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23rd Aug '17 11:50:38 AM DarkHunter
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* Early in ''Anime/DeathNote'', Light sets up a system that will ensure the Death Note is destroyed in a fire should anyone try to search his room for it. The system never actually gets used; its only purpose is to highlight Light's planning and CrazyPrepared nature.
16th Jul '17 9:10:19 AM nombretomado
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* In war or during public turmoil, it is standard procedure for militaries and governments to burn their own sensitive documents just before they can fall into enemy hands. RealLife examples include [[Film/{{Argo}} Iran's US embassy workers shredding intelligence material immediately before they were overrun by the angry mob in 1980]], or the Wehrmacht burning orders and records whenever they were forced to retreat in the later stages of WW2.

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* In war or during public turmoil, it is standard procedure for militaries and governments to burn their own sensitive documents just before they can fall into enemy hands. RealLife examples include [[Film/{{Argo}} Iran's US embassy workers shredding intelligence material immediately before they were overrun by the angry mob in 1980]], or the Wehrmacht burning orders and records whenever they were forced to retreat in the later stages of WW2.[=WW2=].
12th Jun '17 6:28:55 AM ZimFan89
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** In late 1944/early 1945, as the US government is transitioning from a 12-year Progressive administration to a newly elected Republican one, the State Department puts a lot of effort into incinerating all the files and records of their illegal support for the Soviets and other left-wing militant groups around the room.

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** In late 1944/early 1945, as the US government is transitioning from a 12-year Progressive administration to a newly elected Republican one, the State Department puts a lot of effort into incinerating all the files and records of their illegal support for the Soviets and other left-wing militant groups around the room.world.
12th Jun '17 6:27:40 AM ZimFan89
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* ''Literature/TheRuinsOfAnAmericanPartySystem'': In late 1944/early 1945, as the US government is transitioning from a 12-year Progressive administration to a newly elected Republican one, the State Department puts a lot of effort into incinerating all the files and records of their illegal support for the Soviets and other left-wing militant groups around the room.

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* ''Literature/TheRuinsOfAnAmericanPartySystem'': ''Literature/TheRuinsOfAnAmericanPartySystem'':
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In late 1944/early 1945, as the US government is transitioning from a 12-year Progressive administration to a newly elected Republican one, the State Department puts a lot of effort into incinerating all the files and records of their illegal support for the Soviets and other left-wing militant groups around the room.room.
** When the government starts cracking down on [[SleazyPolitician Huey Long]] and other Commonwealth Party hardliners, Gerald L. K. Smith takes pains to eliminate all proof of financial ties between himself and Long's less than legal acts. [[spoiler: In the rush to do this, however, he fails to properly dispose of evidence connecting himself to a white supremacist terror group.]]
12th Jun '17 4:26:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* Unusual {{Music}} example: BillyTalent song "Burn the Evidence."

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* Unusual {{Music}} example: BillyTalent Music/BillyTalent song "Burn the Evidence."
3rd Jun '17 10:08:12 AM nombretomado
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* In the WhateleyUniverse, Kodiak destroys tapes of [[spoiler: the Don (and probably more of the Alphas) abusing and raping Skybolt and Cavalier, who were MindRaped into being obedient slaves]] because he knows that should the tapes get out, sooner or later the entire school would see them -- and any chance of [[spoiler: Skybolt and Cavalier]] having a normal life once they get released from the psych ward would be ruined.

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* In the WhateleyUniverse, Literature/WhateleyUniverse, Kodiak destroys tapes of [[spoiler: the Don (and probably more of the Alphas) abusing and raping Skybolt and Cavalier, who were MindRaped into being obedient slaves]] because he knows that should the tapes get out, sooner or later the entire school would see them -- and any chance of [[spoiler: Skybolt and Cavalier]] having a normal life once they get released from the psych ward would be ruined.
25th Mar '17 6:46:02 PM ZimFan89
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* ''Literature/TheRuinsOfAnAmericanPartySystem'': In late 1940/early 1941, as the US government is transitioning from a 12-year Progressive administration to a newly elected Republican one, the State Department puts a lot of effort into incinerating all the files and records of their illegal support for the Soviets and other left-wing militant groups around the room.

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* ''Literature/TheRuinsOfAnAmericanPartySystem'': In late 1940/early 1941, 1944/early 1945, as the US government is transitioning from a 12-year Progressive administration to a newly elected Republican one, the State Department puts a lot of effort into incinerating all the files and records of their illegal support for the Soviets and other left-wing militant groups around the room.
18th Mar '17 5:49:30 PM ZimFan89
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At the end of ''Film/TheUncanny'', Frank tosses Wilbur's manuscript into the fire, after receiving an unnerving stare from his cat. The manuscript goes up in flames, destroying all evidence of the conspiracy Wilbur had uncovered.

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* At the end of ''Film/TheUncanny'', Frank tosses Wilbur's manuscript into the fire, after receiving an unnerving stare from his cat. The manuscript goes up in flames, destroying all evidence of the conspiracy Wilbur had uncovered.



* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}: [[spoiler: Adachi, who is both the murderer and a detective working on the case, admits to destroying certain bits of evidence.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}: 4}}'': [[spoiler: Adachi, who is both the murderer and a detective working on the case, admits to destroying certain bits of evidence.]]



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* ''Literature/TheRuinsOfAnAmericanPartySystem'': In late 1940/early 1941, as the US government is transitioning from a 12-year Progressive administration to a newly elected Republican one, the State Department puts a lot of effort into incinerating all the files and records of their illegal support for the Soviets and other left-wing militant groups around the room.
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* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' does this in a bathroom screaming: [[LargeHam LEAVE NO EVIDENCE!!!!]]
** Which is a voice prompt for the evidence in question [[StuffBlowingUp to self-destruct.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' does this in a bathroom screaming: [[LargeHam "[[LargeHam LEAVE NO EVIDENCE!!!!]]
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EVIDENCE!!!!]]" Which is a voice prompt for the evidence in question [[StuffBlowingUp to self-destruct.]]



* In some circumstances it is possible [[http://www.forensic.sc.mahidol.ac.th/proceeding/51_nisapha.pdf to forensically examine burnt paper and read what was written on it]]. If all you've got is ash, it is presumably still utterly impossible. Similar techniques are being used in anciewnt archaelogy to "read" [[https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jan/20/words-ancient-scrolls-eruption-vesuvius-x-ray-herculaneum fire-damaged papyrus scrolls]] recovered from Pompeii's post-volcanic ruins.

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* In some circumstances it is possible [[http://www.forensic.sc.mahidol.ac.th/proceeding/51_nisapha.pdf to forensically examine burnt paper and read what was written on it]]. If all you've got is ash, it is presumably still utterly impossible. Similar techniques are being used in anciewnt ancient archaelogy to "read" [[https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jan/20/words-ancient-scrolls-eruption-vesuvius-x-ray-herculaneum fire-damaged papyrus scrolls]] recovered from Pompeii's post-volcanic ruins.
9th Jan '17 5:01:09 PM Bissek
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* One episode of ''Series/MissionImpossible'' had the team trying to rescue the captured leader of a resistance movement against an East Bloc nation, along with a microfilm containing a list of key figures supporting the resistance. The final shot of the episode is Jim Phelps burning the microfilm.
30th Dec '16 7:58:24 AM AgProv
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* In some circumstances it is possible [[http://www.forensic.sc.mahidol.ac.th/proceeding/51_nisapha.pdf to forensically examine burnt paper and read what was written on it]]. If all you've got is ash, it is presumab;y still utterly impossible.

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* In some circumstances it is possible [[http://www.forensic.sc.mahidol.ac.th/proceeding/51_nisapha.pdf to forensically examine burnt paper and read what was written on it]]. If all you've got is ash, it is presumab;y presumably still utterly impossible.impossible. Similar techniques are being used in anciewnt archaelogy to "read" [[https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jan/20/words-ancient-scrolls-eruption-vesuvius-x-ray-herculaneum fire-damaged papyrus scrolls]] recovered from Pompeii's post-volcanic ruins.
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