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18th Jun '18 3:19:17 AM RealSlimShadowen
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** Played straight the first time it was used ("The Adversary") in an obvious ShoutOut to ''The Thing''; the shapeshifter escapes the moment it's asked to take the test; presumably a means of passing the test had not been worked out yet.

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** Played straight the first time it was used ("The Adversary") in an obvious ShoutOut to ''The Thing''; the shapeshifter escapes the moment it's asked to take the test; presumably a means of passing the test had not been worked out yet.yet--''or'' possibly [[XanatosGambit they did it deliberately to convince those present, if they should survive, that the test works]].



** A milder version, earlier in the series: having already read up on him, Lorca quizzes Ash Tyler, recently freed from a Klingon prison, about his history in the guise of polite interest and small talk. Lorca points out a minor inconsistency (he grew up outside Seattle, but just said he was from the city when asked). Lorca lets it pass, as it's an obvious shorthand to use, and he got everything else right. Ash also quickly figured out what was going on and [[InvokedTrope both acknowledged that it was what they were doing.]]



* In his account of the making of a Navy Seal, ''Damn Few'', Rorke Denver recounts the night his Seal unit went for a beer to find a guy sitting at the bar who was claiming to be a SEAL. His dress, attitude, demeanor and presentation were subtly wrong and a long-suffering waitress tipped them off that "Billy" used his Seal status to scare people. The least threatening real Seal was sent to quiz the suspicious Billy about where he'd been, who he'd trained with and what his combat specialties were. He failed on every test. When Billy went to the men's room, the largest and hardest Seal followed him in. A little discussion ensued and Billy ended up running for his life, stripped of his fake badges - which later ended up pinned to the real Seals' mess-room wall with a combat knife.

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* In his account of the making of a Navy Seal, SEAL, ''Damn Few'', Rorke Denver recounts the night his Seal SEAL unit went for a beer to find a guy sitting at the bar who was claiming to be a SEAL. His dress, attitude, demeanor and presentation were subtly wrong and a long-suffering waitress tipped them off that "Billy" used his Seal status to scare people. The least threatening real Seal was sent to quiz the suspicious Billy about where he'd been, who he'd trained with and what his combat specialties were. He failed on every test. When Billy went to the men's room, the largest and hardest Seal SEAL followed him in. A little discussion ensued and Billy ended up running for his life, stripped of his fake badges - which badges--which later ended up pinned to the real Seals' mess-room wall with a combat knife.


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** In a curious counterexample, in the US Special Forces, people of color are generally not present in the same ratios as elsewhere in the armed forces. In at least one case, during a counter-infiltration drill aboard a Navy vessel, the Navy crew (knowing this factoid) won without even having to try just by arranging the duty roster so there was always at least one non-white member in each group of crewmen.
7th Jun '18 3:14:41 PM VicGeorge2011
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* In a ''ComicBook/RichieRich'' comic book story, Mr. Rich gets replaced with an imposter, and eventually the real Mr. Rich and the imposter are seen together, claiming each other to be the imposter. To prove which one is the real Mr. Rich, they are both given a pipe which they must light up and smoke. The real Mr. Rich lights his up and smokes it without a problem, but the imposter ends up coughing after his first smoke inhalation, revealing him to be the imposter.
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7th Jun '18 3:11:01 PM VicGeorge2011
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* In a ''ComicBook/RichieRich'' comic book story, Mr. Rich gets replaced with an imposter, and eventually the real Mr. Rich and the imposter are seen together, claiming each other to be the imposter. To prove which one is the real Mr. Rich, they are both given a pipe which they must light up and smoke. The real Mr. Rich lights his up and smokes it without a problem, but the imposter ends up coughing after his first smoke inhalation, revealing him to be the imposter.
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23rd Apr '18 10:49:21 AM luiz4200
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* A Coca-Cola ad is set at a space station where the Captain informs the rest of the crew there's an alien disguised as one of them and, to expose it, he'll ask them a question he expects every Earthling to know the answer. A crew member brings up the fact they came from several countries as a reason to believe not everyone will know the answer but the Captain states than anyone from Earth will know. He asks what the world's best soda is and all Earthlings answer "Coca-Cola".[[note]]It's a Brazilian ad and Coke is called "Coca-Cola" there.[[/note]] The alien is exposed.
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20th Mar '18 4:51:07 PM ANTMuddle
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* Used by ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' herself when [[ConfrontingYourImposter Clash is faced with her]] in "One Jem Too Many." Bonus: Samantha Newark, who voices Jem, is doing Clash's vocals here.
25th Feb '18 11:35:29 PM JackG
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* In the first ''Film/{{Screamers}}'' movie, the protagonist cuts a female soldier to ensure she's not one of the increasingly advanced killer robots. Turns out the latest models can bleed too.

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* In the first ''Film/{{Screamers}}'' movie, the protagonist cuts a female soldier to ensure she's not one of the increasingly advanced killer robots. Turns [[spoiler:Turns out the latest models can bleed too.]]
16th Feb '18 12:20:00 PM ChronoLegion
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* In the season 1 finale of ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'', Burnham tries to ask [[spoiler:"Captain" Phillipa Georgiou]] a series of questions about [[spoiler:her]] background in order to expose [[spoiler:her]] as [[spoiler:ex-Emperor Phillipa Georgiou of the Terran Empire]]. However, Burnham fails, as [[spoiler:Mirror!Georgiou]] has studied up on [[spoiler:her dead Prime counterpart]].
12th Feb '18 1:34:56 PM phildonnia
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* Played with in Asimov's short story ''No Refuge Could Save''. A spy is tripped up by being familiar with the third verse to "The Star Spangled Banner", something no true American would know.
30th Jan '18 12:45:12 PM Racoon7
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* Similarly, faking academic degrees or using them mockingly alongside your name can earn you a fair share of resentment from the academic community (not to mention it's usually illegal or warranting a fine). People who spent a good part of a decade earning theirs and prestigious schools wanting to uphold their reputation won't be exactly flattered if an impostor pretends to have i.e. a [=PhD=] from Oxford. Verification is often just a Google result away.
30th Jan '18 12:40:53 PM Racoon7
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* Similarly, faking academic degrees or using them mockingly alongside your name can earn you a fair share of resentment from the academic community (not to mention it's usually illegal or warranting a fine). People who spent a good part of a decade earning theirs and prestigious schools wanting to uphold their reputation won't be exactly flattered if an impostor pretends to have i.e. a PhD from Oxford. Verification is often just a Google result away.

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* Similarly, faking academic degrees or using them mockingly alongside your name can earn you a fair share of resentment from the academic community (not to mention it's usually illegal or warranting a fine). People who spent a good part of a decade earning theirs and prestigious schools wanting to uphold their reputation won't be exactly flattered if an impostor pretends to have i.e. a PhD [=PhD=] from Oxford. Verification is often just a Google result away.
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