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22nd Jun '16 5:19:06 AM tiiger
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** In the penultimate episode the series, The Machine runs a series of simulations that show [[spoiler:what would have happened it if it had never been invented]]. In one of these, a previous number from season 2 who uncovered information about The Machine, goes to [[spoiler:Sameen Shaw]] with his findings, and the trope plays out as expected.
11th Jun '16 3:10:45 PM Dravencour
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It also sometimes happens that the informant is savvy enough to take their discovery straight to the legal authorities – only to find out too late that TheBadGuysAreCops.

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It also sometimes happens that the informant is savvy enough to take their discovery straight to the legal authorities – only to find out too late that TheBadGuysAreCops.
[[DirtyCop the cops are in league with the bad guys]], or worse, [[TheBadGuysAreCops ARE the bad guys themselves]].
10th Jun '16 10:16:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/CSLewis's ''[[{{Narnia}} The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe]]'': When Edmund, under the influence of [[EvilTastesGood evil Turkish Delight]], tells the White Witch his sister has also been to Narnia and met a faun, she quickly asks him who else knows about this, but he's in no condition, and for that matter has no ''reason'', at this point to be suspicious.

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* Creator/CSLewis's ''[[{{Narnia}} The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe]]'': ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'': When Edmund, under the influence of [[EvilTastesGood evil Turkish Delight]], tells the White Witch his sister has also been to Narnia and met a faun, she quickly asks him who else knows about this, but he's in no condition, and for that matter has no ''reason'', at this point to be suspicious.



* In DeanKoontz's ''Brother Odd'', OddThomas questions a number of suspects in a ClosedCircle murder case. One of them asks if Odd has told anyone else about a certain piece of evidence, then offers him something to eat. Odd {{Lampshades}} this trope in his narration, then politely declines the food.

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* In DeanKoontz's Creator/DeanKoontz's ''Brother Odd'', OddThomas questions a number of suspects in a ClosedCircle murder case. One of them asks if Odd has told anyone else about a certain piece of evidence, then offers him something to eat. Odd {{Lampshades}} this trope in his narration, then politely declines the food.
31st May '16 7:04:55 AM MCanter89
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# As soon as you innocently tell him that no, he's the first person you've mentioned this to, he's likely going to make sure that information [[HeKnowsTooMuch dies with you]]. [[RedShirt Check your shirt color.]]
# Occasionally there is another step: Why yes, there was ''one'' person you told, Mr. Dead-Meat. By amazing coincidence, Mr. Dead-Meat [[TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch accidentally shoots himself in the back of the head twice]] the next day. You are still alive because you're too dumb to connect the dots and there's probably some part of the EvilPlan [[UnwittingPawn you need to fulfill]]. [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness But chances are you'll be dead anyway.]]

There's also the question "Does anybody know you're here?" or similar. Answering 'no' means automatic death. It's rare to find someone GenreSavvy enough to lie and say something like, "Why yes, I told Bob, Joe, and Susan where I'd be going, and who I was meeting, and what I'd be saying. And hell yeah, you can have this disc - IMadeCopies." Or, for that matter, to have ''actually told'' those people.

Rather, they proudly(!) admit that they told Nialliv first, sometimes even adding, "I'm not stupid." For the one who noticed the hole in his EvilPlan, they aren't too bright, are they? (Admittedly, the reasons for telling only Nialliv tend to be something positive, like shaky proof, or information that might cause a panic/riots/mob violence targeting innocent people. If only Nialliv wasn't on TheDarkSide...) If they do say they told someone else, it's obvious that they just ''now'' realized their error, and are badly lying about it. Nialliv sees right through this. Actually, this has started to get subverted more these days. Especially if it's the hero doing it, they probably already have sent the information to all the major publishers, or have some backup plan. But then, that's usually only if they suspect the person.

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# As soon as you innocently tell him that that, no, he's the first person you've mentioned this to, he's likely going to make sure that information [[HeKnowsTooMuch dies with you]]. [[RedShirt Check your shirt color.]]
# Occasionally Occasionally, there is another step: Why yes, there was ''one'' person you told, told: Mr. Dead-Meat. By amazing coincidence, Mr. Dead-Meat [[TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch accidentally shoots himself in the back of the head twice]] the next day. You are still alive because you're too dumb to connect the dots and there's probably some part of the EvilPlan [[UnwittingPawn you need to fulfill]]. [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness But chances are are, you'll be dead anyway.]]

There's also the question "Does anybody know you're here?" or similar. Answering 'no' means automatic death. It's rare to find someone GenreSavvy enough to lie and say something like, "Why yes, I told Bob, Joe, and Susan where I'd be going, and who I was meeting, and what I'd be saying. And hell yeah, you can have this disc - IMadeCopies." Or, for that matter, to have ''actually told'' those people.

Rather, they proudly(!) admit that they told Nialliv first, sometimes even adding, "I'm not stupid." For the one who noticed the hole in his EvilPlan, they aren't too bright, are they? (Admittedly, the reasons for telling only Nialliv tend to be something positive, like shaky proof, or information that might cause a panic/riots/mob violence targeting innocent people. If only Nialliv wasn't on TheDarkSide...) TheDarkSide…) If they do say they told someone else, it's obvious that they just ''now'' realized their error, error and are badly lying about it. Nialliv sees right through this. Actually, this has started to get subverted more these days. Especially if it's the hero doing it, they probably already have sent the information to all the major publishers, publishers or have some backup plan. But then, that's usually only if they suspect the person.



It also sometimes happens that the informant is savvy enough to take their discovery straight to the legal authorities -- only to find out too late that TheBadGuysAreCops.

Sometimes phrased as "Does anyone else know about this?" or "Have you discussed this with anyone else?" The key words are always "anyone else." Occasionally one gets "Have you told [specific other person] yet?", where the other person is someone with the power to do something about it -- the boss, the Slayer, whatever. Of course, anyone else they told could tell the specific other person, but it may be phrased this way as an opening for the doomed conversationalist to dutifully respond, "No, I haven't told anybody..."

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It also sometimes happens that the informant is savvy enough to take their discovery straight to the legal authorities -- only to find out too late that TheBadGuysAreCops.

Sometimes phrased as "Does anyone else know about this?" or "Have you discussed this with anyone else?" The key words are always "anyone else." Occasionally one gets "Have you told [specific other person] yet?", where the other person is someone with the power to do something about it -- the boss, the Slayer, whatever. Of course, anyone else they told could tell the specific other person, but it may be phrased this way as an opening for the doomed conversationalist to dutifully respond, "No, I haven't told anybody..."
anybody…"
22nd May '16 11:40:01 PM MikeW
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* ''Series/TheExpanse'': Joe Miller, a [[HardboiledDetective detective of Star Helix Security]], finds an important clue in the [[TheConspiracy leading mystery of the season]]. When he presents it to [[spoiler:his employer]], she asks him the question word by word as well as asking him whether he made any copies. When he answers no to both questions ([[spoiler:the former being a lie]]), she [[spoiler:secures the evidence in her safe, revokes all his security clearances, fires him, and has him forcibly removed from the building]].

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* ''Series/TheExpanse'': Joe Miller, a [[HardboiledDetective detective of Star Helix Security]], finds an important clue in the [[TheConspiracy leading mystery of the season]]. When he presents it to [[spoiler:his employer]], she asks him the question word by word as well as asking him whether he made any copies. When he answers no to both questions ([[spoiler:the former being a lie]]), she [[spoiler:secures the evidence in her safe, revokes all his security clearances, fires him, and has him forcibly removed from the building]].building. Miller instantly realizes his boss has been bought by those in charge but smartly leaves, realizing he can't win in a fight right now]].
16th May '16 10:36:49 AM Prfnoff
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* In the {{Pilot}} of ''Series/MadMen'', Don Draper asks a researcher who hands him her report on the public's psychological attitude toward cigarettes if she's shown it to anyone else. When she tells him she hasn't, he dismisses her with a complaint about her Freudian approach and then tosses the report into the wastebasket.
6th May '16 8:09:18 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''SupermanDoomsday'', ComicBook/LexLuthor does this to Mercy.

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* In ''SupermanDoomsday'', ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday'', ComicBook/LexLuthor does this to Mercy.
22nd Apr '16 8:11:06 AM Tron80
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* Subverted in ''[[ Street Sharks Redux]]'', when the protagonists are forced to use a disk of still-encrypted information they stole from Dr. Paradigm in exchange for Slamu's return. Ripster worries, among other things, that the doctor will think they made copies and not accept, but the matter isn't even brought up. [[spoiler:It's later revealed to have been a moot issue. The doctor set up the information to release a massive virus if it was decrypted, so it didn't matter to him if they ''had'' told anyone else. Furthermore, they had - they dumped the encrypted information on the internet, daring hackers to try to get into it.]]

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* Subverted in ''[[ Street Sharks Redux]]'', ''Fanfic/StreetSharksRedux'', when the protagonists are forced to use a disk of still-encrypted information they stole from Dr. Paradigm in exchange for Slamu's return. Ripster worries, among other things, that the doctor will think they made copies and not accept, but the matter isn't even brought up. [[spoiler:It's later revealed to have been a moot issue. The doctor set up the information to release a massive virus if it was decrypted, so it didn't matter to him if they ''had'' told anyone else. Furthermore, they had - they dumped the encrypted information on the internet, daring hackers to try to get into it.]]
6th Apr '16 4:17:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''SinCity'', after the escape from the Farm, Marv and Lucille are cornered by cops sent to the Farm. Marv wants to take them out, but Lucille [[PercussivePrevention knocks him out]], telling him he's not going to get either of them killed. She then talks to the officers present about what is going on and finishes with "...so there's no reason to kill him." The head cop's response? "Yes there is, ma'am...once he's told us who ''else'' he's spoken to." Lucille is blown away moments later.

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* In ''SinCity'', ''ComicBook/SinCity'', after the escape from the Farm, Marv and Lucille are cornered by cops sent to the Farm. Marv wants to take them out, but Lucille [[PercussivePrevention knocks him out]], telling him he's not going to get either of them killed. She then talks to the officers present about what is going on and finishes with "...so there's no reason to kill him." The head cop's response? "Yes there is, ma'am...once he's told us who ''else'' he's spoken to." Lucille is blown away moments later.
29th Mar '16 5:57:02 AM JackG
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* The villain attempts this in ''FoylesWar'' questioning Sam about a conversation she overheard, and threateningly asking her if she had told anyone about it. She tells him that, in fact, she had dismissed the conversation, but now that he seems to find it so important, she is going to tell everyone that she can think of, including that police superintendent she is friends with.

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* The villain attempts this in ''FoylesWar'' ''Series/FoylesWar'' questioning Sam about a conversation she overheard, and threateningly asking her if she had told anyone about it. She tells him that, in fact, she had dismissed the conversation, but now that he seems to find it so important, she is going to tell everyone that she can think of, including that police superintendent she is friends with.



** Greer has a general policy of [[YouKnowTooMuch killing those who know too much]], so has played the trope straight. However in his OriginStory, Greer discovers that his superior in British Intelligence is a DoubleAgent. The KGB agent who reveals this under interrogation clearly expects to be killed when Greer asks this question, but to his surprise Greer lets the agent go, showing how the battle of nations is no longer important to him.

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** Greer has a general policy of [[YouKnowTooMuch killing those who know too much]], so has played the trope straight. However in his OriginStory, Greer discovers that his superior in British Intelligence is a DoubleAgent. DoubleAgent. The KGB agent who reveals this under interrogation clearly expects to be killed when Greer asks this question, but to his surprise Greer lets the agent go, [[CynicismCatalyst showing how the battle of nations is no longer important to him.him]].
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