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8th Jul '16 9:13:21 AM Katsuhagi
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Often TruthInTelevision, despite the advice of pretty much every crime prevention leaflet.

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Often TruthInTelevision, despite the advice of pretty much every crime prevention leaflet.
leaflet. Compare WeHaveTheKeys, which often occurs after a door is [[ThereWasADoor destroyed or bypassed]] when a less destructive alternative was available.
5th Jul '16 6:17:33 PM Katsuhagi
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* The parents of [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Jean Grey]] keep their spare keys under a fake rock. Unfortunately, Hercules (in ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' crossover where she resurfaces after ''The Dark Phoenix Saga'') kicks the door down before she could get to it. When she incredulously points this out Captain America says they'll write her parents a check.

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* The parents of [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Jean Grey]] keep their spare keys under a fake rock. Unfortunately, Hercules (in ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' crossover where she resurfaces after ''The Dark Phoenix Saga'') kicks the door down before she could get to it. When she incredulously points this out Captain America says they'll write her parents a check.check for a new door.
5th Jul '16 6:17:02 PM Katsuhagi
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* The parents of [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Jean Grey]] keep their spare keys under a fake rock. Unfortunately, Hercules (in ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' crossover where she resurfaces after ''The Dark Phoenix Saga'') kicks the door down before she could get to it.

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* The parents of [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Jean Grey]] keep their spare keys under a fake rock. Unfortunately, Hercules (in ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' crossover where she resurfaces after ''The Dark Phoenix Saga'') kicks the door down before she could get to it. When she incredulously points this out Captain America says they'll write her parents a check.
28th Dec '15 6:25:10 PM eroock
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* In ''Film/ThePhantomCarriage'', when the hero comes home after his release from prison and finds the door locked, he remembers the key under the doormat.
27th Dec '15 8:28:35 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in an episode of ''TheDrewCareyShow'', where it was mentioned that Drew kept a ''fake'' key in a fake rock under his welcome mat.
* In ''{{Psych}}'', Gus wonders how Shawn was able to get into his house, and Shawn points out that the key hidden under a fake rock is a bit obvious for a ''second-floor'' apartment.
* In ''GilmoreGirls'', pretty much all of Lorelai Gilmore's neighbors knew that the spare key was in the turtle.

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* Subverted in an episode of ''TheDrewCareyShow'', ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'', where it was mentioned that Drew kept a ''fake'' key in a fake rock under his welcome mat.
* In ''{{Psych}}'', ''Series/{{Psych}}'', Gus wonders how Shawn was able to get into his house, and Shawn points out that the key hidden under a fake rock is a bit obvious for a ''second-floor'' apartment.
* In ''GilmoreGirls'', ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', pretty much all of Lorelai Gilmore's neighbors knew that the spare key was in the turtle.
27th Sep '15 6:40:45 AM Melkior
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* Not quite a video game, but an old text-based computer Adventure style game where you have to ''repair a malfunctioning nuclear reactor'' has you quickly arrive at a locked door where all you can see is the door and the doormat. No prizes for guessing where the key to the door is hidden.
7th Jul '15 12:02:37 PM rcmerod52
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'': The key that opens the door to Ace Swift's hotel room was located under a mat, according to Rainbow Dash. Phoenix's [[DeadpanSnarker thoughts]] claim that he also keeps the key to his office under a mat.
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7th Jun '15 4:49:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the movie ''Following'' a burglar named Cobb uses a key under a doormat to break into an apartment.

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* In the movie ''Following'' ''Film/{{Following}}'' a burglar named Cobb uses a key under a doormat to break into an apartment.



* In Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Dial M For Murder'', the key under the staircase carpeting is a [[IncrediblyLamePun key]] plot point.

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* In Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Dial M For Murder'', ''Film/DialMForMurder'', the key under the staircase carpeting is a [[IncrediblyLamePun key]] plot point.



* Humorously inverted in ''WrongfullyAccused'' where Leslie Nielsen's character picks up a giant key, inside of which is a rock, which he uses to break the window.

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* Humorously inverted in ''WrongfullyAccused'' ''Film/WrongfullyAccused'' where Leslie Nielsen's character picks up a giant key, inside of which is a rock, which he uses to break the window.
7th Jun '15 4:48:22 AM Morgenthaler
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** This scene receives a CallBack in ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines''. When Terminator steals a car, he looks above the sun visor, but only finds a watch, so he hotwires it.

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** This * ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'': The scene from the second film receives a CallBack in ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines''.CallBack. When Terminator steals a car, he looks above the sun visor, but only finds a watch, so he hotwires it.



* In ''GranTorino'' the key is in the porcelain frog.

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* In ''GranTorino'' ''Film/GranTorino'' the key is in the porcelain frog.



* This is how Colt gets into the BigBad's hideout in ''LoadedWeapon1''.

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* This is how Colt gets into the BigBad's hideout in ''LoadedWeapon1''.''Film/LoadedWeapon1''.
31st May '15 11:48:23 AM Prfnoff
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* Similarly in ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey'' Connie jumps from tree to ledge to window in order to get into Mitch's apartment. Mitch tells her that she could have just used the key under the mat. A rather unsafe place for an FBI agent to hide a key though...

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* Similarly in ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey'' Connie jumps from tree to ledge to window in order to get into Mitch's apartment. Mitch tells her that she could have just used the key under the mat. A rather unsafe place for an FBI agent FBIAgent to hide a key though...



* In ''NeverwinterNights'', the key to the Tanglebrook Estate is hidden under the doormat.

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* In ''NeverwinterNights'', ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'', the key to the Tanglebrook Estate is hidden under the doormat.



* The first puzzle of ''ManiacMansion'' is getting the front door key from beneath the mat.

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* The first puzzle of ''ManiacMansion'' ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion'' is getting the front door key from beneath the mat.



* Lara Croft finds the keys in the sun visor for the Jeep during the driving cutscene in ''Franchise/TombRaider II''.

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* In ''VideoGame/TombRaiderII'', Lara Croft finds the keys in the sun visor for the Jeep during the driving cutscene in ''Franchise/TombRaider II''.cutscene.



* In "VideoGame/TheCatLady", there is a puzzle where you have to get the key to break into someone's apartment by cracking open a cat statue holding said key.

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* In "VideoGame/TheCatLady", ''VideoGame/TheCatLady'', there is a puzzle where you have to get the key to break into someone's apartment by cracking open a cat statue holding said key.key.
* In ''VideoGame/MysteryOfTimeAndSpace'', there is a key under a doormat. The doormat is on top of a grate for some reason, so after you accidently knock the key down you have to go down and get it.



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* In the online flash game MOTAS, there is a key under a doormat. The doormat is on top of a grate for some reason, so after you accidently knock the key down you have to go down and get it.



* Bart did this in an episode of ''TheSimpsons''. In order to get into the locked school, he...yeah. Homer also did it it one episode TWICE, the first time to get into the nuclear power plant, the second time to get into the reactor! And furthermore, even the key inside the plant was hidden under a small rock lying on the pristine floor, potentially subverting this trope. Chief Wiggum done this to get in the police station while Bart's class is waiting outside during a field trip.

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* Bart did this in an episode of ''TheSimpsons''.''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. In order to get into the locked school, he...yeah. Homer also did it it one episode TWICE, the first time to get into the nuclear power plant, the second time to get into the reactor! And furthermore, even the key inside the plant was hidden under a small rock lying on the pristine floor, potentially subverting this trope. Chief Wiggum done this to get in the police station while Bart's class is waiting outside during a field trip.



* In an episode of ''AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' where Scratch loses his memory and thinks he's Sonic's ally, he recalls that Robotnik leaves the key to his fortress under his "unwelcome" mat.

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* In an episode of ''AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' where Scratch loses his memory and thinks he's Sonic's ally, he recalls that Robotnik leaves the key to his fortress under his "unwelcome" mat.
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