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23rd Jun '18 3:11:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/ThePrisoner'' has statues with cameras in the eyes. This in itself would be rather obvious, but [[UncannyVillage The Village]] takes it [[strike:one]] ''two'' steps further: The cameras in the eyes have blinking lights, and the ''statues themselves rotate to track people.''

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* ''Series/ThePrisoner'' ''Series/ThePrisoner1967'' has statues with cameras in the eyes. This in itself would be rather obvious, but [[UncannyVillage The Village]] takes it [[strike:one]] ''two'' steps further: The cameras in the eyes have blinking lights, and the ''statues themselves rotate to track people.''
20th Jun '18 6:32:23 AM REV6Pilot
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* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' has lights on things that probably wouldn't have lights (such as steam powered turrets and flying attack bots) that arbitrarily change from red to green when you convert them by re-plumbing them, and "security cameras" the size of two toasters. They throw spotlights as part of their search function- [[JustifiedTrope which makes sense]], given the lack of ambient light throughout most of the game. Most cameras can be spotted easily, by their search lights, or by the incredibly loud sounds they make while moving.
** Also the cameras in ''VideoGame/SystemShock2'' that inspired them. Gigantic green light that turns yellow, then red, when they see you, and goes out when the camera is destroyed. These cameras are also massive, which makes even less sense considering the different setting.

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* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' has lights on things that probably wouldn't have lights (such lights, such as steam powered turrets and flying attack bots) bots, that arbitrarily change from red to green when you convert them by re-plumbing them, and "security cameras" the size of two toasters. toasters[[labelnote:+]]at least the size can be explained that Rapture is stuck in a SteamPunk-like version of TheFifties that never heard of miniaturization[[/labelnote]]. They throw spotlights as part of their search function- function, [[JustifiedTrope which makes sense]], sense]] given [[WhoForgotTheLights the lack of ambient light throughout most of the game. game]]. Most cameras can be spotted easily, either by their search lights, lights or by the incredibly loud sounds they their servos make while moving.
** Also the
swiveling.
* The
cameras in ''VideoGame/SystemShock2'' that inspired them. the ''VideoGame/BioShock'' cameras above also apply, but to a lesser extent. Gigantic green light that turns yellow, then red, when they see you, then red when the alarm is tripped, and goes out when the camera is destroyed. These Unlike their successors, these cameras are also massive, which makes even less sense considering move silently, have no spotlight and their colors blend into the different setting.background, making it very easy to get caught out unawares by them despite them being fairly large.



* One sidequest in ''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?]]

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* One sidequest in ''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 And as a finishing touch to blow your mind - mind, you have to place said cameras while sneaking around. Since ''while sneaking'', since said woman (and her boyfriend) are still in said apartment, walking from room to room. Should she be like -- hey God only knows why neither of them goes "Hey, was this nice camera really here 5 five seconds ago?]]ago?".



* In ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' security cameras glow green and emit a constant beeping sound.
** Well the beeping only sounds if they spot someone, which is rather useful for alerting nearby guards.

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* ''VideoGame/DeusEx''
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In ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' the first title, security cameras glow green and emit a constant beeping sound.
** Well the beeping only sounds
sound if they spot someone, which is rather useful for alerting nearby guards.
4th May '18 7:13:25 AM LentilSandEater
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** The phone's beeping is integral to its functionality as a PlotCoupon.
** That and it is a fairly normal cell phone. It's Batman's new suit and tracking equipment that makes it useful as a bug.
2nd May '18 7:49:05 PM WhynotkeepitaSecret
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15th Apr '18 1:48:55 PM AmuckCricetine
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** Averted in "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.
** 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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** Averted in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E1TheRibosOperation 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.
** The large, blinking tracking bug that is concealed inside the Master's recall device in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors".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.



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', an undercover Homer is sent in to record health violations at the Kwik-E-Mart, wearing "a camera so small, it fits into this oversize novelty hat." Said camera also emits an audible buzzing noise and is incredibly heavy, which causes the user to have trouble balancing it (in fact it's ''so'' heavy that using it for over 20 minutes causes ''permanent neck damage''). Apu notices easily, but after he tricks Homer into throwing it down and stomping it, makes the mistake of believing it was enough to break it...
** In another episode, the FBI places a listening device under Homer's shirt that makes a noticeable rectangular bulge. Homer goes into Moe's and, of course, immediately asks if anyone has any illegal activities they would like to discuss. When one barfly is arrested, and the others smell a rat (though nobody suspects Homer), Homer audibly mumbles "End Transmission" into his stomach and slinks off.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'',
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In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E13HomerAndApu Homer and Apu]]" an undercover Homer is sent in to record health violations at the Kwik-E-Mart, wearing "a camera so small, it fits into this oversize novelty hat." Said camera also emits an audible buzzing noise and is incredibly heavy, which causes the user to have trouble balancing it (in fact it's ''so'' heavy that using it for over 20 minutes causes ''permanent neck damage''). Apu notices easily, but after he tricks Homer into throwing it down and stomping it, makes the mistake of believing it was enough to break it...
** In another episode, "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E20TheTroubleWithTrillions The Trouble with Trillions]]", the FBI places a listening device under Homer's shirt that makes a noticeable rectangular bulge. Homer goes into Moe's and, of course, immediately asks if anyone has any illegal activities they would like to discuss. When one barfly is arrested, and the others smell a rat (though nobody suspects Homer), Homer audibly mumbles "End Transmission" into his stomach and slinks off.



** In season 13, "Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge", when Homer starts a security company, he busts Fat Tony and his gang for selling ferrets disguised as toy poodles to pet shops. One of the ferrets, that they already disguised as a toy poodle, is wearing a large listening device that's strapped to its back that has a beeping red light, with an antennae, wires, an on/off switch, and a microphone sticking out. Somehow they never noticed the device while they were disguising it.

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** In season 13, "Poppa's "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS13E22PoppasGotABrandNewBadge Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge", Badge]]", when Homer starts a security company, he busts Fat Tony and his gang for selling ferrets disguised as toy poodles to pet shops. One of the ferrets, that they already disguised as a toy poodle, is wearing a large listening device that's strapped to its back that has a beeping red light, with an antennae, wires, an on/off switch, and a microphone sticking out. Somehow they never noticed the device while they were disguising it.
5th Apr '18 12:25:51 PM Kakai
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* In ''[[Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice Batman v Superman]]'', Batman tracks the truck [=LexCorp=] is using to transport Kryptonite with a bug that's not only the size of an adult man's thumb, but also equipped with a blinking red light. They completely fail to notice it even after the vehicle is checked for damage when they arrive on-site.
15th Feb '18 11:05:48 PM KJMackley
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* Averted in the first ''Film/MissionImpossible'' film. They had to keep tabs on the only analyst in the building allowed to use the ultra-secure computer vault they were trying to access. The act of planting the tracker required one of their agents to brush his jacket with the tip of her finger, and it otherwise looked like a millimeter sized patch of cloth. The close-up on the bug to show what, exactly, she did let you see the fibers of the jacket.
6th Feb '18 6:26:46 AM JackG
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* There was an Australian mini-series (can't remember the name unfortunately) about a couple recruited by the Federal Police to help them investigate a drug-smuggling operation. The wife is given a recorder which gives a loud beep during the conversation with the villains. Fortunately she improvised by pretending it was a toy belonging to their children that had been left on. She makes sure to give the AFP a piece of her mind at the embassy.

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* There was an Australian mini-series (can't remember the name unfortunately) ''The Bite'' about a couple recruited by the Federal Police to help them investigate a drug-smuggling operation. The wife is given a recorder which gives a loud beep during the conversation with the villains. Fortunately she improvised by pretending it was a toy belonging to their children that had been left on. She makes sure to give the AFP a piece of her mind at the embassy.
27th Jan '18 8:43:47 AM Andyroid
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** In an episode of ''WebAnimation/CheatCommandos'', the eponymous characters are invited to the villain's house for [[GoKartingWithBowser Thanksgiving dinner]]. Somehow, Gunhaver can see everything that's going on. It'ss eventually revealed to be [[MeaningfulName Reinforcements]] standing on the other side of the room with a camera.

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** In an episode of ''WebAnimation/CheatCommandos'', the eponymous characters are invited to the villain's house for [[GoKartingWithBowser Thanksgiving dinner]]. Somehow, Gunhaver can see everything that's going on. It'ss It's eventually revealed to be [[MeaningfulName Reinforcements]] standing on the other side of the room with a camera.
27th Jan '18 8:43:39 AM Andyroid
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* ''WebAnimation/Homestarrunner'':
** In an episode of ''WebAnimation/CheatCommandos'', the eponymous characters are invited to the villain's house for [[GoKartingWithBowser Thanksgiving dinner]]. Somehow, their leader can see everything that's going on. It is eventually revealed to be [[MeaningfulName Reinforcements]] standing on the other side of the room with a camera.

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* ''WebAnimation/Homestarrunner'':
''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'':
** In an episode of ''WebAnimation/CheatCommandos'', the eponymous characters are invited to the villain's house for [[GoKartingWithBowser Thanksgiving dinner]]. Somehow, their leader Gunhaver can see everything that's going on. It is It'ss eventually revealed to be [[MeaningfulName Reinforcements]] standing on the other side of the room with a camera.



--->'''Strong Sad:''' (to SM) When did you start wearing a class ring?\\
'''Strong Bad:''' (offscreen, watching the video) Oh, beautiful!\\

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--->'''Strong Sad:''' (to SM) (''to Strong Mad'') When did you start wearing a class ring?\\
'''Strong Bad:''' (offscreen, (''offscreen, watching the video) video'') Oh, beautiful!\\
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