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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}}".
17th Dec '15 9:02:31 AM Morgenthaler
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7th Dec '15 9:53:03 AM Hossmeister
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* Phoenix in ''PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials and Tribulations'' finds a matchbook for the Tres Bien restaurant, where a murder was committed, in the office of a loan shark. He later uses the matchbook to refute the loan shark's claim that he had never set foot in Tres Bien, and thus could not have been the murderer.

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* Phoenix in ''PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials and Tribulations'' ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'' finds a matchbook for the Tres Bien restaurant, where a murder was committed, in the office of a loan shark. He later uses the matchbook to refute the loan shark's claim that he had never set foot in Tres Bien, and thus could not have been the murderer.
20th Nov '15 8:26:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* Parodied in ''Loaded Weapon'': "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 ''Loaded Weapon'': ''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 ''{{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 ''{{Paycheck}}'', ''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.]]



* A branded napkin is the clue in ''Sinners and Saints'' (2010), for a club that closed down five years before, so the police realise the villains are using the supposedly derelict building.

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* A branded napkin is the clue in ''Sinners and Saints'' ''Film/SinnersAndSaints'' (2010), for a club that closed down five years before, so the police realise the villains are using the supposedly derelict building.
14th Nov '15 5:47:24 PM nombretomado
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* [[TheRockfordFiles Jim Rockford]] often finds matchbooks as clues. This is a 1970s show. [[Series/MagnumPI Tom Magnum]] sometimes finds matchbooks, but his adventures take place in the 1980s, when people were starting to smoke less. He's more likely to find business cards.

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* [[TheRockfordFiles [[Series/TheRockfordFiles Jim Rockford]] often finds matchbooks as clues. This is a 1970s show. [[Series/MagnumPI Tom Magnum]] sometimes finds matchbooks, but his adventures take place in the 1980s, when people were starting to smoke less. He's more likely to find business cards.
24th Oct '15 7:16:36 AM StFan
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* In an issue of the ''ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' 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/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' ''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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