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7th Sep '16 10:14:45 AM LordInsane
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* Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has ravens; though they can only reach established outposts like Riverrun or Castle Black, they're still uncannily quick and unerring about it. Martin has admitted the ravens are a product of RuleOfCool. (RealLife ravens are very smart birds, mind, but pigeons have them beat on directions.) Slightly subverted in that messenger ravens are shot down regularly by everyone, including people who just want to eat them. It's also hinted that the ravens suffer from the same single-destination limitations as real-life messenger pigeons. There are in-universe claims that the modern messenger ravens are the result of the loss of magical knowledge; when the practice started they relayed the messages verbally.

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* Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has ravens; though they can only reach established outposts like Riverrun or Castle Black, they're still uncannily quick and unerring about it. Martin has admitted the ravens are a product of RuleOfCool. (RealLife ravens are very smart birds, mind, but pigeons have them beat on directions.) Slightly subverted in that messenger ravens are shot down regularly by everyone, including people who just want to eat them. It's also hinted that the ravens suffer from the same single-destination limitations as real-life messenger pigeons. There are in-universe claims that the modern messenger ravens are the result of the loss of magical knowledge; when the practice started they relayed the messages verbally.verbally[[note]]real-world ravens -- and based on a few instances, Westerosi ravens as well -- ''can'' mimic human words and sentences, but obviously getting them to say the right thing at the right time in the right place to someone that doesn't know what the raven is meant to say is something else.[[/note]].
10th Aug '16 8:47:58 PM PaulA
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* Averted in James Clavell's Literature/AsianSaga novel ''Shōgun'': A ''daimyo'' will send several pigeons at once to ensure that a message gets through, and a rival ''daimyo'' will try to intercept them with archers or specially-trained hawks.

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* Averted in James Clavell's Literature/AsianSaga novel ''Shōgun'': ''Literature/{{Shogun}}'': A ''daimyo'' will send several pigeons at once to ensure that a message gets through, and a rival ''daimyo'' will try to intercept them with archers or specially-trained hawks.
6th Jul '16 2:57:53 PM margdean56
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* Averted in James Clavell's Literature/AsianSaga novel ''Shōgun'': ''Daimyo'' will send several pigeons at once to ensure that a message gets through, and rival ''daimyo'' will try to intercept them with archers or specially-trained hawks.

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* Averted in James Clavell's Literature/AsianSaga novel ''Shōgun'': ''Daimyo'' A ''daimyo'' will send several pigeons at once to ensure that a message gets through, and a rival ''daimyo'' will try to intercept them with archers or specially-trained hawks.
10th Mar '16 1:10:07 PM Soldancer
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* ''VideoGame/WhiteKnightChronicles'' features an interesting take on the trope. Bigelows, cute, intelligent, owl-like birds, work like homing pigeons to deliver messages over long distances. The trick is that a pair of bigelows (presumably mates) can telepathically transmit messages and images between one another in real time. So while they still need to fly to and from their destinations, the messages they relay literally are instant. The bird's eyes project a grey-scale 3D {{hologram}} complete with sound, in a way that seems [[StarWars suspiciously familiar]].



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16th Jan '16 2:24:49 PM Adept
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* In ''Manga/OresamaTeacher'', Mafuyu exchanges letteres with her pen pal, Ichigo Love [[spoiler:actually Okegawa]] using a carrier pigeon.
14th Jan '16 4:23:29 PM eroock
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11th Nov '15 8:39:16 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has ravens; though they can only reach established outposts like Riverrun or Castle Black, they're still uncannily quick and unerring about it. Martin has admitted the ravens are a product of RuleOfCool. (RealLife ravens are very smart birds, mind, but pigeons have them beat on directions.) Slightly subverted in that messenger ravens are shot down regularly by everyone, including people who just want to eat them. It's also hinted that the ravens suffer from the same single-destination limitations as real-life messenger pigeons.

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* Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has ravens; though they can only reach established outposts like Riverrun or Castle Black, they're still uncannily quick and unerring about it. Martin has admitted the ravens are a product of RuleOfCool. (RealLife ravens are very smart birds, mind, but pigeons have them beat on directions.) Slightly subverted in that messenger ravens are shot down regularly by everyone, including people who just want to eat them. It's also hinted that the ravens suffer from the same single-destination limitations as real-life messenger pigeons. There are in-universe claims that the modern messenger ravens are the result of the loss of magical knowledge; when the practice started they relayed the messages verbally.
27th Sep '15 4:04:57 AM StarTropes
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* One episode of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' has Pidgey being used this way.
17th Aug '15 8:39:21 AM gallium
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* In ''Film/DesperateJourney'', a Polish saboteur behind Nazi lines blows up a bridge on the pre-war border between Germany and Poland. He then sends a pigeon back to England with his report. How a Polish saboteur behind enemy lines got ahold of an English pigeon is not explained.
11th Jul '15 3:04:20 PM Generality
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* ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'' has pigeons that behave normally, except for being [[DemBones entirely skeletal]]. When LaResistance gets a hold of some eggs and trains them from birth, they find that the pigeons have the ability to track down any person based only on a photograph. This allows them to get messages to agents anywhere in the field from their headquarters.
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