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14th Apr '18 4:14:29 AM Astaroth
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* In ''TomorrowNeverDies'', Henry Gupta sees through James Bond's cover story of being a banker and deduces he's a government agent, based on the lack of any blemishes on Bond's falsified records.

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* In ''TomorrowNeverDies'', ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'', Henry Gupta sees through James Bond's cover story of being a banker and deduces he's a government agent, based on the lack of any blemishes on Bond's falsified records.
6th Apr '18 8:36:27 PM isoycrazy
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* ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' short story "Dragondrums," Piemur is sent to the Drum towers to learn drumming while his voice is changing from puberty. During his time there, he proves skilled and adept at learning the drumming codes enough to piss off the boys who have been there much longer. So, they start bullying him in progressively harsh ways. The final attack on Piemur is when [[spoiler:they place grease on some steps they know he would be rushing on to deliver the message. After his hard slip and cracking his head on the stone floor, the culprits clean off the grease. While one of Piemur's seniors doesn't believe him about the greased steps noting they were perfectly clean, the responsible one realizes that the steps in question were too clean. The others steps in that staircase were dirty compared to these few ones]].
28th Feb '18 3:55:46 AM Jake
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* This trope was crucial to solving the murder at the heart of the Creator/JamesHerbert novel ''Nobody True'', which initially appeared to be the work of a SerialKiller. It turns out that the police had deliberately left out certain key details about what said killer did to the bodies of its victims when talking to the media in order to make a copycat killer easy to spot. This managed to even fool [[WhoDunnitToMe the ghost of this particular victim]].
19th Feb '18 4:46:13 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': In the season 1 finale, Matt, Karen and Foggy determine where Leland Owlsley has hidden a corrupt detective who could expose Wilson Fisk, by pouring through records dug up by Foggy's ex-girlfriend Marci and noting a specific property that Owlsley has delisted.
21st Jan '18 12:08:29 PM Astaroth
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* In ''TomorrowNeverDies'', Henry Gupta sees through James Bond's cover story of being a banker and deduces he's a government agent, based on the lack of any blemishes on Bond's falsified records.
-->'''Gupta''': I call it "Gupta's Law of Convenient Anomalies" - if it looks TooGoodToBeTrue, it probably is.
2nd Dec '17 7:02:01 AM Scorntex
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** It's used in ''ComicBook/SupermanEarthOne'', when Lois is doing some digging into Clark Kent's life. Because he spent his childhood trying not to stand out in any way at all, not making any friends and just performing averagely at school, it tips Lois off that he's hiding something.
15th Nov '17 6:25:56 PM Kalaong
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* In ''{{Anime/Monster}}'', Johan's crime scenes are "devoid of feeling" -- the kills are executed as coldly and methodically as household chores. In one arc, this enables Runge to determine that a certain murder was [[CopycatCrime committed by a copy-cat]] and not Johan -- [[spoiler:blood spatter clearly shows a man had been [[http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Monster/Monster-40?id=7370 slouched in front of a mirror]], but his body is found several feet away because the killer hesitated upon [[http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Monster/Monster-41?id=7374 seeing himself in said mirror]]. Johan would have killed the man without a second thought, but the real killer -- the man's nephew -- was shocked to see himself in the process of killing]].

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* In ''{{Anime/Monster}}'', Johan's crime scenes are "devoid of feeling" -- the kills are executed as coldly and methodically as household chores. In one arc, this enables Runge to determine that a certain murder was [[CopycatCrime committed by a copy-cat]] and not Johan -- [[spoiler:blood spatter clearly shows a man had been [[http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Monster/Monster-40?id=7370 com/Manga/Monster/Monster-40?id=7370#10 slouched in front of a mirror]], but his body is found several feet away because the killer hesitated upon [[http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Monster/Monster-41?id=7374 com/Manga/Monster/Monster-41?id=7374#11 seeing himself in said mirror]]. Johan would have killed the man without a second thought, but the real killer -- the man's nephew -- was shocked to see himself in the process of killing]].
18th Oct '17 3:27:42 PM Psyclone
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Wald Abraham Wald]] famously applied this trope during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. A research group tasked with improving planes' armor analyzed the bullet holes after successful missions and suggested adding armor to the places they most often appeared. But Wald pointed out that, since all the planes they were looking at had ''survived'' their mission, their damage would appear most often in places that ''didn't'' need armor, and the correct action would be to add armor to places these planes were ''not'' damaged.
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.
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