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4th Apr '16 9:33:02 AM Antigone3
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* One appears in ''[[Literature/TheHeirsOfAlexandria Shadow of the Lion]]'' after Benito is accused of murdering a bishop. It's a setup -- Benito was only accused after Marco was proven to have a solid alibi, and the authorities realize that the accuser didn't know the two (half-)brothers don't look related. Sure enough, he can't pick Benito out as the person he "saw" lurking outside the bishop's home.
24th Feb '16 11:27:01 AM FF32
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* In the ''Series/FreshPrinceOfBelAir'' episode "Fresh Prince: The Movie" [[note]](not a real movie)[[/note]] Will had to pick a suspect out of a prison line up, the murderer being very tall and the other two suspects are midgets. When Will picks him the policeman asks, "Are you sure it was him?"

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* In the ''Series/FreshPrinceOfBelAir'' ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' episode "Fresh Prince: The Movie" [[note]](not a real movie)[[/note]] Will had to pick a suspect out of a prison line up, the murderer being very tall and the other two suspects are midgets. When Will picks him the policeman asks, "Are you sure it was him?"
17th Jan '16 12:04:23 AM nombretomado
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* Played with in [[http://pbfcomics.com/?cid=PBF157-Slim.jpg this strip]] of ''Webcomic/The PerryBibleFellowship''.

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* Played with in [[http://pbfcomics.com/?cid=PBF157-Slim.jpg this strip]] of ''Webcomic/The PerryBibleFellowship''.''ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship''.
16th Jan '16 1:13:31 PM StFan
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[[quoteright:300:[[ComicStrip/PerryBibleFellowship http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/perry_bible_lineup.jpg]]]]

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* Phil Jupitus has [[http://youtu.be/LVr2NVsYdcw?t=2m41s this routine]] in which a woman sues an elephant at london zoo for throwing a log at her, and had to identify the elephant in a line up. Jupitus then impersonates three aggressive thugs standing in a line, a fourth man staring up, mouth agape, at something next to him, and the elephant in position number five. The woman then fails to identify the elephant, to the great surprise of number two, who ends up mouthing the phrase "I'm not the elephant" several times.
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* ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'' had the guys playing around as a ThrowItIn, so in the movie, none of them were taking it seriously. That the suspects look very different is justified by the fact that [[spoiler: they were actually brought together so that they could be used as part of a plan to eliminate a witness that could identify Keyser Söze]].
** While the ostensible reason was that only their voice was being identified. Each of them is instructed to read out the phrase, "Hand me the keys, you fucking cocksucker". HilarityEnsues as the criminals do their best to ridicule the proceedings.

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* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' parodied this with a lineup of normal looking guys and one weird-looking monster creature wearing a beanie hat. The witness identified the monster saying "That's him! I would recognize that silly little hat anywhere!"
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* ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'' had the guys playing around as a ThrowItIn, so in the movie, none of them were taking it seriously. That the suspects look very different is justified by the fact that [[spoiler: they were actually brought together so that they could be used as part of a plan to eliminate a witness that could identify Keyser Söze]].
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Söze]]. While the ostensible reason was that only their voice was being identified. Each of them is instructed to read out the phrase, "Hand me the keys, you fucking cocksucker". HilarityEnsues as the criminals do their best to ridicule the proceedings.



* ''[[Film/RunningScared1986 Running Scared (1986)]]'': Detectives Hughes and Costanza are harassing a minor criminal. They put him in a lineup, but the other people in the line-up are all police officers in uniform. Costanza (Billy Crystal) pretends to be the victim, identifying the suspect in one of his trademark accents.
* One of the ''PoliceAcademy'' movies had a police lineup where the lights were turned on in the witness' room right when he stood and pointed out the criminal. When the criminal sees the witness pointing at him, he immediately starts shouting IllKillYou, so the witness points to a priest standing in the line-up instead.

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* ''[[Film/RunningScared1986 Running Scared (1986)]]'': ''Film/RunningScared1986'': Detectives Hughes and Costanza are harassing a minor criminal. They put him in a lineup, but the other people in the line-up are all police officers in uniform. Costanza (Billy Crystal) pretends to be the victim, identifying the suspect in one of his trademark accents.
* One of the ''PoliceAcademy'' ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' movies had a police lineup where the lights were turned on in the witness' room right when he stood and pointed out the criminal. When the criminal sees the witness pointing at him, he immediately starts shouting IllKillYou, so the witness points to a priest standing in the line-up instead.



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* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' parodied this with a lineup of normal looking guys and one weird-looking monster creature wearing a beanie hat. The witness identified the monster saying "That's him! I would recognize that silly little hat anywhere!"

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* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' parodied this with a lineup ''{{Traveller}}'' supplement "76 Patrons". One of normal looking guys and one weird-looking monster creature wearing the adventure seeds involves the police asking an adventurer to participate in a beanie hat. The witness line-up because of his resemblance to the suspect they're really after. If things go well (the suspect is identified as the monster saying "That's him! I would recognize that silly little hat anywhere!"criminal), the police are pleased with the adventurer. If things go badly (the victim identifies the adventurer as the criminal) the police are angry with the adventurer, and are more likely to harass him later.



[[folder:Stand Up Comedy]]
* Phil Jupitus has [[http://youtu.be/LVr2NVsYdcw?t=2m41s this routine]] in which a woman sues an elephant at london zoo for throwing a log at her, and had to identify the elephant in a line up. Jupitus then impersonates three aggressive thugs standing in a line, a fourth man staring up, mouth agape, at something next to him, and the elephant in position number five. The woman then fails to identify the elephant, to the great surprise of number two, who ends up mouthing the phrase "I'm not the elephant" several times.

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* Phil Jupitus has [[http://youtu.be/LVr2NVsYdcw?t=2m41s this routine]] in which This is a woman sues an elephant at london zoo for throwing a log at her, and had to identify the elephant in a line up. Jupitus then impersonates three aggressive thugs standing in a line, a fourth man staring up, mouth agape, at something next to him, and the elephant in position number five. The woman then fails to identify the elephant, to the great surprise of number two, who ends up mouthing the phrase "I'm not the elephant" several times.minigame on ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}: VideoGame/RavingRabbids 2''.



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* ''{{Traveller}}'' supplement "76 Patrons". One of the adventure seeds involves the police asking an adventurer to participate in a line-up because of his resemblance to the suspect they're really after. If things go well (the suspect is identified as the criminal), the police are pleased with the adventurer. If things go badly (the victim identifies the adventurer as the criminal) the police are angry with the adventurer, and are more likely to harass him later.

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* ''{{Traveller}}'' supplement "76 Patrons". One of the adventure seeds involves the police asking an adventurer to participate in a line-up because of his resemblance to the suspect they're really after. If things go well (the suspect is identified as the criminal), the police are pleased Played with the adventurer. If things go badly (the victim identifies the adventurer as the criminal) the police are angry with the adventurer, in [[http://pbfcomics.com/?cid=PBF157-Slim.jpg this strip]] of ''Webcomic/The PerryBibleFellowship''.
* KarateBears don't care, [[http://www.karatebears.com/2012/02/line-em-up.html they just pick everybody.]]
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2010-05-20 this filler strip]] where Susan views a lineup consisting of [[MonsterMash classic movie monsters]] plus [[CreepyChild Chaos]]
and are more likely to harass him later.[[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent Grace]].



[[folder:Video Games]]
* This is a minigame on ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}: VideoGame/RavingRabbids 2''.

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* This is a minigame on ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}: VideoGame/RavingRabbids 2''.''WebVideo/FiveSecondFilms'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEqjGLT2BXo parodied]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY7BIvP8n-M this]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HypM5NSj6U trope.]]



[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Played with in [[http://pbfcomics.com/?cid=PBF157-Slim.jpg this strip]] of ''Webcomic/PerryBibleFellowship''.
* KarateBears don't care, [[http://www.karatebears.com/2012/02/line-em-up.html they just pick everybody.]]
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2010-05-20 this filler strip]] where Susan views a lineup consisting of [[MonsterMash classic movie monsters]] plus [[CreepyChild Chaos]] and [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent Grace]].
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* ''WebVideo/FiveSecondFilms'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEqjGLT2BXo parodied]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY7BIvP8n-M this]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HypM5NSj6U trope.]]
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29th Nov '15 2:10:12 PM eroock
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* In ''Series/DayBreak'', Hopper's neighbor/housekeeper Mr. Zeitoun identifies [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Buchalter and Fencik]] as the [[JanitorImpersonationInfiltration false plumbers]] using this method.
22nd Oct '15 8:47:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''FiveSecondFilms'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEqjGLT2BXo parodied]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY7BIvP8n-M this]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HypM5NSj6U trope.]]

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* ''FiveSecondFilms'' ''WebVideo/FiveSecondFilms'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEqjGLT2BXo parodied]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY7BIvP8n-M this]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HypM5NSj6U trope.]]
21st Mar '15 3:56:40 PM manepony101
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* In ''Film/KindergartenCop'' when a witness need to identify Crisp.
26th Jan '15 3:56:14 PM lipranzer
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* ''Running Scared'' (1986): Detectives Hughes and Costanza are harassing a minor criminal. They put him in a lineup, but the other people in the line-up are all police officers in uniform. Hughes (Billy Crystal) pretends to be the victim, identifying the suspect in one of his trademark accents.

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* ''Running Scared'' (1986): ''[[Film/RunningScared1986 Running Scared (1986)]]'': Detectives Hughes and Costanza are harassing a minor criminal. They put him in a lineup, but the other people in the line-up are all police officers in uniform. Hughes Costanza (Billy Crystal) pretends to be the victim, identifying the suspect in one of his trademark accents.
6th Oct '14 8:47:27 AM LongLiveHumour
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* In the [[TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] graphic novel ''Welcome to the Jungle'', Harry ponders what sort of supernatural threat might've killed a night watchman at Lincoln Park Zoo. When he's considering each of the "usual suspects", a panel depicts a PoliceLineup of several inhuman monsters.

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* In the [[TheDresdenFiles [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] graphic novel ''Welcome to the Jungle'', Harry ponders what sort of supernatural threat might've killed a night watchman at Lincoln Park Zoo. When he's considering each of the "usual suspects", a panel depicts a PoliceLineup of several inhuman monsters.
2nd Oct '14 8:25:07 AM dmcreif
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** Parodied in the episode, "Mr. Monk and the Red-Headed Stranger" where there is a lineup for a ''blind'' witness - in this case, WillieNelson and two volunteers go into a room with Ms. Mass, the witness, standing in another room. The lineup men then each read off a card that says, "Tell anybody about this and I'll kill you." The first two do not clear, but then she identifies Nelson.

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** Parodied in the episode, "Mr. Monk and the Red-Headed Stranger" where there is a lineup for a ''blind'' witness - in this case, WillieNelson and two a group of volunteers go into a room with Ms. Mass, the witness, standing in another the observation room. The lineup men then each read off a card that says, "Tell anybody about this and I'll kill you." The first two and second volunteers do not clear, clear (respectively, a guy with a gruff voice and a guy with a nasal voice), but then she identifies Nelson.
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