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3rd May '16 5:28:22 PM dotchan
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* ''Manga/KindaichiCaseFiles'': A victim is murdered while on the phone mere moments before [[HisNameIs he can give away the killer's identity]].
* Subverted in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'': the murderer sets up the body of his victim to call him while in full view of his friends, hoping it would give him an alibi by (falsely) invoking this trope, but Conan sees through the rouse.
24th Mar '16 8:08:14 PM R1ck
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Within this structure, the trope has visual and aural variants; the visual versions can use a old-style free-standing phone booth, a land-line telephone not in a phone booth, or a cell phone. The aural version has dial-tone (where the killer hangs up the phone, causing the hero to hear a dial tone) and open-line (where the killer doesn't hang up, and the Hero spends some time yelling "Hello! Hello?" before concluding "[[CaptainObvious Something's happened.]]") Since either of the aural versions can be combined with any of the visual versions, and all of them can be used alone, there are 11 possible combinations.

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Within this structure, the trope has visual and aural variants; the visual versions can use a old-style free-standing phone booth, a land-line telephone not in a phone booth, or a cell phone. The aural version has dial-tone (where the killer hangs up the phone, causing the hero to hear a dial tone) and open-line (where the killer doesn't hang up, and the Hero spends some time yelling "Hello! Hello?" before concluding "[[CaptainObvious Something's happened.]]") Since either of Rarely, the aural versions can be combined with any of killer will get on the visual versions, phone and all of them can be used alone, there are 11 possible combinations.
give a BondOneLiner about the murder or to mock the listener.
3rd Mar '16 2:41:35 PM MsChibi
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For extra points, the victim has [[HisNameIs said part but not all of his message]] (or even [[AlmostDeadGuy gasps a few words out as he dies]]), allowing the heroes to get a clue that will save the day later, but only after they rack their brains to get what the victim was trying to say. Even more bonus points if the informant turns and says [[YouExclamation "it's you!"]] before being offed.

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For extra points, [[KilledMidSentence the victim has has]] [[HisNameIs said part but not all of his message]] (or even [[AlmostDeadGuy gasps a few words out as he dies]]), allowing the heroes to get a clue that will save the day later, but only after they rack their brains to get what the victim was trying to say. Even more bonus points if the informant turns and says [[YouExclamation "it's you!"]] before being offed.
30th Jan '16 12:08:43 AM foxley
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* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': In "Target!", the poisoned Palmer manages to make it to a phone booth and call Steed. He gasps out some vital information, including the fact that he is already dead, before keeling over.
1st Nov '15 11:32:46 AM nombretomado
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* The opening scene of ''The Quiller Memorandum'' has a Bureau agent shot by a sniper rifle as he tries using a phone booth. {{Quiller}} is later smart enough to walk past the booth rather than try dialing for help (on both occasions the villains are letting the agent run in an attempt to find their headquarters, but naturally had to kill the agent when he simply tried phoning in his vital information instead).

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* The opening scene of ''The Quiller Memorandum'' has a Bureau agent shot by a sniper rifle as he tries using a phone booth. {{Quiller}} Literature/{{Quiller}} is later smart enough to walk past the booth rather than try dialing for help (on both occasions the villains are letting the agent run in an attempt to find their headquarters, but naturally had to kill the agent when he simply tried phoning in his vital information instead).
20th Oct '15 1:52:41 PM AjWargo
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* "VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys": On the fourth night, the Phone Guy gets killed by what sounds like all of the animatronics (Foxy's knocking, Freddy's tune, Bonnie and Chica's groaning, and Golden Freddy's screech) attacking him. You can hear the phone on the other end hanging loosely from the receiver as well as static.
** [[spoiler: And on the fifth night, [[OhCrap the phone rings again.]]]]

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* "VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys": On ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'':On the fourth night, the Phone Guy gets killed by what sounds like all of the animatronics (Foxy's knocking, Freddy's tune, Bonnie and Chica's groaning, and Golden Freddy's Freddy's[[spoiler:/Fredbear's]] screech) attacking him. You can hear the phone on the other end hanging loosely from the receiver as well as static.
** [[spoiler: And on the fifth night, [[OhCrap the phone rings again.]]]]]] This time, it's not him, though. It's apparently someone reading "Audiobiography of a Yogi".]]
26th Sep '15 2:08:34 PM DrOO7
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* Dru Sjodin was chatting with her boyfriend as she left her job when the call abruptly ended with her frantically saying, "Okay! Okay!" Concerned, he immediately called the police. Months later, after her body was found and her assailant was arrested, he admitted that this was the moment he accosted her.
* Similarly, the story of Angela Hammond, abducted while chatting with her boyfriend on a payphone (they did not have a phone at home and she felt too tired to stop at his parents home, where he was babysitting his younger brother). As they talked, she mentioned feeling uneasy about a truck that kept circling the block, then pulled in next to the phone booth. Despite her fear, she continued to talk to her boyfriend---until the last thing he heard was her scream.
25th Aug '15 1:46:06 AM Odon
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Finch is rushing to save Reese and Carter who have just been arrested by Agent Donnelly, only to have the Machine call with another potential murder victim. It turns out to be Agent Donnelly. Finch rings Donnelly to warn him, [[VillainousRescue only for a garbage truck to ram them off the road]].

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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. At the end of "Prisoner's Dilemma", Finch is rushing to save Reese and Carter who have just been arrested by Agent Donnelly, only to have the Machine call with another potential murder victim. It turns out to be Agent Donnelly. Finch rings Donnelly to warn him, [[VillainousRescue [[CarFu only for a garbage truck to ram them off the road]].road]]. The driver gets out and puts a bullet in Donnelly's head, before '[[VillainousRescue rescuing]]' Reese.
25th Aug '15 1:43:01 AM Odon
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Finch is rushing to save Reese and Carter who have just been arrested by Agent Donnelly, only to have the Machine call with another potential murder victim. It turns out to be Agent Donnelly. Finch rings Donnelly to warn him, [[VillainousRescue only for a garbage truck to ram them off the road]].
12th Aug '15 10:05:49 AM DavidCowie
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* In ''Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'' Gonzo fakes this to get rid of Lucy. He puts her into a room in a different hotel, and phones her from the room he is sharing with Duke. While calmly telling her how he stomped Duke (supposedly his rival for Lucy's affections) he starts screaming and shouting as if the room had been invaded, moans "Don't put that ''thing'' on me," and then hangs up.
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