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21st Mar '17 1:47:46 PM eroock
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* In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' episode "[[Recap/SherlockS03E03HisLastVow His Last Vow]]", Sherlock's meeting with Mary at Leinster Gardens is revealed to be one. Sherlock tricks Mary into revealing details about her past as an assassin while John listens in from across the corridor. As you might expect, she gets an OhCrap when Sherlock reveals the ruse and that John heard the whole thing.
10th Mar '17 10:40:57 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Project ALF'', the MadeForTVMovie that serves to wrap-up ''Series/{{ALF}}'', the BigBad is an Air Force Colonel, who has a personal score to settle with the titular alien, as he believes that aliens have performed experiments on his mother. Early in the movie, he has his NumberTwo requisition a deadly substance to be used to quietly kill ALF. Two other officers find out about this and spirit ALF away, becoming fugitives. Eventually, they are cornered by the Colonel, and one of them tries to confront him with the requisition form. The Colonel points out that the request has his NumberTwo's name on it, not his, and then lights the piece of paper on fire, just in case. Unknown to both men, their conversation is recorded by a security camera, which happens to make its way into the hands of the NumberTwo. Upon finding out that his superior has planned to frame him from the get-to, he shows the recording to a general, and the Colonel is too stunned to be able to offer an explanation.

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* In ''Project ALF'', ''Film/ProjectALF'', the MadeForTVMovie that serves to wrap-up ''Series/{{ALF}}'', the BigBad is an Air Force Colonel, who has a personal score to settle with the titular alien, as he believes that aliens have performed experiments on his mother. Early in the movie, he has his NumberTwo requisition a deadly substance to be used to quietly kill ALF. Two other officers find out about this and spirit ALF away, becoming fugitives. Eventually, they are cornered by the Colonel, and one of them tries to confront him with the requisition form. The Colonel points out that the request has his NumberTwo's name on it, not his, and then lights the piece of paper on fire, just in case. Unknown to both men, their conversation is recorded by a security camera, which happens to make its way into the hands of the NumberTwo. Upon finding out that his superior has planned to frame him from the get-to, he shows the recording to a general, and the Colonel is too stunned to be able to offer an explanation.
10th Mar '17 10:40:32 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Project ALF'', the MadeForTVMovie that serves to wrap-up ''Series/{{ALF}}'', the BigBad is an Air Force Colonel, who has a personal score to settle with the titular alien, as he believes that aliens have performed experiments on his mother. Early in the movie, he has his NumberTwo requisition a deadly substance to be used to quietly kill ALF. Two other officers find out about this and spirit ALF away, becoming fugitives. Eventually, they are cornered by the Colonel, and one of them tries to confront him with the requisition form. The Colonel points out that the request has his NumberTwo's name on it, not his, and then lights the piece of paper on fire, just in case. Unknown to both men, their conversation is recorded by a security camera, which happens to make its way into the hands of the NumberTwo. Upon finding out that his superior has planned to frame him from the get-to, he shows the recording to a general, and the Colonel is too stunned to be able to offer an explanation.
10th Mar '17 10:22:49 AM ChronoLegion
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** They manage to engineer an elaborate way to get a PhonyPsychic to out himself to his audience (and on live TV), even though their plan is initially threatened by a criminal kidnapping said psychic in order to find a stash his dead partner hid. In desperation, the psychic screams that he's not real and explains how he does what he does. Cue the doors opening and revealing the audience and the cameras.



* A variation of this occurs on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. Sisko is ordered not to tell the Cardassians of the Klingon plan to invade them. To get around this, whilst discussing the invasion plan with his senior staff, he has himself measured for a suit by Garak, a resident cardassian tailor who has an OpenSecret that he's a former [[StateSec Obsidian Order]] operative. Savvy as he is, Garak didn't miss a beat and relayed the intel.

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* A variation of this occurs on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. Sisko is ordered not to tell the Cardassians of the Klingon plan to invade them. To get around this, whilst discussing the invasion plan with his senior staff, he has himself measured for a suit by Garak, a resident cardassian Cardassian tailor who has an OpenSecret that he's a former [[StateSec Obsidian Order]] operative. Savvy as he is, Garak didn't miss a beat and relayed the intel.


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* In ''Series/{{Suits}}'', while in prison the former lawyer Stephen Huntley provides evidence against the firm. Knowing it's fake, Mike and Donna visit him in prison to confront him. Huntley initially assumes he's meeting his lawyer and then points out that Mike is not his lawyer. After they confront him, he admits to having faked the evidence in order to get back at the firm for their own fake evidence against him (although he was actually guilty of that crime). Mike then reminds him that there's all the visitations rooms are recorded. Huntley points out that, by law, cameras are shut off for client-attorney visits. Mike smugly explains that he is ''not'' Huntley's attorney. Therefore, the cameras have been recording all this time. Whoops.
10th Mar '17 10:14:27 AM ChronoLegion
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** Tony gets one out of Eli David, the ''Director of Mossad'' regarding the motivations of Michael Rivkin. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Bonus points because Tony was the one being interrogated for killing him.]]

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** Tony gets one out of Eli David, the ''Director of Mossad'' regarding the motivations of Michael Rivkin. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Bonus points because Tony was the one being interrogated for killing him.]] Eli realizes what happened as soon as the words leave his mouth and praises Tony for his cleverness.
10th Mar '17 10:11:40 AM ChronoLegion
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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Day of the Moon", the Doctor and friends pull a variety of this on [[spoiler:the Silence. "You tend to my wounds. You are foolish. You should kill us all on sight!" rants a wounded Silent. The last sentence is later replayed as one of these during the live footage of Neil Armstrong's first step on the moon, all around the world, reinterpreted as a hypnotic command. The humans do as they're told. Even better, since the confession was spliced into one of humanity's biggest historical milestones, the Doctor ensured that humans will continue to see the message for a looooong time.]]

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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Day of the Moon", the Doctor and friends pull a variety of this on [[spoiler:the Silence. "You tend to my wounds. You are foolish. You should kill us all on sight!" rants a wounded Silent. The last sentence is later replayed as one of these during the live footage of Neil Armstrong's first step on the moon, all around the world, reinterpreted as a hypnotic command. The humans do as they're told. Even better, since the confession was spliced into one of humanity's biggest historical milestones, the Doctor ensured that humans will continue to see the message for a looooong time.]] To be fair, the Silent in question had no idea that the person her was talking to was holding a 21st century smartphone set to record a video]].
9th Mar '17 8:12:39 AM MarsJenkar
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* During Creator/TimothyZahn's [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Thrawn Trilogy]] in the Franchise/StarWarsLegends, Princess Leia [[http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/1175290.html gets to do this]] to SmugSnake Borsk Fey'lya--the ship they're in goes to arrest Han, Luke, and Rogue Squadron, and when an Imperial Star Destroyer shows up and the Rogues start flying cover, Fey'lya's ship and escorts go to abandon them and flee, nominally to get back and warn the Republic. Leia goads him into admitting that the only use soldiers could have to a politician is political power, and his political enemies are his enemies in truth--the people on his ship and flying as his escort are his most ardent supporters, fleeing and letting his "enemies" die can only benefit him. His supporters promptly mutiny and [[BigDamnHeroes turn back to save the others]].

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* During Creator/TimothyZahn's [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Thrawn Trilogy]] in the Franchise/StarWarsLegends, Princess Leia [[http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/1175290.html gets to do this]] to SmugSnake Borsk Fey'lya--the ship they're in goes to arrest Han, Luke, and Rogue Squadron, and when an Imperial Star Destroyer shows up and the Rogues start flying cover, Fey'lya's ship and escorts go to abandon them and flee, nominally to get back and warn the Republic. Leia Leia, at the covert suggestion of smuggler Talon Karrde (who had provided the location of the objective that Han & co. were going for), quietly turns on the ship's intercom and outgoing communications, then goads him Fey'lya into admitting that the only use soldiers could have to a politician is political power, and his political enemies are his enemies in truth--the people on his ship and flying as his escort are his most ardent supporters, supporters; fleeing and letting his "enemies" die can only benefit him. His Fey'lya's supporters promptly mutiny turn on him, and [[BigDamnHeroes turn back to save the others]].
4th Mar '17 1:34:10 PM nombretomado
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* The 'Crazy Eights' storyline in the MarvelComics "WonderMan" book. Eight newly superpowered friends of Wonder Man manage to record L.A's top security firm as really being a bunch of murderous thugs for hire. A violent chase ensues all over town, ending with a Hail Mary pass to a reporter acquaintance. Ironically, the reporter's view of costumed people tussling with the security firm just increases her curiosity to view the tape.

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* The 'Crazy Eights' storyline in the MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics "WonderMan" book. Eight newly superpowered friends of Wonder Man manage to record L.A's top security firm as really being a bunch of murderous thugs for hire. A violent chase ensues all over town, ending with a Hail Mary pass to a reporter acquaintance. Ironically, the reporter's view of costumed people tussling with the security firm just increases her curiosity to view the tape.
21st Feb '17 9:01:20 PM Sammettik
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** An episode has Timmy proving to the authorities that assign fairy godparents that Vicky (who had taken Cosmo and Wanda from him) was happy (and thus no longer needed the two) with a tape recorder. A manipulated tape recorder, at that. One side is her talking, the other is a faked voice. When she protests the fake voice, he reveals he recorded her protest. Probably counts as KarmicDeath, as Vicky used the same trick earlier.
** That's not exactly how it went. The two times Vicky did it to Timmy involved her [[QuoteMining using two separate recordings]] and then Timmy did it to her with two recordings after turning her into a child pertaining to her stealing from her mom's purse. When Timmy plays the recording of Vicky saying she's happy and doesn't need the fairies anymore, this time, it's one full recording all the way through.

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** An episode has Vicky QuoteMining Timmy proving to the authorities that assign fairy godparents that Vicky (who had taken Cosmo and Wanda from him) was happy (and thus no longer needed the two) with a tape recorder. A manipulated tape recorder, at that. One side is her talking, the other is a faked voice. When she protests the fake voice, he reveals he recorded her protest. Probably counts as KarmicDeath, as Vicky used the same trick earlier.
** That's not exactly how it went. The two times Vicky did it to Timmy involved her [[QuoteMining
using two separate recordings]] recordings, and then Timmy did does it to her with two recordings back after turning her into a child pertaining to her stealing from her mom's purse. When Timmy later plays the a recording of Vicky saying she's happy and doesn't need the fairies anymore, this time, it's one full recording all the way through.
20th Feb '17 5:02:05 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/HughGrant helped bring down the [[BritishNewspapers News of the World]] by secretly recording a meeting with [[{{Paparazzi}} one of their former paparazzos]], who spilt the beans about the phone hacking affair. Doubles as a TakeThat and a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for all the stick the British tabloids have given him.

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* Creator/HughGrant helped bring down the [[BritishNewspapers [[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers News of the World]] by secretly recording a meeting with [[{{Paparazzi}} one of their former paparazzos]], who spilt the beans about the phone hacking affair. Doubles as a TakeThat and a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for all the stick the British tabloids have given him.
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