History Main / MistakenForPrankCall

12th May '16 10:05:19 PM Ayasugi
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' episode "Vision Quest" has most of the main cast trapped in a stuck elevator. When Ray realizes that his phone has reception and calls 911, the operator assumes he's making either a prank or frivolous call and disconnects him. Then when he calls back she has the number blocked.
10th May '16 12:40:24 AM RevolutionStone
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* If you're doing research on the [[UranusIsShowing seventh planet from the sun]], it's probably better not done via phone calls, as they'll almost assuredly be mistaken for these.



* Also a known problem with trained service animals calling 911-nowdays, many databases have an alert that pops up saying there's a trained service animal at the location, but it can still happen. Ditto with the 'accidental 911 call, animal really in trouble' scenarios that pop up every now and then.

to:

* Also a known problem with trained service animals calling 911-nowdays, 911-nowadays, many databases have an alert that pops up saying there's a trained service animal at the location, but it can still happen. Ditto with the 'accidental 911 call, animal really in trouble' scenarios that pop up every now and then.
2nd May '16 8:33:44 AM Assassin-sensei
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/AtomGrrrl'', this happens when Big E calls Jessica for help [[spoiler:after murdering a cop]].
[[/folder]]
5th Apr '16 5:16:29 PM MasoTey
Is there an issue? Send a Message


But what if your situation is a truly bizzare one? What if it is very hard to convince other people, that {{Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot}}s really ''exist'', and that a group of them is in your house ''right now''? Or what if you are a celebrity, and the message you want to deliver is: "I want ''you'' for my next album/movie/whatever!"?

to:

But what if your situation is a truly bizzare bizarre one? What if it is very hard to convince other people, that {{Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot}}s really ''exist'', and that a group of them is in your house ''right now''? Or what if you are a celebrity, and the message you want to deliver is: "I want ''you'' for my next album/movie/whatever!"?
12th Mar '16 1:45:35 PM S123
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:


**Played straight when Jeannie calls 911 after she finds Dean Rooney snooping around her house. When the police arrive, Rooney is gone, so they assume Jeannie was prank calling and arrest her.
3rd Dec '15 12:58:04 PM azul120
Is there an issue? Send a Message


[[folder: Anime ]]

to:

[[folder: Anime ]]
[[folder:Anime]]






[[folder: Comics ]]

to:

[[folder: Comics ]]
[[folder:Comics]]






[[folder: Film ]]

to:

[[folder: Film ]]
[[folder:Film]]






[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

to:

[[folder: Live [[folder:Live Action TV ]]
TV]]



* In ''{{Cheers}}'', Sam and his friends are on the look out for a prank from a rival bar owner. When a slightly hammy and unlikely-looking 'fire safety inspector' appears, they send him packing covered in foam. Then Rebecca casually remembers to mention that she is expecting a fire safety inspector to call at some point later that day.
* On ''{{Friends}}'', Phoebe reaches Emily's mother's cell at the Ross/Emily wedding. When she explains she can't be there because "I'm pregnant with my brother's triplets" the mother asks "Am I on the radio?"

to:

* In ''{{Cheers}}'', ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', Sam and his friends are on the look out for a prank from a rival bar owner. When a slightly hammy and unlikely-looking 'fire safety inspector' appears, they send him packing covered in foam. Then Rebecca casually remembers to mention that she is expecting a fire safety inspector to call at some point later that day.
* On ''{{Friends}}'', ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Phoebe reaches Emily's mother's cell at the Ross/Emily wedding. When she explains she can't be there because "I'm pregnant with my brother's triplets" the mother asks "Am I on the radio?"



* Not exactly a call, but in TheStinger for an episode of ''HannahMontana'', Jackson and Robbie Ray have undergone a prank war on each other and hear the doorbell ring, but they're so paranoid they think it's another prank. It turns out it was a group of guys giving them a giant $10,000 check, who decide to go next door.

to:

* Not exactly a call, but in TheStinger for an episode of ''HannahMontana'', ''Series/HannahMontana'', Jackson and Robbie Ray have undergone a prank war on each other and hear the doorbell ring, but they're so paranoid they think it's another prank. It turns out it was a group of guys giving them a giant $10,000 check, who decide to go next door.






[[folder: Literature ]]

to:

[[folder: Literature ]]
[[folder:Literature]]






[[folder: Puppet Shows ]]

to:

[[folder: Puppet Shows ]]
[[folder:Puppet Shows]]






[[folder: Radio ]]

to:

[[folder: Radio ]]
[[folder:Radio]]






[[folder: Television ]]

to:

[[folder: Television ]]
[[folder:Television]]






[[folder: Web Comics ]]

to:

[[folder: Web Comics ]]
[[folder:Web Comics]]






[[folder: Western Animation ]]

to:

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
[[folder:Western Animation]]



* {{The Stinger}} for one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheReplacements'' had Principal Cuttler receive a phone call that he had just won a new car. However, he doesn't believe it, thinking that it's a prank call (earlier in the episode, he had been prank-called by Riley).

to:

* {{The Stinger}} TheStinger for one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheReplacements'' had Principal Cuttler receive a phone call that he had just won a new car. However, he doesn't believe it, thinking that it's a prank call (earlier in the episode, he had been prank-called by Riley).
Riley).



[[folder: Real Life ]]

to:

[[folder: Real Life ]]
[[folder:Real Life]]



4th Aug '15 12:39:48 PM CompletelyNormalGuy
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Subverted in ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', when Chuck has to call in to reported a stolen [[Franchise/BackToTheFuture Delorean]] with the license place "Demorgan". The guy on the other side of the line thought it was a prank call, but Chuck managed to talk him around.

to:

* Subverted in ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', when Chuck has to call in to reported a stolen [[Franchise/BackToTheFuture Delorean]] with the license place plate "Demorgan". The guy on the other side of the line thought it was a prank call, but Chuck managed to talk him around.
25th Jul '15 4:31:28 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* EddieVanHalen admitted that he had initially thought that the request from MichaelJackson to contribute a guitar solo on one of his songs (Beat It) was a prank call.

to:

* EddieVanHalen admitted that he had initially thought that the request from MichaelJackson Music/MichaelJackson to contribute a guitar solo on one of his songs (Beat It) was a prank call.
28th Jun '15 12:28:40 PM Discar
Is there an issue? Send a Message


->'''Gilligan''': Operator, listen to me, listen to me! We're shipwrecked, you see, and we found this telephone line, and we tapped into it. And we're on a deserted island, and there's no telephone booth or even a phone!

to:

->'''Gilligan''': Operator, listen to me, listen to me! We're shipwrecked, you see, and we found this telephone line, and we tapped into it. And we're on a deserted island, and there's no telephone booth or even a phone!



A PrankCall is a prank call. Except when it isn't.

Phone calls can often be quite tricky things. Because the person on the other end of the line can't see you, it is often necessary to [[MrExposition explain who you are and in which situation you are right now]]. And because of the same reason, the person at the other end has to [[TakeOurWordForIt take your word for it]].

But what if your situation is a truly bizzare one? What if it is very hard to convince other people, that {{Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot}}s really ''exist'', and that a group of them is in your house ''right now''? Or what if you are a celebrity, and the message you want to deliver is: "I want ''you'' for my next album/movie/whatever!"?

Well, the persons called will [[CassandraTruth simply refuse to believe you]]. They will think that you are just a prankster with a sick/unfunny sense of humour. They will either hang up without any further words, or will angrily snark at you, and ''then'' hang up.

Can result in an OhCrap moment if the called persons notice their mistake afterwards, fearing that they may have insulted someone important, or that they screwed up the opportunity to accept an unique offer. Though if they are lucky, the caller will realize what went wrong and try again.

to:

A PrankCall is a prank call. Except when it isn't.

isn't.

Phone calls can often be quite tricky things. Because the person on the other end of the line can't see you, it is often necessary to [[MrExposition explain who you are and in which situation you are right now]]. And because of the same reason, the person at the other end has to [[TakeOurWordForIt take your word for it]].

it]].

But what if your situation is a truly bizzare one? What if it is very hard to convince other people, that {{Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot}}s really ''exist'', and that a group of them is in your house ''right now''? Or what if you are a celebrity, and the message you want to deliver is: "I want ''you'' for my next album/movie/whatever!"?

album/movie/whatever!"?

Well, the persons called will [[CassandraTruth simply refuse to believe you]]. They will think that you are just a prankster with a sick/unfunny sense of humour. They will either hang up without any further words, or will angrily snark at you, and ''then'' hang up.

up.

Can result in an OhCrap moment if the called persons notice their mistake afterwards, fearing that they may have insulted someone important, or that they screwed up the opportunity to accept an unique offer. Though if they are lucky, the caller will realize what went wrong and try again.
again.



[[AC:{{Anime}}]]

to:

[[AC:{{Anime}}]][[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Anime ]]



[[AC:{{Comics}}]]

to:

[[AC:{{Comics}}]][[/folder]]

[[folder: Comics ]]



[[AC:{{Film}}]]

to:

[[AC:{{Film}}]][[/folder]]

[[folder: Film ]]



* In ''Film/MajorLeague'', Jake is sweating it out in the Mexican league when someone from the Cleveland Indians calls him to join their team this year. Jake doesn't believe the call is real.

to:

* In ''Film/MajorLeague'', Jake is sweating it out in the Mexican league when someone from the Cleveland Indians calls him to join their team this year. Jake doesn't believe the call is real.



* In ''Film/DieHard'', John [=McClane=] uses the radio he steals from the villains to contact the police on an emergency frequency and call for help. The dispatcher doesn't believe him, especially after confirming that there had already been a "prank" fire alarm from the same location.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]

to:

* In ''Film/DieHard'', John [=McClane=] uses the radio he steals from the villains to contact the police on an emergency frequency and call for help. The dispatcher doesn't believe him, especially after confirming that there had already been a "prank" fire alarm from the same location.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
location.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]



[[AC:{{Literature}}]]

to:

[[AC:{{Literature}}]] [[/folder]]

[[folder: Literature ]]



[[AC:PuppetShows]]

to:

[[AC:PuppetShows]] [[/folder]]

[[folder: Puppet Shows ]]



[[AC:Radio]]

to:

[[AC:Radio]][[/folder]]

[[folder: Radio ]]



[[AC:Television]]

to:

[[AC:Television]][[/folder]]

[[folder: Television ]]



[[AC:WebComics]]

to:

[[AC:WebComics]][[/folder]]

[[folder: Web Comics ]]



[[AC:WesternAnimation]]

to:

[[AC:WesternAnimation]] [[/folder]]

[[folder: Western Animation ]]



[[AC:RealLife]]
* People with UnfortunateNames, {{Punny Name}}s, or with the [[NamesTheSame same name]] as a celebrity, are BlessedWithSuck regarding this here.

to:

[[AC:RealLife]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Real Life ]]

* People with UnfortunateNames, {{Punny Name}}s, or with the [[NamesTheSame same name]] as a celebrity, are BlessedWithSuck regarding this here.



----

to:

----[[/folder]]
----
28th Jun '15 12:05:56 PM Discar
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In ''ModernFamily'', when Claire decides to bring back her and her husband's sexy roleplaying alter egos Clive and Juliana, she phones Phil as Juliana, and he tells her she has a wrong number and hangs up.

to:

* In ''ModernFamily'', ''Series/ModernFamily'', when Claire decides to bring back her and her husband's sexy roleplaying alter egos Clive and Juliana, she phones Phil as Juliana, and he tells her she has a wrong number and hangs up.
This list shows the last 10 events of 59. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.MistakenForPrankCall