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18th Nov '16 5:58:57 PM Bissek
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Not only was the victim [[WhoKilledTheAsshole a horrible human being whom everybody hated on general principle]], but the victim also had specifically wronged all the other characters. [[WhoMurderedTheAsshole The killer could have been anyone]].

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Not only was the victim [[WhoKilledTheAsshole [[WhoMurderedTheAsshole a horrible human being whom everybody hated on general principle]], but the victim also had specifically wronged all the other characters. [[WhoMurderedTheAsshole The killer could have been anyone]].
18th Nov '16 5:58:21 PM Bissek
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Not only was the victim a horrible human being whom everybody hated on general principle, but the victim also had specifically wronged all the other characters. [[WhoMurderedTheAsshole The killer could have been anyone]].

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Not only was the victim [[WhoKilledTheAsshole a horrible human being whom everybody hated on general principle, principle]], but the victim also had specifically wronged all the other characters. [[WhoMurderedTheAsshole The killer could have been anyone]].
28th Oct '16 9:58:15 PM Jake
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* ''Literature/{{Fatherland}}'': When a prominent German politician is murdered in his home, the lead detective immediately raises the question of who might have a motive. Unfortunately for him, this is an AlternateHistory and said politician was a veteran SS officer who served in Nazi-occupied Poland, so the list of people with either a political or personal grudge against him is rather long. [[spoiler: Ironically, he turns out to have been murdered by his own government because [[HeKnowsTooMuch he knew too much]] about the Holocaust.]]
26th Sep '16 7:11:22 PM PaulA
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* Parodied in "Literature/TheMacbethMurderMystery" by Creator/JamesThurber. Having identified the ''true'' murderer of King Duncan, the protagonist announces that he's going to tackle ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' next. "But who do you suspect?" "Everybody."
16th Aug '16 2:07:21 AM PaulA
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* In ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Barrayar]]'', Simon Illyan has a short list and a long list of suspects in an attempted assassination of Aral Vorkosigan, and "Everyone's on my long list."

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* In ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Barrayar]]'', ''Literature/{{Barrayar}}'', Simon Illyan has a short list and a long list of suspects in an attempted assassination of Aral Vorkosigan, and "Everyone's on my long list."
19th Jul '16 4:33:51 AM Adept
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** We can't forget ''The Murder of Roger Ackroyd''. Readers of today can't imagine what a shock it was in 1926 to have the culprit of a detective novel turn out to be [[spoiler:[[UnreliableNarrator the first-person narrator]]]]. The killer [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this trope in the end by admitting even they were confused by how much everyone else looked like they might have done it, and why their relatively straighforward crime was befuddled by contradictory evidence that seemed to show it could ''not'' have happened the way it really did- it turned out most of the suspects were lying or planting fake clues to hide their own secrets and crimes, which made them more suspicious.

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** We can't forget ''The Murder of Roger Ackroyd''.''Literature/TheMurderOfRogerAckroyd''. Readers of today can't imagine what a shock it was in 1926 to have the culprit of a detective novel turn out to be [[spoiler:[[UnreliableNarrator the first-person narrator]]]]. The killer [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this trope in the end by admitting even they were confused by how much everyone else looked like they might have done it, and why their relatively straighforward crime was befuddled by contradictory evidence that seemed to show it could ''not'' have happened the way it really did- it turned out most of the suspects were lying or planting fake clues to hide their own secrets and crimes, which made them more suspicious.



** Another good example is ''Cards On The Table'' whose plot is familiar to anyone who has seen the ''Film/{{Clue}}'' film. A nasty guy invites a bunch of people to a party on the premise that all of them are scoundrels (in this case, specifically that they've all committed murder and gotten away with it) and pretty much blackmails them. Naturally, the host bites it, and there is a note at the beginning of the novel to the effect that all of them would be capable of murder if pressed. It is subtley implied that the eccentrice host is in fact {{Satan}} himself.

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** Another good example is ''Cards On The Table'' ''Literature/CardsOnTheTable'' whose plot is familiar to anyone who has seen the ''Film/{{Clue}}'' film. A nasty guy invites a bunch of people to a party on the premise that all of them are scoundrels (in this case, specifically that they've all committed murder and gotten away with it) and pretty much blackmails them. Naturally, the host bites it, and there is a note at the beginning of the novel to the effect that all of them would be capable of murder if pressed. It is subtley implied that the eccentrice host is in fact {{Satan}} himself.
22nd May '16 4:51:39 AM TMNTFanGirl
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* The "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" two-parter of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' developed motives for Homer, Bart, Smithers, Grampa, Moe, Barney, Skinner, Groundskeeper Willie -- basically, everybody in Springfield (With a few exceptions[[note]]Sideshow Mel had a knife, not a gun; Principal Skinner's gun had a silencer; Moe & Apu had guns which wouldn't wound Burns in the manner that he was; Marge Simpson & Jimbo Jones are both seen outside City Hall as a wounded Burns stumbles past; and Krusty the Clown had literally just returned to town minutes earlier.[[/note]]) as well as popular drummer Tito Puente. Marge even says the trope name at the end of part one. It then turned out that the shooting was an accident. Burns ''did'' [[spoiler: try to steal Maggie's candy...]]
* The hour-long ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "And Then There Were Fewer", everyone is a suspect in the murder of James Woods because of all the dirty things he did to them. The killer turned out to be [[spoiler: Diane Simmons]].

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* The "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" two-parter of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' developed motives for Homer, Bart, Smithers, Grampa, Moe, Barney, Skinner, Groundskeeper Willie -- basically, everybody in Springfield (With (with a few exceptions[[note]]Sideshow Mel had a knife, not a gun; Principal Skinner's gun had a silencer; Moe & Apu had guns which wouldn't wound Burns in the manner that he was; Marge Simpson & Jimbo Jones are both seen outside City Hall as a wounded Burns stumbles past; and Krusty the Clown had literally just returned to town minutes earlier.[[/note]]) as well as popular drummer Tito Puente. Marge even says the trope name at the end of part one. It then turned out that the shooting was an accident. Burns ''did'' [[spoiler: try to steal Maggie's candy...]]
* The hour-long ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "And Then There Were Fewer", everyone is a suspect in the murder of Fewer," James Woods because is murdered and, to paraphrase how Lois and Mayor West put it, "According to James Woods, everyone had a motive to kill him--but he had wronged one of all the dirty things he did us enough to them. actually want him dead." The killer turned out to be [[spoiler: Diane Simmons]].Simmons, who claimed that her life had been going downhill ever since she turned forty, and that she wanted to kill Woods to get back at him for dumping her and frame Tom for the crime to get back at him for replacing her as co-anchor with a woman that was younger and more attractive]].



* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Golem", Terry notes that whoever hijacked a large construction robot and had it go on a rampage deliberately had the robot start the rampage by totaling the new car of JerkJock Nelson Nash. When Bruce asks if anyone had a motive to want to hurt said jock, Terry replied "The line starts with me, and goes around the block. Twice."

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Golem", "Golem," Terry notes that whoever hijacked a large construction robot and had it go on a rampage deliberately had the robot start the rampage by totaling the new car of JerkJock Nelson Nash. When Bruce asks if anyone had a motive to want to hurt said jock, Terry replied "The line starts with me, and goes around the block. Twice.''Twice''."
10th Mar '16 9:45:23 AM Willbyr
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* Oddly enough, since victims in ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' tend to be... [[KillEmAll just about everyone]], just about everyone ''also'' winds up being a suspect. This helps to contribute to the drama, since Battler is trying to prove that the murders weren't committed supernaturally but doesn't want to suspect his family and friends.

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* Oddly enough, since victims in ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' tend to be... [[KillEmAll just about everyone]], just about everyone ''also'' winds up being a suspect. This helps to contribute to the drama, since Battler is trying to prove that the murders weren't committed supernaturally but doesn't want to suspect his family and friends.



* In the classic ''{{ComicBook/Spider-Man}}'' arc, The Death of Jean [=DeWolff=], Detective Stan Carter makes a statement to Spider-man that anyone in New York was a suspect in Jean [=DeWolff=]'s death. Carter even points out that he could be a suspect which is ironic since he ends up being the Sin-eater, the man who killed [=DeWolff=].

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* In the classic ''{{ComicBook/Spider-Man}}'' ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' arc, The Death of Jean [=DeWolff=], Detective Stan Carter makes a statement to Spider-man that anyone in New York was a suspect in Jean [=DeWolff=]'s death. Carter even points out that he could be a suspect which is ironic since he ends up being the Sin-eater, the man who killed [=DeWolff=].
23rd Feb '16 9:03:21 AM Eievie
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* ''Series/{{Borgia}}'': At least half the cast has reason to want [[spoiler:Juan]] dead.
20th Nov '15 2:49:58 AM benda
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** Surprisingly - and yet totally believably - subverted in [[spoiler: ''Literature/PerilAtEndHouse'']]. The detective compiles a seemingly complete list of suspects, even giving each one of them a letter of alphabet, and yet in the end it turns out that neither the main culprit (despite being there and well-known by everybody for all the time) nor one of the minor ones are on it.

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** Surprisingly - and yet totally believably - subverted in [[spoiler: ''Literature/PerilAtEndHouse'']]. The detective compiles a seemingly complete list of suspects, even giving each one of them a letter of alphabet, and yet in the end it turns out that neither the main culprit (despite being there and well-known by everybody for all the time) nor one of the minor ones are on it.
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