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29th Mar '17 6:17:28 PM REV6Pilot
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* Thinkgeek sells over-sized security cameras with blinking lights. Makes perfect sense; it's better a burglar decides not to rob your house than to rob you and possibly get caught. Taking this logic even further, some places sell false but obvious security cameras whose only purpose is to ''appear'' to be an IncrediblyObviousBug.

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* Thinkgeek sells over-sized security cameras with blinking lights. Makes perfect sense; it's better a burglar decides not to rob your house than to rob you and possibly get caught. Taking this logic even further, some places sell false but obvious security cameras whose only purpose is to ''appear'' to be an IncrediblyObviousBug.Incredibly Obvious Bug.
17th Mar '17 11:32:17 AM jazzyamx
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** Baltar notices the device and figures it's Cylon in design but can't very well come out and say it, as they might suspect him of being a Cylon. Instead, he frames a recently-arrived crewmember, who is left behind on a space station. The kicker? [[RightForTheWrongReasons That guy really was a Cylon.]]

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** Baltar notices the device and figures it's Cylon in design but can't very well come out and say it, as they might suspect him of being a Cylon. Instead, he frames a recently-arrived crewmember, who is left behind on a space station. The kicker? [[RightForTheWrongReasons [[FramingTheGuiltyParty That guy really was a Cylon.]]
17th Mar '17 11:30:57 AM jazzyamx
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** Baltar notices the device and figures it's Cylon in design but can't very well come out and say it, as they might suspect him of being a Cylon. Instead, he frames a recently-arrived crewmember, who is left behind on a space station. The kicker? That guy really was a Cylon.

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** Baltar notices the device and figures it's Cylon in design but can't very well come out and say it, as they might suspect him of being a Cylon. Instead, he frames a recently-arrived crewmember, who is left behind on a space station. The kicker? [[RightForTheWrongReasons That guy really was a Cylon.]]
11th Feb '17 5:00:31 AM Jacce
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** And by plain sight we mean "a tripod standing right infront of the front door".
24th Jan '17 11:04:26 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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*** Allston also averts the trope when it suits the story. In ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Starfighters of Adumar]]'', Wedge Antilles has Tycho Celchu do a sweep of the quarters for listening devices. He finds a couple, but is GenreSavvy enough to realize there might be more he ''hasn't'' found. They do determine to their own satisfaction that their fighters and clothes are bug-free, however, and documentarian Hallis Saper later reveals the balcony is also clear of listening devices, giving them a few options for private conversation that they use. [[spoiler:It works; the New Republic Intelligence officer has no idea how much they've guessed about the situation, until Wedge has a rather heated discussion with him later.]] Speaking of Hallis Saper (an IntrepidReporter type with a {{Paparazzi}} background), she has numerous ingenious ways to hide her recording equipment. One of her more obvious methods involves placing it in a 3PO droid head and mounting it on her shoulder, but this is an invocation of IconicOutfit that allows her to be more covert when she wishes; after she's forced to abandon the 3PO droid head, she hides her recording devices inside an [[ImprobableHairstyle intricate hairstyle with gems]]; it works here because she's at a major diplomatic function with several others sporting similarly fancy looks.

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*** Allston also averts the trope when it suits the story. In ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Starfighters of Adumar]]'', Wedge Antilles has Tycho Celchu do a sweep of the quarters for listening devices. He finds a couple, but is GenreSavvy savvy enough to realize there might be more he ''hasn't'' found. They do determine to their own satisfaction that their fighters and clothes are bug-free, however, and documentarian Hallis Saper later reveals the balcony is also clear of listening devices, giving them a few options for private conversation that they use. [[spoiler:It works; the New Republic Intelligence officer has no idea how much they've guessed about the situation, until Wedge has a rather heated discussion with him later.]] Speaking of Hallis Saper (an IntrepidReporter type with a {{Paparazzi}} background), she has numerous ingenious ways to hide her recording equipment. One of her more obvious methods involves placing it in a 3PO droid head and mounting it on her shoulder, but this is an invocation of IconicOutfit that allows her to be more covert when she wishes; after she's forced to abandon the 3PO droid head, she hides her recording devices inside an [[ImprobableHairstyle intricate hairstyle with gems]]; it works here because she's at a major diplomatic function with several others sporting similarly fancy looks.



* ''Literature/TheActionHerosHandbook'' advises that if you find such a bug, don't stop looking, because a GenreSavvy spy may have planted a less obvious bug elsewhere and counted on you to assume this trope.

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* ''Literature/TheActionHerosHandbook'' advises that if you find such a bug, don't stop looking, because a GenreSavvy savvy spy may have planted a less obvious bug elsewhere and counted on you to assume this trope.



** And when she's trying to bug someone with a little bit of {{genre savvy}}ness, she'll sometimes plant ''two'' bugs: One incredibly obvious one for her target to find, and a less obvious one for them not to find.

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** And when she's trying to bug someone with a little bit of {{genre savvy}}ness, savvyness, she'll sometimes plant ''two'' bugs: One incredibly obvious one for her target to find, and a less obvious one for them not to find.
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.]]
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