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22nd Sep '17 10:57:42 PM JackG
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* ''Film/PoliceAcademy 2: Their First Assignment'' (1985). Mahoney is sent undercover to infiltrate Zed's gang, but the best wire his incompetent fellow recruits can come up with is a huge microphone taped to his chest. Which has a tendency to broadcast nearby radio stations.
22nd Sep '17 3:19:11 AM JackG
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* Averted in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story ''The Ribos Operation''. A discrete listening device about the size of a thumbnail was hidden on the inside of an architectural folly, out of sight for anyone not thoroughly searching the room or who was phenomenally lucky. It still got found.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho''
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Averted in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story ''The "The Ribos Operation''.Operation". A discrete listening device about the size of a thumbnail was hidden on the inside of an architectural folly, out of sight for anyone not thoroughly searching the room or who was phenomenally lucky. It still got found.found.
** The large, blinking tracking bug that is concealed inside the Master's recall device in "The Five Doctors". The High Council smash it once they find it, but by then it has done its job and led the Cybermen to the Master.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The large, blinking tracking bug that is concealed inside the Master's recall device in "The Five Doctors". The High Council smash it once they find it, but by then it has done its job and led the Cybermen to the Master.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The large, blinking tracking bug that is concealed inside the Master's recall device in "The Five Doctors". The High Council smash it once they find it, but by then it has done its job and led the Cybermen to the Master.
22nd Sep '17 2:42:52 AM Sinister_Sandwich
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* Averted in the first ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' movie during Hellboy's initial confrontation with the hellhound Samael. Yes, the tracking device is fairly big, and is colorful (in this case, bright green), but nonetheless difficult to discover, because it's a special bullet for Hellboy's ''{{BFG}}'', and therefore ends up inside Samael's body.
** Actually, that was some sort of luminescent capsule designed to make tracking his target similar to following a blood trail by leaving a trail of bright green glowstick juice.
4th Sep '17 10:41:37 AM DarkHunter
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-->'''Nirrti:'' Your crude surveillance devices were poorly hidden in our quarters.\\

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-->'''Nirrti:'' -->'''Nirrti:''' Your crude surveillance devices were poorly hidden in our quarters.\\
28th Aug '17 11:52:06 PM foxley
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The large, blinking tracking bug that is concealed inside the Master's recall device in "The Five Doctors". The High Council smash it once they find it, but by then it has done its job and led the Cybermen to the Master.



* An episode of Series/JamesMaysManLab involved trying to find the best way to remember people's names by going to a dinner with military men and women. James watched the whole thing using a hidden camera...which was a GoPro. Everyone at the party just pretended not to notice.

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* An episode of Series/JamesMaysManLab ''Series/JamesMaysManLab'' involved trying to find the best way to remember people's names by going to a dinner with military men and women. James watched the whole thing using a hidden camera...which was a GoPro. Everyone at the party just pretended not to notice.
30th Jul '17 11:54:41 AM nombretomado
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* In the ''[[Radio/{{Fruehstyxradio}} Onkel Hotte]]'' three-parter "Sam Hotte, Privatdetektiv" (Sam Hotte, P.I.) which is ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', evil queen Silicone Collins orders private eye Sam Hotte to find her stepdaughter and give her a present from her late husband and the latter's father, a Malteser Sackratte (Maltese crab louse) figurine. It is beeping audibly, and both Sam (in the first part) and one of the dwarfs (in the third part) point out that it looks like a big tracking device which Silicone Collins explains to Sam with artistic license.

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* In the ''[[Radio/{{Fruehstyxradio}} Onkel Hotte]]'' three-parter "Sam Hotte, Privatdetektiv" (Sam Hotte, P.I.) which is ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'' [[XMeetsY [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] ''Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', evil queen Silicone Collins orders private eye Sam Hotte to find her stepdaughter and give her a present from her late husband and the latter's father, a Malteser Sackratte (Maltese crab louse) figurine. It is beeping audibly, and both Sam (in the first part) and one of the dwarfs (in the third part) point out that it looks like a big tracking device which Silicone Collins explains to Sam with artistic license.
2nd Jul '17 4:00:02 AM johnnye
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While still played straight on occasion, just as often it's subverted or parodied. Such variants include:

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While still Still played straight on occasion, just as often it's subverted or parodied. Such variants include:
29th Jun '17 6:36:28 AM LadyJafaria
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* It's intended to be found to unnerve/annoy an already suspicious or paranoid person.

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* It's intended to be found to unnerve/annoy an [[ParanoiaGambit already suspicious or paranoid person.person]].
20th May '17 3:02:53 PM nombretomado
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* One sidequest in ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' has the protagonist sneak into an actress' home to plant cameras so her rival-turned-Nosferatu can get some dirt on her and ruin her reputation. The three cameras are roughly fist-sized (think USB-cable cameras for your computer) and ''placed in open view''. You don't make a single attempt to hide them, just put 'em down on coffee tables and desks, then connect them to the internet ''through the resident's own computer''. And just to complete the unbelievable, the rival gets her dirty laundry on her right away. It involves a llama. That's right, she ignored the incredibly obvious cameras and brought a ''llama'' to her apartment for some unspeakable acts. RefugeInAudacity much? [[spoiler: As a finishing touch to blow your mind - you have to place said cameras while sneaking around. Since said woman (and her boyfriend) are still in said apartment, walking from room to room. Should she be like -- hey was this nice camera here 5 seconds ago?]]

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* One sidequest in ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' has the protagonist sneak into an actress' home to plant cameras so her rival-turned-Nosferatu can get some dirt on her and ruin her reputation. The three cameras are roughly fist-sized (think USB-cable cameras for your computer) and ''placed in open view''. You don't make a single attempt to hide them, just put 'em down on coffee tables and desks, then connect them to the internet ''through the resident's own computer''. And just to complete the unbelievable, the rival gets her dirty laundry on her right away. It involves a llama. That's right, she ignored the incredibly obvious cameras and brought a ''llama'' to her apartment for some unspeakable acts. RefugeInAudacity much? [[spoiler: As a finishing touch to blow your mind - you have to place said cameras while sneaking around. Since said woman (and her boyfriend) are still in said apartment, walking from room to room. Should she be like -- hey was this nice camera here 5 seconds ago?]]
18th May '17 4:16:56 PM DustSnitch
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Listening devices and [[SpyCam "hidden" cameras]] that are large and obvious, often with a big red or green light on them. Sometimes they get hidden in ventilation grates in such a way that the light they emit can be seen by anyone walking by. And sometimes they're right out in the open, apparently unnoticed by people who really ought to know better.

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Listening devices and [[SpyCam "hidden" cameras]] that are large and obvious, often with a big red or green light on them.them, that go unnoticed. Sometimes they get hidden in ventilation grates in such a way that the light they emit can be seen by anyone walking by. And sometimes they're right out in the open, apparently unnoticed by people who really ought to know better.
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