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28th Jan '18 11:23:20 PM foxley
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* In one episode of ''Series/MacGyver'', Mac is carrying a valuable Chinese artifact which he needs to get rid of in a hurry--so he finds a shop selling cheap replicas of the thing and puts it on the back of the shelf.

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* In one episode of ''Series/MacGyver'', ''Series/MacGyver1985'', Mac is carrying a valuable Chinese artifact which he needs to get rid of in a hurry--so he finds a shop selling cheap replicas of the thing and puts it on the back of the shelf.



* In Series/TheWrongMans, Phil thinks he's found the missing musical box he's looking for only to turn around and realise the room is filled with a collection of musical boxes, they're all different but as he doesn't know what the one he needs actually looks like, he's stumped.

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* In Series/TheWrongMans, ''Series/TheWrongMans'', Phil thinks he's found the missing musical box he's looking for only to turn around and realise the room is filled with a collection of musical boxes, they're all different but as he doesn't know what the one he needs actually looks like, he's stumped.
27th Jan '18 6:52:27 AM DaibhidC
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* In one of the ''Literature/TommyAndTuppence'' stories, when Tommy and a confederate find the villains' hideout, he marks the door with a cross, referencing ''Literature/TheTinderbox''. [[spoiler: The confederate is actually one of the gang, and marks the other doors as in the story. {{Subverted}} because Tommy already suspected that, and referenced the story to distract him while he dropped a bottle of valarian essence. Tuppence and the police just have to find the door surrounded by cats.]]
24th Jan '18 8:33:16 AM BeerBaron
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** Invoked and subverted in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]][='s=] ''Shivering Isles'' expansion. 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 are set before a giant cage filled with riches with a big, obvious lock. The "Manic" solution here is to dump ''thousands'' of identical keys in front of them but, since this is just a trap, ''none'' of them will actually open the cage. One of the adventurers will start frantically searching through the pile of keys to get the treasure and their obsession with finding the "right" one will drive them completely insane, before their companion gives up and leaves without them. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Fun stuff.]]

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** Invoked and subverted in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]][='s=] Oblivion]]''[='s=] ''Shivering Isles'' expansion. 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 are set before a giant cage filled with riches with a big, obvious lock. The "Manic" solution here is to dump ''thousands'' of identical keys in front of them but, since this is just a trap, ''none'' of them will actually open the cage. One of the adventurers will start frantically searching through the pile of keys to get the treasure and their obsession with finding the "right" one will drive them completely insane, before their companion gives up and leaves without them. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Fun stuff.]]
24th Jan '18 8:32:56 AM BeerBaron
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** There's a fairly small but highly intricate [[GameMod quest mod]] for ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' which at one point requires you to find a special key to continue. The only room it could possibly be in is entirely filled with keys. Every table and every nook and cranny of the room is covered in keys. As it turns out, the right one [[spoiler:is sticking out from the lock in the door]].
** Invoked and subverted in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion's Shivering Isles'' expansion. 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 are set before a giant cage filled with riches with a big, obvious lock. The "Manic" solution here is to dump ''thousands'' of identical keys in front of them but, since this is just a trap, ''none'' of them will actually open the cage. One of the adventurers will start frantically searching through the pile of keys to get the treasure and their obsession with finding the "right" one will drive them completely insane, before their companion gives up and leaves without them. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Fun stuff.]]

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** There's a fairly small but highly intricate [[GameMod quest mod]] for ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' which at one point requires you to find a special key to continue. The only room it could possibly be in is entirely filled with keys. Every table and every nook and cranny of the room is covered in keys. As it turns out, the right one [[spoiler:is sticking out from the lock in the door]].
** Invoked and subverted in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion's Shivering ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]][='s=] ''Shivering Isles'' expansion. 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 are set before a giant cage filled with riches with a big, obvious lock. The "Manic" solution here is to dump ''thousands'' of identical keys in front of them but, since this is just a trap, ''none'' of them will actually open the cage. One of the adventurers will start frantically searching through the pile of keys to get the treasure and their obsession with finding the "right" one will drive them completely insane, before their companion gives up and leaves without them. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Fun stuff.]]
3rd Jan '18 7:34:57 PM TruebloodJoe
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* In ''Film/TheGoonies'', the escaping Fratelli family take their vehicle to the nearby beach to try and shake the cops chasing them. Ma had planned it so that they'd arrive just as a large four wheel drive race begins and they quickly blend in with the competitors.
2nd Jan '18 5:53:36 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[HerculePoirot The ABC Murders]]'' is built around this trope: [[spoiler: the murderer commits four letter-themed serial killings to hide his true target and thus his motives.]] Poirot even lampshades the use of the trope:

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* ''[[HerculePoirot ''[[Literature/HerculePoirot The ABC Murders]]'' is built around this trope: [[spoiler: the murderer commits four letter-themed serial killings to hide his true target and thus his motives.]] Poirot even lampshades the use of the trope:
18th Dec '17 11:02:28 AM TheRoguePenguin
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* Anansi, a recurring hero on ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', gets his powers from a [[AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome spider amulet]]. When a villain is about to destroy it, the hero uses the last of his power to create hundreds of identical spider amulets.

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* Anansi, a recurring hero on ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', gets his illusion powers from a [[AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome spider amulet]]. When a villain is about to destroy it, the hero uses the last of his power to create hundreds of identical spider amulets.amulets, distracting the villain long enough for Static to interrupt and allow Anansi to reclaim the amulet.
12th Dec '17 3:09:07 PM tkzv
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* Similarly, in ''[[Literature/MartinBeck The Laughing Policeman]]'' shoots up a bus and kills nine people -- all eight passengers and the driver. One of the victims was a detective investigating an old murder (nearing the statute of limitations), and police assume he was the intended target because of that case. They are only half right: [[spoiler:The primary target was the suspect in the old case, acquitted on insufficient evidence. The one who killed this time was the one who hired him back then.]] The murderer later said that he told the victim to take the bus at this precise time, so that there'd be a few other passengers to throw the police off.[[note]]Ironically, he was a respectable businessman who first organized murdering his ex-lover, then covered the tracks all to protect the well-being of his family.[[/note]] In addition, the old case being re-investigated is full of false leads, and the detectives find the murderer in the old case files only after the confession.

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* Similarly, in ''[[Literature/MartinBeck The Laughing Policeman]]'' someone shoots up a bus and kills nine people -- all eight passengers and the driver. One of the victims was a detective investigating an old murder (nearing the statute of limitations), and police assume he was the intended target because of that case. They are only half right: [[spoiler:The primary target was the suspect in the old case, acquitted on insufficient evidence. The one who killed this time was the one who hired him back then.]] The murderer later said that he told the victim to take the bus at this precise time, so that there'd be a few other passengers to throw the police off.[[note]]Ironically, he was a respectable businessman who first organized murdering his ex-lover, then covered the tracks all to protect the well-being of his family.[[/note]] In addition, the old case being re-investigated is full of false leads, and the detectives find the murderer in the old case files only after the confession.
9th Dec '17 12:29:14 AM Dimon
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8th Dec '17 9:51:14 PM Nadim
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Samurai Jack}}'': In "Jack vs Aku", Jack hides his sword and plants decoy swords [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow correctly deducing that Aku would try to steal it.]]
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