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24th Sep '16 6:32:25 PM nombretomado
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* A variation occurs in a ''DorkTower'' strip with a "radical" "extremist" "black panther" named Huey. [[spoiler:He's a white guy wearing a black furry panther costume.]]

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* A variation occurs in a ''DorkTower'' ''Webcomic/DorkTower'' strip with a "radical" "extremist" "black panther" named Huey. [[spoiler:He's a white guy wearing a black furry panther costume.]]
23rd Sep '16 3:48:09 PM iowaforever
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* ''WebComic/SluggyFreelance''; during an arc where Riff had to move to Alaska for a job, the rest of the gang sees him off at the airport where he makes some comments regarding more violent activities. Torg chases after him desperately trying to dissuade him, but all TSA hears is Torg ranting about "blowing them up". His internment is short, as his Viking heritage set off their "Caucasian Meter", and by his account his trip to Guantanamo Bay was more akin to a vacation.
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1st Jul '16 6:05:49 PM maxwellsilver
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** Another episode had two detectives invoke this trope intentionally on a pair of uncooperative Iranian nationals who refuse to cooperate with an investigation ([[DiplomaticImpunity they happen to work for the Embassy]] and can't be forced to answer questions or charged for impeding). The police resort to basically planting a camera filled with what would appear to be photos scouting a target for a terrorist attack in NYC. The District Attorney is not amused when he has to deal with the fallout from the State Department over the matter, but he and the police officers involved never face any lasting consequences over the incident.

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** Another episode had two detectives invoke this trope intentionally on a pair of uncooperative Iranian nationals who refuse to cooperate with an investigation ([[DiplomaticImpunity they happen to work for the Embassy]] and can't be forced to answer questions or be charged for impeding). The police resort to basically planting a camera filled with what would appear to be photos scouting a target for a terrorist attack in NYC. The District Attorney is not amused when he has to deal with the fallout from the State Department over the matter, but he and the police officers involved never face any lasting consequences over the incident.


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* ''Series/TheJeffersons'': When Lionel is turned down for a loan, George goes to the bank to cosign without Lionel's knowledge, only for Louise to walk into the bank to do the same. George hides behind a pillar, then goes to the counter and opens his briefcase to hide his face. When the teller asks if he was making a deposit, he says he's not there to put money ''into'' the bank, she thinks he's a bank robber and screams not to shoot while dumping wads of cash into his briefcase, which prompts the security guard to hold George at gunpoint.
22nd Feb '16 7:17:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/StargateSG1'': In the season 10 episode "Bad Guys", SG-1 goes through a stargate that turns out to be housed inside a museum with a party going on in the main lobby. The guests immediately think the heavily armed heroes are part of a terror group on their planet, and they end up having to take everyone hostage until they can figure out a way to get back home.
20th Jan '16 4:15:30 PM Thunderchin
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* The [=FBI=] mistake [=McClane=] for a terrorist near the end of ''Film/DieHard''. He's trying to get the hostages off the roof before [[spoiler:it explodes]], and since he's the one wielding the submachine gun at them, Special Agent Johnson opens fire on him.
--> '''John:''' I'm on ''your'' side, you assholes!
24th Dec '15 5:34:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* During their 2003 Yanqui U.X.O. tour in the US, this happened for real to the band GodspeedYouBlackEmperor when they stopped for fuel in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The station attendant working that day assumed they were terrorists, and got another customer to call the police. The cops were suspicious of the band due to their possession of anti-government documents and photos of oil rigs, communication towers, etc. After running a background check, all was well and they were released. The band sometimes joke about the incident at shows.
* Maybe it's a PostRock thing, as ExplosionsInTheSky were also once mistaken for terrorists, owing to the extremely unfortunate coincidental timing between the release of their album, ''Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever'' and [[TheWarOnTerror the September 11th attacks]]. You see, the album, conceived and recorded well before September 11th, has a picture of an airplane captioned "This plane will crash tomorrow" as part of its cover art. This, coupled with rumors that the album was released on September 10th (it was actually released in late August,) and probably not helped by the fact that their guitarist is of Pakistani heritage, was enough to get their bassist briefly detained at an airport as a potential security threat.

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* During their 2003 Yanqui U.X.O. tour in the US, this happened for real to the band GodspeedYouBlackEmperor Music/GodspeedYouBlackEmperor when they stopped for fuel in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The station attendant working that day assumed they were terrorists, and got another customer to call the police. The cops were suspicious of the band due to their possession of anti-government documents and photos of oil rigs, communication towers, etc. After running a background check, all was well and they were released. The band sometimes joke about the incident at shows.
* Maybe it's a PostRock thing, as ExplosionsInTheSky Music/ExplosionsInTheSky were also once mistaken for terrorists, owing to the extremely unfortunate coincidental timing between the release of their album, ''Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever'' and [[TheWarOnTerror the September 11th attacks]]. You see, the album, conceived and recorded well before September 11th, has a picture of an airplane captioned "This plane will crash tomorrow" as part of its cover art. This, coupled with rumors that the album was released on September 10th (it was actually released in late August,) and probably not helped by the fact that their guitarist is of Pakistani heritage, was enough to get their bassist briefly detained at an airport as a potential security threat.
12th Nov '15 10:03:01 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* The plot of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHeadDoAmerica'' revolves around the titular duo having a biological weapon dumped into their lap by a pair of ''real'' terrorists, Muddy and Dallas, causing this trope to go into full effect throughout the film as the ATF suspects them of being terrorist masterminds. All the while, the two of them (being, [[TooDumbToLive well]], WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead) are too stupid to realize what's happening, and think that the cross-country quest Dallas is sending them on to bring the weapon to UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC is, in fact, a QuestForSex.

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* The plot of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHeadDoAmerica'' revolves around the titular duo having a biological weapon dumped into their lap by a pair of ''real'' terrorists, Muddy and Dallas, causing this trope to go into full effect throughout the film as the ATF suspects them of being terrorist masterminds. All the while, the two of them (being, [[TooDumbToLive well]], WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead) are too stupid to realize what's happening, and think that the cross-country quest Dallas is sending them on to bring the weapon to UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC is, in fact, a QuestForSex. Their stupidity later causes a different character, [[spoiler:their next-door neighbor Tom Anderson]], to be mistaken for a terrorist himself.
12th Nov '15 9:59:25 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* The plot of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtheadDoAmerica'' revolves around the titular duo having a biological weapon dumped into their lap by a pair of ''real'' terrorists, Muddy and Dallas, causing this trope to go into full effect throughout the film as the ATF suspects them of being terrorist masterminds. All the while, the two of them (being, [[TooDumbToLive well]], WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead) are too stupid to realize what's happening, and think that the cross-country quest Dallas is sending them on to bring the weapon to UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC is, in fact, a QuestForSex.

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* The plot of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtheadDoAmerica'' ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHeadDoAmerica'' revolves around the titular duo having a biological weapon dumped into their lap by a pair of ''real'' terrorists, Muddy and Dallas, causing this trope to go into full effect throughout the film as the ATF suspects them of being terrorist masterminds. All the while, the two of them (being, [[TooDumbToLive well]], WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead) are too stupid to realize what's happening, and think that the cross-country quest Dallas is sending them on to bring the weapon to UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC is, in fact, a QuestForSex.
12th Nov '15 9:59:04 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* The plot of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtheadDoAmerica'' revolves around the titular duo having a biological weapon dumped into their lap by a pair of ''real'' terrorists, Muddy and Dallas, causing this trope to go into full effect throughout the film as the ATF suspects them of being terrorist masterminds. All the while, the two of them (being, [[TooDumbToLive well]], WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead) are too stupid to realize what's happening, and think that the cross-country quest Dallas is sending them on to bring the weapon to UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC is, in fact, a QuestForSex.
18th Oct '15 10:51:26 AM nombretomado
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* Happens to a young Arabian man in a issue of ''PowerGirl'' as the plane he is in starts to fall from the sky [[spoiler:as he uses his super powers to save the plane and its passengers. He mentions that the reason he never use his powers before was because he knew they would consider him a terrorist. Even worse, the government keeps him locked up (even disallowing him the chance to visit his dying father) ''because'' they want to set a precedent for a super-powered terrorist, and him bursting out of detention to see his father would do just that]]. Franchise/{{Batman}} makes sure that this ends up being exposed in the end, however.

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* Happens to a young Arabian man in a issue of ''PowerGirl'' ''ComicBook/PowerGirl'' as the plane he is in starts to fall from the sky [[spoiler:as he uses his super powers to save the plane and its passengers. He mentions that the reason he never use his powers before was because he knew they would consider him a terrorist. Even worse, the government keeps him locked up (even disallowing him the chance to visit his dying father) ''because'' they want to set a precedent for a super-powered terrorist, and him bursting out of detention to see his father would do just that]]. Franchise/{{Batman}} makes sure that this ends up being exposed in the end, however.
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