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15th Dec '16 12:48:45 AM Abracadabrantes
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* In most plays and novels derived from the Courier de Lyon case, Dubosq, the spitting image of Joseph Lesurques, shoots Joseph's father Jérôme during the mail coach robbery. It makes for an awkward family reunion when Jérôme later shows up at his granddaughter's wedding... and Jérôme is too intent on preserving the family's honour to outright accuse Joseph.
13th Dec '16 1:27:14 AM FurtiveGrist
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* On a Halloween-themed episode of ''Series/That70sShow'', Fez is spying on Bob from Eric's bedroom while in a wheelchair. He starts to think, based on a garbage bag, an dirtied apron and a butcher knife, that Bob killed Midge. However, it turns out that Midge is out of town and Bob is just carving pumpkins and taking out the trash.
* In ''Series/{{ALF}}'', Alf spies Mr. Ochmonek burying what turned out to be a side of beef in his back yard, while Mrs. Ochmonek was out of town. The beef also accounted for the bloodiness of his bathtub.
4th Dec '16 3:22:56 PM Cannox
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** Then ''[[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddysSisterLocation Sister Location]]'' blows them all out of the water with the revelation that [[spoiler:that wasn't the Purple Guy, but ''his son'', who the father sent to "put her back together."]]
25th Nov '16 10:29:26 PM Discar
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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': A sad inversion in season 4. Robbie Reyes is the supernatural murderer Ghost Rider, and has been hiding it from his brother Gabe. When the time comes to tell him for his safety, Gabe thinks he's a secret agent working for S.H.I.E.L.D.
18th Sep '16 3:34:10 AM Morgenthaler
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** Plucky Duck thinks Elmer Fudd is growing clones of himself, in a ''Rear Window''/''{{Invasion of the Body Snatchers}}'' fusion. In another episode, Plucky confuses Hampton with a criminally inclined IdenticalStranger he sees on an ''AmericasMostWanted'' clone.

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** Plucky Duck thinks Elmer Fudd is growing clones of himself, in a ''Rear Window''/''{{Invasion of the Body Snatchers}}'' fusion. In another episode, Plucky confuses Hampton with a criminally inclined IdenticalStranger he sees on an ''AmericasMostWanted'' ''Series/AmericasMostWanted'' clone.
18th Sep '16 3:32:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* An episode of ''Series/TheWayansBros'' had Grandma Ellington dating a new beau, Fred, thanks to Shawn and Marlon playing matchmaker to get her out of their hair. Everything is fine until the gang gets together to watch their favorite crime show, "Unsolved Violent Crimes", an ''AmericasMostWanted''-esque program hosted by Creator/AdamWest. It featured a serial killer who preyed on old women with a poison-filled Mexican dish. The police sketch of the killer looked exactly like Fred. Everyone is convinced that Grandma is in danger. Later, Fred and Grandma have a dinner date and guess what he's cooking? A big dish of HilarityEnsues.

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* An episode of ''Series/TheWayansBros'' had Grandma Ellington dating a new beau, Fred, thanks to Shawn and Marlon playing matchmaker to get her out of their hair. Everything is fine until the gang gets together to watch their favorite crime show, "Unsolved Violent Crimes", an ''AmericasMostWanted''-esque ''Series/AmericasMostWanted''-esque program hosted by Creator/AdamWest. It featured a serial killer who preyed on old women with a poison-filled Mexican dish. The police sketch of the killer looked exactly like Fred. Everyone is convinced that Grandma is in danger. Later, Fred and Grandma have a dinner date and guess what he's cooking? A big dish of HilarityEnsues.
30th Jul '16 2:48:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TheShivah'', Rabbi Stone is the prime suspect in Jack Lauder's murder because Jack had made Stone a beneficiary in his will and Stone's synagogue is in need of money. If the player makes certain mistakes in the game Stone will actually be arrested.

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* In ''TheShivah'', ''VideoGame/TheShivah'', Rabbi Stone is the prime suspect in Jack Lauder's murder because Jack had made Stone a beneficiary in his will and Stone's synagogue is in need of money. If the player makes certain mistakes in the game Stone will actually be arrested.
29th May '16 8:41:23 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''TalesOfMonkeyIsland Chapter 4: The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood'', [[spoiler:as Guybrush starts his "Feast for the Senses" quest, he sees De Singe exit his "laboratorium" in distress, indicating that something is going on in the lab. On entering, he finds the lab in a total mess, and Morgan lying on the floor, stabbed by her own Blade of Dragotta. Before she dies, she whispers her [[DyingClue last words as a warning]], unheard by the player and misheard by Guybrush, leading him to believe that De Singe killed her. When he later confronts De Singe before tossing [[MacGuffin La Esponja Grande]] into the Wind Control Device while testing it, Guybrush can blame him for the atrocious act of murder, to which De Singe can imply that he didn't kill her by spouting out clues that can be helpful to the player but not to Guybrush ("Of course I ran out of my lab! There was [[BloodlessCarnage blood all over the floor]] instead of being packed neatly in vials where it belongs!" and "Ooh, the Mighty Pirate™ thinks I murdered his friend! However will I live with the shame?"). It is not until both De Singe and Guybrush are killed (the former by the latter, the latter by [=LeChuck=]) or until Guybrush meets up with Morgan in the Crossroads that he realizes that the [=LeChuck=] who killed him is the same BigBad who killed her during Guybrush's "criminal charge" trial as well. Oops.]]

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* In ''TalesOfMonkeyIsland ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland Chapter 4: The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood'', [[spoiler:as Guybrush starts his "Feast for the Senses" quest, he sees De Singe exit his "laboratorium" in distress, indicating that something is going on in the lab. On entering, he finds the lab in a total mess, and Morgan lying on the floor, stabbed by her own Blade of Dragotta. Before she dies, she whispers her [[DyingClue last words as a warning]], unheard by the player and misheard by Guybrush, leading him to believe that De Singe killed her. When he later confronts De Singe before tossing [[MacGuffin La Esponja Grande]] into the Wind Control Device while testing it, Guybrush can blame him for the atrocious act of murder, to which De Singe can imply that he didn't kill her by spouting out clues that can be helpful to the player but not to Guybrush ("Of course I ran out of my lab! There was [[BloodlessCarnage blood all over the floor]] instead of being packed neatly in vials where it belongs!" and "Ooh, the Mighty Pirate™ thinks I murdered his friend! However will I live with the shame?"). It is not until both De Singe and Guybrush are killed (the former by the latter, the latter by [=LeChuck=]) or until Guybrush meets up with Morgan in the Crossroads that he realizes that the [=LeChuck=] who killed him is the same BigBad who killed her during Guybrush's "criminal charge" trial as well. Oops.]]
17th May '16 2:27:19 PM Willbyr
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* In ''{{GUNNM}}'', Gally notices that Ido goes out at night and turns up in the morning with inexplicable injuries, all while a series of unsolved cyborg murders take place. Believing that he's the killer, she follows him and - upon seeing him attack a seemingly harmless woman - directly confronts him. Little does she know that the supposedly innocent woman in question is actually a rogue mutant, as well as the ''actual'' murderer...

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* In ''{{GUNNM}}'', ''Manga/{{GUNNM}}'', Gally notices that Ido goes out at night and turns up in the morning with inexplicable injuries, all while a series of unsolved cyborg murders take place. Believing that he's the killer, she follows him and - upon seeing him attack a seemingly harmless woman - directly confronts him. Little does she know that the supposedly innocent woman in question is actually a rogue mutant, as well as the ''actual'' murderer...
11th May '16 9:56:04 PM Pichu-kun
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** Keiichi thinks that Rena and Mion are out to kill him in [[spoiler:''Onikakushi-hen'']]. They make threatening remarks, reference another student's similar behaviour before "transferring", creepily show up at his house at night, and even try to inject him with a drug implied to be the same one used to murder Tomitake. [[BatterUp What happens afterwards]]... [[spoiler:Of course, this was all in Keiichi's head, exacerbated by an extreme case of {{Hate Plague}}. The things said by Rena and Mion were all either misunderstood or [[UnreliableNarrator made up entirely by Keiichi's decaying sanity]].]]
** [[spoiler:Natsumi]] mistakes her parents for killing her grandmother, mistakes her [[spoiler:mother]] for killing her [[spoiler:father]] and mistakes her mom for attempting to kill ''[[OffingTheOffspring her]]''. In reality [[spoiler:Natsumi]] isn't [[UnreliableNarrator remembering the memories correctly]] due to [[spoiler:having a high level of [[HatePlague Hinamizawa Syndrome]] and ''she'' actually [[SelfmadeOrphan killed her entire family]].]]

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** Keiichi thinks that Rena and Mion are out to kill him in [[spoiler:''Onikakushi-hen'']]. They make threatening remarks, reference another student's students similar behaviour before "transferring", creepily show up at his house at night, and even try to inject him with a drug implied to be the same one used to murder Tomitake. [[BatterUp What happens afterwards]]... [[spoiler:Of course, this was all in Keiichi's head, exacerbated by an extreme case of {{Hate Plague}}. The things said by Rena and Mion were all either misunderstood or [[UnreliableNarrator [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness made up entirely by Keiichi's decaying sanity]].]]
** [[spoiler:Natsumi]] mistakes her parents for killing her grandmother, mistakes her [[spoiler:mother]] for killing her [[spoiler:father]] and mistakes her mom for attempting to kill ''[[OffingTheOffspring her]]''. In reality [[spoiler:Natsumi]] isn't [[UnreliableNarrator [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness remembering the memories correctly]] due to [[spoiler:having a high level of [[HatePlague Hinamizawa Syndrome]] and ''she'' actually [[SelfmadeOrphan killed her entire family]].]]



* Bart on ''TheSimpsons'' believed Ned Flanders had killed his wife and becomes increasingly paranoid about it, a la Jimmy Stewart in ''Rear Window''.

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Bart on ''TheSimpsons'' believed Ned Flanders had killed his wife and becomes increasingly paranoid about it, a la Jimmy Stewart in ''Rear Window''.



* ''RockosModernLife'', "Ed's Dead": Rocko witnesses the apparent murder of his neighbor Ed Bighead by his wife Bev and starts swearing that he's next.
* Brendon mistakenly believes his neighbor is a murderer in ''HomeMovies'' in another ''Rear Window'' knock-off.
* In one episode of ''TheFlintstones'', Fred suspects his [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Hitchcock-like]] new neighbor has bumped off his overbearing wife. Oddly enough, after the "harmless coincidence" explanation at the end, it was hinted not-so-subtly that the man actually ''had'' killed his wife.
* ''TinyToonAdventures'': Plucky Duck thinks Elmer Fudd is growing clones of himself, in a ''Rear Window''/''{{Invasion of the Body Snatchers}}'' fusion. In another episode, Plucky confuses Hampton with a criminally inclined IdenticalStranger he sees on an ''AmericasMostWanted'' clone.

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* ''RockosModernLife'', ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', "Ed's Dead": Rocko witnesses the apparent murder of his neighbor Ed Bighead by his wife Bev and starts swearing that he's next.
* Brendon mistakenly believes his neighbor is a murderer in ''HomeMovies'' ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' in another ''Rear Window'' knock-off.
* In one episode of ''TheFlintstones'', ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', Fred suspects his [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Hitchcock-like]] new neighbor has bumped off his overbearing wife. Oddly enough, after the "harmless coincidence" explanation at the end, it was hinted not-so-subtly that the man actually ''had'' killed his wife.
* ''TinyToonAdventures'': ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'':
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Plucky Duck thinks Elmer Fudd is growing clones of himself, in a ''Rear Window''/''{{Invasion of the Body Snatchers}}'' fusion. In another episode, Plucky confuses Hampton with a criminally inclined IdenticalStranger he sees on an ''AmericasMostWanted'' clone.



* The [[WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}} Dethklok]] song "Bloodtrocuted" tells the story of an electrician who is MistakenForMurderer by the bounty hunters chasing him, because he happens to look like the man that they're after. Of course, it's [[EverybodyDies Dethklok]], so [[spoiler:he ends up killing the bounty hunters in an electrified puddle of his own blood in order to save himself, [[BittersweetEnding then bleeds to death]] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard from the cuts he gave himself]] [[DeathByIrony in order to pull the stunt off]].]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'': The [[WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}} Dethklok]] Dethklok song "Bloodtrocuted" tells the story of an electrician who is MistakenForMurderer by the bounty hunters chasing him, because he happens to look like the man that they're after. Of course, it's [[EverybodyDies Dethklok]], so [[spoiler:he ends up killing the bounty hunters in an electrified puddle of his own blood in order to save himself, [[BittersweetEnding then bleeds to death]] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard from the cuts he gave himself]] [[DeathByIrony in order to pull the stunt off]].]]



* "Minnie Takes Care of Pluto", which is notable for being one of the only two Mickey [=MouseWorks=] shorts to never be used in an episode of WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse, involved Pluto being convinced by his [[GoodAngelBadAngel shoulder devil]] that Minnie plans to kill him. After a dream sequence where he wrecks Minnie's house and goes to Hell, he wakes up and is assured by his angel that Minnie would ''never'' murder him.

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* "Minnie Takes Care of Pluto", which is notable for being one of the only two Mickey [=MouseWorks=] shorts to never be used in an episode of WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse, ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'', involved Pluto being convinced by his [[GoodAngelBadAngel shoulder devil]] that Minnie plans to kill him. After a dream sequence where he wrecks Minnie's house and goes to Hell, he wakes up and is assured by his angel that Minnie would ''never'' murder him.
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