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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Wendy is fighting a shape-shifting monster who is disguised as her. When Dipper has to figure out who is who, he asks for a sign. The shapeshifter smiles at him flirtatiously, while the real Wendy mirrors the "zipped-lip" gesture she gave earlier, in dead seriousness. That was the only clue Dipper needed.
10th May '17 9:40:34 AM AnotherGuy
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Compare with LyingFingerCross (a common gesture used in this trope), NotHimself, OohMeAccentsSlipping, and TrustPassword (a pre-arranged alert to confirm one's identity and freedom of action). Contrast with SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay (in which a character is identified by a characteristic) and BluffTheImpostor. Sister Trope to YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious.

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Compare with LyingFingerCross (a common gesture used in this trope), NotHimself, OohMeAccentsSlipping, and TrustPassword (a pre-arranged alert to confirm one's identity and freedom of action). Contrast with SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay (in which a character is identified by a characteristic) and BluffTheImpostor. Sister Trope to YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious.
YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious and BatmanGrabsAGun.
8th May '17 3:32:06 PM LongTallShorty64
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* ''Film/{{No Man of Her Own|1950}}'': This happens constantly to Helen as she tries to pretend to be Patricia Harkness: she doesnít know Hughís (Patricia's husband) favourite song, didnít know that Hugh had a brother (Bill), and signs her real name when trying out a pen out of habit. The Harkness family (who had never met or seen a picture of Patricia) think this is just a result of the train accident, but Bill is the only one that figures out that Patricia isnít really Patricia. [[spoiler: But he doesnít care.]]
6th May '17 9:44:22 AM AthenaBlue
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* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', when Jackie is in the same room as a clone, [[GuileHero Jade figures out the fake by asking if she can go to a theme park]]; the fake says yes, while the real one replies no.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', episode "Midnight Towboy", when Homer is kidnapped and calls his family.
-->'''Lisa:''' Dad? Where are you?
-->'''Homer:''' ''(reading from a cue card held by the kidnapper, bad acting)'' Do not worry, I am working.
-->'''Lisa:''' Working? Where?
-->'''Homer:''' Ask no questions and do not call the police or I will kill me.
-->'''Lisa:''' You sound weird.
-->'''Homer:''' Everything is fine, goodbye forever. ''(hangs up)''
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Law and Oracle", Fry is able to tell that Pickles is deceiving him when he shows Bender sharing strong malt liquor with the crew of Planet Express (which, though harmless to robots, is deadly to humans). As Bender is an UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist, he would not share it with anyone.
* A variation of this occurs in the ''WesternAnimation/SonicSATAM'' series. Sally has been replaced with a robot duplicate, and the robot says a multitude of things she would never say. It's when she replaces a "thumbs up" gesture with Sonic with a "thumbs down" gesture that Sonic gets it.
* Another Western Sonic series, ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', also pulled off a variant of this trope. Sonic becomes concerned about Tails' safety, so after some false starts finding him a family to adopt him, he finds what he thinks are his real parents. He leaves Tails with them, but then becomes depressed that he's gone. He has a flashback of the parents welcoming "Tails" to their family... and then suddenly remembers that ''he'' gave him the name Tails; Tails' ''real'' parents should have called him Miles, the name ''they'' gave him! Sonic rushes to the rescue; the "parents" turn out to be Robotnik's robotic goons in disguise.
* 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 anticipates this and trick them.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', when Jackie Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''. Francine is in the same room as threatening Stan with a clone, [[GuileHero Jade figures out the fake by asking if she can go gun for trying to ditch her at her high school reunion with his CIA body double, Bill. One of them gives a theme park]]; the fake says yes, heartfelt speech about how he was selfishly putting her down while trying to make up for his past inadequacies. Francine determines that the real one replies no.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', episode "Midnight Towboy", when Homer is kidnapped and calls his family.
-->'''Lisa:''' Dad? Where are you?
-->'''Homer:''' ''(reading from a cue card held by the kidnapper, bad acting)'' Do not worry, I am working.
-->'''Lisa:''' Working? Where?
-->'''Homer:''' Ask no questions and do not call the police or I will kill me.
-->'''Lisa:''' You sound weird.
-->'''Homer:''' Everything is fine, goodbye forever. ''(hangs up)''
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Law and Oracle", Fry is able to tell that Pickles is deceiving him when he shows Bender sharing strong malt liquor with the crew of Planet Express (which, though harmless to robots, is deadly to humans). As Bender is an UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist, he would not share it with anyone.
* A variation of this occurs in the ''WesternAnimation/SonicSATAM'' series. Sally has been replaced with a robot duplicate, and the robot says a multitude of things she
Stan would never say. It's when she replaces a "thumbs up" gesture with Sonic with a "thumbs down" gesture that Sonic gets it.
* Another Western Sonic series, ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', also pulled off a variant of this trope. Sonic becomes concerned about Tails' safety,
say something so after some false starts finding him a family to adopt him, he finds what he thinks are his real parents. He leaves Tails with them, but then becomes depressed that he's gone. He has a flashback of the parents welcoming "Tails" to their family... sincere and then suddenly remembers that ''he'' gave him the name Tails; Tails' ''real'' parents should have called him Miles, the name ''they'' gave him! Sonic rushes to the rescue; the "parents" turn out to be Robotnik's robotic goons in disguise.
* 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
shoots the opposite personality) [[spoiler: who, [[AccentRelapse reverting to his Southern accent]], turns out to be Bill the double, after all. Stan [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold really was apologizing]]]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' a (very degraded) clone of Shake was caught when Frylock suggested they give blood.
-->'''Frylock:''' The real Master Shake thinks the blood drive is a pyramid scheme. Perpetrated by Dracula
and "Real Cartman" fight his night slaves.
* The best way
to avoid being sent back free someone of Purple Man's control in ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' is to point out 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" victim that they themselves are doing or saying something they would never be selfless enough to suggest such a thing, the boys send the other Cartman back... except do. Cap is freed by pointing out that Real Cartman anticipates this and trick them.he doesn't believe in forcing things on others; Hawkeye is freed by pointing out that Hawkeye never blindly obeys anyone, not even his superiors; Ms. Marvel is freed when it's pointed out that she'd never carelessly ignore her allies in distress, etc.



-->'''Bruce''': The voice kept calling me "Bruce." In my mind, that's not what I call myself.
-->'''Terry''': What do you call yourself? *Bruce gives him a pointed look* Oh, yeah. I suppose you would. ''(in Batman voice)'' But that's my name now.
-->'''Bruce''': Tell that to my subconscious.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', [[spoiler:Norman Osborn does not apologize.]] The Chameleon would, though.
* On an episode of ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'', J instantly realized that a robot was impersonating K, because K would never had laughed at any of his jokes.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans,'' the hero Jericho is possessing Cinderblock to get him and the other good guys into the bad guys' lair. However, he villains are immediately suspicious when "Cinderblock" says "Thank you" to one of their comments--having never fought these villains before, Jericho didn't realize that Cinderblock [[TheVoiceless doesn't normally talk]].
* This was how Cosgrove discredited an evil clone in ''{{Freakazoid}}'': he asked if the clone wanted to [[RunningGag go to a Yakov Smirnov festival]]. The clone said "no". (Compare that to Freakazoid's usual "DO I!")
* In the opening movie of the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' cartoon, Rex clues Anakin and Ahsoka into the fact that the surviving members of the group of clones have been captured by saying "Anakin, we've held the droids. What is your position?" This clues them in because all clones address Jedi by either "General" for Knights or "Commander" for Padawans, never by name.
* Averted on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Lois is being held at gunpoint by Diane Simmons, and she tries to signal to Peter that something is wrong by calling him "Pete" (something she never does), while Peter does question it, he quickly ignores it and leaves so he can listen to music in the car.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' a (very degraded) clone of Shake was caught when Frylock suggested they give blood.
--> '''Frylock:''' The real Master Shake thinks the blood drive is a pyramid scheme. Perpetrated by Dracula and his night slaves.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''. Francine is threatening Stan with a gun for trying to ditch her at her high school reunion with his CIA body double, Bill. One of them gives a heartfelt speech about how he was selfishly putting her down while trying to make up for his past inadequacies. Francine determines that the real Stan would never say something so sincere and shoots the opposite [[spoiler: who, [[AccentRelapse reverting to his Southern accent]], turns out to be Bill the double, after all. Stan [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold really was apologizing]]]].

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-->'''Bruce''': The voice kept calling me "Bruce." "Bruce". In my mind, that's not what I call myself.
-->'''Terry''':
myself.\\
'''Terry''':
What do you call yourself? *Bruce ''[Bruce gives him a pointed look* look]'' Oh, yeah. I suppose you would. ''(in Batman voice)'' But that's my name now. \n-->'''Bruce''': \\
'''Bruce''':
Tell that to my subconscious.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', [[spoiler:Norman Osborn does not apologize.]] The Chameleon would, though.
* On an episode of ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'', J instantly realized that a robot was impersonating K, because K would never had laughed at any of his jokes.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans,'' the hero Jericho is possessing Cinderblock to get him and the other good guys into the bad guys' lair. However, he villains are immediately suspicious when "Cinderblock" says "Thank you" to one of their comments--having never fought these villains before, Jericho didn't realize that Cinderblock [[TheVoiceless doesn't normally talk]].
* This was how Cosgrove discredited an evil clone in ''{{Freakazoid}}'': he asked if the clone wanted to [[RunningGag go to a Yakov Smirnov festival]]. The clone said "no". (Compare that to Freakazoid's usual "DO I!")
* In the opening movie of the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' cartoon, Rex clues Anakin and Ahsoka into the fact that the surviving members of the group of clones have been captured by saying "Anakin, we've held the droids. What is your position?" This clues them in because all clones address Jedi by either "General" for Knights or "Commander" for Padawans, never by name.
* Averted on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Lois is being held at gunpoint by Diane Simmons, and she tries to signal to Peter that something is wrong by calling him "Pete" (something she never does), while Peter does question it, he quickly ignores it and leaves so he can listen to music in the car.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' a (very degraded) clone of Shake was caught when Frylock suggested they give blood.
--> '''Frylock:''' The real Master Shake thinks the blood drive is a pyramid scheme. Perpetrated by Dracula and his night slaves.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''. Francine is threatening Stan with a gun for trying to ditch her at her high school reunion with his CIA body double, Bill. One of them gives a heartfelt speech about how he was selfishly putting her down while trying to make up for his past inadequacies. Francine determines that the real Stan would never say something so sincere and shoots the opposite [[spoiler: who, [[AccentRelapse reverting to his Southern accent]], turns out to be Bill the double, after all. Stan [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold really was apologizing]]]].
subconscious.



** In one episode Xana traps the team (except Jeremy) in a virtual version of the real world. Jeremy enters Lyoko to rescue his friends, and is confronted by an evil, virtual version of himself. Each tries to convince Odd, Ulrich, and Yumi that they are the real one. Evil Jeremy gives himself away when he says he would "never go into Lyoko", but they know that the real Jeremy WOULD go into Lyoko if it meant rescuing his friends.

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** In one episode Xana XANA traps the team (except Jeremy) in a virtual version of the real world. Jeremy enters Lyoko to rescue his friends, and is confronted by an evil, virtual version of himself. Each tries to convince Odd, Ulrich, and Yumi that they are the real one. Evil Jeremy gives himself away when he says he would "never go into Lyoko", but they know that the real Jeremy WOULD go into Lyoko if it meant rescuing his friends.



* On ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' Franchise/{{Batman}} calling the Team "kids" helps tip off [[TheSmartGuy Robin]] that [[MindControl something's]] not right.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In the season 2 finale, Twilight realizes that Princess Cadence is [[NotHimself not herself]] when she doesn't respond to her secret handshake and becomes even more suspicious when she sees Cadence acting unusually rude and selfish.
** Later on, Twilight encounters the real Princess Cadence who proves her identity with the [[CoolBigSis aforementioned secret handshake.]] The two race back to the wedding in time to expose the impostor.
* The best way to free someone of Purple Man's control in ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' is to point out to the victim that they themselves are doing or saying something they would never do. Cap is freed by pointing out that he doesn't believe in forcing things on others, Hawkeye is freed by pointing out that Hawkeye never blindly obeys anyone, not even his superiors, Ms Marvel is freed when it's pointed out that she'd never carelessly ignore her allies in distress etc.
* When the ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' search for the Gem of Self-Confidence, Bloom, Stella and Aisha find themselves facing illusions based on their inner fears. [[spoiler: Aisha faces an illusion of Nabu, and quickly realizes it's not really him when the illusion blames her for his death, which is something the real Nabu would never do.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' episode "Frankengoof", [[FrankensteinsMonster Frankengoof's monster]] looks very similar to Pete in Halloween makeup; so similar that his family initially mistakes it for him. Eventually they realize that the monster isn't really Pete because he's nice and willing to take responsibility, while the real Pete is a {{Jerkass}} and a LazyHusband. The episode ends with his family deliberately abandoning him and bringing the monster home instead.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', Megatron builds a clone of Optimus Prime to lure the Autobots to their doom. Just when he manages to convince the others that he's the real thing, they get word that Spike is in trouble. Megatron, trying to keep his plans on track, says that Spike is unimportant, cluing the others in that he's fake.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' Bulkhead noticed something off about his ''"friend"'' Wheeljack and asked him to tell the story of a particular battle. Makeshift, the impostor tells the story perfectly, but manages to get one crucial detail wrong... Bulkhead ''wasn't'' part of that battle.



* Averted on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Lois is being held at gunpoint by Diane Simmons, and she tries to signal to Peter that something is wrong by calling him "Pete" (something she never does), while Peter does question it, he quickly ignores it and leaves so he can listen to music in the car.
* This was how Cosgrove discredited an evil clone in ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'': he asked if the clone wanted to [[RunningGag go to a Yakov Smirnov festival]]. The clone said "no". (Compare that to Freakazoid's usual "DO I!")
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Law and Oracle", Fry is able to tell that Pickles is deceiving him when he shows Bender sharing strong malt liquor with the crew of Planet Express (which, though harmless to robots, is deadly to humans). As Bender is an UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist, he would not share it with anyone.
* Goliath uses this to his advantage in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', when a replicator called Proteus has made himself the double of Elisa Mazza. Unable to tell which is the real Elisa, he inquires whether she ever had any doubts about him -- a reference to a conversation they'd had earlier in the show. One of the Elisas immediately replies that she never doubted him, and he knows that she's the fake because he's perfectly aware that Elisa had doubted him.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' episode "Frankengoof", [[FrankensteinsMonster Frankengoof's monster]] looks very similar to Pete in Halloween makeup; so similar that his family initially mistakes it for him. Eventually they realize that the monster isn't really Pete because he's nice and willing to take responsibility, while the real Pete is a {{Jerkass}} and a LazyHusband. The episode ends with his family deliberately abandoning him and bringing the monster home instead.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', when Jackie is in the same room as a clone, [[GuileHero Jade figures out the fake by asking if she can go to a theme park]]; the fake says yes, while the real one replies no.
* Played humorously straight in the ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' episode "Johnny's Inferno". Johnny is possessed by a junior devil named Derek who plans on committing evil deeds, but they stop for lunch at Pops's diner first. Johnny orders a plate of entrails and offers a credit card as payment. Pops immediately realizes something is very wrong, but not because of the odd food -- it's because Johnny "tried to ''pay for his meal!''"
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/MaxSteel'', [[BigBad John Dread]] hacks into Max's coms signal and replaces Berto Martinez as Max's MissionControl. Max figures this out due to Dread referring to Max as "hombre" and "amigo", in contrast to Martinez's standard term of affection, "hermano".
* On an episode of ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'', J instantly realized that a robot was impersonating K, because K would never had laughed at any of his jokes.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In the season 2 finale, Twilight realizes that Princess Cadence is [[NotHimself not herself]] when she doesn't respond to her secret handshake and becomes even more suspicious when she sees Cadence acting unusually rude and selfish.
** Later on, Twilight encounters the real Princess Cadence who proves her identity with the [[CoolBigSis aforementioned secret handshake.]] The two race back to the wedding in time to expose the impostor.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'':
** Freddy and Daphne get impersonated. While Daphne's fake is at least a little believable, Freddie's fake is a textbook example. The rest of the gang didn't really need the secret clue.
** In another episode, Scooby and a gang of other mystery-solving sidekicks find their human friends [[ItMakesSenseInContext supposedly turned into guinea pigs]]. [[spoiler:Scooby knows something's up the moment the "Shaggy" guinea pig violently rejects [[TrademarkFavoriteFood a Scooby Snack]].]]



-->'''Piker:''' [[BigOMG Oh my God]], you killed Measley! ''[All point their phizzer rifles at the captain]'' Only the alien would do that!
-->'''Pinchhard:''' Oh please! [[TheScrappy Don't pretend you never wanted to do it!]]
-->'''Gaudy:''' You know, he's got a point...
-->'''Beta:''' He annoyed me, and I'm an android.

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-->'''Piker:''' [[BigOMG Oh my God]], you killed Measley! ''[All point their phizzer rifles at the captain]'' Only the alien would do that!
-->'''Pinchhard:'''
that!\\
'''Pinchhard:'''
Oh please! [[TheScrappy Don't pretend you never wanted to do it!]]
-->'''Gaudy:'''
it!]]\\
'''Gaudy:'''
You know, he's got a point...
-->'''Beta:'''
point...\\
'''Beta:'''
He annoyed me, and I'm an android.



* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'':
** Freddy and Daphne get impersonated. While Daphne's fake is at least a little believable, Freddie's fake is a textbook example. The rest of the gang didn't really need the secret clue.
** In another episode, Scooby and a gang of other mystery-solving sidekicks find their human friends [[ItMakesSenseInContext supposedly turned into guinea pigs]]. [[spoiler:Scooby knows something's up the moment the "Shaggy" guinea pig violently rejects [[TrademarkFavoriteFood a Scooby Snack]].]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show'', three Super Friends infiltrate an AuctionOfEvil to get a piece of Gold Kryptonite from ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} by disguising themselves as ice aliens. However, in the auction, Darkseid notices that those "ice aliens" are strangely comfortable at the station's normal room temperature and realizes they are impostors and exposes them.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/MaxSteel'', [[BigBad John Dread]] hacks into Max's coms signal and replaces Berto Martinez as Max's MissionControl. Max figures this out due to Dread referring to Max as "hombre" and "amigo", in contrast to Martinez's standard term of affection, "hermano".

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* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'':
** Freddy and Daphne get impersonated. While Daphne's fake is at least a little believable, Freddie's fake is a textbook example. The rest of the gang didn't really need the secret clue.
** In another episode, Scooby and a gang of other mystery-solving sidekicks find their human friends [[ItMakesSenseInContext supposedly turned into guinea pigs]]. [[spoiler:Scooby knows something's up the moment the "Shaggy" guinea pig violently rejects [[TrademarkFavoriteFood a Scooby Snack]].]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show'', three Super Friends infiltrate an AuctionOfEvil to get a piece of Gold Kryptonite from ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} by disguising themselves as ice aliens. However,
Parodied in the auction, Darkseid notices that those "ice aliens" are strangely comfortable at the station's normal room temperature and realizes they are impostors and exposes them.
* In one
''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', episode of ''WesternAnimation/MaxSteel'', [[BigBad John Dread]] hacks into Max's coms signal "Midnight Towboy", when Homer is kidnapped and replaces Berto Martinez as Max's MissionControl. Max figures this out due to Dread referring to Max as "hombre" calls his family.
-->'''Lisa:''' Dad? Where are you?\\
'''Homer:''' ''(reading from a cue card held by the kidnapper, bad acting)'' Do not worry, I am working.\\
'''Lisa:''' Working? Where?\\
'''Homer:''' Ask no questions
and "amigo", in contrast to Martinez's standard term of affection, "hermano".do not call the police or I will kill me.\\
'''Lisa:''' You sound weird.\\
'''Homer:''' Everything is fine, goodbye forever. ''(hangs up)''



* Goliath uses this to his advantage in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', when a replicator called Proteus has made himself the double of Elisa Mazza. Unable to tell which is the real Elisa, he inquires whether she ever had any doubts about him -- a reference to a conversation they'd had earlier in the show. One of the Elisas immediately replies that she never doubted him, and he knows that she's the fake because he's perfectly aware that Elisa had doubted him.
* Played humorously straight in the ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' episode "Johnny's Inferno." Johnny is possessed by a junior devil named Derek who plans on committing evil deeds, but they stop for lunch at Pops's diner first. Johnny orders a plate of entrails and offers a credit card as payment. Pops immediately realizes something is very wrong, but not because of the odd food--it's because Johnny "tried to ''pay for his meal!''"

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* Goliath uses A variation of this occurs in the ''WesternAnimation/SonicSATAM'' series. Sally has been replaced with a robot duplicate, and the robot says a multitude of things she would never say. It's when she replaces a "thumbs up" gesture with Sonic with a "thumbs down" gesture that Sonic gets it.
** Another Western Sonic series, ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', also pulled off a variant of this trope. Sonic becomes concerned about Tails' safety, so after some false starts finding him a family
to adopt him, he finds what he thinks are his advantage real parents. He leaves Tails with them, but then becomes depressed that he's gone. He has a flashback of the parents welcoming "Tails" to their family... and then suddenly remembers that ''he'' gave him the name Tails; Tails' ''real'' parents should have called him Miles, the name ''they'' gave him! Sonic rushes to the rescue; the "parents" turn out to be Robotnik's robotic goons in one disguise.
* All-around skewered in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', when "Spookyfish", where "Evil Cartman" (actually a replicator called Proteus sweet and lovable MirrorUniverse Cartman... from a MU where everyone has made himself the double of Elisa Mazza. Unable to tell which a goatee and is the real Elisa, he inquires whether she ever had any doubts 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 anticipates this and trick them.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', [[spoiler:Norman Osborn does not apologize.]] The Chameleon would, though.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In the opening movie, Rex clues Anakin and Ahsoka into the fact that the surviving members of the group of clones have been captured by saying "Anakin, we've held the droids. What is your position?" This clues them in because all clones address Jedi by either "General" for Knights or "Commander" for Padawans, never by name.
** What's especially impressive
about him -- this is that Rex ''[[HeroicWillpower resisted]] a reference [[JediMindTrick mindtrick]] from Ventress'' in order to do it. He just played along so she wouldn't realize it didn't work.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show'', three Super Friends infiltrate an AuctionOfEvil to get
a conversation they'd had earlier piece of Gold Kryptonite from ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} by disguising themselves as ice aliens. However, in the show. One of auction, Darkseid notices that those "ice aliens" are strangely comfortable at the Elisas station's normal room temperature and realizes they are impostors and exposes them.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', the hero Jericho is possessing Cinderblock to get him and the other good guys into the bad guys' lair. However, he villains are
immediately replies that she suspicious when "Cinderblock" says "Thank you" to one of their comments -- having never doubted him, and he knows fought these villains before, Jericho didn't realize that she's Cinderblock [[TheVoiceless doesn't normally talk]].
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', Megatron builds a clone of Optimus Prime to lure
the fake because Autobots to their doom. Just when he manages to convince the others that he's perfectly aware the real thing, they get word that Elisa had doubted him.
* Played humorously straight
Spike is in the ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' episode "Johnny's Inferno." Johnny is possessed by a junior devil named Derek who trouble. Megatron, trying to keep his plans on committing evil deeds, but they stop for lunch at Pops's diner first. Johnny orders a plate track, says that Spike is unimportant, cluing the others in that he's fake.
* In an episode
of entrails and offers a credit card as payment. Pops immediately realizes ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' Bulkhead noticed something is very wrong, off about his ''"friend"'' Wheeljack and asked him to tell the story of a particular battle. Makeshift, the impostor tells the story perfectly, but manages to get one crucial detail wrong... Bulkhead ''wasn't'' part of that battle.
* When the ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' search for the Gem of Self-Confidence, Bloom, Stella and Aisha find themselves facing illusions based on their inner fears. [[spoiler: Aisha faces an illusion of Nabu, and quickly realizes it's
not because of really him when the odd food--it's because Johnny "tried to ''pay illusion blames her for his meal!''"death, which is something the real Nabu would never do.]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', Franchise/{{Batman}} calling the Team "kids" helps tip off [[TheSmartGuy Robin]] that [[MindControl something's]] not right.



* A literal case on the set of ''Series/DoctorWho''; when filming "Battlefield," there was a scene where Sophie Aldred (Ace) was trapped in a rapidly-filling water tank, and instructed to bang on the glass. Unfortunately, the glass cracked, and water was getting dangerously close to some electrical equipment. Creator/SylvesterMcCoy noticed the impending danger, and had seconds to warn the crew, but had to do it in a way that wouldn't be mistaken for The Doctor. He managed it with a [[PrecisionFStrike Precision S Bomb]], and Aldred was saved in the nick of time.

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* A literal case on the set of ''Series/DoctorWho''; when filming "Battlefield," [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E1Battlefield "Battlefield"]], there was a scene where Sophie Aldred (Ace) was trapped in a rapidly-filling water tank, and instructed to bang on the glass. Unfortunately, the glass cracked, and water was getting dangerously close to some electrical equipment. Creator/SylvesterMcCoy noticed the impending danger, and had seconds to warn the crew, but had to do it in a way that wouldn't be mistaken for The the Doctor. He managed it with a [[PrecisionFStrike Precision S Bomb]], and Aldred was saved in the nick of time.


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* In ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'', Crease draws Brice away from a meeting with the villains in a public meeting space after seeing a newspaper blurb mentioning that the mathematician they had stolen the MacGuffin from has been killed and realizing what their employers really are. He gets Brice to leave with him by holding up the carphone and shouting that it's his mother calling. Since Brice's mother would have no way of calling him, and one of their group has the nickname "Mother," it's a clear signal that he needs to get out of there.
* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' does this twice, first when John tries to call his foster parents to warn them about the T-1000:
-->'''John:''' Something's wrong, she's never this nice.
** At which point the Terminator takes over:
-->'''The Terminator:''' ''[to John]'' What's the dog's name?
-->'''John:''' Max.
-->'''The Terminator:''' ''[in John's voice]'' [[BluffTheImpostor Hey Janelle, what's wrong with Wolfie? I can hear him barking.]]
-->'''"Janelle":''' Wolfie's fine, honey, Wolfie's just fine. Where are you?
-->'''The Terminator:''' ''[hangs up the phone]'' Your foster parents are dead.
** It happens again when the T-1000 takes Sarah Connor's form and asks for help, something the real Sarah had previously berated her son for doing. The other Sarah instead tells John to get out of the way, something the T-1000 would not be inclined to tell his target.
** In the DirectorsCut, however, John is tipped off when he sees his "mother's" foot melting into the floor.
* The ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' movie, ''Film/{{Serenity}}''
-->''Mal and Inara have a polite, awkward conversation by videophone, with Inara inviting Mal to visit her. Discussion with the rest of the crew ensues.''\\
'''Zoe''': So. Trap?\\
'''Mal''': [[ObviousTrap Trap.]]\\
'''Kaylee''': How do you know Inara don't just wanna see you? People do have feelings. I'm referrin' here to ''people''.\\
'''Mal''': Y'all were watchin' I take it?\\
'''Zoe''': Yes.\\
'''Mal''': [[BelligerentSexualTension You see us fight?]]\\
'''Kaylee''': No...\\
'''Mal''', ''matter-of-factly'': Trap.

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[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'', Crease draws Brice away from a meeting with the villains in a public meeting space after seeing a newspaper blurb mentioning war film ''Film/TheBigRedOne'', some German soldiers are posing as Americans. They're found out when somebody notices that the mathematician they had stolen the MacGuffin from has been killed and realizing what throughout their employers really are. He gets Brice to leave with him by holding up meal they hold the carphone fork in the left hand and shouting that it's his mother calling. Since Brice's mother would have no way of calling him, and one of their group has the nickname "Mother," it's a clear signal that he needs to get out of there.
* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' does this twice, first when John tries to call his foster parents to warn them about
knife in the T-1000:
-->'''John:''' Something's wrong, she's never this nice.
** At which point the Terminator takes over:
-->'''The Terminator:''' ''[to John]'' What's the dog's name?
-->'''John:''' Max.
-->'''The Terminator:''' ''[in John's voice]'' [[BluffTheImpostor Hey Janelle, what's wrong with Wolfie? I can hear him barking.]]
-->'''"Janelle":''' Wolfie's fine, honey, Wolfie's just fine. Where are you?
-->'''The Terminator:''' ''[hangs up the phone]'' Your foster parents are dead.
** It happens again when the T-1000 takes Sarah Connor's form and asks for help, something the real Sarah had previously berated her son for doing. The other Sarah
right instead tells John to get out of cutting off a piece of meat then transferring the way, something fork to the T-1000 would not be inclined right hand to tell his target.
** In
lift the DirectorsCut, however, John is tipped off when he sees his "mother's" foot melting into the floor.
* The ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' movie, ''Film/{{Serenity}}''
-->''Mal and Inara have a polite, awkward conversation by videophone, with Inara inviting Mal
food to visit her. Discussion with the rest of the crew ensues.''\\
'''Zoe''': So. Trap?\\
'''Mal''': [[ObviousTrap Trap.]]\\
'''Kaylee''': How do you know Inara don't just wanna see you? People do have feelings. I'm referrin' here to ''people''.\\
'''Mal''': Y'all were watchin' I take it?\\
'''Zoe''': Yes.\\
'''Mal''': [[BelligerentSexualTension You see us fight?]]\\
'''Kaylee''': No...\\
'''Mal''', ''matter-of-factly'': Trap.
their mouth.



* ''Film/NationalTreasure2BookOfSecrets'':
** The trap is somewhat different. Mitch Wilkinson forces Emily Appleton to give her ex-husband a rather unconvincing fake translation of some Olmec hieroglyphs. He doesn't seem to pick up on her gestures, so she promptly texts her son Ben Gates the real translation.
** She also deliberately starts a fight with her ex-husband, mentioning a place seemingly from their past. Except it's a subtle historical reference that only her ex-husband and son (and her son's ex-girlfriend) could figure out.
* In the second ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider'' movie, Lara's butler tries to do this, but is rebuked for it. "Why are we even having this conversation?"
* Happened in the second ''Film/MissCongeniality'' movie.
** Miss United States drops a big hint to her location by saying "My booty is on the line here." Sandra's character catches on and explains that "She would never refer to her butt as her booty... she would never refer to her butt as her butt! She calls it a po-po!" The kidnappers tie her and the celebrity pageant host into the sinking ship at Treasure Island in Las Vegas to passively kill them.



* In ''Film/CopsAndRobbersons'', Creator/ChevyChase's character Norman is a huge fan of cop shows and has always dreamed of being a cop (except his ideas of what it means to be a cop come exclusively from TV). After the cops discover that a meeting between criminals is going to take place next door to his house, detectives Jake and Tony set up a stakeout in Norman's house, much to his delight. Jake is initially annoyed at Norman's assumptions about cops, especially when Norman interferes in Jack's duties. However, when the bad guys take Norman's family hostage, Norman calls his own house (not knowing the situation), and Jake tells him a message involving time. Norman is confused, but then looks up police codes and figures out that there's a hostage situation at his house. Unfortunately, instead of calling the police like Jake wanted, Norman decides to rescue them himself.



* In the movie ''Film/SuddenImpact'', when Harry gets his usual morning coffee, the café is being robbed; everyone is being forced to act naturally, but the waitress (knowing Harry's usual is "no sugar, no milk") adds ''lots'' of sugar. Harry, distracted by some case work he's going over, just pays and leaves with the cup. Outside, he takes a sip, spits it out and turns back to the diner.... then notices "patrons" locking the doors and turning the "Open/Closed" signs around, figures out what's up, and goes around to come in through the back.
* In ''Film/ItCouldHappenToYou'': When a cop walks into a local deli to get coffee, he asks where the owner's wife is. The owner tells him that she's out sick, but as he turns to get supplies we see that his wife is being held at gunpoint by a robber. Knowing that the cop can't see this, he then gives him the coffee for free. Sure enough, when the cop he goes outside to join his partner, he tells him that the man is being robbed--aside from the free coffee, having come to the store for years, they know that "that bitch would show up for work even if she were dead".



* In ''Film/SupermanII'', the Krypton criminals led by General Zod force their way into the White House. They enter the Oval Office, and ask the person sitting behind the desk to kneel before Zod, which he does without saying a word. Immediately, they decide that he is not the President, since someone with that high a rank would put up ''some'' resistance.
* In ''{{Film/Surrogates}}'' Creator/BruceWillis' character is tipped off that his partner's surrogate isn't being controlled by his actual partner when she refers to him by his last name. Everybody else in the movie does this, but she always called him Tom.
* In ''Film/{{Transcendence}}'', Max quickly begins to suspect something's gone wrong with Will's upload when he's asking for access to financial and educational data almost immediately after he regains his sense of self. The Will he knows was never so proactive, which convinces him that this Will is just an echo superimposed over the PINN AI used as the base for his program. [[spoiler:It turns out that Will's actions are entirely in-character, but now he has the means to achieve his goals instead of being content with limited gestures.]]
* In the war film ''{{Film/The Big Red One}}'', some German soldiers are posing as Americans. They're found out when somebody notices that throughout their meal they hold the fork in the left hand and the knife in the right instead of cutting off a piece of meat then transferring the fork to the right hand to lift the food to their mouth.
* In ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', after an action sequence that separates the pair, Mary is understandably confused when Watson sends her a letter saying he doesn't miss her and hopes to never see her again. Mycroft Holmes tells her the truth can be found from a code that he and Sherlock devised as children, where a notice would be taken at face value or as the complete opposite depending on if the first letter of the note was a consonant or a vowel; in this case, Watson's letter is of course the complete opposite of what he means. The letter needed to be coded in case it were intercepted by someone affiliated with Moriarty, who had just targeted Mary in his scheme just to spite Sherlock Holmes.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** ''Film/XMen1'': For the audience at least, "Bobby Drake's" stern demeanour when he tells Rogue that she should go is at odds with his introduction as a NiceGuy. As it turns out, Mystique had impersonated him.
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': How kid Xavier pierces kid Raven's disguise at the beginning of the film. She looks like his mother, but acts nothing like her. He confirms it with telepathy.
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': Dr. Bolivar Trask's secretary is surprised when he compliments her scarf, which is something he doesn't normally do. We learn a few seconds later that "Trask" was actually Mystique, who hasn't quite mastered gender roles yet.
* In ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', a savvy viewer will realize early on that [[spoiler:Loki's betrayal of Thor to the Dark Elves is an act.]] When doing so, he introduces himself as "Loki of Jotunheim." While he actually ''is'' a Jotun, he despises his birthplace and his birth parents, and whatever his issues with his adoptive family, he still considers himself to be Asgardian. Without that little hint, Loki's deception is extremely convincing.
* In ''Film/TheStranger'', Franz Kindler (Creator/OrsonWelles) is an escaped Nazi war criminal living in the United States under a fake identity. He's at a dinner party that also includes Mr. Wilson, a war crimes investigator who suspects that Welles's character might be the missing Kindler. A casual discussion of the German character turns to Karl Marx, which leads Kindler to respond by saying "but Marx wasn't a German; Marx was a Jew." This causes Wilson to realize that "Charles Rankin" is in fact the man he's been hunting.
* In ''Film/CopsAndRobbersons'', Creator/ChevyChase's character Norman is a huge fan of cop shows and has always dreamed of being a cop (except his ideas of what it means to be a cop come exclusively from TV). After the cops discover that a meeting between criminals is going to take place next door to his house, detectives Jake and Tony set up a stakeout in Norman's house, much to his delight. Jake is initially annoyed at Norman's assumptions about cops, especially when Norman interferes in Jack's duties. However, when the bad guys take Norman's family hostage, Norman calls his own house (not knowing the situation), and Jake tells him a message involving time. Norman is confused, but then looks up police codes and figures out that there's a hostage situation at his house. Unfortunately, instead of calling the police like Jake wanted, Norman decides to rescue them himself.
* In ''Film/TheOneILove'', Ethan realizes that the Sophie he's talking to in the guest house isn't his actual wife when she cooks him bacon, because the real Sophie would never let him eat bacon. [[spoiler:It's also what tips him off to the fact that the Sophie who escapes with him at the film's end isn't the real one.]]
* In ''Film/TheRingTwo'' [[spoiler:"Aiden" refers to Rachel as "mommy", when he prefers to call his mom by name.]] This clues her in that he is being possessed.

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* In ''Film/SupermanII'', the Krypton criminals led by General Zod force their way ''Film/ItCouldHappenToYou'': When a cop walks into a local deli to get coffee, he asks where the White House. They enter the Oval Office, and ask the person sitting behind the desk to kneel before Zod, which he does without saying a word. Immediately, they decide owner's wife is. The owner tells him that she's out sick, but as he is not the President, since someone with that high a rank would put up ''some'' resistance.
* In ''{{Film/Surrogates}}'' Creator/BruceWillis' character is tipped off
turns to get supplies we see that his partner's surrogate isn't wife is being controlled held at gunpoint by his actual partner a robber. Knowing that the cop can't see this, he then gives him the coffee for free. Sure enough, when the cop he goes outside to join his partner, he tells him that the man is being robbed -- aside from the free coffee, having come to the store for years, they know that "that bitch would show up for work even if she refers to him by his last name. Everybody else in were dead".
* In
the movie does second ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider'' movie, Lara's butler tries to do this, but she always called him Tom.
* In ''Film/{{Transcendence}}'', Max quickly begins to suspect something's gone wrong with Will's upload when he's asking
is rebuked for access to financial and educational data almost immediately after he regains his sense of self. The Will he knows was never so proactive, which convinces him that it. "Why are we even having this Will is just an echo superimposed over the PINN AI used as the base for his program. [[spoiler:It turns out that Will's actions are entirely in-character, but now he has the means to achieve his goals instead of being content with limited gestures.]]
conversation?"
* In the war film ''{{Film/The Big Red One}}'', some German soldiers are posing as Americans. They're found out when somebody notices that throughout their meal they hold the fork Happened in the left hand and the knife in the right instead of cutting off a piece of meat then transferring the fork to the right hand to lift the food to their mouth.
* In ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', after an action sequence that separates the pair, Mary is understandably confused when Watson sends her a letter saying he doesn't miss her and hopes to never see her again. Mycroft Holmes tells her the truth can be found from a code that he and Sherlock devised as children, where a notice would be taken at face value or as the complete opposite depending on if the first letter of the note was a consonant or a vowel; in this case, Watson's letter is of course the complete opposite of what he means. The letter needed to be coded in case it were intercepted by someone affiliated with Moriarty, who had just targeted Mary in his scheme just to spite Sherlock Holmes.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
second ''Film/MissCongeniality'' movie.
** ''Film/XMen1'': For the audience at least, "Bobby Drake's" stern demeanour when he tells Rogue that she should go is at odds with his introduction as a NiceGuy. As it turns out, Mystique had impersonated him.
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': How kid Xavier pierces kid Raven's disguise at the beginning of the film. She looks like his mother, but acts nothing like her. He confirms it with telepathy.
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': Dr. Bolivar Trask's secretary is surprised when he compliments her scarf, which is something he doesn't normally do. We learn a few seconds later that "Trask" was actually Mystique, who hasn't quite mastered gender roles yet.
* In ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', a savvy viewer will realize early on that [[spoiler:Loki's betrayal of Thor to the Dark Elves is an act.]] When doing so, he introduces himself as "Loki of Jotunheim." While he actually ''is'' a Jotun, he despises his birthplace and his birth parents, and whatever his issues with his adoptive family, he still considers himself to be Asgardian. Without that little hint, Loki's deception is extremely convincing.
* In ''Film/TheStranger'', Franz Kindler (Creator/OrsonWelles) is an escaped Nazi war criminal living in the
Miss United States under drops a fake identity. He's at a dinner party that also includes Mr. Wilson, a war crimes investigator who suspects that Welles's big hint to her location by saying "My booty is on the line here." Sandra's character might be the missing Kindler. A casual discussion of the German character turns to Karl Marx, which leads Kindler to respond by saying "but Marx wasn't a German; Marx was a Jew." This causes Wilson to realize catches on and explains that "Charles Rankin" is in fact the man he's been hunting.
* In ''Film/CopsAndRobbersons'', Creator/ChevyChase's character Norman is a huge fan of cop shows and has always dreamed of being a cop (except his ideas of what it means to be a cop come exclusively from TV). After the cops discover that a meeting between criminals is going to take place next door to his house, detectives Jake and Tony set up a stakeout in Norman's house, much to his delight. Jake is initially annoyed at Norman's assumptions about cops, especially when Norman interferes in Jack's duties. However, when the bad guys take Norman's family hostage, Norman calls his own house (not knowing the situation), and Jake tells him a message involving time. Norman is confused, but then looks up police codes and figures out that there's a hostage situation at his house. Unfortunately, instead of calling the police like Jake wanted, Norman decides to rescue them himself.
* In ''Film/TheOneILove'', Ethan realizes that the Sophie he's talking to in the guest house isn't his actual wife when she cooks him bacon, because the real Sophie
"She would never let him eat bacon. [[spoiler:It's also what tips him off refer to her butt as her booty... she would never refer to her butt as her butt! She calls it a po-po!" The kidnappers tie her and the fact that celebrity pageant host into the Sophie who escapes with him sinking ship at the film's end isn't the real one.]]
* In ''Film/TheRingTwo'' [[spoiler:"Aiden" refers
Treasure Island in Las Vegas to Rachel as "mommy", when he prefers to call his mom by name.]] This clues her in that he is being possessed.passively kill them.



* ''Film/NationalTreasure2BookOfSecrets'':
** The trap is somewhat different. Mitch Wilkinson forces Emily Appleton to give her ex-husband a rather unconvincing fake translation of some Olmec hieroglyphs. He doesn't seem to pick up on her gestures, so she promptly texts her son Ben Gates the real translation.
** She also deliberately starts a fight with her ex-husband, mentioning a place seemingly from their past. Except it's a subtle historical reference that only her ex-husband and son (and her son's ex-girlfriend) could figure out.
* In ''Film/TheOneILove'', Ethan realizes that the Sophie he's talking to in the guest house isn't his actual wife when she cooks him bacon, because the real Sophie would never let him eat bacon. [[spoiler:It's also what tips him off to the fact that the Sophie who escapes with him at the film's end isn't the real one.]]
* In ''Film/TheRingTwo'' [[spoiler:"Aiden" refers to Rachel as "mommy", when he prefers to call his mom by name.]] This clues her in that he is being possessed.
* The ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' movie, ''Film/{{Serenity}}''
-->''Mal and Inara have a polite, awkward conversation by videophone, with Inara inviting Mal to visit her. Discussion with the rest of the crew ensues.''\\
'''Zoe''': So. Trap?\\
'''Mal''': [[ObviousTrap Trap.]]\\
'''Kaylee''': How do you know Inara don't just wanna see you? People do have feelings. I'm referrin' here to ''people''.\\
'''Mal''': Y'all were watchin' I take it?\\
'''Zoe''': Yes.\\
'''Mal''': [[BelligerentSexualTension You see us fight?]]\\
'''Kaylee''': No...\\
'''Mal''', ''matter-of-factly'': Trap.
* In ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', after an action sequence that separates the pair, Mary is understandably confused when Watson sends her a letter saying he doesn't miss her and hopes to never see her again. Mycroft Holmes tells her the truth can be found from a code that he and Sherlock devised as children, where a notice would be taken at face value or as the complete opposite depending on if the first letter of the note was a consonant or a vowel; in this case, Watson's letter is of course the complete opposite of what he means. The letter needed to be coded in case it were intercepted by someone affiliated with Moriarty, who had just targeted Mary in his scheme just to spite Sherlock Holmes.
* In ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'', Crease draws Brice away from a meeting with the villains in a public meeting space after seeing a newspaper blurb mentioning that the mathematician they had stolen the MacGuffin from has been killed and realizing what their employers really are. He gets Brice to leave with him by holding up the carphone and shouting that it's his mother calling. Since Brice's mother would have no way of calling him, and one of their group has the nickname "Mother", it's a clear signal that he needs to get out of there.
* In ''Film/TheStranger'', Franz Kindler (Creator/OrsonWelles) is an escaped Nazi war criminal living in the United States under a fake identity. He's at a dinner party that also includes Mr. Wilson, a war crimes investigator who suspects that Welles's character might be the missing Kindler. A casual discussion of the German character turns to Karl Marx, which leads Kindler to respond by saying "but Marx wasn't a German; Marx was a Jew." This causes Wilson to realize that "Charles Rankin" is in fact the man he's been hunting.
* In the movie ''Film/SuddenImpact'', when Harry gets his usual morning coffee, the café is being robbed; everyone is being forced to act naturally, but the waitress (knowing Harry's usual is "no sugar, no milk") adds ''lots'' of sugar. Harry, distracted by some case work he's going over, just pays and leaves with the cup. Outside, he takes a sip, spits it out and turns back to the diner.... then notices "patrons" locking the doors and turning the "Open/Closed" signs around, figures out what's up, and goes around to come in through the back.
* In ''Film/SupermanII'', the Krypton criminals led by General Zod force their way into the White House. They enter the Oval Office, and ask the person sitting behind the desk to kneel before Zod, which he does without saying a word. Immediately, they decide that he is not the President, since someone with that high a rank would put up ''some'' resistance.
* In ''{{Film/Surrogates}}'' Creator/BruceWillis' character is tipped off that his partner's surrogate isn't being controlled by his actual partner when she refers to him by his last name. Everybody else in the movie does this, but she always called him Tom.
* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' does this twice, first when John tries to call his foster parents to warn them about the T-1000:
-->'''John:''' Something's wrong, she's never this nice.
** At which point the Terminator takes over:
-->'''The Terminator:''' ''[to John]'' What's the dog's name?\\
'''John:''' Max.\\
'''The Terminator:''' ''[in John's voice]'' [[BluffTheImpostor Hey Janelle, what's wrong with Wolfie? I can hear him barking.]]\\
'''"Janelle":''' Wolfie's fine, honey, Wolfie's just fine. Where are you?\\
'''The Terminator:''' ''[hangs up the phone]'' Your foster parents are dead.
** It happens again when the T-1000 takes Sarah Connor's form and asks for help, something the real Sarah had previously berated her son for doing. The other Sarah instead tells John to get out of the way, something the T-1000 would not be inclined to tell his target.
** In the DirectorsCut, however, John is tipped off when he sees his "mother's" foot melting into the floor.
* In ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', a savvy viewer will realize early on that [[spoiler:Loki's betrayal of Thor to the Dark Elves is an act.]] When doing so, he introduces himself as "Loki of Jotunheim". While he actually ''is'' a Jotun, he despises his birthplace and his birth parents, and whatever his issues with his adoptive family, he still considers himself to be Asgardian. Without that little hint, Loki's deception is extremely convincing.
* In ''Film/{{Transcendence}}'', Max quickly begins to suspect something's gone wrong with Will's upload when he's asking for access to financial and educational data almost immediately after he regains his sense of self. The Will he knows was never so proactive, which convinces him that this Will is just an echo superimposed over the PINN AI used as the base for his program. [[spoiler:It turns out that Will's actions are entirely in-character, but now he has the means to achieve his goals instead of being content with limited gestures.]]
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** ''Film/XMen1'': For the audience at least, "Bobby Drake's" stern demeanour when he tells Rogue that she should go is at odds with his introduction as a NiceGuy. As it turns out, Mystique had impersonated him.
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': How kid Xavier pierces kid Raven's disguise at the beginning of the film. She looks like his mother, but acts nothing like her. He confirms it with telepathy.
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': Dr. Bolivar Trask's secretary is surprised when he compliments her scarf, which is something he doesn't normally do. We learn a few seconds later that "Trask" was actually Mystique, who hasn't quite mastered gender roles yet.



** When Jake is infested, his friends are convinced he has been body snatched when he shows sudden, inexplicable revulsion to Ax's touch and calls him "Andalite filth," confirming the suspicions. Of course most of the time the trope is subverted with Yeerks impersonating humans flawlessly.

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** When Jake is infested, his friends are convinced he has been body snatched when he shows sudden, inexplicable revulsion to Ax's touch and calls him "Andalite filth," filth", confirming the suspicions. Of course most of the time the trope is subverted with Yeerks impersonating humans flawlessly.



* Georgina "George" Kirrin in the first ''Literature/TheFamousFive'' novel is ordered to send a note to two of the gang (another is with her) by some smugglers. She signs it "Georgina", which she would never call herself and gets highly offended when called that.
** Again with another Enid Blyton story: in "Five Find Outers and Dog" Frederick Algernon "Fatty" Trottville is made to sign a letter by people holding him hostage. He is forced to sign as "Freddie" which makes Bets and them all suspicious.
* In ''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.

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* Georgina "George" Kirrin in John Birmingham's ''Literature/AxisOfTime'': A [[TimeTravel temporally-displaced]] multinational fleet from 2021 and the first ''Literature/TheFamousFive'' novel is ordered US Pacific Fleet of 1941 have just engaged in battle by accident, and are trying to send a note to two sort out the situation. One of the gang (another is with her) by some smugglers. She signs it "Georgina", which she would never call herself and gets highly offended when called that.
** Again with another Enid Blyton story: in "Five Find Outers and Dog" Frederick Algernon "Fatty" Trottville is made
1941 sailors volunteers to sign a letter by people holding him hostage. He is forced to sign as "Freddie" which makes Bets and them all suspicious.
* In ''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
go over to the messenger's girlfriend. When future fleet, and arranges a duress signal with his superiors by suggesting "My sainted mother taught me never to swear, so if anything is wrong, I could slip in a fucking profanity, sir."
* In ''The Bet's On, Lizzie Bingman'', the titular character is kidnapped because
she gets witnessed a murder. While she's leaving with the letter, murderer she spots some inconsistent details (he misstates the color of manages to alert her hair; he friend because she mentions a brother when he doesn't have one) and mentions it to Karigan, who realizes her sisters: Lizzie only had brothers.
* Detective Elijah Baley is informed
that the letter contains his wife Jessie is a coded message.member of a criminal organization in ''Literature/TheCavesofSteel.'' He knows it is a lie because her name is given as Jezebel, a name she never uses.



* In the science fiction novel ''Literature/SewerGasAndElectric'', one of the main characters (a parody of Creator/AynRand's heroes) is forced to play a twisted computer game against a robot double of himself, with his parents' lives at stake. When his ex-girlfriend charges in with a gun to rescue him, the fake jumped up and acted relieved, whereupon she gunned it down. The real one was so absorbed in the game that he didn't even ''notice'' any of this until several turns later, when he realized his opponent hadn't made any moves.
* In ''Literature/HanSolosRevenge'' 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.
* In one of the [[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.
* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' presents a written variant in the third book. The trio's Grammar Nazi auntie leaves them what looked like a suicide note, but was filled with mistakes, leading them to deduce that it was written under duress and contained some hidden message. Which it did: the letters involved in the misspelled and malformed words spelled out where she was actually hiding.
* In the Literature/JackReacher novel ''Tripwire'', his girlfriend has been captured and been ordered to lure him into a trap. She calls him up and opens the conversation with "Hi, Jack". The point is that the main character is ''always'' called Reacher, by everyone including his mother when he was very young, and no one ever uses his first name. The coincidence of "Hi, Jack" and "hijack" only makes it more convincing that this is indeed a trap.
* In the Rugrats novel ''Prince Chuckie'', Tommy and the other Rugrats are able to determine that Chuckie has been swapped with a young prince who looks exactly like him when they realize that he's doing things that Chuckie would never do, as well as the fact that he's lacking the scars that Chuckie had received prior to the novel.
* In a short mystery story involving a group of women at some sort of get-together, one of the members sends a note saying she won't be able to make the meeting. The women reading the letter note discrepancies in the letter, each discrepancy referencing a number (including the absent member's middle initial in her signature being erroneously given as "O," which is taken to mean "0.") There are a total of seven errors in the letter, and when the errors are written out in their numerical form, one of the group theorizes it may be a telephone number. It is -- to the police.

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* In the science fiction Alistair Maclean spy novel ''Literature/SewerGasAndElectric'', one of ''The Dark Crusader'' (also known as ''The Black Shrike'') the main characters (a parody of Creator/AynRand's heroes) is forced to play a twisted computer game against a robot double of himself, hero includes the nonsense word 'Bilex' in all communications with his parents' lives at stake. When his ex-girlfriend charges in with a gun headquarters, to rescue him, the fake jumped up and acted relieved, whereupon she gunned it down. The real one was so absorbed in the game show that he didn't even ''notice'' any of this until several turns later, when he realized his opponent hadn't made any moves.
* In ''Literature/HanSolosRevenge'' when Han and Chewie were to make a smuggling drop, if during the meeting Han did
is ''not'' try and signal Chewie (who was overseeing sending under duress. When he is captured, the proceedings back in bad guys tell him that they have sent a message assuring HQ that all is well. At the cockpit end of the Falcon) then something had gone wrong with book [[spoiler: he realises that either this message (minus the drop.
* In one of the [[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
safety word) was wrong, and the one who was supposed to say never sent or it was killed during the break-in). He gets away with it thanks to ignored by 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 superior. Either way, it by [[JustJokingJustification claiming it was a joke]], to no avail.
* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' presents a written variant in the third book. The trio's Grammar Nazi auntie leaves them what looked like a suicide note, but was filled with mistakes, leading them to deduce
proved that it was written under duress and contained some hidden message. Which it did: the letters involved in the misspelled and malformed words spelled out where she superior was actually hiding.
in league with the bad guys.]]
* In ''Literature/ADarkerShadeOfMagic'', a villain tries to get the Literature/JackReacher novel ''Tripwire'', his girlfriend has been drop on Kell by magically disguising herself as Lila, only for Kell to immediately stab her. He later tells Lila he knew it wasn't really her because the villain used the word "please".
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': While Magrat is hiding from vampires in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', "Nanny Ogg" speaks to her through the keyhole... and Magrat asks her to tell a particular dirty joke. The voice hesitates and says that now isn't the time, which alerts Magrat that it's really one of the vampires -- so when the vampire tries to come through as steam, it winds up in a jar full of lemons.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': In ''Literature/BloodRites'', after the two of them are
captured by the BigBad, Lord Raith, Murphy calls Harry "Mister Dresden". Raith dismisses it without a second thought, but Harry immediately picks up on it as her intentionally playing up being helpless, as it went against both the [[VitriolicBestBuds nature]] of their friendship and been her strong, assertive personality.
* In ''Literature/EndersGame'', Ender gets a message that really ''was'' written by his sister Val, but he figures out that something is off about it because of how aggressively she inserts personal anecdotes and jokes into the letter in an apparent attempt to prove that it's really her. Ender correctly guesses that she would be much more subtle, so the military must have told her to write it.
* Georgina "George" Kirrin in the first ''Literature/TheFamousFive'' novel is
ordered to lure him into send a trap. She calls him up and opens note to two of the conversation gang (another is with "Hi, Jack". The point is that the main character is ''always'' called Reacher, her) by everyone including his mother when he was very young, and no one ever uses his first name. The coincidence of "Hi, Jack" and "hijack" only makes some smugglers. She signs it more convincing that this is indeed a trap.
* In the Rugrats novel ''Prince Chuckie'', Tommy and the other Rugrats are able to determine that Chuckie has been swapped with a young prince who looks exactly like him when they realize that he's doing things that Chuckie
"Georgina", which she would never do, as well as the fact that he's lacking the scars that Chuckie had received prior call herself and gets highly offended when called that.
** Again with another Enid Blyton story: in "Five Find Outers and Dog" Frederick Algernon "Fatty" Trottville is made
to the novel.
* In
sign a short mystery story involving a group of women at some sort of get-together, one of the members sends a note saying she won't be able to make the meeting. The women reading the letter note discrepancies in the letter, each discrepancy referencing a number (including the absent member's middle initial in her signature being erroneously given by people holding him hostage. He is forced to sign as "O," "Freddie" which is taken to mean "0.") There are a total of seven errors in the letter, makes Bets and when the errors are written out in their numerical form, one of the group theorizes it may be a telephone number. It is -- to the police.them all suspicious.



* In the second ''Lady Grace'' mystery, Lady Sarah is abducted by a sea captain, and alerts Grace -- or anyone -- who can help with a message passed by a commoner that she sends her love to " Lady Jane, my dearest friend". The two young women hate each other with passion, and so Grace and Masu are off to the rescue in a trice.

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* In a nod to ''StarTrek'', the second ''Lady Grace'' mystery, Lady Sarah is abducted ''FightingFantasy'' novel ''Starship Traveler'' has a part where you're captured by a sea captain, aliens and alerts Grace -- or anyone -- who cloned, and the clone tries to impersonate you so the aliens can help steal your ship. If you succeed on a roll, you can with great mental effort implant two things into the clone: an inability to lie, and the name of a certain sterile prison planet back in your own universe. When the clone tries to get your crew to beam down and get captured, he'll tell them that it's lovely down there, "as nice as [prison planet]".
* Several characters in Creator/FrederickForsyth books use this when communicating from behind enemy lines. One trick is to always include a line of very slightly misquoted poetry -- if a poem's quote is ''correct'', it means he is operating under duress.
* In Literature/GauntsGhosts, the resistance on Chaos-occupied Geron respond to the code phrase "Geron survives" with "Despite their efforts" normally, while under duress they say "Even though it dies."
* In ''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 Creator/DianeDuane and Peter Morwood's ''High Moon'', the bad guys fake
a message passed by a commoner from the protagonists' superior officer to get them out of the way. They're briefly deceived, but then notice that she sends her love it's signed in a nonstandard way, the routing makes no sense, and most importantly that this message from their cost-focused boss doesn't say a thing about the expensive reward they just authorized.
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': Towards the end of ''On Basilisk Station'', Honor begins
to " Lady Jane, my dearest friend". The two young women hate each other suspect something fishy going on with passion, a Havenite flagged freighter, the ''Sirius'', that's been orbiting Basilisk since she got there. It's ostensibly [[FakingEngineTrouble waiting for parts for its Warshawski Sails]], but Honor's crew notice its impeller nodes are active, and so Grace have been the entire time, meaning it could quickly bring up its impellers and Masu are off to get under way, but would also increase wear on the rescue 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. ]]
* Lieutenant Eve Dallas from the ''Literature/{{In Death}}'' series hates being affectionate with her husband
in public, especially when she's working. She never uses pet names or overly flowery talk, so when she does, it's her way of telling her husband Roarke something's wrong. Used most recently in ''Obsession in Death'':
-->'''Eve:''' So you broke my clever code?\\
'''Roarke:''' "Later, honey?" I should say.
* In the Literature/JackReacher novel ''Tripwire'', his girlfriend has been captured and been ordered to lure him into
a trice.trap. She calls him up and opens the conversation with "Hi, Jack". The point is that the main character is ''always'' called Reacher, by everyone including his mother when he was very young, and no one ever uses his first name. The coincidence of "Hi, Jack" and "hijack" only makes it more convincing that this is indeed a trap.



* In ''Literature/WaysideSchool Gets a Little Stranger'', the students' voices are stolen by [[EvilTeacher evil substitute teacher]] [[VoiceChangeling Mr. Gorf]]; when the lunch lady asks how the class is doing from outside the door, Mr. Gorf tries to trick her by using the voices of the students to say that everything is okay. The lunch lady figures out something is wrong, though, when the voice of the meanest student in the class says "Have a nice day!" This ends up being a parody, as not only does she figure out that something is wrong from this, she somehow figures out ''exactly what inconceivably bizarre trouble they're in'' (that a three-nostrilled man was sucking their voices into his nose) and how to save the day. Just from someone being out of character.
* In ''The Bet's On, Lizzie Bingman'', the titular character is kidnapped because she witnessed a murder. While she's leaving with the murderer she manages to alert her friend because she mentions her sisters: Lizzie only had brothers.
* In ''Literature/MirrorDance'', Bel Thorne suspects that the "Admiral Naismith" who just boarded the ship is really Mark and not Miles, and confirms it by referring to Mark as Miles's clone in conversation. The real Miles always refers to Mark as his brother and corrects anyone who says otherwise, but Mark doesn't know this and lets it slide.

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* In ''Literature/WaysideSchool Gets a Little Stranger'', the students' voices Literature/JoePickett novel ''In Plain Sight'', Sheridan does this after she and her sister Lucy are stolen by [[EvilTeacher evil substitute teacher]] [[VoiceChangeling Mr. Gorf]]; when the lunch lady asks how the class kidnapped and she is doing from outside the door, Mr. Gorf tries forced to trick call her by using the voices of the students mother to say that everything she and Lucy are going to a friend's place after school. She does so by saying that Lucy can't talk because her mouth is okay. The full because she is eating her lunch lady figures out early as she always does (Lucy refuses to eat and usually brings most of her lunch home with her) and that she is calling on her cell phone (Sheridan doesn't have a cell phone).
* In the second ''Lady Grace'' mystery, Lady Sarah is abducted by a sea captain, and alerts Grace -- or anyone -- who can help with a message passed by a commoner that she sends her love to "Lady Jane, my dearest friend". The two young women hate each other with a passion, and so Grace and Masu are off to the rescue in a trice.
* ''Literature/LemonySnicketTheUnauthorizedAutobiography'' features a long and poignant letter written by the Duchess R to Lemony Snicket. He immediately lambasts the numerous errors she would never have made. [[spoiler:Or, errors she might have made as a coded signal that all was not well.]] [[spoiler:Or, errors she might have made due to disruptions in her training which were caused by constant moving of the V.F.D. Headquarters.]]
* In the ''Literature/{{Lionboy}}'' series, the main character knows his parents are in trouble because their letter to him is written the way an adult talks to a child, while his parents always talk to him like he was older. He and his parents use this in all their communications throughout the series.
* In one ''Literature/MaximumRide'' book, a clone of Max tries to take her place. The kids realize
something is wrong, though, up when she offers to cook (as Max is a LethalChef and leaves the voice of the meanest student in the class says "Have a nice day!" This ends up being a parody, as not only does cooking to Iggy), and when she figure out expresses surprise that something is wrong from this, she somehow figures out ''exactly what inconceivably bizarre trouble they're in'' (that a three-nostrilled man was sucking their voices into Iggy would know his nose) and how to save way around considering that he's blind. Of course, Angel can read minds, too, which the day. Just from someone being out of character.
clone has no clue of, so ''she'' knew right away.
* In ''The Bet's On, Lizzie Bingman'', a Literature/NancyDrew book, a young woman on the titular character phone with Nancy asks her to "tell Ned I'll see him at the big rally on Monday". There is kidnapped because she witnessed a murder. While no rally on Monday -- the girl is trying to tell Nancy and Ned that she's leaving with the murderer she manages to alert her friend because she mentions her sisters: Lizzie only had brothers.
* In ''Literature/MirrorDance'', Bel Thorne suspects that the "Admiral Naismith" who just boarded the ship is really Mark and not Miles, and confirms it by referring to Mark as Miles's clone
in conversation. The real Miles always refers to Mark as his brother and corrects anyone who says otherwise, but Mark trouble. Unfortunately, Nancy doesn't know realize this and lets thinks the girl is trying to say she's ''okay'', and as such, doesn't relay the message to Ned...
* One of these is part of what kicks off the plot in ''Literature/ReconstructingAmelia''. The official report of the titular Amelia's death is that she was caught cheating on an English paper by submitting a plagiarized paper from the Internet, which spurned her into an impulsive suicide. Her mother Kate, however, never ''quite'' buys into this story, despite a lot of the evidence pointing that way, because Amelia would never cheat -- especially not on an ''[[CuteBookworm English]]'' paper. When she receives an anonymous text telling her Amelia didn't actually kill herself, she begins investigating her daughter's death. [[spoiler:She's right -- Amelia was actually pushed, and the so-called cheating was actually a FrameUp. Kate finds her real paper and uses
it slide.to clear Amelia's name.]]



* In the ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden Files]]'' novel ''Blood Rites'', after the two of them are captured by the BigBad, Lord Raith, Murphy calls Harry "Mister Dresden." Raith dismisses it without a second thought, but Harry immediately picks up on it as her intentionally playing up being helpless, as it went against both the [[VitriolicBestBuds nature]] of their friendship and her strong, assertive personality.
* In a Literature/NancyDrew book, a young woman on the phone with Nancy asks her to "tell Ned I'll see him at the big rally on Monday". There is no rally on Monday--the girl is trying to tell Nancy and Ned that she's in trouble. Unfortunately, Nancy doesn't realize this and thinks the girl is trying to say she's ''okay'', and as such, doesn't relay the message to Ned..

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* In the ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden Files]]'' ''Rugrats'' novel ''Blood Rites'', after ''Prince Chuckie'', Tommy and the two of other Rugrats are able to determine that Chuckie has been swapped with a young prince who looks exactly like him when they realize that he's doing things that Chuckie would never do, as well as the fact that he's lacking the scars that Chuckie had received prior to the novel.
* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' presents a written variant in the third book. The trio's Grammar Nazi auntie leaves
them are captured by what looked like a suicide note, but was filled with mistakes, leading them to deduce that it was written under duress and contained some hidden message. Which it did: the BigBad, Lord Raith, Murphy calls Harry "Mister Dresden." Raith dismisses it without letters involved in the misspelled and malformed words spelled out where she was actually hiding.
* In the science fiction novel ''Literature/SewerGasAndElectric'', one of the main characters (a parody of Creator/AynRand's heroes) is forced to play
a second thought, but Harry immediately picks up on it as her intentionally playing up being helpless, as it went twisted computer game against both a robot double of himself, with his parents' lives at stake. When his ex-girlfriend charges in with a gun to rescue him, the [[VitriolicBestBuds nature]] fake jumped up and acted relieved, whereupon she gunned it down. The real one was so absorbed in the game that he didn't even ''notice'' any of this until several turns later, when he realized his opponent hadn't made any moves.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** In ''Literature/HanSolosRevenge'' 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.
** In one of the [[Literature/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]] books, Face, undercover as a stormtrooper so as to steal TIE fighters for
their friendship 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 her strong, assertive personality.
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.
* ''Literature/TimeMachineSeries: The Mystery of Atlantis'': If you try and tell a suspicious Athens city guard that you are a Scyth, he will promptly quiz you on a piece of Scythian culture (since he is a Scyth himself.) You fail ("What does a Scyth warrior keep tied to his horse's bridle?" No, not flowers. The scalps of his enemies), at which point he decides you're a runaway slave.
* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'': In ''Literature/MirrorDance'', Bel Thorne suspects that the "Admiral Naismith" who just boarded the ship is really Mark and not Miles, and confirms it by referring to Mark as Miles's clone in conversation. The real Miles always refers to Mark as his brother and corrects anyone who says otherwise, but Mark doesn't know this and lets it slide.
* In a Literature/NancyDrew book, a young woman on Dorothy Eden's mystery novel ''Waiting for Willa'', Grace travels from the phone U.S. to Sweden to help her cousin Willa when the latter sends a message signed with Nancy asks her given name, Wilhelmina. Not only does Willa hate her given name and usually refuse to "tell Ned I'll see him at use it, but also the big rally on Monday". There signature is no rally on Monday--the girl is trying to tell Nancy a danger signal she and Ned Grace had worked out some time before. When the kidnapped Willa's captors make her send another message to Grace, assuring Grace that she's in trouble. Unfortunately, Nancy doesn't realize this and thinks all right, Willa signs the girl is trying to say she's ''okay'', and as such, doesn't relay the second message "Wilhelmina" as well. This makes Grace even more suspicious.
* In ''Literature/WaysideSchool Gets a Little Stranger'', the students' voices are stolen by [[EvilTeacher evil substitute teacher]] [[VoiceChangeling Mr. Gorf]]; when the lunch lady asks how the class is doing from outside the door, Mr. Gorf tries
to Ned..trick her by using the voices of the students to say that everything is okay. The lunch lady figures out something is wrong, though, when the voice of the meanest student in the class says "Have a nice day!" This ends up being a parody, as not only does she figure out that something is wrong from this, she somehow figures out ''exactly what inconceivably bizarre trouble they're in'' (that a three-nostrilled man was sucking their voices into his nose) and how to save the day. Just from someone being out of character.



* John Birmingham's ''Literature/AxisOfTime'': A [[TimeTravel temporally-displaced]] multinational fleet from 2021 and the US Pacific Fleet of 1941 have just engaged in battle by accident, and are trying to sort out the situation. One of the 1941 sailors volunteers to go over to the future fleet, and arranges a duress signal with his superiors by suggesting "My sainted mother taught me never to swear, so if anything is wrong, I could slip in a fucking profanity, sir."
* In ''Literature/EndersGame'', Ender gets a message that really ''was'' written by his sister Val, but he figures out that something is off about it because of how aggressively she inserts personal anecdotes and jokes into the letter in an apparent attempt to prove that it's really her. Ender correctly guesses that she would be much more subtle, so the military must have told her to write it.
* ''Literature/LemonySnicketTheUnauthorizedAutobiography'' features a long and poignant letter written by the Duchess R to Lemony Snicket. He immediately lambasts the numerous errors she would never have made. [[spoiler:Or, errors she might have made as a coded signal that all was not well.]] [[spoiler:Or, errors she might have made due to disruptions in her training which were caused by constant moving of the V.F.D. Headquarters.]]
* In the ''Literature/{{Lionboy}}'' series, the main character knows his parents are in trouble because their letter to him is written the way an adult talks to a child, while his parents always talk to him like he was older. He and his parents use this in all their communications throughout the series.
* In one ''Literature/MaximumRide'' book, a clone of Max tries to take her place. The kids realize something is up when she offers to cook (as Max is a LethalChef and leaves the cooking to Iggy), and when she expresses surprise that Iggy would know his way around considering that he's blind. Of course, Angel can read minds, too, which the clone has no clue of, so ''she'' knew right away.
* The gamebook ''[[Literature/TimeMachineSeries The Mystery of Atlantis]]'': If you try and tell a suspicious Athens city guard that you are a Scyth, he will promptly quiz you on a piece of Scythian culture (since he is a Scyth himself.) You fail ("What does a Scyth warrior keep tied to his horse's bridle?" No, not flowers. The scalps of his enemies), at which point he decides you're a runaway slave.
* Several characters in Creator/FrederickForsyth books use this when communicating from behind enemy lines. One trick is to always include a line of very slightly misquoted poetry -- if a poem's quote is ''correct'', it means he is operating under duress.
* In Creator/DianeDuane and Peter Morwood's ''High Moon'', the bad guys fake a message from the protagonists' superior officer to get them out of the way. They're briefly deceived, but then notice that it's signed in a nonstandard way, the routing makes no sense, and most importantly that this message from their cost-focused boss doesn't say a thing about the expensive reward they just authorized.
* In Literature/GauntsGhosts, the resistance on Chaos-occupied Geron respond to the code phrase "Geron survives" with "Despite their efforts" normally, while under duress they say "Even though it dies."
* In the Alistair Maclean spy novel ''The Dark Crusader'' (also known as ''The Black Shrike'') the hero includes the nonsense word 'Bilex' in all communications with headquarters, to show that he is ''not'' sending under duress. When he is captured, the bad guys tell him that they have sent a message assuring HQ that all is well. At the end of the book [[spoiler: he realises that either this message (minus the safety word) was never sent or it was ignored by his superior. Either way, it proved that the superior was actually in league with the bad guys.]]
* While Magrat is hiding from vampires in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', "Nanny Ogg" speaks to her through the keyhole... and Magrat asks her to tell a particular dirty joke. The voice hesitates and says that now isn't the time, which alerts Magrat that it's really one of the vampires--so when the vampire tries to come through as steam, it winds up in a jar full of lemons.
* Detective Elijah Baley is informed that his wife Jessie is a member of a criminal organization in ''Literature/TheCavesofSteel.'' He knows it is a lie because her name is given as Jezebel, a name she never uses.
* Lieutenant Eve Dallas from the ''Literature/{{In Death}}'' series hates being affectionate with her husband in public, especially when she's working. She never uses pet names or overly flowery talk, so when she does, it's her way of telling her husband Roarke something's wrong. Used most recently in ''Obsession in Death'':
-->'''Eve:''' So you broke my clever code?
-->'''Roarke:''' "Later, honey?" I should say.
* In the Literature/JoePickett novel ''In Plain Sight'', Sheridan does this after she and her sister Lucy are kidnapped and she is forced to call her mother to say that she and Lucy are going to a friend's place after school. She does so by saying that Lucy can't talk because her mouth is full because she is eating her lunch early as she always does (Lucy refuses to eat and usually brings most of her lunch home with her) and that she is calling on her cell phone (Sheridan doesn't have a cell phone).
* In ''Literature/ADarkerShadeOfMagic'', a villain tries to get the drop on Kell by magically disguising herself as Lila, only for Kell to immediately stab her. He later tells Lila he knew it wasn't really her because the villain used the word "please".
* In a nod to ''StarTrek'', the ''FightingFantasy'' novel ''Starship Traveler'' has a part where you're captured by aliens and cloned, and the clone tries to impersonate you so the aliens can steal your ship. If you succeed on a roll, you can with great mental effort implant two things into the clone: an inability to lie, and the name of a certain sterile prison planet back in your own universe. When the clone tries to get your crew to beam down and get captured, he'll tell them that it's lovely down there, "as nice as [prison planet]".
* One of these is part of what kicks off the plot in ''Literature/ReconstructingAmelia''. The official report of the titular Amelia's death is that she was caught cheating on an English paper by submitting a plagiarized paper from the Internet, which spurned her into an impulsive suicide. Her mother Kate, however, never ''quite'' buys into this story, despite a lot of the evidence pointing that way, because Amelia would never cheat -- especially not on an ''[[CuteBookworm English]]'' paper. When she receives an anonymous text telling her Amelia didn't actually kill herself, she begins investigating her daughter's death. [[spoiler:She's right -- Amelia was actually pushed, and the so-called cheating was actually a FrameUp. Kate finds her real paper and uses it to clear Amelia's name.]]
* ''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 its 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. ]]
* In Dorothy Eden's mystery novel ''Waiting for Willa'', Grace travels from the U.S. to Sweden to help her cousin Willa when the latter sends a message signed with her given name, Wilhelmina. Not only does Willa hate her given name and usually refuse to use it, but also the signature is a danger signal she and Grace had worked out some time before. When the kidnapped Willa's captors make her send another message to Grace, assuring Grace that she's all right, Willa signs the second message "Wilhelmina" as well. This makes Grace even more suspicious.

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* John Birmingham's ''Literature/AxisOfTime'': A [[TimeTravel temporally-displaced]] multinational fleet from 2021 and the US Pacific Fleet %%* In a short mystery story involving a group of 1941 have just engaged in battle by accident, and are trying to women at some sort out the situation. One of get-together, one of the 1941 sailors volunteers members sends a note saying she won't be able to go over to make the future fleet, and arranges a duress signal with his superiors by suggesting "My sainted mother taught me never to swear, so if anything is wrong, I could slip in a fucking profanity, sir."
* In ''Literature/EndersGame'', Ender gets a message that really ''was'' written by his sister Val, but he figures out that something is off about it because of how aggressively she inserts personal anecdotes and jokes into
meeting. The women reading the letter note discrepancies in an apparent attempt to prove that it's really her. Ender correctly guesses that she would be much more subtle, so the military must have told letter, each discrepancy referencing a number (including the absent member's middle initial in her signature being erroneously given as "O", which is taken to write it.
* ''Literature/LemonySnicketTheUnauthorizedAutobiography'' features
mean "0".) There are a long and poignant letter written by the Duchess R to Lemony Snicket. He immediately lambasts the numerous total of seven errors she would never have made. [[spoiler:Or, errors she might have made as a coded signal that all was not well.]] [[spoiler:Or, errors she might have made due to disruptions in her training which were caused by constant moving of the V.F.D. Headquarters.]]
* In the ''Literature/{{Lionboy}}'' series, the main character knows his parents are in trouble because their letter to him is written the way an adult talks to a child, while his parents always talk to him like he was older. He and his parents use this in all their communications throughout the series.
* In one ''Literature/MaximumRide'' book, a clone of Max tries to take her place. The kids realize something is up when she offers to cook (as Max is a LethalChef and leaves the cooking to Iggy),
letter, and when she expresses surprise that Iggy would know his way around considering that he's blind. Of course, Angel can read minds, too, which the clone has no clue of, so ''she'' knew right away.
* The gamebook ''[[Literature/TimeMachineSeries The Mystery of Atlantis]]'': If you try and tell a suspicious Athens city guard that you
errors are a Scyth, he will promptly quiz you on a piece of Scythian culture (since he is a Scyth himself.) You fail ("What does a Scyth warrior keep tied to his horse's bridle?" No, not flowers. The scalps of his enemies), at which point he decides you're a runaway slave.
* Several characters in Creator/FrederickForsyth books use this when communicating from behind enemy lines. One trick is to always include a line of very slightly misquoted poetry -- if a poem's quote is ''correct'', it means he is operating under duress.
* In Creator/DianeDuane and Peter Morwood's ''High Moon'', the bad guys fake a message from the protagonists' superior officer to get them
written out of the way. They're briefly deceived, but then notice that it's signed in a nonstandard way, the routing makes no sense, and most importantly that this message from their cost-focused boss doesn't say a thing about the expensive reward they just authorized.
* In Literature/GauntsGhosts, the resistance on Chaos-occupied Geron respond to the code phrase "Geron survives" with "Despite their efforts" normally, while under duress they say "Even though it dies."
* In the Alistair Maclean spy novel ''The Dark Crusader'' (also known as ''The Black Shrike'') the hero includes the nonsense word 'Bilex' in all communications with headquarters, to show that he is ''not'' sending under duress. When he is captured, the bad guys tell him that they have sent a message assuring HQ that all is well. At the end of the book [[spoiler: he realises that either this message (minus the safety word) was never sent or it was ignored by his superior. Either way, it proved that the superior was actually in league with the bad guys.]]
* While Magrat is hiding from vampires in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', "Nanny Ogg" speaks to her through the keyhole... and Magrat asks her to tell a particular dirty joke. The voice hesitates and says that now isn't the time, which alerts Magrat that it's really
numerical form, one of the vampires--so when the vampire tries to come through as steam, group theorizes it winds up in a jar full of lemons.
* Detective Elijah Baley is informed that his wife Jessie is a member of a criminal organization in ''Literature/TheCavesofSteel.'' He knows it is a lie because her name is given as Jezebel, a name she never uses.
* Lieutenant Eve Dallas from the ''Literature/{{In Death}}'' series hates being affectionate with her husband in public, especially when she's working. She never uses pet names or overly flowery talk, so when she does, it's her way of telling her husband Roarke something's wrong. Used most recently in ''Obsession in Death'':
-->'''Eve:''' So you broke my clever code?
-->'''Roarke:''' "Later, honey?" I should say.
* In the Literature/JoePickett novel ''In Plain Sight'', Sheridan does this after she and her sister Lucy are kidnapped and she is forced to call her mother to say that she and Lucy are going to a friend's place after school. She does so by saying that Lucy can't talk because her mouth is full because she is eating her lunch early as she always does (Lucy refuses to eat and usually brings most of her lunch home with her) and that she is calling on her cell phone (Sheridan doesn't have a cell phone).
* In ''Literature/ADarkerShadeOfMagic'', a villain tries to get the drop on Kell by magically disguising herself as Lila, only for Kell to immediately stab her. He later tells Lila he knew it wasn't really her because the villain used the word "please".
* In a nod to ''StarTrek'', the ''FightingFantasy'' novel ''Starship Traveler'' has a part where you're captured by aliens and cloned, and the clone tries to impersonate you so the aliens can steal your ship. If you succeed on a roll, you can with great mental effort implant two things into the clone: an inability to lie, and the name of a certain sterile prison planet back in your own universe. When the clone tries to get your crew to beam down and get captured, he'll tell them that it's lovely down there, "as nice as [prison planet]".
* One of these is part of what kicks off the plot in ''Literature/ReconstructingAmelia''. The official report of the titular Amelia's death is that she was caught cheating on an English paper by submitting a plagiarized paper from the Internet, which spurned her into an impulsive suicide. Her mother Kate, however, never ''quite'' buys into this story, despite a lot of the evidence pointing that way, because Amelia would never cheat -- especially not on an ''[[CuteBookworm English]]'' paper. When she receives an anonymous text telling her Amelia didn't actually kill herself, she begins investigating her daughter's death. [[spoiler:She's right -- Amelia was actually pushed, and the so-called cheating was actually a FrameUp. Kate finds her real paper and uses it to clear Amelia's name.]]
* ''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 its 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
may be a Q-ship, a warship disguised as a freighter. ]]
* In Dorothy Eden's mystery novel ''Waiting for Willa'', Grace travels from
telephone number. It is -- to the U.S. to Sweden to help her cousin Willa when the latter sends a message signed with her given name, Wilhelmina. Not only does Willa hate her given name and usually refuse to use it, but also the signature is a danger signal she and Grace had worked out some time before. When the kidnapped Willa's captors make her send another message to Grace, assuring Grace that she's all right, Willa signs the second message "Wilhelmina" as well. This makes Grace even more suspicious.police.



* ''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}}.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The generally accepted story at the beginning of the series is that Jon Snow is the son of Ned Stark and an unknown woman he knocked up during Robert's Rebellion. However, Stannis, referencing Nedís honor, remarks on this story, ''"Perhaps, but that wasnít Ned Starkís way,"'' which casts doubt on Jon's true parentage. [[spoiler:Season 6 reveals that Jon is actually Ned's nephew -- he is the son of Ned's sister Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. Ned promised Lyanna on her deathbed that he would take care of Jon and not reveal his true parentage to anyone, including Robert Baratheon, who would have probably killed him. Ned keeps his word, raising Jon as his own and spending the rest of his life protecting him.]]
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** When Clark's on red kryptonite, he always refers to himself as "[[SuperpoweredEvilSide Kal]]". Although his offensive and sexually aggressive attitude should tip you off quick.
** "[[IronicEcho Clark Kent]] [[ThatManIsDead is dead.]]"
** [[FreakyFridayFlip Lionel in Clark's body]] has cruel comments for both Lana and Chloe, but the most obvious alert comes when he referred to Chloe as "Miss Sullivan".
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''
** Baited from Agent 33 (disguised as Melinda May) by Coulson. Coulson offers both to go out for coffee after a mission, to which "May" replies "I thought you'd never ask." Coulson nods with a small smile, then punches her out.
---> '''Coulson:''' May ''hates'' coffee.



* Used quite a bit on ''Series/KnightRider'', usually to indicate something very wrong with KITT.
** In the episode "Killer KITT", KITT snapping at Michael was an indication that his programming was being messed with.
** One episode of the new series had a hilarious variation when Mike is impersonating a member of a group [[TheCaper out to steal from a Vegas casino]]. The leader figures out something is wrong because Mike is too ''competent''.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** In "Heart of Stone", Odo spends a lot of time with Changeling!Major Kira. He only realizes it is a double when "she" says "I love you".
** Subverted in "Armageddon Game": an alien government has faked the deaths of O'Brien and Bashir (while trying to hunt down and actually kill them) in an attempt to destroy all knowledge of a dangerous bio-weapon. They send a recording of a faked lab accident to Deep Space Nine, using security footage from earlier on. But O'Brien's wife notices him drinking coffee, which he would NEVER do in the afternoon, and her suspicions along with the shady explanation of the accident itself is enough to get Sisko and the others to investigate further. At the end of the episode, O'Brien is recovering at home and asks for a cup of coffee after lunch, explaining to his shocked wife that sure, he drinks coffee in the afternoon sometimes...
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'':
** In the episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of". A robotic double is made of Kirk, with the robot having a duplicate of his mind as well. Kirk foils the plan during the procedure by mentally focusing on a racist insult toward Spock, something he would never normally say but which is consequently implanted into the double.
** There's another one in "Whom the Gods Destroy," when the villain tries to bluff his way out of failing a TrustPassword test by telling Scotty that he was just testing to make sure that he wouldn't let anyone beam up without the password. Given how long Kirk and Scotty have known one another, and how much they trust one another, Scotty immediately figures out that the "just testing you" story is bogus.
** Before them was "The Enemy Within". Kirk is split into his good and evil sides by a transporter accident, which leaves several of the ''Enterprise'' crew stranded on a hostile planet. Spock feels a bad vibe when the evil Kirk, passing himself as the good one, walks onto the bridge. Then he declares that the men can't be saved and orders the ship to leave orbit, at which point Spock ''knows'' it's not the real one -- since when would [[AFatherToHisMen James T. Kirk]] leave his crew to die?
** In "Turnabout Intruder" (essentially ''Star Trek'' meets ''Film/FreakyFriday''), numerous things, actually. First, "Kirk" hits "Lester" hard enough to knock her down. Then he disintegrates into screaming hysterically at Spock and accusing him of mutiny. When he orders the "traitors" executed, it completely cements the suspicion in every officer's mind. Sulu and Chekov flat out refuse to follow his orders after a while. Scotty even tells [=McCoy=] while trying to convince him to side with Spock that he has seen Captain Kirk in all sorts of moods, but never "red-faced with hysteria".
** And of course, "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E4MirrorMirror Mirror Mirror]]". Neither Kirk can keep up the charade of being the other for long. Fortunately, they're both dealing with Spock.
---> '''Spock:''' It was far easier for you as civilized men to behave like barbarians, than it was for them as barbarians to behave like civilized men.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** In the episode "Allegiance", Picard is replaced by a double who has his memories but doesn't act like him very well--basically doing the kinds of things Picard would do if he weren't an incredibly reserved man (one of the weird things the doppelganger Picard does is go into [[GoodGuyBar Ten Forward]], order drinks all around, and start singing). When the real Picard asks Riker what the giveaway was, he is told: "Well, sir, I find it hard to believe that [[TakeThat you're that good a singer]]." The aliens who abducted Picard reveal that this was really part of their experiment to study the concept of hierarchy, which was alien to them because they were a HiveMind. In Picard's case they wanted to test how far the crew's respect for the Captain's authority would go with his increasingly erratic behavior. The bridge crew draw the line only when the duplicate gives a suicidal order for no reason.
** In "The Most Toys", Kivas Fajo almost perfectly faked Data's death. He messed up in one key area, though; Data's final transmission, fabricated by him, was phrased incorrectly. The crew had been ferrying materials between their two ships, and Data had robotically repeated the exact same status report each time. The last one was missing the notification that he was launching the shuttle--Data had been incapacitated before the shuttle launch.
** In "Datalore", an android physically identical to Data named Lore incapacitates Data and impersonates him, but slips up in subtle ways. He gives himself away to Wesley by using a contraction, something that Data never does.
** "The Schizoid Man" has another Data impersonator, a dying scientist named Ira Graves who uploads his consciousness into Data. Graves is egotistical and contemptuous of authority, and the Enterprise crew knows something is wrong almost immediately when "Data" starts displaying those qualities, but just not exactly what. He tells Picard he's "as strong as a Regellian ox", which Picard doesn't pick up on because he wasn't there when Graves said it earlier, but looking back, he realizes pretty much ''everything'' Graves said should have been a dead giveaway.
** In "Future Imperfect", Riker figures out he's trapped in a simulation, and asks the crew questions they can't answer so that whoever is running the simulation will stop trying to fool him. Geordi can't justify running a level 1 diagnostic for over a day, which is in fact a HandWave for the simulation's imperfections; Worf can't recall where he got a scar; Data can't make anywhere near trillions of calculations per second, and, like Lore, uses contractions.

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* Used quite a bit on ''Series/KnightRider'', usually to indicate something very wrong with KITT.
''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''
** In the episode "Killer KITT", KITT snapping at Michael was an indication that his programming was being messed with.
** One episode of the new series had a hilarious variation when Mike is impersonating a member of a group [[TheCaper out to steal
Baited from a Vegas casino]]. The leader figures Agent 33 (disguised as Melinda May) by Coulson. Coulson offers both to go out something is wrong because Mike is too ''competent''.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** In "Heart of Stone", Odo spends a lot of time with Changeling!Major Kira. He only realizes it is a double when "she" says "I love you".
** Subverted in "Armageddon Game": an alien government has faked the deaths of O'Brien and Bashir (while trying to hunt down and actually kill them) in an attempt to destroy all knowledge of a dangerous bio-weapon. They send a recording of a faked lab accident to Deep Space Nine, using security footage from earlier on. But O'Brien's wife notices him drinking coffee, which he would NEVER do in the afternoon, and her suspicions along with the shady explanation of the accident itself is enough to get Sisko and the others to investigate further. At the end of the episode, O'Brien is recovering at home and asks
for a cup of coffee after lunch, explaining a mission, to his shocked wife that sure, he drinks coffee in the afternoon sometimes...
which "May" replies "I thought you'd never ask." Coulson nods with a small smile, then punches her out.
---> '''Coulson:''' May ''hates'' coffee.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'':
**
In the "You Got to Have Luck", an episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of". A robotic double is made of Kirk, with ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'', an escaped convict holds a woman hostage in her house when the robot having a duplicate of telephone rings. He makes her answer it, and, listening into the conversation, tells her exactly how to answer each question from her mother on the other end. Later, after the guy let his mind guard down, the cops come busting in and arrest him. It turns out the woman was deaf but could speak without an accent and read lips as well. Kirk foils She was able to repeat what the plan during guy said, but the procedure by mentally focusing on mere fact that she was able to hold up one end of a racist insult toward Spock, telephone conversation tipped off her mother that something he would never normally say but which is consequently implanted into was going on.
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'':
** During
the double.
** There's another one
second season arc, Sydney and Jack's [[DeepCoverAgent cover]] as agents of SD-6 is in "Whom jeopardy. Jack is in the Gods Destroy," when the villain tries custody of an SD-6 higher-up, ordered to bluff bring his way out daughter in under suspicion of failing a TrustPassword test by telling Scotty that he was just testing being moles. He calls Sydney, then tells her to make sure that he wouldn't let anyone beam up without the password. Given how long Kirk and Scotty have known one another, and how much they trust one another, Scotty immediately figures out that the "just testing you" story is bogus.
** Before them was "The Enemy Within". Kirk is split into his good and evil sides by a transporter accident, which leaves several
take "surface roads", because of the ''Enterprise'' crew stranded on a hostile planet. Spock feels a bad vibe when the evil Kirk, passing himself as the good one, walks onto the bridge. Then he declares that the men can't be saved and orders the ship to leave orbit, at which point Spock ''knows'' traffic. That's their code for, "we've been discovered, it's not safe."
** Sydney realizes that
the real one -- since fake Francie is an impostor when would [[AFatherToHisMen James T. Kirk]] leave his crew to die?
** In "Turnabout Intruder" (essentially ''Star Trek'' meets ''Film/FreakyFriday''), numerous things, actually. First, "Kirk" hits "Lester" hard enough to knock
she offers her down. Then he disintegrates into screaming hysterically at Spock and accusing him of mutiny. When he orders the "traitors" executed, it completely cements the suspicion in every officer's mind. Sulu and Chekov flat out refuse to follow his orders after a while. Scotty even tells [=McCoy=] while trying to convince him to side with Spock that he has seen Captain Kirk in all sorts of moods, but never "red-faced with hysteria".
** And of course, "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E4MirrorMirror Mirror Mirror]]". Neither Kirk can keep up the charade of being the other for long. Fortunately, they're both dealing with Spock.
---> '''Spock:''' It was far easier for you as civilized men to behave like barbarians, than it was for them as barbarians to behave like civilized men.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** In the episode "Allegiance", Picard is replaced by a double who has his memories but doesn't act like him very well--basically doing the kinds of things Picard would do if he weren't an incredibly reserved man (one of the weird things the doppelganger Picard does is go into [[GoodGuyBar Ten Forward]], order drinks all around, and start singing). When the real Picard asks Riker what the giveaway was, he is told: "Well, sir, I find it hard to believe that [[TakeThat you're that good a singer]]." The aliens who abducted Picard reveal that this was really part of their experiment to study the concept of hierarchy, which was alien to them because they were a HiveMind. In Picard's case they wanted to test how far the crew's respect for the Captain's authority would go with his increasingly erratic behavior. The bridge crew draw the line only when the duplicate gives a suicidal order for no reason.
** In "The Most Toys", Kivas Fajo almost perfectly faked Data's death. He messed up in one key area, though; Data's final transmission, fabricated by him, was phrased incorrectly. The crew had been ferrying materials between their two ships, and Data had robotically repeated the exact same status report each time. The last one was missing the notification that he was launching the shuttle--Data had been incapacitated before the shuttle launch.
** In "Datalore", an android physically identical to Data named Lore incapacitates Data and impersonates him, but slips up in subtle ways. He gives himself away to Wesley by using a contraction,
some coffee ice cream, something that Data never does.
** "The Schizoid Man"
the real Francie hated, and she accepts.
* On ''Series/AllMyChildren'', Julia
has another Data impersonator, a dying scientist named Ira Graves who uploads his consciousness into Data. Graves is egotistical been kidnapped by her recently paroled rapist. He orders her to call her boyfriend and contemptuous of authority, and the Enterprise crew knows something is wrong almost immediately when "Data" starts displaying those qualities, but just not exactly what. He tell him everything's okay. When she does, she tells Picard he's "as strong as him that she's assisting a Regellian ox", which Picard doesn't pick up on because he wasn't there when Graves said it earlier, but looking back, he woman from her rape survivor group, a "Mrs. Elijah". Elijah is the name of her boyfriend's former neighbor. He instantly realizes pretty much ''everything'' Graves said should have been a dead giveaway.
** In "Future Imperfect", Riker figures out he's trapped in a simulation, and asks the crew questions they can't answer so
that whoever is running the simulation will stop trying she's being held prisoner in his old apartment.
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' had Dylan Hunt blinking a code with his eyes when he was kidnapped, his ship computer was programmed
to fool him. Geordi can't justify running a level 1 diagnostic for over a day, which is in fact a HandWave for the simulation's imperfections; Worf can't recall where he got a scar; Data can't make anywhere near trillions of calculations per second, and, like Lore, uses contractions.detect it.



* On ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', in River's backstory, she sends Simon and his family several odd notes referencing events that never happened, which actually contain a complex code intended to alert them to her mistreatment at the hands of the Alliance. Unfortunately Simon is the only one who can understand it.
* ''Series/{{Eureka}}'':
** When Jack's smart house takes him hostage (along with several other characters), he responds to his deputy's concern with, "Sorry, false alarm. But thanks for coming down, ''Josephina.''" Since this is the only time he or anyone else has called her anything but "Jo," she realizes pretty quickly that something's out of the ordinary.
** And in the season 2 finale, Taggart can tell that [[spoiler:the Eureka computer is faking Fargo's voice because it calls him "Teg", something Jo called him.]]
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'':
** "Bête Noire".
*** Kate attempts this when she brings a box of evidence down to the autopsy room on Abby's request only to find that Ducky has locked down the room and won't let anyone in. She pretends to be Abby, providing Ducky with the opportunity to confirm that something is amiss by playing along. Unfortunately the terrorist holding Ducky hostage realizes what they're doing, and Kate ends up a hostage as well.
*** Also in the episode when Ducky orders Abby to bring him the evidence ending with "stat!" "Stat!" is medical slang for needing something quickly but only used in hospitals with living patients. It isn't something a coroner should use. Realizing this alerts Gibbs that there is trouble and a possible hostage situation in autopsy.
** In the episode "Bait", Gibbs is being held hostage by a teenager wearing a suicide bomber vest and demanding to see his mother. When the team finds out that the boy's mother is considered dead, Tony tells Gibbs that "Special Agent Caitlin Todd" is looking for her. When one of the local LEO's asks why Tony didn't reveal the mother's death, he says he already has. [[spoiler:Special Agent Caitlin Todd is dead.]]
** In "Detour", the two characters in danger even do this inadvertently. When Gibbs notices that Jimmy and Ducky haven't returned from the crime scene (they've been abducted by people seeking something from the murder victim), he asks Abby to call them. Gibbs realizes something is seriously wrong when Abby fails to reach them, noting that it's odd that Ducky's phone has been turned off as he never does that and that Jimmy has removed the battery from his, asking, "Why would he do that?". Gibbs responds that "He ''wouldn't''", and the next shot is of the team frantically scrambling to find them.

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* On ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', in River's backstory, she sends Simon ''Series/AshVsEvilDead'': In the episode "The Host", when possessed by Eligos, Kelly appears to gave a moment of clarity and his family several odd notes referencing events begs Ash to MercyKill her. Ash is initially unsure... until "Kelly" asks him to [[DueToTheDead make a cross for her grave]]. Knowing that never happened, which actually contain a complex code intended to alert them to her mistreatment at the hands of the Alliance. Unfortunately Simon Kelly is the only one who can understand it.
* ''Series/{{Eureka}}'':
** When Jack's smart house takes him hostage (along with several other characters), he responds to his deputy's concern with, "Sorry, false alarm. But thanks for coming down, ''Josephina.''" Since this is the only time he or anyone else has called her anything but "Jo," she
[[AmbiguouslyJewish Jewish]], Ash quickly realizes pretty quickly that it's nothing but Eligos being a {{troll}}.
* Two enemy agents have a machine which will enable them to switch personalities with Steed and Mrs. Peel in ''Series/TheAvengers''. After the man has switched with Steed, he goes to Mrs. Peel's to lure her into the trap. As they are leaving, he addresses her as "Emma", something Steed never did. She notices, but shrugs it off.
* On an episode of ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'', as Stephanie gets into her truck, she's confronted by an escaped convict, who orders her to drive off the beach. During the drive, Mitch radios Stephanie to tell her to return to headquarters. The criminal orders Stephanie to tell Mitch that she has found a lost child and is driving him around to find his parents. Stephanie complies, knowing that the criminal has just [[HoistByHisOwnPetard hoisted himself by his own petard]]--the lifeguards NEVER drive lost children around to find their parents. Policy dictates that they bring the children to headquarters. The criminal's efforts to avoid detection have resulted in him being found out--Mitch instantly realizes Stephanie's in trouble and sends the police to find her.
* In an episode of ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'', Donna is being held prisoner in her room by a would-be rapist. When David shows up at the apartment to apologize to her (they had an argument earlier in the day), the rapist orders her to get rid of him. So from behind a closed door, Donna repeatedly yells at David to leave, but she keeps calling him "Dave", something she's never done before. David realizes
something's out wrong and manages to save her.
* A variant in the last season ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': [[TheSmartGuy Willow]] sees a vision of [[WaifProphet Cassie]], a girl who had died earlier in the season. "Cassie" explains that she's been sent by Willow's dead girlfriend [[KilledOffForReal Tara]], who can't come herself because Willow's being punished for her RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Tara's murderer. At the end
of the ordinary.
** And in
conversation, "Cassie" suggests that Willow [[DrivenToSuicide kill herself]] so that she and Tara can be together again. Willow instantly realizes that Tara wouldn't send anyone who would suggest that, and the illusion, sensing its mistake, drops any pretense and reveals itself as the season's BigBad, [[spoiler:[[UltimateEvil the First Evil]]]].
* In the first
season 2 finale of ''Series/BurnNotice'', Sam provides a variant: in his proof-of-life photo, he makes a strange hand gesture. Michael looks through Sam's old photos and finds a matching pose, realizing that Sam is telling Michael to give up on him. Michael promptly ignores this and rescues Sam anyway.
** In the third season
finale, Taggart can tell Madeline Westen apparently had a code phrase meaning "stay away" already established with her sons. It was originally meant to indicate that their [[AbusiveParents father was in a drunken rage]], but it also works pretty well when [[spoiler:the Eureka computer FBI is faking Fargo's voice because it after Mike]].
** In the fourth season episode "Out of the Fire", Michael
calls Fiona 'honey' while talking to her over the phone. She then explains that this a code phrase they had during their Belfast days meaning 'something is wrong'.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'':
** In episode "3XK": Castle is being tied up and held at gunpoint by a killer when his mother calls. The killer forces
him "Teg", to answer the phone and act normal. When Castle ends the call with "I love you", his mother calls Beckett and tells her something Jo called him.]]
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'':
must be terribly wrong.
** "Bête Noire".
*** Kate attempts
In a later episode, "Murder Most Fowl", a 12 year old boy was being held hostage, and used the proof of life video his captors took to try to alert everyone to his location. "Don't forget to feed Ace," he says, only his family doesn't have any pets. Ace turns out to be a place, a subway station where lines A, C and E all run. Thanks to Castle's quick thinking and the victim of the week's invention, the kid is rescued.
** Beckett is forced at gunpoint to call Castle and set up a meeting. Castle apologizes for a fight they had earlier about a dinner with their parents that went badly, and Beckett suggests that they should go to a baseball game because it's "something all four of us can enjoy". Castle recognizes
this as a distress signal, since the cause of the fight was his mother disparaging Beckett's father's love of baseball.
** Actually justified in a fun way in "Dance With Death". Odette, an heiress, is killed doing a dance show. Beckett talks to people who all note that Odette was a former party girl who only cared about having fun and getting arrested. However,
when she brings survived a box train crash a year earlier, she totally changed her attitude, devoting herself to charity work. People believe the crash was a wake-up call with one person saying "It was like she was a totally different person." It turns out she was. Months before the crash, Odette met with stripper Barbara and realized that with some surgery and lessons, she could be the perfect BodyDouble. Thus, Barbara went about doing stuff like court-ordered community service and drug tests while Odette could continue her party life. Odette was the one killed in the crash and as they were the only two people who knew, Barbara realized this was her chance to [[DeadPersonImpersonation live out a rich life]] for real. The crash was the perfect excuse for why "Odette" would have a new attitude and occasionally not remember things and it worked.
*** As it turned out, this also got Barbara killed. When a man from her past figured out the truth, she had to pay blackmail to him. Odette's financial manager saw the money and confronted her, yelling that he didn't help Odette kill her grandfather for his fortune just so she could waste it. When he saw Barbara's shocked reaction, he realized she wasn't the real Odette.
* In an episode
of evidence down ''Series/CharliesAngels'', one of the girls has been captured and is forced to act on the phone to the autopsy room on Abby's request only to find that Ducky has locked down the room and won't let anyone in. others as though everything is OK. She pretends plays along, but drops in a reference to be Abby, providing Ducky with the opportunity to confirm that her station wagon, something is amiss by playing along. Unfortunately the terrorist holding Ducky hostage realizes what they're doing, and Kate ends up a hostage as well.
*** Also in the episode when Ducky orders Abby to bring him the evidence ending with "stat!" "Stat!" is medical slang
Angels are not known for needing something quickly but only used in hospitals with living patients. It isn't something a coroner should use. Realizing this alerts Gibbs that there is trouble and a possible hostage situation in autopsy.
driving.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'':
** In the episode "Bait", Gibbs "Chris-Crossed", Chris is forcibly taken to the future, and tells the sisters right beforehand, "Looks like Leo's going to have to fix that floorboard without me." They initially misinterpret this to be his final words of defeat, as it seemingly has no relevance to the situation and he hates Leo, until they figure out Chris is trying to get them to put a power-restoring spell underneath the floorboard for him to use in the future.
** Another ''Charmed'' example has Piper being possessed by a demon. Piper warns the demon that her sisters will eventually figure it out, "Or if they don't, my boyfriend Tom will." Piper's fiance (the aforementioned Leo) comes in just then and immediately becomes suspicious when the demon in Piper's body calls him Tom.
** A demon once tried to impersonate Cole, but made the mistake of telling Phoebe the safest place he knew was in the mausoleum. Cole's real "safest place" is [[ThePowerOfLove with her]].
* In "Series/{{Chuck}} versus The Santa Suit", [[spoiler: Shaw]] has taken over Castle and is holding Sarah hostage. In getting an important file, Chuck apparently gets a call from Sarah, but as he's able to deduce, it's just [[spoiler: Shaw]] using a voice modifier. How? Chuck concludes that Sarah would never call him "dear".
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
** Reid does this in the episode "Revelations" when he's being held hostage. The killer forces Reid, on a video feed, to pick a member of the team to die. Reid picks Hotch, and mentions a few character flaws and a relevant Bible verse. Hotch realizes that the personality Reid is describing isn't him -- it's a profile they had been discussing earlier. (To prove it, he has everyone on the team list his worst flaws, and none of them agree with what Reid said.) Hotch then looks up the Bible verse, and realizes that the quotation was incorrect. Since Reid has an eidetic memory, he would never quote something incorrectly. The actual passage is a clue to where Reid's being held.
** In an earlier episode, Hotch was uncharacteristically frustrated with Reid's earlier difficulty in the shooting range after they had both been captured. He eventually convinced the UNSUB to let him kick Reid before they both died, which gave Reid a chance to grab the gun in his ankle holster. Later Reid said he'd figured out the plan at the very beginning, making the drawn-out scene unnecessary.
** In the DVD commentary for "Revelations", the writers mused on this swap and eventually agreed that Reid and Hotch have "a very effective spite-based communication."
* In a recent episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'', Riley calls Greg Sanders by her own name to alert him to the fact that she and Langston were
being held hostage by a teenager wearing a suicide bomber vest and demanding to see his mother. When (a technique [[ChekhovsSkill established at the team finds out that the boy's mother is considered dead, Tony tells Gibbs that "Special Agent Caitlin Todd" is looking for her. When one beginning of the local LEO's asks why Tony didn't reveal episode]] in a training roleplay). He replies "Okay, Sanders" to let her know he understands the mother's death, he says he already has. [[spoiler:Special Agent Caitlin Todd is dead.]]
**
message.
*
In "Detour", the two characters in danger even do this inadvertently. When Gibbs notices ''Series/{{Dallas}}'', Pam signals to Bobby that Jimmy and Ducky haven't returned from the crime scene (they've been abducted by people seeking something from the murder victim), he asks Abby to call them. Gibbs realizes something is seriously wrong when Abby fails to reach them, noting that it's odd that Ducky's by telling him on the phone has been turned off as he that she plans to spend the evening playing backgammon with J.R. Bobby knows Pam and J.R. hate each other and would never does that and that Jimmy has removed willingly spend the battery from his, asking, "Why would evening together, so he do that?". Gibbs responds that "He ''wouldn't''", and the next shot is of the team frantically scrambling hurries home to find them. the whole family is being held hostage.
* ''Series/DarkAngel'' uses this in the episode "Rising". When the villains tries to use Original Cindy as bait, she warns Max by referring to her new boyfriend. Original Cindy is a lesbian.
** However, since ViewersAreMorons, they included an earlier scene where she spent like five minutes listing some of her old girlfriends and how she would never ever ''ever'' date a man.



** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E1DayOfTheDaleks Day of the Daleks]]", the Third Doctor once told the Brigadier to "tell it to the Marines" over the phone, alerting Lethbridge-Stewart to the danger.

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** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E1DayOfTheDaleks Day [[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E1DayOfTheDaleks "Day of the Daleks]]", Daleks"]], the Third Doctor once told the Brigadier to "tell it to the Marines" over the phone, alerting Lethbridge-Stewart to the danger.danger.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E5TheTimeMonster "The Time Monster"]], the Master impersonates the Brigadier in a telephone call to Sergeant Benton. He imitates his voice perfectly but Benton is not fooled because brigadiers don't call sergeants "my dear fellow".



** Martha Jones figures out that her parents are speaking under duress when her mother tells her that her father is in the same room without so much as a raised voice. Subverted in the same scene when Martha asks her father to just answer "yes" or "no" if there's someone else there. Unfortunately, the someone else can hear both sides of the conversation.

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E1NewEarth "New Earth"]], Cassandra pulls a GrandTheftMe on Rose. The Doctor doesn't initially suspect anything, even when Rose suddenly kisses him and starts speaking a little strange. However, when they find out that [[spoiler:the hospital is making clones and infecting them with diseases]] and Rose doesn't react with horror, the Doctor knows something's wrong. In this instance the Doctor likely knew all along that something was wrong from all the clues she dropped but assumed that the problem was related to the strange hospital he was investigating rather than a separate entity coincidentally appearing. He mostly plays along with the ruse to keep things going and only openly admits he knows something is wrong when he has exposed the hospital's secret and is talking to someone with answers.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums "The Sound of Drums"]]:
Martha Jones figures out that her parents are speaking under duress when her mother tells her that her father is in the same room without so much as a raised voice. Subverted in the same scene when Martha asks her father to just answer "yes" or "no" if there's someone else there. Unfortunately, the someone else can hear both sides of the conversation.



** Also done earlier in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E1NewEarth "New Earth"]], when Cassandra pulls a GrandTheftMe on Rose. He doesn't initially suspect anything, even when Rose suddenly kisses him and starts speaking a little strange. However, when they find out that [[spoiler:the hospital is making clones and infecting them with diseases]] and Rose doesn't react with horror, the Doctor knows something's wrong. In this instance the Doctor likely knew all along that something was wrong from all the clues she dropped but assumed that the problem was related to the strange hospital he was investigating rather than a separate entity coincidentally appearing. He mostly plays along with the ruse to keep things going and only openly admits he knows something is wrong when he has exposed the hospital's secret and is talking to someone with answers.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E5TheTimeMonster "The Time Monster"]], the Master impersonates the Brigadier in a telephone call to Sergeant Benton. He imitates his voice perfectly but Benton is not fooled because brigadiers don't call sergeants "my dear fellow".
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** A variant is used in an episode where Daniel, trapped behind enemy lines, is relaying a battle plan to the SGC via radio through what sounds like small talk, mixing in Goa'uld words to let them know what his plan is. If the message was translated, it would sound something like, "Oh, and could you have Teal'c water my ''coordinated pincer attack''?"
** A straighter example would be when O'Neill and Teal'c are stuck in a time loop, but everyone else's memories are reset. O'Neill tries to prove it by explaining why the planet they're visiting is important before Carter has a chance to. Later, Carter and Hammond have the following conversation:
--->'''Carter:''' Besides, when was the last time you heard the colonel use words like "geomagnetic"?\\
'''Hammond:''' You have a point there.\\
'''Carter:''' And he was using them ''correctly''. More or less.
** Also from that episode:
--->'''O'Neill:''' Now, how did I know you were going to say that?\\
'''Carter:''' Maybe you read my report?\\
'''Daniel:''' (''skeptically'') Maybe he ''read'' your ''report''? (''raises eyebrows'')
* In an episode of ''Series/CharliesAngels'', one of the girls has been captured and is forced to act on the phone to the others as though everything is OK. She plays along, but drops in a reference to her station wagon, something the Angels are not known for driving.

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** Also done earlier in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E1NewEarth "New Earth"]], when Cassandra pulls a GrandTheftMe on Rose. He doesn't initially suspect anything, even when Rose suddenly kisses him and starts speaking a little strange. However, when they find out that [[spoiler:the hospital is making clones and infecting them with diseases]] and Rose doesn't react with horror, the Doctor knows something's wrong. In this instance the Doctor likely knew all along that something was wrong from all the clues she dropped but assumed that the problem was related to the strange hospital he was investigating rather than a separate entity coincidentally appearing. He mostly plays along with the ruse to keep things going and only openly admits he knows something is wrong when he has exposed the hospital's secret and is talking to someone with answers.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E5TheTimeMonster "The Time Monster"]], the Master impersonates the Brigadier in a telephone call to Sergeant Benton. He imitates his voice perfectly but Benton is not fooled because brigadiers don't call sergeants "my dear fellow".
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** A variant is used in an episode where Daniel, trapped behind enemy lines, is relaying a battle plan to the SGC via radio through what sounds like small talk, mixing in Goa'uld words to let them know what his plan is. If the message was translated, it would sound something like, "Oh, and could you have Teal'c water my ''coordinated pincer attack''?"
** A straighter example would be when O'Neill and Teal'c are stuck in a time loop, but everyone else's memories are reset. O'Neill tries to prove it by explaining why the planet they're visiting is important before Carter has a chance to. Later, Carter and Hammond have the following conversation:
--->'''Carter:''' Besides, when was the last time you heard the colonel use words like "geomagnetic"?\\
'''Hammond:''' You have a point there.\\
'''Carter:''' And he was using them ''correctly''. More or less.
** Also from that episode:
--->'''O'Neill:''' Now, how did I know you were going to say that?\\
'''Carter:''' Maybe you read my report?\\
'''Daniel:''' (''skeptically'') Maybe he ''read'' your ''report''? (''raises eyebrows'')
* In an
One episode of ''Series/CharliesAngels'', one ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' has an example that refers back to a ChekhovsLecture during the ColdOpen. Namely, Watson complaining she can't read Holmes' texts because he uses too many weird abbreviations. [[spoiler:After the Killer of the girls has been captured and is forced Week kidnaps Holmes, she sends a text to act on the Watson from his phone so she won't worry. Watson recognizes it as fake because it didn't read "like a teenager on a sugar high."]] After [[spoiler:Holmes is rescued, he tries to take credit by claiming he deliberately provoked the others as though everything is OK. She plays along, but drops in a reference killer to her station wagon, something the Angels are not known for driving.text Watson]].



* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** In ''Hunted'' when Gordon uses Dean as bait and forces him to call Sam, Sam instantly knows that something's wrong because Dean used the codeword "Funkytown". [[spoiler:Subverted: Gordon knew that Dean would find a way to alert Sam and was leading him into a trap]].
** Done several other times. Once by a shape-shifter. Another time the body of another supernatural hunter was possessed by the SevenDeadlySins. In "The Great Escapist", Kevin Tran realizes that two people who look and sound just like Sam and Dean are impersonators because they are being too patient and helpful. The irony that a pair of demons would be too nice to convincingly pass as the heroes does not go unnoticed.
** A plot point in season six, when [[NiceGuy Sam]] has been behaving [[JerkAss a little]] [[TheUnfettered out of character]]. Turns out [[SoullessShell his body had no soul in it]]. Played with because it took Dean a third of a season to notice, so this trope was invoked for viewers as much as characters. What caused Dean to realize something was up was Sam letting Dean get turned into a vampire, as Dean saw that Sam didn't seem bothered by it and was actually smiling rather than trying to save him.
** An early and depressing example is the end of the first season when they realize their father is possessed by a demon because he tells them he's proud of them, while they believe the real John would just have been angry that they'd "wasted" a very limited resource.
* ''Series/DarkAngel'' uses this in the episode "Rising". When the villains tries to use Original Cindy as bait, she warns Max by referring to her new boyfriend. Original Cindy is a lesbian.
** However, since ViewersAreMorons, they included an earlier scene where she spent like five minutes listing some of her old girlfriends and how she would never ever ''ever'' date a man.
* In the first season finale of ''Series/BurnNotice'', Sam provides a variant: in his proof-of-life photo, he makes a strange hand gesture. Michael looks through Sam's old photos and finds a matching pose, realizing that Sam is telling Michael to give up on him. Michael promptly ignores this and rescues Sam anyway.
** In the third season finale, Madeline Westen apparently had a code phrase meaning "stay away" already established with her sons. It was originally meant to indicate that their [[AbusiveParents father was in a drunken rage]], but it also works pretty well when [[spoiler:the FBI is after Mike]].
** In the fourth season episode "Out of the Fire", Michael calls Fiona 'honey' while talking to her over the phone. She then explains that this a code phrase they had during their Belfast days meaning 'something is wrong'.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** In the episode "Psirens", the crew is trying to figure out which of two Listers is a mind-reading impostor. The two act alike, until the crew has one of them play Lister's guitar. Because Lister sincerely (but utterly incorrectly) considers himself a brilliant player, the fake reads this, belts out a few power-chords, and goes down in a hail of laser-fire.
** Played straight earlier when Dave realizes that the "Kryten" that saved him was not really Kryten, since Kryten never calls Lister "Dave".
** In series one, Rimmer once tried to trick Lister out of taking a test that would have made him Rimmer's superior, and allowed him to replace Rimmer with a hologram of his crush Kochanski. He does this by taking on Kochanski's appearance, and telling Lister that she would never be interested in him. However, his performance is pretty lousy; "Kochanski" repeats some phrases Rimmer often uses, is easily bluffed when Lister mentions a fake tryst they had, and then tries to cover up her weird behavior by saying she's "having a woman's period".
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'':
** Lassiter gets a text message from "Shawn" and follows it right into the trap the killer set. When Lassiter gets there, a captive [[ManChild Shawn]] says, "I can't believe you thought that text was actually from me. It lacked all nuance, was lacking my signature mocking tone, and was totally devoid of emoticons."
** In a later episode, Shawn has been kidnapped. He calls Juliet, ostensibly to tell her that he believes he's going to die and wanted to talk to her one last time. He ends the call by saying, "Goodbye, Abigail," cluing her in to the fact that there was a hidden message in what he said. She can't figure it out, but she repeats the conversation to Shawn's father, who does.
** Still later, Shawn is in the hospital and being held at gunpoint while FaceTime-ing with Gus, Juliet, and Lassiter. Shawn gives them a false lead at the insistence of the bad guy. Gus realizes that something is up since Shawn didn't make any obscure analogies or use over-the-top theatrics as he normally does.
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' had Dylan Hunt blinking a code with his eyes when he was kidnapped, his ship computer was programmed to detect it.
* In a recent episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'', Riley calls Greg Sanders by her own name to alert him to the fact that she and Langston were being held hostage (a technique [[ChekhovsSkill established at the beginning of the episode]] in a training roleplay). He replies "Okay, Sanders" to let her know he understands the message.
* An episode of ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' had the bad guy threatening the protagonist with his wife's gun, which she normally keeps in her purse for self defence. With the husband taken hostage using the gun, he attempts to lure the wife in by telling her that the husband is threatening to commit suicide with the same gun he's holding. Unfortunately for the bad guy, both husband and wife know that [[spoiler: the wife [[ItWorksBetterWithBullets doesn't keep any bullets]] in the gun.]]
* In a first-season episode of ''Series/{{Jericho}}'', Johnston uses this technique to flush out a group of desperate con-artists posing as Marines, by mixing Marine and Army mottos to see if they'd recognize the wrong ones.

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** In ''Hunted'' when Gordon uses Dean
On ''Series/{{ER}}'', as bait Sam is supposedly escorting a patient and forces him two attendants to call Sam, an ambulance, she calls Abby "Abigail", something that she (nor anyone else) has ever done. In reality, Sam instantly knows is being abducted by the trio -- they're her sleazy ex-husband and his two accomplices. Abby's confused, but she manages to realize that something's wrong because Dean used the codeword "Funkytown". [[spoiler:Subverted: Gordon knew that Dean would find a way to alert Sam and was leading wrong.
* ''Series/{{Eureka}}'':
** When Jack's smart house takes
him into a trap]].
** Done
hostage (along with several other times. Once by a shape-shifter. Another characters), he responds to his deputy's concern with, "Sorry, false alarm. But thanks for coming down, ''Josephina.''" Since this is the only time the body of another supernatural hunter was possessed by the SevenDeadlySins. In "The Great Escapist", Kevin Tran he or anyone else has called her anything but "Jo", she realizes pretty quickly that two people who look and sound just like Sam and Dean are impersonators because they are being too patient and helpful. The irony that a pair something's out of demons would be too nice to convincingly pass as the heroes does not go unnoticed.
ordinary.
** A plot point And in the season six, when [[NiceGuy Sam]] has been behaving [[JerkAss a little]] [[TheUnfettered out of character]]. Turns out [[SoullessShell his body had no soul in it]]. Played with because it took Dean a third of a season to notice, so this trope was invoked for viewers as much as characters. What caused Dean to realize something was up was Sam letting Dean get turned into a vampire, as Dean saw that Sam didn't seem bothered by it and was actually smiling rather than trying to save him.
** An early and depressing example is the end of the first season when they realize their father is possessed by a demon because he tells them he's proud of them, while they believe the real John would just have been angry that they'd "wasted" a very limited resource.
* ''Series/DarkAngel'' uses this in the episode "Rising". When the villains tries to use Original Cindy as bait, she warns Max by referring to her new boyfriend. Original Cindy is a lesbian.
** However, since ViewersAreMorons, they included an earlier scene where she spent like five minutes listing some of her old girlfriends and how she would never ever ''ever'' date a man.
* In the first season finale of ''Series/BurnNotice'', Sam provides a variant: in his proof-of-life photo, he makes a strange hand gesture. Michael looks through Sam's old photos and finds a matching pose, realizing that Sam is telling Michael to give up on him. Michael promptly ignores this and rescues Sam anyway.
** In the third season
2 finale, Madeline Westen apparently had a code phrase meaning "stay away" already established with her sons. It was originally meant to indicate Taggart can tell that their [[AbusiveParents father was in a drunken rage]], but it also works pretty well when [[spoiler:the FBI Eureka computer is after Mike]].
** In the fourth season episode "Out of the Fire", Michael
faking Fargo's voice because it calls Fiona 'honey' while talking to her over the phone. She then explains that this a code phrase they had during their Belfast days meaning 'something is wrong'.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** In the episode "Psirens", the crew is trying to figure out which of two Listers is a mind-reading impostor. The two act alike, until the crew has one of them play Lister's guitar. Because Lister sincerely (but utterly incorrectly) considers himself a brilliant player, the fake reads this, belts out a few power-chords, and goes down in a hail of laser-fire.
** Played straight earlier when Dave realizes that the "Kryten" that saved
him was not really Kryten, since Kryten never calls Lister "Dave".
** In series one, Rimmer once tried to trick Lister out of taking a test that would have made him Rimmer's superior, and allowed him to replace Rimmer with a hologram of his crush Kochanski. He does this by taking on Kochanski's appearance, and telling Lister that she would never be interested in him. However, his performance is pretty lousy; "Kochanski" repeats some phrases Rimmer often uses, is easily bluffed when Lister mentions a fake tryst they had, and then tries to cover up her weird behavior by saying she's "having a woman's period".
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'':
** Lassiter gets a text message from "Shawn" and follows it right into the trap the killer set. When Lassiter gets there, a captive [[ManChild Shawn]] says, "I can't believe you thought that text was actually from me. It lacked all nuance, was lacking my signature mocking tone, and was totally devoid of emoticons."
** In a later episode, Shawn has been kidnapped. He calls Juliet, ostensibly to tell her that he believes he's going to die and wanted to talk to her one last time. He ends the call by saying, "Goodbye, Abigail," cluing her in to the fact that there was a hidden message in what he said. She can't figure it out, but she repeats the conversation to Shawn's father, who does.
** Still later, Shawn is in the hospital and being held at gunpoint while FaceTime-ing with Gus, Juliet, and Lassiter. Shawn gives them a false lead at the insistence of the bad guy. Gus realizes that
"Teg", something is up since Shawn didn't make any obscure analogies or use over-the-top theatrics as he normally does.
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' had Dylan Hunt blinking a code with his eyes when he was kidnapped, his ship computer was programmed to detect it.
* In a recent episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'', Riley calls Greg Sanders by her own name to alert him to the fact that she and Langston were being held hostage (a technique [[ChekhovsSkill established at the beginning of the episode]] in a training roleplay). He replies "Okay, Sanders" to let her know he understands the message.
* An episode of ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' had the bad guy threatening the protagonist with his wife's gun, which she normally keeps in her purse for self defence. With the husband taken hostage using the gun, he attempts to lure the wife in by telling her that the husband is threatening to commit suicide with the same gun he's holding. Unfortunately for the bad guy, both husband and wife know that [[spoiler: the wife [[ItWorksBetterWithBullets doesn't keep any bullets]] in the gun.
Jo called him.]]
* In On ''Series/FamilyMatters'', Urkel was being threatened by a first-season episode of ''Series/{{Jericho}}'', Johnston uses this technique criminal, causing him to flush out a group of desperate con-artists posing as Marines, by mixing Marine be placed in witness protection, guarded day and Army mottos to night by, among others, Carl. At the end of Carl's shift guarding Urkel, Carl's partner shows up, holding a large handkerchief in front of his face, telling Carl he has a cold. Carl's suspicions aren't raised until he says "see you later" and the criminal replies "yeah, see if they'd recognize you" instead of the wrong ones.actual partner's trademark "not if I see you first". Carl then mentions some money he owes him, slides it under the door, then kicks the door in when the criminal bends down to pick it up.



-->'''Pilot''': Ka D'Argo is currently... helping Rygel with his... laundry. And Aeryn's writing some... poetry.
-->'''Crichton''': Uh-huh. What about, ah... Chiana and Sikozu?
-->'''Pilot''': Enjoying each other's company. Preparing a meal for... everyone but Rygel. He's... not hungry.

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-->'''Pilot''': Ka D'Argo is currently... helping Rygel with his... laundry. And Aeryn's writing some... poetry.
-->'''Crichton''':
poetry.\\
'''Crichton''':
Uh-huh. What about, ah... Chiana and Sikozu?
-->'''Pilot''':
Sikozu?\\
'''Pilot''':
Enjoying each other's company. Preparing a meal for... everyone but Rygel. He's... not hungry.



* ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
** Reid does this in the episode "Revelations" when he's being held hostage. The killer forces Reid, on a video feed, to pick a member of the team to die. Reid picks Hotch, and mentions a few character flaws and a relevant Bible verse. Hotch realizes that the personality Reid is describing isn't him -- it's a profile they had been discussing earlier. (To prove it, he has everyone on the team list his worst flaws, and none of them agree with what Reid said.) Hotch then looks up the Bible verse, and realizes that the quotation was incorrect. Since Reid has an eidetic memory, he would never quote something incorrectly. The actual passage is a clue to where Reid's being held.
** In an earlier episode, Hotch was uncharacteristically frustrated with Reid's earlier difficulty in the shooting range after they had both been captured. He eventually convinced the UNSUB to let him kick Reid before they both died, which gave Reid a chance to grab the gun in his ankle holster. Later Reid said he'd figured out the plan at the very beginning, making the drawn-out scene unnecessary.
** In the DVD commentary for "Revelations," the writers mused on this swap and eventually agreed that Reid and Hotch have "a very effective spite-based communication."
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'':
** During the second season arc, Sydney and Jack's [[DeepCoverAgent cover]] as agents of SD-6 is in jeopardy. Jack is in the custody of an SD-6 higher-up, ordered to bring his daughter in under suspicion of being moles. He calls Sydney, then tells her to take "surface roads," because of traffic. That's their code for, "we've been discovered, it's not safe."
** Sydney realizes that the fake Francie is an impostor when she offers her to some coffee ice cream, something the real Francie hated, and she accepts.
* In an episode of ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'', Donna is being held prisoner in her room by a would-be rapist. When David shows up at the apartment to apologize to her (they had an argument earlier in the day), the rapist orders her to get rid of him. So from behind a closed door, Donna repeatedly yells at David to leave, but she keeps calling him "Dave", something she's never done before. David realizes something's wrong and manages to save her.
* In ''Series/{{Dallas}}'', Pam signals to Bobby that something is wrong by telling him on the phone that she plans to spend the evening playing backgammon with J.R. Bobby knows Pam and J.R. hate each other and would never willingly spend the evening together, so he hurries home to find the whole family is being held hostage.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'':
** In episode "3XK": Castle is being tied up and held at gunpoint by a killer when his mother calls. The killer forces him to answer the phone and act normal. When Castle ends the call with "I love you", his mother calls Beckett and tells her something must be terribly wrong.
** In a later episode, "Murder Most Fowl", a 12 year old boy was being held hostage, and used the proof of life video his captors took to try to alert everyone to his location. "Don't forget to feed Ace," he says, only his family doesn't have any pets. Ace turns out to be a place, a subway station where lines A, C and E all run. Thanks to Castle's quick thinking and the victim of the week's invention, the kid is rescued.
** Beckett is forced at gunpoint to call Castle and set up a meeting. Castle apologizes for a fight they had earlier about a dinner with their parents that went badly, and Beckett suggests that they should go to a baseball game because it's "something all four of us can enjoy". Castle recognizes this as a distress signal, since the cause of the fight was his mother disparaging Beckett's father's love of baseball.
** Actually justified in a fun way in "Dance With Death." Odette, an heiress, is killed doing a dance show. Beckett talks to people who all note that Odette was a former party girl who only cared about having fun and getting arrested. However, when she survived a train crash a year earlier, she totally changed her attitude, devoting herself to charity work. People believe the crash was a wake-up call with one person saying "It was like she was a totally different person." It turns out she was. Months before the crash, Odette met with stripper Barbara and realized that with some surgery and lessons, she could be the perfect BodyDouble. Thus, Barbara went about doing stuff like court-ordered community service and drug tests while Odette could continue her party life. Odette was the one killed in the crash and as they were the only two people who knew, Barbara realized this was her chance to [[DeadPersonImpersonation live out a rich life]] for real. The crash was the perfect excuse for why "Odette" would have a new attitude and occasionally not remember things and it worked.
*** As it turned out, this also got Barbara killed. When a man from her past figured out the truth, she had to pay blackmail to him. Odette's financial manager saw the money and confronted her, yelling that he didn't help Odette kill her grandfather for his fortune just so she could waste it. When he saw Barbara's shocked reaction, he realized she wasn't the real Odette.
* ''Series/{{Rescue 911}}'':
** In a chilling episode, a woman is told by a rapist to call in sick to her workplace. She promptly dials a male friend and tells him, "I can't come in to work today," thus alerting the friend that she's in trouble and he needs to stop by PRONTO. A few seconds later, she does the same thing again with 911, and the dispatcher immediately works out that there's something wrong and sends the police.
** There was a similar episode of ''Series/ISurvived''. When a woman's crazed ex-husband broke into her house and threatened her, she managed to stall him by telling him that her friend was coming to take her shopping and that she needed to cancel her plans. Amazingly, he let her call. When the friend answered, the woman proceeded to cheerfully tell her that she couldn't make it and not to bother coming. Initially confused--because they did NOT have plans to get together--the friend quickly realized that something was wrong and asked if the woman's husband was there. Upon being told "yes", the friend immediately called 911.
* On an episode of ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'', as Stephanie gets into her truck, she's confronted by an escaped convict, who orders her to drive off the beach. During the drive, Mitch radios Stephanie to tell her to return to headquarters. The criminal orders Stephanie to tell Mitch that she has found a lost child and is driving him around to find his parents. Stephanie complies, knowing that the criminal has just [[HoistByHisOwnPetard hoisted himself by his own petard]]--the lifeguards NEVER drive lost children around to find their parents. Policy dictates that they bring the children to headquarters. The criminal's efforts to avoid detection have resulted in him being found out--Mitch instantly realizes Stephanie's in trouble and sends the police to find her.
* ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'':
** Rather terrifyingly {{inverted}} once. The setup is that [[BitchInSheepsClothing Morgana]] has convinced [[WellIntentionedExtremist King Uther]] that his son Arthur has been enchanted by Guinevere. Convinced that Arthur is under a spell Uther orders Guinevere to be burnt at the stake, at which point a panicking Arthur tells his father that he'd be willing to renounce his claim on the throne if only Guinevere is spared. Unfortunately, Uther takes this as "final proof" that Arthur is under a spell, claiming that it's something that he would never say. Except of course, he ''does''.
** Played straight in a later episode: [[ParentalSubstitute Gaius]] is being controlled by a goblin. Arthur suspects as much and tricks the goblin into revealing itself by discussing [[LikeASonToMe Merlin's]] imminent execution. When goblin!Gaius does not show the least bit of a negative reaction to this, Arthur knows that Gaius is not himself, so to speak.
** Similar to the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode with Fred and Gunn, when Arthur breaks up with Guenevere in season 4 on the advice of Agravaine, Gwen immediately asks if someone talked him into it and she doesn't buy for a second that he made the choice on his own.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'':
** In the episode "Chris-Crossed", Chris is forcibly taken to the future, and tells the sisters right beforehand, "Looks like Leo's going to have to fix that floorboard without me." They initially misinterpret this to be his final words of defeat, as it seemingly has no relevance to the situation and he hates Leo, until they figure out Chris is trying to get them to put a power-restoring spell underneath the floorboard for him to use in the future.
** Another ''Charmed'' example has Piper being possessed by a demon. Piper warns the demon that her sisters will eventually figure it out, "Or if they don't, my boyfriend Tom will." Piper's fiance (the aforementioned Leo) comes in just then and immediately becomes suspicious when the demon in Piper's body calls him Tom.
** A demon once tried to impersonate Cole, but made the mistake of telling Phoebe the safest place he knew was in the mausoleum. Cole's real "safest place" is [[ThePowerOfLove with her]].

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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
** Reid does this
On ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', in River's backstory, she sends Simon and his family several odd notes referencing events that never happened, which actually contain a complex code intended to alert them to her mistreatment at the hands of the Alliance. Unfortunately Simon is the only one who can understand it.
* In the pilot of the ''Series/{{Flash Gordon|2007}}'' TV series, Flash receives a call from his mother asking him to come home. The viewer is shown his mother being obviously mind-controlled by an alien cyborg
in the episode "Revelations" when he's being held hostage. The killer forces Reid, on a video feed, to pick a member of the team to die. Reid picks Hotch, and mentions a few character flaws and a relevant Bible verse. Hotch room. Flash realizes that the personality Reid is describing isn't him -- it's a profile they had been discussing earlier. (To prove it, he has everyone on the team list his worst flaws, and none of them agree with what Reid said.) Hotch then looks up the Bible verse, and realizes that the quotation was incorrect. Since Reid has an eidetic memory, he would never quote something incorrectly. The actual passage is a clue to where Reid's being held.
** In an earlier episode, Hotch was uncharacteristically frustrated with Reid's earlier difficulty in the shooting range after they had both been captured. He eventually convinced the UNSUB to let him kick Reid before they both died, which gave Reid a chance to grab the gun in his ankle holster. Later Reid said he'd figured out the plan at the very beginning, making the drawn-out scene unnecessary.
** In the DVD commentary for "Revelations," the writers mused on this swap and eventually agreed that Reid and Hotch have "a very effective spite-based communication."
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'':
** During the second season arc, Sydney and Jack's [[DeepCoverAgent cover]] as agents of SD-6 is in jeopardy. Jack is in the custody of an SD-6 higher-up, ordered to bring his daughter in under suspicion of being moles. He calls Sydney, then tells her to take "surface roads," because of traffic. That's their code for, "we've been discovered, it's not safe."
** Sydney realizes that the fake Francie is an impostor when she offers her to some coffee ice cream, something the real Francie hated, and she accepts.
* In an episode of ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'', Donna is being held prisoner in her room by a would-be rapist. When David shows up at the apartment to apologize to her (they had an argument earlier in the day), the rapist orders her to get rid of him. So from behind a closed door, Donna repeatedly yells at David to leave, but she keeps calling him "Dave", something she's never done before. David realizes something's wrong and manages to save her.
* In ''Series/{{Dallas}}'', Pam signals to Bobby that
something is wrong by telling him on the phone that she plans to spend the evening playing backgammon with J.R. Bobby knows Pam and J.R. hate each other and would never willingly spend the evening together, so he hurries home to find the whole family is being held hostage.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'':
** In episode "3XK": Castle is being tied up and held at gunpoint by a killer
when his mother calls. The killer forces him to answer the phone and act normal. When Castle ends the call with "I love you", his mother calls Beckett and tells her something must be terribly wrong.
** In
him "Flash", which is a later episode, "Murder Most Fowl", a 12 year old boy was being held hostage, and used the proof of life video nickname that his captors took to try to alert everyone to father gave him, which his location. "Don't forget to feed Ace," he says, only mother ''never'' uses, instead calling him by his family doesn't have any pets. Ace turns out to be a place, a subway station where lines A, C and E all run. Thanks to Castle's quick thinking and the victim of the week's invention, the kid is rescued.
** Beckett is forced at gunpoint to call Castle and set up a meeting. Castle apologizes
real name Steven. He does come home, but he's planning for a fight they trap.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'', Parker was held hostage by an ex-cop who
had earlier about tried to join SRU but failed the psych test, causing his life to spiral down. The ex-cop told Parker to misled his team to a dinner with their parents certain room, which Parker complied but added "stay frosty" alerting his team that went badly, and Beckett suggests that they should go to a baseball game because it's "something all four of us can enjoy". Castle recognizes this as he was under duress. However, the ex-cop realized it was a distress signal, since code when he was watching the cause security cameras and noticed the team wasn't heading towards the given room.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The generally accepted story at the beginning
of the fight was his mother disparaging Beckett's father's love of baseball.
** Actually justified in a fun way in "Dance With Death." Odette, an heiress,
series is killed doing a dance show. Beckett talks to people who all note that Odette was a former party girl who only cared about having fun Jon Snow is the son of Ned Stark and getting arrested. an unknown woman he knocked up during Robert's Rebellion. However, when she survived a train crash a year earlier, she totally changed her attitude, devoting herself to charity work. People believe the crash was a wake-up call with one person saying "It was like she was a totally different person." It turns out she was. Months before the crash, Odette met with stripper Barbara and realized Stannis, referencing Nedís honor, remarks on this story, ''"Perhaps, but that with some surgery wasnít Ned Starkís way,"'' which casts doubt on Jon's true parentage. [[spoiler:Season 6 reveals that Jon is actually Ned's nephew -- he is the son of Ned's sister Lyanna Stark and lessons, she could be the perfect BodyDouble. Thus, Barbara went about doing stuff like court-ordered community service Rhaegar Targaryen. Ned promised Lyanna on her deathbed that he would take care of Jon and drug tests while Odette could continue her party life. Odette was the one killed in the crash and as they were the only two people not reveal his true parentage to anyone, including Robert Baratheon, who knew, Barbara realized this was her chance to [[DeadPersonImpersonation live out a rich life]] for real. The crash was the perfect excuse for why "Odette" would have a new attitude probably killed him. Ned keeps his word, raising Jon as his own and occasionally not remember things spending the rest of his life protecting him.]]
* On ''Series/GeneralHospital'', when Mac was kidnapped
and it worked.
*** As it turned out, this also got
replaced by a double, he fed him incorrect information about his personal life, resulting in him treating his fiancée like dirt and basically sexually harassing his coworker who had no interest in him.
* ''{{Series/Gotham}}'': In the second season finale,
Barbara killed. When a man from her past figured out spots [[spoiler: the truth, she had to pay blackmail to him. Odette's financial manager saw the money and confronted fake Jim Gordon]] when that person [[spoiler: shows no fear or distrust of Barbara, instead flirting with her, yelling and bad-mouths his beloved Leslie]].
* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'':
** Patricia being polite over the phone was enough to let everyone know
that he didn't help Odette kill her grandfather for his fortune just so she could waste it. When he saw Barbara's shocked reaction, he realized she wasn't the real Odette.
* ''Series/{{Rescue 911}}'':
alone.
** In a chilling episode, a woman is told by a rapist to call in sick to her workplace. She promptly dials a male friend and tells him, "I can't come in to work today," thus alerting the friend that she's in trouble and he needs to stop by PRONTO. A few seconds later, she does the same thing again with 911, and the dispatcher immediately works out that there's something wrong and sends the police.
** There was a similar episode of ''Series/ISurvived''. When a woman's crazed ex-husband broke into her house and threatened her, she managed to stall him by telling him that her friend was coming to take her shopping and that she needed to cancel her plans. Amazingly, he let her call. When the friend answered, the woman proceeded to cheerfully tell her that she couldn't make it and not to bother coming. Initially confused--because they did NOT have plans to get together--the friend quickly
Mara realized that something was wrong and asked if with Trudy, when in the woman's husband was there. Upon being told "yes", the friend immediately called 911.
* On an episode of ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'', as Stephanie gets into her truck, she's confronted by an escaped convict, who orders her to drive off the beach. During the drive, Mitch radios Stephanie to tell her to return to headquarters. The criminal orders Stephanie to tell Mitch
letter she wrote, she mentioned a relative that she has found a lost child and is driving him around to find his parents. Stephanie complies, knowing Mara knew didn't exist, because Trudy had said before that the criminal has just [[HoistByHisOwnPetard hoisted himself by his own petard]]--the lifeguards NEVER drive lost children around to find their parents. Policy dictates that they bring the children to headquarters. The criminal's efforts to avoid detection have resulted in him being found out--Mitch instantly realizes Stephanie's in trouble and sends the police to find her.
* ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'':
** Rather terrifyingly {{inverted}} once. The setup is that [[BitchInSheepsClothing Morgana]] has convinced [[WellIntentionedExtremist King Uther]] that his son Arthur has been enchanted by Guinevere. Convinced that Arthur is under a spell Uther orders Guinevere to be burnt at the stake, at which point a panicking Arthur tells his father that he'd be willing to renounce his claim on the throne if
students were basically her only Guinevere is spared. Unfortunately, Uther takes this as "final proof" that Arthur is under a spell, claiming that it's something that he would never say. Except of course, he ''does''.
** Played straight in a later episode: [[ParentalSubstitute Gaius]] is being controlled by a goblin. Arthur suspects as much and tricks
family. [[PublicSecretMessage It turns out the goblin into revealing itself by discussing [[LikeASonToMe Merlin's]] imminent execution. When goblin!Gaius does not show the least bit of a negative reaction to this, Arthur knows that Gaius is not himself, so to speak.
** Similar to the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode with Fred and Gunn, when Arthur breaks up with Guenevere in season 4 on the advice of Agravaine, Gwen immediately asks if
letter was literally asking for someone talked him into it and she doesn't buy for a second that he made the choice on his own.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'':
** In the episode "Chris-Crossed", Chris is forcibly taken
to the future, and tells the sisters right beforehand, "Looks like Leo's going to have to fix that floorboard without me." They initially misinterpret this to be his final words of defeat, as it seemingly has no relevance to the situation and he hates Leo, until they figure out Chris is trying to get them to put a power-restoring spell underneath the floorboard for him to use in the future.
** Another ''Charmed'' example has Piper being possessed by a demon. Piper warns the demon that her sisters will eventually figure it out, "Or if they don't, my boyfriend Tom will." Piper's fiance (the aforementioned Leo) comes in just then and immediately becomes suspicious when the demon in Piper's body calls him Tom.
** A demon once tried to impersonate Cole, but made the mistake of telling Phoebe the safest place he knew was in the mausoleum. Cole's real "safest place" is [[ThePowerOfLove with her]].
help her.]]



* In "Series/{{Chuck}} versus The Santa Suit", [[spoiler: Shaw]] has taken over Castle and is holding Sarah hostage. In getting an important file, Chuck apparently gets a call from Sarah, but as he's able to deduce, it's just [[spoiler: Shaw]] using a voice modifier. How? Chuck concludes that Sarah would never call him "dear".

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* In "Series/{{Chuck}} versus a first-season episode of ''Series/{{Jericho}}'', Johnston uses this technique to flush out a group of desperate con-artists posing as Marines, by mixing Marine and Army mottos to see if they'd recognize the wrong ones.
* On ''Series/{{Justified}}'' Boyd Crowder calls up his new business partner, Hot-Rod Dunham to finalize the details of a major drug deal. At the end of the conversation, the Hot-Rod tells Boyd that he hopes everything goes as smoothly as the last time he, Boyd and Dickie Bennett did a drug deal together. Boyd instantly realizes that Hot-Rod is under duress and the drug deal is a trap.
The Santa Suit", [[spoiler: Shaw]] has taken over Castle and is holding Sarah hostage. In getting an important file, Chuck apparently gets a call last time Hot-Rod bought drugs from Sarah, but as he's able to deduce, it's just [[spoiler: Shaw]] using Dickie Bennett, things went far from "smooth" because Boyd ambushed them and stole Dickie's money. This was followed by a voice modifier. How? Chuck concludes MobWar that Sarah saw many people die.
* Used quite a bit on ''Series/KnightRider'', usually to indicate something very wrong with KITT.
** In the episode "Killer KITT", KITT snapping at Michael was an indication that his programming was being messed with.
** One episode of the new series had a hilarious variation when Mike is impersonating a member of a group [[TheCaper out to steal from a Vegas casino]]. The leader figures out something is wrong because Mike is too ''competent''.
* On ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'', when Shirley needs help after being handcuffed to an escaped bank robber, she calls Mr. [=DeFazio=] at his restaurant requesting "extra BBQ sauce" on her chicken. Naturally, Mr. [=DeFazio=] fails to note Shirley's "code"... although Laverne immediately understands that Shirley
would never call him "dear".order extra BBQ sauce, because it would get under her fingernails.



* DoublySubverted in ''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger''. When the MonsterOfTheWeek disguises himself as White, both Whites (who conveniently wear different clothes thanks to the event that happened earlier) ask Red to hand her TransformationTrinket. He holds it out to [[EvilWearsBlack the one dressed in black]], who walks up to him, treading on a flower along the way. The one who accidentally treads on a flower is the impostor? No, they both do. The one who does not feel sorry for the flower is the impostor.
* In an episode of ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', the MonsterOfTheWeek assumes the form of Yellow Ranger Luka. Near the end of the episode the rest of the team reveals that they were aware for some time, since at dinner the monster ate broccoli, a food Luka absolutely despises.
* In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', John is kidnapped and forced to fool Sherlock into thinking he's Moriarty. There are many, many indications that something is obviously not right, such as John blinking SOS at Sherlock, speaking in an unusual monotone, and wearing a thick jacket (with a bomb-strapped vest underneath) that he was a) not wearing when he left Baker Street and b) according to Mrs. Hudson, would never wear anyway. There is no indication that Sherlock picks up on any of these hints, which is a pretty big Out Of Character Alert in its own right, showing how deeply shaken he is at the prospect of John's friendship being a lie.
* On ''Series/TheXFiles'', this happens with a twist. In the episode "Small Potatoes," Mulder is kidnapped by a shape-shifter who decides to steal Mulder's identity...literally. In "Dreamland," Mulder and an MIB switch bodies. Both non-Mulders try their hand at seducing Scully. The MIB was so sleazy about it that some of the things he said were a big sign to Scully that Mulder was NotHimself. Plus, they both called her "Dana," which Mulder ''never'' does unless things are really bad.
* On ''Series/AllMyChildren'', Julia has been kidnapped by her recently paroled rapist. He orders her to call her boyfriend and tell him everything's okay. When she does, she tells him that she's assisting a woman from her rape survivor group, a "Mrs. Elijah". Elijah is the name of her boyfriend's former neighbor. He instantly realizes that she's being held prisoner in his old apartment.

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* DoublySubverted ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'':
** Rather terrifyingly {{inverted}} once. The setup is that [[BitchInSheepsClothing Morgana]] has convinced [[WellIntentionedExtremist King Uther]] that his son Arthur has been enchanted by Guinevere. Convinced that Arthur is under a spell Uther orders Guinevere to be burnt at the stake, at which point a panicking Arthur tells his father that he'd be willing to renounce his claim on the throne if only Guinevere is spared. Unfortunately, Uther takes this as "final proof" that Arthur is under a spell, claiming that it's something that he would never say. Except of course, he ''does''.
** Played straight
in ''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger''. a later episode: [[ParentalSubstitute Gaius]] is being controlled by a goblin. Arthur suspects as much and tricks the goblin into revealing itself by discussing [[LikeASonToMe Merlin's]] imminent execution. When the MonsterOfTheWeek disguises himself as White, both Whites (who conveniently wear different clothes thanks to the event that happened earlier) ask Red to hand her TransformationTrinket. He holds it out to [[EvilWearsBlack the one dressed in black]], who walks up to him, treading on a flower along the way. The one who accidentally treads on a flower is the impostor? No, they both do. The one who goblin!Gaius does not feel sorry show the least bit of a negative reaction to this, Arthur knows that Gaius is not himself, so to speak.
** Similar to the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode with Fred and Gunn, when Arthur breaks up with Guenevere in season 4 on the advice of Agravaine, Gwen immediately asks if someone talked him into it and she doesn't buy
for a second that he made the flower is choice on his own.
* ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries'': In "Death at
the impostor.
Grand", Aunt Prudence is held hostage and forced to call Phryne to lure her into a trap. Aunt Prudence says that she has decided to stay for lunch because Mr Butler is making shepherd's pie and Phryne knows how much she loves it. Phryne immediately realises something is wrong as Aunt Prudence hates shepherd's pie.
* In an episode of ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', the MonsterOfTheWeek assumes the form of Yellow Ranger Luka. Near the end of the episode the rest of the team reveals ''Series/{{Monk}}'', Adrian realizes that they were aware for some time, a man who claims to be the brother of a missing person isn't really his brother, since at dinner they used different terms for soft drinks (pop vs. soda).
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'':
** "Bête Noire".
*** Kate attempts this when she brings a box of evidence down to
the monster ate broccoli, a food Luka absolutely despises.
* In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', John is kidnapped
autopsy room on Abby's request only to find that Ducky has locked down the room and forced won't let anyone in. She pretends to fool Sherlock into thinking he's Moriarty. There are many, many indications be Abby, providing Ducky with the opportunity to confirm that something is obviously not right, such as John blinking SOS at Sherlock, speaking in an unusual monotone, amiss by playing along. Unfortunately the terrorist holding Ducky hostage realizes what they're doing, and wearing Kate ends up a thick jacket (with hostage as well.
*** Also in the episode when Ducky orders Abby to bring him the evidence ending with "stat!" "Stat!" is medical slang for needing something quickly but only used in hospitals with living patients. It isn't something
a bomb-strapped vest underneath) coroner should use. Realizing this alerts Gibbs that he was a) not wearing when he left Baker Street there is trouble and b) according to Mrs. Hudson, would never wear anyway. There is no indication that Sherlock picks up on any of these hints, which is a pretty big Out Of Character Alert possible hostage situation in its own right, showing how deeply shaken he is at the prospect of John's friendship being a lie.
* On ''Series/TheXFiles'', this happens with a twist.
autopsy.
**
In the episode "Small Potatoes," Mulder "Bait", Gibbs is kidnapped being held hostage by a shape-shifter who decides to steal Mulder's identity...literally. In "Dreamland," Mulder teenager wearing a suicide bomber vest and an MIB switch bodies. Both non-Mulders try their hand at seducing Scully. The MIB was so sleazy about it demanding to see his mother. When the team finds out that some the boy's mother is considered dead, Tony tells Gibbs that "Special Agent Caitlin Todd" is looking for her. When one of the things local LEO's asks why Tony didn't reveal the mother's death, he said were a big sign to Scully says he already has. [[spoiler:Special Agent Caitlin Todd is dead.]]
** In "Detour", the two characters in danger even do this inadvertently. When Gibbs notices
that Mulder was NotHimself. Plus, they both called her "Dana," which Mulder ''never'' does unless things are really bad.
* On ''Series/AllMyChildren'', Julia
Jimmy and Ducky haven't returned from the crime scene (they've been abducted by people seeking something from the murder victim), he asks Abby to call them. Gibbs realizes something is seriously wrong when Abby fails to reach them, noting that it's odd that Ducky's phone has been kidnapped by her recently paroled rapist. He orders her to call her boyfriend turned off as he never does that and tell him everything's okay. that Jimmy has removed the battery from his, asking, "Why would he do that?". Gibbs responds that "He ''wouldn't''", and the next shot is of the team frantically scrambling to find them.
* ''Series/NCISNewOrleans'':
** In "The Insider", Loretta is being held hostage by a gunman.
When Pride asks her about the victim on her slab, she does, she tells him says that he died from "Larrabee's syndrome". Pride recognises this as a QuietCryForHelp because Captain Larrabee was an officer who was killed working a hostage situation with Pride years before.
** She also attempts this with a security guard who tries to stop her and the man from leaving by cheerfully declaring "Everything's fine, Darryl". Unfortunately, the guard's "Huh?" reaction, plus the guy getting glimpse of his name tag, which reads "Lowell", tips him to what
she's assisting a woman from her rape survivor group, a "Mrs. Elijah". Elijah is the name of her boyfriend's former neighbor. He instantly realizes that she's being held prisoner in his old apartment.trying to do.



** When Todd terrorized a blind Nora at the beach house where she and Bo were spending Christmas, Bo showed up. Todd ordered her to get rid of him while he hid. Nora did so, but told Bo not to "''Film/WaitUntilDark''" to return. After driving away, Bo suddenly remembered that he and Nora had been discussing the movie shortly before he left the house to run errands, and recalled the plot--a blind woman being terrorized by an assailant. At that, Bo realized that Nora had been trying to tell him that Todd was there in the house.
* On ''Series/GeneralHospital'', when Mac was kidnapped and replaced by a double, he fed him incorrect information about his personal life, resulting in him treating his fiancee like dirt and basically sexually harassing his coworker who had no interest in him.
* On ''Series/FamilyMatters'', Urkel was being threatened by a criminal, causing him to be placed in witness protection, guarded day and night by, among others, Carl. At the end of Carl's shift guarding Urkel, Carl's partner shows up, holding a large handkerchief in front of his face, telling Carl he has a cold. Carl's suspicions aren't raised until he says "see you later" and the criminal replies "yeah, see you" instead of the actual partner's trademark "not if I see you first". Carl then mentions some money he owes him, slides it under the door, then kicks the door in when the criminal bends down to pick it up.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'':
** In the episode "The Wannabe Ranger", Jason is able to see through the Primator's impersonation of Tommy when the monster suggests they give up, something the real Tommy would never say.
** The Primator screws up ''again'' when impersonating Trini. The Rangers have trouble distinguishing between the real one and the fake at first, so Jason suggests that both of them ''fight'' him, so he'd be able to tell by both of their styles who's real and who's not. But as Jason was counting on, the ''real'' tip-off is that the real Trini refuses to fight him at ''all'' because he's her friend, while Primator disguised as Trini enthusiastically jumps at Jason with daggers poised to strike. Jason promptly orders the other rangers to shoot Primator down.
* During ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' the villain Astronema uses a monster's disguise ability to disguise herself as the Yellow Ranger, during the episode, the real Yellow Ranger returns to help the team, but loses her Morpher, which the Red Ranger retrieves and then the Red Ranger has to figure out which one is the real one, how does he do so, only the Rangers would know how to activate the Morphers, thus, he asked them both, and Astronema didn't know.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' has an example that refers back to a ChekhovsLecture during the ColdOpen. Namely, Watson complaining she can't read Holmes' texts because he uses too many weird abbreviations. [[spoiler:After the Killer of the Week kidnaps Holmes, she sends a text to Watson from his phone so she won't worry. Watson recognizes it as fake because it didn't read "like a teenager on a sugar high."]] After [[spoiler:Holmes is rescued, he tries to take credit by claiming he deliberately provoked the killer to text Watson]].
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'', Parker was held hostage by an ex-cop who had tried to join SRU but failed the psych test, causing his life to spiral down. The ex-cop told Parker to misled his team to a certain room, which Parker complied but added "stay frosty" alerting his team that he was under duress. However, the ex-cop realized it was a distress code when he was watching the security cameras and noticed the team wasn't heading towards the given room.
* In one episode of ''Series/TeenWolf'', Stiles, Scott and Allison [[ItMakesSenseInContext have to kidnap Jackson]]. To throw off suspicion, Stiles sends a text from Jackson's phone to his father that says: "Stayed at friend's house last night. Everything fine. Love you." Jackson's father immediately knows that something is wrong, because Jackson hasn't been able to tell his parents that he loves them since they told him he was adopted, eleven years ago.
* In the pilot of the ''Series/{{Flash Gordon|2007}}'' TV series, Flash receives a call from his mother asking him to come home. The viewer is shown his mother being obviously mind-controlled by an alien cyborg in the room. Flash realizes something is wrong when his mother calls him "Flash", which is a nickname that his father gave him, which his mother ''never'' uses, instead calling him by his real name Steven. He does come home, but he's planning for a trap.
* Inverted on ''Series/WithoutATrace''. An abducted woman is forced to call her husband and assure him that she's fine and that's she's merely hanging out with an old friend, rather than being kept there by force. Not believing her claims of being all right, her worried husband tells her to ask about their children if she's in fact being held prisoner. When she manages to cheerfully ask how the kids are, he realizes she's in trouble.
* In "You Got to Have Luck", an episode of ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'', an escaped convict holds a woman hostage in her house when the telephone rings. He makes her answer it, and, listening into the conversation, tells her exactly how to answer each question from her mother on the other end. Later, after the guy let his guard down, the cops come busting in and arrest him. It turns out the woman was deaf but could speak without an accent and read lips as well. She was able to repeat what the guy said, but the mere fact that she was able to hold up one end of a telephone conversation tipped off her mother that something was going on.
* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'':
** Patricia being polite over the phone was enough to let everyone know that she wasn't alone.
** Mara realized something was wrong with Trudy, when in the letter she wrote, she mentioned a relative that Mara knew didn't exist, because Trudy had said before that the students were basically her only family. [[PublicSecretMessage It turns out the letter was literally asking for someone to help her.]]
* On ''Series/{{ER}}'', as Sam is supposedly escorting a patient and two attendants to an ambulance, she calls Abby "Abigail", something that she (nor anyone else) has ever done. In reality, Sam is being abducted by the trio--they're her sleazy ex-husband and his two accomplices. Abby's confused, but she manages to realize that something's wrong.
* A variant in the last season ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': [[TheSmartGuy Willow]] sees a vision of [[WaifProphet Cassie]], a girl who had died earlier in the season. "Cassie" explains that she's been sent by Willow's dead girlfriend [[KilledOffForReal Tara]], who can't come herself because Willow's being punished for her RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Tara's murderer. At the end of the conversation, "Cassie" suggests that Willow [[DrivenToSuicide kill herself]] so that she and Tara can be together again. Willow instantly realizes that Tara wouldn't send anyone who would suggest that, and the illusion, sensing its mistake, drops any pretense and reveals itself as the season's BigBad, [[spoiler:[[UltimateEvil the First Evil]]]].

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** When Todd terrorized a blind Nora at the beach house where she and Bo were spending Christmas, Bo showed up. Todd ordered her to get rid of him while he hid. Nora did so, but told Bo not to "''Film/WaitUntilDark''" to return. After driving away, Bo suddenly remembered that he and Nora had been discussing the movie shortly before he left the house to run errands, and recalled the plot--a plot -- a blind woman being terrorized by an assailant. At that, Bo realized that Nora had been trying to tell him that Todd was there in the house.
* On ''Series/GeneralHospital'', when Mac was kidnapped and replaced by a double, he fed him incorrect information about his personal life, resulting in him treating his fiancee like dirt and basically sexually harassing his coworker who had no interest in him.
* On ''Series/FamilyMatters'', Urkel was being threatened by a criminal, causing him to be placed in witness protection, guarded day and night by, among others, Carl. At the end of Carl's shift guarding Urkel, Carl's partner shows up, holding a large handkerchief in front of his face, telling Carl he has a cold. Carl's suspicions aren't raised until he says "see you later" and the criminal replies "yeah, see you" instead of the actual partner's trademark "not if I see you first". Carl then mentions some money he owes him, slides it under the door, then kicks the door in when the criminal bends down to pick it up.
*
''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
**
''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'':
** *** In the episode "The Wannabe Ranger", Jason is able to see through the Primator's impersonation of Tommy when the monster suggests they give up, something the real Tommy would never say.
** *** The Primator screws up ''again'' when impersonating Trini. The Rangers have trouble distinguishing between the real one and the fake at first, so Jason suggests that both of them ''fight'' him, so he'd be able to tell by both of their styles who's real and who's not. But as Jason was counting on, the ''real'' tip-off is that the real Trini refuses to fight him at ''all'' because he's her friend, while Primator disguised as Trini enthusiastically jumps at Jason with daggers poised to strike. Jason promptly orders the other rangers to shoot Primator down.
* ** During ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' the villain Astronema uses a monster's disguise ability to disguise herself as the Yellow Ranger, during the episode, the real Yellow Ranger returns to help the team, but loses her Morpher, which the Red Ranger retrieves and then the Red Ranger has to figure out which one is the real one, how does he do so, only the Rangers would know how to activate the Morphers, thus, he asked them both, and Astronema didn't know.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' has an example that refers back to ''Series/{{Psych}}'':
** Lassiter gets
a ChekhovsLecture during text message from "Shawn" and follows it right into the ColdOpen. Namely, Watson complaining she trap the killer set. When Lassiter gets there, a captive [[ManChild Shawn]] says, "I can't read Holmes' texts because he uses too many weird abbreviations. [[spoiler:After the Killer of the Week kidnaps Holmes, she sends a believe you thought that text to Watson was actually from his phone so she won't worry. Watson recognizes it as fake because it didn't read "like a teenager on a sugar high."]] After [[spoiler:Holmes is rescued, he tries to take credit by claiming he deliberately provoked the killer to text Watson]].
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'', Parker
me. It lacked all nuance, was held hostage by an ex-cop who had tried lacking my signature mocking tone, and was totally devoid of emoticons."
** In a later episode, Shawn has been kidnapped. He calls Juliet, ostensibly
to join SRU but failed the psych test, causing his life to spiral down. The ex-cop told Parker to misled his team to a certain room, which Parker complied but added "stay frosty" alerting his team tell her that he was under duress. However, believes he's going to die and wanted to talk to her one last time. He ends the ex-cop realized it call by saying, "Goodbye, Abigail," cluing her in to the fact that there was a distress code when hidden message in what he was watching said. She can't figure it out, but she repeats the security cameras conversation to Shawn's father, who does.
** Still later, Shawn is in the hospital
and noticed being held at gunpoint while FaceTime-ing with Gus, Juliet, and Lassiter. Shawn gives them a false lead at the team wasn't heading towards insistence of the given room.
* In one episode of ''Series/TeenWolf'', Stiles, Scott and Allison [[ItMakesSenseInContext have to kidnap Jackson]]. To throw off suspicion, Stiles sends a text from Jackson's phone to his father that says: "Stayed at friend's house last night. Everything fine. Love you." Jackson's father immediately knows
bad guy. Gus realizes that something is wrong, because Jackson hasn't been able to tell his parents that he loves them up since they told him he was adopted, eleven years ago.
* In the pilot of the ''Series/{{Flash Gordon|2007}}'' TV series, Flash receives a call from his mother asking him to come home. The viewer is shown his mother being obviously mind-controlled by an alien cyborg in the room. Flash realizes something is wrong when his mother calls him "Flash", which is a nickname that his father gave him, which his mother ''never'' uses, instead calling him by his real name Steven. He does come home, but he's planning for a trap.
* Inverted on ''Series/WithoutATrace''. An abducted woman is forced to call her husband and assure him that she's fine and that's she's merely hanging out with an old friend, rather than being kept there by force. Not believing her claims of being all right, her worried husband tells her to ask about their children if she's in fact being held prisoner. When she manages to cheerfully ask how the kids are, he realizes she's in trouble.
* In "You Got to Have Luck", an episode of ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'', an escaped convict holds a woman hostage in her house when the telephone rings. He makes her answer it, and, listening into the conversation, tells her exactly how to answer each question from her mother on the other end. Later, after the guy let his guard down, the cops come busting in and arrest him. It turns out the woman was deaf but could speak without an accent and read lips as well. She was able to repeat what the guy said, but the mere fact that she was able to hold up one end of a telephone conversation tipped off her mother that something was going on.
* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'':
** Patricia being polite over the phone was enough to let everyone know that she wasn't alone.
** Mara realized something was wrong with Trudy, when in the letter she wrote, she mentioned a relative that Mara knew
Shawn didn't exist, because Trudy had said before that the students were basically her only family. [[PublicSecretMessage It turns out the letter was literally asking for someone to help her.]]
* On ''Series/{{ER}}'', as Sam is supposedly escorting a patient and two attendants to an ambulance, she calls Abby "Abigail", something that she (nor anyone else) has ever done. In reality, Sam is being abducted by the trio--they're her sleazy ex-husband and his two accomplices. Abby's confused, but she manages to realize that something's wrong.
* A variant in the last season ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': [[TheSmartGuy Willow]] sees a vision of [[WaifProphet Cassie]], a girl who had died earlier in the season. "Cassie" explains that she's been sent by Willow's dead girlfriend [[KilledOffForReal Tara]], who can't come herself because Willow's being punished for her RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Tara's murderer. At the end of the conversation, "Cassie" suggests that Willow [[DrivenToSuicide kill herself]] so that she and Tara can be together again. Willow instantly realizes that Tara wouldn't send anyone who would suggest that, and the illusion, sensing its mistake, drops
make any pretense and reveals itself obscure analogies or use over-the-top theatrics as the season's BigBad, [[spoiler:[[UltimateEvil the First Evil]]]].he normally does.



** It does come back to bite Sam in "Return of the Evil Leaper," when evil hologram Zoey notices "Arnold Watkins" talking to thin air, including an utterance of the name "Al." A quick scan by Lothos confirms that Sam is indeed there.
* On ''Series/{{Justified}}'' Boyd Crowder calls up his new business partner, Hot-Rod Dunham to finalize the details of a major drug deal. At the end of the conversation, the Hot-Rod tells Boyd that he hopes everything goes as smoothly as the last time he, Boyd and Dickie Bennett did a drug deal together. Boyd instantly realizes that Hot-Rod is under duress and the drug deal is a trap. The last time Hot-Rod bought drugs from Dickie Bennett, things went far from "smooth" because Boyd ambushed them and stole Dickie's money. This was followed by a MobWar that saw many people die.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'', Adrian realizes that a man who claims to be the brother of a missing person isn't really his brother, since they used different terms for soft drinks (pop vs. soda).
* On ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'', when Shirley needs help after being handcuffed to an escaped bank robber, she calls Mr. [=DeFazio=] at his restaurant requesting "extra BBQ sauce" on her chicken. Naturally, Mr. [=DeFazio=] fails to note Shirley's "code"... although Laverne immediately understands that Shirley would never order extra BBQ sauce, because it would get under her fingernails.
* ''Series/{{Scorpion}}'': In "Shorthanded", Toby tells the rest of the team they can pick him up at a location in the desert directly under the belt of the Orion. He does this to tip them off that they are walking into an ambush, as they will know that that constellation was not visible in that hemisphere at that time of year.
* ''Series/NCISNewOrleans'':
** In "The Insider", Loretta is being held hostage by a gunman. When Pride asks her about the victim on her slab, she says that he died from "Larrabee's syndrome". Pride recognises this as a QuietCryForHelp because Captain Larrabee was an officer who was killed working a hostage situation with Pride years before.
** She also attempts this with a security guard who tries to stop her and the man from leaving by cheerfully declaring "Everything's fine, Darryl". Unfortunately, the guard's "Huh?" reaction, plus the guy getting glimpse of his name tag, which reads "Lowell", tips him to what she's trying to do.
* Two enemy agents have a machine which will enable them to switch personalities with Steed and Mrs. Peel in ''Series/TheAvengers''. After the man has switched with Steed, he goes to Mrs. Peel's to lure her into the trap. As they are leaving, he addresses her as "Emma", something Steed never did. She notices, but shrugs it off.
* ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries'': In "Death at the Grand", Aunt Prudence is held hostage and forced to call Phryne to lure her into a trap. Aunt Prudence says that she has decided to stay for lunch because Mr Butler is making shepherd's pie and Phyrne knows how much she loves it. Phyrne immediately realises something is wrong as Aunt Prudence hates shepherd's pie.
* ''{{Series/Gotham}}'': In the second season finale, Barbara spots [[spoiler: the fake Jim Gordon]] when that person [[spoiler: shows no fear or distrust of Barbara, instead flirting with her, and bad-mouths his beloved Leslie]].

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** It does come back to bite Sam in "Return of the Evil Leaper," Leaper", when evil hologram Zoey notices "Arnold Watkins" talking to thin air, including an utterance of the name "Al." "Al". A quick scan by Lothos confirms that Sam is indeed there.
* On ''Series/{{Justified}}'' Boyd Crowder calls up his new business partner, Hot-Rod Dunham to finalize ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** In
the details of a major drug deal. At episode "Psirens", the end crew is trying to figure out which of two Listers is a mind-reading impostor. The two act alike, until the conversation, crew has one of them play Lister's guitar. Because Lister sincerely (but utterly incorrectly) considers himself a brilliant player, the Hot-Rod tells Boyd that he hopes everything fake reads this, belts out a few power-chords, and goes as smoothly as the last time he, Boyd and Dickie Bennett did down in a drug deal together. Boyd instantly hail of laser-fire.
** Played straight earlier when Dave
realizes that Hot-Rod the "Kryten" that saved him was not really Kryten, since Kryten never calls Lister "Dave".
** In series one, Rimmer once tried to trick Lister out of taking a test that would have made him Rimmer's superior, and allowed him to replace Rimmer with a hologram of his crush Kochanski. He does this by taking on Kochanski's appearance, and telling Lister that she would never be interested in him. However, his performance
is under duress pretty lousy; "Kochanski" repeats some phrases Rimmer often uses, is easily bluffed when Lister mentions a fake tryst they had, and then tries to cover up her weird behavior by saying she's "having a woman's period".
* ''Series/{{Rescue 911}}'':
** In a chilling episode, a woman is told by a rapist to call in sick to her workplace. She promptly dials a male friend and tells him, "I can't come in to work today," thus alerting the friend that she's in trouble and he needs to stop by PRONTO. A few seconds later, she does the same thing again with 911,
and the drug deal is a trap. The last time Hot-Rod bought drugs from Dickie Bennett, things went far from "smooth" because Boyd ambushed them and stole Dickie's money. This was followed by a MobWar that saw many people die.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'', Adrian realizes that a man who claims to be the brother of a missing person isn't really his brother, since they used different terms for soft drinks (pop vs. soda).
* On ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'', when Shirley needs help after being handcuffed to an escaped bank robber, she calls Mr. [=DeFazio=] at his restaurant requesting "extra BBQ sauce" on her chicken. Naturally, Mr. [=DeFazio=] fails to note Shirley's "code"... although Laverne
dispatcher immediately understands works out that Shirley would never order extra BBQ sauce, because there's something wrong and sends the police.
** There was a similar episode of ''Series/ISurvived''. When a woman's crazed ex-husband broke into her house and threatened her, she managed to stall him by telling him that her friend was coming to take her shopping and that she needed to cancel her plans. Amazingly, he let her call. When the friend answered, the woman proceeded to cheerfully tell her that she couldn't make
it would and not to bother coming. Initially confused--because they did NOT have plans to get under her fingernails.
together--the friend quickly realized that something was wrong and asked if the woman's husband was there. Upon being told "yes", the friend immediately called 911.
* ''Series/{{Scorpion}}'': In "Shorthanded", Toby tells the rest of the team they can pick him up at a location in the desert directly under the belt of the Orion. He does this to tip them off that they are walking into an ambush, as they will know that that constellation was not visible in that hemisphere at that time of year.
* ''Series/NCISNewOrleans'':
In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', John is kidnapped and forced to fool Sherlock into thinking he's Moriarty. There are many, many indications that something is obviously not right, such as John blinking SOS at Sherlock, speaking in an unusual monotone, and wearing a thick jacket (with a bomb-strapped vest underneath) that he was a) not wearing when he left Baker Street and b) according to Mrs. Hudson, would never wear anyway. There is no indication that Sherlock picks up on any of these hints, which is a pretty big Out Of Character Alert in its own right, showing how deeply shaken he is at the prospect of John's friendship being a lie.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** When Clark's on red kryptonite, he always refers to himself as "[[SuperpoweredEvilSide Kal]]". Although his offensive and sexually aggressive attitude should tip you off quick.
** "[[IronicEcho Clark Kent]] [[ThatManIsDead is dead.]]"
** [[FreakyFridayFlip Lionel in Clark's body]] has cruel comments for both Lana and Chloe, but the most obvious alert comes when he referred to Chloe as "Miss Sullivan".
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** A variant is used in an episode where Daniel, trapped behind enemy lines, is relaying a battle plan to the SGC via radio through what sounds like small talk, mixing in Goa'uld words to let them know what his plan is. If the message was translated, it would sound something like, "Oh, and could you have Teal'c water my ''coordinated pincer attack''?"
** A straighter example would be when O'Neill and Teal'c are stuck in a time loop, but everyone else's memories are reset. O'Neill tries to prove it by explaining why the planet they're visiting is important before Carter has a chance to. Later, Carter and Hammond have the following conversation:
--->'''Carter:''' Besides, when was the last time you heard the colonel use words like "geomagnetic"?\\
'''Hammond:''' You have a point there.\\
'''Carter:''' And he was using them ''correctly''. More or less.
** Also from that episode:
--->'''O'Neill:''' Now, how did I know you were going to say that?\\
'''Carter:''' Maybe you read my report?\\
'''Daniel:''' (''skeptically'') Maybe he ''read'' your ''report''? (''raises eyebrows'')
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** In "Heart of Stone", Odo spends a lot of time with Changeling!Major Kira. He only realizes it is a double when "she" says "I love you".
** Subverted in "Armageddon Game": an alien government has faked the deaths of O'Brien and Bashir (while trying to hunt down and actually kill them) in an attempt to destroy all knowledge of a dangerous bio-weapon. They send a recording of a faked lab accident to Deep Space Nine, using security footage from earlier on. But O'Brien's wife notices him drinking coffee, which he would NEVER do in the afternoon, and her suspicions along with the shady explanation of the accident itself is enough to get Sisko and the others to investigate further. At the end of the episode, O'Brien is recovering at home and asks for a cup of coffee after lunch, explaining to his shocked wife that sure, he drinks coffee in the afternoon sometimes...
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'':
** In the episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of". A robotic double is made of Kirk, with the robot having a duplicate of his mind as well. Kirk foils the plan during the procedure by mentally focusing on a racist insult toward Spock, something he would never normally say but which is consequently implanted into the double.
** There's another one in "Whom the Gods Destroy," when the villain tries to bluff his way out of failing a TrustPassword test by telling Scotty that he was just testing to make sure that he wouldn't let anyone beam up without the password. Given how long Kirk and Scotty have known one another, and how much they trust one another, Scotty immediately figures out that the "just testing you" story is bogus.
** Before them was "The Enemy Within". Kirk is split into his good and evil sides by a transporter accident, which leaves several of the ''Enterprise'' crew stranded on a hostile planet. Spock feels a bad vibe when the evil Kirk, passing himself as the good one, walks onto the bridge. Then he declares that the men can't be saved and orders the ship to leave orbit, at which point Spock ''knows'' it's not the real one -- since when would [[AFatherToHisMen James T. Kirk]] leave his crew to die?
** In "Turnabout Intruder" (essentially ''Star Trek'' meets ''Film/FreakyFriday''), numerous things, actually. First, "Kirk" hits "Lester" hard enough to knock her down. Then he disintegrates into screaming hysterically at Spock and accusing him of mutiny. When he orders the "traitors" executed, it completely cements the suspicion in every officer's mind. Sulu and Chekov flat out refuse to follow his orders after a while. Scotty even tells [=McCoy=] while trying to convince him to side with Spock that he has seen Captain Kirk in all sorts of moods, but never "red-faced with hysteria".
** And of course, "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E4MirrorMirror Mirror Mirror]]". Neither Kirk can keep up the charade of being the other for long. Fortunately, they're both dealing with Spock.
---> '''Spock:''' It was far easier for you as civilized men to behave like barbarians, than it was for them as barbarians to behave like civilized men.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** In the episode "Allegiance", Picard is replaced by a double who has his memories but doesn't act like him very well--basically doing the kinds of things Picard would do if he weren't an incredibly reserved man (one of the weird things the doppelganger Picard does is go into [[GoodGuyBar Ten Forward]], order drinks all around, and start singing). When the real Picard asks Riker what the giveaway was, he is told: "Well, sir, I find it hard to believe that [[TakeThat you're that good a singer]]." The aliens who abducted Picard reveal that this was really part of their experiment to study the concept of hierarchy, which was alien to them because they were a HiveMind. In Picard's case they wanted to test how far the crew's respect for the Captain's authority would go with his increasingly erratic behavior. The bridge crew draw the line only when the duplicate gives a suicidal order for no reason.
** In "The Insider", Loretta is being held hostage Most Toys", Kivas Fajo almost perfectly faked Data's death. He messed up in one key area, though; Data's final transmission, fabricated by a gunman. When Pride asks her about him, was phrased incorrectly. The crew had been ferrying materials between their two ships, and Data had robotically repeated the victim on her slab, she says exact same status report each time. The last one was missing the notification that he died from "Larrabee's syndrome". Pride recognises this as a QuietCryForHelp because Captain Larrabee was launching the shuttle--Data had been incapacitated before the shuttle launch.
** In "Datalore",
an officer who was killed working a hostage situation with Pride years before.
** She also attempts this with a security guard who tries
android physically identical to stop her Data named Lore incapacitates Data and the man from leaving impersonates him, but slips up in subtle ways. He gives himself away to Wesley by cheerfully declaring "Everything's fine, Darryl". Unfortunately, the guard's "Huh?" reaction, plus the guy getting glimpse of his name tag, which reads "Lowell", tips him to what she's trying to do.
* Two enemy agents have
using a machine which will enable them to switch personalities with Steed and Mrs. Peel in ''Series/TheAvengers''. After the man has switched with Steed, he goes to Mrs. Peel's to lure her into the trap. As they are leaving, he addresses her as "Emma", contraction, something Steed that Data never did. She notices, but shrugs it off.
* ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries'': In "Death at the Grand", Aunt Prudence is held hostage and forced to call Phryne to lure her
does.
** "The Schizoid Man" has another Data impersonator, a dying scientist named Ira Graves who uploads his consciousness
into a trap. Aunt Prudence says that she has decided to stay for lunch because Mr Butler Data. Graves is making shepherd's pie egotistical and Phyrne contemptuous of authority, and the Enterprise crew knows how much she loves it. Phyrne immediately realises something is wrong almost immediately when "Data" starts displaying those qualities, but just not exactly what. He tells Picard he's "as strong as Aunt Prudence hates shepherd's pie.
* ''{{Series/Gotham}}'':
a Regellian ox", which Picard doesn't pick up on because he wasn't there when Graves said it earlier, but looking back, he realizes pretty much ''everything'' Graves said should have been a dead giveaway.
**
In "Future Imperfect", Riker figures out he's trapped in a simulation, and asks the second crew questions they can't answer so that whoever is running the simulation will stop trying to fool him. Geordi can't justify running a level 1 diagnostic for over a day, which is in fact a HandWave for the simulation's imperfections; Worf can't recall where he got a scar; Data can't make anywhere near trillions of calculations per second, and, like Lore, uses contractions.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** In ''Hunted'' when Gordon uses Dean as bait and forces him to call Sam, Sam instantly knows that something's wrong because Dean used the codeword "Funkytown". [[spoiler:Subverted: Gordon knew that Dean would find a way to alert Sam and was leading him into a trap]].
** Done several other times. Once by a shape-shifter. Another time the body of another supernatural hunter was possessed by the SevenDeadlySins. In "The Great Escapist", Kevin Tran realizes that two people who look and sound just like Sam and Dean are impersonators because they are being too patient and helpful. The irony that a pair of demons would be too nice to convincingly pass as the heroes does not go unnoticed.
** A plot point in
season finale, Barbara spots six, when [[NiceGuy Sam]] has been behaving [[JerkAss a little]] [[TheUnfettered out of character]]. Turns out [[SoullessShell his body had no soul in it]]. Played with because it took Dean a third of a season to notice, so this trope was invoked for viewers as much as characters. What caused Dean to realize something was up was Sam letting Dean get turned into a vampire, as Dean saw that Sam didn't seem bothered by it and was actually smiling rather than trying to save him.
** An early and depressing example is the end of the first season when they realize their father is possessed by a demon because he tells them he's proud of them, while they believe the real John would just have been angry that they'd "wasted" a very limited resource.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'':
** DoubleSubverted in ''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger''. When the MonsterOfTheWeek disguises himself as White, both Whites (who conveniently wear different clothes thanks to the event that happened earlier) ask Red to hand her TransformationTrinket. He holds it out to [[EvilWearsBlack the one dressed in black]], who walks up to him, treading on a flower along the way. The one who accidentally treads on a flower is the impostor? No, they both do. The one who does not feel sorry for the flower is the impostor.
** In an episode of ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', the MonsterOfTheWeek assumes the form of Yellow Ranger Luka. Near the end of the episode the rest of the team reveals that they were aware for some time, since at dinner the monster ate broccoli, a food Luka absolutely despises.
* An episode of ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' had the bad guy threatening the protagonist with his wife's gun, which she normally keeps in her purse for self defence. With the husband taken hostage using the gun, he attempts to lure the wife in by telling her that the husband is threatening to commit suicide with the same gun he's holding. Unfortunately for the bad guy, both husband and wife know that
[[spoiler: the fake Jim Gordon]] when wife [[ItWorksBetterWithBullets doesn't keep any bullets]] in the gun.]]
* In one episode of ''Series/TeenWolf'', Stiles, Scott and Allison [[ItMakesSenseInContext have to kidnap Jackson]]. To throw off suspicion, Stiles sends a text from Jackson's phone to his father
that person [[spoiler: shows no fear or distrust of Barbara, instead flirting says: "Stayed at friend's house last night. Everything fine. Love you." Jackson's father immediately knows that something is wrong, because Jackson hasn't been able to tell his parents that he loves them since they told him he was adopted, eleven years ago.
* Inverted on ''Series/WithoutATrace''. An abducted woman is forced to call her husband and assure him that she's fine and that's she's merely hanging out
with her, an old friend, rather than being kept there by force. Not believing her claims of being all right, her worried husband tells her to ask about their children if she's in fact being held prisoner. When she manages to cheerfully ask how the kids are, he realizes she's in trouble.
* On ''Series/TheXFiles'', this happens with a twist. In the episode "Small Potatoes", Mulder is kidnapped by a shape-shifter who decides to steal Mulder's identity... literally. In "Dreamland", Mulder
and bad-mouths his beloved Leslie]].an MIB switch bodies. Both non-Mulders try their hand at seducing Scully. The MIB was so sleazy about it that some of the things he said were a big sign to Scully that Mulder was NotHimself. Plus, they both called her "Dana", which Mulder ''never'' does unless things are really bad.
19th Apr '17 5:32:19 PM TheWanderer
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* In ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'', a bunch of German mercenaries impersonate cops. Although the leader speaks English with a flawless American accent, he slips up on a few word choices, such as calling an elevator a "lift" and saying that it's raining "dogs and cats", instead of the usual "cats and dogs". When [=McClane=] recognizes that one of them is wearing a friend's badge, and mentions the lottery to figure out if anyone on the elevator is real. None of the fake cops know last night's numbers, though in the beginning it's established that every NYPD cop plays the lottery with their badge number.

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* In ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'', a bunch of German mercenaries impersonate cops. Although the leader speaks English with a flawless American accent, he slips up on a few word choices, such as calling an elevator a "lift" and saying that it's raining "dogs and cats", instead of the usual "cats and dogs". When [=McClane=] recognizes that one of them is wearing a friend's badge, and mentions the lottery to figure out if anyone on the elevator is real. None of the fake cops know last night's numbers, though in the beginning it's established that every NYPD cop plays the lottery with their badge number.and knows exactly what the winning numbers were.
12th Apr '17 12:37:45 AM BardicKnowledge
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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates''. In the ''Birthright'' path, the party stops in the country of Izumo, and are greeted by its leader, Lord Izana. Izana acts like a cross between a party animal and a rich kid, which Hinoka takes as a sign that he's an imposter. And indeed, he was replaced by the Nohrian mage and MasterOfIllusion Zola. But when the real Izana is freed, ''[[BunnyEarsLawyer that's exactly how he acts]].''

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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates''. In the ''Birthright'' path, and ''Revelation'' paths, the party stops in the country of Izumo, and are greeted by its leader, Lord Izana. Izana acts like a cross between a party animal and a rich kid, which Hinoka takes as a sign that he's an imposter. And indeed, he was replaced by the Nohrian mage and MasterOfIllusion Zola. But when the real Izana is freed, ''[[BunnyEarsLawyer that's exactly how he acts]].''
7th Apr '17 11:13:02 PM Daeolus
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*** As it turned out, this also got Barbara killed. When a man from her past figured out the truth, she had to pay blackmail to him. Odette's financial manager saw the money and confronted her, yelling that he didn't help Odette kill her grandmother for her fortune just so she could waste it. When he saw Barbara's shocked reaction, he realized she wasn't the real Odette.

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*** As it turned out, this also got Barbara killed. When a man from her past figured out the truth, she had to pay blackmail to him. Odette's financial manager saw the money and confronted her, yelling that he didn't help Odette kill her grandmother grandfather for her his fortune just so she could waste it. When he saw Barbara's shocked reaction, he realized she wasn't the real Odette.
6th Apr '17 11:04:33 AM MikeW
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** Actually justified in a fun way in "Dance With Death." Odette, an heiress, is killed doing a dance show. Beckett talks to people who all note that Odette was a former party girl who only cared about having fun and getting arrested. However, when she survived a train crash a year earlier, she totally changed her attitude, devoting herself to charity work. People believe the crash was a wake-up call with one person saying "It was like she was a totally different person." It turns out she was. Months before the crash, Odette met with stripper Barbara and realized that with some surgery and lessons, she could be the perfect BodyDouble. Thus, Barbara went about doing stuff like court-ordered community service and drug tests while Odette could continue her party life. Odette was the one killed in the crash and as they were the only two people who knew, Barbara realized this was her chance to [[DeadPersonImpersonation live out a rich life]] for real. The crash was the perfect excuse for why "Odette" would have a new attitude and occasionally not remember things and it worked.
*** As it turned out, this also got Barbara killed. When a man from her past figured out the truth, she had to pay blackmail to him. Odette's financial manager saw the money and confronted her, yelling that he didn't help Odette kill her grandmother for her fortune just so she could waste it. When he saw Barbara's shocked reaction, he realized she wasn't the real Odette.
25th Mar '17 5:28:42 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Film/Surrogates}}'' BruceWillis' character is tipped off that his partner's surrogate isn't being controlled by his actual partner when she refers to him by his last name. Everybody else in the movie does this, but she always called him Tom.

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* In ''{{Film/Surrogates}}'' BruceWillis' Creator/BruceWillis' character is tipped off that his partner's surrogate isn't being controlled by his actual partner when she refers to him by his last name. Everybody else in the movie does this, but she always called him Tom.
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