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10th Jan '17 6:44:13 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''LoadingReadyRun'' skit "The Wire", a mob boss checks the mole for a wire, but having confirmed there's nothing attached to his chest is then oblivious to the woman standing in plain view holding a boom mic in front of him, the guy with a mounted video camera pointed at him, and quickly accepts the need to have a studio light shone on him as it being a bit dark inside. After learning by phone that there's a mole, he refers to "undetectable listening devices".

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* In the ''LoadingReadyRun'' ''WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun'' skit "The Wire", a mob boss checks the mole for a wire, but having confirmed there's nothing attached to his chest is then oblivious to the woman standing in plain view holding a boom mic in front of him, the guy with a mounted video camera pointed at him, and quickly accepts the need to have a studio light shone on him as it being a bit dark inside. After learning by phone that there's a mole, he refers to "undetectable listening devices".
10th Jan '17 2:42:39 PM margdean56
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* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'': Spider-Man has spider-tracers, red peanut-sized spider-shaped devices he used to track people down. Usually, they are fired from the top of his web-shooter at fleeing villains who are none the wiser. One of the reasons why Spider-Man doesn't use the spider-tracers anymore may be due to the fact the bad guys he attached them to were frequently finding them and using them against him. Especially bad since they're designed to set off his spider sense, meaning they can be used to trigger false positives in that sense, turning one of his greatest edges into a weakness as ComicBook/IronMan has demonstrated.

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* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'': Spider-Man has spider-tracers, red peanut-sized spider-shaped devices he used to track people down. Usually, they are fired from the top of his web-shooter at fleeing villains who are none the wiser. One of the reasons why Spider-Man doesn't use the spider-tracers anymore may be due to the fact the bad guys he attached them to were frequently finding found them and using used them against him. Especially bad since they're designed to set off his spider sense, meaning they can be used to trigger false positives in that sense, turning one of his greatest edges into a weakness as ComicBook/IronMan has demonstrated.



* ''ComicBook/ExMachina'': Kremlin gives Mitchell a tie pin in the shape of a gear to reflect his roots as an engineer and a former machine-based superhero. The pin is engineered so that Mitchell can't "hear" it, so it goes unnoticed but it is featured rather prominently in the first arc.
* Averted in ''ComicBook/{{Diabolik}}'', where tracers and listening devices are ''always'' small, easy to miss and well hidden. Even then, Diabolik and Ginko can often find them, sometimes by luck (one of Diabolik's bugs had been found because it was hit by sunlight and shined, allowing a passing Ginko to notice and check), sometimes because [[ProperlyParanoid they suspect there's one and check in every place they would hide it and some places it should be impossible]] (Diabolik makes a point to check everything he steals, and checks even more since that time Ginko still slipped one under his nose). And given he and Ginko can still slip bugs under each others' noses, [[CrazyPrepared Diabolik often undresses people he kidnaps and throws their clothes into acid just in case he missed a bug]] ([[ProperlyParanoid in at least one occasion, the kidnapped guy was an undercover cop and his clothes had a bug that Diabolik had missed]]).

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* ''ComicBook/ExMachina'': Kremlin gives Mitchell a tie pin in the shape of a gear to reflect his roots as an engineer and a former machine-based superhero. The pin is engineered so that Mitchell can't "hear" it, so it goes unnoticed unnoticed, but it is featured rather prominently in the first arc.
* Averted in ''ComicBook/{{Diabolik}}'', where tracers and listening devices are ''always'' small, easy to miss and well hidden. Even then, Diabolik and Ginko can often find them, sometimes by luck (one of Diabolik's bugs had been was found because it was hit by sunlight and shined, shone, allowing a passing Ginko to notice and check), sometimes because [[ProperlyParanoid they suspect there's one and check in every place they would hide it and some places it should be impossible]] (Diabolik makes a point to check everything he steals, and checks even more since that time Ginko still slipped one under his nose). And given he and Ginko can still slip bugs under each others' noses, [[CrazyPrepared Diabolik often undresses people he kidnaps and throws their clothes into acid just in case he missed a bug]] ([[ProperlyParanoid in at least one occasion, the kidnapped guy was an undercover cop and his clothes had a bug that Diabolik had missed]]).



* In one ''ComicStrip/JudgeParker'' storyline the Parkers - visiting April's weapons dealer father in his jungle hideout - have an incredibly obvious bug placed on their jeep ... which turns out to be there to distract them from the ''actual'' bug in the gas tank.

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* In one ''ComicStrip/JudgeParker'' storyline the Parkers - -- visiting April's weapons dealer father in his jungle hideout - -- have an incredibly obvious bug placed on their jeep ... which turns out to be there to distract them from the ''actual'' bug in the gas tank.



'''Hitler:''' (''exasperated'') So get rid of it?\\

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'''Hitler:''' (''exasperated'') So get rid of it?\\it!\\



* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl: The Eternity Code'' uses the 'obvious bug to draw attention away from the other way' variant. The less obvious bug was pretty much undetectable, and the more obvious bug (obvious only by comparison, it is indistinguishable from a shirt button) was only there because the villain would've be suspicious if he hadn't found anything at all.

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* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl: The Eternity Code'' uses the 'obvious bug to draw attention away from the other way' one' variant. The less obvious bug was pretty much undetectable, and the more obvious bug (obvious only by comparison, it is indistinguishable from a shirt button) was only there because the villain would've be been suspicious if he hadn't found anything at all.



* ''[[Literature/CherubSeries CHERUB]]'' has a malfunctioning bug begins repeatedly beeping, causing a mission to fail.

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* ''[[Literature/CherubSeries CHERUB]]'' has a malfunctioning bug begins begin repeatedly beeping, causing a mission to fail.



* H Beam Piper's ''Little Fuzzy'' subverts this trope hilariously. [[BigBad Victor Grego]] has plans, and having the Fuzzies' [[spoiler:sentience exposed]] will ruin them. But somehow the government knows ''exactly'' what he's up to. [[spoiler:That big gorgeous globe of Zarathustra with the electrical display, smack in the middle of his office, that he got as a present? It's got a full-scale audio-visual-transmission set up in it.]]

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* H Beam Piper's ''Little Fuzzy'' subverts this trope hilariously. [[BigBad Victor Grego]] has plans, and having the Fuzzies' [[spoiler:sentience exposed]] will ruin them. But somehow the government knows ''exactly'' what he's up to. [[spoiler:That big gorgeous globe of Zarathustra with the electrical display, smack in the middle of his office, that he got as a present? It's got a full-scale audio-visual-transmission set up set-up in it.]]
7th Jan '17 9:11:06 AM nombretomado
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* Done to a truly awful degree in JohnWoo's ''A Better Tomorrow''. In order to bug a mob boss, an undercover detective gives him a ship in a bottle. But instead of building the bug into the ship he attached the huge obvious thing to the outside. The kicker? He doesn't attach in it advance, but instead stands right outside the guy's office sticking it on.

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* Done to a truly awful degree in JohnWoo's ''A Better Tomorrow''.Creator/JohnWoo's ''Film/ABetterTomorrow''. In order to bug a mob boss, an undercover detective gives him a ship in a bottle. But instead of building the bug into the ship he attached the huge obvious thing to the outside. The kicker? He doesn't attach in it advance, but instead stands right outside the guy's office sticking it on.
12th Nov '16 4:58:08 PM nombretomado
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* ''Brannigan'' (1975). The police plant a magnetically-attached bug on the vehicle of the mob lawyer used to make the ransom exchange, but he finds it and plants it on another vehicle while stopped in traffic. Unfortunately JohnWayne has planted a second bug inside one of the bundles of ransom money.

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* ''Brannigan'' (1975). The police plant a magnetically-attached bug on the vehicle of the mob lawyer used to make the ransom exchange, but he finds it and plants it on another vehicle while stopped in traffic. Unfortunately JohnWayne Creator/JohnWayne has planted a second bug inside one of the bundles of ransom money.
14th Oct '16 3:17:45 PM nombretomado
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* ''ExterminatusNow'': "[[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2007-05-11/comic/shades-of-black-and-white/video-recording-devices-prohibited Who]]...is that bitch with the ''video camera?''" Said [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2007-05-25/comic/shades-of-black-and-white/i-spy/ video camera]] also has a ''sticker'' reading ''"Property of the Mobian Inquisition"''

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* ''ExterminatusNow'': ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'': "[[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2007-05-11/comic/shades-of-black-and-white/video-recording-devices-prohibited Who]]...is that bitch with the ''video camera?''" Said [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2007-05-25/comic/shades-of-black-and-white/i-spy/ video camera]] also has a ''sticker'' reading ''"Property of the Mobian Inquisition"''



* In ''{{Spacetrawler}}'', the bugs that King places on Dmitri actually are pretty well-hidden, but the Conspiracy has "the most advanced bug detecting equipment in existence" and quickly finds them. [[http://spacetrawler.com/2013/02/05/spacetrawler-298/ Well, most of them.]]

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* In ''{{Spacetrawler}}'', ''Webcomic/{{Spacetrawler}}'', the bugs that King places on Dmitri actually are pretty well-hidden, but the Conspiracy has "the most advanced bug detecting equipment in existence" and quickly finds them. [[http://spacetrawler.com/2013/02/05/spacetrawler-298/ Well, most of them.]]
19th Sep '16 11:24:06 PM jman31415
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** Also, in the episode "iStakeout" Carly and Sam wear glasses and a hat which are obvious cameras.
3rd Aug '16 11:12:37 PM foxley
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* ''Series/{{Banacek}}'': One is planted in Banacek's home in "Rocket to Oblivion".
14th Jun '16 4:34:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* Lampooned in ''TheTick'' season 2 episode, "Coach Fussel's Lament", in which The Tick orders a "Fiend Finder" which is an Incredibly Obvious Bug with matching tracker.

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* Lampooned in ''TheTick'' ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' season 2 episode, "Coach Fussel's Lament", in which The Tick orders a "Fiend Finder" which is an Incredibly Obvious Bug with matching tracker.



* An episode of ''ProjectGeeker'' had a huge emitter dart that actually served as a decoy for the nano-emitter it injected.

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* An episode of ''ProjectGeeker'' ''WesternAnimation/ProjectGeeker'' had a huge emitter dart that actually served as a decoy for the nano-emitter it injected.
12th Jun '16 9:57:25 PM Medinoc
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Precocious}}'', the "florist" has one [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2016/06/10 depicted]] on his job fair booth.
6th Jun '16 12:26:40 AM AnotherDuck
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* The Finnish military bought equipment from the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Finns knew that their hotel rooms would be obviously bugged so while discussing in "private" they would mention X as absolutely definitely maximum agreeable price for a given item and like clockwork the next day Soviet negotiators would ask X+Y which would then be haggled to X.
** Similarly, auto salesmen have microphones in their offices. When they go to "check with their bosses", they're listening to you discuss the car. One buying technique is to discuss a competing car and how well it compared to this one, and maybe we should go back there when we get this quote.
** There is also this example when British scientists [[http://www.iter.org/newsline/201/960 visited USSR in 1969]]:
---> Soon after we arrived Derek and Marion Robinson pointed to at least one advantage of being 'bugged.' One breakfast time they had commented out loud that a bulb had burnt out in the kitchen and debated who to ask for a replacement. When Marion returned from her routine morning shopping tour she found the bulb had been replaced...



* The majority of listening devices can be detected by setting a portable radio to the static between AM stations and moving it around until the bug's feedback loop can be heard. Devices that won't create such a loop exist but are expensive and hard to get -- the CIA can afford them, the car dealership won't bother.
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