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10th Sep '17 2:59:40 AM Byzantine
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*Pretty much the solution to "The Roman Puzzle" (1994), a [[ComicBook/DisneyMouseAndDuckComics Mickey Mouse]] mystery story by writer Bob Langhans. Mickey, as a professional detective, has been hired by a famous film director (and producer) to find out who has been sabotaging the production of his latest film. The director's career depends on this film. While there are early hints that the villain is the Phantom Blot, the film is an unauthorized and unflattering depiction of the Blot's life, Mickey pays attention to how poorly the director treats most of his associates. At the end the Blot is revealed as the mastermind behind the sabotage plan, but the Blot's accomplices include the director's own wife, plus actors, screenwriters, and other people who have been working for and with him for years. They hate him because he has taken credit for their work, verbally abused them for years, derailed their careers to ensure that they keep working for him, and he has kept giving them empty promises about promotions. While the "villains" (except the Blot) are going to prison, the shocked director realizes his isolation. He may complete his film and rescue his career, but he just lost the closest thing he had to friends and family. Not exactly a happy ending.
2nd Jul '17 6:55:59 PM foxley
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* ''Series/{{Motive}}'': In "A Bullet for Joey", three brothers shoot the victim at the same time. However, two of the three guns are loaded with blanks; the idea being that will never know which of them fired the fatal shot. But one of the brothers confesses to knowing which gun was loaded with the real bullet, and choosing that gun to ensure the murder happened. He is charged with murder, and his brothers are charged with conspiracy.
28th Jun '17 3:06:25 PM RedScharlach
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* Peter Milligan's ''ComicBook/ShadeTheChangingMan'' used this to ''avoid'' solving the mystery of "WhoShotJFK", instead Hand Waving with a glancing look at every possible speculation, then concluding that EverybodyDidIt. Justified in that Shade is a stranger to American culture, and that he was dealing with a madman's obsession covering up for grieving his lost daughter.

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* Peter Milligan's ''ComicBook/ShadeTheChangingMan'' used this to ''avoid'' solving the mystery of "WhoShotJFK", instead [[HandWave Hand Waving Waving]] with a glancing look at every possible speculation, then concluding that EverybodyDidIt. Justified in that Shade is a stranger to American culture, and that he was dealing with a madman's obsession covering up for grieving his lost daughter.



* Inverted- In the 1955 [[Creator/AlfredHitchcock Hitchcock]] film ''Film/TheTroubleWithHarry'', a town of people find the body of a dead resident, Harry. Everyone believes themselves and everyone else to be responsible for the death. It turns out that no one did it, and Harry died of natural causes.

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* Inverted- In Inverted in the 1955 [[Creator/AlfredHitchcock Hitchcock]] film ''Film/TheTroubleWithHarry'', a ''Film/TheTroubleWithHarry''. A town of people find the body of a dead resident, Harry. Everyone believes themselves and everyone else to be responsible for the death. It turns out that no one did it, and Harry died of natural causes.



* ''[[Literature/SmallChange Farthing]]'' by Creator/JoWalton is set up to appear like a classic [[GenteelInterbellumSetting interbellum]] country-house murder mystery. It's not. It's a political conspiracy. The "Farthing Set", a group of fascisticly-inclined young upper-class political risers, arrange to kill one of their own members, James Thirkie. As a result, Mark Normanby becomes Prime Minister on a wave of sympathy; and the framing of an English Jew and an Irishman alleged to be an anarchist helps complete the country's slide into fascism. Other members of the Farthing Set also wind up well-placed in the new government. Widowed Angela Thirkie also benefits and takes off with the chauffeur. Anyone who knows anything disproving the conspiracy is KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade, including Thirkie's own mother.

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* ''[[Literature/SmallChange Farthing]]'' by Creator/JoWalton is set up to appear like a classic [[GenteelInterbellumSetting interbellum]] country-house murder mystery. It's not. It's a political conspiracy. The "Farthing Set", a group of fascisticly-inclined fascistically-inclined young upper-class political risers, arrange to kill one of their own members, James Thirkie. As a result, Mark Normanby becomes Prime Minister on a wave of sympathy; and the framing of an English Jew and an Irishman alleged to be an anarchist helps complete the country's slide into fascism. Other members of the Farthing Set also wind up well-placed in the new government. Widowed Angela Thirkie also benefits and takes off with the chauffeur. Anyone who knows anything disproving the conspiracy is KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade, including Thirkie's own mother.



* On ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' One of the major plot twists was the someone shot and killed Main Character J.R. . To avoid any leaks the producers, cast, and crew shot scenes of everyone's character individually shooting J.R..... [[UpToEleven Up to and including J.R. himself ambushing himself in his own office and mercilessly gunning himself down.]]

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* On ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' One ''Series/{{Dallas}}'', one of the major plot twists was the someone shot and killed Main Character shooting of J.R. . Ewing. To avoid any leaks leaks, the producers, cast, and crew shot scenes of everyone's character individually shooting J.R..... [[UpToEleven Up to and including J.R. himself ambushing himself in his own office and mercilessly gunning himself down.]]



* ''Series/DeathInParadise'': In "Dishing Up Murder", all of the suspects colluded to stage an elaborate cover-up to make it appear the VictimOfTheWeek was murdered 12 hours later than he actually was. This provided them all with alibi, except for the one person who didn't have a motive.

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* ''Series/DeathInParadise'': In "Dishing Up Murder", all of the suspects colluded to stage an elaborate cover-up to make it appear the VictimOfTheWeek was murdered 12 hours later than he actually was. This provided them all with an alibi, except for the one person who didn't have a motive.



* Done in an episode of ''ThePJs'', Thurgood takes Calvin and Juicy's homemade go-cart for a ride, and wrecks it in the process. He plays innocent while the residents try to get to the bottom of who broke it. To which each one admits they had taken it for a joyride in some form or another.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress MMMystery on the Friendship Express]], the Marzipan Mascarpone Meringue Madness was partially eaten by [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, and Rarity. The other bakers also ate each others desserts.]]

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* Done in an episode of ''ThePJs'', ''ThePJs'': Thurgood takes Calvin and Juicy's homemade go-cart for a ride, and wrecks it in the process. He plays innocent while the residents try to get to the bottom of who broke it. To which each one admits they had taken it for a joyride in some form or another.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress MMMystery on the Friendship Express]], the Marzipan Mascarpone Meringue Madness was partially eaten by [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, and Rarity. The other bakers also ate each others others' desserts.]]
14th Apr '17 3:02:28 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Film/GosfordPark'': [[spoiler: The AssholeVictim was the father of the would-be murderer by his housekeeper, who knew her son was planning to kill him and got there first so that he'd be guilty only of stabbing a dead body]].
16th Mar '17 8:26:58 PM foxley
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* ''Series/DeathInParadise'': In "Dishing Up Murder", all of the suspects colluded to stage an elaborate cover-up to make it appear the VictimOfTheWeek was murdered 12 hours later than he actually was. This provided them all with alibi, except for the one person who didn't have a motive.
8th Mar '17 5:11:27 PM nombretomado
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* In the MercedesLackey song "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night," it's implied that the Count was the man who murdered the Countess, though given how there was at least one servant able to testify as to where he was at any given ''minute'' that night, it was obvious that the entire household was in on it. The death was ruled as 'suicide'.

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* In the MercedesLackey Creator/MercedesLackey song "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night," it's implied that the Count was the man who murdered the Countess, though given how there was at least one servant able to testify as to where he was at any given ''minute'' that night, it was obvious that the entire household was in on it. The death was ruled as 'suicide'.
27th Feb '17 9:30:15 AM erforce
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* The film version of ''Film/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'' is an even better example of this than the book.

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* The 1974 film version of ''Film/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'' ''[[Film/MurderOnTheOrientExpress1974 Murder on the Orient Express]]'' is an even better example of this than the book.
16th Dec '16 2:35:36 PM Mdumas43073
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See also EveryoneIsASuspect.

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See also EveryoneIsASuspect.
EveryoneIsASuspect and LotsaPeopleTryToDunIt.
30th Oct '16 8:10:31 AM Morgenthaler
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See also EveryoneIsASuspect.
30th Oct '16 8:09:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* The former TropeNamer would be the Creator/AgathaChristie novel ''MurderOnTheOrientExpress'', where [[EveryoneIsASuspect everyone was suspected]], and for good reason. [[ItWasHisSled Not really a spoiler any more.]] Also the TropeMaker and UrExample.

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* The former TropeNamer would be the Creator/AgathaChristie novel ''MurderOnTheOrientExpress'', ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'', where [[EveryoneIsASuspect everyone was suspected]], and for good reason. [[ItWasHisSled Not really a spoiler any more.]] Also the TropeMaker and UrExample.



* ''Series/ThirtyRock'' episode "It's Never Too Late For Now" is a WholePlotReference to ''MurderOnTheOrientExpress'' - Liz is even watching the 1974 film. The "crime" is that there was a conspiracy to get her laid with a Canadian gigolo. Like Poirot, she rejects the complex (though true) answer that all of her co-workers felt bad for her and got her laid, but the simple explanation that she met a guy, and had fun night.

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* ''Series/ThirtyRock'' episode "It's Never Too Late For Now" is a WholePlotReference to ''MurderOnTheOrientExpress'' ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'' - Liz is even watching the 1974 film. The "crime" is that there was a conspiracy to get her laid with a Canadian gigolo. Like Poirot, she rejects the complex (though true) answer that all of her co-workers felt bad for her and got her laid, but the simple explanation that she met a guy, and had fun night.
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