things that tips Odo off that Zek is not dead is the absence of his bodyguard Mairhar'du (from a species known for their absolute devotion to their masters) at his funeral.
15th Sep '17 8:37:00 AM DoctorNemesis
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Sometimes the absence of a thing is a vital clue. For example, the absence of fingerprints on an often-used item makes it clear that the item was cleaned. A tool missing from a set could well be the murder weapon.

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Sometimes the absence of a thing is a vital clue. For example, the absence of fingerprints on an often-used item makes it clear that the item was cleaned. A tool missing from a set could well be the murder weapon.
weapon. And, as indicated in the page quote, a dog failing to bark at an apparently unknown intruder suggests that the dog was probably familiar with whomever it was.
2nd Sep '17 10:59:53 AM Omeganian
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** In the story "Silver Blaze" that gives us the page quote, Holmes points out the vital non-clue of a dog failing to react to a mysterious visitor... when a guard dog ''doesn't'' bark at an intruder it generally means it's someone he doesn't think is an intruder at all.

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** In the story "Silver Blaze" that gives us the page quote, Holmes points out the vital non-clue of a dog failing to react to a mysterious visitor... when a guard dog ''doesn't'' bark at an intruder it generally means it's [[InsideJob someone he doesn't think is an intruder at all.all]].
24th Aug '17 7:43:35 AM Derkhan
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* ''Literature/TooLikeTheLightning'': Inverted. There is some vague, contradictory evidence that the Utopians were behind the theft of the [[SeriousBusiness Seven-Ten List]] in an attempt to discredit the Humanists and their car system in favor of the Utopians' own car system. When the world leaders ask Mycroft what he thinks, he points out that if the Utopians ''were'' involved, [[ThePerfectionist they would have done it so perfectly that no one would have suspected them for a second]].

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* ''Literature/TooLikeTheLightning'': ''Literature/TerraIgnota'': Inverted. There is some vague, contradictory evidence that the Utopians were behind the theft of the [[SeriousBusiness Seven-Ten List]] in an attempt to discredit the Humanists and their car system in favor of the Utopians' own car system. When the world leaders ask Mycroft what he thinks, he points out that if the Utopians ''were'' involved, [[ThePerfectionist they would have done it so perfectly that no one would have suspected them for a second]].
29th Jun '17 5:57:44 PM Malady
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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': How [[spoiler:Tansy manages to]] find [[spoiler:Kayda under an invisibility charm]] in as said in [[http://whateleyacademy.net/index.php/794 The Bear, the Bitch, and Everything (Part 3)]]:

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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': How [[spoiler:Tansy manages to]] find [[spoiler:Kayda under an invisibility charm]] in as said in [[http://whateleyacademy.net/index.php/794 php/content_page/9/794 The Bear, the Bitch, and Everything (Part 3)]]:
17th Jun '17 6:24:10 PM Gosicrystal
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Compare INeverSaidItWasPoison, where someone incriminates themselves by mentioning details which were withheld from the public, and ItsQuietTooQuiet for the audio-exclusive version of this. Contrast NotProven, where the police or the prosecution don't have enough evidence to convict a suspect.

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Compare INeverSaidItWasPoison, where someone incriminates themselves by mentioning details which were withheld from the public, and ItsQuietTooQuiet for the audio-exclusive version of this. Contrast NotProven, where the police or the prosecution don't have enough evidence to convict a suspect.criminal.
16th Jun '17 12:50:49 PM Gosicrystal
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Compare INeverSaidItWasPoison, where someone incriminates themselves by mentioning details which were withheld from the public, and ItsQuietTooQuiet for the audio-exclusive version of this. See also NotProven.

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Compare INeverSaidItWasPoison, where someone incriminates themselves by mentioning details which were withheld from the public, and ItsQuietTooQuiet for the audio-exclusive version of this. See also NotProven. Contrast NotProven, where the police or the prosecution don't have enough evidence to convict a suspect.
15th Jun '17 8:45:59 AM Gosicrystal
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** This becomes a contradiction in the fan case ''VisualNovel/TheEmptyTurnabout'' during Marston's testimony when he claims that [[spoiler:he and Ian Arts struggled over Marston's handgun, because the gun only has Marston's fingerprints]].
15th May '17 4:18:53 PM AthenaBlue
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* In ''Film/TheBourneUltimatum'' when the CIA is looking for whoever leaked Blackbriar to the media, their initial response is to check for whoever's cell phone was in the same location as the meeting place. Pamela Landy notes that what they should be doing is checking who has their cell phones turned off, as no employee of the CIA would be stupid enough to meet a journalist with their phone on but that it would be odd for a ranking officer to be out of contact for that long.
* In ''Film/{{Memento}}'', Leonard shows Natalie a binder of documents he has pertaining to the attack on and murder of his wife; she comments that it seems awfully incomplete for how long his investigation is going. [[spoiler:Then you find out that Leonard destroyed several pages before the beginning of the film's events, intentionally creating holes that he could exploit to continue seeking his aimless revenge.]]



* In ''Film/{{Memento}}'', Leonard shows Natalie a binder of documents he has pertaining to the attack on and murder of his wife; she comments that it seems awfully incomplete for how long his investigation is going. [[spoiler:Then you find out that Leonard destroyed several pages before the beginning of the film's events, intentionally creating holes that he could exploit to continue seeking his aimless revenge.]]
* In ''Film/TheBourneUltimatum'' when the CIA is looking for whoever leaked Blackbriar to the media, their initial response is to check for whoever's cell phone was in the same location as the meeting place. Pamela Landy notes that what they should be doing is checking who has their cell phones turned off, as no employee of the CIA would be stupid enough to meet a journalist with their phone on but that it would be odd for a ranking officer to be out of contact for that long.



* Literature/SherlockHolmes has supplied us with several examples:
** In the story "Silver Blaze" that gives us the page quote, Holmes points out the vital non-clue of a dog failing to react to a mysterious visitor... when a guard dog ''doesn't'' bark at an intruder it generally means it's someone he doesn't think is an intruder at all.
** The absence of certain valuable deeds is a vital clue in "The Norwood Builder."
* In one of the ''Union Club Mysteries'' by Creator/IsaacAsimov, Griswold points out that the female suspect they are looking for (who has been shown to be fanatical about stockpiling supplies she will need) must be post-menopausal as there were no products for dealing with menstruation in her apartment.
** Another story has Griswold show that a suspect is only pretending to be a writer because [[WriteWhatYouKnow there is no]] ''[[MostWritersAreWriters wastepaper basket]]'' in his apartment, which would have fairly standard for a writer at the time.

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* Literature/SherlockHolmes has supplied us In ''{{Literature/Aquarium}}'', a superior asks Suvorov whether he knows what a certain section of the intelligence department is dealing with. Turns out he does -- since he never received any data from them, the obvious conclusion is that these are units which only operate during the war. Combined with several examples:
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the available data about the section's officers, who are all very tall, that means these are recon and sabotage units. Well, the proper name for them is Spetsnaz, but of course that cannot be obtained by deduction.
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In ''Literature/ArtemisFowl: The Opal Deception'', [[BigBad Opal Koboi]] has a specially constructed shuttle made entirely of "stealth ore" that is supposed to be almost impossible to detect with most conventional technology, in order to evade the authorities. Artemis gets around this by modifying the scanners on his own shuttle to detect unnatural absences of common elements... and very quickly finds what appears to be a shuttle-sized vacuum at the place where Opal is hiding.
* This trope is referenced in the first novel of the ''Bernard Samson'' series. While Bernard is in custody of an East German intelligence officer, they discuss
the story "Silver Blaze" that gives us the page quote, Holmes of [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Silver Blaze]]. Bernard then points out the vital non-clue equally curious omission of a dog failing to react to a mysterious visitor... when a guard dog ''doesn't'' bark any attempt at an intruder it generally means it's someone he doesn't think is an intruder at all.
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a proper interrogation. The absence of certain valuable deeds reason for it is a vital clue in "The Norwood Builder."
* In one of
[[spoiler:that the ''Union Club Mysteries'' by Creator/IsaacAsimov, Griswold points out that the female suspect they are looking for (who has been shown to be fanatical about stockpiling supplies she will need) must be post-menopausal as there were no products for dealing with menstruation in her apartment.
** Another story has Griswold show that a suspect
officer's boss is only pretending to be a writer because [[WriteWhatYouKnow there is no]] ''[[MostWritersAreWriters wastepaper basket]]'' in his apartment, which would have fairly standard for a writer at the time.Bernard's wife]].



* Parodied in the Literature/{{Discworld}} City Watch books, where Vimes notes how hard it is to find something missing because said thing is, by definition, not there.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** In ''Literature/FoolMoon'', Johnny Marcone knows that Harry has sneaked onto his estate even though (or because) he didn't see him do it: one of his security cameras went on the fritz and he says, "Such malfunctions and Mr. Dresden tend to go together."
** In ''Literature/SmallFavor'', Michael suspects that Harry is [[spoiler:under some form of magical influence]] because throughout the whole novel up to that point Harry has [[spoiler:not once used the fire magic that is normally his go-to spell, and the blasting rod he uses to focus his fire magic is nowhere to be found]]. When Harry confronts Michael about his suspicions, Michael is able to prove to Harry that something is wrong by quietly [[ArmorPiercingQuestion asking]] [[spoiler:where his blasting rod is -- in fact Harry is under a spell by the Queen of the Unseelie Court to prevent him from using fire magic, and only when Michael brings it to his attention does he realize (along with most readers) that his blasting rod is missing and that he hasn't so much as thought about it or fire magic throughout the novel up to that point]].
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': In ''Echoes of Honor'', a State Sec general figures out that the prisoners have taken over the prison because the warden failed to send his next chess-by-mail move in the mail delivered by a courier ship.



* In the Literature/SwordOfTruth novel ''Chainfire'', after the eponymous spell has made everyone forget that Kahlan [[RetGone ever existed]], Richard tries to use this to convince everyone else that she has. He points to where he says he, Kahlan, and Cara had been walking, and notes that there were no footprints between his and Cara's, which were several feet apart. He tells his companions that this means someone erased Kahlan's footprints. Nobody believes him since, as mentioned, everyone is sure that she never existed in the first place.
* This trope is referenced in the first novel of the ''Bernard Samson'' series. While Bernard is in custody of an East German intelligence officer, they discuss the story of [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Silver Blaze]]. Bernard then points out the equally curious omission of any attempt at a proper interrogation. The reason for it is [[spoiler:that the officer's boss is Bernard's wife]].
* In the ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington Echos of Honor]]'', a State Sec general figures out that the prisoners have taken over the prison because the warden failed to send his next chess-by-mail move in the mail delivered by a courier ship.
* In the ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Literature/SmallFavor'', Michael suspects that Harry is [[spoiler:under some form of magical influence]] because throughout the whole novel up to that point Harry has [[spoiler:not once used the fire magic that is normally his go-to spell, and the blasting rod he uses to focus his fire magic is nowhere to be found]]. When Harry confronts Michael about his suspicions, Michael is able to prove to Harry that something is wrong by quietly [[ArmorPiercingQuestion asking]] [[spoiler:where his blasting rod is - in fact Harry is under a spell by the Queen of the Unseelie Court to prevent him from using fire magic, and only when Michael brings it to his attention does he realize (along with most readers) that his blasting rod is missing and that he hasn't so much as thought about it or fire magic throughout the novel up to that point]].
** In ''Literature/FoolMoon'', Johnny Marcone knows that Harry has sneaked onto his estate even though (or because) he didn't see him do it: one of his security cameras went on the fritz and he says, "Such malfunctions and Mr. Dresden tend to go together."
* Parodied in the Literature/{{Discworld}} City Watch books, where Vimes notes how hard it is to find something missing because said thing is, by definition, not there.
* In ''{{Literature/Aquarium}}'', a superior asks Suvorov whether he knows what a certain section of the intelligence department is dealing with. Turns out he does -- since he never received any data from them, the obvious conclusion is that these are units which only operate during the war. Combined with the available data about the section's officers, who are all very tall, that means these are recon and sabotage units. Well, the proper name for them is Spetsnaz, but of course that cannot be obtained by deduction.

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* ''Literature/MissMarple'': The maid in ''Literature/TheMovingFinger'' looks vainly through the window all afternoon for her boyfriend, but sees ''nobody'', not even a postman -- meaning that the poison pen letter occasioning her employer's wife's "suicide" that day did not come through the mailbox.
* Literature/SherlockHolmes has supplied us with several examples:
** In the story "Silver Blaze" that gives us the page quote, Holmes points out the vital non-clue of a dog failing to react to a mysterious visitor... when a guard dog ''doesn't'' bark at an intruder it generally means it's someone he doesn't think is an intruder at all.
** The absence of certain valuable deeds is a vital clue in "The Norwood Builder".
* In the Literature/SwordOfTruth ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' novel ''Chainfire'', after the eponymous spell has made everyone forget that Kahlan [[RetGone ever existed]], Richard tries to use this to convince everyone else that she has. He points to where he says he, Kahlan, and Cara had been walking, and notes that there were no footprints between his and Cara's, which were several feet apart. He tells his companions that this means someone erased Kahlan's footprints. Nobody believes him since, as mentioned, everyone is sure that she never existed in the first place.
* This trope is referenced in the first novel of the ''Bernard Samson'' series. While Bernard is in custody of an East German intelligence officer, they discuss the story of [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Silver Blaze]]. Bernard then points out the equally curious omission of any attempt at a proper interrogation. The reason for it is [[spoiler:that the officer's boss is Bernard's wife]].
* In the ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington Echos of Honor]]'', a State Sec general figures out that the prisoners have taken over the prison because the warden failed to send his next chess-by-mail move in the mail delivered by a courier ship.
* In the ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Literature/SmallFavor'', Michael suspects that Harry is [[spoiler:under some form of magical influence]] because throughout the whole novel up to that point Harry has [[spoiler:not once used the fire magic that is normally his go-to spell, and the blasting rod he uses to focus his fire magic is nowhere to be found]]. When Harry confronts Michael about his suspicions, Michael is able to prove to Harry that something is wrong by quietly [[ArmorPiercingQuestion asking]] [[spoiler:where his blasting rod is - in fact Harry is under a spell by the Queen of the Unseelie Court to prevent him from using fire magic, and only when Michael brings it to his attention does he realize (along with most readers) that his blasting rod is missing and that he hasn't so much as thought about it or fire magic throughout the novel up to that point]].
** In ''Literature/FoolMoon'', Johnny Marcone knows that Harry has sneaked onto his estate even though (or because) he didn't see him do it: one of his security cameras went on the fritz and he says, "Such malfunctions and Mr. Dresden tend to go together."
* Parodied in the Literature/{{Discworld}} City Watch books, where Vimes notes how hard it is to find something missing because said thing is, by definition, not there.
* In ''{{Literature/Aquarium}}'', a superior asks Suvorov whether he knows what a certain section of the intelligence department is dealing with. Turns out he does -- since he never received any data from them, the obvious conclusion is that these are units which only operate during the war. Combined with the available data about the section's officers, who are all very tall, that means these are recon and sabotage units. Well, the proper name for them is Spetsnaz, but of course that cannot be obtained by deduction.
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* In ''Literature/ArtemisFowl: The Opal Deception'', [[BigBad Opal Koboi]] has a specially constructed shuttle made entirely of "stealth ore" that is supposed to be almost impossible to detect with most conventional technology, in order to evade the authorities. Artemis gets around this by modifying the scanners on his own shuttle to detect unnatural absences of common elements... and very quickly finds what appears to be a shuttle-sized vacuum at the place where Opal is hiding.
* The maid in ''Literature/TheMovingFinger'' looks vainly through the window all afternoon for her boyfriend, but sees ''nobody'', not even a postman - meaning that the poison pen letter occasioning her employer's wife's "suicide" that day did not come through the mailbox.

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* In ''Literature/ArtemisFowl: The Opal Deception'', [[BigBad Opal Koboi]] has a specially constructed shuttle made entirely one of "stealth ore" that is supposed to be almost impossible to detect with most conventional technology, in order to evade the authorities. Artemis gets around this ''Union Club Mysteries'' by modifying the scanners on his own shuttle to detect unnatural absences of common elements... and very quickly finds what appears to be a shuttle-sized vacuum at the place where Opal is hiding.
* The maid in ''Literature/TheMovingFinger'' looks vainly through the window all afternoon for her boyfriend, but sees ''nobody'', not even a postman - meaning
Creator/IsaacAsimov, Griswold points out that the poison pen letter occasioning female suspect they are looking for (who has been shown to be fanatical about stockpiling supplies she will need) must be post-menopausal as there were no products for dealing with menstruation in her employer's wife's "suicide" apartment.
** Another story has Griswold show
that day did not come through a suspect is only pretending to be a writer because [[WriteWhatYouKnow there is no]] ''[[MostWritersAreWriters wastepaper basket]]'' in his apartment, which would have fairly standard for a writer at the mailbox. time.



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* In one episode of ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'', one resident of Mayberry reported that his cow was stolen. An expert criminal forensic scientist comes out and wows everyone but Andy with his scientific knowledge. As they analyze the crime scene they identify three different sets of boot prints which the expert says belong to three different suspects. Andy is the only one to notice something important which is missing, the cow's footprints.
* In an episode of ''Series/CityHomicide'', the body of Matt's mother is found on a construction site, fourteen years after she disappeared while buying balsamic vinegar from a local shop. When the team realize she was found without said balsamic vinegar, they conclude that the shopkeepers lied about her leaving the shop.
* ''Series/{{Columbo}}'': The episode called "The Most Crucial Game" has the culprit caught when [[spoiler:Columbo found that the phone call the killer claimed to have made at 2:29 pm in his stadium box (and recorded by a bug on the line) '''lacked''' the sound of the half-hour chime of the anniversary clock in the box]].
* On ''Series/{{CSI}}'', when a serial killer strikes Las Vegas, killing women with towels, causing white cotton fibers to get all over the crime scene, the [=CSIs=] spot a [[JackTheRipoff copycat]] due to the lack of said cotton fibers.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem "The Sontaran Stratagem"]]: UNIT and the Doctor are investigating ATMOS, a factory they believe is a front for alien activity. While Martha examines the workers and the Doctor sonics the ATMOS, Donna finds something suspicious: an empty binder for sick days. As Martha manages to determine while doing medical checkups on the ATMOS factory workers, this is because all of them have been hypnotized by the Sontarans (as evidenced by one who says in a never-changing pitch that he works 24 hours a day, and has an abnormally high pulse rate).
** It is pointed out in a [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E12NightmareInSilver later episode]] that the Doctor erasing all evidence of himself from the universe created this as a side effect: there is now a huge "hole" where he was that is obvious to anyone that's looking.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent "Hell Bent"]]: When [[spoiler:Clara gets erased from the Doctor's memories]], he is able to reconstruct most of what happened by the shape of the absence left behind.
* Played for laughs in ''Series/{{Friends}}''. Joey gives Chandler his show reel in order to be considered for an advert being produced by Chandler's company. When Chandler claims to have watched it, Joey says that he obviously hasn't, because part of the audition tape was a {{Japandering}} advert Joey did for "Ichiban Lipstick for Men", which Chandler would have definitely made fun of.
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' had a case where they realized the killer was following the instructions in a book about how to kill someone and get away with it ("for educational and entertainment purposes only," of course). When they caught the killer and confronted him with all the things he did to (successfully) avoid leaving any clues as to his identity, he responded, "So I'm guilty because you don't have any evidence?"



** In "Mr. Monk Goes to a Rock Concert," the clue that suggests to Monk and Natalie that a roadie did ''not'' die of an overdose in a port-a-potty is a lack of mud on his boots that would have been present if he'd walked through the muddy patch around the bathrooms.
** In two episodes, "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut" and "Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk," Stottlemeyer concludes that someone else has been to a victim's place of residence from the fact that a computer is missing.
** In the serial killer case documented in the ShowWithinAShow in "Mr. Monk's 100th Case," this is shown when Monk is at one crime scene, and later turns out to be a clue that allows them to tie the victim to a serial killer:

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** In "Mr. Monk Goes to a Rock Concert," Concert", the clue that suggests to Monk and Natalie that a roadie did ''not'' die of an overdose in a port-a-potty is a lack of mud on his boots that would have been present if he'd walked through the muddy patch around the bathrooms.
** In two episodes, "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut" and "Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk," Monk", Stottlemeyer concludes that someone else has been to a victim's place of residence from the fact that a computer is missing.
** In the serial killer case documented in the ShowWithinAShow in "Mr. Monk's 100th Case," Case", this is shown when Monk is at one crime scene, and later turns out to be a clue that allows them to tie the victim to a serial killer:



* ''Series/{{Psych}}'': GentlemanThief Pierre Despereaux was never caught and couldn't have been convicted even if he had been because he never left any evidence behind. It turns out the reason he was able to do this was because he never actually stole anything; he just made deals with museum owners so they could collect the insurance money.
* ''Series/{{Raines}}'' uses this in the episode "Reconstructing Alice", with a dog that didn't bark, as in the Sherlock Holmes story. Raines even quotes Sherlock Holmes when realizing this.



* Played for laughs in ''Series/{{Friends}}''. Joey gives Chandler his show reel in order to be considered for an advert being produced by Chandler's company. When Chandler claims to have watched it, Joey says that he obviously hasn't, because part of the audition tape was a {{Japandering}} advert Joey did for "Ichiban Lipstick for Men", which Chandler would have definitely made fun of.
* On ''Series/{{CSI}}'', when a serial killer strikes Las Vegas, killing women with towels, causing white cotton fibers to get all over the crime scene, the [=CSIs=] spot a [[JackTheRipoff copycat]] due to the lack of said cotton fibers.
* ''Series/{{Columbo}}'': The episode called "The Most Crucial Game" has the culprit caught when [[spoiler:Columbo found that the phone call the killer claimed to have made at 2:29 pm in his stadium box (and recorded by a bug on the line) '''lacked''' the sound of the half-hour chime of the anniversary clock in the box]].
* ''Series/{{Raines}}'' uses this in the episode "Reconstructing Alice", with a dog that didn't bark, as in the Sherlock Holmes story. Raines even quotes Sherlock Holmes when realizing this.
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' had a case where they realized the killer was following the instructions in a book about how to kill someone and get away with it ("for educational and entertainment purposes only," of course). When they caught the killer and confronted him with all the things he did to (successfully) avoid leaving any clues as to his identity, he responded, "So I'm guilty because you don't have any evidence?"
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** "The Sontaran Stratagem": UNIT and the Doctor are investigating ATMOS, a factory they believe is a front for alien activity. While Martha examines the workers and the Doctor sonics the ATMOS, Donna finds something suspicious: an empty file folder for sick days. As Martha manages to determine while doing medical checkups on the ATMOS factory workers, this is because all of them have been hypnotized by the Sontarans (as evidenced by one who says in a never-changing pitch that he works 24 hours a day, and has an abnormally high pulse rate).
** It is pointed out in a later episode that the Doctor erasing all evidence of himself from the universe created this as a side effect: there is now a huge "hole" where he was that is obvious to anyone that's looking.
** When [[spoiler:Clara gets erased from the Doctor's memories]], he is able to reconstruct most of what happened by the shape of the absence left behind.
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'': GentlemanThief Pierre Despereaux was never caught and couldn't have been convicted even if he had been because he never left any evidence behind. It turns out the reason he was able to do this was because he never actually stole anything; he just made deals with museum owners so they could collect the insurance money.
* In an episode of ''Series/CityHomicide'', the body of Matt's mother is found on a construction site, fourteen years after she disappeared while buying balsamic vinegar from a local shop. When the team realise she was found without said balsamic vinegar, they conclude that the shopkeepers lied about her leaving the shop.
* In one episode of ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'', one resident of Mayberry reported that his cow was stolen. An expert criminal forensic scientist comes out and wows everyone but Andy with his scientific knowledge. As they analyze the crime scene they identify three different sets of boot prints which the expert says belong to three different suspects. Andy is the only one to notice something important which is missing, the cow's footprints.
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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': How [[spoiler:Tansy manages to]] find [[spoiler:Kayda under an invisibility charm]] in as said in [[http://whateleyacademy.net/index.php/794 The Bear, the Bitch, and Everything (Part 3)]]:
--> Since she was [[spoiler:using her invisibility charm]] to hide [[spoiler:from everyone]], I attuned myself to the emotional flow of the school and went looking for a void."
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