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13th Mar '17 4:31:40 AM BoukenDutch
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' fanfic ''Fanfic/StoriesAndTalesFromDimension63'', chapter 21 Lisa uses this trick to determine if the "Lincoln" in her house is an imposter. She asks him how taking the Glow Serum (from the first episode of the series) she invented a while ago felt, and “Lincoln” answers it tasted like vinegar. The real Lincoln never took the serum (Lisa gave it to Luan after all) and thus shouldn’t know about this.
8th Mar '17 5:06:06 PM Loremasta1
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* The quote at the top of the page from ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''. The T-800 asks John Connor's foster mother a question about the family dog but intentionally gives the wrong name to see if she's actually the shapeshifting T-1000, and she is. The foster mother doesn't react to his getting the dog's name wrong, thus exposing itself to the T-800. There is a deleted scene where the T-1000 is shown afterwards holding a bloody dog collar, seeing the name on it and realizing that his target knows that he is there and will be avoiding the house.

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* The quote at the top of the page from ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''. The T-800 asks John Connor's foster mother a question about the family dog but intentionally gives the wrong name to see if she's actually the shapeshifting T-1000, and she is. The foster mother doesn't react to his getting the dog's name wrong, thus exposing itself to the T-800. There is a deleted scene where the T-1000 is shown afterwards holding kills the dog and holds up a bloody dog collar, seeing the name on it and realizing that his target knows that he is there and will be avoiding the house.
7th Mar '17 6:36:27 PM TheSinful
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* [[http://archiveofourown.org/series/82162 Stars From Home]]: Scott uses this when he believes Raven is impersonating Alex; he is already convinced, but tries to prove it to Charles by having Alex describe the day Scott was born.[[spoiler: It works. Alex appears several years older due to experiments keeping Scott young. So Alex couldn't remember the day Scott was born--because it happened before Alex himself was born.]]

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* [[http://archiveofourown.org/series/82162 Stars From Home]]: Scott uses this when he believes Raven is impersonating Alex; he is already convinced, but tries to prove it to Charles by having Alex describe the day Scott was born.[[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It works. Alex appears several years older due to experiments keeping Scott young. So Alex couldn't remember the day Scott was born--because it happened before Alex himself was born.]]]]
* Due to an earlier case of OneDialogueTwoConversations, Ranma is convinced Mandy and her friends are his handlers in ''[[http://cartoon.adult-fanfiction.org/story.php?no=600095039&chapter=4 How I Learned to Love a Wild Horse]]'' but eventually notices that they're asking questions they should already have the answer to. He doesn't really get it until they ask about his sister, at which point he asks which school his sister goes to. They make a decent guess but if they were his handlers from WOOHP, they'd know he doesn't have a sister.[[note]]Ironically due to Britney giving bad intel, his actual handlers don't know either.[[/note]]
2nd Mar '17 9:05:16 PM TheWanderer
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Some Stark soldiers call out Brienne and Jaime on their ruse that Jaime is a common thief by demanding they both say his name at the same time.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Some Stark soldiers call out Brienne and is on a secret mission to exchange the captured Jaime on their ruse that Lannister back to his family in exchange for both of Catelyn Stark's daughters. Along the way they run into some Stark soldiers, and one of them recognizes Jaime. Brienne tries to claim Jaime is a common thief she caught and is bringing to justice, but the leader of the soldiers upends the ruse by demanding [[StereoFibbing they both say his name at the same time.time]]. Naturally the two hadn't bothered to think of an alias ahead of time, so Brienne has to fight her way out of it.
2nd Mar '17 8:27:43 PM TheWanderer
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* In an early episode of ''Series/BurnNotice'', Michael Westen gets close to a ConMan named Quention by claiming they had a mutual former cellmate, Paco, in prison. When Quentin tests Michael's cover ID, he asks about Paco's prison wine, Michael replies that "Paco doesn't drink. What are you trying to pull on me?" He and Sam lampshade this and how Michael had a GutFeeling that Quentin was testing him and just took a shot in the dark.

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* In an early episode of ''Series/BurnNotice'', Michael Westen gets tries to get close to a ConMan named Quention by claiming they had Quentin, and as part of his cover ID he claims that after Quentin got out of prison Michael wound up sharing a mutual cell with Quentin's former cellmate, Paco, in prison. and it was Paco who recommended that Michael work with Quentin someday. When Quentin tests Michael's cover ID, he asks about Paco's prison wine, and Michael replies that "Paco doesn't drink. What are you trying to pull on me?" He and Sam lampshade this and how Michael had a GutFeeling that Quentin was testing him and just took a shot in the dark.
26th Jan '17 2:03:34 PM DaibhidC
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* In ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'', there is a quest that involves the player character doing investigations for Aldeth Sashenstar in his offices under the pretense of being his childhood friend. One of his business partners whose behaviour you are there to investigate (and who is himself in fact a doppleganger impostor) asks you whether, if you were Aldeth's childhood friend, you were friends with Dabron as well. Since Dabron is in truth Aldeth's real brother, it's showing ignorance that will give you away at this point, not that it makes a difference for the plot. It's not clear whether this is ''intended'' as a subversion, since the doppleganger could simply be straightforwardly trying to catch you not knowing what it's talking about... but trying to be too GenreSavvy here will certainly backfire.



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* In ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'', there is a quest that involves the player character doing investigations for Aldeth Sashenstar in his offices under the pretense of being his childhood friend. One of his business partners whose behaviour you are there to investigate (and who is himself in fact a doppleganger impostor) asks you whether, if you were Aldeth's childhood friend, you were friends with Dabron as well. Since Dabron is in truth Aldeth's real brother, it's showing ignorance that will give you away at this point, not that it makes a difference for the plot. It's not clear whether this is ''intended'' as a subversion, since the doppleganger could simply be straightforwardly trying to catch you not knowing what it's talking about... but trying to be too GenreSavvy here will certainly backfire.
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26th Jan '17 2:03:00 PM DaibhidC
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* In one episode of ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'', Patsy Straightwoman attempts to enter the special caff on ferries that's only for lorry drivers by pretending to be a lorry driver on her way to Portugal. The lorry drivers guarding the door are not convinced, but are particularly clueless about testing her ("What colour is your lorry?" "Blue." "Ooh, some lorries ''are'' blue."), culminating with:
-->'''Lorry driver''': If you're going to Portugal, you must know my friend ... Pedro?\\
'''Patsy''': Yes. I do.\\
'''Lorry driver''': Well when you see him, tell him Steve says hi.\\
'''Patsy''': Will do.\\
'''Lorry driver''': Ha! You just gave yourself away, little lady. My name's not Steve!\\
''{{Beat}}''\\
'''Patsy''': Okay, but how could I possibly have known that?\\
'''Lorry driver''': Argh, I should have lied about ''Pedro'''s name! I keep doing this! Okay, in you go.
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* In one episode of ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'', Patsy Straightwoman attempts to enter the special caff on ferries that's only for lorry drivers by pretending to be a lorry driver on her way to Portugal. The lorry drivers guarding the door are not convinced, but are particularly clueless about testing her ("What colour is your lorry?" "Blue." "Ooh, some lorries ''are'' blue."), culminating with:
-->'''Lorry driver''': If you're going to Portugal, you must know my friend ... Pedro?\\
'''Patsy''': Yes. I do.\\
'''Lorry driver''': Well when you see him, tell him Steve says hi.\\
'''Patsy''': Will do.\\
'''Lorry driver''': Ha! You just gave yourself away, little lady. My name's not Steve!\\
''{{Beat}}''\\
'''Patsy''': Okay, but how could I possibly have known that?\\
'''Lorry driver''': Argh, I should have lied about ''Pedro'''s name! I keep doing this! Okay, in you go.
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* In one episode of ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'', Patsy Straightwoman attempts to enter the special caff on ferries that's only for lorry drivers by pretending to be a lorry driver on her way to Portugal. The lorry drivers guarding the door are not convinced, but are particularly clueless about testing her ("What colour is your lorry?" "Blue." "Ooh, some lorries ''are'' blue."), culminating with:
-->'''Lorry driver''': If you're going to Portugal, you must know my friend ... Pedro?\\
'''Patsy''': Yes. I do.\\
'''Lorry driver''': Well when you see him, tell him Steve says hi.\\
'''Patsy''': Will do.\\
'''Lorry driver''': Ha! You just gave yourself away, little lady. My name's not Steve!\\
''{{Beat}}''\\
'''Patsy''': Okay, but how could I possibly have known that?\\
'''Lorry driver''': Argh, I should have lied about ''Pedro'''s name! I keep doing this! Okay, in you go.




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* In ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'', there is a quest that involves the player character doing investigations for Aldeth Sashenstar in his offices under the pretense of being his childhood friend. One of his business partners whose behaviour you are there to investigate (and who is himself in fact a doppleganger impostor) asks you whether, if you were Aldeth's childhood friend, you were friends with Dabron as well. Since Dabron is in truth Aldeth's real brother, it's showing ignorance that will give you away at this point, not that it makes a difference for the plot. It's not clear whether this is ''intended'' as a subversion, since the doppleganger could simply be straightforwardly trying to catch you not knowing what it's talking about... but trying to be too GenreSavvy here will certainly backfire.


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* In ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'', there is a quest that involves the player character doing investigations for Aldeth Sashenstar in his offices under the pretense of being his childhood friend. One of his business partners whose behaviour you are there to investigate (and who is himself in fact a doppleganger impostor) asks you whether, if you were Aldeth's childhood friend, you were friends with Dabron as well. Since Dabron is in truth Aldeth's real brother, it's showing ignorance that will give you away at this point, not that it makes a difference for the plot. It's not clear whether this is ''intended'' as a subversion, since the doppleganger could simply be straightforwardly trying to catch you not knowing what it's talking about... but trying to be too GenreSavvy here will certainly backfire.
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26th Jan '17 2:01:59 PM DaibhidC
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* In one episode of ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'', Patsy Straightwoman attempts to enter the special caff on ferries that's only for lorry drivers by pretending to be a lorry driver on her way to Portugal. The lorry drivers guarding the door are not convinced, but are particularly clueless about testing her ("What colour is your lorry?" "Blue." "Ooh, some lorries ''are'' blue."), culminating with:
-->'''Lorry driver''': If you're going to Portugal, you must know my friend ... Pedro?\\
'''Patsy''': Yes. I do.\\
'''Lorry driver''': Well when you see him, tell him Steve says hi.\\
'''Patsy''': Will do.\\
'''Lorry driver''': Ha! You just gave yourself away, little lady. My name's not Steve!\\
''{{Beat}}''\\
'''Patsy''': Okay, but how could I possibly have known that?\\
'''Lorry driver''': Argh, I should have lied about ''Pedro'''s name! I keep doing this! Okay, in you go.
23rd Jan '17 2:00:14 PM Doug86
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* Artie does this in an episode of ''{{Warehouse 13}}'' to prove that Myka is really Alice Liddell, who has somehow swapped with Myka using a disco ball (ItMakesSenseInContext).

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* Artie does this in an episode of ''{{Warehouse ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' to prove that Myka is really Alice Liddell, who has somehow swapped with Myka using a disco ball (ItMakesSenseInContext).
18th Jan '17 5:56:00 PM bwburke94
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* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'' : Reynard enters into one of these with a [[{{Shapeshifting}} shapeshifter]] who has done its research during ''Reynard the Fox.'' The one thing it fails to mimic is [[spoiler: Reynard's complete contempt for authority, even in the face of death.]]

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* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'' : ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': Reynard enters into one of these with a [[{{Shapeshifting}} shapeshifter]] who has done its research during ''Reynard the Fox.'' The one thing it fails to mimic is [[spoiler: Reynard's complete contempt for authority, even in the face of death.]]



* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the fact of [[spoiler:Regent's PeoplePuppets power]] leads to [[spoiler:Weld subjecting Shadow Stalker]] to one when she shows up with several members of [[spoiler:the Undersiders]] in custody.



* In a recent episode of ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', [[HeterosexualLifePartners Sam and Callen]] are kidnapped and trapped in a warehouse. They escape and shortly after run into a man claiming to be an abducted [[NoSuchAgency NSA agent]]. Sam secretly decides to test him by asking him which way he exited NSA HQ the day before. [[spoiler: The man answers with a route that Sam knows is blocked by construction, revealing that he's an impostor. Sam lets Callen know via TroubleEntendre, and they secretly turn the tables on him.]]

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* In a recent an episode of ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', [[HeterosexualLifePartners Sam and Callen]] are kidnapped and trapped in a warehouse. They escape and shortly after run into a man claiming to be an abducted [[NoSuchAgency NSA agent]]. Sam secretly decides to test him by asking him which way he exited NSA HQ the day before. [[spoiler: The man answers with a route that Sam knows is blocked by construction, revealing that he's an impostor. Sam lets Callen know via TroubleEntendre, and they secretly turn the tables on him.]]



* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the fact of [[spoiler:Regent's PeoplePuppets power]] leads to [[spoiler:Weld subjecting Shadow Stalker]] to one when she shows up with several members of [[spoiler:the Undersiders]] in custody.
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