History Main / IncrediblyObviousBug

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.
14th May '17 4:25:37 AM Bahuvrihi
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* In ''Music/TheMonkees'' episode "The Spy Who Came In From the Cool", the bug is in a lamp at the center of the table which the guys blatantly move back and forth between them and the spies.

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* In ''Music/TheMonkees'' ''Series/TheMonkees'' episode "The Spy Who Came In From the Cool", the bug is in a lamp at the center of the table which the guys blatantly move back and forth between them and the spies.
6th May '17 10:30:32 AM AthenaBlue
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', Emmet is tagged on his leg with a tracking device by Bad Cop. It hits him hard enough for him to cry out in pain, but he doesn't notice the device. It's huge (bigger than their claw hands) and blinking, but Batman doesn't notice it when they meet up with him. Emmet then stands in the middle of a stadium, the focus of attention of 100 people, who completely surround him, and none of them notice it.
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--> Nirrti : Your crude surveillance devices were poorly hidden in our quarters.
--> Daniel : Well thatís because they werenít hidden.
--> Lord Yu : (hands Daniel a broken camera)

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--> Nirrti : -->'''Nirrti:'' Your crude surveillance devices were poorly hidden in our quarters.
--> Daniel :
quarters.\\
'''Daniel:'''
Well thatís because they werenít hidden.
--> Lord Yu : (hands
hidden.\\
'''Lord Yu:''' ''[hands
Daniel a broken camera)camera]''



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Candace sticks a camera into a cowboy hat, the lens fully exposed. The boys either don't notice, or, more likely, just don't care.

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* In Subverted in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Candace sticks ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', where Francine knows Stan was spying on her as part of a plot due to the multitude of obvious cameras lying around the house.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Robin's Reckoning", Batman plants a bug under an armrest on mob boss Arnold Stromwell's chair roughly the size and shape of a peanut butter cup. For extra points, it has glowing lights in a darkened room. But Stromwell is too distracted yelling at Batman's target, Tony Zucco, to notice; Batman's then spotted by one of the lookouts on patrol. Chances are the thing's battery died before Stromwell could've found it.
** Then in the Batman/Superman crossover movie, ''World's Finest'', he plants a dime-sized ''flashing'' bug on Superman. Superman can't even find the bug until after he's changed into Clark Kent and Batman's figured out his identity. The thing ''was'' hidden in the folds of his cape, and Bats made sure to piss Superman off before he planted it, thus ensuring the Man of Steel wasn't thinking clearly on his way home.
** Batman uses a lot of tiny but bat-shaped and often flashing bugs. The freakout of the targets when they find them brings up the question of gathering info versus messing with the targets' minds.
* Used in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''. Secret service agents think Jeremie is hacking into weapons databases, so Jim volunteers to be the one to plant a tracking device on him. His method? He slaps it onto him.
* Season 3 of ''WesternAnimation/{{Detentionaire}}'' features bugs that are large enough to fill your palm, flash red, and beep, and several that we see are in completely open and obvious places, and yet nobody seems to notice them.
* Parodied (like most things) on ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' when Spanky Ham, in order to record Captain Hero's illegal manipulation of gambling, attempts to have a conversation with Hero concerning the swindle while secretly recording the conversation on a hidden tape recorder. Said tape recorder is taped to the front of his shirt and is half the size of Spanky. Subverted in that Captain Hero does suspect that Spanky is acting suspicious so he ends the conversation quickly by [[TheDitz "describing all the specifics and incriminating details of his illegal scam"]].
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' takes it to new levels when Ed hides
a camera into on Kevin's lawn. And by "hides", we mean "puts in plain sight and tapes a cowboy hat, twig to it".
** And by plain sight we mean "a tripod standing right infront of
the lens fully exposed. The boys either don't notice, or, more likely, just don't care.front door".



* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Fantomcat}}'' had the good guys stick one on the evil henchman du jour's shoulder. [[RealityEnsues It's spotted effortlessly]] by the BigBad's second-in-command... through a visiophone.
* In the ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' film ''Into the Wild Green Yonder'', Bender plants a bug on Fry's cell phone [[RuleOfFunny with several blinking lights and spinning radar dishes that triples the size of the phone.]]
* A tracking bug stuck to Goliath in the first story arc of ''{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}}'' is fairly inconspicuous... but blatantly labeled with the logo of the people who placed it!
** Goliath gets bugged two more times in the course of the series: the second time by Xanatos again and the last one by [[DarkActionGirl Robyn Canmore]].



* {{Parodied|trope}} in ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'', when X reveals [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/birdman_9329.png he knows too much:]]
-->'''Harvey''': How did you find out about that?\\
'''X''': Oh, I have my ways.\\
'''Harvey''': HOW LONG HAS ''THAT'' BEEN THERE?!



* Subverted in the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' episode "Bad Spark". Megatron attaches a cartoonishly large bug to Blackarachnia's back... and, as she walks away, we see it fade to invisibility. Later in the episode, we see Megatron sitting and looking down in a manner that implies he's perfectly aware of the large, spider-shaped listener Tarantulas has placed under Megatron's own chair. Played straight, however, in the episode "Tangled Web," where Tarantulas ''chucks'' a large, red, beeping bug onto the equipment Quickstrike had collected... ''and it makes a loud clanging sound as it lands.'' Naturally, Quickstrike doesn't notice.
** In the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' comic prequel/side-story ''The Arrival'', Blackarachnia attaches a tracking device to Starscream, which he fails to notice.

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* Subverted ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "Party of One", Pinkie Pie dangles a [[TinCanYouHearMeNow can-on-a-string]] ''right in the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' front of Twilight Sparkle's face'' to listen in on her conversation with Mrs. Cake. HilarityEnsues when Twilight finally notices it.
* In an
episode "Bad Spark". Megatron attaches of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Candace sticks a cartoonishly large bug to Blackarachnia's back... and, as she walks away, we see it fade to invisibility. Later in camera into a cowboy hat, the episode, we see Megatron sitting and looking down in a manner that implies he's perfectly aware of the large, spider-shaped listener Tarantulas has placed under Megatron's own chair. Played straight, however, in the lens fully exposed. The boys either don't notice, or, more likely, just don't care.
* An
episode "Tangled Web," where Tarantulas ''chucks'' of ''WesternAnimation/ProjectGeeker'' had a large, red, beeping bug onto huge emitter dart that actually served as a decoy for the equipment Quickstrike had collected... ''and nano-emitter it makes a loud clanging sound as it lands.'' Naturally, Quickstrike doesn't notice.
** In the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' comic prequel/side-story ''The Arrival'', Blackarachnia attaches a tracking device to Starscream, which he fails to notice.
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Robin's Reckoning", Batman plants a bug under an armrest on mob boss Arnold Stromwell's chair roughly the size and shape of a peanut butter cup. For extra points, it has glowing lights in a darkened room. But Stromwell is too distracted yelling at Batman's target, Tony Zucco, to notice; Batman's then spotted by one of the lookouts on patrol. Chances are the thing's battery died before Stromwell could've found it.
** Then in the Batman/Superman crossover movie, ''World's Finest'', he plants a dime-sized ''flashing'' bug on Superman. Superman can't even find the bug until after he's changed into Clark Kent and Batman's figured out his identity. The thing ''was'' hidden in the folds of his cape, and Bats made sure to piss Superman off before he planted it, thus ensuring the Man Of Steel wasn't thinking clearly on his way home.
** Batman uses a lot of tiny but bat-shaped and often flashing bugs. The freakout of the targets when they find them brings up the question of gathering info vetsus messing with the targets' minds.
* A tracking bug stuck to Goliath in the first story arc of ''{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}}'' is fairly inconspicuous... but blatantly labeled with the logo of the people who placed it!
** Goliath gets bugged two more times in the course of the series: the second time by Xanatos again and the last one by [[DarkActionGirl Robyn Canmore]].
* Parodied (like most things) on ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' when Spanky Ham, in order to record Captain Hero's illegal manipulation of gambling, attempts to have a conversation with Hero concerning the swindle while secretly recording the conversation on a hidden tape recorder. Said tape recorder is taped to the front of his shirt and is half the size of Spanky. Subverted in that Captain Hero does suspect that Spanky is acting suspicious so he ends the conversation quickly by [[TheDitz "describing all the specifics and incriminating details of his illegal scam"]].



* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS2E11LightsaberLost "Lightsaber Lost"]], Jedi Master Tera Sinube sticks a large tracking device with a ''flashing light'' on Ione Marcy's back. It's a wonder her partner in crime Cassie didn't notice it sooner.



* In the ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' film ''Into the Wild Green Yonder,'' Bender plants a bug on Fry's cellphone telephone [[RuleOfFunny with several blinking lights and spinning radar dishes that triples the size of the phone.]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ProjectGeeker'' had a huge emitter dart that actually served as a decoy for the nano-emitter it injected.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' takes it to new levels when Ed hides a camera on Kevin's lawn. And by "hides", we mean "puts in plain sight and tapes a twig to it".
** And by plain sight we mean "a tripod standing right infront of the front door".
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "Party of One", Pinkie Pie dangles a [[TinCanYouHearMeNow can-on-a-string]] ''right in front of Twilight Sparkle's face'' to listen in on her conversation with Mrs. Cake. HilarityEnsues when Twilight finally notices it.
* Subverted in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', where Francine knows Stan was spying on her as part of a plot due to the multitude of obvious cameras lying around the house.
* Used in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''. Secret service agents think Jeremie is hacking into weapons databases, so Jim volunteers to be the one to plant a tracking device on him. His method? He slaps it onto him.
* {{Parodied|trope}} in WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw, when X reveals [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/birdman_9329.png he knows too much:]]
-->'''Harvey''': How did you find out about that?\\
'''X''': Oh, I have my ways.\\
'''Harvey''': HOW LONG HAS ''THAT'' BEEN THERE?!
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Fantomcat}}'' had the good guys stick one on the evil henchman du jour's shoulder. [[RealityEnsues It's spotted effortlessly]] by the BigBad's second-in-command... through a visiophone.
* Season 3 of ''WesternAnimation/{{Detentionaire}}'' features bugs that are large enough to fill your palm, flash red, and beep, and several that we see are in completely open and obvious places, and yet nobody seems to notice them.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie,'' Emmet is tagged on his leg with a tracking device by Bad Cop. It hits him hard enough for him to cry out in pain, but he doesn't notice the device. It's huge (bigger than their claw hands) and blinking, but Batman doesn't notice it when they meet up with him. Emmet then stands in the middle of a stadium, the focus of attention of 100 people, who completely surround him, and none of them notice it.

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* In the ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' film ''Into the Wild Green Yonder,'' Bender plants a bug on Fry's cellphone telephone [[RuleOfFunny with several blinking lights and spinning radar dishes that triples the size of the phone.]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ProjectGeeker'' had a huge emitter dart that actually served as a decoy for the nano-emitter it injected.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' takes it to new levels when Ed hides a camera on Kevin's lawn. And by "hides", we mean "puts in plain sight and tapes a twig to it".
** And by plain sight we mean "a tripod standing right infront of the front door".
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "Party of One", Pinkie Pie dangles a [[TinCanYouHearMeNow can-on-a-string]] ''right in front of Twilight Sparkle's face'' to listen in on her conversation with Mrs. Cake. HilarityEnsues when Twilight finally notices it.
* Subverted in an the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', where Francine knows Stan was spying on her "Bad Spark". Megatron attaches a cartoonishly large bug to Blackarachnia's back... and, as part of a plot due she walks away, we see it fade to invisibility. Later in the multitude episode, we see Megatron sitting and looking down in a manner that implies he's perfectly aware of obvious cameras lying around the house.
* Used
large, spider-shaped listener Tarantulas has placed under Megatron's own chair. Played straight, however, in an the episode of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''. Secret service agents think Jeremie is hacking into weapons databases, so Jim volunteers to be "Tangled Web," where Tarantulas ''chucks'' a large, red, beeping bug onto the one to plant equipment Quickstrike had collected... ''and it makes a loud clanging sound as it lands.'' Naturally, Quickstrike doesn't notice.
** In the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' comic prequel/side-story ''The Arrival'', Blackarachnia attaches
a tracking device on him. His method? He slaps it onto him.
* {{Parodied|trope}} in WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw, when X reveals [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/birdman_9329.png
to Starscream, which he knows too much:]]
-->'''Harvey''': How did you find out about that?\\
'''X''': Oh, I have my ways.\\
'''Harvey''': HOW LONG HAS ''THAT'' BEEN THERE?!
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Fantomcat}}'' had the good guys stick one on the evil henchman du jour's shoulder. [[RealityEnsues It's spotted effortlessly]] by the BigBad's second-in-command... through a visiophone.
* Season 3 of ''WesternAnimation/{{Detentionaire}}'' features bugs that are large enough
fails to fill your palm, flash red, and beep, and several that we see are in completely open and obvious places, and yet nobody seems to notice them.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie,'' Emmet is tagged on his leg with a tracking device by Bad Cop. It hits him hard enough for him to cry out in pain, but he doesn't notice the device. It's huge (bigger than their claw hands) and blinking, but Batman doesn't notice it when they meet up with him. Emmet then stands in the middle of a stadium, the focus of attention of 100 people, who completely surround him, and none of them notice it.
notice.



* [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/feedarticle/9941926 A street was cordoned off and the bomb squad called after a businessman found a flashing device under his car - which turned out to be a tracking bug fitted by his suspicious wife.]]

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* [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/feedarticle/9941926 A street was cordoned off and the bomb squad called after a businessman found a flashing device under his car - -- which turned out to be a tracking bug fitted by his suspicious wife.]]


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26th Apr '17 9:20:20 AM Dimensio
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* The premise of ''VideoGame/NightTrap'' is that a special police unit has snuck a wiretap onto the security system of a house, which controls internal cameras and a series of traps. The wiretap is a large, visible cable hanging inside from a window in the entrance hallway of the house. You are even told that you will lose control if the cable is pulled, but no one even bothered to try to hide it.
22nd Apr '17 7:19:05 AM jeez
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* In the BBC Wallander episode ''The Dogs Of Riga'', Wallander finds that the Lithuanian mafia has hidden a microphone inside his hotel room landline phone's receiver. He only discovers it though when he hears it glitching out whenever he receives a call on his mobile (based on a real phenomenon of radio transmissions getting interrupted by cell connections).

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* In the BBC Wallander ''Literature/{{Wallander}}'' episode ''The Dogs Of Riga'', Wallander finds that the Lithuanian mafia has hidden a microphone inside his hotel room landline phone's receiver. He only discovers it though when he hears it glitching out whenever he receives a call on his mobile (based on a real phenomenon of radio transmissions getting interrupted by cell connections).
22nd Apr '17 6:25:31 AM jeez
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* In the BBC Wallander episode ''The Dogs Of Riga'', Wallander finds that the Lithuanian mafia has hidden a microphone inside his hotel room landline phone's receiver. He only discovers it though when he hears it glitching out whenever he receives a call on his mobile (based on a real phenomenon of radio transmissions getting interrupted by cell connections).
31st Mar '17 3:19:27 PM nombretomado
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* In ''FamiliarFaces'' episode 36, CR receives a fruit basket from ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''. It's shown to contain a few fruits and one large buzzing camera.
* ''OrionsArm'' has (or had) the spy plant. This attractive potted plant is easy to take care of, you just need to water it regularly, and speak about your subversive activity loudly and clearly.

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* In ''FamiliarFaces'' ''WebVideo/FamiliarFaces'' episode 36, CR receives a fruit basket from ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''. It's shown to contain a few fruits and one large buzzing camera.
* ''OrionsArm'' ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' has (or had) the spy plant. This attractive potted plant is easy to take care of, you just need to water it regularly, and speak about your subversive activity loudly and clearly.
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