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24th Nov '16 10:43:53 PM Tallens
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* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': Towards the end of ''On Basilisk Station'', Honor begins to suspect something fishy going on with a Havenite flagged freighter, the ''Sirius'', that's been orbiting Basilisk since she got there. It's ostensibly [[FakingEngineTrouble waiting for parts for it's Warshawski Sails]], but Honor's crew notice its impeller nodes are active, and have been the entire time, meaning it could quickly bring up its impellers and get under way, but would also increase wear on the nodes themselves, not something a freighter captain would normally do, but it is something a warship captain might do. [[spoiler:''Sirius'' turns out to be a Q-ship, a warship disguised as a freighter. ]]
20th Nov '16 9:37:48 AM ShazamJr
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1]]", Twilight Sparkle meets Princess Cadance who she remebers as one of the kindest foalsitters a filly could ask for. She is very quick to realize something is not right when she sees Cadance secretly acting rude, demanding, and hostile towards the other ponies around her. AS it turns out in " [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2]]", this Cadance is actually a fake and the real Cadance was attacked and replaced by Queen Chrysalis, a Changeling Queen who can assume the identity of another pony to steal love.
5th Nov '16 10:03:47 AM MinisterOfSinister
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'''Negative Lizzy:''' So, how did you figure out I wasn't really your stupid girlfriend?\\

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'''Negative ->'''Negative Lizzy:''' So, how did you figure out I wasn't really your stupid girlfriend?\\
5th Nov '16 10:03:29 AM MinisterOfSinister
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'''Negative Lizzy:''' So, how did you figure out I wasn't really your stupid girlfriend?\\
'''Numbuh One:''' When I look into Lizzie's eyes, I can tell she's not a ''jerk''.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', "Operation: P.O.O.L."



** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0723.html Later]], Tarquin figures out that Elan is not [[EvilTwin Nale]] partly because Elan [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0722.html surrendered]] to save a teammate, which Nale would never do.

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** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0723.html Later]], Tarquin figures out that Elan is not [[EvilTwin Nale]] partly because Elan [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0722.html surrendered]] to save a teammate, which Nale [[ItsAllAboutMe Nale]] would never do.



** There's a parody that then switches to being played straight. In the P.O.O.L episode, all of Numbuh Four's friends get replaced by doubles from a negative universe. He doesn't catch on at first, even when negative Numbuh One is acting ''wildly'' out of character, being cowardly to Lizzie and even revealing some of the evil plan. That's the "parody" part. The "playing straight" part comes into play because Numbuh Four does eventually figure out the switch...because of negative Numbuh Three's slip-up, not negative Numbuh One's. Specifically, negative Numbuh Three has a mean and nasty look in her eyes, which Numbuh Four knows, as her ''friend'', is something that would never happen with the real, sweet-hearted Numbuh Three (even when Numbuh Three gets ''angry'' it's out of hurt feelings and not cruelty). Ergo, Numbuh Four correctly concludes, they must be from a negative universe or something!

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** There's a parody that then switches to being played straight. In the P.O.O.L episode, all of Numbuh Four's friends get replaced by doubles from a negative universe. He doesn't catch on at first, even when negative Numbuh One is acting ''wildly'' out of character, being cowardly to Lizzie and even revealing some of the evil plan. That's the "parody" part. The "playing straight" part comes into play because Numbuh Four does eventually figure out the switch... because of negative Numbuh Three's slip-up, not negative Numbuh One's. Specifically, negative Numbuh Three has a mean and nasty look in her eyes, which Numbuh Four knows, as her ''friend'', is something that would never happen with the real, sweet-hearted Numbuh Three (even when Numbuh Three gets ''angry'' it's out of hurt feelings and not cruelty). Ergo, Numbuh Four correctly concludes, they must be from a negative universe or something!something!
*** In the same episode, Numbuh One realises his girlfriend is an imposter using the same method, as noted in the page quote.
25th Oct '16 11:21:17 PM PaulA
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* One of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse books from the eighties - ''Han Solo's Revenge'' - inverted the trope. When Han and Chewie were to make a smuggling drop, if during the meeting Han did ''not'' try and signal Chewie (who was overseeing the proceedings back in the cockpit of the Falcon) then something had gone wrong with the drop.

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* One of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse books from the eighties - ''Han Solo's Revenge'' - ''Literature/HanSolosRevenge'' inverted the trope. When Han and Chewie were to make a smuggling drop, if during the meeting Han did ''not'' try and signal Chewie (who was overseeing the proceedings back in the cockpit of the Falcon) then something had gone wrong with the drop.
20th Oct '16 4:46:18 PM siberia82
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* ''Film/XMen'':

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* ''Film/XMen'':''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
19th Oct '16 2:25:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''GreenRider'', a man hides a crucial message in a love letter. He's killed before he can deliver it, but the protagonist, Karigan, passes on the love letter to the messenger's girlfriend. When she gets the letter, she spots some inconsistent details (he misstates the color of her hair; he mentions a brother when he doesn't have one) and mentions it to Karigan, who realizes that the letter contains a coded message.

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* In ''GreenRider'', ''Literature/GreenRider'', a man hides a crucial message in a love letter. He's killed before he can deliver it, but the protagonist, Karigan, passes on the love letter to the messenger's girlfriend. When she gets the letter, she spots some inconsistent details (he misstates the color of her hair; he mentions a brother when he doesn't have one) and mentions it to Karigan, who realizes that the letter contains a coded message.



** In one of the [[ComicBook/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]] books, Face, undercover as a stormtrooper so as to steal TIE fighters for their pirate facade, has to speak the password to the supervisor (because the on-duty officer who knows the password can't say it or it would reveal something was wrong, and the one who was supposed to say it was killed during the break-in). He gets away with it thanks to his acting skills and the static disguising his voice...until he makes the mistake of referring (out of habit) to the TIE fighters as "eyeballs" (New Republic slang). He tries to salvage it by [[JustJokingJustification claiming it was a joke]], to no avail.

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** * In one of the [[ComicBook/XWingSeries [[Literature/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]] books, Face, undercover as a stormtrooper so as to steal TIE fighters for their pirate facade, has to speak the password to the supervisor (because the on-duty officer who knows the password can't say it or it would reveal something was wrong, and the one who was supposed to say it was killed during the break-in). He gets away with it thanks to his acting skills and the static disguising his voice...until he makes the mistake of referring (out of habit) to the TIE fighters as "eyeballs" (New Republic slang). He tries to salvage it by [[JustJokingJustification claiming it was a joke]], to no avail.
5th Oct '16 10:35:36 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''Series/AshVsEvilDead'': In the episode "The Host," when possessed by Eligos, Kelly appears to gave a moment of clarity and begs Ash to MercyKill her. Ash is initially unsure... until "Kelly" asks him to [[DueToTheDead make a cross for her grave]]. Knowing that Kelly is [[AmbiguouslyJewish Jewish]], Ash quickly realizes that it's nothing but Eligos being a {{troll}}.
5th Oct '16 5:39:36 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* This happens in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' when the mirror-Miaka tries to seduce Hotohori to overpower both him and Tamahome, while keeping the real Miaka trapped inside a MagicMirror. Before she can kiss him, though, Hotohori lifts his sword to stop her. When the mirror-Miaka asks what's going on, [[GenreSavvy Hotohori]] tells her that [[AllLovingHero Miaka]] would never behave that way.

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* This happens in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' when the mirror-Miaka tries to seduce Hotohori to overpower both him and Tamahome, while keeping the real Miaka trapped inside a MagicMirror. Before she can kiss him, though, Hotohori lifts his sword to stop her. When the mirror-Miaka asks what's going on, [[GenreSavvy Hotohori]] Hotohori tells her that [[AllLovingHero Miaka]] would never behave that way.



* In the WhateleyUniverse story "Test Tube Babies", team superboy Lancer is fighting a power mimic/shapeshifter who now looks like Lancer. One of them yells at a teammate with an anti-brick weapon to 'shoot both of us'. The teammate blasts that one senseless. Not only is the teammate GenreSavvy, but they have communicators they would really use instead.

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* In the WhateleyUniverse story "Test Tube Babies", team superboy Lancer is fighting a power mimic/shapeshifter who now looks like Lancer. One of them yells at a teammate with an anti-brick weapon to 'shoot both of us'. The teammate blasts that one senseless. Not only is the teammate GenreSavvy, savvy, but they have communicators they would really use instead.



* All-around skewered in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Spookyfish", where "Evil Cartman" (actually a sweet and lovable MirrorUniverse Cartman... from a MU where everyone has a goatee and is the opposite personality) and "Real Cartman" fight to avoid being sent back to the MU. When the goatee gets ripped off, one Cartman says they'll just have to send both back to be sure. Wanting "Evil Cartman" to stay, and knowing the "Real Cartman" would never be selfless enough to suggest such a thing, the boys send the other Cartman back... except that Real Cartman is GenreSavvy enough to anticipate this and trick them.

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* All-around skewered in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Spookyfish", where "Evil Cartman" (actually a sweet and lovable MirrorUniverse Cartman... from a MU where everyone has a goatee and is the opposite personality) and "Real Cartman" fight to avoid being sent back to the MU. When the goatee gets ripped off, one Cartman says they'll just have to send both back to be sure. Wanting "Evil Cartman" to stay, and knowing the "Real Cartman" would never be selfless enough to suggest such a thing, the boys send the other Cartman back... except that Real Cartman is GenreSavvy enough to anticipate anticipates this and trick them.
2nd Oct '16 1:32:46 PM Arima
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1]]", Twilight Sparkle meets Princess Cadance who she remebers as one of the kindest foalsitters a filly could ask for. She is very quick to realize something is not right when she sees Cadance secretly acting rude, demanding, and hostile towards the other ponies around her.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1]]", Twilight Sparkle meets Princess Cadance who she remebers as one of the kindest foalsitters a filly could ask for. She is very quick to realize something is not right when she sees Cadance secretly acting rude, demanding, and hostile towards the other ponies around her. AS it turns out in " [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2]]", this Cadance is actually a fake and the real Cadance was attacked and replaced by Queen Chrysalis, a Changeling Queen who can assume the identity of another pony to steal love.
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