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19th Nov '16 4:16:34 PM Andyroid
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* ''Beholder'' is a simulation game in which you play a "State-installed landlord" at an apartment building in a totalitarian dictatorship. You must spy on your tenants and report any crimes they commit (from owning illegal goods to making drugs to plotting against the government). Alternatively, you can blackmail them and earn extra money to supplement your meager government salary, or you can even look the other way, putting your own life at risk to help them.
15th Oct '16 5:14:58 AM Tron80
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* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}: In ''Comicbook/ManyHappyReturns'', Kara warns super-villain Rebel that she can see through walls and she can hear his heartbeats a continent away, so if he does something wrong, she will know and stop him.
-->'''Supergirl:''' Oh... and Rebel...\\
'''Rebel:''' Yeah?\\
'''Supergirl:''' I have eyes that can see through solid matter. I have ears that can hear your slightest word... Your heartbeat... Your breathing... You do '''anything''' that hurts others... I ''''will''' find you... and you '''won't''' like it. Do we have an understanding?
10th Oct '16 8:44:49 PM Premonition45
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Springfield became like this in one episode when they hired a man from Great Britain to install cameras all through the town. Ned Flanders was employed as one of the monitors and soon has the Big Brother complex. In fact, in his MyGodWhatHaveIDone speech, he lampshades it by saying that he just wanted to be a [[MoralityPet Little Sister]] instead of a Big Brother. He and Homer then [[RedemptionQuest go around the city]] [[StatusQuoIsGod shooting the cameras with shotguns.]] [[spoiler: Then we find out the camera footage was being sent back to Great Britain as a sitcom.]]
** In a [[HalloweenEpisode Treehouse of Horror]] story Homer jumps from one AlternateUniverse to another, in one of them Ned Flanders uses methods that fit this trope as "overall lord and master of the world".

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Springfield became like this in one episode "To Surveil With Love", when they hired a man from Great Britain to install cameras all through the town. Ned Flanders was employed as one of the monitors and soon has the Big Brother complex. In fact, in his MyGodWhatHaveIDone speech, he lampshades it by saying that he just wanted to be a [[MoralityPet Little Sister]] instead of a Big Brother. He and Homer then [[RedemptionQuest go around the city]] [[StatusQuoIsGod shooting the cameras with shotguns.]] [[spoiler: Then we find out the camera footage was being sent back to Great Britain as a sitcom.]]
** In a [[HalloweenEpisode Treehouse of Horror]] the "Treehouse Of Horror V" story "Time And Punishment", Homer jumps from one AlternateUniverse to another, in one of them Ned Flanders uses methods that fit this trope as "overall lord and master of the world".
29th Sep '16 7:16:59 PM eowynjedi
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** Bishop Gardiner's secretary Wriothesly comes to "work" for Thomas Cromwell, but nobody bothers pretending that he isn't there to spy for Gardiner. Cromwell keeps him around because Wriothesly is useful enough to employ, it means Cromwell knows who the spy ''is'', and he can try and make Wriothesly loyal to him instead.[[note]]Historically, he didn't manage that.[[/note]]
** Cromwell uses his small army of intelligent young wards and apprentices to watch Henry VIII's enemies. When Plantagenet descendants use a nun's prophecies to plot against the king, he plants servants in their households to report back on their conversations.

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** Bishop Gardiner's secretary Wriothesly comes to "work" for Thomas Cromwell, but nobody bothers pretending that he isn't there to spy for Gardiner. Cromwell keeps him around because Wriothesly is useful enough to employ, it means Cromwell knows who the spy ''is'', and he can try and make Wriothesly loyal to him instead.[[note]]Historically, he didn't won't manage that.[[/note]]
that; Wriothesly participated in his downfall.[[/note]] Gardiner also implies that he has spies in Thomas More's house in one conversation.
** Cromwell uses his small army of intelligent young wards and apprentices to watch Henry VIII's enemies. When Plantagenet descendants use a nun's prophecies to plot against the king, he plants servants in their households to report back on their conversations. It is worth noting that this is the era in which the word ''eavesdropping'' was coined.



'''Cromwell:''' Actually I don't. The boy who brought in the asparagus, that was my boy.

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'''Cromwell:''' Actually I don't. The boy who brought in the asparagus, that was my boy. And the boy who cut the apricot, he was mine too.
11th Sep '16 9:55:02 PM Aiguille
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* In the {{Dystopia}}n AlternateUniverse of ''Podcast/WithinTheWires'', TheNarrator of a series of instructional cassettes at a research hospital called the Institute makes a point of explaining the SinisterSurveillance of the Institute's cameras and security nurses, but in Cassettes #3 and #5, also uses visualization exercises as a pretext to describe times when the listener, an inpatient, was tailed and observed by multiple agents in the outside world for unwittingly deviant behavior, precipitating admission.
-->'''Narrator''': They are watching you...They have sunglasses, and cigarettes. They have books, but they are not reading. They have an unpleasant dog with them...They are neither smiling nor laughing. They look at you. From far away.
9th Sep '16 11:45:59 PM Tron80
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* In ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}''/''Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}'' story ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'', Batgirl uses Oracle's computer system to watch and monitor Gotham City and its locals. She constantly warns: "Remember Oracle's eyes are everywhere."
31st Aug '16 9:07:22 PM eowynjedi
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* In ''Literature/TheQueensThief'', Attolia maintains an extensive network of spies headed by her "Secretary of the Archives," Relius. Being a reigning, unmarried queen in a heavily patriarchal society of schemers with an empire that would very much like to conquer you makes such measures necessary. As she says, she has spies who spy upon her spies and spies who watch ''them''.
* ''Literature/WolfHall''
** Bishop Gardiner's secretary Wriothesly comes to "work" for Thomas Cromwell, but nobody bothers pretending that he isn't there to spy for Gardiner. Cromwell keeps him around because Wriothesly is useful enough to employ, it means Cromwell knows who the spy ''is'', and he can try and make Wriothesly loyal to him instead.[[note]]Historically, he didn't manage that.[[/note]]
** Cromwell uses his small army of intelligent young wards and apprentices to watch Henry VIII's enemies. When Plantagenet descendants use a nun's prophecies to plot against the king, he plants servants in their households to report back on their conversations.
-->'''Cromwell:''' I wonder what you discussed.\\
'''Lady Pole:''' I'm sure you do.\\
'''Cromwell:''' Actually I don't. The boy who brought in the asparagus, that was my boy.
27th Aug '16 7:30:52 PM Flawedspirit
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* The Office of Naval Intelligence in ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' is the main one in the UNSC in the 26th century. Quite frankly, they know what you did, what you are doing, and if they give an AI enough time to analyze the data, they'll know what you're ''going'' to do. It is supremely difficult for even the most paranoid person to secure themselves against ONI surveillance, and if they think you're an enemy, they can ''ruin'' you. They can [[ARG/HuntTheTruth close your bank accounts, alter messages in-transit, even break into your apartment]], take all your furniture and belongings, smash all the floors and walls searching for hidden objects, and then ''have the building condemned and closed''.
** The Colonial Administration Authority in the colonies is a case of this too. Almost everything is tracked and controlled by a city's "grid", up to and including cars. It's noted that going off the grid is difficult; cars won't drive you, you can't have a bank account, and (for some reason) [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the door at the convenience store won't open for you]].
** The Forerunners in their prime ramp this up, of course. The Ecumene had the capability to listen in on all personal communications. Notably, several high-ranking members of the government were unaware of this fact, and decried it as "spying on the citizens." Such communications were only monitored by ancillas, however, and only brought to the attention of organic Forerunners in the event of disasters or events involving alien species. They could also track any and all ships making slipspace journeys in the galaxy, provided they traveled along rational paths. The Didact managed to avoid having his ship tracked by making an irrational jump into a sharply inclined orbit far "above" the galactic plane.
1st Aug '16 3:41:01 PM nombretomado
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** Then there was the time ''Franchise/{{Batman}} himself'' created the "Brother MK 1"/"Brother Eye" satellite to "observe" all of the supertypes of TheDCU.

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** Then there was the time ''Franchise/{{Batman}} himself'' created the "Brother MK 1"/"Brother Eye" satellite to "observe" all of the supertypes of TheDCU.Franchise/TheDCU.
31st Jul '16 12:12:54 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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Greetings, Tropers! This is your friend, Mister Wiki, speaking to you. We all know you love TVTropes (though some could love it better) -- but do not fret! Our beloved [[SecretPolice Trope Police]] are eager to [[ColdBloodedTorture enlighten]] our dear friends on the proper social behavior expected. Changing negative attitudes is never easy, but we are understanding, and I have just implemented a way for TVTropes to love you back. I call it the [[FunWithAcronyms Pan-Optical Processing Terminal Interface/Controlling Oversight Network]]. This way, whenever you look at TVTropes, TVTropes can ''look at you''. [[NewSpeak Doubleplusgood!]]

Now, Tropers, don't worry. [[SinisterSurveillance We won't abuse this power.]] We'll just watch a few of the trouble makers. But nobody will know ''when'' we're watching, so we'll all have less to worry about. I know there are [[{{Dystopia}} problems]] [[CrapsackWorld in the world]], but they will all be sorted out by our trained teams of professional [[UnusualEuphemism troubleshooters]].

All those poor fools who might ignorantly object to our benevolent oversight will be taken to read [[{{Room 101}} Trope 101]] and [[BrainwashedAndCrazy reeducated]]. [[{{Unperson}} Not that such people really exist, of course.]] [[BlatantLies Don't worry, Tropers, everything is fine. Everyone is happy. Everyone is safe.]]

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Greetings, Tropers! This is your friend, Mister Wiki, speaking to you. We all know you love TVTropes Wiki/TVTropes (though some could love it better) -- but better--but do not fret! Our beloved [[SecretPolice Trope Police]] are eager to [[ColdBloodedTorture enlighten]] our dear friends on the proper social behavior expected. Changing negative attitudes is never easy, but we are understanding, understanding), and I have just implemented a way for TVTropes Wiki/TVTropes to love you back. I call it the [[FunWithAcronyms Pan-Optical Processing Terminal Interface/Controlling Oversight Network]]. This way, whenever you look at TVTropes, TVTropes can ''look Wiki/TVTropes, [[RussianReversal TV Tropes can]] ''[[RussianReversal look at you''.you]]''. [[NewSpeak Doubleplusgood!]]

Now, Tropers, don't worry. [[SinisterSurveillance We won't abuse this power.]] power]]. We'll just watch a few of the trouble makers.troublemakers. But nobody will know ''when'' we're watching, so we'll all have less to worry about. I know there are [[{{Dystopia}} problems]] [[CrapsackWorld in the world]], but they will all be sorted out by our trained teams of professional [[UnusualEuphemism troubleshooters]].

All those poor fools who might ignorantly object to our benevolent oversight will be taken to read [[{{Room 101}} [[Room101 Trope 101]] and [[BrainwashedAndCrazy reeducated]]. [[{{Unperson}} Not that such people really exist, of course.]] course]]. [[BlatantLies Don't worry, Tropers, everything is fine. Everyone is happy. Everyone is safe.]]



Yes, this is TruthInTelevision, but there is [[Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease no need to go into specifics]]. Not only does surveillance exist in every country, but putting real life examples here is too controversial and perfect bait for a FlameWar, [[EvenEvilHasStandards which is quite repulsive, really]]. All we ask is that you go about your life, secure in the knowledge that, no matter where you are, [[SelfDemonstratingArticle We Are Watching]]. The {{trope name|rs}} comes from Creator/{{George Orwell}}'s novel Literature/NineteenEightyFour, which was meant as a fictionalization of the authoritarian rule of Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union. In theory, all people in communism should be equal like brothers. But this can [[AnalogyBackfire also be interpreted]] to mean that there has to be Big Brother, who is in charge and takes care of his little brothers. [[noreallife]]

[[AC:[[HappinessIsMandatory Happiness Through Conformity]].]]\\
[[AC:[[OrwellianEditor Strength Through Editing]].]]

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Yes, this is TruthInTelevision, but there is [[Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease no need to go into specifics]]. Not only does surveillance exist in every country, but putting real life examples here is too controversial and perfect bait for a FlameWar, [[EvenEvilHasStandards which is quite repulsive, really]]. All we ask is that you go about your life, secure in the knowledge that, no matter where you are, [[SelfDemonstratingArticle We Are Watching]]. The {{trope name|rs}} comes from Creator/{{George Orwell}}'s novel Literature/NineteenEightyFour, which was meant as a fictionalization of the authoritarian rule of Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union. In theory, all people in communism should be equal like brothers. But this can [[AnalogyBackfire also be interpreted]] to mean that there has to be a Big Brother, who is Brother in charge and takes so as to take care of his little brothers. [[noreallife]]

[[AC:[[HappinessIsMandatory Happiness Through Conformity]].]]\\
[[AC:[[OrwellianEditor
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[[OrwellianEditor
Strength Through Editing]].]]



* Another one from UK: [[http://www.boingboing.net/2009/03/24/london-cops-reach-ne.html "A bomb won't go off here because weeks before a shopper reported someone studying the CCTV cameras."]]

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* Another one from the UK: [[http://www.boingboing.net/2009/03/24/london-cops-reach-ne.html "A bomb won't go off here because weeks before a shopper reported someone studying the CCTV cameras."]]



** The morality of the Machine is examined in detail: on one hand, the Machine was specifically designed [[TheWarOnTerror to detect acts of terror]] and has averted several, and the protagonists are secretly able to use it to [[WeHelpTheHelpless help the helpless]]; on the other hand, everyone involved with the Machine, including it's creator, is scared witless by the Orwellian potential, and the US Government department who oversees the Machine isn't squeamish about getting rid of those who discover its existence. To this end, when Finch created the Machine, he specifically designed it so even the government couldn't access the hardware or software, preventing them from using the Machine for anything other than its original purpose. Add to that, the Machine limits what it gives out. All the protagonists and US Government get is a 9-digit number(s), the social security number(s) of a person(s) of interest in the upcoming event. Could be the perpetrator(s) or victim(s). Neither group knows and must investigate.
** At the end of season 2, [[spoiler:the Machine is freed from government control due to a BatmanGambit by Finch]], and the government starts ''freaking out''. The numbers are still coming, threats are still being stopped. But they completely fail to understand what exactly has happened, thinking that [[spoiler:Root]] has gained admin access to the Machine, when really [[MachineWorship it's basically the exact opposite]].
--->'''The Machine:''' ''[via [[spoiler:Root]]]'' Trust in me. I am always watching.
** In Season 3 [[spoiler:a company called Decima obtains the drives to another A.I. system like the Machine called Samaritan. Unlike the Machine, it has no moral programming and, where the Machine is called a "shield" for its protective nature and limited offensive use, Samaritan is a sword that can be wrought on anyone within its feeds. At the end of the season, Samaritan is online and the main characters are being hunted by its operatives]].
** In the Season 4 episode "Wingman", Reese name drops this trope, but in reference to the Police's domain-awareness system (shown previously in Season 1 and 2), as opposed to the Machine [[spoiler:or Samaritan.]]

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** The morality of the Machine is examined in detail: on one hand, the Machine was specifically designed [[TheWarOnTerror to detect acts of terror]] and has averted several, and the protagonists are secretly able to use it to [[WeHelpTheHelpless help the helpless]]; on the other hand, everyone involved with the Machine, including it's its creator, is scared witless by the Orwellian potential, and the US Government department who oversees the Machine isn't squeamish about [[HeKnowsTooMuch getting rid of those who discover its existence. existence]]. To this end, when Finch created the Machine, [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup he specifically designed it it]] [[BlackBox so even the government couldn't access the hardware or software, software]], preventing them from using the Machine for anything other than its original purpose. Add to that, In addition, the Machine limits what it gives out. All the protagonists and US Government get is a 9-digit number(s), the social security number(s) Social Security Number(s) of a person(s) of interest in the upcoming event. Could be the perpetrator(s) or victim(s). Neither group knows and must investigate.
** At the end of season 2, [[spoiler:the Machine is freed from government control due to a BatmanGambit by Finch]], and the government starts ''freaking out''. out'', worrying its intelligence might stop coming. The numbers are still coming, coming and threats are still being stopped. But they completely fail to understand what exactly has happened, thinking that [[spoiler:Root]] has gained admin access to the Machine, when really [[MachineWorship it's basically the exact opposite]].
--->'''The -->'''The Machine:''' ''[via ''[[[MouthOfSauron via]] [[spoiler:Root]]]'' Trust in me. I am always watching.
** In Midway through Season 3 3, [[spoiler:a company called Decima obtains the drives to another A.I. system like the Machine called Samaritan. Unlike the Machine, it has no moral programming and, where the Machine is called a "shield" for its protective nature and limited offensive use, Samaritan is a sword that can be wrought on anyone within its feeds. At the end of the season, Samaritan is online and the main characters are being hunted by its operatives]].
** In the Season 4 episode "Wingman", Reese name drops this trope, but in reference to the Police's domain-awareness system (shown previously in Season 1 and 2), as opposed to the Machine [[spoiler:or Samaritan.]]Samaritan]].
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