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17th May '16 2:23:35 PM MrDeath
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* In ''Film/DieHard'', John encounters Hans alone on one of the upper floors. Hans quickly pretends to be an escaped hostage, speaking in a convincing American accent instead of his usual British (well, German-ish). John introduces himself, glances at a nearby office directory and asks Hans for his name. In this case, CrazyPrepared Hans gave a name from the directory, Bill Clay. Though John wasn't that convinced by the accent, since it sounded too state-neutral to be real. John says it sounded like he should be on television with it.

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* In ''Film/DieHard'', John encounters Hans alone on one of the upper floors. Hans quickly pretends to be an escaped hostage, speaking in a convincing American accent instead of his usual British (well, German-ish). John introduces himself, glances at a nearby office directory and asks Hans for his name. In this case, CrazyPrepared Hans gave a name from the directory, Bill Clay. Though John wasn't that convinced by still somehow sees through it -- a deleted scene shows he recognized the accent, since watch Hans was wearing, because it sounded too state-neutral to be real. John says it sounded like he should be on television with it.matched some of the other terrorists.
12th May '16 7:28:47 AM nixmith
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* In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', during a flashback to his time on the island Oliver, impersonating one of Fyer's soldiers, is subjected to this with Fyers asking what boat he came in on, knowing that every soldier who comes to the island does so by airplane. {{Subverted|Trope}} in that Oliver manages to beat the bluff, but Fyers is actually already aware of who he is anyway.

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* In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', during a flashback to his time on the island Oliver, impersonating one of Fyer's Fyers' soldiers, is subjected to this with Fyers asking what boat he came in on, knowing that every soldier who comes to the island does so by airplane. {{Subverted|Trope}} in that Oliver manages to beat the bluff, but Fyers is actually already aware of who he is anyway.
27th Apr '16 2:33:20 PM tromag
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* A variation in ''Film/MyCousinVinny''. During the climax, Vinny puts his girlfriend Mona on the stand as an expert witness. The prosecutor is suspicious and demands to test her claim as an automotive expert. Knowing what's coming, Vinny smiles and lets the guy try. The prosecutor asks her a pretty specific question about the mechanics of a particular car model. Mona tells him it's a "bullshit" question. He assumes it means she's faking her expertise and tries to call her out on it. She finally provides a detailed explanation of why it's a trick question (that particular car model wasn't made in the year he specified) and provides a possible alternative answer. The prosecutor is caught completely off-guard and accepts the witness.

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* A variation in ''Film/MyCousinVinny''. During the climax, Vinny puts his girlfriend Mona on the stand as an expert witness. The prosecutor is suspicious and demands to test her claim as an automotive expert. Knowing what's coming, Vinny smiles and lets the guy try. The prosecutor He asks her a pretty specific question about the mechanics a very specific model of a particular car model. Mona tells him car, she protests that it's a "bullshit" question. He assumes it means she's faking her expertise and tries to call her out on it. She finally provides a detailed explanation of why it's a trick question (that particular car responds that the model wasn't made in of car he was asking about didn't exist, corrects the year he specified) question, and provides a possible alternative answer. The prosecutor is caught completely off-guard and accepts the witness.then answers it correctly.
20th Apr '16 4:33:50 PM MoPete
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* Not really a case of an imposter, but in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', Lloyd suspects that something's not right with Colette, and tricks her into revealing that [[spoiler:she's lost the ability to feel anything]] by bluffing her about how hot (or cold) the cup of coffee he brought her is.
8th Apr '16 12:33:08 PM ChronoLegion
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* A variation in ''Film/MyCousinVinny''. During the climax, Vinny puts his girlfriend Mona on the stand as an expert witness. The prosecutor is suspicious and demands to test her claim as an automotive expert. Knowing what's coming, Vinny smiles and lets the guy try. The prosecutor asks her a pretty specific question about the mechanics of a particular car model. Mona tells him it's a "bullshit" question. He assumes it means she's faking her expertise and tries to call her out on it. She finally provides a detailed explanation of why it's a trick question (that particular car model wasn't made in the year he specified) and provides a possible alternative answer. The prosecutor is caught completely off-guard and accepts the witness.
8th Apr '16 10:27:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* A storyline on ''ThirdWatch'' had the cops are searching for a pair of rapists who pose as police officers so that they can pull women over and then assault them. At the episodes end, as the fake cops are menacing a woman, the real cops arrive. The fake cops try to claim that the woman's screams for help are just the raving of someone high on drugs. Already suspicious (they know the woman and know she's not an addict), one of the real cops asks the fakers a question in "cop lingo". When he's unable to answer, they instantly know they've caught the criminals.

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* A storyline on ''ThirdWatch'' ''Series/ThirdWatch'' had the cops are searching for a pair of rapists who pose as police officers so that they can pull women over and then assault them. At the episodes end, as the fake cops are menacing a woman, the real cops arrive. The fake cops try to claim that the woman's screams for help are just the raving of someone high on drugs. Already suspicious (they know the woman and know she's not an addict), one of the real cops asks the fakers a question in "cop lingo". When he's unable to answer, they instantly know they've caught the criminals.
31st Mar '16 3:41:27 PM randomtroper89
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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 win,e 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 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 win,e 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.
18th Mar '16 9:01:04 PM DrOO7
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** From the same show: Twice, SerialKiller Ryan Chamberlain escaped from prison and took his twin brother's place in Port Charles society so that he could continue to stalk Felicia Jones, who he was obsessed with. In both cases, Kevin managed to alert people by discussing events that Ryan couldn't have known about.
17th Mar '16 9:35:28 AM ObsidianFire
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** Sasuke came up with a very long and convoluted "[[TrustPassword password]]" for his two teammates to memorize in case they ever needed confirmation of one another's identity. Naruto leaves to go to the bathroom, and when he comes back, Sasuke asks him to code in. Naruto repeats it back perfectly... and Sasuke [[GenreSavvy decks the imposter]], declaring that the ''real'' Naruto would [[IdiotHero never have been able to remember something that long]].

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** Sasuke came up with a very long and convoluted "[[TrustPassword password]]" for his two teammates to memorize in case they ever needed confirmation of one another's identity. Naruto leaves to go to the bathroom, and when he comes back, Sasuke asks him to code in. Naruto repeats it back perfectly... and Sasuke [[GenreSavvy decks the imposter]], imposter, declaring that the ''real'' Naruto would [[IdiotHero never have been able to remember something that long]].



** In ''Love in the Face of HYDRA'' this happens again, this time Agent 33 vs Talbot. To be fair, Talbot realizes very quickly and notifies Coulson "The nanomask is in play", and assembles all female staff workers, even telling his security not to let anyone disturb him, [[GenreSavvy even if it is him.]] He even knows a lot about his staff, knowing which lines to say and how they should respond. However, he fails to realize that 33 can adopt either gender; or believed they were restricted to one gender, as when he himself was impersonated, it was by a man whom he knows is in custody.

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** In ''Love in the Face of HYDRA'' this happens again, this time Agent 33 vs Talbot. To be fair, Talbot realizes very quickly and notifies Coulson "The nanomask is in play", and assembles all female staff workers, even telling his security not to let anyone disturb him, [[GenreSavvy even if it is him.]] him. He even knows a lot about his staff, knowing which lines to say and how they should respond. However, he fails to realize that 33 can adopt either gender; or believed they were restricted to one gender, as when he himself was impersonated, it was by a man whom he knows is in custody.



* Briefly subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' episode ''Masquerade'', where five Autobots disguise themselves to resemble the Decepticon car-based team, the Stunticons, and thwart Megatron's plan. The real Stunticons escape and confront their duplicates, but Megatron is GenreSavvy enough to call for the Stunticons to [[CombiningMecha combine]] into Menasor, figuring that the Autobot fakes won't be able to do the same. The real Stunticons immediately comply, while the Autobots...merge to form their own Menasor, much to everyone's confusion. The writers were being clever here, as the team of Autobots disguised as the Stunticons includes Mirage, an expert with holograms, and Windcharger, whose special power is his ability to control magnetism. Windcharger therefore 'links' the Autobots together in the rough shape of Menasor, at which point Mirage disguises them as a copy of the real thing. It works, up until Soundwave reminds Megatron that the real Menasor will be able to access the Stunticon's own special powers and weapons.

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* Briefly subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' episode ''Masquerade'', where five Autobots disguise themselves to resemble the Decepticon car-based team, the Stunticons, and thwart Megatron's plan. The real Stunticons escape and confront their duplicates, but Megatron is GenreSavvy smart enough to call for the Stunticons to [[CombiningMecha combine]] into Menasor, figuring that the Autobot fakes won't be able to do the same. The real Stunticons immediately comply, while the Autobots...merge to form their own Menasor, much to everyone's confusion. The writers were being clever here, as the team of Autobots disguised as the Stunticons includes Mirage, an expert with holograms, and Windcharger, whose special power is his ability to control magnetism. Windcharger therefore 'links' the Autobots together in the rough shape of Menasor, at which point Mirage disguises them as a copy of the real thing. It works, up until Soundwave reminds Megatron that the real Menasor will be able to access the Stunticon's own special powers and weapons.
20th Feb '16 11:42:12 AM randomtroper89
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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. Michael figures out the Quentin is applying this trope to him when he remarks about Paco's prison wine, and replied that Paco doesn't drink. Later, when talking to Sam, he admits he guessed and was lucky to have been right.

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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. Michael figures out the When Quentin is applying this trope to him when tests Michael's cover ID, he remarks asks about Paco's prison wine, and replied win,e Michael replies that Paco "Paco doesn't drink. Later, when talking What are you trying to Sam, he admits he guessed pull on me?" He and Sam lampshade this and how Michael had a GutFeeling that Quentin was lucky to have been right.testing him and just took a shot in the dark.
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