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2nd Dec '16 5:51:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Burke}} intentionally subverts this, by going out of his way to obtain matchbooks from bars he's never visited, and deliberately dropping them.

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* {{Burke}} Literature/{{Burke}} intentionally subverts this, by going out of his way to obtain matchbooks from bars he's never visited, and deliberately dropping them.
28th Sep '16 9:46:51 AM IndridCold13
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* [[VideoGame/BatmanTheTelltaleSeries Batman]] finds a matchbook to the Skyline Club on a dead goon.
29th Aug '16 5:46:54 AM JackG
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* ''Series/TheEqualizer''. In "No Conscience", a chronic womanizer gets kidnapped by industrial spies who kept insisting that "she said she gave it to you" and [[MistakenForSpies refuse to believe his claims of innocence]]. Realising he's going to be tortured, TheCasanova quickly "confesses" and promises to get "it" to them [[YouHaveFortyEightHours in 36 hours]] -- he then has to hire the Equalizer to help him sort through the multitude of women he's dated to find the right one. "It" turns out to be a microdot on a matchbook handed to him with a girl's phone number written on the inside; the girl had realised she was being followed and passed the microdot on to him to get rid of it. He passed it to his date-for-the-night, who passed it onto another man in the singles bar, who passed it on to a girl...

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* ''Series/TheEqualizer''. In "No Conscience", a chronic womanizer gets kidnapped by industrial spies who kept insisting that "she said she gave it to you" and [[MistakenForSpies refuse to believe his claims of innocence]]. Realising he's going to be tortured, TheCasanova quickly "confesses" and promises to get "it" to them [[YouHaveFortyEightHours in within 36 hours]] hours -- he then has to hire the Equalizer to help him sort through the multitude of women he's dated to find the right one. "It" turns out to be a microdot on a matchbook handed to him with a girl's phone number written on the inside; the girl had realised she was being followed and passed the microdot on to him to get rid of it. He passed it to his date-for-the-night, who passed it onto another man in the singles bar, who passed it on to a girl...
29th Aug '16 5:46:03 AM JackG
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* An episode of ''Series/TheEqualizer'' had a handsome chronic womaniser get kidnapped by industrial spies who kept insisting that "she said she gave it to you" and [[MistakenForSpies refuse to believe his claims of innocence]]. Realising he's going to be tortured, TheCasanova quickly "confesses" and promises to get "it" to them in 24 hours -- he then has to hire the Equalizer to help him sort through the multitude of women he's dated to find the right one. "It" turns out to be a microdot on a matchbook handed to him with a girl's phone number written on the inside; the girl had realised she was being followed and passed the microdot on to him to get rid of it.

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* An episode of ''Series/TheEqualizer'' had ''Series/TheEqualizer''. In "No Conscience", a handsome chronic womaniser get womanizer gets kidnapped by industrial spies who kept insisting that "she said she gave it to you" and [[MistakenForSpies refuse to believe his claims of innocence]]. Realising he's going to be tortured, TheCasanova quickly "confesses" and promises to get "it" to them [[YouHaveFortyEightHours in 24 hours 36 hours]] -- he then has to hire the Equalizer to help him sort through the multitude of women he's dated to find the right one. "It" turns out to be a microdot on a matchbook handed to him with a girl's phone number written on the inside; the girl had realised she was being followed and passed the microdot on to him to get rid of it. He passed it to his date-for-the-night, who passed it onto another man in the singles bar, who passed it on to a girl...
-->'''[=McCall=]:''' ...and before you know it we've got a case of matchbook, matchbook, find the bloody matchbook.
29th Jul '16 8:09:03 AM MCanter89
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A staple of mystery or FilmNoir themed shows: a lead on a missing person is provided by a branded matchbook indicating a bar they've visited.

In the old days, back when people [[SmokingIsCool cared more about looking cool than smelling fresh]], [[EverybodySmokes everyone smoked]]; accordingly, every diner, dive, and kindergarten would have a basket of logo-stamped matches by the door that patrons would just instinctively shove into their pocket. This is a reasonable (if cliche) clue for stories set in the 40s (e.g., FilmNoir). A little less realistic nowadays, but still shows up in a noir-style show.

[[DiscreditedTrope When was the last time]] you saw someone lighting a cigarette, cigar, joint, or bong [[TechnologyMarchesOn with a match]], anyway, let alone a handy clue-ready matchbook? A modern writer can still use this trope with a little imagination, though; a branded lighter would be the obvious choice, but pens or business cards could work too.

In fiction, no one ever shares matchbooks with a friend or accquaintance. Once it's in your pocket, it's locked there like a ClingyMacGuffin, a permanent memento of your journey.

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A staple of mystery mystery- or FilmNoir themed FilmNoir-themed shows: a lead on a missing person is provided by a branded matchbook indicating a bar they've visited.

In the old days, back when people [[SmokingIsCool cared more about looking cool than smelling fresh]], [[EverybodySmokes everyone smoked]]; accordingly, every diner, dive, and kindergarten would have a basket of logo-stamped matches by the door that patrons would just instinctively shove into their pocket. This is a reasonable (if cliche) cliché) clue for stories set in the 40s '40s (e.g., FilmNoir). A little less realistic nowadays, but still shows up in a noir-style show.

[[DiscreditedTrope When was the last time]] you saw someone lighting a cigarette, cigar, joint, or bong [[TechnologyMarchesOn with a match]], anyway, let alone a handy clue-ready matchbook? A modern writer can still use this trope with a little imagination, though; a branded lighter would be the obvious choice, but pens or business cards could work work, too.

In fiction, no one ever shares matchbooks with a friend or accquaintance.acquaintance. Once it's in your pocket, it's locked there like a ClingyMacGuffin, a permanent memento of your journey.



* In an issue of the ''ComicBook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}'' comic book, Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Splinter, and April return to the building from which a ridiculously large Foot Soldier had emerged. Upon entering the building, they find a matchbook bearing the name "Acme Traps", which they go to and find... [[spoiler:Donatello tied up and dangling from the ceiling, suspended over a maze.]]

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* In an issue of the ''ComicBook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}'' comic book, Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Splinter, and April return to the building from which a ridiculously large Foot Soldier had emerged. Upon entering the building, they find a matchbook bearing the name "Acme Traps", which they go to and find... find… [[spoiler:Donatello tied up and dangling from the ceiling, suspended over a maze.]]



* Hartigan in the ''Film/SinCity'' movie finds Nancy with the help of a book of matches in her apartment. He does, however, [[LampshadeHanging point out]] in the narration that it's his ''only'' lead. The time period in which the story is set [[RetroUniverse isn't entirely clear]]; some characters dress like 90s [[AntiHero antiheroes]], while the cars (equipped with early '90s car-phones) look early-60s at the latest and weapons run the gamut from swords to bleeding-edge sniper rifles. But they had to use the matchbook gag, as the whole premise of the series is "take film noir and turn all the dials {{up to eleven}}".

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* Hartigan in the ''Film/SinCity'' movie finds Nancy with the help of a book of matches in her apartment. He does, however, [[LampshadeHanging point out]] in the narration that it's his ''only'' lead. The time period in which the story is set [[RetroUniverse isn't entirely clear]]; some characters dress like 90s [[AntiHero antiheroes]], while the cars (equipped with early '90s car-phones) look early-60s early '60s at the latest and weapons run the gamut from swords to bleeding-edge sniper rifles. But they had to use the matchbook gag, as the whole premise of the series is "take film noir and turn all the dials {{up to eleven}}".



* Parodied in ''Film/LoadedWeapon1'': "I've never been there!" - "Well, these matches say you're lying." Then the matchbook is opened up, just to reveal the words "You're lying" written there.

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* Parodied in ''Film/LoadedWeapon1'': "I've never been there!" - "Well, these matches say you're lying." Then the matchbook is opened up, just to reveal the words "You're lying" written there.



* A matchbook is one of the 20 items in ''Film/{{Paycheck}}'', and seems even more of an anachronism in the future. [[spoiler: Justified in that the label on the matchbook is a painted-on disguise for its real information, and also because the hero actually needs to light matches later on.]]

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* A matchbook is one of the 20 items in ''Film/{{Paycheck}}'', and seems even more of an anachronism in the future. [[spoiler: Justified [[spoiler:Justified in that the label on the matchbook is a painted-on disguise for its real information, and also because the hero actually needs to light matches later on.]]



* In ''Literature/CityOfDevils'', Nick's first clue is a matchbook that turns out to be from a [[spoiler: brothel in which the employees are monsters pretending to be humans, and the clients pretend to turn them into monsters. No one has sex there, which the hero thinks is sick.]]

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* In ''Literature/CityOfDevils'', Nick's first clue is a matchbook that turns out to be from a [[spoiler: [[spoiler:a brothel in which the employees are monsters pretending to be humans, and the clients pretend to turn them into monsters. No one has sex there, which the hero thinks is sick.]]



* In a flashback on ''Series/VeronicaMars'', we see that Lily has quite a collection of matchbooks with Hispanic names and phone numbers written on them. Of course, she's never been to the bars or met the guys, she just left them around the house for her mother to find....
* One classic ''Series/MissionImpossible'' episode depended on a bad guy noticing something about a matchbook in order to fall for the team's BatmanGambit

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* In a flashback on ''Series/VeronicaMars'', we see that Lily has quite a collection of matchbooks with Hispanic names and phone numbers written on them. Of course, she's never been to the bars or met the guys, she just left them around the house for her mother to find....
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* One classic ''Series/MissionImpossible'' episode depended on a bad guy noticing something about a matchbook in order to fall for the team's BatmanGambitBatmanGambit.



* An episode of ''Series/TheEqualizer'' had a handsome chronic womaniser get kidnapped by industrial spies who kept insisting that "she said she gave it to you" and [[MistakenForSpies refuse to believe his claims of innocence]]. Realising he's going to be tortured, TheCasanova quickly "confesses" and promises to get "it" to them in 24 hours -- he then has to hire the Equalizer to help him sort though the multitude of women he's dated to find the right one. "It" turns out to be a microdot on a matchbook handed to him with a girl's phone number written on the inside; the girl had realised she was being followed and passed the microdot on to him to get rid of it.
* A variation in an episode of ''Series/DueSouth''. The matchbook wasn't important because of where it was from, it was important because the inside of it doubled as a mobster's address book. It ends up getting stolen by his ex-girlfriend (who just thought it was a matchbook) and accidentally ended up in the posession of a Canadian official's daughter, in a distinct aversion of the ClingyMacguffin quality of clue matchbooks in fiction.
* Lampshaded in ''Series/{{Batman}}'' in the episode, "A Death Worse Than Fate," where Zelda the Great, upon releasing Aunt Harriet whom she kidnapped, deliberately planted a matchbook of her accomplice's book store to lure the Dynamic Duo into a DeathTrap.

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* An episode of ''Series/TheEqualizer'' had a handsome chronic womaniser get kidnapped by industrial spies who kept insisting that "she said she gave it to you" and [[MistakenForSpies refuse to believe his claims of innocence]]. Realising he's going to be tortured, TheCasanova quickly "confesses" and promises to get "it" to them in 24 hours -- he then has to hire the Equalizer to help him sort though through the multitude of women he's dated to find the right one. "It" turns out to be a microdot on a matchbook handed to him with a girl's phone number written on the inside; the girl had realised she was being followed and passed the microdot on to him to get rid of it.
* A variation in an episode of ''Series/DueSouth''. The matchbook wasn't important because of where it was from, it was important because the inside of it doubled as a mobster's address book. It ends up getting stolen by his ex-girlfriend (who just thought it was a matchbook) and accidentally ended up in the posession possession of a Canadian official's daughter, in a distinct aversion of the ClingyMacguffin quality of clue matchbooks in fiction.
* Lampshaded in ''Series/{{Batman}}'' in the episode, "A Death Worse Than Fate," where Zelda the Great, upon releasing Aunt Harriet whom she kidnapped, deliberately planted a matchbook of her accomplice's book store bookstore to lure the Dynamic Duo into a DeathTrap.



* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Earl's ex-girlfriend Jessie has become a BountyHunter, and wants to take Joy in (to get back at her for a) knocking out her two front teeth and b) stealing Earl from her.) Earl goes to talk to her, while Joy hides out in his motel room. When he returns, he finds that Jessie has followed him using this method.

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* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Earl's ex-girlfriend Jessie has become a BountyHunter, and wants to take Joy in (to in--to get back at her for a) knocking out her two front teeth and b) stealing Earl from her.) her. Earl goes to talk to her, while Joy hides out in his motel room. When he returns, he finds that Jessie has followed him using this method.



* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' uses a version of this: If player visit his "grave" he can find Dinstictive Cigaret Butt and later in Boulder City he can find Distinctive Lighter. Both are unique items and can be presented as a proof of Bennys attempt to murder you. Played somewhat more realistically, in that the person you have to convince isn't swayed by either piece of evidence alone, you need both to actually get him to believe you enough to let you snoop around Benny's pad.

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* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' uses a version of this: If player visit his "grave" he can find Dinstictive Cigaret Distinctive Cigarette Butt and later in Boulder City he can find Distinctive Lighter. Both are unique items and can be presented as a proof of Bennys Benny's attempt to murder you. Played somewhat more realistically, in that the person you have to convince isn't swayed by either piece of evidence alone, you need both to actually get him to believe you enough to let you snoop around Benny's pad.



* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', pygmy janitors will sometimes drop match-books, which can be used outside of combat to unlock a bar in the Hidden City (they can also be used in combat to [[AgonyOfTheFeet give the enemy a hot-foot]]).

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* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', pygmy janitors will sometimes drop match-books, matchbooks, which can be used outside of combat to unlock a bar in the Hidden City (they can also be used in combat to [[AgonyOfTheFeet give the enemy a hot-foot]]).
23rd May '16 4:06:46 AM Andyroid
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* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', pygmy janitors will sometimes drop match-books, which can be used outside of combat to unlock a bar in the Hidden City (they can also be used in combat to [[AgonyOfTheFeet give the enemy a hot-foot]]).
8th Apr '16 9:38:37 AM Rubber_Lotus
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* Used in a ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' storyline, except that the name of the bar ''wasn't'' on the matchbook, so Batman, having used [[GPSEvidence other evidence]] to narrow it down to the East Wharf, goes from bar to bar in the guise of Matches Malone, buying books of matches until he finds the right one (and explaining he can't use the one in his mouth, because it stays there "for purposes of trademark").

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* Used in a ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' storyline, ''ComicBook/{{Batman}}'' #0, except that the name of the bar ''wasn't'' on the matchbook, so Batman, having used [[GPSEvidence other evidence]] to narrow it down to the East Wharf, goes from bar to bar in the guise of Matches Malone, buying books of matches until he finds the right one (and explaining he can't use the one in his mouth, because it stays there "for purposes of trademark").
29th Mar '16 9:37:47 AM jamespolk
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* In ''Film/StrayDog'', Sato the detective notices a matchbook in the home of the bad guy's girlfriend. It leads him to the hotel where the bad guy is hanging out.
9th Jan '16 11:52:41 AM jamespolk
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* In ''[[Film/TheThinMan Another Thin Man]]'', a matchbook leads Nick to the "West Indies Club".

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* In ''[[Film/TheThinMan Another Thin Man]]'', ''Film/AnotherThinMan'', a matchbook leads Nick to the "West Indies Club".Club", which leads to a vital clue.
17th Dec '15 9:28:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* Hartigan in the ''Film/SinCity'' movie finds Nancy with the help of a book of matches in her apartment. He does, however, [[LampshadeHanging point out]] in the narration that it's his ''only'' lead.
** The time period in which ''Sin City'' is set [[RetroUniverse isn't entirely clear]]; some characters dress like 90s [[AntiHero antiheroes]], while the cars (equipped with early '90s car-phones) look early-60s at the latest and weapons run the gamut from swords to bleeding-edge sniper rifles. But they had to use the matchbook gag, as the whole premise of the series is "take film noir and turn all the dials {{up to eleven}}".

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* Hartigan in the ''Film/SinCity'' movie finds Nancy with the help of a book of matches in her apartment. He does, however, [[LampshadeHanging point out]] in the narration that it's his ''only'' lead.
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lead. The time period in which ''Sin City'' the story is set [[RetroUniverse isn't entirely clear]]; some characters dress like 90s [[AntiHero antiheroes]], while the cars (equipped with early '90s car-phones) look early-60s at the latest and weapons run the gamut from swords to bleeding-edge sniper rifles. But they had to use the matchbook gag, as the whole premise of the series is "take film noir and turn all the dials {{up to eleven}}".
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