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20th Sep '16 12:41:24 AM Diask
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* In ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena,'' the ring with the rose crest instantly identifies Utena as a Rose Duelist to her fellow Duelists, and [[CoolKey allows entry]] to the Secret Forest. But Utena herself no knowledge of the purpose of the ring; she had been carrying it for years as a [[MementoMacGuffin memento of her prince]], who said it would [[BatmanGambit lead her back to him]]. Though the the true meaning of the ring is... [[{{Deconstruction}} complicated]].

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* In ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena,'' the ring with the rose crest instantly identifies Utena as a Rose Duelist to her fellow Duelists, and [[CoolKey allows entry]] to the Secret Forest. But Utena herself no knowledge of the purpose of the ring; she had been carrying it for years as a [[MementoMacGuffin memento of her prince]], who said it would [[BatmanGambit lead her back to him]]. Though the the true meaning of the ring is... [[{{Deconstruction}} complicated]].complicated.






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** In ForgottenRealms the Harpers have a symbol they use to identify each other: a small silver harp. After the Moonstars did split off, they use their own variant of the same. Cormyr has Purple Dragons' rings and commanders' rings that (aside of minor magics) allow access to restricted and magically protected areas, like the armory in Purple Dragons' barracks. Of course, these items are badges of service and possession of one by someone not entitled to this is a crime.

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** In ForgottenRealms ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms the Harpers have a symbol they use to identify each other: a small silver harp. After the Moonstars did split off, they use their own variant of the same. Cormyr has Purple Dragons' rings and commanders' rings that (aside of minor magics) allow access to restricted and magically protected areas, like the armory in Purple Dragons' barracks. Of course, these items are badges of service and possession of one by someone not entitled to this is a crime.






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* A minor GottaCatchEmAll sidequest in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' had you searching the galaxy for medallions belonging to members of the League Of One, a Salarian precurser to the Spectres.

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* A minor GottaCatchEmAll sidequest in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' had you searching the galaxy for medallions belonging to members of the League Of One, a Salarian precurser salarian precursor to the Spectres.






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6th Jul '16 2:28:21 PM Austin
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* ''Call Of Cthulhu'' supplement ''The Asylum and Other Tales'', adventure "The Asylum". Freygan's cultists have recognition symbols: small stones with thongs for wearing around the neck. They are rarely used since all nearby cult members know each other by sight.
* Dungeons And Dragons. AD&D 2 ed. has some spells working via designated tokens -- including "pass-cards" for warding spells and focus for mass [[DoppelgangerSpin mirror image]].

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* ''Call Of Cthulhu'' ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' supplement ''The Asylum and Other Tales'', adventure "The Asylum". Freygan's cultists have recognition symbols: small stones with thongs for wearing around the neck. They are rarely used since all nearby cult members know each other by sight.
* Dungeons And Dragons.TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons. AD&D 2 ed. has some spells working via designated tokens -- including "pass-cards" for warding spells and focus for mass [[DoppelgangerSpin mirror image]].
19th Jun '16 12:22:37 AM Morgenthaler
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4th Jun '16 4:09:05 PM nombretomado
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* In Don Pendleton's ''TheExecutioner'' stories, top Mafia enforcers used aces (playing cards) to identify themselves to other Mafia members.

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* In Don Pendleton's ''TheExecutioner'' ''Literature/TheExecutioner'' stories, top Mafia enforcers used aces (playing cards) to identify themselves to other Mafia members.
3rd Jun '16 10:29:14 AM Doug86
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Why, then you need a MembershipToken! This token is something discreet, yet distinctive, that you use to identify yourself to your fellows but isn't readily familiar to outsiders. It might be some rare or specific item (possibly even some sort of MacGuffin) that not just anyone would have, or something more common but otherwise difficult to get, such as one of a relatively small set of coins with a distinct design.

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Why, then you need a MembershipToken! Membership Token! This token is something discreet, yet distinctive, that you use to identify yourself to your fellows but isn't readily familiar to outsiders. It might be some rare or specific item (possibly even some sort of MacGuffin) that not just anyone would have, or something more common but otherwise difficult to get, such as one of a relatively small set of coins with a distinct design.



* In the ''Film/WingCommander'' movie, Taggart is able to earn the trust of the ''[[CoolShip Tiger Claw's]]'' captain because he has [[spoiler:an [[MilitaryAcademy Annapolis]] class ring, from the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo Class of 1942]], specifically a family heirloom of Admiral Tolwyn's, which he would not have parted with easily, indicating that Taggart held Tolwyn's implicit trust.]] Among the setting's Pilgrims, the Pilgrims' crosses serve the same purpose.

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* In the ''Film/WingCommander'' movie, Taggart is able to earn the trust of the ''[[CoolShip Tiger Claw's]]'' captain because he has [[spoiler:an [[MilitaryAcademy Annapolis]] class ring, from the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Class of 1942]], specifically a family heirloom of Admiral Tolwyn's, which he would not have parted with easily, indicating that Taggart held Tolwyn's implicit trust.]] Among the setting's Pilgrims, the Pilgrims' crosses serve the same purpose.



* Challenge Coins date back to a squadron of American pilots during WorldWarOne. One of the pilots, fairly well-off, decided to have a set of coins minted with their squadron's name on it for his squadron mates to have as keepsakes. One of these pilots was shot down, captured, and deprived of his military identification by German troops. An artillery barrage caused enough confusion for him to escape to the Allied lines, where he was able to prove his not being a German spy only by presenting his squadron's coin to the Allied troops. Ever since then, failure to present your coin when challenged results in a severe punishment. That is to say, you [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment buying beers for everybody who has their coins]]. Failing a "Coin Check" while in a large drinking establishment can become...expensive. You can be challenged at any time. Even when you're on the toilet or in the shower. It's [[SeriousBusiness sacred tradition]].

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* Challenge Coins date back to a squadron of American pilots during WorldWarOne.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. One of the pilots, fairly well-off, decided to have a set of coins minted with their squadron's name on it for his squadron mates to have as keepsakes. One of these pilots was shot down, captured, and deprived of his military identification by German troops. An artillery barrage caused enough confusion for him to escape to the Allied lines, where he was able to prove his not being a German spy only by presenting his squadron's coin to the Allied troops. Ever since then, failure to present your coin when challenged results in a severe punishment. That is to say, you [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment buying beers for everybody who has their coins]]. Failing a "Coin Check" while in a large drinking establishment can become...expensive. You can be challenged at any time. Even when you're on the toilet or in the shower. It's [[SeriousBusiness sacred tradition]].
24th Mar '16 1:57:48 AM MasoTey
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* On ''Series/BabylonFive'', members of the ''Anla-shok'', or as they are known to the humans, The Rangers, wear a distinct brooch showing a Minbari and a Human on either side of a large green stone. Earlier in the series, when the Rangers were a covert intelligence-gathering organization, this was used to allow them to discretely identify each other in public[[note]]also serves as a RewatchBonus as many of the earlier appearances of the Rangers on the show were subtle {{Meaningful Background Event}}s[[/note]] Once they become an overt military organization, and even later again become a form of SpacePolice, it is used as insignia on their uniforms instead.

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* On ''Series/BabylonFive'', members of the ''Anla-shok'', or as they are known to the humans, The Rangers, wear a distinct brooch showing a Minbari and a Human on either side of a large green stone. Earlier in the series, when the Rangers were a covert intelligence-gathering organization, this was used to allow them to discretely identify each other in public[[note]]also serves as a RewatchBonus Rewatch Bonus as many of the earlier appearances of the Rangers on the show were subtle {{Meaningful Meaningful Background Event}}s[[/note]] Events[[/note]] Once they become an overt military organization, and even later again become a form of SpacePolice, it is used as insignia on their uniforms instead.



* In ''Series/NCIS'', in one episode, Tony and Ziva are [[spoiler:captured in a mock war games event and]] met by a man who talks with them briefly, hands them a coin before leaving. Ziva, confused, asks what happened. Tony replies two things, something bigger than them is going on, and two, they will never have to buy drinks at a coin challenge again. The man who gave them his coin? The Secretary of the Navy of the United States.

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* In ''Series/NCIS'', ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', in one episode, Tony and Ziva are [[spoiler:captured in a mock war games event and]] met by a man who talks with them briefly, hands them a coin before leaving. Ziva, confused, asks what happened. Tony replies two things, something bigger than them is going on, and two, they will never have to buy drinks at a coin challenge again. The man who gave them his coin? The Secretary of the Navy of the United States.
22nd Mar '16 7:10:29 AM Taskmaster123
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** However, ''because'' it can be so expensive (easily running into the hundreds of dollars, depending on size of the group) many commanding officers have started to forbid the practice outright, or at least severely limit it to very small groups of no more than a certain number and only among personnel of approximately equal rank. Bottom line, many junior enlisted personnel simply don't make enough money to pick up a large bar tab without it meaning they won't be able to afford rent or groceries that month. An officer is asking to get his ass chewed to a bloody rag if his C.O. finds out he coined a group of enlisted men and had one of them pay for all the drinks, including his own.
14th Dec '15 2:42:31 PM Discar
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** ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'': The gold coins from the cursed treasure. Elizabeth Swann unwittingly convinced the Black Pearl's crew that she was Bootstrap Bill's daughter because she had his coin, along with claiming Will's last name (in order to prevent them from realizing she was [[ThePresidentsDaughter the Governor's daughter]]), unaware that they needed the blood of the child of Bootstrap Bill in order to break the curse.

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** ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'': The gold coins from the cursed treasure. Elizabeth Swann unwittingly convinced the Black Pearl's crew that she was Bootstrap Bill's daughter because she had his coin, along with claiming Will's last name (in order to prevent them from realizing she was [[ThePresidentsDaughter the Governor's daughter]]), daughter), unaware that they needed the blood of the child of Bootstrap Bill in order to break the curse.
6th Sep '15 1:24:24 PM isoycrazy
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* In ''Series/NCIS'', in one episode, Tony and Ziva are [[spoiler:captured in a mock war games event and]] met by a man who talks with them briefly, hands them a coin before leaving. Ziva, confused, asks what happened. Tony replies two things, something bigger than them is going on, and two, they will never have to buy drinks at a coin challenge again. The man who gave them his coin? The Secretary of the Navy of the United States.
11th Jun '15 8:17:02 AM Willbyr
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* In ''RevolutionaryGirlUtena,'' the ring with the rose crest instantly identifies Utena as a Rose Duelist to her fellow Duelists, and [[CoolKey allows entry]] to the Secret Forest. But Utena herself no knowledge of the purpose of the ring; she had been carrying it for years as a [[MementoMacGuffin memento of her prince]], who said it would [[BatmanGambit lead her back to him]]. Though the the true meaning of the ring is... [[{{Deconstruction}} complicated]].

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* In ''RevolutionaryGirlUtena,'' ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena,'' the ring with the rose crest instantly identifies Utena as a Rose Duelist to her fellow Duelists, and [[CoolKey allows entry]] to the Secret Forest. But Utena herself no knowledge of the purpose of the ring; she had been carrying it for years as a [[MementoMacGuffin memento of her prince]], who said it would [[BatmanGambit lead her back to him]]. Though the the true meaning of the ring is... [[{{Deconstruction}} complicated]].



* The Literature/{{Horus Heresy}} novels in the {{Warhammer 40000}} universe have specially minted medallions[[spoiler:, with the makers brutally murdered to cover traces,]] as proof of belonging to a warrior lodge. As the heresy unfolds, having one can mean the difference between life or death.

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* The Literature/{{Horus Heresy}} Literature/HorusHeresy novels in the {{Warhammer 40000}} ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe have specially minted medallions[[spoiler:, with the makers brutally murdered to cover traces,]] as proof of belonging to a warrior lodge. As the heresy unfolds, having one can mean the difference between life or death.
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