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18th Jan '17 2:36:23 PM cybertoy0
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* In one early ''ComicBook/{{Batman}}'' had Joker offering his services as a criminal superhero; In exchange for some loot, he would rescue crooks pinned down by the cops during heists. He stashed "Joker signals" at every potential robbery target in Gotham, and even built Joker-versions of Batman's vehicles. In order to get him, Batman discovered the signals and had the cops set off all of them; as a result, Joker couldn't figure out which one had the most loot to take a percentage of. Naturally, the first stop he made had Batman waiting to collar him.
13th Jan '17 4:17:41 PM Bissek
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* The novel and various film adaptations of ''Literature/TheTwelveChairs'' are about the search for a fortune in jewelry that was sewn into the cushions of one of a dozen externally identical chairs.
7th Jan '17 10:05:10 AM nombretomado
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* At one point in ''LauraBow: The Dagger of Amon Ra'', the stolen dagger is hidden in the museum gift shop in a row of replica daggers. You can tell it's the real one because it doesn't have "Made in Pittsburgh" engraved on it.

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* At one point in ''LauraBow: ''VideoGame/LauraBow: The Dagger of Amon Ra'', the stolen dagger is hidden in the museum gift shop in a row of replica daggers. You can tell it's the real one because it doesn't have "Made in Pittsburgh" engraved on it.
31st Dec '16 10:02:10 PM JapaneseTeeth
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* ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'' spoofs this when [[TheGadfly Akane]] steals Mikan's glasses. First, Akane attempts to hide the glasses by throwing out dozens of pairs of glasses. It fails because aside from the other pairs being completely different designs, she's ''wearing'' the glasses she stole. Then she tries again, by replicating [[MesACrowd herself]]. It fails again because none of the clones are actually wearing the glasses. She gets it right on [[RuleOfThree the third try]].
11th Dec '16 8:54:21 PM Angeldeb82
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* Subverted in ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'': During John Byrne's run on the title, ComicBook/{{Joker}} kidnapped Lois Lane, Perry White and Jimmy Olson, then sent a message to Superman that his friends were trapped in lead-lined coffins in three different locations in the city, where they would suffocate if Superman didn't act fast. Joker actually had Superman's friends with him on a train heading out of Metroplolis; he reasoned that the lead lined coffins would make finding the coffins difficult for Superman since his x-ray vision wouldn't work on them, but instead the opposite proved to be true; the lead lined coffins stuck out like sore thumbs. He was able to find Joker and his hostages with ease from there.

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* Subverted in ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'': ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'': During John Byrne's run on the title, ComicBook/{{Joker}} ComicBook/TheJoker kidnapped Lois Lane, Perry White and Jimmy Olson, then sent a message to Superman that his friends were trapped in lead-lined coffins in three different locations in the city, where they would suffocate if Superman didn't act fast. Joker actually had Superman's friends with him on a train heading out of Metroplolis; he reasoned that the lead lined coffins would make finding the coffins difficult for Superman since his x-ray vision wouldn't work on them, but instead the opposite proved to be true; the lead lined coffins stuck out like sore thumbs. He was able to find Joker and his hostages with ease from there.



*** Naturally the NightmareFuel comes roaring back in the last ten minutes. Why? [[spoiler: Because ''[[FlockOfWolves all]]'' [[FlockOfWolves the statues are angels.]]]]

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*** Naturally the NightmareFuel comes roaring back in the last ten minutes. Why? [[spoiler: Because ''[[FlockOfWolves all]]'' [[FlockOfWolves the statues are angels.]]]]angels]].]]



*** The Doctor [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it with a brilliant example of {{Metaphorgotten}} on top:

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*** The Doctor [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it with a brilliant example of {{Metaphorgotten}} on top:



* One of the most [[GuideDangIt mind-bending]] puzzles in the {{Infocom}} text adventure ''VideoGame/{{Spellbreaker}}'' required you to find a featureless magical cube hidden with eleven other featureless nonmagical cubes- using only 3 spells. In a variant of the classic coin-weighing puzzle, you had to work out whether the real cube glowed more or less brightly than the fakes when you cast a certain spell by arranging the cubes into piles to use a process of elimination to find the right one. It was AGONY.

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* One of the most [[GuideDangIt mind-bending]] puzzles in the {{Infocom}} Creator/{{Infocom}} text adventure ''VideoGame/{{Spellbreaker}}'' ''[[VideoGame/{{Enchanter}} Spellbreaker]]'' required you to find a featureless magical cube hidden with eleven other featureless nonmagical cubes- cubes - using the JINDAK spell only 3 spells.three times. In a variant of the classic coin-weighing puzzle, you had to work out whether the real cube glowed more or less brightly than the fakes when you cast a certain spell by arranging the cubes into piles to use a process of elimination to find the right one. It was AGONY.



* You can purposefully invoke this in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'''s Shivering Isles expansion, where in one quest, you're tasked with stopping several treasure hunters convinced they've found a ruin filled with riches when they've really stumbled into the fringes of the Realm of Madness. In one room, they become trapped in a cage with a big, obvious lock. You can either fire a magical beam into the cage, killing one adventurer instantly, or you can dump ''thousands'' of identical keys into the cage with them - ''none'' of which will open the lock on the cage. Searching obsessively for the right one will drive one adventurer completely insane before the door opens itself. [[VideogameCrueltyPotential Fun stuff.]]

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* You can purposefully invoke this in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'''s Shivering Isles expansion, where in one quest, you're tasked with stopping several treasure hunters convinced they've found a ruin filled with riches when they've really stumbled into the fringes of the Realm of Madness. In one room, they become trapped in a cage with a big, obvious lock. You can either fire a magical beam into the cage, killing one adventurer instantly, or you can dump ''thousands'' of identical keys into the cage with them - ''none'' of which will open the lock on the cage. Searching obsessively for the right one will drive one adventurer completely insane before the door opens itself. [[VideogameCrueltyPotential [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Fun stuff.]]



* In the first ''{{Scribblenauts}}'' game, there is a puzzle where, when the answer is found, it causes a large number of [[PlotCoupon Starite]]s rain down from the sky. One of them is real; the rest are made of plastic, but look identical to the real one. This is easily dealt with by running across the pile, since Maxwell automatically picks up any real Starite he's close enough to.

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* In the first ''{{Scribblenauts}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}'' game, there is a puzzle where, when the answer is found, it causes a large number of [[PlotCoupon Starite]]s Starites]] rain down from the sky. One of them is real; the rest are made of plastic, but look identical to the real one. This is easily dealt with by running across the pile, since Maxwell automatically picks up any real Starite he's close enough to.
29th Nov '16 10:55:24 PM LordKelvin
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* ''Film/MinorityReport'': The protagonist escapes by blending into a crowd of people with similar, if not identical, umbrella design when it's raining.

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* ''Film/MinorityReport'': The protagonist escapes by blending John Anderton, fleeing from his fellow Precrime officers with the aid of the precog he kidnapped, does this with an umbrella, walking out into a crowd of people with similar, if not identical, umbrella design when the street while it's raining.raining, just as his pursuers run out to a balcony and look down.
24th Nov '16 5:05:51 AM cybertoy0
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* In the second ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' anime, Shredder and his gang are trying to steal a sacred mirror from a clan of Japanese ninja. The mirror ends up on the roof, and to stop Shredder from getting it, the ninja throw out dozens of identical mirrors to confuse him. Just as the ninja are laughing at their cleverness, Shredder asks how they know which mirror is real, causing them to panic. It becomes a moot point anyway, as the evil spirit haunting the mirror just points out the way.
19th Nov '16 2:48:21 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* In ''Film/IRobot'', the lead robot character hides in a warehouse filled with robots, which was drawn from a similar short story in the original book ''Literature/IRobot''. The critical difference between book and film enabled CuttingTheKnot - where in the book the extra robot was a variant with only partially ThreeLawsCompliant (designed to permit humans to come to harm through inaction so they could work alongside humans in hazardous environments), the film had a [[spoiler:totally non-compliant robot hidden in the crowd - AKA one that freaked out when a CowboyCop started randomly shooting robots in the head.]]

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* In ''Film/IRobot'', the lead robot character hides in a warehouse filled with robots, which was drawn from a similar short story in the original book ''Literature/IRobot''. The critical difference between book and film enabled CuttingTheKnot - -- where in the book the extra robot was a variant with only partially ThreeLawsCompliant (designed to permit humans to come to harm through inaction so they could work alongside humans in hazardous environments), the film had a [[spoiler:totally non-compliant robot hidden in the crowd - -- AKA one that freaked out when a CowboyCop started randomly shooting robots in the head.]]



* Creator/IsaacAsimov uses this trope in his short story "Little Lost Robot" in the ''Literature/IRobot'' collection. A robot told to "go lose yourself" by an angry engineer does just that, by hiding in a shipment of 62 other robots of the same model as itself, and who differ from the lost robot only in that the lost one was a variant which is only partially ThreeLawsCompliant (designed to permit humans to come to harm through inaction so they could work alongside humans in hazardous environments) and otherwise looks, sounds, and behaves identically to the robots in the shipment. Suffice it to say, Susan Calvin has quite the challenge on her hands in tracking him down - especially as the lost robot not only mimics other robots, but is clever enough to persuade the other robots to mimic ''him''. She finally pulls it off [[spoiler:only by forcing it to outsmart itself. Though the robots naturally protected humans, and the lost robot could disobey to permit humans to be harmed, and persuade other robots to make sacrifices for a future good, it couldn't make the other robots as capable as itself. The lost robot could tell lethal radiation from non-lethal due to experience, and is suckered by a IR hazard the others saw as gamma rays.]]
** This story is referenced in a scene of the movie "I, Robot" when Sonny pulls the same trick (but only makes it work for a minute or two).

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov uses this trope in his short story "Little Lost Robot" in the ''Literature/IRobot'' collection. A robot told to "go lose yourself" by an angry engineer does just that, by hiding in a shipment of 62 other robots of the same model as itself, and who differ from the lost robot only in that the lost one was a variant which is only partially ThreeLawsCompliant (designed to permit humans to come to harm through inaction so they could work alongside humans in hazardous environments) and otherwise looks, sounds, and behaves identically to the robots in the shipment. Suffice it to say, Susan Calvin has quite the challenge on her hands in tracking him down - especially as the lost robot not only mimics other robots, but is clever enough to persuade the other robots to mimic ''him''. She finally pulls it off [[spoiler:only by forcing it to outsmart itself. Though the robots naturally protected humans, and the lost robot could disobey to permit humans to be harmed, and persuade other robots to make sacrifices for a future good, it couldn't make the other robots as capable as itself. The lost robot could tell lethal radiation from non-lethal due to experience, and is suckered by a IR hazard the others saw as gamma rays.]]
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]] This story is referenced in a scene of the movie "I, Robot" when Sonny pulls the same trick (but only makes trick, but it work for a minute or two).doesn't last because Spooner just starts shooting them and spooks Sonny.
11th Nov '16 12:30:17 AM TheNerevarine
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* In ''ComicBook/RequiemVampireKnight'', the main protagonist has to rescue his love interest, who has been forced to become Dracula's bride. After entering in the temple where he thinks she is being held, he finds out another vampire has kidnapped her. He asks a [[BrainlessBeauty bride of Dracula]] about her captor, all she can say is that he was pale, had big teeth and dressed in black; in other words, like every other vampire ever.
8th Nov '16 4:50:21 PM nombretomado
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* A possible subtrope in its own right involves a car chase being aborted by having the protagonists ''parking in a row of parked cars''. JackieChan's ''Film/WhoAmI'' involves a woman who DrivesLikeCrazy to pull this off flawlessly, and ''Film/TheOtherGuys'' has Will Ferrell doing this in a row of cars ''on an elevated platform'' (he credits VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto [[IKnowMortalKombat for his driving skill]]).

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* A possible subtrope in its own right involves a car chase being aborted by having the protagonists ''parking in a row of parked cars''. JackieChan's Creator/JackieChan's ''Film/WhoAmI'' involves a woman who DrivesLikeCrazy to pull this off flawlessly, and ''Film/TheOtherGuys'' has Will Ferrell doing this in a row of cars ''on an elevated platform'' (he credits VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto [[IKnowMortalKombat for his driving skill]]).
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