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12th Oct '17 9:01:27 AM thatother1dude
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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', when Roy Mustang is led to believe that Maria Ross assassinated Maes Hughes, he cuts off her escape and incinerates her to the point that the corpse can only be identified in this fashion. [[spoiler:Subverted in that Mustang knew she was innocent all along and [[FakingTheDead faked her death]] by incinerating a literal meat puppet. The coroner who performed the identification was also complicit in Mustang's deception.]]

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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', when Roy Mustang is led to believe that Maria Ross assassinated Maes Hughes, he cuts off her escape and incinerates her to the point that the corpse can only be identified in this fashion. [[spoiler:Subverted in that Mustang knew she was innocent all along and [[FakingTheDead [[DeathFakedForYou faked her death]] by incinerating a literal meat puppet. The coroner who performed the identification was also complicit in Mustang's deception.]]
24th Sep '17 12:44:37 PM SeptimusHeap
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* Subverted in a post-war ''{{Biggles}}'' short story in which he receives a report of the death of an acquaintance of his from wartime service, whose charred skeleton was found in the wreckage of an aircraft owned by said wartime acquaintance, which he was flying in a solo speed-record attempt. It's only because Biggles insisted upon it that dental records were checked at all, at which point the incident ceases to become a crash investigation and turns into a homicide, because not only do the dental records not match but the body has a bullet embedded in its skull. [[spoiler:It turns out that the guy had picked up a passenger, a young aviation enthusiast who just wanted a joyride, then shot him in the head and hit the silk. The body was supposed to provide [[FakingTheDead the ultimate alibi]] while the perpetrator committed a jewellery heist. He ultimately ends up running out into the path of a truck whilst fleeing the police, and dental records end up being used a second time to identify what's left of him.]]

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* Subverted in a post-war ''{{Biggles}}'' ''Literature/{{Biggles}}'' short story in which he receives a report of the death of an acquaintance of his from wartime service, whose charred skeleton was found in the wreckage of an aircraft owned by said wartime acquaintance, which he was flying in a solo speed-record attempt. It's only because Biggles insisted upon it that dental records were checked at all, at which point the incident ceases to become a crash investigation and turns into a homicide, because not only do the dental records not match but the body has a bullet embedded in its skull. [[spoiler:It turns out that the guy had picked up a passenger, a young aviation enthusiast who just wanted a joyride, then shot him in the head and hit the silk. The body was supposed to provide [[FakingTheDead the ultimate alibi]] while the perpetrator committed a jewellery heist. He ultimately ends up running out into the path of a truck whilst fleeing the police, and dental records end up being used a second time to identify what's left of him.]]
24th Aug '17 7:26:41 PM HeraldAlberich
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* In ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1662 #1662]], after Hannelore idly wonders if she has a clone somewhere, she has a disturbing fantasy about said clone as a mercenary for her CorruptCorporateExecutive mother. The clone's about to kill her (to fake her own death using the matching DNA), and promises not to pull out her teeth to prevent dental identification while she's still alive.
11th Jan '17 7:03:36 PM nombretomado
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* Several LordPeterWimsey stories invoke this trope, though the identification is usually subverted.

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* Several LordPeterWimsey Literature/LordPeterWimsey stories invoke this trope, though the identification is usually subverted.
30th Jul '16 12:28:21 PM nombretomado
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* There's an UrbanLegend that the reason you're told to adopt the "brace position" or "crash position" in case of a plane crash or emergency landing is to preserve your dental records if you die. This was debunked on ''Series/{{QI}}'', and DavidMitchell commented that he'd never believed it in the first place, because surely they'd just say, "In the unlikely event of the plane crashing, I think we can all agree you'd like to be identified. Bite down hard on your armrest."

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* There's an UrbanLegend that the reason you're told to adopt the "brace position" or "crash position" in case of a plane crash or emergency landing is to preserve your dental records if you die. This was debunked on ''Series/{{QI}}'', and DavidMitchell Creator/DavidMitchell commented that he'd never believed it in the first place, because surely they'd just say, "In the unlikely event of the plane crashing, I think we can all agree you'd like to be identified. Bite down hard on your armrest."
19th May '16 10:28:30 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* There's an UrbanLegend that the reason you're told to adopt the "brace position" or "crash position" in case of a plane crash or emergency landing is to preserve your dental records if you die. This was debunked on ''{{QI}}'', and DavidMitchell commented that he'd never believed it in the first place, because surely they'd just say, "In the unlikely event of the plane crashing, I think we can all agree you'd like to be identified. Bite down hard on your armrest."

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* There's an UrbanLegend that the reason you're told to adopt the "brace position" or "crash position" in case of a plane crash or emergency landing is to preserve your dental records if you die. This was debunked on ''{{QI}}'', ''Series/{{QI}}'', and DavidMitchell commented that he'd never believed it in the first place, because surely they'd just say, "In the unlikely event of the plane crashing, I think we can all agree you'd like to be identified. Bite down hard on your armrest."
3rd Mar '16 11:31:32 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/BratFarrar'' by Creator/JosephineTey discusses this but eventually averts it. The protagonist is impersonating a long-lost heir; it turns out that he doesn't have to deal with matching the heir's dental history, as the dentist who could have recognized him died along with the heir's parents, and his records were lost in a fire.

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* ''Literature/BratFarrar'' by Creator/JosephineTey discusses this but eventually averts it. The protagonist is impersonating a long-lost heir; it turns out that he doesn't have to deal with matching the heir's dental history, as the dentist who could have recognized him died along with the heir's parents, died, and his records were lost in a fire.destroyed, during the Blitz.
2nd Mar '16 8:07:39 PM PaulA
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* ''Brat Farrar'' by Creator/JosephineTey discusses this but eventually averts it. The protagonist is impersonating a long-lost heir; it turns out that he doesn't have to deal with matching the heir's dental history, as the dentist who could have recognized him died along with the heir's parents, and his records were lost in a fire.

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* ''Brat Farrar'' ''Literature/BratFarrar'' by Creator/JosephineTey discusses this but eventually averts it. The protagonist is impersonating a long-lost heir; it turns out that he doesn't have to deal with matching the heir's dental history, as the dentist who could have recognized him died along with the heir's parents, and his records were lost in a fire.
25th Feb '16 2:30:27 PM DaibhidC
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* Referenced in the Creator/KevinSorbo vehicle ''Paradox'', in which a cop from a {{Magitek}} world who hates using magic visits our world and is fascinated by the idea. He's later inspired [[spoiler: to check the teeth of a murder victim, and uses the fact they show evidence of dentistry at all to conclude that the victim came from the science universe.]]

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* Referenced in the Creator/KevinSorbo Kevin Sorbo vehicle ''Paradox'', in which a cop from a {{Magitek}} world who hates using magic visits our world and is fascinated by the idea. He's later inspired [[spoiler: to check the teeth of a murder victim, and uses the fact they show evidence of dentistry at all to conclude that the victim came from the science universe.]]
25th Feb '16 2:30:02 PM DaibhidC
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* Referenced in the Creator/KevinSorbo vehicle ''Paradox'', in which a cop from a {{Magitek}} world who hates using magic visits our world and is fascinated by the idea. He's later inspired [[spoiler: to check the teeth of a murder victim, and uses the fact they show evidence of dentistry at all to conclude that the victim came from the science universe.]]
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