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7th Mar '17 5:27:41 PM RheaVaruna
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* In FanFic/GraveMentor, the Ancient Ones own this trope, refraining from telling Michel anything that might be useful when he's on earth trying to help Seira combat the magical catastrophes that are happening. It actually manages to get bad enough towards the end of the story that Michel even asks why no one bothered to tell him a few things.
4th Mar '17 8:05:29 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem "The Sontaran Stratagem"]] has a villainous example: Luke Rattigan gets a phone call from UNIT telling him that "the doctor" is coming to see him. He's (rather understandably) misunderstood the message -- he didn't realize "Doctor" should be capitalized. So, when General Staal asks him who the Doctor is, during a confrontation, Luke responds with "He didn't give his name", thus preventing Staal from realizing just exactly who he just met until after the Doctor and UNIT private Ross have fled the scene.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem "The Sontaran Stratagem"]] has a villainous example: Luke Rattigan gets a phone call from UNIT telling him that "the doctor" is coming to see him. He's (rather understandably) misunderstood the message -- he didn't realize "Doctor" should be capitalized. So, when General Staal asks him who the Doctor is, during a confrontation, Luke responds with "He didn't give his name", thus preventing Staal from realizing just exactly who he just met until after the Doctor and UNIT private Ross have fled the scene.scene, and they're trying to track them down.
-->'''Luke:''' That doctor, he was in a UNIT jeep.\\
'''Staal:''' . . . You said you didn't know his name.\\
'''Luke:''' I don't, he just said "doctor".
4th Mar '17 8:03:32 PM AthenaBlue
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* In ''Film/LegallyBlonde'', the defense team in the Brooke Windham case is so focused on Chutney Windham's actions immediately before the events of her father's murder that they don't bother to ask what she was doing earlier on the fatal day. [[spoiler: When Elle finally brings it up during a cross-examination, Chutney casually mentions that she had gotten a perm that morning--which invalidates her alibi of being in the shower at the time of the murder, and eventually leads her to confess to the crime on the stand]].



'''Inigo:''' There is but one working castle gate, and... and it is guarded by 60 men.\\

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'''Inigo:''' There is but one working castle gate, and...and . . . and it is guarded by 60 men.\\



* In ''Film/LegallyBlonde'', the defense team in the Brooke Windham case is so focused on Chutney Windham's actions immediately before the events of her father's murder that they don't bother to ask what she was doing earlier on the fatal day. [[spoiler: When Elle finally brings it up during a cross-examination, Chutney casually mentions that she had gotten a perm that morning--which invalidates her alibi of being in the shower at the time of the murder, and eventually leads her to confess to the crime on the stand]].



* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Vimes]] has a moment or two of this in every book he stars in, but ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'' and ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' probably have the most.



* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': Samuel Vimes has a moment or two of this in every book he stars in, but ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'' and ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' probably have the most.
* Inverted in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''. Sirius considered the fact that he and Harry are close to be trivial--or, perhaps, didn't have the patience to deal with his irritating House Elf Kreacher knowing the information. When he yells "GET OUT!" to Kreacher at one point, the House Elf obeys him--by [[ExactWords "getting out" of the house and going to Bellatrix Lestrange]] with news about Sirius and Harry's bond. Bellatrix in turn tells Voldemort, who uses the relationship to set up a dangerous trap.



* Inverted in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''. Sirius considered the fact that he and Harry are close to be trivial--or, perhaps, didn't have the patience to deal with his irritating House Elf Kreacher knowing the information. When he yells "GET OUT!" to Kreacher at one point, the House Elf obeys him--by [[ExactWords "getting out" of the house and going to Bellatrix Lestrange]] with news about Sirius and Harry's bond. Bellatrix in turn tells Voldemort, who uses the relationship to set up a dangerous trap.



* The ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' episode called "Lady In Waiting" has a wealthy woman kill her brother and make it look like she accidentally mistook him for a burglar after he tripped the alarm system. Her fiancé came to the house unexpectedly as her setup was unfolding. Only later did he realize (with Columbo's help) that [[spoiler:he heard the three fatal shots first, '''then''' heard the alarm sound]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem "The Sontaran Stratagem"]] has a villainous example: Luke Rattigan gets a phone call from UNIT telling him that "the doctor" is coming to see him. He's (rather understandably) misunderstood the message -- he didn't realize "Doctor" should be capitalized. So, when General Staal asks him who the Doctor is, during a confrontation, Luke responds with "He didn't give his name", thus preventing Staal from realizing just exactly who he just met until after the Doctor and UNIT private Ross have fled the scene.
* In the season one episode of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', "I, E.T.", the crew is desperately searching for an anesthesia to use on Moya located somewhere on an alien planet, only to find out, at the eleventh hour, from a befriended local that it's a common spice they used in their food.



* The ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' episode called "Lady In Waiting" has a wealthy woman kill her brother and make it look like she accidentally mistook him for a burglar after he tripped the alarm system. Her fiancé came to the house unexpectedly as her setup was unfolding. Only later did he realize (with Columbo's help) that [[spoiler:he heard the three fatal shots first, '''then''' heard the alarm sound]].
* In the season one episode of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', "I, E.T.", the crew is desperately searching for an anesthesia to use on Moya located somewhere on an alien planet, only to find out, at the eleventh hour, from a befriended local that it's a common spice they used in their food.



* In ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'', Michael is the only member of a group trying to prevent [[AIIsACrapshoot The Oracle]] from gaining control who is not from the BadFuture in which it has done so. He also knows that British Intelligence created something called the Echelon Plug-in (he was given a copy of it). Two problems. First, he's the group's ButtMonkey, so nobody else tells him anything, which means he has no idea what the Oracle is, never mind that it exists. Second, he's the group's ButtMonkey, so nobody listens to him, which means the others have no idea what The Echelon Plug-in is, never mind that it exists. [[spoiler:When they ''finally'' tell Michael about Oracle, Michael makes a comparison of the two programs and the others realize that the Oracle and Echelon Plug-in are ''one and the same''. In other words, the Oracle already exists in Michael's time, which explains a ''lot''.]] The page quote comes from this.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'', Michael is ''Webcomic/{{Galaxion}}'' Patty gets bitten by an alien bug. The team worries a bit, but soon lets it go in favour of more pressing concerns, but the only member of fever she develops after a group trying to prevent [[AIIsACrapshoot The Oracle]] from gaining control who while is not from the BadFuture in which it has done so. He also knows that British Intelligence created something called the Echelon Plug-in (he was given a copy of it). Two problems. First, he's the group's ButtMonkey, so nobody else tells him anything, which means he has no idea what the Oracle is, never mind that it exists. Second, he's the group's ButtMonkey, so nobody listens to him, which means the others have no idea what The Echelon Plug-in is, never mind that it exists. [[spoiler:When they ''finally'' tell Michael about Oracle, Michael makes a comparison of the two programs and the others realize that the Oracle and Echelon Plug-in are ''one and the same''. In other words, the Oracle already exists in Michael's time, which explains a ''lot''.]] The page quote comes from this.actually plot-important. (And how!)



* In ''Webcomic/{{Galaxion}}'' Patty gets bitten by an alien bug. The team worries a bit, but soon lets it go in favour of more pressing concerns, but the fever she develops after a while is actually plot-important. (And how!)

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Galaxion}}'' Patty gets bitten by an alien bug. ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'', Michael is the only member of a group trying to prevent [[AIIsACrapshoot The team worries a bit, but soon lets it go in favour of more pressing concerns, but Oracle]] from gaining control who is not from the fever she develops after BadFuture in which it has done so. He also knows that British Intelligence created something called the Echelon Plug-in (he was given a while is actually plot-important. (And how!)copy of it). Two problems. First, he's the group's ButtMonkey, so nobody else tells him anything, which means he has no idea what the Oracle is, never mind that it exists. Second, he's the group's ButtMonkey, so nobody listens to him, which means the others have no idea what The Echelon Plug-in is, never mind that it exists. [[spoiler:When they ''finally'' tell Michael about Oracle, Michael makes a comparison of the two programs and the others realize that the Oracle and Echelon Plug-in are ''one and the same''. In other words, the Oracle already exists in Michael's time, which explains a ''lot''.]] The page quote comes from this.


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24th Feb '17 10:52:29 AM Gravidef
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* In ''Film/LegallyBlonde'', the defense team in the Brooke Windham case is so focused on Chutney Windham's actions immediately before the events of her father's murder that they don't bother to ask what she was doing earlier on the fatal day. [[spoiler: When Elle finally brings it up during a cross-examination, Chutney casually mentions that she had gotten a perm that morning--which invalidates her alibi of being in the shower at the time of the murder, and eventually leads her to confess to the crime on the stand]].
24th Feb '17 10:45:07 AM Gravidef
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** This was true of Literature/MissMarple mysteries as well, though Christie would usually [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] and [[JustifiedTrope justify]] the trope. For example, in ''The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side'', the vital information turned out to be [[spoiler: the initial victim's having German measles when she met the killer on a previous occasion]]. Nearly everyone who relayed the story [[spoiler: either didn't bother paying attention to the exact diagnosis or, in the killer's husband's case, lied to cover it up]]. It isn't until Miss Marple herself gets the complete story that she's able to piece together the puzzle.

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** This was true of Literature/MissMarple mysteries as well, though Christie would usually [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] and [[JustifiedTrope justify]] the trope. For example, in ''The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side'', the vital information turned out to be [[spoiler: the initial victim's having German measles when she met the killer on a previous occasion]]. Nearly everyone who relayed the story [[spoiler: either didn't bother paying attention to the exact diagnosis or, in the killer's husband's case, lied to cover it up]]. It isn't until Miss Marple herself gets the complete story a full, accurate report that she's able to piece together the puzzle.
24th Feb '17 10:44:31 AM Gravidef
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* Inverted in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''. Sirius considered the fact that he and Harry are close to be trivial which is why he never told Kreacher to keep his trap shut about it. [[spoiler: Which is why Kreacher could tell Bellatrix about it and in turn how Voldemort was able to use it to lay trap on Harry.]]

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** This was true of Literature/MissMarple mysteries as well, though Christie would usually [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] and [[JustifiedTrope justify]] the trope. For example, in ''The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side'', the vital information turned out to be [[spoiler: the initial victim's having German measles when she met the killer on a previous occasion]]. Nearly everyone who relayed the story [[spoiler: either didn't bother paying attention to the exact diagnosis or, in the killer's husband's case, lied to cover it up]]. It isn't until Miss Marple herself gets the complete story that she's able to piece together the puzzle.
** In another Miss Marple short story, the killer turns out to be [[spoiler: a woman disguised as a chambermaid]]; the person deliberately invoked this trope because [[spoiler: she knew that people wouldn't bother to bring up a chambermaid entering a hotel room, as it seems so unimportant]].
* Inverted in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''. Sirius considered the fact that he and Harry are close to be trivial which is why he never told trivial--or, perhaps, didn't have the patience to deal with his irritating House Elf Kreacher knowing the information. When he yells "GET OUT!" to keep his trap shut about it. [[spoiler: Which is why Kreacher could tell at one point, the House Elf obeys him--by [[ExactWords "getting out" of the house and going to Bellatrix Lestrange]] with news about it Sirius and Harry's bond. Bellatrix in turn how Voldemort was able tells Voldemort, who uses the relationship to use it to lay trap on Harry.]]set up a dangerous trap.
24th Dec '16 10:22:26 PM Kirayoshi
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* A variation in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'':
-->'''Spock''': The admiral's daughter did express interest in the torpedoes, and she is a weapons specialist.\\
'''Kirk''': What admiral's daughter?\\
'''Spock''': Carol Marcus, your new science officer, concealed her identity to board the ship.\\
'''Kirk''': When were you going to tell me that?\\
'''Spock''': When it became relevant, as it just did.
21st Dec '16 1:08:34 PM Knight20
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* Something of a mutual example in the finale of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': After Zuko attacks Aang for taking a break from training and they each explain their sides, it turns out both had a key piece of information the other lacked. The Gaang had decided to push back their timeline (waiting until after Sozin's comet had passed to depose the Fire Lord) because they didn't think that a one-day power-up would do much to change the status quo of the hundred year long war they were looking to end. Zuko didn't tell them that the Fire Lord planned to use the power-up to commit genocide on the Earth Kingdom because he didn't think they needed the added motivation to do what (he thought) they were already planning on doing anyway. Had either side spoken up earlier, they all would have been more prepared for the final battle.

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* Something of a mutual example in the finale of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': After Zuko attacks Aang for taking a break from training and they each explain their sides, it turns out both had a key piece of information the other lacked. The Gaang had decided to push back their timeline (waiting until after Sozin's comet had passed to depose the Fire Lord) because they didn't think that a one-day power-up would do much to change the status quo of the hundred year long war they were looking to end. Zuko didn't tell them that the Fire Lord planned to use the power-up to commit genocide on the Earth Kingdom because he didn't think they needed the added motivation to do what (he thought) they were already planning on doing anyway. Had either side spoken up earlier, they all would have been more prepared for the final battle.battle.
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28th Oct '16 10:42:08 AM Duffan
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Galaxion}}'' Patty gets bitten by an alien bug. The team worries a bit, but soon lets it go in favour of more pressing concerns, but the fever she develops after a while is actually plot-important. (And how!)

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Galaxion}}'' Patty gets bitten by an alien bug. The team worries a bit, but soon lets it go in favour of more pressing concerns, but the fever she develops after a while is actually plot-important. (And how!)how!)

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* Something of a mutual example in the finale of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': After Zuko attacks Aang for taking a break from training and they each explain their sides, it turns out both had a key piece of information the other lacked. The Gaang had decided to push back their timeline (waiting until after Sozin's comet had passed to depose the Fire Lord) because they didn't think that a one-day power-up would do much to change the status quo of the hundred year long war they were looking to end. Zuko didn't tell them that the Fire Lord planned to use the power-up to commit genocide on the Earth Kingdom because he didn't think they needed the added motivation to do what (he thought) they were already planning on doing anyway. Had either side spoken up earlier, they all would have been more prepared for the final battle.
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* Inverted in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''. Sirius considered the fact that he and Harry are close to be trivial which is why he never told Kreacher to keep his trap shut about it. [[spoiler: Which is why Kreacher could tell Bellatrix about it and in turn how Voldemort was able to use it to lay trap on Harry.]]
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