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* ''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.
16th Feb '17 9:51:35 AM BarthVader
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* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2,'' while the Spy's disguise looks and sounds perfectly like whomever he's disguised as, there are many ways a seasoned player can detect a spy by just looking at their behavior. For example, a spy disguised as a scout or medic appears to move unnaturally slowly, since they are the only two classes which move faster than 100% speed, the upper limit of how fast the spy can move.
** Another sign is if a medic isn't healing people obsessively to build his ubercharge up: if a medic is walking around with his primary out, you may be dealing with either an amateur spy or a [[CombatMedic Battle Medic.]]
** There are also some voice lines that are wired to only play if you're on the attacking/defending team: if you're defending, and someone on your team says something along the lines of needing to push the bomb when the cart is rolling back, he's definitely a spy.
** There is no way for the pyro to be set on fire due to his flame-retardant suit. Thus, if a friendly burning pyro is running amok, he is certainly a spy.

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* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2,'' while the Spy's disguise looks and sounds perfectly like whomever he's disguised as, there are many ways a seasoned player can detect a spy Spy by just looking at their behavior. For example, a spy Spy disguised as a scout or medic Scout appears to move unnaturally slowly, since they are he's the only two classes which move class that moves faster than 100% 107% of base speed, the upper limit of how fast the spy Spy can move.
** Another sign is if a medic Medic isn't healing people obsessively to build his ubercharge Ubercharge up: if a medic Medic is walking around with his primary syringe gun out, you may be dealing with either an amateur spy Spy or a [[CombatMedic Battle Medic.]]
** There are also some voice lines that are wired to only play if you're on the attacking/defending team: if you're defending, and someone on your team says something along the lines of needing to push the bomb when the cart is rolling back, he's definitely a spy.
Spy.
** There is no way for the pyro Pyro to be set on fire due to his flame-retardant suit. Thus, if a friendly burning pyro Pyro is running amok, he is certainly a spy.Spy.
7th Feb '17 2:01:41 PM AnotherDuck
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* Riza Hawkeye takes advantage of this trope in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' to trick Envy, who is disguised as Roy Mustang, as part of her BatmanGambit. She aims a gun at him, saying that Roy never calls her "Lieutenant" in private. Cue Envy immediately breaking the form, cursing his luck and shouting "[[EveryoneCanSeeIt I]] ''[[EveryoneCanSeeIt knew]]'' [[EveryoneCanSeeIt there was something going on with you two]]!" Her reply can effectively be summed up as, "Not really. [[YouJustToldMe Thanks for believing me, Envy]]." Cue epic beatdown.

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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
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Riza Hawkeye takes advantage of this trope in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' to trick Envy, who is disguised as Roy Mustang, as part of her BatmanGambit. She aims a gun at him, saying that Roy never calls her "Lieutenant" in private. Cue Envy immediately breaking the form, cursing his luck and shouting "[[EveryoneCanSeeIt I]] ''[[EveryoneCanSeeIt knew]]'' [[EveryoneCanSeeIt there was something going on with you two]]!" Her reply can effectively be summed up as, "Not really. [[YouJustToldMe Thanks for believing me, Envy]]." Cue epic beatdown.



* In the Chuunin exams arc of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Sasuke proposes using a TrustPassword in case of enemy ninjas using doppelgangers to imitate one of them (again), and makes up a long poem as the passphrase. A few scenes later, Naruto excuses himself to pee, and when he returns he is quizzed for the passphrase, and successfully gives it. Of course, Sasuke knows that the real Naruto would not have remembered such a long passphrase, and that he was being spied on when he made it.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
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In the Chuunin exams arc of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', arc, Sasuke proposes using a TrustPassword in case of enemy ninjas using doppelgangers to imitate one of them (again), and makes up a long poem as the passphrase. A few scenes later, Naruto excuses himself to pee, and when he returns he is quizzed for the passphrase, and successfully gives it. Of course, Sasuke knows that the real Naruto would not have remembered such a long passphrase, and that he was being spied on when he made it.



* After Cell absorbs Android 17 in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', he tries to persuade 18 to "join" him by [[VoiceChangeling using 17's voice]]. As he talks about how amazing the power feels, 18 looks uncertain... but when Cell refers to their creator, [[MadScientist Dr. Gero]], a little too glowingly, 18 sees through it and snaps that she and 17 actually hated Gero for turning them into cyborgs, and 17 would ''never'' care about his plans.

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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
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After Cell absorbs Android 17 in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', 17, he tries to persuade 18 to "join" him by [[VoiceChangeling using 17's voice]]. As he talks about how amazing the power feels, 18 looks uncertain... but when Cell refers to their creator, [[MadScientist Dr. Gero]], a little too glowingly, 18 sees through it and snaps that she and 17 actually hated Gero for turning them into cyborgs, and 17 would ''never'' care about his plans.



* In ''Manga/SailorMoon R'' one of the MonstersOfTheWeek disguise themselves as Chibi-Usa's dear mom [[spoiler: (Neo-Queen Serenity aka Usagi's future self)]] and calls to her using the name "Rabbit". Chibi-Usa is at first fooled, happy to see her mom again, and runs to hug her... but then she suddenly stops and asks the monster "Who are you?!" When the monster replies that she's her mother, Chibi-Usa says she's lying because her mother never calls her "Rabbit", ''which is what'' '''the Black Moon Clan''' ''refers to her as''. (Chibi-Usa's actual mother uses "Small Lady" instead.) In the dub, this is reversed: "Small Lady" is what the Dark Moon calls her, and how she finds out her mother is a fake.

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* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
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In ''Manga/SailorMoon ''Sailor Moon R'' one of the MonstersOfTheWeek disguise themselves as Chibi-Usa's dear mom [[spoiler: (Neo-Queen Serenity aka Usagi's future self)]] and calls to her using the name "Rabbit". Chibi-Usa is at first fooled, happy to see her mom again, and runs to hug her... but then she suddenly stops and asks the monster "Who are you?!" When the monster replies that she's her mother, Chibi-Usa says she's lying because her mother never calls her "Rabbit", ''which is what'' '''the Black Moon Clan''' ''refers to her as''. (Chibi-Usa's actual mother uses "Small Lady" instead.) In the dub, this is reversed: "Small Lady" is what the Dark Moon calls her, and how she finds out her mother is a fake.



* ''Manga/KOn'': This is one of the things that blows Ui's cover when [[TwinSwitch she's pretending to be her older sister Yui]] while the Light Music Club are practicing for the second school festival when the latter is sick. The whole club is fooled because of how close they look visually and Ui is really good at picking up things like her sister, so at first they practice without anyone the wiser. But then the band members notice "Yui" keeps time too well. In the ensuing discussion, she calls Azusa, Ritsu, and Tsumugi the wrong [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics honorifics]] ("Azusa-chan", "Ritsu-san", and "Tsumugi-san"; Yui uses "Azu-nyan", "Ricchan", and "Mugi-chan"), and when challenged Ui could not produce Yui's nickname for Azusa.
** Astute viewers can also catch "Yui" wearing the wrong color InsideShoes when she first walks into the scene, something which all the members miss. Likely the others were so relieved at seeing "Yui" after missing several days they weren't paying attention.

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* ''Manga/KOn'': This is one of the things that blows Ui's cover when [[TwinSwitch she's pretending to be her older sister Yui]] while the Light Music Club are practicing for the second school festival when the latter is sick. The whole club is fooled because of how close they look visually and Ui is really good at picking up things like her sister, so at first they practice without anyone the wiser. But then the band members notice "Yui" keeps time too well. In the ensuing discussion, she calls Azusa, Ritsu, and Tsumugi the wrong [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics honorifics]] ("Azusa-chan", "Ritsu-san", and "Tsumugi-san"; Yui uses "Azu-nyan", "Ricchan", and "Mugi-chan"), and when challenged Ui could not produce Yui's nickname for Azusa.
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Azusa. Astute viewers can also catch "Yui" wearing the wrong color InsideShoes when she first walks into the scene, something which all the members miss. Likely the others were so relieved at seeing "Yui" after missing several days they weren't paying attention.



* ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'': When captured by terrorists and forced to call Modesty, Willie addresses her by name instead of calling her "Princess". She immediately packs her bags and comes to his rescue.

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* ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'': ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'':
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When captured by terrorists and forced to call Modesty, Willie addresses her by name instead of calling her "Princess". She immediately packs her bags and comes to his rescue.



* In ''Fanfic/ThisBites'', the SelfInsert character Cross outs Mr. 2 from his disguise by insulting Emporio Ivankov.

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* In ''Fanfic/ThisBites'', the ''Fanfic/ThisBites'':
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SelfInsert character Cross outs Mr. 2 from his disguise by insulting Emporio Ivankov.



*** In the DirectorsCut, however, John is tipped off when he sees his "mother's" foot melting into the floor.

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*** ** In the DirectorsCut, however, John is tipped off when he sees his "mother's" foot melting into the floor.



* Subverted in ''Film/TheBourneUltimatum'', when [[spoiler:Nikki is in a room with Jason Bourne and asked to "code in" on the phone to her superiors. Her personnel record is shown on screen, with responses for "normal" and "under duress", but despite being in a potentially dangerous situation she gives the "normal" response. This was because she'd switched sides.]]
** And it becomes a DoubleSubversion [[spoiler:because her superiors figure out Bourne is there anyway and send troops in to get him.]]
*** And [[spoiler:both Bourne and Nikki know it, despite her giving the "normal" response]].
* In ''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.

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* Subverted in In ''Film/TheBourneUltimatum'', when [[spoiler:Nikki is in a room with Jason Bourne and asked to "code in" on the phone to her superiors. Her personnel record is shown on screen, with responses for "normal" and "under duress", but despite being in a potentially dangerous situation she gives the "normal" response. This was because she'd switched sides.]]
** And it becomes a DoubleSubversion [[spoiler:because her
sides]]. However, [[spoiler:her superiors figure out Bourne is there anyway and send troops in to get him.]]
*** And [[spoiler:both
him, and both Bourne and Nikki know it, despite her giving the "normal" response]].
* In ''Film/NationalTreasure2BookOfSecrets'', the ''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.



* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' has a straight example 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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* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' has a straight example when ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'':
** When
Jake is infested. His 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.



* Creator/AgathaChristie's short story "The Adventure of the Sinister Stranger" uses a {{Homage}} to the [[WeirdAlEffect now-obscure]] Oakwood Brothers stories by Valentine Williams. When Tommy announces he is going to "walk into a trap with my eyes open", Tuppence says that this is exactly what happens in the stories when Desmond Oakwood blunders into something and needs Francis to rescue him. Tommy subsequently signs a letter asking Tuppence to return to the agency "Francis", to signal that he's done precisely that.

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* Creator/AgathaChristie's Creator/AgathaChristie:
** In the
short story "The Adventure of the Sinister Stranger" uses a {{Homage}} to the [[WeirdAlEffect now-obscure]] Oakwood Brothers stories by Valentine Williams. When Tommy announces he is going to "walk into a trap with my eyes open", Tuppence says that this is exactly what happens in the stories when Desmond Oakwood blunders into something and needs Francis to rescue him. Tommy subsequently signs a letter asking Tuppence to return to the agency "Francis", to signal that he's done precisely that.



* In ''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.

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* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', when ''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.



* Played twice in the first six hours of ''Series/TwentyFour'': Kim said "I love you" over the phone to her mother Teri after being kidnapped, and Teri said the same to Jack under similar circumstances. (Amusingly, Teri catches on immediately, while her counter-terrorism-trained husband [[GenreBlindness doesn't notice]].)

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* ''Series/TwentyFour'':
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Played twice in the first six hours of ''Series/TwentyFour'': hours: Kim said "I love you" over the phone to her mother Teri after being kidnapped, and Teri said the same to Jack under similar circumstances. (Amusingly, Teri catches on immediately, while her counter-terrorism-trained husband [[GenreBlindness doesn't notice]].)



* 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.

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* Used quite a bit on ''Series/KnightRider'', usually to indicate something very wrong with KITT. KITT.
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In the episode "Killer KITT", KITT snapping at Michael was an indication that his programming was being messed with.



* On ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Lorne appears to have pursued a career in show business and is only seen during brief telephone calls every few episodes, and each time, he asks how Fluffy is doing. The main characters are convinced that his success is just going to his head and that he is constantly snubbing them, but when they finally come to his rescue, he says, "Fluffy. Fluffy the dog. The dog you don't have. The universally recognized code for ''I'm being held prisoner. Send help!''"
** Hilariously played off when they got the call originally as they wonder if it's a pet nickname for a member of the crew, and which member that is.

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* On ''Series/{{Angel}}'', ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
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Lorne appears to have pursued a career in show business and is only seen during brief telephone calls every few episodes, and each time, he asks how Fluffy is doing. The main characters are convinced that his success is just going to his head and that he is constantly snubbing them, but when they finally come to his rescue, he says, "Fluffy. Fluffy the dog. The dog you don't have. The universally recognized code for ''I'm being held prisoner. Send help!''"
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help!''" Hilariously played off when they got the call originally as they wonder if it's a pet nickname for a member of the crew, and which member that is.



* When Jack's smart house takes him hostage (along with several other characters) in ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', 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.

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* ''Series/{{Eureka}}'':
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When Jack's smart house takes him hostage (along with several other characters) in ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', 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.



* In the episode "Psirens" of ''Series/RedDwarf'', 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.

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* *''Series/RedDwarf'':
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In the episode "Psirens" of ''Series/RedDwarf'', "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.



* On ''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."

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* On ''Series/{{Psych}}'', ''Series/{{Psych}}'':
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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."



* On ''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.

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* On ''Series/CriminalMinds'', ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
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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.



* During the second season arc of ''Series/{{Alias}}'', 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."

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* ''Series/{{Alias}}'':
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During the second season arc of ''Series/{{Alias}}'', 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."



* ''Series/{{Castle}}'', "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.

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* ''Series/{{Castle}}'', ''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 chilling episode of ''Series/{{Rescue 911}}'', 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.

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* In a chilling episode of ''Series/{{Rescue 911}}'', 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.



* Rather terrifyingly {{inverted}} in an episode of ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}''. 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''.

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* ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'':
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Rather terrifyingly {{inverted}} in an episode of ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}''.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''.



* In the episode "Chris-Crossed" from ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', 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.

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* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'':
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In the episode "Chris-Crossed" from ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', "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.



* Similarly, on ''Series/OneLifeToLive'', when Rebecca is kidnapped by escaped rapist Todd, she manages to tip her friends off to where she's being held (he lets her make one phone call to assure them that she's all right) by referring to a Bible verse that they had been discussing shortly before she was abducted.
** Also on ''Series/OneLifeToLive''. Andy and Antonio have gone to New York for a romantic weekend, unaware that they are being stalked by a hitman who's pretended to befriend them. When Andy figures out what's going on, she quickly reminds Antonio that he needs to call his sister so that they can have an excuse to get away without arousing the hitman's suspicions. Antonio doesn't have a sister. Unfortunately, his brief moment of confusion before he realizes what Andy's trying to do tips the gunman off to the fact that they're on to him.

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* Similarly, on ''Series/OneLifeToLive'', when ''Series/OneLifeToLive'':
** When
Rebecca is kidnapped by escaped rapist Todd, she manages to tip her friends off to where she's being held (he lets her make one phone call to assure them that she's all right) by referring to a Bible verse that they had been discussing shortly before she was abducted.
** Also on ''Series/OneLifeToLive''. Andy and Antonio have gone to New York for a romantic weekend, unaware that they are being stalked by a hitman who's pretended to befriend them. When Andy figures out what's going on, she quickly reminds Antonio that he needs to call his sister so that they can have an excuse to get away without arousing the hitman's suspicions. Antonio doesn't have a sister. Unfortunately, his brief moment of confusion before he realizes what Andy's trying to do tips the gunman off to the fact that they're on to him.



* In the ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' 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.

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* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'':
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In the ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' 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.



* On one episode of ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'', Patricia being polite over the phone was enough to let everyone know that she wasn't alone.

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* On one episode of ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'', ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'':
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Patricia being polite over the phone was enough to let everyone know that she wasn't alone.



* ''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.

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* ''Series/NCISNewOrleans'': ''Series/NCISNewOrleans'':
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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.



* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars: Original Generation'' subverts this. When a main character's girlfriend disappears and later reappears, the character remarks that it's not her, because "even she wouldn't be silly at a time like this". When they break the mind control, she acts just like she did when she was mind-controlled. Another character mutters "Would never act like this in this situation, huh?".

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* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars: ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars:
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Original Generation'' subverts this. When a main character's girlfriend disappears and later reappears, the character remarks that it's not her, because "even she wouldn't be silly at a time like this". When they break the mind control, she acts just like she did when she was mind-controlled. Another character mutters "Would never act like this in this situation, huh?".



* Belkar of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''... uh... subverts? ([[ZigZaggingTrope double-subverts? parodies?]]) this during the aftermath of a fight with the thieves guild. Celia and Hayley interpret it as Belkar gone... well, more insane than usual, since "usual" means "kill everything not allied to me."

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* Belkar of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''...''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Belkar...
uh... subverts? ([[ZigZaggingTrope double-subverts? parodies?]]) this during the aftermath of a fight with the thieves guild. Celia and Hayley interpret it as Belkar gone... well, more insane than usual, since "usual" means "kill everything not allied to me."



--->'''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.

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--->'''Bruce''': -->'''Bruce''': The voice kept calling me "Bruce." In my mind, that's not what I call myself.
--->'''Terry''': -->'''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''': -->'''Bruce''': Tell that to my subconscious.



* In the season 2 finale of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', 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.

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In the season 2 finale of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', 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.
7th Feb '17 1:44:19 PM AnotherDuck
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* Subverted in the episode "Psirens" of ''Series/RedDwarf'', when 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.

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* Subverted in In the episode "Psirens" of ''Series/RedDwarf'', when 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.
7th Feb '17 12:37:21 PM AnotherDuck
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* ''Literature/HanSolosRevenge'' inverted the trope. When Han and Chewie were to make a smuggling drop, if during the meeting Han did ''not'' try and signal Chewie (who was overseeing the proceedings back in the cockpit of the Falcon) then something had gone wrong with the drop.

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* In ''Literature/HanSolosRevenge'' inverted the trope. When 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.
5th Feb '17 3:55:12 PM LinTaylor
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** Spoofed in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', where 18 is tipped off because Cell's impression of 17 is so TotallyRadical that it's almost physically painful ("Yo shiggy-diggy, what's up my sizzle?")
-->'''Fake 17:''' So what you need to do is calm down and get all up in Cell! It's downright tubular in here! We got candy and puppies andó\\
'''18:''' You know absolutely nothing about us, do you?\\
'''Cell:''' Okay. To be fair, I just met you.
30th Jan '17 2:23:39 PM intastiel
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* In ''VideoGame/EmperorRiseOfTheMiddleKingdom'', spies disguise themselves as regular citizens but don't follow the walking pattern of that citizen type, making them easy to catch when they bypass roadblocks or show up in the wrong city district -- assuming they don't just skip their research and [[PaperThinDisguise dress as a worker from an industry your city doesn't have]].
27th Jan '17 7:49:35 AM DynamiteXI
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* The ''Series/QuantumLeap'' episode "The Boogieman" has numerous in regards to Al: He's dressed in a conservative suit, his handlink never lights up nor does he ever really use it, he's never seen walking through any objects, and he never opens the Imaging Chamber door. It's finally revealed in the final act that [[spoiler: he's been Satan in disguise.]]

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* ''Series/QuantumLeap'':
** About OnceAnEpisode, Sam's mannerisms will leak through, or a conversation with Al will be overheard, causing the people who know the leapee to do a double take. However, no one suspects anything, and Sam gets pretty good at playing it off.
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The ''Series/QuantumLeap'' episode "The Boogieman" has numerous in regards to Al: He's dressed in a conservative suit, his handlink never lights up nor does he ever really use it, he's never seen walking through any objects, and he never opens the Imaging Chamber door. It's finally revealed in the final act that [[spoiler: he's been Satan in disguise.]]]]
** 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.
24th Jan '17 1:16:43 AM BillWoods
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* A peculiar example from ''Anime/{{K}}'' - the Silver King Adolf K. Weismann has lived alone in an airship for decades with no contact with anyone. How, then, does the Blue King Reisi Munakata realize that something has been strange with him and that this should be investigated? Well, for the entire time he's been around, Weismann has flown his airship in "curiously repetitive" flight patterns that always correspond to the optimal path, based on the weather. Since the night of the murder the characters have been investigating, though, the airship has been moving in erratic patterns, completely unlike anything before. Sure enough, it ''is'' connected...

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* A peculiar example from ''Anime/{{K}}'' - -- the Silver King Adolf K. Weismann has lived alone in an airship for decades with no contact with anyone. How, then, does the Blue King Reisi Munakata realize that something has been strange with him and that this should be investigated? Well, for the entire time he's been around, Weismann has flown his airship in "curiously repetitive" flight patterns that always correspond to the optimal path, based on the weather. Since the night of the murder the characters have been investigating, though, the airship has been moving in erratic patterns, completely unlike anything before. Sure enough, it ''is'' connected...



* A variant was used in ''Anime/SCryed'': Kazuma, trapped in Unkei's LotusEaterMachine Alter, is challenged by that world's Ryuho to a friendly sparring match. They draw, and Ryuho offers him a hand up. This so badly clashes with Kazuma's memory of him that the illusion cracks, and he pulls out his Alter. The illusory Ryuho panics and begs for his life... at which point Kazuma destroys the illusion - the Ryuho ''he'' knows would just summon his Alter and counterattack.

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* A variant was used in ''Anime/SCryed'': Kazuma, trapped in Unkei's LotusEaterMachine Alter, is challenged by that world's Ryuho to a friendly sparring match. They draw, and Ryuho offers him a hand up. This so badly clashes with Kazuma's memory of him that the illusion cracks, and he pulls out his Alter. The illusory Ryuho panics and begs for his life... at which point Kazuma destroys the illusion - -- the Ryuho ''he'' knows would just summon his Alter and counterattack.



** In the ''Sailor Moon [=SuperS=] Movie'', Sailor Moon gets trapped in a dream world while trying to rescue an abducted Chibi-Usa. There she meets Mamoru, but suspects something wrong when Mamoru suggests she abandon her mission and her team to stay with him. Her suspicions are confirmed when she baits him by asking who he likes better: Her or Chibi-Usa- and he easily picks Usagi. This is a CallBack to earlier in the movie when real Mamoru could not answer this question since he was being asked to choose between his future wife and daughter, both of whom he loves dearly and deeply.

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** In the ''Sailor Moon [=SuperS=] Movie'', Sailor Moon gets trapped in a dream world while trying to rescue an abducted Chibi-Usa. There she meets Mamoru, but suspects something wrong when Mamoru suggests she abandon her mission and her team to stay with him. Her suspicions are confirmed when she baits him by asking who he likes better: Her or Chibi-Usa- Chibi-Usa -- and he easily picks Usagi. This is a CallBack to earlier in the movie when real Mamoru could not answer this question since he was being asked to choose between his future wife and daughter, both of whom he loves dearly and deeply.



* In a ''MickeyMouse'' story a famous opera singer suddenly not only abandons his contract but signs on for a rival - and refuses to see anyone. His former studio, not being idiots, finds this suspicious, but have no proof. When he releases a "greatest hits" collection, however, one word in each of the famous arias ([[GeniusBonus all spoofs of real ones]]) is wrong - and the wrong words together spell out the location where he is held against his will. This trope truly enters when his ex-manager points out he would never miss a word like that.

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* In a ''MickeyMouse'' story a famous opera singer suddenly not only abandons his contract but signs on for a rival - -- and refuses to see anyone. His former studio, not being idiots, finds this suspicious, but have no proof. When he releases a "greatest hits" collection, however, one word in each of the famous arias ([[GeniusBonus all spoofs of real ones]]) is wrong - -- and the wrong words together spell out the location where he is held against his will. This trope truly enters when his ex-manager points out he would never miss a word like that.



* 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 the second ''Lady Grace'' mystery, Lady Sarah is abducted by a sea captain, and alerts Grace -or anyone- -- 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.



* 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.

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* 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.



** 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 ''Freaky Friday''), 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".

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** 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 ''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 ''Freaky Friday''), ''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".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.



* In the ''{{WesternAnimation/Darkwing Duck}}'' episode "Battle of the Brain Teasers", Launchpad initially doesn't believe Gosalyn when she informs him that hat-shaped aliens that have taken over the bodies of Drake Mallard and Honker, even after seeing them with the hats. It's not until the hat that's taken over Drake has him change into his Darkwing Duck outfit - without his regular hat - that Launchpad becomes convinced, because the hat-shaped alien doesn't match the outfit and "DW would never wear a hat that clashes with the rest of his outfit".

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* In the ''{{WesternAnimation/Darkwing Duck}}'' episode "Battle of the Brain Teasers", Launchpad initially doesn't believe Gosalyn when she informs him that hat-shaped aliens that have taken over the bodies of Drake Mallard and Honker, even after seeing them with the hats. It's not until the hat that's taken over Drake has him change into his Darkwing Duck outfit - -- without his regular hat - -- that Launchpad becomes convinced, because the hat-shaped alien doesn't match the outfit and "DW would never wear a hat that clashes with the rest of his outfit".



* 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.

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* 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.



--> "Dear XXX, let me assure you, all the stories about Jews having to suffer in Germany are nothing but propaganda. We are fine in every way, we are not harassed by the government, and we wouldn't wish to be anywhere else, except maybe with our dear aunt Sara - Sichrona la olam!" (The latter being a Hebrew phrase roughly equivalent to "May she rest in peace".)

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--> "Dear XXX, let me assure you, all the stories about Jews having to suffer in Germany are nothing but propaganda. We are fine in every way, we are not harassed by the government, and we wouldn't wish to be anywhere else, except maybe with our dear aunt Sara - -- Sichrona la olam!" (The latter being a Hebrew phrase roughly equivalent to "May she rest in peace".)



*** Sometimes, more directly, they'll say something like "P.O.S." - "Parents Over Shoulder".

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*** Sometimes, more directly, they'll say something like "P.O.S." - -- "Parents Over Shoulder".
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