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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.
5th Jul '15 1:35:37 PM Morgenthaler
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* In an episode of ''{{Titus}}'' the titular character was on a plane with his family after his mother's funeral. Mimicking a [[TruthInTelevision real life epiphany]] Christopher had years earlier, he caused a commotion that worried the other passengers. It didn't help when over-indulgent Dave came out of the bathroom [[UnfortunateImplications with a towel wrapped around his head]] and Tommy on his knees shouting [[strike: "Allah"]] "a la king" (he was correcting a steward's grammar regarding a chicken dish).

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* In an episode of ''{{Titus}}'' ''Series/{{Titus}}'' the titular character was on a plane with his family after his mother's funeral. Mimicking a [[TruthInTelevision real life epiphany]] Christopher had years earlier, he caused a commotion that worried the other passengers. It didn't help when over-indulgent Dave came out of the bathroom [[UnfortunateImplications with a towel wrapped around his head]] and Tommy on his knees shouting [[strike: "Allah"]] "a la king" (he was correcting a steward's grammar regarding a chicken dish).



* ''{{Community}}'' - Abed becomes a person of interest to the Secret Service when he spots them incognito before a visit from the Vice-President. The agent in charge continues the investigation after it's clear he's no threat because she's attracted to him.

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* ''{{Community}}'' ''Series/{{Community}}'' - Abed becomes a person of interest to the Secret Service when he spots them incognito before a visit from the Vice-President. The agent in charge continues the investigation after it's clear he's no threat because she's attracted to him.
17th Jun '15 1:41:47 AM MasoTey
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* Chillingly subverted in [[Webcomic/TwoLumps James L Grant]]'s short story ''The Last Flight'': An Indian airline passenger is harassed continually before and during his flight, while the blond, blue-eyed, All-American guy in the seat next to him...

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* Chillingly subverted deconstructed in [[Webcomic/TwoLumps James L Grant]]'s short story ''The Last Flight'': An Indian airline passenger is harassed continually before and during his flight, while the blond, blue-eyed, All-American guy in the seat next to him...
24th May '15 12:53:41 PM StarSword
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* ''Film/InsideMan'': After the bank robbers release one of the hostages, a dark-skinned man in a turban. The cops jump all over him yelling about Islamic terrorists despite him not resisting and frantically insisting that he's A) a Sikh, not a Muslim, and B) a hostage, not a terrorist.



* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' played with this: a family of Italian Americans considered their son's Muslim girlfriend's family potential terrorists. The girlfriend's family thought of her boyfriend's family as Mafiosos. [[spoiler:Both lovers end up being murdered.]]

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* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' ''Series/LawAndOrder'':
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played with this: a family of Italian Americans considered their son's Muslim girlfriend's family potential terrorists. The girlfriend's family thought of her boyfriend's family as Mafiosos. [[spoiler:Both lovers end up being murdered.]]



* ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'': Liz Lemon grasses up an Arab man to Homeland Security when she glimpses maps on the wall of his apartment and sees him running through an obstacle course. Turns out he was in training for ''Series/TheAmazingRace''.

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* ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'': ''Series/ThirtyRock'': Liz Lemon grasses up an Arab man to Homeland Security when she glimpses maps on the wall of his apartment and sees him running through an obstacle course. Turns out he was in training for ''Series/TheAmazingRace''.



* ''{{Community}}'' - Abed becomes a person of interest to the Secret Service when he spots them incognito before a visit from the Vice-President. The agent in charge continues the investigation after it's clear he's no threat because she's attracted to him.

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* ''{{Community}}'' - Abed becomes a person of interest to the Secret Service when he spots them incognito before a visit from the Vice-President. The agent in charge continues the investigation after it's clear he's no threat because she's attracted to him. him.
* An episode of ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' has the team investigate an Arab-American former Marine, and an Iraq War vet, no less, as a suspect in the case of the week. He's completely innocent.
* A ''Series/BlueBloods'' episode has this happen to a Sikh-American surgeon by an NYPD beat cop. The Sikh takes umbrage and resists arrest, breaking the officer's nose. Cue political mess when he counters the assaulting an officer charge by suing the department for discrimination. [[spoiler:Frank smooths things over by having the D.A. drop charges and arranging for the officer in question to make a personal apology.]]
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