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17th Jun '16 12:47:39 PM Diesel
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[[RealityIsUnrealistic Except it's not like that in real life]], and never was. Beginning operation in in 1963, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moscow%E2%80%93Washington_hotline Moscow-Washington Hotline]], colloquially known as the "Red Phone", is designed to relay text originally via Teletype, then fax machine, nowadays a secure fiber-optic line through which emails are exchanged because of the possibility that speech could be misinterpreted (a voice link was tested in the 70's but dropped); each side writes in their own language, which is then translated and both versions are given to whichever leader. Also, the Hotline connects the Pentagon to what was then the Communist Party leadership across the street from the Kremlin; it's not a direct link between the White House and Kremlin itself. During the height of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, the line was tested hourly, often using poetry. The Hotline is still in use today, still not a phone.

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[[RealityIsUnrealistic Except it's not like that in real life]], and never was. Beginning operation in in 1963, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moscow%E2%80%93Washington_hotline org/wiki/Moscow-Washington_hotline Moscow-Washington Hotline]], colloquially known as the "Red Phone", is designed to relay text originally via Teletype, then fax machine, nowadays a secure fiber-optic line through which emails are exchanged because of the possibility that speech could be misinterpreted (a voice link was tested in the 70's but dropped); each side writes in their own language, which is then translated and both versions are given to whichever leader. Also, the Hotline connects the Pentagon to what was then the Communist Party leadership across the street from the Kremlin; it's not a direct link between the White House and Kremlin itself. During the height of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, the line was tested hourly, often using poetry. The Hotline is still in use today, still not a phone.
30th May '16 11:15:33 PM crazyal02
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* And, foreshadowing [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3 the next game]], one of the other phones is labeled "Tokyo".

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* ** And, foreshadowing [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3 the next game]], one of the other phones is labeled "Tokyo".
3rd May '16 10:58:21 PM Soufriere
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[[RealityIsUnrealistic Except it's not like that in real life]], and never was. Beginning operation in in 1963, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moscow%E2%80%93Washington_hotline Moscow-Washington Hotline]], colloquially known as the "Red Phone", is designed to relay text originally via Teletype, then fax machine, nowadays a secure fiber-optic line through which emails are exchanged because of the possibility that speech could be misinterpreted (a voice link was tested in the 70's but dropped); each side writes in their own language, which is then translated and both versions are given to whichever leader. Also, the Hotline connects the Pentagon to what was then the Communist Party leadership across the street from the Kremlin; it's not a direct link between the White House and Kremlin itself. During the height of UsefulNotes/TheColdWar, the line was tested hourly, often using poetry. The Hotline is still in use today, still not a phone.

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[[RealityIsUnrealistic Except it's not like that in real life]], and never was. Beginning operation in in 1963, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moscow%E2%80%93Washington_hotline Moscow-Washington Hotline]], colloquially known as the "Red Phone", is designed to relay text originally via Teletype, then fax machine, nowadays a secure fiber-optic line through which emails are exchanged because of the possibility that speech could be misinterpreted (a voice link was tested in the 70's but dropped); each side writes in their own language, which is then translated and both versions are given to whichever leader. Also, the Hotline connects the Pentagon to what was then the Communist Party leadership across the street from the Kremlin; it's not a direct link between the White House and Kremlin itself. During the height of UsefulNotes/TheColdWar, the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, the line was tested hourly, often using poetry. The Hotline is still in use today, still not a phone.
3rd May '16 10:57:57 PM Soufriere
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If there's a crisis between the USSR and the US in fiction, expect the President to phone up the Soviet leader on his direct line.

Except it wasn't like that in real life. The Hot Line (also called the Red Phone) due to the possibilities of misinterpretation, only used a voice link between 1971 and 1978, but instead uses a telex machine - with each side writing in its own language and the other translating for themselves. The Hot Line, still in service, is regularly tested. (Never mind that these days they could probably just DM each other on Twitter...)

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If there's a crisis between the USSR and the US in fiction, expect the President to phone up the Soviet leader on his direct line.

line, usually a red dial-telephone with no dial.

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Except it wasn't it's not like that in real life. The Hot Line (also called life]], and never was. Beginning operation in in 1963, the Red Phone) due to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moscow%E2%80%93Washington_hotline Moscow-Washington Hotline]], colloquially known as the possibilities "Red Phone", is designed to relay text originally via Teletype, then fax machine, nowadays a secure fiber-optic line through which emails are exchanged because of misinterpretation, only used a the possibility that speech could be misinterpreted (a voice link was tested in the 70's but dropped); each side writes in their own language, which is then translated and both versions are given to whichever leader. Also, the Hotline connects the Pentagon to what was then the Communist Party leadership across the street from the Kremlin; it's not a direct link between 1971 the White House and 1978, but instead uses a telex machine - with each side writing in its own language and Kremlin itself. During the other translating for themselves. height of UsefulNotes/TheColdWar, the line was tested hourly, often using poetry. The Hot Line, Hotline is still in service, is regularly tested. (Never mind that these days they could probably just DM each other on Twitter...)
use today, still not a phone.



* ''Film/DrStrangelove'' (Not actually the Moscow-Washington line, but rather an ordinary phone. Which is even worse.) Considering the nature of the [[CasualDangerDialog ensuing]] [[SeinfeldianConversation conversation]], as well as the [[BlackComedy entire film itself]], that is very, ''very'' likely intentional.
* Averted in ''Film/ThirteenDays''. The Hot Line did not exist at the time (in fact it was created as a result of the Cuban Missile Crisis), with messages going by coded telegram This resulted (as in the film), in the US spending 12 hours decrypting Khrushchev's offer to remove the missiles in return for the US not invading Cuba. While doing that, a second message arrived, being more threatening, demanding that the US remove missiles from Turkey in exchange for the USSR doing the same in Cuba. [=ExComm=] thought about it, accepted the first offer and accepted the second discreetly later.
* In ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'', Hadley answers a red phone and is told that [[PlotTwist the sacrifice didn't go exactly as planned.]] [[spoiler: Their failure results in the destruction of all life as we know it.]]

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* ''Film/DrStrangelove'' (Not ''Film/DrStrangelove'': Not actually the Moscow-Washington line, but rather an ordinary phone. Which is even worse.) Considering the nature of the [[CasualDangerDialog ensuing]] [[SeinfeldianConversation conversation]], as well as the [[BlackComedy entire film itself]], that is very, ''very'' likely intentional.
* Averted in ''Film/ThirteenDays''. The Hot Line Hotline did not exist at the time (in fact in fact, it was created as a result ''because'' of the Cuban Missile Crisis), Crisis with messages going by coded telegram This telegram. As depicted in the film, this resulted (as in the film), in the US spending 12 hours decrypting and translating Khrushchev's offer (a rambling 3000-word message) to remove the missiles in return for the US not invading Cuba. While doing that, the Americans were working on interpreting that message, a second message arrived, being this one from the Politburo and much more threatening, aggressive, demanding that the US remove missiles from Turkey in exchange for the USSR doing the same in Cuba. [=ExComm=] thought about it, and publicly accepted the first offer and accepted (while discreetly accepting the second discreetly later.
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* In ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'', Hadley answers a red phone and is told that [[PlotTwist the sacrifice didn't go exactly as planned.]] [[spoiler: Their planned]]. [[spoiler:Their failure results in the destruction of all life as we know it.]]



* The live-action Series/{{Batman}} show had a hotline connecting Commissioner Gordon's office to Bruce Wayne's study (Of course, Gordon didn't know where Batman's end of the line was located).

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* The live-action Series/{{Batman}} ''Series/{{Batman}}'' show had a hotline connecting Commissioner Gordon's office to Bruce Wayne's study (Of course, Gordon didn't know where Batman's end of the line was located).



** In "The Impossible Astronaut", River comments that the functions within the souped-up spacesuit have a communication suite that link up directly to the highest authority it can find, giving the little girl [[spoiler: River as a child]], a hotline to the White House.

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** In "The Impossible Astronaut", River comments that the functions within the souped-up spacesuit have a communication suite that link links up directly to the highest authority it can find, giving the little girl [[spoiler: River [[spoiler:(River as a child]], child)]] a hotline to the White House.



* In ''{{Webcomic/Blindsprings}}'' Asher Thorne, the Prime Minister of Kirkhall, is shown [[http://www.blindsprings.com/comic/blindsprings-page-two-hundred-and-thirty-nine to have one]] that he uses to call up Master Lumen, the controller of the [[WasOnceAMan Gravers]].

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* In ''{{Webcomic/Blindsprings}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Blindsprings}}'' Asher Thorne, the Prime Minister of Kirkhall, is shown [[http://www.blindsprings.com/comic/blindsprings-page-two-hundred-and-thirty-nine to have one]] that he uses to call up Master Lumen, the controller of the [[WasOnceAMan Gravers]].



* The mayor of Townsville has a hotline to ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' that goes to phones in both their bedroom and the school they attend.

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* The mayor Mayor of Townsville has a hotline to ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' that goes to phones in both their bedroom and the school they attend.
12th Mar '16 10:21:21 AM Odacon_Spy
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* And, foreshadowing [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3 the next game]], one of the other phones is labeled "Tokyo".
29th Feb '16 11:12:58 AM iwantedtoaddsomething
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Nowadays, after the Cold War, the Hot Line trope is more likely to be used between the UltimateAuthorityMayor or other ReasonableAuthorityFigure and a local superhero. Expect a CatchPhrase, often along the lines of [[ToTheBatNoun "To the TropeMobile!"]]

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Nowadays, after the Cold War, the Hot Line trope is more likely to be used between the UltimateAuthorityMayor or other ReasonableAuthorityFigure and a local superhero. Expect a CatchPhrase, often along the lines of [[ToTheBatNoun falling under [[TotheBatnoun "To the TropeMobile!"]]
Batnoun!"]]
25th Feb '16 8:29:44 AM hullflyer
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* The mayor of Townsville has a hotline to ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' that goes to phones in both their bedroom and the school the attend.

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* The mayor of Townsville has a hotline to ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' that goes to phones in both their bedroom and the school the they attend.
25th Feb '16 8:28:35 AM hullflyer
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** In ''Thunderball'', a government head specifically mentions the President and Prime Minister talking over the Hot Line, which, as the Trope Description mentions, was not a voice line at the time (1965) - it's also used between ''friendly'' countries, rather than Moscow.
23rd Feb '16 4:06:32 PM TARINunit9
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This trope also includes examples of custom-installed communication lines from one important character to another.

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This Nowadays, after the Cold War, the Hot Line trope also includes examples of custom-installed communication is more likely to be used between the UltimateAuthorityMayor or other ReasonableAuthorityFigure and a local superhero. Expect a CatchPhrase, often along the lines from one important character to another.
of [[ToTheBatNoun "To the TropeMobile!"]]
23rd Feb '16 3:35:44 PM randomsurfer
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* In the MadeForTVMovie ''The Trial of Series/TheIncredibleHulk'' Daredevil's FriendOnTheForce police captain has a direct line to call Daredevil.
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