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11th Jan '16 3:43:03 AM syckls
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* Played with in one of the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' books, when David acquires Marco. Rachel taunts the real Marco with "You know you're a toad, right?" and Cassie asks him to describe how it felt when they morphed trout. They know it's Marco because he answers [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastically]] ("Kiss me and I'll become a prince," and "The cracker crumb coating chafed," respectively).
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* Played with in In one of the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' books, when David acquires Marco. (gains the ability to morph into) Marco, Rachel taunts the real Marco with "You know you're a toad, right?" and Cassie asks him to describe how it felt when they morphed trout. They know it's Marco because he answers [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastically]] ("Kiss me and I'll become a prince," and "The cracker crumb coating chafed," respectively).
10th Jan '16 4:40:24 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''{{WesternAnimation/SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' episode "Imitation Krabs", [=SpongeBob=] quizzes Mr. Krabs and an obvious robot impostor on things "only the really real Mr. Krabs would know". The impostor (who is obsessed with Mr. Krabs, never mind that the questions are things like "How much does a Krabby Patty cost?") jumps in with the right answer on the first two questions, while Mr. Krabs fails on the third. Doesn't help that the last question is completely bizarre and nearly impossible to follow. Of course, it ''is'' [=SpongeBob=]. ** The third question is actually a trick question if you stop to think about it. Earlier in the episode, Mr. Krabs said to "never discuss the [[VerbalTic formuler]]". SpongeBob's question was about discussing the formula under certain circumstances, "outing" him as the impostor.
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* In the ''{{WesternAnimation/SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Imitation Krabs", [=SpongeBob=] quizzes Mr. Krabs and an obvious robot impostor on things "only the really real Mr. Krabs would know". The impostor (who is obsessed with Mr. Krabs, never mind that the questions are things like "How much does a Krabby Patty cost?") jumps in with the right answer on the first two questions, while Mr. Krabs fails on the third. Doesn't help that the last question is completely bizarre and nearly impossible to follow. Of course, it ''is'' [=SpongeBob=]. ** The third question is actually a trick question if you stop to think about it. Earlier in the episode, Mr. Krabs said to "never discuss the [[VerbalTic formuler]]". SpongeBob's [=SpongeBob=]'s question was about discussing the formula under certain circumstances, "outing" him as the impostor.
22nd Dec '15 6:00:44 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Outlander'', Claire tries to bluff Jack Randall into releasing her by claiming that she also works for his patron, the Duke of Sandringham. She tries to remain vague when Randall asks her if she met the Duchess, saying that she got her orders by letter, but she's still foiled because she doesn't know that the Duke never married.
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* In ''Outlander'', ''Series/{{Outlander}}'', Claire tries to bluff Jack Randall into releasing her by claiming that she also works for his patron, the Duke of Sandringham. She tries to remain vague when Randall asks her if she met the Duchess, saying that she got her orders by letter, but she's still foiled because she doesn't know that the Duke never married.

* In an episode of {Series/PainkillerJane}, Jane is set up by a wild scheme to give away the location of her team's secret headquarters. Part of the plot has her "rescued" by a shapeshifter posing as her best friend, Maureen. When Jane notices the woman doesn't have a recently applied tattoo, she talks of how she forgives Maureen for sleeping with a classmate in college. Later, after the shapeshifted is captured, they talk as it turns out the guy was the class geek and thus Jane knew it wasn't the real Maureen.
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* In an episode of {Series/PainkillerJane}, ''Series/PainkillerJane'', Jane is set up by a wild scheme to give away the location of her team's secret headquarters. Part of the plot has her "rescued" by a shapeshifter posing as her best friend, Maureen. When Jane notices the woman doesn't have a recently applied tattoo, she talks of how she forgives Maureen for sleeping with a classmate in college. Later, after the shapeshifted is captured, they talk as it turns out the guy was the class geek and thus Jane knew it wasn't the real Maureen.
27th Nov '15 5:20:05 PM DrOO7
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* A woman named Shellie Kepley became concerned because she could not reach her father, Paul Gruber, despite the fact that he continued to send her greeting cards for various holidays and events. However, she had noticed that his signature was different. The next time she called him and left a message, she reminded him of her son's upcoming birthday, as well as the money he had promised. Sure enough, she promptly received a card with a check for $25. However, this only ''confirmed'' her suspicions that something was wrong, as it was NOT her son's birthday, nor had she asked him for any money, both of which her father would have known. Police later found that a local man, Darryl Kuehl, had murdered Gruber and was keeping up the illusion of him being alive by continuing to pay his bills and send letters and cards to his family.
27th Nov '15 2:54:49 AM Nohbody
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** Episode 333: The imposter shows up in front of the real Naruto Uzumaki and declares that he is Naruto Uzumaki. Until Naruto said that [[BecauseImJonesy he was the real one]] and the imposter got curbstomped.
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** Episode 333: The imposter shows up in front of the real Naruto Uzumaki and declares that he is Naruto Uzumaki. Until Naruto said that [[BecauseImJonesy [[ConfrontingYourImposter he was the real one]] and the imposter got curbstomped.
26th Nov '15 1:06:29 AM TheUsualSuspect
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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': When Peter is controlling the body of Jesse, one of the Level 5 villains, Knox, his fellow escapee, catches him this way by asking "Jesse" if he can't wait to see his family in Detroit, when Jesse is from Leeds.
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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': When Peter is controlling the body of Jesse, one of the Level 5 villains, Knox, his fellow escapee, catches him this way by asking "Jesse" if he can't wait to see his family and friends in Detroit, when Jesse Jesse's family is from Leeds.Vegas and he doesn't have any friends.
14th Nov '15 8:17:09 AM Anodyne
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Modified entries for Paul Temple.
** In "Paul Temple and the Gilbert Case", concerned for the safety of his wife, they agree on an arbitrary question/answer which only they will know, and which she can use to challenge any telephone caller claiming to be him. The first use of the question, in that episode, the caller really is Paul (although there's a [[CliffHanger cliffhanger]] before he answers, which initially makes it seem like he's an impostor); the second time is a subversion, but on a subsequent occasion, in "Paul Temple and the Conrad Case", it's successful in revealing an impostor.
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** In "Paul Temple and the Gilbert Case", concerned for the safety of his wife, they agree on an arbitrary question/answer which only they will know, and which she can use to challenge any telephone caller claiming to be him. The When Steve first use of uses the question, in that episode, the caller really is Paul (although there's a [[CliffHanger cliffhanger]] before he answers, which initially makes it seem like he's an impostor); the second time is a subversion, but on a subsequent occasion, in "Paul Temple and the Conrad Case", it's successful in revealing an impostor.

* In ''Paul Temple and the Gilbert Case'', Temple and his wife agree on a question/answer which only they will know, and which she can use to challenge any telephone caller claiming to be him. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:the bad guys have bugged their conversation]]. When 'Temple' next telephones, 'he' even goes so far as to remind her to use the secret question, which is then answered correctly.
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* In ''Paul Temple and the Gilbert Case'', Temple and his wife agree on a question/answer which only they will know, and which she can use to challenge any telephone caller claiming to be him. Unfortunately, In a later series - "The Spencer Affair" - they decide to use it again, but unfortunately, [[spoiler:the bad guys have bugged their conversation]]. When 'Temple' next telephones, 'he' even goes so far as to remind her to use the secret question, which is then answered correctly.
11th Nov '15 2:17:14 AM GravityBone
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[[folder:Podcasts]] * Podcast/DiceFunk: Rinaldo does this to [[spoiler:the fake lord's son by referring to a non-existent deceased aunt.]] [[/folder]]
6th Nov '15 1:02:09 PM JBK405
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* From ''Film/{{Dave}}'': -->'''Ellen:''' Reminds me of when you were in the state legislature.\\
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* From ''Film/{{Dave}}'': -->'''Ellen:''' ''Film/{{Dave}}'', where Dave has ben hired to stand in for the President after a stroke renders him comatose. -->'''Ellen (The President's Wife):''' Reminds me of when you were in the state legislature.\\
2nd Nov '15 7:44:28 PM Mhazard
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* In World War II: A variation for those on watch both used and inverted this system: The guard would state "The Land of the Free," to which an American would reply "And the Home of the Brave." Then the guard would state "The Terror of Flight," to which a German would reply as "And the Gloom of the Grave"... Every American soldier would know the first verse of their national anthem, but only a spy trying too hard to pass as one would know the ''third'' verse.
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* In World War II: A variation for those on watch both used and inverted this system: The guard would state "The Land of the Free," to which an American would reply "And the Home of the Brave." Then the guard would state "The Terror of Flight," to which a German would reply as "And the Gloom of the Grave"... Every American soldier would know the first verse of their national anthem, but only a spy [[INeverSaidItWasPoison trying too hard to pass as one one]] would know the ''third'' verse.
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