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23rd Nov '16 4:09:05 PM nombretomado
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* ''AngelsAndDemons'' and ''TheDaVinciCode'' both revolved around hidden messages pointing to [[AncientConspiracy Ancient Conspiracies]]. Partially justified in that ''some'' of the clues really were intended as puzzles [[spoiler:and the clues serve no real purpose except the members of the "conspiracy" find them interesting and amusing]]. Of course, Dan Brown tries to find information connected to the Holy Grail in completely unrelated things that aren't actually puzzles, but just brief asides that come off as an AuthorTract. However, [[spoiler:most of the conspiracy theories end up being false, unsubstantiated, or irrelevant in all but a philosophical respect]] so Brown could just be sharing his outlook on the world and culture.

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* ''AngelsAndDemons'' ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons'' and ''TheDaVinciCode'' ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' both revolved around hidden messages pointing to [[AncientConspiracy Ancient Conspiracies]]. Partially justified in that ''some'' of the clues really were intended as puzzles [[spoiler:and the clues serve no real purpose except the members of the "conspiracy" find them interesting and amusing]]. Of course, Dan Brown tries to find information connected to the Holy Grail in completely unrelated things that aren't actually puzzles, but just brief asides that come off as an AuthorTract. However, [[spoiler:most of the conspiracy theories end up being false, unsubstantiated, or irrelevant in all but a philosophical respect]] so Brown could just be sharing his outlook on the world and culture.
21st Oct '16 10:33:58 AM Jeduthun
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ConspiracyPlacement is the tendency of fictional conspiracies to display hidden clues to their identity where they can be found by the heroes, like ProductPlacement only coming from an organization that by definition should be trying to ''avoid'' exposure. These clues are generally hidden well enough that they will not be spotted by the general public, but you have to wonder what the point is of having such clues at all. Sometimes the story will try to justify the existence of these clues, for example by saying that finding them is a test to gain membership of the group, or a way for conspirators to identify each other, but more often it just seems to be showing off.

This can be considered TruthInTelevision, for a very loose definition of "Truth". [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory If you look hard enough]] you can find [[TheIlluminati Illuminati]] [[http://www.theforbiddenknowledge.com/greatseal/ symbols everywhere]], or connect anyone you don't like to the number [[NumberOfTheBeast 666]]. There are [[ConspiracyTheorist those who actually believe]] that real undiscovered, world-controlling conspiracies do this. [[TakeThat They're called nuts.]]

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ConspiracyPlacement is the tendency of fictional conspiracies to display hidden clues to their identity where they can be found by the heroes, like ProductPlacement only coming from an organization that by definition should be trying to ''avoid'' exposure. These clues are generally hidden well enough that they will not be spotted by the general public, but [[FridgeLogic you have to wonder what the point is of having such clues at all.all]]. Sometimes the story will try to justify the existence of these clues, for example by saying that finding them is a test to gain membership of the group, or a way for conspirators to identify each other, but more often it just seems to be showing off.

This can be considered TruthInTelevision, for a very loose definition of "Truth". [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory If you look hard enough]] you can find [[TheIlluminati Illuminati]] [[http://www.theforbiddenknowledge.com/greatseal/ symbols everywhere]], or connect anyone you don't like to the number [[NumberOfTheBeast 666]]. EpilepticTrees abound. There are [[ConspiracyTheorist those who actually believe]] that real undiscovered, world-controlling conspiracies do this. [[TakeThat They're called nuts.]]
[[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment We'll leave them to speculate about it elsewhere]].
23rd Sep '16 1:17:46 PM Lawyerdude
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* The Railroad in ''Fallout4'' posts "railsigns" showing the locations of allies, dead drops, and other important things.
19th Jun '16 1:56:06 PM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/{{The Crying of Lot 49}}'' by ThomasPynchon features a secretive underground postal service (which may or may not exist) who are apparently more concerned with spray painting their logo on every wall than they actually are with delivering the mail!

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* ''Literature/{{The Crying of Lot 49}}'' by ThomasPynchon Creator/ThomasPynchon features a secretive underground postal service (which may or may not exist) who are apparently more concerned with spray painting their logo on every wall than they actually are with delivering the mail!
13th May '16 2:32:20 PM margdean56
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* ''AngelsAndDemons'' and ''TheDaVinciCode'' both revolved around hidden messages pointing to [[AncientConspiracy Ancient Conspiracies]]. Partially justified in that ''some'' of the clues really were intended as puzzles [[spoiler:and the clues serves no real purpose except the members of the "conspiracy" finds them interesting and amusing]]. Of course, Dan Brown tries to find information connected to the Holy Grail in completely unrelated things that aren't actually puzzles, but just brief asides that come off as an AuthorTract. However, [[spoiler:most of the conspiracy theories end up being false, unsubstantiated, or irrelevant in all but a philosophical respect]] so Brown could just be sharing his outlook on the world and culture.

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* ''AngelsAndDemons'' and ''TheDaVinciCode'' both revolved around hidden messages pointing to [[AncientConspiracy Ancient Conspiracies]]. Partially justified in that ''some'' of the clues really were intended as puzzles [[spoiler:and the clues serves serve no real purpose except the members of the "conspiracy" finds find them interesting and amusing]]. Of course, Dan Brown tries to find information connected to the Holy Grail in completely unrelated things that aren't actually puzzles, but just brief asides that come off as an AuthorTract. However, [[spoiler:most of the conspiracy theories end up being false, unsubstantiated, or irrelevant in all but a philosophical respect]] so Brown could just be sharing his outlook on the world and culture.
10th May '16 11:20:32 AM MockFerret
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** They have also (possibly) filled much of the world with their secret postboxes, labelled with the initials of the conspiracy's slogan, in plain sight. Consequently, receptacles marked "WASTE" are everywhere...
29th Apr '16 10:52:34 AM TVRulezAgain
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* VFD does this compulsively in ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''.

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* VFD does this compulsively in ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''.''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''.
6th Apr '16 10:23:38 PM Aiguille
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* In the ''Podcast/AliceIsntDead'' episode "Nothing to See," HumanoidAbomination stalker the Thistle Man pointedly asks the series' {{Narrator}} if she knows who he works for while gesturing to the word "Thistle" on his uniform polo, obliquely revealing himself as an agent of TheConspiracy that has ensnared the Narrator and her missing wife Alice, though he doesn't elaborate further on his employer's nature.
13th Feb '16 4:10:52 PM alkistisioanna
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* The "{{Jesus}} fish" symbol commonly found on cars was originally used by early Christian congregations (we're talking thousands of years ago here.) The Greek word for "fish", "ikthus", happens to form an acronym that translates to "Jesus Christ, God's son, savior." Christianity was persecuted back then, so the churches placed the fish symbol on buildings around town: members of the congregation knew to follow these to the current secret meeting place, while those not in the loop just thought someone was doing fish graffiti.

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* The "{{Jesus}} fish" symbol commonly found on cars was originally used by early Christian congregations (we're talking thousands of years ago here.) The Greek word for "fish", "ikthus", "ihthis", happens to form an the acronym that translates to "Jesus Iesous Hristos, Theou Ios, Sotir = Jesus Christ, God's son, savior." savior. Christianity was persecuted back then, so the churches placed the fish symbol on buildings around town: members of the congregation knew to follow these to the current secret meeting place, while those not in the loop just thought someone was doing fish graffiti.
4th Feb '16 7:01:57 AM AnotherEpicFail
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* ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld''. Dear lord, ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld''. Conspiratorial emblems are ''everywhere'' in this game, mostly from the Illuminati, but the Knights Templar, Dragon, Orochi Group, and Phoneticians aren't much more subtle. The Illuminati also openly sponsor several public organizations, such as Innsmouth Academy. At times it can seem like TheMasquerade is nothing more than a formality.
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* ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld''. Dear lord, ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld''. Conspiratorial emblems are ''everywhere'' in this game, mostly from the Illuminati, but the Knights Templar, Templars, the Dragon, Orochi Group, the Council of Venice and Phoneticians the Phoenicians aren't much more subtle. The Illuminati also openly sponsor several public organizations, such as Innsmouth Academy. At times it can seem like In most cases, these are just ways of marking out territory in areas where TheMasquerade is nothing more than in "mere formality" mode; however, the Illuminati also use their signature pyramid sigil as a formality.
means of harnessing occult power, and they will use [[SigilSpam it at any given opportunity]] - especially on Solomon Island, where the sigils are used as part of a protective warding spell used to keep out troublesome zombies.
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