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26th Feb '17 2:34:03 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* In ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'', the plot is kickstarted when Edmund Dantes is betrayed by a forged letter and convicted of a crime he didn't commit. The rest of the story is a RoaringRampageofRevenge for this.

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* In ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'', the plot is kickstarted when Edmund Dantes is betrayed by a forged letter and convicted of a crime he didn't commit. The rest of the story is a RoaringRampageofRevenge RoaringRampageOfRevenge for this.
1st Feb '17 4:22:53 PM KidDynamite
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* One of the recurring bits on ''Series/WelcomeBackKotter'' was for Epstein to produce a note allegedly from his mother over some issue. Kotter was never fooled as they all ended, "Signed, Epstein's Mother".
18th Jan '17 6:53:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' campaign ''Shadows of Yog-Sothoth'', adventure "The Coven of Cannich". After the witches (CthulhuMythos cultists) in Scotland kill Henry Hancock, they send a fake letter supposedly written by him to his nephew Jacob to cover up his death.

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* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' campaign ''Shadows of Yog-Sothoth'', adventure "The Coven of Cannich". After the witches (CthulhuMythos (Franchise/CthulhuMythos cultists) in Scotland kill Henry Hancock, they send a fake letter supposedly written by him to his nephew Jacob to cover up his death.



* In the ''ProfessorLayton'' game ''Professor Layton and the Lost Future'' (or ''Unwound Future''), Clive pretends to be Luke from 10 years into the future, he writes a letter dated ten years into the future requesting the esteemed Professor's help and signing it as his apprentice, including an address [[spoiler:which contains a lift to below the tube, where the 'future' has been built and Clive attempts to get revenge on Professor Layton by pretending to be the boy closest to him. There is an actual time machine though]].

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* In the ''ProfessorLayton'' ''VideoGame/ProfessorLayton'' game ''Professor Layton and the Lost Future'' (or ''Unwound Future''), Clive pretends to be Luke from 10 years into the future, he writes a letter dated ten years into the future requesting the esteemed Professor's help and signing it as his apprentice, including an address [[spoiler:which contains a lift to below the tube, where the 'future' has been built and Clive attempts to get revenge on Professor Layton by pretending to be the boy closest to him. There is an actual time machine though]].
26th Nov '16 12:15:22 PM Odacon_Spy
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* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', Trevor has been keeping contact with Bradley via email while the latter is in prison for their botched heist. It's later revealed that [[spoiler: Bradley died in the shootout following the heist and the guy he's actually been emailing is FBI agent David.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', Trevor has been keeping contact with Bradley Brad via email while the latter is in prison for their botched heist. It's later revealed that [[spoiler: Bradley Brad died in the shootout following the heist and the guy he's actually been emailing is FBI FIB agent David.Dave Norton, Michael's handler, using "Brad's" emails to keep tabs on him.]]
5th Oct '16 11:47:24 AM Monolaf317
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These can be used in a BatmanGambit, as they are usually written with the expectation that the recipient will react in a certain way. Quite often they can be used to lure someone into a trap. Other times they may be used to arrange meetings between people by a third party. They may also be used by well-meaning people to end a fight between others by sending a letter of apology on their behalf. How successful this can be varies.

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These can be used in a BatmanGambit, as they are usually written with the expectation that the recipient will react in a certain way. Quite often they can be used to lure someone into a trap. Other times they may be used to arrange meetings between people by a third party. They may also be used by well-meaning people in a FeudEpisode to end a fight between others by sending a letter of apology on their behalf. How successful this can be varies.









* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'': In "Pierced", the titular duo forge parental permission letters in order to get [[TitleDrop ear piercings]] at a store. The crumpled notes simply read "DO IT NOW BUTTHEADS MOM" and "YEAH". Of course, they fail.
-->'''Woman at the counter''': Uhh, looks to me like you guys did these yourselves.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'': In "Pierced", the titular duo forge parental permission letters in order to get [[TitleDrop ear piercings]] skull earrings at a store. The crumpled notes simply read "DO IT NOW BUTTHEADS MOM" and "YEAH". Of course, they fail.
-->'''Woman at the counter''': counter:''' Uhh, looks to me like you guys did these yourselves.



22nd May '16 9:14:12 AM res20stupid
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* Attempted by Makoto in ''VideoGame/BlazblueContinuumShift'' in order to prevent Tsubaki from completing her mission of [[spoiler: assassinating Noel, their friend]]. It didn't work because the forged letter was an order from the Imperator, the supreme ruler of the NOL and Makoto's instantly branded a traitor and has to fight Tsubaki. [[spoiler: Both because the letter was written instantly, but also because Tsubaki's order were ''given'' by the Imperator]].
18th May '16 3:51:51 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''Manga/CandyCandy'' has [[spoiler: Eliza writing a fake letter from Candy to Terry, and another from Terry to Cany, telling them to meet outside their BoardingSchool's dorms at night. [[IdiotBall They both fall for it and go there, despite knowing that the very strict school punishes such things with expulsion]]...]]

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* ''Manga/CandyCandy'' has [[spoiler: Eliza [[AlphaBitch Eliza]] writing a fake letter from Candy [[NaiveEverygirl Candy]] to Terry, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Terry]], and another from Terry to Cany, Candy, telling them to meet outside their BoardingSchool's dorms at night. [[IdiotBall They both fall for it and go there, despite knowing that the very strict school punishes such things with expulsion]]...]]
18th May '16 3:50:38 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''Manga/CandyCandy'' has [[spoiler: Eliza writing a fake letter from Candy to Terry, and another from Terry to Cany, telling them to meet outside their BoardingSchool's dorms at night. [[IdiotBall They both fall for it and go there, despite knowing that the very strict school punishes such things with expulsion]]...]]
9th Mar '16 10:08:00 AM Prfnoff
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** In a wintertime SundayStrip, Hobbes delivers Calvin a letter apparently written by SantaClaus. It begins by calling Calvin a "rotten little kid" and tells him he has seven days to put himself back on the "good boy" list. Calvin, terrified, reads through the suggestion that he start by being kind to animals, giving them snacks and letting them read his comic books. However, his trust in the letter is shattered when he sees that it's signed "Santa Claws," and he suddenly recognizes the handwriting as that of the tiger standing next to him all too smugly.

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** In a wintertime SundayStrip, Hobbes delivers Calvin a letter apparently written by SantaClaus. It begins by calling Calvin a "rotten little kid" and tells him he has seven days to put himself back on the "good boy" list. Calvin, terrified, reads through the suggestion that he start by being kind to animals, giving them snacks and letting them read his comic books. However, his trust in the letter is shattered turns to incredulity and then rage when he sees that it's signed "Santa Claws," and he suddenly recognizes the handwriting as that of the tiger standing next to him all too smugly.
3rd Mar '16 10:09:21 AM Prfnoff
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* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': Calvin attempts to leave school using a forged note signed by the President ("P.S.: Really."). Naturally, this fails.

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Calvin attempts to leave school using a forged note signed by the President ("P.S.: Really."). Naturally, this fails.fails.
** In a wintertime SundayStrip, Hobbes delivers Calvin a letter apparently written by SantaClaus. It begins by calling Calvin a "rotten little kid" and tells him he has seven days to put himself back on the "good boy" list. Calvin, terrified, reads through the suggestion that he start by being kind to animals, giving them snacks and letting them read his comic books. However, his trust in the letter is shattered when he sees that it's signed "Santa Claws," and he suddenly recognizes the handwriting as that of the tiger standing next to him all too smugly.
--->'''Hobbes''' ''(sticking out his tongue)'': Well, it's what Santa ''would've'' written if he wasn't so busy now.
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