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14th Oct '17 3:13:09 AM WillBGood
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* In one of the latter-day episodes of ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' a journalist played by Rue [=McClanahan=] has discovered some shady dealings a mortician (played by Patrick [=McGoohan=] in his final appearance in the series) has made. Notably [=McGoohan's=] character doesn't even get the chance to ask something along the lines of the trope question, as she's so smug that she outright brags to him that she's the only one knows this. Unsurprisingly, she's getting her head bashed in by him minutes later.

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* In one of the latter-day episodes of ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' a journalist played by Rue [=McClanahan=] has discovered some shady dealings a mortician (played by Patrick [=McGoohan=] Creator/PatrickMcGoohan in his final appearance in the series) has made. Notably [=McGoohan's=] character doesn't even get the chance to ask something along the lines of the trope question, as she's so smug that she outright brags to him that she's the only one knows this. Unsurprisingly, she's getting her head bashed in by him minutes later.
8th Oct '17 5:14:02 PM Ebrbfureh
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There's also the question "Does anybody know you're here?" or similar. Answering 'no' means automatic death. It's rare to find someone lie and say something like, "Why yes, I told Bob, Joe, and Susan where I'd be going, who I was meeting, and what I'd be saying. And hell yeah, you can have this disc – IMadeCopies." If they do say they told someone else, it's obvious that they just ''now'' [[OhCrap realized]] their error and are [[BadLiar badly lying]] about it -- Nialliv can see right through this.

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There's also the question "Does anybody know you're here?" or similar. Answering 'no' means automatic death. It's rare to find someone lie and say something like, "Why yes, I told Bob, Joe, and Susan where I'd be going, who I was meeting, and what I'd be saying. And hell yeah, you can have this disc -- IMadeCopies." If they do say they told someone else, it's obvious that they just ''now'' [[OhCrap realized]] their error and are [[BadLiar badly lying]] about it -- Nialliv can see right through this.



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 [[DirtyCop the cops are in league with the bad guys]]. If you suspect foul play, the best bet is usually to send the information to as many outlets as you can think of -- even [[CantStopTheSignal if you are killed, the information will still get out]].

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 [[DirtyCop the cops are in league with the bad guys]]. If you suspect foul play, the best bet is usually to send the information to as many outlets as you can think of -- even [[CantStopTheSignal if you are killed, the information will still get out]].

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…"
4th Oct '17 1:16:48 AM Dravencour
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* In ''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.

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* In ''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 Lucille, who is a cop herself, [[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.
3rd Oct '17 6:57:02 PM Odacon_Spy
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* Early on in ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'' a mob boss meets with one of his goons, who'd just robbed a tech lab on the boss' orders, but in the process attracted a lot of police attention and got his heist partner killed. The boss spends a couple minutes calming the goon down and telling him to relax, then asks him "Get a chance to talk to your momma? Your friends? Your girl?" When the [[OhCrap suddenly even more apprehensive]] goon replies no, the boss and his bodyguard jump him.

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* Early on in ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'' ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'', a mob boss meets with one of his goons, who'd just robbed a tech lab on the boss' orders, orders but in the process attracted a lot of police attention and got his heist partner killed.killed in the process. The boss spends a couple minutes calming the goon down and telling him to relax, then asks him "Get a chance to talk to your momma? Your friends? Your girl?" When the [[OhCrap suddenly even more apprehensive]] goon replies no, the boss and his bodyguard jump him.
3rd Oct '17 6:55:24 PM Odacon_Spy
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* Early on in ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'' a mob boss meets with one of his goons, who'd just robbed a tech lab on the boss' orders but attracted a lot of police attention doing so and got his partner killed. The boss spends a couple minutes telling the goon to relax, then asks him "Get a chance to talk to your momma? Your friends? Your girl?" When the [[OhCrap suddenly even more apprehensive]] goon says no, the boss and his bodyguard jump him.
** He might have also lied, because if he had said "Yes", the boss might have killed his mum, friends and the possible love interest.

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* Early on in ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'' a mob boss meets with one of his goons, who'd just robbed a tech lab on the boss' orders orders, but in the process attracted a lot of police attention doing so and got his heist partner killed. The boss spends a couple minutes telling calming the goon down and telling him to relax, then asks him "Get a chance to talk to your momma? Your friends? Your girl?" When the [[OhCrap suddenly even more apprehensive]] goon says replies no, the boss and his bodyguard jump him.
** He might have also lied, because if he had said "Yes", the boss might have killed his mum, friends and the possible love interest.
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2nd Oct '17 9:28:19 AM rjd1922
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* Subverted in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', when an old Muggle caretaker named Frank inadvertently stumbles upon a strange person who was previously discussing various murders. Frank, when confronted, pretends that he has a wife at home who knows where he went and who will call the police if he does not come home. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, double subverted in that the strange murderer is Voldemort, who has no problem telling that it is a lie.]]

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* Subverted in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', when an old Muggle caretaker named Frank Bryce inadvertently stumbles upon a strange person who was previously discussing various murders. Frank, when confronted, pretends that he has a wife at home who knows where he went and who will call the police if he does not come home. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, double subverted in that the strange murderer is Voldemort, who has no problem telling that it is a lie.]]
30th Aug '17 9:57:55 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Two criminals ask a DirtyCop if he's told his daughter (a police detective) about his dealings with them. realizing where this conversation is heading, the cop draws his firearm. Unfortunately he doesn't know the criminals [[ImmuneToBullets are also vampires]].

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* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Two criminals ask a DirtyCop if he's told his daughter (a police detective) about his dealings with them. realizing Realizing where this conversation is heading, the cop draws his firearm. Unfortunately he doesn't know the criminals [[ImmuneToBullets are also vampires]].
25th Aug '17 12:44:54 AM Uyyy
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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.]]

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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.]]]] (If he's got easy access to LaserGuidedAmnesia technology or powers, he might just mind-wipe you, though this is little better.)
24th Jul '17 4:39:18 PM Morgenthaler
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* A variation in ''Film/VirtualCombat'', where the hero cop keeps in touch with DaChief about the corporate conspiracy he tracked down to a neighbouring city. The Chief is ''awfully'' insistent all of a sudden that the hero talks to nobody in local law enforcement (with the excuse that they don't know who to trust) and keeps asking him for his location. Any sufficiently savvy viewer would immediately guess that he's TheMole.

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* A variation in ''Film/VirtualCombat'', where the hero cop keeps in touch with DaChief about the corporate conspiracy he tracked down to a neighbouring city. The Chief is ''awfully'' insistent all of a sudden that the hero talks to nobody in local law enforcement (with the excuse (claiming that they don't know who to trust) and keeps asking him for his location. Any sufficiently savvy viewer would immediately guess that he's TheMole.
24th Jul '17 4:37:58 PM Morgenthaler
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* A variation in ''Film/VirtualCombat'', where the hero cop keeps in touch with DaChief about the corporate conspiracy he tracked down to a neighbouring city. The Chief is ''awfully'' insistent all of a sudden that the hero talks to nobody in local law enforcement (with the excuse that they don't know who to trust) and keeps asking him for his location. Any sufficiently savvy viewer would immediately guess that he's TheMole.
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