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\n[[/folder]]\n* ''Webcomic/{{Clockwork}}'': Before leaving for Arcadia [[spoiler:under heavy coercion]], Cog leaves a letter for his best friend Boris. It appears to be just a friendly effort to ease Boris' objections to his decision, but [[spoiler:the first letters of each line spell out "HELP ME".]]
19th Apr '16 7:47:17 AM marcoasalazarm
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* '''Film/WagTheDog'': One part of the story regarding the soldier Schumann ([[InventedIndividual a fake American POW for a fake war in Algeria]]) is a photo of him in captivity with his sweater ripped in a pattern that "turns out" to be a Morse Code message saying that he's okay and asking for his mother to stay strong.
17th Apr '16 12:04:06 PM marcoasalazarm
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* ''Film/TheGauntlet'': TheMafia keeps track of TheBet about whether witness Augustina "Gus" Malley will make it to the trial on Phoenix via a made-up horse race and a made-up horse called "Malley No-Show".
27th Mar '16 4:22:35 AM JackG
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Privacy terrorist group Vigilance communicates between its various cells via this method, as they're ProperlyParanoid about government surveillance (methods include a message written on a wall in infrared paint, and a code embedded in a spam advertisement). In Season 4, the [[BenevolentAI Machine]] does this to communicate with Team Machine without [[EvilCounterpart Samaritan]] (which now [[BigBrotherIsWatchingYou monitors all CCTV cameras and phones]]) finding out.
-->'''Finch:''' When you said your communication with the Machine was limited, you didn't say that it wasn't talking to you at all.
-->'''Root:''' If she talks, Samaritan would see. I get whispers. New cover identities hidden in the static of a phone, a map and a message encrypted in an infomercial. She was supposed to remake the world. Now, God's on the run.
26th Mar '16 6:20:23 PM JackG
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* In ''Brotherhood of the Rose'' by David Morrell, a CIA agent is apparently calling his contact via a public phone booth, but is actually reading a line of graffiti written on the wall of the booth as a coded message.
18th Mar '16 8:13:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''[[Series/ICarly iCarly]]'', in the episode "iPsycho", Carly and the gang need to get a help message out so someone will rescue them from Nora. She's watching their every move, so they ask if they can send a birthday video to their friend Gibby. With Nora watching, they make him a video which contains a secret message.

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* In ''[[Series/ICarly iCarly]]'', ''Series/ICarly'', in the episode "iPsycho", Carly and the gang need to get a help message out so someone will rescue them from Nora. She's watching their every move, so they ask if they can send a birthday video to their friend Gibby. With Nora watching, they make him a video which contains a secret message.



* In one episode of ''{{Andromeda}}'', the ship receives a message from Dylan to arrive in a certain system. Tyr says that with Dylan's behavior and constant blinking, it's obvious he's not telling something. Rommie replies that he ''is'' telling something -- the number of blinks can be deciphered as a code for a military protocol [[spoiler:ordering them to arrive prepared to fire at the ship holding him]].

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* In one episode of ''{{Andromeda}}'', ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', the ship receives a message from Dylan to arrive in a certain system. Tyr says that with Dylan's behavior and constant blinking, it's obvious he's not telling something. Rommie replies that he ''is'' telling something -- the number of blinks can be deciphered as a code for a military protocol [[spoiler:ordering them to arrive prepared to fire at the ship holding him]].
11th Mar '16 1:29:15 PM 69BookWorM69
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* In the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "A Study in Sherlock", David Kingsley (a.k.a. Sherlock Holmes) insists Moriarty communicates with his gang via coded obituaries in the local paper. Murdoch and Brackenreid are dubious, but as which much else in the case, the young Sherlock proves to be correct.
15th Feb '16 2:28:04 AM Kalmbach
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* After his plane was shot down over [[VietnamWar Vietnam]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremiah_Denton US Navy pilot Jeremiah Denton]] was taken prisoner by the Viet Cong, who later put on a televised press conference to show [[BlatantLies how well they were treating enemy captives]]. Denton repeatedly signaled the word 'TORTURE' in Morse Code by blinking his eyes.
* Similar to the above, when the crew of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Pueblo_%28AGER-2%29 USS]] ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Pueblo_%28AGER-2%29 Pueblo]]'' was captured by the North Koreans in international waters, the Koreans distributed a picture of the crew to show that [[BlatantLies they were well cared for during their stay]]. Looking closely, several crew members [[FlippingTheBird appear to disagree]].
8th Dec '15 2:23:13 PM Mitis
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* In ''{{Anime/Monster}}'', Tenma needed to speak with a former college classmate, so he put an ad in the paper that simply said "Let's discuss our memories of cheating", a reference to a test at medical school that the two happened to discuss the last time they ran into each other.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', Misa is a Kira-fangirl, but doesn't know who he is. So she uses her own death note to kill people and force the news to send messages. Light is annoyed, since while people who don't know about the notes won't be able to figure out what they're talking about, it is still far too public for his taste.
* ''OnePiece'' featured the main character returning to the scene of a major battle, ostensibly to honor the dead. Reporters on the scene photographed him, and his crew, scattered around the world, saw the article, realized it wasn't the kind of thing [[IdiotHero their captain]] typically did, and noticed a simple message written on a tattoo.
* ''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund'' has an instance where Mina makes a public announcement, speaking in ancient Sumerian as a challenge to another vampire, but with fake subtitles in Japanese.
* In the two-part ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' episode, "The Secret of the Sun, Moon and Stars", Professor Agasa and Shinichi Kudo (really Conan Edogawa) suggest that the drawings of the sun, moon, and stars found on various objects in the home of Agasa's late uncle were a code much like the Dancing Men (see the SherlockHolmes examples, below).
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Riza Hawkeye uses this to deliver a message to Roy Mustang while she's under surveillance. She gets into a mundane conversation with him over lunch in which she talks about the activities of various people she knows. Mustang is later able to take the first initial of each name Hawkeye mentioned and spell out her message.

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* In ''{{Anime/Monster}}'', Tenma needed to speak with a former college classmate, so he put an ad in the paper that simply said "Let's discuss our memories of cheating", a reference to a test at medical school that the two happened to discuss the last time they ran into each other.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', Misa is a Kira-fangirl, but doesn't know who he is. So she uses her own death note to kill people and force the news to send messages. Light is annoyed, since while people who don't know about the notes won't be able to figure out what they're talking about, it is still far too public for his taste.
* ''OnePiece'' featured the main character returning to the scene of a major battle, ostensibly to honor the dead. Reporters on the scene photographed him, and his crew, scattered around the world, saw the article, realized it wasn't the kind of thing [[IdiotHero their captain]] typically did, and noticed a simple message written on a tattoo.
* ''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund'' has an instance where
''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund'': At one point, Mina makes a public announcement, speaking in ancient Sumerian as a challenge to another vampire, but with fake subtitles in Japanese.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Misa is a Kira-fangirl, but doesn't know who he is. So she uses her own Death Note to kill people and force the news to send messages. Light is annoyed, since while people who don't know about the notebooks won't be able to figure out what they're talking about, it is still far too public for his taste.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
In the two-part ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' episode, episode "The Secret of the Sun, Moon and Stars", Professor Agasa and Shinichi Kudo (really Conan Edogawa) suggest that the drawings of the sun, moon, and stars found on various objects in the home of Agasa's late uncle were a code much like the Dancing Men (see the SherlockHolmes examples, below).
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Riza Hawkeye uses this to deliver a message to Roy Mustang while she's under surveillance. She gets into a mundane conversation with him over lunch in which she talks about the activities of various people she knows. Mustang is later able to take the first initial of each name Hawkeye mentioned and spell out her message.
* ''{{Anime/Monster}}'': Tenma needed to speak with a former college classmate, so he put an ad in the paper that simply said "Let's discuss our memories of cheating", a reference to a test at medical school that the two happened to discuss the last time they ran into each other.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': At the end of the manga's fifth saga, the main character returns to the scene of a major battle, ostensibly to honor the dead. Reporters on the scene photographed him, and his crew, scattered around the world, saw the article, and realized it wasn't the kind of thing [[IdiotHero their captain]] typically did, and noticed a simple message written on a tattoo.
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