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8th Feb '18 8:30:21 AM Cryoclaste
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* ''VideoGame/CarmenSandiego'': Carmen is possibly only second to the Riddler in being known for this. She leaves the clues as a friendly challenge of wits against the FriendlyEnemy[=/=]WorthyOpponent detectives. It's implied she doesn't actually want the stuff she's stealing (since she would have to be set for life hundreds of times over just to pull off the heists in the first place), and is in it purely for the thrill of the chase.

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* ''VideoGame/CarmenSandiego'': ''Franchise/CarmenSandiego'': Carmen is possibly only second to the Riddler in being known for this. She leaves the clues as a friendly challenge of wits against the FriendlyEnemy[=/=]WorthyOpponent detectives. It's implied she doesn't actually want the stuff she's stealing (since she would have to be set for life hundreds of times over just to pull off the heists in the first place), and is in it purely for the thrill of the chase.



* The animated version of ''Where On Earth Is CarmenSandiego'' has this in every episode as a ShoutOut to AlphabetSoupCans. [[{{Irony}} Ironically at least one episode has the lead characters being puzzled when clues seem too obvious or follow an unusual train of logic.]]

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* The animated version of ''Where On Earth Is CarmenSandiego'' ''WesternAnimation/WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego'' has this in every episode as a ShoutOut to AlphabetSoupCans. [[{{Irony}} Ironically at least one episode has the lead characters being puzzled when clues seem too obvious or follow an unusual train of logic.]]
26th Jan '18 3:24:37 AM foxley
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* ''Series/MacGyver'' had an escaped criminal foe who went as far as to call him with math equations that would yield a clue when solved.

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* ''Series/MacGyver'' ''Series/MacGyver1985'' had an escaped criminal foe who went as far as to call him with math equations that would yield a clue when solved.
14th Jan '18 3:15:43 PM Odacon_Spy
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* Parodied on ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' with the "Identity Killer", a serial killer whose MO is to leave multiple forms of identification at the scene of each crime. Including two separate utility bills, and a T-shirt being worn by the victim with his photo on it and the text "I WAS KILLED BY (photo)". [[TooDumbToLive The police still can't catch him.]]

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* Parodied on ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' with the "Identity Killer", a serial killer whose MO is to leave multiple forms of identification at the scene of each crime. Including two separate utility bills, and a T-shirt being worn by the victim with his photo on it and the text "I WAS KILLED BY (photo)". [[TooDumbToLive [[PoliceAreUseless The police still can't catch him.]]
6th Jan '18 4:39:03 AM jormis29
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* In ''Blood Work'', the "Code Killer" leaves the number sequence "903 472 568" at his crime scenes as a taunting hint. The solution? [[spoiler: All the decimal digits are represented except 1, and his real name is Noone ("No one").]]

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* In ''Blood Work'', ''Literature/BloodWork'', the "Code Killer" leaves the number sequence "903 472 568" at his crime scenes as a taunting hint. The solution? [[spoiler: All the decimal digits are represented except 1, and his real name is Noone ("No one").]]
21st Dec '17 6:51:29 PM Malady
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* Terry Blair, a serial killer in Kansas City who was featured on ''TheFirst48'' which was filming in the city at the time, called 911 to report the location of some of the bodies of his victims, which was their first indication they actually had a serial killer, and taunt the police. In an example of a real-life [[HoistByHisOwnPetard backfire]], detectives were able to use the cell tower data to identify the area he was calling from and then the background sounds on the call to narrow it down to the street, which allowed them to home in on Blair as a suspect.

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* Terry Blair, a serial killer in Kansas City who was featured on ''TheFirst48'' ''Series/TheFirst48'' which was filming in the city at the time, called 911 to report the location of some of the bodies of his victims, which was their first indication they actually had a serial killer, and taunt the police. In an example of a real-life [[HoistByHisOwnPetard backfire]], detectives were able to use the cell tower data to identify the area he was calling from and then the background sounds on the call to narrow it down to the street, which allowed them to home in on Blair as a suspect.
13th Nov '17 7:08:58 PM PaulA
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* ''Film/AlongCameASpider''.



* The Creator/JamesPatterson novel and movie ''Film/AlongCameASpider''.

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* The Creator/JamesPatterson novel and movie ''Film/AlongCameASpider''.''Literature/AlongCameASpider''.
5th Oct '17 8:42:57 AM Odacon_Spy
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* ''VideoGame/HopkinsFBI'' had a [[IdiotPlot pretty stupid one]]. Serial killer/terrorist/cartoon villain Bernie Berckson has murdered several woman and hidden their corpses with clues leading sequentially to each other. He then challenges the titular FBI agent to find them all, with the final clue supposedly leading to his kidnapped girlfriend Samantha. Both the clues and their intended solutions [[MoonLogicPuzzle make little sense]] and [[MST3KMantra it's best not to think about]] [[FridgeLogic the absurd amount of preparation and foresight Berckson must have had]] to have set it all up. [[spoiler: And of course all of this was set up so that Hopkins would shoot and kill Samantha trying to get the last clue.]]

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* ''VideoGame/HopkinsFBI'' had a [[IdiotPlot pretty stupid one]]. Serial killer/terrorist/cartoon villain killer/terrorist/[[CardCarryingVillain cartoon villain]] Bernie Berckson has murdered several woman and hidden their corpses with around the city, [[LinkedListClueMethodology alongside clues leading sequentially to each other.other]]. He then challenges the titular FBI agent to find them all, with the final clue supposedly leading to his kidnapped girlfriend Samantha. Both the clues and their intended solutions [[MoonLogicPuzzle make little sense]] and [[MST3KMantra it's best not to think about]] [[FridgeLogic the absurd amount of preparation and foresight Berckson must have had]] to have set it all up. [[spoiler: And of course all of this was set up so that Hopkins would shoot and kill Samantha trying to get the last clue.]]
8th Sep '17 5:18:29 PM NightShade96
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* In ''Film/TheSnowman2017'', Harry Hole declares that the killer is playing games with them.
28th Aug '17 6:08:26 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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* Others who sent letters (some of them more coherent than others) include Son of Sam, BTK, and the Axeman of New Orleans. Usually, the capture had little to do with the any attempted mind games: Son of Sam was captured when a witness saw him loitering suspiciously near his illegally parked car around the time of the shootings then confessed quickly. BTK was caught after a floppy disk he sent was traced to a computer registered by a local church ([[WhatAnIdiot after being assured by investigators in a previous communication that oh yeah, they totally wouldn't be able to trace a floppy disk in any way]]).

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* Others who sent letters (some of them more coherent than others) include Son of Sam, BTK, and the Axeman of New Orleans. Usually, the capture had little to do with the any attempted mind games: Son of Sam was captured when a witness saw him loitering suspiciously near his illegally parked car around the time of the shootings then confessed quickly. BTK was caught after a floppy disk he sent was traced to a computer registered by a local church ([[WhatAnIdiot after (after being assured by investigators in a previous communication that oh yeah, they totally wouldn't be able to trace a floppy disk in any way]]).way).
13th Jul '17 1:02:42 PM hszmv1
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** Prior to his assignment to the X-Files, Mulder was a criminal profile and wrote the profile that got one man convicted to a death sentance. When the man claims he's psychic and can help the police find the kidnapped victims of the week, Mulder decidedly does not believe his claim, pointing out that this is the kind of game the convict would try and pull. Similarly, Skully starts believing the guy.
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